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Partners for Pets gives animals a new 'leash' on life

Courtesy of the Madison County Journals - Posted on Wed, Jan. 5, 2005

Editorial: Partners for Pets gives animals a new 'leash' on life

Many times people are left with no choice but to give up their beloved cat or dog for one reason or another.

Sometimes residents give a beloved pet to a no-kill shelter, but sometimes they have to turn the furry companion over to animal control.  So what happens to pets that are in animal control that nobody wants? They are euthanized.

Millions of dogs and cats are put down every day for no reason other then they are taking up too much space in the shelters. The shelters in turn have no room for new animals to go.

One local animal shelter is helping some kill shelters in Southern Illinois by giving them another option.  Lisa McCormick, one of the founders of Partners for Pets, near Troy, is going to kill shelters in Southern Illinois to pull dogs and cats that have used up their time, need medical care, or have special need to give them a second chance at life.

"We pull from these shelters that have low adoptions rates and high kill rates and give these animals another shot at life," McCormick said. "I've known since I was a little girl that I wanted to work with animals.  It has just taken time for me to be able to get where I need to be to make that dream happen."

And that dream happened in spring 2002 when McCormick founded Partners for Pets.

"It's been a long but fulfilling process and I'm so glad that I'm doing this.  I love seeing these lost and forgotten animals find their forever home," she said. "I owe the motivation to Theresa Bolandis, co-founder of Partners for Pets for keeping me focused.  We wouldn't be here without her."

In August 2004, Partners for Pets obtained their non-profit status, which makes it all about saving the lives of lost and forgotten animals. In 2004, Partners for Pets found new homes for over 500 animals.  Each animal that is brought into the shelter is given a thorough exam, a heartworm or FIV-FELV test, shots, worming, spaying/neutering and are microchipped before any animal is released to a new home.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, Partners for Pets volunteers can be found from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at the PetsMart in Glen Carbon or from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Saturday of the month at the PetsMart in Florissant, Mo.  Adoption fees for mixed-breed dogs are $100 and $75 for cats. Purebred dogs vary in price.  Please talk with a volunteer for more information on purebreds.

Partners for Pets is looking for volunteers who would like to help with saving the lives of lost and forgotten animals.  If you are interested in knowing more about volunteering, being a foster home or just more information about Partners for Pets, please call 618-346-3010.

Partners for Pets relies solely on the support of the community and grants to operate and maintain care for their four-legged friends.  Donations can be made to P.O. Box 445, Troy, IL 62294.  Please note this is not the shelter's address.

Any funds received will go directly to the care and maintenance of our shelter animals.

For more information on Partners for Pets please visit their Web site at: www.partners4pets.petfinder.com

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