No More Homeless Pets
by Karla Kloempken
To the Editor,
Those of us who are involved with animal rescue and adoption in Grays Harbor, Mason, and Pacific counties know that it truly takes a village to work toward our common goal of "No More Homeless Pets!" February is National Spay-Neuter Awareness Month and a perfect time to showcase the statistics of how many pets and free-roaming animals were altered in 2015 and give thanks for the tireless efforts of these groups and volunteers.
By no means do these statistics mean we can relax in our efforts to educate and offer financial assistance through spay-neuter programs and feral/community cat TNR efforts. We know first-hand that spay and neuter programs work. Shelters outside our area who have had spay and neuter programs in their communities for at least 5 years frequently reach out to our local shelters for adoptable animals! In a nutshell, they don't have enough adoptable animals to meet demand!
If your pet is in need of spay or neuter, please contact your veterinarian to schedule ASAP! If you require financial assistance, please call a rescue or shelter and let them help you and your pet. We still have a lot of work to do. Together we can prevent unwanted litters of kittens and puppies. Thank-you for a successful 2015! Let's make 2016 the best year ever for animals!