-- — Franklin County Humane Society leaders are hosting an open house Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the 107 High St., Brookville, headquarters. Member Ruth Hughes explains, “We are looking for new volunteers, of course, but everyone is welcome, even those who are just curious about us and what we do and how we do it.”
After an overview given by the president, other volunteers will present outlines of the various jobs they do. “We are planning on this being an informative and encouraging meeting so that new people will join our efforts to make Franklin County a better place for animals and people.”
She believes, “How a community treats its pets and even domestic farm animals is a reflection on how we treat our fellow human beings. Treating animals with compassion is a healthy and balanced approach to life in general.”
Many different types of volunteer help is needed. Fostering dogs and cats in private homes is very much needed because “injured or recovering animals do much better with individual care than at a public animal shelter.”
There also are openings for fundraising, medical runs, puppy and kitten transport, bookkeeping, dog training and dog walking for socialization at the animal shelter located at 9076 Landfill Road off of U.S. 52 between Metamora and Brookville.
“Someone might want to share their grooming or phone skills.”
Volunteers may help out on a daily, weekly, monthly or annual basis.
FCHS dog obedience classes begin Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the headquarters. The FCHS donation for seven weeks is $75 with discounts to $55 for students under 18 and seniors over 65.
Hughes, with over 40 years of background in training dogs, is the volunteer instructor. To register, persons may call her at 765-265-4588.
“We'll cover the basic commands for heeling, coming when called, sit, down, stay and stand for the exam. We discuss all kinds of training issues and how important praise is for the dog.”
She adds, “We believe that a better trained dog will stay with its family longer and be less likely to be abandoned or abused.”