Those in need of financial support for their pets — be it money for food, for emergency boarding or to cover a spay/neuter surgery — have a new resources to tap into.
PAWS of Jackson Hole set up a COVID Pet Fund to help keep pets with their humans by chipping in on pet-related bills that may be creeping up. Owners in Jackson, Star Valley and Teton Valley, Idaho, are eligible to apply for assistance, which includes resources like pet food or surgery vouchers, financial assistance with veterinary bills or the cost of emergency boarding.
Food for reservation pets
By working with the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Adoption Center has arranged for an 11-ton delivery of dog and cat food to the Wind River Reservation.
The nonprofit has a longstanding relationship with the reservation, where it offers regular spay/neuter clinics that have resulted in thousands of pet sterilizations since 2009.
“This pet food donation will reduce one of the many financial strains felt by Wind River Reservation families,” Animal Adoption Center Executive Director Carrie Boynton said in a prepared statement. “We are hopeful that it helps keep pets safe and fed throughout the pandemic.”
The 22,000 pounds of pet food is scheduled to be distributed to members of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes alongside food and other donated supplies. The first shipment is slated to arrive in early May; a subsequent delivery is scheduled to arrive a month later.
“We are very grateful to have a partnership with HSUS during this time of need, the support and wellbeing of family loved ones expands to our furry friends as well,” said David Meyers, Tribal Health Director, said in a statement. “Tribal Health and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe would like to thank all those relationships that work tirelessly to expand acts of kindness amongst our communities in need.”
Womentum mentors, mentees wanted
Ladies, do you need a mentor or a mentee?
You’re in luck. Womentum has opened its annual mentorship program, Womentoring. The nine-month leadership program runs from September to May, and it gives female leaders the chance to meet with up-and-coming community members for dinners, workshops and mentoring.
“Program participants share their intellectual, philanthropic and creative spirit to effectuate meaningful social change among their colleagues, constituents, children and community,” Womentum said in a press release.
Mentors and mentees are expected to meet at least once per month and to attend Womentoring events. They must have lived in Jackson Hole for at least two years. The minimum program fee is $150, and scholarships are available.
Womentum extended the application window to six weeks because of “global circumstances.” The deadline to apply is June 15, and applications can be found at WomentumWyo.org.
Wildlife crossing competition
Kids (and adults), it’s time to get crafty.
With the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Expo on hold, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Wyoming Department of Transportation are turning what was to be an educational booth into an interactive activity.
Using materials found at home, students and adults are asked to envision a wildlife crossing that includes fencing, vehicles, vegetation and, of course, animals. Structures may be underpasses or overpasses.
Once your creation is complete, submit a photo to email@example.com or post on social media with #wildlifecrossingchallenge before May 31. Entries will be judged by WYDOT and Greater Yellowstone Coalition staff; the winner will be awarded a “special prize, including Wyoming Conservation License Plate,” according to a press release.
Learn more about the GYC Wildlife Crossing Challenge at TinyURL.com/wildlifecrossingchallenge.
— Melissa Cassutt, Tom Hallberg