For Sam and Pam Hamrick of Moody, the Christmas season is preceded by weeks of decorating. Around this time of year they bring out hundreds of decorations to display around their yard and in their home. This Christmas all the hard work of decorating goes toward the recognition of the Animal Shelter of Pell City (ASPCI) and the animals that are often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
“After the tornadoes, I discovered what a tremendous need they have,” said Pam. The Hamricks said that they have always been animal lovers. With several animals of their own over the years, Pam said that they felt the need to take care of those animals that live at the shelter during the holidays. “I just want people to be aware of their needs,” she said.
According to Pam, an animal can be purchased from ASPCI for $125. “The shelter invests more money in the animal than that,” said Pam. She was sure to include that she doesn’t want these animals going to anyone that isn’t serious about pet ownership. “We want forever owners,” said Pam.
For those who are not looking to become pet owners but are interested in helping, Pam said there is a lot to be done, especially at this time of year. She said that the shelter is always needing supplies, such as bleach, blankets, food, litter, paper towels and old newspapers. “They do the best with what they (the animal shelter) have,” said Pam. But sometimes they need a little extra support from the community.
As a non-profit, which runs off of volunteer workers, the shelter is in great need of volunteers and monetary donations. Pam said that checks to the shelter could be mailed to their address: 1071 Airport Road Pell City, Alabama 35128.
“I just want people to be aware of their needs,” said Pam. The Hamricks invite everyone to their home to enjoy the lights that are lit with animals in mind. Pam encourages anyone unable to make the trip to Pell City to drop off goods at their home in Moody.
The Hamricks can be reached at (205) 640- 2960, and their home and lights are located at 4002 St. Clair Forest Road in Moody. Lights come on around 4:30 every evening and will be up through January 1.