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Caring for creatures
Date Published to Web: 12/5/2008
Heather Fraser
   Central Oregonian

   When the HART project was started in Prineville, the intent was to have a facility where animals with contagious and sometimes terminal illnesses could be cared for.
   In October, those efforts were rewarded.
   The Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) acknowledged the local Spay Neuter Investment Project (SNIP) clinic's Homeless Animal Rehabilitation and Treatment (HART) project for the Building a Better Central Oregon award.
   The HART clinic was nominated August 11, 2008, by HART volunteer Norma Scott, and the facility received an acknowledgment letter for the award, October 20.
   "We had to have this facility. Several people were housing animals in their homes and barns and got burned out," said the founder, president, and volunteer coordinator Leslie Lynch. "We have to be able to treat and house animals to have a no-kill policy. The Hart facility is unique because when a door is opened the system sucks the air up into a vacuum and it has a high pressure decontamination system."
   Scott nominated the HART facility for it's no-kill policy and its outstanding holding rooms.
   "No kill doesn't mean we absolutely don't kill animals. We try to rehabilitate all animals that are treatable and can be made comfortable. We fix feral cats and treat their sicknesses then adopt them out as barn cats. We have a 2.5 percent kill rate in both dogs and cats." Lynch said.
    The facility also has heated floors, high temperature washing machines, and window views.
   The Snip clinic has a cooperative working relationship with the Humane Society of the Ochocos. The clinics work together to provide health care, rehabilitation, and adoption services to animals in need. They adopt healthy animals that may have special needs, but are certainly healthy and happy.
   The HART facility was built in the spring of 2008 from a single private donation. The vet and the tech are the only paid staff at the facility.
   "Our vet is great. She really goes above and beyond," Lynch said.
   Lynch wants residents to bring animals in before they impregnate and spread diseases. There are special rates for feral-untamed cats and their litters, they just have to be caught and brought in. SNIP will even help arrange placement with the Humane Society.
   "Prineville has taken the lead in caring for it's animals. We tried this elsewhere and it didn't work," Lynch said. "Prineville cares."

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