Meigs County Dog Shelter grateful for donations

MEIGS COUNTY — The staff at the Meigs County Dog Shelter say they are grateful and overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.

“Everything is greatly appreciated and will be put to great use,” said Karen Lambert Smith, Meigs County dog warden when she arrived Tuesday afternoon with shelter volunteer Angie Smith to pack all of the donations received from the public.

The end of June marked the end of Farmers Bank’s month-long campaign, Dog Days of Summer, to assist the Meigs County Dog Shelter. The campaign, organized by Tina Wood Richards and Erica Martyn, employees of Farmers Bank, was held throughout June.

To participate, people were encouraged to drop off wish-list items at any of the six Farmers Bank branches. In addition, one local business, Pizza Dan’s of Rutland, also conducted a donation night in which customers could receive a restaurant discount in exchange for shelter donations. That event, held at Pizza Dan’s, was organized by Pam Patterson and resulted in $100 in monetary donations, in addition to multiple items of dog food, all delivered to the shelter.

At the end of the month-long Dog Days campaign, the following much-needed donations were collected, in addition to more than $225: over a dozen cases of dog bones, wheeled hauling carts, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, storage totes, leashes and dog toys, collars, dog food and puppy chow, four stainless steel buckets, mops, mop bucket, scooper, flea collars, disinfectant wipes, bleach, cleaning supplies, tarps, rawhides and more.

“Farmers Bank is a community bank and it shows,” Commissioner Randy Smith said. “Mr. Reed and his staff always seem at the ready to help whatever the time or the reason. We are blessed to have these folks as friends and neighbors.”

Currently, the shelter is in need of people to attend the Walk-a-Dog night on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Smith said the only things people need to bring are themselves, some energy and a heart full of love.

— Submitted by Tina Wood Richards