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Editorial: Help a soldier, save loved pets

POSTED: February 15, 2007 5:06 a.m.
Whenever our military deploys, soldiers are forced to leave their cherished pets behind. If they don’t have someone to care for their animals while they are away, their pets tend to end up at the local humane shelter.
The same scenario plays out in Liberty County as well.
Currently, an increase in the number of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens housed at the Liberty County shelter is putting a strain on the non-profit agency’s limited resources.
That’s because the humane shelter depends on donations, for the most part, to operate. It also has a set number of kennels and cages to house the animals.
What can you do to help?
• Adopt a pet and give it a good, loving home.
• Become a shelter volunteer. The animals at the shelter beg for attention. They love to romp and play, and need someone to spend some quality time with them.
• Monetary contributions and donations of pet supplies (dog and cat food, puppy and kitten food, cat litter, chews, collars and bowls) are always welcome. Coastal Courier readers are invited to participate in the “Liberty Pets” photo contest. To enter, simply donate your choice of pet supplies. See page 1 for details.
• Spay or neuter your pet(s).
• Be sure your pets wear identification tags and are current on their vaccinations.
• Don’t allow your pet(s) to wander of your property.
• Don’t try to pet animals you do not know to avoid being the chance of being bitten.
• Volunteer to care for a soldier’s pet while he or she is away. After all, it’s a great feeling to know there’s someone waiting at home for you — and equally pleasing to be eagerly greeted by your “best friend” upon your return.
 

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