IVINS – After 13 years of advocating for animals, a local nonprofit group founded to support the no-kill philosophy will cease operations June 15 following the retirement of one of the group’s founders.
Linda Elwell is one of three original founders of Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter and has served as board president since the group’s inception.
Elwell was honored Wednesday at a regular meeting of the Santa Clara City Council.
“She has done an amazing job with FIAS (Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter),” Councilwoman Mary Jo Hafen said, acting as mayor pro tem.
“(Elwell) is really an amazing advocate of the animals and guided us along in that,” Hafen said, “and we really appreciate her.”
Elwell spent years campaigning for a no-kill philosophy at Ivins Animal Shelter, an endeavor which ultimately succeeded.
The shelter serves both Santa Clara and Ivins under the supervision of the combined Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department. Both cities have passed ordinances adopting a no-kill status for the shelter.
“It’s not going to effect the no-kill (approach) in Ivins and Santa Clara,” Elwell said, speaking of her retirement.
Elwell is retiring due to family issues but said it is still hard to let go.
“I’m sad to have to stop, but it’s time,” she said.
“It’s been a great experience.”
The board of Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter voted to retire the entire organization, Elwell said.
“No one wanted to take over the responsibilities that I had as president.”
Elwell said the group could not have accomplished what they did without help from the Best Friends Animal Society. Best Friends staffers helped set up Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter and helped out with problem animals.
Red Mountain Spa has also been a big supporter, Elwell said, holding regular “Pound Puppy Hikes” that have resulted in several dogs and one cat being adopted by spa guests from as far as Alaska and New Hampshire.
Tuacahn and Kayenta Art Village have also been supportive, Elwell said.
The group will accept donations until June 15. At that time, all remaining funds will be used to establish an account with Best Friends Animal Society to be used for animals at the Ivins shelter. Funds will be used for spaying and neutering, vaccinations and other health needs.
To donate to the group before June 15 send checks to:
Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter
661 East 425 South
Ivins, Utah, 84738
Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter is also encouraging its friends and supporters to follow the Ivins Animal Shelter and Adoption Center’s Facebook page.
“We are counting on you to continued (sic) assistance with helping to spread the word about the homeless pets in Ivins and Santa Clara, Utah,” a Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter Facebook post states.
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