Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Christmas Wish

It's been awhile since I've been able to post anything on our website, but I have an important message today and I hope people have a chance to see it. It's pretty lengthy, but I really hope people who want to help special dogs will take the time to learn about these 2 great boys.

Many of you are familiar with Adam and Alvin, but I don't know if everyone knows their story. Both of these great guys are 2 of Gypsy's puppies and anyone who knew Gypsy knows that is something special. We didn't know it when the puppies were adopted out, but Gypsy had come down with Demodectic mange, a skin disease caused by Demodex mites. These mites live normally on the skin of dogs, but in some cases, especially times of stress, the mites can multiply and cause skin irritation. This condition is not contagious, except between a mom and her pups. Turns out it was probably the stress of the pregnancy and raising pups that brought this out in Gypsy, and she passed it on to her puppies. It is very easily treated and controlled, but it is a condition that can come beck throughout an animal's life if they are in a stressful situation.

Adam came to us in late August. He was a mess. He had been adopted in early August and his new owners had never taken him to the vet. Even when he started having skin issues, they still didn't get him taken care of. They finally brought him back to us because their other dog didn't like him. He was terrified, sore, itchy and miserable. He was huddled and trembling in the back of his cage. We took him to the vet, verified that it was just Demodex that was causing his problems and got him started on Promeris, a topical treatment (the same as many flea preventatives) that works very well on Demodex. He also had secondary infections due to his scratching so we started him on an antibiotic as well. Since he had never gotten the rest of his puppy vaccines, we took care of that also.
We brought him up to the front office to socialize him and saw such a difference in him in a very short time. I wish so much we had before and after pictures to show, but I can show you what he looks like now.

Alvin was adopted at the end of July and came back to us in early October. Unlike Adam, his new owner had tried to take care of him, but whatever treatment the vet was using didn't work on him. He was almost as bad as Adam, although he had at least had some love and attention at his new home. We took him in, started him on Promeris and he has a full, rich coat now.

Here's my concern and my wish. Dogs are not meant to live in a kennel for months on end. Even though we all love these boys and play with them as much as possible, they spend over 22 hours each day in their kennel. We had them together, but have recently had to separate them. I have started to notice lick sores on Alvin. I'm not sure if he's doing it to himself or if Adam is doing it to him, but I know why it's happening - boredom. These boys need a home. They need people to love them. They need people to spend time with them. What they don't need is to continue to spend each and every day in a kennel. We took them on as a project. They had both had a sad beginning, especially Adam, and they deserved so much better. We wanted to provide that for them. Unfortunately, despite dramatically reducing their adoption fee, we have not been able to find homes for them. There have been a few interested people, especially in Alvin, but no one has committed to giving them the love and care they need and deserve. They are through with their treatment for the Demodex, but we are suggesting they continue to have the Promeris applied each month for a year after their final treatment. Promeris is inexpensive and can also be used as a monthly flea treatment. We are providing the first 2 months' free with the adoption.

My Christmas Wish is that Adam and Alvin find their new homes by the end of the year. If you are able to help them, or know a kind, loving person that would let them into their hearts, please (please, please...) have them come by or contact us.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Winter Sniffles and Sneezes

We wanted to take a moment to let all of our pet lovers know about some health issues hitting our area right now. According to a local vet, there is an increase in upper respiratory infections being seen right now. In cats this can be caused by 2 very contagious viruses, feline rhinotracheitis virus and feline calicivirus. It is recommended that all pet cats be vaccinated for both of these viruses. Both of these vaccines are part of the regular vaccination protocol followed by veterinarians and shelters.

Canine influenza is also being seen in this area. This disease started in the Florida area 3-4 years ago and is moving north. It is becoming prevalent in larger cities, kennels and shelters. Some vets recommend that any dog being boarded receive not only the Bordatella vaccine, but also the canine influenza vaccine. It is available at most vet offices and you should discuss the need with your pet's veterinarian.

At the Humane Society of Henderson County, we are currently vaccinating all cats with the FVRCP vaccine, which protects against the viruses mentioned above. We are also preparing to add the Canine Influenza vaccine to our dog protocols. This vaccine is expensive, but we recognize the need to protect the animals in our care.

If you have any questions, please call your veterinarian's office.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ellie's New Home

We have been keeping up with one of our adopted kids Dixie (now Ellie).  We originally received her on April 30th, and she left for a temporary home with a rescue on June 2.  The rescue was the Chicago Canine Rescue ( We were fortunate enough to receive the following information from her new parents and a few pictures as well!  So happy for Ellie!!
"Thanks for checking in on us! We are so happy to be able to write you with a wonderful update on Ellie. She has adjusted beautifully to a normal life and being a big sister to Murphy! They get along fine. She does great in the house and has slept all through the night since the day she came home. She loves having a soft bed to retreat to every night and the couch during the day. She is a true lounger. She is very calm by nature, nothing we can take credit for and is just the sweetest lady to everyone and loves kids!

We started attending puppy school last week and are lucky she knew some basics from her fosters prior to us. She is very smart and listens well, we are so happy that we were able to make her a part of our family and that she has finally come home to the life she has deserved, forever."

Thanks for everything!
Here are some pics as well!!
-Bridget & Patrick

"Ellie is an amazing addition to our family! We love her so much and you can see it in her eyes that she is just so happy where she is. She loves the sofa! She is great with our cat, kids but still a bit skittish and defensive with other dogs.

Just as sweet as can be. I have attached a few pics of her after settling in to her new life, home and family. Hope all is well with you and the shelter!"

-Bridget & Patrick

Holiday Pet Portrait Day - Saturday, November 20

The portraits may include the pet owner and their pet, along with other family members as space allows.

Location: Next to Pet Spa in Eastgate shopping center.
Date: Saturday, November 20, 9am-6pm

Package Options:
Base package of (4) 4x6" prints for $20
Additional Add-ons:
-4x6" Prints - $5.00 ea
-5x7" Prints - $7.50 ea
-(4) Wallets - $6.00 ea
-8x10" Prints - $15.00 ea
-Personalized holiday cards with portrait (various templates available) - $1.00 ea w/ envelope (25 minimum order)
-Digital File Download - Small resolution $2.50, Full resolution download also available
-T-shirts with portrait on front - $20

Portraits taken by a local photographer and professional quality prints will be produced.

We will accept appointments by calling the Humane Society. These appointments will get priority, but walk-ins are welcome all day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sierra's Second Chance

I wanted to pass along how happy we all have been that our 4 yr old Rottweiler Sierra has found her new home.  Sierra came to us as an owner surrender on Sept 13.  She was, and still is, one of the sweetest dogs I have met.  During our intake health exam and vaccination process, her heartworm test came back positive.  We were devastated, but the staff never gave up hope.  We were able to have the vet get her started immediately on treatment, which is a long, uncomfortable (and expensive) process.  She had to be kept calm at all times to keep her heart rate down for the entire time of her treatment.  She pulled through like the true champion she is.  It is always with mixed emotions when one of our special needs kids finds a home.  We miss them dearly, but are overjoyed that they can now be in a good place and be loved like they deserve.  Thank you to her new owner.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Special Needs Dogs

Occasionally I would like to use this space to highlight some of our animals that need good, loving homes, but may be hard to place for various reasons. I have 2 such animals today I'd like to tell you about.

Corey is a stray, about 1 year old, that was found in a local barn. She was starving and scared to death. You can see how thin she was in the picture below. She has come a long way since that day. She is housetrained and enjoys her daily walks. She walks fairly well on a leash and is not as afraid anymore, although big trucks still frighten her. She would make a great addition to a warm, loving home.

Her problem? She has a heart murmur. It has been diagnosed by a local vet as a 3 out of 5. While that is significant, it is not a death sentence. She could live many more years without the murmur progressing at all, or causing her any problems. We see no symptoms (coughing, easily tired) in her now. The only problem we have is getting her spayed. The surgery could be dangerous for her, or she could come through it with no problems at all. The decision whether or not to have her spayed would have to be between her new family and their veterinarian.

I hope you will consider adding Corey to your family. She deserves a good life with loving people who will help her get over her fears and show her how great life can be.

The other animal I'd like to tell you about is Angela. Surprisingly, she has the same problem, a heart murmur.
She is a beautiful 2 year old cat who came in as a mama to 3 kittens. She took great care of her kittens (we have already adopted 2 of them) and is very sweet. She just needs a comfortable chair in your loving home.

More information on these 2 animals is available on our website, or you can call us. We would love to have you come down and visit with these two pets. I know you will fall in love with them, just as we have.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pizza Hut Fundraiser - Monday, November 8

Please support the Humane Society of Henderson County by ordering from Pizza Hut in Henderson on Monday, November 8th from 4-11pm. You must use the flyer at the link below when ordering and paying for your meal. The Humane Society will receive 20% of the sale of each order received with the flyer. It is valid for Dine-In, Carry-out and Delivery. Thank you! Please pass this along to your friends and family!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Niagara School Visit

We wanted to say THANK YOU to Niagara School for visiting the Humane Society last week. I'm sure our pets loved all the attention they received!  Here are just a few pictures.  More can be seen on our Facebook page.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Monday, November 8

Please support the Humane Society of Henderson County by ordering from Pizza Hut in Henderson on Monday, November 8th from 4-11pm. You must use the flyer at the link below when ordering and paying for your meal. The Humane Society will receive 20% of the sale of each order received with the flyer. It is valid for Dine-In, Carry-out and Delivery. Thank you!

Please pass this along to your friends and family!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Microchips and More

You can tell when something's important if it's used as a blog topic twice in a row. In fact, some communities think that microchipping is so important that it is mandated that every animal have one. In Henderson County, every dog is supposed to be licensed and receive a tag proving that they have been licensed. A current rabies certificate is required to have this done and the cost is only $2. We will be happy to license your dog at the Humane Society and give you a tag.

However, tags can be lost, collars can be left behind and dogs can end up at our shelter with no identification. Since a microchip is injected below the dog's skin, it will always be with them. A quick scan, a couple of short phone calls, and you can be reunited with your best friend. This is the best protection we can offer to our pets.

November 7-13th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. We want to take this time to show how much we appreciate the pet owners of our area and offer microchipping at the reduced rate of $20. This is $10 less than our usual price. Please bring in your dogs and cats during the week of Nov. 7th and we will microchip them, and then (as always) register them at no additional cost.

One more thing - if you find a pet, PLEASE bring it to the shelter as soon as possible. Keeping a pet for a week or more to see if someone will come looking for them only delays either their return to their home or our finding a new home for them. Sometimes it can also delay necessary medical care, causing animals to suffer needlessly.

Along with that, if you have lost a pet, PLEASE call us right away. I am amazed, daily, at the wonderful animals that show up at our shelter and no one ever calls looking for them. So many of these are obviously someone's pets - well fed, well cared for, trained... and scared to be away from home. Our favorite duty is reuniting pets with their owners - in most cases that is the absolute best outcome for a lost animal. If we don't have your pet when you call, ask us to fill out a Lost Report so we can be looking for him/her. Feel free to call often to see if your pet has been found by us or by caring individuals who bring lost pets to us so we can give them the care they need.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I've been gone for a week visiting my daughter, her husband, and my brand new grandson, Aiden.  What an amazing week.  But it's time to get back to work.  And there's plenty of work for me to get back to, I'm sure.

I've been thinking a lot about microchipping these last several weeks.  It amazes me the number of dogs that are brought in as strays that no one ever calls to see if we have them.  Last week 4 dogs were returned to their owners.  That is wonderful.  In most cases, that is the happiest ending to a lost dog's story.  I don't know how many of them had microchips - I'l find that out tomorrow when I get back.  At the Humane Society of Henderson County, microchipping is one of the many services we offer.  If your dog is lost and brought to a vet's office or an animal shelter, they can look for a microchip and contact the owner so they can be reunited.  We even have an amazing story at HSHC of a previous owner being reunited with a dog he loved but needed to find a new home for a few years ago.  Due to her microchip, we found him and he and Samantha went home together.  His situation had greatly improved and he was so excited to get his girl back.   And I'll never forget the joy evident in every inch of that dog's body when she recognized her previous owner.  

We microchip all dogs that are adopted out of the shelter and will microchip cats upon request.  If you already have a beloved pet, we will still be happy to microchip them.  The charge is $30 and that includes free registration with a national registry that will have your contact information available in case your animal gets lost.

Petfinder has an excellent series of articles on microchipping.  I've added the link below:
Or contact us and we'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.  I hope all of you will seriously consider the benefits of this low cost, but priceless, service for your pets.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

In case you haven't heard, October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. There are sites all over the internet explaining the benefits of adopting shelter dogs. If you don't already know why shelter dogs make such great pets, check out the reasons at sites like American Humane, Petfinder, and many other organizations. They'll tell you the WHY, I'm going to tell you WHO. We have several great dogs that would make an amazing addition to your home. There's Paco, the adorable chihuahua that spends much of his day in our receptionist's lap. Check out Nate, our exuberant male red cattle dog/red heeler. If she's still there, Tori is a gorgeous border collie - need I say more? Izzy is a sweet, affectionate female beagle that just wants to love everyone. If you want a dog that's full of life, I highly recommend Jolene, a female shepherd mix. Dixie is an older female yellow lab that's ready to fit into your household. That's just a few of the wonderful dogs we have available for adoption. Pictures and information on these dogs can be found under the "Adopt" tab on our website.They tell me the early fall is a very busy time for Animal Control, so if you don't see your perfect fit, check back often.

In honor of this special month, we will be discounting our adoption fee on our adult (over 1 year old) dogs to $75 for this month only. Puppies will still be $85.

Of course, I don't want to forget our cats. Avery is very playful and affection. Jada, Jana, Java and Jean are all ready to go home. And we have plenty of the adorable, playful kittens that make life so much fun. Check them out too.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I guess it's about time.

Well, I'm finally entering the world of Blogging. This is a new adventure for me, so we'll see how it goes. I'm hoping to use this Blog as a means to let everyone know about very special animals that we are caring for and to find wonderful homes for them. We care about all the animals in the shelter, but there will always be a few that will touch our hearts, either because of health concerns they have or special behavioral traits, or just because no one else has looked closely enough at them to see what a great pet they would make. I know there are people who want to help these "special children" of ours, and I thought this would be a great way to highlight them, to let people know about them. I'm hoping to be able to update this blog at least weekly, so check back often to see what we're doing, learn about our animals, our staff, our volunteers and the wonderful dogs and cats we have that are waiting to go home and be part of a family, maybe even your family.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Way to go Girl Scout Troop 691!!!

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to Girl Scout Troop 691 for raising money for the Humane Society and coming by tonight to play with the dogs and cats!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Shoe Boxes Reduce Anxiety

We are often faced with finding ways of reducing the stress on cats while at the Humane Society. Cats are extremely susceptible to illness stemming from increased anxiety.  While our space and resources are limited, we have found some very simple solutions that help our furry felines.  After consulting with local Humane Societies such as the Vandeburgh Humane Society and various national animal welfare organizations, one simple solution is to include an empty shoe box in each cage with the cat.  This sounds simple, but it has really made a great impact on the stress level and overall health of the cats while at our facility.  Without the boxes, the cats often felt as though they could not have any privacy or security inside the cage.  Often they would lay in their litter box.  The boxes also allow them an additional item in the cage that can hold their scent which also reduces their stress.  The addition of the shoe boxes a couple of months ago has really worked out well. 

One issue we faced was coming up with enough boxes since each new cat would need a new box.  So far, we have been very fortunate to have boxes donated by both Simon Shoes and Shoe Carnival.  We wanted to give a special thank you to them for supporting us and helping to improve the the welfare of the many cats in our care.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Henderson Bicentennial Celebration Horse Show

We had a GREAT time last Saturday at the Henderson Bicentennial Horse Show!  We were fortunate enough to work the concession stand and were treated with great hospitality and a wonderful demonstration of horsemanship by all participants.  We had several volunteers and Board members help with the concessions and many great sponsors who either donated food and supplies, or provided discounts to us.  Stacy Denton of Blue Moon Stables was primarily in charge of the event organization and she did a wonderful job!  We look forward to hopefully having this event every year!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Volunteer Orientation Scheduled!!

We will be having a Volunteer Orientation on Thursday 8/5/2010 at 6:30. This is for potential new AND existing volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can come, learn about our programs and fill out a Volunteer Application. If possible, please email our Shelter Manager Lori Austin in advance so she can have everything prepared. Also, if you are interested in volunteering, but cannot make this Orientation, please email Lori with your information. Lori's email is


Donations Needed!!

We have added a few new donation options to our website. These include new equipment or building improvements to help with animal care, such as a commercial washer/dryer set to handle to large daily laundry needs and a new dog intake kennel area to help with housing. We are averaging 5 new dogs per day, and we need additional housing units, not only for regular holding, but also to monitor for medical issues and to provide a special care area for dogs being treated for medical conditions that need to be isolated in a quieter area. We have several other needs as well, and if you have the ability to donate, you can choose one of these specific projects, or donate to our general fund which is used to fund all animal welfare operations and programs. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Thank you
Josh Williams, President

Donate Here

Friday, July 2, 2010

Independence Weekend Adoption Events

We have the following Adoption Events scheduled for this weekend:

Saturday, July 3: Petsmart - Evansville from 10am-4pm
Sunday, July 4: Big Lots - Henderson from 10am-4pm
Monday, July 5: Big Lots - Henderson from 10am-4pm

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Adoption Events

Please visit us at Petsmart in Evansville on Saturday, May 29 from 10-4pm and at Big Lots in Henderson on Monday, May 31 from 10-3.  We will have animals available for adoption!   Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Trifest Update

We just wanted to thank everyone who donated, sponsored, volunteered, and came by to see us at the Tri-Fest Bowling Charity Event and our Adoption Event 'Bark in the Park' on Saturday during the Tri-Fest.  Your continued support means more than you can imagine as we continue to look at new ways to improve the shelter facility and our community involvement.

Thanks Again!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Dealing with dog separation anxiety

Jacque Lynn Schultz, Director, ASPCA Companion Animal Services

Supposedly, absence makes the heart grow fonder. However, the absence of an owner sends some dogs into keen wailing and barking, frequent house soiling and self-destructive behaviors. These are all signs that a dog is suffering from separation anxiety.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but they’re actually quite dangerous for our animal companions. Our nutrition experts have put together a handy list of the top toxic people foods to avoid feeding your pet. As always, if you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

For more information, please visit the ASPCA website below:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

February 2010 Shelter Statistics

New Arrivals58 Dogs, 50 Cats
Adoptions38 Dogs, 32 Cats
Euthanized14 Dogs, 20 Cats
Returned To Owner5 Dogs
Sent To Rescue25 Dogs
Feb. 28 Population33 Dogs, 28 Cats

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HSHC March Pet Photo Contest

Do you have the cutest pet around?
Please help support the Humane Society of Henderson County by submitting up to three pictures of your pet, free of charge, for the March 2010 Photo Contest!

A winner will be determined by public voting.  Each vote will cost $1 and that money goes directly to the Humane Society to help with vaccinations and spay/neuter costs for the animals under our care.  The Humane Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

Winners will have their picture posted as the Pet of the Month Contest Winner on the Facebook Fan page and our new blog:  Winners will also receive 2 5x7” professional prints and 8 wallets from Williams Photography.

Please email your picture(s) to and include the subject “HSHC Photo Contest”

Once your picture is submitted, please share the gallery website with your friends and family and encourage them to vote for their favorite!  Voting begins immediately and will continue until 10 days after the end of the month to allow time for late entries to receive votes.  

The March voting gallery will be hosted here:

There are options to easily share that gallery on your Facebook page, or you can email that link to anyone you wish. 

As mentioned, donations are desperately needed and the donations will be used to help with the care of the many animals the Humane Society is currently housing, as well as new arrivals.  Every little bit helps, even $1. 

*Note: By submitting your photo, you are granting the Humane Society of Henderson County the right to display your picture online and in promotional items.