Are you familiar with the phrase “the dog days of summer?” It was first used by the Romans to describe the hottest days of summer when the dog star Sirius could be seen high in the night sky. Well, at the Franklin County Humane Society, we have a different view. To us, the dog days of summer means puppies–lots and lots of puppies (and kittens, too)!
In fact, it’s a rare summer’s day when we don’t welcome at least one new litter through our front door. And sadly, many of these young, homeless animals come to us with a wide range of ailments that require medical intervention: internal and external parasites, respiratory illness, eye problems, ringworm, mange, and even broken bones. And, of course, like all babies, kittens and puppies require almost constant care and attention.
So, here’s what we do with every puppy or kitten that arrives at our shelter:
We Do a Health Assessment
Every puppy or kitten receives an immediate health exam as soon as it arrives. First, we check for and treat external parasites and look closely for other skin issues such as ringworm or mange (animals with these problems may need to be isolated). We also take each animal’s temperature and examine their eyes, ears, and noses to make sure they aren't carrying any infectious diseases that could spread to other baby animals. We also administer age-appropriate vaccinations.
We Spay and Neuter All Pets
As soon as each kitten or puppy reaches an appropriate weight, it is spayed or neutered. Not only is this Florida law, it also helps reduce the numbers of unwanted pets in our county.
We Find Forever Homes
It’s always hard to resist a cute puppy or kitten, but it takes a bit of matchmaking to make sure each animal finds the right home. We interview prospective parents to be sure the animal they’ve fallen in love will fit into their family forever.
We Try to Stop the Cycle
Of course, our main goal is to stop the flow of homeless kittens and puppies in our county. That’s why we offer low-cost spay/neuter vouchers to anyone who needs assistance getting their adult cats and dogs fixed.
We Need Resources
Your past generosity has helped make miracles happen for the homeless pets of Franklin County. But, sadly our costs keep going up along with the numbers of animals arriving at our doorstep. Any size donation helps and here are some ways to support us.
I’d also like to thank Bud Hayes, our past president, for his many years of dedication and hard work to the FCHS.
Here’s how to help!
Donate $250 or more and get a FREE FCHS t-shirt OR a customized plaque in remembrance of a loved one or beloved pet to hang on our new “Rainbow Bridge Memorial” at the shelter. (See coupon for details).
FCHS is a nonprofit 501c3, so donations are tax deductible. Donate these ways:
* DROP OFF OR MAIL A CHECK: Bring your donation of any size to Franklin County Humane Society, 244-FL 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328. Or send your donation to Franklin County Humane Society, PO Box 417, Eastpoint, FL 32328
* DONATE THROUGH OUT WEBSITE: Go to forgottenpets.org and use the PayPal link at the bottom of our home page. It’s quick and easy.
* GIVE AT LOCAL DONATION JARS: Look for donation jars located at merchants around Franklin County. Dig into your pockets because every dollar helps a suffering animal.
President of FCHS