One of my first stories after returning to The Cadiz Record involved Ramona Hamilton and the Trigg County Humane Society taking in a number of pets that had been neglected in a facility near Bowling Green.
At that time, the Humane Society was still in need of support, and they still are. The 400-Mile Yard Sale that swept through Trigg County on U.S. 68 earlier this month provided a great chance for the Society to make up some ground on its new facility west of Cadiz.
Here’s part of an email Ramona sent me last week:
“Thought I would let you know that the Humane Society made $3,854.98 in the 400-mile yard sale. Hopefully that will be enough to get some walls up on our building.”
She also sent me a photo of volunteers putting the finishing touches on the building’s new roof.
The Society operates largely on volunteer work and donations, and I know the support of the community is appreciated by Ramona and everyone else there.
I felt the need to give this situation a little more publicity for a few reasons. One is that I know there are a lot of animals out there that are in need, and the Humane Society does the best it can to find those animals and get those animals into loving families. Sometimes, families looking for a new pet aren’t aware that the Society is a good option for them.
Another reason has to do with my own feelings for pets, particularly an experience my family and I recently shared.
A few months ago, a pregnant, stray cat chose our garage to take refuge in before birthing her five kittens in another building on our property. Four of them didn’t make it on their own, and the fifth fell victim to some overzealous dogs.
Our initial hope was to keep all of them – I’m a sucker for kittens – and raise them ourselves, but it might have been a better idea to have the Society help us find someone who had more time to care for them than we did.
So, I guess this column is about awareness. We’ve got folks right here in Trigg County devoting their time to a very worthy cause, but right now, they need all the help they can get.
(Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)