Mozart, is a beautiful, sweet dog.
He came to the Animal Protection League as a stray Dec. 21. He knew how to sit and shake, was affectionate and loved to have his stomach rubbed. He loved other animals and every person was his best friend.
No one has called about him or come looking for him. Even with volunteers and staff committed to taking him for walks and spending time with him he is still not adjusting to shelter life. To be honest, he is losing his mind.
He doesn’t wag his tail anymore. He tries to fight other dogs and he has started to growl at people. Every day in the shelter is one more day he cannot afford mentally. Each day is one day closer to becoming unadoptable.
If we can get him out soon, trainers tell us that it won’t take long for him to go back to being that sweet, innocent boy who came to us. If we do not, he will continue to deteriorate mentally. He will become unadoptable to anyone but an experienced trainer.
It is estimated that over 10 million animals are euthanized in the United States every year. Not because they are bad or aggressive but because of space. Because people do not spay/neuter. It’s not because volunteers and staff aren’t doing their best to get them adopted, fostered or rescued.
For the people who are trying to save these animals, it is like trying to run uphill with your arms and legs tied. There are simply too many animals; it never ever ends.
The Mozarts, both canine and feline, simply break our hearts.
The flip side of this story is Woody from the Fido shelter dog prison program. He came to us in 2009. His owners lost their home and could not keep him. He is a beagle/spaniel mix who has been constantly overlooked, until a month ago. Woody hit the jackpot. He has a great new mom and her 20-year-old son to play with and love. His new family sends pictures and it is clear that the humans and dog adore each other. It’s the Woodys who keep us from giving up. Woody was one of the lucky ones. He went to prison instead of living in the shelter alone in a kennel.
Going to your local shelter and spending time with the animals can help keep them sane. It can help get them adopted. Please come walk our dogs. Let them sit in your lap in the meet-and-greet room. Pet our cats. Simple human contact can make such a difference in the lives of these innocent creatures. And if you have room in your home and your heart adopt or foster a shelter animal. It matters!
Maleah Stringer is executive director of the Animal Protection League, 613 Dewey St., Anderson. She can be reached at 356-0900 or at email@example.com.
Mozart, is a beautiful, sweet dog.
'Beef & Boards Christmas' delivers for the holiday
"A Beef & Boards Christmas" show, which opened Nov. 29, has become a favorite holiday tradition for many families and groups from central Indiana.
- AU dance students learn from a pro Kenny Shepard, an adjunct professor in the dance department at Anderson University, is a veteran performer on the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre stage, as well as Off-Broadway, Branson, Mo.; Disney World and cruise ships.
- Deck the halls Excited residents are unboxing Christmas décor and erecting trees, hoping to create a festive atmosphere that is pleasing to the eye but doesn’t break the bank.
- Community Briefs: Dec. 8 A compilation of community news items as published in the Sunday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
- Master Gardener intern training set to begin Master Gardener Intern Training will be offered on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 4 at the new Purdue Cooperative Extension Service office location on Mounds Road.
- 'Dancing Like the Stars' participants announced Fourteen local community leaders and professional dance instructors will participate in the sixth annual "Dancing Like The Stars" benefit set for Jan. 25 at the Paramount Theatre.
- What's Where: Dec. 8-14 Local meetings and activities are planned this week.
- Rail, doll house exhibit now on display A model railroad and dollhouse exhibit is now on display at the Madison County Historical Society, 11 W. 11th St.. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every Saturday in December.
- Back in the News: Dec. 8 The Herald Bulletin looks back at stories from the Anderson Daily Bulletin and The Anderson Herald newspapers.
- Howard Hewitt: Size does matter when it comes to wine glasses Anyone serious about wine has probably learned the size of the glass can have an impact on the taste of the wine.
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