This summer, Del Webb invited us to participate in their annual Open House. This event showcases community businesses and groups that residents new to the area might want to become involved in, but not know that they are available. The response to ORHS is always welcoming and supportive. We are able supply people with information on our many programs and offer a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit their schedules and interests. ORHS is thankful to Del Webb for allowing us to share our love of animals with them each year.
by Lynn Herbert
Who knew we could paint??
43 dog, cat, chicken and rooster lovers got together at The Iron Fork in Eatonton one night in August to do just that. Many thanks to Katie Bragg, owner of The Iron Fork, for opening up her restaurant to us for the evening. Thanks also to Kate Cook, owner of Artini’s Art Lounge in Athens, for spearheading the event. While guiding us on each portrait and lending a “small” amount of true artistic tweaking, we each went home with a picture of our fur baby! Some might hang over the fireplace, while others in the bathroom… but we all had a great time! Best of all, we raised money for ORHS! It was a sell-out, so look for it next year and book early!
Sue is a North Carolina transplant who has lived in GA since the early 70’s and in the lake area since 1988. She retired as a State Farm Agent in Conyers and happily gave up her long daily commute in exchange for volunteering, playing bridge and hand quilting.
In Sue’s own words, “It’s hard to describe why I have become so passionate about our mission at ORHS. I have been deeply committed to volunteerism throughout my working years, serving as Heart Assn President, Red Cross blood committee for metro Atlanta, and other organizations as well. I do know that I am enormously impressed by the depth of commitment these volunteers have, even those of us who can only stand in awe of some of them. I’m just humbled and honored to work with them. I have never participated in an organization that willingly gives its volunteers important work to do, as opposed to busy work and then only occasionally. Maybe that’s what fires this enthusiasm and passion. Each adoption gives me such a rush, and each sad story makes me want to take that little animal home …… as there are many of those at ORHS.”
My first real contact with the shelter was when I adopted a precious older cat at ORHS. It’s really hard not to take another one home every week! My cat owns me and seeing her emotional wounds heal reminds me daily that we do important, worthwhile work for these sweet and helpless little animals. Wish we could do more!
Thank you Sue for ALL that you do for to ORHS !
This past Memorial Day weekend 9-year-old Celia O’Shea and her 7-year-old brother, Harrison, held their fifth, yes, FIFTH “LEMONADE FOR PAWS”
event at Paper Soiree. And it was a smashing s u c c e s s and raised $1,111.00 for ORHS.
This year they were joined by friends, Emerson and Sidney Thurmond and Rylie Kirk. To date, they have raised close to $3,500.00. Bravo to all of you! ORHS is so thankful and proud of you for taking the time and using your talent to help our furry friends.
By Tracy Tvrdy
The 2018 Pet Food Drive was held Saturday, May 26th in the Publix shopping Center from 9 am until 2 pm. This year a bake sale was added as an extra feature which helped to raise funds to purchase food for the dogs and cats rescued in our ORHS program as well as for providing pet food at the Greene and Putnam Counties monthly Food Distributions.
This is always a fun event because you see the generosity and support of the lake community for ORHS and its mission of protecting and rescuing and spay/neutering animals. The great news is that at this year’s PET FOOD DRIVE we collected a record amount of monetary donations and many pounds of dog food. Please email Tracy Tvrdy chair of Food Distribution if you would like to volunteer at our next Pet Food Drive Ttvrdy@gmail.com.
Jill and Roger Schurig in honor of Joe McCurdy
Mary and Brit Spann in honor of Jill Schurig’s birthday
Susan and Mark Blanton in honor of Audrey Mellen
Patricia Wojnas in honor of Dave Delich’s birthday
Linda Bradley in honor of Cody who celebrated his 14th birthday
Joan and Robert Aijoe from “Annie” in honor of Lynn Herbert’s birthday
Joan and Robert Aijoe from "Annie” in honor of J. R. Herbert’s birthday
Gary and Susan Strack in honor of “Romeo”, Patty and Jeff Simmon’s dog
Joan and Robert Aijoe from “Annie” in honor of Lynn and John Hebert’s anniversary
*As of August 31, 2018
Kathleen Wright in memory of Malcolm Nancy and Fred Hunter in memory of Peggy Harris
Frances and Jerry Hill in memory of Jim Jenkins Bonnie Stewart in memory of Havi and Malcolm
Maggie and Bob Moran in memory of Amy Manville’s father in law Del Webb “Stampin’ Scrappers” in memory of Laurie McKercher Maggie and Bob Moran in memory of Margie Wallace’s father
Jackie and Any Stolarski in memory of “Reesie”, beloved dog of Porge and JJ Casey Carol and William Britten in memory of “Bunker”, beloved dog of Susan and Jon Swift Maggie and Bob Moran in memory of “Reesie” beloved dog of Porge and JJ Casey
In memory of Gloria Adams, mother of Karen Stevenson
Carol and Anthony Clavarelli
JoAnn and William O’Brien
Nancy and Dennis Perna
Barbara and Dennis Fornari
Donna and Joe Rachal
Patricia Turpin in memory of Katrina Miller Porge and JJ
Casey in memory of Anne Stolarski
James Otten and Bridget in memory of Johnnie Ruth Blackwell
Frances and Jerry Hill in memory of Bob Seerley
Linda and James Bay in memory of Charles Robert “Bob” White
Frances and Jerry Hill in memory of Ed Chambers
Maggie and Bob Moran in memory of Anne Stolarski
Lauren and Jim Hardeman in memory of Amy Hardeman Brown
Linda and James Halsey in memory of a special friend, Brian Rogers
Frances Miller in memory of Cora Bell Moore
Andres Wuori in memory of “Lucky”, Karen and Wayne Bain’s cat
Residents of Greene Point Health and Rehab in memory of Anita Veazey
Jackie and Andy Stolarski in memory of “Jamie”, beloved dog of Debbie Spann Jackie and Andy Stolarski in memory of “Ritz”, beloved dog of Beth and Mike Leahy
In memory of Wendy Barefoot
Debra and James Steen
Margaret and Stephen Ruzika
Martha and Richard Franks
Carol and Michael Lynch
Sharon and Joseph Gorman
Shirley and George Shattuck
Sylvia Dixon and Cayla, Taylor and Ryan in memory of Janice Campbell
Pat and Dianne McNabb in memory of “Coco”, beloved dog of Joanne and Harvey Brown
Alpha Rogers and “O’Malley” in memory of “Coco”, beloved pet of Joanne and Harvey Brown
Susan and Mark Blanton in memory of “Sophie”, beloved dog of Susan Henry
Patricia Walters in memory of “Bunker”, beloved dog of Susan and Jon Swift
Pat and Bob Rech in memory of “Coco”, beloved pet of Joanne and Harvey Brown Gary and Susan Strack in memory of “Bunker”, beloved dog of Susan and Jon Swift
Bevery and James Burwell in memory of Neil Wright, beloved father of Joy Warner
In memory of Jimmy Thurmond
Bob, Mary Anne and Matt Gaw
Nancy and Fred Hunter
Mary and Jeffery Gravley
Melanie and James Hicks
*As of August 31, 2018
Drew is a 13-week old Terrier/Beagle mix who arrived at ORHS with his siblings several months ago. They have all been adopted, leaving Drew behind to find his forever family. Drew enjoys playing with his toys and friends at the center. He is very sweet and loves to lay on your lap.
Minnie came to ORHS from a local animal control after her previous owners were unable to continue caring for her. Minnie is very sweet and loving, but she can be a little shy. She absolutely loves receiving attention from all our volunteers and visitors at the center. She would be very happy sitting on your lap while you binge-watch your favorite TV shows or movies. Minnie would be a great companion for any family.
Eagle is an adorable 14-week-old hound mix who arrived at ORHS with his siblings. All his siblings have been adopted, leaving only Eagle to find his forever home. Eagle is very sweet, loves to cuddle, and play with all his toys and puppy friends at the center. Eagle is looking forward to having a family that he can share all his love and excitement with! He would also love a dog companion to play with as well.
Janey is a 2 month old Lab/Pitt mix who came to ORHS a few weeks ago with her brother. Her brother has been adopted and now it is Janey turn. Janey is full of life and loves to play with her toys, her brother, and other puppies. She also enjoys getting attention from our volunteers and her foster parents. She greets everyone with a tail wags and lots of kisses. She would do great in a home with other dogs or a family who will keep her active.
Liberty is one of 8 hound mix puppies that we received at ORHS. Her siblings have all been adopted and now Liberty is waiting for her chance to find her fur-ever home. Liberty is full of life and loves to play with her toys and the other dogs at the shelter. She greets each volunteer with tails wags and lots of kisses. Liberty would do best in a home with another dog, preferably bigger, that she can play with and a family who will keep her active.
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