From: Kate O’Halloran
Received: Feb. 6
In a recent Letter to the Editor, concern was expressed about the “innocent, adoptable puppies and doggies” at the Bartholomew County Humane Society. For more than a decade, the BCHS has been reserving euthanasia only for those dogs (and puppies, cats and kittens) who are gravely ill, seriously injured or dangerously aggressive. I, myself, have adopted two dogs in recent years who would not have made the cut for “adoptable” except for the Bartholomew County Humane Society’s tireless efforts to see beyond age, multiple health issues or breed.
My praise and gratitude — and more than a few dollars — go to those who concern themselves with the welfare of animals and who spend no time or effort castigating others, impugning character or planting seeds of distrust via public venues.
Taking in animals, and not euthanizing for space, has found the Bartholomew County Humane Society shelter stretched to the limit. With the financial support of its donors, BCHS has taken on the task of building a shelter more appropriate to present-day needs than the current building.
Not to worry, when someone dumps a box full of too-young-to-be-weaned puppies at the shelter door, the shelter staff will properly focus on them and the hundreds of other abused, neglected and unwanted puppies, dogs, cats and kittens that find their way to the shelter each year. Those of us who are supporters of the Bartholomew County Humane Society, in concert with its board members, have been and will continue to focus on the fundraising and the construction.
We welcome your support, whether in time or treasure, for the BCHS. We also welcome your support of animals everywhere: adopt, donate time and/or money, support spay/neuter programs, attend Humane Lobby Day on March 12, attend to the stray in your neighborhood — there are many programs and places where you can make a difference. The efforts of each of us working in our own way, intent on a positive outcome for animals, will join to make for a better Columbus and Bartholomew County.