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A Letter from a Shelter Manager

August 18th 2009 3:20 pm
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A Letter from a Shelter Manager:

I think our society needs a huge " Wake-up" call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all. ..a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are;

"We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets and why did you choose that place instead of a pet friendly home?

Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

"We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

"She' s tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family?

They always tell me: "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog."

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.

It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are. If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.

Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down"....

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails.

Until, they get to "The Room", every one of them freak out and put the brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them.

Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are.

Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff".

Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

When it all ends, your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much further than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is.

I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog.

I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me want to adopt." THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!



8th Annual Bark in the Park!!

August 5th 2009 6:24 pm
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I know that many of you are not in my area, but in case you are and plan on attending, Mom (Tania) will be volunteering at the registration station until 12pm!

Title: Bark in the Park
Date: August 8, 2009
Description: Festival
Address: 1835 Rose St.
La Crosse, WI 54601

Location: Copeland Park
Hours: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Contact: 608-781-4014

Bark in the Park is a canine celebration that allows entire families to gather at Copeland Park for a unique festival focusing on our furry friends. When you register and attend not only will your dog be happy enjoying its special day, you'll also be participating in an important fundraiser for the Coulee Region Humane Society (CRHS). CRHS is a local non-profit organization that has been helping homeless and unwanted animals for over 35 years.

Some of the things happening to wag your best friend's tail:
9:00 - Vendors/Agility/More
10:00-12:30 - Dog Games featuring Fido Frisbee
12:30 - Canine Costumes
1:00 - The Big Bark - we currently hold the World Record for the loudest combined bark!!

9:00 - 1:00 - Arfy Art Studio, Agility Course, Silent Auction, Kibble Kitchen for people and pets, Raffle tickets for sale, Pet Boutique, Z93 Music and DJs, Mutt merchants.


Please Help Patty - Today is her LAST DAY!!!

June 23rd 2009 10:14 am
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Patty is an old gal who probably gave her family years of unconditional love, in return she is now sitting in a shelter waiting to be euthanized. She was found wandering the streets and no one has come to claim her.

Patty’s time is up, if she doesn’t get a home immediately this beautiful girl won’t get a chance to live out her golden years.

This sweet old gal is sitting in an overcrowded and chaotic shelter, scared and confused as to how she got here. Patty came to the Humane Society of Greater Akron several weeks ago as a stray and no one has come looking for her. Now she sits, waiting to find what her future holds. This is where a kind hearted rescuer needs to step in!!! We need help for Patty!

She is a 10+ year old yellow lab and approx 65 lbs (she is not too thrilled we are revealing her weight to so many!!!!) She has been fully vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative), wormed, and up to date on flea and heartworm prevention. We do not believe her to be spayed. Due to moderate arthritis, she is on senior vitamins and joint supplements twice daily to help her feel better and move a little easier She also has some dental disease which may need future attention. Because her teeth are not the best, she is a huge fan of canned food…oh yes, and she also LOVES hotdogs as well!

This girl is low key as most of her days are filled with lounging around and getting plenty of beauty sleep. She is very fond of large fluffy dog beds/blankets and getting as much attention from humans as possible. Gets a little annoyed with other furry friends so this older gal would love to be spoiled and rule the roost as an only doggie! Her temperament with people is wonderfully loving.

It tears us apart to see her so scared and alone at our shelter. No one is adopting her and she deserves better than a noisy shelter kennel to live out the rest of her time on this earth. I am afraid she does not have much time left at our shelter before a decision may be made to euthanize her so WE MUST GET HER OUT ASAP!

Patty will be released to an approved and reputable rescue at no charge….we would just like to see her go somewhere safe that will give her a chance. A donation of wet food and a few extra comfy blankets will come with her of course!!! Any rescue interested, please contact me right away. Transport help is available.

Please call Shannon at 330-657-2010 ext 105 or email if you can help save Patty.

Shannon O’Herron - Humane Officer (this is me)

What a beautiful girl Patty is. If anyone out there would like to adopt her please contact Shannon right away, there is no time to waste.


Vacation - WITHOUT US?!

June 9th 2009 11:01 am
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Mom and dad are leaving for vacation tomorrow AM. Initially I was SUPER excited, but then I found out that they are going on vacation WITHOUT US! What's up with THAT?!
They are going to Michigan for the NASCAR race and they are camping at the track. THEY say that a NASCAR race is no place for an innocent little pupper! I say HOW DO THEY KNOW?! Have they ever taken us with them to a race before? NO! So how do they know that it isn't the place for us?
Oh well - we get to go to the dogsitter, Angie, house from tonite until Monday night! WOO HOO! She has DOGGIE DOORS! I get to spend my days finding each and every toy in the house and dragging it outside so that Angie has something to do when she gets home from work!! Aren't I just the most wonderful little helper?!
Shadow just spends the days going in and out of the doggie doors. I keep trying to get him to help me take the toys out - buy he won't go for it...he's such a little brown noser!!!
Talk to you all next week!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby & Shadow


Grace's Story

June 7th 2009 3:35 pm
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Mom helped with another transport today - SEVEN DOGS. This is becoming a pretty regular thing for her and she loves it! Her pawrents are even starting to get into it!
She doesn't get to know the dogs, or their stories very well, but on this particular transport they had a bit of a APBT named Grace. Mom got an email about her while ago, so she knew what the poor girl had gone through...
Grace was used as a breeder down south for quite some time - I'm not sure how long - and, after awhile, her 'owners' decided that they either wouldn't or couldn't breed her anymore. So, instead of bringing her into their home, or giving her to someone that would, they heartlessly tied her up with a rope around her neck with no food, and no water, and left her to die of starvation or dehydration - whichever came first.
Grace has come a long way since she was found, nearly dead. She is still underweight, has a horrible rash around her neck and her skin and coat is in horrible shape. However, she LOVES people - though I don't quite understand HOW - and other dogs. As someone else on mom's tranport said, she has a lot of hope in her eyes, you can see it. Somehow, this dog, that was treated so badly, still has FAITH in the human race - which is more than I can say for mom right now (present company excluded of coarse). She still wags her tail, and looks up at you with love - no matter how guarded - with love in her eyes. She is going to make someone a GREAT pet someday!
Mom came home and gave us LOTS and LOTS of loving when she got home from this one - more than usual! While she was hugging us, her cheeks got all wet and she said something to the effect of how lucky we were for never having to know the horrors that some other dogs are forced to know.
She asked me to tell you to tell your pawrents to give you some extra special lovin' every day in honor of Grace, and others like her. We sure are some special pups for having some really pawsome pawrents, aren't we?

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -
Abby and Shadow


My trip to the dogter...

May 26th 2009 6:28 am
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I went to the dogter on Saturday - it was SCARY! I have lost 6 lbs!! Pretty soon mom won't be able to call me a fatty anymore! When I got in the room they made me stand on this platform - which they had to TRICK me into getting on. Once I got on it, it started to MOVE! I tried to jump off of it but there were four people that had death grips on me! Then they FORCED me over onto my side which REALLY freaked me out - jeez, all they had to do was ask, I would have rolled over onto my side by myself!
The doc did lots of poking and proding and twisting and turning on my leg. He said that it was swollen inside there, but he doesn't think it's a full ACL tear because I would be in more pain than I was. He can feel a miniscus click in there, so he is leaning more towards that being the cause of my limping.
He gave me two weeks of Deramaxx and light duty for a MONTH! So of COARSE mom wouldn't let me go to the beach over the weekend! I tried to tell her that swimming is GOOD, but then she said Yes, Abby - swimming IS good. BUT, running through the sand is NOT good! Oh well, we had fun anyway!


The Hunt For Buried Treasure Continues....maybe?

May 22nd 2009 7:33 am
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It's Memorial Day weekend and I'm so excited because that means that we are going to the CAMPER, which means that I get to go SWIMMING, which means that my search for buried treasure can resume...YAY!!!

What?! I may not get to GO swimming this weekend? But, but, but...WHY?! I must continue to hunt for the treasures in the sand before some other pup finds the BEST treasure!

I've been limping intermittently for the past couple of weeks and of COARSE mom is freaking out! I have to go to the dogter on Saturday at 10AM. From mom's DISTORTED discription, many think it's either a soft tissue injury or a torn ACL, but I personally, have my doubts.

I believe that it's just mom's way of ruining my weekend. I mean's just a limp! I'm not whimpering or whining (except when I want something that I'm not getting) and am pretty much being my goofy old self - so what's the big deal?

She has had me on light duty for the past week. I haven't gotten to do ANYTHING! No fetch in the backyard, no wrestling with Shadow, no humping Shadow, no NOTHING! I have no quams what so ever about letting her know EXACTLY how I feel about it either:) I've been SUPER naughty in the house since her bright idea of putting me on light duty. I'm taking underwear, socks, TShirts, basically whatever I can get me teeth on out of the cloths baskets, hiding only one of her shoes or slippers, laying in the middle of the livingroom protesting with my high pitched 'help me' bark (she always really likes it when I do that - BOL) Anything that I can do to driver her batty!

Anypup have any other things for me to try to drive her nuts? Last night, I sat at the bottom of the stairs after then went to bed whining and barking my high pitched bark for about 45 minutes before I finally decided to grace them with my presence - then I proceeded to take up mom's WHOLE side of the bed - BOL!:)


Rather odd day...

May 20th 2009 7:44 pm
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Today started out like any other day - got up, got fed, got petted and mom left for work. Same old, same old.

Mom came home early - YAY! She let me, Shadow and Buddy out, put Buddy's muzzle on and left - yes, without US! Said something about Buddy having to go to the vet.

She came home about an hour later, let us all out, fed us and then Dad came home early - YAY! As soon as dad got home, they packed up Buddy again and left - yes, without us AGAIN!!! Mom seemed a bit sad though...

They were gone ALL NIGHT! When they finally did get home, they smelled like a lot of different dogs, and horses - but Buddy wasn't with them. Mom gave me and Shadow each a big hug and her cheeks got all wet.

Like I said before - a rather odd day!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -


I'm 5 Years Old Today!!

May 2nd 2009 10:11 am
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Yeap - it's my Bark Day!!

Mom really is curious as to where all the time goes! It seems just like yesterday that I could sit on her lap! Well, I still sit on her lap, but at my size, she isn't very comfortable - bol!!

I would like to thank you all for my nice pawresents and well wishes today! It's pretty nice out so we've been spending a lot of time outside playing fetch - YAY!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses -


Rescue Me...

April 23rd 2009 7:12 am
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Rescue me not only with your hands but with your heart as well.
I will respond to you.
Rescue me not out of pity but out of love.
I will love you back.
Rescue me not with self-righteousness but with compassion.
I will learn what you teach.
Rescue me not because of my past but because of my future.
I will relax and enjoy.
Rescue me not simply to save me but to give me a new life.
I will appreciate your gift.
Rescue me not only with a caring heart but with tolerance and patience.
I will please you.
Rescue me not only because of who I am but who I'm to become.
I will grow and mature.
Rescue me not to revere yourself to others but because you want me.
I will never let you down.
Rescue me not with a hidden agenda but with a desire to teach me to trust.
I will be loyal and true.
Rescue me not to be chained or to fight but to be your companion.
I will stand by your side.
Rescue me not to replace one you've lost but to soothe your spirit.
I will cherish you.
Rescue me not to be your pet but to be your friend.
I will give you unconditional love.
Please Rescue Me!
~Author Unknown~

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