News from the White County Humane Society
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | February 23, 2017 7:03 am
January was the slowest month in the history of the WCHS Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. We funded just seven surgeries. The good news is that the HSPC S/N Clinic in Cookeville was offering a special during the month, fixing male dogs and cats for just $20.00. Thirty-seven White County residents took advantage of this program and paid themselves, to have their pets neutered. So despite our low numbers, 44 White County pets were spayed or neutered at the Cookeville clinic during January.
As announced last month, Paul’s Clinic in McMinnville is back open for business. At this point they’re only doing surgeries on Thursdays. We’ve reserved the second Thursday of each month for a transport, which will take pets to and from the McMinnville Clinic. On February 9th, 25 pet owners took advantage of this program. Our next transport is on March 9th. We can’t take any more dogs, but we still have space for a few cats. Call 935-8377 to reserve a spot. Cost is $10.00 per pet.
Our annual Chili Dinner will take place on Saturday, February 25th from 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm at St Andrew Church, 829 Valley View Drive. Stop by for “all you can eat” chili, cornbread, dessert and drinks, plus a chance to win some very nice door prizes. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of White County Animals and the WCHS. As in the past, Girl Scout Troop 1468 will be helping out. All funds raised will be used to help defray the cost of spay/neuter surgeries. Please support this worthwhile cause. Advance tickets are on sale, or you can purchase your ticket at the door.
Earth Day is still a couple months away, but we’ve already reserved a booth for this event. Mark your calendars, and plan to attend, Saturday, April 15th from 10 am to 4 pm, at 221 Turntable Road. We’ll have more information in next month’s article.
Now, for this month’s story.
by Monica Jicha
Leanne moved to White County recently, and has not been able to find employment. She’s living on her savings, and so far has not had to apply for any type of government assistance, but if something doesn’t turn up soon, she may be forced to.
Late one evening as she was taking out her trash, Leanne heard a noise in the bushes near her front porch. Further investigation revealed that a small kitten, not more than a few months old was hiding under the front steps. The poor little thing was skin and bone, and filthy. But the minute Leanne picked her up, she began to purr softly. This kitten was not in the least bit frightened, so Leanne knew that she must have belonged to someone, who obviously discarded her. She brought the kitten into the house, fed it what she had available at the time, and made plans to contact an animal rescue group in the morning. Although she’s an animal lover, this just wasn’t the right time to take on a new responsibility. The next morning after several calls and inquiries, it became obvious that there was nowhere to place this kitten in White County. Those individuals that do cat rescue on their own were full-up. So Leanne decided she had no choice but to keep her. Besides, that she was already becoming attached, and was enjoying the kitten’s company.
After a few weeks of good food, and tender loving care, the kitten was beginning to fill out, and was a bundle on energy. Leanne was amazed that a kitten that had obviously been through a lot in her short life could be so happy and playful. “Marvel” seemed to be an appropriate name, since this kitten was indeed, a marvel.
After a neighbor told Leanne about the White County Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, she called the coordinator, and was happy to learn that for just a few dollars she could have Marvel spayed and up to date on her vaccinations. With money being so short, this program was a life saver.
Marvel was spayed in early February, and is enjoying the good life at home with Leanne. The two are perfect company for each other.
Please be a responsible pet owner and have your pets spayed or neutered. Dumping your unwanted kittens or puppies on someone else is NOT the answer. Prevention is. With the help available, there’s no reason any dog or cat should have to produce an unplanned, unwanted litter. For financial assistance please call (931) 935-8377.