Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:51:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:05:17 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-After six years of meeting in a forum setting, the Mesa County Animal Welfare Partnership has formalized its collaborative efforts among all local animal rescue agencies.
The primary goal of this collaboration is to make Mesa County the model animal community.
This collaborative effort will also help raise more money and provide more opportunities for grant awards.
Since these animal organizations have been working together, their collaboration has been successful.
Last year, Mesa County's "Live Release Rate" for dogs was 85%, which is a 16% increase from 2006.
"Our field is pretty unique. There are a lot of challenges to it, and so we started talking back and fourth and we found that we see the same problems day in and day out. So, it makes sense for us to combine our resources so that we are not duplicating those services to the community, but that we are also doing it as effective as possible,” said Penny McCarty, President WCAWP.
The animal assistance foundation recently granted the combined shelters $23,000 to help aid in spay and neuter programs.
The shelters hope to raise more money for dental and medical services, that's also very needed for some of these shelter animals.