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Help keep tails wagging this Christmas

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By Becca Owsley

By BECCA OWSLEY

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bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com   ELIZABETHTOWN — For many families, a pet is as much a member of the family as the humans who inhabit the home. Pets sometimes are pampered until their lives seem easier than their owners.

Sadly, some dogs and cats in the area don’t have an owner to give them the life of royalty. The pet lovers at Heartland Veterinary Hospital have made it their goal, for the second Christmas in a row, to help these ownerless pets.

Last year the hospital gave four car loads of donations to Hardin County Animal Control but this year donations will go to the Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove, receptionist and technician Nicole Shepard said.

People can come to the office and take an ornament off the bulletin board. The ornaments are labeled with items needed for ARC, similar to a Christmas tree with gifts for pets. Items needed include cat litter, food, blankets, treats, cat food, heating pads, monetary donations, toys and cleaning supplies.

Information also is available on the board for ARC’s sponsor a pet program. For $10 a month an individual can help with a shelter animal’s vet and physical needs until they are adopted.  

If money is short this year,  the shelter also could use the gift of time. The shelter is always in need of individuals to help clean  and care for the animals.

The vet clinic also will accept old comforters and stuffed animals for pets to lie on and play with.

Because of the current economy, donations have been down this year. The vet office also has seen an increase of family pets that had to be abandoned at refuge centers and vet offices this year, especially cats, indicating that some people are having a hard time taking care of their needs and the needs of pets.

“I know from what I see in their newsletters, ARC has pets that have been taken care of but had to be given up due to the economy so people can afford things to take care of their kids and themselves,” Shepard said.   Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.

    How To Help

To help these pets stop by the Heartland Veterinary Hospital located at 101 Blue Heron Way in Elizabethtown to get a request and return donations. They will then take the items to ARC. For more information contact (270) 737-1772