Shelter News

Shelter News is a good place to check out what's happening at the shelter. We’ve also added our Facebook Calendar so that you’ll always know where to find us & our furry friends throughout Stark county and surrounding area to promote animal welfare, adoption, and education.

Shelter News aslo informs you with updates from our board president, articles from area veterinarians, and other contributors that “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”.

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OPERATIONAL UPDATE
COVID-19 VIRUS

Hours and scheduling adjusted to best follow CDC Guidelines

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

KENNEL HOURS (To see & adopt animals):
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Closed Wednesday and Sunday (until further notice)

As we continue through the pandemic, hours will be adjusted to best accommodate the animals and our community.

Wishing all of you safety and good health!

President's Report

Spring, 2020 has been anything but a normal spring. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to rethink, regroup and find innovative ways to stay connected while practicing the social distancing and other health and safety measures needed to allow us to fight and contain the virus.

Through this crisis, our Executive Director, Employees and Veterinary Staff have diligently, conscientiously and effectively maintained the stringent health and sanitary measures at the Shelter and skillfully used social and telecommunications media to enable us to continue to work with the public and follow our mission of caring and finding loving homes for the sick, injured and stray animals in Stark County.

By having individuals call the Shelter for appointments (330-453-5529) we have been able to continue to accept owner surrenders, sick and injured stray companion animals and orphaned puppies and kittens without exhausting our supply of kennels. We have remained open for adoptions by appointment, which enables us to limit the number of visitors to the Shelter at any one time. We have continued to respond to calls of cruelty or neglect. As of May 1, 2020, we had adopted out 69 dogs and 65 cats and responded to 33 cruelty/neglect calls. We are returning to the PetSmart adoption locations.

All of this has been accomplished in spite of unprecedented challenges because of the support of the community.

"Speaking for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves."

Jim Fidler, Board President

To Our Many Memebers and Friends

To maximize safety for all participants as we navigate through the Coronavirus Pandemic; to ensure the proceedings remained secure; and in conformity with Governor DeWine’s Order Prohibiting In-Person Meetings of more than 10 People, a Virtual Annual Meeting of the Stark County Humane Society Board of Directors was convened at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

At the Virtual Meeting, the 2019 Annual Report, Committee Reports, Treasurer’s and President’s Reports were approved; six incumbent Board Members were re-elected to three-year terms extending to March, 2023; and a new Board Member was elected to fill an unexpired term extending to March, 2021.

As we continue to adjust to these challenging times, our Executive Director, Employees, Veterinary Staff and Board of Directors wish to thank all of you for the support you provide in helping us to fulfill our Mission “To Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves.”

Sincerely,

Jim Fidler
President
SCHS Board of Directors

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Pet Obesity

One of the largest pet health hazards that I see on a regular basis is the obese pet. This can occur for several reasons, lack of proper exercise, feeding inappropriate amounts of food, or due to medical reasons. The most common cause is simple overfeeding. The guidelines on most pet foods labels are just that, rough guidelines. These recommended amounts must be adjusted to each animal.

Each month each owner should do the following, look at your pet. Can you see it’s ribs? Run your hands over it’s sides. Can you feel them? Run your hands down the spine. Can you feel it? Look at your pet from above. Is there evidence of a waist?

An ideal pet weight would allow you to feel, but not see the ribs. You should be able to just barely feel the spine. There should also be a waist in the area just ahead of the rear legs, when you look down from above . In the overweight pet you would not be able to feel the ribs or spine and there would not be any evidence of a waist. Food levels can then be reduced.

In the pet that is underweight you would be able to see the ribs and possible the spine. Food levels could then be increased.

Studies have shown that a pet kept in it’s ideal weight range lives an average of two years longer than one that is allowed to be obese. This means that monitoring a pet’s weight and keeping it in check can significantly lengthen an animals life.

Have many more years with your pet.

Sincerely,

C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Selecting A Healthy Pet

No matter where you are looking for a new pet, there are some things to look for that will help you select one with minimal health issues. This holds true no matter the source of the pet - breeder or shelter/rescue group.

Look at the ears. You want to see clean, pink ears. There should be no exudate or discharge present. You also do not want to smell a bad odor coming from the ears. Discharge and odor often mean that an ear infection or ear mites are present. Next look at the eyes, they should be clean and bright. The whites of the eyes should not be red or bloodshot. Red, goopy eyes often are present when the pet has conjunctivitis or is suffering from an upper respiratory infection.

Next look at the pet’s overall body condition. You do not want to be able to count the ribs from a distance. Malnourished pets often are carrying heavy intestinal parasite loads, or they could be suffering from some serious underlying medical condition.

Check the condition of the fur. It should be clean and free of mats. Look for the presence of fleas and their droppings. Why risk bringing these pesky insects into your home. Fleas are also capable of transmitting certain diseases and tapeworms.

Check the umbilical area for any large bumps. A bump in this area could indicate the presence of a hernia, which would need to be surgically repaired if they are present.

If the pet that you are considering is an un-neutered male, check that both testicles are present in the scrotum. If one is missing it could be retained inside the abdomen. Retained testicles require more extensive surgery when the affected pet is neutered.

Also look at the roof of the mouth. You do not want to see any holes in this area. A hole in the roof of the mouth is called cleft palate, which can be very hard to repair.

If the pet that you have selected does not have any of these issues, then you are off to a good start. It would still be imperative to have your newly selected pet examined by the veterinarian of your choice. They can perform a more thorough exam and testing.

Sincerely,

C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Blue Green Algae Toxicity

During the past several years, there has been a increase in the number of algae blooms in Ohio’s lakes and ponds. What many people do not realize, is that some of these algae blooms are caused by a type of algae called Blue Green Algae.

Blue Green Algae can produce toxins that can affect people, livestock or pets, that swim or drink from water where Blue Green Algae is growing.

Two toxins are produced by this algae. The first one is Micosystin. Mycocystin is a liver toxin. It is capable of causing vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the feces, weakness, pale mucus membranes, siezures, disorietation, coma and even death. The second toxin is Anotoxin. This is a neurologic toxin. It can cause salivation, muscle tremors, muscle rigidity, paralysis and death.

There are no known antidotes for either of these toxins. If you think that your pet has been exposed to Blue Green Algae, the first step would be a good bath. The second step would be to consult with your pet’s veterinarian. The only treatment is aggressive supportive and symptomatic treatment in the hospital.

If you see any algae in a body of water that you or your pet is going to swim in, it would be best to just assume that these toxins are present and look for another location to swim.

Have a good year and keep yourself and your pets healthy.

Sincerely,

C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

Honoring Those Who Remember Us

Over this past year we want to acknowledge the generosity of those what are no longer with us or their family members, who remembered the Humane Society while suffering the loss of a loved one. We thank you for thinking of the animals during a very difficult time and would to honor those who passed.

  • Shirley Allen
  • Amanda Aquino
  • Gloria Armitage
  • Edward Bangham
  • Donna Barr
  • Marion Bartee
  • JoAnne Battista
  • Patrick Baxter
  • Marilyn Beard
  • Dave Bonzo
  • Leonard E. Breiding, DVM
  • Todd Bucey
  • Barbara Byer
  • Shirley Byers
  • Charles “Ken” Carter
  • Laura Carucci
  • Richard Christen
  • Mary Cordes
  • James Crowl
  • Mary Dahler
  • Mildred DeAngelis
  • Robert R. Deitrick
  • Jeanne DePasquale
  • Sandra Dodich
  • Edward Dodson, Sr.
  • Joan Donnarummo
  • Ila Doudna
  • Christopher Draime
  • Jacqueline Lang-Dreu
  • Stephanie D’Silva
  • Gerry Durenda
  • Robert Easterday
  • Janice Edwards
  • Edgar Ellsworth
  • Elizabeth Anne Englehart
  • Maggie Evans
  • Gene Feucht
  • Jack Fisher
  • Robert Floor
  • Jack Foltz
  • Odell Gainey
  • Andy Gabrick
  • Renee Gallagher
  • Richard Gaume
  • Kenneth E. George
  • Janice Giovanni
  • David Graham, MD
  • Randy Greathouse
  • Peggy Hager
  • Ken Hardesty
  • Glen Hartman
  • Jeanne Herman
  • Marie Herring
  • Ernie Highben
  • John Hindle
  • Dolores Houchin
  • Judith Holderman
  • Amy Lynn Humbert
  • Beverly Jackovic
  • Gary Jarrell
  • Tina Johnson
  • Beth Jones
  • Kathleen Judy
  • Patricia Keller
  • George Kittoe
  • Karen Kitzmiller
  • Richard Knerr
  • Lynn Mickey Koenig
  • Rose Elise Krantz
  • Evelyn Lantzer
  • Michael Lemerise
  • Patricia Leyda
  • Janeen Lipinski
  • Sandra Mann
  • Vicki McCune
  • Geraldine Hurd McElliott
  • Robert G. Miller
  • Cory Ann Mitchelle
  • Catherine Mary Monnot
  • Harold Myers
  • Judith O’Bringer
  • Jacqueline Pfeil
  • Diana Phillippi
  • Betty Poto
  • George Pouls
  • Steve Ratliff
  • Linda Reber
  • Larry Rhea
  • Steve Riblett
  • Allen F. Richard
  • Jean Ridgway
  • Jason Riley
  • Dorothy Roszmann
  • Kathryn Saltsman
  • Gregory Schafer
  • Charlynn Schreiner
  • Floyd Shambaugh
  • Margaret Shimko
  • Carol Shotwell
  • Jason Smith
  • John J. Smith
  • Milt Shapiro
  • Mary L. Sokie
  • Joseph A. Stanley
  • Dave Steigerwald
  • Jim Stephens
  • Judy Stroia
  • Linda Swinford
  • Tia Mae Tharp
  • Heather Tryon
  • Maxine Wade
  • Carole Weis
  • Linda White
  • Maurice "Bud" White
  • Sharon Wingerter
  • Mary Witmer
  • Monica Witmer
  • Marjorie Winters
  • Amanda Wood
  • John L. Yeager
  • Lynda Young
  • Marilyn Young
  • Mary Magdalene Wetter-Young

PawzShop.com Adoption Event

PawzShop.com will be sponsoring an adoption event for the animals of the Stark County Humane Society on Friday, December 22 from 6 - 8 PM at the shelter.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank PawzShop.com for their continued support of the animals of our Shelter.

Please visit PawzShop.com to learn more about their mission.

Cinnamon's Story

Cinnamon is a 27 year old Pony of the Americas mare that came to the Humane Society from a backyard in East Canton with a body condition score of 1/9. Despite her age and shocking condition, the old girl has a great will to live! When she rst arrived at the farm, it took her 4 days to pass a pile of manure! A normal horse will pass 4-8 piles of manure per day! Cinnamon has been with us for 2 weeks and she gets a little stronger everyday!

She nickers with joy when we bring her food and she even trots around her paddock. She is slowly but surely gaining weight and shedding hair. She gets fed four times a day with senior feed and hay, plus small turnout sessions four times a day. Once she is stable enough, she will have her teeth oated and will receive vaccinations. We will continue to post updates on Cinnamon and we are happy so far with her recovery process!

Church & Dwight

We would like to thank Church & Dwight of Old Port, OH for their generous donation of cat litter totaling 64,000 POUNDS!

We received the frst truck load on Thursday, February 9, 2017, and would like to thank Gary of Car Kare LLC for transporting it to the shelter and the SCHD staff for unloading the cat litter! On Tuesday, March 21, we would like to thank the local company for transporting the litter, they have chosen to remain anonymous! For the second load we had a friend of the Humane Society offer to bring and use his company’s tow motor to unload; a thank you to Bob Phillips from Action Recycling! We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of those who helped make this possible!

Foster Kittens for the Humane Society

The Humane Society of Stark County needs loving individuals to become Foster Parents for kittens. With so many orphaned kittens it is overwhelming for the shelter to care for these little babies. Please consider becoming a Foster Parent.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME A KITTEN FOSTER PARENT:

  1. You need to have the TIME to feed and care for the kittens. Fostering kittens can require a commitment of up to six weeks, although in some instances, the commitment may be shorter.
  2. You need to have the SPACE that is isolated from possible injury from other pets and that is a safe environment for the kittens to safely explore as they get older. While very young kittens may spend most of their time in a cage, as the kittens get older, they are going to insist on more space to venture and play.
  3. You need to have PATIENCE to look after and feed the kittens. Depending on their ages, kittens may need to be bottle fed which will require several feedings per day. As they grow, you’ll introduce them to wet and, eventually solid food.

In addition to matching you with foster kittens, the Humane Society will provide formula, bottles, food, litter, a litter box, blankets and a cage.

If you are interested in fostering, please contact the Humane Society and we'll connect you with a seasoned Foster Parent who can give you specifc information, meet and talk with you and guide you through the process.

A Word From... Dr. C.A. Heller III DVM

Neutering

We have all heard the term neutering at one time or another. But what exactly does it mean and WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

Neutering is the surgical removal of a male dog’s or cat’s testicles. It is performed under a general anesthesia. In dogs, it is performed through a single incision, just ahead of the scrotum. Your veterinarian may or may not use sutures that need to be removed 10-14 days later. In cats, it is generally performed through an incision on the scrotum directly over each of the testicles. Sutures generally are not used in the male cat.

From a shelter viewpoint, neutering is done to help prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Shelters are usually overwhelmed with a seemingly endless population of unwanted animals. Anything that can help reduce the tide of unwanted animals is a great help in the situation.

From the pet’s perspective there are a number of health benefts. Neutering helps prevent roaming in both cats and dogs. It can reduce unwanted urine marking. In dogs it can prevent enlarged and sometimes abscessed prostate glands. It can also prevent perianal adenomas in dogs. Perianal adenomas are benign tumors, that grow near the rectum, in response to hormones that are present in un-neutered dogs. Un-neutered dogs can also develop perineal hernias. These hernias form in the distral part of the colon. Once this type of hernia forms, feces accumulate in the herniated portion of the colon. Affected animals will strain and be unable to pass feces. Once a perineal hernia develops, it requires invasive surgery to correct.

For all of these reasons, it is very important to have all non-breeding male animals neutered. It is for this reason, our shelter strives to have all male animals neutered prior to being adopted.

Sincerely

C.A. Heller III, DVM
Animal Care Clinic

Rocky’s JOURNEY

On January 8, 2017 at 5:14am Rocky came into our Shelter. It was apparent he had a hard life and was in need of medical attention. He was emaciated and had been injured. With his determination and the dedication of all those at SCHS, he began to show improvements. It took nearly six weeks to bring him to health. Once healthy he was then neutered and microchipped and ready for adoption. An amazing volunteer dog walker from the Shelter fell in love with him and decided to adopt him. This gentlemen and his wife are forever loving Rocky. The pictures show his journey and his new beginning in his home. The Shelter accepted 4,649 dogs and cats into the facility last year! Rocky’s journey is just one of the many animals that found their forever homes. These journeys would not be possible without the support and efforts of the Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers, and your friends and supporters!

On behalf of myself and our furry friends, thank you!
Jackie

Sadly, It Is a Story That We Hear All Too Often

Life happens, & the pets become less of a priority. However, sometimes they don’t become a priority at all & end up neglected. One of the most common neglect injuries that we see at the Humane Society is an embedded collar. If a collar is too tight, eventually it causes irritation, infection, & a complete break in the skin. This is often a gradual, painful process. In Rocky’s case, he was tied outside with a choker chain that continually rubbed his neck as he moved around. He arrived at the shelter with deep, infected wound around about 50% of the circumference of his neck with the collar still in the wound. The collar was immediately cut out, & Rocky was started on antibiotics & pain medications. Wound care was done to help the infection clear before surgery was performed to close the wound, which healed beautifully. Just as important as the physical healing was Rocky’s emotional healing. He came in scared & depressed. Quickly, his sweet, gentle spirit came to the surface. He was adopted within a few weeks on the adoption floor to a precious couple.

Dr. Kim Carter, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Feeding and Stimulating the Kitten

Things to consider when caring for a kitten:

  1. When the kittens are brought home, set up the box with the heating pad in the bottom, followed by puppy pad and then hand towels or small thin blanket. (Heating pad should be positioned so that the kittens can maneuver away from it.)
  2. Set the heating pad to low, at frst to gauge the temperature. It should not be hot, since it could burn the kittens.
  3. Follow instructions and mix the formula making sure not to have lumps in the liquid. A whisk will work very well in mixing the formula. Mix up enough formula for several feedings.
  4. Warm the bottle with formula in a glass/cup of hot water until it achieves the warm temperature. Formula should be warm not hot when given to the kittens. Do not microwave the formula.
  5. Keep the unused formula either in a container or bottle in the refrigerator until next use.
  6. Kittens that are newborn to two weeks should be fed every one to two hours. Newborn kittens to three weeks old should be awakened to eat.
  7. Two to three week old kittens will eat every three hours.
  8. As soon as a kitten has eaten, use some toilet paper and stimulate the anus of the kitten. The toilet paper may be dampened in warm water before use. Discard toilet paper in trash or toilet. Be sure to wipe the kittens face with a wet-warm cloth before stimulating kitten.
  9. Kittens should urinate and possibly have a bowel movement after every feeding. Kittens will urinate more frequently than have a bowel movement.
  10. Place kitten back in the plastic tub with the heating pad on.

At four weeks old, add rice cereal to the formula. Mix it according to the instructions. You can also start putting soft canned cat food into the mixture at about four weeks also. Use whisk to mix in.

Foster the Fuzzies

The shelter is always looking for foster homes for the motherless kittens that come in during Spring and Summer. This is a serious commitment and requires sincere love and dedication to those in need. Depending on the age of the kitten(s) they may require to be fed every two hours and be stimulated! The Shelter does require that any interested person come into the Shelter and fill out an application.

Want to help those in need, but cannot forster? Please consider donating items for the Foster Kitten Take-Home Box (newborn to three-week old kittens):

  • Plastic Storage Tub to house kittens*
  • Package of bottles and nipples*
  • Container of KMR (Kitten Milk Replacement)
  • Box of rice cereal powder
  • Wash Clothes*
  • Hand Towels*
  • Soft blanket*
  • Puppy pads*
  • Heating pad*
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Roll of paper towels

*These items are to be returned to the Humane Society Shelter when the kittens are ready for adoption.

Volunteer Orientation

The Stark County Humane Society hosts a volunteer orientation every Saturday here at the Shelter. Orientation for volunteers is at 11:00am. Please come to the lobby of the Shelter. The Shelter is located at 5100 Peach St NE, Louisville. We recommend interested individuals to come out for orientation and we encourage you to speak with your veterinarian prior to volunteering. Many of us just want to give back. With this, you need to make sure your children, and pet(s) at home are protect from any possible fomite and zoonotic diseases.

Stark County Humane Society Facebook

We would like to invite all members to join us on Facebook. Our site is, Stark County Humane Society. Give us a “like” and keep up with all the wonderful animals of the Stark County Humane Society. The staff would like to recognize Shetzi Powers as our Facebook mistress! She updates the site daily.

Not only is she working diligently on pet photos but also on keeping all the upcoming events and outreaches posted. For the most current details of the Stark County Humane Society “Like” Stark County Humane Society.

For those whom choose not to go on Facebook you may also see our adoptable animals on Petango.com. As always, for more information please call the Shelter at (330) 453-5529 or visit our Facebook page.

Stark County Humane Society/Stark County Dog Warden

Last year, the shelter began working directly with the Stark County Dog Warden’s office to help place dogs at our shelter when the pound becomes full.

In 2012, the shelter along with the SCDW transferred 306 stray dogs into the Stark County Humane Society. By the shelter opening its doors to the “pound dogs” the SCDW was able to drop their euthanasia by 73%. We would like to thank the Stark County Dog Wardens Office, the staff and Board of the Stark County Humane Society for making these transfers a true success for the dogs and their forever families!

Your Kindness Can Live Forever

The animals of the Stark County Humane Society will need your help during your lifetime and forever. If you wish to remember them in your will or through your life insurance policy, our proper name is Stark County Humane Society. In providing for the animals by making the Shelter beneficiary, you can provide for the animals needs after your gone.

*Animals are not lesser creatures than humans; they are just packaged differently!*

Recycle

The shelter is always in need of newspapers. We accept newspapers as long as they are bagged and or bundled. The shelter recycles any paper we cannot use for the animals. We keep a Slesnick Recycle bin at the shelter; please feel free to recycle paper products at the shelter. We also recycle aluminum cans. So before you throw away cans – papers please remember by recycling you are not just helping the environment but also the homeless animals of Stark County.

When you replace your old washer and dryer – please remember the shelter is always in need of one or the other. Our staff starts laundry in the morning and the washer and dryer keep running all day long. The staff cleans and dries every cage – every dish in the shelter on a daily basis. The blankets, bathes, and general housekeeping of the shelter equals a lot of laundry. So before, you “pitch” your old working washer and or dryer please call the shelter.

No Time Limit...

Sometimes we see some confusion on our no time limits on animals up for adoption. We have noticed recently that a lot of misinformation has been conveyed to the public regarding our policy.

The shelter does not enforce a time limit for the animals in our shelter. The animal(s) may remain at the shelter as long as they stay healthy and friendly. There are three main factors when euthanasia has to be considered. The first being an “owners request” this is when an owners pet has become very old and poor physical health warrants this. The second is when an animal has been at the shelter for an extreme long period of time and begins to show signs of “cage psychosis” in this event a veterinarian will make the diagnoses. The third reason would be due to illness, particularly ones that are highly contagious, and the severely injured animals that we pick up, usually from being hit by a car.

The Board of Directors and the staff have worked over the past several years to implement a new Veterinary Care Protocol & Policy in which the shelter follows diligently. Training programs have been provided by area veterinarians for the staff. Audits of the animal cards and medical charts are performed by Board Members on a regular basis.

Animal sheltering is one of the most difficult fields that one could choose to go into. The Board, employees and volunteers that are associated with the shelter do so willingly, so rest assured, the care and love given to the animals is truly the best we can give.