Thursday, August 5, 2010
Humane Society fund-raiser Friday
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Humane Society’s annual fund-raiser is set for Friday, August 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Collins-Hurdle VFW Post on Craft Street in Holly Springs.
The public is invited to participate in live and silent auctions, enjoy food catered by Michael’s Country & Creole, and listen to Donna Wolf play the fiddle. Advance tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce or from any member of the Humane Society or at the door for $12.
Locally, the Humane Society has provided 8,232 low-cost surgical sterilizations since 1999 by an all-volunteer staff. This year 433 pets have been spay-neutered.
The Humane Society also operates an animal shelter and adopts out to good homes healthy dogs and cats that have been rescued. The local chapter provides education on the benefits of spaying-neutering pets in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted litters and thus homeless pets. It provides sterilization services of pets at low costs to individuals who cannot afford to pay the full cost of neutering their cats or dogs and operates the adoption center which can accept only three or four animals a month. The adoption center stays at capacity and therefore an animal has to be adopted in order for another pet to be accepted.
President Maggie Holmes, who reported to the Marshall County Board of Supervisors recently, said 50 percent of calls are inquiries about spay-neuter services, 10 percent about adoption, 20 percent requests to come get animals, five percent regarding animal neglect or cruelty, 10 percent miscellaneous and five percent for help in finding a lost pet. All animals at the adoption center are listed on Petfinders.com. Homes for some animals are found up North where animal care and control as well as reproduction has been curtailed by local statutes.
It costs about $114 to get a female animal ready for transport to Mississippi State University at Starkville which provides a program for shipping animals to adoption centers in Northern states, Holmes said.
“It gets dogs out of Mississippi and gives dogs a chance to get a forever home,” she said.
The number of pets in heat or pregnant when brought to the spay-neuter clinic has dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent since the clinic has been in operation, an indication that pet owners are becoming more educated about pet care and prevention of unwanted litters, Holmes said.
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