Thursday, April 26, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Letting your cat into the outside world
There are two schools of thought about cats. Some people believe they should roam free; others are sure they should be inside-only pets. Mine used to come and go as they pleased until someone started poisoning them and the survivors became insiders.
If you have a new cat, consider the following before letting your cat into the outside world. Cats can usually handle a dog or two, but not always, and there are so many stray dogs you never know when a cat killer will wander into your area. And it’s not just dogs. Coyotes and owls both consider your precious pet just another meal.
Cats and cars don’t mix. Enough cats are run over accidentally but we all know people who see a cat darting across the road and try to hit it on purpose. Even parked cars are dangerous for cats, especially in cold weather when they crawl into the motor for warmth. Not everyone thinks to bang on the hood to warn them before cranking up.
A cat who roams freely meets all the other cats in the outside ’hood and the spread of disease enters the picture. Many of those other cats are probably strays who may have never had a caregiver or any health care. Feline leukemia is just one of many fatal diseases spread by the exchange of bodily fluids like a scratch from a fight or drinking from the same water source. Your cat may have been inoculated but are his shots up to date? Even if they are, no inoculation is one hundred percent effective and there are myriad diseases not covered by regular shots.
Then we come to people. Do you have a neighbor who’s washing his car every time you pass his house or one who’s heavily into gardening? These people will not appreciate Tabby’s muddy footprints all over the car or his use of the prize peony bed as a litter box. Most of them will probably just grumble and glare. A few may ask you to keep your critter in check and a very few may turn into the poisoner we started the article with.
If you still allow your cat to meander through the out-of-doors make sure he stays current on all his shots. Provide a steady source of cool, clean water and plenty of safe areas like trees, porches and shelves he can run to if need be. Don’t even think about declawing.
Whether your cat is inside or out, male or female, it will be a safer, healthier, better pet if it has been fixed. Call 662-252-6196 for your appointment at the Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic.
For information on adoptions, fostering or anything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-564- 2900. Correspondence and donations should be mailed to the Marshall County Humane Society, P.O. Box 625, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
The Humane Society recently responded to another “abandoned puppies” report. Someone dumped four puppies on the side of the road in the Mariana Rd area. They were picked up and are now being fostered. We are looking for homes for these babies, about 6-8 weeks old. Please call the adoption line at 662-564-2900 for more information or the Humane Society at 901-212-6066 or 564-2900 to adopt one of these cuties! These guys are also at Petfinder.com.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - April 24, 1997
Teacher, civic leader, writer Leta Belk dies after illness
Mrs. Fred M. Belk Sr., 91, a long time Holly Springs civic leader and school teacher, died April 22 at her home, “The Quarters,” after an extended illness. Many will remember her fondly as “Miss Leta” from the almost 60 years of teaching kindergarten and first grade. She also served as a society columnist for the Marshall Messenger and The South Reporter for some 20 years.
McCoy receives commission
Navy Ensign Jason McCoy, son of Bruce and Shirley McCoy of Byhalia, recently received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, Fla. He is a graduate of Delta State University, Cleveland.
25 Years Ago - April 29, 1982
Northwest star Maxine Tucker to play roundball at Ole Miss
Northwest Mississippi Junior College basketball standout Maxine Tucker has been signed to play for Ole Miss next season, announced Lady Ranger head coach Harry Adair. Tucker was selected All-State during her two seasons with Northwest and averaged 10.5 points per game.
Howell places third in spelling bee
Sheri Howell, representing Marshall Academy, won third place in the MPSA state spelling bee in Jackson on April 21. Sheri is a sixth grader at MA and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Howell of Holly Springs.
George Hill Memorial award
Marshall Academy hosted its sports banquet this month and two of the many awards recipients were Sam White and Dwana Briscoe. White and Briscoe were winners of the 1981-82 George Hill Memorial Award.
Galena Jr. High School placed fourth in the drivers’ education Road-E-O in Jackson. Participants were Michelle Mays, Clarise Childress, chaperone; Russell Davis, Lee Davis and Van Rayford, instructor.
50 Years Ago - April 25, 1957
Holly Hi girls will be Carnival models
Carole Jean Brown and Betty Wynne of Holly Springs have been selected as models to ride on a float in the Memphis Cotton Carnival. They will represent their school and will attend a noon luncheon at The Peabody and the Teen Ager’s Ball that night.
Party at State Park honors Craig Kidd
Kenneth Rose entertained Thursday afternoon at Wall Doxey State Park honoring Craig Kidd, who is leaving to make his home in Japan for two years. Baseball was enjoyed by the boys in the afternoon. A delicious hamburger supper was served by Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Rose at dusk. Guests included the honoree, Johnny Christy, Billy Smith, Jimmy Skelton, Billy McGregor, Danny McKenzie and John Collins of Atlanta, Ga.
Cecil Cannon purchases Standard Oil station
Cecil Cannon has purchased and is operating the Standard Oil Station on the west side of North Memphis Street. He has been employed with Holly Springs Auto for about 35 years and been a mechanic for 37 years.
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