Paws for Life Advice: How Can You Help the Local Shelter?


Every dog and cat deserves a loving family; unfortunately local shelters are overwhelmed by the high number of animals in their facilities. Alongside other organizations seeking to help, Paws for Life is a group that assists shelters by rescuing and helping healthy animals find good homes and families. Paws for Life is a nonprofit organization who works in partnership with the Edmond Animal Shelter and assists rescue groups primarily with the medical costs of the animal.

Shelter Facts from the National SPCA

  • Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
  • About 649,000 animals that enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.

Funding is needed for these animals and if the community can increase donations and time volunteering there is still hope. Some things you can start doing to help are to adopt from the shelter or give a donation towards an organization with a good cause like Paws for Life. By doing these two things, you will aid in the mission of seeing every animal cared for in the way that it should be.

3 Ways to Lessen the Number of Animals in the Shelter

Pick the right pet for your family

Before you get a new pet, be sure you honestly consider important questions like “How much time can you spend with a pet each day?” or “How will a pet affect your other relationships? “ When you adopt a new pet you never want it to be an impulse decision, it needs to be a commitment you are certain of and that you have the ability to love and care for this animal. Visit our “Choosing a Pet” page to answer more of these questions.

If your pet gets lost, locate them quickly

Microchipping your pets could be well worth it if they get lost. Many people choose to microchip their animals in case their pet runs off, or gets loose they will be more likely to reunite with them quickly and safely.

Microchipping Myths

I don’t want a stranger to be able to access my personal information through my pet’s microchip.

Most scanners will only show your pet’s microchip number and the phone number for the company to which it’s registered. Pet owners tell the company what information they want to release to the person who finds their lost pet. Some companies will even set up a reunion for you.

I don’t want to put my pet through the pain of getting a microchip.

Microchipping your pet is quick and is similar to a vaccination. A needle containing the chip is inserted underneath your pet’s skin, the chip is released, and the needle is removed — a process which takes only a few seconds. Typically, we either numb the area where we will insert the chip first or implant it during another sedated procedure.

Microchipping costs too much.

At Pet Medical Center of Edmond, it’s inexpensive and includes a one year registration with HomeAgain. It will be more than worth it if your animal ever gets loose.

Give to your local shelter

Maybe you know you are too busy to have a pet or your heart breaks when you think about homeless animals. You can donate your time and volunteer with the animals or you can donate financially towards their medical needs. Remember that every little bit you donate, whether time or cash, will help every animal to achieve the highest quality of life.

Volunteer Story

“I will never forget Hooch.  He was an 11 year old dog with a snaggle tooth and a family came and adopted him and kept him for the few years he had left. I thought this was sweet,” said Lauri McDougall, legal assistant and former volunteer at Paws for Life.

At Pet Medical Center of Edmond, we believe in doing everything we can to make animals happy and live a long life. We are teaming up with Paws for Life September 4th – November 10th. When you donate any amount up $2,000 we will match your donation and give it to Paws for Life.

You can also purchase raffle tickets in our office for a chance win one of the following prizes a cat or dog goody basket containing treats, food, an annual exam and more.