Our View: News from animal shelter commendable

Published 8:28 am Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Clark County Animal Shelter has been able to share some great and inspiring news over the past week. 

On Saturday, the shelter shared the staff found homes for all but six of the adoptable dogs and two of the adoptable cats at the shelter. 

Wednesday, the shelter posted an update the “kitty room” was empty, as all adoptable cats had gone to new loving homes. 

For a shelter worker, a day could mean rescuing an abandoned dog thrown away in a neighborhood dumpster, responding to a case of animal hoarding and neglect, working intake for dogs and cats surrendered to the shelter, or catching a stray who is scared of humans from a busy roadway.

The job of animal rescue is often a thankless, but stressful and emotionally taxing one. 

Shelters deal with lack of funding, lack of education and lack of consistent volunteers or employees. 

However, those who are passionate about animal welfare in Clark County have made great strides to find loving, safe and long-term homes for the animals who find themselves at the shelter. 

At least two groups, Clark County C.A.R.E.S. and A Time To Live, support the shelter by doing fundraisers, assisting with adoption events and providing volunteer time to find pets homes with reputable rescues.

Many of the community’s younger philanthropists have also reached out the shelter, whether it’s a young girl asking for the shelter donations instead of birthday gifts, a Girl Scout making blankets for the pets or a school collecting food and other supplies, it’s clear many in Clark County have a heart for our furry friends. 

We applaud the many volunteers, city/county employees and citizens who make it a point to support the animal shelter and protect the animals in our community. 

We hope the news from the shelter this week will be a trend of which our community can be proud.