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8:44 AM Mon, Dec. 17th

Letter: The animals need our help

With the supervisors' approval of animal control being turned over to Western Arizona Humane Society, the plight of homeless and abandoned animals will hopefully improve. The reality here is still too many animals and too few responsible pet guardians.

The current shelter has only 40 dog runs. When they are full, they're full. The city and county needs to pass mandatory spay/neuter ordinances and breeder's licenses to stop the overwhelming over-population of pets in the tri-state.

With the downturn of the economy and foreclosures on the rise, the number of owner turn-ins is increasing daily at the county and city shelters. The rescues are over-crowded, but we're all trying our best to save as many pets as we can. I ask that people understand that each rescue organization is not funded by the county or state, and relies on donations, fundraisers, and in my case, a full-time job to support the many animals in our care (R.U.F.F.F.).

Each rescue group does things differently, with different objectives, but each local rescue has the animals' best interests at heart. Demeaning or bad-mouthing any rescue diminishes its ability to continue rescuing - and more animals will die.

If you've ever taken an animal to the pound for any reason other than extreme hardship, you're part of the problem. If you haven't spayed/neutered your pet and allowed them to breed, even once, you're part of the problem. If you've called a rescue with a litter you can't place and been turned down, understand that there is only so much we can do and only so many animals we can each care for. Consider volunteering for one of the rescues or sponsoring a pet to help us continue our work. Or donate.

Help us help animals instead of complaining about this or that. Go to the shelter first to find a pet - the pets there are in jeopardy. If you can't find what you want, then it's time to call the rescues to adopt.

Be prepared for home inspections and many questions - after all, we don't want the animals back in the same situation but rather going to a "fur-ever" home to be loved and cared for the rest of their lives. In return, you'll get more love than you can imagine. A rescued pet is truly grateful and shows its appreciation daily.

Hillarie Allison,

Golden Valley