9/24/2009 4:48:00 PM Coffee talk at the Pet Corner
The Verde Valley Humane Society "Pet of the Week" is "Mikey." He a little guy that has been at VVHS since August. Much too long for a youngster like him to be behind bars, don't you think? Do you have a hole in your heart and need someone to love that will give you nothing but unconditional love in return? If so come and visit Mikey, whose adoption fee has been discounted by $20.
It's a lazy day today, my housework is caught up and I have a little free time to do something that I like. Wouldn't that be a treat if it were really true? Caught up? Never!
What it really means is that it's time to grab my coffee and the Verde Independent and head outside to the patio before I wake up and realize how much there really is to do.
So far the day has been great. The washer has leaked out all over the laundry room floor into the linen closet.
The shower head water has created a big bubble under the paint in the master shower and last but not least, Zoë has destroyed yet another patio table chair and dug up the flowers in what was once a beautiful flower bed.
If I had my way I would pack up a few things and head to Dead Horse State Park with my fishing pole and bobber. The problems could just wait.
As it is, it's still a little too hot for me to enjoy the great outdoors. Have you noticed that I am stalling on the housework?
I've decided before I tackle problems I will answer yet more questions that are coming into VVHS and look forward to a different day at Dead Horse
Many questions that come in are vet related and I just continue to have people call their own veterinarian.
It's not that we are avoiding your questions; it's just better for your pet if you get the answers from your personal vet. They are the professionals when it comes to health concerns about your "furry best friends."
Q. I called your office and told you that I had seven kittens and a mother cat that I couldn't care for any longer and you wouldn't come and pick them up. Why not?
A. VVHS does not pick up any animals. That job is done by Animal Control. If you have a stray call your local law enforcement agency and asked for Animal Control and they will dispatch an officer to your location. Some of the jurisdictions don't deal with cats, only dogs.
Q. With all of the money that is donated to the Humane Society of the United States and related organizations, why don't you have your new adoption center finished? By the way I donate hundreds of dollars to HSUS each year and it seems you should have more than enough money to complete the entire building.
A. If you go to the website for the Humane Society of the United States an area on the first page that states they are not affiliated with any other Humane Society. Each Humane Society is separate.
We all have our own guidelines, beliefs and ways of doing things. What this means is if you don't donate directly to a certain shelter the money will never get to them. It stays where you send it.
It's easy to assume that all of us are related under one umbrella, but it's easy to find out that we aren't. We receive no money from the HSUS.
The only way that VVHS receives donations is if they come directly to us. Either by mailing the check to VVHS, P.O. Box 1429 Cottonwood, AZ 86326 or by delivering it to 1502 W. Mingus, Cottonwood. If you want it to go into the building fund, please mark it in the memo filed.
Q. Why have I been told that you are out of room when I see some empty cages?
A. VVHS has to have a certain number of cages empty due to the fact that we are contracted by Animal Control. When they come in with stray animals, there has to be available cages. There is one for each jurisdiction.
Q. My cat is 7 years old and my husband and I just don't want him anymore. We have made the decision to travel. Why couldn't you take him in?
A. We can only take in surrenders when there is space available. When the new adoption facility is opened we will have approximately 65 additional cat cages.
What we can do for you is put your name on our waiting list and call you when there is space available.
Q. When I walk through the kennel I see food bowls but no water dishes. Do the animals have water on a regular basis?
A. Most certainly they do. The water buckets, not bowls are clipped to the outside area of their kennels with a hook so the bucket doesn't get tipped over. As you have noticed, the living area for the animals isn't very large. Often we feed large dogs on the outside of the kennel only due to a lack of space when they rest inside.
Q. Is it true that you extended the due date for your animal calendar?
A. Yes we did, you now have until mid October. Visit vvhs.net for details.
Q. I was going to adopt a tiny Chihuahua from VVHS but the staff told me that she would have to go in to the vet to be spayed before I was able to take her home. I really didn't want her spayed. When your staff insisted the surgery would have to be done I just went to a pet store in Phoenix. Didn't you want the adoption?
A. VVHS has all of age adoptions spayed or neutered before they go home with their new family. We follow the rules of the AZ State Statutes.
Q. Why does Animal Control stop picking up animals after 4-5 p.m. in the afternoon? My neighbors know exactly when the area is patrolled and they let their dogs run freely as soon as the workday is over for Animal Control.
A. This question would have to be answered by the Police Department. Animal Control Officers work for them.
Q. Why do cats that are adopted by VVHS have to have a rabies vaccination? I told the staff that the cat was going to stay inside.
A. Any animal can accidentally get out of a house, no matter how diligent the owner is it can happen. The rabies vaccination is for the protection of your animal. Running loose even for a short period can cause all types of problems. An encounter with a diseased animal could be fatal for your own pet.
Q. We would like to donate some items for the animals. Could you please tell me what you need the most?
A. Almost everything we receive we really need. We always need non-clumping kitty litter, kitten food, puppy food, bleach, laundry detergent, fabric softener, 100-foot heavy duty garden hoses, large plastic trash bags and large dog treats.
We appreciate anything you bring in.
Q. How do you feed that many animals at one time on a constant basis? Do you have to purchase the food to feed everyone?
A. Normally we are very fortunate. Wal-Mart donates to us three days a week and the public is very generous. At times Purina up in Flagstaff calls us and we go up and take their surplus of certain items that they have for us. Yes, there are times that we have to purchase food. Especially for young puppies and kittens. This can put a huge strain on expenses, but they need the food with the extra nutrients. As it comes in we stock pile it for those seasons.
Q. Are their paid positions at your thrift store, the Good Buy Shoppe.
A. Yes, many years ago we began paying the manager and another part-time person. The volunteers that are so dedicated are what make things so special. They donate their precious time to help the animals. The store has to open everyday and volunteers normally have very busy schedules. We found that having a couple of paid employees guaranteed us the store could open daily. We appreciate any time our volunteers can give us. Do you have a few hours that you could spare? If so stop in and fill out a volunteer form, we'd love it.
Q. What date are you planning to open your new facility?
A. The date has not been set as yet. We are still in the process of collecting donations to complete the work. I have asked Santa for a date in December, but once again that depends on donations and grants.
Q. Does the money from sales at the Good Buy Shoppe go to helping finish the new building?
A. Absolutely not. It goes for the care of the animals that have been impounded. Contract money pays for the first three days of impound and VVHS absorbs the rest. We are able to do this thanks to the community donating, shopping and volunteering at the Good Buy Shoppe.