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Humane Society starts new fundraising effort

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A new fundraising effort for the Clay County Humane Shelter is taking shape.

Shelter volunteer Stacy Dotson, who also serves as the shelter's fundraising coordinator, recently created "Paw Partners."

"Over the past few months, we have received a tremendous amount of dogs with medical needs," Dotson said. "The shelter just doesn't have the funds to pay for these things."

Dotson recently sent out letters to area businesses regarding the fundraising efforts. In addition, she's hoping to reach the general public as well.

Medical costs for the animals continue to rise and Dotson felt like something had to be done.

"We're asking people to help with money for the medical needs of the animals," she said.

The letter she sent out described the purpose of the effort as, "Caring and compassionate individuals and businesses make it possible for the shelter to take care of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens."

In the letter, Dotson provides statistics for potential donors, including:

* The shelter is a no-kill shelter. It does not euthanize animals for space,

* The shelter took in close to 400 animals in 2010,

* The shelter currently has approximately 70 dogs and 98 cats in need of homes,

* The shelter works with other animal welfare groups such as PetSmart to adopt the animals,

* The shelter offers help with low-cost spay and neutering,

* The shelter relies heavily on donations to care for the animals, and

* The shelter needs foster families and volunteers.

Dotson said the purpose of "Paw Partners," is essentially to help with the cost of medical needs such as surgery, preventive treatments and medications.

Providing more statistics, she said HeartWorm treatments for dogs my range from $250-$350.

"Anytime you have a shelter that is a no-kill shelter, you're going to have some problems with costs," Dotson said. "A lot of medical (needs) have come up."

Dotson said all donations will go straight to medical care for the animals in the shelter.

Currently, she is asking for gift amounts of $25, $50, $100, or other amounts.

All donations should be sent to Clay County Humane Society -- Paw Partner, Attn: Stacy Trusty-Dotson, 3025 Homestead Dr., Brazil, Ind., 47834.

"We'd like to do this once a year and have it ongoing," Dotson said. "And make it a joint venture with businesses and individuals. I think there are a lot of people that are pretty sympathetic.

"The goal is to set up a 'Help Fund,'" she added. "These funds will go right to medical needs."

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Donations may also be made at any First Financial Bank in Brazil. Plase designate the Paw Partner Account for the Clay Co Humane Shelter. Thanks So Much!

-- Posted by stacyjt1 on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 6:19 AM

I still say we are going about this backwards. The county needs to install a dog license fee of at least $10 for neutered dog. That license being distributed ONLY when a valid current rabies certificate is presented at county treasurer's office. Then fine those for unlicensed dogs and free roaming dogs to encourage all to be licensed. this would pay for strays being housed and may eventually be enough for hiring a animal control person for the county so sheriff dept didn't have to deal with the dog complaints. They could even make visits to places to make sure dogs were licensed. This is being done in MANY other locations. As usual Clay County is last to get on board.

Owning a dog is a financial responsibility and $10 a year added to food and proper veterinary care is a drop in the bucket. If dog ownership is costing the taxpayers who DON'T own dogs money via the contract with human society, this needs to be shifted to those who own the dogs some so those causing the cost are helping to pay for it a little more.

Donations are fine and dandy but need to get those who own dogs to pay for the privilege of doing so. I've lived here 15 years. Before moving here I paid $8 per dog per year. For a few years I paid $2 here but that amount so low that it wasn't worth it for the trustees to do their jobs and make sure the fee was paid. [no wonder Governor wants trustees eliminated as from my experience, mine didn't do their job]

Then the fee was eliminated. so backwards. Only in Clay County. Not until we wrap our heads around the need for collecting revenue to pay for the services we want will it ever climb out of its hole.

The human society provides a great service to community but the county portion of its portion of the funding so behind the times. time to come into the 20th century at least now that we are in the 21st.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 8:36 AM

We are all working very hard at the CCHS to trim costs where we can & do all possible to bring in funds. Constantly packed with animals & no end in sight. What a great group of people we have working for the cause! PR & PR taxes are huge. And never ending vet bills, utilities,medicines & vaccines, food, & all sorts of expenses. We can only stretch the money SO FAR & any help would be appreciated. Even aluminum cans!!!!!!!! Drop them off at the shelter & we can cash them in. It all adds up you know. Volunteers are needed badly. Anything the public can do to help is MUCH APPRECIATED! Thank you

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 9:21 AM

Need to get some no smoking rules at the shelter if you want more help. Stench from smoke is terrible in there and cannot be good for animals or the people working there. That is not helping your operating costs.

I realize that you are doing your best but maybe a few decisions from the board would help cut a few healthcare costs by banning the smoking.

I will no longer allow my kids to volunteer there as they come home reeking of smoke.

Not blaming workers but board as they can make a difference here.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 9:42 AM

Several years ago I had a bunch of cats dumped on me; I live in a rural area. I didn't want or ask for these animals, but I thought if I got them fixed they could live out their natural lives as outdoor cats at my house. I tried in vain to get a vet to work with me in an effort to get them fixed. No vet would cut me a break on the price due to the quantity, or allow me to make payments; they wanted their money when services were rendered. Even my own vet that I had taken my animals (four cats and one dog) to for years, and had always paid my bill was unwilling to help for any less than the regular cost. They would suggest the "spay & neuter" coupons, but they were in limited supply and would only bring the price down to around $65.00 per cat. I simply could not afford to pay that much for animals that had been dumped on me. So much for "the love of animals."

It was heartbreaking for me to be such an animal lover, trying to do right continually hitting a brick wall. Before I knew it, three of the cats had litters.

It's too bad some of the local vets won't donate their services. Even lawyers do pro bono work.

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 10:33 AM

Good luck with your new fund raising efforts CCHS.

My Opinion Counts...I'm sorry that you could not find a vet to work with you on the spay and neuter issue. That is a shame!

The Humane Society is not just for dogs and cats, it was designed for all creatures. Let's put a tax on each "pet or farm animal", per head. That would include goats, horses, goldfish, ferrets, mice, rats, and snakes....just to mention a few. I think that would be more than fair and I wouldn't be opposed to that at all as long as it went to the CCHS and not somewhere else. The folks that live in the City limits would pay their fees to the other place that does their animal "sheltering".

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 11:03 AM

Jenny - I am all for no smoking in the building. There is no need for smoking inside the building.... I think you will be pleased at the outcome of your post. Please consider volunteering again as I promise a lot of changes for the better in many areas. I am a board member & I personally do not smoke, but for the employees who do we can designate an outside area for it where it will not cause a disturbance. Thank you, Sandy Anderson

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 11:12 AM

SPOTS Clinic in Cloverdale, IN has the cheapest rates around $55 Per animal and all shots are $10 even micro chipping


612 S Main St.

Cloverdale, IN 46120

Hours of Business:

Monday 3:00PM to 7:00PM

Saturday 9:00AM to 12:00AM

it is 20 minutes on the highway or down 40.

Very nice people to work with and cheap for spay/neutering your animals.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 12:41 PM

JENNY, I like your post. I have two dogs myself and would GLADLY pay the $10/per fee each year.

I, too, have experienced the stench of smoke inside the shelter (I'm a smoker, but outside only) and it has stopped me from donating my time. That, and the fact that the last time I went to adopt a dog, the fee to do so (which used to be $20, if memory serves) was outrageous and the coupon for spay/neutering was a joke. No wonder there are so many animals out there still reproducing!

PROUD is right that ALL animals should be taxed and ALL monies should go to the shelter! My only question would be - if there is a tax on ALL animals, does that include dairy and beef farms or just those in the city/county who lodge ducks, geese, cows, horses & turkeys to survive?

The idea of dropping off cans for recycle to help defray the cost of running the shelter is another great idea.

I will stop by the shelter in the days to come to see if the "no smoking" request has been honored. If so, I will begin donating my time regularly.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 1:07 PM

A lot of great feedback from the community! It is my understanding that the shelter will go to a non-smoking facility very soon, if not immediately. There is a lot of talk around spay and neuter. The idea of the fund-raiser is not only for spay and neuter it is for vaccines, de-wormer, heart worm tests, heart worm preventative, flea and tick treatment, tumor removal, dental care, etc... The list is endless. One sick puppy can cost up to $600.00 to care for and vet properly. Heart Worm treatment is $300.00 per dog! With the economy the way it is people in general can barely afford to take care of themselves, let alone a pet with medical needs. These pets often end up a stray or tied to fence at the shelter. In 6 months the shelter took in 179 animals only 13 were re-claimed by their owners. 13 out of 179! That is an alarming number of animals that were abandoned or never looked for. Not all of these are feral cats or mutts, they are nice, socialized, some purebred, animals. If you have an animal that you can no longer care for, or have to get rid of for other reasons, let us do a courtesy post for you on PetFinder. Many people simply do not have an outlet to find nice homes for dogs and or cats, we can help!

What can we do as a community to better the situation for pets and people? Spay and Neuter is #1, as mentioned previously, the SPOT clinic in Cloverdale is an excellent place. Many local vets also do a great job. The shelter offers options through many of those vets in the area. It takes money and VOLUNTEERS! If you have had a bad experience in the past, PLEASE give CCHS another try. Please feel free to contact me directly,stacyjt1@yahoo.com. We are working on volunteer programs and opportunities for all ages!

-- Posted by stacyjt1 on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 3:35 PM

I think that PET animals have distinction of being the problem here for the most part. That is why I would push for licensing them. dogs can easily wear a collar identifying that he is licensed. A cat not so much due to their climbing and possibly choking themselves but so long as owner could produce the tag ...why not.

I don't see many cows and horses out reproducing and putting a burden on the community. Yes those species are occasionally problems [actually their owners, not the animals] but the bulk of the problems come from cats and dogs and dogs are the ones who do most damage when running free.

Let's start SOMEWHERE though and see how it goes. Doing nothing is moving backwards.

HAve a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 3, 2011, at 3:58 PM

I'm all for it! Jenny is right, let's start somewhere!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 4, 2011, at 1:15 PM

I have personally volunteered at the shelter and recently was told that it is now non smoking. I totally agree with non smoking. Unfortunately some of the paid employees have stated that they will have to quit if they can not smoke. I say good luck and good by. Most public places are now non smoking, wake up. In this economy a person should be glad to have a job and for those that still want to smoke, go to your own home, stink it up and breathe it in yourself and keep burning up your money on cigarettes. The rest of us prefer not to die of lung cancer and so do the animals. Everyone should volunteer at the shelter for a better understanding of what is needed.

-- Posted by always amazed at brazil bs on Mon, Mar 7, 2011, at 4:18 PM

The employees who decide to walk can do so at any time. There are always replacements to replace them. The ones who value their jobs understand our situation. Personally, I do not smoke, but if one chooses to do so that is on them UNTIL they pollute the air the rest of us are forced to breathe. It is not fair to everyone including the animals to have to breathe 2nd hand smoke. There is a nice smoking area on the cement patio behind the shelter. It is not like they were told not at all. So please feel free to walk out the same door you came in if smoking inside means more to you than the reason you are employed for. What a shame it is, but that is how it is ! You certainly can not go to any other business around & see the employees puffing inside or sitting out front doing it.

-- Posted by Sugarbear on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 11:15 AM

I support the "Paw Partners" and everytime I walk in the door at the Shelter, the stench I smell is of urine, not cigarette smoke. I see adults with sweat running down their faces (no air conditioning); Hard working individuals. These people scoop out the pens, change soiled papers, and any other "dirty jobs". They love every animal back to health. The smoking room is at the farthest end of the building. Alot of these adults started as volunteers. It made them sick when they saw starved and beaten animals. I wander if we should let the cats and dogs vote. They are the permanent residents. All the times I have been there they have never complained about the smoke. It just amazes me how their sad eyes keep following their loving caretakers. Let smokers have some freedom; take all the cell phones away. Just install a vent in the breakroom to let the smoke out. Very few people would give up their time to work in filth. PS: the volunteers make the most donations to the shelter.

-- Posted by swinnett on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 5:11 AM

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