About 18 months ago, I made what turned out to be a life-changing call to one of our community’s most active and essential non-profit services, the Protecting Animal Life Society, popularly referred to as PALS.
Over time I had come to observe with great admiration, how much obvious joy and loving companionship was being continually extended by a variety of domestic pets carefully placed by PALS volunteers in a caring home. In a vast majority of cases, the arrival of a long-awaited pet, led to becoming settled into amicable relationships with responsible persons of all ages, but in particular, senior citizens.
It was while visiting a friend that I had the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of pet ownership and the associated responsibilities which accompany the serious decision to adopt a living being into one’s life including personal and financial circumstances.
In my quest to learn what my own needs, interests and options were if I too were to make such a commitment, I sought out details concerning PALS’ mission. I was informed that this registered society’s goal is to aid, care for and rescue (if necessary), abused, neglected, abandoned or homeless animals, whilst at the same time, utilizing the highest possible ethical standards in carrying out its mandate.
In order to facilitate the needed services offered within the areas of Edgewood through to Trout Lake and Silverton as well as Nakusp and surrounding hamlets, a series of programs have been established including animal rescue, adoption, spay and neuter assistance, lost and found resources as well as professional veterinary care as required.
Awareness and Education are essential components of PALS’ overall mission, explained Florence Bargery, a lifelong champion of members of our animal kingdom, emphasizing the role of being a responsible pet owner. High up on the list is that of ensuring that your pet is spayed or neutered.
There are many health benefits associated with this goal, but the most important reason for having the procedure carried out, is to break the cruel cycle being faced by many unwanted cats and dogs, Florence stated.
The good news for some of us is that if you wish to assist but are not in a position to offer a permanent home at present, it still may be possible to offer temporary pet foster care. This means you can enjoy the companionship of a pet without the long term commitments normally entailed.
Florence wished to express PALS’ gratitude for all the generous support of businesses and individuals which in turn enables it to carry on the important work it does, within the region. As to myself, as you might have already guessed, I made the commitment to provide a forever home too, and I am so glad that I did. Rascal, a wonderful and loyal companion is my delightful four-footed terrier and has added immeasurably to my life ever since he came to live with me. Thank you, PALS!
For more information regarding adoption fees, spay or neuter as well as financial assistance for low income individuals or families and to subscribe with a donation toward a condolence card and certificate in member of a beloved companion, or any other aspect of this service, call PALS at 265-3792.