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Monday, September 16, 2019
PRESS PHOTO BY CAROLE GORNEYOregano, a beautiful long hair, gets her head scratched by Executive Director Kelly Baurer, while youngster Angelica looks the other way. PRESS PHOTO BY CAROLE GORNEYOregano, a beautiful long hair, gets her head scratched by Executive Director Kelly Baurer, while youngster Angelica looks the other way.
The center is home to 120 cats, 40 of which are kittens hoping for adoption after they are old enough to be spayed. Savannah Smith, who works at the cattery, takes time to give some new arrivals a little personal attention. The center is home to 120 cats, 40 of which are kittens hoping for adoption after they are old enough to be spayed. Savannah Smith, who works at the cattery, takes time to give some new arrivals a little personal attention.
Cats each have their own private cages at night, but they are able to move around and play with toys during the day. The center has two free-roaming rooms in its main facility and a larger room for cats in the lower facility. Cats each have their own private cages at night, but they are able to move around and play with toys during the day. The center has two free-roaming rooms in its main facility and a larger room for cats in the lower facility.
Words for humans and their pets to live by. Words for humans and their pets to live by.
“Animals are incredibly sensitive,” the center’s executive director says. “They feel the way we do. Dogs will love you more than they love themselves.” “Animals are incredibly sensitive,” the center’s executive director says. “They feel the way we do. Dogs will love you more than they love themselves.”
Five spaniel/mix puppies adopted and two to go. “Our plan is to adopt out, not be a sanctuary,” says Executive Director Kelly Baurer. Five spaniel/mix puppies adopted and two to go. “Our plan is to adopt out, not be a sanctuary,” says Executive Director Kelly Baurer.
The Center for Animal Health & Welfare is located on Island Park Road in Williams Township. Its mission is to find forever homes for homeless animals. The Center for Animal Health & Welfare is located on Island Park Road in Williams Township. Its mission is to find forever homes for homeless animals.
This building houses animals that need medical treatment. In a small house next door, all animals are spayed or neutered. The center has a program to catch, spay, neuter and release feral cats so they can live out their lives independently without adding to the homeless feline population. A total of 765 cats were serviced there last year. This building houses animals that need medical treatment. In a small house next door, all animals are spayed or neutered. The center has a program to catch, spay, neuter and release feral cats so they can live out their lives independently without adding to the homeless feline population. A total of 765 cats were serviced there last year.
Finding forever homes Center seeks funds to complete HVAC project Finding forever homes Center seeks funds to complete HVAC project

Finding forever homes Center seeks funds to complete HVAC project

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Carole Gorney Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

There’s good news and some bad news for the 160 homeless animals waiting to be adopted from the Center for Animal Health and Welfare on Island Park Road in Williams Township. The good news is that the animals are living in a no-kill facility where finding forever homes for them is the goal, and while waiting for that to happen, their human hosts do the utmost to keep them well and happy.

The bad news, according to CAHW Executive Director Kelly Bauer, is that the shelter may have to cut back on services and the number of animals it can accept unless it can raise $10,000 to complete repairs to its HVAC system, which crashed this past winter.

The initial estimate to repair the system was $50,000. The center was able to raise $15,000 at one of its fundraisers, and Williams Township resident Mike Farrell of Mike’s Heating and Air Conditioning played Santa Claus by donating all the installation costs.

“He easily donated $100,000 worth of service to us,” Bauer says.

Five River Development also donated the engineering and platform construction labor, but that still leaves equipment costs of $10,000, Bauer says.

Although the heating and cooling units have been installed, the center’s most recent newsletter explains, “We have made it through the summer with the help of community partners who donated air conditioning. With winter around the corner, we need to finally complete this project.”

If the needed funds are not raised, Bauer says the money will have to come out of the animals’ medical care fund, which means the animal population will have to be decreased. According to the center’s donation page online, last year $27,000 was spent on medications for the feline and canine residents, and $16,560 worth of diagnostic medical testing was required.

Reducing the animal population would affect the center’s networking with open admission shelters who refer animals that may have to be euthanized as a way to manage population. Bauer says she gets 30-40 requests a day from these shelters.

“I read them all, and look at the pictures,” she says. “ I try to help.”

That help comes with a price tag, though. For every animal it houses, it costs the center $21 a day. That is times 120 cats and about 40 dogs at any given time.

Established in 1913, the center committed to becoming a no-kill facility in 2013. It is a privately-run organization, not a government agency. It raises its operating costs from fundraisers, bequests, donations, adoption fees, grants and fees from municipalities who need help with their stray animals.

“We have so many people who are so generous to us,” Bauer says. “We wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

For those persons who would like to contribute to the $10,000 HVAC fund, Bauer asks them to go to the center’s website at www.healthyanimalcenter.org/donate.