H I N S D A L E H U M A N E S O C I E T Y / S U M M E R 2 0 0 8
Director’s Desk Hinsdale Central Senior Researches Animal Rights
“The greatness of a nation and its moral And Puppy Mills
progress can be judged by the way its
animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi It is not uncommon to find Liz Lewis at the Hinsdale Humane Society or visit-
ing area pet stores. Her love of dogs is apparent and heartfelt. So, when Liz
A few weeks ago, I sat on a chair and fell in love with an adorable Maltese/ King Charles Spaniel mix puppy at an
held a 4 week old puppy while she was area pet shop, her mother was not surprised.
having her nails trimmed. It was a magi-
cal moment…so warm and snuggly and After several visits, the family decided it
absolutely adorable. Five puppies were was the right time to bring a new pet into
visiting the shelter with their canine the family. However, what started out as a
mother and human foster parents, the simple search for the ideal puppy, ended up
Townsend family. Candy had been res- as a life lesson in animal rights. All dogs are
cued from Animal Care and Control in not created equally.
All of us - the staff at HHS, the foster What the family learned is that many of
parents, the veterinarian, the donors who those adorable and irresistible puppies in the
support our mission and the eventual pet store window have come from very
adoptive families - play a part in saving rough and cruel beginnings. Liz Lewis with Cooper
these animals from an uncertain life or
death on the streets. And I thought to The journey of discovery began when Liz chose the topic of Puppy Mills for her
myself, “Wow! I get PAID to do this!” research paper in a senior honors English course at Hinsdale Central High
School. Liz, a 2008 graduate, worked with Hinsdale Humane Society’s staff
member, Jill Schuch. Each student was required to select a “project mentor” to
assist them in the field of study and topic chosen. “Jill was an amazing resource.
She directed me to information on rescue groups, puppy mill sites, and legal
issues,” shared Liz.
“When I began this project, I had no idea
that puppy mills existed. I was shocked!” “If I can make people
stated Lewis. Large scale operations or think twice, I will have
“puppy mills” are breeding dogs for resale
to commercial pet stores and the pet market.
made a difference.”
It is estimated that there are as many as ten
thousand puppy mills across the United - Liz Lewis
Lori Halligan, HHS Executive Director
and her toy poodle, Chandra What most people don’t know is that the animals at these for-profit breeding
I’ve been at HHS for 3 months now as operations suffer abuse, physical stress, lack of sufficient food, water, and vet-
your Executive Director and I’m very erinary care. They often live in filthy conditions that foster disease, and spend
excited to be here! Every day is different, their entire lives in small confined cages.
but each day I experience heart-warming
stories like Candy and her puppies to re- Because a puppy mill is a business, the facility is designed purely for profit with
mind me that Hinsdale Humane Society no care or concern for comfort or the well-being of the animals. When the
makes a difference in the lives of animals. breeding animals are no longer fertile, they are often killed, abandoned or sold
I absolutely believe in the philosophy if to another mill. The puppies are the lucky ones. Although they make it out of
you love what you do, you can achieve the mills, they commonly have problems.
great things. continued on page 9 continued on page 9
GOOD NEWS! PAW S F O R A P P L A U S E
LaGrange Pet Parade & 4th of
July Parade, Hinsdale
A special thanks to the volunteers and A big thank you for the generous To those who organized special
staff who represented HHS in the donations from our local area scout- projects and donated the proceeds:
62nd Annual LaGrange Pet Parade on ing troops: to Kathy Hanly, Courtney Kramer for her donations
Saturday, May 31st and at the 4th of Brownie Troop #188, and to Traci made from proceeds of her church
July Parade in Hinsdale. It’s great to Senica , Girl Scout Troop #1324 , service project, to Stephanie Sim-
be a part of the communities! for donating the proceeds from their mons and the Kids Care Club
cookie sales. And, congratulations At Oak School for donating the pro-
to the girls in Brownie Troop ceeds from a carnation sale, and to
#1948, who earned their “Tour & Claudia Moffet for hosting a Cinco
Try-it” badges and donated shelter de Mayo party and collecting cat
supplies, pet food, treats and toys. food and cash donations for HHS.
Special thanks to those children A special thanks to the Theatre of
who celebrated birthdays and the Highlands in La Grange for
made donations to our shelter ani- inviting HHS to set up an informa-
HHS volunteers enjoy the mals: Calvin and Caroline Westrick, tion booth at their recent perform-
Hinsdale 4th of July Parade Chip Hafner, Britt Hallenberg, Ka- ance of the musical CATS. The
tie Sluman, Margaret Parks, De- theatre group gave their patrons the
Vern Goers adds up - $1275! laney Mahon, Mimi Bliley, Libby opportunity to donate to Hinsdale
Thanks to everyone who participated Trofa; to Austin Cerry and Michael Humane Society. HHS received over
in the Spring Vern Goers Shop and Gee; and to Meghan Jones. Happy $500 in donations!
Share. The record breaking total Birthday!
sales added up to $1275 in proceeds
for HHS! Vern Goers has been a A big thanks all those who donated “No act of kindness, no
generous friend to us here at HHS. the proceeds from lemonade
And, remember to use your coupons stands: to Audrey Pound, Katie matter how small, is ever
during our shop and share days. It Swade, Maja Vosie, Sophie Sim- wasted.”
does really add up! mons, Hannah Eichelman, Paige
and Peyton Pielet; to Katerine
Seikel, Muireann & Kari Carmody,
Meaghan Lowery; to Madeline and
Thank you to the residents at
Grace Van Houtte, Denise, Lucy,
ManorCare Hinsdale for donating
and Sarah Fischer; Gianna and
the proceeds from their recent book
Olivia Spiega, Jenny Saviski; Olivia
fair. The residents enjoy our
Zosky; and Ryan Hammond.
monthly Pet-a-Pet visits and wanted
to help HHS in return .
A very heartfelt thanks goes out to
Karen Szoke, Todd Levy and the
A big thank you to those donating
4th and 5th grade students at
HHS volunteers Maxine Mar, with Cirrus and from the heart: Megan and Ashley
Chase Lotfi help out at Uniquely Thursdays Western Trails Elementary
Varchetto for donating their piggy
School for donating the proceeds
Many thanks to our volunteers who bank money, and to Nicholas and
from their student council bake sale
have represented HHS at our summer Jacob Ryba for donating their allow-
and candy cane sale.
festivals, events, and tag days. ances that they gave up for lent to
Uniquely Thursdays, Throw the Disk help our animals, and for donations
Kudos to our generous HHS vol-
for Jordan Crist, the 4th of July Pa- from Teri Koebel.
unteers for their recent donations:
rade, and Egg Harbor Café were just Elysee Quealy for donating hand-
a few of the places that HHS partici- made bandanas and dog toys for Pet If your or you group would like to
pated recently. We love being out in Walk, to Ky Scanlon for her dona- make a donation, call the shelter at
the community, sharing information tion of a paper shredder, and to Kim 630-323-5630 or go to our website
about our great programs, services Bandusky for donating a newer www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org and
and, of course, showing off our won- model Polaroid camera and film. check out “Wish List.”
derful shelter dogs, and HHS alums
Hinsdale Alum - A Tale of Inspiration Two Paws Up!
Perhaps you’ve thought of writing a book. It’s a dream that many of us consider, ...To the Kids Care Program at
but few actually take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and finally accomplish Lane School in Hinsdale who
the task… let alone actually get published. hosted a "Pennies for Paws" penny
drive during the month of April.
Long time HHS supporter, Vie Dennhardt penned “The Lord the God of Israel is They collected and donated $1,550
Real” in 2004. It was a long, arduous process that had many starts and stops (in pennies!) to the Hinsdale Hu-
along the way. “Those who heard our stories begged us to put them in a book,” mane Society. We thank you! A
stated Dennhardt. The book, published by Elderberry Press, is a memoir of spiri- special congrats to the first grade
tual growth. In spite of the heartache of losing her daughter Sandy to cancer, Vie class for collecting the most pennies
sees miracles in answered prayers and she sees divine direction in what some and to Jill Biegansky, Kids Care
people may consider coincidences. Volunteer Leader.
“If we were millionaires, we could not repay
you for all the joy our four pets gave us”
- Vie Dennhardt
One such coincidence is related in the chapter Tale of Three Poodles. “When we
left the hospital, the road did a little winding and took us directly in front of
(Hinsdale) Humane Society.” As a result, the Dennhardt family adopted a pure-
bred poodle, Candy-Colette from HHS.
“Pennies for Paws” Campaign raises $1,550!
The Lane School 1st grade classroom
Over the years, they went on to adopt Foxie-Roxie, with teacher Barbara Dawes
another poodle, and Molly and Hi-Heidi, a mother-
daughter pair of Malteses. In a letter to Hinsdale Hu-
mane Society, Vie wrote, “If we were millionaires, ...To the students from Hinsdale
we could not repay you for the joy these four gave Central and Hinsdale South High
us.” Vie hopes that her book will encourage others to Schools for choosing HHS as one of
trust and to serve. the organizations to receive funds
from their annual fundraiser the “24
Although the Dennhardts have retired and moved to Hour Relay Challenge.” The stu-
Arizona, they continue to support Hinsdale Humane dents collected and donated $3000
Society, most recently by making a bequest. HHS is to Hinsdale Humane Society!
grateful for the planned giving remembrance and we
are glad to have played a small part in the joy they
Molly and Hi-Heidi wait for Sandy nurtured in their sweet, wonderful girls.
to arrive home from her work day.
Gifts received through wills, trusts, and planned giving are the financial founda-
tion that makes possible the many programs the Society offers for both people and
animals. Make a difference today and tomorrow for animals in need by making
a planned gift. Friends who include us in planned giving enjoy the quiet satisfac-
tion of helping us continue to provide for future generations.
There are a variety of planned giving options available that allow you to contrib-
ute money to charitable organizations, like HHS, while realizing substantial tax
Ken Beard with HHS kitten, Sam
breaks. And, you will be leaving a legacy that will help our shelter animals for
years to come. ...To Ken Beard and Midwest
Mechanical for the very generous
Bequests, gifts of retirement plans and securities, and charitable gift remainder donation of the parts and labor for
trusts are a few examples of planned giving options. If you are interested in learn- the new ventilation system of the
ing more about these programs and more, call 630-323-5630 x11. Or visit our kitten room. The improved condi-
website at www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org and download our newest planned tion of the air at HHS is a blessing to
giving brochure. You can also download sample bequest language to help in the our animals and employees.
creation of your will.
Pet Walk 2008 “A Record Breaking Success!”
F u n a t Pe t Walk ’08 ! All numbers point to success as we measure the results of our largest fund-
raiser of the year. Pet Walk 2008 drew record crowds and to date, we have
raised approximately $50,000! Our guests enjoyed the new additions of
the Pet Walk food court, our entertainment stage, announcing from Master
of Ceremonies Rob Johnson, CBS –2, K-9 Police demo, and more. Pet
Walk guests also enjoyed the first beautiful sunny day of the year and all the
Pet Walk activities and entertainment including the Pet Mall, petting zoo &
pony rides, dog demo’s, carnival games for dogs, and pet intuitive.
Thanks to all those who attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated a raffle
prize, and pledged money to Pet Walk 2008. We are truly fortunate to have
such wonderful and generous supporters, volunteers, and friends. Our 19th
Annual Pet Walk fundraiser is a success directly due to this support. On
behalf of the Hinsdale Humane Society, we say a big “THANK YOU!”
Thanks to the “Fabulous Five” who Raised Top Dollars
for Hinsdale Humane Society’s Pet Walk 2008!
The following individuals collected top dollars for Pet Walk 2008
and were awarded exciting prizes for their efforts:
1. Dr. Bishop, WillowGrove Pet Clinic, Willowbrook
2. Carol Petrasek, LaGrange
3. Laura Donohue, Glen Ellyn
4. Pat Kerber, LaGrange Park
5. Martin & Ann Pennino, Willowbrook
Thanks to our Generous Pet Walk 2008 Sponsors!
Grand Champion Media Sponsors
Hinsdale Animal Cemetery Newspapers:
The Velvet Touch, LTD Liberty Suburban Life
Allstate Insurance Company, The Doings Newspapers
Madeline LoPresti Agency, Ltd The Hinsdalean
WillowGrove Pet Clinic Television
Whole Foods Market CBS 2 News - Rob Johnson
Belle Aire Kennels
Best of Show Adolf Funeral Home
Shirey Cadillac, Oak Lawn Arboretum View Animal
The St. Francis Group Hospital
Burr Ridge Village Center Bella Costa Jewelers
Top Dog Brush Hill Realtors
Hinsdale Bank & Trust ‘Busters for Pets’
CoCo Key Water Resort Darien Animal Clinic
Paws in Paradise DeVries Animal Hospital
Elmhurst Animal Care Center Furr & Feathers Pet Care
The Barker Shop KCI Designs, Inc.
Kwik Kopy Kramer Foods
Cat’s Meow LaVergne Gozdiak
UBS Financial Service, Inc. Mavco Insurance
Harris Bank, Hinsdale Merrick Animal Hospital
Aldo Botti & Delongis, Ltd. Nina Haas
Corey Steel Company Roudebush Realtors, Inc.
DuPage National Bank, Hinsdale Viking Travel
4 Scott’s Pet Shop
IN HONOR AND MEMORY
The following list reflects the generous response of our supporters as of June 30, 2008
In Memory of Pets Demi and Shadow by the Tvrdik Family, Brent Ross and A.T Kearney
Harriet and Don Edwards Beatrice Pniewski by Stanley Pniewski,
Sage by Roseann Pickering Mr. Hobbs by Thomas and Nancy On- Rob and Lane Bresticker, Mary Jean and
Buddy by Ann McLaren drus Gary Knapik, Alec and Joanne
Zipper by Nancy and Peter Tullsen Emmo Jarka by William G. Chalifoux Schwartz, Helen and M.L. Pachay,
Freckles by Patricia and John Foster Fuzzy by Jennifer Voss Sharon and Joseph Kryszak
Wrigley by the Kayser Family Barbara R. Mackay by Thomas M. Mac-
Murphy by the Kayser Family kay
Molly by Jan and Jeff Kitz Harry C. Juerke by Beverly Garside
Cagnie by Val Medina Lorraine Haywood by Robert and Jean
Ebony by Edward and Jacqueline Schwier
Schaefer Suzanne Miller by Carol Natke, Melody
Bailey by Bruce and Valerie Reid and Micheal Jobgen, James Kempfer
Jablonski and Susan Van Ordstrand, Jane Francis,
Tyler by Brian and Courtney Hadden Laurel and Kenneth Karlo, James and
Scout by Anne Glaser Patricia Dejmek, Scott and Andrea Kohl,
Arlo by Lisa Grant and Peter With Thomas Brierton and Susan Zinner,
Tobi by Bruno and Barbara Gacek Beverly and Barry Cichanski, Mickie
Dooley by Kathryn and Ralph Transue In Memory of Bailey and Bob Reichl, John and Ann Short,
Hornet by The Holinger Family Kronos Northeast Healthcare Manage-
Angel and Mickey by Lillian Dick Rocky III by Sadie and Gretchen ment Team
Murphy West by Robin and Kevin Townsend Robert Anderson and Vickie Brautigam
McGrath Augie by Kearin, Jane, Lea and Monica Margaris by Marilyn Anderson
Cochise by Joe and Vida Smirniotis Pat Isaacson by Libby Link and Family
Bandit by Sue Giannosa Mac by Lorraine and John Considine John Volk by Dolores Geletka, Linda
Jack by Mike and Mary Ohm Roxanne by Gilbert B. Norman Keating, Elizabeth, Vicki and Judith
Bubba by The Griffens Choo Choo by Susan Salak Haddon, Joseph Skowronski
Sammy by Jeffrey Jens and Ann John and Pauline Volk by Linda Keating
Boisclair In Memory of People William Belli by Ed and Candy Smith,
Sweetie by Susan, Jim and Vanessa Gall Priska Nelson by Debbie, Barbara and Heather Sidman, Paul and Barb Cart-
Peng by The Gall Family David Dixon wright
Jake by Diana Aldridge Dan Carlisle by Reka Bodoni, Mr. and John F. Rozner by Bev and Henry Grey,
Pearl by Veronica Gaber Mrs. Dan Buonamici, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ed and Susan Apel, Paul and Vlasta
Maud by Ross Anderson Campbell, Mike Hope, Mr. and Mrs. Maly, Nancy Pindiak, The Augustines,
Bits by Mike and Carol Klucina Dave Kohlsaat, Mr. Fred Marek, Mr. Irvin and Sandra Triner, Elizabeth Letti-
Cocoa by Mike and Carol Klucina and Mrs. Thomas McCarthy, Mr. and eri, Colette and Joseph Tijan, Sharlene
Smokey by the Mehler Family Mrs. Lawrence Poro, The Rossnagel and Vernon Jantz, Charles and Marcella
Pager by Carol Kubanda Family, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tarasiuk, Kalensky, Lynette Kavan, Tina Norris
Droopy by Craig and Maria Wlosinski Mark Hupe, Jim and Judy Bolin, Susan and Brian Tijan, Barbara Bailey, Linda
Bijou by Suzanne Tryba and Michael Dudek, Rich and Jane Mor- Bauer, Sharon Toberman, ASN Inc.,
Banner by Teri McArdle ency, Peter and Kathryn Drinan, James Bruce and Joan Chambers, Janet Licci-
Jeffrey by The Forbes and Christine Sturino ardi, David and Emily Hewitt, Susan
Misty by Joel and Christine Perrino Blanche Krofta by Lete Broz, Dave and Husch, Nancy and Anthony Parkinson,
Booker by Joann McCambridge Georgian Kopach Mary and Charles Lichtenauer, Jerry
Daisy by Becky Campbell Barbara Bruns by Shirley Nielsen, Elea- Hnetynka
Emma by Jim and Florrie Tuthill, The nor and Richard Freeman, Helen Park- Doris Osmond by Gail and Bob
Muir Family erson, Diana Aldridge, Evelyn Meyer, Mahaney, Lisa DiMarco, Robert and
Sparky by Kim Hagedorn Clarence and Jean Kadow Mary Ryan Buddig, Russell Evans,
Othello by James LaPointe Linda LaBarge by Jeffrey and Paula Jeanette Hilsabeck, Rick Hilsabeck,
Bastet by Kathy Dieskow Fabri-Morrow, Sharon Olsen, Lisa and Kathleen Kilianek, Paulette Nelson,
Bear by the Gall Family Daniel Cosgrove, Aimee Hucek, Betty and Bill Trescott, Ross C. Ander-
Max by Lucy Redding Stephen and Laurie Laga, Josephine and son, John and Donna Coffey, Jane
Sniffles, Harley, Midnight and Dingy by Richard Rogan Beaty, Joe Tiberi, George Anne Verner,
The Madej Family Joanne Pouba by Sara Anschuetz, Ann Geoffrey Anderson, The Rickey Family,
Morris, Lea Reising and Family, Nancy Bassett, Kenneth Koranda
In Memory of People (continued) Mrs. Sorce by Jenn Asokumar
Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Spinazola, Mrs. In Memory:
Mary Kolar by Joe and Jan Augustine Kearney by Grace Cole
Ruth Moffet by Robert and Karen Gard- Austin Cerny by Andy Weil Lynne Cooper Harvey
ner, Pat and Leon Ivanauski, Carol Michael Gee by Andy Weil
Nash, Charles Baker, Reitz Family, Corinne Smith’s Confirmation by the Lynne Cooper Harvey will be re-
Mary Tomaso, Robert Joseph Baker Reidys membered by many, including the
Barbara Moore by Joe and Jan June Heyer’s Birthday by Marilynn Hinsdale Humane Society. She has
Augustine Pavlik left a legacy for future generations.
Pamela Wilson by June Dobbins, Olga Stephanie Spitzer’s Birthday by Elise
Kuczeryn, Jacquie Hirt, Patti Buchwal- Glaser The wife of radio legend Paul Har-
ter, Cheryl Agnew, Tressa Cook, Jackie Olivia the Birthday Girl by a Friend vey, Lynne Cooper Harvey was
Porter, Julie Shepard, Virginia Baez, known for her enthusiasm for life
Susan Hare, Joanna Elia, Tina Gray, In Honor of Pets and her love and compassion for
Terry Gibson, Kelly McDaniel, TPC Frankie by Calie Henrickson everyone, human and animals in-
Wire & Cable a division of Premier Duffy by Tim Anderson cluded.
Farnell LLC Fritzie by Bruno and Barbara Gacek
Dwight David Garside by Beverly Gar- Tucker’s First Birthday by Denise, Lynne’s career in radio included
side Lucy and Sarah Fischer positions as director, writer and
Beverly Baran by Richard and Sylvia Simba and Nyla by Joel and Chrstine editor, and producer of her hus-
Gintz Perrino band's famous radio program.
Marjorie Burtker by John Burtker Honey by Eric and Jean Kamruth
Barbara Fryburg by Jean and Joe She also served on numerous chari-
Tomko table boards, including Prevent
Olive Cuttica by Elisabeth Campbell Child Abuse America, the USO, the
Mike Kvasnicka by Helen Kolacki A tribute or memorial gift to HHS Illinois Mental Health Association,
Barbara Kemmerling by Phyllis J. is a meaningful way to remember a and the Joffrey Ballet.
Sloan, Lori Sandvig special person, occasion, or devoted
Patricia Isaacson by the Kurt Kufner pet. Lynne was also an enthusiastic con-
Family tributor to various animal welfare
Vladimir Suchy by Patricia Delucia and W e will send an acknowledgment groups. Mrs. Harvey’s love and
Kimberly Wake card to the recipient of your gift in compassion made a significant dif-
Lorraine Dieskow by Judy Porta, Oak their honor or memory and include ference for many organizations,
Forest High School Faculty Associa- the tribute in our quarterly including the Hinsdale Humane
tion, Debra Brown, Cecilia Murnighan, newsletter. Society.
Lillian Walsh, Charles and Suzanne
Schmidt, Sally Brown For more information call us at Because of the generous support of
the Lynne Cooper Harvey Founda-
Bill and Lorraine Dieskow by Sandra 630-323-5630 or go to our website
Chaba tion, we have been able to continue
Angelo Leodoro Jr. by Troy and Julie our core mission of caring for
download a memorial/tribute form.
Brethauer, Jan Konn homeless animals and uniting pets
Irvin Triner by the Rozner Family with loving families through our
Dr. V.J. Suchy by Carlton Whitehead
In Memory: adoption process.
Lillian Pasquini by Lois Carlson and Carla Fisher
“We have used past donations to
Family Loyal friend and benefactor of HHS, fund humane education to encour-
John Murphy by Charles and Mildred who held our homeless animals in high- age the compassionate treatment of
Berg est regard. The words wonderful, gen- animals to prevent their suffering
erous, kind and caring come to mind and neglect,” shared Lori Halligan,
In Honor of People when remembering our departed friend. Hinsdale Humane Society’s Execu-
Henry Bergh by the Chapel Service
Children of the Unitarian Church of Carla taught our obedience class for
Hinsdale many years. She passed on May 9, What a wonderful legacy Lynne
Tom, Jerry and Lucy by Lori Tomaszek 2006. Cooper Harvey has left behind for
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stimac’s 50th Wed- future generations!
ding Anniversary by JoMae White The Hinsdale Humane Society grate-
Milt and Vera Hanzlik by Stephen and fully acknowledges a very generous gift If you would like to learn more about
Sandy Ruby from her estate. Carla cherished her pet Planned Giving call 630-323-5630 x11
Natalie Zajeski’s 13th Birthday by Alex Rudy and we valued her compassion or go to our website at
Ritter and service to the animals at our shelter. www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org and
She is greatly missed by all. download a Planned Giving Brochure.
Happy “55th” Birthday to HHS!
Help us celebrate “55” years of helping
animals and people!
WE’RE BEGGING FOR YOUR HELP...
to make our annual birthday drawing a
Purchase a Birthday Bone and you could be a
winner! Only 1,000 bones will be sold at $15
each. If all are sold we will raise $15,000!
60% or $9000 to HHS, the remaining 40% or
$6000 will be divided into 4 prizes. *
Drawing Monday, September 15, 2008
Please fill out Birthday Bone form below and mail with check
to: Hinsdale Humane Society, 22 N. Elm Street, Hinsdale, IL.
60521. Additional forms are available at the shelter or on our
website www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org. For more informa-
tion, call 630-323-5630 x17
Must be received by Sept. 8, 2008. No purchase necessary to win.
* Prizes will be awarded proportionate to the total number of bones sold .
HHS Birthday Bone Name:___________________
Limited 60/40 Drawing Address:__________________
to benefit the
Hinsdale Humane Society
Drawing Monday, September 15, 2008
Winner need not be present to win $15.00 per ticket
Hinsdale Humane Society - Summer Interns Mr. Mew’s Wild Journey -
....An adoption adventure!
Congratulations to Alison Kiolbasa who was awarded the
Hinsdale Humane Society’s Dr. Robert Reschke 2008 Sum- Mr. Mew had a rather unconventional arrival to HHS. He
mer Internship. The program is available to qualified col- was found wandering, lost and alone on the streets and was
lege students interested in veterinary medicine or the bio- brought to the shelter after hours by the police department
logical sciences. “It is a popular program as students gain with the hope of reuniting him with his family. Upon the
hands-on real work experience in the field of their major,” officer’s entry to the shelter, though, the handle on the car-
shared Jennifer Vlazny, HHS Operations Manager. rier containing the cat broke. As it hit the floor, the door
swung open, allowing the cat to escape. Finding himself
And, a special congratulations to Kristin Tvrdik , our Dr. suddenly loose in a kennel full of barking dogs was under-
Robert Reschke ‘05 Summer Intern. Kristin has been standably quite traumatizing, and he quickly headed for
accepted at Iowa State University into the College of Veteri- higher ground- up into the ceiling rafters. All our attempts
nary Medicine and starts this fall as a first year vet student. to capture him initially (or even spot him!) proved futile.
“I love working with After three days, he came down in the dark of night while
rescue groups and hope the dogs were sleeping to eat the food we left for him in a
to pursue work in this humane trap. In spite of his traumatic first few days at
area.” shared Kristin. HHS, he readily adapted to the shelter environment and
quickly came up for adoption.
Alison is graduate of When Bill and Charlotte Mehuron lost their elderly cat,
Hinsdale South High Katie, they decided they wanted another cat right away.
School and a sophomore Since Katie was an HHS alum, of course they returned to
at the University of Illi- find another feline to love. They came into the shelter dur-
Alison Kiolbasa, & Kristin Tvrdik
nois, Champaign cam- ing Adopt a Cat month when we were overrun with felines.
HHS Dr. Robert Rescke Summer Interns pus. She is an Animal The cat condos were full, and temporary cages had to be set
Science Pre-Vet major. up in the lobby. After briefly considering a kitten, the Me-
hurons chose Mr. Mew because he seemed very gentle and
“I’ve wanted to become a vet since I was 3 years old” shared
wanted to be loved. They now call him Mr. Big, or just
Alison. Although she did admit that she entertained thoughts
of becoming a professional ballerina as well. Alison is cur-
rently exploring careers in shelters, shelter medicine, and in After living on the streets for an undetermined period of
the companion animal field. time, then residing in the rafters for 3 days, and moving to a
shelter cat condo, Mr. Mew is finally settled in his new
For more information on the HHS internship program or to
digs. “He’s a total love bug. The minute I sit down, he’s in
obtain an application, please call 630-323-5630 or email
my lap. He’s found a great home. We’ve found a great
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the shelter
cat!” said Charlotte.
during regular business hours.
It’s a very happy ending to a story with a very unusual
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Animal Rights and Puppy Mill Research continued from page 1
. “It’s in the Bag”
“Many pups who originate from puppy mills have serious behavioral and/or
health problems that might not be apparent for months, or even years,” shared
Ladies Night Out
HHS Operations Manager Jennifer Vlazny. “Problems like these can cost thou-
sands of dollars to treat, if treatable at all.”
Pet stores charge hundreds of dollars for their “purebred” pets, which are AKC
registered. However, this does not guarantee a genetically sound “purebred.”
The American Kennel Club (AKC) notes that it “is not itself in the sale of dogs
and cannot therefore guarantee the health and quality of dogs in its registry.”
Oprah Winfrey’s recent show on puppy mills rose awareness to a whole new
level. It helped inform and educate people nationwide. Education is key to stop-
ping this cycle of animal abuse. One by one, we can all make a difference. “I
believe through my research and sharing information on puppy mills, that I have
made a small difference,” shared Liz. “If I can make people think twice, I will
have made a difference.”
Hinsdale Humane Society advocates adopting from an animal shelter or breed
placement organization instead of purchasing through pet shops. However, if September 25th, Hinsdale
you are determined to find a purebred puppy and the shelters do not have the
A night of shopping, friends, food,
breed you are looking for, work only with a reputable breeder.
and fun! Make sure to mark your
calendar to attend our “It’s In The
Director’s Desk continued from page 1 Bag” Ladies Night Out shopping
Fun Facts: Lori Halligan extravaganza on Thursday, Septem-
Our foster families accomplish great
Residence: 10 year resident of things at HHS. Currently 21 families ber 25 from 6-9pm.
Hinsdale volunteer in the program. They nurture
puppies and kittens and their mothers. Select downtown Hinsdale busi-
Family: Two Sons, Brady, a junior Fosters also take care of animals who nesses will be open late offering
at Purdue University; Riley, a junior may have illnesses, injury or those re- special discounts and after hours
at Hinsdale Central; Husband, Mike, covering from medical procedures. sales. You will also be able to
official new HHS volunteer photog- These families are available for the ani- sample delicious complimentary
rapher, Senior Director of Materials mals 24/7. foods prepared by local restaurants,
and Operations Planning, ConAgra caterers and available at special
Foods, Inc. Sometimes our staff members take sick locations throughout the downtown
animals home overnight so the health of area.
Pet: Chandra, a 6 pound poodle the animal can be monitored or medica-
tions given. How’s that for taking work You can also try your luck at win-
Hobbies: reading, baking, water- home from the office? Our foster fami- ning one of dozens of exciting raf-
color painting, quilting, walking, lies care for these animals, expecting fle prizes awarded during our event
spending time with family and nothing in return. They expose them- drawing. Tickets are available for
friends selves to wonderful joys and potential $25 and can be purchased at the
heartache, because occasionally their shelter during regular business
Favorite Food: best efforts do not save the life of the hours. For more information call
chocolate chip cookies, followed animal. Yet, they come back litter after 630-323-5630 x17.
closely by chocolate covered straw- litter, year after year, because they real-
berries ize their efforts matter to the animal and
they matter to the moral fabric of soci-
Favorite Saying: “Is it helpful, is it ety. Is it possible to thank them enough
kind, is it necessary?” for their service?
Look for this button on our website!
Favorite Movie: ET, a loving crea- What are your ideas for the Hinsdale
ture who just wanted to go home! Humane Society to improve our outreach
and our services? I’d love to hear from
Favorite Vacation Spot: anywhere you. Please send an email to
without cell phones or computers, as email@example.com or
long as I’m with those I love. mail a letter to 22 N. Elm Street, Hins-
dale, IL 60521
HHS Board Member Receives Leadership Award
Save the Date(s)…
Congratulations to HHS board member, Sally Porter, who was recognized for
HHS Birthday Party! Aug. 21st her outstanding contributions to area non-profits in our communities. Sally
Help us celebrate our 55th Birthday on received the 2008 Philanthropic Leadership Award by the West Suburban
Thursday, August 21st. Stop into the Philanthropic Network (WSPN) at their annual
shelter and enjoy some punch or a cup awards luncheon on Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
of coffee and a piece
of birthday cake too! The prestigious award recognizes individuals and
organizations who have generously donated their
Many fun activities time, talents, and leadership to enrich the work of
and special events are non-profit organizations throughout the western
planned throughout the suburbs. In addition, the award recipients were
day. recognized for their outstanding efforts to advance
philanthropy and volunteerism throughout the
community. HHS Board Member, Sally Porter
Emergency Preparedness Expo
Cantigny, Wheaton Sept. 13-14 While we continually recognize and appreciate Sally’s tireless efforts here at
HHS as a committed and supportive volunteer and board member, it is an
Join HHS at the McCormick Tribune honor that others recognize her commitment and devotion to serving commu-
Foundation’s “Emergency Prepared- nities.
ness Expo” at Cantigny Park in Whea-
ton. The expo is a county wide col- In addition to her board position here at HHS, Sally serves as a trustee for the
laborative effort designed with dis- Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, and has held leadership positions with The
plays and demos on the subject of dis- Community House, Brookfield Zoo, Robert Crown Center, Fenwick High
aster preparedness. School, Metropolitan Family Services, and Harris Bank.
HHS will once again have a booth
Hinsdale Humane Society’s New Photo Gallery Website
with pet safety kits, disaster tips for
pets, and educational materials. Check it out!...We now have our very own website photo gallery site!
It is through a company called SmugMug.com, a photo web sharing
Cantigny Park is located off Winfield site. Log on and check out all the great photos today!
Road in Wheaton. For more informa-
tion, call 630-323-5630 x17 Simply type in: http://hinsdalehumanesociety.smugmug.com
View photos from recent HHS activities, including Pet Walk, Parades, and
“Adopt A Dog Month ” October Community Events. You will also find Humane Education visits, shelter tours,
and HHS in the News. And, Smugmug allows our viewers to order prints, and
Join us as we celebrate Adopt-A-Dog special merchandise including t-shirts, coffee mugs, magnets and buttons.
Month this October with a variety of
exciting events and activities. A percent of every sale goes to HHS!
Families adopting a dog in October
will have their photo taken with their Vern Goers Fall Shop-N-Share
adopted pet. The photos will be on Fall Sale to benefit the
display in the lobby. We invite you to
stop by the shelter to see the heart-
Hinsdale Humane Society, Sept. 1 through Oct. 31st
warming photos of the happy matches
made here at the Hinsdale Humane * Holland Bulbs * Mums * Asters * Pumpkins
* Cornstalks * Fall Decorations
Families adopting in October will also
receive a special HHS Adopt-a-Dog Name__________________________________
Gift Bag which will include treats, toys
and a PETCO gift card. A special
raffle is also planned with a variety or Date __________________Sales Total _______
dog related prizes. To view a complete
listing of dogs available for adoption, Vern Goers Greenhouse. 5620 S. Oak St. Hinsdale. 630-323-1085
log on to our website at Hours: M,T,W,TH,F 8am to 8pm; Sat 8am to 6pm. Closed Sun.
for more information call (630) 323- Vern Goers Greenhouse generously donates 10% of
purchase to help our HHS animals
Ask Jenny…HHS Operations Manager &
Obedience Instructor, Jennifer Vlazny, answers pet
related questions and offers practical advice.
is published quarterly for the
Q: How do I train my dog to come to me when called? members and friends of the
Terry, Oak Brook Hinsdale Humane Society,
22 N. Elm Street,
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521.
A: The good news is that “come” is one of the easiest behaviors to teach 630-323-5630
your dog. Unfortunately, though, it is also one of the hardest to make totally
reliable when your dog if off leash chasing Mr. Fuzzy Fat Squirrel, sniffing a
tantalizing smell, or romping with canine pals. To your dog “come” means
Shelter hours: Tuesday 2-8pm;
playtime stops, which is why most dogs are resistant.
Wednesday through Friday
12 noon to 6pm;
It is important to teach the command while your dog is on leash, eliminating
Saturday and Sunday
any temptation for Fido or Fifi to exit stage left. The command “come”
10am to 4pm
should not mean to come into the same county you’re in, but rather to come
close enough so you can grab your dog’s collar if a dangerous situation were
to arise. As you walk your dog on leash, stop, say your dog’s name, say
“Come” and quickly back up six or seven steps away from him.
Board of Directors
President: David Robinson
As soon as your dog starts to move in your direction, begin to praise him en-
First Vice President: Sally Porter
thusiastically. As he gets closer, reach out with a treat and guide him into a
Secretary: Marcy Mossburg
sitting position directly in front of you. Hold the treat at his nose but release
Treasurer: Rafael Rivadeneira
it only after you’ve grasped his collar with the other hand. As he begins to
Past President: Tim Trompeter
learn the command, gradually increase the distance between you and your dog
Members: Dot Kaiser, Christine
using a longer leash or rope before saying “Come”.
Krowzack, DVM; Thomas
McFadden; Kevin McGrath;
Some important tips to remember: always keep your voice light and positive;
Carole Pyle, Eric Lindo, Jennifer
never use “come” to call a dog for something the dog may view as negative
(stopping playing, going into a crate, getting nails clipped, etc.); never chase
your dog when he won’t come – he will think it’s a game and run the opposite
direction; never call your dog if there is a likelihood he won’t come – you’ll Staff
teach him he has options and he will learn to ignore the command. Executive Director:
Running off leash is a privilege that your dog must earn by demonstrating he Operations Manager:
has learned to come reliably when called, even when distracted. Never, Jennifer Vlazny
though, allow your dog to run off-leash in an unfenced area, no matter how Donor Management
reliable you think his response to “come” may be. Jill Schuch
If you have a question for “Ask Jenny” email firstname.lastname@example.org Robyn Garrison
Or call our behavior helpline 630-323-5630
Humane Education Director:
Hot Weather Tips for Your Pet Mary Alex
• Never leave your pet unattended in • Don’t force your animal to exercise Public Relations/Special Events
a parked car. in hot, humid weather. Director:
• Be certain outdoor pets have access • When weather is dangerously hot, Pam Salomone
to fresh, clean water at all times. bring your pets inside. Animal Care Staff:
Patty Powell, Marisa
• Ensure that your pet has access to • Avoid walking your pet in areas Fausch; Samantha
shade at all times of the day. recently sprayed with insecticides. Luszcz
• Be alert to coolant leaking from • Please be sensitive to old & over- Receptionist:
your vehicle. It’s poisonous. weight animals in hot weather. Kathy Daly
Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm Street Non-profit Org.
Hinsdale, IL. 60521 PAID
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Save the Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008
“It’s in the Bag” Ladies Night Out Shopping Event!
FROM OUR MAILBAG
My little orange and white kitty, We wanted to share that we had to put We adopted Princess (formerly known
Peaches, was adopted in November, down our beloved black lab, Molly. as Bandit) a Jack Russel Terrier last
2004 and is still the love of my life! We adopted her from HHS in 1991. February. Just wanted to let everyone
She is so sweet, wonderful and such a She had a real interest in life until the know that she is doing great! Princess
blessing! Westmont end. Molly loved to take her daily is such a kind, lovable pet and our fam-
walk and “perimeter check” of her ily loves her so much! And, a special
yard and proudly carried Frisbee thanks to Samantha at HHS, she was
along with her. Our neighbors liked very kind and helpful. Elmhurst
her also, keeping milk bones in the
garage for treats. Thank you for all
you do for animals and for taking care
of Molly until she found us. We had a
wonderful 16 years together.
We adopted Daisy (now Angel) a
Collie Mix this past March. After a
I adopted “Mario” in May, 2003. Just brief adjustment period, we are happy
wanted to let you know that he is do- to report she could not be happier!
ing wonderfully. I have had many Thanks to all at HHS for helping us to
kittens before, but Mario is possibly find our “friend for life.” She is beau- Princess
the most affectionate, loving and intel- tiful, smart, gentle and very affection-
ligent. Thank you so much for pro- ate. We are very lucky to have found We Want To Hear from You!
viding a place where people can adopt our little Angel. If you have a favorite photo or pet story, we
wonderful animals and enhance the Lombard would love include it in our quarterly news-
lives of so many. Downers Grove letter. Send to: