Opp Paws and Claws is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Through rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, rescue animals and a 100% spay/neuter program, Opp Paws and Claws hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes. These animals are looking for forever homes in the communities of Enterprise, Dothan, Montgomery, Ozark, Troy, Samson, Opp, Elba, Brantley, Andalusia. Some of our pets have found homes in Destin and Pensacola.
Opp Paws And Claws (OPC) is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization and any donations made to us ar tax deductable! We are dedicated to the welfare of all dogs and cats. All animals are spayed/neutered before placement,unless they are under 6 months of age, in this situation the adoptee will have to sign a written consent to have the animal spayed or neutered when they come of age. All rescue animals are also vaccinated, and all known medical conditions are addressed and treated as appropriate. All animals are kept in our shelter where they are assessed for personality, and then they are carefully matched to a home that will provide only the very best.
OPC makes every effort possible in assuring the best possible future for the adopting family and, most importantly, for the animal being placed. A post-placement follow-up is done. An adoption fee is charged to cover the tremendous veterinary expenses incurred by OPC.
All members of OPC are volunteers who are animal owners themselves and are deeply dedicated to the welfare and safety of every homeless or unwanted animal that we take in. Every member of our team undergoes the same screening process that is applied to all potential adopters. OPC volunteers have participated in screening potential adopters and have educated each other in the best ways to care for and train animals at our shelter. OPC volunteers have worked dog fairs and fund raisers to generate donations to help with expenses. Most importantly, though, is that each member has opened his/her home and heart to assist OPC in caring for rescued animals while they are in our care.
All medical-care decisions are made by one or more of OPC board members, all of whom have worked with various other rescue organizations prior to the establishment of OPC. We have an excellent veterinarian from which we receive counseling and guidance. In addition, we work closely with other rescue organizations. Prior to our inception, we have individually rescued and re-homed thousands of animals. Our collaborative rescue efforts in 2010 will likely double the number of dogs rescued during 2009. We are a growing organization with dedicated, responsible, and goal-focused members who appreciate the tremendous generosity of our contributors in offering financial assistance to support our labor of love.
There are many reasons that animals might be brought into shelters. Some families are faced with pet behaviors they don't know how to manage, while others encounter pet restrictions when they move into rental housing. Human health issues such as pregnancy and allergies are also reasons why animals are given over to shelters by their families.
Shelters care for pets and try to re-home them. Never abandon your animal and hope they can fend for themselves. Abandonment is cruel and illegal.
Caring for pets is the responsibility of owners/guardians. Caring for homeless animals is the responsibility of the entire community—people like you, veterinarians, animal shelters, adoption groups and municipal officials. Decades of ignoring, starving and removing homeless animals has failed to provide a long-term reduction in their numbers.
Help is on the Way
So what can you and other citizens do to help?