Thursday, January 5, 2006

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Marshall County Humane Society News

Remember your pets in the new year

I knew it was the new year when I got the first two of my favorite seed catalogs. For gardeners this is the time to plan for the new growing season.

Remember your animals. Get informed about poisonous plants. Maybe you’ll want to use a less toxic substitute. That’s just self-defense. On the flip side, there are lots of plants that are beneficial to animals from herbs that repel insects to good - old catnip. Dig in.

Of course the year can’t get started good without a certain number of senseless tragedies. A boy got a gun for Christmas. Just a few days ago he shot the neighbor’s two pet cats. This event brings up myriad issues including the responsibility of the parents to teach proper handling of a firearm, the responsibility of the boy for his choice of targets and the responsibility of the pet owners to protect their animals.

The parent/child business is outside my domain. My heart hurts for the cats’ humans, to say nothing of the poor cats. If you are a pet owner let this be a wake-up call for you. A fence and spaying or neutering will make it a lot easier to be sure your animals stay in your yard.

Know your neighbors. Hopefully, you can be friendly and keep lines of communication open so they will tell you if your animals are bothering them. And, if they do tell you that, do something to solve the problem. If you don’t, they might. Then there are the neighbors who are meaner than snakes and you know you should keep away and can act accordingly.

The older I get the less I can understand why, if people can’t be nice to each other, they can’t just leave each other alone.

If your animals need to be spayed or neutered the Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic can help. We are open every Tuesday. We charge $30 for female cats and $25 for males. The prices for dogs are determined by sex and weight and are as follows: 25 pounds and under, $40 for females, $35 for males; 26 to 50 pounds, $50 for females, $45 for males; 51 to 70 pounds, $60 for females, $55 for males; 71 pounds and up, $70 for females and $65 for males.

Call 662-252-6196 for the necessary appointment. If you get the answering machine, which is very likely, please leave your name and phone number and keep your message short or the machine may fill up and cut you off.

For information on adoptions, fostering or about the Humane Society, call 662-564-2900. Correspondence and donations should be sent to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.


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