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PAW Club Has a Visit From Carolina Paws

Debbie Wessler from Carolina Paws visits the CHS PAW Club.

John Muir once said “Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” That is just one of the reasons why Debbie Wessler fosters and volunteers to help cats and dogs through Carolina Paws. The CHS PAW club, along with adviser Ms. Amy Githmark, gave a warm and hearty welcome to Ms. Debbie Wessler when she joined us at our meeting on November 20, 2014. During the meeting she spoke about problems that must be addressed in our community. Not only did she bring her advice and insight, but a few animals from Carolina Paws too!

Ms. Wessler informed us of one of the main issues regarding homeless animals. These animals do not have homes because people disregard the option of spaying and neutering their pets. When the babies are born they don’t have homes. Luckily there are people like Ms. Wessler and Carolina Paws to help find homes for these animals.

“One thing I learned from fostering animals is that sadly you can’t save them all, but we can save some,” was the hard truth spoken from Ms. Wessler’s mouth.

Ms. Wessler began to foster cats because she wanted to educate her daughters about the processes of a cat’s life. She also informed us that there are two main types of cats, feral and tame. Feral cats are wild, meaning they are born outdoors like a racoon or a fox. Tame cats are born with the intention of being a pet and or having human contact. Carolina Paws spays and neuters both types of cats and they are tested for things like feline AIDS and Leukemia.

Ms. Wessler also talked about the responsibilities of fostering and adopting a pet. You must be able to make time for the animal because every type of animal whether it be a dog or a hamster, takes a different amount of time . For instance, a cat needs less attention than a dog, and a kitten is much easier to housebreak than a puppy. If you are ready to adopt an animal and have the money and time, then instead of adopting an animal from a breeder, try to adopt one from a shelter.

Most of the animals that are admitted to Carolina Paws and to the Union County Animal Shelter have had no previous homes. So, what can we do to help? You could volunteer at an animal shelter or foster animals. You could also help someone you know that is fostering animals, if they will allow it. But above all, if you can do nothing else, educate people. Spread the word about spaying and neutering animals and animal shelters. Help teach people what to do and who to call when they find a stray animal. You could talk to a friend or family member or a neighbor. Anything you can do helps.

There is a short story that I believe goes something like this: A man was walking down the street when he came across a boy sharing a piece of bread with a stray dog.

“Why are you wasting your time on that dog?” the man asked.

“Because he is hungry,” the boy replied.

“It will make no difference,” the man said sternly as he began to walk away.

“But it makes all the difference to him,” the boy said, as he patted the little dog on the head.

Written by: CHS sophomore Valerie Cook, PAW Club Historian
Posted: Nov 25, 2014 by Paula White

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