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Humane Society offers new grooming services

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Volunteer Dog Groomer Heather Beatty combs Brazil resident Shelia King's 8-year-old pug Rufus during a recent pet grooming session at the Clay County Humane Society. The new low-cost grooming service is available for a variety of pets by appointment by calling 446-5126. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
There's some changes happening at the Clay County Humane Society.

New co-directors Michael Sorrels and Brenda Gaskill began working in January toward creating a clean, safe and fun family environment at the shelter. Although Gaskill is currently out of town due to family illness, Sorrels recently spoke to The Brazil Times.

"We want to make this place all about the animals," Sorrels, who lives in Brazil, said. "I've only been here a short time and I've realized that the employees and volunteers here really care about the animals."

After a career in funeral services and recently selling his restaurant in Waveland, Ind., Sorrels wanted to do something to help animals.

"I was off for five weeks and was bored out of my mind. I'm looking forward to being here and feel that, with my prior business experience, I can bring a lot this job. I have a passion for animals," Sorrels said. "I believe I can share more compassion with people with animal issues and do a lot to help the animals themselves."

Although finding funding for the shelter during hard economic times is a major concern, Sorrels said there's a lot to look forward to, including plans for an outdoor dog run and a new transport van by the end of the 2010 summer along with a gift shop and future goals of a new addition to the facility.

"There are several fundraisers planned throughout this year to support the projects and the shelter," Sorrels said. "One of our newest is a new low cost pet grooming program."

Shelter volunteer Heather Beatty approached the shelter about providing her 22 years of grooming experience as a way to raise money.

"I love animals and enjoy any time I can spend with them," Beatty said. "I wanted to help the shelter and the animals. So often, people don't always care for their animals the way they should. This way, I can help."

Beatty said she could groom almost any animal a pet owner might have in need of some pampering, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and rats. She urges people to call the shelter (446-5126) during normal business hours to see what services she can provide for their unique pet.

Michael Sorrels
Appointments can be scheduled during the alternate weeks of the regular spay/neuter clinics. Services range from $5 for itchy skin or brightening shampoo, $10 for nail grinding, ear cleaning, spot-on treatment and skunk odor removal and $25 for a deluxe bath, brush and flea treatment.

"We also have Humane Society membership cards that let people take advantage of special savings from local businesses," Sorrels said about the cards that feature discounts at Brazil Grill, Pizza Hut, Forest Park Golf Course, Subway, Papa John's and at the Clay City Plaza A&W. "The annual fish fry is in the spring and we are always willing to accept donations to help the animals."

There's even a new "CCHC Wish List" pamphlet that highlights frequently used cleaning supplies, pet supplies, office materials and other necessities along with information on how to organize supply drives, fundraisers and how to volunteer at the shelter. The information pamphlet is available during normal business hours (noon to 5 p.m., Tues.-Sat.) at the CCHS facility located just off White Rock Road at 8280 North County Road 125 West.

"We've had people visiting and adopting more animals recently, and I believe it's because of a new awareness in the community about our selection of animals," Sorrels said. "We're at capacity all the time. Our main purpose is the animals. They come first."

For more information about the Clay County Humane Society, log onto www.clayhumane.com.

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What a wonderful idea and service!

-- Posted by tbdldam on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 12:36 AM

Keep up the great work! Im glad to hear there are people onboard who truely care about the animals!

Best Wishes

Matt Moss

St Petersburg FL

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 10:23 AM

I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Sorrels a couple of weeks ago down south. It was extremely cold, windy, snowy, and dark (when we had the single digit temps). He was out there with a group of us in a walking cast because he had broken his foot and his only concern was our "little lady" and her safety and well being. He is going to bring about great things for our county shelter and I will back him 100%.

Welcome to our county Mike Sorrels!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 10:46 AM

I'm so happy to see someone at the shelter that really cares. Welcome Mr. Sorrels.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 4:08 PM

For the last few months my husband, kids, & I have been visiting the shelter on a regular basis. Living at Prairieton we make the journey quite often to adopt & have started a rescue to aid the CCHS. We have been so impressed by the shelter that we joined & are also going to be regular volunteers. Mike, Rosemary, & the entire staff are just the best! Most people are aware the shelter is there, but not many know the struggles faced by the caring people who try to keep it running smoothly. There are animals that have been housed for over a year waiting on someone who cares enough to adopt them! A lot of them have been dumped or allowed to run & almost starved. It is a constant battle to find good homes for so many wonderful pets who sit waiting for someone to love them. Right now there is a huge need for donations to get the shelter van fixed as it is so necessary to transport animals. Take time to visit the facility & take pride in your community by helping do what you can. Not everyone can adopt, but you can donate time, money, or supplies to help the cause. Visit & you will be impressed by the entire experience just like we are. They offer low cost spay/neuter services, also. If everyone would be responsible pet owners the world would be a better place. Do what you can to make life better for our animals & the people who work so hard to help them. PLEASE DONATE anything you can. Thank you!

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 9:35 PM

If only they responded to animal pickups :(

-- Posted by skooby on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 2:12 AM

I found up at the mayors office on the table for low cost spay/neuter it cost $20 and no more for your animals to be done and they will send you a list of vets that will take it. That is a low cost spay/neuter program. $20 you can beat that.

-- Posted by oknow on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:05 AM


They do pick up animals if you live in the county. The do not come in to city since the animal rescue place has that contract but, yes....they do pick animals up in the county.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jan 28, 2010, at 12:38 PM

I do live where they pick up. Either the county justice center didn't call them about the pick up or the shelter didn't respond. Either way we had to take care of the situation ourselves.

-- Posted by skooby on Sun, Jul 4, 2010, at 1:20 PM

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