Elks donate to AWL

Taking care of dogs and cats at the Montgomery County Welfare League comes with big expenses. As the shelter continues to transition to more animal care and less euthanasia of animals, the Crawfordsville Elks recently came through with a new idea to help the shelter take care of more animals.

The local Elks donated $2,300 to the shelter to help pay for spaying and neutering of sheltered animals needing those services. The direct result is that the AWL will be able to lessen adoption fees for their animals for one day. To celebrate, the shelter will have Elks #483 Day from 11 a.m. to

2:30 p.m. July 15 at the shelter. Adoption fees for the day will be $48.30 for dogs and $4.83 for cats. 

The event is open to the public and snacks and hot dogs will be available.

Elks #482 president Diane Vail said some of the Elks’ members thought of the idea to donate to the AWL. She said the funds are from an Elks National Foundation grant.

“We wanted to do something to help the animal shelter and our members thought donating to the shelter would be a good idea,” Vail said. “We appreciate the fact the shelter is having an Elks Day and we hope the community will come out and visit with the shelter staff and take home a new pet.”

Visitors will be allowed to walk dogs and spend time with the sheltered cats. Several Elks members will be present greeting attendees.

AWL director Misha Anderson said the donation will help with her effort to euthanize less animals. She said the one result in the philosophy change is that medical expenses for the animals are increasing.

“The Elks donation has boosted our moral at the shelter,” Anderson said. “Because of their generous donation, we will be able to offer reduced adoption fees with a special day. The Elks came up with this idea to donate toward spaying and neutering fees and we love it.”

Anderson said although the Purdue University Veterinary School provides some birth control services free of charge to the AWL, the university does not do all of the animals, in particular larger dogs. Now, with the donation, all present animals will be either neutered or spayed.

“Purdue does us a great service, but sometimes they do not want to work on our larger dogs,” Anderson said. “We are excited that all of the animals we now have will be able to be taken care of.”

Anderson said their shelter continues to be over-crowded even though they recently had 14 dogs and 13 cats adopted at the Indy Mega Pet Adoption event held two weeks ago at the Indiana State Fair Grounds.

Anderson said the goal for the AWL is to provide more medical services to animals. In the past, those animals would be euthanized. That is why she said the AWL board has given her permission to offer reduced adoption fees and other ideas to encourage adoption.

Donations for AWL veterinarian expenses can be made to Lucy’s Fund, a special fund set aside for animal medical expenses.