#Activate10: Lander animal rescue fills gap of animal control; Seeks donations through statewide initiative

“Our community is large and wildly diverse, which is at the same time our strength and our weakness. #Activate10 is a movement seeking to increase communication between individuals and organizations across Fremont County and to promote positive action in our communities.”

(Lander, WY) – Over the 4th of July, the Lander Pet Connection and Rescue fielded calls from Lander, Fort Washakie, Pinedale, and beyond. Over 100 calls on social media, email, and the phone came through in just 48 hours. Of those, nearly one-fifth were lost and found pets and over 75% returned home in under 48 hours.

But the nonprofit does not receive any funding from the city; to keep its doors open, the Connection is participating in a statewide fundraiser for 24 hours on July 14th.

“We are set up as a rescue, which means triaging emergency services for abandoned and injured pets,” said Executive Director, Marta Casey. “But without a town impound or any animal control services, we are filling that gap. We are happy to step up – nonprofits are often more effective and cost-efficient than the government. But we need help to keep providing these services. WyoGives is a great opportunity for animal advocates to help us raise funds to keep things going.”

The Lander Pet Connection & Rescue has 20 kennels, only 18 of which are currently functional. The nonprofit was founded in 1996 by a local animal activist, Sydney Miller, and started truly as a “connection” between people and animals. Since then, the nonprofit has expanded to do work in greater Fremont County and on the Wind River Reservation.

According to the WyoGives’ website, “WyoGives brings the state together as one community to raise money and awareness for Wyoming’s nonprofits. This 2nd annual 24-hour day of online giving will kick off at 12:01 am on July 14th. There are over 190 nonprofits participating in this year’s event. Celebrate the work of nonprofits across the state by supporting your favorite causes! You can search by name, city, county, or cause. WyoGives is an initiative of the Wyoming Nonprofit Network.”

To help the Lander Pet Connection and Rescue through WyoGives, just visit: https://www.wyogives.org/ on July 14th and look up “Lander Pet Connection and Rescue.”

There are prizes for participating both for donors and organizations, including donating the closest to 3:07 am and pm. There are also options for helping to fundraise through your own social media.

h/t Lander Pet Connection and Rescue Facebook page

About Lander Pet Connection & Rescue:

Since 1996, the Lander Pet Connection and Rescue has served the greater Fremont County area, reuniting lost pets with owners, rescuing wounded and abandoned animals, and finding innovative ways to support pets and people. We fill a crucial animal welfare gap in the region as the area lacks official animal control services and has few no-kill shelters. As an independent nonprofit with no governmental ties, we rely on the incredible support of our community, donations and grants to continue our mission. We operate with a small team, all devoted to saving the lives of starving, injured and abandoned animals and finding them loving, forever homes.

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