Letter to the Editor

Marshall Animal Shelter

Friday, February 26, 2016

To the Editor:

The yearly statistics for the Marshall Animal Shelter have been compiled, and the results are noteworthy. Of a total of 689 live animals received into the shelter throughout 2015, 91 percent of those that were adoptable did find homes!

Of course, the animals can't find homes all by themselves. It takes a great amount of time and effort to care for and clean up after animals, advertise, coordinate adoptions, coordinate with other shelters and rescue organizations, field phone calls and inquiries, assist potential adopters personally, and the list goes on and on. Kudos to Danita Phillips, manager, her staff and the many, many volunteers who help keep the shelter functioning. And let's not forget the Saline Animal League, which funds much of the veterinary care for shelter animals as well as coordinating adoptions in the Kansas City area on a weekly basis.

Our local veterinarians are of great assistance for the actual medical services and consultative assistance they provide. Many people in Saline County help with donations of cash or supplies, which ease the operating budget for the shelter. It really does take a village.

Probably the best thing any pet owner in Marshall can do to assist the shelter is to spay or neuter your own pets. Indiscriminate breeding only adds to the number of unwanted and unloved animals, which eventually wind up at the Shelter. Nip it in the bud -- your pets will thank you for it!

Gina Hare
Shelter Volunteer