is planned that the shelter will have a sound proof barrier, indoor
kennels for dogs and pot-bellied pigs, a well room and a sick room for
cats, and a reception area, at the very least. Why go to all this trouble? Why not put up something
temporary so that the much-needed rescuing can start now?
Shelter On The Hill is an official Humane
Society, and the United States Humane Society recommends that, when
building a shelter, it is best to do it right the first time so all
monies should go toward the goal of building a permanent shelter.
In the long run, more animals can be saved.
It is also
imperative that safety and sanitary guidelines are strictly adhered to.
Volunteers and paid employees will be trained in the proper care of
animals and how to safeguard themselves. Kennels and play areas
must be disinfected daily with a special solution and comply with other
It is a sad fact that we live in such a litigious society, but because
of that the Shelter must have other guidelines in place regarding all
that they will be doing, i.e.: the taking in and adopting
out of animals, foster care, spaying and neutering, and educational
programs for the public.
All of these things take a great deal of time, and it is during the
monthly Board meetings that these topics are discussed and voted upon.
Why not do something now to help animals and the
community? We are! At Frazier Park Elementary School
and Frazier Mountain High School educational programs are beginning.
Children will learn to recognize that animals have many of the same
needs as people. The Shelter hopes to take their educational programs to
all schools “on the hill” and even some schools “off the hill” have
expressed an interest.
people who are not animal lovers be interested in or support Shelter On
The Hill? Stray dogs and
cats are an annoyance at best and a danger at worst for everyone. No one
enjoys having their flowerbeds used as a litter box for stray or feral
cats or being chased by a stray dog when trying to take a walk or a
jog. The Shelter will provide a local place for these animals and
that would be much quicker than waiting for someone from Kern
County to come up here to catch the strays.
In addition, the
Shelter will provide employment opportunities and another place for
students to do their community hours. Most of all, the Shelter
will provide a safe, healthy place for animals to stay until loving,
permanent homes can be found.