What’s Left?

Aug 26th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane  Editor/Publisher  and  Simba  the late Squeak’s  adoptive baby

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak’s adoptive baby

All of you who read this column know that I am a huge animal lover. You probably thought, just cats. But that is not true. I pretty much like (love) all animals - except snakes. Anyway, I have been taking pictures at the animal shelter off and on lately. There are some magnificent dogs down there. Now - because there have been few adoptions over these hot summer months, we have between 40 and 50 dogs - including a few puppies - down there and in need of homes. If you haven’t been to our new shelter - located on E. Center Street just before the VFW, please go down there and see the dogs that are available. Here is the way I have it figured: there are about 6,000 people in the city limits of Beebe (I know the signs say 4,000 and something but, believe me, we have 6,000 people. Now, if you count out about 1-2 miles outside the city limits - we have a drawing area of about 10,000 people. Of those 10,000 people, we only need one in 200 people to adopt a dog from our animal shelter. I don’t care if you already have a dog - it needs a companion other than you. If you have a fence and the means of feeding and providing vet care for a dog, please, please, please, call Horace Taylor at 288-1940. If we don’t adopt some of these dogs out very soon - we will have to euthanize several of them and they just don’t deserve that. Every animal deserves a good home, food, clean water, vet care and love. These dogs are no exceptions. If I had not been out there and seen all the great dogs that are there, I would never have believed that these dogs could end up in a shelter. This is not a “no-kill” shelter as many people in this town think. It has to be run on the amount of money that is available and unfortunately, when you have so many strays - there comes a time when you can no longer take anymore. We are at that point. Please, please consider adopting one of these nice dogs or puppies from our animal shelter. Do the right thing! Adopt a dog from our animal shelter. A dog will give you love and loyalty - something that is hard to find. If I could, I would take each one of them home with me. But I can’t. I’ve already done that with cats - and now I can’t even do that with anymore cats. It’s time for some of you to step up and help!!! I wish some of you who could adopt a dog and won’t, would come out with me to help decide which dogs get euthanized.
Now, on to much lighter things. A week ago, last Thursday to be exact, I got to do something I haven’t been able to do since my family moved here in 1968. I drove straight through the intersection of No. Main and Dewitt Henry Dr. without stopping. Yea! The stop light is now functioning, i.e., turning red, green and yellow. Unfortunately and puzzlingly, there is no turn signal on the No. Main (Hwy. 31) sides but only on the Dewitt Henry sides. But, we will manage. It just seems strange they didn’t put them on all sides. I guess that would have cost an extra $10,000 or so.  By the way, the signal cost $76,337.and was paid with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus) money. Those things are expensive.  I wonder if we’ll ever get one downtown???? People run that red flashing light at a rate of about 1 in 50 vehicles. If I walk out of my front door at the office and just stand there a few minutes, pretty soon someone comes flying through the light. I don’t know if they do it on purpose or they just don’t know what a flashing red light means?
Oh, one more thing - a reader sent in an idea for your animals when the weather is hot: put frozen liter plastic bottle in the dog’s water dish. Keeps it cool for a long while! Hopefully we won’t see several consecutive days in the 100+ degrees, but even on 90 degree days, I’m sure your dog(s) would enjoy cool water. Thanks for the tip!
Hope your kids are back in school and happy!

Go to your happy place.

See you next week!