At the Shelter

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We are your companions and guardians ... we lead your blind, assist your soldiers, and search for your injured in rubble. We are not perfect ... but we try ... and to reward us for our loyalty all we need is a little direction, shelter, love, and a biscuit.

Adopting saves a life. It teaches a positive lesson to your children and it is a great way not to waste one of God's creatures. I hope that you realize that you have the power to help by adopting, fostering, and educating.

- Beula Jenkins

This and that at the shelter: Friends, we are busy making plans for the upcoming 5K Rover Run, Bark in the Park, and the 30th Anniversary Celebration. Registration for the Rover Run is on Saturday, May 12, at 7 a.m., at DSCC, with the race to begin at 8 a.m. Go to Facebook and type RoverRun 5K Humane Society to get particulars or call 286-6156 or 589-6157. There will be free T-shirts for participants, door prizes and much more. Bark in the Park will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society and Dyer County Animal Hospital in honor of National Pet Week. There will be plenty of food, a bake sale, fun, games, prizes, drawings, giveaways, music, karaoke, full face painting by Alicia, Dalmatian Jumpy House, Bark T-shirts for sale, vendors selling a variety of products other than food, and much more. All dogs must be leashed. We have finalized plans for the Bark in the Park Dog Show classes: Most Adorable Puppy of 2012 (entrance fee $6 - three trophies - puppies must be under 1 year of age), Cutest Costume/Best Dressed Dog of 2012 (entrance fee $6 - three trophies), Senior Dog of 2012 (entrance fee $6 - three trophies - dog must be 8 years old or older), Shelter/Rescue Dog of 2012 (entrance fee $6 - three trophies - dog must have been adopted from a shelter or a rescue organization), Top Dog of 2012 (entrance fee $10 - Finale Dog Show three trophies - large winner trophy). After the dog show will be the 30th Anniversary Celebration with a beautiful cake furnished by Specialty Cakes at 3 p.m. and then an auction of a variety of items conducted by Dave Fisher and staff, to follow. All proceeds benefit the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society. Please show your support for the shelter and help local homeless shelter pets by attending. It is always a lot of fun and everyone has a great time.


Every cat room is full of adorable kittens and adult cats of all sizes, hair length, and colors. Stop by The Pet Stop any day of the week to see and adopt a selection of shelter cats and kittens. The shelter stays at capacity and we have some of the sweetest dogs and cutest puppies you will ever meet. Check us out on or and type 38024 zip to see our shelter. Today, we would like to tell you about 'Sally', who is a small adult tri-color beagle who is a perfect companion dog. She is very sweet, loving, gentle and deserving. 'Flower' is a heartworm-negative Chihuahua/dachshund/feist who is 6-8 months old. She is a little sweetheart and wants to be where you are. Flower is content to sit on your lap and loves to cuddle. 'Sarah' is another small beagle who has it all. She is already spayed, had her rabies shot, is loving and gentle. She also gets along well with cats. Sarah loves going on walks and is content to sit by your side. 'Buddy' is a stunning black-and-white border collie with one blue eye and one brown eye. He is a year old and would love to live on a farm or have a large fenced yard where he can exercise. Border collies originated in Great Britain in the 1700s and were used for sheep and cattle herding. Although shepherds in the hilly Scottish border used collies for many years, this breed was not given its present name until 1915. They are good companion dogs but have a strong herding instinct and require exercise or might exhibit destructive behavior from boredom and pent-up energy. (Source: Fogle's The Encyclopedia of The Dog)


We need people who love animals to open their hearts and homes to foster pets for two weeks and beyond. Save two lives: the one you foster and the one who takes its place. Stop by or call the shelter office for details. We also need volunteers. It is fun and easy to help the animals. Pets love the extra attention and our volunteers love walking dogs, bathing pets to make them more adoptable, socializing animals, handing out treats and toys and any way you are able to help on your own schedule. If you can't volunteer or foster but want to help in other ways, here are some ideas: Dogs and puppies like to lie on dog blankets; it makes them feel secure and more comfortable. We also need fleece material, leashes, collars, dog no-tears shampoo, towels for drying the dogs after a bath, high-quality dry dog/puppy/cat/kitten food, canned pet food, pet bottles/formula for kittens and puppies, toys, soft cuddly stuffed animals (no beanie babies), treats, Clorox bleach, Germ-ex (hand sanitizer), paper towels, toilet paper, office supplies, etc. If you are spring cleaning and need to dispose of gently used trophies, please drop them by the shelter office. We completely refurbish with a dog motif and award as prizes in the Bark in the Park Dog Show to be held on Saturday, May 12.

A wonderful way to help local homeless shelter pets and remember or honor a loved one or pet is to make an honorarium or memorial donation to the shelter. Your tax-deductible donation will be used locally so that we can continue to keep our doors open and help homeless pets. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and not affiliated with any other organization or rescue group. Specify who the donation is to, with complete address where notification or acknowledgment should be sent and your complete address. We will do the rest. Categories are: The Beagley Fund (heartworm treatment for shelter pets only) which seems to stay depleted, General Fund, Champ Lewis Fund (monetary adoption assistance), Save-a-Life Makeover (professional grooming to make a pet more appealing and adoptable), Honorariums and Memorials. Mail to the Dyersburg-Dyer Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223. Please send monetary donations or correspondence to the post-office box because we do not receive mail at the shelter.

Please visit the shelter between 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter is closed to the public on Sunday. We are located at 1120 E. Court St. in Dyersburg and phone number is 285-4889.