PALS remains closed during pandemic          but needs public’s help to keep going

Oscar, a 2- to 3-year-old dachshund, is awaiting the day someone can adopt him from the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter. The shelter remains closed to the public at this time, so there is no intake of more animals or adopting out those currently housed there.


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Proud Animal Lovers Shelter adopted out about 15 animals a month last year, but those numbers will look quite different this year for the nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Parsons as it closed its doors temporarily because of restrictions and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“First, we are unable to do spay and neuters at this time because our vet is not doing them, so we can’t really adopt the animals out,” PALS manager Angela Gatton said.

“We also decided not to do adoptions, just for risk of exposure to the public. We don’t have a lot of staff, so if someone were to get sick we would be very short staffed,” Gatton said. “We had a senior program that provided us a paid employee, and they were here 20 hours a week. Of course, they stopped that program. A lot of the volunteers we did have were unable to come because of their own health concerns.”

In addition, Gatton said, a majority of the adoptions the shelter does are to people from out of the area.

“Most of them are in places like Kansas City and we just weren’t comfortable with that, asking them to come here to our community from those places where we know the virus is worse,” Gatton said.

“We think it is in our best interest to remain closed until they lift the stay-at-home order. A lot of our board members that do help are older, and I just don’t think it is worth the risk to everybody,”

Adoptions help fund the shelter, along with several annual fundraisers.

All fundraisers have been postponed as well, leaving the shelter reliant on donations from individuals and groups to stay afloat and care for the animals they are housing.

All donations are appreciated. Monetary donations are especially needed to keep the building managed, the lights and water on and everything operational. 

Donations can be mailed to PALS, P.O. Box 48, Parsons, KS, 67357.

There are many daily necessities needed, too.

The current wish list for PALS is:

— Pedigree dog food

— Pedigree puppy food

— Meow Mix cat food

— Milk Bone dog treats

— Clay cat litter

— Liquid laundry detergent

— Dawn liquid dish soap

— Liquid hand soap

— Toilet paper

— Paper towels

— 13 gallon trash bags with draw strings

— Vinyl gloves

— Postage stamps

— Creamy peanut butter

— Bottled water

-— Copy paper

Please leave food and supply donations on the porch outside the shelter between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and someone will take care of them. 

“We’re very appreciative of what food people have donated, because we have had quite a bit left on the door step,” Gatton said. “We usually don’t have that good of a turn out when we put a Facebook post on.

“Hopefully when we get this order lifted, we can get back to adoptions and intakes.”

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