Effort begins to
form humane society

Gretchen Hunt

A preliminary meeting in an effort to establish a Lawrence County Humane Society was held Thursday evening at the Lawrence County Meeting room.

Gail Torok with the Randolph County Humane Society said a few people have shown interest in establishing a group that she hopes will be able to at least address problems with overpopulation.

"We steered them in the direction of TNR (trap-neuter-release) for feral cats, assisting low-income folks with a spay-neuter program and educational efforts," she said.

Another meeting is planned for after the holidays to move forward with organizing and to discuss incorporating the group and becoming an official non-profit.

"We left those in attendance with plenty of handouts and plenty to think about prior to the next meeting," Torok said. "The group will need to set short- and long-term goals and then maybe start fundraising."

She said developing a shelter would not happen overnight, if ever, but there are many other things a humane society can do to help the animals of Lawrence County.

Interested individuals are encouraged to watch the newspaper for announcements regarding the next organizational meeting.

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