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Humane Society seeking help, Kiwanis hear
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,” Gledhill said.
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 vaccinations.
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, which now has a link to Or, contact the shelter at (903) 432-3422.

Kemp boosters and Dodge Dealers offer scholarships
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 lifetime.
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
Allen Samuels Dodge of Ennis, Kevin Six, General Manager (800) 259-5241