The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is very fortunate to have over 300 volunteers who serve to further our mission of saving the lives of homeless animals in our community. Our volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary work!
Recently, we met a grandmother, Cathryn Speckman, or Yia-Yia, as her granddaughters call her. She introduced us to her two granddaughters, Ellory (6 years old) and Avery (5 years old). Ms. Speckman has been bringing the girls to our shelter 2-3 times per week for over two months now to visit with the animals. The girls pass out treats to all the animals and pet them, giving them much needed love and attention. Ellory and Mallory have really grown to love all the dogs and cats and know all of their names! They spend extra time with the new animals that are shy and afraid and have seen firsthand how their love and attention helps the animals become more comfortable and relaxed while here at the shelter. They love going into the rooms where the cats are and taking one at a time out of their cages so they can run around and play.
At first, the girls would get upset when one or more of the shelter animals had been adopted. “Yia-Yia” explained to them that the animals were now in loving and caring homes where they are now being cared for and loved like every animal deserves. Now, they get so excited when they go in and see that one of the animals has been adopted! They understand that a loving family has taken them home and is giving them a "forever" home!
One of their favorite animals at the shelter is a 5-year-old Tabby cat that the shelter staff has named Millie. Mille has a heart murmur and the shelter staff has been trying to raise money so that Millie can have an ultrasound on her heart so that the doctors can get Millie’s murmur regulated. Ellory and Avery, with the guidance of their Yia-Yia, decided to raise the money needed for Millie’s medical expenses so that she can get the treatment she needs and the forever home that she deserves.
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So,on a recent Saturday, the trio set up a lemonade stand and raised $328 and now Mille is receiving the care she needs!
Through bringing Ellory and Avery to the animal shelter and exposing the girls to the plight of our homeless animals, Cathryn Speckman has taught her granddaughters the values of compassion, respect and empathy; qualities that ensure a more humane world for both our citizens and animals! We are all very proud of them and their growing affection and love of animals.