This winter is set to be one of the coldest on record and all pet owners know how dangerous it can be to leave your furry friend outside too long. For many dogs and cats in Texarkana, the Humane Society is their best hope to find a home and escape the cold.
Last week, Sherrie Thompson accepted a donation from Lockaway Storage in Texarkana on behalf of the Humane Society that will be used for a variety of pet related causes including vet bills and pet food.
“Of course, I’m an animal lover myself and I know a lot of people are too around the area, so I thought it would be a really good idea to partner with them. Sherrie actually had a unit here for the Humane Society. She still does,” Christi Ornelas, Manager at Lockaway Storage – Nash, said. “I know Sherrie and I know she is very honest and I know the donations will be used for a good cause.”
The Texarkana Humane Society has rented from this self storage facility since 2013. Since 2014, Lockaway Storage has supported their organization as a charity sponsor. This coming Spring, Lockaway Storage plans to sponsor the Humane Society’s charity fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse. Date to be announced, but you can be sure we’ll keep you informed!
Proceeds from this event will be used for the Humane Society’s MAAD campaign which aims to reduce the homeless pet population and provide discounted adoption fees for the elderly and veterans.
“We also donate once a month to the veterans here in Texarkana. They meet once a month and a local church puts together boxes with food and stuff in it there for them and then the humane society donates pet food to these veterans for their pets,” Sherrie said. “We just have a lot trying to finish out things. We’ve been doing more donating to help people than receiving. I mean, a lady right now, I am fixing to drop a couple of bags of dog food and a bag of cat food off for her. They’re trying to take care of somebody else’s pets and they don’t really even have the money to feed themselves, so we’re going to feed their pets for them.”
In addition to providing pet food, the Texarkana Humane Society provides foster services. They are always looking for volunteers who can help socialize animals, because they can only help animals people will allow in their homes. By the time they’re ready for adoption, animals from the Humane Society are:
- House trained
- Lease trained
- Trained to ride in a car
- Treated for all illnesses
The society has also paid to sponsor kittens at the animal shelter. Last month they sponsored five kittens who were all subsequently adopted during the next three weeks. Their new owners only had to pay their adoption fee to take them home. This just goes to show that the donation from Lockaway Storage will be used in a variety of positive ways.
“It makes me feel really good. I felt like the donation might help other people start helping the Humane Society,” Christi said.
While Christi didn’t get her dog, Hercules, from the Humane Society, she did adopt him from the animal shelter downtown. When the weather gets warmer, regular adoption fairs will be held on Saturdays by the animal shelter. In the meantime, Sherrie is trying to convince Christi foster a dog for the society.
“I’ll keep working on her, who knows?” Sherrie laughed. “We work really hard to take care of these babies and we do the best with what we have. We’re limited in how many we can foster based on how many volunteers we have. The donations we get cover a lot of vet bills.”