Monday, January 31, 2011

The 10 Canine Commandments

The 10 Canine Commandments
Author unknown
1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that when you buy me.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me - it's cruicial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry at me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your entertainment and your friends. I have only you.

5. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.

6. Be aware of however you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hands, but that I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinant or lazy,  ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not  getting the right food, or I've been out in the sun or in the cold too long, or my heart is getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You too, will grow old.

10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: 'I can't bear to watch it', 'let it happen in my absence' or 'I am tired of you'. Everything is easier for me if you are there.

Remember, I love you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Niagara School Visit

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

Lori and Oliver visit Niagara School

From The Gleaner (
"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:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Interested in becoming a member of the HSHC Board of Directors?


The Humane Society of Henderson County (HSHC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1965. The HSHC is 100 percent funded by donations, grants and fees for services. We receive no government funding for the HSHC mission and programs.  The HSHC does have a contract with the City and County governments of Henderson County solely for animal control services.

Because we are committed to not killing healthy or reversibly ill or injured cats and dogs, we are in a growth and public awareness phase, and are therefore considered a "working board" (i.e., very involved in the shelter's operational excellence, fundraising, community awareness, volunteerism, budget management and strategic planning). As such, we will be continuously looking at the needs of the organization and the Board of Directors, and filling those needs with skilled individuals.

We seek talented and dedicated people who are willing to help us take the shelter and the community to the next phase of animal welfare.

If you are interested in applying for board membership, please review these basic requirements. You can apply for a Board position by completing the Membership Application.  Please mail your completed application to the HSHC shelter (attention Josh Williams) or email to

Membership Requirements
  • 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.
** Note: HSHC Board Members are covered by the shelter’s liability insurance

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year, New Donation Options - President's Message

Along with the new year, we have created new restricted donation options to help you support the care of the animals in our community in a way that best suites you.  These include donations for spay/neuter surgeries, animal welfare, facilities and programs, and general organization funding.  For example, we expect to perform 800-1000 spay/neuter surgeries in 2011 at an approximate cost of $40,000.  Our new Animal Welfare donation option goes directly to the cost of the daily care, vaccinations, food, medical supplies, and vet services for the animals that come into our facility.  In 2010, we cared for nearly 2400 animals and each stayed an average of 11 days.  That equates to roughly 72 animals in our care every single day.  The Humane Society is an independant 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the funding for this care comes directly from grants and donations you provide.  We do have a contract with the City and County for animal control services.  The money they provide is used soley for animals control services and not the areas of need listed above.  Also, any money you donate WILL NOT be used for animal control services.

The Humane Society provides animal control services so that we can save as many homeless animals as possible by moving them into the Humane Society program if left unclaimed by an owner.  Without providing such a service, we feel many of these animals would not have a chance at a new home.  An example of a separate Humane Society and Animal Control operation is Vandeburgh County.  The Vandeburgh Humane Society does a wonderful job caring for their animals.  The Animal Control facility, which is government owned and operated has many more resource limitations for the care of the animals they receive, and if they are not adopted within a week of the stray hold release date, they are forced to euthanize.  Fortunately for us, we have NO set date for euthanasia, though I know that is a common misconception.

The Humane Society of Henderson County has been in the process of making many changes over the past year.  These include critical facility repairs and improvements, restructuring of staff and Board of Directors, and new policies and procedures, most of which may not be visible to the general public. However, these improvements come with increased expense.  The next phase of our rebuilding process is to now show our community what we are doing, what limitations we still face, and what our goals are for the future of the Humane Society for Henderson County with your support.  To help restore confidence in these donations and the Humane Society in general, we have an Accountant handling all bookkeeping for the Humane Society, as well has annual audits conducted by an outside Accounting Firm.  We are also now listed as a Guidestar Exchange Partner in Trust.  We plan to provide reports to the public showing expenses and donations for each of these areas of need. 

Please take a moment to review our new donation options and please donate to support the care of the animals in our community.  Without your financial support, we will be unable to continue to provide the necessary level of care for these animals, or expand on the care and community programs Henderson County desparately needs.  The current animal care expenses are already over budget and donations are not at the level needed to cover them.  Every donation, whether large or small, does make a positive impact on an animals life.  Please donate today. 

Thank you,
Josh Williams
President HSHC