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May 3, 2014

Susie Schieve: Grant money to be used for spay, neuter at MCHS

Spring is arriving. With the beautiful flowers and trees we have beautiful kittens and puppies at the Madison County Humane Society (MCHS). This is a hard time of year for shelters as we become overrun with little ones. We must get control of of the overpopulation of dogs and cats.

We were thrilled to be one of the top four winners in the Grant Madness, sponsored by the Madison County Community Foundation. We thank the foundation for their generosity of time and money to bring awareness to the non-profits of our community. We will be using our $1,000 award to spay or neuter animals for people in need in Madison County.

Barney, our beagle, was adopted this week by a family with two young boys. Barney is a special needs dog with an enlarged heart. The family did research with their veterinarian on Barney’s condition before adoption. Barney will be on medication for the remainder of his life. With the medication, a proper diet, and love from his family he should be able to have a long and happy life. We are seeing rising adoptions in senior and special needs dogs and cats. I am amazed at the compassion and willingness that people have to give a needy pet love.

My daughter Kelly, who lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., is involved in a rescue group that brings dogs from a high-kill shelter in Kentucky to Minnesota to be adopted. Her dog, Skye, was one of those rescues. Skye was found in a Wal-Mart parking lot two days after being hit and left to die. She did lose a leg, but gained a fabulous home because people cared.

We at the MCHS have adopted to fabulous homes blind dogs, deaf dogs, three-legged dogs and many animals with health issues. We have also given many dogs and cats left by the side of the road to die a new chance at life. Please remember: A shelter animal is not less of an animal, it just ended up in a shelter through no fault of its own.

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