Animal shelter needs help

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During this time of the year, there is a lot of reporting on the programs and acts of kindness to assist the needy. The stories regarding these efforts are uplifting and encouraging.

There may be various opinions on the definition of the needy, the helpless, the homeless, the unfortunate or the innocent. However, there are efforts and a group to which all of the words truly apply. 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 200 animals in the facility, which is the former jail converted to be an 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 more than $250,000 yearly to run, which includes the purchase of food, supplies, veterinary services, maintenance and utilities. They currently have a serious problem with the roof, which requires $26,000 to repair. The shelter 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.

Please visit the website to see how to contribute money, supplies (all are tax-deductible) or time, and/or visit on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You also could give a home to a grateful, furry, four-legged friend.

Dalton E. Brannen


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SemperParatus 12/26/13 - 11:22 pm

What an awesome letter to the

What an awesome letter to the editor, Dalton! I sincerely hope that readers will visit the CSRA Humane Society's website and support their wonderful facility and programs!

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