Humane society needs help

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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

Augusta

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desertcat6
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desertcat6 12/30/11 - 04:09 am
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YES, dogs and cats are so

YES, dogs and cats are so much more important than people.

GodDoesntLikeUgly
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GodDoesntLikeUgly 12/30/11 - 06:29 am
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As an American, I am

As an American, I am disgusted by desertcat6's comment. As a Christian, I am disturbed by it. I hate to think that there are Americans who believe our country is not GREAT enough to care for all of God's creatures in need. We are not some third world country that has to choose who we care for. I pity people like desertcat6. Try a little compassion for any human or animal in need. Strive to be a better person. American and Christian.

peace4784
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peace4784 12/30/11 - 07:35 am
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First, morally, America is
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First, morally, America is third world. America is awash in alcohol, drugs, pornography, and corruption. Second, animals are not above humans. We eat animals for food. We don't eat humans. Humans are made in God's image. The bulk of human compassion must be for humans of all races. The focus must be on the unwanted children, hungry, homeless, jobless, and suffering humanity. Not on animals. Euthanizing is an option.
If humans can rain down bombs an other humans, then unwanted, homeless, excess animals can be euthanized. Just saying.

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RogerDavis 12/30/11 - 11:09 am
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I'd like to take the

I'd like to take the opportunity to tell everyone that, me, Ed Turner and a group of friends will be performing 4 shows in March as fundraisers for the CSRA Humane Society. Before anyone makes any remarks about animals being more important than people, we also perform shows in August for the Child Enrichment Center that helps abused children. As of last year's shows we've raised nearly $400,000. in the last six years for these charities. Ed and I say we LOVE to help animals and children. It's the grownups we have problems with!
Having said that, the people at the Humane society are fine people "plugging in"where they feel there's a need. Just as Ed, and my fellow musicians do a few times a year....

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itsanotherday 12/30/11 - 11:24 am
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And I might add, if you
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And I might add, if you haven't been to one of the shows, you are missing out. Ed, Roger and the gang work very hard to assemble the music and people, and it is worth every penny of the admission even if it were not for charity. Roger is jam up on the vocals and the rest are very good at their particular instrument craft.

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Chillen 12/30/11 - 02:25 pm
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I admire and respect the

I admire and respect the individuals who volunteer at these shelters. I could never do it. I'd be one of those dog people with 25 dogs in their home. I just couldn't say no to each cute one that showed up.

I hope everyone who can, will donate. Taking care of unwanted animals is a worthy cause.

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stephr721 12/30/11 - 08:30 pm
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About a year ago, my

About a year ago, my boyfriend and I drove past the CRSA shelter on one of the days it was closed. We noticed a young dog locked behind the fence, crying. There was a cold snap, and temps were getting down to freezing overnight. There was no food or water for the dog. We jimmied the fence open far enough to get the dog out and took her home.

The next day, we brought her back to the shelter. The woman working there said that people often throw animals over the (tall) fence when the shelter is closed. She said she always hopes its not one of those days when she's driving in. As usual, the shelter was over capacity, and they had no room to take the dog. We took Lucy home for good, and even though she's a handful, I cringe to think of what might have happened to her if we didn't happen to drive by.

The CSRA shelter operates on a skeletal budget and rescues animals that have - literally - been thrown away by their owners. They clean up after the bad decisions and irresponsibility of "more worthy" humans. They deserve help from the community they serve, and so do the animals that can't help themselves.

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Cadence 12/31/11 - 05:41 pm
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Months after my cat died I

Months after my cat died I went to the Humane Soc. to look for one that needed a home as much as I needed a kitty. The volunteer took me up to the cat room (a very clean and cozy space with many happy felines lounging around) and told me to stay as long as I liked, and to please come back whenever I wanted. Then they left me in peace. I sat on the floor and was surrounded by cats demanding attention and loving on me. I cried a little and one purred & rubbed his cheek against mine. It helped to heal my heart. Our Humane Society is a place that we can be proud of and which deserves and needs our support. They care as much for people as they do animals. We do not have to choose between the two species. We are all in this together. I make small donations because I am broke at the moment, but if we all could make a small gift it would add up. Thanks for letting me ramble.

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Sameera 01/02/12 - 07:15 pm
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DesertCat6 always has a punch

DesertCat6 always has a punch with his usual one-liners. We as humans have dominion over the earth and all that is within it. THAT includes dogs and cats as well as each other. Our job as responsible humans is to protect and care for that over which we have dominion. I realize that we have failed to live up to Biblical-oriented request but better to start late than not at all. I myself will put my money where my mouth is because if I want a better world, it will have to begin with me.

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