SPCA is a viable resource

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pets play an integral part in many people’s lives.
From families with children, to people living alone, pets provide companionship and sometimes a source of entertainment.
But far too many cats and dogs are without a loving home.
They may end up in the local shelter, where they receive the best care our group of volunteers can provide. However, this situation is far from ideal and is meant to be short-term.
For many of the animals brought to the shelter, they spend their days confined to a pen due to the limited space available at the shelter.
It’s when these pets find a forever home that they begin to live a life of true happiness.
In the meantime, animal lovers may be able to provide these homeless pets a temporary place to stay through the foster program.
There are other things Pearl River County residents can do to help with the problem of pet overpopulation. If you own a pet, have it spayed or neutered. Kittens and puppies are cute, but they eventually grow up and need the same level of care and food as your current pet.
The local shelter periodically offers coupons that can help offset some of the expense in having your pet spayed or neutered. Give them a call to find out when the coupons are available.
If you have some free time, you can donate some of it to help make these shelter pets lives a little brighter by assisting with the day-to-day chores at the PRCSPCA.
Cleaning cages, walking dogs, playing with cats or even just helping with the occasional fundraiser will also brighten the staff’s day.
Another way to help is to donate aluminum cans, which are recycled to help pay the shelter’s bills. With $300,000 in annual expenses, and limited assistance from the local governments, they can use all the financial assistance they can get.

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