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Fundraisers help Friends Forever Humane Society make ends meet – News – Rockford Register Star

FREEPORT — It was a busy weekend for the volunteers and staff of Friends Forever Humane Society.

To kick things off at the shelter, there was a drive-through pumpkin purchase, complete with items to buy like pumpkins, squash, gourds, plants and fun Halloween costumes for cats and dogs.

Cars lined up in the parking lot to select the items for purchase. Everyone played it COVID-19 safe, and as she stood back to watch people purchase items or to donate money, Carol Falconer, executive director for the humane society, said, “This just makes me smile. People have been so generous to us during the pandemic, and to know we can make some money, allows us to know we can pay our electric bill.”

Kris Piper of Dakota took her time selecting just the right pumpkin. Jodie Modica, a volunteer, was patient as Piper changed her mind, and after Modica handed Piper the right pumpkin, Piper said, “I have two cats from this shelter and I like that they are a no-kill shelter. They take such great care of each animal, and I just hope more people remember them during this difficult time.”

Falconer said the year has been difficult, as the humane society has not been able to hold their many fundraisers. Money is tight. She said the annual rummage sale, which also took place on Saturday and Sunday in Cedarville, is usually a great way to know that money will come in to help get through the winter months.

Also on Saturday was a pet food giveaway, which takes place twice a month at the shelter. Falconer said she has seen an upsurge in people needing to find a way to feed their animals, and with the free pet food giveaway, it makes her feel good that animals are not going hungry.

“This weekend is our triple threat,” Falconer said. “We hope to make money through our fundraisers, and it is also a time that we can give back by giving pet food to those people who need a little help.”

The pet food giveaway is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. The food given is often donated from people or a national retail chain that sells pet food.

“Giving pet food to people who need help is our way of making sure that the pets stay in their homes,” Falconer said. “Since COVID hit, giving pet food away has been steady. I expected an increase. It hasn’t been drastic, but is steady.”

Falconer said the shelter is in need of donations, both monetary and for gift cards from local retailers that allows them to purchase much-needed items.

“The pumpkin drive-through is a first for us, as we have had to resort to outdoor fundraising this year,” she said. “We hope to do the same thing for Christmas wreaths.

“It has been a struggle this year, and the lack of fundraisers has hurt, but we remain committed to doing what we can at

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CJ Extra: Helping Hands Humane Society’s annual fundraiser supports, helps care for animals – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

Most events have changed in format this year because of COVID-19, and the same is true for Bone Appetit, a fundraiser that helps defray the costs of Helping Hands Humane Society while celebrating the human-animal connection.

Grace Clinton, director of business development and special events at Helping Hands Humane Society, answered questions about this year’s event.

Could you share Bone Appetit’s history along with its purpose and goals?

Since 2001, Bone Appétit has been our annual dinner and gala fundraiser to help the homeless animals in the Shawnee County community and the greater area of northeast Kansas. This essential fundraiser helps our organization care for over 6,000 animals who come through HHHS’s doors each year, and allows us to celebrate the human-animal bond with our supporters. These funds are vital to continuing our lifesaving mission.

When does this year’s event take place? How has COVID-19 changed this year’s event?

This year will be a bit different than in the past due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is most prudent to host this event virtually. While this decision was not an easy one to come to and we feel the loss of not getting to see everyone in person, we believe that community and public safety are pivotal elements in the work that we do here, and we needed to consider what would be the most prudent for our staff, volunteers and supporters. Our pets need their humans to remain well.

Additionally, COVID-19 has affected our operations tremendously. While we are very grateful for the outpouring of support from our community this year, it’s been a tough year for everyone and non-profits are no exception. We need fundraisers like this each year, even without a pandemic, but this year has proven to be particularly challenging.

The live, silent and wine auctions are some of the highlights of Bone Appétit. The auction will be hosted on a digital platform that you can access and bid from your computer, tablet or phone. Registration for this is free and the link is on our website.

During the livestream, which will take place from 7-8 p.m., you’ll hear about the progress being made to make Topeka a more humane city, as well as meet some adoptable pets and hear updates on some of the wonderful animals that your support has helped us save.

Finally, if you’d like to recreate the fun table atmosphere of our in-person gala, order a five or 10-person party pack, including a catered LaRocca’s Italian meal delivered by HHHS volunteers, a bottle of wine, and event swag bags for your guests. Register and buy your party packs on our website.

What is the admission fee? What will this fee cover?

The admission free for this year’s event is free. Anyone can watch the event on our Facebook or YouTube channels (we recommend YouTube as it allows clearer streaming), and can bid on the silent auction for free. If individuals are interested in receiving a commemorative event bag of goodies as an attendee,

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Animal cruelty, abuse reports down for first time in years, humane society says

Reports of animal abuse and cruelty are down across the Island for the first time in years, according to the P.E.I. Humane Society.

The organization says the number of cases has dropped by 44 per cent compared to last year. 

“That’s really significant,” said Jennifer Harkness, the development and communications manager at the P.E.I. Humane Society.

“When we say abuse, cruelty, it means somebody saw somebody … physically abusing an animal or being cruel to an animal. It really can be really horrific.”

Those weren’t the only areas where reports declined.

Other cases show declines

Harkness said temperature-related cases were down 59 per cent, health and wellness reports fell 23 per cent and calls regarding animals lacking food, shelter or water also decreased by six per cent. 

It was a nice surprise, said Harkness, after dealing with twice the workload following the enactment of the Animal Welfare Act in 2017.

“We saw our cases double for 2017, 2018 and then 2019,” she said. “It’s probably not that there were more cases on the Island but people are more likely to call us.

“Hopefully, now that we’re seeing that number drop again, [it] means that people are less likely to commit a crime against an animal.”

Anyone who has a concern about an animal can reach out to the animal protection team. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC)

Harkness said the statistics are also good news for animal protection officers who now have the time to take a closer look at cases on the table and even revisit old reports.

“It’s nice to see some momentum in the other direction for once and just having a moment for our officers to realize that they’ve done some important work here.”

Anyone who does have a concern about an animal can reach out to the animal protection team via email or by calling 902-892-1191.

“We really just look at this as a win at this time,” said Harkness.

“People are aware of what the regulations are on P.E.I. and they know that people are watching.”

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Nassau Humane Society rescues 16 dogs from Puerto Rico amid $150,000 budget deficit

More than a dozen dogs landed in Florida Friday from Puerto Rico and are waiting for their forever home at the Nassau Humane Society.

16 dogs rescued out of Puerto Rico arrive in Nassau County



However, the humane society is in trouble and $150,000 in the red. The COVID-19 pandemic closed the society’s thrift store for two months and shut down all in-person fundraisers. 

“When they come off the plane and you see little guys like this, it is just so exciting,” said Mandy Holden, operations manager at the Nassau Humane Society.

The pups are among 150 the Big Dog Ranch Rescue flew in from a dilapidated in Puerto Rico, which had just five staff members to care for around 800 dogs. 

“They were all really scared being on a cargo plane across the ocean and then coming into an airport when they’ve never been off a dirt floor,” Holden said. 

Holden said the dogs lived their lives in filthy chicken coops or dirty cages in their own feces with no social interaction. The puppies and dogs range in age from three months to three years old. 

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“They’re all probably Lab mixes. That’s what they look like. We’ve got a couple Husky-Lab mixes, gorgeous dogs,” Holden said. “They’re really all awesome temperaments and laid back.”

You may be wondering what you can do if you want to donate to the pup’s care or adopt one of the dogs yourself?

“Obviously, with all these dogs we take in, they do have a lot of medical expenses, so if anyone would like to help us with that, with medical costs or care, they can go to our website, at nassauhumane.org or stop be here at the shelter,” said Dr. Mandy Kulbel, a veterinarian with the Nassau Humane Society. 

“We’re kind of their only chance of living a healthy, happy live,” Holden said. 

The pups will live a new life in a new country, all while putting their best paw forward. 

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Nebraska Humane Society goes the distance to connect people and pets | Local News

While the animals are listed online, Wiese said, the humane society wanted to give people a more personal connection with the animals they might adopt. 

“It’s hard to get a feel for a dog with a photo,” she said. 

Greg Sims, president and CEO of FIDO Friendly, said the magazine decided to make an extra stop this year in Omaha on their way back west from Chicago. Although the magazine originally planned 11 stops, all but a handful of shelters cancelled their events. 

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Omaha residents visit the Nebraska Humane Society’s adoption event held Sunday to meet potential new pets. 

“This year is just different,” he said, “everything is more challenging.” 

Those challenges haven’t stopped the tour, Sims said, and they continue to work for the welfare of animals. He said over the years, the magazine has helped to place over 15,000 animals in permanent homes. 

Laurie Zagurski, a volunteer for the shelter, said the event gave people a chance to meet more animals than they normally might if they visited. Pets and their volunteer handlers were spread across a green space behind the shelter, allowing for social distancing and separating the pets by category. It’s important to find the right fit in a home for shelter pets, and they often require extra patience.

But Zagurski she said the process is incredibly rewarding. 

“There is no love like the love you get from a shelter pet,” she said. 

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Valentine is Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society Pet of The Week

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Valentine is pet of the week at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He’s an 8-month-old, 12- pound, male, Domestic Short Hair cat with a Brown Tabby coat.

Valentine was a two-month-old kitten when he was taken to another shelter. After that he was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program. He spent a few weeks in foster care before returning to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, where he was quickly adopted.

Five months later, his adopter returned Valentine, saying that he was too active for their home situation.

Valentine is still very much a kitten. He’s outgoing and social with people. He might do best in a home where the owners have had cats in the past.

The $100 adoption fee for Valentine includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. For information about Adoption by Appointment or to become a Virtual Foster log on to www.SDpets.org.

Special Notes:

Act now. There are just a few openings left for the first week of Fall Animal Camp at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Safe, socially distanced Fall Camp has openings for October 19 – 23 from 9 AM to 2 PM at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas. Ages are 6 to 12 years. Campers enjoy hands-on experiences with animals. For more information or to reserve space for your campers log on to www.sdpets.org.

Join “Team Rancho Coastal Humane Society” to “Strut Your Mutt.” Now through October 24 you can take a walk and raise funds that support pets. The virtual Strut Your Mutt Walk is in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. Teams across the country are walking to raise money for animal-related charities. You can join Team RCHS, form your own team, or support someone else. Visit www.sdpets.org and click on Strut Your Mutt.

“Fund a Need” at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society now through October 30th. Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Celebration of Second Chances fundraiser was cancelled, but the animals still need your help. To Fund A Need and help save lives visit www.SDPets.org/FundANeed2020

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Adoption tour makes stop at Humane Society | Articles

Dogs without homes will be roaming a meadow — on leashes and with handlers — during a weekend adoption event at the Nebraska Humane Society.

Cats that lack humans will be hanging out in the Humane Society’s “kitty camper.”

Fido Friendly Magazine is serving as host for Saturday’s adoption event. It is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the meadow near the Humane Society, which is near 89th and Fort Streets.

This is the 12th year that the magazine has hosted a cross-country pet adoption tour. The event will include a giant prize wheel.

The idea is to promote adoptions, said Pam Wiese, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society.

Because of the pandemic, the only way to meet animals at the shelter has been by appointment. Appointments have been on a first come, first-served basis.

Saturday’s event will let prospective adopters meet animals without an appointment. Those who do adopt an animal can draw for a discount on the adoption fee. Adoption applications can be filled out in advance at nehumanesociety.org.

The event is free to the public. Human attendees are asked to wear masks.

Things will kick off with a parade of pooches so attendees can learn about the available pups right away. Animals will be rotated out on the meadow during the day.

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Caller-Times, Gulf Coast Humane Society partner for Adopt-a-Pet series


The Gulf Coast Humane Society has partnered with the Caller-Times to show adoptable pets each month, perfect for a quarantining buddy. 

These cats and dogs are looking for their forever homes. 

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J. Cash is a three-year-old Bloodhound mix. He is a little shy at first, but does well with other dogs. J. Cash is heart worm positive and has been at the Gulf Coast Humane Society since April 2020. Wanna meet J. Cash? Call the Gulf Coast Humane Society at 361-225-0845 or visit https://www.gchscc.org (Photo: Annie Rice/Caller-Times)


J. Cash is a three-year-old, heart worm positive Bloodhound mix. He is shy, but does well with other dogs.

“J. Cash is a special pup who needs special care. He’s very shy and anxious. He came to us with his brother,”  shelter employee Sonny Rosales said. “Once his brother left, he got very sad and stopped eating. He needs gentle touch and maybe a friend to help him remember how to be a dog again.”


Wilma is a Domestic Short Hair, who is curious and loves to explore. She is 11 months old.

“(She’s) a very loving cat,” employee Connie Guerrero said. “She’s so vivacious and just an awesome cat.” 


Sophie is an eight-year-old, old soul. She loves to be petted and take naps. 

“Sophie’s our little grandma. When the other dogs are being noisy, she’ll bark ‘you kids quiet down!’ and then goes to take a nap. It’s adorable,” employee Jacob Sanchez said. 


Mama is a Domestic Short Hair. She loves to sneak around and sometimes tries to dart for the door. 

“Mama is so vocal,” Guerrero said.


Klaus is a hyper, 11-month-old puppy. He loves to play and would be great with an active home. 

“Klaus is just a puppy so he’s really hyper and

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Harbor Humane Society offers discounted pet adoptions this weekend

Puppy Palooza followed by a Discounted Adoption Day.

MICHIGAN, USA — This weekend, Harbor Humane Society will be hosting two events to get their shelter pets a  new home. 

On Friday, they will hold their first ever Puppy Palooza Adoption Event. The Adoptions will be first come first serve as they open the doors of their  training center to people that want a furry addition to their family. 

They will have three to four litters, which is about 20 puppies to see. The shelter has done this event in the past with kittens, but this is the first time they have the puppy inventory according to the event coordinator, Cindy Gruppen.

“We will have the puppies in play pins to visit with but we are only allowing a few people in the building at a time,” Gruppen said.

Everyone who attends the event must register in order to adopt. The applications will be pre-approved and must be on file with them by 11am, on October 8.

Saturday there will be even more options, as cats, dogs and other shelter animals will be available to take home. The Coldwell Banker Holland and Grand Haven offices are donating $50 off the first 12 adult dogs adopted, and $40 off for kittens. 

This is their fourth annual adoption event with The Harbor Human Society and they will be there virtually this year. 

The Harbor Human Society is located at 14345 Bagley Street in West Olive,  MI 49460.

For more information you can visit the site, to register, and see adoption prices.

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Verlo’s ‘Dogtoberfest’ Helps Wisconsin Humane Society

Press release from Verlo:

Oct. 7, 2020

Verlo Mattress is putting some fun in October to counter fatigue from the novel Coronavirus pandemic as part of a new showroom opening. Declaring this month “Dogtoberfest,” Verlo is partnering with the Wisconsin Humane Society and offering pet owners the chance to win a custom-made bed for themselves and one for their pooch. The Milwaukee-based direct-to-consumer bedding company will match all donations up to $2,500 from customers donating to the humane society by rounding up their purchase. Dog owners are invited to submit a photo of their pet in costume on the Verlo Greenfield store Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/Verlo.Greenfield) before Nov. 3.

The humane society will help determine the winning photo. The winning pet owner will receive a free v3 queen mattress and box spring as well as a custom pet bed. The “Dogtoberfest” celebration marks the opening of Verlo’s new showroom in Racine next to Ulta Beauty in the Village Center Station Shopping Center at 5630 Washington Ave.

Grand opening specials at the new store also will be available at Verlo’s corporate-owned stores in Grafton, Greenfield and Wauwatosa through Nov. 3. Verlo had planned to make the move from its previous location at 2510 S. Green Bay Road in April but paused those plans as part of the state’s Safer at Home response to the pandemic.

No staffing changes were made with the move. “We’ve been in Racine since 1994 and are glad that we can stay as close to where Verlo has been for the past 26 years,” said Dirk Stallmann, president of Verlo. “Our new location offers better access and parking for customers and improved visibility along busy Highway 20 and the intersection of Green Bay Road.”

He added that sales since the store’s soft opening are ahead of expectations, so Verlo is expanding the grand opening sale to its other corporate-owned stores in the Milwaukee area. The grand opening sale includes a free box spring and free delivery with the purchase of any v3 or higher mattress or upgrade to an adjustable base with a credit for the cost of a box spring. Participating Verlo showrooms also will offer 20 percent off on all pillows and sheets. Customers at the Racine store also will receive two free pillows with their purchase of a v3 or higher mattress set.

About Verlo Mattress Founded in 1958 by two men who named the company for their wives (Verna and Lois), Verlo Mattress has 21 locations in Wisconsin and 13 more in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. Verlo is passionate about helping people find the right sleep products – at the best prices – because so much depends on a good night’s rest. Verlo mattresses are built in local Verlo factories, sold at consumer-direct prices and serviced locally with a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee. For Franchise opportunities, contact [email protected] or 414-312-5036.

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