“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
If that is the measuring stick, then Robeson County has a lot of work to do.
It’s well documented the problem that this county has with strays, which results in several thousand discarded dogs and cats being euthanized each year at the misnamed Robeson County Animal Shelter. The strays are the result of irresponsible pet owners who don’t have their animals spayed or neutered and then allow them to roam, doing what cats and dogs will do when given that freedom.
So we end up with an unwanted population of cats and dogs on our streets, scrounging for food, dodging vehicles and becoming threats to the collective public health because they made the mistake of being born.
Hundreds are carried each week to the animal shelter, where they are immediately put on death row. The lucky, more adoptable pets — and they represent only a fraction of them — might get pulled from the pound by someone who wants a pet, or perhaps given a lifeline from the Robeson County Humane Society, whose Friends for Life shelter is located on West Fifth Street.
The Robeson County Humane Society depends almost entirely on volunteers and the public to chip in with expenses and sweat equity in caring for the cats and dog during the time they await adoption.
Tomorrow is your chance to contribute during the nonprofit’s annual Christmas in September cleaning-supply drive that will be held at Lowes Foods at 5075 Fayetteville Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During that time on Saturday, those shopping at the grocery will be provided a wish list from the society that includes such items as bleach, soap, trash bags, litter, detergent and paper towels. The hope is shoppers will buy an item or two and place them under a Christmas in September tree that will be at the store.
Humane Society President Jason Britt said supplies collected at the last drive lasted about five months.
“Since we are a nonprofit organization, this keeps us from having to spend the money on these products and that saves us a lot,” Britt said. Money can be spent on other costs at the shelter, like medical expenses for the cats and dogs.
Britt said the Friends for Life shelter is especially in need of cat litter and bleach, which is used to disinfect floors, kennels and more every day.
So here’s your chance to help those at the society who work tirelessly to improved the plight of these discarded animals, which bring so much joy into the lives of those people who adopt them. We encourage you to help out.
For more on the Humane Society, visit robesonhumanesociety.org. If you want to learn how you can volunteer or contribute in other ways, call 910-738-8282.