Rifle Animal Shelter welcomes donated medical equipment
Citizen Telegram Editor
Dogs and cats at the Rifle Animal Shelter will get better medical care, thanks to a recent donation of emergency lifesaving medical equipment.
Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation, based in Denver, funded a new anesthesia machine, autoclave – used to sterilize medical instrument – a surgery table and surgery packs, said shelter Executive Director Heather Mullen.
“They’ve contributed to our medical care fund for the last three years and have sponsored our Strut Your Mutt fundraiser for the last two years,” she added.
Lee, president of the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation, said in a statement that the donated equipment, estimated by Mullen to be worth $20,000, will allow the shelter’s veterinarian and veterinarian technician to “save more lives, have more animals adopted and be given a second chance on life.”
“This is such a tremendous asset for the shelter,” said Mullen. “Being able to perform many surgeries here at the shelter with a certified vet sets us apart and allows us to help even more animals in our region.”
Mullen estimated around 85 percent of the animals taken in by the shelter need either spay or neuter operations or other medical care. Previously, that care was handled by local veterinarians, she added.
“This should save us money, too,” Mullen said.
The first operations using the new equipment – spay and neuter – were planned to occur this week, she added.
“It’s just a tremendous asset for our shelter and should allow us to grow and offer more care for our animals,” Mullen said.
The Rifle Animal Shelter serves Rifle and Parachute and frequently transfers animals from overcrowded shelters in the region. The shelter is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located across from Rifle High School on Prefontaine Avenue. To find out more about adoptable pets, volunteering, donating and shelter services, go online to rifleanimalshelter.org or to their Facebook page. To learn more about the Wags and Menace Makes a Difference Foundation, visit wagsandmenace.org or their Facebook page.
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