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Essex pups up for adoption

Posted Thursday, July 26, 2007, at 6:57 AM

This little girl is quite comfortable in the crate with the Essex pups at the Cape Girardeau Petco, during the Sunday adoption event for the animal shelters at Safe Harbor in Fruitland and the Sikeston Shelter.
Thanks to efforts from a number of dedicated volunteers, the Essex pups are frisky and healthy and ready for adoption. Originally, there were eight beagle-mix pups in a rainbow of colors - fawn, red, black and white, and solid black - and I think there are at least five still looking for homes.

I saw them Sunday afternoon, when I helped Marilyn Neville puppy-sit at the Petco store in Cape. We set up two crates just inside the door over by the dog grooming window. All afternoon I shuffled puppies, while children and adults stopped by to cuddle pups and talk about dogs. Periodically, two other volunteers and I (one from KFVS) shuttled puppies out of the crate and over to the Sonic lawn for their potty breaks.

I met some special people, as well as a bunch of very sweet-natured pups. There was one black and white pup named Bogey that I really wanted to take home with me, but he may have attracted a Cape couple, who would like a companion for their one dog at home. I really wish the best for these abandoned pups and their foster parents, who give so much to help unwanted animals.

Please consider the Sikeston Animal Shelter and Safe Harbor at Fruitland when you're looking for a dog. Like Sun Dog in Bloomfield (for cats), these volunteers work SO HARD and give of their time and their own money to help animals which can't help themselves.

I also cannot think of a better place for you to donate funds to help in this thankless battle to combat ignorance and carelessness in our Southeast Missouri region. I hope one day that all citizens of our state can miraculously turn into kind, caring, responsible pet owners, who have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered, who pick up those sad strays along the side of the road, and who give unselfishly to the shelters.

Numbers for the shelters are: Sikeston - 573-471-4801, Safe Harbor - 573-243-9823. Keep in mind that these shelters operate on practically no funds, so they can't fully staff their offices; you may have to call several times before you get a real human on the line. Just keep trying!

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I am not a dog lover,but I cannot fathom being cruel to them.I bless those who love the least of God's creatures and I sure hope all of the critters find a good home.

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 3:55 PM

Amen, Madelyn!! Too many times I have seen people who REFUSE to take care of their animals, and yet they say they love them.

A good rule of thumb, treat your animal as you would want to be treated if you were an animal. And take consider that seriously for a minute.

If you were your dog, how would you want to be treated?

Just a few words of wisdom from someone who has seen the horrors that people can inflict on their furry friends.

-- Posted by Sacha C. on Thu, Jul 26, 2007, at 1:56 PM
Madeline Dejournett's response:
Thanks for the encouraging words, Sasha! I really like to see reporters like us, being a part of the network to reach out and try to help in some of these heart-breaking situations. KFVS has some good people on board, too.

Maybe one day we can see a difference in our county and state.

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net or by phone at 573-722-5322.
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