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.