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Beds for dogs

The HSMC uses Kuranda Beds in the dog shelter. These are wonderful raised beds to help get the dogs off the floor when they are resting or sleeping. We add a blanket for extra comfort. We are doing a bed drive to help get enough beds for all the dog kennels. We are currently 6 medium beds short and would love to even have extras. Please consider donating a bed today.

Just click this link and it will take you straight to our page for the Kuranda Beds.

$10 takes one home

County Dog License Due by January 31st

Even $10 will help

Leaving a Legacy for the Humane Society

Madison Press by Andrea Chaffin achaffin@civitasmedia.com

The Humane Society of Madison County may soon have its forever home.

Thanks to the gifts of two area couples, the shelter has the opportunity to purchase the facility in which it’s currently operating — if officials can raise the remaining $20,000 needed to close the deal.

The possibility presented itself recently when Humane Society of Madison County (HSMC) Director Betty Peyton learned the organization has been named in an estate will.

Upon their passing, the late Molly and William “Bill” Glover, Madison County residents, left behind a legacy for the humane society to the tune of $120,000.

News of the gift — which came via a letter — shocked Peyton.

“I recognized their names and knew they were animal lovers,” Peyton recently recalled. “But, they were quiet about things. I was completely and utterly dumbfounded.”

Much like the Glovers, Peyton and her husband, George, have also been supporters of the humane society. In 2000, when the couple’s dog passed away, Betty became a shelter volunteer. It was something George suggested to help her cope with the grieving process.

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be a vet. But, I found out I am dyslexic during my senior year,” Betty recalled. “So, I decided I won’t be a vet. But, I fell into this and I love it.”

Her involvement continued to grow within the organization, leading up to her becoming shelter director in 2010. She serves as a volunteer director.

Previously, the humane society operated in a cramped space comprised of a cinder block building and adjacent trailers on state Route 38 outside London, receiving about $30,000 annually from county commissioners, Peyton said.

Everything changed when the Peytons, who operated White Tiger Graphics in London and are now “semi-retired”, found a property for sale on state Route 142 outside West Jefferson. Previously a church, the “perfectly sized” building was in a perfect location, Betty said.

The Peytons purchased the building and renovated the property, investing about $300,000 of their own money. According to the agreement, HSMC would lease the building from the Peytons for $1 a year. After 10 years, HSMC could purchase the property for a fair market price.

Those plans changed when the Peytons learned of the Glovers’ gift. They made an offer to the HSMC Board of Trustees: The Peytons have $140,000 remaining on the loan of the building. If HSMC uses the Glovers’ gift of $120,000 to mostly pay off what the Peytons owe, the Peytons will write off the remaining value as a donation.

To complete the transaction, HSMC must raise the $20,000 difference, and the Peytons will release the property to HSMC, taking a personal financial hit of $160,000 on the building.

“We’re OK with that,” Betty said, when asked about she and her husband’s investment. “We don’t have any children; our children are our dogs.”

Math calculations complete, it also means the HSMC will be able to purchase its building for $20,000.

To raise the money, HSMC has launched its “Shelter Their Future Campaign,” a capitol and endowment campaign slated to run through Labor Day.

To make this goal, HSMC is asking its supporters donate $20 each. Any additional funds will go towards establishing an endowment fund.

“It will help ensure the financial future of the organization beyond the lifetimes of us all,” Betty said. “It’s all about leaving a legacy.”

To donate, go online at www.hsmcohio.com, mail a check or money order to HSMC, P.O. Box 777, London OH 43140, or stop by the HSMC at 2020 Plain City-Georgesville Road, West Jefferson, OH 43162.  Shelter hours are seven days a week this summer, except for July 4 and Labor Day.

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4340 Tamarack Blvd
Columbus Ohio 43329
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Address, Phone# and Hours.

Humane Society of Madison County is located at 2020 ST RT 142 NE (aka 2020 Plain City-Georgesville Road when using GSP or internet mapping), West Jefferson OH, 43162. (Exit #85). The shelter is located just a quarter mile south of I-70.

Hours of operation are as follows.

Sunday to Friday- 1PM to 5:00PM
Thursday 1PM to 7PM
Saturday Noon to 5PM

We are closed on all major holidays.

If you have a stray dog or need to speak to Dog Warden Deputy Sparks, please call 740-845-1749.

If you need to reach the HSMC please call 614-879-8368

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Directions from the following cities.

Columbus-- I-70 west to Exit 85 (ST RT 142/Plain City-Georgesville Rd).
Turn left on to ST RT 142/Plain City Georgesville Rd. Go 1/4 mile and shelter is on right.

Springfield-- I-70 east to Exit 85 (ST RT 142/Plain City-Georgesville Rd).
Turn right on to ST RT 142/Plain City Georgesville Rd. Go 1/4 mile and shelter is on right. 

Marysville--ST RT 33 East toward Columbus. 
Take the ST RT 42 exit toward Delaware/Plain City. 
Turn right onto ST RT 42 South. 
Turn Left onto Lucas Road. 
Turn Right onto Plain City-Georgesville Road. 
Go over the overpass for I-70, go 1/4 mile and shelter is on right. 

Cincinnati-- There are several different routes.
I-71North to Exit 84 (ST RT 56- London/Mount Sterling), Turn left on to ST RT 56. Head into London. Turn right on to E. High Street (also known as ST RT 42). 
Turn slight left onto Elm Street (also ST RT 42). Continue following ST RT 42. 
Merge onto I-70 east to Exit 85 (ST RT 142/Plain City-Georgesville Rd). 
Turn right on to ST RT 142/Plain City Georgesville Rd. Go 1/4 mile and shelter is on right. 

Or I-75 North toward Dayton. Merge onto I-675 North via Exit 43 toward Columbus. 
Merge onto I-70 East (exit 26A). I-70 east to Exit 85 (ST RT 142/Plain City-Georgesville Rd). 
Turn right on to ST RT 142/Plain City Georgesville Rd. Go 1/4 mile and shelter is on right. 

Membership- 2013

Dear HSMC Supporter,

The Humane Society of Madison County have moved into our new shelter located at 2020 ST RT 142 NE, West Jefferson OH 43162. This new shelter has been a dream of many animal lovers and pet owners for a long time. If you have not made it out for a tour, we are open monday to friday from 1pm to 5pm, wednesday 1pm to 7pm and saturday noon to 5pm. Closed on sunday and all major holidays.  

The new shelter has been amazing for the shelter animals, the shelter staff and public. All is now under one roof and there is a room for folks to visit with the animals. It will be easier to keep clean and providing even better care for the animals. We have volunteers who enjoy coming out and helping with the animals and chores at the shelter. The number of adoptions has gone up. 

Of course this new shelter will come more expense for the HSMC. Now that we are no longer on county property, the HSMC will have to pay all utilities, have the lawn mowed, snow removed, etc. These are expenses we never had before. The HSMC board knew we would have more responsibility at the new shelter,  however, it is worth it. We are hoping you feel the same. 

Enclosed is the membership form for 2013. By becoming a member, you will help in providing the funds to continue our mission of caring for Madison County homeless animals. You will receive information on fundraising events, special member only events, and so much more. We can only print so many newsletters so if at all possible, please let us send our newsletter to your e-mail. Be assured we will not share your e-mail address with anyone. We have big plans for the HSMC in 2013 and we are sure you will not want to miss a thing.

If you would be interested in helping the HSMC  at the shelter or with some of our  events, please ask us to send you a volunteer form or pick one up at the shelter. Even volunteering for a few hours a month can make the biggest different to the HSMC and the animals in our care.

Again, we thank you for your support of the Humane Society of Madison County and we hope you have a Great New Year!

Betty Peyton
HSMC Shelter Director

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And the 2013 Bonzi goes to.......

As most of you are aware, The Bonzi is an annual award given to individuals, businesses, and groups who have made a difference in the life of an animal or the lives of the animals we serve.
Named after Bonzi, our first successful neglect prosecution case who has a happily ever after with his forever family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he now enjoys dual citizenship. His story and the people who played a part in it illustrates why we do what we do.
As it is every year, we had a lot of great nominations for people who had really made a difference. It was a difficult decision and we’d like to take a moment to thank each and every person who supports us.
And now to the announcement: The Bonzi goes to:

Anne Oconnell-Null and Kevin Null - “Anne & Kevin”, as they are collectively known at the shelter, have been supporters of ours for many years. At the old shelter they would bring out wish list items, auction items and always brought papers to use and to recycle for money.
As renovations were underway for the new shelter, Shelter Director Betty met with them to plan the cat playpen. She had a variety of ideas which they used to make that room and the cat friendly structures come to life. They also helped us unpack and recycled the moving boxes for us. At our vet tech’s request they made a rack to hang our breathing tubes and they even figured out what was wrong with a tool on the dental machine. Anne helped fill in the background of the tree in the meet-n- greet room and has made follow up phone adoption phone calls.

Morgan Skeldon – Don’t let her size and age fool you. Morgan, although one of our younger volunteers packs a whallop of a volunteer punch. Morgan, 10, has already decided she wants to be a vet and help animals. Her way of helping them now is by walking and playing with some of the shelter dogs as well as socializing and brushing out the cats. She understand our cat feeding system and can be completely trusted to feed the cats their needed diets. Her assistance doesn’t stop there. Morgan also takes out the trash and cleans up where needed. She does anything we ask of her. Morgan’s grandmother brings her to the shelter (thanks, Grandmother!). Grandmother told us that even though Morgan's has a dog and cat, she loves helping the shelter animals.

The Village Antique Treasures and Gifts (Belinda Ewing) – We love how welcome the community of West Jefferson has made us feel and none more so than Belinda and her business.
She set aside a spot in her store to sell things from our sales wall. She held a raffle for us to gather wish list items. On the Route 40 Garage Sale Weekend she let us set up shop in front of her shop.
An amazing person with a great business. Check out her shop!