Dogs, Parakeets Seized from Eagle River Home
Emphasizes need for pet adoptions
On Saturday evening, Anchorage police seized more than 30 dogs and dozens of parakeets from a home in Eagle River, handing them over to animal control officers in the first major animal cruilty case of 2012.
"We don't have cases like this very often, so thankfully we don't see large intakes of animals like this,” said Brooke Taylor, a spokeswoman for Anchorage Animal Care and Control.
But while the dogs and birds remain quarantined as evidence in the case, Taylor said there is a way to help.
"One of the best things a person can do now for us, until we figure out what specific needs we might have, is if they have room in their home for an animal, to come in and adopt an animal that's currently up for adoption,” she said.
That’s exactly what Clear Creek Cat Rescue does. The nonprofit group based in the Mat-Su Valley pairs abandoned cats with foster owners and hosts adoption clinic in hopes of finding them new homes.
"Our kids like doing it, they say we're superheroes for rescuing cats every day,” said Ashley Jeffers, who has opened her home to numerous foster cats since she first became involved with the rescue group. “We do get attached to them, but we're really happy to see them go to new homes."
Christine Trickett, who organized the Saturday adoption clinic, has been volunteering with the group for three months now and remembers her first encounter with a rescue animal.
"I came across an ad, in bold letters, that said it was urgent and these cats were going to be euthanized if not saved,” Trickett said. "I took a look at it, and it was this beautiful tiger cat with big eyes, and I looked at it for about a half hour, and my heart was just racing."
The cats come from Mat-Su Animal Control, which routinely euthanizes shelter animals to make room for new arrivals. They’re at the top of the list.
At Clear Creek Cat Rescue, Trickett works to find the animals foster homes, sometimes just days before they’re slated for euthanasia.
It’s a steady parade of cats, some old, some young, all with their own unique histories: Trickett said there’s one thing driving her to help.
"If we can help them find a home, that’s why we do it,” she said. “There's no reason for an animal to die if there's someone out there who can take care of them or help them."
She said there are never enough.