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Mississippi Animal Rescue League needs your support

As I See It

The Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL), which serves seven counties in central Mississippi, is embarking on a new adventure. We are going to build a new shelter for abandoned and unwanted animals.

MARL in the local affiliate of the U.S. Humane Society and has been in business for over 30 years in the Jackson area. I have been involved with MARL since 1986 and currently serve as president of the organization.

Enclosed in this issue of the Mississippi Business Journal, mailed to readers in the seven counties served by MARL, is a fund raising flyer soliciting your donations to support the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. I hope our readers will respond generously to this cause which I assure you is worthwhile in every since of the word. Anyone outside of the seven-county area wishing to make a contribution can send it to me here at the Mississippi Business Journal and I will see that it gets to where it needs to be.

Why should the community support animal welfare?In addition to being the compassionate thing to do, there are substantial benefits to the community resulting from investing in the humane treatment of animals.

Domesticated animals have lost the instinct to survive without human support. Even if they still retained their native instincts, our society is far too developed to permit unwanted animals to roam free about the countryside. They spread disease to pets and, in some cases, to humans. They starve, are hit by automobiles and suffer untold misery at the hands of uncaring civilization. It is difficult for us to justly proclaim our compassion toward all of God’s creatures when we turn our back on our responsibility to unwanted animals.

There is a further, and perhaps more important, reason for supporting the humane treatment of animals. Studies have proven time and again that violent people frequently start their antisocial careers with violent acts against animals. When the community allows abandoned animals to roam about starving and neglected, they give tacit approval to cruelty towards those animals. Community indifference toward cruelty is sometimes all it takes to influence someone down the wrong road and frequently results in the beginning of a violent career, which escalates to cruelty against other people. Maybe, just maybe, responsible community support of humane treatment of abandoned animals could make a difference in the life of some violent-prone person.

MARL is heavily involved with teaching responsible pet ownership in the schools. We present programs and pass out information designed to instill a healthy attitude toward animals in our youth. Our programs are welcomed by the teachers and are an important part of our mission.

MARL also works closely with law enforcement agencies to investigate unlawful animal cruelty cases. For many smaller communities in central Mississippi, we are the only investigative resource available.

This season of the year is particularly difficult for MARL financially due to the overload of puppies and kittens we receive each summer. We have worked diligently over the past 30 years to promote the humane treatment of animals throughout the central Mississippi area and we expect to stay on the job for the next 30 years. We need your financial support to continue the effort.

Our primary need at present is for operating funds to buy feed, vet supplies and pay utilities. We expect to embark on a capital fund-raising drive within the next year to raise money to build our new shelter. If you can help us, please use the enclosed envelope to mail your donation, or send it directly to me. Thanks.

THOUGHT FOR THE MOMENT

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you.

— LUKE 6:37

Joe D. Jones, CPA, is publisher of the Mississippi Business Journal. His e-mail address is cpajones@msbusiness.com.

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