Mother Nature could use a little of our help when it comes to stray, abused dogs, cats

Published 10:02 pm Friday, February 17, 2017

was worried about the birds.

They have been waking me up for a week or so now, and because it is still February, I thought they could be in danger of being harmed by cold weather.

I know we have had unseasonably warm weather, but it seems they must have been out to lunch on Groundhog Day and missed Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction.

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Phil is the one and only official groundhog that can predict if we will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter weather.

And since the rodent saw his shadow, spring was supposedly not imminent.

For a time there, I had been thinking maybe it is time for Phil to retire since I have been wearing shorts. But this week the temperatures plunged, and we had a frost.

I did not hear as much chirping on Thursday morning.

So I turned to Google to see if my feathered friends were in danger.

It seems that as long as they can find food and nesting options, they will be OK. 

And since our winter was so mild, there are probably plenty of insects still hanging around.

As far as finding a home to nest, even though the leaves dropped off of the deciduous plants, the warmer weather has already pushed out new growth.

So I will rest easy that with the help of Mother Nature, the little birdies will be fine.

What, however, that Mother Nature can’t completely attend to are the domestic animals like dogs and cats that depend on humankind for survival.

This week I had the opportunity to visit the pound for a story I will be doing in the future, and I saw first hand felines and canines that need a home.

These animals at the pound have either been handed over to the facility or snagged off the street because they have no owners.

Because the Vicksburg facility can only manage a certain number of animals, the dogs and cats are not as fortunate as birds, and if they are not adopted will eventually have to be euthanized.

The dogs at the pound all seemed to be frisky and friendly the day I visited and the cats were purring away.

This would definitely be a practical place to look for a pet is you are so inclined, and for only $20 you can adopt an animal.

Paws Rescue will then spay and neuter the animal for free and give it its first set of shots.

The thought of any animal having to be put down just because it has no one to take care of it is heartbreaking.

So please, if you decide to become a pet owner, consider adoption. Make sure owning a pet is a commitment you are ready to take on. And, for Pete’s sake, spay and neuter your pets!

Mother Nature we are not, but that doesn’t mean we cannot help her out.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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