Mary Blakeman: Be a responsible pet owner

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On Friday, 32 homeless and abandoned pets were listed on the adopt-a-pet page.

What happens to abandoned pets? First, they are held at the Craig Shelter for 10 days, hoping to be reclaimed by their owners or adopted to a good local home.

At the end of the 10 days, tough choices need to be made. Either the pet is put down or, if lucky, they can sometimes be accepted at an already crowded shelter or rescue in another part of the state.

Each pet lucky enough to be accepted at another shelter or rescue must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated in advance. Plus, medical tests are required, such as feline leukemia, ghiardia, general health check-ups, etc. before the pet can be transferred. The cost to save one pet's life ranges between $100 to $140. This cost has to be picked up by the Humane Society.

The burden created by irresponsible pet owners is staggering. All of us can choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution.

Being a responsible pet owner means being committed to giving your pet a loving home for life. Keep your pets from roaming freely. Spay or neuter and vaccinate your pets. It'll keep them healthy and prevent many puppies and kittens from being born with no home in their future.

Do you think you can't afford to spay or neuter and vaccinate your pet? If you are a Moffat County resident and your total household income is less than $25,000 per year, call the Humane Society's voice mail at 870-7500 and leave a message. A volunteer will return your call and complete the documentation necessary for you to obtain a reduced cost form.

Being a responsible pet owner saves lives and saves much heartache for the handful of Humane Society volunteers desperately trying to save them

Thirty-two homeless and abandoned pets this week are 32 too many.

Sincerely,

Mary Blakeman

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