News from the White County Humane Society
By Kim Swindell Wood | March 27, 2017 6:50 am
After a slow January, business picked up in February. We funded a total of 46 surgeries during the month, bringing our total for the year to 53. Our goal for 2017 is 600 surgeries, so we have a way to go before we meet that number. Please pass the word to friends, neighbors or relatives that our services are available for anyone needing assistance with the cost of having their pet spayed or neutered. We advertise our program on flyers posted at many businesses and government organizations, in the local paper (pets section of the want ads) and on our Facebook page.
Our February transport to Paul’s Clinic in McMinnville was a big success. Twenty-five dogs and cats were transported by van to McMinnville, and returned to their owners on the same day. This is a great option for those who don’t have reliable transportation, or cannot make the early morning trip to the clinic due to work schedules. Our next transport will be on April 13th. Cost is $10 per pet. Call (931) 935-8377 if you’d like to reserve a space on the transport van. Eligibility for financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis, so please don’t hesitate to call if you need some help.
Thanks to everyone that showed up for our Chili Dinner on February 25th. The fundraiser was a big success. Funds raised will be split between the White County Humane Society (WCHS) and the Friends of White County Animals (FWCA). All funds will be used to help defray the cost of spay/neuter surgeries. A special thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1468 who provided the desserts and helped serve. Thanks also to St Andrew Church for allowing us to hold this event in their parish hall.
Be sure to stop by our booth at Earth Day, April 15th. As we did last year, the WCHS, FWCA and Pals of the Pooches at the Shelter (POPS) will all be located in the same area, so you can learn about our programs in one stop. Each organization has a separate mission, but our overall goal is to improve the quality of life for animals in White County. “United in a Common Cause” is our theme, and we’ve learned that we accomplish much more when we work together.
We’re gearing up for our Spring yard sale, which will be held sometime in May. Susan Fischer is in charge of this event, and will be posting on our Facebook page as soon as she’s ready to accept donations. We’ll have more info about this next month.
And now, for this month’s story…
By Monica Jicha
Melody is a 72-year-old grandmother, who is raising her two grandchildren. She lives on her Social Security, plus a small amount she gets to help with expenses for the kids. But money is tight, and she has to watch every penny she spends. The kids have not had an easy life, but now that they’re living with her, she tries her best to give them a normal, happy childhood. So when they begged her for a dog, she just couldn’t say no. It didn’t take long to find the perfect match. A neighbor needed to find a home for his two-year old Bulldog mix, and asked Melody if she’d be interested. It was “love at first sight” for the kids, the dog and Melody, and “BoBo” was soon a part of the family.
Melody wanted to be a responsible pet owner and have BoBo neutered, but with her limited budget she knew she couldn’t afford it. A friend told her about the White County Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Assistance program, and Melody made the call the same day. As it turns out, the Humane Society was sponsoring a transport to Paul’s Clinic in McMinnville, two weeks later and there was still room for BoBo (all 60 pounds of him.) Melody’s only cost was a $10.00 co-pay.
Two weeks later Melody dropped BoBo off at the Serenity Thrift Shop. He was loaded on the van and transported to McMinnville along with 24 other family pets. Twelve hours later he returned. It was a long day for Melody and her grandkids. They worried about BoBo…same as any pet owner does when their beloved dog or cat is having surgery. But when he was unloaded, you would have never known he’d just had an operation. A little TLC for the next seven days, and he was completely back to his normal, active self. BoBo will be a healthier, happier dog as a result of his surgery. The chance of prostrate or testicular cancer is greatly diminished when a dog is neutered.
Please be a responsible pet owner, and have your pet spayed or neutered. For financial assistance, call (931) 935-8377.