Miami County Humane Society

Vol. 6 Issue 1 Autumn 2000

Spay/Neuter Clinic a HUGE Success

There’s something to be said for teamwork. On Sunday, September 10, volunteers from the Miami County Animal Shelter, Miami County Humane Society (MCHS) and the Animals and Friends Ministry worked together to offer a low-cost spay and neuter clinic for cats. Workers from the Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital (MASH) in Columbus came to help us facilitate the day’s events, along with local veterinarians Dr. Jennifer Thorpe and Dr. Karen Dorsey from Cincinnati. Dr. Jason Johnston also volunteered as the follow-up veterinarian for cats needing additional care.

The cost for the procedure was $20 for females, $10 for males. The cost was originally $30-females, $20-males, but the Miami County Commissioners and the MCHS subsidized the procedures to make the price even lower.

The clinic required lots of work, but there were several volunteers on hand to keep things moving like a well-oiled machine. Even before the clinic took place, there was lots of planning involved in publicizing the clinic and preparing the application forms and other paperwork used to keep record of owners, cats, money, etc. All procedures had to be pre-registered and pre-paid. The day of the event, volunteers worked to take the cats in, place them in a carrier and tag the carrier with the owners’ names. From there, the cats were lined up next to either the male or female rooms to wait for their procedure. There were three veterinarians performing neuters for males, two vets performing spays for females. All cats were anesthetized before their big moment, and afterward stitched with dissolvable sutures. Volunteers kept moving the whole time, closely watching each of the cats to make sure they were responding well after the procedures.

At the end of the day, 63 cats had been spayed or neutered. Given the fact that a pair of unaltered, mating cats can lead to as many as 12 cats in one year (382 cats in three years!), it’s obvious our efforts will make a significant impact on the cat population in Miami County. Many, many thanks to our veterinarians, technicians and volunteers for giving their time for such an important cause. Those volunteers are:

Ruthann Alrick

Pat Armstrong

Dr. Karen Dorsey

Barbara and Warren Felder

Christine Herry

Dr. Jason Johnston

Sharon Karns

Michael and Sandra Kaser

Faye Kelley

Karen Kiss

Amanda Lane

Melissa Lane

Sally Lines

Melissa Nichols

Lisa Rickabaugh

Judy Saskill

Karen Thompson

Dr. Jennifer Thorpe

Since the clinic was such a success, we are working with the MASH unit staff, Animals and Friends Ministry and the Miami County Animal Shelter to offer another spay/neuter clinic on Sunday, November 19. Please pass on the information to pet owners who could take advantage of the offer. Spay procedures are $30, neuters will cost $20. All procedures must be pre-paid and pre-registered. Procedures are limited, so please register as soon as possible. You may do so by visiting the Miami County Animal Shelter at 1110 N. County Rd. 25-A, Troy, during business hours.


Move over, Lassie!

There’s a 7-year-old boxer after your job! Her name is Sasha and she is on the rise to stardom. Her mom is Faye Kelley, MCHS vice president. Faye and her husband adopted her Sasha when she was two years old, after her previous owner moved to an apartment and couldn't keep her.

Faye was recently contacted by an animal trainer from Washington State who has a business specializing in providing animals for movies, TV and advertising. She contacted Faye to help her find a dog for a photo shoot in Dayton for The Iams Company. The dog needed to be between the ages of 7 and 10 and interested in playing ball.

"I told her I happened to have a boxer who might fit the bill, but if not I would see what I could find through my clients, the dog clubs I belong to and the Humane Society,"

Faye said. "She called me a few days later and said her client had just asked for a boxer, so she needed me to e-mail her a picture."

They got the job and on June 9, they met in Dayton at the Wegerzyn Horticulture Center for the big photo shoot. There were several people there—an Iams representative, an ad agency representative, another animal trainer, two photographers, another person from the photography studio and the "human" model.

It was very hot that day and they had to keep giving Sasha a break to cool off, because the hotter she got, the longer her tongue grew. Faye brought along a spray bottle to mist Sasha and keep her cool. She also gave Sasha lots of water to drink. At one point Faye had to put her in the car and run the air conditioner, aiming the vents toward her. Everyone was very concerned with keeping Sasha cool, fanning her and giving her ice to lick. It’s pretty clear Sasha was the star that day because no one even offered a drink to the human model; he had to ask for one. He laughed about it and said he saw where he rated next to Sasha, but that was okay, he liked her anyway. It was a fun experience and she is enjoying her fame. Well, actually, Faye is the one enjoying her fame. She has shown her picture to everyone she sees—even the guy in the drive-up window at Taco Bell!

The ad ran in the August 20 issue of the Dayton Daily News, in the Smart Source coupon section. The coupon section runs in newspapers across the nation. Faye has family in New York who got it in their papers, as well as a friend in Arkansas who also received it.

Congratulations, Sasha! Please remember us when you get your big break in Hollywood! 


Common Household Dangers

Source: The Humane Society of the United States—

Many common household items can pose a threat to animal companions. Even some items specifically meant for pets could cause health problems. Although rodent poisons and insecticides are the most common sources of companion animal poisoning, the following list of less common but potentially toxic agents should be avoided if at all possible:

Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol has a sweet taste that attracts animals but is deadly if consumed in even small quantities; one teaspoon can kill a seven pound cat. The HSUS recommends pet owners use a safe antifreeze in their vehicles. Look for antifreeze that contains propylene glycol, which is safe for animals if ingested in small amounts.

Cedar and other soft wood shavings, including pine, emit fumes that may be dangerous to small mammals like hamsters and gerbils.

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cats.

De-icing salts used to melt snow and ice are paw irritants that can be poisonous if licked off. Paws should be washed and dried as soon as the animal comes in from the snow. Other options include doggie boots with Velcro straps to protect Fido's feet, and making cats indoor pets.

Insect control products, such as the insecticides used in many over-the-counter flea and tick remedies, may be toxic to companion animals. Prescription flea and tick control products are much safer and more effective. Pet owners should never use any product without first consulting a veterinarian.

Human medications such as pain killers (including aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen), cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, anti-depressants, vitamins and diet pills can all be toxic to animals. Keep medication containers and tubes of ointments and creams away from pets who could chew through them, and be vigilant about finding and disposing of any dropped pills.

Leftovers such as chicken bones easily shatter and can choke a cat or dog. Other human foods to keep away from pets include onions and onion powder; alcoholic beverages; yeast dough; coffee grounds and beans; salt; macadamia nuts; tomato, potato, and rhubarb leaves and stems; avocados; and anything with mold growing on it.

Poisonous household plants include azalea, geraniums, dieffenbachia (dumb cane), mistletoe, philodendron, and poinsettia among others.

Rawhide doggie chews may be contaminated with salmonella, which can infect pets and humans who come in contact with the chews. These kinds of chews should only be offered to a pet with supervision, as they can pose a choking hazard as well.

String, yarn, rubber bands, and even dental floss are easy to swallow and can cause intestinal blockages or strangulation.

Toys with removable parts like squeaky toys or stuffed animals with plastic eyes can pose a choking hazard to animals. Take the same precautions with pets as you would with a small child.



Recent Events

Flea Treatment Day

On August 26, MCHS members worked from 1 to 4 p.m. at our building to offer free flea treatments for pets. We had our biggest turnout ever for this event, treating 52 cats and dogs. Special thanks to Drs. Johnston and Thorpe for donating Frontline® products for the event.



Nursing Home Visits

Several MCHS members take their pets to visit our neighbors in community nursing homes and assisted living facilities. We schedule about one visit for each week, switching days and times. If you are interested in participating in our visits, please call Sally Lines at 773-0096.

Therapy Dog Visits

MCHS also owns two fun-loving dogs who make regular visits to hospitals in the area. These two have been keeping busy the past few months and will certainly continue to brighten the days for individuals who could use cheering up while in the hospital.


Upcoming Events

Be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming MCHS events. If you would like to get involved, please contact Sharon Karns at 368-2370.

Spay/Neuter Clinic

MCHS will partner again with the Miami County Animal Shelter, Animals and Friends Ministry and the Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital from Columbus to offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic on Sunday, November 19. Spay procedures are $30, neuters will cost $20. All procedures must be pre-paid and pre-registered. Procedures are limited, so please register as soon as possible. You may do so by visiting the Miami County Animal Shelter at 1110 N. County Rd. 25-A, Troy. For more information, please call the Animal Shelter at 332-7060.

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

Every year, thousands of dogs are euthanized because of the pet population problem. Most of these dogs are perfectly healthy and anxious to share their lives with someone who can love and take care of them. But sadly, their dreams of adoption are often not realized.

In the spirit of the American Humane Association’s National Adopt-a-Dog Month, we encourage everyone with a little extra time, love and energy to visit our neighbors at the Miami County Animal Shelter to adopt a furry child. Anyone needing a little encouragement should take a look at The Top Ten Reasons To Adopt A Dog From the Miami County Animal Shelter:

10. You'll never have to sweep your kitchen floor again.

9. Dogs can help you live longer by reducing stress and adding laughter to your life. Whether you just take them for a walk, play fetch, or spend quiet time petting them, a dog in your life can make everyday a better day.

8. Dog kisses make the best alarm clock.

7. When you return home, your dog will greet you as if you're the best thing that happened to them all day!

6. Having a dog as part of your family will help teach your children about respect for and kindness toward animals.

5. You'll always have a best friend and a sympathetic ear. Dogs are great listeners and are always there when you need them.

4. You'll never sleep alone and dogs are great for warming up beds on cold winter nights.

3. Dogs make you look smart. Take time to teach them a few tricks and you'll be able to impress your friends and family with your training genius.

2. Dogs are a well-spring of knowledge. They teach their owners a thing or two about loyalty, unconditional love, devotion, obedience, respect, patience and forgiveness!

And, the number one reason to Adopt-A-Dog is….

1. You can be a hero AND gain a friend for life when you adopt a homeless dog into a loving family.