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Pagosa Animal Advocates art fund-raiser a great success

December 8 proved to be a great night for a party to raise money for the animals of Archuleta County. Wild Spirit Gallery hosted the art opening/holiday fund-raiser and sales from local artist Paula Jo Miller’s art show raised more than $4,000 for the Pagosa Animal Advocates Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP).

Pagosa Animal Advocates (PAA) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which provides low-cost spaying and neutering of family pets to qualifying families. This was an important fund-raiser because PAA does not limit the number of spay/neuter services available. Working to control the population of pets in Archuleta County and educate pet owners with the facts of spaying and neutering, PAA is confident that its Spay and Neuter Assistance Program will result in an increase in happier and healthier pets, which in turn keeps people and their pets together. Pet retention is a main focus of Pagosa Animal Advocates.

When asked about the success of her first art show Paula replied, “I am so grateful for the support we received from attendees, local business and our volunteers. It’s encouraging to see that so many Pagosans are concerned about local animal welfare.”

Pagosa Animal Advocates is not affiliated with any other organization. Rather than duplicating the efforts of the Humane Society, PAA supplements the shelters’ programs in the hope that no animal falls through the cracks. Pagosa Animal Advocates has no central facility or paid employees. PAA’s adoptable pets are housed in a network of loving foster homes where they live until they are adopted. PAA’s rescue/foster/adoption program focuses on elderly and special needs pets only. PAA also works to get mistreated dogs off of chains (and out of pens) and into the home and family by building fences, installing doggy doors and providing anti-chaining literature; fosters pets for families in crisis or transition; promotes the humane treatment of animals through better laws; intervenes and assists in cruelty, neglect and abandonment cases and has the resources to rehabilitate animals that would otherwise be euthanized.

To learn more about PAA’s innovative programs or to make a donation to help PAA continue their life saving work, visit www.pagosaanimaladvocates.org or call 903-2500.