News from the White County Humane Society
by Sparta Live | May 15, 2014 12:00 am
April was a very busy month for the White County Humane Society. We helped fund 81 surgeries, which broke our old record of 76 for a one month period. As of the first of the year, we’ve funded 261 spays or neuters. Our goal for 2014 is 500, so we are well on our way to meeting and exceeding that goal.
On April 12th we helped man a booth at Bark-in-the-Park, which was sponsored by the Friends of White County Animals. If you’ve never attended this event, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to meet other animal lovers, learn about animal welfare programs in White County, and show off your pets. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, and all proceeds are used to improve conditions for animals in White County.
Last month, Susan Fischer, our fundraising coordinator, fell and broke her wrist. As a result we decided to postpone the yard sale we had planned for this spring. Susan is our resident expert on planning, organizing and carrying out this event, and because we have such a small group of volunteers, we just didn’t feel we could do it without her. We’re still planning on having a yard sale this fall, so keep us in mind if you have items to donate. We wish Susan the best in her recovery.
The White County Humane Society meets the second Wednesday of each month, at 12:30 in the conference room at Edd Rogers Chevrolet. Our meetings are open to the public, and we would love to have you join us. Why not stop by, and learn more about our group? We promise that we won’t pressure you to volunteer or make any commitments. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to attend an afternoon meeting, you can call Monica at 935-8377 to learn more about our organization.
This month’s story is about a woman who unselfishly cared for both her family and her animals. We found it inspiring, and hope you do as well.
By Monica Jicha
Deloris has always been a giving person. When her mother grew older and could no longer care for herself, Deloris took her in. Later, when her sister became terminally ill, and was enrolled in hospice, it was Deloris who once again volunteered to open her home and serve as her sister’s caregiver. It was difficult watching the two people she loved so much grow weaker and weaker, knowing there was nothing she could do, except provide them both with love and comfort during their last days on this earth. She often felt overwhelmed, and wondered how much longer she could manage.
Her one source of comfort during this difficult time was her two little dogs…Lacy and Tad. Five-year- old Lacy and one-year-old Tad were always able to brighten up her day, put a smile on her face, and make her forget about her troubles, even if just for a little while. Unfortunately, with all the other things Deloris had to worry about, she didn’t really pay much attention when Lacy went into heat. Natural animal instincts took over, and Lacy became pregnant by Tad. Lacy is a tiny little thing, and she had a very difficult delivery. None of the five puppies she had survived. Deloris felt terrible, but in all honesty didn’t know what she would have done if they had lived. She knew how difficult it is to find homes for puppies, when there are so many available for adoption.
Deloris knew she had to do something, to prevent this from happening again. Lacy and Tad both needed to be fixed, for their own good, and for her own well being. But money was tight. With the expenses involved in caring for her mother and sister, there wasn’t much left at the end of the month. Then a friend told her about the White County Humane Society’s spay/neuter assistance program. For just a few dollars, Deloris could have both dogs fixed, and never again worry about unplanned puppies. Deloris made a call to the spay/neuter assistance coordinator, who gave her all the information she needed. In April, both dogs were fixed, and are now at home, happy as can be.
Deloris’ mother and sister both passed away recently. Deloris is comforted by the knowledge that she took such good care of them during their last days on earth. The house is much quieter these days, but she still has Lacy and Tad, who keep her company, and give her unconditional love and devotion. Both seem to know that despite all the other responsibilities she had to deal with, Deloris still took the time and made the effort to ensure that they were protected.
Please be a responsible pet owner, and have your pets spayed or neutered. Financial assistance is available for those that quality. Call 935-8377 for more information.