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!!

http://www.hshcky.org/fundraising/pizzahutticket.pdf

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

Microchipping

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:  http://www.petfinder.com/after-pet-adoption/why-microchip.html
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.
Nate

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.