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Christmas Raffle Baskets

Our Christmas Raffle Baskets are always pretty ones!

This year’s winners are: Helen Benning, Coach Basket; Julie Maes, Toy Basket. Thanks for everyone purchasing tickets. It helps our Neuter/Spay Program…Total: $1,124

Basket winners were drawn on Tuesday, December 20th, Panera Bread, Springfield, Ohio, 6pm

One does not need to be present to win.

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Special thanks to:
Susan Pike for the Coach Women and Men Items
Dottie Smiddy for designing baskets
Willow Group Baskets
Hometown Hearing, Springfield, OH
Guild Galleries, Urbana, OH
Lola & Josh Walters
Andy Richard – Jeff Wyler’s Auto Mall
Harding Road Pharmacy
Rural King
Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
Christine Boysel, Mary Kay Representative
Castle’s Family Restaurant, Mechanicsburg, OH
The Market Place, West Liberty, OH
Marie’s Candies, West Liberty, OH
Ann Kallal
Brenda Priest

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Fundraise to Help Animals & People Who Love Them

It’s a constant…thinking of ways to keep the ball rolling! How do we help more animals and the people who love them? How do we continue to fundraise to move our mission forward? These are just a few questions we continue to ask ourselves.

We have one BIG fundraiser a year – it’s our “Autumn Leaves” held each September. “Autumn Leaves” is an Auction/Breakfast that is held each year at the Springfield Country Club, Springfield, OH. Springfield Country Club does a fine job in showcasing our event. The food, the service, and the atmosphere are top-notch.

We thank the leader of our group, Susan Pike and her husband Andy for inviting us to Springfield Country Club every year for our biggest fundraiser. They are great supporters and we don’t know how we could continue without them! A HUGE Thank You!

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Andy and Susan

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The menu we chose was fresh fruit; assorted pastries; smoked bacon and sausage; hash brown potatoes; scrambled eggs. It was delicious!

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Auction team: Ron Denney, Staci Shaffer, Tim Lile helped tremendously and did an excellent job!

 

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Dottie Smiddy

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Marcia Lyons

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Dave Smiddy and Mike Picolo

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Dave Smiddy and Stacey Picolo selling tickets

Marcia Lyons lead the 5-for-a-prize trivia which is always fun. Dottie Smiddy spoke about our Volunteer-of-the-Year, Jeannie Harshbarger, who could not attend as she was in the hospital battling cancer. Dottie also gave a report on the importance of educating people regarding Trap-Neuter-Return and how P.U.P.S. and other like-groups are combatting animal overpopulation.

Dave Smiddy, Stacey and Mike Picolo were our raffle ticket sellers. They did an excellent job!

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There were a variety of items available for auction and silent auction. In addition, there were a fabulous array of raffle items as well as a 50/50 raffle.

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Cole Young volunteered to assist with auction line-up

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Bobby Tittle and his wife Michelle are great to help at our auction! Thank you!

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Dottie, Cheryl, Shirley, and Kathy enjoying the auction. Shirley Campbell was in charge of the table centerpieces and did a lovely job!

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Judy and Susan taking a break from all festivities

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Dottie Smiddy was presented with this Cat Print by P.U.P.S. for her compassion and work with animals. Dottie is pictured with Debra Smith from the group CALICO who does work with T-N-R (Trap-Neuter-Release)

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Brenda helps at registration and does a fine job!

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P.U.P.S. Board of Trustees (L to R): Carolyn Hayes, Susan Pike, Stacey Picolo, Judy Benning, Dottie and Dave Smiddy

Look for our year-end newsletter PUPS Digest for a complete listing of event sponsors.

We thank all our sponsors for this wonderful day at Springfield Country Club! We are truly blessed beyond measure. We serve a mighty God!

Photo credits: Bonnie Pugliese and Julie Shaffer

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Trash Can Kitties

Dottie, wife of one of our P.U.P.S. board members, doesn’t need more kittens! At this time, she needs to find homes for 28. That’s a bunch of kittens! Many need medical care before they are healthy enough to be adopted. It’s been said that spring is “kitten season” but Dottie knows that every season is “kitten season”. She does the best she knows how to save as many as possible that she and her husband Dave find that come across their paths.

So many people hear about Dottie and her works with the kittens that they want to bring more cats or kittens for her to care for. What’s needed is more people to be a “Dottie” when stray cats or kittens come into their lives for whatever reason. They need to think about what they can do individually to help in an emergency cat or kitten situation.

Dottie and her network of caregivers will find homes for all the kittens when each one is age appropriate. It’s amazing how everyone works together to do what’s best for each kitten. How thankful we all are at P.U.P.S. that we have such a great network of people and other like-organizations!

I read Dottie stories and it’s heartbreaking to learn how some of the kittens are found, from trash cans to bushes to underneath porches.

Dottie writes the best posts for facebook to tell about the kitten ordeals. However, she doesn’t have much time to write stories, only short ones of how she acquires each little ball of fur. Here is just one of her facebook entries that she wrote about a kitten found in a trash can along with its siblings:

“Three little newborns born in a trash can and left. Mama was too dehydrated and lethargic to feed. Brought babies home and strobe feeding and meds for mama and lady is taking care of her. Their little eyes were not open yet but infection was seeping out. They were vetted and hoping to save 5 of the six eyes. One had ruptured. Two of them have doubled their weight in 5 days and one is struggling but gaining and needed some fluids.”

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I wanted to place these facebook entries on our website as many people are not on facebook and cannot see the hardships Dottie (and others like her) face on an on-going basis. P.U.P.S. and others help Dottie as much as possible, but it’s not an easy task providing for such a large group of kittens along with some adult cats as well.

Our group provides neuter/spay certificates, but we don’t have much funding available for medical needs. Please donate to our group if you find it in your heart to do so. God bless and please come back to our pages often to see how we are doing with our animal care outreach.

 

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Helping Animals and the People Who Love Them

Many people ask, “What does Pets Uniting People Society (P.U.P.S.)” do? As P.U.P.S. Director, I’m glad to be asked that question.

We are a pet protection network that provides education and awareness through print and social media. Also, we offer, for those people who qualify, free or at low-cost dog or cat neuter/spay.  In 2015, we neutered/spayed 285 cats and 8 small dogs. With assistance, we hope to accomplish more in 2016!

In addition, we offer some neuters/spays for free roaming cats for established colony care providers to keep the over population numbers at a minimum.

Pet protection education and awareness is the key for communities. That’s why our facebook page offers educational advice on various pet protection issues. We are a resource and referral organization regarding pet protection issues in southwest Ohio.

We (and other organizations to similar to ours) love animals and the people who love them. We network with like-organizations to make this world a little nicer for our 4-legged friends and for those who love them as we do.

Help us help others by attending a fundraising event or by donating an affordable amount at our Donation Link page. Thank you and visit us as often as you can to see any updates from our organization.

Pets Uniting People Society:

Carolyn Hayes, Judy Benning, Susan Pike, Dave (Dottie) Smiddy, and Stacey Picolo

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Touchless Love

By Mitch Aultman

We don’t trap-neuter-release (TNR) these cats that need us without knowing that one day the day we dread to face will be realized. We know that each day we spend with these mesmerizing creatures could, at any time, be the last.

We always hope it will never happen, but we know that their lives are not long by house cat standards; and, some live extraordinarily long lives by feral standards. That makes us happy because it gives us more time. They make us happy as our relationships develop. A whistle and four legs spring out of their hiding places as they recognize our signal, or the sounds of our cars, just a cat, just vermin, not worth anything, so, so very untrue. Love abounds between us and them. Trust is a measure of success, especially, when we’ve reached one and they respond to us, so contrary to their nature. We each have those little heart flips when something new happens. Each achievement, each new level of trust is important to us than any milestone in the average person’s life. Because we are doing the extraordinary, the unexpected work of reaching the lost hearts and souls of those who are abandoned. They aren’t just cats. They are the special ones we’ve chosen to dedicate ourselves to.

None of this comes lightly, we sacrifice in many ways, none of which we complain about because it is our nature. It is what gives meaning to our lives. It is also what will make the difference one day when people finally understand what it is that this insane and crazy person is actually doing. One day, it will all make sense to them. In the meantime, we celebrate our successes, we look forward to each visit we make with our special friends. Our hearts lift when they venture into new territory with us and finally break the barriers. We know we’ve made a difference and we know without a doubt that we matter. We know that they love us, when they trust us. We know the bond is there. We may never touch them, but still the love is there, the trust as well. That’s important.

We’ve achieved something that we never dreamed in our early years would matter so greatly to us, but it does. And then one day, the day we know will come, the day it ends, our hearts break, our tears flow, and pieces of our soul remain with them as they make their way to their everlasting home. Their memories, their stories, their presence in our lives are what makes us different, what makes us “not crazy”, but compassionate in extraordinary ways.

page 18 yellow kitty pictureRest in peace, my beautiful and wonderful little man. I don’t know why you were where you were, why I found you there or why it ever had to be in the first place, but you were. You gave me joy, love and trust and it changed me. It changed me greatly. I never wanted this day to come, but it did. I will never forget you. I never touched you, but I loved you and I know you loved me too in your own way. Your eyes told me every time we met for all the years I was lucky enough to be your person and caretaker. I can see that love shining brightly from your eyes in all my pictures. You were a street cat by circumstance, but no less important because of it. You mattered. You were important. And now you are gone, but will always be in my heart.

This story’s author, Mitchelyn Aultman, is Director of a nonprofit organization in the Albany/Leesburg, Georgia area called CatNappers. Facebook/Catnappers

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