Cold temps are deadly for animals
To the editor: During the “polar vortex” that sent temperatures tumbling throughout the country earlier this month, countless animals suffered and died because they were left outdoors.
A pit bull that was chained to a tree in Texas froze to death, and in New York, a stray cat appeared to have frozen mid-stride.
When frigid temperatures are forecasted, it’s crucial to keep our animal companions indoors where they will be warm and safe, and to look out for neighbors’ animals, and strays too. Left outdoors, animals can suffer from frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration when water sources freeze.
At minimum, animals that are forced to live outdoors need increased food rations and proper shelter—a wooden doghouse elevated off the ground, stuffed with straw and covered with a flap. If stray or feral animals visit your property, do everything you can to get them safe indoors (shelters will often loan out humane box traps).
Animals are no better equipped to survive bone-chilling temperatures than we are. If you see an animal deprived of adequate shelter, food, water or other necessities, please notify authorities immediately. For more tips on protecting animals in cold weather, visit www.PETA.org.
The PETA Foundation
Help, donations appreciated
To the editor: The Elmore Unit of the Salvation Army wishes to thank the Elmore Kiwanis, the Key Club of Woodmore High School and individual volunteers for faithfully standing by our kettles during the cold months of December.
A grand total of $7,562.20 was collected from Elmore and Woodville and these funds were spent in these communities, and also went to help school children in need. Last year, we assisted people with heating, food, rent, prescriptions, lodging and other emergency needs. Assistance was given to transients in need of fuel, lodging, etc.
This past year, we disbursed $693.89 back to our local communities. We are given a budget of $4,000 and at year-end, the unused balance is given back to the Salvation Army at the Toledo office to serve the area’s needy.
A special thanks to all who bought gifts for the Angel Trees in Woodville and Elmore and to Sharon Arndt and her elves who wrapped and distributed gifts.
Finally, big thanks to all who donated to the kettles.
Those in need of assistance may contact us. We are here to help.
Nancy Weidner, Treasurer
The Salvation Army, Elmore Unit
Time to go
To the editor: I want to thank our President for the State of the Union address. He pointed out how this useless Republican Congress voted down everything he brought to the table. Yet Congressman Bob Latta, in his response, accused the President of the same “rhetoric and empty promises that we have grown accustomed to.”
I have to laugh at Rep. Latta and the clowns who closed down our government and tried to hold the Affordable Care Act hostage.
Perhaps Rep. Latta needs to stop with the lies about the health care because over 8 million people now have health care. These people never had health care during the Bush administration.
I have yet to hear on Rep. Latta’s phone meetings any positive comments pertaining to our President...like how he took us out of a recession. What have you done for us, Rep. Latta? You voted down women’s rights. You voted down extending unemployment insurance that just expired for 1.6 million people. You and your Republican Congress voted down raising the minimum wage. How about building roads and bridges so new business come in and put our people to work? You voted that down.
Our President has challenged Congress to work with him on policy initiatives on jobs, wages, education and energy. So where is it that he failed? Rep. Latta and congress have failed us. He is so busy trying to make our President look bad.
Rep. Latta, you and your group need to go. It is your turn to stand in line for unemployment. Oh wait – you just got rid of it. Sorry, no more money from us. You don’t earn the money we have paid youl.
Beware seniors. Sen. Rob Portman and Rep. Latta and Congress are coming after our Social Security and our Medicare.
Helping the animals
To the editor: Being the Ottawa County Humane Officer and on the staff of the county Humane Society shelter is a 24/7 job.
Recently, on the way home, we received a call from Elmore Police. They had gotten a call about a cat in a tree at 851 Ohio in Elmore. Apparently the cat had been there for two days and could not get down. So a staff member and I went to Elmore. With the help of the police, a call was put into Harris-Elmore Fire Department to request a long ladder. A firefighter who lived close by arrived, bringing a ladder from his home. The cat was rescued and brought to the HSOC, where it is doing well. We extend a big thank you to the Elmore Police and the Harris-Elmore Fire Department.
This is just an example of one of many calls we receive every day to help the animals.
At this time, we are still overcrowded with kittens and cats – we should only have about 70 felines and we are at 140. The public can help by donating supplies, food and litter and monetary donations. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Humane Officer, Ottawa County Humane Society