The Herald Bulletin

August 31, 2013

Susie Schieve: Humane Society's 'Cat Barn' nearly complete

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Excitement is brewing around the Madison County Humane Society shelter.

After many months of planning and building, our “Cat Barn” is nearing completion. With a generous donation from the estate of Carole Pierce, we have been able to realize a dream. An animal lover, Carole wanted her gift to be used for wishes and needs of the shelter.

We are thrilled with this opportunity to have such a structure.

Della and Ed Shriver, who organize the motorcycle ride for us in the spring, offered to help with the finishing work by donating their time and lumber. Walmart brought 20 employees to paint for two days. They were able to complete the painting of the inside and outside of the building and even purchased more paint when the buckets ran dry. Walmart also donated fabulous commercial grade flooring for the barn along with a grant which will enable us to finish the project. We are grateful for these gifts.

We plan a dedication to Carole Pierce upon completion with a plaque on the barn and a celebration open house.

The fourth annual Fur Ball Dinner-Dance will be hosted by the Madison County Humane Society on Oct. 4, at the Anderson Country Club. The evening features Rick Vale and the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra. A live and silent auction are a feature of the evening, which this year will include — but not be limited to — a signed print by Jim Davis of "Garfield" fame, an Anna Maria Island, Fla. condo and a fabulous piece of jewelry by a Dallas designer.

Invitations will go out this week. If interested in attending please call (765) 215-8235. All proceeds for the evening go for the care of the animals at the shelter.

We want to thank our two corporate sponsors for this event: Community Hospital Foundation and Robert Loose Funeral Home / Loyal and True Animal Services.

The heartbreak to me is with the older animals that are surrendered to our shelter. A 15-year-old cat came in yesterday. The female owner had died and her husband had promised her on her deathbed that he would always take care of the cat. Well, 10 months later he changed his mind.

He sent his daughters, the owner's stepdaughters, to bring in the cat. The women had gotten the cat as a kitten. The cat has never known another home. We are full with no room. I could not turn away this cat even if it were to go home with me. We decided that the cat could live in the office until further plans could be made. I worried all night about the cat -- as cats will often grieve, shut down and die. This precious little guy has taken over the office so I guess he will be around for a while.

Our shelter is overflowing with dogs and cats. We have puppies and kittens that are ready for a forever home. Come and visit and pick out a new family member. Spay/neuter your cat and dog and give your monthly Heart Worm preventive.

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 or the Humane Society at 2219 Crystal Street, Anderson.