Dogs and cats are in need of help

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 7, 2009

We’ve done a lot since October. Football season has come and gone, ditto for basketball and baseball. Students finished school and others graduated.

For many of us, we’ve gone throughout our days without much thought to the unpleasantness that lives 24 hours a day, seven days a week in a small building on Liberty Road.

Indeed, the Natchez-Adams County Humane Shelter is not a pleasant place to be these days.

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In addition to the horrible conditions of the building, which is literally falling apart, the cramped space means that the building often has a feeling of despair and death.

On average, more than four animals have had to be killed each day since October. That’s more than 1,100 dogs and cats.

That’s a staggering figure.

And that awful reality is what is motivating a small, but determined group of volunteers to push hard this month to finish raising money for the new county humane shelter. A new shelter would give the humane society much needed space and accommodations.

The land for the new shelter has already been donated. The plans for the building are drawn. And half the money has been raised.

It’s time to finish the job.

The building committee wants to have dogs and cats in their new facility by this time next year.

The fundraisers will be making calls and advertising for donations the rest of June.

But you don’t have to wait for your phone to ring to make a difference in the lives of desperate dogs and cats. Just open your wallets now.