To the editor:
A lot of attention has been afforded lately to my son, Aaron, and the dog named Oreo he sent home to Webster City from Afghanistan. I have to admit getting a stray animal shipped to me from a foreign country was quite a scary proposition. Aaron reminded me that I was not alone. Along with his brother, Noah, I would have at my disposal one of the finest veterinarians in the state that deals on an almost daily basis with stray, abandoned, and abused animals.
How many of you are aware that Hamilton County is privileged to have our own animal rescue. Dr. Lisa Deppe of the Jewell Animal Hospital/South Hamilton Animal Alliance spends countless hours caring for and homing animals others have discarded, abandoned or decided they were no longer able to care for. She also works closely with puppy mill rescues within the state.
Dr. Deppe was the first person I contacted when Aaron's idea was proposed to me. Without hesitation she stepped up to the plate. It was comforting knowing not only would Oreo receive fantastic medical attention but between her and her resources we would be able to handle any behavioral problems that could arise.
Small town rescues are often lost in the shuffle and many times overlooked in the way of funding and donations - whether it be money, supplies, or just a helping hand. Please keep her in mind when your looking for a community service project or a deserving and worthwhile organization for a donation.
Hamilton County is fortunate to have Dr. Deppe, her facility and her expertise at their disposal. We were lucky to have had Dr. Deppe's assistance and extend to her a heart-felt thank you from a grateful soldier and his family. Oreo sends her "Doc" a look of love and a high-paw wave, well almost.