I witnessed an act of compassion and a love of animals this past Saturday as Brian and Julie Fallis assembled Karranda beds at the local animal shelter. The Fallis’ help out in various ways at Altus Animal Control including donating needed items, volunteering, helping at event such as Pet Adoption Day, and even walking the dogs.
What is a Karranda bed? They are elevated cot-style dog and cat beds with a chew proof design. They are very safe and indestructible, but most importantly they keep the animals off the floor. The shelter animals are kenneled 23 hours a day on a concrete floor. These beds distribute the animals weight evenly, to prevent pressure soars, and aids relief of muscle and joint pain.
Both Julie and and Brian grew up with pets and they care for all types of animals. The couple currently have four cats, two kittens that Julie nursed for a friend and wound up keeping, and two kittens that Brian found abandoned on the side of the road.
Brian said more people need to show respect towards animals and encourages people to adopt from shelters.”The community needs to visit the local animal shelter and be aware of the animals needs, and volunteer,” said Brian. Julie said, “It is very frustrating to see small numbers in animal rescues and adoptions, yet tons of breeders.”
Altus Animal Control Officer Krissy Mayhew stressed the importance of volunteers. She said that the animals are starving for love and attention. “A great way of helping that costs nothing is to walk dogs on a daily basis,” she said. “Currently the shelter has 80 animals that need walking exercise.”
Brian and Julie said being a pet owner is a responsibility and requires time and caring. “More people need to spay and neuter their animals and visit the local shelter, and volunteer.”
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077