H UMANE S OCIETY OF N ORTHWEST I NDIANA PAWS & READ Visit our Shelter and “Where Every Life Is Precious” our “Second Chance” Thrift Shop 1 ST . A NNUAL “F URRY F AIRE ”…. J UNE 2 The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana is having its first an- nual “Furry Faire”, June 2 at the Riverview Park in Lake Sta- “There Is No tion, between the hours of 11:00-4:00. There will be the Lake Station K-9 Unit, Paw Power Blues Dog Club Agility course, Challenge there will be a dog obedience trainer to answer your questions about behavior problems with Fido and a Best Dressed Costume Contest. There will be Too Great many local pet stores, grooming shops and a number of booths selling a variety of pet products along with a variety of area animal controls, humane societies and rescue For Those groups. Come and make it a fun filled day at the park with “Your Best Friend”. Booth spaces are still available... $10.00 for rescue organizations. For others... $40.00 can Who Have rent a booth and you will be listed on our events posters. An 8’x8’ space includes table and 2 chairs. Help make our first fest a great success. Help us help the animals and have The Will And a great fun filled afternoon. For more information contact the Humane Society. The Heart To 2 ND . A NNUAL O PEN H OUSE ….J UNE 23 RD Make It On Saturday, June 23rd. 12:00-4:00, help us celebrate 1 year anniversary at our new facil- ity. There will be food and beverages. Happen.” Enjoy the afternoon with your family. See all of the animals at our shelter.. in fact … you might find a new “Best Friend”. There will be games for the children and L ETTER FROM IN S I D E TH IS IS S U E : 2 raffles for the adults. THE DIRECTOR One half hour prior to the event there will be an Annual Meeting of all Voting Members of the Humane Society. At this meeting, new Board Members will be T HE STORY OF 2 voted on to serve on our Board of Directors. “ LEGEND ” H OUSE W ALK ….S UNDAY , A UGUST 19 T IMES CAN BE 3 “ RUFF ” Walk through a beautiful 2 story stone home from the 30's, furnished in the 30's U PCOMING 3 genre'. See vintage fixtures from New Orleans, Carole Lombard’s mirrored dressing table EVENTS from RKO Studios (she was married to Clark Gable), a 1928 Steinway Grand along with many other vintage items, oriental rugs and artwork. W E NOW BOARD 4 Enjoy a light lunch & wine on the garden patio. Walk through 4 acres of woods. Sit by the pool and sip wine or T HANK YOUS 5 your favorite soda. Take in a totally relaxing afternoon. Sunday, August 19, 12:00-4:00 S HELTER HUMOR 6 Tickets are $40.00. For tickets or information call 938-3339. The home is in the Merrillville area. P AGE 2 PAWS & READ EVERYONE L ETTER F ROM T HE D IRECTOR B ETTY C LAYTON DESERVES A The other day a couple entered the shelter and said, “we want to adopt the one who needs it the SECOND most”. CHANCE….. A generous and compassionate intent, but not such an easy choice. In a very real way, all the SHARE YOUR animals in our shelter "need it the most”. How do you choose? The one that has been here the LIFE WITH A longest? The one who is becoming depressed? The one who is the oldest? The one who is sick or RESCUED injured? The one whose very plain colorings or markings make it less likely that he will attract an DOG OR adopter? The run-of-the-mill, common stray at risk simply because he and his story are so com- CAT!! mon? As they walked through the kennels, wanting to do the right thing, they were almost over- whelmed with the opportunities. Eventually they found Jack, a six month old brown mutt. “There's something about his eyes,” they said when they came to his cage. After meeting and spending some time with him, learning what they could of his brief background, they decided he was the one they would choose, the one who would go home with them. The lucky one…. So many animals. They all, each and every one of them, deserve to be chosen, and so you pick one who is a good match for you, and one who moves you. And because they are all at risk...no matter who you pick...you are saving a life. When we count E XPENSES OF 2006- I T M AY B E S URPRISING ! our true friends… Here are just some of the expenses our shelter had to incur in 2006. We must not Vet Clinic/includes spaying or neutering and medical treatment of our animals 7,545.08 NIPSCO 13,349.82 forget the Insurance 6,222.39 animals… Waste management 1.020.21 For one of these Medicines, Vaccinations Phone 4,276.83 1,025.28 gentle Newsletter & Mailing 2,563.04 companions…. Wages/6 employees 76,916.67 May be the Total Expenses for 2006 …….$210,403.45 truest friend of all. T HERE IS NOW “H OPE ” FOR “L EGEND ” See the after picture of “Legend” on page 4 The pathetic little dog on the left is Legend. She was a sick, injured and very underweight when she came into our shelter. She was rescued by a very compassionate volunteer at our shelter. When was brought into our shelter.. she should have weighed at least 45 pounds….she weighed 20. She was so weak that she could barely lift her head. Her face was abscessed by severe puncture wounds and a large section of flesh had been ripped from her neck. As it happened….the other dog that shared the garage they lived in...would not only eat his food but Legend’s too. When Legend desperately fought to get the food that she so needed to stay alive...the other dog attacked her. The woman who owned Legend...who also had 11 children...pay no atten- tion to Legend as she lay suffering and slowly dying. When we finally did get Legend...she spent 3 days at the vet. She was still very sick, but the director of the shelter fostered her until she was well. Cont. pg. 4 “WHERE EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS” P AGE 3 T IMES C AN B E R UFF It has been awhile since we have heard from some of you….and we do need your help! As you probably know, the purpose of our Humane Society is to house and lodge unwanted, neglected and abused animals. All animals big and small, pedigreed and mixed, are cared for until good, responsible homes are found. All animals have a unique place at the Humane Society. While la- beled “Friends of Man” they are simultaneously the recipient of some of man’s cruelest behavior, enhanced by abandonment, abuse and neglect. The Humane Society is often their last refuge and hope by providing care, nourishment and at- tention they crave, need and require. We are a non-for-profit organization in a depressed area, and it is not an easy task raising funds. Whether donations come in or not...the animals still have to be fed and cared for. Since we opened 3 & 1/2 years ago, we have found homes for hundreds of animals, have helped sick and abused animals...and have prosecuted their owners! This time of year is especially rough, donations definitely slow down. We are so proud of our accomplish- Save the ments and we want to be able to keep up the quality care that has been provided in the past.. We need you to help us so that we can help them. Thank you. U PCOMING E VENTS We Need A Helping May 4, 5 & 6 Petsmart Adoptathon Hand…. May 26 Tag Day How About GO OVER, GO June 2 1st. Annual “Furry Faire” Yours…. UNDER,GO June 23 Open House AROUND, OR GO July 21 Tag Day THROUGH, July 29 House Walk BUT NEVER….. EVER……. GIVE August 4 Low Cost Vaccination Day UP!! We need help for Tag Day. Please give us 2 hours of your time on a Saturday to stand in front of selected stores in the area and ask for donations. It would mean so much for the animals. W HAT W E N EED H ELP W ITH ….. M ANY T HINGS A life is 1.We not only need ideas for fundraisers but people that will help execute not these fundraisers. important 2.We need help with our resale shop...bringing in clean, new or used items. 3.We need someone who knows how to do masonry work. We have a place except for for a tub to bathe our animals and we have the glazed brick to surround the the tub...all we need now is someone who can lay that brick. It would be a 3x6 impact it foot area and about 3 feet high. 4. We need someone who can help us with our has on little plumbing problems. other 5. We need someone to mow our lawn. lives. P AGE 4 PAWS & READ Child Abuse & Neglect Domestic H OPE F OR “L EGEND ” May everyone Violence “Legend” is now a healthy, happy dog. She has a long life to look in your life forward to….and by the way…..her name was changed from Animal “Legend” to “Hope”….for that is what she has now. continue to Abuse Her human will be prosecuted. show you so “Hope” is now up for adoption. Contact the shelter at 938-3339. much loyalty. CYCLE OF VIOLENCE Betty Clayton, the Executive Director took care of “Hope” until “The Link” and the cycle “Hope” was ready for adoption. of violence is a chain of circumstances in which an adult abuses a child or animal. The adult passes down the violent traits and patterns to the child, who continues the cycle of violence. We Now Have A Boarding Facility!! Going on vacation? Feel guilty? Don’t know what to do with your THE SIZE OF pet? Let us board him for you. He will be walked and played with YOUR HEART IS MORE every day. He may not even want to go back home…..just kid- IMPORTANT ding!! Your pet must be current on all of it’s THAN THE vaccinations including Bordatella for kennel SIZE cough. For pricing, call the shelter at OF 219-938-3339. YOUR BARK . W INE & C HEESE P ARTY ….W HAT A SUCCESS !! A very special thank you to Jerry Kanies for hosting the party at his beauti- ful Miller Beach Home and Jen Vargo for offering her expertise in making the benefit the great success that is was. Thank you to all who gave items for our silent auction. And thank you to the wonderful string ensemble, “Montage” for their beautiful music during the event and to Gary Sanders of the “Miller Bakery Cafe” All proceeds went to help the animals at our shel- ter!! Have you adopted a pet from our shelter? Our Alumni will be featured in our next newsletter. Please send us a picture & your heartwarming story about your adopted pet and we will put it in our next newsletter. Write us or E-mail us at email@example.com “WHERE EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS” P AGE 5 Donations are up to and including April 17th. 2007 Thank you Roxanna & Kelly Jasinski Alice Johnson Diane Foster Victor & Christine Caplinger Elizabeth Haddadin Mitzi Levander Michael Jarosz Kathleen Lackhouse Laura Jones Genivieve Deaton Susan Bohacik Gail Leslie Judy Kowal Marie Bucher Carol Elliott Donna Kettle Alice Spurlock Lori Stofick Patricia Cronin Kay Rosen Nathalie Pennington Roxanne Poturalski Isabelle Felsecker June Boswinkle Harold & Clara Williams Betty Earnheart David Scheidt Alice Johnson Lynn Wright Mary Williams Maureen Muha Tracy Leslie Nora Glenn Alvin Hernandez Laura Jones Martha Madajzyk Pamela Pullen Edith Martin Michelle Tichy Betty Spychalski Brenda Griswold Donna Spivak Christina Boehm Janice Lindau Irma Slubowski Eva Guerrero Carol Kane Isabelle Felsecker Dawn Reed Joan Wachowski Daphne Ivy Alice Johnson Tony Sims Christy Wheaton Jessica Koons We love you...Mary Ann Massa & Tracy Krell…. We couldn’t survive without your help!!!! In Memory or Honor of: Signed….The staff and all of your 4 legged friends at the shelter Raymond Brumm in memory of Mary Lou Brumm Susan Garrett in honor of “Dolly” Marie Laliberte~Jill Tutlewski In loving memory of Sam & Betty Radivan~Linda Eleftheri, Jackie Pearson Smith, Rose Shelly, Jeremy & Karen Pear- son, Margie Pearson Baily, Celia Pearson, Arlene Pearson McGrane, Martin Pearson Paula Battistini~Richard Bartwright Sharon Hansen~Flash the Wonder Dog Scott Miller~”Barlow” Mary Ann Lona~”Lady” & “Mandy” Elizabeth Brzezinski~Marion Brzezinski Timothy Wilk~Charles Ramsey Ana Peterson/Navigant Consulting Ink in honor of Laura Rusbasan In loving memory of Hugo Krupinski from Suzanne Fronczak, David & Evelyn LeCounte, Raymond & Ljubka Rokosz, Mary Ann Drossos, Jim & Ann Filby. Jennifer Carmody in honor of “Shelby” Greg Fronczak in memory of “Gizmo”. Nathlie Pennington ~ ”Princess” Patti Rhea ~ “King” Rame Special Thank You Thomas Eaton Judy Logsdon Lavinia Brown Denise Coffey Mary Henrickson Theresa Christensen Pamela Doherty Zita Vitkauskas Donald Pavelka Jennifer Garber Deborah Peterson Melody Hutnick Manuel, Annie Escobedo Erika Favor Timothy Ribble Beth Schipke Nancy Gronning Mark Kraynak Mary Kay Rzepka Carl Page Carol Urban Eric Ellis Kathleen Lackhouse Michael & Linda Kibler- Jennifer Gerber Noreen Farrell Gerry Grygotis Tom & Rosemary Cubit- Jessica & “Betty” Escobedo Jerry Kanies Harris Bank of Miller Gail Zmierski Nativity of Our Savior School Andy Jacob Mary Ellen Kanies Mary Ann Massa Sponser a Pet: Joan Roback Barbara Callahan Lisa Dove Extra Special Thank You to Willis Armstrong...your help means so much!!! Extra Special Thank You to A.G. Edwards..your continued support means everything!!! HEAVEN’S DOGGY-DOOR S HELTER H UMOR My best friend closed his eyes today, Top 10 Dog & Cat Characteristics As his head lay in my hand. 1. Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and get back to you. The Doctors said he was in pain, 2. Dogs look much better at the end of a leash. And it was hard for him to stand. 3. Dogs will let you give them a bath without taking a contract on your life. The thoughts that scurried through 4. Dogs will bark to wake you up if the house is on fire. Cats will quietly sneak out My head, As I cradled him in my arms. the back door. Were of his younger puppy years, 5. Dogs will bring you your slippers. Cats might bring you a dead mouse. And Oh...his many charms. 6. Dogs will play Frisbee with you all afternoon. Cats will take a three-hour nap. 7. Dogs will sit on the car seat next to you. Cats must have their own private box or Today, there was no gentle nudge they will not go at all. With intense “I love you gaze”’ 8. Dogs will greet you and lick your face when you come home from work. Cats will Only a heart that’s filled with tears be mad that you went to work at all. Remembering our joy filled days. 9. Dogs will sit, lie down, and heel on command. Cats will smirk and walk away. But an Angel just appeared to me, 10. Dogs will give you unconditional love forever. Cats will make you pay for every And he said, “You should cry no more, mistake you’ve ever made since the day you were born. God also loves our canine friends, Dog Rules He’s installed a “doggy-door”! *The dog is not allowed in the house. *Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms. For “Sully” a “Giant Schnauzer” with a *The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture. heart to match his breed. Who’s life was far *The dog can get on the old furniture only. too short here on earth...but will be *Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not allowed to sleep with the patiently waiting in Heaven. humans on the bed. Good-bye “Sully”. You will be dearly *Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but by invitation only. missed. *The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants….but not under the covers. *The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only. *Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers every night. *Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers with the dog. H UMANE S OCIETY OF N ORTHWEST I NDIANA 6100 Melton Road P.O. Box 2697 Miller Beach/Gary, IN 46403 Phone: 219-938-3339 Fax: 219-938-4294 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org “WHERE EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS”.