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Shelters all over the country are staying full to capacity as it becomes more difficult if you find a stray or a mistreated animal to know who to call. The local shelters cannot take extras from Coosa County, but sometimes will take an animal in if you, the person who is rescuing them, will pay a fee of $50.
For most just being a good Samaritan is far too expensive. Thank goodness Coosa will have a shelter open hopefully by the end of this year, thanks to grants, donations and many volunteers doing the work for free to get the old firehouse in Stewartville ready to serve as the humane shelter.
Elmore County shelter is grateful for a recent donation from Millbrook Middle School of $2,500. This was made possible through donations from students at dances at the middle school during the school year.
If you would like to donate money, equipment, or your time working for the shelter in Stewartville, please call 256-391-7192, or donations can be mailed to the Coosa Animal Shelter; 5520 County Road 41; Sylacauga, AL 35151; or dropped of at First Bank in Rockford or “The Coosa County News” office. It truly takes a whole county to set up and keep going a humane shelter to save the animals that we were put in charge of for their care.
The Pet of the Week featured at the Wetumpka shelter on Highway 231 is Dixie, a 7-month-old female pit/lab looking mix at about 45 pounds. She is super playful, but not hyper – a happy gal that loves treats. Dixie will chase a toy, but hasn’t yet figured out the retrieving part of the game. She loves other dogs. Dixie now just needs her loving forever home.
Fees for dogs are still $100, and this includes spay/neuter, microchip, de-worming, basic vaccinations, rabies shot, check for heartworms, and the first check up by your vet. You just can’t beat a deal like that; just getting a dog fixed would likely be $100. “Fixed” pets are happy and content not to try and roam, being less likely to get lost.
Remember to have a warm place for your animals with plenty of water if you don’t let them inside your warm house, which is the best thing; they feel the cold just as we do.
Until next time, love on your fur babies; this helps everyone’s blood pressure and keeps us content.
The Dog Lover