Spring and summer are traditionally the height of kitten and puppy season and this year is no exception.
Stacie DaBolt, our director of operations, reports that intake for the quarter increased and the numbers for the year to date are exceeding capacity. Even though there were 103 adoptions and 51 animals were returned to their owners in June, we currently have 300 cats and dogs (yes, 300!) who are either in the shelter or in foster care including three kittens who are just four days old.
“It isn’t hard for any animal owner to imagine the workload of caring for that number of animals and if it weren’t for our fabulous fosters we couldn’t be handling this volume,” says Stacie.
If you’re able to help foster a litter of puppies or kittens, please contact the shelter at 928-526-0742.
Grant from Best Friends
On a brighter note, we’re excited to report that our application to Best Friends for a grant to provide low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination services was approved for $15,000.
This grant will help High Country Humane contribute a total of 300 surgeries and vaccinations for cats and dogs whose owners could not otherwise afford these services.
The surgeries will obviously help reduce the numbers of unwanted animals in our community and, just as importantly, the surgery also contributes to the overall health of the animals by eliminating the risk of various cancers. The second component of the grant provides core vaccines specific to each species which help prevent common diseases as well as a rabies vaccine.
Best Friends has initiated this grant as part of an outreach program to help the companion animals living on native lands receive the care they need. One hundred and fifty of the animals served must be living within the Navajo Nation and the other 150 can be from any other part of Coconino County.
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The grant will also serve as a pilot program to expand the services the shelter’s clinic can provide on a regular basis for the animals living in low income households.
One of the challenges we’ve had to deal with, especially this second quarter, is the high number of animals with medical issues coming into the shelter. While it is not unexpected for a shelter to intake animals with serious illnesses, the numbers of animals who have come in with serious but treatable conditions has been surprising. There have been 264 medical cases this quarter with 46 of those animals having life-threatening but treatable conditions.
These 46 cases ranged from parvo and panleucopenia, diseases that are almost always fatal without intervention and can cost upwards of $3,000-3,500 to treat at a private clinic, to major fractures, tick fever, treatable cancers, etc. As part of our mission to provide the best possible outcome for each animal, we chose to treat these animals even though it was very expensive to do so.
This level of medical care is 8 to 10 times more labor intensive than what it is required for a healthy animal. All these animals will make it, thanks to our veterinary team, but it also comes at a cost. Even though the care was provided by our veterinary staff rather than a private clinic, the additional expense (calculated at an average cost of $800 each for 46 animals) comes to $36,800 that is not covered in our medical care budget.
If you would like to make a contribution to our medical fund to help save more lives like these in the future, please go to www.HighCountryHumane.org/donate.
4th of July Parade
As we did last year, High Country Humane will be participating in the 4th of July Parade on Thursday. A huge crowd is expected and many of our supporters will be there with their own dogs to march with us and our High Country Humane animals. This is a great opportunity to show your support for Flagstaff, our companion animals and the people who love them.
We hope to see you there and wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!