New roof, security measures taken at animal shelter

Published 5:10 pm Thursday, March 12, 2009

There was good news from the Greenville Animal Shelter to be shared at the latest meeting of the Butler County Humane Society on Wednesday.

Shelter officers Kristi Sexton and Janeen Mosley reported the new permanent roof addition over the outside kennels was almost complete, with additional work done to prevent individuals from being able to throw dogs and puppies over the fence when the workers are not on the premises.

Plans continue for fundraising and adoption events sponsored by the BCHS.

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The group will have a booth at Calico Fort April 18-19 with homeless pets available for adoption. Arrangements have been made for presentations for a “Meet and Debrief” on various breeds of dogs, a display of obedience training and demos by trained cadaver dogs on both Saturday and Sunday. A spring fundraising letter will also go out in April.

On May 9, the “Bark in the Park” returns to Confederate Park, tentatively slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A cake walk, children’s games, student art display and other activities are being planned in conjunction with the event.

On June 6, a “Bath and Browse” event is planned in front of the Pet Laundry on Conecuh St. with a pet wash and yard sale on tap. A cookbook and calendar featuring submitted photos of local pets are also in the works.

“Our mission and objective is to help our county’s homeless animals . . . we want to raise funds and find homes for these animals. The more people we can get to planned events, the more likely we will find them homes,” said BCHS president Herbert Morton.

Morton also praised the local businesses that provide donation buckets at their front counters. One of those businesses, Little Caesar’s Pizza, took in more than $80 in small change last month, simply by having their workers ask each customer if they wished to donate their change to the humane society.

“This just goes to show you every little bit helps when we pool our resources. Together, we can make a difference,” Morton said.

The next BCHS meeting is slated for April 8 at 1 p.m. at The Chef’s Table in downtown Greenville.