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HIGHLAND LAKES VOLUNTEER MEETUP: Hill Country Humane Society needs 'traffic' control

Hill County Humane Society needs volunteers on May 26 to help with its annual rabies clinic, which is part of the third Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup. Pictured are Brittany Osbourn (left), Kessandra Synnott, Rebecca Blakemore, Summer Youngquist, and Teresa Hudler (kneeling) with Rico, a Rottweiler rescue. Staff photo by Jared Fields

BUCHANAN DAM — The list of needs at Hill Country Humane Society runs as long as a Labrador playing catch.

A sudden influx of kittens means people are needed to help bottle feed. Animals require transportation to and from the veterinarian and other rescue groups. Foster families help acclimate an animal to living with someone in order to be adopted. Heck, even if you don’t work with animals, a handyman around the facility could be invaluable.

With only 13 staff members at the Humane Society, 9150 RR 1431 West, there will always be more animals than people.

But for one day, helping the shelter and the animals there doesn’t require a Clifford-size heart.

On May 26, you can join the Hill Country Humane Society’s expanded rabies clinic as part of the third Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup.

“Every year, we have a rabies clinic, and this year, we’re trying to expand to do more fun things,” said Lynn Bishop, vice president of Hill Country Humane Society.

The Volunteer Meetup begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Numinous Coffee Roasters, 715 RR 1431 in Marble Falls, with a quick introduction and breakfast then it’s off to the Humane Society or the other two nonprofits participating that day — the Phoenix Center and Candlelight Ranch — for a day of volunteering.

The Humane Society clinic is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and also includes nail trims, microchipping, groomers, heartworm tests, pet photos, a bake sale, and hot dogs (to eat; the four-legged creatures will be nice and cool).

During the Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup, Bishop hopes about 15 volunteers can join the fun to help the event run smoothly.

“The more people we can get, the more we get to do,” she said.

Volunteers will help direct vehicle traffic, people traffic, and dog traffic. Basically, volunteers will assist in traffic control. That much is clear.

“It’s chaotic when people come in with three to four animals,” Bishop said. “Direction of traffic is a good thing.”

Most of the event will take place inside the shelter or under tents. The Hill Country Humane Society is seeking adult volunteers for the day. Wear closed-toe shoes and a purple shirt if you have one.

Bishop said the clinic and Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup are two of many ways the Hill Country Humane Society is working to raise awareness for the nonprofit and the area it serves.

“We take in animals from Llano County and Burnet County,” she said. “We don’t get to choose: bad cases, hard luck cases. We take care of them the best we can to get them ready for adoption.”

Still, Bishop said many don’t know about the shelter or what it does. For example, the Hill County Humane Society is the major lost-and-found center for the two counties.

The center put a dog up for adoption not knowing where the animal came from. It’s owner saw the post and noticed it was her lost pet.

“The lady had tears in her eyes when she picked the dog up,” Bishop said. “Cool stuff happens. It’s amazing people don’t even know that’s where to go if that’s where they’re looking for an animal.”

If you can’t make the Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup, you can see the Hill Country Humane Society in action, or join as a volunteer, on the first and third Saturdays of the month at its Show and Shine events.

You’ll find staff and dogs at Horseshoe Bay Ace Hardware from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month and Pet Supermarket in Marble Falls on the third Saturday.

“It’s an outing for animals and for people to see them,” Bishop said.

If you’re passionate about animals but aren’t sure where to begin to help, consider directing traffic and meeting the staff at the Hill Country Humane Society during the Highland Lakes Volunteer Meetup on May 26. Sign up in advance at 101HighlandLakes.com/MEETUP.

jared@thepicayune.com

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