Doggie Jog 98- Running For A Humane Solution

part one

My hats are off to two of Galesburg's finest, Kathy White and Erin Buckmaster. They officially get my "Angels In Disguise" award for their unwavering devotion to their first love, homeless animals.

Animals play important roles in our lives and our health and it is up to us to protect them from harm. Without us, they don't stand a chance. Yet it's a give and take on both sides; most pet lovers feel they got more from their pets then they could have ever given them. Unfortunately many pet owners still do not see the animal as having needs. They tie them outside with inadequate food and shelter. This is another focus of a humane society­­ to educate the public.

Written in an article by an anonymous author supplied to me by Erin, "Dogs can be forced to live outside, alone and away from their human pack. But to force this kind of life on a dog is one of the worst things you can do. It goes against the dog's two most basic instincts­­ the need for a pack and a den."

Our pets are also angels in disguise. And they're so sneaky about it. Have you ever heard an elderly person talk about their beloved pet? They say things like "Fluffy gives me a reason to get up in the morning." "My dog keeps me walking." "My cat is my best friend and listens to all my tales of woe." Pets are trusting friends indeed, friends that rely totally on our generosity to support and take care of them. This to me is a perfect example of God working through his/her creatures to take care of us. What more could one ask for you say, oh there's more.

Pets, but especially dogs, have taken on a whole new role in today's modern medicine. For years dogs have had special roles as eyes for the blind; now they also serve as ears; barking when the phone rings for the deaf. They guide disabled individuals in wheel chairs; they visit nursing homes to cheer the elderly. They have roles as rescuers in disaster areas where before someone may have been left for dead. How can we repay them?

The plight of the homeless animal is as prevalent here in Knox County as it is in other parts of this country. The good news is, we're gaining on it. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Kathy and Erin, and other devoted individuals involved in The Knox County Humane Society.

Doggie Jog, scheduled this year on August 29th is one of their main fundraisers. Last year it raised $11,000. Almost all of this money went towards their low cost spay/neuter program. Money raised through Doggie Jog also helped them purchase their current building.

In an interview with Erin, she tells me that 1,485 unwanted dogs and cats were destroyed last year. Erin and Kathy believe by not allowing an animal to reproduce the carnage will stop. This is their goal.

Before the days of The Humane Society, and the efforts of Kathy and Erin to pass laws and raise money, our animal shelter here in Knox County was a disgrace. The facility was inadequate; animals were not treated kindly and their deaths were cruel.

For those of you who have not been to Doggie Jog in years past, this is a fun-filled event even if you and your dog are not going to enter. The crowd is a happy group focused on just being out there having a good time with their pets. Erin & Kathy want to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the fun.

Please, come on out and enjoy the fun but also open your heart and your wallet to help the homeless animals here in Knox County.

Support Doggie Jog 98 and be a part of the solution!

Till next time, Rebecca.

Posted to Zephyr Online August 15, 1998
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