4 Paws Learn About Missoula Animals

By Elaine Payne and Kaitlyn Davis

They need your help!

2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes for them. Animals are a very important part of some people’s lives – whether the animal is as big as a Great Dane to as little as a goldfish. Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats). About 710,000 animals (620,000 dogs and 90,000 cats) who enter shelters as strays and are returned to their owners.

The Human Society has a page on their website where you can look for found pets. If you lose a pet, be sure to contact all animal shelters to keep a lookout describe your lost pet in detail. Losing a pet can be very difficult, so you will need all the help you can get. If you end up finding them before the shelters, just give them all call back; it’s better to have the support then not. Do not take any chances!

Mental and Physical Illnesses & Benefits of Owning Animals

Pets come with some powerful mental health benefits. Whether it’s depression or stress, loyal pets will always be by your side. Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness. Animals also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life. According to the American Heart Association, animals help us physically by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. While owning a dog they could also help us with our physical fitness with their necessary daily walks.

Service Dogs

Service dogs help people with disabilities perform everyday tasks, which also helps their handler attain safety and independence. A service dog (as the term is used in the United States) refers to any dog trained to help a person who has a disability, such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental illnesses like posttraumatic stress disorder, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs play a very important role in modern day society.

Importance of Animal Shelters

Animal shelters provide numerous benefits to their communities. These facilities work to humanely address the issues of animal control with spaying and neutering services and keep the community safe from dangerous animals. Animal shelters work with the community to match pets with loving homes through their adoption services and provide veterinary services at a reduced price once the adoption is finalized. Shelters also often maintain a firm commitment to educating the local community on the matters of pet care, animal safety, immunizations and disease control. Combined, these services improve tourism by reducing the number of unsightly or dangerous strays wandering the streets. In addition, they raise the mental health of residents by providing them with a loving animal companion and reduce the risk of neglected and abused animals by providing education for all pet owners.

Contact Missoula Animal Control:(406) 541-7387

Contacts The Humane Society of Western MT:(406) 549-3934

Importance of Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and an intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence to escape from the house. Once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. 

In addition, many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray! Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

Sentinel Publications Staff and Their Beloved Pets

Maddie’s Doggos: Charlet and Kuma

Kayleigh’s Doggos: Memphis, Bubbles and Luci

Jade’s Kitten: 

Kaitlyn’s Doggo: Kota

Elaine’s Cat, Frogger. Kitten, Magik. and Doggo, Zeva.


   Ms. Bathje’s Doggo: Audrey   Tayla’s Doggo: Brandy

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