By Jennifer Stultz Editor
The pens and cages at Pratt Area Humane Society are full of dogs and cats needing homes. Dog food supplies are low, and in some of the dog kennels, new beds are needed. Recently hired PAHS manager Alexis Moss is doing all she can to care for the needy animals, love them, keep them warm, safe and feed, and find them homes,but donations for the 501c charity would be greatly appreciated at this time, she said.
“We are completely full right now with 17 dogs and 15 cats,” Moss said. “We have had a lot of donations and we so appreciate the food and toys that people are bringing in, but we need to order some new beds, the ones we have are in pretty sad shape.”
Moss said each dog pen is equipped with a metal frame bed that allows the animal to sleep up off the floor, so as to avoid spilled water or elimination accidents.
“These kind of mat beds help alleviate pressure points and just help the dogs feel more comfortable than laying on a hard concrete floor,” Moss said. “We put a soft blanket on top of their mat frame and they really like to cuddle up with their toys or squishies there.”
Currently the floor of the Pratt Area Humane Society is heated, so warmth is not a factor, but many of the current mat beds have been chewed apart or are in disrepair.
“Adoptions seem to be moving pretty slow right now, especially for the dogs, so we are doing everything we can to make them comfortable as we have a cold weather spell coming,” Moss said. “Our goal is to get them adopted out, but while they are here we want to show them some love and care for them the best we can.”
Financial donations may be made at the PAHS office, 10233 Bluesteam Blvd, Pratt, or online at their website http://www.prattareahs.org/. Moss said she could provide tax deductible certificates for those who wished to make an end-of-the-year charitable donation.
“We are just at a special place of need right now,” she said. “We are asking for help in donations, fosters and volunteers! We just recently received two seized dogs who are in incredibly poor health. We weren’t sure they would make but, but both are doing better only after getting the best care we can offer. When you look at them both they are so broken, their eyes scream for help.”
Moss, who lives in St. John and previously worked at Great Bend at the Golden Belt Humane Society, said she has always been in the caregiving profession in some way.
“I’ve worked in elderly care, child care and animal care,” she said. “I love animals and this has always been me go-to thing so I am very happy to be here at Pratt.”
Moss said she was hoping to run an adoption special before the end of the year yet, maybe giving a discount for dogs to those who brought in large bags of dog food, but those plans had not yet been finalized.
“Right now we are feeding Purina Pro Plan, it’s what I give all my dogs at home, the best food for the value, but the problem is there seem to be some manufacturing issues and it is hard to find right now,” she said.
Moss said she and her boyfriend, Peter Penner, had four dogs of their own, a snake, a foster dog and a foster cat. Just last week Moss and friends helped City of Pratt Animal Control Officer Chris Dover catch a roaming peacock in city limits.
“I will do whatever I can to help improve the lives of animals around here,” she said. “Even if that includes catching a peacock or two.”
The peacock, which had been seen in a Pratt neighborhood for several weeks, was caught after dark and relocated to farm near Cunningham. It is now safe from predators and winter weather.
Moss said she hoped others would consider donating dog food and money for new beds at the shelter to help the local animals stay safe from predators and adverse weather.