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The Bark By Mail MAY 2017

LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT:

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reat news, our hard work is making a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them. The dedication to our mission to Give Love, Teach Love, and Adopt Love—coupled with your support—is allowing us to care for and adopt a record number of happy, healthy animals. Our community is now so supportive of adoption as the best option we are able to extend a helping hand to save animals from other counties and even other states. We will continue our tireless work, helping animals near and far, until all adoptable animals have homes. But we need your help, and the help of your friends and family members, co-workers, and anyone else you know who loves and cares about animals in need. Friends of the Lexington Humane Society (LHS), who live all over the world, are so supportive of us and our needs. Recently we needed peanut butter to prepare treats for our resident canines. With a few simple social media posts, hundreds of jars of peanut butter came rolling in to the delight of the hundreds of dogs and the couple of pigs we have in our care. Our friends were eager to Share The Care. Now, how do we create the same enthusiasm and willingness to Share The Care through fostering, continuous giving, and pet partnering? Once again we look to you, our friends, to help spread the word, lead the charge, and put your

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compassion into action. We know fostering an animal takes a bit more of a commitment than ordering a jar of peanut butter from Amazon Smile, but the impact of your actions is also so much greater. The number of animals we can save, especially during kitten season, is often directly related to the number of foster parents we can count on. As a foster parent of well over 300 animals, I know firsthand how rewarding it is to foster a young litter of kittens or a dog who just underwent lifesaving surgery. Can you, will you, Share The Care? LHS is able to offer assistance to animals from other communities as long as we can do so responsibly within our very narrow budget. Our monthly giving program, Constant Companions, provides a consistent donation stream which helps us help others. Share The Care by enrolling in this lifesaving program. There are so many ways you can help LHS save so many animals: donate, foster, volunteer, or Adopt Love. Share The Care and together our impact will be life changing.

Susan Malcomb LHS President


DOMINIC ZEHNDER LOVES FOSTERING WITH HIS FAMILY!

Thank You! LHS would like to send a BIG thank you to some of our Most Valuable Foster Families. Together they have fostered hundreds of animals providing them with thousands of hours of care! • Bruce and Diana Willis • Kurt and Sarah Zehnder

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• Michael and Elizabeth Stapleton • Lucinda Chapman • Tony and Michelle Nall

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ot quite ready for the lifelong commitment that comes with pet adoption? Looking for a way to teach your children about compassion and responsible pet ownership? No matter the motivation, choosing to become an LHS foster parent makes you an invaluable part of our team! Whether you are “one and done” or you foster for years, you will be a champion for the animals. When you become a foster parent, you help us save the lives of some of our most fragile animals, those too young or sick for adoption or those recovering from surgery or a medical treatment. You help us get animals into loving home environments when they need it most, and then help get them ready for their forever homes. Last year alone, nearly 700 special-case animals were saved through our foster care program. With your participation, we can save even more! Want to join our lifesaving team? Contact our Foster Care Coordinator at 233-0044 x 246 or visit AdoptLove.net for more information.

• Becky and Ashley Johnson

LHS thanks the ASPCA and Lil Bub’s Big Fund for a $1,000 grant to help our critical-care Second Chances animals!


Be Our Constant Companion As monthly donors, Constant Companions help save the lives of animals in our care every single month. By breaking down your annual gift into manageable monthly contributions that are automatically charged to the credit card of your choice, you offer the steady stream of support LHS needs to care for the thousands of animals we care for each year. Please, sign up and help us save even more dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, pigs…well you get the idea. Become a Constant Companion today! FELICITY ADOPTED OCTOBER 2014

For more information on becoming a Constant Companion contact Ashley Marcum at 233-0044 x 252.

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arm weather and longer days are finally here and that means more time spent outside with your pet. While it is a great time to take your pet hiking, swimming, or out for picnics, it is important to remember the warm temps—and activities that go along with them—can involve risks and even be dangerous for pets. Below are the 5 most common dangers to keep a watchful eye on to keep your pet safe while outside. • Coolant: dogs and cats are attracted to the sweet taste, be alert for drips from cars. • Insecticides: while great for keeping the pest population low, these chemicals can be dangerous for your pets; keep pets away from areas you know have been recently sprayed. • Fertilizers: some fertilizers can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. Be aware of what you use in your own garden and steer clear of freshly fertilized soil. • Herbicides: great for the lawn but bad for your pet; considering skipping the use of herbicides for your own lawn. If you do use them, check labels for safety and give the lawn plenty of time to dry before allowing you pet to play on it. • Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes: bites not only cause discomfort but can result in severe reactions and life-threatening disease. Talk to your veterinarian about flea/tick and heartworm prevention medications.

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30,000 And Counting Spay’sTheWay is the Lexington Humane Society’s free or low-cost spay/neuter program for qualifying dog, cat, and bunny owners and feral cat caregivers. In under 12 years, our dedicated staff has provided over 30,000 (you read that right!) surgeries and decreased the local homeless dog and cat population by over 40%!

behavioral and territorial problems, the propensity to roam, and the risk for reproductive cancers and diseases—even preventing cancer and disease in many instances. Thanks to Spay’sTheWay, thousands of pets’ lives are improved every year and countless litters are compassionately prevented.

Having your pet spayed or neutered is one of the best things you can do to keep your pet happy and healthy. The surgery not only prevents accidental litters (did you know your new puppy or kitten can become sexually mature as early as 4-5 months?), it reduces

Together, with the support of our community, LHS is making an impact on the number of homeless animals in and around Lexington. Do your part—if you feed it, fix it! Call 233-0044 x 228 to schedule your appointment.

Mutt Strut Registration now open! Visit lhsmuttstrut.com for more info.

LHS Campus 1600 Old Frankfort Pike Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 233-0044 Monday - Thursday: Noon - 6pm Friday: Noon - 8pm Saturday: Noon - 6pm Sunday: 1pm - 5pm Everyday Adoption Center PetSmart in Hamburg Hamburg Pavilion Funded by PetSmart Charities (859) 264-1742 Monday - Saturday: 9am - 9pm Sunday: 10am - 6pm AdoptLove.net

Connect With Us! Read our latest posts and Tweets by connecting with us on social media. Facebook: Lexington Humane Society Twitter: @LexingtonHumane Instagram: LexingtonHumane Please visit us online at AdoptLove.net to stay up to date with all that is LHS!

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The Bark May 2017