Helping find forever homes

The News Journal is now teaming up with both the Clinton County Humane Society and the Wilmington Area Humane Society to run a Pet of the Week feature in print and online — you may have seen the first one last week in the paper. The shelters will rotate week to week, featuring a dog or cat that needs a home.

Our hope is that this will give additional exposure to the many cats and kittens, dogs and puppies of the county that have been abused, neglected, abandoned or given up by their human parents, and allow them to find new forever homes.

This weekly feature will also provide more exposure to not only the great work that these two facilities — both no-kill shelters — and their volunteers do. It will give them another outlet to let the public know special needs they may have (such as items you may donate including dog and cat food, cat litter, cleaning supplies and much more). And it will make the public more aware of special health needs some of the dogs or cats may have that need extra attention (as well as, perhaps, extra funds).

Remember, both facilities are nonprofits that rely on private donations, fundraisers and adoption fees to keep going.

We already have Pet of the Week sponsors lined up through April; we hope you’ll patronize these businesses and let them know you appreciate what they’re doing to help control the pet population of Clinton County.

And if your family needs a special little furry four-legged member, remember — shelter pets are best!