Dec. 3, 2008: Tough times for animals, also


To The Editor:
Times are tough. So tough, in fact that people are finding that they can no longer afford to feed or care for their pets; pets that have been members of their families, often for years.
Here in our area, we are very fortunate to have a caring and safe place to surrender our pets when we can’t care for them properly. As painful as this can be, if you know anything about the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, you know that there isn’t a better place to leave a pet you can no longer support.
The little shelter with the big heart works hard to find forever homes for the hundreds of homeless, abused, unwanted and neglected members of the pet population of Delaware County and beyond. This wonderful shelter could use our help all year, especially now during the holiday season, when their need is great and our minds are on other things.
During the month of December, we will be collecting items for the shelter to give them some help through the holidays and into the New Year. Dog and cat food and other items may be sent to school with your student or left in the Heart of the Catskills gift box in the front hall of Margaretville Central School. Checks made out to HCHS may be left with Mrs. Norwick in the main office. Below you’ll find a partial list of items the shelter will find particularly useful. If you are in Delhi, you may drop off donations at the shelter all year on Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations, large or small, are gratefully accepted.
Needed items include: paper towels, bleach and laundry detergent, dishwashing gloves, washcloths or dishcloths, Comet cleanser, dog/puppy/cat/kitten shampoo, towels, blankets (not comforters), and sheets, fleece mats, gas cards, windshield wiper fluid, oil change certificates, non-clay clumping litter, canned cat food, dog biscuits, cat treats, catnip and safe cat toys, collars and leashes, antiseptic wipes (unscented), copy paper, folders, Post-it notes, pens and gift certificates.
On the Internet visit to learn more about the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society and to see some of the wonderful cats and dogs they have waiting for adoption to their forever home.
Together we can make a real difference for these animals and their caregivers; we promise you’ll have a warm feeling because you’ve helped those that can’t help themselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sue Allen, LTA