Humane society could use your help


Lorna Marquardt, Leader Columnist

I recently joined the Shawano County Humane Society board. People have said to me, “Lorna, how can you stand to go out there? It is such a sad place. If I would go out there, I would want to bring all those animals home. It’s so depressing and sad.”

I explained, I don’t see it that way. I am happy for the animals that they have a warm place to stay. They are fed, watered and safe. Although the animals are well cared, what they do need is some love and exercise. The Humane Society staff is kept busy feeding, watering and cleaning. They have little time left to give attention to these precious animals. We are so grateful for volunteers, but we need more!

The purpose of today’s article is to ask you readers if you might have an hour or two a week to spend petting or walking these animals (who would be so grateful) as they wait for their forever home.

As a new board member, I asked what a person has to do to be allowed to play with or walk the animals. The answer is simple, folks can just come in to the Humane Society anytime during their open hours and tell the staff in the reception area why you are there. If you want to come on a regular basis, they do ask you to provide a little information such as your name, phone number; just very basic information.

There is a beautiful wooded area where the animals can be walked. There are also play rooms where you can take an animal to play with it and give it some love. It would be so nice if families would put it on their “to do” list. Such a nice way to put a little joy into the life of an animal who doesn’t understand why it is confined to a pen.

Our shelter director, Robin, told us of a tender moment that happened recently at the shelter. An older couple from out of the area came in to look at the dogs. They knew there was a young black lab available for adoption and they came to see it. Robin said the dog was very energetic and a bit uncontrollable. When she tried to walk him, she said he just raced around and she could barely handle him. She said his behavior was always like that; he ran around joyfully but with an abundance of energy.

The gentleman was aging and a bit shaky. He was looking for a companion. Robin was sure the dog would be too much for him. She said she was totally shocked when the man and the dog met. The dog went by the man’s side and sat down. The dog seemed to understand. The bonding was almost instantaneous.

The couple adopted the dog. Robin was apprehensive and thought the dog might be returned. However, she recently received a delightful letter saying how well the dog named Snoopy is doing. He has adapted well to his new home. Animals can be so intuitive. A wonderful story of man’s best friend, isn’t it? I guess they needed one another.

Dear God, please send me somebody who will care!

I’m tired of running, I’m sick with despair.

My body is aching, it’s so racked with pain,

And, Dear God, I pray as I run in the rain.

That someone will love me and give me a home,

A warm cozy bed I can call my own.

My last owner neglected me and chased me away,

To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.

But now, God, I’m tired and hungry and cold,

And I’m afraid that I’ll never grow old.

They’ve chased me with sticks and hit me with stones,

While I run in the streets just looking for bones.

I’m not really bad, God, please help if you can,

For I have become just a victim of man.

If you find me a friend, God, I’ll try to be good

I won’t run away and I’ll do as I should.

I don’t think I’ll make it too long on my own,

‘Cause I’m getting so weak and I’m so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,

‘Cause I’m so afraid, God, that I’m going to die.

And I’ve got so much love and devotion to give,

That I should be given a new chance to live.

So Dear God, please, please answer my prayer,

And send me somebody who will really care…

Please support your local Humane Society!

Answer to last week’s question: The Shawano Community High School was built in 1997.

This week’s question: Where is the Shawano County Humane Society located, and who is its new president?

Lorna Marquardt is a former mayor of Shawano.