Humane Society seeking help, Kiwanis
Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is looking for a
few good men – and women and youngsters to help fight the never-ending
battle to rid the area of homeless dogs and cats.
Finding enough volunteers is one of three major challenges the Humane
Society faces, board member Janeen Gledhill told the Cedar Creek Lake
Kiwanis club at its weekly luncheon meeting Wednesday.
“We’re trying to get a committee set up to find a pool of volunteers,”
There are any number of jobs waiting for willing volunteers, she added.
“It could be just answering the phones, or helping to complete
paperwork,” she said.
The second challenge is securing enough funding to keep the Society’s
Tool shelter open and operating.
“Our financial situation is tenuous at best,” Gledhill admitted.
Operating costs each month nearly match or slightly exceed the Humane
Society’s income, she explained.
“We depend greatly on donations,” she said. “We’ve had a real hard time
finding established funding.”
The Society has a contract with Kaufman County that provides about $800
a month, but the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has yet to obtain a
similar deal with Henderson County.
Third, the Society is challenged to change individuals’ thinking and
encourage responsible pet ownership.
“During the summer, we average about 40 animals a week being brought in,
and we’ll adopt out maybe eight or 10,” she said.
While the Society doesn’t put a time limit on how long animals may stay
at the shelter, there’s never enough room, and some feral animals cannot
be put up for adoption, she added.
The Society is able to provide some vaccinations for animals eligible
for adoption, but right now, there isn’t enough money to provide
anything more than very basic veterinary care, which doesn’t include
Rabies is a problem, mainly because few of the communities surrounding
Cedar Creek Lake have leash laws, and pets allowed to roam free can come
in contact with rabid animals, Gledhill said.
The Humane Society has a couple of fund-raisers coming up – an adoption
event is planned at the Mabank Dairy Queen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16, and the Seven Points Dairy Queen will be holding a
fund-raiser in conjunction with the annual Seven Points Classic Car Show
Saturday, Oct. 21.
For more information, check the Humane Society’s website at
www.hsccl.org, which now has a link to Petfinder.org. Or, contact the
shelter at (903) 432-3422.
Kemp boosters and Dodge Dealers
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Allen Samuels Dodge Dealership of Ennis and the Kemp Band Booster
Organization announced the launch of the 2006 Hometown Scholarship
Program, a campaign that will generate scholarship funds for high school
band students in Kemp.
The Hometown Scholarship Program is part of Allen Samuels’ commitment to
support high school band in their hometown community.
Saturdays Sept. 2 and Nov. 13, Kemp High School Band Booster members
will be at home football games to request $5 suggested donations in
support of their Hometown Scholarship Program.
Of that $5 suggested donation, 100 percent of the proceeds will stay
with Kemp Band to help support their program.
Individuals who donate to the program may register to win a 2007 Dodge
Mega Cab Truck and automatically receive a voucher to redeem a
complimentary T-shirt at Allen Samuels Dodge Dealership.
“We encourage parents, families, neighbors and friends of Kemp High
School Band to support this program by providing a suggested $5 donation
at hometown football games” band director Kenneth Pointer said.
“This innovative program creates scholarship money for band members to
further their education, attend band activities, and enhance our band
program,” he added.
Texas High School Band programs make a positive difference in the lives
of students by developing an appreciation for music that will last a
The Texas Dodge Dealers support of Texas band programs help to ensure
quality music education for each student.
Today Texas Band serves close to 100,000 students who enroll in their
local band programs.
For more information, please contact: Kemp High School Band, Director
Kenneth Pointer, at (903) 498-1334, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Allen Samuels Dodge of Ennis, Kevin Six, General Manager (800) 259-5241