Animal shelter patrons ‘on the run’

Published 8:10 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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The rain was coming down Monday so the dogs at the Pike Animal Shelter headed for shelter. However, Jickinya Majors, shelter operation manager, braved the rain in order to encourage the sponsorship of the dog “runs” that provide adoptable dogs with food, medical care, a bed and also support their adoptions.

“Sponsoring a run is a great way to advertise a business, honor a loved one or help a deserving dog find a home,” Majors said. “The sponsorships are posted on each of the dog runs.

A “run” provides each dog with a transition home between being on his or her own and having a home.

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The run has an indoor area and an outdoor area and the dog also has “free play” from 20 to  30 minutes in the outdoor dog playground. And, it’s a good placed for a shelter dog to be. But all dogs need a home, Majors said.

Each run sponsorship is $400 a year and includes up to four dogs

“When a dog is adopted, then another dog takes his or her place in the sponsorship,” Majors said. “Depending on the circumstances of the adoption, at times, the run sponsorship can assist with the financial aspects of the adoption.”

Majors said, although the Pike Animal Shelter is closed to the public due to COVID-19,  it is open for dog run sponsorships and also for adoptions.

“Just send me a private message on the Pike Animal Shelter Facebook page and we will set up an appointment,” Majors said. “We have 18 dog run sponsorships, with several remaining. However, we also offer kennel sponsorships so we have opportunities for just about everyone.”

Current run sponsorships include: John and Jane Gibson, Troy Animal Clinic, Troy Bank & Trust, Southern Animal Hospital, Krystal and Todd Messick, Pike Animal Hospital, Dr. Pat Block, Andy Murphree, Me Time, Joanne Echols and Cali and in Honor of Judge John W. Gibson and Jean Gibson, in Honor of Kaleb Brown, in Honor of Chris Schubert and In Memory of Cowart and Georgia Sanders.