Why animal shelters need your support


  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Steve the cat getting multiple mats brushed out.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Biweekly testing for feline leukemia and FIV.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Janet the cat getting looked over by Dr. Black.</p>

Manager, SHAID Tree Animal Shelter

SHAID Tree Animal Shelter has been an important not-for-profit organization on the south shore for 36 years and counting. Thousands of helpless animals have been given shelter, care, and the boost they needed to find their loving forever home. We are extremely proud of the work we do at SHAID.

SHAID relies solely on our community support to provide the care that these animals need, with our number one expense being veterinary care.

Every animal is vet-checked, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites, and microchipped. Every adult cat is tested for feline leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV); kittens have their mother tested if possible, and if not, then one or two (depending on litter size) is tested.

On a regular basis we have more dire cases come in needing further vet care – broken bones, raging infections, and disease; these animals are all treated no matter the cost. The only time an animal is euthanized is if it is deemed humanely necessary and in the animal's best interest. These things cost between $60,000-$100,000 per year alone.

How can you help your local animal shelter? Adopt an animal. Make a monetary donation, or donate needed supplies, such as wood pellets, water softener salt, dry kitten kibble, canned cat and dog food, javex, clear garbage bags, and office supplies. Volunteer: roll up your sleeves and help with the morning cleaning, spend time socializing with the cats and kittens, walk the dogs, or become a neonatal foster for orphaned kittens.

We would like to thank our community for your ongoing support and look forward to serving our community for years to come. Thank you for helping us help the animals in need.

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