Dog lovers from all around Troup County had the perfect opportunity to get their fill of puppy love this past Saturday, February 17th. The LaGrange Troup County Humane Society held its second annual 14 Dimes 4 Love, a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser and awareness- building event. People of all ages were able to bring 14 dimes (or some other donation of at least $1.40) and get a bag of dog treats to fill their favorite dog’s Valentine’s box. Everyone was able to see how many dogs were at the shelter, and see that it’s a misconception that shelter dogs are any less a perfect pet than an expensive purebred. Every kennel held a pup whose tail wagged and whose eyes lit up as attendees walked by. The dogs had even more to give back besides tail wags and kisses; they also had Valentines for the kids. Each Valentine had a photo of a dog and a little bio telling you the dog’s name and something about their personality.
This was a great opportunity for children and adults to visit with some great animals, but it was also a chance for some of the dogs to find new homes. Three dogs were adopted that day and taken to their forever homes. Mandy Bono, Executive Director of the Humane Society, hoped that this event would spark a conversation. For people to see how many pets are at the shelter and realize that spaying and neutering is important. Pets from the LaGrange Troup County Humane Society don’t leave until they are spayed or neutered, “to make sure that we aren’t contributing to the problem”, said Mandy. According to Mandy, some people aren’t even aware that the shelter has dogs. The Humane Society staff and volunteers hope that the shelter will become the first place that people think of when considering pet adoption.
If you are considering giving a dog or cat a forever home remember that it is a serious commitment and a lot of hard work, but the love of a pet is unconditional and the love of a rescue pet is even more so. If you have any questions about spaying and neutering, pet adoption, or volunteering you can contact the LaGrange Troup County Humane Society at (706) 298-3608 or visit their office at 1390 Orchard Hill Road in LaGrange.