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Jennie's Journey

Dogs are special, too

I honor dog lovers. You have a knack with the animals that I just don't have. Training them to be gentle and obedient takes patience that I don't have. Also, the responsibility of caring for dogs can be demanding.

Because not every dog is wanted, organizations like Out West Pet Rescue in Prosser are necessary.

The agency was recently awarded a $1,700 grant from Pedigree Foundation to help them find proper homes for animals in need. They take in the dogs that have been left on the side of the road. They take in the dogs owners don't want or can't take care of any longer. Out West Pet Rescue picks up where irresponsible people leave off when they suddenly feel overwhelmed with the care of a dog.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of animals left on the side of the road. The dogs are left near local farms, expecting property owners to take responsibility for unwanted pets. What truly saddens me is when puppies are abandoned and left to their own vices.

If as a pet owner you don't want puppies, neuter your dog as soon as possible. This prevents unwanted dogs from entering other people's property and it prevents unwanted additions to the pet population.

If a pet becomes too much responsibility, take the pet to an organization like Out West Pet Rescue or the humane society. Make a concerted effort toward being a responsible pet owner and find a proper home for the animal. Local veterinarians often can provide owners with resources for doing this.

Another responsibility of pet owners is ensuring pets are not left to wander the streets. Not all dogs will make their way back home after leaving. There are many examples of dogs being hit along the side of our roadways. There are also cases of animals disappearing, never to be found again. So, secure your animal within the confines of safety...your yard.

Another tool to ensure a dog's safety is an ID tag. They aren't expensive and Fido will more likely be returned to you if he is wearing identification.

Out West Pet Rescue is an agency that finds a good home for unwanted or abandoned dogs. It finds a place where the dogs can be loved, and the grant helps them take care of and feed dogs desperately in need of a "forever home."

The agency is always in need of further assistance with this mission. Dog food, toys, houses, bedding and other necessities are necessary in providing the dogs with care. Anyone wanting to help them do this can contact the agency at 509-832-3060.

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