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Clear the Shelter event sees lots of visitors, pet adoptions

December 17, 2018

NEEDLES — “It was awesome,” said Deanna Johnson, manager of Needles Animal Shelter, of the Clear the Shelter event held Dec. 8.

“We had a lot of traffic through here, which is good. It gave a lot of people an opportunity to see what we have.”

Six cats and three dogs were adopted during the event; contributions of both money and support items collected; and a chance was given for some other worthwhile local entities to showcase their programs as well. Those included the culinary arts and multimedia class students from Needles High School: the former with a table of holiday baked goods, the latter to take pictures of people or pets with Santa Claus.

Johnson announced the local shelter is now partnering with the Boulder City Animal Shelter to get rescue pets altered and fully vaccinated before they go to their new homes. She reported 23 cats made the trip in the first round. See a cat missing a tiny bit off the tip of one ear? If it’s a nice straight cut its ear has been “tipped:” to let people know it has a home, has been altered, has its shots and is being fed and cared for somewhere in the neighborhood. Such care and identification is now the preferred method for keeping feral cat populations in check.

Tipping is another service being performed in Boulder City. They’ll be taking cats and dogs once a month. Johnson is hoping to eventually get services for the community at large as well.

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