Pahrump pets need brand-new house as shelter'' s funding dries up

Monday, June 29, 2015|10:30 p.m.

Lots of pets, felines and other animals are looking for new owners after Pahrump’s only animal shelter, Tails End, closes Tuesday.

Tails End, an animal welfare company, opened 15 months earlier under the guidance of Nye County and with $140,000 in funding. Susan Cronin, director, and her team of mainly volunteer staff worked to keep the shelter going, bringing their own products and working six days a week.

But this year they found out they would receive say goodbye to funding for the shelter, and Cronin resigned June 1.

During 15 months, the shelter invited over 3,000 animals through its doors. Dogs, cats, peacocks, horses and “whatever animals you can imagine” rated at Tails End, Cronin said.

“We bought pools for them, had treat time,” Cronin said. “It breaks my heart. I love all of them.”

Since Monday, 51 pets were in Nye County animal control’s custody. Many were taken from their owners on animal viciousness charges.

Aside from the lack of funding, the shelter was in need of significant restorations. The shelter facility opened in the 1970s and has about 30 areas for pet dogs, and a small space for felines. The personnel also added a little quiet space for distressed animals. The maximum tenancy was 31 pets, but that was rapidly surpassed.

In February, Animal Control dropped off 67 canines and 2 felines after finding they were being abused in a house in Tonopah.

Aside from the absence of area, the heat in Pahrump and little supplies forced Tails End to turn to the environment for aid.

Pahrump locals donated food, laundry detergent, beds and towels. Volunteers commonly helped at the shelter, and Tails End supplied lessons on animal care and more. Cronin states much of the success of the shelter and adoption originated from community outreach and social networks.

“It was a happy location, no matter how hard the conditions were,” Susan stated.

Members of the community have actually taken to Facebook to expressing their concerns for the animals left and really hoping that Tails End will certainly rebound.

Since Monday afternoon, 7 cats, 3 kittens and three pets were still up for adoption.

The shelter’s closure will not influence Animal Control, which will still get strays or missing animals. Strays and abandoned animals will certainly be cared for at the shelter for 3 days by volunteers and after that be sent out to other facilities for care and adoption, according to a statement from Nye County Emergency Management. The shelter will certainly be, in effect, a holding area that is not open to the public.

A contingency care strategy will certainly be taken into place for the animals under court custody. Vance Payne, director of Nye County Emergency Management, says that there is no financing for a shelter, and in the meantime he is stressed over having the products to care for the area and animals.

A brand-new shelter might open Aug. 1, as Payne states there are some company vendors who would make a good fit.

If you are searching for the purrfect addition to your household, or would love to contribute to keep Tails End in the environment, call the shelter at 775-751-7020, or visit the shelter at 1511 E. Siri Lane in Pahrump.

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