Winner of Pratt Area Humane Society quilt gives it back to sell again.

It’s fun to have some luck once in a while. Lila Truitt put her name in the drawing for the Pratt Area Humane Society quilt and won. Truitt was surprised when she was notified of the win.

“I bought a chance but didn’t think I would win,” Truitt said.

But Christmas is the season of giving and Truitt has decided to do something unique to help the PAHS shelter. She is going to give the quilt back and let them raffle it off again to raise more money.

Truitt is an animal lover and she is also a quilter. She has lots of quilts so she decided to give the quilt back as a special gift. Shelter volunteer Hannah Garrison was on hand to present the quilt and then take it back again. Debbie Withers, shelter volunteer who sold tickets for the quilt raffle, said this was a win-win situation for the shelter. Withers also purchased the fabric for the quilt.

Tickets were on sale at six events through the year. The quilt raffle raised $1,500.

The quilt has solid color blocks and blocks that feature cats and dogs. Jessica Gatz put the quilt blocks together and Jane Byer did the actual quilting. Garrison said the moey will help maintain the shelter.

The shelter is always looking ahead for the next years quilt. Since this year’s quilt will be raffled off again in 2019, that quilt is already done. Rosalie Rose is scheduled to make the quilt for 2020.

It takes a lot of patience and time to make the quilt. But it doesn’t take long to adopt a pet at the PAHS shelter.

Adopting a pet is a simple procedure. There is an application form to fill out and it usually takes a day to get final approval. The shelter will check references and if there is a landlord involved, they will check to make sure it’s okay to have a pet, said shelter manager April Hemphill.

Adoption costs are $30 for a cat and $100 for a dog. This includes a goodie bag.

Right now, there are 9 cats and 12 dogs up for adoption. Most of the dogs are mix breed and are medium to 50 pound range in size. There are several boxer and lab mixes, Hemphill said.

All pets at the shelter are up to date on their vaccinations, they have an implanted microchip, they have been spayed or neutered, are up to date on flea and tick medicine. The dogs have been tested for heart worms and cats have been tested for feline AIDS and leukemia. A change at the Humane Society is doing away with labels for the animals. They are focusing more on the animals personality than breed stereotypes. The focus is more on if it is an indoor or outdoor dog, is it playful, is it leery of other pets and more. They want to find out what the dog can handle in their new situation, Hemphill said.

If there is already another pet at the home, the shelter makes sure the other pet is up to date on vaccinations. There is a play yard where the shelter sets up play dates with current and potential pets to see if they will get along. Some times there are scary smells for a dog and the play date shows if the pets are compatible.

“We can tell is it’s going to be a no or if it’s going to work,” Hemphill said.

For those considering getting a dog or cat, there is more to consider than the primary purchase price. There is an ongoing financial obligation with a pet. The future owner needs to consider how much it will cost throughout the year for this commitment that lasts for at least 10 years. There are food, other supplies and vet expenses to consider.

“We make sure they know the vets in town,” Hemphill said. “We make sure they know what they are getting into.”

The PAHS shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is located at 10233 Bluestem Boulevard in the Prairie Parkway Business Park north of Pratt Community College.