If you think that your pet is cute enough to be a model, view here’s your chance to show everyone how right you are! Submissions are still being accepted for Providence Animal Center’s 2014 Calendar. It costs just $5 to enter your animal’s photo, and all proceeds will benefit Providence Animal Center. All photos submitted will appear in the calendar, but hurry – the deadline to enter a picture is Thursday, July 18th.
Our featured staff member this month is Sierra Dawson, vet employee extraordinaire. Clinic clients know her as the voice on the other end of the phone when they call our veterinary department. Sierra is the Veterinary Receptionist in the Surgical department, and she schedules almost all of the Wellness Clinic and surgery appointments. She does her best to make sure that customers and their animals are provided with excellent service. She’s also last year’s Employee of the Year, so that should tell you a little something about how hard she works!
We participated in the Mega Adoption Event, organized by ACCT Philly, on the weekend of June 15th and 16th, and it was a huge success! The event brought numerous animal welfare organizations together and led to the adoption of 379 animals! In total, 74 adoptions were processed at the offsite event for Providence Animal Center. Two of those adoptions were Rory, a Shepherd mix puppy, and Ivy, a gray and white kitten. We received fantastic follow-ups for both of them from their new families, and they couldn’t be doing better!
We love senior pets! Sure, click we have puppies, for sale kittens, and young adults available at our Adoption Center, but we also frequently rescue older homeless animals from other shelters. Senior dogs and cats need forever love, too! Just ask Gable, a senior Yorkie who can’t see very well, but is a sweet fella who really just needs a warm bed to sleep in.
Having you heard about our Kennel Sponsorship program? Being a Kennel Sponsor is easy, ampoule and you’ll play a huge role in caring for specific animals in the Adoption Center.
How it works: Sign up to pay $50 a month for 12 months, and all of your donations will go straight to the care of the animal in your sponsored kennel, including its food and vaccines. You can choose to put money towards either a dog or a cat cage. A paw print plaque with your name on it will be attached to the front of the cage to show everyone the generous person that is helping us care for that animal.
The benefits: Not only will you be putting your funds towards needy animals, you’ll get an update about your sponsored dog or cat at the end of each month. You’ll get a chance to see exactly what your donations are going towards: a furry face who has a better life because of you! Sometimes the animal is adopted before the full month is up and another one is placed in the kennel, so you end up saving multiple lives!
50 years ago today, in 1963, our very own protector of cruelty to animals, Bill Vernon, the rescuer of Curious George and Precious and so many dogs and cats before and after them, rescued his first dog at this very Adoption Center–a sweet little German Shepherd puppy his family named Odis.
Almost a quarter century later, Bill would begin his work with our organization. Next year, he'll celebrate 25 years as our Humane Society Police Officer, the lone soldier fighting cruelty in all of Delaware County.
It's hard to describe Bill adequately in a way that would do his great character justice. He's kind and gentle yet effective. He is a lifesaver in its truest form.
Today, Bill reminded us of his favorite quote, which he also happens to exemplify: “The great end of learning is not knowledge, but action.” Bill, I think I speak for all of us when I say, thanks for walking through our doors.
(Here Bill is pictured with our beloved animal cruelty survivor Precious who has since recovered and is living in an amazing forever home.)
Remember Providence Animal Center's Doggy Diplomat program? Staff members volunteer to get an “assigned dog” and spend extra time with their canine pal. This gets the dogs more one-on-one attention that they might not get otherwise. The program is never-ending – once the dogs get adopted into forever homes, our staff members take on more canines who would benefit from special attention.
Remember Roo, one of our kangaroo kittens? He and his sister, Kanga, arrived at our Adoption Center from a severely overcrowded shelter nearby. Their “kangaroo” names come from a deformity in their front paws. This deformity doesn’t affect their health, it just means that they hop instead of run! They can still get around just fine and live completely normal lives, but they might not have been given a chance in a shelter that just didn't have the space to accommodate them.
June is “Adopt a Cat” Month, and Providence Animal Center is celebrating the occasion with numerous feline-focused events!
Cat Spay Day
Thinking about getting your cat spayed or neutered but are hesitant to pay the often-expensive vet bill? Being a responsible pet owner doesn’t have to break the bank! The Providence Animal Center will be holding a Cat Spay Day on Tuesday, June 25th, for any cat owner looking for a low-cost way to get their feline friend fixed. The cost of the surgery is only $10!
Meet Sarah, Providence Animal Center's Cattery Supervisor!
Sarah works in the Adoption Center's Cattery five days a week, so most cat adopters recognize her as the staff member who helped them in their search for a new feline friend. She matches felines to families fabulously and always goes above and beyond to make sure the transition into a home goes smoothly.
Have you heard about the “play groups” that Providence Animal Center holds three times a week? Staff members and volunteers come to the Adoption Center before or after normal work hours to give some of the dogs a chance to stretch their legs and romp around with their fellow kennel residents.
Play groups are specifically designed for those canines in our care who get along with other dogs. But not to worry! Those who are not dog-friendly still get attention from our employees, they just get it one-on-one and without other dogs present.
You can see how happy it makes them to have playmates who can help release some of their pent-up energy. The humans overseeing the play groups are not getting paid for the extra time they are spending with the animals; they do it because they are dedicated to giving our homeless dogs the best care they can get. The program’s benefits are worth a few extra hours a week at the Adoption Center – it makes the dogs' stays at our organization that much more enjoyable!
Check out a video from a recent Sunday morning play group, featuring adoptable dogs Blue Ivy, Polly, Mayberry, Hunter, and Jinxy Lou (Joey and the puppies have since been adopted into their forever homes!). Shout out to volunteers Jen and Chantalle, and staff members Marissa, Dom, and Nicola for going the extra mile for these loveable pups!
If you are logged into Facebook, you can click the link below for play group fun!
Get ready for a heart-warming Happy Tail!
Many of our followers will remember long-time homeless dog James Dean, a Pit Bull/Hound mix who was rescued from an overcrowded shelter in Philadelphia in December. This devilishly handsome canine was popular with Providence Animal Center staff members; he bonded particularly well with Front Desk employee Amanda, who knew what a deserving dog he really was. We all hoped for a great life for our James. After months of waiting for the perfect adopters, we're happy to announce that James has found his forever family and is doing wonderfully in his new home!
The Providence Animal Center does its best to make each animal’s stay here as comfortable and happy as possible. That being said, ed nothing compares to living in a home with family members who love you and know you better than anyone. Many animals find that forever home quickly, nurse but some stay a bit longer in our kennels. In order to give our longer-term dogs a nicer stay here, sale our team members have created the Doggy Diplomat program. This entirely voluntary program pairs dogs up with a staff member who pays special attention to them. They take them for walks, spend time with them in their kennels, and get to know their individual personalities.
Our beloved Frank Sinatra was adopted this week – a joyous event, of course, but one that forced him to step down from his position at Cattery Mayor. After his retirement, elections were held to find a new leader who would be suitable for the post. It was a tough decision, but the felines have spoken, and they have chosen Marigold, a female Calico, as their new mayor.