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Tris DeRoma/Monitor
The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter cut ties this week with the Los Alamos County Shelter after 18 years.
Friends of Shelter break ties with county shelter

Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter has dissolved its partnership with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, walking away from a 18-year relationship.

“We’ve tried to work with the shelter, but we felt there just seemed to be too many obstacles to getting volunteers in there, a lot of requirements for training and other things that made it really, really difficult to work with them,” Friends President Wendee Brunish said. “We wanted to partner with them, we wanted to help them out, but we just didn’t feel like we were really treated as a valued partner, so we decided to focus our efforts elsewhere.”

The Friends have been partners with the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter since 1999. Service the Friends provided the shelter included paying for medical care, supplies, foster services and adoption promotion.

The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter provided the list of the potential adoptees that appeared in the Los Alamos Monitor every Sunday.

“We’ve been discussing it for quite a while. We felt our time had come to work on other things,” Brunish said. “Our mission is to help animals and to save animals, and if all your efforts go toward overhead for your volunteer program… we felt we could focus our efforts better elsewhere.”

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