New shelter is our chance to make a difference

I grew up in a generation before it was popular to pay a lot of money for pets with fancy or blended names. All of our dogs were ones that someone gave us, and we always seems to have an endless supply of barn cats. But that is another story... we are smarter now and spay and neuter all of our pets. Because of this, I remember very well my first adoption with the Marshall shelter. The facility had not been open long and I wanted to adopt a cat. I went to the shelter and looked until I found the perfect gray shorthair that I named Buffy. She lived to be a very old cat, and I loved her dearly. After I no longer had Buffy, I went back to the shelter and adopted a Siamese that I named Mimi. She also lived to be an older cat, and then I adopted Scooter. You see the pattern here... since I was a kid, my cats have always been adopted from the Marshall shelter. I adopted my first dog as an adult. I chose a cocker spaniel named Bailey. That sweet boy lived to be 12. I now have a dog and four cats, and all of them were saved from the shelter.

When I began adopting as a kid, I knew that they changed my life, but I did not realize until I was older that I gave them a life also. Even though the shelter was fairly new at the time, it was still a high kill shelter. Now is our chance to change that fact. These are good and healthy animals that have to be euthanized because there is no room for them. A new shelter would provide not only the space for additional animals, but room for other things important to taking care of them until they are adopted or fostered, such as educating people to the benefits of spaying and neutering.

I read on social media that someone was against the shelter because “You could build one as big as a football field” and it wouldn’t be big enough. So we just don’t do anything and continue with the high kill percentage that we have now? Another comment that I heard was “I don’t support a shelter because I don’t have cats and dogs.” A lot of area people, myself included, do not have children or grandchildren, but we supported new schools because it was the right thing to do.

My family makes monetary and supply donations to the shelter on a regular basis, but we are certainly not the only ones. A lot of caring citizens donate to the shelter, but the citizens of Marshall cannot build the shelter with donations. These animals depend on us and it is the right thing to do. Shame on us and shame on Marshall for allowing our town to have such a decrepit shelter that puppies have to be fostered out for fear of contracting parvo. Nothing will change until there is enough outrage in Marshall over the shelter conditions, but this is our chance to come together and accomplish something that really matters.

— Glenda Moore, Marshall