If you have ever visited an animal shelter, you know that traditionally they have been made of cement and metal grating, not the most comfortable arrangement for a dog, but practical for the shelter worker hosing off the surface. Although this is a convenient way to keep the surface free from debris and contaminents (namely, “poo” and “pee”), it’s an unforgiving surface for a dog that might be underweight, cold and stressed.
One of the biggest challenges for a shelter like this is to keep illness from spreading, especially those that are airborne, such as kennel cough, which is pretty much guaranteed to be present in the air at most shelters. The longer a dog stays at the shelter, the more likely he or she is to contract this commonly transmitted “doggie flu.” Dogs with strong immune systems are able to fight it off, but for the weak and fragile, it can been a long, uncomfortable struggle, or even a death sentence in some cases.
The Baldwin Park Animal Care Center is no exception. They are one of the older shelters in the LA County shelter system, and must contend with the regular challenges of the LA County shelter system, namely not having enough bedding to go around. Because it is so easy for beds or blankets that are directly on concrete to get fouled or dirty, the best and most useful kinds of dog beds are raised off the ground.
United Hope for Animals would love to be able to provide the shelter with all the raised beds it needs, but alas, at $57 each (including shipping), we do not have the budget for all 90 beds that the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center needs. We need your help! If you are able to contribute a bed or two (or more!), please visit Kuranda.com/donate and select “California” under “choose your state” and then “Baldwin Park Shelter.” The shelter is most in need of the medium sized beds.
In the comments section at checkout, let them know that you heard about this program through United Hope for Animals, and send us an email and let us know you donated a bed! 🙂