Animal welfare groups join forces

Photo by BRITTANY CHOCK/The Daily Sentinel—This 6-month-old pup got the name “Popcorn” because the animal is a bouncy, energetic female puppy, according to Mesa County Animal Services. The agency has been involved in an effort by animal welfare organizations in the Grand Valley to form an umbrella group, the Mesa County Animal Welfare Partnership. Forming the group will help attract grants and improve animals’ welfare, said its president.

A number of animal welfare organizations already share a similar mission — to help pets and work to get unwanted animals into loving homes.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, local organizations have formed a group and are participating under an umbrella organization called the Mesa County Animal Welfare Partnership.

Having the label will allow the group to have a better chance to receive grants, and it will improve the health of animals, said its president, Penny McCarty.

“We all have the same goal of helping animals,” she said, including groups like the cat rescue group CLAWS, Grand River Humane Society, Roice-Hurst Humane Society and Grand Valley Pets Alive.

The partnership recently received two grants for $22,500 each from the Animal Assistance Foundation to offer reduced-price spay and neuter services to pet owners, McCarty said.

The creation of the new group also will label the area as a model animal community, making it more receptive to receive grants through organizations such as the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund and national pet welfare organizations.

The partnership’s first project includes offering reduced-cost spay and neuter services. The service is $20 and is offered at several veterinarian clinics around the Grand Valley through July 31. The discounts are available are on a first-come, first-served basis for 500 pet owners.

Pet owners may be required to show proof of current rabies vaccination to get the reduced-cost services.

Participating veterinarians include All Pets Center, Amigo Animal Clinic, Animal Birth Control, Animal Medical Clinic, Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital, Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic, Desert Spring Veterinary Services, Footprints Animal Hospital, veterinarian Jean A. Fromm, Kokopelli Animal Hospital; Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Redstone Veterinary Hospital and Tiara Rado Animal Hospital.

For information about the partnership, contact these local animal agencies: Cats League and Assistance of the Western Slope at 241-3793; Mesa County Animal Services at 242-4646; or Roice-Hurst Humane Society at 434-7337.


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