No-kill shelters seek foster families

The Angels of Hope and the Guardian Angel Animal Rescues teamed up on Sunday, January 27 by hosting an adoption day for rescued dogs and cats at Yorkton's newest pet store, Pet Valu.

The mission for the volunteer-run organizations is to rescue, nurture and eventually find the perfect home for the pets. "The priority is the animal," says Shelly Hasper, vice president of the Guardian Angel Animal Rescue (GAAR).

There are many pets available that would make a great first, second or even third pet. However, for every pet there comes a procedure to rehabilitate. Foster parents are responsible for saving the life of a neglected pet, and the animal rescues are responsible for making sure the pets go to a home where they will be well-treated. In order to make sure the standards are met, the rescues perform an examination of the potential adopters' homes and verify references to match up the pet with a loving family.

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Dedicated to the rescue of the animals are volunteers who care to give the once abandoned or abused animals a sense of hope. Angels of Hope is located in Esterhazy and GAAR is located in Yorkton. They both work together along with other animal rescues in the area to assist with animal placements and adoptions.

Of course, the pets cannot be adopted without having been neutered by a vet. All animals have been examined by a vet and received vaccinations prior to adoption day. Unfortunately, vet fees aren't covered by the government. Some of the many responsibilities of an animal rescue are to pay for the rescued animal's vet fees, food and other necessities. That means that the adoption fees of the animal are based on the animal's vet fees.

Donations can be made by calling Angels of Hope at 745 3453 and GAAR at 783-7771. Since these are non-profit organizations, donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt. Donations are not the only things being accepted, so are foster parents and volunteers.

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