Nov. 7-13 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, a time for people to recognize the local agencies that care for the estimated 6-8 million relinquished, abandoned, lost or injured animals who pass through their doors each year.
You can help make a difference in tackling this problem. Don't allow your pets to roam alone outside and ensure they wear identification at all times in case they do get lost. Spay or neuter your pets, and address behavior issues before they break the bond between you and your pet. If you're thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, your shelter should be your first stop.
David Pauli, Director
Northern Rockies Regional Office