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12/8/2012 1:13:00 PM
My Turn: Four-legged friends need your help
Kyla Allen

Difficult times don’t just fall on people, they also fall on our four-legged friends. And in this event, the Verde Valley is experiencing both.

When the new Board of Directors took the reins of the Verde Valley Humane Society, (rebranded as the Adopt For Life Center For Animals) in late 2011, we were facing a financial deficit of over $70,000. With drive and vision, the board along with a passionate executive director, have been able to reduce that deficit by nearly half. But it’s just not enough.

AFLCFA is a non-profit animal shelter with the goal to provide compassionate care and adoption services for the Verde Valley’s lost, abused and abandoned cats and dogs.

We provide housing, spay/neutering, veterinary care, animal training and empathetic service for our temporary pets. Our adoptions have been extremely successful and increasing over these 12-plus months and we have been able to place hundreds of cats and dogs in loving homes.

At one point last summer, we had over 100 cats in our shelter, yet we have never had to euthanize a homeless pet for space.

We have a thrift store with the goal to provide needed income to offset our costs and though it is finally running in the black, more improvement is needed as it continues to move forward. We also participate in many public events to make ourselves known in the valley and to give back.

The services we provide are necessary in every community. Yet, the operation of our shelter does come at a price.

And while the City of Cottonwood has been extremely generous and the Towns of Clarkdale and Jerome have also funded our efforts, which we are tremendously grateful for, we need your help as well.

This isn’t the usual, “donate to your local charity” request you read so often this time of year. This is a cry for help from the AFLCFA Board to you, the public, to keep our doors open.

We have done a great deal this past year to bring the shelter back into the community. Our terrific “Cruizin’ For The Critters” motorcycle ride and the incredible generosity shown at the 2nd annual “Wet Nose Wednesday” spear-headed by Julie Shoup have been instrumental in supporting us.

We loved having a booth at the Brian Mickelsen Marathon, National Night Out and Walkin’ On Main Street events, and became a unique team walking at the all night “Relay For Life” cancer awareness event, and we continue to support such events in our communities. And though we didn’t raise a lot of money, we had a great time at our first annual Fur Ball, the “Rock’N’Rover” dance. It has been great fun and rewarding to be able to reconnect and become an integral part of our communities once again.

Yet with that, we are reaching out to you to help us to continue these endeavors.

When all the fun is done, the celebrations end and the lights get turned off, the reason behind it all, first and foremost, is that we care for those that cannot care for themselves. Our abandoned, abused and homeless pets.

As we struggle through these financially difficult times, please remember them. We need your help. And they need you.

Kyla Allen is the president of the Adopt For Life Center For Animals board of directors.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: PROBLEM CAUSED BY HUMANS

The problem confronted here IS CAUSED BY HUMANS. It is stupid humans who won't have their animals spayed/neutered that is causing the over-population of dogs and cats. The male ego trips think their dog/cat will be damaged by the procedure and want to play the macho man. We create the problem but don't want to face the consequences. The animals are the innocent victims here. Then again, lots of people would rather shop for a pedigree instead of a true companion. They don't want a 'pet', they want the status of owning a pedigree. I have furbabies from the shelter and you will find no greater love and devotion than the love they give you. They somehow know you have given then a second chance for a life.
The shelter here in Cottonwood is not subsidized by SPCA, AHS, or any other nation organization who advertise that they help in the community. They operate on income from contracts with surrounding jurisdictions and the donations and help from the community.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Not buying it...

Nah. I don't believe this post by "Their Animals" is anything but an adolescent ploy by someone with nothing better to do, to get everyone's dander up.

And yeah, I do know there are people out there who consider animal's lives to be of lesser value than human's. I just don't buy that this was written by someone like that.

And if by some chance I'm mistaken, and this post WAS sincere......hoo boy, I wouldn't be surprised if someday "Their Animals" finds themself in a vulnerable position with someone who considers THEIR life to be of lesser value.

Life seems to work that way, doesn't it?

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Re: Their Animals

My thought was that we should do what we can for the innocent animals, and humanely euthanize the humans that choose to be a huge nuisance. Should we examine the societal liabilities of "Their Animals" first, then go down the list?

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Re, Their Animals

Sorry, but you are very WRONG!!! I am not a dog lover, but that doesn't mean I would just euthanize them! They are living creatures that have as much right to live as you do, it's not their fault people neglect them by not having them fixed and or abuse them. Some people don't have a heart and I guess you might be one of them!

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012
Article comment by: Are You Serious

You obviously are not an animal lover. Thats ok but they are living and breathing as well as us. Its not their fault they cant get themselves fixed. Have you ever watched Planet of the Apes... when if the roles were reversed... and they wanted to just euthanize YOU?

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Their Animals

They're animals people. And a huge nuisance. Why spend so much to feed and board them. Just humanely euthanize them. After all, we eat animals don't we??

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