For the past 12 years Paw Pals has been there assisting owners of pets with monetary assistance for pet foot and supplies. They have been dedicated to bettering the lives of pets and their owners in the area. It was with great sadness that I read a letter I received last week from Jane Holt, the Executive Director for Paw Pals, that stated that the organization will cease it's operations.

After months of reviewing possible options, it was decided to close down the organization completely. Jane has also decided to retire as well. Paw Pals will continue to offer emergency vet care assistance and will operate the pet food pantry until May 1st, 2013. They will also accept any cash donations that are offered to them voluntarily up until December 31st, 2012.

Paw Pals will be missed dearly by many who utilized their services over the last dozen years.  Jane Holt's idea of starting Paw Pals came to fruition and has seen thousands of free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations take place.  Thousands of animals have also been fed and sheltered with hundreds of animals being placed in homes through Paw Pals work.

How do you begin to replace what Paw Pals has done? I'm not sure you can. The ramifications of its closing will be far reaching. Time will tell just how important Paw Pals has been for this area and it will be missed by many.

In Jane's letter she thanked the the generous donors, volunteers and supporters that have made Paw Pals happen. It's now time to thank Jane Holt.