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Wiregrass Spay/Neuter Alliance clinic will fix all feral cats during the month of April for free.  Includes rabies shot.
They MUST be in traps, and they will have their ear tipped. Wiregrass Spay/Neuter Alliance, 570 S. Foster St. Dothan. Call 671-8111 www.wiregrassspayneuter.org.

LifeSouth most wanted: O-negative blood donors


            With many high schools and colleges on Spring Break, regular donors traveling and Easter holidays ahead, LifeSouth is already facing a critical need in many communities for O-negative blood donors.
            Only about 7 percent of donors have O-negative blood, but as universal donors, people of all blood types can use it in an emergency.
            While donors of all blood types are needed, there is a critical shortage of O-negative. Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. Go to www.lifesouth.org to find a blood drive near you, or call toll-free 888-795-2707 for additional information.

Help Keep Alabama's Spay/Neuter Clinics Open.

In the last few years, the clinics have been under attack. Alabama House Bill 141 would protect the spay/neuter clinics and ensure they can keep providing vital services that improve the lives of cats and dogs.

Reach out to your State Representative today, and ask him or her to support HB 141!

Alabama has only four spay/neuter clinics that provide much-needed services including high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter procedures and basic care like vaccinations and deworming. The services are performed by licensed, experienced veterinarians who have the animals’ best interests in mind. Together, these clinics spay or neuter more than 10,000 cats and dogs each year.

In the last few years, a state board has unfairly—and for no good reason—tried to shut down Alabama's spay/neuter clinics. HB 141 would amend the law to make it clear that these important clinics have the right to stay open.

Take action today—urge your State Representative to vote for HB 141 to keep Alabama’s spay/neuter clinics open.

 

The Dothan Police Department’s Animal Services Division is proud to announce a new program about dog safety called “The Yellow Ribbon Leash Campaign”. This program, widely used around the Country in dog parks and public areas was designed as an awareness campaign to help protect our citizens against dog bites. What we are asking dog owners to do is to tie a yellow ribbon onto your dog’s leash, about half way up, if you want to alert others to the fact that people should not approach your dog, with or without their canine companions or their children. Other people should then give the dog’s owner time to get out of your way, thus preventing any unnecessary contact or possible bite. There are many reasons that the ribbons can be used, but here are a few important ones:

  • The dog is in training
  • The dog may be shy or protective of his owner and bite you because it doesn’t know you.
  • The dog may have been previously abused and is being rehabilitated. That means the dog may be afraid and may bite you as a natural reaction from past experiences.
  • The dog may just not like other dogs or doesn’t like being sniffed by other dogs.
The Animal Services Division will be handing out notices to the most widely used pet-friendly places for posting as a reminder to everyone. And most importantly of all…we ask that every parent teach your children what the yellow ribbon on a leash means! If you see that ribbon….WAIT!...give the dog owner a chance to get out of your way. And NEVER, EVER approach a dog that you don’t know without asking the owner first!

For more information, please contact the Dothan Animal Shelter, 334-615-4620

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

At Covenant Hospice, we would simply not be able to do what we do without our volunteers. Your support matters greatly to our patients and their families as well as Covenant’s staff. That is just one reason we enthusiastically celebrate our dedicated volunteers during the month of April.

In addition to direct patient/family support, our volunteers assist staff in the office, represent Covenant Hospice in the community, raise critical funding through our special events, and promote our services by sharing their Covenant Hospice volunteer experiences with friends and family. We continue to meet new faces and train new volunteers throughout the year; if you know someone interested in becoming involved with Covenant Hospice, send them our way!

Perhaps you would like to participate with Covenant in a new or additional way—

Below are the many ways we utilize our diverse volunteer team:

11th Hour Patient/Family Support

Administrative

Ambassadors

Bereavement

Community Groups/Activities

Development & Special Events

Faith-based Activities

Patient & Family Support

Pet Visitation

Tuck-in Call/Facility Check-in Program

Our next Patient & Family Support Volunteer Training will be held in Eufaula, AL at the Covenant Hospice Community Support Center on Tuesday, April 22nd from 9:00am—5:00pm. To register (or refer a friend!), please call Amy Balkcom or Mary Anna Davis at 334-794-7847.

Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses.  For more information about Covenant Hospice or to make a hospice inquiry, contact the local branch office at 334-794-7847 or visit www.covenanthospice.org

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month

  Did you know that UVA rays can damage your skin right through windows of your car?  The average American spends 101 minutes a day in a car, and that can add up to serious skin damage.  The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using window film, or tint, to protect you and your family while driving.  Even clear window film will help block UVA rays 24-7.  For more tips, visit skin cancer DOT org.

Social Security Launches New Expedited Disability
Process for Veterans
Fast-tracking Disability Decisions for Vets with 100% Permanent
and Total Rating
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced the launch of a new disability process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).  Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.
“We have reached another milestone for those who have sacrificed so much for our country and this process ensures they will get the benefits they need quickly,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin.  “While we can never fully repay them for their sacrifices, we can be sure we provide them with the quality of service that they deserve.  This initiative is truly a lifeline for those who need it most."
“No one wants to put America’s veterans through a bureaucratic runaround,” said Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, a leading proponent for increasing assistance to veterans. “As the baby boomer generation ages and more veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need care, this common sense change will help reduce backlogs and cut through unnecessary red tape so that our most disabled veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned.”
In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.
The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits.  These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
For information about this service, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm.
For more about Social Security’s handling of Wounded Warrior’s disability claims, please visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

Temple Emanu-El of Dothan is presenting Deli Day again this year!

Deli Day offers delicious New York-style corned beef on rye sandwiches for pick-up, dining-in, or delivery (of eight or more orders, please) on Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

This exciting and fun annual fundraiser will take place at the synagogue, located at 188 North Park Avenue in Dothan.

Tickets are $12 each for a fantastic bagged lunch that includes: a quarter-pound corned beef sandwich on Atlanta Bread Company Jewish rye bread; kosher dill pickle; bag of Lay’s potato chips; Grey Poupon spicy deli-mustard; huge chocolate chip cookie from Dothan’s Sweet & Sassy Bakery; and a picnic pack (knife, napkin, starlight mint, etc.) prepared by our friends at the John Conti Center of Vaughn-Blumberg Services.

We offer three very convenient ways to place your Deli Day order:

1. Purchase a ticket from Temple members.
2. Call the Temple office at 792-5001 to purchase a ticket and/or to request your order form.
3. Order on line at http://www.dothandeliday.org

We ask that our customers please place orders by April 21, 2014 & pay by April 24, 2014.

WILDLIFE LAND TRUST

OUR WILDLIFE AND NATURAL LANDSCAPES ARE DISAPPEARING AT AN ALARMING RATE.  FORTUNATELY, AS A CONCERNED LAND OWNER, YOU CAN HELP PREVENT SOME OF THIS LOSS.  PROTECT YOUR LAND FOR THE FUTURE, AND PROHIBIT HUNTING AND TRAPPING OF THE ANIMALS WHO CALL IT HOME, BY WORKING WITH THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST.  CALL 1-800-729-SAVE, THAT'S 1-800-729-S-A--V-E THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST, OR GO TO WILDLIFELANDTRUST.ORG.  THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST, SAVING LIVES, BY SAVING LAND.

Homeless Stand Down/Connect Reaching out to Community for Help

Help us help the homeless. The Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (SEACH) will sponsor a Homeless Stand Down/Connect event on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The event will be hosted by United Christian Fellowship Dothan at 208 East Lafayette St., Dothan, Alabama from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Homeless Stand Down/Connect will provide assistance, as well as a meal, to our homeless population. We are reaching out to the Wiregrass Community for HELP with volunteers as well as donations for items needed. We are in need of the following items to support this stand down: clothes, socks, combs, hair brushes, blankets, sleeping bags, personal hygiene items, can food, and tents. Donations can be dropped off at the Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 office Monday-Friday (545 W Main St., Suite 313) until May 15th between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.  Donations can be dropped off at United Christian Fellowship Dothan starting May 16th from 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM as well as on the day of the event. Please help us support this worthwhile cause.

 Point of Contact: Russell Clausell at 334-447-1286

 


A trust account has been setup for James Derek Edmondson who as been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which has spread to is liver and lymph nodes. Any donations will be used to cover monthly living costs and to help take care of his 3 children. To make a donation please contact People's South Bank c/o James Derek Edmondson, P.O. Box 459, Columbia, AL 36319

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Red Cross Blood Drives

To give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds; you must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), and you must be in general good health. If you are sick and cannot donate, please recruit a friend or family member to give in your place.  All donors must have a photo ID or American Red Cross donor card.
If you plan on giving blood:

  • Double your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to the drive.
  • Eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of, the blood drive.
  • Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, greens, shrimp or dried beans.
  • Consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the drive.

The American Red Cross Blood Services, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region, which supplies blood to approximately 100 hospitals, needs 600 blood donors each day to meet the needs of patients in the region.  Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
The need is constant.  The gratification is instant.  Give blood.

Wiregrass Hope Group is celebrating 30 years of serving the Wiregrass area! From the humble beginnings as a Crisis Pregnancy Center in a small downtown office, we have expanded into a Family Resource Center located at 171 Westgate Parkway. Even though our center has grown to meet the needs of the area, our ‘back bone’ is still our pregnancy center, better known as Women’s Hope Center. Women’s Hope Center provides pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and parenting classes at no cost to our clients. Our Fatherhood Program empowers guys to be better fathers through mentoring and special ‘Dad only’ events. We offer Marriage and Pre-Marriage classes and mentoring, as well as, women’s counseling. Our Character and Relationship Education Program speaks to teenagers in the Wiregrass Area seeking to instill in them, that their choices of today, affect their future. For more information about our services or to get involved in our 30th Celebration, contact Sharon at 334.793.5433 or visit our website at www.wiregrasshopegroup.com or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WiregrassHopeGroup.

Have Fun, Make New Friends, Change Your World,
Be a Girl Scout Today
What do you want your next adventure to be? Whether it’s kayaking, riding horses, performing theatre, creating out of this world science experiments, or camping out in the woods, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama wants YOU! Girls between the ages of 5-17 and adult volunteers are invited to become Girl Scouts to have fun, make new friends, and change the world.
Girl Scouts offers young women the opportunity to build lasting leadership skills and friendships in a fun, educational environment.  Each year, Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama serves over 9,000 girls and more than 3,000 adult volunteers through programs and events designed to accomplish its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. STEM programs keep girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math curriculums, while girl-led programming provides an environment for them to take leadership roles.
While joining a troop is the most common option for participation, there are other ways for girls to become and participate as a Girl Scout. Individual girls may join as a Juliette, which provides more flexibility for girls and parents with active schedules.  While allowing them to take part in the many activities provided by GSSA including camp, STEM programs, trips, product sales and more they can work toward earning badges and other goal-oriented programming at their own pace. 
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is also looking for key volunteers to make each girl’s adventure a time she will never forget. Each year, many girls looking forward to meeting new friends, learning about STEM programs, and growing their leadership skills, miss out on those opportunities due to a lack of adult volunteers. Whether someone has a little or a lot of time to give, every attempt is made to meet the availability and interests of the volunteer with commitments ranging from one or two events a year to more long-term opportunities.
To find your next adventure in Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscoutssa.org/NewMemberEvent or call 1-800-239-6636.

The S.O.S. Animal Shelter in Enterprise needs your help...

The Shelter is always in need of volunteers to help walk and wash dogs, play with and socialize all of the animals and, of course, do all of the down-and-dirty chores that come with caring for the animals. Volunteers at the Shelter must be at least 14 years old or supervised by a parent, and must be able to follow rules and guidance given by the manager. The Shelter is happy to be recognized by the Enterprise High School National Honor Society as an organization for which members may receive all of their required community service hours this year. To arrange to volunteer at the Shelter, call 334-393-1743 from 9a-5p Monday-Saturday or 8a-4p on Sunday.

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Wish list: Pine Sol, bleach, hand soap, HE laundry detergent, scoopable cat litter, disposable gloves, 13 gallon trash bags, towels & blankets, welded wire kennels (10'x6'), combo printer/scanner/fax machine, wall mounted cabinets.

Today, nearly half our nation’s fighting forces are members of the Guard and Reserve. When they are called to active duty, they leave behind a family, a community, and a job. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, honors and protects the bond between service members and their civilian employers. Whether serving our country or supporting those who do, we all serve. To learn more about ESGR, call 1-800-336-4590, or visit www.esgr.mil.
Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation
Dear AVRAL members, in an effort to build membership in our organization, we're taking several different approaches. The most effective and most persuasive form of marketing is word-of-mouth, or in this case, you sending emails to everyone you know, inviting them to join AVRAL. We have run-off elections coming up on Oct. 9, some of these elections are decided by a mere 100 or so votes, so it's critical to build membership. If you to DO NOTHING ELSE as an AVRAL member, please do this. Send the letter below to everyone you can think of-feel free to modify if you like.

(Text of Email to copy, paste and forward)

Hello! You are receiving this email because I believe you are someone who can help us improve the lives of Alabama's companion animals. If you are tired of the way Alabama's animals are treated--- the starving, the cruelty, the overpopulation, the dogs wandering the roadways, the cats gathering around dumpsters to find food, JOIN AVRAL. AVRAL stands for Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation. We are a nonpartisan political action committee consisting of everyday Alabama citizens who exercise political power by forming voting blocs. Your vote is your power. We will let you know which candidates are animal-friendly and which are not. We'll let you know their voting record on animal cruelty issues. We'll post questionnaires they've completed for your review. You live in a voting district, and we will invite as many people as possible in your district to join the voting bloc. The more people in the bloc, the more powerful you are. This is the only way to send a message to Montgomery: we will no longer tolerate the inhumane, uncaring treatment of animals in this state. And while a legislator may not agree with our position, if they want to get elected/remain in office, they need to know we have sufficient membership to vote them in or send them home. How much does it cost you to join? NOTHING. There are no dues, no fees. All we ask is that you send this email to EVERYONE YOU KNOW who loves animals. Help us build membership in each of Alabama's 67 counties. That's the first step. Help us end the suffering. Please visit our website http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001PAxYsGB1MKYzfuwBi47nVTJQgSMw9_WoHT0lUeUHM6gvKEsIe4lzwhoAq5qt32jcdJbnn677GcAvvqvG_MpL2tGTajNjz1cqrw9N6zW5kalRGTueYZRjdJRaFUbjnN7 to read about our key issues and to join us. I hope you will join us,
Dr. Rhonda Parker
State Chair, AVRAL

The Wiregrass Spay/Neuter Alliance has received a grant from PetsMart Charities to help those in need have their cat(s) spayed/neutered. If you live in the 36303 zip code area, there is NO CHARGE for the spay/neuter surgery. If your cat(s) are not current on their rabies vaccination, there will be a charge of $10 for the vaccination(s). You can call the Wiregrass Spay/Neuter Alliance at (334)677-8111 to make an appointment or to find out more. You'll find a link to their website on our PetPages!

I have a 501c, that I established 2 years ago. The name is Opp Paws and Claws. I have had many animals left at my veterinary hospital over the years. Rather than euthanize them, I place them. I can no longer house this many animals. I need help placing primarily cats, kittens, and bulldogs. All of these animals have had basic to advance health care, at my expense. I have not been able to find funding to continue or do more.

Currently, all animals housed at the clinic are seeking homes. I do screen applicants. I require that people have a current veterinarian and an acceptable enclosure for dogs. For cats we ask them to be inside or a protected area. There are nominal adoption fees that go to the 501c. All these animals can be viewed on the petfinder website under opp paws and claws.

Please call for information (334) 493-6687

I would like to continue to help abandoned animals but must have foster homes for those I help. If they could be placed in a permanent home that would be best. Thank you for your help! Faith Drumheller, DVM.

 

Think about two seconds - it's not very long. It takes longer than that to open and close a car door, send a quick text message or hug a child before tucking her into bed. But that tiny increment of time is an important measure. Every two seconds somebody in the United States needs blood. While we are at work and all through the night, that need never sleeps.
Fortunately a small group of citizens here in South Alabama helps to make sure that blood is there for cancer patients, trauma victims, newborn babies and all those who need it. LifeSouth and all blood centers offer a special thank you to all who donate.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc.
Wiregrass Region/3833 Ross Clark Circle

Donor Center is open 7 days per week for your convenience. Please call 334-792-9977

Hours: Sun: 1pm-5pm, Mon & Tues from 9am-7pm, Wed-Thurs-Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

www.lifesouth.org

All Negative Blood Types are needed at this time. Especially O- and AB-