Imagine driving down the road and seeing a box in the ditch; nothing unusual about trash littering the roadways. As you get closer, you realize there are newborn twins bundled up inside with “FREE” carved into the cardboard. What do you do? Pick them up? Leave them for someone else? Would it surprise you to hear that 3 to 4 million children are left for dead every year?

To all of us with the Golden Heart Pet Assistance League (GHPAL) pets are our children; however, the Humane Society estimates that 3 to 4 million animals are euthanized every year in the United States in shelters alone due to lack of homes. That doesn’t even include pets that are discarded on roadsides or dumpsters, or inhumanely killed due to lack of resources in communities similar to Alaska’s rural villages.

In an attempt to decrease this number, GHPAL operates a traveling veterinary program in Alaska. The priority and dedication of this program revolves around Alaska’s rural communities that are incapable of seeking veterinary attention for their pets. The majority of these communities do not have a local veterinarian, nor do they have the option of driving to the nearest one. Residents are forced to pay for airfare for themselves and their pets into the nearest town with veterinary facilities or watch their pet suffer, and sometimes even inhumanely dispose of them.

Animals rely on us to care for them, and we are responsible for assuring that they have happy and healthy lives.

Any donations collected will greatly benefit our efforts to accomplish our goals for Alaska’s rural communities. We appreciate your time and thank you for your interest in our much-needed cause.

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