MINGUS – A small animal rescue team is doing big things far beyond a small town in Palo Pinto County.
“We weren’t euthanizing for space,” Peggy McQueary said of the Community Animal Rescue Effort, better known in many counties as CARE.
With its 14 kennels – seven each for dogs and cats – CARE doesn’t have much room for error as McQueary, Treasurer Susan Wynne and volunteers like Cheryl Gonzales and Petra Kagi haul critters around the county and into the Parker, Eastland, Comanche and Erath counties. .
CARE recently had two kittens up for adoption in Weatherford at Pet Supplies Plus adjacent to Home Depot.
McQueary and Wynne said they also plan to add Parker County to the next grant they write for free neutering and spaying services.
The non-profit group survives on grants and donations from the community. His next fundraiser will be at a game night at 5 p.m. on October 17 at Mel’s Diner in Mingus.
“There will be prizes and there will be food,” Wynne said. “You can order off the menu, or there will be a special CARE meal.”
Local vets practically donate their skills. Wynne said Veronica Flores of Texas West Animal Health in Santo and Tyler Martin of Palo Pinto Veterinary Clinic in Mineral Wells both perform neutering and neutering services “for state price.”
“They’re losing money, but they’re helping the community,” said McQueary, CARE’s director of animal welfare.
CARE started in Strawn in 2007 and celebrated its 15th anniversary last July. McQueary said the volunteer group’s mission also helps pet owners who face challenges caring for their pets.
“We don’t have a lot of room, so we’re helping the community in other ways,” she said. “Is there anything we can get from your fence? Can we buy something? These kinds of things we can do to help people who are having a little trouble keeping their pets.
On the other end of that equation, CARE’s Wish List on Amazon includes everything from flea and tick collars and sprays, leashes, washing detergent, pet toys and, of course, , pet food.
“We desperately need a van,” Wynne said. “We flew more of our rescues to other states. And maybe (we can) help this animal shelter at Mineral Wells and get some of their animals out.
McQueary said it takes a village to lead a rescue – the animal owners who are simply responsible.
“Our community is really trying to be good stewards of their community, of their cities, doing the right thing by having their animals neutered and neutered — and keeping them locked up,” she said.
Amazon CARE Wish List: