Organization forms to help rescue stray animals


Sept. 12, 2010 at 4:12 a.m.

A new grassroots organization is forming in Victoria to help rescue and find homes for as many pets as possible.

Although the group is still in the early stages of forming, the Crossroads Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation groupwants to people and businesses involved from the start, co-founder Chyanne Lakey said.

On Tuesday, an open inaugural meeting will be at First Victoria Bank in downtown Victoria.

"A friend and I went to the pound recently, and that's when it really hit home," Lakey, who works for Northside Pampered Pets, said. "Someone had brought in a mom dog and her six puppies all because they didn't like the color of the puppies. So we decided to start this. We're just a group of volunteers wanting to do what we can do."

Lakey added that they plan to work with the humane society and the animal shelters in town to help them find more homes for rescue and stray dogs and cats and to recruit people to foster and help rehabilitate animals. In addition, they also are hoping to hold monthly events like dog washes and pet parades to raise money for the program, which will go toward helping people afford spay and neutering costs, veterinarian shots and adoption fees. They also hope to have monthly speakers come in and give talks.

"Our main objective is to give pets a second chance at life and help people who can't afford to adopt a pet with the adoption fees," Lakey said. "We also want to start a Pets for Vets program to bring pets into the lives of veterans as well as pets for elderly people since these animals bring so much joy into people's lives."

Tuesday's meeting will be an open forum for anyone wanting to get involved. Lakey added that any businesses that want to help out or find out more information about the program is welcome to attend as well.



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