Artesia shelter faces funding woes

Posted at: 12/07/2012 6:05 PM
Updated at: 12/07/2012 6:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Artesia’s Paws and Claws has experienced some big successes this year.

Dog save rates are up to 94 percent, with no euthanizations in October.

“The first thing we do is market our pets heavily,” Cindy Perini of Paws and Claws said. “We have local petfinders, one in Colorado, we use adopt-a-pet and Dogs in Danger, the Pet Corral, which puts us on 20 other websites: We’re on Facebook, we’re members of the Yahoo rescue community here in Colorado. And we market and market until someone says yes, whether it be an adopter or rescue group.”

They’ve even found a way to save more feral cats by matching them up with farmers and ranchers for pest control, squashing their kill rate by around 10 percent since last year.

“They are wonderful at controlling the rodent population, keeping away snakes, and they just make great little companions,” Perini said. “They're just not the kind you can hold and love on but they're still great little pets.”

But because of more pets coming in and all the expenses that come with it, Paws and Claws is very low on funds, and is asking for donations.

“Our adoption [rate] here for Paws and Claws is just 75 dollars which barely covers things,” Perini said. “It maybe covers a spay or neuter, our costs are 55-145 for that, microchips are $10, heart worm tests are $5, we do weekly transports to Albuquerque which run us $150 in cash, we've also been doing weekly escorts to Raton to meet our Colorado transporters - as you can see, the costs quickly add up and we are desperately low on funds. Nothing would be a greater tragedy to use then to have rescues for some of these wonderful dogs, and not be able to send them because we don't have the money so donations are desperately needed.”

If you’d like to help the organization continue to keep animals alive and find them homes, click on this link.

You can also see photos of their animals in case you too would like to adopt a shelter pet.