Pet Pals, Inc. In The News

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We have now directly helped save over 1,000 pets. Almost 3,000 have now been spayed or neutered.

MANY more articles have been written, but with ALL the pets here, we can't keep up. This site has not been updated!

Star-Herald Saturday, September 20, 2003

The Price Was Right For Pets at Clinic
by Roger Holsinger, Assistant Editor ~ Thank You!

Bob Barker is probably best known for "The Price is Right."
His final comments on the game show encourage the public to help control the pet population by having their pets spayed or neutered.
On Friday, some of the funds available through Barker's DJ & T Foundation helped pay for the spaying or neutering of 40 dogs and cats at the Animal Health Center.
The event was a joint venture with the center and Pet Pals, said President and founder of Pet Pals, Linda York
York said they received a grant through Barker's foundation, which provided free sterilization to some pet owners.
To qualify for the free service, pet owners must meet certain financial guidelines.
Pet owners that didn't qualify for the free service were offered spaying and neutering at a reduced cost.
York said the Barker Foundation has given them several thousand dollars in grants. More than 400 animals have been spayed/neutered through the mobile vet service.
Pet Pals is based out of Hawk Springs, Wyo., and covers communities in Wyoming and Nebraska. York said Pet Pals is a no-kill rescue. Animals are only euthanized if they are suffering.
In order to take part in the clinic, preregistration was required. York said more than 3,000 stray animals are killed each year. York encouraged pet owners to be responsible and have their pets spayed or neutered.
The DJ & T Foundation was started by Barker in 1994 to honor his wife and mother.
According to his Web site, Barker reports that the foundation has assisted clinics all over the United States and has given more than a $1 million in grants.
The foundation helps low-cost or free spay/neuter clinics; low-cost or free mobile clinics, and organizations that re establishing clinics.


Bringing a little holiday cheer... Dec. 20, 2002 by Denise Heilbrun, THANK YOU!

"Linda York and her Pet Pals Inc. 'clan' visit the Goshen Care Center on Wednesday afternoon. She had her pooches dressed up in Christmas attire to visit the residents and give them a little show."

Linda: It has been VERY rewarding to bring cheer to three area nursing homes month after month for over three years. These pets are rescues that would have died at shelters due to pet over population. PLEASE spay or neuter your pets.

In the Health Section Jan. 14, 2003

We love to go visting...
Linda York (right) of Pet Pals Inc., takes her pooches to Goshen Care Center in December for their monthly visit. Her dogs help to brighten the spirits of the residents.

Crusading for pets Nov. 21, 2001 by Sandra Hansen, THANK YOU!

TORRINGTON, Wyo.-Linda York is on a crusade. The Hawk Springs, WY., resident believes every pet is entitled to love and proper care, but that isn't always the case when animals are bred out of carelessness on the part of their owners, or if they are ignored and mistreated.
"People have to be responsible," York said after a public program at Willi Gym in Torrington, Wyo., last week.
"Be sure you want to care for your pet and that you have time for it before you take one home,"
A life-long animal lover, York was a volunteer at an animal shelter in Michigan for several years before she moved back to Goshen County. "When I saw puppies being given away with popcorn at a store, I just thought I had to do something," York said.
She worked with other animal lovers in eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle and organized Pet Pals, Inc. of Goshen County, in December 2000. Their first official meeting was in April 2001.
"I don't do it all along," said York, who is president of the organization. "I'm really a recluse, but when I see animals mistreated, I know something has to be done so I go out and get something started. Pet Pals is a bunch of people working together to make life better for pets."
Taking responsibility for a pet means proper feeding, exercise, attention and medical care, York said. This includes neutering and spaying so pet populations do not get further out of hand.
According to Deb Schuute, executive director of the Panhandle Humane Society in Scottsbluff, eight million unwanted pets are born each year. Half of these are euthanized because no one wants them. One female cat can have three litters of kittens in a year's time. That cat and her offfspring have the potential to produce 420,000 kittens in seven years. One female dog can produce two litters of puppies in one year. She and her offspring could produce 67,000 puppies in six years.
Schutte told approximately 180 people at the public meeting that her organization cared for 2,422 animals last year, and 1,096 or 49 percent of them, were euthanized because they were not wanted.
"A few are sick or vicious, but the majority are wonderful, healthy animals, and that makes our job very hard," she said.
According to York, the best answer to this problem is educated people. "They have to get their pets spayed or neutered, and they have to give them the attention they need and deserve," she said.
If a pet is abandoned by its owner, it isn't always easy to find it a new home, but modern technology helps. "The Internet makes it easier," York said, noting success stories that have resulted in dogs finding new homes in Powell, Wyo., Colorado and Wisconsin. "Sometimes we find a home in another state because someone is looking for a specific breed, and then we find ways to transport the animals."
She has helped rescue dogs that have gone to Canada, Utah, California, Nebraska, Minnesota and New York. She said people looking for a pet can find just about anything from a kid's pet to a rescue dog, to a therapy pet at a shelter.
"If you want a pet, check athe animal shelter," York advised."You never know what you'll find there."
She explained that a dog from a shelter in Michigan where she was a volunteer is now the leading search and rescue dog in the state and was taken to work at the Oklahoma City bombing a few years ago. "And I'm sure he went to New York City in September," she said. "Trained dogs find a home quickly, and you never know when you'll find a good trainable dog in the shelter."
York said dogs are also popular at hospitals and care centers where people are site-bound and need some special atttention. She said pet theapy is used at area facitlites, including DSI (Diversified Services,Inc.,), Evergreen Court and the Goshen Care Center. "People rely on pets in these situations for special attention, but pets rely on us to care for them all of the time," York said. "They need to be treated like two-year-old children, so that means they need a lot of love and attention,"
According to York, there are those who go above and beyond the norm to rescue animals and care for them. She calls them "Animal Angels."
"I've seen them cry as they hold a pet in their arms when they send it back to God," York said. "It'ls unfair for people to put that burden on others."
For more information, contact your local humane society or Pet Pals, Inc., of Goshen County at (307) 532-3861.

We were also the front page of the HighPlains Journal..July 2002, THANK YOU Larry Dreiling!

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Police beat..March 19, 2002 by Chief, Jack Miller, THANK YOU!

Dogs and cats present problems in most communities. Guernsey is certainly not the exception. We've got plenty of 'em! Guernsey ordinance provides for "the animal control officer" to pick up, and impound, any animal found running at large. Guess who the "animal control officer" is thought to be? Yep, It's whichever police officer is unlucky enough to be on duty at the time. Then the officers impound it, feed and water it, and have it destroyed in the prescribe amount of time if placement hasn't been found for it. Many of the animals, which are destroyed, are good healthy animals with pleasant dispositions. We would prefer only to destroy animals that are diseased or dangerously aggressive.
Economics factor into our ability to manage animal issues in this community, as well as our sensitivity to liability if we mishandle an animal problem. "Liability" is a late 20th Century/Millennium buzzword that means, "we don't want to, and we're afraid to" deal with something. It may even mean "you can't make us do something". Larger communities deal with the "liability" of animal control by having trained officers use state of the art equipment, and transport vehicles, in the process of capturing and placing animals into a humane, hygienic, properly maintained impound facility. We don't have any of that stuff.
We have thought of a few possible solutions to the problem. Foremost, was the hope that we could budget for a trained animal control officer, and all the fancy equipment with provisions to maintain the pound in a manner which meets standards. If that appears to lack cost effectiveness, we could try to periodically contract an outside professional to come into the community and make a sweep (have catchpole, will travel). OR we can all hope that it will just go away. We'll probably never get sued anyway, and if we did we'd probably win the suit because the officer was acting in good faith. Unfortunately, litigation can be VERY expensive, even if we win! It is generally cheaper to settle law suits out of court. Now, how much did we say it would cost to upgrade our facilities?
Let's consider how much Shep or Felix might be worth, not counting sentimental value, based on statistics provided by the Panhandle Humane Society. One female cat can have three litters of kittens in one year. That cat and her offspring have the potential to produce 420,000 kittens in seven years. One female dog can produce two litters of puppies in one year. She and her offspring could produce 67,000 puppies in six years. Let's pretend that a pet owner, an alleged victim of a wrongful pet death, managed to convince a jury that their livelihood was dependent upon the productivity of that animal...Maybe I should bring one of my dogs to town. They certainly haven't been worth much at home.
Part of the solution to our problem has been made available by Pet Pals, Inc. of Goshen County. It is a non-profit kennel operated by Linda York of Hawk Springs. That organization has taken the last animal impounded by Guernsey Police, and it is now in their care. It will have good care and any medical needs provided for it. We're grateful that we were able to avoid having the animal destroyed. Pet Pals, Inc. has approximately thirty dogs in their care at this time, a few horses and other animals as well. They have some excellent animals available for adoption. They can be reached at (307) 532-3861. Visit them online at: www.PetPalsInc.org
Editor's note:
After reading this article I went to the web site mentioned by "police Beat"...I would encourage all readers who have access to internet service to visit Pet Pals, Inc. and support this worth-while organization. by Claudia Teeters, Editor The Guernsey Gazette, THANK YOU!

Pet Therapy brings cheer, happiness to many patients. March 15, 2000
by Peggy Kerr, THANK YOU!
Linda York of Hawk Springs shares her animals with a lot of people.
She does it through her Pet Therapy Program, which she stated last July.
She and six other volunteers take their pets to visit patients at hospitals, nursing homes or facilities for the mentally disabled.
"We either let the patients pet the animals, or if they wish to, they can hold the," York said.
There is a lot of value to letting people visit with a pet. Studies have shown that blood pressure goes down when a patient spends time with a pet.
"Usually every other time I visit I have a patient break down and cry because they're so happy to hold a pet." she said. "It brings back memories of the times of when they lived on a farm and had pets or farm animals."
When York visits a facility, she brings seven dogs, one cat and a prairie dog.
"I get a lot of request for the cat," she said. "They've all gone to school except my latest, which is a Doberman who was flown here from Michigan."
York got started with pet therapy in Michigan when she and her dog would visit her mother-in-law at a nursing home.
"I found out there was a program of pet therapy, and then I proceeded to go to obedience classes with my dog. I got her internationally certified-therapy registered."
While a part of the Pet Therapy Program in Michigan, York met with people from the local county animal shelter and humane society. She discovered many animals were being euthanized.
York was able to find many homes for animals through the nursing home.
Some pets were placed permanently at nursing homes.
"They became resicents themselves," she said. "I thought that was neat to be able to help patients and save animals at the same time."
Goshen Care Center staff are currently working with its board members to gain permission to keep a cat on the premises.
All York's dogs are rescued except for one.
"That's how I've ended up with so many dogs," she said.
"So I try to pass it on to everybody-please spay and neuter your dogs."
York invites everyone to visit her web page of animal rescues at www.PetPalsInc.org.
"The biggest question (I receive) on computer is "How do you get the dogs to pose?" And that's just training." she said.
York is looking for other volunteers.
The pets must be socialized and have up-to-date vaccinations.
Anyone interested in joining the program can call York at 5332-3861

Numerous articles have been published in our local Torrington Telegram. These articles have included spay/neuter clinics, microchip clinics and other club activies.
Because of YOU more pets are living. A BIG THANK YOU for your help.




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