By Allie Smith
NEW KENSINGTON,Pa.– Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is a no-kill animal shelter located in New Kensington that is committed to rescuing and caring for the community’s abused, strayed and abandoned animals and is looking for people to provide loving homes for cats and dogs.
According to petfinder.com, an online database of animals who need homes, approximately 8 to 12 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 5 to 9 million are euthanized.
Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley was founded in 1966 as a network of foster homes providing temporary shelter and adoption services for abandoned animals. From 1966 thorugh 1985, volunteers fought to end the practice of euthanizing abandoned dogs in the city of New Kensington.
In 1986, the city of New Kensington provided a permanent shelter for Animal Protectors that now consists of 21 dog kennels, three rooms for medical treatments, a cat room, and the shelter office.
The shelter offers services to the public such as microchipping and rabies clinics on site and at low costs.
“We have two volunteer veterinarians and two vet technicians on hand to take care of the animals,” said the manager of the shelter, Kathy Resnick. “We get a lot of sick animals and thankfully we are able to care for them.”
Allegheny Valley Animal Protector’s no-kill and adoptive policies enables them to match animals with appropriate caring homes.
Resnick said that adopting a cat or dog from Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is simple and easy. “The first step is to come in and meet the animals,” said Resnick. “Then you have to fill out an application while we do background and vet checks, and if you pass those you are able to adopt.”
If one is looking to adopt from the shelter, they must also be able to provide proper veterinary care and meet the basic needs of an animal like providing food, exercise and companionship. Adoption fees range from $50 to $110 and include spay or neuter surgery, worming treatment, vaccines and the option of microchipping for an extra $20.
Animal Protectors is a non-profit organization which means they are not government funded and rely on the generosity of the community to keep their doors open.
Resnick said that providing money isn’t the only way to give to the shelter. “We are always looking for volunteers so we have volunteer orientations every second and third Saturday and Sunday of each month at noon.”
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website, volunteering at a local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of animals. “From walking dogs and organizing fundraising events to fostering abused or frightened animals, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers,” the site explains.
Resnick said that getting people to just come in to the shelter is one of the most challenging aspects of her job. “Seeing sick animals that need medical care and a home is also challenging,” she added. “But the most rewarding part of my job is seeing an animal go to a loving home.”
For more information about Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley visit www.animalprotectors.net or call 723-339-7388.