If you have been a follower of mine for a while , you know that I supported and volunteered at the Owensboro Humane Society. I was the spokesdog and ma was the Adoption/Event coordinator and the office/post care nurse for the spay/neuter clinic.
The Owensboro Humane Society is a no kill, non-profit shelter located in Owensboro, Ky. The Owensboro Humane Society operates solely on the donations of the public. They do not receive money from the state, county or national chapters of the Humane Society of the United States. They rely on volunteers to help with events, walk dogs, socialize the cats and always welcome those who want to help clean.
They are always in need of donations of pet food, towels, cleaning supplies and money.
They are a facility who never gives up on their pets. Many pets wait a few days to a few months to be adopted but there are those who wait for years.
Dogs like Dozer who waited 7 yrs for his home
Achilles who waited 5 yrs.
The Owensboro Humane Society never gave up on them and they searched until they found their forever homes. Both dogs are very happy in their homes and they have the families they waited so long for.
We have watched each adoption happen and we have cried tears of joy with each one. They have a warm bed, a family that loves them and they get a kiss goodnight every night.
With each adoption our dreams came true. We have done fundraising events, adoption events, spay/neuter clinics and I have asked over and over for donations for the little shelter that could.
Dogs like Gunner are still in need of a home. He has also been waiting a long time for his dreams to come true
|Photo by Bunny Allen|
I was a door greeter to all the events hosted at the humane society and at the spay/neuter clinic. I wore my vest with pride and I wasn't afraid to make sure you seen the words "Please Donate" in hopes that you put a few dollars in my pockets.
It was a job that I felt honored to have.
On Oct 1 2014 , I hung up my vest.
It was not a easy decision. Its one that Ma and I thought about long and hard our choice. We had many family discussions about it considering my entire family volunteered. We didn't want to leave but thought it was best.
Ma has MS and it's not getting any better. This summer she was not able to be out in the yard like she has ever since I have known her. The heat bothered her, her energy levels were below low, her back pain got worse and her health wasn't getting any better. Dad and Sarah both told her many times that they thought some of the health problems could be due to her stressing about not being able to do the things she wanted for them. She was unable to go to the Humane Society as much as she needed.
She felt that if she was to be the best adoption coordinator that she could, she would need to be in contact with the animals. She needed to spend time with them so they could learn to trust her, she could know more about them like their quirks, qualities, and what each of them had deep inside. She couldn't be there like she wanted and with each new dog or cat that came in she could barely remember their name.
Working in the spay/neuter clinic had became too hard for her. The bending, getting up and down off the floor from where she was sitting with a dog and lifting the pets who were recouping was becoming too much for her. It was hard to keep volunteers there all day to help her. After 2 days of clinic , she would be down on her back for 2-3 days after. Clinics were physically demanding. When you have a job to do and you realize you can't do it properly , then its time to bow out.
I will continue to support the Humane Society. I will donate all that I can. I will continue to write about them and the pets that need homes and we truly love them and will always stand behind them. I will go to conferences and still try to talk everyone out of their extra swag (products) to bring home to give to them and I will continue to ask companies to donate to them.
The Owensboro Humane Society will always have a place in our hearts. Ma just couldn't keep up with everything that she was doing and if she couldn't give them 110% then she felt like she wasn't doing them any good.
It was a sad day. She has cried many tears over the decision and she hopes that we can volunteer every once in a while to spend time with the animals in the future.
I love the Owensboro Humane Society.
They are the little shelter that could.
They are big heroes in my eyes and heart.
The Owensboro Humane Society is located in Owensboro Ky.
They are a 501(c)3 facility
They are open 11-4 Seven days a week , 365 days a year.
You can see a list of pets that are needing a home
at their Petfinder
You can reach them at 270-302-6813
or through Email
If you would like to donate to them , you can mail a check to
Owensboro Humane Society
3101 W 2nd st
Owensboro, Ky 42301
I would sure appreciate it. Your donation is tax deductible.
Your donation will go to the care of the animals.