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Pike Co. Humane Society Gets Generous Gift

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Overcrowding continues to be a problem at many animal shelters.

However, because of the generosity of one woman, a Wiregrass county will soon be able to shelter and hopefully one day find permanent homes for strays.

Happy go lucky faces and kisses to last a lifetime are all these pups want to give here at the Pike County Animal Shelter.

But, with this being the only place to house the animals, bringing them off the streets and finding them homes is becoming harder.

However, a recent donation to the Humane Society could help.

Pike Co. Humane Society President Debbie Loyd said, "The executive of the estate contacted them and contacted us, regarding a possible transfer of some of the property and the buildings for Pike County to have a shelter."

Loyd is more than grateful to the late Delores Hutter, whose land has been donated to the Humane Society. "Our vision for it is to rescue animals and make sure they will be good pets so people that adopt will know what they are getting," she said.

Officials with the animal shelter say there has been talk about working with the Humane Society and their land; however, the animal shelter has a few different plans of their own.

Edd Stevens, president of the Pike Animal Shelter said, "We have located what we think is a nice place of land that will be very accessible throughout the county; it's here in Troy in a nice area and so that's where our focus is right now."

But either way, the main goal between both shelters is what’s in the best interest for the animals, and that's finding them a loving and permanent home.

Loyd says the property has a building that can be converted into a shelter with kennels for both cats and dogs.

Also, the Humane Society will receive any funds from whatever is sold in the estate as well as a $12,000 dollar start up grant, which a great beginning to a wonderful thing.

The Humane Society hopes to start working on the buildings by the end of summer.


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