woes hits local shelter hard
the economy downturn, pets are often put on a back burner as families
struggle to keep their heads above water.
Often pets are left behind as homes are lost in the mortgage crisis,
or simply abandoned along the roadways as people find buying pet
food and vaccinations too expensive. Recently, some dogs were
dumped over the fence at the Ripley County Humane Society, which
Ripley County is not exempt from these problems, which has left
the local animal shelter with a full house. We are definitely
at capacity and have a waiting list for more to come in,
DeDee Holliday, president of the Ripley County Humane Society
told The Versailles Republican.
Ive never seen it like this - every pen is full,
noted Sandy Hollowell, manager at the no-kill shelter.
Some people may feel the price of adoption is high, but in reality,
its almost half what it would cost to get a pet otherwise.
When you get a pet from the local shelter, they come with all
their shots, they are spayed or neutered, and are complete with
a micro chip.
Still, if adoption is too much for your budget at this time -
there is another option. You can foster a pet for free. We
even supply the pets food, noted Janet Orr, who enjoys
her job working with the animals.
Both Orr and Hollowell noted the foster program is an excellent
one, benefiting both the caregiver and the pet. It gets the pets
into a home and allows people to have a pet - even if only for
The only hitch is if while you are fostering a pet and someone
sees it online and wants to adopt it, you have to give it up.
Of course, theres always the option of adopting it yourself!
The animals at the Ripley County Humane Society shelter are well
taken care of and waiting for a loving home to be placed in. As
you visit, there are row after row of a variety of beautiful dogs
with each one beckoning you to look their way as they vie for
attention. There is also a nice selection of cats to choose from.
Holliday noted that they will be having reduced adoption rates
on some of the animals at the shelter and welcomes those interested
to stop by and check them out.
The shelter is located at 1202 W. CR 150 N between Versailles
and Osgood off US 421. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call for an appointment at 689-3773.
The operation is feeling the economic crunch as prices escalate
and donations are down. Holliday encourages the public to remember
the pets at this holiday season. We are always looking for
volunteers, she concluded.
Whether you can give financially, volunteer your time at the shelter,
foster or adopt a pet - everything is appreciated by this group
who are dedicated to helping helpless animals.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
The invitation to come in and check out these new lab puppies
at the Ripley County Humane Society shelter has already
been filled by the cat in the photo who seems to be saying,
"What's going on here?" There are many pets available
to adopt or foster at the local shelter located off US 421
between Osgood and Versailles. Below: A more adventurous
puppy climbs aboard a sled.