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Autumn Leaves PUPS' Fundraiser at Springfield CCPets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) 2nd Annual Autumn Leaves fundraiser sparkled and shined on Saturday, September 14th, at Springfield Country Club with the many wonderful auction baskets that were decorated by Dottie, Board Member Dave Smiddy’s wife. She has a great talent for basket design and her grandson (Board Member Stacey Picolo’s son), J.D. Walsh, Willow Group, supplies P.U.P.S. with the decorative baskets for the occasion. Dottie brings the donated items to life in her creative arrangements. She received assistance from her daughter, Stacey Picolo, a P.U.P.S. Board Member, and Sue Ellen Kelly, a P.U.P.S. Volunteer.

Rick Benning, Ambience, offered room finishing touches with P.U.P.S. logo banners including the colorful leaves to add the glamour and charm to our signature theme, “Autumn Leaves”. We appreciate all that he did for us.

Curtis Mumma, Mumma Realty & Auctioneers, whacked the gavel for the best auction bids. With his talent, along with the many individuals and businesses that contributed, P.U.P.S. reached their goal!  The P.U.P.S. Board worked diligently to make this event even better than it was last year.

P.U.P.S. would like to thank Dr. Nikki Maynard, a local veterinarian, for being our speaker for the day. Due to a previous commitment, she could not speak until after the auction. Even with the time conflict, she managed questions from the audience very well and finished out our event on a very positive note. We appreciate her rearranging her schedule to visit us on that special day.

Big shout out to Susan and Andy Pike for sponsoring the entire day at Springfield Country Club. We appreciate their donation to cover the expense of this event. Without their generosity, P.U.P.S. would not be able to assist as many needy animals and the people who care for them.

Most importantly, we’d like to thank Springfield Animal Care Center (Liz Spencer, Cookie Huber, Dr. Dave, Dr. Laura, Dr. Jamie, and Dr. Leslie and the rest of the staff) without their care, compassion, and consideration for our program, there would no P.U.P.S. as we know it today. They have been so kind to help in a quest that is on-going.

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Location again this year was the lovely and beautiful Springfield Country Club, thanks to our event sponsors, Andy and Susan Pike. Not only does Susan donate the location and expense of the event site, but also donated some items for our beautiful baskets, ie Estee Lauder and Hello Kitty as well as other items contributed from her friend’s pet grooming/supply store. What a fabulous array of items!autumn leaves indian lk basket 13

P.U.P.S. Board Members wishes to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated items! Wow! The list was amazing:

Springfield Country Club and Pro Shop

Springfield Animal Care Center

Mumma Realty & Auctioneers

Ridgewood Jewelers

Willow Group / Skalny Baskets (J.D. Walsh)

Spend-a-Day Marina

Kings Kennel

Springfield Parks & Recreation

Becky’s Gourmet Pies (Becky Moyer)

Lauri’s Gourmet Cupcakes (Lauri Braithwaite)

Frisch’s Restaurants

Northridge Bowling Lanes

Northside Veterinary Clinic

Woeber Mustard Company


The Home Depot

Cheryl & Co.

Sheehan Brothers Vending & Catering

O’Conners Irish Pub

Northwood Veterinary Hospital

Springfield Arts Council

Collier’s Family Restaurant

Jeff Wyler

Ambience Event Planners

Armstrong Instant Print

William Lord, DDS

Cracker Barrel

Panera Bread

Myers Auto Body

The Kroger Company

Gigi’s Cupcakes (Beavercreek)

Hearth & Home Assisted Living

Oakwood Village

Tiz Whiz

Adorably April (April Fent)

Avon (Representative Mona Chubb)

Manhattan Styling Salon

Scentsy (Deanna Bennett)

Fast Lane Car Wash

Splish Splash Auto Bath

Dan & Rosemary Haemmerle

Conroy Funeral Home

Debra Dickerhoof

Touch of Class Beauty Salon (Pedicures & Manicures)

The Barn

Clark County Public Library

Altrusa Club of Springfield

Alpacas, Posies, and Pines / Avon (Debbie Stokes)

Laser Skin Care of Midwest (James Cromwell, MD)

Wright State University’s Nutter Center

The Vacation Van (Disney Vacations / Wendi Gabriel)

Community Mercy Health Partners

Sherwin William Paint Store (E. Main St.)

Security National Bank (Downtown)

Mad River Veterinary Hospital

Huntington Bank

Lynda Marcia

Bonnie’s Nursery




New Dimensions Beauty Salon

Long John Silvers / A&W (E. Main)

Designs by Deb

Windy Knoll Golf Club

Tim Horton’s

Regis Hair Salon

Netts Florist  (Shirley Campbell)

The Landing Tavern (Indian Lake)

Cranberry Resort (Indian Lake)

Wells Fargo (Ammie Spahr)

The Olive Garden

Liberty Hills Golf Club (Logan Co.)

McDonald’s (Derr Road)

Julia Etta’s Trunk

Eden World Wellness Center

Dragontree Tattoos

WaveLength Beauty Wellness Center

Tony Smith Wrecking

All Seasons Tree & Mulch Service

Poulas Bucevicius

Special thanks to: Andy & Susan Pike, Dave & Dottie Smiddy, Mike & Stacey Picolo, Judy Benning, Julie Shaffer, Rosemarie Benning, Becky Moyer, Lyn Hardman, Sue Ellen Kelly, Curtis Mumma, Dr. Nikki Maynard, Patrick Hayes, Rick Benning, Daragh Wobbe, and everyone who attended that day.

It was a terrific event! We did it! We reached our goal! We may now continue our neuter/spay program for another 3 to 4 months as the need is great. However, we are hoping the foundations where we submit grants will see the worthiness of our organization and choose to award neuter/spay funds so we do not have a gap in our program. It’s making a difference!

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Neuter/Spay Stats since January 2013 (estimate): 125 cats/kittens / 5 dogs

Our main purpose is to assist low-income families to neuter/spay their cats/kittens and neuter/spay free-roaming cats to keep the cat population down in our community. In addition, we adopt loving kittens into wonderful homes in the Central Ohio area. When advertising funds are available, we offer a free progress report newsletter to the general public “PUPS Digest” regarding education, awareness, and responsibility in animal welfare.


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