Local Shelter Helps Abandoned, Lost Pets In Winter Months

We hear it all the time - adopt, don't shop.

Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue has taken in hundreds of animals in the region that have either been abandoned, surrendered, or gotten lost... Just in the last couple of months.

Emily Medalen has this week's Furry Friday.

Thousands of animals in the state need your help.

"She's a beautiful Calico with these gorgeous green eyes - she is a middle aged kitty," says Karen Thomas, a pet foster. "Total lazy diva! And a sweetheart, she will give you little head bumps. She's purring right now."

Meet Zima - she and her sister lost their home when it burned down a few months ago.
These, along with hundreds of others, were rescued by a foster home.

"Otherwise, these guys, who knows... they may have frozen to death to be honest," says Thomas.

Thomas, along with Julie Schirado, say this winter has been a tough one - seeing so many animals out in the bitter cold. "We cry a lot," says Schirado.

In just the last 2 weeks, Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue has vetted 48 pets - most of them cats.

This is Boots, and he just bounced back from near death because of a respiratory infection. 
He's one of many that are looking for a good home.

"The biggest hurdle that a rescue faces is cats and kittens," says Schirado.

She says this is because people let them wander outside without fixing them first.

This is Mariann - she's a gentle, middle aged cat looking for a forever home. "These are nice animals!" Schirado says.

Schirado encourages everyone who's willing and has the time, to give fostering these animals a try, until a forever home opens up.

"It's not for the faint of heart, but man is it rewarding," says Schirado.

If you want to get ahold of Julie at Furry Friends Rockin' Rescue, click here.

She encourages personal phone calls if you have any questions or concerns - her number is listed on the site as well.

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