Salina Animal Companies welcomes animals of every kind with open arms. On one specific day, 35 Chihuahuas have been surrendered by their proprietor and in want of care. Shelter Supervisor Monique Hawley and her group discovered properties for all of them besides two females, Lily and Marianna.
“If anybody is aware of me, they know that’s my absolute favourite breed,” mentioned Hawley. “No one needed them, so that they got here house with me.”
It’s that degree of heartfelt dedication that drives the work of the employees and volunteers at Salina Animal Companies, 329 N. 2nd St., a no-kill facility in operation since 2015.
Hawley, who has served in her place since March 2019, tries to search out good properties for the animals in the power’s care. Cats and canines are spayed or neutered and medical companies are supplied as wanted. Adoptable canines are microchipped, vaccinated and heartworm examined earlier than leaving the power.
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“We don’t euthanize. If we are able to’t discover loving properties for animals, we switch them to different in-state services. We strive very arduous,” mentioned Hawley. She calls out-of-state shelters to search out locations to just accept canines as properly, if mandatory. “We’ve had superb luck with Colorado to undertake out pit bulls.”
When one other facility is keen to take animals, Hawley hundreds up the van and drives them wherever the animals must go. Nevertheless, generally a canine with well being or behavioral challenges will sit in the power ready to be adopted for months.
“I don’t suppose folks understand how emotional it could be,” she mentioned.
Salina Animal Companies, a city-run shelter, leans on its volunteers to assist out when employees must be freed up for day-to-day duties. Whether or not it’s serving to with surgical procedures, strolling canines, cleansing up or sustaining the canine park, there may be at all times one thing volunteers can do and the necessity is nice.
If somebody over the age of 18 desires to volunteer, they’re inspired to fill out the applying and pay a one-time $10 price. The fee of the applying features a T-shirt and lanyard. Volunteers are appointed to a mentor to indicate them the ropes till they’re able to work with the animals on their very own.
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“Volunteers can choose what they wish to do from helping with off-site actions to helping with shelter duties,” mentioned Hawley.
For individuals who would really like to pay it ahead however don’t have time to volunteer, provide donations are inspired. At current, Hawley mentioned they’re in want of kitten milk and pâté-style meals for foster cats. They’re in determined want of canine treats, biscuits and blankets. Hank’s Tavern at 116 S. Broadway is amassing provide donations by way of the tip of Could to offer to the shelter.
In the event you’re keen on giving a pet a without end house, name Salina Animals Companies at (785) 826-6535 to schedule an appointment Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The shelter is open to the general public on Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and an appointment just isn’t wanted.