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 (www.chicagocaninerescue.org) 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!!

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

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.