It’s that time again. Our Christmas Raffle Basket which is always a pretty one! Great to regift to someone on your list. Will have many lovely items. Will have more details on what’s in it soon. Here is a picture of our basket from 2014…
It’s a constant…thinking of ways to keep the ball rolling! How do we help more animals and the people who love them? How do we continue to fundraise to move our mission forward? These are just a few questions we continue to ask ourselves.
We have one BIG fundraiser a year – it’s our “Autumn Leaves” held each September. “Autumn Leaves” is an Auction/Breakfast that is held each year at the Springfield Country Club, Springfield, OH. Springfield Country Club does a fine job in showcasing our event. The food, the service, and the atmosphere are top-notch.
We thank the leader of our group, Susan Pike and her husband Andy for inviting us to Springfield Country Club every year for our biggest fundraiser. They are great supporters and we don’t know how we could continue without them! A HUGE Thank You!
The menu we chose was fresh fruit; assorted pastries; smoked bacon and sausage; hash brown potatoes; scrambled eggs. It was delicious!
Marcia Lyons lead the 5-for-a-prize trivia which is always fun. Dottie Smiddy spoke about our Volunteer-of-the-Year, Jeannie Harshbarger, who could not attend as she was in the hospital battling cancer. Dottie also gave a report on the importance of educating people regarding Trap-Neuter-Return and how P.U.P.S. and other like-groups are combatting animal overpopulation.
Dave Smiddy, Stacey and Mike Picolo were our raffle ticket sellers. They did an excellent job!
There were a variety of items available for auction and silent auction. In addition, there were a fabulous array of raffle items as well as a 50/50 raffle.
Look for our year-end newsletter PUPS Digest for a complete listing of event sponsors.
We thank all our sponsors for this wonderful day at Springfield Country Club! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We serve a mighty God!
Photo credits: Bonnie Pugliese and Julie Shaffer
Dottie, wife of one of our P.U.P.S. board members, doesn’t need more kittens! At this time, she needs to find homes for 28. That’s a bunch of kittens! Many need medical care before they are healthy enough to be adopted. It’s been said that spring is “kitten season” but Dottie knows that every season is “kitten season”. She does the best she knows how to save as many as possible that she and her husband Dave find that come across their paths.
So many people hear about Dottie and her works with the kittens that they want to bring more cats or kittens for her to care for. What’s needed is more people to be a “Dottie” when stray cats or kittens come into their lives for whatever reason. They need to think about what they can do individually to help in an emergency cat or kitten situation.
Dottie and her network of caregivers will find homes for all the kittens when each one is age appropriate. It’s amazing how everyone works together to do what’s best for each kitten. How thankful we all are at P.U.P.S. that we have such a great network of people and other like-organizations!
I read Dottie stories and it’s heartbreaking to learn how some of the kittens are found, from trash cans to bushes to underneath porches.
Dottie writes the best posts for facebook to tell about the kitten ordeals. However, she doesn’t have much time to write stories, only short ones of how she acquires each little ball of fur. Here is just one of her facebook entries that she wrote about a kitten found in a trash can along with its siblings:
“Three little newborns born in a trash can and left. Mama was too dehydrated and lethargic to feed. Brought babies home and strobe feeding and meds for mama and lady is taking care of her. Their little eyes were not open yet but infection was seeping out. They were vetted and hoping to save 5 of the six eyes. One had ruptured. Two of them have doubled their weight in 5 days and one is struggling but gaining and needed some fluids.”
I wanted to place these facebook entries on our website as many people are not on facebook and cannot see the hardships Dottie (and others like her) face on an on-going basis. P.U.P.S. and others help Dottie as much as possible, but it’s not an easy task providing for such a large group of kittens along with some adult cats as well.
Our group provides neuter/spay certificates, but we don’t have much funding available for medical needs. Please donate to our group if you find it in your heart to do so. God bless and please come back to our pages often to see how we are doing with our animal care outreach.
Many people ask, “What does Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.)” do? As P.U.P.S. Director, I’m glad to be asked that question.
We are a pet protection network that provides education and awareness through print and social media. Also, we offer, for those people who qualify, free or at low-cost dog or cat neuter/spay. In 2015, we neutered/spayed 285 cats and 8 small dogs. With assistance, we hope to accomplish more in 2016!
In addition, we offer some neuters/spays for free roaming cats for established colony care providers to keep the over population numbers at a minimum.
Pet protection education and awareness is the key for communities. That’s why our facebook page offers educational advice on various pet protection issues. We are a resource and referral organization regarding pet protection issues in southwest Ohio.
We (and other organizations to similar to ours) love animals and the people who love them. We network with like-organizations to make this world a little nicer for our 4-legged friends and for those who love them as we do.
Help us help others by attending a fundraising event or by donating an affordable amount at our Donation Link page. Thank you and visit us as often as you can to see any updates from our organization.
Pets Uniting People Society:
Carolyn Hayes, Judy Benning, Susan Pike, Dave (Dottie) Smiddy, and Stacey Picolo
By Mitch Aultman
We don’t trap-neuter-release (TNR) these cats that need us without knowing that one day the day we dread to face will be realized. We know that each day we spend with these mesmerizing creatures could, at any time, be the last.
We always hope it will never happen, but we know that their lives are not long by house cat standards; and, some live extraordinarily long lives by feral standards. That makes us happy because it gives us more time. They make us happy as our relationships develop. A whistle and four legs spring out of their hiding places as they recognize our signal, or the sounds of our cars, just a cat, just vermin, not worth anything, so, so very untrue. Love abounds between us and them. Trust is a measure of success, especially, when we’ve reached one and they respond to us, so contrary to their nature. We each have those little heart flips when something new happens. Each achievement, each new level of trust is important to us than any milestone in the average person’s life. Because we are doing the extraordinary, the unexpected work of reaching the lost hearts and souls of those who are abandoned. They aren’t just cats. They are the special ones we’ve chosen to dedicate ourselves to.
None of this comes lightly, we sacrifice in many ways, none of which we complain about because it is our nature. It is what gives meaning to our lives. It is also what will make the difference one day when people finally understand what it is that this insane and crazy person is actually doing. One day, it will all make sense to them. In the meantime, we celebrate our successes, we look forward to each visit we make with our special friends. Our hearts lift when they venture into new territory with us and finally break the barriers. We know we’ve made a difference and we know without a doubt that we matter. We know that they love us, when they trust us. We know the bond is there. We may never touch them, but still the love is there, the trust as well. That’s important.
We’ve achieved something that we never dreamed in our early years would matter so greatly to us, but it does. And then one day, the day we know will come, the day it ends, our hearts break, our tears flow, and pieces of our soul remain with them as they make their way to their everlasting home. Their memories, their stories, their presence in our lives are what makes us different, what makes us “not crazy”, but compassionate in extraordinary ways.
Rest in peace, my beautiful and wonderful little man. I don’t know why you were where you were, why I found you there or why it ever had to be in the first place, but you were. You gave me joy, love and trust and it changed me. It changed me greatly. I never wanted this day to come, but it did. I will never forget you. I never touched you, but I loved you and I know you loved me too in your own way. Your eyes told me every time we met for all the years I was lucky enough to be your person and caretaker. I can see that love shining brightly from your eyes in all my pictures. You were a street cat by circumstance, but no less important because of it. You mattered. You were important. And now you are gone, but will always be in my heart.
This story’s author, Mitchelyn Aultman, is Director of a nonprofit organization in the Albany/Leesburg, Georgia area called CatNappers. Facebook/Catnappers
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
All of us at Pets Uniting People Society want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! If you would like to make a year-end donation to help our programs, including Dot’s Connection, please donate at the link provided or by sending to: Pets Uniting People Society, Box 49, Tremont City, OH 45372.
It’s been over 1,460 days since the networking of Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) began. Officially, the P.U.P.S. experience started in February 2010 when the nonprofit Christian organization of “Family Journal” became “Pets Uniting People Society”.
Now-a-days P.U.P.S. is a network of the P.U.P.S. experiences…pets indeed uniting people together and it’s illustrated in all our daily lives. Just look at the many lives of people and animals all over the country (and world) that are changing for the good because of this networking…
Pets Uniting People Society networks with many organizations whose missions are for the good of animals and the people who love them.
For more information about networking, contact Pets Uniting People Society on this site or write to: P.U.P.S., Box 49, Tremont City, OH 45372. Someone will connect with you right away. With your help, this animal welfare network will grow on a daily basis.
Everyone had a good time on Saturday, September 26th at the beautiful Springfield Country Club. There’s no more glorious setting than the Springfield Country Club. We found the food selection this year was excellent, the staff courteous and helpful and all attendees seemed to enjoy themselves! Great reviews from everyone!
Pictures speak volumes! Enjoy!
It was a nice event!
Little by little – many little ones are getting another chance at life – thanks to Dave and Dottie Smiddy, P.U.P.S. Board Members. All of us at Pets Uniting People Society are delighted to be able to help in some way to the welfare of these kittens.
As the stories go, these babies had traumatic beginnings, ie thrown from cars, left along the road to die, left behind when folks move away to fend for themselves which many times they are in desperate need of medical attention. It’s unbelievable how cruel people can be and the Smiddy family has seen so many sad cases and inhumane sights in parts of our community. They often wonder how many more are out there undiscovered.
In 2014, we had over 224 neuter/spays and we could have easily had more, but due to cats/kittens being so unhealthy, it took additional funds to get them well enough for the surgeries.
Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) has filed application to several foundations in hopes that more funding can be obtained to make an even greater difference. When funds are available, Pets Uniting People Society offers a no-cost or low-cost neuter/spay program for small pets of individuals or families who qualify. P.U.P.S. offers neuter/spay vouchers to established colony care providers as well, when funds are available. This is ongoing and is needed to keep down the overpopulation in many areas of the county.
If you feel an urgency to help us in our quest, please send your donation to: Pets Uniting People Society, Box 49, Tremont City, OH 45372. Also, you can place a donation securely here at the “Donate” link. Thank you.
After many emails, phone calls, and meetings, another event has come and gone. Poof! All over and ready to meet the challenges for the next one. That’s what nonprofits do over and over again. Not only is it a challenge that an organization must fill to the best of its ability, but also an ongoing challenge to keep funding available to sustain the group/organization for another year.
Here are the results of many weeks of preparation in our “Home, Health & Happiness” fundraising event. Many thanks to all the people who made this possible, especially our sponsors: Cherish Paws (Jackson, Lytle & Lewis: Frankie Bennett); Signature HomeStyles (Brenda Landis); The Pampered Chef (Jenny Ward); Mary Kay (Sandra Zinger); Springfield Animal Care Center (Liz Spencer); Origami Owl (Janet Scott); Thirty-One (Tara Joseph); Wags N Wiggles (Laura Fazio); Plexus (Misti Smith); and Tupperware (Jennifer Ruhlen).
Also, congrats to Misti Smith, Plexus. She was the winner of our $1,000 Raffle Basket!
Here are more pictures from this fundraiser held at the Marriott, Downtown Springfield, Saturday, May 23rd.
Kudos to our Program advertisers: Andy Richards (Jeff Wyler Chevrolet); Monte Zinn, Auto Consultant; Neal Kennels & Training Center; Ann Kallal (MaggieRossDogs.com); Mary Mann (PNC Mortgage); Woeber Mustard Company; Willow Group/Skalny Baskets; Buckeye PC Repair; Trupointe Farm & Home Store; Mumma Auctioneers & Realty; Armstrong Printing; and all sponsors of $1,000 Raffle Basket: Susan Pike; Helen Benning; Tom & Eileen Windon; Kroger’s; Christy McGregor; Collier’s Family Restaurant; Casa Del Sazon (Derr Road); Hidden Picture Treasure Books (Liz Ball); Woeber’s Mustards & Sauces; and Brenda Priest.
Door prizes: Oakwood Village & Bonnie’s Nursery
We appreciate the opportunity to promote the works of: National Trail Parks & Recreation / Central Bark & Woofstock for what they do here in Clark County, OH, and to The Ohio Pet Fund for all they do for pet protection nonprofit organizations all over the state of Ohio.
Thanks to The Courtyard Marriott and the beautiful day it was to showcase our downtown Springfield area.
Photos by: Bonnie Pugliese
Thanks to event volunteers: Brenda Priest and Lyn Hardman