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Humane Society of Bulloch County helps 'Norma Jean'
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      This is in response to the individual in Sunday's Soundoff who was upset about the female hound, Norma Jean, pictured in the paper on Oct. 7.
      Yes, she was a family's pet. She's a gorgeous dog, has a great temperament and is extremely lovable. The Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County takes in hundreds of dogs and cats each year that fit that very same description.
      Families surrender pets for many reasons. Sometimes, owners die or develop long-term illnesses. The economic downturn has been especially hard on this area's pets. Many people have had to relocate to a situation where pets are no longer allowed.
      Consequently, our foster homes are full. Norma Jean is in one of these foster homes. The little girl in the picture hugging Norma Jean is the daughter of one of our volunteers. She is providing some of the love and socialization we give all our foster pets until they can find a permanent home.
      Through the generosity of the local community, we will continue to do what we can for the county's homeless pets.
      We appreciate your indignation about "family dogs being given up," but a more practical way to help would be to become a foster home, adopt from the local shelter or rescue groups and to spay and neuter your pets to help reduce the county's pet overpopulation.
      For more information on the Humane Society of Statesboro and Bulloch County, visit or call (912) 681-9393.
Deborah Kosina
Humane Society of Bulloch County

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