Humane society discloses calendar, donation needs

Published 6:25 pm Friday, February 10, 2017

B.J. was a feral kitten who was part of a Trap/Neuter/Return program in Butler County undertaken by the BCHS to help reduce feline overpopulation B.J. was captured and fostered by BCHS volunteer Annie Crenshaw, adopted into a loving home, and then permanently re-homed with yet another volunteer when his owner had to move into assisted living. He is just one of the humane society’s success stories: caring humans working together to bring a happy ending for these animals.

B.J. was a feral kitten who was part of a Trap/Neuter/Return program in Butler County undertaken by the BCHS to help reduce feline overpopulation B.J. was captured and fostered by BCHS volunteer Annie Crenshaw, adopted into a loving home, and then permanently re-homed with yet another volunteer when his owner had to move into assisted living. He is just one of the humane society’s success stories: caring humans working together to bring a happy ending for these animals.

As spring approaches, there’s plenty on tap for the Butler County Humane Society. The non-profit organization’s next event will be another donation drive on Saturday, February 18, at Tractor Supply Company.

“Tractor Supply is really good about doing these drives with us,” said event chair Kimberly Matthews at the BCHS monthly meeting on February 8. “And here are the things we particularly need: puppy and kitten food, puppy and kitten formula, heavy-duty disposable shop towels, bleach, kitty litter and buckle-type collars in all sizes. You can find all these things right there in the store and drop them off at our booth. And monetary donations are always welcome, too.”

Volunteers will also be at two community events in March: the Camellia City Fest on Saturday, March 11 and the Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival the following Saturday, March 18.

“We won’t have booths at these events; the medieval festival people are loaning us period costumes and we will stroll around at both events with our baskets of calendars and spay/neuter information to sell and share,” said acting president Kandys Killough.

Killough said she had also spoken with Wintzell’s Oyster House management and the humane society could look forward to “a really big to-do” for Pups on the Patio in May. The restaurant will again give a portion of the sales from its lunch hours one Saturday to the BCHS and allow the organization to offer t-shirts and pet-related items for sale as an additional fundraising tool. As always, pet owners are welcome to bring their dogs on leashes to dine with them on the restaurant’s patio.

Those are the future plans for the BCHS; however, there is a more immediate need.

“We really, really need your stuff for our Hidden Treasures booth,” emphasized Matthews. “We are clearing out all Christmas items and some other things this weekend and are looking for more donations to bring the shoppers to our booth.” Some of the best selling items in the past at the booth have included CDs, DVDs, gently used toys and games, small kitchen appliances in good working order, tools and home décor. Matthews says donated items should be boxed up and labeled “BCHS Hidden Treasures” and dropped off at the Shell Depot on Ft. Dale Road.

Things are going well at the Greenville Shelter, with animal control officer Kristi Sexton reporting the shelter only had 10 dogs and 1 cat, with “a bunch of” the county’s homeless animals sent to various rescues in the past weeks. Several puppies are now in foster care with BCHS members and one shelter dog was adopted out locally, Sexton reported.

The BCHS meets each second Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Camellia City Bakery and Deli in downtown Greenville. Anyone interested in animal welfare in Butler County is invited to join them in their mission. To have a pet scheduled for low-cost spay/neuter surgery regardless of income, please contact the hotline at 334-210-7600 and leave your name and contact information.