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July 13, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Work is overwhelming but has rewards

I know you all are tired of hearing how overwhelming things are right now for shelters and humane societies. Trust me, I am tired of living it and writing about it. I'd much rather write about my wonderful feline Oliver.

But I'm afraid if I don't keep our community's pet overpopulation problem in the forefront of your minds you will not think about it — or pretend it doesn't exist simply because it is so overwhelming. And sad. We have to admit that it is there before we can change it. So here goes..

Since July 2 we have taken another 90 animals into our already overwhelmed shelter. The volunteers and myself are running animals all over town in order to avoid euthanizing simply because the shelter is full.

They are going to Devonshire Veterinary Clinic who has so generously given us two kennels to board our dogs free of charge. As well as Northwood who allowed us to board two shelter dogs over the weekend free of charge. Thanks to both clinics for this act of kindness. And don't forget the Correctional Industrial Facility who gave us five more spots for cats as well as five more spots for dogs which the inmates will care for. And don't forget the members of our community who have stepped up to foster and adopt. Here are a few pieces of good news:

Willow, the beautiful blue Pit who was dumped in our play yard at night in the middle of a thunderstorm, has gone to wonderful foster care. The Rottie who was given up because the owners said they couldn't show their house and sell it because the dog was there has found a wonderful home.

Three cats went to live with the inmates in prison.

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