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A Letter From The Editor......Congratulations! We survived another Wisconsin winter! I am not sure if I really know what a 'Wisconsin winter' is, but it's early March so I think it's safe to say that we survived. We did experience a little bit of everything in southern Wisconsin over the past few months. We had lots of above average temperatures and a fair amount of snow early in the season. Other than that larger storm in mid-January (I had 8-9 inches) snow was scarce. We did have a fair amount of ice, a couple of thunderstorms and lots of wind and fog. Oh, there was that 2-3 weeks without much sunshine – that was kind of a drag! But spring is on the way – so much to look forward to. Most of my seeds have been sown and I am now transplanting. I actually have begonias blooming and some of the impatiens have buds. That, of course, is both good and bad. It is always exciting to see my plants start to bloom but the downside is the ICHS plant fundraiser is still two months away.... As you read this letter it is important to remember that I am a volunteer and these are MY thoughts.
As I start my 15th year of volunteering at ICHS, I have seen a lot of animals come and go. As you can imagine, it is easy to get 'attached' to some of them. It is a relief when they are adopted so you no longer have to figure out how to sneak one more into the house without anyone noticing. But every once in a while there is that "special" one that you just can't ignore and I am referring to the "little monster man" – Cyrus (see the January 2017 PawPrints as well as the picture). Cyrus was doing well in Larry's Living Room – BIG Uncle Noah was keeping him in line (or at least trying to). However Cyrus refused to accept a new cat, Bear, which was placed in the room. The staff tried to be patient with him but Cyrus would have no part of it and so what to do? Angel's Wish had come out to pick up a couple of other cats and they agreed to take Cyrus. So, he's out of my life which is good – even though I was 'devastated'☺ at the time! I think most people acquainted with Cyrus also thought that he was "one of a kind". I hope that he gets a forever home soon and that Angel's Wish sends an update.
Speaking of updates – Buzz and Petey were recently adopted. Both of them were favorites with the staff and volunteers but because of their FIV+ status, there was not a lot of interest in them. How exciting that they were recently adopted together. I hope to have an update on them in a future newsletter.
It's that time of year again! ICHS will be holding the Spring 2017 Canine Good Citizen class. This class is for both dogs and handlers. It teaches basic obedience, good manners and social interactions including sit, down, come, stay, allowing handling, walking quietly on a leash and interacting politely with dogs and strangers when out in public. The classes will be held on the first four Saturdays of April (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, and 4/22). The classes will be every Saturday of the month from 1PM to 3PM with the certification test on the last Saturday (4/22). For more information call or email the front office (608-935-1381) to sign up now. Spots are limited and fill up fast! If you have any suggestions or ideas about the content of ICHS PAWPRINTS, please contact me, Terri Davis, at email@example.com
As a reminder, ICHS is a volunteer-based organization and our volunteers are priceless when it comes to our mission and success. Learn more about the opportunities by clicking here.
Upcoming Fundraising Events
Just a reminder that ICHS is always looking for volunteers to help with the planning and implementation of our fundraisers. Our goal is to have enough volunteers so that each individual would only have to help plan and/or work at one event per year. So...if you would like to get involved with the planning and organizing of 2017's fundraisers, please contact the shelter for more details. We hope to hear from you!!! Please contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-935-1381 if you'd like to help!
April 13 - ICHS Paint Your Pet Night Fundraiser at the Firehouse in Mt. Horeb, from 6:30-9:30pm. Professional artists will walk you through painting your own animal- No experience needed! Tickets are $60, more information can be found at www.ichs.net.
April 21 and 22- ICHS Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser at the shelter from 8-2pm each day. We'll have tons of great deals on new and lightly used animal items (dog & cat crates, toys, bowls, beds, collars, etc.), as well as everything else you'd expect at a garage sale! Have items to contribute? Donations can be dropped off at the ICHS Society during our open hours. Please bring only items in decent, re-sellable condition. No clothes or broken items please. If you have any questions on whether or not your items are appropriate, please email email@example.com or call (608) 935-1381. Thank you!!
May 20 and 27- ICHS Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser, 8:30am-12pm both days. The plant sale will feature a large variety of both annuals and perennials.
January & February Adoptions
We all know that all animals are 'special' but the animals featured in this section are indeed special. These are 'special needs' animals. The special person/family who adopts one of these animals knows that this may/may not be the long-term relationship which we hope for when we open our hearts and homes to a new family member. These animals 'forever homes' with us may be just for a short time before they move on...But, nevertheless, these animals need a home and a loving family just as we all do. Are you possibly the family that could provide a home for one of these animals? If not, do you know of a family who could provide a loving home for these animals? If so, please come out to ICHS and find out more about these animals from the ICHS staff.
Bandit, Piper & Gaston – FIV Kitties
Bandit, Piper and Gaston are "normal" cats – it's just that they have the FIV virus which affects their immune systems – but slowly – over a period of years! They should live long and normal lives! Bandit is a young guy who came in with an apparent reaction to fleas and has significant hair loss. His hair is slowly growing back. He is a sweet cat and loves attention. Piper is also a young kitty with a tremendous amount of energy. She came to the shelter with four kittens. She is very playful and also loves attention. Bandit and Piper are housed together in Chuck's Tree House. They are not actually "best buds" but they do tolerate each other. They don't need to be adopted together but could be. Gaston is about three years old and is a short, stocky kind of guy. He had the opportunity to be in the room with Bandit and Piper but he didn't think much of that arrangement so he is in a cage just waiting for YOU!
Although we call FIV cats "special", there really are no special considerations when adopting any of these three kitties. If it wasn't for the FIV+ sign on their cages, you wouldn't have a clue that they have FIV! They must be kept indoors. They may live with other indoor cats since FIV is not easily passed between cats (it would be best if your other cat(s) are good-natured and amicable to a new pal). FIV is primarily spread by serious bite wounds so if you have other cats, it is important to properly introduce FIV cats to the others (but you would do that with any cat that you bring home). It is also important to keep them free from stress so a quiet home would be best. So...Bandit, Piper and Gaston need a home.
Cleo & Cheerio - FeLV Kitties
Cleo is about a year old and has been at ICHS a few months. She is extremely playful but also loves to cuddle. This little girl is one of those whom I would bring home "in a heartbeat" if I could. But because of her FeLV status she can't live with other cats (unless they are also FeLV) which means that I can't have her – however if YOU are currently 'catless', YOU should get to know this little "love bug"! Now it may be easy to overlook her as she appears to be "kind of ordinary". She doesn't stand out – until you get to know her. Look at her closely. A quick glance and she appears to be "just a tabby" but you will notice that her coloring is unusual and BEAUTIFUL. She is a very petite kitty so she may have some more growing to do or perhaps she will always be petite – either way she is a little bundle of joy! Cheerio has only been at ICHS for a short time as well. He is white with a very pink nose. He is a nice little guy with lots of energy. He is not quite the 'cuddler' that Cleo is and he can be a bit squirmy when you pick him up. Cheerio is about the same age as Cleo. Cheerio and Cleo are 'roommates' so if YOU are looking for a pair of young kitties that will entertain YOU as well as each other, come and get to know these two youngsters. So...Cheerio and Cleo need a home and it is hoped that they will go to the same home.
Similar to FIV cats, FeLV cats also must be kept indoors and a quiet home is best. FeLV cats do need to be only cats (may live with other FeLV cats). FeLV kitties may live for years having a "normal" life span, but once/if the later stage of the infection occurs, the cat's health may deteriorate rapidly. That, of course, is one reason FeLV cats are not readily adopted – no one wants to lose their pet to illness. But Cleo and Cheerio need a home.
I need your help if I am to continue to feature the success stories which begin the moment your adopted companion chooses you. It is not difficult for me to write a paragraph that showcases your pet. The problem that I have is finding YOU and your pet. I don't know who you are or how to contact you. If you would be interested in sharing your pet's story in the newsletter, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. A picture and a brief write-up about your pet(s) is all that I need. If I don't have enough info, I will get back to you. It would be helpful to know your pet's shelter name (if you renamed your pet), when you adopted, pet's favorite activities, other pets that you may have and whatever else you would like to include. If you are not able to send a picture, that's OK. Many of you send periodic updates regarding your adopted pet to the shelter. I can use those write-ups if you would please indicate (in your letter/e-mail to ICHS) that you are giving me permission to include your pet's story in the newsletter. I hope to hear from you!
I was sent the following story well over a year ago and I somehow managed to lose it (I'm so sorry about that). But Finn (the kitty) and Billy's family persevered and we're finally getting their story in PawPrints.
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