End of Summer RUFF-DATE
Here is your end of summer PAWS RUFF-DATE.
First paw first, we have updated our website! Check it out: www.pawsofjh.org. We especially love our new events page that will keep you in the know for upcoming events that we are participating in or hosting: https://pawsofjh.org/events/
As many of your blog readers know, PAWS of Jackson Hole has 9 community pet and people programs, and while these programs are offered year-round, summer tends to be extra busy around the PAWS office. We’d love to catch you up on what 5 of our programs have been up to this summer.
Our Spay and Neuter Voucher Program’s numbers are higher than they were last year at this time. This increase means more pet owners are spaying and neutering their pets and community cats and not allowing them to contribute to the number of unwanted pets in our communities. Last year at this time we had issued 534 spay/neuter vouchers and as we check the numbers so far this year we have issued 722 vouchers! Check out some of our recent voucher recipients:
If you attended our Tuxes and Tails Gala this past June you were able to meet Bullet and view his story. If you haven’t watched “Bullet, the Story of a Blind Dog,” please do so via our homepage. Bullet was a special case that we approved for MedFund. Our MedFund program offers financial assistance to Teton County, WY pets and their people in need when a medical emergency occurs. We have started to grant funding for Good Samaritan cases in our sister communities. We want those who find injured stray animals to feel comfortable getting them into a medical professional. Bullet has been absolutely thriving in his new life and his rescuers Aska and Will have decided to keep them as part of their family for good. So far this year PAWS has granted MedFund assistance to 53 local pets and their people.
Summer is PRIME Mutt Mitt season. Our Mutt Mitt maintenance team has been working hard through the summer weather, rain or shine our boys are out there! We replaced our Mutt Mitt waste cans at the beginning of June, the new cans are bigger and easy to see from afar for depositing of used mitts.
We introduced a new PAWS Summer Trail Ambassador Team to our Education/ Outreach program. 13 PAWS Trail Ambassadors cruised the multi-use popular trails of our area donning out rewards to responsible owners and spreading the paws-itivity. We thank all of you ambassadors for your work this summer and a special meow-out to the Snake River Brew Pub and Persephone Bakery for donating the high value human rewards for our ambassadors to reward the extra do-gooders. Did you see our PAWS tent at R-Park’s Solstice party or the summer markets? How about out on the trails? We partnered with Friends of Pathways and put up our tent most Friday’s at a popular spot. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the tent we’ll be out this Friday 9/7 at Emily’s Pond from 10:30-3:30pm. We always have treats and water for the pups and fun PAWS and Friends of Pathways shwag, face it your water bottle needs a PAWS sticker!
We have recently added another staff member to our PAWS team. Nancy Van Buskirk joined our staff in April as our Office and Volunteer Coordinator. Nancy has given the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter’s volunteer program a reboot over the spring and summer. Shelter staff is often tied up in administrative duties, adoptions, medical emergencies, and facility upkeep. Adding Nancy to manage the volunteers at the shelter has allowed volunteers to have more flexibility in their schedules and more communication with the shelter staff and potential adopters. Nancy leads volunteer orientations and trainings weekly. If you’d like to become apart of the shelter volunteer squad please email Nancy: Nancy@pawsofjh.org. Many of the long-term dog residents of the Jackson/Teton County Animal Shelter have recently been adopted. We’d like to thank all of the volunteers and staff who have dedicated their time to these animals. All of the walks, pets, training sessions, and love you gave them aided in their readiness to seamlessly transition into their new homes with their new forever families.
Well its been fun catching you all up on some of our summer doings here at the office and out in our communities. We hope to see all of you at Old Bill’s Fun Run this weekend. You won’t be able to miss our big orange PAWS tent and our friendly dog mascot walking around the Town Square.