Thursday, May 3, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Two schools of thought about cats
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.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - May 1, 1997
That’s a big fish
Dana Watson of Temperance Hill and a friend, Jamie Clayton of Potts Camp were fishing Sunday at a privately owned pond close to Potts Camp when Dana caught a 45 pounds, 44 inch long carp. Both of the young men were surprised at the size of the fish, as it was caught on an eight pound test line with a rod and reel and a single piece of dog food. The owners of the pond say it’s the biggest fish they have ever seen come out of the pond and have no idea how it got there.
New phase of restoration underway
Another phase of restoration is underway at St. Joseph’s Church on College Avenue, with the replacement of the roof. The ongoing restoration of the 1830s church is being done by the Historic Heritage Preservation Corporation. Chelius Carter, a restoration consultant from Memphis, is overseeing the project. The goal is to restore the church overall to the 1878 product, according to Carter.
25 Years Ago - May 6, 1982
Museum quilt show big hit for 44th annual Pilgrimage
Many of the visitors in town for the Pilgrimage came by the Museum to see the quilt show. Fifty-one quilts were on display. Some of them were made before the Civil War and at least one was finished just in time to be included in the show this year. Mrs. Peel Cannon, Mrs. Otto Clayton, Mrs. Cecil Cannon and Mrs. Lanier Holland borrowed 43 quilts, to be added to those already in the museum. Eighteen of the quilts came from Red Banks alone.
Several Mississippi college leaders visited the office of Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran in Washington recently. Among those who visited the Senator was Dr. W.A. McMillan, president of Rust College.
What a fish!
A lot of people came a’running when Bill Campbell and his wife Diane pulled a 25 pound ‘yellow cat’ catfish out of an ice chest in front of The South Reporter. Bill said he had no idea the fish was on his Tallahatchie River trot line, because when he started running the line, it was broken. He said when he got to the end of the line, the water started boiling and it was quite a struggle to get the fish into the boat.
50 Years Ago - May 2, 1957
Holly Springs Baptist sets new S.S. record
By popular demand among the members, the revival at the First Baptist Church in Holly Springs was continued through Wednesday. The Rev. Clark McMurray cancelled other, previous engagements in order to continue for this extra time. Around 50 were added to the church rolls. Sunday was designated Teacher Appreciation Day with a goal of 500 in attendance. The goal was not attained but a new record was set with 490 present.
Byhalia teenagers plan “Twerp Week”
The adult and teenage board of the Byhalia Youth Center held their April meeting Tuesday at the Wigwam. Plans were made to give a farewell party for the seniors and to sponsor “Twerp Week” beginning May 3 and ending with a dance at the Wigwam on May 9. Teenage board members are: Burney Ann McAuley, chairman; Jimmy Conway, co-chairman; Ann Palmer Finger, Rook Moore, Faye Norsworthy, Dean Hollowell, Charlotte Knight and Bob Carrington.
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