Animal shelters across the country have a big problem they’re all facing – a serious lack of funding.
Nonprofit shelters rely heavily on fundraising to keep doors open and find families to adopt abandoned dogs, cats and other pets.
Government-run shelters, like the Coos County Animal Shelter, also face serious shortcomings and rely on groups like Animal Shelter Partners to meet the needs of the animals that call the shelter home.
Last weekend, Animal Shelter Partners held its sixth Barktoberfest as a fundraiser to continue the work it does at the shelter.
“Animal Shelter Partners is the 501c3 nonprofit organization raising funds to help above the county budget,” said ASP Board Member Julie Kremers.
At Barktoberfest, Kremers manned the ASP booth while overseeing the event which attracted more than a dozen vendors as well as many people visiting their pets. The shelter also hosted a booth, where four cats were adopted in the first two hours of the event.
“We have a constant flow,” Kremers said. “I’ve spoken to the sellers, and they’re doing pretty well. We’re trying to build it. The momentum is building.”
Animal Shelter Partners was responsible for some major improvements to the shelter, such as the construction of a fresh air “Catio” which provided a much more pleasant living environment for the cats. ASP also built an indoor playground for families to meet dogs and rebuilt a carport for additional storage.
“I started doing this because I hate seeing animals suffer,” Kremers said. “Animals don’t have a voice, so I’m doing everything I can to try to make something better for them.”
ASP board chair Lori Hannah said the shelter currently has about 15 dogs and 30 cats on its site, along with another 15-20 cats in foster homes until are old enough to be repaired. At the shelter, no animal can be adopted if it is not neutered or neutered. She said the shelter works to not only find good homes for the animals, but to make sure every adoptive family is prepared for their pet.
“Everyone is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, they are given flea treatments, they are wormed,” Hannah said. “You get a free visit to the vet and we send a bag home. If we get enough donations, there are toys and treats.”
Another thing that ASP is very supportive of is a local spaying and neutering program. The S/Nipped program is vital, Hannah explained.
“Someone gave some money to start it up last year,” Hannah said. “That money is nearly gone, but we’re going to keep the program. Cats are free and dogs are $10.”
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