Out with your dog: Mesa County’s animal-welfare groups join forces | PostIndependent.com

Out with your dog: Mesa County’s animal-welfare groups join forces

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To better serve local pets, Mesa County Animal Services recently joined with area shelters through a new organization — the Animal Welfare Partnership. And with it, an official collaboration between CLAWS Rescue and Adoption Center, Roice Hurst Humane Society, Grand Rivers Humane, and Mesa County Animal Services was born.

“We accomplish a lot more together than individually,” Mesa County Animal Services director Penny McCarty said. “We’re starting to track everything as an entire community, and we set our goal for Mesa County to be a model animal community.”

McCarty is also the first president of Animal Welfare Partnership, and she’ll initially be in charge of collecting data county wide.

Two grants from the Animal Assistance Foundation on the Front Range recently solidified the partnership’s efforts — all together it received $45,000 to fund a spay/neuter assistance program, plus a third grant for a little more than $20,000 is pending to help with vet care.

According to McCarty, the formalized partnership not only helps fund pet-care programs, but it also looks at the big picture of animal welfare throughout the valley.

“We are developing into a really animal-friendly community,” she added. “Our return-to-owner rate is the second highest in the state. We have pet owners that really care.”


Mesa County Animal Services will launch another pet-friendly service soon — a Web page dedicated to lost pets to kick off mid-month.

“We’re going to be rolling out an interactive lost and found pet page on our website,” McCarty said, including recently impounded pets along with a community lost and found component.

The page will be located at http://www.animalservices.mesacounty.us, and it will likely be up and running around April 15.

“If a dog is picked up at 10 p.m., it will be updated then,” McCarty noted. “It will immediately pop up” online.

Crystal Meyer, who moderates Facebook’s popular “Mesa County Lost and Found Pets” group — http://www.facebook.com/groups/mesacountylostandfoundpets — is extremely excited for Mesa County Animal Services’ improved Web presence.

“My No. 1 goal is getting lost pets found and found pets home,” Meyer said. “This new website is going to help make that happen for more pets and people in Mesa county.”

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