St. Joseph Humane Society hosts 7th annual Bow Wow Bash

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM.

“We need more foster care-givers,” Christy said. “They are willing to keep and care for an animal until we have room at the shelter or it is adopted. We need a lot more, though we have a very dedicated group of volunteers.

“It doesn’t even have to be overnight. You can come in and take a dog for a day; or a cat for a day. Take a dog for a walk; it is healthy for you and the dog.”

The Humane Society recently brought dogs to Sunset Coastal Grill during a weekend afternoon and managed to have three, two puppies and a dog, adopted, including the puppies going to a Georgia family traveling through.

The DAWGS in Prison program spearheaded by the Humane Society has saved more than 230 dogs, and provided life skills to even more inmates at the Gulf Forestry Camp over more than three years.

The DAWGS in Prison program, a free spay and neuter program the Humane Society offers to all Gulf County residents, the outreach during SaltAir Farmer’s Markets and events such as that at Sunset Coastal Grill to increase animal adoptions, have come to fruition due to a dedicated staff and a small army of volunteers.

“We have very generous people who visit us and also very generous volunteers who live here,” Christy said. “None of this would be possible without them. But it is very difficult to continue to do more with less. Our shelter is over five years old and our costs are up.”

And the economy has been no help.

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