HSOAC To Launch Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Thanks to a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund, beginning on Monday, January 26, 2015 the Humane Society of Allen County will open the doors to a new low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

The clinic will serve pet owners who are otherwise unable to afford to have their pets spayed and neutered thereby helping these pet parents to avoid the heartbreak of unwanted kittens and puppies being born with nowhere to go.

In addition to low-cost spay and neuter services the clinic will also offer testing for heartworm, feline leukemia and FIV (also known as feline AIDS) as well as vaccinations.

Services will be by appointment only and clinic hours are limited to Mondays at the present time. Additional grant funding is being actively sought to expand the clinic hours of operation.

Thanks to the Plumbers & Pipefitters!

Shelter heroes come in all shapes and sizes and cover a wide-range of “missions”. We are truly grateful to each and every one of them from the smallest child who collects pennies to the wonderful adults who roll up their sleeves and repair things.

Today we’d like to extend our deep appreciation to the Plumbers and Pipefitters of Local 776

These wonderful guys came in and got to work. Last winter we had several pipes burst from the freezing conditions and the Plumbers and Pipefitters are making sure that this won’t happen again. Pipes have been insulated; damaged ceiling tiles replaced and vents added so that passive heat can help offset the cold. In addition to that they are working to help clear out drains in our kennel areas, repairing equipment and even purchasing some needed parts. None of this wonderful work has cost the Humane Society a thing and we are deeply grateful and humbled by their generosity.

These amazing volunteers have given of their time, their muscle, their expertise and their own funds to help our animals. We simply, truly can NOT thank them enough!

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October/November Director’s Message

It’s hard to imagine that I have now been director for 6 months.

So many positive things have happened in such a short time. The shelter has reconnected with our community in a big and much needed way. Memberships have grown, donations are up, and our fundraisers to date have been successful.

For so long, no one knew about the hardships the shelter was having. The people that helped build the Humane Society (literally) from the ground up had fallen away due to lack of communication.  As those connections broke down, so did the support the shelter needed to maintain financial stability.

I want to thank the Allen County community for responding to the needs of the Humane Society in such an awesome way! I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion and help the shelter is receiving!

Thanks to your help, we are beginning to get our finances back on track. Debts are being paid, bills are becoming current, and where necessary payment plans have been put in place. The current shelter fiscal health is beginning to look up.

But we aren’t out of the woods yet, far from it  Continued help from the community is needed to keep the shelter steady at a sustainable level for the future. Bills and medical needs are an ongoing concern. We are implementing new programs (like the low cost spay/neuter project) that will create a small source of income and also researching new grants to help sponsor  those programs. However, a large portion of our funding depends upon the generosity of each of you.

Please continue to support the animals of Allen County.

Become a member. Donate. Volunteer. Attend our events and fundraisers. Adopt. Foster. Share our story and mission. Be a part and make a difference!

 

Thank you!

 

Patches and Friends … Why the HSOAC Exists

The Humane Society of Allen County is more than a home for the homeless, abused and neglected animals of Allen County. Our mission covers much more than providing shelter. The follow three animals came to us recently and are perfect examples of the importance of our mission.

Patches, a sweet kitten, embodies why we do what we do. She is why our staff and volunteers come in every day. Why our Board advocates for your support. Why the HSOAC exists.

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This adorable kitten came to us one recent Saturday with awful burns from what appeared to be candle wax. She lost a lot of fur as a result but despite her injuries this little girl wanted nothing more than to snuggle up and purr. Once she’s healed she’ll be a loving addition to her forever home. You can follow her story on our Facebook page as we post her progress.

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Little Callie was found in a dumpster. Barely five weeks old this tiny baby was abandoned in the trash. Two kind souls found her and brought her to  us. She’s getting loving care as she learns to walk and play. She has a thick coat and will probably be a long haired beauty when she grows up.

11-1-4 Mandy

Mandy was found tied up outside to our flagpole of all places. Very thin this puppy is extremely loving and even knows some basic commands. We’ll never know why her people left her with us but we’re determined to find her a loving home, hopefully for the holidays.

These stories are why the shelter matters, why your generous support is critical to savings lives and making a difference. If you aren’t already a member please consider joining, if you are a member please renew your commitment to animals like these.

This is your shelter, these are your animals. Won’t you help us so that we can help them and so many others like Patches, Callie and Mandy?

 

Wine & Whiskers Tickets Now On Sale

Purchase your tickets today for an elegant evening in support of the Humane Society!

The third annual Wine & Whiskers event will take place on Tuesday November 11, 2014 at The Met beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Guests will be met at the door with a glass of bubbly (additional glasses may be purchased and are not included in the ticket price).

The evening will include fabulous food and select wines and beers by The Met (included in the ticket price); an auction of unique-to-Lima/Allen County items from businesses you know and adore; and a fashion show by Nitza’s on our very own “cat walk”.

Tickets may be purchased online by clicking HERE. A downloadable order form is also available by clicking HERE

Thanks to our Sponsors:

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Pet Photo Calendar Contest – Proceeds Benefit the Animals

There’s a pet photo calendar contest now underway where you vote for your favorites with your dollars. $1 equals 1 vote! There are 22 entries to choose from but only 12 months on the calendar. Your votes will choose which pets become pinups. Voting ends October 24th with the calendar winners announced on October 25th.

Half of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Allen County and half will benefit Angels For Animals – however you vote the animals of Allen County win! In addition to your voting dollars, you can purchase a calendar for just $10. You can pre-order yours at the shelter. The organization with the most pre-orders will receive an additional $100.

Shelter alumni Sir Purrceval de Paws, the Prince of Cats (Purrcy to his friends) shown below is just one of the great animals featured in this contest. We aren’t sure about the others but we know that this kitty came from our shelter! You can vote for him (and the others) online, at the shelter or at SignPro Imaging located on Brower Road.

CLICK HERE to cast your vote for the animals of Allen County.

Thanks to SignPro Imaging and 92.1The Frog for this fun contest!

Purrceval de Paws

Strut Your Mutt Online

Can’t make it out to Faurot Park in Lima Saturday October 11th? No worries!! You can still support our fun, family focused event by helping to raise funds online.

Just CLICK HERE and from now through the end of October you can make a donation (any size will help!) to the Strut Your Mutt event. The event’s goal is $4,000 and we’re hoping to raise half of that online this year.

With YOUR help we will succeed!! Thank you for your continued support – the animals greatly appreciate it!!

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Strut Your Mutt – Fun For Everyone

Join us for a fun day in the park!

Saturday October 11th is the day to be in Faurot Park with your “mutt”.

Registration for the 5k is only $20.00! Registration for the Mutt Walk is $10.00 per dog!!

Register online or print the downloadable form and send it in or drop it off to the shelter during open hours.

There’s a 5k run/walk along the beautiful Ottawa River Walk; a mutt walk; contests for your pooch; 50/50 drawing!! Vendors will be on hand as well. Questions? Email event chair Cat Kouns Born at cborn@hsoac.org

See YOU in the park!!

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16th Annual Critter/Bug Run – September 13, 2014

The Humane Society of Allen County is thrilled to announce that we will be benefitting from this year’s Critter/Bug Run to be held September 16, 2014 in Cridersville Ohio! Half of the proceeds of this fun day will be supporting the abused, neglected and abandoned animals of Allen County and helping to Save the Shelter.

Bike registration lasts until 2:30 p.m. at The Village Cafe and is $10 per bike with $5 for each additional rider. First bike rolls out at 3:00 p.m. with the last bike back in at 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the run, there will be a silent auction, a euchre tournament ($10 per team to play), door prizes, raffles and a 50/50 drawing!

Participants will also enjoy music by the Buck Wild Band beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact Sherry Hale by email at villagecafe5320@gmail.com or call 419.204.4428

Donations provided by: ABC Warehouse, Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone and Lee’s Chicken of Lima

Not Too Early to Register to Strut

October will be here before we know it! Now is the time to start fundraising for the Humane Society of Allen County’s Strut Your Mutt – Mutt Walk & 5k! We will once again be in Faurot Park. This year’s date is Saturday October 11, 2014.

Collect pledges to support your walk in the park with your dog(s)! All participants are strongly encouraged to raise $100 and it is as easy as asking ten (10) friends to each pledge $10.00. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser!! Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year. Will you be that special person who puts us over the top?

This year you can register online! Simply CLICK HERE to go to our registration page. If you would prefer to download a form to print and mail in (or to share with friends) CLICK HERE 5k participants who register online will be contacted by email to obtain their t-shirt size.Cool Dog Strut GraphicSee YOU in Faurot Park on Saturday October 11, 2014