At the Shelter

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters. We do not have to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love, and happiness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

Friends, Thursday night someone set fire to our large newspaper container which held newspapers people have donated to line cat cages. Why would someone do such a thing? What satisfaction did they receive destroying our property? The container was near the shelter. What if it had spread to the shelter and killed the pets? I don't understand this kind of person. If you know who did this, please call the police department. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, hanging on by a thread and squeeze every penny. Every outlay is a big deal for us. Shelters are closing across the nation and we hope to be an exception so that we can continue helping local homeless pets as we've done for the last 30 years.


'Excalibur' is a handsome orange tabby who is a sweet, loving and affectionate boy. He loves attention and is 3 months old. This companion cat is looking for a home with cat lovers. 'Boo' is a XL beautifully marked male tabby. His shots are up to date and he is already neutered. He has personality plus and is a friendly fella. All he needs now is a loving home.


'Scooter' is a cute rat terrier mix who is a cuddle bunny. He is a snuggler and wants to be where you are. Rat terriers were developed in England from smooth fox terriers, Manchester terriers, and whippets. When the breed came to the United States, beagle and Italian greyhound lines were introduced to make a gentler dog with strong hunting instincts. The smallest size like Scooter, makes a nice house dog. Larger sizes are best suited for frequent outdoor activity. (Source: Fogle's The Encyclopedia of The Dog) 'Red' is a handsome red-and-white beagle/Aussie mix who is a year old. This happy, playful, friendly boy will be a wonderful family pet. He loves to go on walks and play fetch. He has been at the shelter for such a long time and longs for someone to love him. Please give this boy a second chance at life. We have many wonderful pets who are at the shelter through no fault of their own. Check us out on or and type 38024 zip to see our shelter. Visit The Pet Stop any day of the week to see a selection of shelter cats and kittens. We receive over 100 pets a week and stay at capacity. Time is of the essence.

Volunteers play a vital role at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society and we are looking for new friends. You can help make a difference in an animal's life and have fun doing it. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, call the shelter office at 285-4889 or stop by. Our volunteers walk dogs, give them baths, hand out treats and toys, socialize animals and pet the cats. Consider being a foster parent. Our fosters commit to a two-week period or longer. In order for a 501(c)(3) rescue to adopt the dog, they require a two-week quarantine (in foster care) before a dog can be transported. It takes a special sort of person to be a volunteer and/or foster pet parent.

If you would like to help the shelter, we need dog blankets and bath towels, good-quality dog and puppy food, cat and kitten food, plus formula for both and pet bottles. The pets appreciate treats and toys, also. Please no small toys because the dogs will choke. Also no bead eyes, scarves, beanie babies, etc. that present choking hazards. Medium- and large-size stuffed animals/toys are needed. Puppies/kittens love to cuddle with soft medium- and large-size stuffed animals. It comforts them and they quit crying. Since we had a mild winter, fleas are very bad this year and we need Adams' Flea Mist for dogs/puppies and cats/kittens. We also need hand sanitizer, paper towels, office supplies, etc.

We are not affiliated with national organizations such as ASPCA, PETA, HSUS or any other group. We depend on your tax deductible donations to keep our doors open so we can help Dyersburg/Dyer County homeless animals. Specify who your 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), General Fund, Champ Lewis Fund (monetary adoption assistance), Save a Life Makeover (professionally clip and groom to make a pet more adoptable), Honorariums and Memorials. Mail to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 223, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0223. Thank you for helping the animals.

Shelter hours are 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. and phone number is 285-4889.