Merry Christmas Johnny Blaze

Johnny Blaze will celebrate his first Christmas this year. He will be excited with the tree, the presents and all of the people. He will be happy with the toys and running around trying to stay out of mischief. Even though Johnny won’t understand the holiday, he will know it is a special time.

Let me back track a bit and tell you more about Johnny. He had a rough start in this world. At 2 weeks old, he and his family had a house fire. He lost some of his siblings and the world as he knew it was gone forever.

Johnny suffered 2nd & 3rd degree burns to over 50% of his body that night. For any chance of survival, he had to be taken from his Mom and siblings and receive special care around the clock. Even with this care, there were no guarantees for him.

At 1.8 lbs and 2 weeks old, Johnny was brought to the Humane Society of Elkhart County by the Humane Society Animal Control Officer who responded to the house fire call. The kennel staff jumped into action assessing his condition and putting a care plan together.

He soon became a 24/7 attachment to the kennel supervisor as she bottle fed him and cared for his burns. Against all odds, he did thrive and started to heal. He became a part of her family being socialized by her children and other pets. Lots of medicine, daily attention to the burned areas and eventually, a couple of surgeries were needed for this little guy. It was apparent that he was going to have quite a bit of permanent scarring, however, he was really just a crazy, happy puppy who didn’t even realize there was anything different about him. His tail had been badly burnt and after a vet consultation, it was decided the best option was to totally remove it.

Finally, he was old enough and strong enough to reside at the shelter while he awaited his forever home. It is still unclear if future surgeries may be needed on his scarred skin as he grows. For now, he runs, romps and appears to be a normal puppy. He just takes breaks for ongoing skin care to his scars, and he’s a fashion hit in the sweaters he wears to keep his bare skin warm in the cold weather.

Happily, he just experienced his adoption day and now has his forever home with a family committed to giving him all the love and necessary attention he will need. The Animal Control Officer and Kennel Supervisor gave him a parting hug as the shelter team bid Johnny a fond farewell. A few misty eyes watched as Johnny left the shelter to embark on his new life adventure knowing that he will now be spending Christmas in his own home, getting into trouble with the tree and having so much fun.

Johnny’s story is exceptional. Nonetheless, the staff of the Humane Society is even more exceptional. Almost 4,700 animals passed through the shelter’s doors last year. There were daily miracles just like Johnny Blaze in 2015.

The shelter team works 24/7 for these animals in all types of unimaginable situations. Stop by the shelter; meet some of these miracles; or just say “thank you” to these hard working individuals.

Johnny, have fun, try to leave the tree alone and visit the staff often! Merry Christmas Johnny Blaze.

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Our Wish List

We are often asked “what items are needed to most?” This answer can change from day to day, but here are few of the staples that we use daily here at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. For a little trivia, on a daily basis we feed over 110 lbs of dog food and 55 lbs of cat food and we wash 10-15 commercial loads of laundry. On a weekly basis we use over 16 gallons of bleach as a disinfectant around the shelter and we average $350 in gasoline to respond to animal control calls in our community.

Below is a list of the items we use often. We always appreciate donations of items and monetary donations. We also wish for additional volunteers to help out around the shelter.

Our volunteers help socialize the animals, help with marketing and media projects, do daily shelter maintenance and manage and operate our Red Barn Resale shop. There are many ways to make a difference. If you have an extra hour or more a week, please consider lending a hand.

Learn more about becoming a volunteer at: http://www.elkharthumanesociety.org/volunteer/

To make a monetary donation, please visit our donation page on our website at http://www.elkharthumanesociety.org/donations/

Donated supplies can be dropped off at the shelter during regular business hours. Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

We send our warmest wishes to all for a joyous holiday season.

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CASH DONATIONS TO HELP WITH:

  • Spay/Neuter of Shelter Animals
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Test Kits (i.e Parvo, Feline Leukemia, etc.)
  • Animal Control Supplies
  • Medical Supplies & Equipment
  • Maintenance & Building Supplies

DOGS & CAT SUPPLIES

  • Purina Cat Chow (Blue Bag)
  • Purina Dog Chow (Green Bag)
  • Friskies Canned Cat Food (Pate Style)
  • Stainless Steel Food & Water Bowls (7 Oz, 1 Qt, 2 Qt & 3 Qt Sizes)
  • Small Plastic Litter Boxes (14″ x 10″ x 4″)
  • KMR Kitten Formula
  • Espilac Puppy Formula

SHELTER SUPPLIES

  • General Household Cleaning Supplies (Windex, The Works)
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Clorox Bleach
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Paper Towels (Kitchen Size)
  • Laundry Detergent (Liquid)
  • Latex Gloves (Med, Large & XL Sizes)
  • Toilet paper
  • 13 & 55 gallon trash bags (Heavy Duty)
  • Liquid Hand Soap—Antibacterial
  • Rubber Boots (7-8, 9-10 & 11-12 in Both Men & Womens Sizes)
  • Steel Handle Squeegees
  • Brooms & Dustpans

Click here for a downloadable version of our HSEC wish list_rev11-14

 

Feline Palooza 2015!

Feline Palooza 2015 has been Extended!

We have so many wonderful cats and kittens still waiting for a home of their own. We have seen an increase in the number of cats and kittens coming into HSEC everyday. These fab felines need a new start and some homes to call their own!

Our $20 adoption fee for approved applications is being scheduled until September 30, 2015. With an approved application the adoption fee is only $20 (normally $80). If you are thinking of 2 feline companions to keep each occupied, we are waiving the 2nd adoption fee on that companion feline also. Learn more about our adoption process.

Visit our adoptions felines here.

 

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HSEC Pet Fest 2015

We hope you were able to join us on August 22 for our 7th Annual Pet Fest – a blast was had by all! We will see you next year!

Click here for some images from our HSEC Volunteer Lori.

2015 HSEC Pet Fest flyer

Celebrate Pets at Pet Fest!

A Day to Honor Your Pets and the Animals that Remain Homeless

 

Bristol, IN, 2015 – Join the Humane Society of Elkhart County as they celebrate the furry loved ones in your life at Pet Fest. The event, open to all pets and their people, will be held on Saturday, August 22 with games for kids and pets, a costume contest, training sessions and much more! Pet Fest will be held on National Homeless Animal Day as a way to honor the thousands of animals that enter animal shelters every year.

“Pets are family and we are proud to celebrate this day with our community and raise awareness of so many homeless animals still waiting for a family to call their own” said Janet Graham, Executive Assistant of the Humane Society of Elkhart County. “We celebrate the happy ‘tails’ we see daily and look forward to celebrating as more animals find their forever homes.”

Pet Fest will be full of fun activities for you and your pet including:

  • Pet Related Vendors including pet stores, pet therapy associations, trainers, groomers, accessories and more!
  • There will be a group pet blessing and memorial prayer for homeless animals at 11:30 am at the gazebo. Individual Pet Blessings will also be offered by Reverend Amy Debeck.
  • How to be an Super Hero – Information will be available on how you can be the difference for an animal at HSEC by becoming a volunteer.
  • Vendor Bingo – Visit all our vendors and be automatically entered into a drawing for great prizes
  • Contests include Canine/Owner Biscuit Relay (you carry a biscuit while walking your dog) and Dogs Dunking for Dogs (dogs retrieving hot dogs floating in water). Contests will begin at 12:00 and all contest winners will be awarded a prize.
  • A Costume Contest will begin at 12:30 pm. Categories include Most Creative, Owner/Pet Look-A-Like, and Funniest Pet. A $25 Gift Certificate to the Red Barn Resale Shop will be awarded to the winner of each category.
  • Hands on Training – Joshica’s Planet Canine will be on site with professional trainers helping with proper collar/harness fitting and mini basic training session including shaping and nosework.
  • A Pawrific Photo Booth – For selfies and fun shots of all and their pets.
  • Raffles – Great raffles for items, all proceeds go directly to the care of our animals at HSEC.
  • Free Refreshments will be offered to all pets and their human companions. Dog water bowls and splash pools will also be available to keep your pet cool and comfortable!
  • Ron’s River Dogs and KuKui’s Shaved Ice will be selling delicious food.
  • Red Barn Resale Shop will be open during Pet Fest and offering great one of a kind finds!
  • Jeff Huff and The Source will provide musical entertainment.

To ensure a healthy environment, all pets need to be on a lead and be up to date on their rabies and other vaccinations.

No pet to bring to Pet Fest? No problem! The Humane Society of Elkhart County will have animals available for adoption. We’re even offering pet adopters the chance to adopt a second animal companion FREE!

WHEN: Saturday, August 22, 11 am – 2 pm

WHERE: Humane Society of Elkhart County, 54687 County Road 19, Bristol, IN 46507

About the Humane Society of Elkhart County
Since 1939 the Humane Society of Elkhart County has been proud to serve our county with animal adoption and educational programs. The Humane Society of Elkhart County, an independent nonprofit, is on the front lines protecting the orphaned, unwanted and defenseless animals. For more information or how to get involved with the Humane Society of Elkhart County, please visit www.elkharthumanesociety.org.

 

#GivingTuesday #UnSelfie

#GivingTuesday — #UnSelfie

December 2, 2014 is a very busy day for social media. Facebook and Twitter are alive with posts about making a difference today. We are excited to celebrate this day of making a difference with all and hope everyone is out there celebrating also.

When thinking deeper, everyday here at the Humane Society of Elkhart County is a “Giving and UnSelfie” day. We have an amazing staff that works 7 days a week (including all holidays and bad weather emergency days) to take care of the animals that enter our shelter. Our animal control officers are on call around the clock and our volunteers are willing to help however they can at a moments notice! December 2 should be celebrated every year, it should also remind us to help and make a difference everyday of the year. There are plenty of ways to help through volunteer opportunities and donating needed items. Email us at info@elkharthumanesociety.org to learn how to be an HSEC “UnSelfie”.

Take a moment and view our video showcasing our amazing staff, volunteers, supporters and adopters as they provide another “unselfie” and help make a difference everyday here at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. There are so many ways you can help out and make a difference here also.

 

Our Wish List of Needed Items

We have had many requests lately asking how our community can help out. There are so many ways to help out here at HSEC.

We are often asked “what items are needed to most?” This answer can change from day to day, but here are few of the staples that we use daily here at the Humane Society of Elkhart County. For a little trivia, on a daily basis we feed over 100 lbs of dog food and 55 lbs of cat food and we wash 10-15 commercial loads of laundry. On a weekly basis we  use over 16 gallons of bleach as a disinfectant around the shelter and we average $350 in gasoline to respond to animal control calls in our community.

As we enter the final months of 2014 we are seeing our funds for spays and neuters running low. With the help of grants and generous donations, we have been spaying and neutering as many cats and dogs before they are adopted and sent to their forever homes. This is a program we want to continue. To donate cash, please visit our donation page by clicking here. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the shelter during regular business hours. Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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CASH DONATIONS TO HELP WITH:

  • Spay/Neuter of Shelter Animals
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Test Kits (i.e Parvo, Feline Leukemia, etc.)
  • Animal Control Supplies
  • Medical Supplies & Equipment
  • Maintenance & Building Supplies

DOGS & CAT SUPPLIES

  • Purina Cat Chow (Blue Bag)
  • Purina Dog Chow (Green Bag)
  • Friskies Canned Cat Food (Pate Style)
  • Stainless Steel Food & Water Bowls (7 Oz, 1 Qt, 2 Qt & 3 Qt Sizes)
  • Small Plastic Litter Boxes (14″ x 10″ x 4″)
  • KMR Kitten Formula
  • Espilac Puppy Formula

SHELTER SUPPLIES

  • General Household Cleaning Supplies (Windex, The Works)
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Clorox Bleach
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Paper Towels (Kitchen Size)
  • Laundry Detergent (Liquid)
  • Latex Gloves (Med, Large & XL Sizes)
  • Toilet paper
  • 13 & 55 gallon trash bags (Heavy Duty)
  • Liquid Hand Soap—Antibacterial
  • Rubber Boots (7-8, 9-10 & 11-12 in Both Men & Womens Sizes)
  • Steel Handle Squeegees
  • Brooms & Dustpans

Click here for a downloadable version of our HSEC wish list_rev11-14

 

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We are always looking for new volunteers with all kinds of talents and skills that can spare a few hours to help out. (To learn more, click here.)