Now come the animals. Found and surrendered dogs and cats arrive all afternoon. They are checked for a micro-chip and evaluated. Vaccines are given, testing is done and all are given antibiotics and their pictures are put on Facebook and the local newspaper is called. Hopefully a volunteer or two will arrive soon to help in the office.
It is four o’clock! Ted and Judy jump in the van and are off to the pick up the 17 sleepy dogs and cats. The staff will be preparing the kennels with fresh bedding and on each dog bed there will be a treat. The outside runs are cleaned and bleached and the day has come to an end.
Some nights after the staff have gone home I will sneak back into the kennel area to see the animals sleeping peacefully safe and warm. I thank our caring staff, our giving volunteers and our generous community that make all of this happen. It certainly does take a village.
Susie Schieve, executive director of the Madison County Humane Society, writes a column that appears the first Sunday of each month. She can be reached through firstname.lastname@example.org or the Humane Society at 2219 Crystal Street, Anderson.