Local "no-kill" Shelters Exist
Thursday, January 7, 1999
The Marina Animal Shelter, although small, considers itself a local force behind pet adoptions. "We've come as far as we can towards no-kill," says Tim Chase, city services officer for the Marina Department of Safety. "We have a 93 percent adoption rate due to growing public awareness, volunteers and participating pet stores that allow the volunteers to show the animal there."
Animals rescued by the Marina Shelter can be adopted most weekends from PetsMart in Seaside, Country Critters and Animal Tracks in Salinas and Picture Perfect in Marina. To learn more about becoming a volunteer or how to adopt a pet call the Marina Shelter at 384-2528.
The fledgling Animal Friends Rescue Project also seeks adoptive homes and volunteers to foster cats and dogs until permanent homes can be found.
Animal Friends Rescue Project is an incorporated local nonprofit organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for abandoned, stray and abused companion animals, according to spokeswoman Carie Broecker.
The organization has a no-kill policy and promotes education, including spay/neuter programs, says Broecker."We have no facility, so volunteers take animals into their homes, explains Broecker. "We have placed over 200 animals in our first year. We have lots of kittens. At this time, no animals are in foster care for more than about four weeks," she adds.
"When we're full, we don't take any more animals. Our dream is to have a sanctuary some day. Some animals," she goes on, "aren't adoptable. They have special needs and have a home for the rest of their natural lives."
Animal Friends Rescue Project sponsors pet adoption days at Posh Pets in Pacific Grove, Petco in Carmel and PetsMart locations. To adopt a pet or offer a foster home, call Posh Pets at 375-7387.
-Annette Pennock and Barbara Paris