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July 13, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Work is overwhelming but has rewards

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Sammi Joe, the retriever mix who was adopted, returned, stayed at Devonshire, went to prison and didn't like prison, and then back to Devonshire, was adopted to a family who fell in love with him.

Nick, the brindle pit bull who was terrified in the shelter, went to a loving safe foster home.

Sugar, the sweet shy little lab mix, went home with one of our very best fosters.

Evie from the cat sanctuary was adopted.

Lots of dogs have been returned to owners.

As stressful and sad as it is to watch all these animals come into our shelter we have to look higher and stay focused on the good that is happening. We are blessed with people who are asking what they can do to help — asking what we need. Donations are coming and making all the difference in this overwhelming time. The offers of help and the supplies raise our spirits and let the staff and volunteers at the Animal Protection League know that we are not alone and they our efforts are appreciated.

Thank you all for that.

I believe that how a society treats its animals is a reflection of who we are; morally, spiritually and ethically. It is a barometer of our compassion and our humanity. How we treat animals matter — each and everyone.

Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at maleahstringer@aol.com.

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