Contrary to recent rumors, Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter is not closing. Also known as CAWS, the organization is looking for a group or organization to take over operations at the animal shelter in Delta.
The animal welfare group CAWS is seeking the county's help with a feral cat and dog spay/neuter project.
At the county commissioners' Sept. 6 meeting (held on Tuesday because of the Monday Labor Day holiday) CAWS representatives John Martindale, Rand Kokernot, Jacque Koehler and Christel Pretorius explained their plans for funding a "kick-off spay and neuter clinic" project.
In her 12 years with Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS), JoAnn Kalenak has seen the fallout from the neglect, abuse and abandonment of cats and dogs in Delta County. She recalls four dogs abandoned in Hotchkiss when the family that once cared for them walked away from their house. On their way out they tossed a bag of food onto a concrete floor and turned a garden hose on.
Kalenak recently announced she would be stepping down as volunteer and board member for CAWS. On Sunday, CAWS board members, volunteers and supporters honored Kalenak for her commitment, sacrifice and dedication.
The Tractor Supply Company store in Delta is donating 75 bags of pet food to CAWS, to feed local dogs and cats in search of forever homes.
"Tractor Supply is a partner for those working hard to connect homeless pets with loving families," said Calvin Stewart, manager of the Delta Tractor Supply store.
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