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Columbus Humane Society 'alumni' invited back for reunion


Columbus Humane Society Executive Director Karen Johnwick kisses “Coco” in this 2012 file photo.

Columbus Humane Society Executive Director Karen Johnwick kisses “Coco” in this 2012 file photo. Photo by: Dispatch file photo


Jan Swoope



Canines and kitties who once called the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society home are being treated to a family reunion of sorts. On Saturday, Sept. 6, all pets adopted from the shelter are invited back with their humans for festivities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  


"We're thanking the community for adopting our animals and for supporting our efforts at the shelter," said Karen Johnwick, shelter director. "Adopters can come back and show off their babies, or pictures of them, and even hopefully adopt a companion for their pet." 


This first annual reunion is also a way to show the new shelter at 50 Airline Road to some who may not have seen it yet. The spacious facility is a vast improvement from the cramped, deteriorating quarters it replaced.  


Uncle Bunky (Robert Williams) will be on hand to draw pictures. Christine Calder, DVM, will answer questions on animal behavior. A rabies clinic ($10) and microchipping ($25) will be offered. Other pet services available include nail trimming, ear cleaning and dog baths. A raffle, concessions and bake sale are planned, with proceeds going toward the remaining debt on the new building. 


"If you have ever adopted from the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, you receive a free raffle ticket for prizes like tickets to the Mississippi State homecoming game, gift cards and movie passes," Johnwick noted. 


The reunion event's agenda calls for a cake cutting as 12:30 p.m., a best trick contest and owner look-alike contest at 1 p.m. and a group photo with pets at 1:30 p.m. Raffle winners will be drawn at 2 p.m. 


All pets must be on a leash and have up-to-date vaccinations. 


Johnwick said, "For years we've had people say we need to have some kind of reunion because they're so proud of their dog or so proud of their cat; we decided to do it. Hopefully it's a way to save more lives and make some more happiness out there." 


For additional information, contact the shelter at 662-549-3629 or email [email protected]


Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.


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