April 2014 Shelter Project Update
Be sure to check out the latest photos from our Shelter Project!
April Veterinary Clinic Results
Canine Comfort, Inc. Spay/neuter Subsidy Program with the help of Bering Sea Animal Clinic had very good participation on Saturday, April 5, 2014. We were able to neuter 1 male and spay 7 female dogs PLUS neuter 2 male kitties and spay 6 fe…males. Eight dogs and eight cats, sixteen animals total, that is no small feat. DEAR PET OWNERS: THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE LIVES OF THESE DOGS AND CATS MORE COMFORTABLE. Imagine being a female cat or dog, having to go hungry and cold during the winter months and being pregnant or nursing on top of that! OR the male counter part being way from home, too interested in coming home to eat or warm up because he is trying to protect and dominate “his” female, waiting for her to be ready to mate. Lack of food means lack of strength for the whole body, male fighting is damaging to their bodies, their immune systems falter or fail and dehydration can be deadly. You pet owners have helped your pets be more happy and healthy.
Canine Comfort, Inc. is proud to be able to help the communities all up and down the Kuskokwim River take wonderful care of their pets to the tune of $3,698.00 for this one clinic. But let’s not forget, we could not have done this ourselves. THANK YOU ALSO TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DONATE TO CCI: local donations and support of our fund raisers, people donating through Pick.Click.Give and so many wonderful people donating from all across the USA. AND OF COURSE, A HUGE THANK YOU TO DR. BOB SEPT, his back was hurting, he had to work in poor lighting and the hours are always long. CCI is determined to get our building operational so these veterinary clinics can run more smoothly and be more comfortable for both the animals and people involved. The building is now heated and was able to help us over night some kitties for early morning surgery.
Thank you all again for helping this veterinary clinic be a huge success for our pets that we love so much. See more…
Our 2013 Yearly Newsletter Has Just Been Posted!
It’s time for our annual newsletter to let everyone know what’s been happening this year. The work continues rescuing and re-homing abused, abandoned and neglected animals…
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”
Welcome to the Canine Comfort, Inc website! Let me introduce who we are! We were three acquaintances who “happened” to be talking about dogs one day a few years ago, and realized that we had all been trying as individuals to assist abandoned or abused dogs in our small village of Aniak, Alaska. Aniak is a village of about 600 people, about 300 air miles west of Anchorage across the Alaska Range on the Kuskokwim River and the only way to get here is to fly. Villages in rural Alaska are pretty much cut off from any of the services found in more urban centers – no veterinarians, animal control, or police force for that matter. When there are no “on-site” veterinary services and when the cost of spaying and neutering is quite high, there is an abundance of unwanted puppies and dogs. When there is no animal control or police, there is no enforcement of animal cruelty laws (such as there are in Aniak or the State of Alaska).
We decided to join forces and incorporate and we are now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We have been greatly supported by local good souls, airline companies for animal transport, volunteer legal services, volunteer webmasters, rescue organizations in Anchorage, itinerant veterinary services, and more and more not-so-local supporters. The event that thrust us into the public eye was an article written in the Anchorage Daily News about Kathy and her experience rescuing a momma dog and her near-frozen pups. Soon after, an Anchorage TV news segment spotlighted our efforts and some of the horrors we were trying to deal with. Later, Purina featured us in their ProPlan magazine and support from far and wide in the Lower 48 helped get us on our feet.
Besides rescuing animals in need, we try to educate as much as possible with posters on animal care (developed by a young girl in Fairbanks), in-services to children groups, and individual cases as they arise. We also do a lot of education during our community fairs and bazaars as children ask what the grooming supplies are for, or the treats, or the toys. We always have a dog “talent” show to highlight folks’ pets. Changing perceptions about what a pet is – is ongoing.
During these fairs and bazaars, we sell animal supplies, crafts, and especially good food! Sue is known for her pecan bars! Sue is also the Secretary/Treasurer and tackled the ominous task of getting us incorporated and our non-profit status. It was a daunting task, but she stuck with it. Kathy is our President and does most of the work. She takes in all animals in need at her home, nurses them to health, gives safe sanctuary, immunizes as she is a lay vaccinator, trains for placement, maintains communication with all of our rescue links, transports animals (mostly in kennels on the back of her ATV), screens potential adopters, and is the one people call when an animal is hurt or sick. She is the backbone of our group. Beverly is the cheerleader. She rebuilds doghouses and distributes where an unsheltered dog has been observed, and straws dogs that have none. She travels quite a bit in other rural villages and rescues whenever possible. We are 3 strong individuals that have found we are so much more effective as a group. Please check out our yearly Newsletters in the Archives. We couldn’t have done much of this without each other.
Our goal now is to have a free-standing heated shelter in Aniak. We have been fund-raising, have gotten incredible help from Aniak locals with heavy equipment for ground-levelling and dirt, free shipping from Anchorage for wire kennels, and a special donation from Beverly’s sister, Yvonne, upon her passing. Kathy’s home has become quite the dog house as all animals are currently housed there – (she has 14 of her own dogs)!
We appreciate your interest and support. But, more importantly we hope you do what you can do – wherever you are.