This page is dedicated to those loving families that have graciously opened up their hearts and homes to our animals and to the rescuers and fosters that made saving these precious lives possible.
The Somerset-Pulaski County Humane Society is forever grateful.
Exactly 1 year ago, as 2021 was drawing to a rapid close, a young couple from Pennsylvania visiting for the holidays found a mom & pups in the woods in the Nancy/Faubush area. They bathed them and kept them in their vehicle overnight, then brought them to the SPCHS building the next day. Even though all our usual supporting veterinary clinics were double-booked with emergencies, we were able to get them in to see a veterinarian on New Year's Eve! They have sarcoptic mange, were wormed and treated for mange, given preventatives, and sent home with their new foster mom, along with multiple medications to be taken every 12 hours.
We named the Mama "Myla", which means "Protector", as she was doing the very best she could to keep her pups safe and healthy, even while she was very sick and malnourished herself. The male pup was named "Chae"; the female named "Oriana". Both pup's names mean "New Beginning” in different languages.
Since then, all 3 have received all of their shots, been altered, microchipped and adopted in to wonderful loving homes! Baby Oriana, now "Nora", has been adopted into a wonderful home where she has a border collie sister, a human brother, and a huge fenced yard to romp and play in. Myla, now "Sadie" prospective adopted came for a "meet and greet" and both Myla and her new mommy experienced love at first sight. It's a love that has grown and deepened over the past month or so. Chae has also been adopted into a loving home and is having a blast!
Imagine being homeless and so hungry that you willingly stick your head into a peanut butter jar to get food, ONLY to discover you can’t get your head out again!
SPCHS was notified of a kitty in just these dire straits. We sent volunteers out immediately, despite it being night-time. They looked with flashlights, headlights streaming with no luck. As the days passed, more sightings of her were reported. Additional helpers joined the attempt to capture and save this desperate cat. Traps were set to no avail.
Then, one day, she went into a crawl space under a house. Finally, after at least seven days of surviving with her head stuck in the jar, kitty was captured.
It took a ‘village’ of volunteers to carefully yet securely hold her to remove the filthy jar. Free at last from the jar, she managed to escape those helping her, bolted around the room and up into the rafters, requiring a net and second capture! She was then rushed to the emergency vet late at night for full evaluation.
Jif, as she’s been named by one of her rescuers, was in far better condition than expected. All the fur on her ears was missing and the ears had a yeast infection, her neck was rubbed raw from the jar and she was very malnourished and dehydrated. It took sedation to calm her enough for the exam --as you can imagine — she was stressed to the MAX! Subcutaneous fluids and medications administered and finally she could go home with a medical foster and rest, eat small nutritious foods and just recover.
JIF is a very lucky, 8-month old kitty! Too feral for a “regular” home, she now resides as a “barn cat” at one of the farms owned by a trusted SPCHS supporter in Wayne county, KY.
CindyLou's story is not as dramatic as some rescues we get involved with, but its out come is as heartwarming so heartwarming, we had to share! Once evening during the summer of 2022, this little dog was left on a porch in Kings Mountain, KY with a note attached saying owners could no longer take care of her. The porch just happened to belong to the mom of one of the ladies that works at the primary veterinarian for SPCHS. She was taken to the veterinarian the very next day, vaccinated, dewormed, given flea/tick preventative (she was covered with ticks). Fortunately, she tested negative for heart worms and tick borne disease. The porch owner was calling her CindyLou since the note left with her did not include her name. She was guessed to be 2 years old. She weighs 9.5 pounds, a good weight for her is probably around 15 pounds.
She was a very clingy lap dog that spent little time in foster care -- she was adopted quickly!
Our New Year's gift was the receipt of this absolutely wonderful letter from her new pet parents (with minor edits):
"We just wanted to send you a quick update on Ginger (formerly Cindy Lou).
After 5 months with us, she has finally settled into her new home. In fact, in the past couple weeks, she seems to have turned a new corner. She seems to be much more confident, and every day a new facet of her personality is revealed. She loves to play now, and can run as fast as lightning. She is so fast and so graceful when she runs. Ginger is really turning out to be a great dog, and we are absolutely thrilled with her!
She still has some separation anxiety issues, and did not tolerate a crate very well, so we sold the crate now we take her everywhere with us! She loves to ride in the car, and can’t wait to see where we are going. Everywhere we take her, she is a rockstar. We get mobbed by at least 10 people everywhere we go who have to stop and pet her. She absolutely loves children, so we never have to worry about her when she’s around kids. While out shopping a few weeks ago, my wife was absolutely thrilled to find a wrap that came with a matching sweater for Ginger.
I’ve never seen a dog is well behaved as her. At times, she seems more like a cat than a dog. In fact, she is sitting here by my side in my easy chair, with her head on my lap, as I write this letter. She always had to be by my side!
Thank you so much for rescuing her! We often wonder about her life before we got her. If you are able to contact her former owner, let her know that Ginger is in good hands and not to worry about her. We were able to get her teeth all cleaned up, and we were able to get her liver enzymes under control. They were triple the normal levels, and we think that was due to the tick bites that she had. She is happy and healthy once again!
We wanted to let you know how well she is doing and how much we appreciate everyone’s hard work at the shelter!
So, from our new family to yours, we wish everyone a very Happy New Year!"
THIS is why the volunteers at SPCHS do what they do! To save lives, and to improve the lives of animals that have suffered at the hands of humans. All of us are thrilled to hear wonderful stories like this! Happy New Year to you, Ginger, and to your new pet parents as well. We hope you have many more New Year's celebrations together!
This little dog was rescued in the heavy rains of August, 2022. He was being swept away in rushing waters and good hearted woman from the community waded in and saved him from drowning.
She kept him in her garage for a day or two while we looked for an owner. SPCHS begged rescue people to step up and help. With this year being horrific for rescue, all being full and overwhelmed, not a single rescue group stepped up to foster this pitiful little guy. The dog appeared to be blind or almost so. Unfortunately, the dog managed to wander off when the garage door was left open. Several people who lived in the area went on a search in the nearby woods, searched the streets, peering between houses, etc. One lady even went door-to-door asking about the dog and showing a photo of him for two full days. The search turned up nothing. We felt so discouraged that he was missing and with the issues with his eyes, not likely to have a good outcome.
UNTIL...one Sunday afternoon...
More than a week after his disappearance, the little one wandered out of the woods behind the house of the lady that saved him from drowning!! One of our volunteers immediately went to the home of the woman that found him, got a slip lead on him, covered him in a blanket and picked him up. The little dog was so exhausted it fell asleep in her arms instantly. This little fella coming out of the woods was truly a miracle, as those woods are home to coyotes that prey on little dogs such as this one. He was missing 10 full days!
Our volunteer took him home, gave him a bath (as he was covered in fleas, ticks, and maggots) and hand him fed small meals. As soon as our veterinarian’s office opened, he was there. Sadly this little fella was not micro-chipped, so after having spent days looking for him, it was clear that his owner was not going to be found.
We were very concerned about his eyes —they looked bad. The rest of his maladies — malnutrition, dehydration, parasites, minor scrapes & scratches, those could be easily treated and healed… but his eyes….
Turned out to be a significant eye infection that caused him to completely loose vision in his right eye, and after being treated, some vision in his left. The degree of neglect this little man suffered in his first 2 years of life is inconceivable and unconscionable -- except to those of us in rescue that run into it daily. Even then, it is still shocking.
Now, adopted into an amazing and loving home that is willing to work with his blindness (as it may progress as he gets into his senior years) he his happy, healthy and living the life he deserves.
Mocha has become a very important part of the family almost over night! Such a sweet girl, she loves our kids and us as well. Thanks again for the chance to have such a sweet girl in our house.