Immanuel Kant once said, "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." With that in mind, Maria Guyan's heart would most certainly pass inspection.
Having volunteered at other rescue groups and shelters, Guyan is now the originator and director of New Lease on Life Animal Rescue, 2777 Midlothian Boulevard in Struthers. New Lease on Life offers a second chance at happiness for many dogs and cats facing euthanasia at local pounds and animal shelters.
According to Guyan, New Lease on Life acquires animals from Mahoning Trumbull, and Columbiana County Dog Pounds as well as through its partnership with local rescue groups.
Some of New Lease on Life’s animals benefit from a foster home, such as that of Glayna Bish, who makes the drive from Grove City, Pa., as she fosters “Sammy,” pictured with “Katara,” and “Max.”
While the facility currently houses 12 cats and four dogs, last year 350 adoptions resulted from the efforts of New Lease on Life.
Sharing that the shelter is funded through donations and adoption fees, in addition, Guyan said that she owns and operates the Seconds to the Rescue thrift store, just next door to the animal rescue. Thrift store hours are Monday through Friday from 11a.m. To 2 p.m., and weekends from noon to 3 p.m. Both facilities are 100 percent volunteer staffed, with all proceeds from the thrift store benefiting New Lease on Life.
Although not held by law to a certain number of animals, Guyan said she tries to stay at 20 cats and a dozen dogs and added that Ebert Animal Hospital provides all spaying and neutering services.
Sharing that New Lease on Life is desperately in need of volunteers for any available hours during a 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. shift, Guyan added that children of any age are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian who will volunteer with them.
The facility accepts supply donations as well, and, according to Guyan, is always in need of bleach, paper towels, food, litter, and dog and cat toys. The thrift store accepts clothing, household goods, etc.
Upon their arrival at the facility, Guyan said all animals are quarantined for two weeks in an effort to keep all current animal residents healthy.
Calling New Lease on Life the only area shelter with a 24-hour roaming dog room, Guyan said that following their initial quarantine period, the dogs are never caged and she and pet foster parents work with the animals' issues.
"We try to get people the best dog that they can," she said.
Once an adoptive family has met the requirements, their new family member will leave for their new home healthy and according to the facility website, with the following healthcare package included in the adoption fee:
Cats are spayed/neutered and have had the following: FeLV/FIV Tested negative, 2 FVRCP vaccinations, Rabies vaccination (if over four months), Deworming, Flea control, a two-week health guarantee, Lifetime Return Guarantee, and Lifetime behavioral support.
Dogs are spayed/neutered, and have had the following: Heartworm test and current preventative (if over 6 months), two DHLPP vaccinations, two Bordetella vaccinations, Rabies vaccination (if over four months), Deworming, Flea control, a two-week health guarantee, Lifetime Return Guarantee, and Lifetime behavioral support.
Sharing that she believes there is an owner out there for every dog and every cat, "It's just a matter of finding the right one," said Guyan.
Adoption hours are every Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. And the shelter can be reached at 330-397-8270 for hours by appointment.
Additional information can be found on the facility's website at www.newleaseonliferescue.com.