Walter Nix and Rascal. Photo by Jesse Walker

Walter Nix and Rascal. Photo by Jesse Walker

By Kathryn Schiliro

Managing Editor

The Humane Society of Morgan County marked two years in their Fairground Road, Madison facility with an adopt-a-thon and celebration last Saturday.

About 50 people attended the event, and one puppy, one dog, one older cat and a pair of kittens were adopted by various event attendees, according to Belinda Bell, director of the Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC), who added that a few hundred dollars was raised.

And, while each adoption is a victory in itself, Saturday’s adoptions were a drop in the bucket compared to the organization’s work over the past two years, since the move. Bell wrote, in an e-mail, that more than 800 animals have entered the facility, with more than 760 outcomes.

“We have been able to rescue animals that needed eye removals, leg amputations, heart worm treatment, ringworm treatment and more thanks to having a facility that allows us to isolate and treat,” Bell writes. “Having a facility that can house and move the number of animals that we do, also lessens the burden on animal control facilities that might otherwise have to euthanize animals due to the lack of space and funding.  We are often able to rescue animals that would never have a chance at  animal control facilities throughout the region.”

While the HSMC was established in the county in 1994, then it was a foster care and volunteer organization. The building of the facility has not only allowed for the HSMC to take in more animals – it can house about 60 animals at a time – but has provided jobs, more volunteer opportunities and the building itself has help to raise awareness simply by being a destination for field trips for local groups.

In addition, over the past two years, the HSMC has hosted five low-cost vaccination clinics and assisted in about 600 no- or low-cost spay or neuter procedures and educated children in local schools about animal welfare, including the start of an Animal Club at the middle school.

“The HSMC has been given the opportunity to educate children in local schools and beyond on animal welfare issues including dog fighting, puppy mills, animal care, rabies and more.  We were also fortunate in being able to start an Animal Club in the middle school where we were able to bring animal experiences such as snakes, horses, goats, search and rescue dogs, bomb dogs, and more to the students.  We are super excited for every opportunity we have to educate children and adults on the importance of animal care and community involvement,” Bell wrote.

Bell reiterated that the HSMC is a non-profit, working solely off of funds received through fundraising, grants and personal donations.

“Together, the Humane Society can do many great things for the people and animals of Morgan County!  We believe the bond between animals and people is real and strong and that it would be a sad world without our furry friends,” Bell wrote.

A continuation from Saturday, the HSMC will adopt cats and kittens at a two-for-one price because of the abundance of felines this time of year, Bell said.

Visit the HSMC

The Humane Society of Morgan County is open Monday through Saturday, 10 or 11 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Visit their website at humanemorgan.org or call them at 706-343-9977. The HSMC is located at 1170 Fairground Road.

For more photos of the HSMC’s celebration, click here.