We raise money to Help Homeless pets:
Help cover Foster Care and Veterinarian expenses for homeless pets.
Other services Pet Pals helps with are Monitoring the Facebook Page "Luce County Pet Pals" for posting Lost, Found, and Available Pets.
We raise money to future animal shelter operations:
The shelter operations fund raises money to help offset the cost of future shelter operations costs when the new animal shelter becomes operational.
Area Shelters Report an Increase in Pet Abandonment Due to the Economy.
Many area shelters are receiving surrendered animals from people who are finding it difficult to keep them in these tough economic times. Lost employment, unexpected vehicle or medical expenses can make it stressful or even impossible to make ends meet. As the economy continues to deteriorate the number of surrendered animals grows. Sad as it is true, animals are sometimes the first to suffer in these hard times. This in mind, pet abandonment is never an option.
In some cases these animals are being abandoned in remote areas or are left in vacated homes or apartments. Pets are domesticated animals that have great difficulty fending for themselves. If released outside they will have problems finding food and water. They will feel cold, discomfort, loneliness, hunger and pain. Abandoned pets may be attacked by other animals, hit by vehicles or contract diseases. Pets abandoned in an apartment or home suffer greatly when any food or water left for them runs out and become very stressed when no one comes for them. It should never be counted on that someone will find and care for an abandoned pet. Without question, abandonment is cruel and inhumane.
Individuals and families who can no longer afford to keep their pet must find a place where their animal will receive the care it needs. Options include but are not limited to: entrusting a family member or friend with the care of the pet until the financial situation stabilizes OR the pet can be surrendered to a humane organization which will not only care for the animal but will also find a good home for the animal to be placed in.
Pets bring so much to our lives and those of our loved ones. It is our end of the bargain to humanely care for their well being.