Lions Club Hears From Animal Shelter

By Van Reech

The Mansfield Lions Club had their final meeting for 2021 at the Clista A. Calhoun Center this past Tuesday, 12/12/21, noon.  Guest speakers were Connie Griffin, Dir. and Barbie Higginbotham, Asst. Dir., for the DeSoto Parish Animal Shelter which is a department our the DeSoto Parish Police Jury.  They brought Connie’s pet, Jet, who is a Border Collie and is a “Rescue Dog” who was saved at the Shelter.  Border Collies are very smart, and Connie had him do several tricks obey several commands.  He was very well behaved even with all the Lions.’ Lunch bustle.  The ladies told a little of what the Shelter does and some of the benefits they provide to our Parish.  They spay or neuter every adoptable animal caught and these are then shipped North where there is a great demand for adoptable pets because of stricter neuter and spay laws.  Unfortunately, some animals are too sick, old, or untamable to adopt out and have to be euthanized.

Because the tax that funds our Shelter AND pays for our mosquito control was not renewed their budget was severely slashed.  They are in the process of trying to apply for grants to help out but, also, are reaching out the as many people as possible for help.  They have developed a new website so that any donations will be separate from the Police Jury’s General Fund and will go directly to them.  Let me point out that with 2021 closing out and many of you looking at Tax Credit opportunities the Shelter is a 501c and completely deductible.

Editor’s note:  The DeSoto Parish Police Jury at the regular meeting Monday afternoon will take up a resolution to transfer a portion of American Rescue Plan Funds to the solid waste fund and general fund for animal services.  Also at the meeting Monday the Jury will give public notice of a meeting January 18, 2022 to consider calling a special election to authorize an ad valorem tax for animal control.

Shown in the photo L to R are Connie Griffin – Dir. and Barbie Higginbotham – Asst. Dir.  back row; “Jet” and Van Reech – Lions Club Pres. front row.

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