Donors gifts ensure comfortable winter for animals

Charlene Hoeflich

November 5, 2013

POMEROY — Thanks to a generous gift of $6,500 from an out-of-county donor and a Columbus-based charity, many of the dogs and puppies housed at the Meigs County Dog Shelter will be much safer and warmer this coming winter.

A gift from Andy Ross, a retired attorney and previous donor to the Meigs County Humane Society (MCHS), kicked off the MCHS’s Pound Upgrade Project (PUP), the animal welfare organization’s campaign, to renovate the Meigs County Dog Shelter. A grant for $1,000 came from an anonymous donor with the Hachiko’s Legacy Fund of the Columbus Foundation.

Vicki Baer, the MCHS secretary-treasurer, said that Ross is well aware of the need in our county, and as the owner of several dogs, he was particularly concerned that the dogs and puppies would be warm and healthy this winter. “In the past, this kind donor has also contributed to our spay/neuter program and other programs we have administered,” said Baer adding that several years ago, he also helped the MCHS put a roof on the outside runs at the shelter.

She noted that the Mission Statement asserts that “the MCHS was formed with the goal of preventing acts of cruelty to animals, relieving suffering among animals, and providing the extension of humane education and assistance in the operation of the dog shelter. Baer said that the society members jumped in when they saw the need at the facility. The shelter needed to be upgraded so that the dogs were kept separated and protected from the freezing temperatures this winter.

The Ross and the Hachiko’s Legacy Fund donations made the purchase of 22 plastic dog houses. The ones from Detwillers were provided at a discount to the Humane Society. Also obtained were six large dog kennels and kennel tops to protect the dogs from weather; twenty-five 4 by6 foot rubber mats to go into the dog houses, the existing houses as well as the new ones, which can be cut, hosed down and disinfected. Also purchased were 20 Kuranda Dog Beds, which Baer said will go a long way to making dogs, particularly the older ones, more comfortable.

Baer explained the MCHS is asking for financial donations from citizens within the county. “Many people have taken dogs and puppies to the shelter, had the dog warden pick up strays, or taken advantage of the half-off vouchers provided by the MCHS for newly adopted shelter dogs. Making a donation is one way for t hem to give back.

She added that the goal of the dog warden, his assistant, and the volunteers, is, as always,” to connect with rescue organizations and send dogs and puppies to new homes as companion animals. This way we can significantly decrease the number of dogs and puppies that are euthanized. Together, all of us can make the shelter a temporary home for happy, healthy, and stress-free dogs of all kinds and ages.”

Baer went on to explain that the nonprofit MCHS, which has been working for the welfare of the county’s animals since the early 1970s, receives no federal, state, or county funds. It relies on donations and proceeds from the Meigs County Humane Society Thrift Shoppe in Middleport. In addition to its low-cost spay/neuter and other programs, the MCHS also continues to pay half of the Meigs County Humane Officer’s part-time salary, and the County Commissioners pay the other half. The MCHS is contributing some funds for the pound upgrade project but come spring more will be needed to upgrade the pound like sanitation, insulation, and supplying light fixtures and venting.

Baer said financial donations of any amount, large or small, or any in-kind help or material gifts, are always welcome. She reminded that donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to the PUP Fund. For more information, contact the Meigs County Humane Society, PO Box 682, Pomeroy, OH 45769 or call 992-6060.