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Rescue is humane

My front door at home has a new tenant — a huge, what I call, garden spider — you know, those big, scary yellow ones. Scary and spider are redundant; I’ve never met a non-scary spider.

But I can’t let someone take this spider down. The late Pop used to name all the garden spiders who made homes on our deck. I guess I’ll have to get the granddaughters to name her.

Even spiders deserve a safe home. So what does that mean for all our four-legged friends, companions, family? Not all of them have homes, let alone decent ones.

Marshall County is fortunate — we have volunteers who are willing to work hard with the only reward being a good, wet lick sometimes.

I wouldn’t even try to name them, but my contact person for the newspaper is Jeanine Kahrs. She told me a story with a happy ending for one little beagle...

This little dog, now named Dottie Rose, was rescued from an intersection by local vet Dr. David Childers. The Humane Society ended up with her and she was adopted by a lady from California.

“We don’t usually adopt to anyone that far but she sent me mountains of emails and info to convince us she was OK to adopt and she paid for  transport,” Kahrs said.

At the moment, Dottie Rose is in the lead in the Humane Society calendar contest. “The lady from California adores that dog,” Kahrs continued.

The calendar contest ends August 13 and new entries are always welcome. If your furry  friend deserves a spot on the calendar (don’t they all?), go to this link and enter the contest:

http://Gogophotocontest.com/marshallcountyhumanesociety.

One of our rescues made the calendar last year. I didn’t enter this year because my Mr. Bean recently passed away and I just couldn’t do it.

In 2016 our Humane Society rescued 96 dogs, 11 cats and six “others,” for a total of 113 rescues. They placed 41 dogs and four cats — 22 of the dogs were placed with Homeward Bound, a funded program that adopts dogs to the Northeast. Thirty-one rescues were returned to their owners and 17 were trans­ferred. The spay/neuter vet had an accident, but before Oct. 25, 2016, 329 spay/neuter surgeries were performed.

Willow Bend Animal Clinic donates a lot of services, etc. and there are grants from MS State Veterinarian College, along with local donations, but the bulk of the money is raised by the good volunteers here.

The doctors and staff at Willow Bend are wonderful about helping the society.

The Humane Society’s Dog Days of August is coming up soon, Friday, Aug. 4 at Kirkwood Golf Club, 5:30 to 9 p.m. There will be lots of goodies to bid on (a getaway trip to a cottage on Dauphin Island, Ala., is my fantasy!) and the great food will be Clancy’s. And you will be helping all our four-legged friends. All the profits go toward taking care of the animals.

You can get tickets on Paypal by entering Dogsncats11@gmail.com or call 662-564-2900 or email the above address.

My pomeranian is a rescue from Highway 310; Tommie, my granddaughter’s dog, is a rescue from the same highway. Felix, my old black cat, came to me from our Humane Society.

My life would be very drab without my furry family. The very least we can do is support our Humane Society. They take care of all the furry guys.

Let’s help them!

Holly Springs South Reporter

P.O. Box 278
Holly Springs, MS 38635
PH: (662) 252-4261
FAX: (662) 252-3388
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