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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).

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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!

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

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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


It’s Summertime and the Funding is Lean

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It’s summertime and the funding is lean! Yeah, it’s like this every summer, after a hard-hitting spring season, Pets Uniting People Society is low with funding and cannot help as many people and pets. Grants are few and far between and the ones we do receive we try to stretch the dollars as far as they will go until we host our biggest fundraiser of the year, Autumn Leaves in September.

This year, Autumn Leaves is on Saturday, September 23, 10am, Springfield Country Club, our usual lovely setting. We are so appreciative to Susan and Andy Pike to sponsor our group at Springfield Country Club each year. This is our 6th year!crowd pic

Our Autumn Leaves theme this year is Hollywood Legends.
In particular, we are honoring Doris Day and Bob Barker. We are hoping to add another star or two to the list before our September hosting date.2BARKERS Federico

Tickets will go on sale soon. It’s a wonderful, full menu breakfast at the Club.autumn-leaves-buffet-line-ed-betty-jeannie-sp-2016

It’s a fun time and surely one you will not want to miss. What a wonderful way to help contribute to the community of animals that Pets Uniting People Society has a calling to care for. Watch for our Ticket Selling Link soon.

In the meantime, could you offer a donation to help see us through to September?

Thanks for caring…

Signed: Carolyn, on behalf of the entire Pets Uniting People Society Board: Susan Pike, Judy Benning, Stacy Picolo, Dave (Dottie) Smiddy.



It Is Not Just About Numbers


Message from Carolyn Hayes, P.U.P.S. Director

Our spay/neuter numbers were down from last year. We believe numbers were down due to the free-roaming kittens/cats that came into our care for whatever reason were ill or injured and needed medical attention. We can only use our grant funds for the neuter/spay surgeries. PUPS’ cats’ medical expense continues to rise. That’s why our group constantly fundraises to ensure that there are enough monies to carry us through from month to month, year to year.

Even though it appears most people are more caring these days about their pets than in years past, the fact remains that there are still many people who fail to see the importance and responsibility of neutering or spaying their animals. With all the resources that are available throughout the country, and especially in this area, there is no excuse for an animal not to be altered, unless one is a reputable breeder. Even with reputable breeders, there is a fine line as to when an animal should be altered. All across this country, one can find many registered breeds in rescues and shelters.

In order to keep up with the demand for pet neuter/spay surgeries of families and individuals in our community, we need to continue seeking grants and fundraise. However, we realize our community can only do so much with donations and assistance; that is why we hold to one big fundraiser a year which is our September event, “Autumn Leaves Auction/Breakfast”. The 2016 Spring Health Fling at the Clark County Fairgrounds did not prove successful enough for it to continue.

I’d like to ask each person reading this article to consider giving a donation at least one time per year to our cause. You might say, “Carolyn, it’s not that I don’t want to give, it’s our budget is too tight to squeeze another dollar out.” I understand completely, believe me. How about this? Do you shop at an area Kroger Store? Why not place our name or NPO 82712 into the Community Reward link of Kroger.com/community rewards? This way it doesn’t cost you anything, but just a few minutes of your time to sign up. Look over our Kroger Community Reward ad here on our site.

Even though it’s not about numbers, numbers still enter into nonprofit scenarios. We help so many families/individuals and animals each year. And, we want to continue to make a difference and the only way we can is by receiving every person’s willingness to help in some way. We hope we can count on you in the coming year! Visit our facebook page: Pets Uniting People Society or website: pupsunite.org periodically to receive the latest P.U.P.S. news. I thank you on behalf of all the board of trustees of Pets Uniting People Society – P.U.P.S. – Susan Pike, Stacey Picolo, Judy Benning, and Dave (Dottie) Smiddy.

Here are our numbers for 2016:

221 Neuter / Spays

6 Small to Medium Dogs

140 Adoptions

Check out some of Dottie’s kitties that are available for adoption on Adopt-A-Pet.com through this site as well.

Please take a peek at our 2017 Edition of “PUPS Digest” which can be read online through this site as well. Click onto picture of PUPS Digest on the side banner.

Thanks and visit this site often for updates.