With dogs in need of expensive medical treatment and cats in need of socialization, Angel Ridge Animal Rescue turns to the community for support.
“We are fully funded by private donations,” said Executive Director Nancy Shannon.
Angel Ridge is an animal shelter located at 390 Old Hickory Ridge Road in the Township of Chartiers.
“Since our creation, we have always tried to help the most needy animals. Those who are unlucky in other shelters, ”Shannon said.
Shannon said that for the dogs, the shelter’s greatest need is monetary donations.
Angel Ridge recently welcomed four West Virginia Dachshunds. While one has since died, another named Bean will require reconstruction of the inside of his mouth.
“He rotted. There are holes in his mouth. She is due to have reconstructive mouth surgery in December. In total, we estimate our expenses will be around $ 10,000, ”said Shannon.
Another dog, Spike, has bad eyes and bad teeth.
Shannon said Angel Ridge currently has around 15 dogs, which are far outnumbered by their cats.
“The situation for cats in our area is really more critical than that for dogs, because cats reproduce quite easily,” Shannon said.
Barbara Brown runs the Angel Ridge Cat Program. According to Brown, the shelter can house up to 25 cats. Angel Ridge has 26 foster families and there are currently around 40 foster kittens.
“Cat care and socializers are the two big needs, as far as help is concerned,” Brown said.
Angel Ridge has two teams of volunteers to take care of the cats, one in the morning and one in the evening. Volunteer work involves feeding the cats, cleaning the litter box, and giving them all the medicine they need.
The shelter also has volunteers who help socialize shy felines by petting and playing with them. Brown said some children came to read to cats.
“I know it sounds silly. It calms them down and accustoms them to human interaction, ”said Brown.