What a month we have had at the Madison County Humane Society. Every animal is safe, healthy and warm, but the dogs are like little kids going wild. The dogs play in outside runs when the weather permits. Many dogs have two or three buddies. This social time has been restricted and so has their exercise. As the dogs do not have their outside time to potty, the staff has the pleasure of taking 50 dogs out three times daily.
The phone has been ringing nonstop about dogs tied out or strays sighted. The staff have made several runs to pick up the dogs in need. A mastiff had wandered into a farm lot. It was obvious she had been out in the weather for days and the staff worked overtime to get her to safety.
She has already been approved for adoption, but will not go home until she is healthy enough to be spayed. Her family comes to visit and they even have given her a bath. We have two puppies about 8-weeks old from different situations. Both were found lost in the freezing temperatures. One little guy was found on the side of Scatterfield Road. Eight weeks old — how does this happen?
A man called and wanted to surrender five Chihuahuas, the parents and three puppies. He was keeping these little short-haired dogs in an outside pen. We scurried around to find kennel room and then he called back and told me that he had changed his mind as he felt after the weather got better he could sell them for a lot of money. I had to convince him that they would not survive the temperatures. He finally decided he did not want to buy a tarp or a bale of straw and he did bring them in to us. We have not turned away a dog or cat. We just keep putting up more cages and pens for the pups. We are trying to be more creative in our adoption process so we will have more room. We adopted out 65 animals during the month of December. What a victory!
Now that we have our new Cat Barn, we have a vacant free-roaming cat room available. A happy room with big windows. This will now be a room for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) cats. FIV is a compromised immune disease. These cats can live happily in a home with dogs or in some situations with other cats. Living with other cats should be done on a case-by-case situation and with the approval of your veterinarian. This disease is not transmitted to humans or dogs and these cats can live long lives. We have always taken our FIV cats to a rescue in Michigan City. Our first resident Frankie, was rescued from the Animal Protection League. He is a wonderful guy and would make a great addition to a family.
February will be “My Furry Valentine,” at the shelter. Longtime shelter residents will be available for a special price. Please come see these sweet babies.
Susan Schieve is the director of the Madison County Humane Society.