SCARF reaches 51% of 2.4 million dollar goal

Staff photo Cheri Dalton, left, Gay Smith, Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann, Christa Morris, and Joe Laber watch as Chad Stewart updates the donation total on SCARF’s Building a PAWsitive Future campaign sign in downtown Sidney.

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Cheri Dalton, left, Gay Smith, Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann, Christa Morris, and Joe Laber watch as Chad Stewart updates the donation total on SCARF’s Building a PAWsitive Future campaign sign in downtown Sidney.

What a step forward!  SCARF is over halfway to the $2.4 million and on track to get the funds in 2016 and to break ground in 2017.

“Our clients are not able to say ‘thank you’ but this investment in the care and well-being of animals brings out the very best in a community and our community is making a giant step forward,” Noted Karen Wise, SCARF boardmember and enthusiastic supporter.

The facility will be built on land  donated by the Sheriff and county commissioners on Gearhart Rd.  The Bob Sargeant and Family Shelby County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will  make Shelby County a picture of success, caring and community.  Visit the website at www.helpshelbycountyanimals.com.

SCARF is already more than a shelter and pays for much of the vet care and special needs for incoming pets by gathering cans and using the proceeds for health care.

The area jail has a program for inmates to work in the shelter during their confinement giving human/pet companionship and a positive step to rehabilitation for both.

A “cat trap, neuter, spay and release” program has been started to help make a humane effort to eliminate feral feline colony growth.

Scarf is active all year with pets but also steps up and help with  low cost pet vaccine and microchip clinics and answers calls of abuse and neglect.

Our current shelter is not providing a good environment for pets or staff.  “Unregulated temperatures, cleaning issues due to obsolete building materials, shared pens and cages and no safe haven for newcomers and no place for a pleasant adoption process present ongoing challenges,” reports Karen.

“Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation is well on its way to success.  Check out our web site; join us and be a part of this new adventure.  Help us go that second mile!  “ encourages Joe Laber , longtime board member and active participant and energizer of the foundation participants and the public responders.