I used to think that the main reasons for the internet's existence were making sure everyone knew the same jokes and online porn. But there's a better use for it, which is staying in touch with people, and getting in touch with old friends (or new ones). I've recently become reacquainted with a friend from third grade, and while I'm sorry we missed out on the last...umm, fourteen? years of life..okay, maybe a few more than that, I'm glad we found each other again.
Anyway, Anita is one of those very important but underappreciated heroes who takes care of animals that other people won't, at an animal shelter in Idaho. Stormy and G'Nort are both shelter dogs, and we are very appreciative of animal shelters and the people who staff them.
But the shelter's facility is in poor shape, and that affects the conditions under which the animals live, regardless of the efforts made on their behalf by the staff. As Anita writes:
"The new shelter would provide more room for cats, a separate stray holding and adoption area, a crematorium, exhibition areas where people can't touch the animals but can view them. More office space. Fenced-in and locked security areas. More storage space. It sounds luxurious and unwarranted, but it's not. Our current shelter leaks when it rains, the cat room and laundry area floods. There are wall areas that are disintegrating and down to the foundation. There's no room when a lot of people come into the office, there's no separate entrance for cats and dogs. We could have 30 people in the front office waiting for assistance along with their animals."
There is a fund-raising drive going on. I know times are tough and money's tight all over. But if you can redirect a buck or two that might have gone to Starbuck's (and come on, you can make better coffee at home) or Target, send it over. Every dollar helps. Here's the address.
Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 4169, Pocatello, Idaho, 83205.