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February, 2014:

United Senior Services 2/26/14, World Spay Month

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Dottie, PUPS’ Board Member’s wife and animal advocate, helping a United Senior Services member with signups and information.

Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) visited United Senior Services, Downtown Springfield, on Wednesday, February 26th to give out information about World Spay Month and offered a drawing for a free cat spay certificate. The winner of the certificate was Cenis Mitch.In addition, P.U.P.S. sold some raffle tickets for our Neuter/Spay Basket for World Spay Month. It was a good day!cat neuter spay day at elderly united 1


Weather Played Part in Numbers Down for February 2014

cat neuter spay day springfield animal hospitalThanks to the Springfield Animal Care Center, Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) provides a voucher program every month of the year for free-roaming cats. However, February 2014, numbers have been down due to weather condiitons.

Although during February 2013, P.U.P.S. had fourteen neuter/spay surgeries, so we are down only by two surgeries from this time last year for the month of February.

cat neuter spay day liz at springfield animal centerLiz, Springfield Animal Care Center, is checking in two free-roaming cats for surgeries during February, Neuter/Spay Month.

P.U.P.S. is hoping for a grant soon so we can continue our free-roaming cat program consistently throughout the year.

Momentum will pick up beginning with Spring season.


PetSmart World Spay Day 2/25/14

PetSmart World Spay Day 2014

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Cat Neuter Spay Set Up at PetSmart 2014









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Miley, the friendly Beagle, came by with her parents at PetSmart on World Spay Day.

Set-up at PetSmart for World Spay Day, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10am and then on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10am at United Senior Services (formerly Elderly United), Downtown, Springfield. Passing out literature on the importance of neuter/spaying pets.


Ticket Sales Closed-Out for Neuter/Spay Raffle Basket

cat neuter spay basket with kitten cardPUPS and many other cat protection organizations have been busy this month trapping and having free-roaming cats neutered/spayed. PUPS via The Humane Society of United States and other pet protection organizations have been educating and bringing awareness to neuter/spay as well.

To help defray the expense of our neuter/spay program, PUPS offers basket raffles throughout the year. This one is our February Neuter/Spay Basket Raffle.

Please learn more from this blog about the efforts of Pets Uniting People Society.

Drawing for one free cat spay certificate will be on Wednesday, February 26th, United Senior Services, Downtown Springfield, at 1pm. Basket will be available for view and tickets can be purchased while PUPS is set-up at PetSmart on Tuesday, February 25th and at United Senior Services, Wednesday, February 26th. Basket winner will be drawn on Friday, February 28th, 6pm at Panera Bread, North Bechtle, Springfield, and winner will be notified by phone.


PUPS’ World Spay Activities for February

World Spay Day 2014aOn Monday, February 24th, Carolyn Hayes, Director of Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) will be speaking to a group of Springfield High School students about the importance of neuter/spaying pets, handing out free literature.

will be opetsmart logour location at 1705 North Bechtle Avenue on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, “World Spay Day”. P.U.P.S. will be there beginning at 10am. Come by and visit our free information table. In addition, sign-up for our drawing for a free cat spay certificate.

On Wednesday, February 26th, 10am until 1pm, P.U.P.S. will be set-up at United Senior Services Center, 101 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio.

The entire month of February is for bringing awareness to “World Spay”…please promote and encourage all pet owners to neuter or spay their pets.

If one has questions or needs more information about “World Spay” events through P.U.P.S., call P.U.P.S. Director, Carolyn Hayes, (937) 244-4604.


In Loving Memory of Signature Poster Pet Rudy

logobannerGone, But Not Forgotten

Pets Uniting People Society would like to take a moment to reminisce about those pets that went to Rainbow Bridge in 2013. Ones gone, but not forgotten. One was our signature poster pet Rudy (aka Baxter). When we learned of his passing, it was a shock as his passing was an unexpected one for he was only about 3 or 4 years old.

When I first met Rudy, it was in the parking lot of the A T & T phone store. He was in the back seat of a mid-size sedan, tied to the front head rest. When I entered the store, there was a couple signing up for a new cell phone. I asked the young man if that was his pit bull out in the car and he said, “Yes, mam!” He then proceeded to tell me how he acquired the young dog. “Our front door was open one morning; he ran in and jumped right into my lap!” I told him how handsome the pit bull was and if he decided he couldn’t keep him to call me. I gave him my PUPS’ card.

About two weeks later, I received an early morning call from this young man asking if I was the lady he met at the phone store. Immediately I recognized the young man’s voice as he had a southern accent and was very polite. He said with his voice breaking, “Mam, I can’t keep him.” I asked, “Where do you live?” I rushed right over.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After I picked him up, my new friend and I rode around town in my car, my new found friend licking my face all the while. We had quite a long ride as I had to think through where I was going to take him to be safe. The guy did tell me his name and it was “Felon”, like he was a criminal! Well, I had to change that! He went unnamed for the first day or two. Our first stop was to the veterinarian’s office to get him vaccinated so he could be placed into a local kennel. When the veterinarian asked me how long I had him…I answered quickly, “About an hour!” He laughed and told me he was a just a young pup, but I think he was just a small pit bull. He never did get very big. This little pit bull was the first “case” PUPS admitted into its program. It was definitely an emergency. Even though PUPS’s purpose is not a rescue, we do “take in” animals in extreme situations. After the first full day at a local kennel, the kennel workers informed me that he didn’t bark, but howled.


This is Rudy as he was when PUPS’ Director rescued him. He was adopted in 2010 and renamed, but he will always be Rudy to us here at PUPS.

As a pet sitter and animal lover, I saw no reason why this dog should have been homeless. From the short time I was around Rudy, he didn’t deserve what he was getting out of life. I tagged him with the name Rudy because this name told his story. He was a lover like Rudolph Valentino, a red-nosed pit bull, similar traits of the movie character ‘Rudy’, the small athlete with a huge heart, and made sounds like that Crooner Rudy Vallee (well, maybe just a little). That’s Rudy! Rudy got a home right before Christmas 2010. Got word that Rudy passed away a few months ago, not is all known about the details. I think I’m still in shock.

As long as I am PUPS’ director, he will continue to be our signature poster dog…I love you, Rudy, Rest in Peace, my dear friend!

Rainbow Bridge…Just this side of heaven is a place called RainbowBridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to RainbowBridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those that were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross RainbowBridge together….

-Author Unknown


Sheba Got a Home

Sheba2Sheba got a home! Although she was one of thirteen cats and the favorite cat of her owner, Karen, who passed away last October. It’s been said that Sheba would follow Karen to the CVS Pharmacy which was close-by their house. Sheba would wait outside the store until Karen would come out and then they’d walk back home together. Sheba is certainly a special cat and all know this who meet her!