By Jenny Anderson
Special to Today’s News-Herald
This is the season of giving and sharing. There are many needs at the Western Arizona Humane Society, and this would be a perfect time to help fulfill the shelter’s wish list. There are many items on the shelter’s wish list, including operational supplies, basic animal care items, and volunteer needs. In addition, there are many donation suggestions on the wish list. You can pick up a one page copy of the complete list at the shelter. There are so many items needed, in addition to pet foods and cat litter.
One ongoing need is for foster families for dogs and cats. This program helps socialize pets and creates space at the shelter while the animal is prepared for adoption. Some kittens and puppies need a little extra TLC, especially if they have lost their mother too soon. In other cases the pet may need some rehabilitation if ill or injured. Frequently a willing foster parent can literally make the difference between life and death. Think about it—when a shelter runs out of space, a sick, injured, or unfriendly animal may be the first to go. That’s when a foster program saves lives.
If you have the interest and ability to foster, the shelter will train you on the requirements. All your own pets will need to be current on their vaccinations and health checkups. Often the fostering is a short-term commitment until the animal is adoption-ready. The reward is seeing the pet find a forever home. However, it is important to be able to let go when the animal is ready for adoption.
Monetary gifts are always most welcome and come in many forms:
A unique gift idea is that of giving in honor of a loved one (living or in memory of). This is especially great for the person who already has everything and doesn’t want another gift.
Of course, WAHS always has an ongoing need for people who are willing to give of themselves and share time and talents with the humane society. Volunteering is a very unique way to give, and the animals desperately need all the dog walkers, cat volunteers, and special people who share in meeting animal’s needs. So, in this season of love and sharing, won’t you consider helping your local humane society?
If someone you know is wanting a new companion animal, please keep WAHS in mind. The shelter has a Wish List, so if you’re looking for a particular type of dog or cat, they can call you when one becomes available.
The Western Arizona Humane Society is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with kennel hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 855-5083 for details. For found or lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at www.lhcpd.com.