My name is Dixie. I am a golden Lab, and everyone tells me how beautiful I am. I'm 2 years old, and I need a home. I love people, especially kids because they like to play. I don't understand why I'm at the Grand Strand Humane Society. I thought I did everything right. I was a good girl and I tried so hard; but I heard my family talking about how they couldn't afford me anymore. One day they asked me if I wanted to go for a car ride. Yea! When my mommy started crying, I knew something was wrong. My daddy handed my leash to one of the nice workers at the Grand Strand Humane Society. My entire family cried as I walked away from them. I cried, too. I waited for them to come back, but they never did.
My life here has been an adjustment, but everybody loves me and I've made friends with the fellas in the kennels. We talk about how great it's going to be when we get picked by a new family. We daydream about playing fetch, going swimming and curling up with a new mommy or daddy.
I'm so grateful for the Grand Strand Humane Society. Over the last year, the staff, board and volunteers have worked day and night to find homes for us. It's a daunting task, but it's their mission to make sure all of us (even those pesky cats, rabbits and guinea pigs) find our forever family where we are given as much love as we give. Right now, they are trying to find homes for 340 of us.
While I was out on a walk, I heard that the staff made a wonderful decision to step out of the cookie-cutter operation style of past and current shelters. They made it their mission to find every one of us a home and to no longer euthanize for space, only to end suffering. I got so excited I started jumping up and down.
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The shelter staff has been busy holding fundraisers, adopt-a-thons and events trying to raise the money needed to care for all of us daily. Every kennel is full. and I saw lots of cats in our lobby.
We are broken-hearted to learn the Grand Strand Humane Society can only continue finding homes for all of us if they have money. Per Buster, my know-it-all kennel mate, it costs $700,000 annually to operate the shelter and the clinic. He read in The Sun News that the city was forced to make budget cuts. Funding for our shelter was cut by approximately $25,000. We appreciate all the city does for us; City Council members have even supported us personally. That makes my tail wag with joy. The funding is payment from the city for services GSHS provides so we aren't on the streets alone where we could starve or get injured. The city had difficult budget decisions to make and now we are afraid the shelter does, too. If the shelter doesn't have enough money to care for us, a good many of us won't be able to live at the shelter; we may not be able to live at all.
My plea to you is really simple: Please adopt and/or dig deep and donate what you can to help us and the shelter. Please help the shelter honor the no-kill-for-space promise that was made to me when I first got here. The number to call to help is 843-918-4911. I'd also love it if you came in and met me and all my friends. The shelter address is 3241 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Dixie Barkington, a Lady in Waiting, a Grand Strand Humane Society resident
The writer is executive director of the Grand Strand Humane Society in Myrtle Beach.