Help Fund Our Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit
In a recent Commercial Appeal article, the Humane Society announced our plans to start a yearlong campaign to raise $1 million to fund a mobile spay/neuter unit to hit the streets of Memphis. An excerpt from the article, written by Cindy Wolff, appears below:
The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County, with a $150,000 kick-start donation, is launching a $1 million fundraising campaign to drive a mobile spay/neuter clinic into the heart of some of the poorest areas of Memphis.
The donation by Allen and Kay Iskiwitz will help the nonprofit organization bring an expensive veterinary service to some neighborhoods that don't have a veterinary clinic and to some residents who have no way to transport their pets or pay for a veterinarian visit.
While the mobile clinic will help the pet owners in the poorer neighborhoods, the greater impact on all is fewer unwanted animals being born.
The $1 million campaign will be enough for the organization to purchase a trailer, customize it for two surgical bays and secure staff and an operating budget for five years. The cost to operate the mobile spay/neuter clinic will be about $1,000 a day, according to humane society officials.
"We will never adopt our way out of overpopulation of pets in this city," said Alexis Amorose. "We can do the very best work in this building but no matter how much we do we will never truly be making a difference if we don't get a handle on intake."
The MASH-style unit will spend three or four days in a neighborhood spaying and neutering as many animals as possible.
You can read the article in its entirety here.
We need YOUR help to accomplish this goal and work toward the END of pet overpopulation in our community. Will you support us? Please donate online here; under gift type, simply choose "Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit."
Paw Prints Party 2012 Raises More Than $61,000
In August, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County hosted our annual Paw Prints Party, which is our supporters' chance each year to get all dressed up, have a good time, and go home with some awesome live and silent auction items. We cannot thank our donors enough for coming to this year's event and helping us continue our life-saving work of rescuing and rehabilitating injured and abused animals in our community.
Lady the Beale Street Dog Safe at Humane Society...
We Need Help Naming Her Pups!
On June 26, the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County's rescue team was called into a situation involving Lady, a streetdog that is well-known by Beale Street area merchants and patrons. Members and groups in the community have tried to catch her in the past to spay her and find her a home with no success. Yesterday after a five-hour effort, we were able to catch her and get her and her puppies, which were trapped inside a wall in a local church, off the street. She is now resting comfortably with her nine puppies at the Humane Society.
We need your help naming the nine puppies, so we're having a Puppy Naming Contest! For every $5 you donate, the name you suggest will be entered into a drawing! You can enter as many times as you'd like, and the more you donate, the more chances your name has to win! To get started, click here to donate online. VERY IMPORTANT: For "gift type," choose "Pup Naming Contest," and tell us your name suggestion under "Special Instructions."
Humane Society, City of Memphis, Local Plumbers Team Up to Save "Pipe Kitty"
On June 8, HSMSC got a call from a citizen who heard a cat crying from a pipe underground. The HSMSC rescue team quickly got to the scene, accompanied by the city's public works department and Hill Services Plumbing, to assess the situation. Pipe cameras from both the city and Hill Services (at their own expense) determined that a small kitten was stuck in the pipe some six to 11 feet under ground.
More help soon arrived from Greenway Home Services. Technician Fred Simmons devised a plan and started digging at 6 p.m. that evening, and Greenway staff finally was able to push the kitten out of the pipe and into the hands of HSMSC rescuer John Morgret at 4 a.m., finally giving the 14-hour rescue a happy ending. The six-week-old kitten was named Piper and is now at home with one of her rescuers from Greenway Home Services!
Greenway has started a program to recognize others in the community who go above and beyond to help animals. They will recognize someone quarterly, and for each award, they will donate $250 to HSMSC! You can nominate on Twitter at @MyPipeKitty or call the number above.
For their commitment and dedication to freeing Piper (all at their own expense), please thank Greenway with your business!
Greenway Home Services HVAC, Plumbing & Appliance
Local Tree Companies Join Forces to Donate Tree Removal
Woodland Tree Service and Urban Forestry recently got together as part of the West Tennessee Urban Forestry Council's Day of Caring to remove a dying tree from the Humane Society's grounds. Read the story, as well as some tips for how to handle your own tree issues, here.
Lela, dog who was found with skinned jaw, featured on WREG News Channel 3
WREG News Channel 3 recently told the story of Lela, a husky puppy who was found with her jaw totally skinned. She made it through emergency surgery and is a normal, happy puppy now! After the story aired, we received ten adoption applications on Lela! Click here to watch.
Humane Society thanks volunteers at holiday volunteer party
In December, HSMSC held a volunteer appreciation party to honor the volunteers that we depend on so much. In addition to refreshments and karaoke, we gave awards to certain special volunteers, pictured below.
Zumbathon Raises $1,300 for Humane Society
In December, a volunteer planned a Zumbathon to benefit the Humane Society, inviting area Zumba instructors to each teach a few songs each. The gym was packed, there were tons of great prizes, many fantastic vendors, and a mobile adoption. The event raised $1,300 for HSMSC. Check out a photo of the action below!
Humane Society Dog Stars as Sandy in Playhouse on the Square's "Annie"
Hester, a dog that we rescued from a hoarding case, was found living in a hole in a wall with her litter of puppies. Months later, she was cast as Sandy the dog in the theatrical production of "Annie!" She even got adopted from her great exposure in this role! Read the great story The Commercial Appeal wrote here.
Humane Society Dogs Flash Mob Downtown
Some of our volunteer dogwalkers had a flash mob in downtown Memphis with nine of our dogs to raise awareness for Animal Cruelty Prevention Month. The dogs and volunteers learned a fun routine, and each dog had two signs held up for him: the first sign described the unfortunate circumstances that led to his intake at HSMSC, and the second sign told something funny or silly about the dog now. The goal of the flash mob was to show that dogs who have been victims of cruelty and neglect can be just as special, happy, well-behaved and smart as any dog.
Anakin's Buddies in The Commercial Appeal
The Commercial Appeal featured one of our newest adoption programs, Anakin's Buddies.
Click HERE to see Lucky having a great time playing with his water bucket. Lucky has overcome severe cruelty and he looks forward to a bright future. He is now happy and healthy and is up for adoption. Please call the Humane Society at 901.937.3900 if you are interested in adopting Lucky.
It's a good day to be Lucky. Lucky the dog that is. FOX13 told you about the dog who'd been tied to a tree with an inch deep gouge around 2/3's of his neck. Now, Lucky is feeling a lot better, thanks in part to the good samaritan who brought him to the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County on December 15th. Click on the links to view the news coverage. Channel 24 Channel 13
Click HERE to view the heart wrenching story of Honeysuckle, the sweet Pitbull that was brought to the Humane Society by way of their ambulance on February 24, 2011.
Animal Rescue Transport
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County's new Animal Rescue Transport program will allow veterinarian assistants to get to injured animals quicker. Click HEREto view the WREG news coverage.