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Little Paws with Hannah Shaw-Kitten Lady

Please join us for a fun-filled day of workshops on saving the most at-risk feline populations: neonatal kittens and community cats. Hosted by Shelter Friends and Rogue Valley Humane Society, this event features social media activist, Hannah Shaw, also known as the “Kitten Lady.” In addition to the workshops, a meet and greet will be held after the event for those with specially purchased tickets. We will also have non-profit organizations from around Oregon for you to meet with and learn how you can get involved at your local level. Schedule of events:

• 9:00am – 10:00am – Meet the Rescues and Shelters.

This a one-hour opening session where you’ll be able to check in to the event and sign up to volunteer with organizations that need your support.

• 10:00am – 12:00pm – First workshop with Kitten Lady: Saving Kittens’ Lives!

This is a comprehensive and fun way to learn more about fostering in your community. It will cover:

  • Basic care for orphan neonatal kittens
  • Feeding, bathroom, and medical care
  • How to set up your home for kittens
  • Self-care and compassion fatigue

• 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch break

We will provide snacks and refreshments for all attendees. This will also be another opportunity for you to visit with shelters and rescues.

• 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Second workshop with Kitten Lady: Community Cats 101

This segment will cover:

  • Background information about community cats, their behavior, and their needs
  • Detailed information about why and how TNR saves cats’ and kittens’ lives
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to safely and humanely trap cats and kittens
  • How to handle various scenarios including moms with babies, friendly cats, feral kittens, and more
  • How to provide effective and positive ongoing care to a colony of cats

• 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Mingling of guests

You’ll have one last opportunity to visit with the attending shelters and rescues! During this time, there will be a meet & greet with Hannah in a separate building for those with meet & greet tickets, which can be purchased at checkout.

• 3:15pm – 4:15pm – Private Kitten Lady Meet & Greet!

Make sure you purchase your ticket at checkout. These are limited to the first 50 guests. Everyone with a ticket will be able to meet her and snap a photo!

We will also be having a Kitten Shower to gather much needed supplies for the kittens we care for. If you bring an eligible item from our want list, you will be entered into an event raffle. List and details to come.

We can’t WAIT to see you!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Visit www.kittenlady.org for more information on Hannah Shaw and her work saving lives.

2017 Holiday Letter

Happy Holidays!

Another year has passed, and we are helping more animals than ever find their forever homes. The Josephine County Animal Shelter and Shelter Friends are working together to Make a Difference One Animal at a Time.

Please take a moment to read our Holiday Letter. We need your help to continue our foster program and assist with increasing the number of animals we can help. We want to say yes every time we’re asked!

Click here to read our Furry Holiday Letter.

Warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Shelter Friends

Item of the Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Here’s January’s Item of the Month!  The Josephine County Animal Shelter is in need of puppy potty pads! Although we don’t have puppies, the shelter goes through a lot of these pads.  They are versatile and have many, many uses. 

Can you help?

There are several online shopping sites where you can purchase and have your items shipped to the shelter! 

Josephine County Animal Shelter
1420 Brookside Blvd
Grants Pass, OR 97526

You can also deliver directly to the shelter! The shelter is located across from the Merlin airport. Hours are M-F, 10:00-4:30 and Saturday 10:00-4:00. The shelter is closed between 12:00-1:00 for lunch and on Sunday’s.

Thank you!

Heartworm Heroes -Next Chapter

Heartworm Heroes is a progressive and innovative program administered by Shelter Friends for dogs which have been identified as candidates under the charge and control of the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

In the past when a dog tested positive for heartworm disease, they were euthanized because of the many challenges treatment in a shelter setting entailed.  The primary being cost to treat, limited kennel space and the need for zero stress to the animal during the 120+ days of treatment.

If a shelter facility does not test for heartworm, they could potentially adopt a medically infirm dog; If they test for heartworm, the animal may be euthanized.  It is always disheartening to euthanize a perfectly, adoptable dog but for the heartworm disease.

In the beginning of 2016, a pilot program was launched with the intake of a young pit bull mix, Maverick Macphail. Maverick was an emaciated and vulnerable youngster, a poster-child of animal neglect. His story can be found here:  Heartworm Heroes Part I

Maverick MacPhail

Maverick had a forgiving heart and on every level would be a wonderful family member. A joint decision between Shelter Friends and the Josephine County Animal Shelter identified Maverick Macphail as the candidate to launch Heartworm Heroes. An approved foster family ready to invest 120 days of continued care was secured, and Heartworm Heroes was born on February 27, 2016.

As Maverick was approaching the final weeks of his successful treatment, another youngster, a pit mix named Rhino, was identified as the next candidate to enter the program in early May, 2016.

To date we have had five Graduates of the Heartworm Heroes Program which adheres to the American Heartworm Society’s Treatment Protocol and who have subsequently been adopted. We have two dogs currently undergoing treatment in our program.

Meet our Alumni:

 

 

 

Meet our Future 2017 Graduates:

Honorable Mentions: Rowdy Intake date: February 13, 2017 and Midas and Titus: Intake date April 13, 2016

During the first couple months of the program, three additional dogs tested positive for Heartworm. Two were strays and their owners found them and one was treated by their adopter.

The two stray dogs were identified as candidates for the program and their treatment was scheduled. While waiting for treatment to begin, their owners came forward and upon redemption, agreed to follow up and continue treatment. A third dog surrendered to the shelter because of change in family dynamics, a young Rottweiler named Rowdy, began treatment. An eager adopter offered to adopt him and continue treatment. These three boys are noted with honorable mention as they were determined to be wonderfully adoptable dogs and were accepted into the Heartworm Heroes Program.

Item of the Month

It’s a new month and time for our Item of the Month!

Did you know that we have over 100 kittens in foster homes and more coming in daily!

We have had a lot of kittens this year with intestinal distress, also known as diarrhea and bloated bellies. Diarrhea and dehydration in kittens is life threatening, not to mention the toll it takes on our fosters caring for these kittens and our pocket book in vet bills.

To help us combat the intestinal upsets, we are beginning to switch all of our kittens to a high-quality pate. This is expensive for us, at $25 a case, so we are turning towards you, our Shelter Friends, to help us out by purchasing a can or two or case of Dave’s Grain Free pate!

You can purchase locally from our friends at Rogue Valley Pet! You can take your and donation directly to the Josephine County Animal Shelter or leave at our convenient drop-off location at Star Body Works on Union in Grants Pass. Please ensure you’re purchasing pate. The friendly folks at Rogue Valley Pet will help you with any questions.

Thank you so very much! This will help our kitties grow strong until their forever family comes along!

Board of Directors Position – Treasurer

Do you love animals?  Do you have bookkeeping experience? Want to be a part of Making a Difference One Animal at a Time?  Shelter Friends has an opening on our Board of Directors to fill the role of Treasurer.

The Treasurer is the officer assigned the primary responsibility of overseeing the management and reporting of Shelter Friends finances. In this role, you will be an Officer on the Board of Directors and report monthly on our financial status.

Please tell us about yourself and send all inquiries to questions@savethewhiskers.org

Treasurer

The Treasurer is the officer assigned the primary responsibility of overseeing the management and reporting of an organization’s finances.

Responsibilities

  • Financial transaction oversight – Being knowledgeable about who has access to the organization’s funds, and any outstanding bills or debts owed, as well as developing systems for keeping cash flow manageable
  • Budgets – Developing the annual budget as well as comparing the actual revenues and expenses incurred against the budget
  • Financial Policies – Overseeing the development and observation of the organization’s financial policies
  • Reports – Keeping the board regularly informed of key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessment of fiscal health in addition to completing required financial reporting forms in a timely fashion and making these forms available to the board
  • Pick up mail 2-3 times per week. Direct all incoming mail pertaining to individuals or fund business
  • Issue checks for all Payables and document payments and receipts. Maintain checking account and checks- mailing supplies: stamps, envelopes, SF receipts, copies
  • Receipt all Receivables: PayPal, mail, cash income- document all
  • Send receipts to all donors and issue receipts for all reimbursable expenses- document all
  • Prepare monthly bank deposit and reconcile bank statement to checking account/check register
  • Prepare numbers for tax prep and filings
  • Copy, log, document, file all transactions
  • Fluent in the use of Quickbooks or able to seek training to support all financial transactions and reporting.

Pet to Vets

We are so excited to be able to help our Veterans bring a pet into their home!  Through a generous donation, Shelter Friends will be able to place five guests of the Josephine County Animal Shelter into homes with our veterans.

Veterans who may not be able to make it to our adoption events, or who may be housebound but able to care for a pet, will receive help in bringing home a new companion!

Adoptable dogs and cats will be available for placement

 

Here’s how our Pet to Vet program works:

· Each adoption will be funded by Shelter Friends at the Veteran adoption rate.
· Each adoption will receive $100 to pay the adoption fee, food, bedding, toys, training session, whatever the adopter needs to welcome home a new pet.
· Veterans must submit the adoption application to the Josephine County Animal Shelter.
· Adoption Counselor will talk to the veterans and work with them on finding the best fit for their situation from ALL adoptable animals!
· Five veterans from the application process will be selected for this special adoption event.
· Even if the veteran is not selected to receive the funding, they may still adopt a pet at the reduced Veteran’s adoption fee.
· Must show valid VA Identification

We hope this will lead others to make donations to sponsor a Pet to Vet adoption! Interested in making a donation to help place a pet with a veteran? Email tana@savethewhiskers.org or visit our donation page for information.

You can pick up an application at the Josephine County Animal Shelter or download your application here.

All applications must be submitted (in-person or mailed) to the shelter.

1420 Brookside Blvd across from the airport in Merlin. Shelter hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00-4:30 and Saturday, 10:00-4:00.

Questions?  Please email questions@savethewhiskers.org

Heartworm Heroes Foster Program

Heartworm Heroes  is a new and progressive foster program launched in partnership with the Josephine County Animal Shelter and Shelter Friends. Heartworm disease in shelter dogs presents unique challenges for a shelter facility. Recovery time and cost for treatment  is often prohibitive for a County facility. The medical protocol is rigorous and requires convalescence for a period of six to eight weeks or longer, keeping patient quiet with limited activity in a foster home.
Our first patient- Maverick Macphail  was a pilot test that proved very successful. A pit bull who had been extremely neglected, 25 pounds underweight, riddled with wounds, and to make matters worse was diagnosed with heartworm. But he was a forgiving very adoptable pooch. We are delighted to report that after his recovery he was adopted thanks to his foster families and the financial support of Shelter Friends. Our next benefactor of this program is a little pit bull, Rhino who is now in his 9th week of treatment-and well on his way for readiness for a new home.   Please visit www.savethewhiskers.com. For more information contact raleigh@savethewhiskers.org
This album of photos and story here written is presented for many reasons. The hope is that not only will the reader experience the joy of helping our Great American Shelter dogs- by adopting, volunteering and supporting the efforts to find wonderful homes for our guests- but also to understand some of the challenges presented as we work to bring a second chance to our  guests. It is also to educate the public on one of the challenges for some of our most vulnerable,- those with heart worm and, the importance of heart worm prevention so we have a safe and healthy community of man’s best friend.
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From time to time you may see a dog posted as lost, found, stray, surrendered or other- and on occasion you may wonder- “What happened to Fido?” There may be circumstances which for the best interest of Fido-, we have chosen not to publish his or her forever home or sanctuary. “Sometimes you only see the tip of the iceberg”; the real work, the intense dynamics and efforts for the well being of our guests are often  under the surface and  you may never see the incredible efforts proffered by so many,- to keep our animals presented to the Josephine County Animal shelter in safe harbor.  There may be times you don’t see the end result. And there may be reasons you may never know.  Perhaps we need to transfer a pooch our of the area to keep out of the hands of less scrupulous people. There are some that just need to be liberated from a life not in keeping with our sense of goodness.
This story is to celebrate the incredible efforts over the last several months of one of those most vulnerable. His name is Maverick Macphail- The Little Man I Am, – a Great American Shelter Dog.  In his honor we proudly launch a  new program,-  Heart Worm Heroes, – a joint effort of the Josephine County Animal Shelter and Shelter Friends- and You!  Maverick MacPhail- The Little Man I Am- demonstrated the need for a successful program-.  Our first official benefactor of this program is Rhino- who will be presented in Part ll of Heart Worm Heroes.  We hope you enjoy Part l- and we welcome your support by availing yourself to foster and supporting this effort financially by contributing to the Heart Worm Heroes Fund managed by Shelter Friends. Please visit www.savethewhiskers.org  for contributions and inquiries into this special foster program.
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Although we will go into more detail about the challenges of Heart Worm treatment in a later segment, I will be brief now only to say- that the challenges are multi-fold. Cost- which can be up to $1000, and  from a 4- 12 week or more recovery plan;  and  most importantly, the commitment of foster families to the time necessary for recovery. Each dog will be unique in the treatment plan and protocol required.
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Enter Maverick. A dog was spotted malnourished and  skinny- 25 pounds underweight -by a concerned citizen and posted to facebook.  This started the formation under the surface of the Great Iceberg;  the part you don’t see which were the efforts of the public, Shelter Friends volunteers and Animal Control Officer David Pitts to get the coordinates to secure him to safe harbor.
Maverick was a sweet forgiving little man who was found to be  an otherwise adoptable pooch, but for being diagnosed with heart worm; he was a skeleton of a dog with ear infections, rotting ears and  wounds covering his body from head to toe. Additionally he was diagnosed with angler deformity of his front legs- which is why he has the appearance of a Basset Hound!  He needed liberation from a life of neglect and  abuse and to be afforded a second chance to show him the goodness in people.
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First we had to find a foster family that would commit to from 4 – 8 weeks or more.  He got an extended foster family!  Although he was 25 pounds underweight, we couldn’t wait to start treatment; He started his treatment plan as outlined by his veterinarian. Treatment is often very aggressive, rigorous and hard on the body. The patient needs to be kept calm so as not to raise heart rate while the heart worms exit the body. We will go into more detail about the treatment in our upcoming Segment ll. He got the best of the best in food! His foster mom Dagmar blended, crushed, grated, ground every kind of nutritious concoction she could dream up! He was clothed in coats of many colors to keep his body heat in- as he was so thin.
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We played music for him. We slept with him! We cuddled him.  We prayed for him.
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The time came about 6 weeks later that he was cleared for normal activity. Then is extended foster family grew. Foster families welcomed him into their homes where he learned good manners, kept gaining weight and strengthening his muscles and his heart!  They took him on car rides, walks in the neighborhood, on out of town trips and foster dad’s help.
maverick the working man
Then the search began to find him his forever home!  We  fielded many inquiries.   Adopters needed to be aware and apprised of his treatment and that we were hopeful that at the six month mark- he will test negative on his heart worm test; and further, they need to be prepared to follow up- if we have a bit more way to go with follow up treatment,- which is possible.
Oh the tears!  The day came that he was to go on his meet and greet!  His potential new adopter could have picked any dog, anywhere!  But they chose Maverick!   As we drove away on our trip northward, tears rolled endlessly from his foster families,   “Oh no- don’t go; we love you; what if he doesn’t like them- ! “
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As we arrived, we were greeted by the most amazing couple!  We walked Maverick and their dog Sunny down the road; did proper introduction; strolled their beautiful yards with fruit trees and green grass. As we went inside- they had prepared two beds for him to choose from. Later however, they would report he chose dad’s recliner- and that was just fine with them.  In the meantime dad excused himself and set upon setting a feast before us. Genuine Louisiana sausage, red beans, the most scrumptious fresh blue berry and strawberry crepes and the best coffee!   The dogs kicked back- getting acquainted- kissing nose to nose.
The Little Man I Am- Maverick Macphail has had an amazing journey!
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And now a new one begins for Rhino-a little blue nosed pit-  our newest Heartworm Hero guest!  Visit www.savethewhiskers.org  to see how you can join the journey!  Stay tuned.

Homeless Cave Junction Cats

A situation has been brought to our attention in Cave Junction.  An elderly couple who had taken care of numerous, outside cats at their home, have had to leave their home and the cats are being cared for by neighbors.

At this time, it is unclear if the couple will be able to return to their home.  Neighbors are not interested in caring for the cats long-term, and the assumption is the cats need to be spayed or neutered. It’s been four months for these cats with no resolution.

An active Illinois Valley volunteer has been spending time with the cats and they have shown some trust and a desire for friendship.  She has been able to pet one, and they are now sitting near her.  She has given them a lot of space.

Caring volunteers and neighbors are looking to rehome as many of these cats as they can.  They have lived outside, so would probably make excellent barn cats.  Spay/Neuter assistance may be available if needed by the adopter.

Please contact Linda Sisson at 541-244-8649, email at: spacepug@yahoo.com, or Facebook message to Linda Cartmell Sisson.

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Willow

Willow wandered into a downtown storage business in Grants Pass, a notorious dumping ground for unwanted cats. That was 2 years ago and during that time, the owner did her best to provide shelter and food. Knowing Willow is tame and deserved a better life, she contacted Feline Foster Families for help.

Willow is a quiet, undemanding cat who likes the company of adults. She is not a cat that will do well in a home busy with young children. She tolerates other cats, but will do best as an only cat.

Willow is about 8 years old. My guess is that her breeding is Persian or Himalayan. She came to me with health issues that have been treated and she is healthy now and ready for a new home.”

My goal is to find this lovely cat a stable, forever home. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about her.
Stephanie @ 541-761-6112.

PLEASE NOTE: Willow is not a shelter cat. We are making this post as a courtesy to try and help this girl find her forever home.