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
Saturday is the day!
Hope you made arrangements for your tickets. Breakfast begins at 10:30 or so. We will have a fun day! Ends about 2-ish! Travel writer/photographer Anietra Hamper, Columbus, OH, is our keynote speaker with her presentation: “Your Someday Starts Now”.
Jackson Lytle & Lewis (Frankie Bennett); Springfield Animal Care Center (Liz & Chelsea Spencer); Plexus (Misti Smith); Tupperware (Jennifer Ruhlen); The Pampered Chef (Jenny Ward); Signature HomeStyles (Brenda Landis); Mary Kay (Sandy Zinger); Thirty-One (Tara Joseph); Origami Owl (Janet Scott); Wags-N-Wiggles (Laura Fazio)
Raffle Basket valued at $1,000…winner will be drawn at the event.
William Arthur Ward wrote: “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” At Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.), they live this quote. Oftentimes, one might think an organization must be huge to have an impact in our world. This is just not true.
Board of trustees for Pets Uniting People Society are: Susan Pike, Judy Benning, Dave (Dottie) Smiddy, Rosemarie Benning, Stacey Picolo, and Carolyn Hayes. Thanks to everyone who assisted with “Autumn Leaves 2014” and special thanks to Andy and Susan Pike. Without assistance from so many, they could not have reached their objective for this year. Not only did they achieve their goal, but they surpassed what they thought was possible. No doubt…”with God all things are possible.”
In this blog post are some pictures that were taken on this truly, remarkable day of Thanksgiving, Autumn Leaves 2014. Their hope is that they can continue to help not only the animals, but also, the people who love them.
Appreciative for the outburst of support from the Springfield, Urbana, and Yellow Springs area for our “Autumn Leaves” fundraiser…It is the third year to host this event and everyone can see it becoming better and better each time.
So many people to thank and each individual is dear for making this event happen, especially those praying for us. God has definitely shown us favor.
Here are a few pictures of the baskets for the auction and raffle. We hope you bought a ticket to join in the festivities, Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio.
What difference does it make? It makes a huge difference on how many animals and people Pets Uniting People Society can help during the year in grants and fundraising efforts. We need people’s prayers for what some people consider the “small stuff” as compared to what’s going on in our world. Although this may be true, we here at Pets Uniting People Society have our own jobs in our own organization’s mission, to help as many people and free-roaming cats as possible. In addition, we sometimes help dogs, but usually just cats because our local animal control helps more with the dogs and cannot assist much with our community’s cats overpopulation.
Our county of over 100,000 people has a population of over 5,000 feral cats based upon our people population. And, this number is much higher with free-roaming/loosely-owned cats that people may feed once-in-awhile, but by no means do they offer cats veterinarian care or get them neutered or spayed. That’s why they are called “community cats” (as illustrated in the one graphic provided by an Indiana cat group)…it takes all of us to care for them. We need more people to step up to take responsibility of community cats. Cats that are loosely-owned fend for themselves, just like their feral counterparts. Our society can make a difference and take on the responsibility where many citizens fall short. God mandates (Genesis 1:28; Proverbs 12:10) us to be good stewards of what we are given on this earth…let’s start now to be good stewards. The kittens in these pictures are being taken care of and have received forever homes. They are the fortunate ones. However, there are many out there in neighborhoods and in city and county fields that need our help. Please…let’s continue to make a difference for so many that need it.
To offer a donation or for more information about how to help in our cat overpopulation, contact Pets Uniting People Society, Box 49, Tremont City, OH 45372. Or go to our donate link on this website to offer a secure online contribution. Your donation is tax-deductible.
Would you help us? This September 20th, Pets Uniting People Society will be hosting its 3rd Annual “Autumn Leaves” Brunch/Auction. We hope you will be able to attend this fundraiser on Saturday, September 20, 2014, Springfield Country Club. More details about this event are coming up as the date draws near, check back often.