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Little by Little – Making a Difference in our Community

black tiny kittensLittle 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.

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Dave and Dottie Smiddy

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 beblack trimmed snow shoe kitten 2015 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.

 

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Another Event Has Come and Gone

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.

The PUPS Event HHH Cover 2015Here 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!

The PUPS Event Basket Winner Plexus 2015Here are more pictures from this fundraiser held at the Marriott, Downtown Springfield, Saturday, May 23rd.

The PUPS Event Speaker 2015

The PUPS Event Origami Owl 2015The PUPS Event Signature HomeStyle 2015

The PUPS Event Attendees in Room 2015

The PUPS Event Spring Cherish Paws 2015

PUPS Board Spring 2015

Thanks to a hard-working PUPS Board: (left to right) Dave & Dottie Smiddy, Carolyn Hayes, Stacey Picolo, Rosemarie Benning, Judy Benning, and Susan Pike

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

The PUPS Event Marriott Outside 2015The PUPS Event Fountain Marriott 2015

The PUPS Event Mural Marriott 2015The PUPS Event Attendees Enjoying Outside Marriott 2015

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Home Health & Happiness

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”.

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Businesses participating:

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)

basket items for spring raffle 2015

Raffle Basket valued at $1,000…winner will be drawn at the event.

 

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Pets Uniting People Society Christmas Basket Winners

Here are the winners drawn by basketball player from Urbana University, Matt Csuhran, Panera Bread, December 13, 2014. Congratulations to: Kathie Coy and Donna Shepherd!

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Kathie Coy and her Dog…Kathie first basket winner

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Donna Shepherd (left) second basket winner 2014

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Matt Csuhran drawing first winner

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Matt drawing second winner

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A Grateful Attitude of Gratitude

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Cole Young and Auctioneer Curtis Mumma

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Sally Ingle (left); PUPS Board Member Susan Pike (right)

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.

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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.”

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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.

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Display Tables

 

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Donna Shepherd’s Book Display

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Dottie Smiddy along side Raffle Table

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Lyn Hardman and PUPS Board Member Stacey Picolo

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Susan Young and PUPS Co-Director Judy Benning

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Michelle Adams, Dottie Smiddy, Marsha Tiffner

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PUPS Board Member Dave Smiddy

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Mrs. Dave Smiddy (Dottie) presenting Volunteer of Year Award to Sue Ellen Kelly

 

 

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In Charge of Silent Auction Table: Michelle Tittle (right)

Donna and one of her books

Guest Speaker: Donna Shepherd

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Everything is Beautiful

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autumn leaves alzheimer basket 2014Appreciative 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.

autumn leaves coach basket 201423 theme-baskets for auction, 10 raffle baskets, and several silent auction items. Plus we have paintings, artwork, homemade quilt, and many door prizes!

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Autumn Leaves

We are ready!

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What Difference Does it Make?

sueellenblackkittiesWhat 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 overpopulationcat kitten flowers litter.

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. community catsWe 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.

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Kittens Needing Homes, So Adorable

Yes, unfortunately, it’s kitten season. They seem to come out from everywhere. Please check with Dottie (937) 244-0852 for any available kittens.

Here are a few pictures of some.

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These little babies are just a few weeks old. They need to be 8 weeks old before adoption.

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These little ones are ready for homes and a few have already been adopted.

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Kitten Season Presents Message of “Send Me No Flowers”

As Director of PUPS, oftentimes, I think we could write a book about all the happenings that goes on within our organization, especially stories told by Dottie Smiddy, our volunteer foster care director. Every spring, she receives phone call after phone call about kittens in distress that are without their momma cat. She takes on what she feels she can handle, which, believe me, is quite a few!

Flowers (black and white) and Miss Whiskers (tiger)

Although her latest contact was from a lady who had two stray momma cats that she rescued along with sixteen other homeless cats from a neighborhood that was demolished in order to build our new hospital. She found homes for the others. She named one momma cat Flowers and the other Ms. Whiskers. Flowers had six kittens and Ms. Whiskers had five. She liked them well enough to keep, but she couldn’t care and keep their kittens…this is when Dottie enters the scene. Did I say a book? It’s more like a remake of the Doris Day film, “Send Me No Flowers!”

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Momma Flowers Litter

In the midst of kitten season, the message was staged: “Send Me No Flowers!” No one would help. No one! No one, but Dottie. Dottie came to the rescue, again! She agreed to take them all until the kittens were well enough and old enough to be adopted. Then, Momma Flowers and Momma Whiskers would be spayed…this is when the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF) enters the picture. There was an important role for everyone. The Doris Day Animal Foundation was the producer that helped with the funding, P.U.P.S. directed the scenes played over and over again, and Dottie, the casting director, was the one who affectionately named and cared for the kittens.

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Lil Rosebud, only one that didn’t make it

During the convalescent time, Dottie found that Flowers’ little garden needed the most attention. While caring for the kittens she gave them these names: Sweet William, Chrysanthemum (Chrys), Poppy, Laurel, Lark, and Rosebud. Even with the wonderful, round-the-clock care that Dottie gave, little Rosebud didn’t make it. Flowers rejected her right from the start…usually momma cats know when something isn’t right. Dottie (bless her heart) said, “If Rosebud makes it, I’m going to rename her Blossom”. Well, folks, this is when I lost it and broke down in tears (In private, I am sure Dottie does this many times, but, with me, she always plays the strong one. She knows how weak and emotional I am.)

So thank you, Doris Day Animal Foundation for this new and important production of “Send Me No Flowers”! P.U.P.S. is dedicating many pages in their organization’s scrapbook with titles of movies that Doris Day starred in, i.e. “Pillow Talk” – kittens in slumber and play; “The Thrill of It All” – neuter/spaying free-roaming cats in two zip code areas of Clark County, Ohio; “With Six You Get Egg roll” – a blended family of pets; “It’s a Great Feeling” – helping hundreds of free-roaming cats in the small community of Clark County, OH…thanks to the generosity of The Doris Day Animal Foundation! Pictures are worth a thousand words and we will have plenty of pictures to support these themes.

Please visit this site from time-to-time to see the development of our presentation scrapbook. Thanks to everyone who plays a role in the continuous production of “Pets Uniting People Society” (P.U.P.S.).

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