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As you know, SDHS has been busy with an abundance of animals.  We are having lots of fundraisers and adoption events fur the cause!  To everyone who has donated, visited the BBQ's, held events ... we thank you!  We could not continue with the overwhelming number of animals without your help!
Please stop by our events, pick up a hot dog, t-shirt, baseball cap, "pet pin", or of course at our adoption events ... find your new furry friend!
Since 1953 SDHS has been helping the animals especially those forgotten cats and kittens of Norfolk County.  There are more rescue groups than ever popping up to do the same ... especially those helping the forgotten cats and kittens of Norfolk County.  (Norfolk County does have Canine Control  Hillside Kennels Animal Control​ which helps with dogs at large)
There is still no funding from Norfolk County for any of these groups helping cats and kittens.  The cost of care can be huge.  From the cost of intake, medical treatment, vaccinations, flea prevention, deworming, spay/neuter, microchipping and of course feeding and littering.
There is still no funding for TNR (trap, neuter, return).
There are more people losing their homes/housing and not being able to take their animals with them this year than in the last 4 years and the number of seniors moving into residences or in general people who can no longer look after the large number of pets they already own (who they have rescued) who need placements for their pets is up as well.
SDHS DOES NOT euthanize for time or space ... once an animal is in care, they are there until adoption.  This being said, space can be limited  and it takes many volunteers to make the shelter environment healthy for the animals and foster homes to house those needing medical or special care.

Thank you to everyone for their support!  We look forward to seeing you at our events.  Your continued support helps us continue to help those who cannot help themselves!

In the News

Port Dover Maple Leaf November 2, 2011

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Port Dover Maple Leaf October 12, 2011

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Simcoe and District Humane Society

Media Release

October 07, 2011

  

September 9, 2011 Simcoe and District Humane Society received a call from a lady who was driving on Blue Line Road just south of Highway #3.  She was standing by a cat who had been hit by a car.  He was covered in blood and was very injured.  She was not going to leave the cat and would wait until someone could help.

Arrangements were made for her to drop the cat off at a local veterinary clinic. Bloody and broken, the staff at the clinic went to work, noticing swelling around the head and feeling what was thought to be bone chips from the trauma.  Veterinary staff did what they could to keep the kitty comfortable, while monitoring vitals and the swelling caused by the trauma.

This amazing short-haired, orange and white male cat struggled for life, yet responded to the treatment given and the love shown to him by his new caregivers.  Medication to ward of infection and to help with pain along with this young cat’s will to live proved to be helpful as each day showed a greater promise of survival.

He is now known as Sunny by staff of both the veterinary hospital and the SDHS because of his “Sunny” personality.  He certainly brightened up everyone’s day as they watched him get stronger and his body mend.

It was later when the swelling around the head and neck had subsided that veterinary staff felt more of the “pieces”  throughout the head and body.  Xrays were taken which proved these were not bone chips from a car accident as it was first thought but multiple pellets (buckshot) from someone who shot him from the front. 

35 buckshot pellets riddle his head and upper body, 24 in the head area alone. 

Those pellets that hit the eye have caused permanent blindness, yet this boy is ready to love and be loved.  Care will be given by volunteers and a special SDHS fosterer until a permanent “forever home” can be found for Sunny.  He has adjusted very well to his plight and is very willing to learn where all his necessities can be found.  He is able to sense his litter box, his food and his water and really enjoys finding any hand to give his ears a scratch and his belly a rub.

To show his appreciation to his newly found T.L.C., a little drool never hurt anyone as he purrs his way into everyone’s heart!

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On August 11, 2011 approximately 6:30pm two young ladies brought a 2-3 week old kitten to the SDHS trailer begging for help.  The kitten had been thrown from a vehicle and was found on the side of Concession 10 Townsend .

A dislocated jaw and a very torn lip were only two of the injuries found on the little kitten.

Starving, the kitten found the warmth from her surrogate mom and her hot water bottle comforting, welcoming and just what the doctor ordered as treatment was started to save the young kitten’s life.

“Droppedin” is a medium hair brown tabby whose petite size and sweet constant smile due to the injury to the lip makes everyone she meets fall in love with her. 

She has survived her ordeal with the help of SDHS volunteers and her injuries have not deterred her from being a very active normal kitten.  This little one is also ready for adoption into a home she can call her own.

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Anyone having any information on either of these incidents please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Any information collected will be passed along to the Norfolk OPP Detachment.

Many animals come into the care of the Society just like Sunny and Droppedin; sick, injured and distressed.  The Society relies strictly on volunteers and from the donations of people in the community and fundraising efforts.  Every dollar goes towards animal care, from pick up to adoption.

If you would like to help by donating please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Donations can be made online at www.s-dhs.ca or at the office 24 Grigg Drive during business hours by cash, cheque, visa, mastercard, or debit.

Your donation of unscented, non-clumping litter, Performatrin kitten food (canned and dry) and Royal Canin or Performatrin cat food would be greatly appreciated as volunteers and fosterers feed and house over 140 cats and kittens until adoption.

Please note that shelter volunteers are very busy working with the animals.  With very few office volunteers available it is difficult to answer phones at this time.  Please drop by the shelter or email info@ s-dhs.ca .  We understand your frustration not being able to reach us by phone and ask for your understanding as we search for regular office volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer please visit www.s-dhs.ca to download a copy of the SDHS volunteer application.

Your continued support helps us continue to help those who cannot help themselves!

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken

Shelter Manager

 Port Dover Maple Leaf Media Release October 12, 2011

 Paws on the Path Walk-a-thon

Simcoe Reformer September 27, 2011

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Adopt A Mini Panther Events Called a ‘Success’

From CD989.com August 3, 2011

 

 

Simcoe Reformer Friday July 29, 2011

"Mini Panthers" need a home!

 

By BARBARA SIMPSON, SIMCOE REFORMER

Updated 1 hour ago

The Simcoe & District Humane Society has gone to the cats.

Overrun with furry friends in need of homes, the society is caging some of its cats in tents outside of its Grigg Drive trailer. As it prepares for an adopt-athon this weekend, it simply doesn't have the room to house all inside. Foster homes are also filled to the brim with cats.

"There is just no room in foster care," said Cathie Hosken, who is now shelter manager. Former secretary Jackie Doek has now been named the new president.

The society is appealing for the public's help during its adopt a "mini panther" event this weekend. The focus is being placed on black cats because they make up more than half of the population at the shelter.

Special Adopt an Mini Panther Event July 30 and July 31, 2011

To read the full article in the Simcoe Reformer click here 


 

Monday, February-14-11

Deputation to Norfolk County

Thank you to the Chair, Mayor Travale, and members of council for allowing me this opportunity to address issues regarding Simcoe and District Humane Society.

I have been President of the Society for 5 years and have been involved with the animal care programs for 7. 

The Society has been actively working with animals in Simcoe and surrounding areas since 1953.  However, I can only speak on activities since 2002 when I got involved with the Society helping animals.

I have had the greatest opportunities meeting people throughout the County and have worked with many employees from local organizations including the OPP, By-Law, Children’s Aid Society, Senior Support Services, the Health Unit and Norfolk County Animal Control when they have needed the help of the society.

As you know, in 2004 the Society purchased property from the County located at 24 Grigg Drive in Simcoe.  It has been appropriately zoned for an animal shelter and Simcoe and District Humane Society has paid deposits for permits and site plans in order to erect a building to facilitate the care and housing of animals.

Since 2006 volunteers have worked diligently at creating a Society that is efficient and effective in assisting ALL animals and has seen many changes in the daily operations.

The Society does not have the funding to pay staff, whether it is full-time or part-time.

  • cleaning kennels,
  • feeding, medicating, grooming, socializing animals 
  • answering phones and client care
  • keeping animal care or personal records,
  • writing receipts,
  • picking up a sick or injured animal
  • taking animals to vet appointments,
  • visiting special care animals and their owners
  • being on call to help the public or organizations with animal related emergencies
  • shovelling snow, mowing lawns, maintaining the property

With 24 hour care, these jobs are all done by volunteers

Every service the Society requires and uses throughout the County is paid for through donations.  Veterinary care, hydro, phone, other utilities, vehicle repairs, garbage pickup, snow ploughing are only some of the services included in the daily operations and expenses of the Society.

The Society receives no funding from any level of government yet it is performing a 24 hour 7 day a week essential service to all residents in Norfolk County.

The Society has maintained a mandate of helping sick, injured and animals in distress (abandoned, neglected) BUT most of these animals come from the stray feline population in Norfolk County.  These animals are brought into the system in the worst possible shape as they have been neglected, ignored and put aside.

I have printed a copy of the intake and outcome statistics of the Society for the years 2007-2010 for your information

During 2009-2010 the society dealt with a number of major issues including the loss of charitable status which was due to late filing of the 2008 income taxes.  Charitable status has been reinstated with the filing of the paperwork.

This being said, the Society did not stop helping the animals and volunteers maintained the daily operations the County has come to rely on.

The Society needs the help and support of Norfolk County, which is the reason I am here tonight.

We would request the support of the County as we continue to help the animals.  We are not asking for a tender for any kind of animal control as we know that this is a costly proposition and the Society is not prepared to take on that responsibility at this time.

The Society is looking forward to erecting their building within the next couple of years, making a venue to facilitate care of dogs, cats and small animals.

We would ask that council assist the Society in one or more of the following avenues which would assist in their work throughout the county.

  1. Property taxes on the SDHS property known as 24 Grigg Drive be excused by the County
  2. Simcoe and District Humane Society be considered and space donated in Norfolk County’s Advertising or promotional literature
  3. Simcoe and District Humane Society be considered and space be donated on signage in and around Norfolk County
  4. When a reliable and practical vehicle becomes available  it could possibly be donated to the Society instead of going for auction

It is the Society’s intent to pay off debts and begin fundraising programs to enable the construction of the building which will serve all of Norfolk County.

As the Society is continuing to assist animals daily and we would ask for a donation of $10,000 to assist with the animal care and daily operations.

The Society appreciates your consideration in all of these matters and looks forward to discussing the issues surrounding the work of the Society at your request.

Again, thank you for this opportunity and I appreciate your time.

To view the statistics of Intakes and Outcomes for 2007-2010 please click here 


 

Media Release

December 8, 2010  Port Dover Maple Leaf

"Humane Society Continues to care of Animals"

To Read the full story click here

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Media Release

December 6, 2010

 

Simcoe, Ontario

Members of Simcoe and District Humane Society are celebrating the 2010 holiday season with the registration of the Society’s Charitable Status. 

The Society has taken many steps forward in the last few years to enable and support the constant work of helping animals throughout Norfolk County.  The organization has amended By-laws and Letters Patent to satisfy the Canadian Revenue Agency’s Charitable Purposes, put in place policies and procedures to do with all facets of the Society, and created a future for a strong Humane Society in the community.

This work has been done with a number of committed volunteers, members and assistance from loyal supporters.

The Society’s dreams of building a facility for the animals in the past couple of years have been put on hold as fundraising efforts and donations have been stalked by the negative effect of the economy and the loss of the Society’s Charitable Status in the spring, but the animals have still found their way through the doors of the SDHS trailer.  

The Paws on the Path Walk-a-thon, normally generates $15,000 - $18,000 including corporate donations.  This year, the walk-a-thon raised just over $1,700.  Thankfully, the Society did receive an additional $5,000 donation from a friend of the animals the day of the walk.

Over 414 animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, and farm animals have entered the care of the Society in 2010, 174 less than 2009 as the Society tightened its belt, assessing every call for help. A substantial drop in funding of 55% has created a huge deficit and the Society will continue to be very judicial in the animals they will be able to help.

The Society has made sure the animals in its care have not gone without medical treatment, food, supplies or necessary care although other bills have incurred.   There is so much more to caring for the animals than just feeding and cleaning kennels.

When the money has been short, volunteers, members and fosterers have dug into their pockets to make sure the animals have not suffered or been neglected.  When pleas for help have gone out, members of the community have opened the hearts with donations of litter, kitten food, and necessary items for animal care. 

The registration of Charitable Status brings good news for donors, past, present and future.  The Society will be issuing tax-deductible receipts for all qualified donations given in 2010.

Donations of non-clumping, unscented litter are desperately needed as the Society continues care for over 75 animals including true orphans, litters of kittens or injured and recovering animals.

Purchase a bulb in Memory or Honour of a special 2-legged or 4-legged friend on the Society’s “Tree of Life” until December 31, 2010.  Any donation over $50 will qualify for a white sponsorship bulb.

Help those who cannot help themselves by sponsoring one of the Society’s long-term animals, a litter of kittens approaching the age for adoption or a spay or neuter of an adult cat or dog.  If you request, you may receive a picture and updates of the animal(s) you are helping.

For more information on the Tree of Life or other sponsorship opportunities please visit the Society’s website at www.s-dhs.ca or contact the SDHS office at 519-428-9161

Volunteer positions are available including answering phones, database entry, animal care related duties, laundry, and of course helping at fundraising events.  If you are interested in helping a few hours per week or more, contact 519-428-9161 or visit www.s-dhs.ca for more information.

Simcoe and District Humane Society understands the stray population is overwhelming and it is an ongoing concern. The issue still stems from unaltered animals having babies. 

The prolific kitty will never go away and the only way to stop the population explosion is to spay or neuter your pet...and the stray outdoors!

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken,

President

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Port Dover Maple Leaf - December 8, 2010

Simcoe Reformer - December 9, 2010

 

September 29, 2010

Article from Simcoe Reformer

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Media Release:

September 19, 2010

 

Members, volunteers and supporters of Simcoe and District Humane Society are getting their walking shoes on to help the animals of Norfolk County. 

The Annual Paws on the Path Walk-a-thon is being held rain or shine this Sunday, September 26, 2010 11am – 4pm at the Society’s property 24 Grigg Drive in Simcoe.  In the past, ferrets, bunnies, dogs, cats and a donkey have participated in the walk ... this year, we are looking forward to different animals enjoying the path.  All animals should be leashed or contained to walk the walk.

Although it seems felines are the animals in constant need of the Society, in its care right now are 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 turtles and 2 guinea pigs.  All have been readied for adoption.  The daily and often overwhelming requests to help the injured and sick continues to drain the Society’s coffers and volunteers spend many hours of love nursing these animals back to health.    

Many government and other non-profit agencies, including emergency response teams rely on the Society to assist in desperate situations. The Society does not usually receive payment for this assistance and does not receive any government funding.  Simcoe and District Humane Society relies on fundraising events and donations from the public to follow through with its work with the animals.  

Every person involved in the Society is a volunteer; those working with the animals often stretch their personal budget to help “just one more” animal in need. 

If you would like to participate in this event, pledge sheets can be downloaded from www.s-dhs.ca or picked up at vet offices, local pet stores and the SDHS trailer.  

Just want to pledge a walker?  Your pledge will be accepted online, at the SDHS trailer before the event or on Sunday.  

Sunday, volunteers will also accept donations of non-clumping, unscented litter, and  kitten food which is desperately needed at this time.

 

 Your help will help us continue to help those that cannot help themselves.

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken

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Media Release:

August 26, 2010

 

Members and volunteers of Simcoe and District Humane Society would like to thank all donors,  supporters, businesses and organizations for their generous support over the last few weeks.  After a call for help, many people stepped forward with donations of litter, food, blankets, other necessary items to facilitate animal care and money.

It has been a difficult couple of months due to the release of information in the media regarding the Charitable Status of the organization. 

The Society held a special general membership meeting Thursday night to vote on changes to their Letters Patent and Bylaws, updating the Society’s Charitable Purposes, as directed by Revenue Canada.  This is the final stage of the re-registration process and the Society is looking forward to their Charitable Status being returned in the very near future.

Donors are reminded that once the Charitable Status of the organization is re-registered, all donations for that year will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

 

Every day volunteers take calls from the public who have lost or found an animal, need help for an animal they can no longer care for, have found abandoned animals including wildlife, or have found an injured animal.  Animals still need the help of the people and the people continue to need the help of the Society.  With continued donations of supplies and money, the Society can continue to help those in most desperate need.

 

Simcoe and District Humane Society volunteers are still caring for over 100 cats and kittens, 2 puppies and 1 adult dog who are all waiting to find their forever homes.  Adoptions prices for kittens and cats have been reduced to just $75 until the end of September to help those who are interested in opening their home to a furry feline friend.

 

A special “End of Summer” Adopt-a-thon is being held at the SDHS trailer this weekend, August 27-29 11am-3pm for those interested in visiting some of the animals ready for adoption.  While there, pick up a Rubber Duckie Race ticket, a 2011 Pet Photo Calendar or a Paws on the Path Walk-a-thon Pledge sheet.  Be a part of a few annual fundraising activities the Society relies on to support the animal care.

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken, President

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Media Release: August 22, 2010

 

Simcoe and District Humane Society is seeking adopters for the many cats and kittens in their care.  With over 130 felines ready for adoption, prices have been reduced but the care needed to ready the animals for adoption have not.  Each animal is vet checked, vaccinated, treated for internal parasites and fleas and microchipped.

Kittens, young adult cats, and senior cats - in all colours and sizes, will all be available to visit and adopt at the special adopt-a-thon Friday August 27 - Sunday August 29 11am-3pm at the SDHS trailer, 24 Grigg Drive, Simcoe.

Can't adopt a pet right now ~ sponsor one of the many animals in the care of the Society.  Donations of kitten food (canned and dry), non-clumping, unscented litter, milk replacer and money will be greatly appreciated and accepted during the adopt-a-thon or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 11am-3pm.

Your support helps the Society continue to help the animals everyday!

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Media Release: August 9, 2010

 

The judging has taken place in Simcoe and District Humane Society’s 2010 pet photo contest and over 120 pet owners will see their pet’s photo illustrated in Simcoe and District Humane Society’s first ever 2011 Pet Calendar. Congratulations to the winners who will have a dedicated month in the calendar and the first place winner “Jeremy” sent in by Kristie Swing who will have his photo on the cover of the calendar.

Thank you to judges Vic Gibbons, Joanne Beresford, and Renee Berube, who took on the task of judging the photo contest and picking the winners. Thanks to all the pet owners who participated and made the 2011 calendar happen. Corporate Sponsorship also made the calendar a viable means to raise funds and we thank those business who helped in this venture.

The 2011 Pet Calendar will be available for sale by the end of August at a cost of $12.00.

With no government funding, the Society relies on fundraising and donations from the community. The Pet Photo Calendar is an exciting way for all pet owners and animal lovers to get involved and will be added to the list of annual fundraising ventures to help the Society help the Animals in Norfolk County.

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken

President

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MEDIA RELEASE July 30, 2010

Simcoe & District Humane Society is continuing to help animals throughout Norfolk County ... Those in most desperate need!

Your help is needed Now more than ever!

Over 90 kittens and cats, along with dogs, horses, small pets and amphibians in the care of Simcoe and District Humane Society are relying on volunteers and donations to keep them healthy, vet treated, vaccinated, fed and in the case of the felines in care - littered.

Without your help, the Society cannot continue to help these precious animals including those waiting for adoption, those brought soaked and cold from the rain, and those clinging to life or recouping after illness or accident. Daily calls are answered by the volunteers to assist owners who can no longer look after their pets, community service groups assisting persons needing temporary support or from residents who are being plagued by stray animals or have found animals in critical need including; injured animals of all types, mother cats and kittens, orphaned kittens, and orphaned wildlife.

The Society and the volunteers are continuing to help those in most desperate need and those needing immediate care. However, without financial help from the community and donations of items most needed, the Society will be unable to continue care and provide necessary treatment for the animals.

Simcoe and District Humane Society appreciates the concern of donors regarding the loss of its Charitable Status due to the late filing of 2008 paperwork. Without the charitable status, the Society cannot issue tax deductible receipts for donations. Earlier this year, the Society submitted all necessary paperwork appropriately to fulfill the requirements of Revenue Canada and the Ontario Corporations Act and the Society is now waiting further information, which could take 5-6 months from the date of filing.

If the Charitable Status is reinstated in 2010 all donations will be tax receipted and donors will gain the benefit of donating not only for taxation purposes but knowing they were foremost helping the animals.

Please open your hearts and donate now to help us continue the care of these and other animals most in need brought in throughout Norfolk County!

For those wishing to donate or for more information on the charitable status of the Society and the issuing of tax-deductible receipts, please contact the SDHS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 519-428-9161 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday 11am-3pm.

Items most needed:

  • Non-Clumping, unscented litter (the animals are using 10 20kg bags/week)
  • Canned kitten food
  • Kitten formula and bottles
  • 3 ml and 5 ml syringes
  • Jugs of water (the animals go through 15 litres/day)
  • Surgical gloves
  • Dawn dish soap for emergency animal care
  • Regular dish soap for dishes and litter pans
  • Bleach
  • Unscented Laundry Soap and dryer sheets

 

Sponsor an Animal:

  • Kitten’s first vet visit and vaccination $29
  • Animal’s vet visit with booster (rabies) $45
  • Feline neuter $85
  • Mom’s spay $145
  • Don’t forget we need help with the cost of flea treatment, dewormer, microchips and more!

 

Volunteer!

We are still looking for volunteers to help with daily chores around the trailer. If you can help 1-2 hours in the morning or can help with laundry 1 day/week please contact the office at 519-428-9161.


 

ADOPT!

There are many animals in the care of SDHS ready for adoption. Open your heart and home to one of our furry friends, large or small!

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Cathie Hosken

President, Simcoe and District Humane Society

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June 3, 2010

Overrun with cats

Posted By DANIEL PEARCE, SIMCOE REFORMER

Posted 5 days ago

 

The phone rings and the volunteer who picks it up delivers the bad news to the woman on the other end.

There's no room at the humane society for the five kittens the caller has found. She'll have to keep the animals herself.

It's a situation that will repeat itself throughout the day at the Simcoe and District Humane Society's home, a long narrow air-conditioned trailer in the town's west-end industrial park. A surge in stray and abandoned cats in the past six months has left the society's cages as well as its foster homes full.

For more on this story please visit the Simcoe Reformer http://www.simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2606415

Norfolk County : Simcoe and District Humane Society Stressed

Posted by Renee Berube CD989.com

The local Humane Society is pleading with Norfolk residents to stop dumping their unwanted pets at their door step. President of the Simcoe and District Humane Society Cathy Hosken says that over the past month at least 7 animals have been dropped off overnight at the Grigg Drive trailer - when there is no one there to take them in. It stresses the animals, is a nuisance to neighbors, and they have no place to house the dogs and cats. Hosken says they been getting more and more unwanted pets - left behind from evicted tenants. She says they are at full capacity right now with 120 animals in their care - some in need of serious medical attention: they are tapped out in terms of volunteers, and money.

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Media Release

June 5, 2010

Simcoe, Ontario

After a plea to the public last week not to drop off animals at their location on Grigg Drive Simcoe, volunteers arrived Saturday morning to do regular kennel duty and open the facility to foster homes and hopeful adopters.

After the heavy winds and rain the night before it wasn’t surprising that items had blown around the property and been displaced, but one thing out of place didn’t belong there. A green laundry hamper sat upright, the lid half off in the middle of the seldom used section at the front of the property.

The laundry hamper had not blown there; it wasn’t part of the storm’s debris.

As volunteers got closer to the hamper, a slight mew was heard ... a kitten’s cry for help! Under water at the bottom of the hamper lay a cold, wet tortoiseshell, with her orange tabby brother and on top, crying for help was the third of the litter, another tortoiseshell. Closer inspection brought mixed emotions; tears of anger at the person who dropped these small 4 ½ - 5 week old kittens off with no regard for their safety or health and smiles as they realized all three kittens were still alive, although pale and close to hypothermia.

The OPP was called to place a report and the volunteers all went into "Rescue" mode. Grabbing towels to dry their little bodies, volunteers used the sunshine and their own body heat to help the kittens warm up and stay alive. Dried with a hair dryer, placed in a dry, warm kennel with hot water bottles and some fluids helped the little ones gain back some of their body heat and health.

"Food will come later once they are stable" states Cathie Hosken, President of Simcoe and District Humane Society.

SDHS volunteers will continue to monitor and continue to care for the three kittens now known as "Storm, Survivor and Sunshine".

Another plea goes out to owners who can no longer keep their pets or who have offspring from their unaltered animals and finders of strays including kittens. Please do not drop them off anywhere! This includes vet offices, the SDHS property or Pet stores. Try to find other avenues to find homes for litters of kittens...posters in the neighbourhood, friends, family and even other shelters.

"The Humane Society kennels are full, as is the foster care program, there literally is NO room in the inn" says Hosken "As we continue to help animals in immediate need, injured and distressed, and with donations at the lowest it has been in 5 years, finances are quickly becoming depleted".

Fundraising events start full swing this month with BBQ’s, yard sales and other special events around Norfolk County. Donations of non-clumping, unscented litter are desperately needed as the Society continues care for over 100 animals including orphans, litters of kittens or injured and recovering animals.

Help those who cannot help themselves by sponsoring one of the Society’s long-term animals, a litter of kittens approaching the age for adoption or a spay or neuter of an adult cat or dog. If you request, you may receive a picture and updates of the animal(s) you are helping.

Volunteer positions are available including answering phones, database entry, animal care related duties, laundry, and of course helping at fundraising events. If you are interested in helping a few hours per week or more, contact 519-428-9161 or visit www.s-dhs.ca for more information.

Simcoe and District Humane Society understands the stray population is overwhelming and it is an ongoing concern. The issue still stems from unaltered animals having babies.

The prolific kitty will never go away and the only way to stop the population explosion is to spay or neuter your pet...and the stray outdoors!

 

Media Contact:

Cathie Hosken,

President

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To view more pictures of kittens or print Media Release click here (pdf)

 

 

 

Monday February 14, 2011 SDHS approached Norfolk Council for support.  Here is a copy of the deputation presented by President Cathie Hosken.
 

Cruelty Complaints

If you are witnessing an act of Cruelty please contact

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or contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122

If you are witnessing an act of Cruelty or an animal is in immediate distress due to an act of Cruelty, please contact your local police department.

Although Norfolk County OPP conduct animal cruelty investigations throughout the area, Simcoe and District Humane Society helps with the care, treatment and housing of animals when requested. As with all programs within the Society, the cost of care for these animals is not covered by any level of government or other organization. SDHS relies on fundraising efforts and donations from the community while helping the animals.

Other Ways To Help Simcoe and District Humane Society

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