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Humane Society of Greater Dayton
May 1

It's Time to UnLEASH the Change!

Dear Friends,

Since the Humane Society of Greater Dayton opened its doors in 1902, it has been our goal to improve the lives of animals and people within our community. We have accomplished many milestones throughout the years and in more recent times we have become a no-kill facility.

We have implemented many proactive programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return to effectively and ethically decrease the number of free-roaming cats; and expanded adoption locations including our own cat adoption store, the MeowZa Cat Boutique at the Dayton Mall.

Our organization is on the forefront of addressing animal-related issues occurring within the Miami Valley. Over the years, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton has seen an ever-increasing need to:

  • Tackle our community pet overpopulation
  • Expand our ability to care for animals who are abused
  • Provide more homes for pets in need
  • Assist struggling families in taking better care of their pets

As many of you know, our current facility is at capacity and we are challenged by a growing need to help more animals. For the past year, we’ve been developing a dynamic strategic plan to further address our
community’s needs.

I am delighted to share the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will be working with our community and our partners to transform animal welfare in the Miami Valley. This means more spay/neuters, more help for abused and neglected animals, more adoptions and more help for struggling families trying to care for their furry family members.

It’s time to UnLEASH the Change!

Over the next few months we will be sharing with you our long-term vision for transforming animal welfare within the Miami Valley. Please see the conceptual images we have developed. We are excited to work with you to make this vision a reality! Join us and be part of the change!

Apr 15

Volunteers: We Can't Do it Without You

Have you ever taken a moment and asked yourself, what is a volunteer? Yes, we all know that volunteers are individuals or groups who help organizations, but have you ever really stopped to think about this concept?

Volunteers are people who embody the word generous. These individuals take time, one of the most precious things we have on this earth, and choose to spend it helping others. They do not ask for anything in return. They are willing to do anything you need help with. They will clean cages, bathe pets, work on weekends, organize closets, train dogs and much more. They truly do it all, but why.

In the great words of Erma Bombeck:

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another.”

At the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, we are honored to have hundreds of volunteers who have the biggest hearts around! They do so much for our organization and never ask for anything in return. They invest so much energy. They invest so much time. They invest so much love. They don’t do this work because they want recognition. They don’t do this work because they want a hefty paycheck. They do this work because of their passion for animals. They do this work to give back and help someone who needs a hand. They don’t ask questions, they just give their time and energy and heart.

Volunteers, you are the truest form of inspiration and we are so lucky to have you as part of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton family. Each and every one of you are true treasures to our organization and words cannot express the sincere gratitude we have for everything you do. Thank you for helping us impact the lives of thousands of pets each year.

Mar 7

Make a Pet Feel Lucky, Adopt

DogInGrassWho needs a four-leaf clover or some leprechauns to feel lucky? You know what can make this St. Patrick’s Day lucky for you and for a pet in need? Choose to adopt! Adding a new pet to your household can be an exciting and life-changing time for your family. With many avenues out there for finding pets, adopting a one-of-a-kind pet from your area animal shelter should be at the top of your list. Here are just a few reasons why you should adopt a shelter pet.

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Feb 6

Host Super Bowl Parties without Stressing Pets

DogLayingOnFloorYou’ve cooked up your chicken wings, invited over your friends and are ready to cheer on your team for Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you’re rooting for the Seahawks, the Patriots or just watching the commercials or halftime show, remember to be considerate of your pets.

The increase in noise and added people in your home can cause unneeded stress to your animals. Before your friends come over, follow these tips to keep your furry friends safe for Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Keep Them Separated

Pets like to have a safe haven to go to when the noise becomes too much. Before your event, create a quiet area for your pets that will help keep them calm. Make sure the room has everything they will need including food, water, bedding and your pet’s favorite toys. Turn on some calming music or the television to help your pets tune out some of the loud noises from your party.

 

Watch the Beverages

Caffeinated drinks such as cola can cause issues for your pet. This can include restlessness, muscle tremors, breathing issues and heart palpitations. In addition, avoid letting your pets consume any sort of alcohol. Beer, liquor and wine can have damaging effects on your pet’s liver and brain. In fact, just two teaspoons of whiskey can cause a 5-pound cat to go into a coma. Just one additional teaspoon could be deadly for your cat.

 

Avoid the Guacamole

Guacamole and tortilla chips are the staple to many Super Bowl parties. Even though you and your guests can enjoy this delicious snack, there are three things in guacamole that can be harmful to your pets. Avocados, garlic and onions can be harmful when consumed by animals. Garlic and onions can damage your pet’s red blood cells and also cause gastrointestinal irritation. The leaves, fruit and seeds of avocados contain Persin, which can cause your pets to have severe diarrhea or vomiting. It can make breathing difficult and fluid can collect around their heart if consumed.

 

Say No to Chicken Wings

Chicken wings can be extremely harmful to your pets. Avoid the temptation to give your pets scraps. Smaller bones found in chicken, as well as other birds, can easily be consumed by your pet. This can lead to possible choking hazards. If a bone splinters or splits, this can also cause tearing in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. In addition to these risks, the increase in salt can also be damaging to your pet. Signs your pet has consumed too much salt include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and elevated body temperature or seizures.

 

ID Your Pets

With more people coming and going from your home, it will be easier for your pets to slip out the door. Make sure your pet has their tags and collar on before your party. In addition, it is important to get your pets microchpped. For just $10, you can bring your pet to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and we will microchip your pets for you. No appointments are needed and the whole process takes less than 10 minutes to do.

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded 114 years ago, it is the largest and most established no-kill animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org.

Jan 10

Avoid the Cold and Keep Pets Active Indoors

dog-puzzleAs the snow has fallen and temperatures have dropped the thought of taking Fido outside to play seems less and less appealing. For you and your pet’s safety, it may be better to find some activities you can do indoors that will still help to stimulate your pet’s mind. Here are just a few things you may want to try.

Time to Train

Spending a little time indoors is the perfect opportunity to work on your pet’s training. Whether you are trying to teach your pet to walk up and down stairs or focusing on basic commands such as sit or stay, this may be a great way for the two of you to get in some good training. Do you have a treadmill in your home? You can also work on training your dog to walk on the treadmill. This will offer a great exercise outlet for your pet on days when the weather is less than ideal for walking outside.

Solve the Puzzle

Rather than just throwing your pet’s food into a regular dog dish, why not try to feed them using a feeder puzzle? These puzzles are great. They help stimulate your pet’s mind and also help to slow down their eating. We actually use this method within our shelter to keep our dogs focused and entertained. There are many types of puzzles out there and you will have to just test to see what one works best for you and your pet. Don’t want to mess with puzzles? You can still make feeding time a little more challenging. Hide your pet’s food in a different part of the house and help them search and find it. If that is too challenging you can leave a little trail of food leading to the main dish, but it will at least keep them on their toes.

Play Ball

Do you have a nice long hallway? Why not toss a ball to your pet? Playing fetch with your pet will help them burn off a bit of energy and will also be a fun activity for you and your pet. I would recommend using a ball that doesn’t have too much bounce. You don’t want it bouncing off your walls and potentially knocking down pictures or other decorations on your walls.

Get Agile

Grab some chairs, pillows, boxes or other household items and create a mini agility course for your pet. Walk them through it using a lead and as you go through it a few times start picking up the pace. Not only will you give your pet a good workout, by making them focus on your commands and the course in front of them will keep them stimulated mentally, too.  

 


Do you have a question for Brian? E-mail him at AskBrian@hsdayton.org. Brian Weltge is the President and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. The Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building loving relationships between people and pets. Founded in 1902, it is the largest and most established “no-kill” animal welfare agency in the area. It focuses on pet adoptions, eliminating pet overpopulation, providing education and ensuring the humane treatment of animals. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, call 937-268-PETS (7387) or visit www.hsdayton.org