MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU) – Many people found their real pets at the True Friends Animal Welfare Center in Montrose. As the 28/22 Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler tells us the group remains true to its motto “Give animals a safe haven and hope for a second chance”.
Meet Jose Cuervo and Sunday. Both only spent a few weeks at the True Friends Animal Welfare Center before heading to a loving home.
“We certainly don’t deny our pets anything. So that’s how we feel about these guys. You can’t help it. If you love animals this is a good refuge. Said Amy Uggiano, Vice President, True Friends Animal Welfare Center.
Uggiano says the Montrose center is a non-profit organization. Dogs and cats enter the shelter every week.
“We are here for the community. We welcome stray animals; we surrender animals. We try to help people as best we can, ”Uggiano said.
Recently, the shelter welcomed a kitten named “Lucky Lucy”. She was rescued from a storm sewer on Route 29 near Tunkhannock. Lucky Lucy was brought to the shelter in hopes of finding a forever home.
Uggiano told us that “these animals are receiving excellent care. We have a wonderful staff. They pay attention to every detail, you know? Because it is necessary.
Many dogs and cats are to be adopted. “It changes every day,” Thompson said. “You know, some days we have adoptions, and some dogs leave, a few cats leave, and other days we bring them in all the time.”
The full-time staff spend quality time with the animals that venture outside. Lexis Thompson, Kennel Manager, True Friends Animal Welfare Center added, “It helps relieve stress in the kennel, it’s enrichment for them and it’s really nice for them to get some fresh air. They are happier, they are less stressed.
The shelter has three fenced play areas for dogs to walk and play while staff clean the center.
“In the morning, we use the three courts to take them out to the potty as well as to take them for a walk. Same with afternoon and evening walks, ”said Thompson.
To keep the animals healthy, the center incurs a lot of costs. From sterilization and sterilization, to solving health problems, to food and keeping the lights on.
“It’s not about going in and petting cats and coming home. It’s just a lot of hidden costs and a lot of hidden heartache for us sometimes too, ”Uggiano noted.
Ultimately, these are our furry friends. If the animals are not adopted or if the shelter is full, they have a foster program where single seniors can enjoy the company of a pet for a period of time.
“True Friends” looking for our future best friends.