August 2020
Hank will be available for adoption in the near future
(but he doesn't really surf - as far as we know!)

Upcoming Events
Saturday, August 1
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Drive-thru at Adoption Center
See flyer below

Saturday, August 15
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
One Day Only at Adoption Center
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Save the Date
16th Annual Pat McGee

Memorial Dog Walk

October 4

T-shirt orders due by August 31

There will be no t-shirts for sale at the event

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$15 for 2XL & 3XL

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Adoption News
Featured Dog:  Eleanor

This sweet & sassy senior is Eleanor or Ella for short and she is approximately 10 years old. Ella is looking for a quiet home to live out her golden years. She does take medicine for a heart murmur and has a special diet.

Ella needs to be queen of the castle so no other dogs please. She becomes very bonded to her people; she loves to sit close by or go for walks together.

If you think Ella is the golden girl for you, please fill out an application. Once approved we will set up a meet and greet.

Featured Cats:
Oreo and Nugget
Oreo (black and white male) and Nugget (all black female) were born mid April. You can adopt them both for a special fee of only $110 for both. They get along well and play together --like all kittens, they are always on the go, in perpetual motion and lots of fun.

22 cats and 8 dogs
LHS Animals Find Forever Homes
Diana goes from foster to adoption by an LHS volunteer.
Atticus and Jasper get adopted together.
Ra is off to live in Niagara Falls.
Tequila heads home with his new family.
Buddy (now Bailey) finally gets the love he deserves.
Saban is all smiles at his new home (complete with chickens & cats).
Cherry settles right in with her new family.
Russell (now Rusty) rides home to his two new playmates.
Beautiful Felicity is going home.
Bo looks happy to be with his new family, with over an acre of yard in which to run.
Other News

Life at the Adoption Center
Cinnamon Cookie surveys her realm.
Ty Cobb and Bahama share a tight space.
Cherry gets a bath before adoption.
New arrival Giselle gets some love.
        Bo and Tequila stop to smell the flowers in the adoption center garden.
Ra investigates a daisy.
Lacey finds a toy to her liking.
Hank gets held by a volunteer  (in the shadow of major donor Purina).
Nico rides shotgun.
        Honey Bear, Niko, and Zeva (all related) spend some time in the yard.
Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! We are bursting at the seams with kittens.
While you can adopt one kitten for $75, you can get two for $110.
What a bargain. And they keep each other company. Why not take four?

A Message from the Board
The Work Behind the Scenes
        Lakeshore Humane Society’s by-laws contain our primary policy for the organization: “it is the policy of the Society to provide humane care or treatment for all animals needing assistance in the area served by the Society and to seek suitable homes for animals without owners whenever possible”.

        We are each drawn to LHS for our own reasons but it is likely that each of us have the desire to be a part of every cat and dog in our care finding its “fur-ever” home! While we rejoice at each adoption, it is likely we have also felt frustration or downright desperation at the length of time an animal is with us before its adoption. It is natural that one can question why a cat is with us for so long, or why a really cute dog is not “ready for adoption” even after being with us for a month already!

        Many tasks need to be completed before an animal is ready for adoption. Some of these include: de-worming, initial vet visit, updating on vaccinations, spaying/neutering, medical treatments for illness or injuries noted upon admission, grooming and multiple bathings, evaluation and addressing of behavioral concerns, and development of appropriate socialization skills. In just one recent example, four dogs were surrendered and each needed extensive de-lousing, grooming, bathing, medical treatment, de-worming, vaccinating, and spaying or neutering. And three continue to be in need of follow-up medical treatment! Typically, the period of time from accepting an animal into our center and being able to obtain an initial vet visit is 1-2 weeks. In recent months during this time of COVID 19 and enhanced safety and scheduling procedures at the vet offices, we have found that scheduling an initial vet visit can take even longer, currently being scheduled as much as 4-5 weeks away. Following up on any required procedures or treatments is then scheduled after the initial vet visit, often finding ourselves at 3-6 weeks of time having passed before an animal can be considered “ready for adoption”.
        Once ready for adoption, finding the right person or family for an animal sometimes takes multiple applications being reviewed, and numerous meet-and-greets being scheduled and held. Reviewing a submitted application for an animal could seem to be a quick and easy task but in reality, can take several hours over the course of many days to complete phone calls to obtain complete application information, phone calls to check personal and vet references, and awaiting call-backs from references. Once an application is approved, a meet-and-greet is typically scheduled. A phone call on a Monday to schedule a meet-and-greet that occurs the following weekend adds 5 to 7 days to the adoption process. If the meet-and-greet is not successful, the process begins again.

        Animals with specialty needs such as needing to be an only pet, having a fenced yard, or having chronic medical needs limits the pool of willing or available prospective adopters.
        While each case is individualized, we hope that this provides a small insight to some of the behind the scenes work going on for each animal in our care. We hope that volunteers are comfortable reaching out to the dog or cat managers, dog or cat committee members, officers, or dog champions with any questions. If you have a question and are not sure who to ask please leave a note in an officer’s mailbox and we will be sure to get the question to the right person and the answer to you!!
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