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If tradition holds, Saturday, June 3rd the crowds will be gathering very early in the morning outside the Bridgewater Exhibition gates. These bargain hunters know that the early bird gets the best bargains at our Annual Yard Sale. Whether you are looking for some summer reading, a new bike for little Emma, clothes for those rapidly growing children, dishes for the college bound, an extra TV or radio, furniture and drapes for that first apartment, plants and tools for your garden, toys and games to keep Junior occupied, something sparkly from the boutique or tools and “toys” for the guys, you are bound to find something to suit your fancy. For those of you who love an auction, it will begin at NOON with many new and gently used items. The gates open at 8 AM and the doors to the building are opened at 9. Admission is $2 per person with children under 13 free. See you there! Items being donated for the sale may be dropped off at the building Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed Mondays except for Victoria Day, May 22nd. Questions? Call Maryanne 530-2279 or Claudie 634-9156. S.H.A.I.D.’s New Board of Directors: At the Annual General Meeting on April 19th, 2006 a full slate of Officers was approved to serve as your Board for the 2006-2009 term. They are: Mike Anderssen, President Beth Kent, Vice President Lisa Rhuland, Secretary Daphney Tufts, Treasurer Sue Bourinot Maryanne Slauenwhite
Claudie Le Cam Andrea Fraser Karen Hammill Crystal Berringer John Ramsland Ann Spracklin
Birgit Schmidt (Honourary Board Member)
Inside this issue: President’s Message
Here’s the Scoop & Memorials
Two Paws Up
From the Shelter
SHAID NEWS DISCLAIMER The views and/or opinions expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily the views of the SHAID 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 Individual contributions are welcome.
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President’s Message On behalf of the membership, I would like to thank our former Shelter Manager, Kelly England, for her dedication to S.H.A.I.D. during the past year. I would also like to thank Joan Lilley, our former Secretary and long time Board member and Tina Swinimer for their many years of contribution. We now have two co-managers at the Shelter, Lori Zinck and Jo-Anne Bishop, and I would personally like to thank them for their cooperation and diligence over the past month. I would also like to welcome our four new Board members, Crystal Berringer, Dr. Ann Spracklin, Karen Hammill and John Ramsland. A special welcome to John as I will no longer be the only male on the Board! At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), I stressed that the Shelter does not belong to the Board or to the Shelter Manager. It belongs to you, the membership. We serve at your pleasure and have a responsibility to run the Shelter in your best interests. We make decisions in the hope that they will have the approval of the majority of the membership. Any concerns or comments you have regarding the operation of your Shelter would be appreciated. Much has been accomplished in the past year and it has been a team effort. The members of the Board, the Shelter Staff, all the volunteers and the many donors all deserve credit. Financial: A year ago the Society was $15 000 in debt and did not have enough money in the bank to cover one month’s basic operating costs. We are now debt free and, at the time of the AGM, had enough money to cover our basic expenses for 5 months. This was achieved in the face of escalating costs. Although the money from Mr. Lesueur’s estate was a great help, we were also able to save $25 000 in wages. We are looking at every aspect of the Society in an effort to achieve the maximum reduction in the operational and administrative costs in our $90 900 budget for 2006. Education: This has been included as an actual budget item and $2 000 has been allocated. There have already been some excellent information spots on the radio and Page 2
there will be newspaper articles in the near future and, hopefully, a school visitation program in the Fall. TV Program on Eastlink: This popular adoption vehicle restarts this month after a considerable absence. Spay and Neuter Assistance Program: The former “Myrtle Quigly” program has been resurrected after being suspended for lack of funds. This excellent program has been allocated $4 000 in the budget. Improvements: There have been numerous improvements to the Shelter. Enhancing the care and comfort of the animals, achieving staff and cost efficiencies and increasing our standard of service to the public are the objectives of these improvements, the latest of which has been feline leukemia testing. Shelter Operations: Most importantly, we have a relatively small Shelter and the Board has struggled finding the best way of helping animals while minimizing the chance of the spread of contagious diseases and the need to euthanize animals. We greatly appreciate the support of the membership at the AGM for our proposed plan. More on this in the next newsletter.
The main challenge for 2006 will be to raise enough money to do further necessary improvements and maintenance to the Shelter. The Shelter is now over 15 years old and needs some major work which will quickly deplete our bank account unless our revenues increase over the next 8 months. We, therefore, request your continued donations and support for our fundraising. I am convinced that S.H.A.I.D. has a very bright future. With all the compassion in our communities for our companion animals, it should be very difficult for an organization such as ours to do anything but prosper. Mike Anderssen, President
HERE’S THE SCOOP OUR DONORS HAVE-A-HEART! Thanks to everyone who opened their hearts and their wallets and made this campaign a huge success. A big doggie kiss to Colleen and her Staff at the Platter House who sold memorial hearts for us and raised $250 towards the grand total of over $2 000. Next year we hope to expand this fundraiser even further. Any suggestions as to places of business that might assist with the heart part of the campaign can be sent to the Newsletter Editor.
BAGGING FOR S.H.A.I.D. On March 27th, volunteers assisted customers at the Atlantic Superstore, Bridgewater in return for a donation to S.H.A.I.D. They collected, in only 5 hours, $630 for the Shelter. Many thanks to the Superstore and their clients for their support and also to our baggers, Kathy, Lynne, Emily, Jenna, Jennifer, Claudie, Jessica, Sue, Patricia, Maureen and Marni.
SPRING PENNY AUCTION: Maryanne and her crew would like to thank everyone for their support. The Spring Penny Auction on April 15th raised $555.33. Thanks to Tyler and Cody Ernst for doing the “running”, thus saving our more senior feet!
Volunteers Needed: If you can give a couple of hours to S.H.A.I.D. for the annual yard sale on Saturday, June 3rd, please call Claudie at 634-9156 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org . People who have worked in the sale previously are asked to call their Booth manager or Claudie ASAP so name badges can be prepared. Also needed are a few more willing bodies to clean the building after the yard sale is over...approximately from 3PM to 5 PM. WWW. S HA I D . O R G
MORE FUNDRAISERS June 3rd—The 20th Annual Yard Sale Date TBA– The Walk &Wag Dogwalk September 23rd – Dinner Auction Place TBA October 7th—Craft & Christmas Yard Sale December 2—Christmas Penny Auction A few more thank you’s to send out: to Iva and Ron Eldridge from Bridgewater who do a great job sorting and calculating all of the cash register receipts from Sobey’s and Save Easy. Thanks also to Judy Zinck who is knitting all the time for us and spends Sundays at the Bridgewater flea market to make money for us. Last but not least, a big thank you to Fulton’s for their monthly donation of litter and for the use of their display window.
MEMORIALS Feb/06 to Apr/06 "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." Thomas Campbell
IN LOVING MEMORY OF: Harold Tompkins Lizzie Bernier Robert Gates Rhoda Feener Boyd Oickle Wayne Haughn Vaughn Galligan Lewis Dorey Kathleen Hulme Barbara Wood Robert McLeod Ophelia Hamm George Eno Arthur Hyson Edith Sherman Daniel Levy
BELOVED ANIMAL COMPANIONS: “Kelsey” “Lily” “Max” “Abbie” “Riley” “Quicksilver”
TWO PAWS UP! S.H.A.I.D. IS COOL! (A class speech given by Kaitlyn Rhodenizer) I think the S.H.A.I.D. is a great place for animals that do not have a home. The S.H.A.I.D. stands for shelter for helpless animals in distress. Julie Fach started the S.H.A.I.D. at her farm in 1986 where she took in cats, dogs and other animals. In 1990, the S.H.A.I.D. moved to where they are now. There are 20-30 stray animals brought in every month and around 1100 each year. If you think the S.H.A.I.D. only takes cats and dogs you are wrong. They take in mice, birds, rabbits, gerbils and guinea pigs. The S.H.A.I.D. finds the most stray animals in the summer. Some of the ways people can help are: instead of getting presents for your birthday, you can request donations for S.H.A.I.D. or you can volunteer your time with the animals. If you want to be a vet, you can learn a lot about animals by working at S.H.A.I.D. All the animals at S.H.A.I.D. are checked by a vet and have been vaccinated. The only way you can adopt a pet from S.H.A.I.D. is if you get it fixed and give it lots of love. It once took 3 years before a dog found a home. The oldest cat at S.H.A.I.D. was 20 years old. The S.H.A.I.D. only puts down animals if they have a disease that can’t be cured. Before there was S.H.A.I.D., the dogs that were found were reported to dog control and, if no one claimed that dog in 4 days, they were to be killed. The S.H.A.I.D. group changed this law and started the shelter. My family has adopted 4 cats from S.H.A.I.D. over the last 16 years. If you are looking for a great family pet, go to the S.H.A.I.D. where all the animals are great and the people are too! Thank you for your time.
More Kitty and Kanine Kudos go to: Bayview Environment Club for their donation of $151.30 from their annual plant sale. Keith Getson, Riley Merry, Jenna & Matthew Grace who all held birthday parties and had asked for donations of food, litter and cash to SHAID instead of gifts! Editor’s Note:Isn’t it wonderful to see the kindness and generosity of these youngsters towards the less fortunate in the animal world?
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. Anonymous
Spay/Neuter Assistance Program Under New Guidelines The S.H.A.I.D. Board of Directors approved putting more money into the SNAP program this year. It is felt that the best way to have a positive impact on the pet overpopulation problem is to help prevent the unwanted litters. The assistance program is designed to help those who cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. Application forms are available at the Shelter and at local vets. 1 female cat and her offspring can, over 7 years, produce 420 000 kittens !
Please spay and neuter your pets!
Note: Kaitlyn is in Grade 5 at West Northfield Elementary School
AT THE SHELTER We would personally like to thank Lynne Ware for all of her volunteer hours in the last few weeks. Her experience, guidance and advice have been invaluable to us (especially with the computer!). Many of you may know that our computer skills could fit in a thimble! The courses we have been sent on are helping and pretty soon we will need at least a coffee mug to hold them . Also a big doggie kiss to volunteer Velma Ricketts who has been very patient with the many questions and phone calls regarding the dogs and to Mike, Beth and Daphney for your patience and support through a very frustrating time for all of us. We are looking forward to working with you all in the future.
A DOG'S BEST FRIEND O Lord, don't let me once forget, How I love my trusty pet Help me learn to disregard Canine craters in my yard. Show me how to be a buddy Even when my sofa's muddy. Don't allow my pooch to munch Postal carriers for lunch. Shield my neighbour's cat from view. Guide my steps around the doo. Train me not to curse and scowl When it's puppy's night to howl. Grant I shan't awake in fear With a cold nose in my ear. Give me patience without end Help me be "A DOG'S BEST FRIEND."
by an unknown dog owner
The feline maternity ward is full and to answer the most asked question these days: we do not have an abundance of available kittens at the moment but in 6 to 8 weeks there should be all colours and types to choose from. We no longer ‘take names’ on kittens until they are of an adoptable age and ready to go home.
A HAPPY TAIL!
All cats are now being tested for feline leukemia before leaving the shelter. Please consider adopting one of our wonderful adults cats. Remember, they usually don’t climb the drapes! Lori and Jo-Anne Advice for New puppy Owners: The best piece of advice I can give a new puppy owner is to get a newspaper, roll it up very tight, secure it with a rubber band and leave it on the coffee table. Then when the puppy piddles in the house, chews up a slipper, or does anything it is not supposed to do, simply take the newspaper and bang it on the top of your head very hard while repeating….. “I should have been watching my puppy.” “I should have been watching my puppy.” “I should have been watching my puppy.”
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This is FeFe but she could be mistaken for Cleopatra with those eyes! She was adopted from the Shelter and lives happily with several other S.H.A.I.D. Kitties. SHELTER STATS Adoptions
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DONATION/MEMBERSHIP FORM 2006 Join/ support S.H.A.I.D. and help us make a difference for the homeless animals in our area. I would like to purchase a NEW Membership in SHAID. Enclosed is $____ for ___ memberships. ($10 each)
I would like to RENEW my current membership. Enclosed is $____
I am enclosing a donation of $_______ to help care for the animals at S.H.A..I.D. Tree Animal Shelter.
Mail your completed form along with a cheque to: Memberships/Donations SHAID Tree Animal Shelter 450 LaHave St. Unit 17, Suite 138 Bridgewater, NS B4V 4A3