Rod Run and Car Show set Saturday
Monitor Staff Reports
SEVEN POINTS–Seven Points area merchants are sponsoring the fifth annual
Rod Run and Car Show Saturday, Aug. 30, at the city park, located behind
the Post Office and city hall off Cedar Creek Drive.
Proceeds from the show benefit the Seven Points Volunteer Fire
The show offers 37 different classes of classic cars, hot rods and
motorcycles, including Street Rod, Muscle Car, Custom, Original, and
plenty of Best ofs (Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Motor, Best
A $100 cash prize goes to the car/motorcycle club with the largest
member participation, along with recognition for traveling the longest
distance and for rides under construction.
Registration opens at 10 a.m. and continues until noon, with trophy
awards set for 3 p.m. For more information, contact Bear or Donna at
(903) 432-3505, or (903) 432-3593, or e-mail at
Humane Society needs outlined
for Rotary Club
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Space and funding have always been critical issues for
the Cedar Creek Lake Humane Society, and that hasn’t changed, Rotary
Club members heard Friday.
Now in its 25th year, the Humane Society’s two-acre shelter in Tool
continues to be very overcrowded, limiting the length of time animals
can be held for adoption.
Shelter manager Krista McAnally, who began serving full-time back in
March, said the shelter’s capacity is around 65 dogs and 15 to 20 cats,
but has more than twice that number.
The shelter took in about 3,400 animals last year, and is on pace to
break that mark this year, with between 1,800 and 1,900 animals taken in
“Our adoption rate is right at 31 percent, which is less than the
national average of around 35 percent,” McAnally told Rotarians during
their Friday luncheon at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant.
That means, of course, the 70 percent of animals not adopted must be
humanely euthanized, a job no one wants to do, she said.
“Part of that adoption rate is economic stress,” she said. “Some
families are having to give up their pets. The family is being
foreclosed on, and they have to move into an apartment.”
One of the first questions people usually ask is if the Humane Society’s
shelter is a “no-kill” shelter, and the answer is no.
“There are only two no-kill shelters that I know of in Texas,” she said.
“We euthanize every Wednesday. It’s just a fact of life.”
Animals that go to a “no-kill” shelter won’t necessarily be adopted,
McAnally pointed out.
“One, they (no-kill shelters) are always full, and two, they send their
extra animals to us,” she said. “I’m not sure if that makes them
‘no-kill’ or not.”
By law, shelters are required to hold every animal for at least 72 hours
to allow an owner to reclaim a lost animal. After that time, it’s up to
the shelter to determine if they are adoptable, McAnally said.
“The average stay for a truly ‘adoptable’ dog is about two months,”
Social prejudices mean some animals have less of a chance to be adopted
than others, she added.
“If you’re a large-breed black dog, the odds are 90 percent against you
being adopted,” she said. “Pit bulls are an exception to all rules.
They’re not adopted – they’re either reclaimed, euthanized or rescued,
and all the rescue organizations are full.”
Because the shelter doesn’t have enough enclosed kennels to adequately
segregate new animals, disease can quickly run through the population.
“When you’ve got 60 dogs in a room built for 30, pretty soon everybody
gets kennel cough,” she said. “There’s also the stress of overcrowding,
both for the animals and for the people (working with them).”
Unfortunately, the Humane Society has some history of mismanagement to
overcome, but the current board has been in place for more than a year
and is putting the shelter on firm financial footing.
Part of that financial backing is use contracts with both Henderson
County and Kaufman County, as well as 13 municipalities around the lake
“All they do is pay us for a service,” McAnally said.
Kaufman County, by far, provides most of the public funding, about
$2,000 a month, but it takes about $11,000 a month to keep the shelter
operating – and that doesn’t include dog food.
Wal-Mart supplies dog food, usually bags broken open during shipping.
“If we ever got to the point where we would have to buy dog food, we
would be shut down within a week,” McAnally said.
With all the difficulties noted, “in the last year, we’ve seen a huge
increase in the amount of support from the community,” she added.
The shelter works closely with the Friends of the Animals’ spay/neuter
clinic in Gun Barrel City, and the Friends group “has been a great
help,” she said.
“We also have a great group of volunteers,” McAnally said. “We have one
woman who you can set your watch by.”
“Judy” comes in from 7 to 10 a.m. every Monday and Thursday to clean the
cat rooms, she explained.
The Humane Society is also holding more adoption events, 13 so far this
year, with more scheduled.
The shelter always needs cleaners, bleach and other items, but manpower
is particularly needed.
“If you have some special talents, lend a hand,” she said. “We can
always find something for you to do.”
The Humane Society’s Tool shelter is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays,
and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is closed
For more information, call the shelter at (903) 432-3422.
In club news, members:
• heard there would be no meeting Friday, Aug. 29. The Tara Winery,
located between Eustace and Athens, will be the scheduled program at the
Friday, Sept. 5, meeting.
• heard Friday, Sept. 12, would be the kick-off date for
“Make-A-Difference Day” planning this year.
• heard 800 dictionaries destined to be given to area schoolchildren
should be in by Sept. 11 or so.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Cedar Creek Lake Humane Society shelter manager
Krista McAnally speaks to Rotarians about the needs
of the Tool animal shelter Friday.
Kaufman County 4-H presents
Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County 4-H held its annual awards banquet recently.
Graduating member and council president Logan Moore recounted the many
opportunities his involvement with 4-H has afforded him, including
getting to meet President George W. Bush with other young people.
Other departing seniors also recounted some of the valuable lessons
their 4-H experience had taught them including experiencing the results
of their hard work and the importance good friends are to helping you
meet your goals.
Extension agent Carrie Sharp conducted a moving officer installation
ceremony, presenting each one with a unique gift to benefit them in
fulfilling their office.
Kaufman County 4-H Council officers for 2009 are Brianna Moore/president
and district council representative; Catlyn Wold/vice president; Hannah
Feller/secretary; Lynsey Culp/treasurer; Melissa Sleeper/reporter and
Participants recognized those who make 4-H an enriching experience with
the Most Supportive Parent award going to Pandora Feller of the Silver
Spurs 4-H Horse Club.
Secondly, leaders were recognized for their efforts through the years.
The longest serving member with 15 years was Earl Harris.
Those with 10 years of service as leaders honored were Leann Day and
Shawna Holder of Kaufman.
Those honored for being with the organization for five years were Cheri
Houghton/Crandall, Kim Pierrotti/Poetry and Gary Hawes/Crandall.
The Leader on the Town award went to Randy Woodford of Scurry.
The Friend of 4-H award was received by Cordell Farm and Ranch Store,
Kaufman County Farm Bureau – Robert Dobb, agency manager and Metro
Mechanical, Inc. with Gary and Debbie Hawes accepting.
4-H members recognized for completing projects this year were Katie
Hale/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse Club for horse project; Mason St
Clair/Forney Green Machine 4-H – science & technology; Marly St Clair/
Forney Green Machine 4-H - horse project; Clark Eastridge/Forney Green
Machine 4-H – science & technology; Hannah Feller/ Silver Spurs 4-H
Horse club – horse project; Sarah Murff/ Silver Spurs 4-H Horse club –
horse project; Artia Romine/Forney Green Machine 4-H – science &
technology; Nathan Stibbens/ Silver Spurs 4-H Horse club – horse
project; Catlyn Wold/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse club – photography; Collin
Corder/Scurry Rosser 4-H – leadership project; Zachery Busby/Hooves and
Horns 4-H club – beef project; Hailey Hawes/ Hooves and Horns 4-H club –
beef project; Justin Jenkins/Hooves and Horns 4-H club – beef project;
Lynsey Culp/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse club – horse project.
Bronze Pin – Collin Corder/Scurry Rosser 4-H; Zach Busby/Hooves and
Horns 4-H club; Hailey Hawes/ Hooves and Horns 4-H club.
Membership Pin and Rookie of the Year Award – Justin Jenkins/Hooves and
Horns 4-H club.
Leader of the Year Award
Rhonda Culp/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse Club and Debbie Hawes/Hooves and
Horns 4-H Club.
I Dare You Award – Lynsey Culp and Lisa Roberts/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse
Kaufman County 4-H Scholarship – Logan Moore/ Forney Green Machine 4-H.
Gold Star Award – Brianna Moore and Hannah Feller/Silver Spurs 4-H Horse
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Youngsters received completion awards for their efforts in this year's
County 4-H programs.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Gary and Debra Hawes and Farm Bureau agent Robert
Dobbs named “Friends of 4-H.”
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Nelson. I am a
beautiful male Dachshund. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. So far, I seem pretty laid back
and gentle. I am a wonderful boy looking for my new forever
My name is Oreo. I am a beautiful
female black Lab. I was brought to the shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I seem to get along with other
dogs. I need help with leash training. I have been started on my
shots and need to be fixed. I am a beautiful girl looking for my
We are a whole litter of Shepherd
mix babies. We were brought to the shelter by animal control, so
we have no history. We have been started on our first set of
shots. We are good kids looking for our new forever homes.
I am a beautiful Border Collie,
who is four months old, or so. I was brought to the shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. I have not been at the
shelter long, so not much is known about me. I am a beautiful
kid looking for a new home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at