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Houston SPCA donates pet supplies
Polk County Enterprise - September 2008
By Lynn Brown
LIVINGSTON – The medical staff at the Houston SPCA has firsthand knowledge of Polk County’s animal control issues. Veterinarian Tim Harkness practiced in Livingston for many years. Tuesday Harkness, who is still a Polk County resident, called Sheriff Kenneth Hammack to see how the county animal shelter weathered the storm. Hammack, in addition to dealing with other disaster issues, put into motion a plan to get donated supplies to the Livingston shelter. Tuesday afternoon more than 1,000 pounds of dog and cat food arrived at the county animal shelter. Also included in the shipment were frozen dog bones and kitty litter. Two trailers and space available at the shelter currently contain stacked boxes of the donated supplies.
Hammack and Animal Control Officer Crystal Rogers said the donations were greatly appreciated. Pets are often forgotten during disasters and some county residents may have to choose between human and pet needs at this time. Currently, plans being drafted to distribute pet supplies to resident homes that foster pets. Other distribution options are under consideration also. A tour of the facilities revealed a need for other supplies. Metal trash cans provide daily rations of dry pet food. Sacks of dry pet food are emptied into the metal cans for safekeeping. The metal cans protect food supply from other animals and additional metal cans are needed.
Larger enclosed facilities are also welcome. The facility uses about 100 pounds of pet food a day. The shelter currently houses 20-plus dogs and cats and four dogs are presently in quarantine. The facility also houses a potbelly pig. Electricity was restored to the facility Tuesday. and is open for adoption of pets. The operation hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The facility is closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily for lunch. For more information on the animal shelter or adoption requirements, contact Crystal Rogers at 936-327-6803.