With Christmas just around the corner and many people looking for unique gift ideas, the Grayson County Humane Society may have the answer.
“Giving a puppy or kitten may not be the best gift idea for a family, instead the center recommends giving a gift card that allows the person to come to the shelter and pick out the animal that will best fit the family,” said Betty Lane, one of the volunteers at the Human Society.
Giving Grandma a kitten or puppy for the holidays is not a new idea but donating a bag of food in her name for one of the abandoned dogs or kittens left at the shelter would be.
With over 60 dogs and puppies and 65 cats and kittens at the shelter keeping, the animals fed and housed can sometimes be a challenge.
“We rely on the community for help and there are lots of things that people can do,” said Lane. “We need things like new and used blankets and towels or cat and dog treats.”
Any donations of Pedigree Dog Food made to dogsrule.com will be matched.
Donations of a bed for the shelter can be made by going to the web page http://kuranda.com/catalog/selct_donee.php and selecting Grayson County Humane Society.
A unique gift idea for the certain someone who has everything would be to make a donation in someone else's name and put a card under the tree letting them know they have made the donation to the Humane Society.
”We are a low kill facility but we can only house so many animals and if we get to many in then we have to do something,” said Lane. “Putting one down is our the last option.”
The Humane Society does transport animals to other states for adoption. There are several Rescues that help to find homes in the northern cities.
“A lot of the time there are homes up north that are waiting to adopt these animals. Sometimes they go to homes that foster them until a permanent home can be found for the animal,” said Lane. “There are not as many adoptions here. I guess its because we are rural community but up north they seems to have homesfor the animals.
“People do foster locally and that helps free up space for animals here,” said Lane.
With no one receiving a salary the shelter relies heavily on its volunteers and the workers from the detention center.
“The inmates from the detention center are a major help,” added Lane. “They feed the animals, clean the cages, help with the laundry, exercise the animals and help out anywhere we need them.”
If you are at loss for a different Christmas gift idea visit the shelter at 213 William Thomason Byway, next to the hospital or give them a call at 270-230-8839.