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Puppies and More Puppies

Posted Friday, March 30, 2012, at 7:34 AM

At every turn, it seems, there are more puppies to help. It is that season - puppy season and soon to be kitten season! It's the time of year people in animal welfare grow to dread. Each day there are calls from people wanting to surrender these precious babes. Thankfully, we can transport the puppies and find them good homes. We haven't got a great program to help cats, yet. The problem is that we need places to put the puppies until transport. We are in constant need of temporary fosters. Since we transport once a month, usually the time a foster is needed is from 3 to 4 weeks. We provide all the medical care, etc. for the pups. We just need someone to give them a place to stay and daily care. Those who have become fosters have found it to be very rewarding. A few have a hard time parting with their fosters. It is very easy to get attached to these precious little ones. One foster told me she never had a problem because she went into it knowing fully what was going to happen. She has her own dogs and more would be too much for anyone. She felt it was a good lesson for her son, too. It has given him better understanding of the pet overpopulation problem. After transport, the pups fostered can be seen on the Wisconsin Humane website within 24 hours. It's really great!

Another need right now is fosters for sick animals. Some need two weeks to get over upper respiratory infection or a couple months to get over a skin condition such as yeast or mange. Others are mamas who just gave birth or young babies with no mothers who need constant care. Without fosters these animals have almost no chance in a shelter environment.

If you think this is something that might interest you, please e-mail sbcha@hotmail.com

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Kimberly. just curious what it is about cats that make them harder to place? Just too many or....?

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 8:22 AM

I would like to add that the transport that takes puppies DOES NOT take pit bull or pit bull mix puppies. Unfortunately, that is what we have so many of here in middle Tn. Sure hope that no one gets the idea that if they have some puppies they don't want, that it would be no problem to get rid of them. The transport is very picky about the animals accepted and the number they can take is limited also. We are very fortunate to have the transport in this area. Don't know what we would do w/out it! Spay and neuter your pets PLEASE!

-- Posted by dkac on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 9:36 AM

I dont see how anyone can give up a puppy . . . everytime I see one I just want to take it home. Dogs can be some of the most loyal and loving friends a person can have and puppies are just so cute. :-)

-- Posted by jaxspike on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 9:02 AM

Loyalty is almost a sure thing in dogs. Two of ours went out to do battle yesterday afternoon with still unknown intruders.

When I heard it turn serious I headed into the woods shouting and the intruders decided it was time to stop fighting since the re-enforcements were coming, but I never saw who or what they were.

One came back a little bloody (PITA) but she seemed tickled pink to have defended the home-place. No serious damage, by the way.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 1, 2012, at 11:02 AM

The Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Association (SBCHA) lost a wonderful volunteer this weekend. Bill Cummings has been a volunteer at the Shelter for several months. He was a great volunteer, but his very best asset was his love for the cats that live at the Shelter. Some of them have been there for years. He spent many hours playing, petting and brushing them. It was a picture to see how much those cats loved him. The climbed all over him, licking his bald head, riding on his shoulders.

There are only 1 or 2 volunteers (along with two good inmates) who work there daily. They have the enormous job of taking care of over 25 dogs and 30 cats. They are there everyday from 8-12. With Bill's passing, SBCHA has lost not only a desperately needed worker, but a person who took the time to play with the animals in his care.

The in-house shelter volunteers NEED more help. They would especially love it if there were people who would volunteer to come and play with the cats and/or dogs for even an hour a week. Please look in your heart and see if there is some time to give a dog or a cat some loving. Call the Shelter at 931-684-5463. Bill is and will continue to be missed.

-- Posted by AlleyCat61 on Mon, Apr 2, 2012, at 9:40 PM

I really wish people would spay and neuter. They are so many wonderful programs out there. I believe anyone could get help if they needed it.

-- Posted by doglover88 on Fri, Apr 6, 2012, at 2:41 PM

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