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WANTED: Pet foster families

WANTED: Pet foster families
WANTED: Pet foster families
Helen Strong, an investment specialist at First Harrison Financial Services in Corydon, invests in a poodle from Harrison County Animal Control. April Briley of New Salisbury, a part-time employee at the facility, hands over "Shaggy" Friday afternoon. Strong said Monday she's happy she responded to a plea for help from Mike Gentry, Harrison County's animal control officer. (Photo by Jackie Carpenter)

With Harrison County Animal Control bursting at the seams, animal control officer Mike Gentry last week put out a plea for foster parents rather than euthanizing more animals.
‘I’m so tired of doing that,’ Gentry said. ‘These are all really good dogs. They’re not aggressive; they’re not sick. They just need a good home.’
Eight of some 19 animals rescued from a home Thursday were poodles and the others were a variety, including a part-Corgi mother and four puppies. That brought the count to 126 at the facility, designed to hold 78.
Yesterday, the shelter was down to 94, mainly because of an all-points bulletin that went out for foster homes.
An e-mail sent Thursday to employees by First Harrison Bank’s human resources director Sherry LeClair brought several people out to help.
‘The shelter is full and they DESPERATELY need foster care for animals for a few days, until they have an opening to care for the animals,’ LeClair wrote, after receiving a tip from a friend that help was needed.
Gentry said persons can serve as foster parents by taking care of animal(s) while they are waiting for a permanent home or until the facility has room to take them back.
‘If it wasn’t for the bank people who called in, if it wasn’t for that, we would still have over 110 or 115 in there,’ Gentry said.
Debra A. Durbin of First Harrison Bank is fostering six puppies, and Gloria Scott of HEART Humane Society took in five dogs; several other individuals took in one or more.
Helen Strong of English, an investment specialist for First Harrison Financial Services, bypassed the foster care route and went straight for adoption. She picked out a white poodle, a female who had been spayed earlier that day at the facility.
‘I wanted a little white furry dog because I gave my other one away,’ she said yesterday, adding that her husband, Joe, named the poodle ‘Shaggy.’
Not long after she arrived home with Shaggy, Helen said she took her outside for a walk. On the way back in, Helen said she saw a fly on the screen door, so without thinking, she picked up a fly swatter and whacked it.
When she did, the noise scared Shaggy, who took off and stayed gone several hours. Now she doesn’t go outside without a collar and leash.
After that, Helen said Shaggy curled up under a living room end table in the corner of the room and slept for two days. Now she’s part of the family. ‘She jumped up on my bed this morning,’ Helen said.
‘If anybody wants a good, loving little dog, they need to go get one,’ she said. (Call 738-8163.)
Gentry said he expected to have 100 dogs by the end of the day yesterday. Usually, the facility has from 65 to 80 animals.
The number of animals that can be handled at the facility depends on the number of available cages. Some cages purchased earlier are already rusting, but Gentry is using some donated funds to purchase a new stainless steel unit that will last forever.

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