Save your next best friend's life!
By: Amy Hardman
As the Interactive Content Producer at KFDM News, I spend a good chunk of my day watching the five newscasts we produce daily so I can cut and post our segments to the web. After one too many times, finding myself in tears in an editing bay over watching yet another heart wrenching animal abuse case, I decided that I needed to shift the scale back with stories that would restore faith in humanity's ability to care for our animals...stories that would raise awareness and foster higher adoption rates combatting pet homelessness.
When I heard about the ASPCA $100,000 challenge that Beaumont Animal Services is competing for, I desperately wanted to get involved somehow to help bring that money to our Beaumont Animal Shelter - a shelter that is run by kind spirited animal lovers who dedicate their days to saving animals from lives on the streets and from lives at the mercy of cruel pet owners.
The competition is running until the end of October, and Animal Services is trying to beat their previous adoption numbers. Their goal is to adopt out or reunite at least 467 pets with loving families. Even if Animal Services cannot attain the grand prize, there are 27 other prizes to be won for the runner-up, the shelter with the most community involvement and the most creative adopted pet picture!
So, I hope you're asking yourself the same question I was...How can I help? Well, the most obvious way to help would be to adopt a cat or dog from the shelter (1884 Pine Street in Beaumont) giving them a loving home and a second chance at life. If you feel like you can't give an animal the life they deserve, Animal Services is ALWAYS looking for volunteers! If you're good with a camera - they'd appreciate it if you could help take pictures of the animals to promote them for adoption. If you're passionate about grooming, then you would be warmly welcomed to help wash the animals to help them look their best to find their 'furever' homes. If you're a very organized person, there are administrative tasks that would welcome another pair of hands. The bottom line is that if you love animals, there is definitely a way you can get involved at Animal Services, and there will be a lot of loving, furry appreciation awaiting you! If you can't dedicate your time, Animal Services is always in need of donations for cat litter, pet beds, vaccination fees and spaying and neutering fees.
If you would like to get involved, you can visit the shelter at 1884 Pine Street in Beaumont, or you can call the shelter office line at (409) 880-3794 or the shelter's supervisor, Matthew Fortenberry, at (409) 838-3304. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you've already adopted a pet from Beaumont Animal Services...send in a picture of your pet to email@example.com so I can publish it on our website!