“It’s a mom and two daughters,” said Debbie Gibson, a kennel attendant at the Animal Shelter of Pell City Inc.
Gibson said the three Chihuahua “ladies” are already leash-trained, spayed and possibly housebroken.
“The mom, Angel, is 6,” she said. “Her daughters, Baby and Bambi, are both 4.”
Gibson said she would love to see the three Chihuahuas go to the same home because they get along so well, but even more important is to find them homes.
And Angel, Baby and Bambi are not alone. The ASPCI operates at full capacity and is constantly trying to find homes for a wide variety of loving dogs and cats, puppies and kittens.
“It is important to know that while the shelter building itself is located in Pell City, it is not operated by the city or any other governmental agency,” said Lenn Rainwater, membership chairwoman for the ASPCI. “The ASPCI is a private, non-profit corporation that contracts with St. Clair County and nearly every municipality in the county (except Moody and Leeds).”
Rainwater said Lincoln also contracts with the ASPCI, which provides care and housing for stray and unwanted animals.
“Less than half our budget comes from ASPCI’s contracts with the county and municipalities,” she said. “We must raise the remainder of needed funds through the membership campaign, donations, fundraisers and the small amount of fees collected at the shelter. All donations provide for the feeding and care of the animals brought to us and the costs of staffing the shelter.”
Rainwater said the ASPCI recently kicked off its annual membership campaign for 2010-2011. Members may join at various levels of their choice, and all dues are considered donations for the benefit of the animals at the ASPCI. Different membership levels are available, including Student/Senior at $10, Individual at $15, Family at $25, Companion at $50-$99, Patron at $100-$199, Benefactor at $200-$499 and Guardian at $500 and up.
“The ASPCI’s goal is to find a home for every animal that is suitable for adoption,” she said. “Each animal that is adopted must have vaccinations, be tested and dewormed and be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter.”
Rainwater said the expense to the shelter is an average of about $150 per animal.
“But we only charge $125 per adopted animal,” she said. “In order to keep this cost down, we have to raise more money. I would love to see us be able to lower this price if we had enough funds. We have so many animals brought to us that just want to be loved and make wonderful pets. Donations of any amount will help us to help these precious animals.”
Rainwater said other ways to donate to the shelter include memorials and honorariums and by including the ASPCI in one’s estate planning.
“Many people will ask that a donation be made to the ASPCI in memory of a loved one or a beloved pet,” she said.
Rainwater said the shelter can also use donations of Purina Puppy chow, Purina Kitten Chow, cat litter, office supplies and household cleaning products.
For more information, call the ASPCI at 205-814-1567.
Contact Elsie Hodnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.