Van/Iso

One of the things that the Humane Society has tried to accomplish over the past 5 years is to improve our shelter’s infrastructure so that we can better house animals while they are guests there.

 
Our first recent improvement was to enlarge the interior space, which meant having enough room so that cats can run free over a large area, and making it so that there is sufficient office space separate from any animal areas.  Prior to this the office had been partially occupied by cats held in stainless steel caging, and the cats rarely had a chance to roam.  With the completion of the addition in 2011 cats now have 3 rooms for roaming, and a separate area where those that are entering the shelter for the first time can be quarantined prior to joining the cats in the free roam area.

 
While this greatly improved conditions for both shelter staff and cats, we were still lacking in a good space in which to isolate any sick cats from the rest of the population. We did have a small, interior room with an exterior vent. But the problem was that the sink for the entire cat area was in the sick room and it was impossible to keep sick cats from interacting with well ones.
What to do, what to do?

 
In the summer of 2012 the Lemhi County Humane Society won a Toyota Sienna van in the Toyota 100 Cars For Good contest.  We received the van in the fall, and because we wanted to protect it from the elements, decided to build a parking structure in which to house the van.

Covered Parking

Covered Parking

At the back end of the structure was an enclosed area meant for a storage room.  What we did instead was insulate it, put in electricity, and make it into a totally separate cat isolation room. So, now we can remove sick cats completely from the shelter environment and house them in an outside facility.  Because upper respiratory infections are so common in cats, and because they spread so easily, the sick bay for cats has proved to be a real boon to our efforts to keep cats healthy while in our shelter.

Isolation Room

Isolation Room

 

lchswebblogcat in iso roomThe entire parking structure/cat isolation room was paid for by a generous donation from the estate of Harry and Marietta Shively. These are the parents of current board president, Cindy Phelps.  Both of her parents were avid animal lovers; her mother’s nick name when she was young was ‘Poochie’, because she was always saving some wayward dog.  It was a moniker that continued to describe Marietta her entire lifetime.

Is It the Name?

Is It the Name?

It’s one of those days Shelter employees dread.  Coming to work on a Sunday in the cold of a January morning and finding a dog left overnight.  There was the protection of a dog house and straw provided by the Shelter.  But she was left and someone drove off.  If it is tough on the Shelter employee – it must be tough on the dog.  However, it is better than being abandoned in a taped box in a potato cellar…

Chompers in Camo

Chompers in Camo

The 4-year old brindle pit bull was left at the Shelter on 1/20/2013.  This was not Chompers first stay at the Salmon Animal Shelter.  In 2011, Chompers called the Shelter home.  She was adopted and then recycled two years later.  She is part of the 30% recycle rate mentioned in the goofball dog’s story.  Since Salmon is a small town it was a known fact Chompers was passed from owner to owner.  Maybe she didn’t fit the stereotype of a TOUGH pit bull so she ended back at the Shelter?  Whatever the reason almost a year has passed and Chompers is still calling the Shelter home.

Many dogs cannot handle the stresses of Shelter life.  No person to call their own.  A Shelter dog for the most part is kenneled.  The Salmon Shelter dogs do have several bark parks to hang in plus get a delightful daily walk.

Chompers n Buddies

Chompers n Buddies

 

Chompers loves to go and gets along with all the newcomers.  During the rest of the day she hangs out with the ever revolving changing canine friends.  They come in and then they leave when they are so lucky as to find their families.

Fashionable Coat

Fashionable Coat

Chompers doesn’t appear too dismayed that no one has adopted her.  She gets along with the dogs, the staff, the volunteers and visitors.  She jumps in the van ready for a ride for her walk.  She runs from her bark park to the kennel in the late afternoon excitedly looking forward to her dinner – dog food,  rice and some sort of meat broth.  And then she spends the night quietly waiting for the next day to start.  Chompers has gone through the four seasons at the Shelter.  She arrived in the cold of January, 2013, and here it is January, 2014.

This is where I was left in Jan/2013 - w/o coat.

This is where I was left in Jan/2013 – w/o coat.

Does Chompers need a new name?  Is the name Chompers scaring off her potential family?   It is hard to say.  For now she patiently waits.

One Year Later!

One Year Later!

 

The now 5-year old brindle pit bull is a good natured dog.  Someone forgot to tell her she is TOUGH.  She is a lover – except when it comes to cats.

Looking for a Home!

Looking for a Home!

Perhaps we need to nominate Chompers as the Shelter Mascot.  The last dog that was going to be nominated for mascot (Nubis) was adopted.

Chompers – you are hereby nominated to be Shelter mascot!  You sure know how to have fun!

Silly Chompers

Silly Chompers

 

Active Dog Jinx Dishong

PETFINDER AD:  Very Active Dog Needs Very Active Owner

I am sooooo happy!

I am sooooo happy!

Lucy left the Shelter in 2010 as a cute cuddly puppy with lots of love to give.  She came back to the Shelter in 2012 as a 70 pound big dog with lots of love to give. 

You had to be able to brace yourself for the love.  Lucy expressed her love and enthusiasm for life by JUMPING!  Lucy was a recycle dog.  Sadly the recycle rate at the Salmon Animal Shelter runs at 30%.

Lucy’s picture was posted on PetFinder.  Her description:  a very active dog.  She would do best in a household where she receives plenty of EXERCISE and attention.

Into the picture comes Lynne – a very active woman who dotes on her animals.  She had recently lost a dog and she needed a companion dog for her 3-year old Rhodesian Ridgeback.  Drifter, was turning into an old dog without a play companion because he did not know how to play alone.  Lynne remembered seeing Lucy’s picture as a pup but at the time she did not need another dog.  But she did now.

Lynne called the Shelter and yes Lucy was still available.  (Please come and get her – just kidding.)  When Lynne arrived Lucy had just finished counter surfing and had eaten Mike’s (Shelter employee) piece of flaky crusted peach pie.  Eaten – well more like inhaled.  Mike still talks about how he was salivating for that piece of pie.

Yet Lynne willingly took her home on a trial basis to see how she fit in.

Bark Bark Bark

Bark Bark Bark

  All the way home the exuberant dog barked and barked.  Then she barked some more.

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Jailbird

When Rick and Lynne returned Lucy to the Shelter, Shelter employee Mike’s face fell. 

The “name” Lucy had to go.  Rick and Lynne had come to complete the adoption paperwork for Jinx!  Lynne and Rick saw potential in this goofball of a dog.

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Adoption Day

She is still a high energy dog but she and Drifter are known to wear each other out – either by racing in their 3-acre yard or on their mega-hikes.  She still barks and barks in the vehicle.  Some things just don’t change.

I'm Waiting...

I’m Waiting…

  However, her weight did.  She is now a whopping 90-pound dog which is her “healthy” weight.

Another change – Jinx is no longer underfoot when she hikes.  She has lost her fear of abandonment!

A silly girl on the hunt!

A goofball on the hunt

Hurry Up

Hurry Up

Sitting Pretty!

Sitting Pretty!

Drifter and Jinx are the best of pals.  It is expected they will watch many more sunsets together now that Jinx is in her “forever home.”

Best Forever Friends

Best of Pals

2013 LCHS Christmas Party

Holiday Cheer

Holiday Cheer

 

The Lemhi County Humane Society (LCHS) held its annual Christmas party on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Rose House.  Board member Mary Ann Torbett and her husband George own the beautifully restored home on the Bar Hill and graciously opened their doors for a fun filled festive evening.

Festive Evening

Festive Evening

Approximately 40 people attended.  The youngest person in attendance was 4 weeks old.   The LCHS starts their volunteers at a very YOUNG age!

A large turkey and large prime rib were served.  Ken Hill, Board Member, and Kelly Phelps, Volunteer,  were the meat carvers.The Carving DuoThe Carving Duo

There were many salads, a variety of potatoes dishes, fresh dinner rolls, deviled eggs, wild rice and too many other yummy things to remember.

Kitchen Elves

Kitchen Elves

Several comments were overhead that larger plates were needed next year!

Are you full????

Are you full????

Let’s not forget the buffet table covered with scrumptious desserts.  The doggie cake was TOO cute to be cut.  Doggone it!

Too Cute to Cut!

Too Cute to Cut!

What brings 40 plus people together from all walks of life together on a very cold night in December – the love for animals!

Why we do it!

p.s.  There are many more who support the LCHS who could not attend the party.  Their (your) contributions are equally important.  Thanks to all!

Shelter Cats/Kittens & Holiday Toys

Sometimes it is fun to pick up the Lemhi County Humane Society (LCHS) mail.  One never knows what may be in the post office box.  Donation checks are exciting to open.  Last week was a holiday experience – literally.  A visit to the office window with the yellow card in hand was exchanged for a large and bulky padded envelope.Bulky Padded Envelope

Crocheted Cat Toys

Crocheted Cat Toys

The contents:  a note plus two gallon size plastic bags full of cat toys!  The toys are made primarily out of yarn and are very colorful and festive looking.  How very thoughtful (and creative) of Denise in Missoula, Montana.

 

Some background:  In October, 2013, twelve of our Salmon Animal Shelter dogs were transported to an adoptathon in Missoula, MT.  (As a WONDERFUL side note, 100% of our dogs were adopted.)   Mike, one of the transporters, noticed every cat at the Humane Society of Western Montana facility had a handmade toy hanging on their cage.  He was told a “cat” lady made and donated a toy for every single cat that came into and was adopted out of the Missoula shelter.

Shortly, thereafter, the first bag of yarn toys arrived for our Salmon Animal Shelter cats and kittens.  They were a hit!

Pictures speak louder than words –

Winnie, 2 years old, was formerly a feral cat.  He started life in a cat colony next door to the old Beam Plant.  He was brought to the Shelter starving with respiratory issues, ear mites and runny eyes.  He was brought back to health by the Shelter staff.  He has his forever home and refuses to go outside.  Instead he chooses to adorn the piano when it is not being played.

A Toy - for me?

A Toy – for me?

 

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A purrfect Winnie approved toy.

 

 

 

 

The two 6-month old orange boys (EllisU and Sooner) are outside barn cats who also spend time on the deck and in the house.  One is a former Shelter kitten and the other was a rescued feral kitten who is as tame and loving as can be today.

Check it!

Check it out!

 

This is very interesting.

This is very interesting.

 

 

 

And then there is Peg Leg.

He is still at the Shelter and is temporarily caged.  While in the free roaming cat room he had too much fun playing in the spinning wheel and broke his leg.   He is now out of his cast and no worse for the wear.

TOO Much Fun  :(

TOO Much Fun 🙁

 

More fun at the Shelter!

Peg Leg would LOVE to find his forever family.  If you adopt him he’ll even let you play with HIS toys.

WOW!!!

WOW!!

 

 

 

 

Just yesterday a Salmon “cat” lady, Judith, donated a large box of yarn.  Thank you, Judith!  Yep we know whose hands we want this yarn to fall into.

Someone named Denise who makes beautiful and very much appreciated yarn cat toys.  Thank you, Denise!