Humane society pets need home for holidays

Published 10:49 pm Thursday, December 16, 2010

Spot is a survivor. The white dog with sparse rusty spots and big brown eyes is in good health today despite being shot and hit by a car.

Spot is one of several pets at the Chilton County Humane Society that would make a great family addition. She is a 10-month-old spayed pointer mix. She craves attention and rides well in the car.

A friend of the Chilton County Humane Society found Spot with a broken leg. The dog was taken to Cox Veterinary Hospital for treatment, where her leg was splinted.

Well after several weeks of recovery, her cast is finally off and she is ready for adoption, along with a host of other furry friends at the Chilton County Humane Society.

Humane society director Joe Murphy said the organization has many cats, kittens, dogs and puppies that would make great new companions for families. However, he cautions that the decision to adopt shouldn’t be taken lightly.

“We don’t want people to adopt on a whim,” said Murphy.

While the society very much is looking for responsible pet owners, Murphy said families should discuss and assess if they can fully support a pet with their time, money and love.

He advises people against surprising loved ones with a puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree — animals aren’t like pants that can be returned if the color or size is wrong.

“I just don’t think giving animals as gifts unbeknownst is a good idea,” he said.

For those who are ready to welcome a dog or cat into their lives, Murphy encourages people to adopt instead of buying from breeders.

The humane society is also raising funds through a gift wrapping service. Volunteers are wrapping gifts at the Second Chances Resale store for $1 apiece. The price includes wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags.

The store is located at 406 Seventh St. N in Clanton and the wrapping service is provided from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.