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June 5, 2014

Nonprofit aims to keep pets in homes

CLINTON — No one should have to surrender their beloved pet to an animal shelter simply due to adverse, temporary circumstances.

This belief, and the recognition that with a helping hand many struggling pet owners would not have to relinquish their pets during a challenging time in their lives, inspired a group of area residents to step up and offer that hand.

And so, Midwest Pets For Life was born.

Although still in its infancy, the organization has big plans for reaching an under-served population of low-income, elderly and disabled pet owners in the Gateway area.

Board of directors president Teresa Decker, who has a longtime passion to help abused and unwanted animals and has been active with the Clinton Humane Society, is excited for the future of Midwest Pets For Life. With its Articles of Incorporation submitted to the state and the application process for tax exemption under IRS section 501(c)(3) underway, the organization is gearing up to begin offering a variety of services aimed at keeping pets healthy, happy and with the people who love them.

The first of its monthly low-cost spay and neuter clinics is slated for June 26 at Gloria’s Grooming in Clinton. Dr. Jeanne Hedges, DVM, owner of One Spay At A Time Mobile Clinic in Buffalo, will be providing services to cats, and dogs weighing 30 pounds or less. Midwest Pets For Life hopes to also work with local veterinary offices in some capacity to offer reduced-price services to its targeted population.

In addition, future services will include:

• An “Animeals” program to deliver food and supplies to home-bound citizens with disabilities and those are unable to provide services for their pets.

• A Pet Food Pantry for those who are unable to afford food and services for their pet, and are able to pick up pet food and supplies.

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