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King warns of feline disease cases in Wadena area

Photos by Brian Hansel Trinity Wegscheid of Bertha saw her 18-year-old cat Spice win the Luckiest Charm contest Saturday at the ninth annual PAWS show in Verndale.

Dr. Bridget King has seen three cases of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and one case of feline leukemia out of Wadena in recent months and she wants to send a warning to Wadena pet owners.

"There are too many cats that are free-roaming," King said.

Free-roaming cats mating with household pets can spread both diseases, neither of which is curable.

King was at the ninth annual PAWS show Saturday at the Verndale Community Center supporting the organization know as PAWS: Pets Abandoned Wanting Support. The organization's mission is to protect cats and dogs from cruelty and neglect. Their tools are education, veterinary care, shelter for abandoned animals and most of all, love. Their ultimate goal is to place abandoned animals with owners who will give them the love and attention they need.

Every animal that PAWS takes in is evaluated. They receive vaccinations and are neutered if they are old enough. The next step is placing them with a foster family. PAWS provides the medical treatment, food and supplies for the foster home. The final step is finding them a permanent home.

PAWS provides financial help with neutering pets. It is PAWS' position that one of the best ways people can care for their pets is to have them spayed or neutered.

For more information about PAWS call (218) 639-7297.