Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Check In: 7AM Race: 8AM
Downtown Central Park, Henderson, KY
Online Registration Form: http://www.hshcky.org/Events/WagWalk.aspx
Printable Registration Form: wagwalk_registration.pdf
Registraton Fee: $25
Friday, September 9, 2011
Come out to PetsMart in Evansville Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 10-3pm, and Sunday 1-4pm and see our wonderful animals waiting for a new home! This is a national PetsMart Charities Adoption weekend and we are making every effort to have as many dogs and cats there as possible all three days. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Humane Society of Henderson County
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Imagine a more humane world in which every animal enjoys the respect and compassion they deserve. A Humane Society of Henderson County Membership goes a long way in helping create that world right here in our community. Everything we do - and every animal we help - depends on the kindness and compassion of generous people like you. It is your support that allows us to provide assistance to animals, and people, in need. Please, won’t you consider becoming a member to help those that cannot help themselves? Whether you help one or a thousand, every dollar counts. Your membership WILL save lives.
Your support will allow us to continue to help thousands of animals each year through services such as: adoptions, spay/neuter assistance, lifesaving medical treatment, reduction in cruelty and abuse, lost & found, and adult and child education on animal welfare. We are committed to making the most impact with every dollar you give. Become a member today by completing our online application, mailing in an application, or visiting the shelter. Once your application has been processed, you will receive your member packet, along with your membership card, in the mail.
We will also be working with local businesses to offer additional benefits to members. If you are a business owner and would like to make a special offer to our members, please contact us.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I hope a very special person is reading this because it will take someone pretty special to take Lucy home with them. Lucy was brought to us a couple of weeks ago because of health issues with her previous owners. They are no longer able to take care of her. As I was talking with an older lady, who was trying so hard not to cry, I couldn't help but notice how frightened this little dog was. She was backing away, hiding under whatever she could find. This isn't unusual with these little breeds, but I was worried about how we would be able to handle her, to give her the shots and other preventive treatments we give when animals first come into the shelter. With the help of "puncture resistant" gloves, we were able to do what we needed to do, but she was so stressed, we knew we could not put her in general poputlation in case someone tried to pet her and she bit them. We had to put her in the back to "chill" overnight.
Unfortunately the next day she wasn't much better, but I just couldn't leave her alone back there. I was able to get a leash around her and I took her outside. As I've seen so many times, once you get a scared dog away from the building, they often relax enough to realize we're not so scary after all. I let her walk around a bit, then sat down with her. She didn't come up to me, but allowed me to pick her up. We were fast friends from that point on and I brought her to live in the office so we could socialize her. She was still resistant to others in the shelter (I was the only one who could put her in or take her out of her crate for the first couple of days) but she slowly started adding others to her list of friends. She was very reluctant to be around men, but has now started jumping in the laps of our Animal Control officers and giving them lots of kisses. For the most part, anyone new can not approach her without her flinching away or growling.
How are we going to adopt this lively little dog, so full of kisses and tail wags??? Here's what I know about her: She is about 7 months old. She is pee pad trained, but will not go outside (another strike against her for most people) She does NOT pee in her crate overnight, but will not pee outside either (although she loves to be outside, it's playtime only). When we bring her back in, she heads straight for her pad and does her business there. She never has accidents anywhere - just always goes for her pad. For some people, especially those living in apartments, this may not be a disadvantage. We'll have to see.
Lucy LOVES kids - she does not hesitate at all to approach a child. Her owner had told me she loved kids, and we've seen that here as well. She is definitely a lap dog, but she's full of life and spunk too. She can entertain herself with a tennis ball or play fetch with you. She has played very well with the other dog we have living in the office right now and has had no problem with our cats.
Lucy will require a lot of patience, right from the beginning. If anyone is interested in taking this sweet girl home with them, I'd ask that you plan to spend a couple of hours over a couple of days here at the shelter, just visiting. We will set you up in the office and your only job will be to be there for Lucy to get to know you. You can take her outside and let her feel comfortable with you there. She may be young enough to actually house train, but it will take a lot of time, patience and creativity to accomplish this.
I know she will make a wonderful addition to the right family, and I know that family is out there. If you know someone you think might be interested (and if that person is special enough), please have them come by or call us. We need to get this baby a home!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone... to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We later found out that her owner had adopted her from Evansville Animal Control and Shelter with the requirement that she be spayed soon after adoption. However, they missed the spay appointment scheduled by EAC. Instead she was to be used for breeding and the puppies were to be sold. We try to reunite owners with their pets if possible and if it is in the best interest of the animal. Even though Julie's stray hold had expired and she legally belonged to us, we agreed to make one last effort when we were contacted by the owners. We offered to allow them to have Julie and the puppies if all of the medical expenses were paid (which looked to be around $3,000), all puppies and Julie were spayed, and they could submit to home visits from our animal control officers to prove that they could properly care for her. That was the last we heard from them. They didn't even call to ask how Julie or the puppies were doing.
Julie soon recovered from her ordeal and was finally ready for adoption. After 3 weeks waiting for adoption, and over 2 1/2 months in our care, Julie was finally adopted at our weekly adoption event at PetsMart in Evansville this past Saturday, which that is coordinated by our wonderful volunteers. She was adopted to a young lady in Henderson who had been visiting Julie regularly at the shelter and really wanted her. We were very excited and happy for this wonderful soul that had been through so much. We will be doing a home visit in the next few days to check on our sweetheart.
As for all those puppies, our Rescue Coordinator Diane was able to place them in rescues out of state. Background checks and home visits are a regular part of the adoption process for pit puppies. They were all spayed/neutered before making their trip.
Congratulations Julie and thank you for being so patient and kind to us while in our care. We love you and although we will miss your beautiful eyes, we are so happy that you have a loving home.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
*2000 census data for Henderson County along with national statistics
Henderson Population: 37,415
Avg. # of animals entering HSHC shelter: 1 in 6.5 households
# Households with Dogs: 31.6%
Dogs per household: 1.69
Total dogs with homes: 8,396
New Dog Homes Available / YR: 840
# Households with Cats: 27.3%
Cats per household: 2.19
Total cats with homes: 9,399
New Cat Homes Available / YR: 940
Total animals with homes: 17,795
Average Lifespan (yrs): 10
New Homes Available / YR: 1,779
# of litters from female cat / YR: up to 3
# of kittens per litter: 4-6
Age at which a female cat can produce first litter: 4-10 months
Gestation Period: 58-70 Days
# of litters from female dog / YR: up to 2
# of puppies per litter: 6-12
Age at which a female dog can produce first litter: 7-9 months
Gestation Period: 58-71 Days
Total Animals Adopted and Placed in Rescue 2010*: 1224
*Includes only HSHC adoptions, not other rescues organizations or private breeders, etc.
2010 HSHC Intake*
Total Intake: 2357
Total Available Homes: 1779
Cat Intake: 1117
Available Cat Homes: 940
Dog Intake: 1240
Available Dog Homes: 840
*Includes only HSHC intakes, not other rescues organizations or private breeders, etc.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Spaying /neutering your pet is good for your pet, you, and the community.
- Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
- Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
- Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
- Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
- Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.
- Spaying and neutering helps to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets in our community. We already have an overpopulation problem. This means there are not enough homes for the number of animals born each year in Henderson County.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I don’t even know where to start. Maybe with Drew and Drake, the pit puppies that came in last week, taken from deplorable living conditions. They were malnourished, full of intestinal worms and as cute as can be. Oh yes, they also had not had any vet care during their short life. Which means they also came in with parvo. Which means we had 2 very sick puppies Thursday that had to be euthanized.
Then there’s Chloe. She is an 8 year old shepherd mix who is lovely in face and in spirit. Someone obviously loved her at one time because she is so lovable. Unfortunately they didn’t love her enough to have her spayed. They also didn’t love her enough to call looking for her. Oh – and they didn’t love her enough to provide heartworm prevention. So I have a senior female that is too old to be spayed without expensive blood work; that is, if she survived the heartworm treatment, which is also extremely expensive. We know the reality of finding a home for her. She will be euthanized within the week.
That brings to mind the people who criticize us for not being a “no kill” shelter. The reality of “no kill” shelters is that they are also known as Limited Intake shelters. They generally only take the most adoptable animals – the rest come to us. I have even been told that there are actually people in the Henderson community that have said they would be happy to donate large amounts of money to us, but won’t because we’re not a “no kill” shelter. I would like to take this opportunity to make those people aware that they are personally responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals each year. Because with the money they claim they want to use to help animals, we could possibly treat dogs with parvo. We could afford blood work to make sure the senior animals we get are healthy enough for surgery. We could provide heartworm treatment, not just for the most adoptable animals, but for all the animals that deserve a good home.
I will be going in tonight to check on Hope. She was taken from a home yesterday due to neglect. I have never seen so emaciated an animal. She has obviously been loved by someone at one time. When our Animal Control Officers came in, she got down off the couch and brought them her rope toy. This dog that possibly hasn’t eaten in days, maybe even weeks, just wanted someone to play with her. Her owner has apparently contacted us, claiming he was out of town and had a friend taking care of her. He needs new friends. We took her in last night, gave her food and fluids and a soft place to lay down. Her tail is wagging and she loves to cuddle. How could someone do this to her?
Then there’s the people that get mad at us for our fees. The ones that say “I don’t care about the leash law” then claim that the problem isn’t that the dogs are running loose. It’s because their neighbors don’t like them (no comment). The fact that we received multiple calls about the dogs being in the streets, dodging cars, tearing up trash is completely irrelevant. They make the statement that they’ll “just get rid of the $%^&* dogs” if they’re going to have to pay for breaking the law. Our Return to Owner fees are meant to be a deterrent. Just take care of your animals. That’s all we ask. Oh, and yes – that means keeping them in your yard.
One more story – the woman diagnosed with cancer whose husband is divorcing her and left her homeless. She is living in a garage and can’t keep her dog and 4 cats. She found a home for the dog, but had no choice but to bring the cats to us. These cats have been well taken care of. They’re beautiful and healthy. We will hopefully find goods home for all of them. This is the reason we’re here – to help people (and animals) in need.
Sorry this is so long. There are so many other stories; Julie, T'amo, Oreo, Meow. So many others. It’s been a rough week.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Oliver and I really enjoyed our recent visit to Mrs. Bonnie Bailey's 2nd grade class at Niagara Elementary School. The children presented us with over $102 they had collected (Quarters for Cats and Dimes for Dogs).
We stayed and visited with them for around an hour.
We read a book about caring for your dog and discussed all the things pets need when they come to live at our homes.
Of course, the one they really wanted to see was Oliver.
They were very gentle and patient with him and he met with all of the children, allowing them to pet him and ask questions about him. He got a little tired near the end, but I was very proud of him. He did his job as Spokes Dog like a champ.
I loved meeting with the children and hearing what they had to say - always the best entertainment!! I hope we can do this again, teach children about pet care and animal safety, let children (and adults) know about the work we do at the Humane Society, and make new friends along the way.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"While the Henderson Humane Society's spokes dog Oliver works the room, shelter manager Lori Austin talks to students in Bonny Bailey's second grade class at Niagara Elementary. The class raised over $100 in a dimes for dogs and quarters for cats fundraising campaign for the local animal shelter."
Please watch the video at: http://www.courierpress.com/videos/detail/spokes-dog-visits-Niagara-elementary/
Saturday, January 15, 2011
- Actively serve on at least one committee per year.
- Attend at least 75 percent of the regularly scheduled board meetings which are held from 6- 8 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of every month.
- Participate in at least one fundraiser per year.
- Visit the HSHC shelter at least quarterly.
- Maintain the confidentiality of items discussed at the board meetings.
- Represent the HSHC in a positive and ethical way in the community, and support the goals and visions of the organization.
- Actively pursue opportunities for fund development, open doors of communication and build relationships with animal advocates in the community.