U.V.H.S. Upper Valley Humane Society, 2501 W. Trenton, Edinburg TX 78589 LOGO WINTER 2003 Rummage Sale Huge Success By Cherie Faires, Executive Director You may recognize the following people as fellow board members, employees, volunteers, friends The Upper Valley Humane Society is proud to and all around great people for donating their announce that our Rummage Sale was nothing time. Without them the success of this event less than a huge success!! could not have been possible: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Desirae Aguirre, Yulianna Arriaga, Dr. Jesus & many people lending their time and sale items to Rosina Ayala, Mary Ann Bigmann, Colleen make this the second best fund-raising event to Broderick, Wanda Boush, Janet Camery, Mr. & benefit the Humane Society. It was wonderful to Mrs. Carey, Larry Carlson, Margarita Castaneda, see so many caring people bring items to show Greg Correa, Belinda De La Cruz, Eli Damian, support so that our rummage sale would be Kathryn Dawson, Fabi Diaz, Don Doctor, Lee Ann successful. Among these items included Dupont, Adriana Espinoza, April Espinoza, treadmills, refrigerators, stoves, furniture, record Cherie Faires, Willard Fehrenbach, Zyria Franco, collections, computers, clothing, toys, dishes, Melanie Franks, Tim Fritts, Claudia Garcia, books etc. Juanita Garcia, Sonia Garcia, Audrey Garza, Esmer Garza, Nerly Garza, Angela Gibson, Carol I would like to thank our staff for a wonderful job Gonzalez, Diana Gonzalez, Josephine Gonzalez, organizing this event. We also had volunteers Tanya Gonzalez, Lee Guzman, Sandy Hess, Jan from all across the valley including Mission, Hicks, Frida Hive, Noe Hurtado, Lisa Kerr, Dr. McAllen, Edinburg, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, Leah Larson, Diana Lopez, Karen Marmalejo, C.R. Weslaco and even as far as Harlingen. Martin, William & Margaret McAffe, Linda McDriell, Jessica Mendiola, Dorothy Miller, Janet It was truly overwhelming to see the Valley come Miller, Regina Moloney, Mrs. Mounce, Anna together as a whole for the well being of our Munoz, Vanessa Munoz, Tanya Nieto, La Vonne animals…it was a heartwarming experience. Olson, Carol Pool, Janie Ramirez, Marlin Ramirez, Monica Rios, Marissa Rivera, Delia The Rummage Sale raised $8,254.00! These funds Ross, Gina Rowland, George Ryan, Lois Silvan, will help our shelter complete many necessary Lois Silvanovich, Lisa Stone, Inez Suderman, and long over due repairs along with installing Hilda Taylor, Nicole Terry, Martha Torres, Misty roofs for some of our dog runs. Troncoso, Ruben Trevino, Mr. & Robert Walters, Ray Welch, Louis Wolfort, Yvonne Zacca, We would also like to thank the following radio Broadway Hardware and Sunglo Fellowship stations for announcing this event on the air: Centers, Inc. 96.1 The Beat, KBFM 104 If we have overlooked anyone, please accept our K-TEX 100.3, KTJX 106 FM La Mas Buena apologies. Your help was greatly appreciated. Be KURV 710 Talk Radio, KVLY 107.9 on the look out for our next Rummage Sale! KFRQ 94.5 The Rock, KKPS 99.5 Que Pasa Thank you for all of your support. KVMV 97 Valley Christian Radio The event was also featured in the following newspapers: The Valley Morning Star Mid-Valley Town Crier The Monitor The Advance News Journal WHAT’S NEW PETLAND’S ADOPT-A-PET By Cherie Faires, Executive Director Petland is featuring the Adopt-A-Pet program. This program is a designed to help communities with the on-going pet overpopulation problem. This program helps the Humane Society by featuring some of our puppies and small dogs for adoption at their store located at 4701 N. 10th in McAllen. Included in their adoption fee will be the first series of shots, deworming, a microchip implant and a heartworm check. At Petland, all the puppies are treated like Cesar Cepeda, Maria Pensinger and Mike Diaz royalty. Their temperatures, weight, feeding amounts, medication (if necessary) are checked daily and records are kept in Cesar Cepeda is the owner of Petland. He the store for future veterinary references. and his staff are very caring people and their goal is to locate good homes in which to These puppies will go home with a five- place their animals. pound bag of dog Science Diet. For puppies that are four months or younger, a Petland joins us in the fight against pet training video is also provided, along with a overpopulation and also believe in spaying toll free number for any support or and neutering. questions the new parents will have. Petland will be sponsoring a “Pictures with Also included will be a free veterinary Easter Bunny” fund-raiser on April 5, 6, 12, consultation with Edinburg-McAllen 13, 19 and 20 at their McAllen location. The Veterinary Clinic located on Freddy proceeds will go to the Upper Valley Gonzalez in Edinburg and a coupon for a Humane Society. So please go by and show free grooming with Pet Stop Grooming your support. located on Hackberry and 10th street in McAllen. Petland also features a Fund-raiser called PAWS for life. A minimum donation of one dollar is all you need to place your name on a paw in the store. The proceeds go the Upper Valley Humane Society. Petland has been trying to raise funds for the purchase of a nebulizer that is desperately needed at the Humane Society. SUCCESS STORY By Maria Elena, Barbie, Philip & Felipe Reyes Then one day one of my co-workers, Maritza Gonzalez, said she had just adopted her second poodle from the Upper Valley Humane Society and if we were interested, there was another dog waiting to be adopted. I mentioned that if we get another dog I would like a Yorkie. Maritza was so excited to tell me that there was also a Yorkie for adoption at the Humane Society. All day I wondered what he looked like and what to name him. The next day after work, I rushed to the The Reyes Family, Tootsie and Toto Humane Society. I was so excited to see him that I was lost and had to call Maritza for directions to the Humane Society. Our story has a very sad beginning but a great and happy ending. It starts with the I finally arrived and immediately fell in love! I saddest thing any dog lover has to do…end completed the application for adoption and their dog’s suffering and pain. soon afterwards, I picked him up. I put him in the car and started home. He sat in the Our 11-year old dog, XUXA, a female chow- middle section of the car very eager to see chow, started to show signs of aging. She where he was going. developed allergies, arthritis and was under medication. Then suddenly she was unable I surprised everyone at home with our to walk without struggling. The veterinarian newest member of the family. We informed us that this might be the immediately began selecting his new name. appropriate time to consider putting her to We all agreed on Toto. sleep if her condition did not improve. My husband was out of town at the time and Three days later, my husband, son, was not pleased to hear the news. However, daughter, our Pekinese poodle, Tootsie, and when he returned, Toto slowly crawled I took her back to the veterinarian’s office. towards him and licked his hands, as if he The vet explained what was going to happen was asking for his acceptance. After and reassured us that it was the right thing spending time with Toto that evening, my to do. They left the room so we could spend husband too fell in love. time with XUXA. We hugged and kissed her and Tootsie licked her like she new what It has been about three months since Toto was going on. When I hugged her, I became part of our family, but it seems that whispered in her ear and thanked her for all Tootsie is probably the most grateful. They the years of love, protection and fun she had play with each other all day long. given us, as we said our last good-byes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Soon after our friends suggested that we get Maritza Gonzalez, Belinda De La Cruz and another dog but we were not ready. After Monica Rios for making our family complete only six months, Tootsie began to get once again. depressed and she slept most of the day. NEW HOMES FOR SOME OF OUR FRIENDS We’re doing something right! During the month of December, we reached yet another record number of adoptions…175! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your for your wonderful support and most important for giving a homeless animal a very precious gift…LIFE! NOW UP FOR ADOPTION… BONNIE DONNIE JELLY MILO TASHA MORRIS DOC TALK COMMENTARY By Dr. Michael Nance, DVM By Diana Garza, Board Member When you think of Kansas City, what comes to I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge mind? World famous barbecue? Cattle drives? Dr. Raymond Welch. Dr. Welch is a professor of Snow? When I think of Kansas City, I think of the Philosophy at Pan-Am University. He will be retiring Central States Veterinary Conference held every to his home in New York at the end of this semester. summer. Wow! You did too? Ray has also served on the board of directors for four years. The Upper Valley Humane Society is committed to keeping their staff up to date on the ever-growing During that time, he was considered to be an integral advancement in science and the latest technology. part in the reorganization of the shelter and the Veterinary medicine and surgery demand no less restructuring of the board and the staff during very diligence in keeping current with new trends while critical times. remaining well balanced in the basics. His compassion for animals and his knowledge of Educational opportunities such as the Central management and executive administration Veterinary Conference allow veterinarians from all contributed to a major transformation within the practice types to come together to be reminded of Society. the basics they may not experience on a daily basis as they continue their education to keep up with the I consider it an honor to have worked with Ray on new “kids” graduating each year. One should not be several committees. I was not prepared for his surprised that a horse doctor rarely spays a dog or professionalism, knowledge, fairness, reasonable that a strictly cow-calf veterinarian may miss a judgment and perseverance. This kind of diligence diagnosis on an itchy cat. encouraged myself and other board members to work harder and with more unity. We were faced However, one expects a small animal veterinarian to with many issues that I am sure I could not have know just about everything there is to know about faced without his patience and sense of humor. I am dogs and cats, even if the practice is limited in what sure his students benefited the most! the veterinarian sees on a daily basis. A practice near a greyhound racetrack will be more He even fell in love with one of our own…Shadow experienced about athletic related injuries than his the chihuahua. Shadow was brought to us in 2000 or her colleague who only sees “lap dogs”! It has as an unwanted pet. Once Ray laid his eyes on nothing to do with intelligence or ability; it has to do Shadow, he had no choice but to take him home. with what walks through your door everyday. Ray, you will be deeply missed and I wish you and Nevertheless, we have to be ready at all times to Shadow the very best in life. Thanks for the laughs! properly guide the diagnosis and treatment process of any animal in need. This is why I, shelter veterinarian who performs a lot of surgeries, must keep current on a different variety of surprises that may come to the shelter. These animals come with little or no history and rarely have a human companion who can speak on their behalf and give me clues as to what is going on. The value of concentrated broad based continued education that covers all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery makes the Central Veterinary Conference that I attended more than just an experience to write about in a newsletter…but rather a necessity required to help the next arrival in need that comes to the shelter. We even see opossums, turtles, iguanas, snakes, tarantulas, chickens, ducks, horses, goats, parrots, finches (and who can say what’s next) who suddenly find themselves without a home. Keeping current is a continuing process for which one furry, feathered Ray and Shadow or scaled guest require. I just thought you ought to know! WISH LIST SPECIAL THANKS For the Clinic: Medical Supplies of all kinds, GIRL SCOUT TROOP 270 Ultrasonic dental scale & Polisher Recently Girl Scout Troop 270 visited our For the Dogs: Pickup Truck or Minivan, Dry shelter to view one of our safety videos Dog food, Window A/C units, entitled “Animals Can Bite”. This video Dog Carriers, Grooming & bathing products, blankets for informed the girls on different ways to puppies & small dogs, Treats! treat strange animals. They also received For the Cats: Dry cat food, Cat Litter, Pet literature, a Goody Bag and a Dog Treat. Carriers, Grooming supplies They toured the shelter and also played and small toys with the cats. If you have a group Maintenance: Tools of all kinds interested in touring our facility, please Education: Craft Supplies of all kinds call our Executive Director, Cherie Faires, Office: Copy Machines, Color Printer, to schedule your next visit. 1 desk, 1 six-foot table, 2 filing cabinets, office chairs. MAKING A LASTING GIFT TO UVHS A Bequest to the UVHS is a wonderful way to express your Love for animals as a part of your legacy to the world. To find out how you can make a special gift, call our GIRL SCOUT7 TROOP 270 director today. We thank you for your generous gift. WILSON ELEMENTARY UPCOMING EVENTS Special Thanks to the Staff and students of Wilson Elementary for their contributions to the Humane Society. February 2003 – Barbecue Fundraiser Instead of exchanging gifts this Christmas, April 5, 2003 – Raffle Drawing they donated food, litter, blankets, toys, towels and more to the dogs and cats of our facility. Their kindness and generosity SPECIAL NOTICE is greatly appreciated by our furry friends! The City of Pharr Animal Control is having low cost Rabies Clinic on the following More Special Thanks… dates: Market World Liquors and Gifts has February 8, 2003 Pharr Fire Station 2:00-4:00 1901 N Fir donated “Treat Bags” to the Humane February 15, 2003 Central Fire Station 2:00-4:00 Society for us to display and sell in our gift 120 W. Cherokee February 22, 2003 Fire Substation 2:00-4:00 shop. All proceeds of the store’s treat bags 7107 S Cage go to the Humane Society as well. Many For further information, please call Pharr Thanks to …… Animal Control at 956-702-DOGS (3647) WINTER 2003 MEMBERS Louise Abreu Connie DeMarco Mr. & Mrs. J. Long Louise Schiesler Rosie Aguirre Johanna Dunn Mr. & Mrs. Rick Lopez Elizabeth Scoggin Susana Alanis Norma Earnest Juan Lopez Vera Scoggins Kari Alexander Carmen Elliot Patricia Lorenzen Ann Sefcik Raul Alvarez Jean R. Elmore Colette Lumley Iilene Shidler Beltone Audio Alaka Eshwar Irene Luna Boultinghouse Simpson Centers Cherie Faires Mr. & Mrs. Marshall Architects Ruth Balaguer Anita R. Faires Mangum Scott Smith Robert Beckett Wilard Fehrenbach Thelma Marroquin Karen M. Southworth Monica Benavides Margil Flores Audrey G. Martin Dick Sowell Samantha Bertus Charles Francis Rudy Martisek Amy Stadelman Michael Bird Charlotte Furman Josie Matheny Bevery Standley Elliot Bottom Shawna Gallemore John C. McDonald Max Stiers Wanda Boush Eric Garcia Kate McGuire Charlotte E. Stone Allen Bowen Maria J. Garcia Bobbie McLaughlin Stewart Strauss Sylvia Boyd Amanda Garcia Miriam McMichael Inez Sudarman Dorothy Bradley Juan Garcia John C. McRainey Janet Sullivan Mary Brooke Diana Garza E.A. Metcalf Sandra J. Summers Norman Browne John Gates E.A. Metcalf, III Hilda Taylor Clair Gautreau Dorothy Miller Kristi Tollefson Jeanne Bruton Kem Gaytan Janet Miller Mr. & Mrs. Ruben Janet Camery Maria Gonzalez Eva Moore Trevino O.A. Campbell Ricardo Gonzalez Paulette Moore Sergio Trevino Linda S. Cantu Laura Grabowski Ora Jean Morgan Roger Truitt Betty Card Wayne Graybill Blanca Moron Anita Twa Linda Carlson John Grutes Quirino Munoz Health Care Unlimited Norma A. Carrasco Mr. & Mrs. Julio Jerry Nagel David Urban William Cary Guerra Jo Ann Pardi Cynthia Valdez Billie Jean Cary Rosa M. Guerra Barbara Parry Dr. Mario Villarino DVM Daniela Cavazos Rachel Gutierrez Jyoti Patel Mary Walker Hazel A. C ellum Gaye G. Hardy Deborah Perez Judith M. Wanamker Nicky Hartdegan Mr. & Mrs. A. Petrides Dr. Raymond Welch Ruth Chapman Evelyn Hasbold Donna Ramon Marianne Wharton Carrales & Co. LLP Dorothy Heath Martin Farm & Ranch Elsie Wilkinson Teresa Coarza George Helle Mr. & Mrs. G. R. Ranganath Gwenyth Willich Jeanette Cole Mr. & Mrs. Ben Hertz Joanne Reger Sharon Willis Janet Cowart Justus Hill Dr. Luis & Mary Ann Rios David Winkler Melissa Curry Heidi Holding Monica Rios Louis Wolfort Belinda De La Cruz Janice Johnson Aleah Ritcher Dora A. Zamarripa Rey De La Cruz Mike K. Kormeier Gina Rowland Mary De La Cruz Glynis Laing Mr. & Mrs. George Ryan Eliud DeLaRosa Nancy Lara Gene Rydl Leah Larsen DVM Joseph St. John Elsie & Annette De Lisa Larson San Juanita Salas Leon Virginia Leveck Max Sanchez 2003 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Monica Rios, President Janet Camery Maritza Gonzalez Michael Bird, Vice President Belinda De La Cruz Dr. Leah Larsen Billie Jean Carey, Secretary Diana Garza Dorothy Miller Wanda Boush, Treasurer Bud Frances Quirino Munoz Mario Don’t forget to renew your membership for 2003. Please complete the enclosed renewal form and send in to the Upper Valley Humane Society along with your membership dues.