Seriously. Ask Lee. Or Sue Ann. Or anyone who has been around me for longer than 5 minutes. I like to talk, but I really like to talk about things that mean something and matter to me.
Last Wednesday, June 20th, I got to speak at the Cameron Rotary Club meeting about our Cameron city dog pound. It was Lee’s turn to bring someone to speak, so I got to go and talk about the pound, the dogs that have come in and out, the ACO (Animal Control Officer), the volunteering I have done, the pound’s needs, and of course our (Lee, Sue Ann, and my) 8 dogs. Three of Lee and Sue Ann’s dogs are rescues, and I have 1 that is. My other 3 came from very loving homes and were in very good health when I got them. That includes the baby that I bottle raised.
At the Rotary Club meeting, I found a group of people who were very receptive, asked great questions, and were generous. I walked away with a generous donation that I took straight to the ACO after the meeting. And now more people know about the pound, which is pretty well hidden if you don’t know where it is.
What Happens to Money We Donate?
Our ACO here puts those donations to very good use! Through recent donations, she has been able to buy a portable, outside AC/Heating unit for the dogs, and more heavy duty food dishes that hang on the kennels. Her goal is to have one food dish for each cage, and two watering dishes for each cage, with this terrible heat we have going on. She is also tossing the idea around about getting a couple of the small plastic pools for the dogs that have come in and love the water.
Our ACO here does not just throw dogs in a kennel and hope for the best. She spends a lot of time with these dogs to make sure they are the best that they can be. If you go out there, the dogs get all excited to see you. Then something amazing happens. As you stand there and talk to the ACO, they all start to settle down, and go back to playing with a toy or napping. If you have ever been to a pound or a shelter, you know just how noisy it is there.
These dogs calm down, because they are treated kindly and receive attention here, so they are not so starved for attention or unsocialized that they don’t know how to calm down. We are unique here to have that. Most pounds and shelters are so overrun and overwhelmed by the dog-staff ratio that there is just no time for that sort of thing. I don’t know how she does all of this on her own, and that is why we need volunteers to spend time with them, walk them, feed them, etc.
Can You Help?
Sometimes we don’t know or have time to donate. If that is the case, cash always works. It doesn’t have to be half of your paycheck. $10, or $20 will go a long way, believe it or not. They also accept donations of collars, leashes, and food. Sometimes, money is too tight to donate. In that case, an hour here or there helping feed, petting them, cleaning a kennel, or walking them is an incredible way to volunteer your time.
Fostering would also be incredibly appreciated! These dogs are on a timeline and they have to be gone one way or another (sadly, this is not a no-kill shelter). We have been successful in finding homes for dogsso far, but that won’t continue without more help.
If you want a dog, but don’t know where to start, ask about fostering. It would be free for you to go pick up a dog that needs a temporary home. See how the dog fits, learn about it’s breed. If it is not the dog for you, there is no reason to feel bad because it is only supposed to be with you for a short time. If you fall in love with the dog and have found the dog for you, then let the ACO know that you want to keep it, come do a small amount of paperwork, pay the $25 adoption fee, and love your new furbaby! It really is that simple.
Want to Learn More?
Visit their City of Cameron Touch of Love Facebook page! And if you’re in Milam County, share found dogs, so they can find their owners.
PS from Sue Ann: We put our money where our mouth is. This is Carlton (who you’ve seen before!), a puppy who’d been abused and confiscated from his previous location. I adopted him this spring and have enjoyed watching this blue-eyed boy grow and thrive. When I got him, I gave extra so that the next three adoptions would be free. Why not? The larger facilities in Austin and Williamson County also can use your help, but this little facility in Cameron has no big organization to speak for it and the dogs who end up there through no fault of their own.