Many years ago the Animal Care Network realized and learned (we are still learning) that we had to make some guidelines and rules in order to make our program more effective and structured. There are many reasons for this:
We did not want to be enabling and helping people to continue to breed and add to the pet overpopulation crisis.
We did not want to be a part of the problem
We wanted to educate and attempt to make pet owners more responsible and aware of their pet’s needs and humane care.
In the beginning we would give someone food and then their dog or cat would have a litter, they would hand them out and then those people would be calling us for food. Wait a minute!!!
Again our organization did not want to be a part of the problem, just the opposite, so we had to set some guidelines for our food assistance/doghouse program.
In order to qualify for a doghouse the dog must be spayed and neutered.
In order to qualify for the food assistance program all dogs and cats in the home must be spayed and neutered, regardless of age, sex or breed.
In order to get this done, financial assistance and transportation will be provided
IN OTHER WORDS AND SIMPLY PUT, THERE ARE NO EXCUSES.
We really do want to help, but we also want the owners to be responsible and not add to the problem.
This has been extremely positive and totally effective!!!!
Some times it takes awhile, but we do not give up and we always try to keep the lines of communication open.
Please meet Patches and Hype whose owners were eager and willing to get them fixed to qualify for the program!!