S.H.A.I.D. XMAS OPEN HOUSE November 27th
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Smudge is just “hanging around’ waiting for you to visit. Come on out from NOON ’til 4 PM and scratch a few ears, stroke a few chins and then pause for some refreshments before returning to rub a few bellies. We will 450 LaHave St. Unit 17, Suite 138 Bridgewater, NS B4V 4A3 902 543-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org
have a craft and bake sale for you as well. If you are thinking of bringing a food donation to put under the S.H.A.I.D. tree, please be advised that we do NOT need any dry dog food (thanks to the kind support of Walmart and
Zellers and the Allied Reclamation Centre) but we always need tinned food for both cats and dogs and non-clumping kitty litter. ...lots and lots of litter! Everyone welcome. Hope to see you then. Kelly, Lori, Jessica, Jolene, Joanne & Natalie Your Shelter Staff
Inside this issue: President’s Message
Christmas Be Carefuls for Your pet
Xmas Gift Form
WANTED: FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE MEMBERS Several of our committee members will be stepping down soon and we need some new members with willing hands and ideas. If you think you might be interested or know someone else who might be, call: Claudie at 634-9156
PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE I am happy to report that S.H.A.I.D. has had a good past two months. The number of animals that had to be euthanized is way down and the number of adoptions is way up. As well, as a result of some very generous donations, the sale of the sailboat and several very successful fundraisers, we have partially turned the corner on our financial situation. On behalf of the Board, I wish to express our appreciation for all who have made this possible. I also wish to thank the faithful Shelter volunteers who are donating so much of their time to the care and welfare of our animals, and also our volunteer carpenters/painters who are saving us a great deal of money in our renovations to the Shelter. Finally, I wish to thank the many local businesses that have supported us. I have found it particularly heartening that every single one of the merchants asked to help has been enthusiastic in their support. Clearly one of the best ways to ensure the existence of S.H.A.I.D. is to shop locally. We are constantly improving the Shelter and have accomplished a great deal over the past six months. We encourage you to drop in during our Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 27th from NOON to 4:00 PM to visit with the animals, staff and Board Members and to witness the improvements first hand. The Board wishes everyone a most happy and healthy holiday season. Mike Anderssen S.H.A.I.D. Board of Directors Mike Anderssen, President Beth Kent, Vice President Joan Lilley, Secretary Daphney Tufts, Treasurer Sue Bourinot Maryanne Slauenwhite Lisa Rhuland Claudie Le Cam Tina Swinimer Birgit Schmidt (Hon. Bd. Member) Page 2
HEREâ€™S THE SCOOP A VERY SUCCESSFUL CRAFT & CHRISTMAS YARD SALE Even before 9 AM, the shoppers were eagerly waiting for us to open the doors for the great bargains. Thanks to all for their support and for helping us to raise over $1100 for the animals. See you again next year! GREAT TURNOUT FOR S.H.A.I.D. DAY AT BRIDGEWATER'S WALMART It was a bit crispy at first but it soon warmed up once the BBQ got going. There was a great response from the public. They came out to meet some of our residents ....many of whom may well find their forever homes from this exposure...and to chow down at the BBQ to help raise funds for S.H.A.I.D. Many thanks to Muriel Fletcher and her crew for all their hard work in making this happen. Another huge thank you goes out to EFFEM Inc., makers of Pedigree and Whiskas, for supplying such a wonderful assortment of pet treats for our supporters and also for making a wonderful cash donation to the Shelter. It was a great day! WALKERS & WAGGERS SUPPORT S.H.A.I.D. On a great, sunny day at the Blockhouse Hill in Lunenburg, we all enjoyed spending time with you and your dogs. Thank you so much for your help in raising $2487 to help the shelter. Although it was very difficult to choose, 6 trophies were awarded: Oldest dog: SHEENA! Age:15 Waggiest tail: MAGGIE! Smallest dog: PENNY! Money bags: SHEENA!! ($507 raised!) Youngest dog: SCOOBY! (6 weeks) Biggest dog: KEEGAN! S.H.A.I.D. NEWS
HERE’S THE SCOOP (cont’d) PAWS FOR JOY On a perfect late summer day, over 80 dogs and their persons gathered in Mahone Bay to celebrate just being dogs! From ice cream eating contests to agility demos, all participants had a wonderful time. Many thanks to Sue Bourinot of Hairy Kids and her crew for their hard work and to all the merchants who provided supplies and terrific prizes for the lucky canines and food for their hungry humans. A wonderful $2100 was raised in support of S.H.A.I.D.
XMAS PENNY AUCTION Dec. 2nd 6-8 PM & Dec. 3rd 10-2PM Oakhill Firehall Get your Xmas shopping done early at S.H.A.I.D.’s fabulous penny auction. Tons of brand new items. Call Maryanne 530-2279 for information. XMAS OPEN HOUSE Sun. Nov. 27th, NOON to 4 PM at the Shelter. Refreshments provided. Come out and meet our Staff and residents. See p. 1 for details or call Kelly 543-4849 with questions.
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UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS PET PICS WITH SANTA Nov. 26th: Hairy Kids in Mahone Bay Dec. 9th: 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Gow’s, Bridgewater Dec.10th:1 PM to 4 PM, Gow’s, Bridgewater Dec. 11th: 1PM to 4 PM, Claussen Walters Office, Lunenburg Polaroid or digital pictures on disk, your choice for $6 or 3 for $15. Large or small Santa loves them all. GIFT WRAPPING IN BRIDGEWATER MALL Once again this December we will be assisting the ‘wrap challenged’ with their presents. Just bring your purchases to the S.H.A.I.D. booth at the Bridgewater Mall and one of our volunteers will make them look like Santa did it himself. All for a donation to S.H.A.I.D. Starting December 1st: Thurs. Fri. and Sat. 11 AM to 9 PM. We are looking for volunteers to help with the wrapping. Call Maryanne at 530-2279 to offer your assistance. FALL INTO WINTER RAFFLE Something the rising cost of fuel hasn’t changed—our ticket prices! Still $2 each or 3/$5 and there are 4 prizes this year. Members who can help by selling tickets, either in the Mall or to friends & neighbours are asked to call Claudie at 634-9156 ASAP. Look for us at various locations including the Bridgewater Mall and Curves. You can also obtain tickets at the Shelter. Page 3
AT THE SHELTER By Kelly England, Shelter Manager
My how time passes. Here it is Fall and time for another newsletter. It is my pleasure to inform you that in the last 3 months (Aug-Oct) we have found new and loving homes for 60 cats and 19 dogs. The best news of all...... we have only (in the same past three months) had to euthanize 5 cats, due to extreme illness, and 1 very, very old dog who was full of tumors. Just in case you can't read it in my words, we are all very proud!!! Please do not forget to come and visit us for Open House, Nov. 27 from noon till 4. We are all very excited; the critters here can hardly wait. In fact, they are talking about dressing up for the occasion! Just the other day I overheard Julie and Dixie discussing who would have the best hair day. Those two are always competing. All I can tell you is they are both cute enough to kiss the face right off of.
MEMORIALS IN LOVING MEMORY OF: Henry Young Jack Dunlop Ethel Stevens Shirley Richardson Lillian Corkum Jean Lohnes Mrs. Eddie Haskins
G. Devine Mervin Croft E. MacDonald Karl Silver Maureen Heckman Robin Hubley Parker B. Hancock
BELOVED ANIMAL COMPANIONS: “Lucky” “Rascal” “Nick” “Cleo” “Spooky” “Timothy”
When I'm gone, release me, let me go. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. You can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. Grieve for me a while, if grieve you must then let your grief be comforted by trust. And then when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a lick and bark, and a "Welcome Home." -Author Unknown
Well folks, the critters here are all doing great, but don't take my word for it, give them a visit.
S.H.A.I.D. NEWS DISCLAIMER The views and/or opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the S.H.A.I.D. Tree (Animal) Shelter Society. Comments /questions can be directed to the Editor, Lynne Ware by writing to: SHAID NEWS, 450 LaHave St. , Unit 17, Suite 138, Bridgewater, NS B4V 4A3 or by e-mailing to email@example.com
A reminder that you can make a donation to S.H.A.I.D. safely and securely online and charge it to a credit card. Go to www.shaid.org and click on the “Donate” button and you will be taken right to the S.H.A.I.D. page on CanadaHelps. They have now made it possible to set up monthly donations as well as one time gifts. Just set it up and it continues for as long as you stipulate. Easy and efficient and they send you a receipt for the tax man by e-mail. Questions? Call Lynne 688-1654.
CHRISTMAS ‘BE CAREFULS’ FOR YOUR PETS
"Holly berries are red, and mistletoe’s green. If Fido eats either, he'll have to be seen!" (Vet’s Poem)
Chocolate and candy canes, trees and garlands, Christmas represents the joy of giving and peace and love. Unfortunately for some, Christmas also represents emergency veterinarian visits for obstructed bowels after the tinsel on the tree mysteriously disappears, chocolate poisoning from careless children leaving their treats out, and turkey bones from the garbage that must be removed from an intestine. Some tips on what to watch out for: Chocolate: The chocolate acts like a stimulant and causes increased heart rate, irregular heart beat and may even cause seizures. Smaller doses of chocolate can trigger vomiting and diarrhea and these symptoms could lead to dehydration if they are not treated immediately. Large doses can also be fatal! To determine what a lethal dose is would depend on the size of the animal and the type of chocolate. Baking chocolate is the most lethal as it contains six to nine times as much of the harmful chemical as milk chocolate. In the event of your dog or cat getting at the Christmas chocolates, call your veterinarian. Poinsettia: Dogs and cats alike find plants irresistible. Some dogs may be able to ingest an entire poinsettia plant with no ill effects. However veterinarian toxicologists have reported seeing animals with stomach or mouth irritation from just a small amount of the plant.
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Mistletoe: This plant is even more toxic than poinsettia (particularly the berries). Other plants that you might have around your house during the holidays that are also dangerous to animals are: Christmas rose, English holly, Jerusalem cherry and Amaryllis
Tinsel: This decoration has proven to be one of the most lethal for cats. Cats go crazy for tinsel. Ingested tinsel can get tangled in the cat's intestines and most cats then need surgery in order to save their lives. Turkey: Turkey skin will probably give your dog a dose of diarrhea. Poultry bones should not be offered to your pet either, as they splinter easily and could become lodged in the pet's throat or perforate its intestinal tract. You'll just have to look the other way when those big pleading eyes stare at you from under the Christmas table. Christmas Presents: Gift-wrapped parcels are very inviting to a dog. Anticipate that your dog will want to investigate presents, and make sure they are out of reach. Make sure that Santa does not leave any presents in the same room as the dog or you might get up on Christmas morning to find that the dog has opened them all for you!
Adapted from David the Dogman
XMAS Gifts for the Animal Lovers in Your Life Do you have people on your list that are hard to buy for, have everything already or tell you not to bother? Are they animal lovers? Do they know about SHAID but are not yet members? We have a solution for you! You can buy a S.H.A.I.D. 2006 Membership for a mere $10 and we will send it to them with a card for Xmas. Maybe you would just like to make a donation to the Shelter in their name. That we can do as well and we will send a card to them acknowledging your thoughtfulness. It’s a win, win, win…..the friend knows you care about them and about what is important to them, the Shelter gains new members and much needed donations and you win because you don’t have to face the mobs at the Malls! Just fill out and return the form below.
Please detach and return this form to give a gift of membership or of a donation to S.H.A.I.D. Deadline to have cards sent in time for Xmas is Dec. 10th. For multiple gifts, just copy the same info onto another sheet of paper. I would like to purchase a Gift Membership in S.H.A.I.D. Enclosed is $10. I would like to make a donation to S.H.A.I.D. as a gift to my friend/family in the amount of _____________________.
This Gift Membership/Donation is for: Name:_____________________________________________
The card should read: FROM: _____________________________
Phone Number/E-mail:________________________________ (if known)
Mail your completed form along with a cheque to: XMAS Gifts SHAID Tree Animal Shelter 450 LaHave St. Unit 17, Suite 138 Bridgewater, NS B4V 4A3