By JASON JACOBS
The Clay County Humane Society has played a big part in community activities and is increasing their influence and appearances in events around the county.
For the first time, the humane society has a three-year contract with the city. All previous contracts had been for only one year.
Over the past two years the shelter has succeeded in their goal of becoming "low kill", by only putting animals down that are not able to be tamed and those which are too sick to be able to recover.
The shelter has been approved for the Science Diet Program which is healthier for all the animals. However, because of the program, they are no longer allowed to accept other brands of food, but they are still in need of cat litter and bleach.
The shelter now offers a low cost program to spay and neuter animals. The goal is to one day get to the point where the shelter is not a necessity for the community.
The shelter will, for the first time, be participating in the Popcorn Festival and will be selling raffle tickets to win a $200 certificate from Kroger. They are also planning to participate in the Christmas Parade this year along with decorating a shelter at the park.
Plans are in the works, with the help of your donations, to replace the white rock in the outside kennels with concrete, which is more comfortable for the animals, and replace some of the fencing on kennels that are starting to weaken. Changing the white rock to concrete will also allow the shelter to put up more kennels.
Also, the Humane Society is planning a Jonah Fish Fry on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Kennedy Crossing Pre-School on Kennedy Crossing Rd. in Brazil. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 12 years old with all proceeds going to the Clay County Humane Society.
Once all the work is done, the shelter plans to hold an open house so the members of the community can see exactly what their donations and contributions have allowed the shelter to do for the animals.
The shelter is in desperate need of volunteers. If interested in volunteering, spaying/neutering your pet or want information on any of their other activities, call the shelter at (812) 446-5126.