After working ardently for an animal rescue group, five neighbors found that the group would be forced to disband. Instead of forgetting about their efforts and moving on, the five joined together to create their own rescue organization.


Jennifer Brant, Vikki Honkala, Danielle McLean, and Jon and Sara Schryvers combined their personal resources in February 2004 to form City Pet Rescue, a White Rock-area non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from local animal shelters and providing them with loving homes.


          “It’s a commitment on our part,” says Honkala, the group’s president. “Once we rescue them, we are committed to finding them a home for as long as it takes.”


          Once rescued from a shelter, the animals receive necessary shots and are spayed or neutered. The animal then stays in a foster home until it is adopted.


           “We bring them into our homes. We love them and care for them like they are our own pets,” Brant says.


          Three Saturdays a month, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., City Pet Rescue takes its animals to the PetSmart at Lovers and Greenville in hopes of finding permanent homes for the animals. Once a person wants to adopt an animal, City Pet Rescue tries to ensure that the prospective owner and animal are a good match.


          “We try to match a dog with the right environment,” Honkala says. “We’re not going to put a 70-pound lab in a one-bedroom apartment.”


City Pet Rescue also aims to educate the community on the importance of population control and gives advice to pet-owners.


          “We have a website and a phone number. If families or individuals have questions, we are open and willing to help. We are happy to give advice,” McLean says.  


          The number of animals City Pet Rescue saves depends on how many foster homes it provides. In 2004, City Pet Rescue placed 90 dogs and 28 cats.  But the group needs more fostering volunteers, organizers say.


          Adopting and caring for an animal takes some work but is extremely rewarding, McLean says.


           “With the spayed or neutering, a little training and the vaccinations, you have a pet for life that will love you and will be your companion, your protection and your best friend.”


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