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June 29, 2013

Maleah Stringer: Overwhelmed shelter needs help

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Staff and volunteers have been doing everything possible to find places for these wonderful animals to go. Devonshire Veterinary Clinic stepped up and offered us two kennels free of charge whenever we need them. The Correctional Industrial Facility where we have our three prison programs stepped up as well and have offered five additional spots for our dogs and five more spots for our cats in order to help us save these animals. This is a Godsend.

So my question is this? How in the world are we to meet our goal of becoming a low-kill shelter when a segment of this community are not responsible pet owners, do not spay/neuter their animals and let them roam?

We continue to take in these high number of animals. We only have so much space. We have had several days where we have had 25 or more kittens come into our facility. Animal lovers please do not turn your heads because this is too painful. Please do not tell me there is nothing to be done to change this. We can do better. We need people willing to foster and adopt these animals.

We need to stop this overwhelming influx of unwanted animals ... we need to come up with a plan to reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community. Will you help become part of the solution?

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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