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New Hours

Starting October 17th, the HSMC will have new hours.

Monday to Friday 1pm to 5pm

Saturday Noon to 5pm

Closed Sunday and all Major Holidays.

Hoping to get the webmaster to fix hours here on the website.

Donations needed

HELP----- The HSMC depends on donations to operate and care for the homeless animals. The adoption fee when adopting an animal does not cover all the medical that is provided. We also have bills like Electric, Phone, Insurance, Trash pick, Gas to transport animals to prison or vets, payroll, and so much more. 
If each of you could donate $5.00 or $10.00 a month, this would help us more than you know.
You can set up a monthly payment using paypal or use the donation button at www.hsmcohio.com . Please consider helping the HSMC in helping the animals.

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.

Original Story 

HSMC moving to West Jefferson

Courtesy of the Madison Messenger

Humane Society moving to WJ

(by Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor - May 12, 2011) 

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
The Humane Society of Madison County is slated to move its operations to this former church on Route 142 in West Jefferson.
The Humane Society of Madison County is making plans to move its animal shelter operations from London to West Jefferson. At the same time, the county commissioners and Humane Society are at a stalemate over service contract terms.

The commissioners pay the Humane Society to operate the county dog pound at 1357 State Route 38 SE in London. The county budgeted about $34,000 for those services this year, the same amount as last year.

In March, the Humane Society board rejected the contract terms, saying they need at least twice that amount to cover the county’s statutory obligation to the county’s stray dogs. For now, the Humane Society is operating on the old contract terms.

If the two parties renegotiate, the county contract will follow the Humane Society to its new shelter site. If the two parties don’t reach an agreement, they may part ways. The county would operate its facility in London. The Humane Society would operate its facility in West Jefferson.

The new shelter
The Humane Society’s new shelter site is a 5,000 square-foot building that sits on five acres on State Route 142 NE, a quarter-mile south of I-70. The building is a former Nazarene church.

Geo-Sites Ltd. recently purchased the property. George and Betty Peyton, members of the Humane Society board, own Geo-Sites. The Peytons have offered to lease the property to the Humane Society for $1 a year for 25 years.

The decision to move is unofficial until the board votes on it. The next board meeting is May 18.

“This is a huge, huge thing,” said Cindy Phillips, board secretary. “It’s going to be nice to put everything under one roof.” She also noted the new shelter will have ample parking and is easy to find.

At the county-owned shelter in London, the dogs are kept in kennels inside and outside a block building. The office and cats are housed in a trailer. Sick cats and an area for medical attention are housed in another trailer.
The one-story building at the new site would allow all animals, visitors, volunteers and shelter employees to stay inside. Unlike the county shelter, the West Jefferson facility is completely handicap accessible.

Betty Peyton, who serves as the shelter director, said the new site can house the same number of cats and dogs as the current site. The difference will be the size of dogs the new site can accommodate.
“Our max now is 45 dogs, with kennels big enough for 28 large dogs. At the new shelter, all the kennels will be big enough for large dogs,” she said.

The dog kennels and storage space will occupy the former church sanctuary. Cats, a medical area, and offices will occupy former classrooms.

Renovations should be minor, Peyton said. Carpet will be removed, leaving con-crete floors. New paint inside and fencing outside are needed. Plumbing exists in the sanctuary where baptisms took place.
“We just have to figure out drainage and how to tie into other plumbing in the building,” Peyton said.
With the board’s approval, the goal is to move to the new site by August, she said.

The board is studying the logistics of converting the building, moving the animals, and operating the new facility.

Update- The HSMC Board has approved the offer of the building and lease agreement.

4 Things You Should Know About Your Vet

The treatment your veterinarian and their vet technicians provide is worth the price you must pay. Often you're finishing up with the vet when the receptionist delivers the good news: The bill is ready for you. Now for the bad news: It'll cost you a chunk of change for baby's Bordetella shot and its freshly emptied anal sacs.

But why should you have to pay so much to help a poor, defenseless (not to mention super cute) creature? After all, if you can't find charity at the vet's office, where can you?

Ask Georgette Wilson, DVM, manager of vet operations at Pfizer Animal Health in New York City, and she'll tell you that charity is all a matter of perspective.

"If you're looking for an educated, compassionate, and fair hand in the care and wellbeing of your animal, chances are your vet's already giving it in droves,'' Wilson said. "Unfortunately, too many people fail to recognize the value vets bring to their pets. We're asked over and over again that, if we love animals  so much, why aren't we offering our services for free?''

To answer that question — and help you understand why veterinarians are worth their weight in currency — the following are four things you may not know about them, but should. They just may change the way you think about paying on the way out.

#1: They are trained as vigorously as doctors of human medicine.

Consider this: 
A. It takes four years of college and four years of veterinary school to become a vet. Then, students must pass both national and state exams to practice, and take continuing education courses to keep up with new developments.
B. It's statistically harder to get into veterinary school than it is to get into a human medical school because of the limited number of vet schools, as compared to medical schools. (There are only 28 vet schools in the United States).
C. Vets going into specialty practice (there are about 20 in veterinary medicine, from cardiology and ophthalmology to behavioral medicine and surgery, etc) go on to do an internship and residency, with each step becoming more competitive.
D. "When all is said and done, a vet can have as many as 11 to 12 years of additional training after high school,'' Wilson said. "Most people don't know that.''

#2: It's not about the money for vets.
While today's veterinarians can make a good living, it's not nearly as much as their counterparts in human medicine. Depending on where they live and their specific field of practice, they can make anywhere from about $35,000 (for equine veterinarians) to $117,000 a year (for laboratory animal vet- erinarians), according to the most recent estimates. Vets in private practice earn around $50,000, and those in government earn around $70,000.

"The reward for us is really not about money, because we don't make as much as many people think,'' Wilson said. "It's really about seeing pets get better.''

#3: They love science and medicine.
"People always say I must love animals to be in veterinary medicine. And I do, but I also love science and medicine," Wilson said. In fact, she and others agree it's the combination of all three that draw people into veterinary practice.

And that's a good thing, since there's plenty of each involved in treating the broad spectrum of species examined and treated by veterinarians. While human physicians must learn about male and female anatomy and physiology, vets need to understand cats, dogs, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, horses, birds, rodents, rabbits, amphibians, reptiles, and so on.

Vets also need to know how each species functions and responds to available medications, and have a solid understanding of the basic behaviors, care requirements, diseases, and parasites related to each species.

#4: They offer value beyond the prescription.

Finally, while vets bring their medical skills and knowledge in treating their patients and educating their patient's owners, they also offer the softer side of what it takes to be a communicative, concerned, and knowledgeable caregiver — and a great advocate for your pet.

"Becoming a vet is a lot of hard work and we take seriously our duty to act in the best interests of our client's pets,'' Wilson said. "Even if owners don't like our recommendations or paying for them, we try to help them understand the value of our experience, education, and expertise. I always hope, as all vets do, that at the end of a visit, owners leave feeling good about how we've helped them.''

Rather than skimping on visits to the vet, pet owners should consider pet insurance and other forms of financial assistance.

More women going into veterinary medicine
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association Web site, 75 percent of those going into veterinary college are women. Why the trend?

"I think women are more comfortable with and better able to express the emotions and compassion required in treating animals,'' said Georgette Wilson, DVM. "It's not that men can't do it, it's that often they're looking for something more lucrative. Regardless, it's nice to have so many women in such a great field.''
By Jill Sherer Murray

From Shelter Director Betty Peyton

Bits from Shelter Director Betty Peyton

Age. Yes, been thinking about it since the one day at the shelter when we were talking about the age of animals. How old are they. What is its age. 

Age- (noun or verb)- length of time during which a being or thing has existed, a period of time,.

As kids we love it when we “age” which is noted by birthdays. As we get older, we would like to forget the “age” and not celebrate birthdays as much. But once in a while a specific age comes along and you want to celebrate. August 1st, my family celebrated my mother, Jane Palmer, her 75th birthday. However if you ask her, she will tell you that she is 39 and holding. (Of course as soon as she reads this newsletter, I am going to be in big trouble). I am just trying to make a point. 

Age should not matter. What should matter is what you do while you are aging. If you are a person who sits around doing nothing, you age more than the person who is out and about doing things or so I have been told. Age should not matter.

I have addressed this in other columns about our animals at the shelter. A few senior animals are still there. I just keep hoping folks will overlook the animal’s age and see them as the loving pets they are.

I keep hoping folks will think of age differently and help celebrate no matter the “age”, which is why I have decided to celebrate my birthday this year. I am not celebrating with a party or anything like that. But I am asking for gifts. However, these gifts are not for me, but for the shelter. Let me explain.

I was born October 10, 1964. This year I will be..... 46 years old or 551 months old, or 2397 weeks old. And according to the internet, if I lived on Mars I would be 24.4 Martian years old... I might like to be a Martian. But I am not a Marian, therefore I will be 46 years old. There I said it or well typed it. I had a hard time turning 30, then 40, now turning 46. Just me maybe, not sure but I had not been happy about it. Well until recently when I have decided to embrace the years I have lived. I have aged. Sorry got off the subject of gifts. Must be an “age” thing.

I would like folks to donate to the Humane Society of Madison County for my birthday present. (Well, everybody but my Mom as she gives cash and I need some new shoes.) As for what kind of gift, I don’t care. We have a currently wish list and you could call the shelter and talk to the staff to find out what we need. We always need funds, paper towels, poop bags for dogs at the prison, funds, leashes, copy paper, toner for copier (ask the shelter what model #), funds bleach, and much more. Did I mention funds. Can't remember. Must be an "age" thing. I don’t care what you gift as long as the shelter can use it.

I know my birthday falls on a sunday this year and the shelter is closed. However, we will be open on the 11th which is Columbus Day and a holiday for some folks and our normal business hours are noon to 5, Monday to Saturday. I would love to come into the shelter on the 12th to find a room full of donations and or an envelope filled with money. That would make me so happy to know that my “aging” helped the animals.

I am  hoping you will help me in celebrating age and my birthday. I am hoping  you can help make my birthday wish come true.

We, humans, like to judge things by age. A well aged bottle of wine or port is usually very smooth where as an aged cheese can be sharp.  Now I just need to figure out if age has made me smooth in my sayings and sharp minded or what. Don’t answer that. Just wish me a Happy Birthday if you see  and remember gifts to shelter by the 12th. Thanks much and age well.


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New Website Design

Welcome to the newly designed HSMC Website. We have redesigned our website to make it more visually appealing and more easily accessible. We will be testing the site over the next few days. Please advise us of any problems you encounter while browsing the site.

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