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Madison

Madison is a beauty queen with a regal personality. She loves to be brushed and to sit and look out the window. She is cuddly and talkative. Gets along with dogs and cats after a few days of introduction. She would be best in a home without small or young children because she is not shy about using her claws to let you know when you are doing something wrong. She is a sweetheart but is particular about things being her way. She will be a wonderful companion for someone willing to give her royal status and be her companion for life.

She is fine with friendly cats and dogs. Quite ladylike in her presence which is charming.

Madison is currently in a foster home, and her foster mom is happy to host a meet-n-greet.

 

Please contact tana@savethewhiskers.org or call the JoCo Shelter at 541-471-5452 and speak with Laura.

 

 

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

Chauncy

Chauncy is a 1 year old male who weighs 15 lbs and is on the search for a new family. Chauncy came into the shelter as a stray, so we don’t know much about his background. We’ll be honest, our first impression of Chauncy wasn’t so hot: you see, he gets a little nervous in his kennel and tries to make himself look big and tough. But peel back that first layer, and you’ll find a snuggly, playful guy who loooves to be loved. He was very good for all of his medical procedures (blood tests, vaccinations, etc) and does not mind being handled all over once he knows you. Chauncy is also very friendly with other dogs of all sizes. If you have a warm lap, you can bet on him finding it and jumping in. As I type this, he is curled up on mine! He will be available after his neuter which has yet to be determined, probably the first week of November. Please check with shelter for status.

Available at the Josephine County Animal Shelter, 1420 Brookside Blvd. 1.5 miles off I-5. in Merlin. Oregon. hours: Monday -Friday 10-4:30pm Saturday 10-4pm.
http://www.jocoshelter.com/
copy into your url follow instructions … click on PET ADOPTIONS and scroll to adoption application.

With few exceptions Dogs are current on vaccinations, rabies, spay or neutered, and microchipped upon adoption

PLEASE READ ENTIRE NOTATIONS BELOW. The most common question is ‘Good with Cats?’ If we know has lived with cats or farm animals will be stated above in biography. Otherwise- we don’t know. If you inquire by email- please tell us about you, your family, your yard, other animals, children, and your expectations of your new pet and what your new pet can expect from you. When you do so, we can better address your inquiry.

Shelter number 541 474-5458 for status of availability as some may have been adopted since this post, and about any pending spay/neuter surgery if noted as sometimes spay/neuter appointment may be sooner if a cancellation is available.

Dogs noted as a Great American Shelter Dog are noted as such because we are not sure of the breed and can only give out best guess. See more at: www.savethewhiskers.org Alternate Contact Raleigh@savethewhiskers.org or text 541 660 6578 name of dog. It is always nice if you send an inquiry about a specific adoptable guest via email to tell us about you, your family and other pets, your yard, and most importantly, your expectations of your new family member so we can answer your questions appropriately as best as possible.

Please, if you email an inquiry, please understand that these animals are in the shelter for a variety of reasons: Their lives are upside down maybe because owner died, they got lost, were abandoned, owner lost home or had a life event that left their pet in need of a new home. We don’t always know how they will get along with all dogs, all children. Some won’t be a perfect family member right away! They will need love, patience, a strong owner who will let them know what is expected of them and what they can expect from their new family. It may take an afternoon or it may take a week or so! But they need homes and families who will bring them back to knowing what family is!

Puppies: Please understand they are puppies; not potty trained; not good or bad with kids, dogs, cats. They are pliable puppies ready for you to imprint good manners, social skills, and training. You are encouraged to follow up with training after they are finished with shot series and or at the direction of your veterinarian. A happy healthy well socialized puppy is a happy family! You may be asked to make a refundable deposit for spay/neutering. Inquire at the Shelter.
General Adoption Fees for Dog: Adult dogs and puppies- $125, Senior dogs 7 and over $50. Veterans are half price / $62.50 with presentation of government issued VA ID. For Josephine County fee includes first year licensing. Please visit the shelter or if need special arrangements for meet and greet please email me. If you have a dog- encourage you to bring also. Staff may be unable to answer calls right away, so you may contact me via email if you cannot get to shelter right away! You are encouraged to make your best effort to go during normal business hours.

Note: Often times we are asked ‘what about cats’?’ Please be advised that we cannot guarantee a dog’s behavior with a cat; sometimes the dog is fine with a cat- but cat not so happy about his canine intruder! If we know emphatically that a dog could take issue with a cat, livestock or chickens- will be stated in body of biography! Shelter Friends editor is not an employee of the Josephine County Animal Shelter. The editor is a member of Shelter Friends Josephine County an all volunteer not for profit Charitable organization supporting the animals of the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

You should make every effort to apply on line, visit shelter or call 541 474-5458 or if you cannot reach- raleigh1952@yahoo.com or raleigh@savethewhiskers.org.

Wingnut

We have four male puppies ready for new homes! These four boys are going to be BIG. They are pushing 25-30lbs at just 3 months of age. They are all wiggly, happy, social pups who are figuring this whole new world out! If you are interested in meeting them, please come by the shelter! Please read below about adoptions for puppies. You are encouraged to visit the shelter. You can call for status at 541 474 5458 We have posted with an expected weight of 50 to 60 pounds when grown.

Available at the Josephine County Animal Shelter, 1420 Brookside Blvd. 1.5 miles off I-5. in Merlin. Oregon. hours: Monday -Friday 10-4:30pm Saturday 10-4pm.
http://www.jocoshelter.com/
copy into your url follow instructions … click on PET ADOPTIONS and scroll to adoption application.

With few exceptions Dogs are current on vaccinations, rabies, spay or neutered, and microchipped upon adoption

PLEASE READ ENTIRE NOTATIONS BELOW. The most common question is ‘Good with Cats?’ If we know has lived with cats or farm animals will be stated above in biography. Otherwise- we don’t know. If you inquire by email- please tell us about you, your family, your yard, other animals, children, and your expectations of your new pet and what your new pet can expect from you. When you do so, we can better address your inquiry.

Shelter number 541 474-5458 for status of availability as some may have been adopted since this post, and about any pending spay/neuter surgery if noted as sometimes spay/neuter appointment may be sooner if a cancellation is available.

Dogs noted as a Great American Shelter Dog are noted as such because we are not sure of the breed and can only give out best guess. See more at: www.savethewhiskers.org Alternate Contact Raleigh@savethewhiskers.org or text 541 660 6578 name of dog. It is always nice if you send an inquiry about a specific adoptable guest via email to tell us about you, your family and other pets, your yard, and most importantly, your expectations of your new family member so we can answer your questions appropriately as best as possible.

Please, if you email an inquiry, please understand that these animals are in the shelter for a variety of reasons: Their lives are upside down maybe because owner died, they got lost, were abandoned, owner lost home or had a life event that left their pet in need of a new home. We don’t always know how they will get along with all dogs, all children. Some won’t be a perfect family member right away! They will need love, patience, a strong owner who will let them know what is expected of them and what they can expect from their new family. It may take an afternoon or it may take a week or so! But they need homes and families who will bring them back to knowing what family is!

Puppies: Please understand they are puppies; not potty trained; not good or bad with kids, dogs, cats. They are pliable puppies ready for you to imprint good manners, social skills, and training. You are encouraged to follow up with training after they are finished with shot series and or at the direction of your veterinarian. A happy healthy well socialized puppy is a happy family! You may be asked to make a refundable deposit for spay/neutering. Inquire at the Shelter.
General Adoption Fees for Dog: Adult dogs and puppies- $125, Senior dogs 7 and over $50. Veterans are half price / $62.50 with presentation of government issued VA ID. For Josephine County fee includes first year licensing. Please visit the shelter or if need special arrangements for meet and greet please email me. If you have a dog- encourage you to bring also. Staff may be unable to answer calls right away, so you may contact me via email if you cannot get to shelter right away! You are encouraged to make your best effort to go during normal business hours.

Note: Often times we are asked ‘what about cats’?’ Please be advised that we cannot guarantee a dog’s behavior with a cat; sometimes the dog is fine with a cat- but cat not so happy about his canine intruder! If we know emphatically that a dog could take issue with a cat, livestock or chickens- will be stated in body of biography! Shelter Friends editor is not an employee of the Josephine County Animal Shelter. The editor is a member of Shelter Friends Josephine County an all volunteer not for profit Charitable organization supporting the animals of the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

You should make every effort to apply on line, visit shelter or call 541 474-5458 or if you cannot reach- raleigh1952@yahoo.com or raleigh@savethewhiskers.org.

Peanut

Meet Peanut! We are just over the moon for this little gentleman. Mature, compact, adorable, gentle, playful–we could go on. Peanut weighs in at about 30 lbs and is 7 years old. Peanut enjoys the companionship of both human and dog friends. He is definitely all puggle–loving to sniff, explore, snuggle, and entertain with his goofy antics. Remember, dogs who are 7 years old are only $50 to adopt!

Available at the Josephine County Animal Shelter, 1420 Brookside Blvd. 1.5 miles off I-5. in Merlin. Oregon. hours: Monday -Friday 10-4:30pm Saturday 10-4pm.
http://www.jocoshelter.com/
copy into your url follow instructions … click on PET ADOPTIONS and scroll to adoption application.

With few exceptions Dogs are current on vaccinations, rabies, spay or neutered, and microchipped upon adoption

PLEASE READ ENTIRE NOTATIONS BELOW. The most common question is ‘Good with Cats?’ If we know has lived with cats or farm animals will be stated above in biography. Otherwise- we don’t know. If you inquire by email- please tell us about you, your family, your yard, other animals, children, and your expectations of your new pet and what your new pet can expect from you. When you do so, we can better address your inquiry.

Shelter number 541 474-5458 for status of availability as some may have been adopted since this post, and about any pending spay/neuter surgery if noted as sometimes spay/neuter appointment may be sooner if a cancellation is available.

Dogs noted as a Great American Shelter Dog are noted as such because we are not sure of the breed and can only give out best guess. See more at: www.savethewhiskers.org Alternate Contact Raleigh@savethewhiskers.org or text 541 660 6578 name of dog. It is always nice if you send an inquiry about a specific adoptable guest via email to tell us about you, your family and other pets, your yard, and most importantly, your expectations of your new family member so we can answer your questions appropriately as best as possible.

Please, if you email an inquiry, please understand that these animals are in the shelter for a variety of reasons: Their lives are upside down maybe because owner died, they got lost, were abandoned, owner lost home or had a life event that left their pet in need of a new home. We don’t always know how they will get along with all dogs, all children. Some won’t be a perfect family member right away! They will need love, patience, a strong owner who will let them know what is expected of them and what they can expect from their new family. It may take an afternoon or it may take a week or so! But they need homes and families who will bring them back to knowing what family is!

Puppies: Please understand they are puppies; not potty trained; not good or bad with kids, dogs, cats. They are pliable puppies ready for you to imprint good manners, social skills, and training. You are encouraged to follow up with training after they are finished with shot series and or at the direction of your veterinarian. A happy healthy well socialized puppy is a happy family! You may be asked to make a refundable deposit for spay/neutering. Inquire at the Shelter.
General Adoption Fees for Dog: Adult dogs and puppies- $125, Senior dogs 7 and over $50. Veterans are half price / $62.50 with presentation of government issued VA ID. For Josephine County fee includes first year licensing. Please visit the shelter or if need special arrangements for meet and greet please email me. If you have a dog- encourage you to bring also. Staff may be unable to answer calls right away, so you may contact me via email if you cannot get to shelter right away! You are encouraged to make your best effort to go during normal business hours.

Note: Often times we are asked ‘what about cats’?’ Please be advised that we cannot guarantee a dog’s behavior with a cat; sometimes the dog is fine with a cat- but cat not so happy about his canine intruder! If we know emphatically that a dog could take issue with a cat, livestock or chickens- will be stated in body of biography! Shelter Friends editor is not an employee of the Josephine County Animal Shelter. The editor is a member of Shelter Friends Josephine County an all volunteer not for profit Charitable organization supporting the animals of the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

You should make every effort to apply on line, visit shelter or call 541 474-5458 or if you cannot reach- raleigh1952@yahoo.com or raleigh@savethewhiskers.org.

Item of the Month

We are a couple days late posting our Item of the Month, but here it is!

Pill Pockets

With hundreds of dogs, you can only imagine the challenges when the Josephine County Animal Shelter staff need to administer oral medication! These will make it MUCH easier for them!

Here’s a link to chewy where they are currently on sale! A pack of 30 is a little less than $7!

The staff and dogs thank you!

https://www.chewy.com/greenies-pill-pockets-canine-real/dp/37486

You can ship directly to the shelter at:

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

Thank you so very much

 

 

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