Southwestern students visit with some of the shelter residents. From left: Ireland Watterson, 8th grade; Jenny Slover, shelter manager; Shyla Butters, 7th grade; Torrance Bailey, 7th grade; Brenna Hensley, 4th grade, and Parker Mefford, 8th grade. (Courier staff photos by Tali Hunt)
Southwestern students visit with some of the shelter residents. From left: Ireland Watterson, 8th grade; Jenny Slover, shelter manager; Shyla Butters, 7th grade; Torrance Bailey, 7th grade; Brenna Hensley, 4th grade, and Parker Mefford, 8th grade. (Courier staff photos by Tali Hunt)
Southwestern Middle School Student Council Officers visited the Jefferson County Animal Shelter Thursday afternoon to take supplies and a monetary donation for the shelter. The money for these gifts was raised during a recent spirit week change war at the middle school. The students raised more than $375 for the shelter. About $150 was spent at the Madison Walmart to buy supplies such as food, disinfectant spray, paper towels, toys for the animals and more. Heather, a Walmart cashier, pitched in $20 of her own money when the group came to checkout and were slightly over their set limit. Heather did not give her last name but told them she was happy to help them support a local cause. The remainder of the change war proceeds was presented as a check of almost $220 to Jenny Slover, the shelter manager, to use the money as needed.

The Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter now has a shelter angel tree that will help Jefferson County’s homeless pets. The Christmas wish list this year is: dog collars with metal clasps, medium-sized collars are the most used; strong leashes; strong toys for dogs, like Kong, Orka or Nylabones; feathered or catnip toys for cats; basic clay kitty litter; dog and puppy food; dry or canned food for cats and kittens; original Pine-Sol; original Dawn Dish Soap; tweezers with strong points; paper towels; aluminum cans for recycling; gas gift cards to help offset costs of transferring unadopted pets to other adoption agencies; and money for animal medical needs; spaying and neutering, supplies, building updates and maintenance. The shelter is also asking for pets to be adopted throughout the holiday season and for people to volunteer their time to help take care of the pets.