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At the Shelter

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Save a life today by adopting a homeless shelter pet!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas (a shelter pet's tale)

No Dog About It

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town,

every shelter is full -- we are lost, but not found.

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,

we hope every minute that someone will care.

They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,

'Come here, Max and Sparkie -- come fetch your new ball!!'

But now we sit here and think of the days..

we were treated so fondly -- we had cute, baby ways.

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew

now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,

they reacted so quickly -- why were they so rash?

We "jump on the children," "don't come when they call,"

we "bark when they leave us," climb over the wall.

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,

now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they'd trained us, if only we knew --

We'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse -- let to roam,

now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye ...

"Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone ...

in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,

with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer ...

we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.

We lay down and sweet dreams fill our heads ...

of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears --

our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn --

could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year --

can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat ...

and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,

and more of us will, if more people will give.

We had a wonderful week filled with adoptions. Every pet adopted is another life saved! Visit the shelter to meet your new best friend for life or check us out on dyerhumane.org or petfinder.com and type 38024 zip to see our shelter. Also, stop by The Pet Stop any day of the week to see a selection of shelter cats and kittens offered for adoption.

Georgie Boy
Baby Cakes
'Baby Cakes' arrived at the shelter as a stray when she was 4 weeks old. She was crying non-stop because she was starving and had to be taught to eat soft (canned) specialty kitten food. She wanted to be held and cuddled and missed her mommy and siblings. She is a survivor and we did everything possible to see she stayed healthy and happy as we do all our pets. She loves her soft cuddle toy and enjoys sleeping next to it when she is tired. She is a yellow, fluffy, longhaired tabby and such a sweet, precious kitten who wants to be where you are. She loves to be held and made to feel secure. 'Georgie Boy' is one of the cutest little black and silver terriers at the shelter. He looks like a small stuffed toy. Georgie is heartworm negative and a year old. He will make a perfect small house dog for some lucky person. 'Freckles' is one of the cutest pups at the shelter. She is 3 months old and covered in black freckles. This blue heeler mix will make a wonderful child's pet or family pet. She is happy, playful, loving, and never meets a stranger. 'Hilda' is a purebred brindle-and-white English bulldog who is heartworm negative. She is a senior pet but has many more good years left. Her favorite pastime is being petted. Bulldogs originated in the 1200s in England and were used for bull baiting. The present-day dog is jovial, comical, amiable, and among the most docile and mellow of dogs. It has a clownish personality and is a popular pet. Bulldogs should not be expected to jog or walk distances, and cannot tolerate hot, humid weather. They cannot swim and most wheeze, snore and drool. Coat care is minimal but facial wrinkles and any folds around the tail should be cleaned daily. (Source: Coile's Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds)

We need foster pet parents for two-week periods. If you are able to open your home and heart to a local shelter pet, please give us a call. If you can't foster, you can still make a difference in a homeless shelter pet's life. Our volunteers tell us how much they enjoy helping homeless shelter pets. They socialize pets, walk dogs, play with puppies and kittens, give pets a bath and brush them to make them more adoptable, hand out treats and toys, and any other way you want to help. It's easy and fun to volunteer on your own schedule during shelter hours open to the public.

If you can't volunteer or foster, please donate. We depend on your donations to keep our doors open and things running smoothly. We need dog blankets, bath towels, no-tears pet shampoo, sweaters for our small dogs and puppies, 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/noses, scarves, beanie babies, etc. Medium- and large-size stuffed animals/toys are needed. The babies love to cuddle with a soft, stuffed animal. 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 paper towels, office supplies, hand sanitizer, etc. We ask visitors use hand sanitizer before and after they touch pets. We make every effort to keep our pets disease free. As soon as pets arrive at the shelter, they are given their first round of shots if they are old enough.

We thank you for all your donations. They are critically important to us. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Your tax-deductible donation to our shelter stays in Dyer County will only help Dyersburg/Dyer County homeless animals. Our shelter doesn't receive any help from national organizations such as ASPCA, PETA, or HSUS. We have been helping homeless pets for over 30 years. 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 pet adoption assistance), Save a Life Makeover (professionally clip and groom to make a pet more adoptable), Honorariums and Memorials. Please mail your tax-deductible check 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.

Please visit the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society's page on Petfinder.com by clicking the link http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shel...