Local no-kill animal shelter struggling

Now more than six months later the pet shelter is feeling a financial pinch

DAVENPORT, Iowa - King's Harvest Ministries is known for helping the poor and homeless but for the last six months they've been taking in animals.

The pet shelter is unlike many others in our area because they're a no-kill animal shelter.

Local 4 News talked with Terri Gleize, the director of King's Harvest Ministries and she says while there have been many successful adoptions, for every pet that finds a new home, several more are still without owners.

Now the pet shelter needs an extra boost before they're forced to shut their doors.

"Financially we are really struggling. We were really hoping that the community would really support this and it's been tough just keeping the lights on so we're really hoping you know they'll reach into their pocket books and help us here, to keep us going," said Gleize.

Every pet that comes to the shelter has to be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, wormed de-flea and be up to date on their shots.

If you've ever had a pet, those medical bills for pets can get expensive but it's not just monetary donations the pet shelter is looking for.

The shelter has a wish list. Some items include:

-Tidy cat clumping litter

-Toilet paper

-Paper towels,

-Disinfecting wipes

-Blue Dawn dishwashing soap

Just some quick things you can grab on your next trip to the store. Gleize says if they don't make ends meet the next step for the shelter would be to close their doors.

"We would have to close. We wouldn't have any choice. We got to keep the lights on and the animals fed and it takes a lot to take care of them," said Gleize.

The hot summer weather isn't helping. She says the pet shelter needs air conditioning to keep the dogs cool.

"Currently, we don't have air condition in our lower level and that's where our dogs are. It is cooler because it's the lower level but we really are going to put air conditioning in. It's very humid and muggy and we want them to be comfortable too but that's a huge expense unless somebody helps us out with that. We can't do it," said Gleize.

Gleize says the AC is a huge need especially with the hot and humid temperatures we've seen this week. Still, she says the shelter's main priority is providing a no-kill animal shelter for pets still looking for their forever homes.

For more information:

Wishlist for shelter: www.kingsharvest.net/wishlist

Volunteering: www.kingsharvest.net/volunteers/pet-ministry/

Adoption: http://www.kingsharvest.net/pets/adoption-rescue/

 

 

 


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