Thursday, March 24, 2011

Stock Horse Trailer Needed for Horse Rescues

We are in need of a stock horse trailer with a bumper pull, 7 ft tall (no shorter) and preferably 12 ft long to use during horse rescues. We do not have a current situation, but we would like to have it ready for emergency situations.  If anyone has any info on one for sale, new or used, please email either laustin@hshcky.org or josh@hshcky.org

Thanks!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Become a member today!

Humane Society of Henderson County
Membership Program


Share in our efforts to help homeless and abused animals and save lives by becoming a member today!

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 hope that this membership program will bring supporters together and allow anyone to become a part of our organization and help shape it's future.  Together we can make a difference.

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.

Thank you,
Josh Williams
President
Website: http://www.hshcky.org/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sign up for Email Notifications


If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to visit our website at http://www.hshcky.org/ and register your email address.  This will provide you with upcoming news, announcements, newsletters, volunteer opportunites, program and service updates, and other specials being offered by the Humane Society of Henderson County.  Just visit the link above and enter your email address in the box along the left hand side of the home page!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lucy


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

A Poem

There I sat, alone and afraid,
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

~Author Unknown