Wood County Humane Society Animal Corner The WCHS Minnibelle Conley Shelter 801 Van Camp Road Bowling Green, OH 43402 (419) 352-7339 HOURS: Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 12 to 7 p.m. Thursday: 12 to 7 p.m. Friday: 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday: 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday: 12 to 4 p.m. Shelter Manager Erin McKibben Humane Agent Debra Loprete Assistant Manager Megan Baker Event Planner Tara Moore Outreach Coordinator Megann Smith Dog Trainer Scott Beard Animal Care Staff Scott Beard, Olga Clay, April McCurdy, Emily Watts, Cassie Williams April 2015 WCHS TO HOST ANNUAL WINE & DINE FUNDRAISER ON MAY 15 The Wood County Humane Society’s (WCHS) annual Wine & Dine event, which raised more than $10,000 for the organization in 2013, will be held on May 15 at Greystone Banquet Hall and Conference Center on Hufford Road, Perrysburg. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is generously sponsored by Paws and Remember. Guests will enjoy a meal prepared by Carolyn’s Catering and live entertainment provided by Velvet Jones, a 1980s cover band originally from Toledo, Ohio. The event will feature fine wines from Heidelberg Distributing Company. Guests at the event will be able to enjoy a photo booth and both a silent and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Jerry Anderson. Some of the items up for auction this year include: a timeshare getaway package to Las Vegas or Florida, autographed memorabilia from award -winning mystery writer Sue Grafton, fine art pieces provided by local artists, and tickets to a variety of regional and national attractions including Tecumseh: The Outdoor Historical Drama, Sauder Village, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, Paramount’s Kings Island, and Walt Disney World. For a preview of some of our fantastic auction items, see page 24 of this issue of Animal Corner. A complete list of auction items will soon be available for preview at the Wine and Dine website. Advance tickets for the event cost $50/each, $90/ pair. Tickets can be purchased at the WCHS website or from one of the WCHS Board members. Cash, check, and credit card payments are accepted. Proceeds from the Wine & Dine support the WCHS. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Shelter News 2 — 21 Upcoming Events 22 — 27 Wine & Dine 2015 23 — 25 Adoption Updates 28 — 31 Honors and Memorials Around the Country/Around the World 32 34 — 39 In the Library with Mary Boone Check us out online at: www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org 40 P age 2 A pr i l 2 0 1 5 Tail Wags *Rupert Fawcett for graciously granting us permission to reprint his hilarious dog-centered comics, Off the Leash, in our newsletter! Each month, Nagoya generously sponsors the adoption fees for one cat and one dog. Thank you, Nagoya, for your continued support! “Kisses” is a bit of a misnomer for this little lady. In fact, she doesn’t much like kisses at all—whether on the giving or receiving end. That’s not to say that Kisses isn’t affectionate. She is. Or she can be. But affection needs to come on her terms. When she is ready to be petted, she enjoys it very much. When she wants to cuddle, she can be a real lover. And when she wants to play, you better be ready for some fun and adventure! Kisses definitely loves to be spoiled rotten but, again, it has to happen on her terms and her timetable. And when Kisses doesn’t want affection? You can find her lounging around the shelter on any free surface. Check out Kisses’s Petfinder profile. *Eric Myers and John Aleksander for being very dedicated SNIP drivers! *Mike Frost and Jeff Postl for loading and transporting new (used) cabinets and countertops for the shelter kitchen! *Newlove Realty for the use of its trailer in transporting cabinets! *Chad Hughes and Mary Kate Picolo, for being amazing BGSU practicum students! Trilla is a special little lady. She came to us without her left hind leg, but no worries. That missing leg doesn’t slow this boxer/terrier mix down one bit. In fact, Trilla is especially fond of taking long walks, so she is looking for an equally active human with a strong sense of adventure. Trillia is sweet-tempered and very affectionate. She also enjoys being pampered and receiving extra love, attention, and, of course, treats. We recently introduced Trilla to a play group (of dogs), and she does quite well with them. However, she doesn't get along with all dogs, and plays best with “easy going” dogs. Check out Trilla’s Petfinder profile. Board Members Sought We currently are seeking applications to our Board of Directors, a voluntary working Board, comprised of between 11 and 15 members of local leaders dedicated to providing direction and guidance to the organization. Board members are elected annually for a term of two years. The WCHS Board of Directors meets once monthly for two hours. Other time commitments vary. Those interested should contact Heath A. Diehl, Board Secretary. 6190 Levis Commons Blvd. (419) 931-8400 Website Facebook Join the WCHS or Re-New Your Membership Today Life Membership ($1,500 and above) Animal Angel ($500—$1,499) Pet Patron ($250—$499) Pet Pal ($100—$249) Pet Sponsor ($45—$99) Friend ($30—$44) Kids Club ($1—$29) Name ___________________________________________ Address _________________________________________ City _____________________ State ______ Zip ________ E-mail Address ____________________________________ I am giving this membership to the person/family named below: Memorial to: ________________________________ In honor of: _________________________________ Other: _____________________________________ Amount enclosed: ____________________________ Send your tax-deductible donation to: Wood County Humane Society 801 Van Camp Road Bowling Green, OH 43402 Join Online NOW A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 3 ANIMAL SPOTLIGHTS Katu is an incredibly sweet girl who has patiently been waiting for her family for two years. When she first arrived at the humane society, she was quite shy and suffering from some gum inflammation. Once that was addressed, she turned into quite the social butterfly. As a result of the inflammation, Katu has had her teeth removed. This doesn’t stop her from enjoying her hard food dinner though! The patience of this phenomenal feline is astounding. Come see how adoring Katu can be and who knows, you may end up finding your new best friend. Check out Katu’s Petfinder profile. 2015 Board of Directors Officers President Lori Young VP of Administration Kathy Dean VP of Shelter Operations Deb Johnson Secretary Heath A. Diehl Treasurer Pending Committee Chairs Budget & Finance Maddy may not always demand your attention, but she does want it. And she deserves it. This fancy feline has been with us since February of 2013. She loves to sit on laps and be adored. Be warned, though, she will let you know with a feisty paw slap or two when is she is done. What makes Maddy so special is her sweet demeanor. Most declawed cats tend to have a lot of attitude and fight in them, whereas Maddy is a delight. She is on a special diet and requires a medication, but that just makes her affectionate meow all the more endearing. If you have a little patience and time, please stop by and see what makes Maddy so delightful! Check out Maddy’s Petfinder profile. Pending Building and Grounds Connie Black-Postl Fundraising Emily Keegan Membership/Contributions Sue Frost Outreach/Education Pending Public Relations Heath A. Diehl SNIP Omar can best be described as “sweet and needy.” He loves to be around his humans, so much that he barks and cries when left alone for lengthy periods. Omar is very fond of lap sitting, sloppy kisses, and food sharing (we use the word “sharing” very loosely here!). He also is very high energy. He will go on as many walks as you’ll indulge him. He would probably play 24-7 if he could. This Dachshund really needs a human who can give him enough time and attention to tire him out! Omar is a still a bit skittish. He is frightened by quick movements and strangers, so he would be best placed in a home without children. Check out Omar’s Petfinder profile. Leyna Jennings Eric Myers Volunteer Kathy Dean Member Deb Higgins Check out all of our available animals on: Want to help our animals but can’t adopt? We are usually in need of the following items: liquid bleach, hot dogs, hard cat food, sandwich bags, sponges or scrubbies to wash dishes, blood lancets (to test our diabetic cats’ glucose), antibiotic ointment, A&D ointment, and catnip. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 4 From the Friends of the Wood County Humane Society: Living Without Animals At BGSU, a group of college students has organized to form the Friends of the Wood County Humane Society (FWCHS). Not only are we college students, but also we are animal lovers. Volunteering with the shelter helps us fill the void when we are apart from our families and pets. Along the way, we fall in love with the animals at the shelter and this makes us want to keep coming back and volunteering with them. Playing with the animals is a mutually beneficial relationship. We get to cuddle the cats and dogs, which helps us relieve stress, and the animals get to be loved on. The cats and dogs are easy to fall in love with and we only want to continue taking care of them in the future. FWCHS is a student-run organization at BGSU that is focused on volunteering and fundraising for the WCHS. The group’s meetings are held bi-weekly on Mondays at 7:00pm in Olscamp 121. The organization is advised by Kathy Dean. FWCHS regularly volunteers for Advocats and Dog walking/cuddling at the shelter. The focus of Advocats is to socialize with the cats at the shelter, including cutting their nails, grooming them, and cleaning their ears. While at the shelter, FWCHS members also help clean the shelter, do laundry, and any other tasks to help the staff. Along with volunteering, FWCHS holds multiple fundraisers during the academic year to raise money for the WCHS. For more information on this organization, check out its Facebook page. Tell Us What You Think MONTHLY READER POLL: April 19-25 is National Pet ID Week and we want to know: What do you do to ensure your pet’s safe return if lost? E-mail us by 22 May 2015 to have your response included in the June 2015 issue of Animal Corner. READER SUGGESTIONS: Have suggestions for articles or columns that you’d like to see in upcoming issues of Animal Corner? E-mail us! We’d love to hear from you. CORRECTIONS: Notice something incorrect in this issue of Animal Corner? Please e-mail us to let us know so that we can run a correction/retraction in our next issue. Photograph taken from Adam Rifkin A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 5 STAFF SPOTLIGHT: MEGAN BAKER By MEAGON SHAFFER A hero is one who is an illustrious warrior; one who is admired for her achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage. Shelter Manager Erin McKibben uses this word to describe shelter Assistant Manager, Megan Baker. After almost seven years with the shelter, Megan will be leaving March 31st. Tiny Town Animal Clinic in Tennessee will be blessed with Megan’s talents and love for animals as she completes her internship for the last phase of earning her vet tech degree. in many ways but more so recently in her dedication to stay at the facility during inclement weather. While Megan has two pets adopted from her time at WCHS, a short haired black cat Mina who was adopted as a kitten and a five year old chow mix dog named Nala who actually picked Megan as her new mom. Megan’s character can be exemplified Working alongside Erin, Megan has been part of a very effective, hardworking team who has brought the shelter to a higher standard of care for the patients of Wood County. And being part of a this dedicated team is something Megan finds very hard to leave. Megan likes to think this isn’t goodbye forever…just goodbye for now since her fiancé’s family is from the area and she will be coming back here to get married late this fall. A few of Megan’s co-workers expressed their respect of Megan and their value in having her as part of the team. (See more testimonials on page 7.) Megan moved to Bowling Green from North Canton to attend BGSU and earned her degree in Applied Health Science in 2012 before deciding to go on and pursue her vet tech degree from Stautzenberger College. While at BGSU, Megan met her fiancé who currently serves with the military in Tennessee. In 2008 after hearing a classmate in her chemistry class talk about interviewing for a job with the shelter, Megan decided to apply as well and was chosen! Her career began on the animal care staff then led into being an administrative assistant in the office and has evolved into her current position as Assistant Manager of the shelter. four nights. most of us would rather stay home where it’s warm and dry when bad weather strikes, Megan offered to make it a slumber party at the shelter and stay on air mattresses with a diet of popcorn, snacks and good food to be sure the animals were cared for on a daily basis when others might be prevented from getting to the shelter. At that time, what began as an overnighter, turned into a mini-retreat of Shelter Manager Erin McKibben, Megan’s left hand through her venture at WCHS, says, “Selfless, devoted, caring…these all describe Megan, she goes above and beyond to get her work done, take care of the animals, and the staff. She really cares for the animals, and the people involved with our organization. Megan leaves big shoes to fill.” While Erin has lots of great memories of working with Megan, she generalizes by saying working with Megan EVERY day is always a memory! “Each day brings something new (usually some new challenge to overcome), and we have helped each other grow, seen a lot, been there for each other to share in the highs and lows. It's great when we can share a laugh together, or make each other laugh.” Thank you for all your hard work, endless love and never ending support, Megan…we wish you well! Congratulations, Megan! And thank you... Congratulations, Megan! And thank you... Dear Megan, There are not enough words to thank you for all you have done for our shelter, for our Board, for me personally with care and advice for my own furry creatures, and most of all for being such a wonderful friend. Always keep that huge heart of yours, the passion you have to help those who cannot help themselves and your joy of life and you will be happy forever. Your presence will be missed but we will always be friends no matter where life takes you. My best to you always, Lisa * Meg, You've been such a wonderful addition to our team, and your presence and expertise will be greatly missed. Best of luck in your new ventures. Love, Connie * Megan has been in invaluable to me over the past few years. She has always been very patient and understanding of me when explaining things that I need to do at the shelter. From general health knowledge to more advanced issues, I can't imagine how the shelter would have managed without her there on a daily basis. Even though she is the Asst. Manager, she treated everyone like they were family and it was always a fun atmosphere when she was there working. I looked forward to being around her every day because she had a way of making things fun. She was always the go-to girl when I needed something done with the animals and was unsure what to do. She always had an answer for any and all of my issues! We are really going to miss her. Scott Beard * Although I have not worked with Megan nearly as long as I would have liked to, I can see that her knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed. We will miss her terribly but wish her success in her future as a Registered Veterinary Technician! Deb Johnson * I haven't known Megan very long and at first we had our differences but she became a big part of my life. If I ever needed someone to talk to, she was always there. She was amazing when it came to the animals whether they were hurt or just scared Megan was there to comfort them. Her number one priority was the animals and what was best for them. She is an amazing person and I know I'm going to miss her and the animals will too! I know she will do great things no matter where her life takes her. Chelsie Guck * Megan, I want to thank you for all that you have done for the animals at the Wood County Humane Society. Your love and passion for animals is evident through the many times I've witnessed your work at the Shelter. I, along with Mike, Peep, Stewie and Phoebe wish you success with your internship and graduation. Thanks also for taking care of the cats when we were away. It was always reassuring to know that when we were gone they were looked after by someone who loves animals. Last, we want to wish you much happiness with your upcoming marriage. You have so many great things to look forward to in the coming months. Sue Frost * I don't know the words to convey what Megan means to our organization and to me personally. She is the heart of our staff and will be missed beyond words. She loves each and every animal that comes through our door and cares for them as if they were her own. She has saved so many lives and has taught me so much. Personally, Megan is a great friend and is always there when you need her. She has been there for me through the ups and downs that accompanies our job and also personal tragedies. She always knows exactly what to say whether its a joke to cheer you up, a word of advice, or just being a shoulder to cry on. I am going to miss our morning coffee, making "healthy" lunches for each other, discussing whats going to happen next on The Walking Dead, singing Disney songs during morning cleaning, sleepovers when the weather is bad, talking about wedding planning, dressing up the animals and having "photo shoots", the list goes on and on and on. I hope the vet clinic she is going to treasures her as much as we do and realizes what an amazing person she is. I am going to miss her SO much! Cassie Williams * Megan has been a valuable asset to the shelter. Her hard work and dedication to the care of WCHS’s animals has been second to none, well maybe to Erin. She will be missed and the vacancy she leaves will be a big void to fill. Lori Young * I have worked with Megan for almost a year; I respect her for the hard work, compassion, and dedication I have witnessed her display in maintaining the shelter. She shows great compassion towards the animals that come to our shelter. Many of the animals that come to the WCHS are abused and have experienced cruelty in their lives. I know that having Megan caring for them eases their suffering a great deal. During the past year, I have seen her work full-time and attend school (to be a Vet Technician) full time. Many mornings I could see the fatigue in her face, but I never heard her complain. Doing either thing alone is daunting, but she managed to do both successfully. I am going to miss her very much, but her spirit and dedication will remain with me. She really has been an inspiration to me. When, I first started the position of Humane Agent, I had to investigate a particularly difficult hoarder situation. I looked at Megan and said, ‘How am I going to do this?’ Megan calmly looked at me and said, “Just go do it. You can.” She was right. Deb Loprete A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 8 FROM THE SHELTER: WCHS HOSTS Help Our Humane Agent M A R C H M A D N E S S A D O P T I O N E V E N T The WCHS employs a Humane Agent to investigate reports of neglect, cruelty, and abuse from concerned citizens, social services, health departments, and other law enforcement agencies. As part of her job responsibilities, our Humane Agent often must photographically document instances of neglect, cruelty, and abuse. Yet at present she only has access to a small point-and-shoot camera that produces very low quality photographs. We’re asking for you to help us get our Humane Agent a better quality camera so that she can do her job even more effectively. Ideally, she would like to have either a DSLR Canon Rebel Series or a Nikon DSLR that is at least 18 megapixels. However, any DSLR camera with 18 megapixels and a built-in flash would be much appreciated. We are seeking someone to donate a camera or provide us a deep discount on one. If you can help our Humane Agent get a new camera, then contact the shelter at (419) 352-7339. We jumped into the spirit of spring by hosting a "March Madness" adoption event this past month. The event, which officially kicked off on Wednesday, March 11, offered reduced adoption fees for select featured animals in an attempt to place as many current shelter residents as possible in their forever homes. The WCHS March Madness adoption event was patterned on the annual National Collegiate Athletic As- sociation (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Like its namesake, the event pitted a number of animals—both cats and dogs—against one another in a head-tohead competition to see which animals would be adopted the quickest. All dogs over one year old and all cats over the age of six months were grouped, or bracketed, based on adoption fees. Prices varied by bracket, but all featured animals were offered at a pre-set reduced adoption fee of $4, $16, or $64. Look for updates on this special adoption event in the June issue of Animal Corner. FROM THE SHELTER: WCHS HOSTS FIFTY SHADES OF GREY CATS ADOPTION EVENT This year we celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend by holding a “Fifty Shades of Gray Cats” adoption event. gray, black, and white cats. The adoption fee for kittens was $50, and the adoption fee for adult cats was 2 for $50. From February 13 through February 15, we offered a special adoption fee for all Look for updates on this special adoption event in the June issue of Animal Corner. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 9 HELP US IMPROVE OUR CATS’ LIVING CONDITIONS WITH NEW CAGES We need your help to raise $12,000 to purchase cages for our cats to live in while waiting to be adopted. Our current cages are small, rusting, and not able to be adequately disinfected to prevent the spread of diseases. Our goal is to purchase a bank of twelve cages from Synder Manufacturing. These cages can be converted to six larger cages for times when we have fewer cats to house. We currently have two open, "cageless" cat rooms, where cats can be free to nap, hide, or play as they like; however some cats just can't be housed that way due to illness, needing to be observed, or just not playing well with others. These cats will still make great pets, but they currently don't "show" as well due to their housing. They also don't have as much room for enrichment or play as we would like to provide them with. We work very hard to make sure their stay here is as short as possible, and we believe improving their quality of life through better housing will help even more. Once we hit our goal, any additional funds raised will go towards cosmetic renovations of the cageless cat rooms, including a sink for cleaning and cabinets to store supplies, paint, and cat beds, toys, and treats. Hurry! Fundraising event ends April 23rd! Want to support our fundraising project? Visit our project page at LoveAnimals.org. And don’t forget to Share the Love through social media while you’re there!! Don’t Forget to Re-Enroll Remember that April is the time when you once again must re-enroll in the Kroger Plus card Community Rewards program. Once you link your Kroger Plus card to the Wood County Humane Society, funds will be donated to WCHS each time the card is used! This program does not use any of your points, but it is a significant means of financial support for our organization. In fact, last quarter, you heled us earn over $1,700 just by taking a moment to register your Kroger Plus card and by going Krogering. To enroll (or re-enroll) in the program, visit the Kroger Community Rewards page and follow a few simple instructions. For more detailed instructions, check out our helpful instructional flyer, which can be found on the next page. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 1 1 BGSU Students Partner with WCHS for Service Learning Experience/Course By HOLLY BIRD Instructor, General Studies Writing, BGSU In January, several students enrolled in the Chapman Learning Community @ Kohl at BGSU began volunteering at WCHS as part of a service-learning course. each student had to try to match his/her partner to an appropriate cat or dog based on the AICPA’s Meet Your Match® criteria. In addition to class time learning about issues regarding pet rescue and adoption, each student is also required to complete 10 hours of service work over the course of the semester. So far the students have primarily volunteered in the cat room helping with morning cleanings or as feline companions. A group of 3-4 students visit the center every Monday to volunteer in the cat room as feline companions. They give the cats some much needed love and playtime. Also, a group of 3-4 other students visit the center every Friday and on some Saturdays to help with morning cleanings. Despite the effort helping with the morning cleanings, the students have unanimously agreed that they enjoy their volunteer work because they feel they are contributing to the betterment of the animals. Each student in the Chapman @ Kohl learning community must take a service learning course as part of his/her enrollment in the community. One such course that is offered is titled “Pet Rescue & Adoption.” The students were able to choose among a variety of service learning courses, and the “Pet Rescue & Adoption” course this semester garnered the largest enrollment among courses with 18 total students. Class time is devoted to reading, discussing and learning about issues related to pet rescue and adoption. For example, Debra Loprete, the WCHS Humane Agent, visited the class to educate students about animal cruelty and neglect and the laws regarding these acts. She specifically discussed her work and how the WCHS intervenes to rescue mistreated or neglected animals. In another class, the students performed a mock adoption with a partner where they each filled out a dog or cat adoption form and then decided if their partners would be approved. If approved, then The class will culminate with a final Poster Board presentation project that will showcase what they have learned over the course of the semester and how the community can help with pet rescue and adoption efforts. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 29 from 3:30-5:45 in 007 Kohl Hall on the campus of BGSU. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 1 2 From the Shelter: WCHS Completes Grants care? The WCHS employs a part-time dog trainer to work with all dogs that enter the shelter, as well as after they are adopted, in an effort to keep them in their forever homes if any issues arise postadoption. Being awarded this grant allowed us to provide more hours for our dog trainer to work more with our dogs, to do home visits for some of our dogs (postadoption), and to train our volunteers how to handle the dogs in our care. In recent months, our shelter staffers have been quite busy applying for, being awarded, and fulfilling the conditions of a series of grants designed to help both our shelter animals and animals within our local communities. In December, we reported in Animal Corner that the WCHS had been selected by the Petfinder Foundation for one of its Orvis Animal Care grants. We now have successfully completed the grant and can report on how it has helped us in shelter. How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your How many pets did this grant help? The Orvis Animal Care Grant helped 33 dogs between December 2014 and February 2015. It is hard to highlight specific dogs helped during this period, because they were all helped! Of the 33 dogs we took in during this period, 18 have since found their forever homes. Our dog trainer, Scott Beard, works with all dogs entering our shelter, and also conducts a post-adoption follow-up to make sure the dogs and adopters are adjusting well after adoption. When dogs arrive at our shelter, they are assessed to see what they know and what they need work on. Scott then works closely with the staff and volunteers so they are able to continue training during all interactions with the dogs. The Petfinder Foundation is a nonprofit charity whose mission is to ensure that no pet is euthanized for lack of a home. Founded in 2003, the foundation helps homeless pets by saving lives through adoptions, helping shelters prepare for and recover from disaster, and working to make shelters across the country more sustainable. Read more about our successful completion of the grant at the Petfinder Foundation website. Last October, we received a grant from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) and PetSmart Charities to assist in managing the free-roaming feline population in Wood County. The grant period ran through February 2015 and the grant monies specifically were earmarked for providing free spay/neuter services and rabies vaccines of free-roaming, outdoor cats in the 43402 zip code. Our goal for this pilot program was to spay/neuter 250 free-roaming felines while partnering with Humane Ohio, which is a low-cost, high-quality, accessible spay/neuter clinic in the Greater Toledo Area. We also sought to provide resources for and promote responsible pet care. With the $8,001 we were awarded, we were able to fix 219 cats. Of these cats, 85 were neuters, 134 were spays, 9 were pregnant, and 13 were in heat at the time of their procedures. Continued on page 13 A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 1 3 From the Shelter: Grants (Continued from page 12) Additionally, 46 were owned cats and most of the fixed cats were from the 43402 zip code. We did have to branch out a bit (geographically) to help us complete the grant in a timely fashion. Ten of the fixed cats were from our next largest intake zip code, 43551. With the approximately $1,300 that we were awarded for equipment, we purchased 15 new live traps, a feral cat recovery cage, and a box trap with transfer cage to catch stubborn community cats that will not enter conventional traps. After the pilot program was completed in February of this year, we began plans to extend this program to other areas of Wood County. Expanding the program was de- Graphic borrowed from the Feral Cat Awareness Project. We are completely overwhelmed by the continued generosity of Jean Miller, who recently donated a total of $10,000 to our organization! This donation has been earmarked for the purchase of pendent on our successful fulfillmedical equipment. Purchasment of the original grant conditions for the pilot program, as well ing this equipment will be the as additional fundraising efforts for first step in establishing an inshelter surgery suite. Thank the cause. you so much, Jean! Your gift We are accepting donations for will help so many kitties! our “Spay it Forward” campaign to be able to help assist with future spay/neuter surgeries for freeroaming cats. For more information about this program, please contact our Shelter Manager, Erin McKibben. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 1 4 The intake room at the Wood County Humane Society is used as a feline quarantine room for “new to the shelter” cats and kittens needing vaccinations, testing, de-worming and flea treatment. Having a secluded place to observe the new arrivals is such a critical piece of their successful care. The space was limited and in dire need of updating, so Boy Scout Troop 344 out of Pemberville, Ohio, tackled the project. Under the direction of Jared Briscoe, who is working to earn his Eagle Scout honor, the room was enhanced by cosmetic updates, and by an increase in the capacity available. A total of five new cages were added. Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 344 and Jared for their hard work!!! Food Assistance at WCHS The WCHS is pleased to offer pet food and cat litter assistance to Wood County residents and their pets in need. Our food and cat litter bank is large enough to help a few families each week, but unfortunately not large enough to help the same homes on an ongoing basis. We also offer food assistance for caretakers of free-roaming cat colonies to encourage spaying and neutering, and continued care of these felines. If you need assistance with an owned pet, then please complete the Pet Food Assistance Application. If you need help feeding a free-roaming cat or colony, then please fill out the Free-Roaming Cat Food Assistance Application. Food assistance is only offered during adoption hours. If you are new to the program, then please print and fill out an application and bring your driver’s license to the shelter during adoption hours so that a staff member can review your application. Food assistance is by donation. We typically ask for at least $1. In partnership with the Cocoon shelter, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing safety, healing, and justice for battered women and their children, our shelter offers a SAFE Pet haven for Wood County families in transition due to domestic violence. All cases are completely confidential and quality care of the pet(s) is assured. If you are a victim of domestic violence, and have a pet(s) that you need help sheltering until you are able to make arrangements for them to be back in your life, then please contact the Cocoon Shelter at 419-352-1545 or 1-800-472-9411. You can also find out more information about the Cocoon Shelter by visiting their website. Wanted: Volunteer Coordinator We are seeking community members who are interested in chairing the Volunteer Committee. Specific responsibilities would entail monitoring the online volunteer database, helping with volunteer orientation and volunteer assignments, and communicating with Shelter Manager and members of the Board of Directors. If you are interested in the position, then please e-mail Kathy Dean. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 1 6 THE BENEFITS OF ADOPTING AN OLDER CAT By DEB JOHNSON VP of Shelter Operations, WCHS So you’ve decided to add a new feline family member, and you want to adopt them from a shelter – bravo ! Great thinking. BUT – instead of an adorable kitten, have you thought about adopting an adult cat? Bringing an adult or senior cat into your home instead of a kitten has so many advantages. First and foremost, what you see is what you get. An adult cat’s personality is already fully developed. Couch potato or party animal, lap cat or independent spirit, you can feel confident about what you are bringing home. Kittens are admittedly cute, but they can also be rambunctious and at times destructive. Don’t want to risk your potted plants, drapes, or furniture ? Adopt an adult cat. An adult cat will likely be happy to greet you at the door then settle in for a night of your favorite tv show and snuggling. With a kitten, there will be no relaxing after a long day at work – get ready for an evening of running, jumping, and playing. Ready for bed ? Your adult cat will be happy to curl up at the foot of your bed or find another cozy spot, while your new kitten will want to run around all night and wake you up for more playtime. Adult cats are already litterbox trained, have good manners, and may already be trained to use a scratching post. Adult cats may also be a better choice when adding a second cat to a household, as they tend to mind their own business and ease into things, while a young kitten may be too active for a resident cat. Additionally, adult cats can often be a better choice for families with very young children, as they may unintentionally be too rough with a fragile young kitten. The best reason to consider adopting an adult or senior cat is that you will be a hero! Every year an estimated 3.4 million cats enter shelters nationwide, and senior and adult cats are typically the last to be adopted. The average lifespan for an indoor cat is 15-18 years, so by adopting a seven year old cat, you are giving them the best years of their life ! At Wood County Humane Society, we have cats of every age available for adoption, from eight weeks to ten years. We use the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program to evaluate our adult cats, which assigns one of nine personalities, called “Feline-alities” to each cat, helping us match them up with adopters. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about our available cats, or stop by the shelter to meet them in person. How else can you help homeless cats besides adopting one ? VOLUNTEER your time. Whether it’s walking dogs, playing with cats, taking photos of our animals, fostering puppies or kittens, or serving on a board committee, everyone has skills they can contribute. Volunteering as a family can be a great experience for families that don’t have pets of their own, and teaches children valuable life lessons. DONATE – whether you donate money, products, or your time, every gift helps. Necessary medical equipment and shelter renovations require resources we don’t currently have. If you have a little extra this month, consider making a monetary donation. If you or someone you know has construction skills, consider donating your time. Ask your employer if they will match funds through NWOhio Community Shares, or similar programs. Wood County Humane Society exists solely through donations from caring individuals and earned revenue. We do not receive funding from national humane groups, The United Way, or taxes. SPREAD THE WORD ! This one doesn’t cost a thing and can still make all the difference in the world for a homeless animal. Like us on Facebook and share pictures of adoptable animals. Subscribe to our electronic newsletter and share it with family and friends. Check out our website for events and invite your friends to attend with you. Adult cats end up in shelters through no fault of their own, most commonly from families who are moving or have an allergy issue. They are not secondhand or defective – each one is perfect in their own way, and just waiting to once again be a valued family member. We encourage you to visit our shelter soon to see for yourself ! A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 1 7 M E E T O U R O L D E R (6 + Y E A R S ) F E L I N E R E S I D E N T S ABRA (DIABETIC) Abra has been at our shelter for over a year and we honestly cannot figure out why. This black beauty has one of the sweetest dispositions that we’ve seen. She loves to cuddle and curl up in laps. She enjoys being petted and will let you scratch her ears for hours on end! She is rambunctious and likes to play with everything from toys to our staffers’ hair. Admittedly, Abra has been through a lot in her short life. She is diabetic and requires a prescription food along with twice daily insulin injections, so she is going to require a very special and loving family that can not only keep up with the cost of her treatment, but also provide the very special care that she needs. But Abra will give back love and affection in spades, so if you think you have the love that this very special kitty deserves, then stop out at the shelter and meet her today. Check out Abra’s Petfinder profile. ALLIE If Allie possessed the power of human language, then she would probably be constantly asking questions like a five-year-old child. This girl is so insatiably curious. When the door to the cat room opens, Allie wants to know, “Who is it???” When she hears a noise from outside, Allie wants to know, “What’s going on out there???” When staffers bring new toys into the cat room, Allie wants to know, “What’s that? What’s that?? What’s that???” Allie also loves to follow people around and she is perpetually in search of the action (and wants to insert herself right at the very center of that action). Not only is Allie the perfect sidekick, but she also is as sweet tempered as they come, both to her human and to her feline companions. Allie has lived with her mother, Jules, for Allie’s entire life, so they would love to go together to a forever home. Check out Allie’s Petfinder profile. Check out her mother, Jules’s, Petfinder profile. DEMI Around the shelter, our resident explorer is Demi, nor Dora. Indeed, Demi is quite the adventuress, spending much of her time carefully examining the nooks and crannies of the cat rooms, as well as surveying her surroundings with a keen and perceptive eye. Demi also has an insatiable curiosity and she seems to always want to know what everyone in the shelter (whether cat or human) is doing at every moment of the day. Thankfully, Demi is incredibly lovable, so her curiosity comes off as charming, rather than just plain nosy. This girl loves attention in all forms, but she especially adores lap and cuddle time. (And she really, really likes to be brushed!) So if you’re an interesting human who has a lap for cuddling, then Demi might just be your girl. Check out Demi’s Petfinder profile. ERVIN If we gave out a Sleepyhead Award at the shelter, then Ervin would certainly be the recipient! This guy just loves to nap, nap, and nap some more. But that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise since this handsome tuxedo and tabby fella is about 10 years old. When Ervin is not napping (have we mentioned how much this guy likes to nap?!?), he is pretty even keel in personality. (Kind of a “been there, done that” attitude.) He gets along very well with other cats and he seems to just want to hang out, relax, and enjoy his golden years. Do you have some comfy places around your home where Ervin could catch some “zzz”s? Then stop by the shelter and meet him today! Check out Ervin’s Petfinder profile. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 1 8 M E E T O U R O L D E R (6 + Y E A R S ) F E L I N E R E S I D E N T S HETTY (FIV+) Hetty is an introvert through and through. In fact, we suspect that if she could, Hetty would spend her days in the quiet solitude of her own company, endlessly exploring the recesses of her thoughts without other feline companions to interrupt or distract her. Most of the time, Hetty can be found flying solo in her kitty condo, tucked away in one of the hidey holes while she grooms her gorgeous black coat, or dozes, or observes the other cats in the FIV room. Hetty is the kind of girl who would most likely thrive in a quiet home where she is either the “only child,” or she can peacefully co-exist with other low-key animals. In fact, we suspect that if Hetty had a forever home where it was more serene, then she would feel more confident and would not hide away most of the time. Do you have the patience to win Hetty’s trust? If so, then you’ll more than like early her love forever. Check out Hetty’s Petfinder profile. JULES There is absolutely no bigger perk to being a cat than being able to nap whenever, wherever, and however you want. And Miss Jules would certainly agree with that statement. Most days, Jules can be found lounging or, more likely, napping in a variety of favorite spots throughout the cat rooms. Jules also sometimes enjoys lying around and taking in all of the attention that staffers, volunteers, and shelter visitors inevitably provide her. (She’s a bit of a diva, our Jules!) Miss Jules may be a bit “mature” (age-wise), but she seems to get along well with most cats. So, if you’re looking for a friend to lounge around with and don’t mind picking up a brush from time to time, then Jules is your lady! Also, Jules and her daughter, Allie, have lived together for Allie’s entire life, so they would love to go together to a forever home. Check out Jules’s Petfinder profile. Check out her daughter, Allie’s, Petfinder profile. KISSES “Kisses” is a bit of a misnomer for this little lady. In fact, she doesn’t much like kisses at all—whether on the giving or receiving end. That’s not to say that Kisses isn’t affectionate. She is. Or she can be. But affection needs to come on her terms. When she is ready to be petted, she enjoys it very much. When she wants to cuddle, she can be a real lover. And when she wants to play, you better be ready for some fun and adventure! Kisses definitely loves to be spoiled rotten but, again, it has to happen on her terms and her timetable. And when Kisses doesn’t want affection? You can find her lounging around the shelter on any free surface. Think you might have a few kisses to spare? That’s probably all this girl will ask for anyway! Check out Kisses’s Petfinder profile. MANNY Manny came to the shelter in July 2014 after being attacked by another animal. While he was pretty battered and shaken up when he first arrived, this tabby cat has been quite resilient! In fact, no matter the situation—whether his favorite napping spot is taken by one of the other cats or whether he’s feeling a little under the weather—Manny seems to find the bright side of anything that comes his way. This total sweetheart of a guy loves to be petted and he generally has a happy-go-lucky attitude…at least with humans. Manny isn’t always sure how he feels about other cats, though with time he could warm up to them and become best friends. So, if you think you have room in your home and heart for Manny, then stop out and meet him…you won’t be disappointed! Check out Manny’s Petfinder profile. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 1 9 M E E T O U R O L D E R (6 + Y E A R S ) F E L I N E R E S I D E N T S NASTIA Nastia originally came to the shelter in February 2014 as part of a cruelty case. She had been treated pretty poorly and eventually abandoned, so when she first joined the shelter, she was rightly quite skittish around humans. After a year of being in the shelter, though, this girl has undergone a somewhat dramatic transformation. She can still be a bit reserved and it takes a while to gain her trust. But once you earn that trust, this tuxedo and tabby mix will always be up for a snuggle, or a cuddle, or just some good, old-fashioned affection. During her extended stay at the shelter, Nastia has cultivated an interest in birdwatching, so her forever home would ideally have lots of large windows from which she can hone her skills even more. Does your home have lots of comfy places to nap, a great birdwatching window, and plenty of love? Then maybe you should give Nastia an invitation to come home. Check out Nastia’s Petfinder profile. NOGGIN This dapper flame-point Siamese is Noggin. And while Noggin is technically a “senior” cat, he is far from a crotchety old man…most of the time. Noggin prefers quiet and lazy afternoons spent watching his programs (especially The Lawrence Welk Show), dozing in the sunlight, and savoring a delectable meal. Of course, Noggin would probably skip the programs if you have a nice can of shredded ocean whitefish or chicken and turkey waiting for him. Noggin has a very sweet disposition and has been a wonderful addition to the cat room here at the Wood County Humane Society. But now he is ready to find a nice, relaxing home to call his own. If Noggin sounds like the kind of cat that you’d love to have in your family, then come meet him today! Check out Noggin’s Petfinder profile. PROMETHEUS Like his ancient namesake, Prometheus is a god-like Titan of a man. He is quite buff—both in color and in physique—and he keeps himself that way through a daily exercise regimen that includes play time, a little light birdwatching, and, of course, some serious and intense napping. He also can be large and in charge of the cat room—but never in a forceful or mean-spirited way. Prometheus is genuinely friendly with his feline peers and staff alike. He sometimes even enjoys an occasional head scratch, but he does not really need (or demand) excessive attention. For the most part, Prometheus likes to lay around and survey his kingdom and nap. Actually, he mostly likes to nap. Do you have a comfy kingdom over which Prometheus might reign? Then come and check him out today! Check out Prometheus’s Petfinder profile. ROBERT (FIV+) When Robert first came to the shelter, one of his hind legs was pretty severely injured and eventually it had to be amputated. But that missing leg doesn’t seem to hinder this boy one bit. He navigates the shelter just fine. And having only three legs absolutely does not stop him from doing what he absolutely loves—which is playing. Robert loves all sorts of toys—balls, feathers, milk jug rings, pom-poms, doo-dads, shoestrings, laser lights. You name it, this boy will play with it! Robert also gets along well with other cats and even sometimes enjoys playing with them. This guy has been through a lot in his short life and he really deserves a comfortable home with humans who adore him. Are you Robert's humans? Check out Robert’s Petfinder profile. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 2 0 M E E T O U R O L D E R (6 + Y E A R S ) F E L I N E R E S I D E N T S SABRINA About a year ago, Sabrina was a stray who was found by a kind couple in the community. This couple took her in, learned that she suffered from an injured jaw, and nursed her back to health before turning her over to us. This dilute tortie is in perfect health now, aside from missing her teeth. (But don’t let that fact worry you! Sabrina can eat, mew, play, and even cat nap as well as the next feline, with or without her teeth!) This girl can be a bit shy when she is getting to know humans, but once a human is familiar to her, she is so affectionate and loving. Sabrina would enjoy nothing more than to curl up on the couch with her forever family. If you think your home could be her new forever home, then drop by and fill out an application today! Check out Sabrina’s Petfinder profile. From the Outreach Coordinator: May I See Some Identification, Please? By MEGANN SMITH Outreach Coordinator, WCHS It’s an all too familiar phrase: Lost Pet. It’s usually paired with a picture and short story of how much the animal means to the family. Yet, what are the chances that the same person who sees that posting will also see that pet? In reality many lost cats become straggly strays fighting for survival and lost dogs tend to be taken in to unfamiliar locations such as shelters or a passerby’s home. These bleak outcomes do not have to happen; April 19-25 is National Pet Id Week. It serves as a reminder to purchase a license or tag, as well as to have them microchipped. Licenses and name tags are quick ways for your family friend to be identified if they were to get loose. Unfortunately they are also removable. One quick jerk or sneaky maneuver and your pet could be id-less. That’s why it’s imperative to get your family companion a microchip. Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are placed under your pet’s skin. They use a radio frequency that is read by the appropriate scanner. The chip remains inactive until scanned. The chip itself takes seconds to administer and the animal barely notices the placement. In fact, from experience it seems the animal is more concerned as to why they are being held still as opposed to the needle that holds the chip. Once the chip is in, the animal is unphased and behaves no differently than normal. It’s comparable to a flu shot in experience. As an owner, you may feel the microchip, but that tends to happen only if you are actively seeking it out. The small size prevents it from being noticed. This minor alteration to your animal is one that could save its life. A recent study found that cats with a microchip yielded a return rate 20 times higher than years past and 2 ½ times higher for dogs. Those are all pets that avoided life as a stray, life in a shelter, or euthanasia. Nationally in 2014, 7.6 million cats and dogs entered shelters. Over 500 passed through the Wood County Humane Society alone. Each animal that comes in is scanned. Not just by our organization, but by any community organization that takes in animals. That scan is a signal that the animal has a family and a home. The alternative is not always positive. While the Wood County Humane Society does not euthanize and keeps homeless animals until they find a home, sadly many other organizations do not operate the same way. Within Wood County, a majority of veterinary offices offer microchipping services. The average cost is around $50.00 and that will also include registering the animal’s contact information. $50.00 is all it costs to help provide the security that if your animal is lost and found, they will be returned to you. Don’t wait until National Pet ID week to secure your pet’s safety. Call and set up an appointment today. You never know when your dog may decide to chase that stray squirrel or leaf down the street or cat may just let their curiosity of what’s past the window get the best of them. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 2 1 From the President: Spring Has Sprung...Sort Of Greetings! The robin is back and the cold air and snowflakes will slowly move to the background as the birds flock to the feeders, the squirrels tease the dogs and the delicate crocus flowers begin to appear. Spring is a wonderful time of year and I for one am looking forward to the warmer and longer days. This time of year also brings many kittens to feed and house at the Wood County Humane Society shelter. Hundreds of kittens are born each spring in Wood County and it is one of the busiest times of year for the shelter. The staff will be busy coordinating foster care and finding forever homes for newborns. We are forever thankful for the many foster families that work with us during this time. Many people contact the shelter and offer their assistance by dropping off supplies, volunteering at the shelter and helping with our trap and release program, all of which would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers. Others offer assistance Want to subscribe to Animal Corner? Send a message to our Board Secretary, with your e-mail address! Look for the next issue on the first Monday of June. through their membership and all of this funding allows the shelter to offer the best possible care and find forever homes for its animals. This time of year also brings our Wine and Dine fundraiser. Not only is this event a significant fundraiser for us, but also allows WCHS staff and board members to meet and mingle with our membership that help make every year of service possible. This year the Wine and Dine will be held on May 15th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Greystone Banquet Hall and Conference Center in Perrysburg through the generous sponsorship of Paws and Remember. The delicious food will be prepared by Carolyn’s Catering with wines featured by Heidelberg Distributing Company. Velvet Jones will be playing throughout the evening and celebrity auctioneer, Jerry Anderson, will be making our live auction memorable. Tickets are $50 each or $90 for two. To read about our outstanding list of live and silent auction items please look at our website under Events. Please join us this year and let us personally thank you for being supporters of our event and helping us to take care of the many, many animals that will travel through our shelter this year. Happy Spring! Sincerely, Lori Young, WCHS President A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 2 2 WCHS Night @ East Wooster St. McDonald’s Thursday, April 16 4—7 P.M. East Wooster St. McDonald’s Bowling Green A percentage of all sales will be donated to WCHS. No flier is need- WCHS volunteer Jan Harr (center) is presented with a check from E. Wooster Street McDonald’s employees for WCHS Benefit Nights in 2014. ed. Thank you for your long-time support! Sunday, May 3 Friday, May 15 WCHS Open House Wine & Dine 801 Van Camp Road, BG See next page for full details Have a few questions you've been meaning to ask? Been wanting to visit with some of the animals? Or just looking for something to do? Stop out at the shelter for our open house from 12:30-3:30! There'll be food, fun, adoptable pets, and entertainment provided by local band The Eight Fifteens. We'll also be dedicating our cat wheel to two amazing volunteers who make an amazing contribution of time, energy, and resources every year! Saturday, May 16 HarborTown Fair Farmers and Merchants State Bank, 7001 Lighthouse Way, Perrysburg 11 a.m—2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 Canine Compatibility Wood County District Public Library 2:00—2:50 p.m. Are you ready to adopt a forever friend? Stop by the WCDPL and let us help you decide how to pick the right pet! There are certain things to consider when getting ready to adopt an animal and This fun Spring day event will it's not always easy to know have lots of activities for the what questions to ask. Come family. Pack up the car, grab on out and we'll help you the kids, and come on over. learn how to choose the perIf you're not sure where fect dog for your home. you're going just look for the lighthouse! Saturday, May 16 Handle with Care & Love Wood County District Public Library 3:00—3:50 p.m. Have you recently adopted or rescued a canine companion? We're here to help you on your journey to pet parenthood. Unfortunately dog's don't speak English and this can lead to some frustrating moments in training. Let us help guide you to better options and show you some tips and tricks! Friday, May 15, 2015 7:00—10:00 P.M. Greystone Banquet Hall 29101 Hufford Road, Perrysburg (419) 874-5016 Delicious Food * Fine Wine * Live Entertainment * Auctions Directions from Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Toledo A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 2 4 Sneak Peek: 2015 Wine & Dine Auction Items An entire year’s worth of car washes (as many car washes as you can pack into that year) at any one of the six area locations for Expresso Car Wash A gift certificate from Chef Erika Rapp’s award-winning Bistro located in the historic former Secor Hotel on Superior Street in downtown Toledo, Ohio CASUAL | ELEGANT | REGISTRY BISTRO A selection of autographed books from Sue Grafton’s awardwinning alphabet series, as well as autographed photographs provided by the author specifically for our event A backyard BBQ for up to 20 people, including hamburgers, hotdogs, and all the trimmings as well as punch and desserts Five-course dinner for 6 by self-taught Chef Michael P. French And...we have tickets available for many EXCITING getaway adventures, including: A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 2 5 Proud Presenting Sponsor of the Wood County Humane Society’s 2015 Wine & Dine Event 1021 Warwick Avenue Toledo, OH 43607 (419) 578-7387 [email protected] Paws & Remember was founded to support pet owners in their time of loss. Since 1997, we have been providing full-service memorialization for pets of every description. Our high-quality pet cremation, pet urns, and pet remembrance products help pet owners and families express their feelings and pay tribute to their pets. Paws & Remember works to help pet owners in a time of mourning and reflection. By bringing together support services and memorialization options, Paws & Remember helps pet owners cope with loss and honor their pets in an appropriate, meaningful way. Wood County Humane Society Garage Sale Under the Grandstands Wood County Fairgrounds Bowling Green, Ohio DONATIONS ACCEPTED Monday May 18 9 AM—6 PM Tuesday May 19 9 AM—6 PM Wednesday May 20 9 AM—7 PM SALE DATES Thursday May 21 9 AM—5 PM Friday May 22 9 AM—5 PM ***10 Cent Clothing*** Saturday May 23 9 AM—NOON ***BAG SALE*** All proceeds benefit the Wood County Humane Society. Donations of good and useful items appreciated and tax deductible. Please no console televisions, A/C units, large appliances, or organs. For information, to volunteer, or to make an early bird donation, call (419) 669-0701. P age 2 8 A pr i l 2 0 1 5 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?: ADOPTION UPDATES (ABOVE LEFT) This is Jasper, formally Malcome. Who couldn't love this face?! He is adjusting wonderfully in his new home! Thank you Scott for all your help! (ABOVE RIGHT) We adopted "butterball" who we renamed "emmet" in December after our Siamese passed away. He is a wonderful addition to our family. So sweet, playful, and adjusting nicely. (LEFT) They say when a kitten is content, muscles relax and their tongues hang out. We love our Humane Society Adoptee. He is perfect! (ABOVE) In January, Nagini found her human and her forever home thanks to Everything for Pets. Look how happy both of them are! A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 2 9 (ABOVE) Chessie, formerly known as Mrs Norris, napping on her new kitty sibling! (ABOVE) We renamed Eloise, Kitty! Kitty felt at home the first day we brought her home. We love her to pieces! (LEFT) You guys do a great job! We love our baby, Persia, who we got from you on January 28, 2012, and she is still our sweet baby. Love her so much! (ABOVE) I wanted to give you an update on Gabby (Gabrielle). She is doing wonderful! She is really starting to get comfortable and loves to cuddle and purr. She is such a joy already in the 2 days that I have had her! Want to see your furbaby/furbabies featured in Animal Corner’s “Where Are They Now”? If you have adopted from the WCHS, then we would love to know how your adopted animals are doing. Send (to Heath A. Diehl) a photograph of your furbaby (or furbabies) along with a brief note about where he/she is now and how he/she is doing and we’ll feature him/her in our next newsletter. Deadline for the June issue of Animal Corner is 22 May 2015 by noon. P age 3 0 (ABOVE) Hi! My name is Mika. My humans Nic and Larry adopted me last month. I've been doing AWESOME. They gave me tons of blankets, tennis balls, toys, and my own Kong! Nic lets me sit and cuddle with her on the couch. Larry lets me sleep in the big bed! I went to the Doc today. He gave me an all clear and said I was a good girl! My humans take me on walks around the neighborhood and Larry is getting real good at tug of war (but I always win!). Thanks Wood Co. Humane Society for taking good care of me until my humans made me a part of their "furever" family! (RIGHT) I just wanted to update you all about Marigold. We decided to keep her name. She is being spoiled to bits and is a perfect fit to our family. Here are a few pictures of her new fur-ever family. Thank you so much, she is having the time of her life!!! You were right on the money about a lap dog!!! She also loves going outside to chase the squirrels and to say hello to the neighbor dogs. The bottom left picture she is actually "pointing" at a squirrel in the tree. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 (ABOVE) Boyd (formerly Knox) welcomed Odessa home with kisses. They are both sweeties who love to be petted! A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 3 1 (ABOVE) Hi! I just thought I'd send a short adoption update. Kenzi (now Mysterion) is a seriously happy cat. She bosses the dog around, but also sleeps alongside him when she allows it. She stands on the counter on her back legs and "hugs" me with her front legs every time I come home. She's obsessed with sinks and water, and she loves going catnip crazy. I'm so glad I adopted her. Thank you, WCHS! (TOP LEFT) I got Luna (formerly Pearl) around the beginning of August 2012. She was so standoffish about people but now she's one of the friendliest cats- loves people and loves to cuddle (ABOVE and RIGHT) Dobby, adopted in January, joins Dexter, adopted in July! They get along great and keep each other busy. They both love to be snuggled, which we love, too! A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 3 2 HONORS THANK AND MEMORIALS YOU FOR YOUR In Memory of... Buzz, Bo, Ellie, Rigby, & Sammy (pets) from Dan Klein Donna Trudel (For the Kitties) from Celia Johnson and Jaci Aldrich Gail Millicent Craig from K-Limited Carrier LTD Sue Brodbeck The Monclova Historical Foundation J. J. Kosmider and Dorrin Birch William Vaughan Company Skiver, Beier, Billmaier, & Cuneo LLC Peter Taylor KINDNESS Marvin Johnson & Assoc., Inc. Lynn Corrigan Paul & Luann Cummings Laura V. & Dave Weaver Linda & John Fadel & Family Nancy Hart William Kudner & Bonnie R. Martin Garold Hillard Weston from Betty & Calvin Linkey John Espen from Keri Espen Kaspar Bwc (pet) from Mary A. Butorac Maurice I. Hines from Kevin & Karen Lindquist Mr. & Mrs. Carlton Dippman Wood County FSA Staff Micha Olsen (pet) from Ned & Jo Baker Peanut (pet) from Farmers and Merchants State Bank Employees Springer & Webster (pets) from Donald S. & Mary Ann Rife In Honor Of… Joseph (now Tucker) (pet) from Adam Reinbolt Honors and Memorials from January 29, 2015 through March 15, 2015 Our kitties absolutely love the bird feeders outside the cat and FIV rooms. They would not be possible without the McCurdy family donating them and filling them weekly! Bravo McCurdy family for being so thoughtful Some of our feline residents go crazy over a new toy that the volunteers and awesome! introduced to them in February. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 3 3 Keep Your Pets Safe This Spring with These Helpful Pet Safety Resources We are so thankful for Hannah Rickels and Dawn Urie for coming out and spending their entire day bathing our dogs once a month. It is a big job, but Hannah and Dawn love every minute of it. It is great socialization for our dogs and it makes the whole shelter smell amazing. They even brought us Buckeyes at Christmas time and always support our fundraisers. Thank you for being amazing Hannah and Dawn! Want to advertise in Animal Corner? Our newsletter is distributed electronically six times annually—on the first Monday of February, April, June, August, October, and December—and its boasts a circulation of approximately 2,000 unique subscribers (most of whom reside in the northwest Ohio area). Additionally, our newsletter is made available to the public on our organization’s website. June Issue ONLY June & August Issues June, August, and October Issues All FOUR remaining issues in 2015 1/16 page $10 $20 $30 $35 1/8 page $20 $40 $60 $70 1/4 page $30 $60 $90 $110 1/2 page $40 $80 $120 $140 1 page $60 $120 $180 $200 Deadlines for receipt of camera-ready advertising materials are as follow: June issue —March 22 by noon; August issue—July 24 by noon; October issue— September 25 by noon; and December issue—November 27 by noon. All materials should be sent to Heath A. Diehl. Checks should be made payable to “Wood County Humane Society” and should be sent to our shelter at 801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green, OH, 43402. A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 3 4 AROUND THE COUNTRY/AROUND THE WORLD: SCENES FROM A KOREAN CAT CAFÉ By KATIE CURRAN ESL Teacher, Korea Anyone who says that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth has never been to a cat café. Before I moved to South Korea, I heard about the cat cafes that are all over the country. Any message board concerning a move to South Korea will include these magical places as a necessary addition to your to-do list. My first visit to a cat café was in Incheon, a metropolitan city next to Seoul. This visit was more amazing than I could have ever expected. The café was on the third floor of a building with multiple businesses. At the top of the stairs was a heavy metal door that was tastefully painted with a cat under a lamp post. After entering the doorway, there’s a small foyer with shelves filled with slippers. In the foyer, I exchanged my shoes for a pair of cushy blue slippers. In the foyer is a second door that leads to the actual cat café. After ensuring the previous door was closed, I opened the smaller wooden door and entered the cat café. Before getting comfortable, I paid 7,000 Won (6.15 USD). This nominal fee bought me a coffee and unlimited time with dozens of cats. There’s a cat café in just about every city in Korea, and they generally have the same set-up. After paying the entrance fee, you will find plenty of comfortable places to sit. Typically, the outer wall is a set of large windows overlooking the street below. Along the windows are high top tables and chairs, exactly like you would find “Cat Cafés” continued on page 38 A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 3 5 AROUND THE COUNTRY/AROUND THE WORLD: DECLAWING CATS COULD SOON BE ILLEGAL By RHETT JONES Originally published on AnimalNewYork.com; Reproduced with permission would need approval before requiring a signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, the legislator behind the recently passed bill toban tattooing and piercing pets, now wants to ban the practice of declawing cats in New York. Rosenthal is seeking a co-sponsor for the bill, which would allow it to be introduced to the state Senate. There, it Rosenthal claims that the practice of removing cats’s claws is cruel and that it should only be allowed when medically necessary. The assemblywoman said, “It’s really an amputation, it’s like if you amputated your finger or your toe at the last joint.” She went on to emphasize, “[Cats] are born with claws and they are meant to have claws. It’s cruel to remove them for the sake of human convenience and saving your furniture.” The American Veterinary Medical Association and various animal rights groups agree with Rosenthal. The AVMA has agreed to call the procedure an “amputation” that “should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its IN NY clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s).” If the legislation passes, New York would be the first state to ban declawing, which is known to cause paw irritation (in some cases it affects a cat’s ability to walk). Alternative options to deal with feline claws include scratching posts, trimming regularly, or using plastic caps that can be glued to the tips of the claws. On A Related Note “Declawing Cats: Far Worse Than a Manicure” at The Humane Society of the United States “Declawing Cats: Positives, Negatives, and Alternatives” at WebMD “Declawing of Domestic Cats” at American Veterinary Medical Association “The Facts about Declawing and the Alternatives” at the Partnership for Animal Welfare “New Documentary Condemns Declawing of Cats; Who Is Right?” at National Geographic Note: We at Animal Corner do not advocate any one particular stance on the issues that are raised within the articles that we print. Rather, in the spirit of education, we strive to provide a variety of perspectives (in the form of articles and weblinks) about current issues around animal rights and animal welfare, thereby providing our readers with the necessary information to make their own informed decisions on these issues. PENDING LEGISLATION: COST OF CARE LAWS When abused and neglected animals are rescued, sometimes they are held for months, or even years, while cruelty charges are prosecuted. That's a significant cost for animal shelters and rescues that are already underresourced. They end up carrying the financial burden instead of the person who caused the abuse or neglect. Sometimes these high costs for animal care prevent state or local agencies from rescuing animals from cruelty because it is too expensive. There is a solution. Strong "cost of animal care" laws shift the financial burden of animal care away from the shelter or local taxpayers and onto the person(s) from whom the animals were rescued - either by requiring that they post a bond to pay for the animals' care or by relinquishing the animals so they can be put up for adoption. To learn more about “cost of animal care” laws, visit the Hu- mane Society of the United States’ website. Read more at: The WCHS Wants YOU to ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS Here! For information on advertising in Animal Corner, please contact Public Relations Committee Chair Heath A. Diehl. 6190 Levis Commons Blvd. (419) 931-8400 Website Facebook Wood County Dog Shelter 115 Clay Street Bowling Green, OH (419) 352-5417 1912 E. Gypsy Lane Rd., Bowling Green (419) 354-9242 1-866-860-4140, ext. 9242 Emergency: (419) 353-9802 Visit their website for more information E-mail Website Check out the adoptable dogs currently avail- Facebook 215 N. Main Street Bowling Green, OH (419) 352-5104 We’re your library Bowling Green * Walbridge * Bookmobile Website Facebook 108 N. Main Street Walbridge, OH (419) 666-9900 able at the Wood County Dog Shelter on their Petfinder! Shelter Hours Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 3:30—4:30 Friday Saturday Sunday 8:30—4:30 8:30—6:30 8:30—4:30 8:00—12, 8:30—4:30 9:00—1:00 Closed Pet Sitting Puppy Visits Pet Transportation Daily Dog Walking Good Manners Training Overnight Stays Yard Clean Up Customized Visits www.petamigopetcare.com 13270 Bishop Road Bowling Green, OH 43402 (301) 471-0296 Website E-Mail Facebook Check out our exclusive WCHS merchandise at 3131 Tremainsville Road, Toledo, OH 43613 (419) 266-5607 Website E-Mail Facebook P age 3 8 A pr i l 2 0 1 5 “Cat Cafés” continued from page 34 in a pub; this is my favorite spot to sit. If you don’t want a side of people watching while you play with the cats and drink your coffee, you can sit at any number of tables with benches and chairs. As comfortable as a cat café is for a human, the cats truly have it the best. The tables are on the outskirts of the café. Along the walls are paths from floor to ceiling. For the antisocial cat, there are paths easily accessible for cats and impossible to reach for humans. In the center of the café, there are kitty condos, scratching posts, ramps, and twice as many toys as there are cats. For those who want a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, cat cafes are the perfect place to be. For good reason, there are many rules. The rules are simple enough and are generally the same across all cat cafes. The first rule is no kicking the cats. Obvious, but people can sometimes forget themselves. Other rules include no picking up the cats, don’t bother them when they’re sleeping or eating. And perhaps the most important rule is never leave both doors to the café open. Every café has a heavy main door that leads to the foyer where you change your shoes, then a smaller door that leads to the actual café. Because of the strict rules, young children are typically not allowed in the cafes making cat cafes the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful time. In addition to playing with the cats, you can also pay a small fee and feed the cats treats. Sometimes the café employees will give you a small amount of wet cat food on your hand (for free). This is perhaps one of the best parts of the cat café. Cats will surround you and lick your hand with their little sandpaper tongues. Truly, cat cafes are one of the happiest, relaxing places to be. Cat Cafes quickly became one of my favorite places to read and think. Nothing compares to a book in your face and a sleepy cat purring in your lap. But there is a dark side to the cat café business because they are just that: a business. As is true with many businesses, often profits and lowering costs can become more important than quality. Although I’ve never seen it, I’ve heard reports of cat cafes with extremely sick and dying cats. I’m not sure why, but cat cafes have a high number of purebred cats. Sometimes it’s clear that a few of the cats were the product of several generations of inbreeding. I don’t claim to be an expert on cat breeding or even cat breeds, but I think I’m savvy enough to know when a cat isn’t exactly normal. I’ve never seen a cat at a cat café who was in need of immediate medical attention, but I’ve seen purebred cats that look less healthy and comfortable than their mixed counterparts. If I could offer one criticism of cat cafes, it’s that the owners look for purebred cats and buy the cats from a breeder or pet shop. Like the US, animal shelters in Korea are overwhelmed and animals are put down far too often. In a perfect world, every cat café in Korea would find their cats from a shelter. The only way a cat café could be a happier place for me is if I knew all the cats were rescue cats. A few cat cafes have popped up across the US, but they’re not nearly as prolific as they are in Korea. Business adventurers take note; there is an untapped market in the US. Americans love coffee and Americans love cats. Coffee and cats is a harmonious combination. Not only can you run a successful business, but you can give dozens of desperate cats a happy life surrounded by feline and human friends. All photographs reproduced courtesy of author. A ni m a l C o r n e r P age 3 9 AND T H E D R E S S -U P -Y O U R -P E T W I N N E R I S ... The winner of our Dress Up Your Pet contest in January was Christof! His Viking braids were a big hit with our staff, but choosing the winner was very difficult! All of our submissions were super cute! Above is a picture of Christof and his family when they stopped by the shelter to claim his well-earned prize, which was a basket full of toys, treats, and catnip. CALLING ALL We currently are looking for community volunteers with interest and experience in grant writing. Persons interested in this opportunity would be expected to research potential grant projects and identify relevant ones that would assist us in raising GRANT WRITERS!!! funds to support the treatment and quality of life for the animals of Wood County. Grant-writing volunteers might spearhead a capital campaign as well as seek out grants to fund animal care or education/outreach positions, in addition to other projects. These volunteers would be expected to work closely with the Shelter Manager and other relevant persons in the writing of grants. Interested parties should contact Kathy Dean, VP of Administration, for more information. Giving Made Easy The next time you're buying a book by your favorite author, or downloading an album by your favorite band, check out our wish list and donate something to the animals as well. To do so, visit www.amazon.com and, from the main menu in the upperleft-hand corner, left click on “Full Store Directory.” Scroll to the middle section of the store directory and, under “Gifts & Lists,” left click on “Wish List.” In the search bar on the next page, type in “Wood County Humane Society” and you’ll be taken to our wish list. Did you know that Amazon.com will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice? All you need to do is visit https:// smile.amazon.com/, log in, and then designate the WCHS as your charitable organization of choice. Have you enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards® program? Did you know that Kroger Community Rewards® has contributed thousands of dollars to the animals at the WCHS??? The program was designed to make fundraising easy for everyone involved—and it couldn't be simpler to enroll and participate. Just visit the Kroger Community Rewards® webpage and follow a few simple steps. Then, every time you shop at Kroger, just swipe your card and a percentage of your total bill will be Cont. on next page A pr i l 2 0 1 5 P age 4 0 Giving Made Easy cont. from previous page donated to WCHS! What if WCHS earned a donation every time you searched the internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can! The GoodSearch toolbar is free to download and allows you to raise money for WCHS virtually every time you search and shop online! Each time you shop at more than 1,400 stores, a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to WCHS—at no cost to you! The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the internet, about a penny is donated to our cause. It adds up—already over $635! Just go to GoodSearch, choose WCHS as your cause, and then search as usual. Did you know that you can support the care of homeless animals simply by walking your dog, or just yourself? When you use the WoofTrax app during your walk or run, your logged miles will turn into a donation to benefit the pets in our care. Simply install the free Android or iPhone app, select the Wood County Humane Society as your chosen shelter, and go! You can select the organization you are walking for in the setup tab of the app for iPhone users, or in the settings menu for Android users. Thank you for your support! IT’S A ZOO AT THE LIBRARY By MARY BOONE Public Relations Coordinator, Wood Co. District Public Library You may not think that many animals visit or live at the library, so you might be surprised to learn otherwise. At the Wood County District Public Library we’ve welcomed a hive of honey bees, have a licensed therapy dog who comes every week to Paws for Reading, a special story time, and the library is home to Newberry, a vibrant blue Betta fish with digs in the Children’s Place. For the past several summers the Toledo Zoo has brought small mammals and reptiles to the library as an integral part of the Summer Reading Program. The library once held a special costume contest just for dogs. Many library staff have companion animals, and who are especially happy when able to plan programs that put animals in the spotlight. In the past, these programs have included two Community Reads with books featuring animals—Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan and The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Every Hero Has a Story” and features author/ illustrator’s Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s popular Platypus Police Squad characters as the summer’s official mascots. (Young readers can meet Jarrett Krosoczka when he comes to visit the library Tuesday, May 19th!) And when Youth Community Reads returns in the fall, Kate DiCamillo, whose books frequently include extraordinary animal protagonists, will be the featured author (Ms. DiCamillo will be coming to the library as part of Youth Community Reads, too!). You’ll find these authors’ books and more at the library. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so I’d like to end this edition’s article with photos of some of the animals you could meet at the library on any given day. If you’d like to learn more about animals in the library, give us a call (419-352-5104) or stop by. See you at the library!
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