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May 30, 2014

Humane Society to hold family reunion

DUNCAN — Stephens County Humane Society invites four-legged friends, along with their owners, to enjoy the second annual Family Reunion.

This reunion, which was originally designed for dogs that have been adopted from SCHS and their families, will be held at 5 p.m. on June 1 in Fuqua Park. This event welcomes all dog lovers to enjoy in the gathering around the gazebo.

Nicole Baldwin, Director for SCHS, said that the purpose of this event is to allow staff to reconnect with the animals that they once cared for while owners show them off.

“(It allows) the staff to see how the animals are doing and reflect on the good things that got them into a loving home. We remember these dogs that have been adopted and we remember taking care of them and the joy we experienced when we accomplished getting them in a home. Hearing these families rave about how good they are is a boost to our spirit,” Baldwin said.

While the event is free, SCHS will be accepting donations to help their Pet Partner fund.

“The Pet Partner fund is basically an account where donations are deemed for adoptions,” Baldwin said. “That way, if a great family comes in and wants to adopt a certain animal but can’t pay the entire adoption fee, we can lower that fee without jeopardizing ourselves. This way, we can still provide while giving that animal a great home.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own drinks, picnic baskets and chairs. Entertainment will be provided courtesy of Kelly Lewis and Ronnie Walker.

SCHS has 28 dogs and 19 cats up for adoption. Baldwin said that they are at max capacity for their cats  and shared her opinion on adoption.

“I firmly believe that shelter animals know when they’re given a second chance and appreciate the chance that they’ve been given,” she said. “We see it personally, the number of unwanted cats and dogs that come through the shelter in a year. Just give them an opportunity. Give them a chance. Sometimes, our shelter and our staff are the only loving hands that they’ve ever experienced.”

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