October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Every day, the shelter has a selection of pure breed and mixed breed dogs fit for adoption. If you know people considering adding a dog or cat to their family, please send them to the local animal shelter.
Currently our nation is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and animal advocates are generously helping the dogs and cats suffering in the disaster area. As we contemplate the humanitarian tragedy of Louisiana and Mississippi, we should also keep in mind the unpublicized, slow tragedy that we create right here at home. The Galax, Carroll, Grayson Animal Shelter in Galax, VA euthanizes roughly 85% of all animals deposited there. They each have about one week to live. As a matter of public health, the Galax animal shelter must euthanize between 2,000 and 3,000 dogs and cats every year. If 2,500 pets were jeopardized all at once by a fire or windstorm, it would make national news and people would rush in from far and wide to help. Since our situation takes place gradually, over the course of each and every year, it barely merits a mention in the press.
Step one for alleviating this problem is to have each dog and cat neutered. Neutering pets decreases the pet population and reduces the pressure on the animal shelter. Step two is to make your local animal shelter the first place you go when considering bringing a cat or dog into your family. Please tell your friends and support the Galax – Carroll – Grayson Animal Shelter. Step three is to remember the Twin County Humane Society when prioritizing your charitable giving. The Twin County Humane Society manages a spay and neuter assistance fund available through all area veterinarians. This fund has made additional spays and neuters possible at Healing Springs Animal Hospital. Checks can be mailed to the Twin County Humane Society at PO Box 125, Hillsville VA, 24343.
Adopt Your Pets at
Galax – Carroll – Grayson Animal Shelter
Open Tuesday – Saturday