Houston Humane Society’s care for animals a blessing for individuals, community

January 23, 2013 

Recently, I wrote a column telling you about several nonprofit, volunteer-operated organizations in our county. These groups provide much needed services to and for a variety of our residents and don’t cost you one taxpayer-provided dollar.

Today, I want to tell you more about one of those organizations, the Houston County Humane Society.

The Houston County Humane Society is located at 810 Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays as well as by appointment.

The Humane Society provides pet adoption services, foster homes for homeless cats and dogs and accepts stray animals from city animal control in an attempt to save the animal from being euthanized and, hopefully, find a suitable home for it.

An animal being readied for adoption receives a veterinarian’s examination, all necessary immunizations and is spayed or neutered. When people choose to adopt a pet from the Humane Society, they are assured they are receiving a pet that is healthy and fully ready for acceptance into your loving family.

There is an adoption fee, and among other things it is dependent upon the age of the pet. Typically, the adoption fee may not fully cover the cost of all the medical services the pet receives before adoption.

Purina offers a Pets for Senior Citizens program that offers an adoption fee discount for senior citizens ages 60 and older. Purina underwrites the cost of the discount. The funds from this program are limited, and volunteers attempt to spread the savings as much as possible but when gone they are gone until the next season.

I should mention that the adoption fee is typically much less than the cost of a pet from a retailer. That is in addition to the assurance of knowing you are receiving a healthy pet.

Perhaps you are not interested in adopting a pet, and you may wonder what benefit the Humane Society is to you. Consider that by spaying and neutering their animals they are reducing the number of stray animals wandering through your yard. Maybe your dog or cat has strayed from home and has been picked up by animal control. Depending upon how long your pet has been in animal control’s custody, it may be a candidate to be euthanized. The Humane Society may accept your pet from animal control and hold it for adoption, saving its life. These are just two ways that we all benefit from the Humane Society’s work.

I adopted my companion dog from the Humane Society, and she has been more precious than gold. The last time I was at the Humane Society’s office, I met George. George is a wonderful little fellow who would love being one of your best friends forever.

I mentioned the Humane Society is nonprofit and a volunteer-run operation. Needless to say, there are needs, and you may be interested in meeting them. The Humane Society is in need of foster homes (homes for pets while they are waiting for adoption), dry food and volunteers (volunteers are needed to be at the center seven days a week to feed or exercise their charges). Financial assistance is also needed. If you are interested in providing financial support you can send a tax deductible donation to 810 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins, GA 31088 or P.O. Box 9588 Warner Robins, GA 31095-9588. You may also call them at 599-0211. Their webpage is humanesocietyhoco.org.

David Wittenberg resides in Kathleen. Contact him at dkw460@yahoo.com.

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