Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Santa makes special visit this Saturday

Photo provided by STC Animal Shelter
This is the second promotional piece of the week.  I thought you should be reminded that Santa is paying a special visit to the Senatobia Community Center this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when he stops by to pose with some of Tate County’s special friends—dogs and cats who are brought in by loving “parents.”

“This fundraiser for FOSA (Friends of the Shelter Animals) will benefit FOSA’s spay/neuter program,” said Lynn Resneck, FOSA president.  "The organization has been busy this year with the opening in July of a surgical unit that is used to spay/neuter animals for the Senatobia-Tate County Animal Shelter before they are adopted out,” said Resneck.

According to STC Animal Shelter Director Heidi Terrell, since April 1, 2011 (the beginning of the shelter’s fiscal year), there have been 283 adopted pets. Since opening in April of 2009, 1,138 pets have found homes, thanks to the shelter.

“Since July 1 of this year, every pet adopted (137) has been altered,” said Terrell. “Whether we use the Mississippi State mobile surgical unit, the new unit at the shelter or a vet clinic, all funds for spay/neuter come from FOSA combined with the adoption fee.”

According to Terrell, public response has been positive that a pet can be spayed or neutered for a fee of $45 for dogs and $35 for a cats.” Adoption rates are $35 for dogs for a total adoption cost of $80. The fee for adopting a cat is $25 for a total cost of $60.

Special photo sleeve by Renate Ferreira

Some of these special animals will likely be in line for a Santa Photo.  FOSA board members will be on hand to assist with pets, which must be contained in a carrier or on a leash. Photographer Malcolm Morehead of the Batesville will be taking the Christmas pictures.

Participants will receive a 4 x 6 print inside a custom-designed photo sleeve. A donation of $10 for each animal photographed is requested. Additional prints may also be purchased.

For more information, contact the shelter at (662) 562-0070.  The Senatobia Community Center is located on Southern Street.

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