Citizens For Sheltered Animals rescues animals in the Santa Clarita Valley
Shortly after his beloved Irish Setter died in 1986, Rick Kerr, found a Golden Retriever in the middle of Sierra Highway. Unable to locate the dog’s owner, he placed the Retriever in a new home, and soon found himself addicted to helping animals. By 1987, Rick had established Citizens for Sheltered Animals, a non-profit organization which aids animals in need.
“We focus on injured, abandoned, abused, newborns-the things that are somewhat of a challenge for pet-owners,” Rick explained. “We have also bought hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of animals from the animal shelter that were going to be put down and put them in our foster-care program.”
Over the past 22 years the organization has found new homes for over 5,000 animals including, cats, dogs, squirrels, opossums, ducks, birds, and horses.
The extent to which Citizens For Sheltered Animals is able to help animals is limited by the number volunteers and amount of money they receive.
“Within the last three or four years, it’s been very difficult to find anyone who wants to volunteer,” Rick stated. “Everyone’s so busy.”
Always looking for more foster-homes for the animals, the recent lack of volunteers has proven to be the biggest challenge for the organization. Local residents are able to support Citizens For Sheltered Animals in many ways including, becoming a foster-family, helping with the website, presenting grant proposals, and donating money.
“The little things can make such a big difference for us,” Rick explained.
A few hours of volunteer work a week is invaluable to the organization.
With the goals of stopping the killing of animals at local shelters and educating pet-owners in Santa Clarita on how to responsibly care for their pets, Rick Kerr hopes that Citizens For Sheltered Animals can continue to aid animals in the community for years to come.
For more information about how you can get involved with Citizens For Sheltered Animals, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.citizensforshelteredanimals.com” www.citizensforshelteredanimals.com or call (661) 513-9288.