Harry is a sweet Manchester Terrier Mix who was returned to ORHS when his owners had to move and could not take him with them. Harry is very sweet and loving and flashes the most adorable smile when the volunteers come in to care for him. Harry is house-trained, walks well on a leash, and does well with other dogs, cats, and children. He would a great addition to any household.
Honey is a sweet brindle hound/terrier mix that came to ORHS in May 2018. She was pregnant at the time and has since had her litter of 7 babies. She was a great mama to her pups and is now ready to be adopted. She is very sweet and loves to receive attention from the staff at ORHS. She likes to go on walks and play with her toys. She is especially fond of her squeaky toy duck that she will fetch and roll around with it while hanging out of her mouth. Her adorable under-bite makes her irresistible to all the staff at ORHS and we are hoping someone else will find it irresistible as well.
This sweet little kitty was brought to us from a local middle school after being found with one of her back paws strangulated by a string or long carpet fiber. The paw was extremely swollen and misshapen; it seemed almost a sure thing that Tweed would require amputation. Our wonderful volunteers immediately started following the prescribed medical plan: Tweed’s swollen foot received hours and hours of hydrotherapy and massage, along with oral antibiotics. Little by little the size of her paw reduced...then a little bit of fur started growing on the bare skin...and the wound from the carpet fiber healed. Thanks to this outstanding care, Tweed will not require amputation of her injured foot! This adorable tuxedo is very sweet and social. She loves to play with other kittens and, they way this girl runs, you would never know she has been through such an ordeal. Tweed will make a great companion and an exceptional addition to any family.
Loyal canine companion of Drs. David and Patti Bradley, owners of Lake Oconee Dentistry. My friends at the Oconee Regional Human Society asked me to write to you because Lake Oconee Dentistry is doing something REALLY GREAT this month and you need to know about it!
July 31st is National Mutt Day, or as I like to call it, “National Mixed Breed” Day. This special day was created back in 2005 by animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige to bring awareness to the plight of mixed breed dogs. You see approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, celebrating, and saving mixed breed dogs.
I, myself, am a mixed breed dog, rescued by the Bradleys six years ago. And so is my sister, Sadie! Not to brag, but mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, and live longer!
When it comes to saving mixed breed dogs and find them fur-ever homes, no group does a better job than the Oconee Regional Humane Society. ORHS places hundred of dogs and cats a year. This noble mission would be im-paws-ible to achieve without a small army of volunteers and financial assistance. So, in honor of National Mutt Day, and mixed breed dogs everywhere, Lake Oconee Dentistry is doing something to help the kind folks at ORHS:
Lake Oconee Dentistry is offering FREE x-rays with any $10 (or more) donation to the Oconee Regional Humane Society. That’s a value of up to $142 depending on the number of x-rays needed. Simply call Lake Oconee Dentistry at (706) 468-3233 by August 10 to schedule an appointment. It can be for a regular cleaning or for a nagging issue that needs to be looked at.
When you come into the office, your donation will be placed in the designated ORHS box. One hundred percent of all donation will go towards medical care and fostering these animals until they find their furever homes!
What’s more, Lake Oconee Dentistry has agreed to match every donation, dollar for dollar, up to the first $1,000!
This doggone good deal allows you to stay on top of your oral health while also helping the IRHS and dozens of animals that come through their door every day!
Don’t miss this amazing op-paw-tunity! Call the office today at (706) 468-3233 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to mention this letter to receive free x-rays with your donation. But hurry! You must give the team at Lake Oconee Dentistry a call by Friday, August 10th! Thanks for being a friend to ORHS and for your continued commitment to their mission. They have made a difference in the lives of a lot of dogs…including ours!
With Canine Affection,
Whiskey and Sadie
P.S. Your donation can help put a smile on a dog’s face while polishing up your own smile at the same time! Call (706) 468-3233 to schedule your appointment and free x-rays!
ORHS has weekly adoption events at various locations around the area. On Saturday, July 14, 2018, we were at Farmview Market in Madison, GA. We love to share our animals with others and spark interest in finding our precious dogs and cats forever homes. We were able to find homes for a few of our residents, but we do still have others that need homes. Please feel free to stop by our next adoption event on Saturday, July 21 at the ORHS Center, located at 1020 Park Ave, Greensboro (located behind Pickle Barrel Restaurant) and check out our wonderful animals as well as the Furniture Sale that will be happening that day. We will be there from 9am to 3pm for the Furniture Sale and 11am to 3pm for adoptions.
This gorgeous girl came to us from animal control right before she had kittens...literally, RIGHT before she had kittens! Yes, she gave birth to 7 beauties 3 hours after her arrival! But now that her kids are weaned, Priscilla is ready for a home of her own and she would be thrilled to have a sun room or screened porch. This is a sweet young lady who thoroughly enjoys lounging in the sun but is still very playful. If you’re looking for a pretty companion with a great personality, then Priscilla is your girl!
Jenny came to us last December. Some people had found her and her siblings in a box. Emaciated and worm-ridden, two of the five puppies were unable to be saved.
Jenny weighed only a pound and a half! She was a fighter though and she started to recover with the help of great veterinarians and the love of a foster family.
Jenny was adopted in February but sadly, through no fault of her own, she was returned by her new owner. She is a sweet girl with an extremely passive demeanor.
She plays well with other dogs and wants to be held, although she has grown a little large for most laps! She walks great on leash, is crate trained and appears to be housebroken. She looks like she will stay a petite medium size and wants nothing more than to please a new owner!
By Maggie Moran
Welcome to our ORHS newsletter! First, I’d like to thank Stephanie Coleman and Dave Delich for their dedication and leadership over the past years. We have a great Board in place ready to have an exciting year.
As you all know, the main purpose of ORHS is to rescue cats and dogs and provide love and care plus whatever is necessary to prepare them for their forever homes. Some are easier than others, but that is what makes ORHS unique – we just don’t give up.
This can’t be done alone. We have generous supporters – be it monetarily or by volunteering. I personally appreciate this more than you will ever know. Anyone that has ever been involved in fundraising knows and understands how difficult it is but also how necessary it is to accomplish our goals.
Our volunteers are the backbone of ORHS and we never have enough. Perhaps you love animals but are allergic to dogs and cats or you are busy and can’t make a commitment at this time. Did you know that you could make a couple phone calls a month (on your schedule) to remind someone that they are scheduled to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered? You could also make a call as a follow up on an adoption just to see how things are going. Maybe you are good with the computer or publicity etc. Trust me, we can use whatever skills you might want to share.
There is, of course, always a need for volunteers to help with fundraising. But big fundraisers are one part - also important are the small fundraisers by individuals (children & adults) – lemonade stands – dog washes – bake sales- birthday parties – special event parties – individuals who have had donation drives at work – Creativity is a wonderful thing.
Let me close by saying the individuals who volunteer and support ORHS have enormous hearts and have a dedicated effort to rescue our furry friends. I am so very proud to be associated with this wonderful organization. Maybe you have a big heart and passion and would like to be a part our team. Give us a call.
The Oconee Regional Humane Society for our fifth annual pet food drive was held on Saturday, May 26th at the Publix shopping center in Greensboro. Volunteers collected cat and dog food from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monetary donations were also accepted. Guests had the opportunity to meet and snuggle some of our dogs and cats who are available for adoption.
Because of your support and donations in 2017, last year ORHS was able to rescue and find forever homes for 126 cats and 265 dogs. We also provided pet food for needy families at Food Distribution days and sponsored spay/neuter procedures for over 450 animals.
Your generosity allows us to save the lives of so many animals who would otherwise live lives of neglect, never knowing the love of a forever family. Dogs like Holly, who was one of several dogs abandoned and left to starve after her former owners moved. Holly turned out to be very pregnant and gave birth to seven beautiful puppies shortly after ORHS took her in. Holly and her babies are now all living happily with their new families. She is just one example of the many animals who have needlessly suffered, but your donations change all of this. Thanks to you these animals now know what it feels like to be safe, loved and cared for.
Your donations, big or small, create happy endings and save lives.
ORHS distributes over 9 tons, (yes, 9 tons- 18,000 lbs.) of cat and dog food
each year to folks in need in Putnam and Green counties
Highlights on our new Mayor …
And to do all this, ORHS needs volunteers ! Volunteering is so much fun and there are lots of opportunities - so come over to the ORHS Center and fill out a volunteer application. The folks there are really nice too! The address is
1020 Park Ave, Suite 101. Phone # 706-454-1508.
Katherine Calhoun, ORHS volunteer extraordinaire, takes two of ORHS’ black kittens to the Blessing of the Animals at Redeemer Episcopal Church. Father Bill is the priest. It doesn’t get much better than this for these dear kitties. No doubt, the blessing will benefit them in their 9 lives ahead ! Thank you, Katherine, for all the love and tender care you share with our ORHS cats and kittens.
by Maggie Moran
If you have ever lost a beloved pet due to whatever the reason – you understand how it hurts and you never forget the unconditional love the pet gave you. They were your friend, your buddy, your companion. They were, in fact, a member of your family. They brought joy to the family. For myself, I have lost several and I still have a place in my heart for each and every one of them.
There are many many quotes and poems about losing a pet. Yes, most will bring tears to your eyes. But I think this says it all.
“Sometimes the best way to honor the life of the pet you lost
is to save another”
Don’t wait too long. A shelter animal is waiting for you……
Just wanted to follow up with you about “Harley/Enzo”. He is adjusting to everything perfectly. He's super smart and catches on quickly, He already knows how to sit on command and he answers to his new name "Enzo". He has only had a few accidents in the house (which is understandable) and we're working to improve it a little bit every day. He's truly perfect! Thank you so much for letting us adopt him. He is the last puzzle piece to our family! - -Leslie
We love having “Beckett” as part of our family ! Emily
“Harrison” is doing great and has been such a cute and funny guy ! William
“Peter” is doing great! He’s made friends with our other cats. The former baby cat of the family was not too happy about him when he first arrived, but she’s coming around. He is so sweet! He likes to “help” me work on the computer and has enjoyed exploring the house. It’s wonderful to have such an easy-going cat who loves to be held. Thank you all for the great start in life you gave him! Erin
Thank you and all of your team for excellent cat adoption experience. My husband and I are so glad to have two kitties that are so high spirited. We live in a three-story condo with long hallways and they love running up and down the halls. “Lexie” is the Alpha, and despite being smaller, leads “Shasta” into most of the kitty fun. I can tell you took excellent care of them during their stay. Hope to support your agency in the future and will share our experience with neighbors and friends. - Noreen and Tim
Richard Mayson for taking over spay/neuter program
Da Corrado’s for hosting two SPAYghetti Dinners for ORHS
Main Street Vet for helping us with our heart worm positive dogs
PetSmart in Milledgeville and Athens and Pet Supplies Plus for their food and bed donations
Silver Moon and Brian Quinn for their help with Fantasy Golf
Bobby and Brenda Bray and Lake Oconee Beverage for donations to SPAYghetti Dinners
Greensboro First United Methodist Church Preschool on Carey Station Road. Their students collected $218. and donated it to ORHS with their community service project “Pennies for Puppies”!
Bebe Mills birthday fundraiser
Leigh Lofgren for Pet Photos with Santa
Maggie Lane for their fundraiser “Shop for a Cause”
All the 2018 Mayoral Candidates:
Park Place Animal Hospital for their continued support
Jordan Eagle for his birthday fundraiser
Joyce Daniel for the Christmas stocking fundraiser and treat jar fundraiser
Debbie Spann, Thomas Smith, Bob Smith, Mike and Angie for their time and efforts in renovating our cat rooms. It’s an ongoing project but is already simply beautiful...and the cats love it!
Jim Higdon for donating the dollhouse he built and Diane Boswell for being the great ticket sales person
Pikes Nursery for donating a beautiful Christmas tree
OCONEE Brewery who asked us to be a part of their first Oktoberfest
These generous donors for the SPAYgetti Dinner
Lynn Herbert for spear heading and executing The Main Event! A lot of time and hard work went into the success of this:)))). Kudos to Lynn
All of our wonderful ORHS Volunteers… We could never do what we do without all of you!
Ken and Pamela Hancock held a party and asked that everyone bring something for ORHS. Even though they are new to the area they picked ORHS as the charity to benefit from the generosity of their friends. They included the ORHS Wish List with the invitations to let people know what was needed. There were people from Charleston (their former home) Hilton Head, St Simons and Atlanta - about 100 people in total. Over 400 pounds of pet food was donated along with cases of paper towels, bleach and of course cash.
Thanks to each and everyone in our community who shares in so many ways with ORHS for our dear cats and dogs !
by Sharon Crosby
The Tuesday Tees Golf Group, headed by Sharon Crosby, celebrated Halloween on the National course at Reynolds. “Our Golf Game Has Gone To The Dogs” was the theme and the players arrived in dog costumes.
A cardboard picture of “No Fuss Gus” and the “Dog Catcher” (Dennis Crosby in disguise) greeted the players as they arrived the course. Carts were decorated with signs stating, “Who Let The Dogs Out?” and “Beware Of Dogs!”.
After a round of golf, a Hot Dog Lunch Buffet was served at Oconee Regional Humane Society in Greensboro. A tour of ORHS led by Jill Schurig ended the event.
$450.00 was raised for ORHS due to the generosity of the golfers.
Such a novel idea and such great fun !
We often hear from people that they want to support and volunteer with ORHS but because they can’t foster an animal, they don’t speak up. Well, there are lots of other ways you can help our organization whether you work hands-on with the animals or not. We have some of the best volunteers around and now we’re reaching out to you to join us in one of the most rewarding causes there is.
We have some fresh new faces on our Board of Directors and we have lots of work to do. We rely on a number of critical committees to help us achieve our goals and it’s time to get them moving.
So, If you have led or worked on a committee for us before and would like to continue just let us know. If you think you would like to participate on a committee or take on a leadership role, let’s talk further so we can share some of our plans for 2018.
If you are new to our organization and would like to become more involved let us know and we’ll talk about where you would like to devote your time.
Volunteer opportunities are as follows: Kitty and puppy care, foster home, fundraising, education – adult and children, community food distribution, transportation, volunteer coordinator, and publicity...(website, articles, newsletter, grant writing, etc.)
Thank you!! It is a great place to volunteer!!
Please contact: Jill Schurig. Volunteer Coordinator/ORHS--706-454-1508 or ORHSpets@gmail.com
Saturday & Sunday September 22nd & 23rd
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Donation drop offs are between 11-3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at ORHS Adoption Center located at 1020 Park Ave., Suite 101 (behind Pickle Barrel on Hwy 44)
Pick up is available for large items or furniture.
Call 706-454-1508 to arrange for pick up. Tax receipts for donations will be available. Please no clothing or books
The Furniture and Accessory Sale will be on July 21st !
Buncoween… a novel and new twist to introduce new faces and friends to the ORHS Center and the work (fun) we do. After getting a tour of the Center (by Jill Schurig, ORHS Volunteer Coordinator) and then hearing about the variety of volunteer opportunities, the approximately 40 gals sat down to a fun evening of Bunco play with prizes, food and festivity. Many of the women dressed up in their best Halloween costumes and were a sight/fright for sore eyes ! Stay tuned for word about the 2nd Annual Buncoween coming this fall.
The SPAYghetti Dinners were such outstanding successes. There were two Mondays that ORHS held them in February at Corrado’s Restaurant. A big thank you goes to Corrado and his staff for delicious food and great service. We also thank Ann Foster, from Coldwell Banker, who was our sponsor as well as the many businesses and friends that donated items for the raffle.
And it goes without saying … a shout out thank you to those who attended to support ORHS’ efforts to spay and neuter cats and dogs in our community! Last year, ORHS provided S/N procedures to almost 900 animals through our low income, mobile, Trap/Neuter/Release programs and of course by spaying or neutering all of our own rescues.