Police officer starts drive for animal shelter
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Officer Becky Bishop with Cocoa. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Officer Becky Bishop with Cocoa. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
As a Jacksonville police officer, Becky Bishop sees more animal abuse and neglect than most and, as a lifelong animal lover, this is of great concern to her.

One of Becky’s two dogs is a rescue. Cocoa, a lab mix, was spotted by a fellow police officer last month on one of the coldest nights of the year. The temperature had dipped to 8 degrees.

Cocoa was cold, scared and emaciated. She had been thrown to the side of the road enclosed in a cage. The officer called Becky who took over from there.

“She was really cold and underweight,” said Becky. “We brought her home and got her healthy. She’s so sweet.”

Becky has taken it upon herself to conduct a supply drive for the League for Animal Welfare at 2726 Bynum Leatherwood Road in Anniston, which is the county’s only no-kill shelter.

She encourages everyone to contribute to the drive which ends April 15. Donations can be left in the front lobby of the police department, 116 Ladiga St., E., from 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

“Animals that are neglected and abused cannot ask for help or tell us how much pain they are in,“ said Becky. “They can’t escape their abusers. They must wait on help to come, and sometimes it comes too late. Compassionate people must be the voice for these animals. By donating to this supply drive, you will help increase the number of animals that the league is able to help.”

Becky is aware that it takes many things to keep an animal shelter running including linens (blankets, sheets, pillowcases, towels and washcloths -- new or used) and office supplies. It also needs cat and dog toys, catnip, newspapers, collars and leashes, dog houses, cat beds, flea and tick repellant, combs and brushes.

Also needed are bagged or canned dog and cat food, treats for dogs and cats, kitten milk replacement (KMR), food bowls, scoopable cat litter, litter box liners of various sizes and dog and cat shampoo.

Also needed are cleaning and hygiene supplies, including disinfectant, bleach, baking soda, floor cleaner, mops, brooms, dustpans, antibacterial liquid hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic grocery bags, kitchen trash bags and Ziplock bags.

The League for Animal Welfare is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and has no government funding. It depends on charitable donations and volunteers to stay in operation.

“I’ve always had a huge love for animals,” she said. “It strengthens my resolve to try to do something in my community to help abused animals.”

Becky and her husband, Will, married Oct. 19. Becky grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School in 2006. She has degrees in criminal justice and English from Jacksonville State University. She’s been on the Jacksonville police force for the past three years. For three years prior to that, she was a police dispatcher. Her parents are the late David and Barbara Kenney.

“I chose to become a police officer because I wanted to protect the innocent and helpless and see justice served on criminals who harm and take from others,” she said. “My job has hard days and long hours, and we often don’t see the rewards of our hard work. But it’s all worth it when you know you’ve helped someone in need.”

Will works for a landscaping company. He is the son of Bob and Debbie Bishop.

Becky has a horse, Peanut, which she enjoys riding. She has another dog, Daisy, a pit bull mix, and a cat, Peaches. Peaches came to live with the Bishops when he was 4 weeks old. They thought he was a girl. Later they learned Peaches was a boy, but the name had stuck.

Becky has created a handmade line of all natural body care and beauty products. She’s dubbed her company the Red Horse Trading Post. It can be found at www.redhorsetradingpost.com. Her products include Dead Sea scrubs, lotions, moisturizers and lip balms. Her web store uses Pay Pal to make purchases.

“For a lot of years I’ve had an interest in organic things,” said Becky. “I like things that are all natural. Everything these days has chemicals, and I believe that’s a leading cause of cancer.”

She said her decongestant is similar to Vick’s Vapor Rub.

Becky said her products are not certified organic, but they are all natural.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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