Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
CATHY FUGLER/Special to Bullet News
It’s my pleasure to once again start out with GREAT NEWS. Our beautiful little Pumpkin was adopted this week by a wonderful family who understands her and is willing to work with her anxiety.
They love her already, and sent the picture shown within a few hours of her move into their home, with Pumpkin’s new brother reading 101 Dalmatians to her.
Pumpkin’s new “mom”, says “You’re welcome for the picture. I’m glad it made its way to you. Just as I’m glad that Pumpkin was able to make her way to us. Although many would turn their heads to an animal that doesn’t fit into that ‘cookie cutter’ image of a perfect pet, we’re believers that flaws are beautiful.
“There’s nothing “wrong” with Pumpkin. She’s got all 4 legs, and a tail that wags just like any other dog. She just needs to find her place in the world. I myself know a thing or two about anxiety and how easily you can be cast aside because of it. And I have a voice. I can speak up for myself. It breaks my heart to think of Pumpkin, or any animal, suffering and having no one to speak for them.
“So, we’ll try our best. Luckily we’ve had amazing support from Renee, who has also offered to keep in touch and help us along the way. I can honestly say that I don’t know if I would have felt this calm easing Pumpkin into our home, had Renee not taken so much of her own time to bring Pumpkin out to see us at our home.
“She’s been an advocate for Pumpkin, and for us as well. Pumpkin seems to be content – she’s snoring away in her bed having had her dinner and lots of love from the kids. I’m sure that Renee will keep you posted, as I will myself. I know that Pumpkin made quite the impression at the shelter, and there are a lot of people looking forward to hearing how she is faring.”
I hear that Pumpkin is crazy about cheese, too, they have recently discovered. It’s like ambrosia to her!
Our pet profile writer, volunteer Pam Brown, recently wrote Lenny’s story to help him find his forever family. Lenny may not be perfect, who is? But he is lots of fun, very smart, eager to learn, responsive, playful, affectionate, great company, and richly deserving of a safe, happy, healthy forever home.
Pam writes, “My name is Lenny and I am a handsome one-year-old lab mix who was found as a stray and originally brought to the North Bay Humane Society in May.
“The NBHS described me as a lovable, playful goofball! They had so many dogs there some of us had to move to other shelters to find our forever homes. I was so lucky to be selected to come to the NFHS at the end of July. When I arrived here I had problems with jumping up and mouthing and needed to learn to trust the wonderful humans who are here to help me succeed in finding my forever home.
“Through the Dog Enrichment Program, and the love and patience of the staff and volunteers, I have learned so much and have become a much happier and well-adjusted boy. I try really, really hard to focus on what my trainers are telling me and am learning very quickly. I soon realized that the training exercises are actually fun and look forward to them all the time.
“I even got to take my first car ride on Nov. 5 and Renee, our Dog
Enrichment Program Co-coordinator, said I was such a good boy. Another test passed! I’ve done so well, I recently met a family who had a year old lab mix, just like me, and we all got along great.
“Renee said she was so proud of me and how far I’ve come. I can tell Renee loves me and has faith in me. I’m really ready now to meet the right family who will provide me with the forever home I deserve.
“If you are interested in learning more about me please watch my progress in the Pets in Need section of the NFHS website and also on the Humane Society Youtube channel. If you are interested in adopting me please call the shelter to connect with Renee who can arrange an introduction.”
We desperately need volunteers to help with our gift wrapping fundraiser at the Canada One Outlet Mall. If you can help by wrapping for a few hours this month, please call Laurie at 905-933-6974 or email Cathy at email@example.com. If you can’t help wrap, let us do your wrapping for you, for a donation to the shelter. We will be there every weekend.
Our second annual raffle fundraiser will be starting soon at the Adoption Centre, make sure you stop by. While you are there, take a look at the Art for Animals display, there are some beautiful items for sale.
Don’t forget about Empties for Animals when you host your holiday parties. We will be at our 4541 Crysler St. location on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11-2. There is also a collection box at The Cove restaurant on Dunn St. Pick up available for large donations.
Our heartfelt thanks to Adam Cole, whose Christmas for Kittens fundraiser exceeded his goal, raising $2315 for the shelter.
The NFHS is looking for volunteers. If you have a special skill that you think could help the shelter, we’d love to hear from you. Currently we are looking for people for our Dog Walking Program, Cat Adoption Centre, and our Cat Socializing program.
We’re also looking for people with fundraising, graphic design, maintenance, or other backgrounds to join our team. We’re always open to new ideas from people who want to help the animals at the shelter. If you are interested, go to our website, www.nfhs.ca and fill out a volunteer application. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or bring the form into the shelter.
Cathy Fugler is Communications Director at the Niagara Falls Humane Society.