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The shelter is not the ‘pound’

November 6, 2018

By Jenny Anderson

Special to Today’s News-Herald

I cringe every time I hear people refer to the Western Arizona Humane Society as “the pound.” That term conjures up images of a crowded, dismal place with nothing more than cages. It is the place where many animals go to be caged and possibly euthanized.

Yes, WAHS is housed in an aging facility and can sometimes get crowded, but this organization provides more than housing of unwanted or stray animals. WAHS has come a long way from the early days and now truly encompasses the humane part of its name. This can only happen when there is community support and a dedicated cadre of volunteers and staff.

When I first adopted my last dog 10 years ago, I suspect she was on the short list to be “put down.” I do know she was a pretty sad case after being adopted out and returned a couple times. Something about her made me give her a chance. She became a wonderful companion, and none of the faults/problems were an issue for us.

I am so glad the humane society let her stay until the right match came along. This is pretty much the policy now, and WAHS operates with a “no-kill” philosophy. Only truly untreatable illness or severe aggression is a reason to euthanize. Of course, pet owners sometimes do bring in aging pets to end their suffering.

Other services WAHS offers:

• Bi-annual immunization clinics at reduced cost.

• Dog training classes.

• Co-sponsoring the Pet Partner therapy animal organization.

• Veterinary care for animals at intake.

• Community events where pet-lovers can participate with their dogs.

• Hosting children’s groups to educate them about responsible pet ownership.

• Adoptions, which provide spay-neuter and pet care information.

Hopefully we will see an even better WAHS when the new facility is completed.

Let’s rally around the WAHS Building Campaign and make this a reality. The next bingo evnet supporting the building campaign is Nov. 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the WAHS office.

The Western Arizona Humane Society, 1100 Empire Dr., 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. To find lost pets, call 855-4111. View animals found at www.lhcpd.com

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