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Humane Society of Madison County Humane Society of Madison County

July/August 2018

In This Issue: We’re back! .................. 1 Board Members ............ 2 Shelter Information....... 2 Letter from the Executive Director ......... 2

It’s true! Come out and visit the shelter, animals, staff, and volunteers and see for yourself! Your Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) is looking to the future with a new board of trustees, new management, experienced staff, and a lot of volunteers who are all working together to make HSMC better than ever!

What’s New .................. 3 Tour for Life 2018 .......... 4 Max’s Mission ............... 5 Adoption Highlights ...... 6 Community Support ..... 7 Our Wishlist .................. 8 How Can You Help? ....... 8

“If we don't do it, who will? That is the attitude of every staff member and volunteer at HSMC. We want to make things better for every dog and cat, no matter how long, or short, their time at the shelter is.“ — Sue Weisert, Volunteer


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Humane Society of Madison County Board Members Brian Throckmorton Dan Hadden Amity Dee Dr. Laurie Millward Ron Smith

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Meg Werner and I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron in Psychology. I have been at the Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) since 2017. Previously, I worked at the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio (non-profit) for 22 years, in various roles: Activity Assistant, Director of Development, and Assistant Executive Director. About 7 years ago, I started volunteering at another animal shelter located in Columbus. I walked dogs, helped with fundraisers, and volunteered in their adoption department. One day, I drove by HSMC and decided to stop in. Soon after, my husband and I started volunteering and learning more about the shelter.

Lana Swartz Mike Takach Donna Smith

Location and Hours 2020 Plain City-Georgesville Rd West Jefferson, Ohio 43162 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Dear Friends,

12-5 pm Closed 1-5 pm 1-5 pm 1-5 pm 1-7 pm 12-5 pm

After about a year, there was an evolution in the administration and I offered to assist. Although I did not have a lot of experience in shelter management, I have experience in non-profit work and management. As I already had another part-time job at the time, I started by working 20 to 25 hours a week for HSMC. My first week, the shelter received a call from a couple who was moving and needed help placing over 100 cats. Well‌ we were off and running and we have not stopped since! The support from the staff and volunteers has been overwhelming! I want to thank all the staff, volunteers, and board members who generously and tirelessly give your time and talents to HSMC. Also, thank you to our community for your continued support and donations. Without your help, HSMC would not be here to support the Madison County community. You have stood by HSMC through the different transitions to support the homeless and abandoned animals in our care, our community, and our new endeavors. We have accomplished so much and have so much more we want to accomplish! Thank you for making HSMC better than ever!

Mailing Address P.O. Box 777 London, Ohio 43140

Sincerely, Meg Werner

Contact Us (614) 879-8368

Meg and Parsley


Humane Society of Madison County “I have been a HSMC volunteer for nine years. I’ve helped with dogs, cats, and many events over the years. I think everything is better now. I am especially happy to see the new Dog Enrichment Program and the HSMC volunteer Facebook group. This group keeps volunteers informed as to needs of the shelter, and the ongoing status of those needs. Bravo!” — Betty Dellinger, Volunteer Volunteer Program Relaunch The Volunteer Program at HSMC has been relaunched with a more formal process of bringing new volunteers on board. Volunteer Coordinator, Denise Southworth, organizes and hosts the Volunteer Orientations for incoming volunteers where they get to learn more about HSMC, our shelter, and the animals. Volunteer Facebook Group To go along with the relaunch of the Volunteer Program, a Facebook group for volunteers was created. The volunteer Facebook group is comanaged by Denise Southworth and Kara Holland with the purpose of providing information about adoptions, events, and the recently added Dog Enrichment Program.

Dog Enrichment Program In the works since February and revealed to volunteers in May, the Dog Enrichment Program, led by Kara Holland, aims to curb boredom behaviors through a variety of mental and physical activities. Designed with three levels of care for the dogs, the program allows trained volunteers to work with the dogs at every level in advanced training, specialized enrichment, and even off-site training classes to mitigate mental and behavioral decline in long-term resident dogs.

Off-Site Training To offer dogs that need extra attention and an additional outlet to burn off energy, staff member Jennifer (a certified dog trainer) takes selected dogs to Columbus All-Breed Training Club for training and obedience classes. Since March, two dogs have completed off-site training programs, both have since been adopted! Currently, one dog is participating in a training program.

Outdoor Kennel Area Staff members Ryan and Naomi completed a spring cleaning of the outdoor kennel area in preparation for summer that included rearranging the outdoor kennels. The arrangement allows for a more open area to set up enrichment equipment, such as the obstacle course and kiddie pools for the dogs to play or cool off in.

“After one year of walking dogs at HSMC, what has impressed me most about the shelter has been there since day one, and that is the high level of care and commitment to the well being of every animal that comes through the doors. And that level of care has only gotten better with increased volunteer participation, better enrichment infrastructure (more outside kennels), more fundraising events (hello, 501c3!)... and now our contributions are more focused with the Facebook group since we are more informed about special events and needs for extra help. Plus, the fruit of our labor is readily seen as adoptions are announced.“ — Evan Venger, Volunteer


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Tour for Life was a huge success! Written by Cathy Leistikow

We held our annual Tour for Life event on April 28th. We invited Pet FBI, Stop Puppy Mills Ohio, Ashley’s LuLaRoe, Smoothie King, and clowns. We also invited the Madison County Dog Warden, Madison County Sheriff, local law enforcement, and K9 units to the event. We had planned on having all the vendors outside under tents, but weather had other plans for us. Most of the vendors were moved inside the shelter, making for a cozy but fun event! We sold raffle tickets for several items that our supporters donated for Tour for Life. We raffled off five $20.00 gift certificates, donated by Ann & Tony’s Restaurant and three private dog training sessions, donated by a staff member. We also raffled off an OSU corn hole game as well as dog and cat goodie-filled prize packs. The cat-themed prize pack included a gift card to PetSmart, donated by a volunteer. A volunteer made fabulous beef BBQ sandwiches and cold slaw. Several volunteers brought a variety of baked goods for dessert. Children were given goodie bags by volunteers and balloon creatures by the clowns. The volunteers and staff were very attentive to all visitors and adopters, thank you so much for your help! Adults and children had the opportunity to meet the Madison County Dog Warden, Madison County Sheriff, local law enforcement, and K9 units at the event. Madison County Sheriff K9 Even showed off his impressive speed during a game of fetch! Plain City’s new police K9, Andor, was also present for a meet and greet. Through donations, raffle money, and proceeds from some of the vendors, we raised around $800.00 for the shelter. And to top it all off, we broke the record on adoptions for this annual event: 10 dogs and 3 cats found their forever homes!



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Mission Accomplished! Written by Kara Holland

Seely was found in a ditch in the pouring rain. A Good Samaritan picked her up and brought her to HSMC. Upon seeing her front legs and initially assuming she’d been hit by a car, HSMC staff rushed her to a veterinarian. She hadn’t been hit by a car though, as x-rays revealed she was born this way, with congenital deformation of her front legs. Exploring the options, HSMC found that her best chance required surgery done by a specialist, Dr. Dyce. The cost? $6,000. HSMC needed help so we reached out to the community through NBC4’s Max’s Mission. NBC4’s Hattie Hawk came out to HSMC and interviewed Meg Werner, Executive Director, about Seely’s personality, history, surgery needs, and how the community could help. On Sunday, June 3rd, Seely made her TV debut during the Max’s Mission segment on the 7 and 9am NBC4 news. On June 6, we announced on our Facebook page that our goal of $6,000 was met! On June 7, Hattie Hawk announced that not only had the original goal been met, but surpassed! Over $10,000 had been raised for Seely’s surgery and future care! Thank you to Hattie Hawk, Max’s Mission, and our wonderful donors for making it possible to give Seely the surgery she desperately needs!


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Adoptions for 2018: 100 dogs, 40 cats, and counting! 6

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From top left going clockwise: Hayden (aged 4 1/2 years old) did chores to buy donations for us! Nationwide volunteers cleaned the shelter for our Tour for Life event! Pleasant View Middle School invited us to their Walk For Change Fundraiser.

Thank you very much!

Nationwide Office of Customer Advocacy donated items in Memory of Brenda Tackett and Bexley Animal Hospital. Addilynn (aged 3 years old) donated items ! London Middle Schools student council held a fundraiser during National Pet Week!


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Our Wishlist Animal Supplies 

Martingale Collars

Weiss Walkie Leashes

Cat Litter Boxes (with lids)

Cleaning Supplies 

Paper Towels

Garbage Bags (heavy duty)

Office Supplies 



Vehicle Supplies 

Gas Gift Cards for Animal Transport (Certified)

Gift Certificates for Oil Changes (Madison Tire)

HSMC News July/August 2018 Design and Editing: Kara Holland

Writers: Cathy Leistikow Kara Holland

Photographers: Staff Volunteers Madison County Community


HSMC News July/August 2018  
HSMC News July/August 2018