February 28, 2008
Marshall County Humane Society News
Helpless, house cats need good home
The Marshall County Humane Society recently got a call about two cats whose owner just didn’t want them anymore. The call itself wasn’t unusual but these were not ordinary cats. They had been declawed, as if it isn’t hard enough to find a home for an adult cat. Since they have no claws and can’t protect themselves they have to be “inside only” pets. Now they are about to be homeless as well as helpless.
This is an example of one of the worst results of declawing a cat, and there are many.
Cats use their claws for a lot more than catching mice and scratching up your furniture. Claws help them balance and exercise their back muscles, and how else would they snag your shirt or britches when you’re trying to sneak by them without furnishing the obligatory belly rub?
To read the details of feline claw amputation is enough to curl your toes. This is not a routine surgery like a spay or neuter and in no way compares to the removal of a human toenail.
Cats’ claws grow out of the last bone in their toes and, in order to keep it from growing back, that bone, complete with ligaments and tendons, must be removed. This changes the cat’s balance and body alignment. Since there are no kitty wheelchairs, the cat has to walk on the nubs while he’s healing. That has to really hurt.
Our Spay/Neuter Clinic is often asked if we can declaw a cat at the same time we do the spay or neuter procedure. The answer is no. There is a long list of countries, including England, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Australia, where declawing is either illegal or considered so inhumane that it’s only done under extraordinary circumstances.
Cats can be trained and there are ways to keep them from shredding your house. Solutions range from plastic nail caps to a squirt of water and a loud “no.” We’ll tell you more next week.
Most important, consider the shred factor before you become a cat companion. Not everyone is a cat person.
For an appointment at the Humane Society sponsored, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, call 662-252-6196. For information on adoptions, fostering or anything else 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.
Pages from the Past
10 Years Ago - February 26, 1998
Chewalla fish are off-limits before lake is drained
Fish gathered from Chewalla Lake before the lake is drained this fall will not be available for food. The fish will be off-limits because it will be killed with a pesticide, even though the pesticide is known to be non-toxic to humans. The Chewalla Lake project will begin in June.
Lady Patriots move on in state
The Marshall Academy Lady Patriots employed a fierce defense that forced Canton Academy into 19 turnovers on the way to a domineering 63-32 victory in the semi-finals. Four Lady Patriots scored in double figures, Megan Teel, 15; Amy Curtis, 14; Bea McCrosky, 12 and Ellen Buchanan with 10.
Holly High 1998 honor graduates
Scheduled to graduate with honors at Holly Springs High School are Antonio Gary, Derrick Brow, Clayton Campbell, Jennifer Jones, Susan Luttrell, Queneta Thigpen, Darryl Gulledge, Tamara Burton and Paigelynn Hannah.
25 Years Ago - March 3, 1983
Holly High Day proclaimed
Mayor Sam Coopwood signed a proclamation this week declaring Friday, March 4 as Holly High Hawks Day in Holly Springs in observance of the day the Hawks will play in the state basketball playoffs in Jackson. Holly High Coach Donnal Ash was on hand for the signing. The Hawks have a 32-1 record.
Miss Daniels to compete in Miss “W” pageant
Lisa Kay Daniels of Potts Camp is among 21 contestants entered in the 1983 Miss “W” pageant at Mississippi University for Women. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Daniels. For her talent, she will sing “After You” which was recorded by Dionne Warwick.
Miss Liddy named DAR Good Citizen
Major Matthew McConnell Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, proudly announce the 1983 DAR Good Citizenship award winner, Sarah Liddy. Sarah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Liddy of Holly Springs. She is paternally descended from Philip Livingston, signer of the Declaration of Independence and William Logan, Revolutionary War hero.
50 Years Ago - February 20, 1958
If you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?
We were discussing a business matter the other day and our friend made a very reasonable suggestion. We liked it and said it sounded “tony.” Immediately, he smiled and said this editor was using a word with absolutely no meaning. Therefore, we impart the following information to our friend -- the American Thesaurus of Slang not only lists “tony” but offers 500 synonyms. Among them: ace-high, A No. 1, bally, bang-up, big-time, corking, dee-vine, eujifferous, flashy, high-tone, no flies on, peach-arooney, slick...
Holly Springs gets new Negro school
trustees of the Holly Springs Municipal School District have completed
arrangements for the purchase of additional property adjacent to the
Rosenwald School, which qualifies for a $253,000 grant for the erection
of a new Negro school building. The building will contain 28 classrooms
and will be used as a grammar school. The present building will be
converted into a high school.
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