Because shelters get lots of kittens this time of year, the American Humane Association has designated June as Adopt-a-Cat Month. The ASPCA gets a little more specific and names June as Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. 

The Proud Animal Lovers Shelter has some of the cutest kittens and sweetest cats waiting for families to adopt them. In May we took in 11 cats and only adopted out three. If you’re interested, please go to our Facebook page and click on “Adoptable Pets.” The pictures of our 12 available kittens and cats will melt your hearts.

Thirteen dogs came to PALS in May and four were adopted into forever homes. There are 18 dogs, of all sizes and colors, currently at the shelter deserving families who will love them. 

One of our puppies will be visiting the children’s story hour at the Parsons Public Library at 10 a.m. Monday. Other June story hour visitation dates are June 16, 21 and 30. PALS appreciates the opportunity to partner with the library again this summer. 

Some of us at the shelter are seen at most of our fundraisers and events and are fairly well-known for our involvement with PALS. However, there are some very important people who work behind the scenes to make our shelter a success. We are very pleased to honor one of those people, Pam Cress, as our PALS Person of the Month. Pam does help with some of our fundraisers, but it’s her other skills that are most needed and appreciated by our board. Pam serves as a grant writer for us and also is always on the look-out for fundraising ideas. Pam says, “I support PALS because it provides a valuable service to the community and because the staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing the best, cost-efficient quality of care to the animals and the people it serves. It is amazing how much PALS accomplishes with limited funds and how hard board members and other volunteers work during fundraising efforts on top of their daily contributions to the operation of the program.” We are blessed to have Pam as a volunteer and sincerely appreciate the time and effort she puts in to helping our shelter.

We would like to thank everyone who came to or donated to our May rummage sale. It was so huge we ended up carrying it over to the next day. Our June rummage sale was Friday and today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It takes a lot of people to work a sale this big. We sincerely appreciate the added help from Dean Cramer, Christie Walker and some of the Nazarene youth group and elders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 

Our annual animal wellness fair will be Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the shelter. Low-cost vaccinations, microchips and deworming will be provided by Dr. Kelli Allen, and city licenses will be available. Low-cost nail trims will also be offered.

By the end of June people will be purchasing fireworks. Please keep your pets’ safety in mind during the July 4th holiday period. More pets go missing on July 4 than any other day of the year. Many are never found. While fireworks may be fun for humans, they are not for animals. 

If you’ve traveled on west Main to Meade Road or to the shelter drive, you may have noticed our new directional signs. We want to thank the landowners who allowed us to place the sign at Meade and Main. We would like to especially thank Nicholas Wells for designing and painting the signs. He was so great to work with and made the process very easy. 

PALS has new rummage sale signs, too, and Debbie Wolverton is the exceptional artist who created those. We greatly appreciate all Debbie does to help us. We thank Chestnutt Auction and Realty for donating the signs.

The board of PALS continues to be in awe of the support and help we receive from so many people, even from those outside of Parsons. Thanks to all for your support.

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