I read the reporting on recent random acts of kindness and the programs giving food and toys to the needy. These efforts warm the soul and are restorative in many ways.
In this regard, some have wondered about the elastic application of the terms “needy” and “innocent.” There are efforts and a group for which there are never such questions. Those are the abandoned, neglected and homeless animals that find their way to the CSRA Humane Society.
This is a no-kill shelter that houses, cares for, treats and works to find good homes for animals. Some never find homes and are kindly kept for their lifetimes – not in cages, but in open areas where they can interact with other animals, the staff and visitors. No animal is ever euthanized because no one wants it.
There are more than 250 animals in the facility, which is the former jail converted to be the animal shelter. I encourage anyone to visit the shelter at 425 Wood St. near Lake Olmstead on late Wednesdays or all day on Saturdays and personally see what kindness and caring the small part-time staff and volunteers are able to accomplish with so little.
The shelter costs $300,000 yearly to run, which includes the purchase of food, supplies, veterinary services, maintenance and utilities ($2,000 a month) among others. It receives no financial support from national humane society groups, nor any government funding. Only our local community supports these creatures that are, without question, needy and innocent.
Contributions have decreased this year and the shelter is in the red. Please go to the website www.CSRAHumaneSociety.org to see how to contribute money, time or supplies, and/or visit on Wednesdays or Saturdays. You also could give a home to a grateful furry four-legged friend.
Dalton E. Brannen