The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

August 25, 2013

SPCA provides valuable much-needed services for animals in the community

ENID, Okla. — Enid Society for the Prevention of Animals does yeoman’s work helping take care of abandoned and abused animals, often without receiving the credit it deserves.

Last week was a busy time for the SPCA. The agency rescued 34 Chihuahuas from a house near Deer Creek. Many of the little dogs had eye issues and skin conditions that cost them their hair. One blind dog had scratched itself raw.

The animals came from a person who handed them over so she could attend long-term medical treatment. It appears, according to SPCA officials, the owner started out breeding the dogs to sell, and it got out of hand. Despite the condition of the animals, SPCA officials believe the owner cared for the dogs.

SPCA does this sort of thing from time to time. An operation involving this many dogs is an extreme example. But it’s really the day-to-day care SPCA provides that makes the agency so valuable.

They take in pets — dogs and cats — people give up for whatever reason and try to find them loving homes elsewhere.

And, that’s not all SPCA does.

Another recent example shows how caring the people at SPCA are.

Jerry Zaloudek heard the dogs at Enid Animal Control Shelter did not have any air conditioning, so she called Vickie Grantz, executive director of Enid SPCA, who in turn put out a call for help.

In less than 24 hours, the people of Enid — who deserve a big thank-you as well — responded and paid for two Cyclone brand portable water coolers that were installed at Enid Animal Control Shelter. The coolers are filled three times a day with water, and can be moved to cool any part of the shelter area where the 34 dog pens are located.

We really like to see such efforts done by organizations and people.

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