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The 411 on Funding

As Lucky's Place continues it's funding commitment to be a no-kill shelter, we work with a wide network of animal welfare organizations to promote that concept.

Every year, 6 to 8 million pets end up in shelters, and from that number, millions are euthanized. Adopting even one animal from a shelter can make an impact and reduce these horrific statistics. We ask our members and friends to talk with their neighbors and families about the many benefits of adopting companion animals.

A full 65% of pets acquired in this country are found through friends, a pet store (puppy mill) or dealer. Ironically, at least 30% of pets in shelters started their journey this way. Typically, a few weeks pass by after a purchase and people find the pet is not matched to their lifestyle, they suddenly have to move, health issues arise, or it's just a personality clash.

Adopting a pet from our Star Valley shelter can help eliminate some of these problems. First, our staff and volunteers interact with the animals regularly, observing behavoir and personality traits. Without a profit motive, we sincerely want a pet to meet an adopter's needs and lifestyle. Adopters can ask questions, and their concerns can be addressed directly with informed insight.

Second, Lucky's Place Shelter invests a minimum of $150 in each animal for its health and well-being: spay/neuter, requisite vaccinations, and thorough vet examinations. Many animals arrive with emergency injuires or other needs, and are only made available for adoption once these needs have been taken care of. Considering all of this, does the free pet from the neighbor still seem so "free"?

At Lucky's Place, donation adoption fees are as follows: Puppies $125, Kittens $45, Adult Dogs $85, Adult Cats $40 for cash. We can now take credit/debit cards but would need to add charge of $5 to cover costs.

These adoption donations do not cover shelter costs, but you, our faithful AHASV supporters, contribute the balance to promote our common goal: to place each animal in a caring, loving and safe home. The community benefits of your compassion and generosity are immense -- and the animals pay it forward as they pass your lessons on to the people and families who adopt them. Always remember, when you adopt an animal from a shelter you save two lives; the one you take home and the one you made room for. Thank you for supporting Lucky's Place.

Mary Ann Ahrens, President and Treasurer

Where does the funding come from, and how are we Spending it?

Saving lives requires two essential ingredients: a relentless work ethic and money. As a non-profit organization AHASV relies on the financial support from generous individuals, businesses grants and foundations. Without continued donations and grants, we could not keep our doors open for animals in need. Fundraisers are also an important part of covering our costs.

Equally important are our volunteers. The valuable amount of time each volunteer spends working in our office, walking animals, providing medical care, coordinating adoptions and events, cleaning our facilities, transporting shelter pets, all of these tasks add up to a lot of hours.

Unbeknownst to most, northern Lincoln County uses our shelter as an "animal pound," but contributes less than $9 a day to our shelter's expenses. And, our shelter does not receive any of these monies from fines the county imposes on animal owners.

So, if you are trying to figure out what special gift to give for the holidays, consider a gift to Lucky's in honor of your friend or loved one. Monetary gifts and gifts of time committment are always welcomed.

45% Donations, 25% Grants, 12% Fundraisers, 10.7% Adoption Fees, 3.2% Membership, 2.4% Lincoln County, 1.7% Surrender Fees.

Donor Recognition

Because of the generosity of our donors, we are able to help animals in need. From all of us at Lucky's and on behalf of all of the animals whose lives you have changed forever for the better, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Every donation, large and small is critical to our work.

Lucky's Place extends a special thanks for grants received this year from PAWS of Jackson Hole and the Don Krautter Memorial. In addition, we'd like to thank some folks for their donations over the $1000 mark: Denise Bixler, Natalie Coneway, John & Charlene Potee, Robilen & Gail, Kristen Darn Golf Classic/Sandy Cousins, Sandy Day/Timothy Day Foundation (Lulu's Fund), Eileen LoPassa & Bud Wilson, Kathy Bolling & Richard Phillips.


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Our Programs

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

From time to time we will receive grants that enable us to assist the community with a portion of the cost of spay or neutering your pets. Thanks to PAWS of Jackson Hole and Dr. Heather Carlton, Animal Adoption Center in Jackson for their grants programs.

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We offer foster care to dogs and cats by opening our hearts and homes to temporarily shelter for needy animals. If you could only assist in fostering for a short time or on an emergency basis if even for only a few days or a week we could sure use your help.

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Open a place in your heart and you will receive much more in return. Lucky’s Place is NOT county or city owned or operated shelter it does not receive funds from local city governments. It is wholly run and mainained by volunteers.