Senior Citizens Pay It Forward to Homeless Animals

Senior Citizens Pay It Forward to Homeless Animals


It’s a busy time of the year for an animal shelter in Northwest Wyoming so, a group of senior citizens decided to lend a helping hand to the dogs and cats looking for a home.

KULR8 Montana spoke with Park County Shelter Manager Brittany Vaughn who shared some statistics about their facility, “We have ten dogs and about 80 cats at the shelter right now, which is almost 20 cats over capacity. But we are a no kill shelter, so they’ll stay with us until they find their forever home.”

The assisted living facility and its seniors held a cookout fundraiser to raise money for the no kill shelter and its animals. With all the funds going to a new expansion project, the group is hoping that it will give their furry friends a more comfortable life while they wait to find their forever home. 

“We’re looking on an expansion, and major renovation and remodel,” said Vaughn to KULR8. “Hopefully in a couple of years we’ll have a brand-new shelter for the animals of Park County.”

The pet friendly assisted living facility enjoyed the company of one of the shelter dogs at their fundraiser, which gave everyone a chance to be reminded of the animals that just need a chance with a loving family. 

“I think the stigma around shelter animals has definitely changed, and around rescue animals has changed a lot in the last couple of years,” explained Vaughn to KULR8 in a recent story. “People are realizing that they not only come with pasts, but they come with really good habits.”

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are over 70 million stray animals living in the U.S. Of those stray animals, only about six to eight million of them enter the nations 3,500 shelters every year. Many facilities just like the one in Northern Wyoming are no-kill shelters, which means that throughout the year there are some that are filled to capacity.  

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Jodelle Maglaya
Jodelle Maglaya

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