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.”
It’s graphic with the little one with the eye popping out. A few days after taking these babies in, Dottie posted about this little one in the middle and what happened with his eye…
From Dottie’s facebook:
“Nearly had a heart attack last night! Friday evening 7:00!!! I was feeding the little critical kitten and then went to sink to stimulate him when his eyeball shot out across the counter! Blood was gushing out the socket and I had a large cotton ball wet to stimulate him and covered the opening to stop the blood. Yelled for Dave but he was out in the field mowing. Called Vet and Dr. King was on call and left an emergency message. Called HHES, Tanya, on what to do. She agree on… the compress and was going to get s hold of Dr. Fent. Then Dr. King called me and said cold compress and keep him still and call him back if it doesn’t stop soon, he was on his way home. It stopped but poor baby would let out the most pitiful cry every once and awhile. Dr. Fent called me also and pretty much said the same thing . I dropper fed him and held him most of the night because I was afraid he might start bleeding and I wouldn’t know. Took him to the vets first thing this morning. He is entirely too young and tiny to do anything yet. He only weighs 6 oz. so was advised to keep the socket covered with antibiotic ointment, given a very small dose of pain meds and Clavamox twice a day (2 drops) and watch for any infection. So he is not with his siblings right now and kept separate. He is on a heating pad, fleece and baby blankets rolled up all around the edges in a carrier. He will be staying next to me by the couch where I will be sleeping again!! Prayers please for this little guy, he has not had a good beginning to his little 15 day old life!”
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.
Photo credits: Bonnie Pugliese
The Spring Health Fling was a lovely, colorful event thanks to so many people who made it possible. It took place at the Clark County Fairgrounds, Arts & Crafts Building, Springfield, Ohio, Sunday, May 15, 2016. Our Pets Uniting People Society Board: Susan Pike, Judy Benning, Stacey Picolo, Dave (Dottie) Smiddy, Rosemarie Benning and myself, Carolyn Hayes, would like to thank all the business vendors whose commitment made this day an outstanding one for our pet protection network cause. Special thanks to: Andy and Susan Pike, Steve and Rick Benning, Ann Kallal, Bonnie Pugliese, Jeannie Harshbarger, Lyn Hardman, and Suellen Kelly… to all a BIG “Thank you!”
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, Stacey Picolo, and Rosemarie Benning
SPRING HEALTH FLING, ARTS & CRAFTS BUILDING – CLARK COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS – SPRINGFIELD, OHIO – SUNDAY, MAY 15TH – NOON TO 6PM
ADMISSION: $10 – CHILDREN GET IN FREE!
Pets Uniting People Society – P.U.P.S. and all businesses/organizations involved are preparing for your arrival to our “Spring Health Fling” in the Arts & Crafts Building, Clark County Fairgrounds, Springfield, OH.
We thought we’d feature some pictures of some of what will be happening this year. Our venue is much bigger this year for more businesses/organizations. We are at the Clark County Fairgrounds, Arts & Crafts Building. The building will have a touch of decor by Ambience to make the building a festive and cozy environment to enjoy the day!
Miss Tabitha, Balloon Twister, will be there along with her face painting apprentice.
Pictures here are just a smidgen of what will be at “Spring Health Fling”!
Check back often for updates! Download our registration form.
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.