It's common for the Morehouse Humane Society's pound to have a turnover with its residents, but now they've got a new addition in the management department. Dorothy Braswell is the new supervisor at the pound, located at the end of town on the Mer Rouge Hwy.
Braswell is replacing longtime supervisor Christopher Bader.
Braswell, who's been an active member of the MHS for years, said she's recently retired as a local nurse. After sitting around the house a few days with nothing to do and no one to help, she decided to go back to work, but in a different field.
“I wanted something to pass the time and I like the dogs and working with the Morehoue Hum Joe Pate Pavilionane Society,” she said. “This gives me a reason to get up in the morning after retiring.”
MHS Treasurer Joyce Ford said the board members thought about it and decided Braswell would be the woman for the job.
“She's been a nurse her whole life, so we knew that she'd be good at taking care of the animals,” Ford said.
Ford wants to remind Morehouse Parish residents they need blankets at the pound.
“Everyone is really good about bringing in blankets every year, but the the dogs can be rough on them so eventually, we have to ask for more,” Ford said.
Faord asked that blankets be brought in during the pound's regular hours, regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. , every day of the year, including all holidays.
Braswell added there are several animals at the pound in need of a home.
“It's $40 to adopt a dog and $35 for a cat,” Braswell said. “That includes their shots and a certificate to take and have them spayed or neutered.”
The MHS is always looking for ways to improve the dog pound and the lives of its residents. On April 5 and 6, the organization will host a Big Garage Sale in the Joe Pate Pavilion at the North La. Cotton Festival Fairgrounds. This will take place on Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Saturday it will be from 8 a.m. until noon. The MHS id accepting donations from the public to help boost their sells.
“We'll take household, garden and automotive items,” Griswald said. “But no more clothes please. We have more than enough clothes.”
On April 18, they will host a frozen casserole sale, The location of the sale will be announced at a later date.
Board member Fay Thomas said some of the members will be baking cakes for Easter, but only for these who order one in advance.
“These are going to be big and fluffy pound cakes, with bright Easter colors that tastes like Heaven,” Thomas said.
“There's a chocolate pound cake with chocolate chips and cream cheese. Then there's the blueberry pound cake with a whole box of blueberries in it.”
To order an Easter cake, contact any of the MHS board members, including Dorothy Ford at 281.3794, Dewayne Glass at 614.2349 and Fay Thomas at 2818712.
Thomas also wants to remind everyone that the MHS gun raffle is currently taking place. These tickets are also available through the the board members.
“These are some good guns and there's still three fourths of the year to go,” Ford said. “You have a chance to win every Saturday, when the La. Lottery Pick Three numbers are announced.”
Braswell explained that once a $50 raffle ticket is purchased from a Humane Society board member, the numbers on it are compared to the Pick Three numbers that are drawn on Saturday nights.
“If they match, you're the winner of a new gun. This way, no one can say it's rigged,” she said. “Also, a person can win more that once, by doing it this way. It's been really successful. One gentleman won twice last year.”
For more information on donating to the MHS or adopting a pet, call the pound at 283.0288