No doubt if you watch television, this holiday season you have seen the commercial for abandoned shelter animals featuring Sarah McLaughlin on behalf of the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The message is heartwrenching and compelling.
Certainly, the ASPCA is a worthy cause and their efforts in the area of animal welfare, important.
But please, consider this. Unwanted and neglected pets need your help right here in Columbiana County.
At least donate a portion of the funds you set aside for animal welfare to local organizations. I can speak to the needs and activities of one local non-profit animal welfare organization, the Humane Society of Columbiana County.
In 2008, two trained, court appointed volunteer humane agents responded to over 400 concerns about animal cruelty and neglect over the 532 square miles of Columbiana County.
More than 300 cats and dogs have been cared for by volunteers who currently maintain a minimum of two shifts, seven days per week at our R.O.C.C. (Reduce Overpopulation of Cats and Canines) and Rescue Center located at 1825 S. Lincoln Ave., Salem.
The Humane Society IS NOT funded by any local government agency nor any national animal welfare organization. Total programming and operations, including a mortgage, are supported by public donations.
Should donations cease, so too will the services of the Humane Society. I am not recommending you stop supporting organizations like the ASPCA, but I am asking you to look out your windows as you drive your car. We all know there is great need right in our own backyard.
Help us at the Humane Society help the animals in need right here in Columbiana County, first.
If you are fortunate enough to afford more, then spread the love around to other parts of the country and beyond.
For more information about the Humane Society of Columbiana County, call 330-332-2600. Doors are open and visitors are encouraged and welcome Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Other times are available by appointment.
Adoptable pets can also be viewed at www.petfinder.com. And remember, neuter and spay is the only way to stop pet overpopulation.
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