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It’s a biblical name and quite fitting for this little black kitty found by a good Samaritan frozen to the ground with neck injuries, bitten by another animal. He was clinically dead. When the man rescued him…he was told to contact a board member from Pets Uniting People Society, Dottie.

Dottie became this kitty’s foster and cared for him day-by-day, took him to the veterinarian and monitored his progress to everyone on facebook. As director of Pets Uniting People Society…seeing all that transpired…it is a definite miracle. I thought he’d be paralyzed.  Miracles do happen even these days, not just biblical times. When all on Dottie’s facebook asked his named…she didn’t have one yet. But it wasn’t long until by unanimous decision all of her followers thought it should be Lazarus.

Here is a latest message from Dottie about Lazarus:

“I am thankful and appreciative for all the comments and praise throughout little Lazarus’ recovery, but I had very little to do with it other than providing him a safe, warm place, nourishment, meds and care. His will to survive as all animals are born with and deserve… and with God’s power through prayer and Dr. Fent, he has come this far. I have no doubt now that he will make a full recovery. He is so alert this morning, was in a sitting position, ate his wet food, was grooming himself and left his little toy fish in his empty bowl for me. This brought tears of joy as most of the kittens and cats do this and I take it as a ‘thank you’ for my breakfast.”

Even though Dottie takes little credit for the survival of this little kitty…she knows how to handle them and give them what they so desperately need, LOVE!

Follow Lazarus’ progression on the Pets Uniting People Society facebook page. (Last I looked, he up and walking around just as normal as can be!)

Thanks, Dottie for taking in Lazarus so he could get better and now has an opportunity for adoption! (I hear someone’s already interested in him for a forever home!) Yay!


A Save By Dot’s Connection (Graphic Photo)

Dot’s Connection (Dottie Smiddy) has saved so many kittens/cats…actually, it’s hundreds! She tells others how it’s not easy letting go of fostered kittens/cats, but one has to look beyond their own feelings and do what’s best for the pet. Give it a chance for a life, ie a life with love, the financial means to take care of it, and the attention the pet needs.

Particular difficult for Dottie was a recent foster of a kitten that had both eyes removed. She named him “Bugsy” because of the eyes bulging which is very graphic and our group doesn’t like to show photos such as this, but we want the public to know how abuse is happening out there. The sad part is the abusers aren’t always caught and when they are…most of the time it’s just a slap-on-the-wrist punishment.

Look for other stories from Dot’s Connection in our upcoming newsletter which is due out in 2 weeks.

Right before Bugsy’s (now named Simon) adoption. He was adopted into a home where the family has one older blind cat. Last heard it was a great match for both kitties! Yay!




High Hopes for the New Year

We have high hopes for 2018!

Our Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.) group tries to be innovative in our fundraising efforts, but, as any 501c3 nonprofit organization, we need a little help along the way. To fulfill the mission that we have set out to accomplish, we need fundraising assists, ie grants or fundraisers to supply the needed vouchers for neuter/spays in our community, especially in keeping the free-roaming cat population down as much as possible. This is an ongoing task as is the request for help. There are now different ways for the community to assist Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.).

Our group offers fundraising through our coloring books, cards, and postcards to those who love writing and puzzle activities with the family. Send your donation of $15 or more to: Pets Uniting People Society, Box 49, Tremont City, OH 45372 with your particular request of interest, whether it be the coloring/activity book, box of greeting cards with pictures of some of our rescues, or postcards with up-lifting message (a few selections are included on this page) to send off to a friend who may be across the miles or just across town to stay in touch. (It’s much more personable than email.)

Become a Pets Uniting People Society member for a donation of $15 a year. Your membership includes a copy of the PUPS Digest of which the new issue is due out by February 1st. Also, membership includes any special discounts given by our business sponsors. Check here often for upcoming membership specials. See our Membership link.

To let everyone know how we are doing. Here are our numbers for 2017:

283 neuter/spays (with free-roaming cats…includes rabies shot, 281 kittens/cats; 2 were puppies)

140 adoptions

Plus numerous medical assists to animals in need before adoptions were possible.

Visit here often for updates about our group and some of the happenings.

So here’s to high hopes for 2018!

On behalf of all of us at Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.): Susan Pike; Judy Benning; Dave (Dottie) Smiddy; Stacey Picolo…

Kindest regards,

Carolyn Hayes, Director/Founder, P.U.P.S.




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas Raffle Basket Winners:  Terry Muscato and Lee Siegfield. Congratulations!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From all of us at Pets Uniting People Society:  Susan (Andy) Pike; Dave (Dottie) Smiddy; Judy Benning; Stacey Picolo; and Carolyn Hayes.


Curtain Closes on Another Autumn Leaves

Our Autumn Leaves theme for this year was Hollywood Legends and Their Pets.

It was a grand and glorious fundraiser on Saturday, September 23, Springfield Country Club thanks to so many wonderful local people and especially to some really important people in Hollywood, like: Doris Day, Bob Barker, and Kirk and Anne Douglas…our tribute was to them!

  • Doris Day blessed our group with two grants back-to-back years: 2013 and 2014
  • Bob Barker (DJ&T Foundation) supplied our group a grant for this year
  • Kirk and Anne Douglas offered our P.U.P.S. auction, an autographed copy of their new book!

This is how the “real” Hollywood rolls…with compassion and kindness! Nonetheless, as Director of this group, I was so caught up in “the moment” I forgot to take pictures or have pictures taken of the wonderful ambience of all the room that day.

As usual, the auction line-up was terrific with donations from many great companies, organizations, and small businesses, such as: Woeber Mustard; Cheryl’s Cookies; Meijer’s; Panera Bread; Bobby Fisher Distributing; Northside Vet Clinic; Springfield Country Club Golf; VFW 1031 Post and Women’s Auxiliary; Jeff Wyler’s; Windy Knoll Golf Club; International Harvester Credit Union; Spend-a-Day Marina; Rudy’s; Reid Park Golf Club;  Sheehan Brothers; Chakeres Theater; Taco Bell (Bechtle Avenue); Guild Galleries; Harmony Farm Market; Possum Woods Nursery; National Trails and Recreation; Designs by Deb; and so many individuals who kindly donated their talents, financial support or time in making this event a wonderful success! We are thankful and appreciate every one of you! And, last, but not least, our own Pets Uniting People Society board members: Dave (Dottie) Smiddy; Stacey Picolo; Judy Benning; and Susan Pike (and her husband Andy).

a liz taylor poster

Rick Benning, Ambience, decorated the room with the elegance of Oscar and the movie legends we dearly love! Shirley Campbell along with Netts Florist and Ethel’s Flowers (Urbana) supplied the centerpieces for each of our dining tables. Outstanding!

a meijer gift card 2017


autumn leaves restaurant tree 2017

Our Autumn Leaves Restaurant & Entertainment Tree is always a hit! Value: $295, Successful Bid: $200

a book by douglas an inscription by douglas

In this Director’s opinion, this was the item of all items in the auction line-up, an autographed copy of Kirk and Anne…Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood. If anywhere else, this book would have gone higher than anyone in this town could afford! However, it tallied out at only $90 and this Director’s husband was the successful bidder! Hooray! And…

Hooray for Hollywood! Again… helping Pets Uniting People Society in its mission to assist in the needs of pets and the people who love them. In addition, we keep the forgotten feral cat population in-check and not to multiply with our voucher program for neuter/spay.

So this closes the curtain on another Autumn Leaves fundraiser. Next year’s date is Saturday, September 15.

Respectively submitted,

Carolyn Hayes, Director