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Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

At the Shelter

Thursday, January 17, 2013

"To all the volunteers that give their time, the rescues that dedicate themselves to helping us, the foster families that open their homes to us, and all those who donate money in this tough economy, THANK YOU! For without you being our voices and advocates, we would be helpless pets. You're OUR angels. The love we give is nothing compared to the love we get from you."

Today, we are featuring several pets who have been at the shelter since July. They will make wonderful companion/family pets plus you will be saving a life when you adopt one.

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Jessica
Meet 'Jessica' who is a gorgeous gray-and-white tabby kitten. She greets everyone who enters the cat room and enjoys being around humans. She will be a stunning adult cat and lots of company to cat lovers. Please adopt her and save her life. She wants a loving, forever home.

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Boom Boom
'Boom Boom' has been at the shelter since July and is a fun-loving hound/heeler mix. She is brindle and white and beautifully marked. Boom Boom never gives up hope and enthusiastically greets everyone who stops by her cage. After a week or two at the shelter, some pets give up hope they will ever be adopted. Not Boom Boom! She is sunny, happy, and never meets a stranger. Her life depends on adoption. Please give her a second chance at life; she is in the extreme danger zone.

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Mazie
'Mazie' is very much like Boom Boom. She has been at the shelter since July and is positive someone will give her a loving home. She will dance at her gate and do anything to get your attention. She loves to give doggie kisses and is a sweet, happy girl. Mazie is a black-and-white heeler/bird dog mix and is as large as she will get. Won't you open your heart and home to this wonderful dog? She will reward you with undying devotion.

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Lulu
'Lulu' is another longtime pet at the shelter. Her time is very short. She is a beautifully marked Aussie mix who is around 8 months old. Her shots are good until July 2013. Lulu is a bit more low-keyed and has a sweet, very loving, gentle disposition.

It is a shame that we have wonderful companion pets who have to be put down because we receive over 20 pets a day and quickly run out of room. Even if we had a shelter twice as large, it would be the same. Many people are shocked to learn that one cat and its offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years; one dog and its offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years (source: ASPCA). Stop the madness! Nothing will ever change until people become responsible pet owners and spay or neuter the pets they now own. Our adoption fee covers 1/2 spay or neuter if performed at either local vet office or the vet will recognize our certificate. We are feverishly working behind the scenes doing everything possible to find safe, loving homes for all of our pets. We find homes for four pets and eight more will arrive to take their places. It is never-ending. It hurts the heart and soul and more than a person can bare, dealing with living, breathing pets who will be euthanized if we can't find homes for them.

Don't forget to check us out on dyerhumane.org or petfinder.com and type 38024 zip to see our shelter. Stop by The Pet Stop any day of the week to see a selection of adoptable shelter cats and kittens.

The next two paragraphs will always appear in this column because we frequently have people who ask how they can help or where to send donations. Many times, they are first-time readers.

Volunteering at the shelter will mean as much to you as our pets. Our volunteers 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. Foster a pet for a two-week period or longer. Our rescues require a two-week quarantine period. You save the foster pet's life and the one who takes its place. Call or stop by the shelter office for details. If you can't foster or volunteer, please donate. 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 collars, leashes, paper towels, bleach, office supplies, hand sanitizer, etc. We ask visitors to 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.

Your donations to our shelter stay in Dyer County and 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 are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and have been helping local 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.