Speak Out: Support your local animal rescue
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Nov 14, 2013 | 1518 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Many people will consider donating to worthy causes. Might I suggest that your local charities do not have large buildings and paid staffs to maintain. When you donate locally, you can check on what they are accomplishing with your hard-earned donation. One such registered charity is SAVE (www.alsave.org).

It does terrific work by underwriting the cost of spay/neuter for pets of low-income families. It is on track to reach 700 surgeries this year; just think how many unwanted litters that is preventing. Consider how many less unfortunate animals will end up at the Calhoun County pound and then the county dump.

The efficacy of a robust spay-neuter program is indisputable. When I moved to Calhoun County in 1990, the Parkwood Drive shelter was taking in 10,000 animals a year, more than 9,000 of which were being euthanized. Thanks mostly to the active League for Animal Welfare spay/neuter program, that figure dropped steadily to between 4,000 and 5,000 by 2003, still far too many. Unfortunately, LAW almost completely discontinued the program in 2007; happily, SAVE came along and saved the day. Please do consider making a donation to them or your favorite local animal rescue.

Gus Velliadis
Piedmont
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