SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Two local animal rescues spoke to us about the importance of animal adoption right now.
Ali Sigrist with “Watching over Whiskers” is one of the animal rescues that will be at The Barking Lot.
“I know people are kind of getting back into the swing of things with school and everything, but since our cats are used to being in a home environment,” Sigrist said. “It’s a much smoother transition than trying to figure out where to get a cat, that’s maybe in a cage, and you don’t know its personality or anything like that.”
Rob Hardy with C.A.R.E. will also be bringing animals to the barking lot looking for homes.
“A lot of the animals we rescue have significant financial needs for their medical treatment,” Hardy said. “And with our adoption fees being $100, that basically only covers the spay and neuter and the vaccinations. Anything beyond that is typically covered by us unless we reach out for the public’s help.”
Sigrist says that Watching over Whiskers spends a lot of money taking care of their pets.
“We’ve been spending close to $20,000 a month just on vet bills, and that doesn’t include the money that we need to get supplies, food, litter, stuff like that for our fosters as well,” Sigrist said.
Since C.A.R.E. saves animals on death row, Hardy says it’s critical that animals get adopted from them in order to save more animals.
“Adoptions are very important because we typically rescue from animal control’s death row, so for every animal, we’re able to adopt out, that’s another animal we’re able to pull off of death row and essentially save their life,” Hardy said.
The Barking Lot will be Saturday, Sept. 28. in the KOLR10 parking lot on East Division Street.