The Val Dumke Spay and Neuter Fund was created as a way to celebrate Val’s life and her love of animals. This will fund the community no cost spay and neuter program at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. It is estimated that 4 to 5 million animals are euthanized at shelters each year in the United States simply because they don’t have a home. A cornerstone of the mission of the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley is to reduce pet over-population. It has been shown that an active no cost community spay and neuter program is the most effective way to control pet over-population and the resulting unnecessary euthanasia.
The community spay and neuter program at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley has made some huge strides in the past year by having a veterinarian on staff and a surgery center on site. Over 400 surgical procedures were done on site last year and we are proud to say that no animal was adopted from the shelter without being altered. The Val Dumke Fund will now enable us to guarantee that this program will not only continue, but grow.
The second component of the shelter’s spay and neuter program is community education. The secured funding of the fund will allow us to expand our community outreach and education programs. We believe that the combined effort of public education and a well thought-out comprehensive spay/neuter program is the best way to reduce animal over-population in our community.
The Val Dumke Spay and Neuter Fund will enable the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley to meet the current goal of securing funds for our community spay and neuter program. As the fund grows we see it helping this program grow to meet future goals such as a community spay/neuter and educational center and a mobile spay and neuter clinic to better meet the needs of outlying parts of our county.
We at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley are proud to live in a community that values animals and their welfare, and we are grateful for the people of this community and their continued support. We are honored to be able to celebrate Val‘s life with the formation of the Val Dumke Spay and Neuter Fund and know that she would be proud of the work this fund will enable. Our sincere sympathy and gratitude goes to Val, her family and friends.
To find out more about the fund, call the shelter at (208) 788-4351. To make a donation online, click here and be sure to specify that your donation is in honor of the "Val Dumke Fund".