Wednesday, October 22, 2014

True Friends Animal Shelter Plans for the Future

True Friends Animal Welfare Center, serving the needs of homeless animals from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, recently established a permanent endowment with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.  This endowment is meant to provide long-term financial assistance for the expenses of running the center and will help achieve financial stability so that homeless pets can be provided with the best of care while they await adoption.

True Friends Animal Welfare Center continues an 80 year tradition of caring for homeless pets.  Founded in the 1930s as the Susquehanna County Humane Society, the facility in Montrose eventually became a chapter of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and broadened its service territory to include neighboring Wyoming County.  In 2011 the animal shelter was at risk of closing when a group of concerned local citizens banded together to form True Friends to ensure proper animal care would continue in this region. 

Dory Browning, Director of True Friends, states that over 1,500 homeless animals have been placed into loving homes since taking over operations of the local shelter. Also, by increasing the number of dedicated volunteers, True Friends has become the closest thing to a real home for the animals in their care.  Through this program, they provide a great deal of socialization, exercise, and affection to their animal friends.  Browning continues, "We look forward to continuing to build a successful organization that not only provides a safe refuge and hope for a second chance, but also works towards minimizing the over population of homeless pets. We are sincerely grateful for the tremendous ongoing support of The Community Foundation as well as all the animal advocates throughout Susquehanna and Wyoming County.  Without that, True Friends would not have been possible and we wouldn't be looking towards a brighter future for animal welfare in our area.  As an organization that depends on financial contributions to stay open, True Friends greatly appreciates the continued support of our community."

True Friends relies heavily on volunteers who help staff the center and likewise financial support is important and is always welcome.  Tax deductible donations can be sent to the True Friends Animal Welfare Center Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801.  Online donations can also be made at http://www.community-foundation.org Your help will ensure a homeless cat or dog has a warm bed tonight and that similar services will be available for many years to come.  For more information about True Friends Animal Welfare Center please visit www.truefriendsanimalwelfarecenter.com or call 570-278-1228.

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