Vet care is expensive. I easily spend much more on my pets than for health care for myself. If I leave the vet’s office with a bill less than $100, I feel fortunate. This isn’t to criticize prices for vet services, as we all understand it’s a business, and some vets give back to the community in various ways. Still, it can be very expensive for individual owners (and honestly our organization too).
The costs can skyrocket especially if:
- You have multiple pets
- You have older pets
- You have a pet with an injury or health condition that needs treatment
So when a person in the community contacted us for assistance with costs for surgery for a young rescued cat, the board discussed what we should do. We have limited funds and we must be good stewards of these funds, ensuring that we maximize how many animals we benefit in the community (such as through spaying and neutering).
The owner has rescued many stray and homeless pets over the years, dumped near her home, and in fact rehabilitated this cat when she was a kitten (she’s the tortoiseshell one) when she nearly lost her eyesight to a bore-worm. But she is a single parent who has fallen on hard times (although she has steadily worked 2 jobs & managed to stay off public assistance). She needs help to come up with the funds for this surgery (~$300). She called around to different vets to see if they would work with her, such as setting up a payment plan, but no luck. So she broadened her search and called different organizations, including ours. We were the only one who returned her call, a fact she appreciated.
So we decided to try a new strategy: setup a “Save Scamper” online campaign to see if we could at least raise part of the funds through Good Samaritans in the community helping a fellow Good Samaritan. And so far we’ve raised $160 (as of 3/27/2013). This should be enough raised to go forward with Scamper’s surgery so she can look forward to years of a healthy, happy life.
Once again we’re touched grateful for the generosity and caring of the community–thank you for helping make this a happy ending! –Mary Aycock
Congratulations to George Hunter, who won the PCAWL rifle raffle. A sincere thank you to everyone who bought and sold tickets.
If you have bought a ticket on the PCAWL rifle raffle, tune into KTTR (99.7 FM/1490 AM) on Friday, February 1st at 8:30 am during the Morning Mayors show to hear if you’ve won. Lee Buhr and Bill Bates will draw the winning ticket. The winner will be posted on this webpage and the PCAWL Facebook page on February 1st.
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Years ago I remember visiting an area shelter and feeling a wrenching heartache seeing all the kittens and puppies who would not, could not all possibly get adopted due to a shortage of homes. Not to mention the older cats and dogs whose chances of adoption dwindled down in the face of so many cuter, younger animals.
What if you knew a way to help homeless animals in the community, or rather, knew of a way to prevent the existence of so many homeless animals? By taking this action, you could avert many of the stray kittens and puppies that end up in the shelter. Or even worse, homeless and fending for themselves in a world unfriendly to strays.
But it wouldn’t be easy, because to make a meaningful difference, you would need to expand the scale you currently operate at. For example, to halt a disease in the community you would want to inoculate not just a few individuals, but the majority of people. So to stop the domino effect of overpopulation in the community, you would need to facilitate as many animals being spayed and neutered as possible. While PCAWL has helped some people spay and neuter, I have felt a restlessness in knowing that the status quo is not enough to stem the tide: we need to increase our efforts.
Still, how could you not try if this would help alleviate so much suffering?
In the coming months I will be calling a meeting to review our bylaws and mission. As you probably gathered above, I believe that focusing PCAWL’s efforts to promote spaying and neutering can make a difference. However, I cannot do it alone: the current board membership has fallen to critically low levels. I know there are animal-caring people in Phelps county who would like to help. More people could mean applying for grants, getting the word out about our services, starting an education program in area schools. More donations could mean more outreach and prevention of even more unwanted litters.
I have high hopes for PCAWL in 2013, especially if we are able to marshal our forces for the good of the animals. Please consider joining the PCAWL team or otherwise supporting our cause.
Just in time for the holiday season, PCAWL is rolling out a new website design. The original website was designed six years ago, which means it was long overdue for a makeover!
Content is still being updated and added from the old website, so check back for additional content and photos as they are migrated. Feel free to leave any suggestions.
We have less than half of the tickets left for the Remington Model 700 Rifle Raffle! Tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased at Rolla Animal Hospital or St. James Veterinary Medical Center or email our treasurer David Aycock or call him at (573) 308-2722. The winner will be drawn once we have sold 200 tickets, so don’t miss out!
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There will be a Halloween party hosted by K-9 Academy Dog Training. by Mike Kaelin. It will take place at Rolla Animal Hospital at 5:30 on October 26th. K-9 Academy has generously volunteered to donate proceeds to PCAWL. Here’s their Facebook event page for more details!