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Giving can help Humane Society

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dylan Green, junior at Northview High School, cleans a doghouse at the Clay County Humane Shelter. Green volunteers at the shelter on a regular basis. [Order this photo]
Community members can help the Clay County Humane Society through gift giving this Christmas season.

The Humane Society's script program allows community members to buy gift cards that can be used at a variety of places. Money is put onto the cards and the recipient can use it like a credit card. Three percent of the money spent using the card goes to the Humane Society.

Businesses who take the gift card include almost all chain retailers and restaurants.

For more information about the scrip program, contact Sharon Hoffman at 812-986-2386 or 812-240-5681.

Community members who would like another way to help the Humane Society, volunteers are always needed.

Currently, the shelter holds 65 dogs, 67 cats, 31 kittens and 12 animals in foster care.

"With the number of animals compared to the number of part-time employees, it takes a lot more work to take care of them all," Manager Brenda Gaskill said. "Volunteers can give extra, special attention that the animals need and deserve."

Volunteers can help socialize the animals by providing love and reassurance through contact and handling of the animals.

By playing with homeless animals, volunteers can help maintain an animal-human relationship.

The Humane Society also allows volunteers to teach dogs obedience commands to make them more appealing to prospective families. Other volunteer opportunities include dog walking, grooming and kennel cleaning.

"There is always something to do," Gaskill said. "Anybody can volunteer. We always try to find something for them to do that's age appropriate."

Gaskill explained the youngest volunteers they like to have are age 13. However, children 12-younger could play with the cats, which don't always get individual attention.

"Everyone works really hard here, but there's a lot to get done in a limited amount of time," Gaskill said.

To volunteer, community members can visit the shelter, 8280 N. County Road, 125 West, Brazil.

For those wanting to clean, the staff begins every day at 9 a.m. To walk dogs, Gaskill asked volunteers to visit from 1-5 p.m.

"We're closed on Sundays and Mondays, but if someone wants to come at noon on Sunday, they can walk dogs," she explained.

Volunteers will have to fill out a volunteer form and anyone 14-under will need a parent waiver signed before volunteering.

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