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!