Community Support Continues for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter
Provided by Lincoln County Animal Shelter and Sheriff Dennis Dotson
Due to the outpouring of support for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, the doors are still open for adoptions and there are continued programs for dogs and cats by a full-staff of dedicated employees. The operating expenses for the shelter are funded through 2015 thanks to the passage of a five-year tax levy last fall. Over the last year, the Sheriff’s Office led an extensive review and modernization of services to better meet the community’s desires for programs and enhanced treatment for animals in the Animal Shelter’s care.
The quality programs and care of the animals is why so many individuals and businesses continue to support the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. This month, Maurice’s in Lincoln City hosted a successful Rescues & Runways, raising over $1,000. The Herb Store hosted a fun, ghoulish event including a Zombie Walk, a wonderful dinner provided by Green Gables, and screening of classic horror films to benefit both My Sisters Place and the Animal Shelter raising funds and canned food. The Oregon Coast Aquarium is raising funds for the Animal Shelter with their annual bake sale on October 30. In addition, all this month, Jerilyn & Company is donating 5% of their retail profits to the Animal Shelter, and Rogue Brewery is helping celebrate National Adopt a Dog Month.
“This is just a sampling of all of the events taking place throughout the year that raise awareness about the Animal Shelter, help fund our life-saving programs, and provide opportunities for people to meet some of the animals waiting to find their new families,” says Laura Ireland Moore, Animal Shelter Manager. “We are so thankful for everyone’s efforts and contributions to these amazing events.”
Today, whether animals come to the Animal Shelter as strays or are surrendered by their owners, all healthy animals find new loving homes. No animals are euthanized in order to make space. Instead, if someone is hoping to bring an animal to the Shelter and the kennels are full, the Shelter staff adds them to a waiting list. “I think this has been the hardest adjustment for our community,” explains Animal Care Specialist, Brandi Richmond. “However, once we explain why we are using the waitlist, most people are happy to learn that we only euthanize if it is in the best interest of the animal, and that their dog or cat will be able to stay with us until they find a new home, too.”
The Animal Shelter also keeps match-maker and lost and found databases, hoping to match potential adopters and reunite owners with their pets without ever needing to bring the dog or cat to the Shelter. However, a stay at the Animal Shelter is sometimes the best an animal has experienced. Each animal receives quality medical care from trained animal care specialists and those animals with more severe medical conditions are taken immediately to Animal Medical Care or Grove Veterinary Clinic. The animals’ temporary homes are in brightly painted rooms and all have clean, comfortable beds and blankets, a plethora of toys, and high quality food and treats. The staff and over fifty volunteers make sure the animals receive plenty of exercise and cuddles, too.
Thanks to funding provided by the Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, every animal is spayed or neutered before being adopted. The Central Coast Humane Society supplied microchips for each adoption. Also, each adoption includes a free well-check exam, generously donated by local veterinarians, and a one-year license, collar, and id for dogs.
The Lincoln County Animal Shelter is a happy place—one that provides hope and new beginnings for dogs and cats, and an occasional horse, rabbit, or other critter, and it is a source of love and companionship for those lucky people who adopt.
You can help us save lives by volunteering, fostering, adopting, spaying/neutering and licensing your animals. You may learn more by visiting our website at www.LincolnCountySheriff.net/Shelter.Share on Facebook