By ARLEENE MEJIA
On Oct. 12 Citrus Valley High School’s Spanish club volunteered at the Redlands Animal Shelter. The club participated in cleaning the kennel and cattery with the help of the friendly shelter staff, and throughout the experience the members of the club were able to understand the true intentions of the animal shelter.
Generally, when people hear phrases such as animal shelter or pound they automatically assume it is a place where stray animals are taken and killed off. However, overlooking this horrible image, volunteering at the Redlands Animal Shelter has proven that there is no such thing as a “coldhearted” and slaughter shelter.
In fact, talking to the staff, they have admitted to doing all they can to get these poor animals adopted. The shelter provides warm beds, a variety of foods and training to these stray animals. Such conditions are the complete opposite of what the animals received on the streets.
The goal is to help even the most untrusting and abused pets gain trust in people once again, and get them a safe home. The members of the Spanish Club came to the Redlands Animal Shelter with the desire to help and walked out with an unforgettable experience.
If you happen to be interested in adopting a pet, do not hesitate! The Redlands Animal Shelter provides tours through their kennel and cattery, and are capable of assisting if there is interest in a specific pet. Adoption fees in regards for cats is $50 with the inclusion of spay/neuter, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus or parainfluenza vaccine (DHLPP), as well as the Bordetella vaccine. For seniors at the age of 55 or older, the fee is only $28. As for dogs, the fee is $86 which also includes spay/neuter, DHLPP and Bordetella, with the fee for seniors 55 and up being only $51.
The shelter is open Tuesday- Friday at 10:00 A.M.- 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday the shelter is open 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M. The address is Redlands Animal Shelter 504 North Kansas Redlands, CA 92373, for more information you can call (909) 798-7644.