Imagine eleven puppies walking up SR-9 one early summer morning. The puppies had been dumped in town and were making their way up the road. Several concerned people gathered the puppies and took them to John and Winnie Lee's garage (which is now Oscar’s). This was the beginning of Zion Animal Lovers (ZAL).
ZAL is an organization that began twenty years ago to address the problem of dogs and cats that were often dumped in Springdale and Rockville. Back in the day, it was quite a common event, as many of the generous people who provided homes can attest to. We had a fundraiser as our kickoff event to raise enough money to be able to spay, neuter and vaccinate the dropped animals. Our first fundraiser generated almost $4,000, thanks in part to Bob and Naomi Weyer's generous donation of his fishing boat and all the volunteers who labored over that first garage sale. Over the years we continued with yard sales and other fundraising events. Our last event was a dessert and wine night catered by Barbara Ellard. David Pettit kindly donated a photo as a raffle prize.
The kennels at the town yard were built from a portion of the proceeds to provide a safe, secure place for the abandoned animals, and are still in use. Six years ago ZAL applied for, and was granted its 501(c)(3) status, making all your donations completely tax deductible.
Through the years we have had many dedicated volunteers who have cared for and loved the animals in our care. Filomena Diaz-Johnson’s support and advice helped to keep ZAL going. Kurt Wright’s quick response, no-kill philosophy and ongoing interest is a key factor in the care and placement of animals. Christine Wolken has consistently shown exemplary service to the animals, and continues to do so, with her daily hands-on dedication to their wellbeing. She also fosters dogs, but expresses the desperate need for more families that are willing to foster when the need arises.
Upon the arrival of an animal, city workers incorporate the dogs into their schedules to feed, water, and clean the cages.
Many others too numerous to name here have donated time, money, expertise, and love. Thank you to all.
So, know that ZAL is alive and well, although we are not often in the news. Fortunately, our kennels stand empty most of the time, but when a dog comes in the need is urgent and usually great. Our funds have become depleted with the long stay of the two hounds last summer and fall (now residing at Best Friends).
Please consider making a donation as we enter into what has historically been the “busy” season, so that we can continue to support our animal friends. Make checks payable to Zion Animal Lovers. PO BOX 214. Springdale, Utah 84767. No amount is too small. Just as importantly, if you are interested in fostering an animal, please call Christine Wolken at (435) 669-4469.