Remember back in February when we were urging you to spay or neuter your companion animals and help others do the same? We focus on February because it seems to be the peak breeding season for our canine and feline friends. Gestation is 8 weeks, so here we are.
The calls and the influx of unwanted puppies and kittens has already begun. We, and every other shelter and animal control facility and rescue will be overwhelmed for the next several weeks.
Yes, there will be delight at their antics and play. Yes, there will be intoxicating puppy breath and the warm, sweet fragrance of the kittens. And yeah, there will be kisses and snuggling and the joy of saving a life.
But there will also be bottle feeding every two hours for the ones not yet weaned, there will be the frantic trips to the vet to try to diagnose and treat the many ailments they are prone to at this age. There will be a great deal of cleaning. And there will be tears and intense heartache for those we cannot save.
Then we’ll be angry again. Angry because this kind of waste and loss of life is needless and absolutely preventable. Angry because we endure this heartache instead of the people who have failed to live up to the responsibility of spaying and neutering their companion animals.
But then we will get to select their new families and see them bring great joy to them in their forever homes. And then we will be proud and joyful, too.
Then, more will come. Such is the world of animal rescue and sheltering. The need is relentless, the work is endless, the rewards are inspiring, and our gratitude to all of you who make it possible by your support is heartfelt.
Keep an eye out for our babies as they become available for adoption on Petfinder.com, AdoptAPet.com, or our website. Then come meet your new BFF.
Plant sale very soon now, and looking forward a bit, our annual Fourth of July pork butt sale will be June 29 & 30 & July 1.
PAWS 2nd Chance Resale has a number of beautiful dresses and gowns just perfect for the upcoming spring formal events. Some have never even been worn and are available at a fraction of the cost of dresses in boutiques.
And, of course, winter clothing is on sale, some for as little as $1 each. You’ll enjoy your visit to the store, and will always find a bargain.
Meanwhile, if you see a companion animal in need, in trouble, or suffering, please, please call someone before it’s too late for them. Call your local animal control office, the police, the Sheriff’s Dept., and let us know, too. It IS your business if an innocent being who cannot speak for himself needs your help!