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Orphan Kitten Club grants $25,000 for new kitten nursery at RVHS!

We are so excited to announce we received a $25,000 grant from the Orphan Kitten Club! This money will be used to create a neonatal kitten care program right here at RVHS. Neonatal kittens are one of the most at-risk groups in animal shelters. Many shelters simply do not have the resources to care for them as they require specialized care and constant feedings (like all babies do!). Thanks to this grant, the kittens in our community will have the support they need to thrive.
Since receiving the grant, we have been hard at work creating a dedicated space to house neonatal kittens away from our general cat population. We have repurposed the upstairs rooms of our on-site surgical suite and done needed improvements such as painting, installing a heater to warm up the nursery room, and acquired tables for our incubators to sit on. And of course, we have purchased incubators–the most important thing for a nursery! Kittens are unable to regulate their own temperature and they rely on mom to keep them warm. When kittens don’t have a mom around, it makes it a lot harder to keep them at a comfy and safe temperature for their little bodies.
Incubators keep kittens at the ideal temperature and humidity based on their specific life stage. We’ve never had these before to take care of neonatal kittens and we are thrilled to have a piece of equipment that functions for this purpose.
While our nursery has taken some time to open, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been saving the lives of kittens in our community. Here are just a couple of examples of kittens we have helped, which we wouldn’t have been able to do without this grant giving us the ability to dedicate more specialized staff time to emergent situations such as these:

In early June, a concerned community member came to our front doors to ask for help. He had found a litter of kittens that looked to be a month old at his job site. Unfortunately, the mother had been killed in the roadway nearby the day prior and the finder had no way to care for them. It had been a hot day and we knew they must be hungry. When we first looked at them, all four kittens were sluggish and dehydrated, and one kitten had such an irritated eye that it was glued shut. We went to work providing them with food, needed medications, and subcutaneous fluids so that they could be on the path to wellness. Our quick intervention made a huge difference and within 24 hours, our Scooby Doo Crew were playing and acting like normal kittens! We could not have saved these babies if it were not for the funding we’ve received from the Orphan Kitten Club! We have been able to dedicate more staff and vet tech time to attend to emergency surrenders such as these and ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care that we can to these kittens that need our help.

Here’s another sad story with a happy ending! Ash and her two other siblings came to us in early August from an area that had many cats. Her colony caretakers wanted to give them all a shot at a better life, and we welcomed them to RVHS! Soon after arriving, Ash was starting to decline, presenting with vomit and diarrhea and a total lack of interest in food. Luckily, our staff jumped in immediately to start her on her path to wellness. Without the ability to have a dedicated vet tech on staff to care for critical cases like hers, Ash would have been much worse off. She has been a trooper for enduring IV fluids, syringe feeding, and taking medications to treat her symptoms. After a few days of intensive care, she is now finally getting her appetite back and gaining weight! She is now playing and acting like nothing had ever happened, and we love seeing her so full of life! We are so grateful to the Orphan Kitten Club for providing us with the funding to save the lives of kittens like Ash who need an extra helping hand before they find their forever homes!
 
We are looking forward to saving many tiny lives thanks to this generous #mightycat grant. Thank you to all who support our cause and who continually push us to be bigger and better every year. We can’t wait to share our new journey with you all! If you want to check out all the cool work that the Orphan Kitten Club does for kittens across the USA, visit their page to find out more! https://orphankittenclub.org/about/

Rogue Valley Humane Society receives a PEDIGREE Foundation grant!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rogue Valley Humane Society is excited to announce that we are one of the 2020 recipients of  PEDIGREE Foundation’s $10,000 Program Development Grants.

PEDIGREE Foundation was established in 2008 to help dogs in need find loving homes. Created by Mars Petcare, the maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, it’s an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and supports the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country.

This year has been especially difficult for us. We closed in early March and had to reduce our staff numbers due to COVID-19. This affected our ability to bring in our normal amounts of dogs; compared to 2019, our total number of intakes were cut in half due to the closures and small amount of staff we had in 2020. This year also saw an increase in dogs with major behavioral problems that simply overwhelmed our staff members, which also contributed to our reduced dog intake. We are committed to doing better in 2021 and being one of the recipients of PEDIGREE Foundation’s 2020 Program Development Grant will allow us to save more lives this year.

Our plan to use these grant funds will come in two parts. Firstly, this grant will help cover the cost of hiring more dog staff members and restoring the position of Dog Coordinator back to full-time. This will help us to increase our intake numbers because we will have more hands-on deck to manage daily care, better advertise our adoptable dogs, facilitate more robust home inspections and increase adoptions.

The second way we will use this grant to benefit the animals at RVHS is to form a partnership with Roman’s Holistic Dog Training. This will allow us to conduct internal training with our dog staff members and will give them access to his expertise for our more difficult behavioral cases. We will also be building a kennel onsite with Roman where we can send our most difficult cases to receive intensive training so that scared, fractious, or aggressive dogs can unlearn problematic behaviors and be prepared for adoption into loving homes.

We are thrilled to receive the grant and excited about the work ahead to get every dog the loving home he or she deserves.

 

About Rogue Valley Humane Society:

The Rogue Valley Humane Society provides compassionate care for stray, unwanted, displaced, and abandoned animals and works toward ending pet overpopulation so that there will be no more homeless pets. We are committed to placing every healthy, adoptable animal in a loving lifetime home, teaching responsible pet guardianship, and maintaining community spay-neuter programs.

 

About Pedigree Foundation:

We believe every dog deserves a loving, forever home. PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help end pet homelessness. Nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescues every year, and nearly half never find a home. The foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, to help increase dog adoption rates. We’ve awarded more than 5,700 grants and over $9 million to U.S. shelters and rescues that help dogs in need. At PEDIGREE Foundation, we’re working toward a day when all dogs are safe, secure, cared for, fed well and loved. See how you can help: PedigreeFoundation.org

Paws Up to the Four Way Community Foundation!

Four Way Community Foundation thank you

The Rogue Valley Humane Society would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the Four Way Community Foundation for choosing us as one of their 2020 recipients of grant money that will support vital projects at our facility. The Four Way Community Foundation has served Josephine and Jackson counties for 45 years and has provided over $7 million in grants and scholarships locally using proceeds from the invested $8.7 million dollars in local donations entrusted to its care. As a nonprofit organization, the Rogue Valley Humane Society is only supported through events, individual donations, and grants such as these. At times, it is tough to set aside funding for future infrastructure improvements when we often have an immediate need to spend our money on the animals in our care as well as normal facility costs such as utilities, staff, and supplies.  With all of our events being canceled due to the COVID-19 virus, we are very grateful to receive these grants in order to help improve our facility so that we can be of better service to our local community.

dog isolation

Our most substantial grant from the Four Way Community Foundation has funded the installation of three updated heating and air systems around our facility: one in an on-site rental unit, one in our dog isolation building, and one in the isolation room in our on-site surgical suite.  These improvements have significantly reduced the potential fire hazard in these areas since we no longer need to rely on plug-in heaters. These upgraded units are currently helping the dogs in our isolation building stay at a comfortable temperature, unaffected by cold nights or these recent hot summer days.

Piglet

The unit in the isolation room in our surgical suite allows for a controlled environment in which intensive care cases can reside comfortably away from the main facility. This space was used last year to isolate Piglet, a puppy in our care that had parvovirus. Our veterinarian and veterinary technician spent many days and nights caring for him in the cold winter weather with space heaters as the only source of warmth. Because of this grant, intensive care patients like Piglet now have a dependable heating and air system to keep them at the perfect temperature while they recover from illness.

kittenWe also received a grant from the Maxine Jones Spay and Neuter Fund that goes directly towards our low cost spay and neuter voucher program. This is a much needed service for our local community to help with the cost of spays and neuters for their pets. Our voucher program often runs out of funding due to high demand and we are grateful to have more funds to direct towards this service. Additional grant money we received is being set aside for helping increase our capacity to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the community cats in our county. The Rogue Valley Humane Society is committed to seeking solutions to help with the overpopulation of cats in our area, and TNR is one of the most effective solutions to stabilize these colonies and to reduce their numbers over time. Being able to spay and neuter more community cats will help stop the cycle of cat overpopulation in Josephine County.

Without the Four Way Community Foundation and the grants they have awarded us, we would not be able to accomplish our goals to help improve the lives of the animals in our area. We are so thankful that we have been able to make much needed improvements at our facility, continue our low cost spay and neuter voucher program, and help control pet overpopulation. Thank you to the Four Way Community Foundation for their dedication to local organizations such as ours and for helping assist in our mission to save lives…four paws at a time!

#SeventeenPuppies plus one!

We received a call in from a person that needed our help! She lacked funding to spay and neuter her pets which resulted in 18 puppies from two for her dogs…yes 18! She was ill and financially couldn’t afford to care of these beautiful sweet pets. So we hopped into our van and with the help of our volunteers, we sprang into action! In just the nick of time too…upon their arrival to our facility they were diagnosed  with roundworms and coccidia, under weight and had been consuming plastic. Our medical team started a treatment plan and supportive care for all the puppies and within a week they were doing well enough to be spayed and neutered. We were also determined to stop the cycle of unwanted pets and altered the remainder of her dogs utilizing our spay and neuter voucher program. All puppies were adopted and are in loving homes enjoying life, as it should be…

Our community embraced these babies, helped us with some of our cost and shared them to family and friends to help to place them! Visit their story on www.Facebook.com/rvhsadopt enter #seventeen puppies! We have a great community!

RVHS Spay and Neuter Clinic!

We did great things this year in our spay and neuter clinic! Almost 1000 surgeries preformed in 2019 a 50% increase in just a year! Additionally, we expanded our reach and began altering some of our local shelter groups dogs and cats, 487 spayed and neutered in 2019! Last but not least we have begun assisting with local community cat colonies! We prevented 121 community cats from reproducing in Josephine County! This will help our local rescues and shelters in the spring by preventing unwanted litters!

Mother’s Day Tea!

Many thanks to all who made this wonderful day so special!

The Rogue Valley Humane Society is happy to inform you that our second annual Mother’s Day Tea was a rousing success! Held at the Bear Hotel, 80 men, women and children enjoyed delicious food, beautiful music and a magical atmosphere. A big thank-you to Evergreen Bank which allowed us to hold the event free of charge and who also provided advertisement in the Daily Courier. The food was purchased from the Teapot on Wheels and consisted of three types of small sandwiches, two types of scones, clotted cream, lemon curd, and sponge cake. The food was not only delectable but elegantly served on three-tiered plates custom made from dishware found at our very own Thrift Store. In fact, all of the table settings of vintage china were acquired through our Thrift Store! Music was provided by GPHS strings, lending a soft background to the roomful of friends chatting and enjoying the day. Each table of 10 had a gorgeous display of flowers that were each available for a $25 donation. There were door prizes and finally, a “Best Hat Contest”. Kudos to the creative and fun hats that many ladies wore to our fundraiser. Our deepest gratitude goes out to all who came and supported RVHS through this event. We hope to see you next year!

Blues, Brews and BBQ

We had so many wonderful people who came out to support the animals at Rogue Valley Humane Society! Blues, Brews and BBQ was another great success! Thank you to our magnificent volunteers who worked their tails off. Thank you to our wonderous community for loving the animals as much as we do. Together we will make a difference in the lives of our furry guests! So let’s keep saving lives…..See ya next year!

A Springers Tale

 It is estimated that 25-30% of dogs in U. S. shelters are purebred dogs.  At the Rogue Valley Humane Society, we have a wish list filled with people looking for Golden Retrievers, Dobermans, Basset Hounds, and Pomeranians to name just a few breeds.

Often, people are emotionally drawn to a particular breed.  Sometimes, sadly, the breed’s characteristics do not match a person’s or family’s expectations or they do not sufficiently explore the breed before adopting and that is when shelters, like ours, meet dogs like Otis—a purebred six-year-old English Springer Spaniel.

Otis had not seen a vet in more than four years and he had never been neutered.  His feet were under attack by foxtails that had become embedded and his eyes were diagnosed with conjunctivitis.  This beautiful dog had lived exclusively outside and his coat was totally neglected.  When asked to describe Otis his owner wrote that “he has a ton of energy.”  Regular grooming and plenty of exercise are two of the most obvious needs for this breed and neither were being met.

In a couple of weeks, Otis had been neutered and had regained his health, the foxtails were removed and his eye infection had been cured.  All that remained was to find someone familiar with the breed to love him forever.

This is a Happy Tail so you have probably already guessed that Otis has found a new loving home.  His new best friend grew up with a springer spaniel and she had been looking for one, but only wanted to rescue one–not buy one.  Now, Otis has a family to see to his every need—the wish we wished for him is now his reality.

–Scot

Celebrating Mother’s at the Bear Hotel!

Thank you to all who attended our first Mother’s Day Tea at the Bear Hotel! What a wonderful way to honor our Mothers. Your support will help feed, house and provide medical care for pets at the Rogue Valley Humane society.

Thank you!

Our volunteers did a fantastic job in coordinating and hosting this special day! We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Thank you to our Pawsome Volunteer Crew!!