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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, April 18, 1988, Page 8, Image 8

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8The Daily Tar HeelMonday, April Shelter advises community about responsible pet ownership By LEIGH ANN McDONALD Features Editor ummer's arrival brings its own 'baby boom, but human 'babies are not the problem. Unwanted kittens, puppies and other animals are. The Orange County Animal Shel ter is overcrowded throughout the year, but the summer months increase the problem, said Pat San ford, executive director of the Animal Protection Society (APS). "There are many more babies born from May to September," she said. "We will have to slow down our animal control activity during the summer." APS is the volunteer community organization that operates the shel ter, housing more than 7,000 anim als each year. During 1988, the number of animals increased by 14 percent, and the shelter is now hous ing twice its capacity. "We've been increasing fast," Sanford said. But increasing business at the animal shelter causes no joy for the organization. It only means that more animals will be injected with an overdose of sodium pentobarbi tal, the euthanasia method recom mended by the Humane Society as being the least stressful. A shelter volunteer holds each animal, petting and talking to it, as another injects the lethal substance. Only 14 seconds pass before the animal lapses into unconsciousness. Because APS hires people that love animals, shelter volunteers are placed under much stress when they must practice euthanasia, Sanford said. More than 65 percent of the animals are put to sleep each year. "It's ridiculous outrageous," she said. "It's a complete waste of life. "So much of what we have to do to kill animals could be avoided if the community would become more responsible." Community responsibility and awareness are the keys to keeping pets safe in their homes and reliev ing some of the shelter's burden, Washington internship program offers students experience, credit By HART MILES Staff Writer Students interested in the "inde pendent sector" of American society may want to partici pate in a new program next fall lS HAS HIS Apart Mar DcoeAreo IN "EAIY AMERICAN OfcANbE C&ATV L5 GMERVOY KT5 HK AT TUfc " KAPPW 3m whcn MoweY UES 5 PENT LAST poR ni5 ex-fcwMAre wko vnu ow LASX October's A FlrVAC LAST Eeca 18, 1988 Sanford said. Shelter volunteers help teach the public about caring for animals by providing a humane education program. These volun teers go to public school third-grade classrooms and talk to students about pet ownership. The shelter also gives people who adopt animals an APS Friends of Animals certificate, allowing owners to have their animal spayed or neu tered for one-half the cost of going to a veterinarian. But the shelter cannot promote awareness about animal control on its own. "Orange County needs to have better differential licensing fees for animals," Sanford said. The fee is incentive to have pets spayed or neutered because owners must pay higher taxes on unsterilized animals. Orange County now has differential licensing fees, but Sanford said the difference in taxes is not great enough to have any effect on the animal population. "In Orange County, the human population is growing," Sanford said. "This growth and the lack of strong enforcement of animal con trol laws contributes to the animal overpopulation. " About 50 percent of the homeless animals are brought to the shelter by people who do not want to care for them. The other 50 percent are brought by animal control officers. An "open door" policy at the shelter allows any type of animal to visit for a while. "WeVe sheltered horses, para keets, a peacock, hamsters and the standard dog and cat," Sanford said. The shelter's missing-pet service attempts to match animals brought in with reports of lost animals. If an animal is a stray the shelter keeps it for five working days, giving its owner a chance to claim it. After this period, the animal is available for adoption. People adopt about 1,200 animals from the shelter each year. offered by The Washington Center, a non-profit educational organization. The independent sector consists of foundations, advocacy groups, membership associations and non- UE5 ttrVS W OWN APVRTMENT- v rs) ( seM carl 1 GRANVILLE TOWERS use You've (ydi Enough to Worry About 929-7143 Adopting a pet is not free, how ever. A female dog costs $67, a male $50. Cats are cheaper; a female costs $49, a male $44. But this price includes such things as distemper shots, deworming, a physical exami nation by a veterinarian and sterili zation, Sanford said. All of the pets brought to the shelter are available for adoption; walking through its rooms is like walking through a pet store. Many of the pets are babies, such as sev eral multi-colored kittens living with their mother in one of the steel cages. Even rabbits and birds are available. But college students looking for a pet are usually not good pet owners, according to Sanford. "They should wait until they graduate and are settled," she said. "Pets are a 10 to 15 year commitment, but they often end up like foster children. They are passed from person to person and often develop behavior problems." Homeless animals are not always confined to the four walls of the shelter until they are adopted. The APS operates Outreach, a pet visita tion program where volunteers take shelter animals to local retirement and nursing homes and let residents visit with the animals. "It is the only time that these people who desire contact with animals can touch and feel them," Sanford said. Although placing pets in respons ible, caring homes may be its most important function, the APS is more than a dog pound. The organi zation operates an Emergency Rescue Service. Volunteers are on call day and night to respond to animal emergencies. "Our people are trained to go out and rescue (ani mals) and then transport (them) to a vet," Sanford said. "It is usually for animals that are abandoned, hit by a car or up a tree." The APS also operates a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation service that profit organizations. The program, Internship Initiative in The Inde- pendent Sector, places 25 student interns with senior level managers and executives in Washington, D.C. foundations and non-profit organi 10 LIVES IN V ' O O I V" . 77s 'poDgt Sli - m-"' t 1 J "A s' - " 'f.V s ?n.. vlv V- .VS,. N - -rf June Poineau, kennel technician, cares for kittens and other is renowned statewide. Members rescue and rehabilitate injured or orphaned wildlife and then return them to their natural habitat. Advocating animal protection zations. The American Council on Education and the National Organi zation for Women are two such organizations. These internships will provide leadership development and encour- (AJ. ARC" CoocCX FcR i4(rA, And CVN Ding ANVTMG.eve-fi ON AeEKcSOS. MOWX To Co ot A real date:. YOUR 0OM (3oART Is W(THM laws is a function of the APS. They are now petitioning Orange County in an attempt to persuade county officials to pass a law against animal leg traps made of steel. age values that emphasize working in the service area, according to Teresa Sparks, Senior Program Associate of the center. This new program was created because of "the increasing evidence that a majority of students have shifted from con cern for social issues to preoccupa tion with financial security and per sonal career aspirations," she said. A student must be a second- semester sophomore or above, in good standing at a U.S. institution of higher learning, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average to apply for the internships. UNC does offer academic credit for internships. A student can receive a maximum of six hours credit for the program, which lasts from Sept. 2 to Dec. 16, according to Robin Joseph, experiential learn ing coordinator for the University Career Planning and Placement Ser vices. A student must remain enrolled in school to receive credit. The fee for the fall program is $1,345. Students selected for the Internship Initiative in the Inde pendent Sector receive a $1,000 sti pend. Scholarships, awarded on the basis of need, merit and availability of funds, are available to members of minority groups, but they do not completely cover student tuition. Housing arranged through the Washington Center costs an addi tional $1,330 for the fall program. The center also continues to offer internships in all career fields for students. UNC senior Agustin Diodati received an internship as a law clerk through the center. He worked at the law firm of Tendler and Biggins last summer in Washington, D.C. The internship required a 40 hour work week, Diodati said, but he normally worked 50 to 55 hours a week by his own choice. Weekly seminars, taught by senators and mom I Present this Coupon When Ordering j S yWL-t "ilw. JIJ'UHI 1111 11111 "' ' ' ' n' L WUd&D COJLjj ntoiiH.iygn DTHElizabeth Morrah animals at the shelter Although APS performs many functions in Orange County, they cannot do it alone. Animals are not just their owners' concern, they are the responsibility of everyone. other leaders, were also mandatory. "The Washington Center is good in that it finds you an internship, which is hard to get without connec tions," Diodati said. But the cost and the required seminars are two drawbacks to the program, Diodati added. He also recommended that students find housing on their own without going through the center. The center secures rooms for interns from Woodner Apartments, about one and a half miles from the White House. The application deadline for fall internships is June 1. For more information, contact Teresa Sparks of the Washington Center at (202) 289-8680. The center is also offering a two week symposium this summer called Crisis and Choice in American For eign Policy. It will take place in Washington and features speakers such as William Colby, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense. The symposium is designed for students interested in careers in for eign policy or those who just enjoy following foreign affairs. It runs from Aug. 14-26. An optional third week on American-Soviet Relations will be held Aug. 7-13. Students will review recent summits between Pres ident Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. Academic credit is usually not given for such symposiums, but stu dents can ask individual department faculty members for special consid eration, said Robin Joseph. The registration deadline for Cri sis and Choice in American Foreign Policy is May 2, 1988. For more information, talk to Loretta Hawley of the Washington Center at (202) 289-8680. QxraGRjurirj: CfCsnrflTTrn CZftitm

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