To the editor:
I hope the residents of Union County read your recent article about Last Chance Animal Rescue in Carlisle. Whitney Knowlton and her volunteers have accomplished so much in so little time, and have put Union County on the road to providing an almost kill-free animal shelter. She is not easily discouraged and refuses to give up on any animal at the shelter. These unwanted dogs and cats are truly given another chance, including the opportunity to find a forever home, much needed vet care, and compassion.
The successful partnership between the local shelter and Last Chance Rescue should be embraced by both the county and the public. This includes both financial and physical involvement. Whitney’s organization has funded many improvements to the shelter, while providing exceptional care for the dogs and cats that she rescues. I would encourage local businesses to offer services and building supplies to help offset some of these expenses. An inadequate facility can be a miserable place during the heat of the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter.
While many of the adoptable dogs and cats are avoiding euthanasia, we still have a large number of cats that are trapped on a daily basis. These cats are considered feral and are destined to be euthanized because they have no place to go. Whitney has offered to pay for the spay/neuter and vaccination expenses in hopes of saving as many of the healthy ones as possible. If anyone has a farm or rural property with some type of shelter and would like to help relocate some of these cats, please call me at 864-426-3908. Ongoing care including food, water, and health monitoring will be provided on a daily basis.
Please make it a priority to have your dogs and cats “fixed” so that they will not contribute to the overpopulation at the shelters. Having one dog or cat spayed or neutered is a minor expense compared to the financial and emotional strain that comes with puppies and kittens.