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June 5, 2015: NCK PAWS benefits both two- and four-legged creatures, by Chris Garner

Chris Garner
Chris Garner

NCK PAWS is a nonprofit group dedicated to animal welfare. Our primary mission is to sponsor a Spay and Neuter Voucher Program with area veterinarians. Our group presents story hours to educate children about proper animal care, transports animals from shelters to rescues, and supports our area animal shelters.

Our Spay and Neuter Voucher Program provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals in order to lower the cost of spaying or neutering a pet. Our goal is to assist those in need in becoming responsible pet owners. This program helps to control the pet overpopulation in our area.

Our volunteers teach children to show more compassion and that all life deserves dignity.

Animals share their hearts and make wonderful companions. They are very forgiving and teach us unconditional love. From animals we can learn to focus on the present moment rather than on the past. We strive to teach compassion in this small way by giving our time and hearts to help animals.

Volunteers are important to NCK PAWS because when one person helps another or when people come together, everyone — both two- and four-legged — can benefit, and benefit more than if each one was acting alone.

NCK PAWS is always looking for volunteers who love animals and want to make a difference.

Volunteers can help by:

  • Making or distributing fliers, newsletters, etc…
  • Collecting items for silent or online auction
  • Working at fund-raising events
  • Helping with media presentations (Facebook pages, website, newspaper, radio)
  • Fostering animals
  • Writing grants
  • Transporting animals from shelters to rescues

Our hearts are motivated by the unconditional love we receive from the animals and the gratitude shared by families of animals in need.

If you would like to be an NCK PAWS volunteer contact us at NCK PAWS, P.O. Box 441, Concordia 66901, or find us on Facebook at NCK PAWS.

Another way to help is to make a donation to the NCK PAWS Fund at the Community Foundation for Cloud County (


— Chris Garner is an NCK PAWS volunteer and works as a physical education teacher in Belleville, Kan.

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