It is heart breaking to learn that some people are so stricken by poverty that they abandon their dogs and cats, that they dump them off on the roadside, or even lock them up inside rental property and leave town.
There are as many ways to abandon a dog or cat as there are to leave a lover, perhaps more. You can slip out the back Jack, dump 'em off at the local pound or shelter, or toss 'em off a bridge into the river.
Every dog that I have ever owned I have kept until the day it died. Now with covid ,people are abandoning their pets more than ever. It is simply deplorable! Fortunately, there is now a local animal shelter working hard to rescue abandoned animals and find them forever homes.
Yet the number of abandoned dogs and cats is staggering. Creature Comforts has taken in over 1,100 animals and struggle to find them homes. But for the time and effort of volunteers and those who have donated to this great good cause, many furries would have perished.
Animal rescue should be adequately funded. The county and each city should contribute generously to Creature Comforts. I understand from speaking with Jennifer Bozeman, the President of Creature Comforts, that Clarke County contributes $10,000 a year and our cities are contributing between $600 to $1,200 annually. That is a blessing, but more is needed.
Certainly Clarke County should contribute at least $60,000 every year to this great good cause. And every other municipality should contribute at least $5,000 to $10,000 annually toward animal rescue. Please, I beg the various Board of Aldermen and the Supervisors to dig into your pockets and contribute the maximum amount you can to this great good cause.
Now with hot summer months approaching, Creature Comforts needs about $10,000 for AC units. Animal rescue is expensive.
Please support Creature Comforts. Unless every municipality helps out to the max, it will be impossible to rescue and maintain all the homeless animals that people are neglecting, abandoning, and/or just dropping off outside the door of Creature Comforts.