Humane Society of Beaufort County
PO Box 8
Washington, NC 27889
The Humane Society of Beaufort County is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to protecting the welfare of animals in our community. The main problem in our area is over-population with a large number of animals still not spayed or neutered. We strive to reduce these unwanted animals through our low-cost spay and neuter clinics held on an annual basis, spay and neuter assistance programs, and public education which includes classroom visits within the schools.
There are many benefits to having your pet spayed or neutered, the most important being reducing the overwhelming problem of over-population. Spaying eliminates unwanted heat cycles in both dogs and cats. Done prior to the first heat, spaying greatly reduces the risk of mammary cancer, as well as ovarian and uterine cancer and uterine infection. Neutered male dogs and cats are less likely to roam in search of females and get into fights with other males. Neutering a male cat prevents him from spraying to "mark" his territory both outdoors and in your home. A neutered male cat leads a longer life than a non-neutered male. The risk of prostate infection and cancer, as well as testicular cancer commonly seen in older, unaltered male dogs is greatly reduced.
At the most recent meeting of the Board of Directors
it was resolved that the Humane Society of Beaufort
Co. would continue in its commitment to a positive
relationship with Beaufort County Animal Control.
The Board felt that a cooperative effort would result in
the greatest benefit to the animals who we serve.
Futhermore, the Board looks forward to the new County
Shelter with enthusiasm and hopes for an even larger
volunteer involvement at that time.
Have you ever thought about cheering up the people who live in nursing or rest homes? Maybe you already are living with the dog that would be perfect to join you in these visits. We need pets and people to become part of our Pet Therapy Team . The Humane Society provides a training program for you and the animal. Please call Ginny (946-3241) if this seems like something you might like to do.
Pet Adoptions *** Pet-Facilitated Therapy in Nursing Homes *** Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
Animal Care information *** Public Information *** Community Outreach
Donations to the Beaufort County Humane Society can be sent to
P.O. Box 8, Washington, N.C. 27889
~~Racism Is The Pits ~~
Anyone who has every shared their life with a pit bull can tell you the image of them that is often portrayed by the general public is a huge misconception. Lovers of these dogs would like people to give them a chance before making a hasty judgment.
Here is a little history: *Pit bull* is actually a collective term used to describe several breeds of dogs including the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier. These dogs were originally bred for bull baiting; when the practice was outlawed people quickly moved to pitting these dogs against each other in dog fights for their own twisted amusement. Breeders wanted powerful athletic dogs with a strong determination. Dogs who gave up in a match or dogs that wouldn*t fight other dogs were killed; dogs that displayed any human aggression were also killed. Just as the will to give up was not tolerated with this breed, neither was human aggression. Eliminating dogs with human aggression and those who were not fighters from the gene pool produced the breed we have today which is very loving and affectionate with humans, but generally not so great with other dogs or animals. Still, there are some *pit bulls* that get along famously with other animals- cats even!
There are some pit bulls that get into trouble, though. Every negative incident involving a pit bull jeopardizes their right to exist. Breed bans are cropping up everywhere. I can*t see how it is fair to punish a whole breed for the misdoings of dogs that happen to be that breed. That is just like punishing an entire race of people for the actions of one person who happens to belong to that race. If such a thing were to happen to humans we would call it racism. Not all pit bulls are bad. There are bad dogs in every breed, but no one breed is entirely bad. I blame the very poor breeding practices of backyard breeders and the abuse this breed endures for the ones that do turn out *bad.* As an alternative to breed specific legislation, dangerous dog ordinances should be put into place that judge the dog on the deed and not by breed. With such laws, everyone can be protected from any dangerous dog regardless of breed.
It is my opinion that pit bull dogs are the most exploited and misunderstood dogs besides Greyhounds. More than 200 pit bull dogs are euthanized every day in Los Angeles alone. Thousands sit in shelters waiting for their day to come and sadly, others stay tethered on a short chain in someone*s backyard never knowing what it is like to go on a walk or play ball with their family. These are active and intelligent dogs that deserve a chance at friendship just like any other dog; they thrive on human companionship and are capable of so many wonderful things. There are Search and Rescue pit bulls that save lives; visit www.forpitssake.org to read more about the extraordinary SAR dogs. There are pit bull service dogs that visit nursing homes and/or assist their handicapped owner with daily activities; read more about them here: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/spike.html A female pit bull even saved the lives of dozens of cats and dogs that were stranded on an island when she crossed a flooded river with 35 to 50 lb bags of food strapped to her back; her name was Weela and you can read her story here: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/weela.html
Did you know that Alaska*s first certified hearing dog was a pit bull? Read about RCA at this link: http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/rca.html
The things these dogs are capable of are phenomenal; these are no small feats for any dog. Isn*t it only appropriate to treat each dog, regardless of breed, as an individual? Look at the wonderful things these dogs can do and then form your opinion. One who judges these dogs purely on what the papers say or without having met a *pet bull* is simply a racist********Katie Burbage fosters/rescues homeless pit bull dogs and is a volunteer with Pit Bull Rescue Central. Please visit their site www.pbrc.net for additional information about pit bull dogs. Or e-mail Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org; she will try her best to answer any questions.
The Humane Society of Beaufort County's primary emphasis for years has been reducing the number of unwanted cats and dogs in our county, but their numbers are still horrendous. Yes these statistics would undoubtedly be larger but they still need to be drastically reduced.
In 2001 the Beaufort County Animal Shelter euthanized 3,160 animals. During the first half of 2002 they have found it necessary to destroy 1,407 potential pets. Most of these animals are eager to please and cuddly, their eyes and hearts shining with love. They did not ask to be born into a world who would shun, abandon, dump and eventually kill them. Their wants are not so different from ours; love, friends, a family and a home. For them there were not enough of these basic needs available. So they died.
These are not inanimate objects to be tossed thoughtlessly away or brought into this world on a whim. They do know loneliness, they know fear, and they know how it feels not to be wanted. Their only legacy...to make room for the next horde of incoming victims of this disgraceful situation. As they died, they tore at the hearts and souls of those whose job it is to perform this rotten task. This is not a one time task for these people. They know they will be doing it again next week if not before. Could you do this job day after day, year after year?
Are you a part of this problem? Or perhaps someone you know? Do you have animals that have not been spayed and neutered? Do you permit your pets to reproduce and then call animal Control to come get these unwanted results of your indifference? Maybe you dump these tiny babies into the scary holding pen?
Do you say, you allow your pet a litter or two so your children can witness birth? And do you feel good because you placed these puppies and kittens in a home? If your animals had not needed homes there would have been more homes available for shelter puppies and kittens. Think about it.
Life is valuable. It is past time we join forces to reduce this blight that has settled over Beaufort County. Let's put an end to this waste of love and life. Give your cats and dogs the 'fix.' Spay and neutered them NOW!
Purebred Rescue, another option!
Wonderful, You are ready to welcome a dog into your home! But you are thinking of by passing the Humane Society and the County shelter because you have your favorite purebred dog in mind. You know it would be a long shot if they had that English Springer Spaniel or that Standard Poodle you have always wanted, and you are correct. But there is another option for you to explore.
At any given moment there are numerous pedigree dogs for adoption through rescue groups or private rescue. The rescue groups are people who are interested in saving purebred dogs of a certain breed, and every breed is represented by folks as interested in your favorite as you are. Private rescue is someone with a pedigree dog who needs to give this dog (usually at no charge) to a very good home.
For a variety of reasons these dogs most often have had a tough time finding a permanent family. They need very special people like you to help them forget the past and now have a happy life. If you are willing to give them a helping hand they are more than happy to give you all of their love, loyalty and companionship. You are what they have been dreaming of!
In some cases it might take more effort from you to adopt a rescue animal than dialing a number or visiting a pet shop and paying top dollar for a purebred pup. You will first need to find a source for the dog you desire an then make arrangements for him or her to reach your home. Sometimes this is necessary when purchasing a purebred dog as well. You may learn that you will need to drive to an airport to pick him or her up. This effort is a minor consideration when you think of what you are doing for you, your family as well as for the animal involved. You are saving him or her from being put to sleep or a possible fate even more unthinkable.
If I have not yet convinced you that purebred rescue is a worthwhile option, I hope to now. Why might you ask would someone throw away expensive, beautiful dogs? For all of the same reasons they don't want or cannot keep their mixed brothers and sisters. The reasons are endless! According to the statistics of the Humane Society of the United States each year 8 to 12 million dogs enter United States shelters, 25% plus are purebred animals. Up to 3,000,000 purebred dogs are thrown away every year in our country, the land of opportunity. What opportunities do they have? You are looking for a companion animal and a family pet so why not consider rescuing one of these 2 to 3 million dogs. It is fair to say that the largest number of these animals never make it out of shelters! Below are some phone numbers and web addresses to help you begin your adventure.
Web sites for cat rescue:
With all these wonderful animals needing good loving homes, why would anyone permit their animal to breed except to keep the breed pure?
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TIPS FROM TIPPY
This visit I would like to discuss the myths and facts about spaying and
Have a Happy Spring!
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