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February 28, 2020
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An introduction to the Animal Shelter League

By: Mickey Zeldes
January 24, 2020

Last week’s article was all about our Bark After Dark Dinner and Auction, a fundraiser for our non-profit group, Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park (ASL).  After reading it in the paper it occurred to me that you may not really know who and what ASL is and why supporting them is so important for our community.  So here’s some background information!

The Animal Shelter League of Rohnert Park was founded in 2002 by a dedicated group of volunteers at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter who wanted to help save more animals and get projects done that were beyond the basic budget the city allocated to the shelter.  Programs later broadened to include proactive community campaigns to assist local pets and hopefully help owners to keep and care for their pets so that they stay out of the shelter system. 

This all-volunteer organization is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and 100 percent of the money they raise is used to further their mission of helping the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter and the animals in our community.  

 

These programs include:

Shelter Medical Fund – pays for life-saving medical procedures for animals that enter the shelter sick or injured.  These extraordinary medical needs include: x-rays, laboratory tests, surgeries, dentals and medications.  

Silver Paws - Assists low-income senior citizens to provide veterinary care for their pets.  The costs for veterinary care is often out of reach for those living on a fixed income and yet we all know the value and companionship these animals offer our seniors.

“Get Them Back Home” Campaign – Offers free microchips and pet ID tags to ensure that if lost, every cherished animal in our community can be quickly reunited with their worried families.

Humane education - Teaches and inspires community youth about respect for animal life through school presentations, shelter tours, adding humane books to our public library and our popular Kidz ‘n’ Critters Camp programs.

Wellness clinics – offers free basic veterinary care to pets of residents in low-income areas of our community.  We bring the clinic to the community and sponsor free vaccinations, worming, nail trims, flea control products, microchips and most importantly a visual health examination by a veterinarian to discuss any potential issues.

BunFest – an annual celebration of everything rabbit!  A one-day public event that brings together expert speakers, adoption organizations, supply companies and advocacy groups to help educate about the care of pet rabbits.

Without the support of ASL, we would not be able to do all that we do to help the animals in our community.  We hope you will support them, and the best way is to come to their annual fundraiser, Bark after Dark, happening Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the RP Community Center.  Tickets are now on sale at tinyurl.com/BarkafterDark2020.  See you there!

 

Upcoming Events

No More Lost Pets – free microchips and pet ID tags for residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati City.  Stop by the shelter during our open hours with your pet to get one!  The shelter is open Wed. 1-6:30, Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30 and Sun. 1-4:30.

 

Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $100 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents.  Call 588-3531 for an appointment. 

 

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at mzeldes@rpcity.org.