Thursday, November 1, 2007
Marshall County Humane Society News
Spay/Neuter Clinic makes appointments for next year
The Marshall County Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic is now making appointments for next year so if your animal gets pregnant today the chances are not good that you can get it to our clinic before the 63 days are up and you have another litter. We, therefore, encourage you to consider alternatives. Unless the price is absolutely prohibitive for you, call your full service veterinarian.
For low-income folks the Animal Protection Association in Memphis may be the answer. Their phone number is 901-377-3779 and you can also e-mail them at www.spaymemphis.com. If you already have an appointment at our clinic and find that you cannot make it, please call and cancel so someone else can use your spot.
Now, as promised, here are the abbreviated stories on the patron saints of cats and dogs.
Saint Roch (aka Rocco, Rock, Rollox, Roque) was born a noble and son of the governor of Montpellier, France, in 1295. The image of a red cross appeared on his breast at his birth and remained there throughout his life.
As a young man, when his parents died, he gave up his wealth and adopted the disguise of a pilgrim, traveling about ministering to the poor. Coming upon a town infected with plague he miraculously cured many with the sign of the cross. He went on to drive the plague from many towns until he himself contracted the disease. He went into the forest to die and was befriended by a dog who stole food from his master’s table to feed St. Roch.
On his return to his home, still in disguise and accompanied by the dog, he was imprisoned as a spy. He died five years later, never revealing his true identity. His feast day is August 16 and he is the patron saint of dogs, bachelors, surgeons, skin rashes and tile makers, et al.
Saint Gertrude of Nivelles is the patron saint of cats, travelers, herbalists and gardeners, et al. Born in the 600s, she was a mystic, blessed with visions from her early youth. As abbess of her monastery, her kindness to travelers was such that it extended to the recently dead who, on their three-day journey, were believed to spend their first night with her and their second with Michael the Archangel.
Water from her well and bread from her oven were supposed to repel rodents. For hundreds of years after her death, gold and silver images of mice were still made as offerings to her. Good weather on her feast day, March 17, signaled time for spring planting.
For an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic call 662-252-6196.
For information on adoptions, fostering and everything but the Spay/Neuter Clinic 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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