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Wiregrass Humane Society...Call 334-792-6693 and stop by to visit with these beautiful kitties!
 

The Houston County Health Department will hold their annual walk-in flu clinic

on October 28th and 29th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Houston County Health Department, 1781 E Cottonwood Rd. Dothan.

Cost: $5.00 per shot Or you may file on your Medicaid or Medicare

The Warrior 5K Color Run/Walk will be held December 6th at Westgate Park trail. Sign in time is 8:00am at Westgate Tennis Center, race starts at 9:00. All proceeds to benefit a local wounded warrior and his family. For more info, call 334-792-0935 or email: warriorrun5k@emmanuelwarriors.org.

City of Dothan Trick-or-Treat Hours

The City of Dothan will observe Halloween festivities on Friday, October 31, 2014. Residents are encouraged to “Trick-or-Treat” on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Children are reminded to carry a flashlight, never “Trick-or-Treat” alone, ask an adult to check your candy before you eat it, walk through neighborhoods instead of running, and visit only houses with the lights on and never go inside. 

In order to provide a safe, well-lit atmosphere for trick-or-treaters, Dothan Utilities customers are being asked to report any street light outages by calling 615-3302. Let’s make this a safe and fun Halloween for the City of Dothan!

Help us Help Cats and Dogs!!!

We’ve got the opportunity to win $50,000 for Felines Under Rescue  (F.U.R.) with our participation in an animal welfare fundraiser which runs til Oct. 30th.  

We are out to raise as much money as possible for our cause - spay/neuter of cats and dogs - so that we can win the grand prize. 

We think we can win - but we need your help!   Even if you can only donate $10.00 - you can help. We are asking that you visit this link:  https://www.crowdrise.com/WiregrassSpayNeuterSavingPets/fundraiser/barbaraseaman  and read how

Felines Under Rescue (F.U.R.) has helped keep so many dogs and cats OUT of animal shelters by spay/neuter. Then click on the Donate button!!


Every donation - no matter how small - will make a difference!  We can even win a $$ prize with the Greatest Number of Donations (not dollars) so even a small donation will help.  

Even if you cannot donate - please share this message.

We appreciate any help you can give us.  We want to win this prize for the animals!!!  Help us keep dogs and cats OUT of shelters by spay/neuter!! We have paid for thousands of animals

to be “fixed” in the 11 years we have been doing this.


“Like” us on  Facebook (Felines Under Rescue, F.U.R.) and follow our work.

Felines Under Rescue
Barbara Weber Seaman
Cindy Hudson

239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball-Celebrate with us in Dothan

Marine Corps League Detachment 752 of Dothan will be celebrating the 239th Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 8th at the Clarion Inn & Suites, Dothan. If you would like to purchase tickets, contact Cheryl Hyde at cheryljhyde@yahoo.com. Tickets are $35 each, deadline to purchase is October 27th.

First Free Will Baptist Church, 1461 Timbers Drive, Dothan, AL 36301 is selling tickets for chairs to the National Peanut Festival parade on November 8. The chairs will be located between Lena Street and S. Oates Street and the cost of the chairs are $4 for the front row and $3 for the second and third rows. Tickets may be purchased by calling the church office Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. at 792-3316. All the proceeds go to the youth ministries.
Pathway Baptist Church, 3551 Flowers Chapel Rd, Dothan, AL
TRUNK 'A TREAT  FALL FESTIVAL EVENT
Date:  Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
Time:  6:00 pm  to  8:00 pm
Trunks will be decorated and lined up to give out lots of goodies.  There will also be a train ride for small kids!
Please bring your kids and enjoy!
Westgate Christian School is collecting old shoes to raise funds for Nations University, a nondenominational online Christian university that offers degrees in religious studies to people around the world. Please donate your old shoes to Westgate Christian School until November 14th to help support.

The American Red Cross is currently responding across multiple states. If you would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by:

Calling 1-800-REDCROSS OR www.redcross.org Texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Whether it's a natural disaster that affects thousands, or a home fire that affects a single family, the American Red Cross is there

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

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.

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.


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

AwareRX

WHEN IT COMES TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, IT’S ESSENTIAL TO APPLY SAFE PRACTICES TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. TO AVOID MISUSE AND ABUSE, NEVER SHARE OR BORROW MEDICATION. KEEP YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS BY STORING THEM IN A LOCK BOX AND DISPOSING OF MEDICATION PROPERLY. FINALLY, UNDERSTAND YOUR PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION; DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK YOUR PHARMACIST AND DOCTOR FOR HELP. AND IF BUYING PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE, BE SURE TO USE VIPPS ACCREDITED PHARMACIES. LEARN MORE AT AWARE R-X DOT ORG.

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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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

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.