Last updated: June 18. 2014 6:04PM - 447 Views
By Charlene Hoeflich choeflich@civitasmedia.com

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POMEROY — Four grants awarded to the Meigs County Humane Society are making it possible for low-income residents to receive emergency veterinary care, as well as spay/neuter assistance for their pets.

According to Vicky Baer, MCHS secretary-treasurer, the grants could not have come at a better time since this is the time when there is an increase in litters and more accidents. In addition, thanks to the grant money, the dog warden has been able to continue her training in animal control to increase her expertise in her work at the shelter.

The Banfield Charitable Trust, based in Portland, Ore., awarded the MCHS $5,000 to assist Meigs County families whose cats or dog are in need of emergency veterinary care. The donor’s vision is to “ensure that all wanted and loved pets stay in their home,” Baer said. The Trust strives to create strong and healthy bonds between pets and their owners so that pets are not left to uncertain futures in overcrowded shelters.The funds make it possible for pets to be kept by families because it supports emergency and preventive veterinary care.

According to Dixie Circe Sayre, MCHS president, the Banfield Charitable Trust’s focus is on helping people facing financial challenges to keep their pets healthy and to offset costs in emergency medical situations.

“This fits in beautifully with the MCHS’s concern that people in this county do not have to give up their pets because they can not afford to fix a pet cat’s broken leg or patch up a dog that has been struck by a car,” she said.

Earlier, the Ohio Pet Fund awarded $2,000 for the MCHS’s spay/neuter program to assist low-income citizens who wish to sterilize their family pets, so as to keep from contributing to the county’s “littering” problem. The Ohio Pet Fund provides funds for Ohio nonprofit organizations and animal shelters to spay/neuter animals prior to adoption and for clinics to spay/neuter pets belonging to low-income Ohio residents.

Baer said that the Humane Society is now in a position to increase the number of half-off spay/neuter vouchers which can be offered to owners who can show proof of low income, such as a food stamp or Medicaid card, Social Security disability or unemployment verification. She added that citizens seeking emergency veterinary care will need to show proof of income, and said anyone in need of help for their pets should call 992-6064 or visit the Meigs County Humane Society Thrift Shoppe in Middleport.

With some of the grant money received, Karen Heater, the Meigs County dog warden, completed training to qualify her for Level 1 National Animal Control Association status.

Responding to complaints and concerns from county residents, the Humane Society has been involved in an ongoing trap/neuter/release project for some time. Baer said the project received a major boost in mid June made possible by a grant for $5,000 from the Dallas-based Summerlee Foundation.

She noted that the personnel at the shelter is working hard to accommodate all the dogs and puppies coming in now, adding that she hopes more citizens looking to adopt a dog visit the shelter.

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