Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County Summer 2009

Summer 2009 • Vol. 24 No. 2
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We welcome Chalmers Morse as our new Executive Director. He had previously
been a Board Member and Board President of the Humane Society of Vero Beach &
Indian River County, as well as a longtime resident of Vero Beach, so he is familiar
with our mission, staff, and volunteers. He is committed to animal welfare.
As we approach summer and start making plans for vacation and travel, it's
not too early to make plans for your pets. If pets are to travel, never leave them
in the vehicle. Remember cars heat up quickly and pets can die from heat buildup
even with windows partly open. For those of you who will be staying home in
Florida, now is the time to plan for evacuations from hurricanes with your pets (if
you go, they go) and to determine where they will be accepted. Read the article
on the adjacent page for more information on traveling with your pet.
In these difficult economic times, as more people have to turn in their animals, the need for funds is critical for animal shelters. HSVB&IRC is a nonprofit
charitable organization and welcomes financial contributions and merchandise
donated to the thrift shops to help the animals of our community. Also, the shelter needs volunteers during the summer for dog walking, cat socializing, and to
help in the thrift shops.
To reduce the tragedy and cost of millions of unwanted and homeless animals, remind your friends that we offer FREE vouchers for spaying/neutering of
dogs and cats.
Have a wonderful, safe summer with your pets and other
family members.
How wonderful it is to be back at the Humane Society. Having served on
the Board of Directors in a number of capacities over the years, it is indeed
humbling to now hold the position of Executive Director.
In the past nine years, I have watched our organization grow and change.
We now have a state-of-the-art facility, given entirely by our donors, which enables us to better serve the animals. Recently, a visitor described it saying, “This
shelter, with its loving staff and volunteers, is the cleanest, most pet friendly,
and inviting facility I have ever seen.” I agree!
I am continually in awe of the dedicated people who care for the animals. I
am referring to our 40 plus staff members, more than 500 volunteers, as well as
the city and country animal control officers and veterinarians in our community.
To elaborate, our staff is made up of talented and caring individuals, and
our selfless volunteers give unconditionally to the shelter, knowing their reward
may only be a purr, wag, or a lick. The community’s animal control officers and
veterinarians protect the health and well being of animals. All of these people
make a difference, tirelessly working day-in and day-out helping the lost,
abused, and homeless animals.
We all share a common vision to enhance the quality of life in our community through compassionate services to animals and people. We appreciate and
value all of their contributions.
What an honor it is to serve alongside them.
Board of Directors
Harold F. Oberkotter Jr., President
Debbi Vickers, 1st Vice President
Dr. Rebecca Rustine, 2nd Vice President
Cheryl Gerstner, 3rd Vice President
Donna C. Starck, Secretary
Andy Beindorf, Treasurer
Lin Angell
Jo Ann Becker
David Brower, CPA
Jane Cammann
Parker Crowell
Deborah Freed
Cornelia Perez
Dick Pippert
Virginia Schwerin
Foundation Board
David Brower, CPA
Alan Goldstein
Robin Lloyd
Virginia Schwerin
Parker Crowell
Jack Kennedy
Hal Oberkotter
Fritz Spitzmiller
Advisory Council
Gail Boatwright
Roger Haines
Sistie Lewis
Mike Molloy
David Washburn
Dr. Gary Freed
Cindy Haskett
Jerry Maher
Robert Nyberg
Cindy Wold, RN
Honorary Board
Nancy Benedict
Barbara Evans
Joanne Grymes
Thomas McDevitt
Dr. Henry Doremus
Horace C. Ford
Dell Lockwood
Chalmers Morse
Shelter Management
Phone - 388-3331
Chalmers Morse, Executive Director
Ext. 15
Dorothy Ritchey, Business Manager
Ext. 14
Kevin Humphrey, Controller
Ext. 21
Keith Hinton, Director of Development
ext. 27
Janet Winikoff, Director of Education
Ext. 18
Ilka Daniel, Director of Outreach
Ext. 28
Maria Ramirez, Animal Care Manager
Ext. 31
Jennifer Dixon, Client Services Manager
Ext. 40
Humane Times Volunteer Staff
Deb Freed, Editor
Pat Anwyl
Helen Baker
G. L. Freed
Lynn Molloy
Bob Nyberg
Cornelia Perez
Dick Pippert
Mary Schenkel
Linda Scott
Shelter Staff Writers: Janet Winikoff, Keith Hinton
© 2009 Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River
County. Humane Times is published quarterly in March,
June, September, and December. Reproduction, in whole
or in part, is encouraged in keeping with the publication’s
educational intent. For reprint permission, comments, or
questions e-mail the editor at [email protected]
COVER: Postcards From the Shelter Pets
by Freed
Traveling with Pets
Car Travel
O bviously, the
photo is meant to be
amusing. We would never
recommend allowing pets
to drive, especially without a learner’s permit!
Seriously, pets should
always be placed in the
back seat of a vehicle in
a restraint system. Sudden braking or air bag
deployment can injure or kill loose pets. For small pets, a carrier secured by
the seat belt is best; for larger dogs a special harness, made for this purpose
that attaches to the seat belt can be used. It’s against the law to let pets ride
unsecured in the open bed of pick-up trucks.
If your pet has never traveled, try a few short trips to see how he responds. Whether you use a carrier or restraint system, get your pal familiar
with it before the day of the big trip. Pets should always wear identification
tags with contact information, but this is especially important when traveling
and may be critical in case of an accident. Never let the pet outside the vehicle off-leash. Many of the tips in the sidebar article apply to travel in general.
Traveling with pets requires a little advance planning for accommodations.
Check to make sure the hotel accepts pets. Inquire about any size restrictions
and extra fees. (Some hotels waive these in hurricane emergencies, but don’t
assume they will.) Carry a copy of the pet’s current vaccination certificate, as
some hotels may require it. There are a number of resources for locating pet
friendly lodging. Web sites include:,,, among others. There are also publications such as AAA’s
Traveling with Pets, which list hotels that accept pets. It’s also a good idea to
know about animal emergency clinics at your destination.
Make a packing list for your pet just the same as you would for yourself.
Remember to take her regular food and bowls (along with some water for the
trip), toys, bedding, medications, treats, brush, and leash. Most of us think of
our pets as children anyway, so travel with your pet the way you might with a
child. Take frequent breaks, allowing for potty time and muscle stretching. A
light meal several hours before travel is best to avoid motion sickness. Some
advance planning will make the trip easier for you and your pet.
Air Travel
Airline travel is not the preferred method for transporting pets. Most
airlines require pets to travel in cargo in unpleasant, sometimes dangerous
conditions. Regulations and fees vary and are constantly changing. If your pet
must fly, make sure vaccines are current and there is proper ID and contact
information on the collar and the carrier. Flying early morning or late evening
will minimize heat stress. You should try to book non-stop flights and carry
pets in the cabin if possible. For more information look at or Google
“air travel with pets.”
Many factors should be weighed before any trips with your pet. Consider
whether the pet’s age and health make traveling wise. Perhaps a boarding
facility, a friend or family caretaker, or a hired pet sitter is a better alternative.
Evacuation Travel
One of the most stressful times to travel
with your pet is during a hurricane evacuation.
Some advance planning will make the process
easier and may prevent your pet from becoming lost or injured. These hurricane preparedness tips will assist you in making those plans.
If evacuating, never leave your pet home
alone or outdoors. The safest place for
your pet is with you. After a storm you
may not be allowed back for days, and
pets can die from starvation and overheating in closed homes without electricity.
If you live in an evacuation or flood zone
take your pet with you. Do you have
friends or family that will welcome you and
your pet? Some hotels make exceptions
during disasters and accept crated pets.
Check on this beforehand.
Have a carrier for each pet, and make it a
fun place throughout the year by placing
toys, treats, or meals in it routinely.
If your pet is fearful, talk to your vet about
medication. Some pets react badly to
tranquilizers so these should be tried out
before an emergency happens.
Prepare a travel kit for your pet. Include
food, water, bedding, medical supplies,
vaccination history, leashes, and toys.
Have your pet microchipped & register the
number with HSVB&IRC. Place several
forms of ID on your pet's collar and carrier,
in case your pet is lost during travel. The
Humane Society offers free pet ID tags
with emergency numbers that are monitored 24 hours a day.
Always carry a pet photo when traveling
in case your pet becomes lost. Having a
photo of yourself with your pet may help
settle any ownership dispute.
Immediately report your lost pet to the
Humane Society.
The Humane Society cannot house pets
for the general public during a storm. If you
have further questions or want information on
becoming a Humane Society Disaster Relief
Volunteer, please call 388-3331 ext 20.
A Dozen Rules
for Walking Your Dog (or cat*)
(* Don’t laugh! The editor of the Humane Times and her husband walk their cat)
5. Walk facing traffic with your leashed pet on your left side.
6. Make sure you and your pet drink water to stay hydrated…
especially in Florida.
7. Be conscious of your surroundings, including traffic, bad
sidewalk conditions, other people, and other animals. Don’t
wear headphones!
8. Always clean up after your dog. Carry a minimum of two
doggie waste bags.
1. Check the condition of your pet’s collar and leash. If they
are frayed or cracked, throw them away.
2. Both you and your pet should have identification in case of
an emergency.
3. Wear clothing that is visible to motorists. Reflective clothing for nighttime walking is recommended for both you and the
pet. Reflective collars, leashes and vest are available at most
pet stores.
4. When walking small pets walk slower. The shorter the pet’s
legs, the faster he will have to walk to keep up with you.
9. Be aware of your pet’s behavior at all times. Watch for
irregularities in gait or breathing, signs of heat exhaustion,
waning enthusiasm, etc. If any of these are observed, it’s time
to stop, rest, and then go home.
10. Don't forget that sidewalks and roads can be hot, so touch
the walk area to make sure they won't be too hot on the pet's
paws (Most people are wearing shoes, pets are not.)
11. Check their paws after walking for burrs, sand spurs, or
12. Have fun! Every walk doesn’t have to be a training session.
Stop and smell the roses (or the fire hydrant, perhaps).
Enjoy your walk and surroundings together.
What's (Who's) New Pussycat?
Chalmers Morse – Executive Director
Chalmers' return to HSVB&IRC in a new
role brings with it years of business and management skills. His background in the highly
competitive, people-intensive hotel industry is
invaluable to our organization. More recently,
he was Chief Operating Officer with Norris &
Co. Real Estate. Chalmers has been active with
our Humane Society for a number of years as a
volunteer and board member. In mid-2007, while
serving as our Board President, he assumed the
duties of acting executive director for about six
months during the search for a full-time director.
Chalmers’ background, talent, and skills, blended with his passion for animals, provide us with great leadership.
Keith Hinton – Director of Development
We are excited to have found a fund development professional; Keith has a wealth of experience and a proven track
record. Although new to Florida, after years of hospital administration in Texas, Vero Beach is home. His background also
includes running a successful kennel operation,
and his love of animals has already resulted in
the adoption of a shelter cat named Theodore.
“Find a job you love and you’ll never work another day in your life!”
Kevin Humphrey – Controller
Kevin is close to being a native son, moving
to Indian River County in 1978 from Niagara
Falls, New York. Kevin started his career in
accounting in the citrus industry. His Master’s
degree and CPA only add to his professional
credentials in fulfilling his duties as controller.
Phaedra Kohler – Volunteer Coordinator
“I just couldn’t stay away” – simply stated, all encompassing, and we’re happy that Phaedra is back home with her shelter family. Some of you know Phaedra left this job to help with
the family business and now she’s back with her volunteers,
staff, and animal friends. The volunteer force is the lifeblood
of our organization, and once again, Phaedra brings energy,
enthusiasm, creativity, and passion to this position.
by Dr. Elizabeth M. Bybee, DVM
Flea Control Needed Year-round
With many types of flea control now
available, it can be very confusing trying
to select the right product for your pet.
Each pet is an individual, with its own
sensitivities, so some research is needed
to achieve a flea free household.
The good news is that there are a
variety of safe, effective, easy to use
products. The bad news is that control
is usually needed year-round in Florida,
and it may take some trial and error to
find the best treatment for your pet.
Topical flea control products, like
powders and sprays, have been part of
our battle plan for many years. The invention of "spot" treatment products like
Frontline, Advantage, Revolution, and
recently, Promeris, truly simplified our
treatment plans. Unfortunately, they also
caused many of us to expect the impossible. A product that claims to work up to
3 months, isn’t going to work well if you
only use it twice a year.
Oral flea control such as Program
and Sentinel don't kill the flea; instead
they prevent maturation of the immature
flea, which is important to environmental
flea control. Capstar and Comfortis are
newer, oral products that do a great job
at killing all the fleas quickly. This is especially important if you are traveling or
had visiting pets that may have left your
dog or cat with a new supply of bugs.
As with any product, there have been
adverse reactions to flea controls. This
may be a slight hair loss at the application
site, or more serious complications. Be an
advocate for your pet. Read the instructions and use cat products only on cats
and dog products only on dogs. Use the
proper dosage and application technique
and report adverse reactions. Purchase
products directly from your veterinarian to
help prevent “counterfeiting” and maintain any product warranty claims.
There is an array of flea control products available, and your veterinarian is a
great source for information and products
that can be individualized for your pet.
It’s important for the health of your pet
and the rest of the family, that you win
the battle against the flea.
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Are Urgently
On Their Best Behavior
by Connie Ellis, Pet Behavior Consultant
Which Dog Training Classes - Group or Private?
There are many choices of training classes. In group dog
training classes you and your dog, along with your classmates,
are instructed and assisted in how to solve misbehavior problems. Group training classes offer the dog the opportunity to
learn and listen to you in a more
challenging environment, with
other dogs and people as distractions. Dogs are situational learners.
Whatever she learns in the quiet of
her home may not transfer to other
locations or with other people or
dogs present. Dogs need to learn in
a variety of situations and places.
Private training classes are usually held at the owner’s home. They
may be less stressful for the people and more convenient time
wise; however, they cost more. Also, from the dog’s point of
view, the lesson learned may only apply at home alone with the
owner. The instructor usually works directly with the dog, then
teaches the owner how to do the same exercises with the dog.
Regardless of training choices, at some point, most dogs
need the experience of a group training class with a minimum
of 15 dogs participating. Those many dogs and people create a
real learning opportunity with readymade distractions!
All dog training classes are not
alike. Be cautious how you apply
training methods you see on television or read on the internet. Spending money on dog training does not
always train the dog, anymore than
stuffing treats in her does. Most
important—find a class in which
you and your dog are comfortable.
Training is an important first step in establishing an appropriate
relationship with your dog.
The Humane Society offers four Puppy & Dog Training
Classes each week. Call Connie at 388-3331 x 19.
Cause for Paws
Silver Anniversary
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary (175 in dog years
by some calculations), the Humane Society of Vero
Beach & Indian River County once again made homeless, needy animals the beneficiaries of proceeds from
the best sale in town!
Cause for Paws (March 22nd) and its Preview Party
(March 16th), both, always anticipated events, featured
more than 600 sought after auction items. The bidding
was often intense; the lucky winners were delighted.
Elegant hors d’ oeuvres by Elizabeth Kennedy, emceeing and music by Ed Meade, live auctioneering by Wesley Davis, and Priscilla Lamonde’s and Janice Bieber’s
breathtaking decorations (silver, of course) made for
an evening many declared, “The best Cause for Paws
You could have heard a cat purr during the “Ruff”le drawing. Mary Chadwick walked off with the $1000
Citgo gas card, George and Jean Walsh with the 40”
Samsung TV and DVD, and Norma Smith with the
$1000 shopping spree at Leigh Jewelers and The Carlisle Collection.
No doubt though, the evenings’ top winners were
two of our canine greeters who were adopted. Cynthia
Paul of Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne*
and Debbie and Bob Santoro of Charles Schwab Co.,*
when asked if they would forever love and protect their
new pets announced, “I/we do.” Now everyone will live
happily ever after.
*Both companies are generous supporters of Cause for Paws
2009 Putts 4 Mutts
The 2009 Putts 4 Mutts golf tournament took
place on February 9th at Indian River Club in Vero
Beach and was a great success. The charity event
was held to benefit the Rocky Fund at the Humane
Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County. This
fund helps to ensure that no adoptable animal will
ever be denied emergency medical care at the
Participants enjoyed a beautiful golf course, as
well as great fare and warm hospitality. Winning
golfers were awarded some nice prizes that had
been donated by several Vero Beach businesses,
including gift certificates for dining at Carmel’s Restaurant and Bobby’s Restaurant and Lounge, gift
certificates for golf rounds and pro-shop merchandise from Indian River Club, and movie passes from
"Grover" was on-site to greet Putts 4 Mutts
participants. He's a terrier-mix who was found in
the orange groves with a broken leg. He was given
the necessary vet care, and is now a healthy pet
who's been adopted by a loving family.
Through the generosity of participants and
sponsors, much needed funds were raised for
the Rocky Fund. The Humane Society is particularly indebted to sponsors Reanette and Steve
Frobouck, Oak Point Development Group,
Inc., George E. Warren Corporation, Mr. and
Mrs. Doug Thompson, Marquis Insurance
Company, and Hudson Advisor Services, Inc.
The Humane Society thanks everyone who played
in or assisted with the event.
Sadie Hendrix
Is Sadie a shady lady? You decide. Kathleen had viewed, petted, and
brushed almost every cat in the shelter, when she happened to glance in
the next room. There was Sadie, looking over her shoulder with that come
hither look. It was love at first sight!
Harley and Abby, nine and ten, Kathleen's other cats looked Sadie over
and after a while said OK. After an evening of cat dreams beside Abby,
who's beside Kathleen, who's beside Harley, Sadie tries to answer the
phone; the little hussy thinks it's for her! As Kathleen tries to talk, Sadie
paws the phone. If Kathleen tries to sew, Sadie is sure it's a dress for her
and wants to try it on - now! When the doorbell rings Sadie thinks it's her
date, runs to the door and demurely rubs whoever enters.
"In spite of her flirty ways, she is the most wonderful cat and my best
friend," Kathleen insists.
Heidi and Sammi Young
Heidi and Sammi came from another state because the family’s father had a
job lined up here. But the job fell through, and the family ended up in a homeless
center. They reluctantly brought the dogs to the shelter with the children sobbing.
These were older dogs, never separated, who needed to stay together. They
became favorites with staff and volunteers, but a home didn’t seem to be in sight.
George and Erica Young had lost their beloved dogs and their home seemed
empty. After a long search, they met these girls, and the decision to adopt was
made within minutes. It was announced over the Shelter’s speaker system and
everyone cheered.
Now they go to the river every day to soak, swim and (unsuccessfully) chase
fish and birds. They love to sit on the end of the dock, sniffing the breeze, while
George fishes. Visitors marvel at how well trained they are, but Erica just says,
“They came that way.”
Savannah Harris
Savannah was adopted from our Humane Society in August of 2006
at the age of two – a playful, outgoing cat that had captured her future
owner’s attention during a shelter visit. Her first night at home was spent
curled and purring on her new mom’s chest, happy to find a friend and
playmate. In the two years since, Savannah has found herself a forever
Savannah’s favorite game is hide-and-seek, bursting out of hiding to
happily surprise her mom. When her owner is unable to play, Savannah
follows her about the house with her toy mouse in case she suffers one
of those unpredictable cat-like urges. On walks with mom, Savannah rides
along in her own special cat stroller to take in the neighborhood sights. In
rounding out this brief description of Savannah’s personal preferences, she
prefers dogs to cats, is selective when it comes to food, loves to kiss her
mom, is an accomplished retriever, and is one very nice cat.
nd Happy Endings
Lily Belle Carothers
Joanna Carothers searched many shelters before eventually finding then sixmonth-old Lily Belle. “I had lost my dog Britches, a dalmatian-mix, that I’d adopted
from HSVB&IRC. I had her 16 years, and after one week I couldn’t take it; it was
just too lonely without a dog in the house.”
At the Shelter, while all the other dogs were barking, Lily (after Lily Pulitzer) sat
quietly, cocking her head at the others as if to say, “Why are you barking?” She’s
now a four-year-old bundle of energy who sticks closely by Joanna’s side around the
house and on their daily morning run.
Lily’s best friend is Buddy the beagle next door; but while he hates the water,
swimming in the pool is Lily’s favorite pastime. “They see each other every day and
he just loves her, but they’re really an odd couple – sort of like Danny DeVito with
Tina Turner!”
Snowflake & Snowball Hervey-Mitchell
Having just lost their 17-year-old cat Miss Kitty, Diane and Paul weren’t
sure they were ready to replace their loving companion any time soon. They
felt they needed time before opening their hearts to another animal.
That was the plan, until one morning when Diane opened the newspaper and saw the photograph of two adorable, 3-month-old kitten sisters.
Her heart melted and the decision was made. She showed the picture to her
husband and they agreed these were the ones for them.
Even though they’re almost mirror images of each other with only the
tips of their tails to tell them apart, the sisters have very distinctive personalities. Snowflake is extremely affectionate while Snowball is somewhat
standoffish. Their favorite spot for hanging out is either in the bathroom sink
or tub, playing with the faucets. Clearly these two loving cats have brought a
whole lot of joy into the Hervey-Mitchell household.
Tyler Kramek
Seeing is believing, according to Mary Kramek who was in her car when she first
laid eyes on a skinny, scruffy, slapdash dog sprinting across the road out of sight –
only to reappear shortly thereafter, in a newspaper photo of Humane Society pets
for adoption, looking for a home.
In spite of his vagabond life, Tyler, a Chihuahua-mix, is a survivor who has
adapted well to domestic bliss with his mutually adoring family companions. His
small stature has not interfered with his larger-than-life attitude as the self established boss of the other family pets, two Labs and a cat who is purr-fectly willing to
recognize his playmate’s status.
While Tyler is playful and will entertain himself or others tirelessly with his rope
toy, everything comes to a halt if there is the slightest opportunity to indulge in his
very favorite food, carrots, for which he will do most anything. If you didn’t see it,
you wouldn’t believe it.
Nya and "Scotty"
Dog bites are often one of the most easily preventable childhood injuries, and yet each year, dog
bite incidents exceed the number of reported cases of mumps, measles and whooping cough combined. That’s why The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County’s Humane Education
Department offers Animal Safety is Fun!, a free dog bite prevention program for children.
During the class, children are taught to ask permission before petting a dog, how to approach
a dog and how to safely interact with a dog. Students learn the “stand like a tree” safety technique,
which teaches children to stay calm, stand still, and not stare at an unfamiliar dog that approaches.
Students also learn how to “lie like a log,” another safety technique where we demonstrate how to remain calm and protected if accidentally knocked down by an excited dog. Training takes approximately
30 minutes and children receive a coloring handout to help reinforce what they’ve learned, along with
a review of instructions on the back to help educate parents.
For more information or to schedule an Animal Safety is Fun! class, please call 388-3331 x 18.
See the shelter pets online at:
Book Signing
Benefits Shelter
About 50 guests attended a private book
signing and presentation by
Alice Schroeder, author of
the bestseller The Snowball:
Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, at the spectacular oceanfront home
of Humane Society board
(l to r) Parker Crowell, Rick Elliott, Dr. Rustine,
Sandy Crowell and Kitty Elliott
Beth and Olske Forbes
David and Dr. Rebecca Rustine
member Dr. Rebecca Rustine and her
husband David.
Schroeder’s friend and fellow dog
lover Beth Forbes, whose mother
Olske Forbes lives in Vero Beach,
the event
with help
from Hal
and Sheila
A portion
of the proceeds from
book sales
that eve- Alice Schroeder and Hal Oberkotter
ning were
generously donated to the HSVB&IRC.
The Rustine’s three white standard poodles, Teddy, Reilly and Lillie,
and Japanese Chin, Lucy (Lillie and
Lucy are shelter alumni) were all on
their best behavior!
Book Review
Curl up with your pet & a good book
for some great summer reading!
Amazing Gracie
by owner, Dan Dye
Amazing Gracie is the heartwarming story of
one neglected, deaf, partially blind, albino Great
Dane (not a profile you’d choose) who changed
the lives of everyone who knew her. Her delicate constitution demanded that all her food be
home cooked by Dan, who incidentally knew
little to nothing about cooking.
But to save Gracie’s life, he was determined to learn…and
did…only to eventually launch today’s highly successful “Three
Dog Bakery” business ( Gracie was an
unlikely canine hero who went from throwaway pup to national celebrity by means of love and loyalty. The story is an
entertaining fast read; you’ll cry a little, but you’ll laugh a lot.
Incidentally, royalties from this book go to The Gracie Foundation, a non-profit emergency relief fund for neglected and
abused animals.
Dewey, The Small Town Library Cat Who
Touched the World
by Vicki Myron
Cat People, “Rejoice!” Dewey is the heartwarming, true story of a cat that spent nineteen years
as Spencer Library’s mascot. Stuffed in a book
slot as a tiny, half frozen kitten, Dewey grew to
be loved, not just locally, but world-wide. He
greeted visitors, attended meetings, sat on laps,
posed for photos, and was generally agreeable.
Dewey taught us great lessons…to find our place, be happy
with what you have, treat everyone well, and live a good life.
It’s not about material things, it’s about love. When his death
came (we dare anyone to read the final chapters without a
lump in the throat), his obituary ran in over 270 newspapers
worldwide. Read the book and you will discover why.
Speaking for the Animals
Little Girls with Big Hearts
Sometimes children seem to
“speak for the animals” best. Maybe it’s
because they speak from their hearts.
We know these little girls certainly do.
Fifth grader Kate Quinn of Pennington, NJ was visiting Vero Beach with
her sister Alexandra when they decided
to help the animals at our Humane
Society. She
and Alexandra
offered to
Alexandra & Kate
walk neighborhood dogs for .25 cents.
Through their efforts and willingness
to help the animals of Indian River
County they raised over $130!
Makala Pierce & Gracie Martin are
two little Vero Beach girls who love
animals, and they wanted to help the
homeless pets at the shelter. They
Makala & Gracie
Unleash Your Heart
decided a good way to do that was to
have a dog wash and ask for donations. They even asked folks that didn’t
have a dog to please make a donation.
They brought in a bubbly $30.00 to
help the Humane Society!
Recently, Sarah Mazza, an eightyear-old young lady from Vero Beach
dropped by the shelter with her father
and a donation from her personal
“Angel Fund.” Sarah, who attends
Sarah & Dad
Rosewood Magnet School, selflessly saved a portion of her allowance each week for a year to honor Missy, her two-year-old
terrier-mix, who was adopted from HSVB&IRC. Sarah honored
her with a $50 donation!
If our animals could talk they would tell all these girls and
their parents how wonderful our special, young donors are. It
is children like these that make this world a better place for the
animals we all love. Thank you all for your kind donations!
Angel Food
Reserve Your Enduring Tribute
Times are hard. Weekly, pet owners
Brick Paver Today
arrive at the Humane Society relinquishThis important fundraising
initiative is a
great opportunity
to give a lasting
tribute to a
cherished friend,
family member,
or animal companion. It will
touch your heart
to honor or
memorialize that special person or animal
while supporting the lifesaving work of
the Humane Society of Vero Beach and
Indian River County. Please help support
our mission one brick paver at a time.
The laser engraved commemorative
brick pavers will be placed in our newly
constructed Volunteer Legacy Pavilion
and Walkway in the beautiful Benedict
Bark Park.
The memorial and honorarium brick
pavers are available at four giving levels
($50, $125, $250, and $500). Silhouettes
of most dog breed types and graphics
such as paw print, cat, or other species
are available at no extra charge.
To purchase a Commemorative Paver,
please call (772) 388 –3331 ext. 27.
ing their loved pets because they are
losing their homes. Others simply cannot
afford to continue the cost of feeding
their pets. Every penny counts when you
are out of a job; it takes a lot of pennies
to feed animals.
Recently, Randi and Dan Dempsey
volunteered to help with the cost of
feeding up to two pets for someone who
couldn’t keep their pet(s) due to food
costs. Thanks to the Dempseys, the
Angel Food Program was born.
As a participating sponsor in the
program, you can donate a dollar amount
of your choosing monthly, quarterly
or yearly. Your gift will be restricted to
providing help only to those who qualify.
Recipients will be carefully selected according to their needs. HSVB&IRC will
order the food, and the pet owners will
then come to the Shelter to receive it.
For more information, call Cornelia
Perez at 567-7570. Leave a message and
she will return your call.
Volunteer Luncheon
A Volunteer Luncheon was held on Sunday, February 15th to show appreciation for all
the many volunteers who help to “speak for the animals” all year with their devotion.
In MemoryDonations
of and
In Honor of Family & Friends
given from January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009
In memory of…
Donated by…
In memory of…
Donated by…
Ruth Chamberlin James Crane
Michael Creech
Ruth Dalton
Michael Dustin
Milton Feinson
Rose Fitzgerald Ann Fortin
Thomas Foster
Robert Fraker
Ed Garland
William Gibson
Ann & Ron Hadley Nancy Hall Frances Hardy Renata Hoffman
Jane & Frank Jensen
Shirley Jones Barbara Kantner
Hazel Kelly L.D. Keplinger
Jane King
Steve Langgut
George Lyon Charles Neidecker
Mrs. Norma Newberg-Little
Marion Paranka
Claire Quenzer
Lawrence Rice
Doris Rosen
Richard Rustin
James Sidey
Peter Staniski
Patrick Trench
Helen Trueblood
Lucille Vincenti
Patricia Walsh
Frank Weise
Mr. Carl E. Hefferon
Mr. & Mrs. Stirling S. Adams
Mrs. Roland J. Hoguet
Mrs. Virginia Knapp
Mr. & Mrs. Wilfred W. Martin
Mr. & Mrs. T. Rene Perez
Mr. & Mrs. Rick J. Richesin
Mr. & Mrs. William H. Schneebeck
Mr. Michael Kadish
Mr. & Mrs. David C. Nolte
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick H. Wall
Woodland Homeowners Assoc
Mrs. Annie K Clark
Ms. Joann Ryan
Mrs. Carol A. Swanson
Dr. & Mrs. Maynard E. Cohen
Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey McGann
Mr. & Mrs. Warren Levine
Mrs. Helen Sterling
Mr. & Mrs. John F. Englehardt
Ms. Patricia Ryan
Ms. Peggy A. Zinsmeister
Mr. & Mrs. William Bornhoeft
Mr. & Mrs. Richard C. Ramer
Ms. Barbara K. Gerstell
Snug Harbor Village Canasta Group
Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Kusel
Mrs. Clinton Ostrander
Mr. & Mrs. Albert D. Stiles
Ms. Margaret M. Murner
Mr. & Mrs. Richard P. Doyle
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Kulp
Ms. Sandra L. Marti
Ms. Bonnie T. McIlvaine
Mr. & Mrs. John S. Patterson
Ms. Betty L. Weaver
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin M. Allen
Mrs. Beth Colegrove
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Hale
Mr. & Mrs. William A. Woodard
Ms. Dolores Woodard
Mr. & Mrs. Randolf Fusco
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Barker
Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Brinker
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Brungard
Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Casserly
Kris Fauser
Ms. Stephanie P. Hurtt
Ms. Sharon J. English
Ms. Catherine Hullen
Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Simoniz
Ms. Margaret Neidecker
Mr. & Mrs. Noel J. McMahon
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Barashke
Mr. & Mrs. George F. B. Owens
Mr. & Mrs. Otto E. Kaufmann
Mr. Lawrence M. Lieberman
Mr. Wilmer Peil
Ms. Nancy F. Seabol
Countryside Citrus
Mrs. Ginette Rustin
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Chase
Ms. Kelli I. Martin
Petite Shops
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Orr
Dr. & Mrs. Charles M. Fischman
Ms. Joanne M. Zingrich
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. McCullough
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. R. Parker Crowell
Frank Weise (con't.)
Doralee Zaleuke
Mr. & Mrs. James Shad
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Shropshire
Mr. & Mrs. David W. Beckwith
Ms. Betsy Berg
Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Cluff
Ms. Mary Anne Dimartino
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick D. Leary
Ms. Priscilla S. Painter
Mr. & Mrs. Jose G. Pearce
Ms. Betty Saunders
Ms. Lynette Stevens
Mrs. Hermann Waker
In honor of...
Donated by...
Sandy & Don Ames
Alice Arrington
Jane Cammann
Dot Donnenwirth Mary Doyle
Chris Frew
David & Suzanne Geyer Suzanne Geyer Paula Gibson
Sally Wilson & Lee Goss
Mikki & Jeffrey Hargrave
Jean Kahane Christopher Long
Tom O’Neil
Cornelia Perez
Warren & Virginia Schwerin Michele Smith
Karen Whittington
Junior League of IRC Sustainers
Mr. & Mrs. Scott Turner
Ms. Desiree E. Stuart-Alexander
Ms. Grace A. Straw
Ms. Mary E. Gilmartin
Mr. & Mrs. Fred A. Taylor
Mr. Robert C. Timmons
Ms. Carolyn Robinson
Ms. Leslie Dunn
Mrs. Constance H. Richardson
Mrs. Heather Hargrave
Mr. & Mrs. Joel F. Roth
Mr. & Mrs. Brian S. Burkeen
Ms. J. Doris Durkin
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Pingree
Mr. & Mrs. John Canny
Mr. & Mrs. Ken D. Burgess
Ms. Audie L. Jaqua
Mr. Phillip Yonge
Mr. Carson Proctor
Mr. & Mrs. George O’Neill
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas R. Guy
Ms. Kathryn A. Schwerin
Wal-Mart Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Boyer
Our newest fairies (as of 4/4/09) help to
provide dental procedures for adoptable
dogs and cats for a year. *Renewals in blue
Golden Tooth Fairies
Mrs. Marilyn Velde-Crimi – In Memory
of Evangeline & Kent Wheeler
Tooth Fairies
Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Asplundh
“Fritzy” Becker – from mom JoAnn Becker
Janice Bieber – In Memory of Phillip Snyder
Mrs. Marilyn Velde-Crimi
Mike Edmonds – In Memory of “Coco” Edmonds
Paula Gibson – In Memory of “Rosie” Perez
Marie O. Gookin – Honoring Jay
Bobby & Laura Guttridge – In Memory of “Honeybear”
Bobby & Laura Guttridge – In Memory of “Smokey Junior”
Steve & Kim Hardin – In Honor of Klein Von Whiskers,
My Beloved Schnauzer
Anne Lanier (2) – In Memory of Rebecca Anne Streetman
Sheila & George Marshall – In Honor of “Maggie”
David & Michelle Nolte – In Memory of Michael Creech
Rene & Cornelia Perez – In Memory of “Rosie”
Rene & Cornelia Perez – In Honor of “Willow”
Bob & Marta Schneider – In Honor of Our Many & Very
Loved 4-legged Children (2)
Marc & Cynthia Soucy – In Honor of all Animals
Chris & Maria Whittle - In Honor of “Chloe” Whittle
In Memory
of and In Honor of Companion Pets
Donations given from January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009
In memory of...
Donated by...
In memory of...
Donated by...
Rosie Adams Buda Allan,
Romeo Bellini
Mia Bemont
Whiskers Braga
Booboo Brysen
Trixie Conits
Pooch Conti/Verne
Figaro Craig
Nitrus Cyphert Ashley Darcy
Minnie Derrick
Samantha DiVergilio
Krissy Doll
Daisy Faulkner Shotzie Figley
Josephine Fitzgerald Ladybug Francis
Abby Geyer
Khaki Gibb
Bandit Giummule
Mackie Habeshian
Oscar Hagerty Maximus Hampton
Jonsey Hart
Dove & Star Hernan
Peanut Herrick
Tomcat Hohmann Angel Hornyak
Scooter Hunt
Wilbur Joy
Buddy Kaiser
Simi Konstantinidis
Major Kuhner Spooky Lang
Sparky LeBlanc
Christy Lewis Kaycee Ley
Smokey Luhrs Dandy Marks Mona Marr Seamus McNair-Haggerty
Lucky Merchant Caddy Miller
Tipper Morton
Savannah Osborne
Oreo Palmer Bailey Palmer Rosie Perez Faith Regan
Josie Ross
Tyler Rothus
Zoey Roumbakis
Mootsie Sanchez
Spirit Shaw Hoss Sissom
Kala Sneed
Daisy Spears Ms. Annabelle M. Adams
Ms. Sandra Allan
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Bellini
Mr. Neal Bemont
Ms. Lynn Gielda
Ms. Margaret Brysen
Mss. Eva & Barbara Conits
Ms. Joan Bowers
Mr. C. Phillip Craig
Mr. Ritter Cyphers
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Darcy
Mr. & Mrs. Harry P. Derrick
Mr. & Mrs. Karl Mahler
Ms. Pamela Doll
Mrs. Joan Faulkner
Ms. Jo-Ellyn Figley
Mrs. Jean B.T. Prior
Ms. Gloria Francis
Mr. & Mrs. David Geyer
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Gibb
Mr. & Mrs. James T. Ueltschi
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kasten
Mr. & Mrs. Toby Hill
Mr. & Mrs. G. Norris Cook
Ms. Diane Giummule
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Habeshian
Mr. & Mrs. Frank D’Addario
Ms. Tara Hampton
Mr. & Mrs. John B. Hart
Mr. & Mrs. Frank W. Hernan
Mr. & Mrs. Steve M. Herrick
Mrs. Sherley Hohmann
Mr. Jimmie Sapper
Mr. & Mrs. James H. Hunt
Mr. & Mrs. Toby Hill
Mr. & Mrs. James T. Ueltschi
Mr. & Mrs. Fred Kasten
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Gibb
Mr. John Kaiser
Just for Fun
Mr. & Mrs. Albert L. Kuhner
Ms. Sondra Lang
Mr. Phillip Leblanc
Mrs. Susan Lewis
Mr. & Mrs. Allan Ley
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Luhrs
Mr. & Mrs. Gary D. Marks
Ms. Tara Marr
Mr. & Mrs. David Geyer
Mr. & Mrs. Randy Wood
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Miller
Mrs. Mary Ann Heilman
Tom & Fran Osborne
Ms. Chris Ferrari
Mrs. Nancy Conroy
Mr. & Mrs. Agustin H. Salina
Dr. & Mrs. Gary L. Freed
Mr. & Mrs. George B. Marshall
Ms. Helen Baker
Mr. & Mrs. Peter B. Benedict
Mr. & Mrs. James Regan
Ms. Lynn Gielda
Mr. & Mrs. Jules J. Rothus
Mrs. Judith Roumbakis
Mr. & Mrs. Teofilio Sanchez
Ms. Diane Shaw
Mr. & Mrs. Mark F. Sissom
Ms. Maria Sneed
Ms. Janet Spears
Wickett Tso
Chipper & Crirro Van Haasu
Corkey Van Name
Red Welles
Gentry Williams Buddy Wilson
Emma Woodruff
Abby Yorks
Gizmo Zalegowski
Tuffy Zugelter
Mrs. Marion Newbold
Ms. Paula Sue Reiser
Ms. Maureen Van Name
Mr. James S. Welles
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Gibb
Mr. Robert Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. T. Rene Perez
Ms. Jocelyn K. Woodruff
Ms. Marcilla Yorks
Mrs. Dorothy J. Zalegowski
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel W. Zugelter
Duprca Bennett Duchess Elkins
Diamond Hathaway
Morocco Maness
Ms. Constance P. Bennett
Mrs. Holly Elkins
Ms. Jean Hathaway
Ms. Donna D. Maness
In honor of…
Donated by…
Our newest angels (as of 4/4/09) help to
provide important extras for the pets for
a year. *Renewals in blue
Mrs. Anita Astrachan – In Memory of Milton R. Astrachan
Bobby & Laura Guttridge – In Memory of “Smokey Junior”
Anne Lanier – In Memory of Rebecca Anne Streetman
Chalmers Morse, Exe. Director – Honoring All Our Volunteers
Guardian Angels
Anastasia Allan – In Honor of “Bast”
Gloria Allen – In Memory of “Angel” Allen
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Allex – In Memory of Frank & Virginia Crowley
Mrs. Janet Baines (2)
Mrs. James S. Beckwith III – In Memory of “Holmes”
Diane Benkert – Honoring “Thor”
Anne B. Cannon
Moe & Pat Curzio – In Memory of “Iris” & “Wilbur” Curzio
Gary & Josie Dowler – In Honor of “Winston” & “Holly”
Mike Edmonds – In Memory of “Ginger” Edmonds
Mrs. Jean Geddes – In Memory of “Squeak”
Mrs. Jean Geddes – In Memory of “Tainka”
Marie Gookin – In Memory of “Rudy”
Bobby & Laura Guttridge – In Memory of “Oscar”
Mr. & Mrs. Edward P. Henry II
Connie Jiranek – In Memory of “Mac”
Jordan Kuppinger, M.D.
Anne Lanier (2) – In Memory of Rebecca Anne Streetman
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Malin – In Memory of “Swizzle”’
Peggy & Bob Martin – In Memory of Murphy Horne
George & Lori Nichols – In Honor of “Milllie” Nichols
David & Michelle Nolte – In Memory of Michael Creech
Mr. Hal Oberkotter – In Honor of all good shepherds
Oslo Middle 6th Grade (Ms. Schwager’s & Mrs. Tolliver’s classes)
Patty’s Printing
Planet Pet Animal Hospital - Melissa Mueller, DVM
Russ & Judy Powell
Ruth M. Schuchart – In Honor of “Nip” & “Tuck’s” 14th Birthdays
Diane Schulman
Kathryn Schwerin – In Memory of My Beloved “Binky”
Warren & Virginia Schwerin – Honoring “Georgie Girl”
Bill & Louise Segallis – In Memory of “Cowboy” Segallis
Marc & Cynthia Soucy – In Honor of all Animals
Fritz & Bonnie Spitzmiller – Honoring All Homeless Pets
Mr. & Mrs. George Walsh
Connie & Carl Wessinger – In Memory of “Pumpkin” & “Angus”
Connie & Carl Wessinger – In Memory of “Penny” & “Emma”
Chris & Maria Whittle – In Memory of “Dusty Dawg”
Chris & Maria Whittle – In Memory of “Prince Igor”
Pat & Buddy Willis – In Memory of “Charlie Chan” Willis
Off - Leash
The Mutt Show
"All American Mutt"
won by Ojhei, shown with owners
Nicole Toore and Scott Stickle
photos by: Linda Scott
– SEND YOUR BEST PET PICS IN TODAY. E-mail jpeg attachments to: [email protected] with
your name, phone number, & pet’s name. Send prints to the P.O. Box address listed on the back
cover with a note containing the ID information. Please don't write on the photograph back.
to these businesses for their support…
Nancy & Peter Benedict attended a small
celebration to commemorate the dedication of
the newly renovated Benedict Bark Park located
at the Humane Society. The park is designed to
develop dog’s motor skills and self-confidence.
Thanks to the Benedicts for making this possible.
Pictured (l to r) Cornelia Perez, Joanna Salina,
Nancy & Peter Benedict.
Banfield - The Pet Hosp.
Big Lots
Butler Amimal Health
Crossroads Animal Hosp.
East Coast Equine
Florida Veterinary League
Ft. Dodge Pharmaceutical
Highlands Animal Hospital
Hill’s Science Diet
Hometown News
I’ll Never Tell
IRC Sheriff’s Dept.
Indian River Mall
Ironside Press
Live Oak Animal Hospital
Majestic Theatre
Pet Supermarket
Poodle Boutique
Press Journal
Schumann Printing
Sebastian Animal Hosp.
Smart Practice
St. Francis Animal Hosp.
Vero Beach Magazine
Vero Beach Police
Vero Life
Volunteers Gloria Allen & Eileen Derrick recently
presented a check for $12,000 to the Humane
Society, representing eBay sales of donated
Hallmark collectibles. The shelter thanks these
ladies for this rewarding outcome for their
efforts. Pictured (l to r) Board President Hal
Oberkotter, Executive Director Chalmers Morse,
Gloria Allen, & Eileen Derrick.
Humane Happenings
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June 1 - June is Adopt-a-Cat Month
June 13- Volunteer Orientation (9am - 11am)
We’re at the mall with shelter pets
June 15- Registration for July Dog Training Classes
June 26- Take Your Dog To Work Day
June 27- We’re at the mall with shelter pets
June 30- Rally Obedience Class Starts
July 1 - Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (11-Noon)
July 2 - Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (7-8pm)
Agility Classes Start (6-7pm, Beg. 7-8pm, Adv.)
July 4 - Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (1-2pm)
July 11 - Volunteer Orientation (9am - 11am)
We’re at the mall with shelter pets
July 25 - We’re at the mall with shelter pets
Aug. 8 - Volunteer Orientation (9am - 11am)
We’re at the mall with shelter pets
Aug. 12- Registration for Aug. Dog Training Classes
Aug. 22- We’re at the mall with shelter pets
Aug. 25- Rally Obedience Class Starts
Aug. 26- Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (11-Noon)
Aug. 27- Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (7-8pm))
Agility Classes Start (6-7pm, Beg. 7-8pm, Adv.)
Aug. 29- Puppy & Dog Training Classes Start (1-2pm)
If your pet was adopted from this Humane Society it has a
microchip implant. However, you must make certain your
information is current. If you’ve moved or changed phone
numbers, please advise the adoption center so the record
can be updated. If your pet was microchipped elsewhere,
make certain you keep your ID info current with your vet and
that microchip company. If your pet is ever lost and arrives at
the shelter this can make the difference in reuniting you!
Wishful Thinking
Help the shelter by donating these items
Vegetable trays
Leashes & Collars
(no meat trays)
Baby gates
Margarine containers
Sheets and towels
Frozen dinner trays
Toys for cats & dogs
New volunteers
Pet toys are always needed
DROP OFF items AT the
shelter or either
Thrift Shop
Humane Society of Vero Beach &
Indian River County, FL, Inc.
photo: "Rusty" Boatwright
P.O. Box 644
Vero Beach, FL 32961-0644
New Shelter Hours
Adoption Center open, Mon. - Sat. 11am - 4pm, Sun. 10am - 3pm (NEW)
Receiving Center open Mon. - Fri. 8am - 6pm, Sat. 8am - 5pm, Sun. 8am - 4pm (NEW)
Visit the Humane
Society - From US1
turn west on 77th St.
(Hobart Rd.). We're
one block west of 58th
Ave. Come and see
the wonderful pets
available for adoption
or take a tour.
Adoption & Education Center
6230 77th Street, Vero Beach
(772) 388-3331
Open Daily
Monday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm
Susan Kelly, Adoption Program Coordinator - ext. 10
Pet Behavior & Training
Connie Ellis, Pet Behavior Program Coordinator - ext. 19
Volunteer Program
Phaedra Kohler, Volunteer Coordinator - ext. 20
Animal Receiving
Open 7 Days
Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00p
Barbara Reed, Lost and Found Coordinator - ext. 30
The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County is a nonprofit organization that operates the only open admission animal shelter
in Indian River County. This Humane Society’s mission is to make a better
community for the people and animals by:
Thrift Shops
Annette Barcus, Manager
Donations Received 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Vero Beach - 4445 20th Street
(772) 567-2044
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sebastian - 441 Sebastian Blvd.
(772) 589-0323
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Emergencies - (772) 567-2309
Providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals
Placing adoptable pets into permanent loving homes.
Promoting spaying and neutering of companion animals.
Promoting responsible pet ownership and respect for all life
through Humane Education.
Protecting animals from cruelty.
Pledging to be advocates for animal protection.
We are dependent upon your financial support as a steady source of
operating income. Please help us “speak for those who cannot speak for
themselves” by your donations and your support of the Thrift Shops.