Public Asked Not to Abandon Animals

DATE: March 12, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 788-9172

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GREAT FALLS, Montana – The staff at the Great Falls Animal Shelter (GFAS) would like to remind the public not to abandon or leave animals outside the shelter, when it is closed. Abandoning an animal puts it at risk and in danger. Animals that are abandoned are unable to fend for themselves and can become sick, dehydrated or injured. Animal abandonment is prohibited according to City Ordinance 6.8.220, which states it is unlawful for any person to abandon any animal within the City.

The GFAS recognizes it is a safe haven for many animals in our community and strives to find forever homes for the pets it houses. A pet owner may choose to make the difficult decision to surrender their animal for a number of reasons including financial, relocation, change of life style or incompatibility.

If a pet owner is considering surrendering their animal to the GFAS, they are encouraged to do so during the shelter’s normal hours of operation. This allows the best possible chance for the pet to find a new home. The shelter is located at 1010 25th Avenue NE and open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For questions regarding the Great Falls Animal Shelter please contact 454-2276.