Since this is our first column, I would like to give some background about the St. Tammany Humane Society. We are a financially independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organized to run a no-kill shelter with limited intakes.

What does that mean? Due to our limited space we must first adopt out an animal before we can accept another one in. Also, we do not receive any financial support from the federal or state government. We use the income from our low-cost veterinary clinic, fundraisers and donations from our wonderful supporters to keep our doors open. Our next volunteer orientation will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. We welcome community involvement. If you would like to donate items, fund a shelter program, participate in fundraising events or become an STHS volunteer, please check our website for details.

We will also celebrate International Homeless Animals Day on Saturday. The shelter will host tours of our newly renovated clinic, while spotlighting the many dogs and cats available for adoption. We will have adoption specials, as well as hot dogs, snacks, craft tables and a variety of family activities.

Our column will not only promote upcoming events, but is mainly to help forward our mission: to end the killing of adoptable animals in St. Tammany Parish. Weekly, we will also showcase “Pets of the Week.”

This week’s honorees are Sandy and Melanie. Sandy is a 6-year-old female beagle mix with a heart of gold and energy to spare. She is looking for an active family who can give her the time and attention she deserves. Sandy is already house trained, microchipped, spayed and up to date on all her vaccinations. She is sometimes temperamental with other shelter mates, so she may need to be an only pet.

Melanie was adopted from us when she was a little kitten and when her owner could not take care of her anymore she was returned to our shelter. She is a 3½ years old, black and white, short-hair domestic also spayed, microchipped and up to date on all vaccinations. Melanie is very entertaining, loves chasing bugs, plays with her blanket and even knows her name.

If you feel Sandy or Melanie are the right fit for your family, please contact our Adoptions department at (985) 892-7387.

And remember, our website at lists the adoptable dogs and cats available at the shelter. Use our website to find your ‘fur-ever’ friend.