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Letter to the Editor: Response to “Licensed Animal Shelters”

Posted: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

We want to thank Mr. Peek for his article in the Valley Courier on April 18, 2013 to correct the comment made about licensed shelters.

There were other comments made at the meeting with the SLV Commissioners meeting on April 15, 2013. When asked about the alliance we have with the SLV Animal Welfare Society, it was noted that the Conour Animal Shelter wants to collaborate with the San Luis shelter in our efforts to become a Regional Shelter. Both shelters have a commitment to “Saving the Lives” of our animals. We are contracted and do take in the dogs from the municipalities and counties we serve.

Ray Skeff reported at the meeting that Jack’s Market called him last year with an offer to buy dog food for our shelter. The Conour Animal Shelter did not need dog food at the time, so Jacks’ Market contacted Aileen Peek to inform her that Ray bought the dog food and wanted to donate it to them. He received a very kind “Thank You” and a very cordial invitation to visit their shelter from Mrs. Peek.

The Conour Animal Shelter website had to change the address to www.slvanimalshelter.com. The shelter has an animal management system to record the intake and outcome of the dogs at the shelter, which lists them on Petango.com. URGAS also lists the dogs on Petfinder.com and Adopt-A-Pet.com.

Conour Animal Shelter also operates as a no-kill shelter. The purpose of the shelter is to establish and maintain an environment for lost, abused, abandoned or unwanted pets. We agree with Mr. Peek, the only way to control the pet over population is to encourage pet owners to spay/neuter their pets. Until the pet population is taken care of, there will always be a need for shelters. Conour Animal Shelter does not euthanize any animal for population control, but only as a last resort to end an animal’s suffering or to ensure public safety and welfare.

Cheryl Santi, President

Colette Skeff, Treasurer

Upper Rio Grande Animal Society

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