It’s spring and that means kitten season is in full swing.
And that’s not particularly good news for the Greene County Humane Society.
They keep arriving each day, and that begs the question: What’s happened to responsible pet owners? Haven’t they heard of neutering and spaying?
Now, we don’t know if these kittens are strays, picked up by caring individuals, or litter mates brought in by families who decided, for whatever reason, they could not care for them. But what caught our attention last week was a story on a dog named Finn.
Finn is a boxer mix that came to the shelter requiring emergency veterinary care. Believed to be 2 years old, he was brought in by a dog-law enforcement officer after spending two days on a porch near Spraggs. Finn’s story isn’t unusual, because the shelter regularly rescues or receives animals in need of health care.
A veterinarian examined the dog and discovered its radial bones were broken on both legs in the same place. Initially, it was thought the breaks were the result of abuse, but it was determined Finn was most likely run over by a car. If so, did the driver not realize what had happened, or did he or she turn a blind eye to an injured dog?
Fortunately, the dog is standing straight on his splinted front legs, and it should be emphasized that the Greene County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, which means Finn, and the growing number of kittens and cats are available for adoption.
We learned the annual budget to operate the shelter is roughly $250,000, and as costs continually rise and donations stay about the same, emergency situations are especially difficult for the shelter operation. Currently, one of its feline residents is in need of dental surgery that will cost $1,000. It is a cost the shelter cannot cover, so donations are definitely needed.
The community has always rallied to support the shelter, and we cannot think of a better time than now for that generosity to manifest itself again.
The support can be modest, encompassing blankets, newspapers, lawn furniture cushions, cat litter and boxes, small pet carriers, toys and, of course, food. Friskies pate-type canned food is the preferred choice for shelter cats and canned Alpo or Pedigree for dogs.
But the bottom line for the shelter to remain operational in order to meet the needs of abandoned or abused cats and dogs is financial support.
While practically every agency is in the same boat, money always seems to dry up. A little here or a little there would be a big help. We are sure Finn and his feline friends would be most appreciative.