“All I Want For Christmas is a Home.”


Courtesy of The Park County Animal Shelter.

In the Cody community, there’s an underlying program to serve and protect our domestic companions: The Park Country Animal Shelter.

The manager of five years, Brittany Vaughn started working at the shelter in high school and fell in love.

“It’s a different kind of job. Some days you’re scrubbing poop and some days you’re building stuff to help the animals,” said Vaughn, “It’s one thing that’s always really fun, you never know what you’re going to be doing on any given day. It can be very taxing, but it’s also very rewarding.”

The animals shelter offers more to the community than just a place for animals without a home.

“Not only do we adopt out animals that need homes, but we’re also a safe place when animals go missing or if they turn up lost,” said Vaughn, “We also provide spay and neuter clinics to help people get their animals fixed if they can’t afford it. Also, we provide food for people that can’t afford to feed their animals.”

The shelter has a variety of animals to choose from, yearly averaging out around 500 that come in and out of the shelter. The animals that go through the shelter come from all different backgrounds.

“A majority of the animals come in because people are moving and they can’t take them with them,” said Vaughn. “Landlord issues are the number one reason animals come to us. It’s either people can’t take care of them anymore or they’re strays.”

  The holidays are an opportunity to take advantage of the great things the shelter offers to the community such as adoption.

“All animals need good homes, but Skillet has been with us off and on for 7 years. He’s the one we’re definitely hoping gets a home this season,” said Vaughn.

Skillet is a 10 year old American Pit Bull Terrier. He does best without the presence of other dogs and cats but is great with children.

The animal shelter makes use of the increase in donors around the holidays.

“We try to take advantage of the extra generosity by doing a donation drive. We always do a 12 days of Christmas Drive where we ask for monetary donations, but also specific donation of goods that we go through on a daily basis,” said Vaughn

   The drive started on Dec. 11 and ends Dec. 23. Each day there’s a specific object you can donate to a specific pet. To find the object specific for the day go to their Facebook. All donations are appreciated.