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 www.csrahumanesociety.org 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