Archive for Thursday, October 30, 2008

Open house at shelter

October 30, 2008

To the editor:

November 2-8 marks National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an event sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters like our own.

Animal shelters serve their communities in many ways: controlling stray dogs, responding to public calls for assistance, helping match people with pets, rescuing injured animals and returning lost animals to their owners. Most importantly, animal shelters provide an example of humane ethics and compassion for all living creatures.

Please join Leavenworth Animal Control from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 8, for an open house at the shelter, 1720 S. Second St., Leavenworth. Tour the shelter, talk with staff and volunteers and meet the many animals available for adoption. There will be coloring pages and stickers for the young ones, lots of giveaways and great information about pets. Big Fat Rabbit Photography will provide free pet photo sittings to those who have already adopted from the shelter. Owners should bring a copy of their adoption contract.

The shelter’s holiday angel tree will be up and accepting donations. Items we use everyday include paper towels, laundry detergent and dryer sheets, cotton balls and swabs, newspaper, collars and leashes and baby gates. We often also need medicated pet shampoos, flea treatments (Frontline Plus or Advantage), Pedialite (non-flavored), heating pads (for neonatal care), and rectal thermometers. The shelter can now accept cash or check donations that allow us to provide medicines or veterinary care for our special guests that otherwise would not be available.

Our shelter does amazing work for our communities and for the animal. I hope we see you at the shelter.

Crystal Swann Blackdeer

Shelter volunteer, Leavenworth

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