The Herald Bulletin

March 4, 2014

MCHS' goal: Finding forever homes for all animals

The Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind. — This morning when I opened my e-mail I had a message from Andrea Valois of Chicago. In the email was a picture from the Chicago Tribune of a beautiful Schnauzer named Charlie. Her message to me was, “we thank you for all the work you do in finding forever homes for animals.” 

She added that the Madison County Humane Society had named this little guy Summit. The memories came flooding back to a freezing December day in 2012. We received a call from an elderly lady in Summitville saying that a little dog had been around her house for a few days. Colleen went out to check. After searching for quite sometime she found a half frozen dying dog down in a ditch. This little dog was so matted that it was not possible to tell the sex or breed. After a few days of nursing this little dog back to health he was given a bath and groomed. It was discovered at this time that the little ball of fur was a male schnauzer. We always did feel that he was a discarded puppy mill daddy. I contacted Keri Kenny of Channel 6 news who aired his story. A young nurse from Indianapolis saw the story and contacted her parents in Chicago. Her parents had always had and loved the schnauzer breed. During January of 2013 this little guy was adopted by the Valois family.

Our mission at the Madison County Humane Society is to find forever homes for the dogs and cats that come into our shelter. Finding the best fit for an animal to an individual or family sometimes causes conflict. The potential adoptees want a certain animal that possibly Colleen and her adoption team feel is not the best fit. Our staff know the animals and want each adoption to be a forever situation. The month of February we have adopted 53 animals. Thus it is a revolving door as we are always full.

Two happy endings. Annie the terribly sad chocolate Labrador that was surrendered by her owner because of his health reasons, found a fabulous home in three days. She is living with another chocolate Labrador and is so happy. Scooby, who was returned to us after eight years was not able to cope with shelter life. The staff put a plea out on Facebook. The day of the Facebook posting a doctor and his wife from Bloomington called and wanted to adopt him. Before he was adopted it was discovered that he had heartworm. The doctor contacted his friends at the Veterinary School at Purdue and they had a plan of treatment. Scooby is now living with five brother and sister dogs on a beautiful farm in Brown County

Please keep your dogs on heartworm preventative. Have your dogs tested either at your Veterinarian or at the MCHS for ten dollars on the third Saturday of every month. Your alternative for not protecting your dog from this deadly disease is either a dead dog or six hundred to a thousand dollars in treatment costs.

Susie Schieve is the Director of the Madison County Humane Society, 2219 Crystal St. or 765-215-8235