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Barking good time at Animal Control party
Volunteers with a heart for animals donate their time at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center helping care for more than 100 animals. They were provided a special thank you on Saturday in recognition. Pictured, from left, are Shelby Newman, Melonie Turner, Mary Kuc, and Kami Smith.

Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center has purr-fect volunteers.
“We couldn’t do this without them,” said center director Kim Pettrey. “We wanted to let them know how we feel. They are invaluable to us. We love them. We couldn’t get everything done without their help.”
Animal Control officer Brandi Bouldin made a banner with cat humor, “We Love Our Volunteers. We Ain’t Kitten You.” Officer Deitra Kester made a unique cake that looked like used cat litter. Pettrey had a large shadowbox made that contains pictures of the four. Each were presented T-shirts embroidered with their names that designate them as Animal Control volunteers.
“I’m not really sure how I feel about this,” said Kami Smith of the cake constructed in a litter pan with melted tootsie rolls on top and served with a cat litter scoop. “It’s the ultimate dump cake.”
Animal Control began allowing volunteers several years ago. All volunteers must be 16 years old or over.
Turner has been volunteering for more than a year.
“At my house, I have six dogs and four cats currently,” she said. “Part rescue, part my children’s, part mine. I love animals. All my children have animals. I know I can’t save them all, but I can come here and do my part by trying to help out.”
She offers her time on Saturday mornings.
“I can’t wait to get here,” said Turner. “Really and truly, I can’t wait. It’s very rewarding. They have to know we care about them, that someone cares about them. I want to encourage people to come and adopt. If you can’t adopt or volunteer your time, bring a bag of animal food. Bring a bag of kitty litter. Bring treats. Bring something. It wouldn’t hurt anyone’s pocket book to give a little something.”
If you want to volunteer, call 507-3647.