What’s Left?

Sep 9th, 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

Well, today (Wednesday) is the first day since we’ve (the City) gotten our new shelter that we’ve had to put down any dogs - that weren’t sick already. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in the people of Beebe for not adopting some of our dogs. And, as is always the case, since we have a nice facility, we’ve had people from the county drop animals in town so that they would be picked up and “we” would take care of them. That is normal. I do hope our police know that if anyone is caught dropping off an animal - dog or cat - the fine is $1,000 per animal - by state law. Why do we have a shelter that is full (42 + dogs) and few adoptions?  Because people do not spay or neuter their own animals. Why? “It costs too much!!!” No - that is not the reason. If you love your animal and want to care for it to the best of your ability - and you shouldn’t own one if you don’t feel that way - you are going to know that you must spay or neuter it. That way there are no unwanted puppies and kittens running around with no home, no medical treatment and no real hope. The days of “they’re able to make it in the wild (or in the town) on their own” are over. No, they are not able to make it on their own. Do you know where most of our adoptions since we’ve opened the shelter have come from? They’ve come from volunteers (Ramona Miller) putting them on Petfinder. We’ve had several - I don’t know the count but several dogs and puppies adopted through Petfinder from people all over the world looking at them. Yes, not every dog will be adopted. Most of the black dogs are not adopted - for some reason.
If you have a family pet that you find you can no longer keep, try to get a relative to adopt it. Don’t bring it to the city shelter thinking it’s going to be adopted. It probably won’t be. City shelters are not Humane Society facilities. And why White County does not have a county-wide shelter and/or Humane Society, I do not know.  All I can say is that you can judge a city/county/country by how they treat their children, animals and elderly. I think we are lacking in most of those areas compared to other states. It is sad. Sorry I couldn’t give you better news but this is the reality of dealing with animals.
I’m going to my happy place where children, elderly and animals are never abused and they have happy homes - it is a fantasy land.

See you next week.