NewsNite: Animal Welfare — Jan. 18, 2013


>>>COMING UP NEXT, WE TALK ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE AND THE MANY STRAY HOMELESS PETS THAT ARE OUT THERE ON OUR STREETS AND HOW THERE ARE SO MANY AGENCIES AND PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT WANT NOTHING MORE, BUT TO GIVE THEM A SAFE WONDERFUL LOVING HOME. THAT’S NEXT ON NEWSNITE. >>>THIS IS NEWSNITE AND I HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PROGRAM PLANNED FOR YOU THIS EVENING. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING IS TALKING ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE AND WE’RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT FROM THE CONTROL AND PROTECTION TO ADOPTION AND SHELTERS. AND THERE ARE VERY FEW ISSUES THAT TAKE ON SO MANY ISSUES AS PETS, STRAY PETS, ANIMAL WELFARE. HERE JOINING US FOR THE FIRST PORTION OF THE PROGRAM IS THE ANIMAL CONTROL MANAGER FOR THE SUMMIT COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL. NEXT WE HAVE KAREN HACKENBERRY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY AND KATHY WOOD OF CHAPP. WELCOME LADIES. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>NICE TO HAVE YOU HERE. BUT WHAT I’M GOING TO DO IS START WITH HAVING EACH OF YOU, JUST GIVE LIKE A LITTLE INFOMERCIAL ABOUT WHAT YOU DO. KRISTINE DO YOU WANT TO START? >>YES. SUMMIT ANIMAL CONTROL OVERALL PROTECTS THE CITIZENS OF SUMMIT COUNTY FROM ANY STRAY ANIMAL, DOG BITES. ANY ISSUES THAT PEOPLE ARE HAVING WITH STRAY ANIMALS. CATS AND DOGS. WE GO OUT IN THE FIELD AND WE GET THE STRAY DOGS OR DO BITE REPORTS OR IF THERE IS AN ANIMAL THAT WOULD HURT A CHILD OR BE IN A SCHOOL OR SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE, WE WOULD TAKE CONTROL OF THAT. AND THEY WILL PICK UP THE DOG OR RETURN THEM TO THEIR OWNER AND TAKE THE MEASURES NECESSARY TO TO PROSECUTE OR FILE ANY CHARGES AGAINST THE OWNERS OF THE DOG. >>OKAY. KAREN. >>SOCIETY IS OF GREATER AKRON HAS A DIFFERENT ROLL. AND WE HAVE THE LEGAL MANDATE TO INVESTIGATE, ARREST, PROSECUTE, PROSECUTE FOR OHIO’S ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS. IF YOU LIVE IN SUMMIT COUNTY, WE ARE YOUR ANIMAL COPS. >>OKAY. SO THE DIFFERENCE HERE AS IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME BY YOUR BOSS IS THAT THE HUMANE SOCIETY PROTECTS ANIMALS FROM PEOPLE VERSES ANIMAL CONTROL THAT PROTECTS PEOPLE FROM ANIMALS? >>CORRECT. THAT’S CORRECT. >>WE ARE IN CHARGE OF FORCING THE REVISED CODE. >>RIGHT. KATHY. TELL US WHAT CHAPP DOES. >>ORIGINALLY FORMED IN ’99 DURING THE HAY DAY OF THE CITY COUNCIL WANTING TO INSTITUTE A CAT LAW, THAT BECAME THE CAT LEASH LAW. BASICALLY THAT IS THE SAME LAW THAT WAS INSTITUTED FOR GOD. QUITE A FEW PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER AS WE FORMED CHAPP. WE WERE A POLITICAL GROUP FOR FOUR YEARS. WE HAVE SINCE CHARGED OUR PROGRAM AND ALSO HELPING PEOPLE WITH CAT COLONIES. >>SO THE THREE OF YOU WHILE THERE ARE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF YOUR PARTICULAR AGENCIES, YOU DO COLLABORATE AND WORK TOGETHER TREMENDOUSLY? >>YES, ABSOLUTELY. >>YOU HAVE TO. IF YOU DON’T THEN YOU’RE MISSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ANIMALS TO BE HELPED. >>AND THAT’S THE WHOLE GOAL OF WHAT SO MUCH IS GOING ON. >>EXACTLY. >>NOW THE HUMANE SOCIETY, THAT IS THE ANIMAL SHELTER, CORRECT? >>WE DO HAVE A SHELTER. IT IS LOCATED IN TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP ON DARRYL ROAD. WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THEIR ANIMAL SET L, THEY ARE ACTUALLY THINKING ABOUT THE COUNTY FACILITY. >>CORRECT. WE HAVE THAT ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY HERE AS WELL IN AKRON. >>BUT YOU’RE TAKING ANIMALS THAT MAY NOT BE STRAYED OR ABUSED, BUT YOU’RE TAKING ANIMALS THAT MAY BE A DANGER TO SOCIETY? >>RIGHT. WE PICK UP ANY STRAY DOG THAT RUNS LOOSE IN SUMMIT COUNTY. AND THEN THEY HAVE THEIR MANDATORY THREE-DAY HOLD PERIOD WHERE WE DON’T ADOPT THEM OUT, WE HOLD THEM FOR THE OWNER. IF NO ONE STEPS FORWARD OR SAYS THEY ARE THE OWNER OR KNOWS THE OWNER, THEN THEY GO UP FOR ADOPTION. >>AND IF NOT, YOU EUTHANIZE THEM? >>WE HAVE NOT EUTHANIZED DOGS FOR SPACE IN PROBABLY FIVE YEARS. WE’RE FANTASTIC WITH ADOPTIONS AND REDEMPTION ON DOGS. >>OKAY. >>HOW BIG OF A PROBLEM DOES THIS COUNTY AND MAYBE OTHER COUNTIES HAVE WITH STRAY ANIMALS, STRAY PETS, HOMELESS PETS. A BIG PROBLEM? >>IT’S A NATIONWIDE PROBLEM. YES. IT’S COMING TO THE FOREFRONT IN AKRON QUITE A BIT BECAUSE I THINK THE ECONOMY BEING SO BAD, PEOPLE WERE JUST OVERWHELMED THEY DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEY WERE LOSING THEIR HOMES, THEIR DOGS. THEY MAYBE THEY LOST THEIR BENEFITS, THEY WERE UNEMPLOYED. WE STARTED SEEING MORE ANIMALS IN THE STREETS. AND MAYBE THEY WERE LEFT AT THE HOME AND THEY HAD TO ALL GET INVOLVED TO RESCUE THE ANIMALS. IT’S BEEN A BIG PROBLEM. BUT IT IS NOT LOCALLY, YOU KNOW. WE ARE TRYING TO GET UP TO SPEED, LIKE WEST A LITTLE BIT MORE UNDER CONTROL AND BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD THE PROGRAMS FOR A LONG TIME AND NOW THEY ARE STARTING TO DO THE MOBILE ADOPTION UNITS. WE ARE NOW STARTING TO GET INTO THAT AND THIS AREA. >>THE MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT. WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT? >>IT’S A MOBILE VAN THAT WILL GO TO DIFFERENT STORES, VENUES. YOU’LL SEE BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE VERY MUCH INVOLVED. NOT JUST PET STORES. BUT ANYBODY THAT LOVES ANIMALS, THEY WILL CREATE SPACE ON A CERTAIN DAY TO ALLOW THE ADOPTION UNIT TO COME WITH ADOPTABLE DOGS AND CATS AND YOU CAN SEE THOSE ANIMALS. FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. MAYBE PUT A DEPOSIT DOWN. IF YOU ARE CLEAR, IF YOU ARE AN ADOPTABLE PERSON AND HOME THEN YOU CAN TAKE HOME YOUR BABY. >>SO IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THE PET IS ADOPTABLE, BUT WHETHER OR NOT — >> YEAH. >>OKAY. HOW BIG OF AN ISSUE IS THAT? >>WELL, YOU KNOW, WE TRY TO FIND THE BEST FIT. WE WANT EVERY ANIMAL THAT’S UNDER OUR CARE. AND IT CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THREE WORDS REALLY. RESCUE, HEAL, AND ADOPT. AND WE ADOPT IT OUT WITH 1,300 ANIMALS TO FIND A NEW FOREVER HOME LAST YEAR. AND THE ADOPTION PROCESS IS DESIGNED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE PERSON TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS REALLY THE BEST BET FOR THAT PERSON, THEIR FAMILY, THEIR HOME, AND THEIR NEW BEST FRIEND AS WE WANT IT TO WORK. FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED. >>FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED. EXACTLY. >>OKAY. NOW, CHRISTINE, YOU KNOW, HOW ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION. THEY HAVE MORE OF A, I DON’T WANT TO SAY PROBLEM, BUT A TICKLESS SITUATION. IF YOU GET AN ANIMAL IT IS BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE BEEN A DANGER TO SOMEONE. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THAT ANIMAL IS ADOPTABLE? >>WE TEST THEM. >>I HAVE TO ASK, HOW DO Y — HOW DO YOU TEST A PET? >>WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD, THEY’RE GOING TO GRAB THE DOG, GRAB FOR THE BOWL. AND THE SAME WITH ANY TOYS OR BONES THAT THE DOGS MAY HAVE. SO WE BASICALLY HAVE A FAKE ARM AND YOU KIND OF TAKE THE FOOD AWAY FROM THE DOG. IF THE DOG DOES ATTACK, IT’S NOT YOUR HAND. SAME WITH THE TOYS. YOU OFFER THEM BONES AND DIFFERENT TOYS AND THEN TAKE THEM AWAY FROM THE DOG TO SEE HOW THE DOG REACTS TOWARDS THAT KIND OF AN ENVIRONMENT. >>WOW. >>SO IT IS REALLY GOOD FOR THE DOGS. I MEAN IT REALLY DOES WHEN YOU HAVE A FAMILY COMING IN, YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO TELL THEM. BUT WE ALWAYS LET EVERYONE KNOW JUST BECAUSE THAT DOG PASSED THAT TEST, IT’S STILL A STRAY DOG. WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THEIR TEMPER OR HISTORY. YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHEN DEALING WITH STRAY ANIMALS, ANY ANIMAL. >>WHEN EITHER THE ANIMAL CONTROL OR THE HUMANE SOCIETY GETS AN ANIMAL, DO YOU NATURALLY SPAY AND NEUTER THEM TO BRING KATHY INTO THE CONVERSATION AND THE WHOLE PROCESS OF THE HUMANE ANIMAL PRACTICES? >>I CAN ANSWER THAT QUESTION MYSELF. I WENT TO THE SUMMIT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER JUST BEFORE THE OLD ONE CLOSED AND I WENT DOWN AND ADOPTED AN 8-MONTH-OLD GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPTY. AND EVEN THOUGH THAT I’M THE COORDINATOR OF THE MOBILE SPAY UNIT, I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE HER HOME UNTIL SHE WAS SPAYED. >>AWESOME. SO ALL OF YOU WILL MAKE SURE THAT ANY ANIMAL IS SPAYED AND NEUTERED? >>THAT’S CORRECT. WE ACTUALLY OPENED UP THE NEW MEDICAL SURGICAL SUITE. I THINK IT WAS A YEAR IN OCTOBER. WE HAVE A VET ON STAFF MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, AND ANY ANIMAL THAT GOES OUT OF OUR SHELTER ARE SPAYED AND NEUTERED. WE’RE VERY COMMITTED TO THAT AS WELL AND WE TEST. YOU KNOW LIKE YOU, THERE ARE NEVER ANY GUARANTEES. WE ALSO DON’T KNOW THE EXACT CONDITIONS OF AN ANIMAL’S LIFE BEFORE IT CAME TO US. BUT WE HAVE A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER VERY SKILLED. WE TAKE THEM TO THE PACES AND WE ALSO HAVE A GRANT TO ENABLE US TO DO THE BASIC BEHAVIORS, ONE TO TWO TRAINING. AND IT IS KIND OF BASIC MANNERS, GREAT FOR THE DOGS BECAUSE IT IS THE MOST HUMAN ATTENTION THAT SOME OF THEM HAVE EVER HAD. WE HAVE A LARGE VIEW OF THE CAT VOLUNTEERS THAT COME IN AND THEY DO NOTHING, BUT SOCIALIZE CATS. SO THAT THEY ARE READY TO BE IN THE HOMES WITH PEOPLE. >>I’M CURIOUS ABOUT POPULATION NUMBERS AS I WANT TO ASK YOU IN RESPECT. NOW, SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN AT WORK, HAVE ALL OF THE PROFESSIONALS IN THIS AREA SEEN A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ANIMALS BECAUSE OF SPAY AND NEUTERING PROGRAMS? THAT’S MY FIRST QUESTION. >>NOT ANIMAL CONTROL. WE HAVE A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER OF STRAYS EVERY YEAR, IT’S THE SAME, ESPECIALLY WITH CATS. >>WHAT ARE THOSE NUMBERS? >>ABOUT 5,000 ANIMALS A YEAR. >>REALLY? >>YES. >>MOST OF THEM GET ADOPTED OUT? >>DOGS, YES. SOME OF OUR DOGS, THE STRAY CAT PROBLEM IN SUMMIT COUNTY IS BAD LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE. WE DO HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED RESCUE WAGON WITH THE DOGS. IF THEY DON’T GET ADOPTED HERE IN SUMMIT COUNTY, WE SEND ABOUT 30 OR SO OUT OF THE STATE ON THE RESCUE PROGRAM WITH THE PET MONTH CHARITIES TO GET HOME. >>BUT YOU TALKED ABOUT CATS. IS THERE ANY IDEA, ANYBODY HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW MANY STRAY CATS THERE MAY BE IN SUMMIT COUNTY? >>RIGHT NOW WITH THOSE NUMBERS, FOR EVERY DOG KNOWN IN SUMMIT COUNTY, THERE IS APPROXIMATELY 20 CATS THAT ARE NOT KNOWN. >>REALLY? >>OKAY, AND THEN YOU HAVE, AND WE SORT OF TRIED TO FIGURE THIS OUT BACK WHEN THE OTHER DIRECTOR WAS AT THE SHELTER OR WE WENT BY DOG LICENSING AND THE AVERAGE HOME APPROXIMATELY HAD ONE DOG AND TWO CATS PER HOUSEHOLD. NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT 1995, 1990 MAYBE. THEN YOU HAVE THE PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT HAVE MULTIPLES. I’M NOT THE NORM. I HAVE 14 CATS AND TWO DOGS. THE ONLY REASON WHY WE HAVE 14 CATS IS BECAUSE I USED TO BE WITH THE MAJOR GROUP HERE IN AKRON AND I GOT WHAT WE COULD CALL THE FASTER FAILURES. AND THEY BECAME HANDICAPPED OR, YOU KNOW, FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AND THEY WOULD NOT BE ADOPTED OUT. BUT RIGHT NOW, TRYING TO COUNT THEM OUT ON THE STREETS IS TRYING TO SMUGGLE SMOKE. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE AND YOU WOULD FIGURE THAT THERE ARE FOUR KITTENS PER LITTER. A FEMALE CAT THAT COULD HAVE FOUR LITTERS A YEAR EASILY. AND HER BABIES, BY THE TIME SHE HAD HER FIRST, THE FIRST ONE IS HAVING LITTER. >>OH MY GOODNESS. >>WE ARE SEEING THEM COME UP HERE TO THE MOBILE PREGNANCIES FOR FOUR MONTHS. >>OH MY GOODNESS. >>WELL, I DO WANT TO CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSIONS BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I DO WANT TO ASK ALL THREE OF YOU AND ASK THE VIEWERS TO WATCH OUR CONTINUED DISCUSSION HERE ON THE EXTENDED EDITION OF NEWS NIGHT KNEWSNITE. >>>FOR MORE CHANCES TO SPEAK YOUR MIND ON THESE ISSUES, JOIN US ON NEWSNITE.NET. >>>WELCOME BACK TO THE SECOND PART OF OUR PROGRAM ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE. WE ARE JOINED NOW WITH GEORGETTE THOMAS FROM ONE OF A KIND PET RESCUE. THE DIRECTOR OF THE ADVANCEMENT ORGANIZATION AND A FRIEND OF MINE, A VOLUNTEER AND PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR ALL THINGS PETS AND ANIMALS. TANGO IS OUR BEAUTIFUL LITTLE PUPPY THAT IS IN HER LAP FOR THE TIME BEING. >>THANK YOU, THANKS FOR HAVING US. >>NOW, TELL US ABOUT THE ONE OF A KIND PET RESCUE. >>THAT’S OUR MISSION. WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE AFFORDED A LOW COST, SOMETIMES NO COST SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC AS WE HAVE A SECOND ORGANIZATION. >>AND YOU HAVE BEEN IN OPERATION FOR HOW LONG? >>2005. >>AND YOU ARE LOCATED? >>IN THE DISTRICT OF WEST AKRON. >>OKAY. ON AVERAGE, HOW MANY PETS DO YOU HAVE AT ONE OF A KIND PET RESCUE? IT’LL BE AROUND 300. AS SOON AS WE PLACE ANIMALS, WE GO BACK OUT AND GET THEM AT FULL CAPACITY. AND THEN DOGS, FROM 50 TO 75 AND SOME OF THAT DEPENDS ON HOW MANY LITTERS WE HAVE AND HOW MANY PUPPIES ARE IN THE LITTER. >>YOU HAVE DOGS THAT HAVE LITTERS AT ONE OF A KIND? >>YES. WE GET CALLED ROUTINELY FOR MOMS THAT NEED A PLACE TO REST AND WE AFFORD THEM THE TWO MONTHS THAT IT TAKES FOR BOTH THE BABIES, YOU KNOW, NURSE THEM, GET THEM INTO GOOD HANDS. >>AT ANY GIVEN TIME, WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PETS? >>BECAUSE WE HAVE A MISSION OF RESCUING ANIMALS, WE ALWAYS GO TO THE ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITIES. BECAUSE WE’RE LOCATED HERE IN SUMMIT COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL, THEY HAVE PRIORITY. >>HOW CLOSELY DO YOU WORK WITH THE HUMANE SOCIETY OR ANIMAL CONTROL, BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING TO ME. KATHY, YOU CAN JUMP IN TOO. THE ELABORATION AMONG ALL THE DIFFERENT FAUCETS OF ANIMAL WELFARE AND ANIMAL CONTROL. HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK WITH THOSE PEOPLE? >>WE WORK WITH THEM AS OFTEN AS THEY WANT TO CONTACT US FOR HELP. WE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ONLY A PHONE CALL AWAY TOO. >>DO YOU HAVE PETS AT ONE OF A KIND THAT ARE NOT ADOPTABLE? >>NEVER. >>REALLY? >>NEVER. >>HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT A PET THAT YOU GET IN IS GOING TO BE A GOOD FIT FOR A HOME THOUGH? >>WE’RE KIND OF UNIQUE BECAUSE WE DON’T JUST GO INTO THE ANIMAL CONTROL AND PICK OUT THE MOST ADOPTABLE PETS. THEY’RE GOING TO PICK THEIR OWN PETS. THOSE ADOPTABLE PETS. DESIGNER DOGS, THEY’RE GOING TO GUARD, DOING A GREAT JOB ON THAT. THEY’RE ALSO GOING TO SEE A LOT OF 40 POUND PLUS DOGS. AND ROUTINELY AND STATISTICALLY, THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT GET EUTHANIZED FOR THE ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN BECAUSE SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, IT WILL BE TOO WARM FOR YOU. EVERY PET YOU HAVE IS ADOPTABLE. >>THEY ARE. WE HAVE NO TIME LIMIT AND WE’RE NO KILL. THAT’S THE NEXT THING THAT I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT. NO KILL. WHEN DID THAT COME INTO ONE OF A KIND? >>FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. A NO-KILL PHILOSOPHY. >>BUT DO YOU EVER HAVE DOGS THAT THEY DON’T GET ADOPTED? I MEAN GIVE US AN IDEA ON HOW LONG THAT MIGHT BE AND THE LONGEST RESIDENT AT ONE OF A KIND HAS BEEN THERE? >>THE ONE THAT COMES TO MIND IS HANK. HANK WAS WITH US FOR OVER TWO YEARS. CAME IN, POSITIVE, FOOD ALLERGIES. AND JUST A MESS. AS WE FIXED ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER, HE BEGAN TO DEVELOP THE PERSONALITY AND THEN HE LEARNED THAT HE HAD BEHAVIORAL ISSUES. HE STARTED TO FEEL BETTER AND HAD A PITY WITH THEM. WE WORKED WITH THEM AND WORKED WITH THEM, TAKING OVER TWO YEARS AS WE NEEDED TO WRITE ON IT AND IT GOT THE ATTENTION. AND WE HAD A GREAT FAMILY COME OUT AND ADOPT HANK. ACCEPTED HIM FOR HIS GOOD, BAD, AND EVIL. AND HE’S IN A HOME AND SUCCESSFULLY LIVING JUST FINE AS WE NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM. >>BUT DO YOU DO A FOLLOW UP? I MEAN WITH THE ADOPTIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS THE FIT THAT YOU HOPE IT IS GOING TO BE? >>WE WOULD TRY TO DO IT WITH THE MATCH MAKER PROCESS AS WE DO DENY ADOPTION. IT WILL BE DIRECT TO COME IN AND THEY MAY WANT A PUPPY, BUT THEY ARE GONE 12 HOURS A DAY. IT’S NOT SUITABLE FOR THE PUPPY. IT WILL NOT BE A TRAINED DOG BY THE TIME THEY ARE SIX MONTHS OLD. SO IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT, WE’RE GOING TO TRY TO SHOW THEM THE TEENAGER OR THE 1-YEAR-OLD. WE TRY TO DO THE PROPER PLACEMENT TO BEGIN WITH. >>OKAY. >>AND NOW ARE THERE MORE AND MORE PETS AVAILABLE OR IS IT JUST MY IMAGINATION THAT THERE ARE MORE STRAYS AND HOMELESS THAT NEED LOVE AND HOME? >>I’VE BEEN THERE 15 YEARS TOTAL FROM THE VOLUNTEER PERSPECTIVE IN THIS POSITION AND EVERY SHELTER THAT I HAVE WORKED WITH AND I STARTED WITH THE FOSTER PROGRAM AND I WENT TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AND NOW ONE OF A KIND, EVERYBODY IS AT FULL CAPACITY AND FOR 15 YEARS THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN THERE. THE KEY IS TO SPAY AND NEUTER ANIMALS. >>OKAY, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU BECAUSE IN THE FIRST PART OF THE PROGRAM, WE TALKED WITH CHAP. CITIZENS FOR HUMANE ANIMAL PRACTICES. SO DO YOU WORK WITH THEM OR DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN SPAY AND NEUTERING PROGRAM. HOW ESSENTIAL IS THE PROGRAM? >>THE SPAY AND NEUTERING PROGRAM WILL BE VERY GOOD FOR US. EVERYBODY WOULD BE HAPPY IF THEY COULD PUT US OUT OF BUSINESS. THAT’S THEIR MINIMUM. IT NEEDS TO BE SPAY AND NEUTERED. SO THEY CANNOT GO OUT THERE AND REPRODUCE. IT’S A BIG, BIG, BIG COMPONENT TO WHAT WE DO AT ONE OF A KIND. OUR SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC CAN DO UP TO 70 ANIMALS A DAY. WE HAVE ALREADY DONE NEARLY 45,000 ANIMALS SINCE WE HAVE CATS — CATS AND DOGS, SINCE BUSINESS IN 2005. >>LAST AN AWFUL LOT. >>EXCUSE ME, I STAND CORRECTED. SINCE 2007 IS WHEN WE OPENED. >>YOU MENTIONED A LITTLE BIT AGO YOUR FOSTER PARENT PROGRAM. TELL US ABOUT THE FOSTERING THAT GOES ON WITH SHELTERS. >>OUR FOSTER PROGRAM IS VERY SMALL, EXPECTED TO GROW IN 2013. BUT IT’S WONDERFUL TO GET THESE ANIMALS INTO HOMES. THEY DO SO MUCH BETTER IF THEY ARE ON A SCHEDULE AND USED TO A HOME ENVIRONMENT. WE LOVE THE IDEA OF A FOSTER PROGRAM WITH VERY LITTLE HUMAN RESOURCES. BECAUSE WE’RE DOING SO MUCH OTHER WORK, YOU KNOW, IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN SLOW ON. BUT WE ARE DEVELOPING THAT PROGRAM RIGHT NOW AND IT’S HUGE. >>HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR FOSTER PARENT PROGRAM? >>RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ABOUT 15 AND THESE ARE GOING TO BE THE PEOPLE THAT WE CALL IF WE HAVE KITTENS THAT NEED BOTTLE FED OR IF WE HAVE DOGS THAT NEED BOTTLE FED OR, YOU KNOW, THEY MIGHT BE SICK AND THE SHELTER ENVIRONMENT IS IN TIPTOP FORM AND IT WON’T WORK FOR THEM. >>TELL US ABOUT THE FUNDING FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION. WHERE, IN FACT, DO YOU GET THE FUNDING FOR ONE OF A KIND PET RESCUE? >>WE ARE 100% PUBLIC FUNDED. WE ASK THE PUBLIC TO HELP US SUPPORT IN WHAT WE DO FOR THE ANIMALS. IT’S A VERY DIFFICULT TASK. EVERYBODY SEES WHAT OUR FACILITY LOOKS LIKE. WE STRUGGLE JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION IN TOWN. >>WHAT KIND OF MONEY ARE WE TALKING. CAN I ASK YOU THAT? DO YOU HAVE A YEARLY BUDGET? >>OUR ANIMAL BUDGET IS JUST OVER $2 MILLION. >>MOST OF THAT MONEY COMES FROM? >>WELL, IT COMES FROM PRIVATE DONATIONS, BUT YOU KNOW MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE GOTTEN FAMILIAR WITH ONE OF A KIND WOULD KNOW THAT WE HAVE SUB BUSINESSES UNDER ONE ROOF. WE HAVE THE RETAIL OPERATIONS AS WELL AS DOGGY DAYCARE AND ALL OF THE SERVICES CONTINUE THE EFFORT. >>KATHY, YOU ARE A VOLUNTEER AT ANIMAL CONTROL. >>YES. >>WHY ANIMAL CONTROL? >>MY HUSBAND’S BUSINESS MOVED TO DOWNTOWN AKRON ABOUT A YEAR AGO. EVERYBODY AT THE BUSINESS DECIDED WE WOULD ALL GO OVER AND VOLUNTEER AT LUNCHTIME AND WALK DOGS. AND WE STARTED OUT ONE DAY A WEEK WHERE WE HAD KIND OF A CROWD ON WEDNESDAYS, GO DOWN AND WALK DOGS. AND THEN WE ALL BECAME TOTALLY ADDICTED. AND I GO DOWN SOMETIMES THREE TO FOUR TIMES A WEEK. MY HUSBAND’S EMPLOYEES VOLUNTEER AND WALK DOGS EVERY DAY. ANIMAL CONTROL DOES A GREAT JOB. ALL OF THE DOGS NEED A WALK. THEY REALLY DO NEED TO GET OUT OF THAT CAGE AND IT IS SUCH A NICE FACILITY BECAUSE THERE ARE SIDEWALKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREETS. A LOT OF PROPERTY AROUND THE ANIMAL CONTROL, AND THEY HAVE A LARGE FENCED IN AREA TO THE RIGHT OF THE BUILDING WHERE YOU CAN TAKE A DOG IN AND PLAY BALL AND IT IS JUST A GREAT WAY TO BOND AND IT IS A VERY FUN VOLUNTEER JOB. >>AND YOU ARE A TREMENDOUS ADVOCATE FOR ANIMALS. AND ONE OF OUR VIEWERS IS OUT THERE LOOKING TO ADOPT A PET. OKAY. HOW DID YOU ADVISE THEM ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR? AND I DON’T MEAN TO LEAVE YOU OUT OF THE CONVERSATION, GEORJETTE. WHAT SHOULD SOMEBODY LOOK FOR WHEN THEY ADOPT A PET? >>I WOULD GO INTO THE FACILITY AND GIVE MYSELF PLENTY OF TIME. AND I WOULD WALK AROUND AND SEE ALL OF THE DOGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. I WOULD GO IN WITH AN OPEN MIND BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF WONDERFUL MIXED BREEDS. THERE’S A LOT OF WONDERFUL MIXES OUT THERE, SO YOU DON’T WANT TO OVERLOOK THEM AND MAYBE YOU DON’T WANT TO GO IN WITH A PRECONCEIVED IDEA THAT IT IS JUST A CERTAIN DOG THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. BUT GO IN, TAKE YOUR TIME, HAVE SOME OF THE FAULTIES — FACULTIES, TAKE OUT THREE TO FOUR DOGS. THEY HAVE A GREAT AREA TO GO BACK AND PLAY WITH THAT DOG AND SEE HOW WELL YOU BOND WITH THAT DOG. AND I WOULD GO OUT AND TAKE THEM FOR A NICE LONG WALK, TAKE THEM OVER TO THE PLAY AREA TO THE RIGHT OF THE BUILDING, PLAY BALL WITH THEM, AND YOU WILL KNOW FAIRLY QUICKLY WHAT DOG IS GOING TO BOND WITH YOU. >>AND GEORJETTE, HOW ESSENTIAL ARE VOLUNTEERS LIKE KATHY? WHAT DO THEY DO FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION? >>THEY TAKE THE PLACE OF THE STAFF AND THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN OFFER THE NURTURE THAT, THE MENTAL NURTURING THAT THE VOLUNTEERS ARE ABLE TO DO BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE TIME TO DO IT. THEY ARE THERE TO DO THAT. AND WE ARE OFTEN JUST GOING THROUGH THE TASK, YOU KNOW, STICKING TO OUR AGENDA TO CARE FOR ALL THESE ANIMALS. SO WHEN THE VOLUNTEERS COME IN, WE’RE GRATEFUL AND THEY JUST OFFER THEM SUCH MENTAL NOURISHMENT IS WHAT WE CALL IT. >>AND I HAVE TO TELL OUR VIEWERS ABOUT KATHY AND WALKING INTO HER HOUSE THE OTHER DAY WITH THIS BOX THERE. BECAUSE VOLUNTEERS SOMETIMES THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. KATHY, TELL US WHAT YOU DID JUST RECENTLY. >>JUST RECENTLY I NOTICED THE DOGS NEEDED SOME TENNIS BALLS FOR THE PLAY AREA. AND I ASKED A NEIGHBOR. SHE CONTACTED SPRING SIDE RACKET CLUB. THEY DONATED A LARGE BOX OF TENNIS BALLS. I TOOK THEM DOWN TO ANIMAL CONTROL AND OVER TO ONE OF A KIND FOR THE PLAY AREA. THE COMMUNITY IS WONDERFUL, BUT WE DO NEED THOSE PEOPLE TO COME DOWN AND WALK DOGS, GROOM DOGS, GO OUT INTO THE PLAY AREA AND PLAY BALL WITH SOME OF THE DOGS THAT WILL BE HIGH ENERGY AND THAT THEY JUST NEED TO RUN OFF OF SOME OF THAT ENERGY AND THERE IS ALSO A GREAT AREA TO COME IN AND PLAY WITH THE CATS. JUST HOLD HIM AND NURTURE HIM. >>BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT? >>YES, TO THEIR WELL BEING, OBVIOUSLY. >>OBVIOUSLY YOU DO BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THE VOLUNTEERS YOU HAVE. WHY IS THAT ESSENTIAL? WE DON’T GO TO AN OUTSIDE CHECK, BUT WE DO ASK ABOUT ANY PAST INDISCRETION. AND THEN WE NEED TO MAKE A DETERMINATION WHETHER OR NOT THAT PERSON IS APPROPRIATE FOR OUR ORGANIZATIONS. AND SOMEBODY THAT MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC ABUSE. MAYBE THEY WOULDN’T BE THE RIGHT PERSON TO WORK WITH ANIMALS. YOU KNOW, SO THERE ARE SOME REASONS THAT WE WOULD NOT CHOOSE SOMEBODY TO WORK WITH OUR ANIMALS AND IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND EVERYBODY DOES GET AN INTERVIEW AND WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>I WANT TO ASK EACH ONE OF YOU ABOUT OUR GUESTS FROM EARLIER ON IN THE PROGRAM. NOW, WHAT IS IT ABOUT PETS, HOMELESS PETS, ANY KIND OF PET. AND THATSOME TO TOUCH OUR HEARTS SO MUCH. GEORJETTE? >>SO MANY PEOPLE CONNECT AND THE LAST THING THAT WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT IS A LIVING BREATHING FEELING AND A LITTLE BEING OUT THERE ON THE STREETS WITH NOWHERE TO GO AND THEY ARE COLD AND HUNGRY AND NOT BEING CARED FOR BY HUMANITY AS THEY ARE COMPLETELY DEPENDENT UPON HUMANITY. SO IT PULLS AT OUR HEART STRINGS JUST LIKE THEY WOULD WITH A CHILD. >>KATHY? >>OH, I GUESS I LOVE THE DAY THAT SOMEONE IS ADOPTED AND I SEE THE RIGHT DOG OR CAT GO TO THE PERFECT FAMILY. OR I SEE THAT LITTLE BOY AND GIRL THAT COME IN AND THEY ARE JUST SO HAPPY TO GET THAT DOG. I MEAN, IT JUST MAKES YOUR DAY. IT JUST MAKES YOUR DAY. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>GEORJETTE AS PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ONE OF A KIND AND PET RESCUE AND WITH YOU AND WE INVITE EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO HAVE A PERSONAL ORGANIZATION. BUT THEY CAN CONTACT US AT 333- 865-6200. YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AND LEARN A WHOLE LOT ABOUT IT, LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF AKRON. ONEOFAKINDPETS.ORG. >>AND TANGO THE LITTLE PUPPY IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION? >>YES. >>I CERTAINLY DO APPRECIATE IT, TALKING A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ANIMAL RESCUE AND WELFARE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND ALL THE INFORMATION ON EACH OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE SPOKEN WITH AND THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE ON OUR WEBSITE AT NEWSNITE.NET. THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT.

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