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Heartland Humane Society's February Mewsletter
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Upcoming FUNdraiser!  
Please come out and support Heartland tomorrow night! 

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Upcoming FUNdraiser!
Get your thinking caps on because our 10th annual Trivia Night fundraiser is quickly approaching!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1st, at the Trigg Banquet Center in O'Fallon, MO, for a great night of helping animals in need!
There will be lots of fun to be had by all... silent auctions, 50/50 raffle, lottery tree drawings, and games for just about everyone!

To register for a table and/or as a sponsor via PayPal, please go to http://hhsrescue.jigsy.com/upcoming-events.  

Don't forget to register by March 12th to save $20 on your table!

This is our biggest and best event of the year and all proceeds raised will benefit our foster cats and dogs.  We sure hope to see you there!
Upcoming FUNdraiser!
Become a Heartland Foster Care Family
 If you have a big heart, consider becoming a foster home for a cat or dog. Fostering an animal simply means housing and caring for that animal until it is adopted into a permanent home.  In many cases, including Heartland, the rescue will provide foster homes with food and medical supplies and will cover the cost of vetting through their preferred veterinarian.  In addition, if you itemize your taxes, out-of-pocket expenses for your foster animals and mileage accrued for volunteer activities are considered tax-deductible.   
 
Dog fostering is a wonderful opportunity to make a huge difference in the life of a dog, puppy, litter of puppies, or a calm older dog. Living in a foster home, enjoying the love and care you provide, gives a dog the opportunity to learn to be a family pet. Right now, we only have one dog foster so we would love to expand our program and recruit new fosters to help us save more dogs in need!
  
Cats and kittens often come from sad and unfortunate circumstances. They need safe, loving homes to help them regain good health and trust in humans. In return for all this, you will get to spend time with a pet that needs a new best friend, and the time and affection you share together will be well spent.


If fostering is not for you, we sometimes need volunteers to care for the cats at the Luv-a-Pet Center at the O'Fallon PetSmart on Hwy K.  In return for your help, you will receive lots of kitty purrs and kisses.

For more information about becoming a foster parent or caring for the cats at PetSmart, please call us at (636) 922-0569 or fill out an online foster or volunteer application at www.hhsrescue.org.
8 year ditch?!?
 

Most people, of a certain age; have heard of the Seven Year Itch.  We at Heartland have been experiencing what we call The Eight Year Ditch.  In 2016 the ratio of returned kitties was highest for those owned for eight years, and already one in 2017 has been taken back in.  Several of the kitties were morbidly obese and two were lucky enough to get readopted by caring pet parents working on the weight issue and adding in some exercise and lots of love!  Congrats to Maggie (now Milkasaurus Margaret) and Stripe.  I am afraid we lost Phantom to fatty liver disease; despite being 29 pounds and even having a feeding tube put in we lost that battle.  It is likely he was very ill before he was turned into a kill shelter and made it back to Heartland.  A few of the kitties included in the Eight Year Ditch are Jenny, Jenna, Chestnut, Liberty, Granny Smith, Bella, Molly, Badger, Pickles, and Precious.  Older kitties often need dental work, a change of food due to weight issues, and extra time due to the stress and fear of being dumped.  This year Kaliska was found outside seven blocks from her adopted home.  We called only to find out the owner put her outside on purpose!  She peed outside of the litter box and sure enough, she has a bladder infection and is being treated for that while recovering from seven of her teeth being extracted.  Lots of problems her body was dealing with all while trying to survive January in St. Louis outside and unwanted. The owner made no effort to contact us about any issues concerning their cat of eight years.  We can only hope blood family is being treated better than the family pet!  We cannot explain why so many people ditch their longtime pets, and the reasons vary; but when just put outside or dumped at kill shelters we are often left without proper reasoning and contacting former owners can also be challenging.  Of course we want all kitties to have forever homes but we do work in returns as best we can.  Please be responsible, please do not feed cheap food and make your kitty morbidly obese, and please contact us and your vet for advice on any changes in behavior and health!  A kitty is a long term commitment and that should be taken very seriously before completing an adoption!

Go Fund Me
Recently, we have been hit very hard by unexpected and very costly veterinary expenses which, in turn, has depleted much of our savings.  While we do our best to conduct fundraisers and request grants on a regular basis to supplement our funds, support of these events and donations/grants in general have unfortunately decreased over the past year.  

We are respectfully requesting donations in any amount to help cover the cost of some of our more expensive fosters that have recently required specialized treatment and surgery to address  significant health issues.   Your donations will be helping the following animals in our care:

Piper is a darling tabby girl who was rescued 2 years ago from a high-kill rural pound.  She was recently diagnosed with stomatitis; a severe and very painful inflammation of a cat's mouth and gums. In most cases, this condition causes ulcers to form inside the mouth and can also cause bleeding in the gums as well as teeth to be reabsorbed.  Some cats can be treated with antibiotic and steroid therapy, but in her case, she was not responsive to treatment and required extraction of most of her teeth to remedy the situation.  She is now recovering from her surgery and is expected to do very well once she heals.

Ruby is a beautiful calico that came to us as a stray from the streets of St. Louis.  She is very sweet and docile and loves affection from her humans.  Since rescued, she has been experiencing severe eye issues that has caused her to have sensitivity to light, inflammation in her eyelids, and chronic discharge that is not responding to standard treatment.  A URI PCR test confirmed that her eye problems are not the result of a viral or bacterial infection.  Our next step is to consult with a veterinary ophthalmologist and run some specialized tests to determine the cause of her issues so that an appropriate treatment plan can be identified.

Abbey is a 20 year old (yes, 20!) owner-surrendered kitty.  She is just as sweet and friendly as can be and absolutely loves people.  Her owner relinquished her to us because he took a new job that requires him to travel and could no longer provide her with care.  We could not stand the thought of her dying alone in a cold shelter surrounded by strangers and decided that she deserved to live the rest of her life, no matter how long that may be, in a home where she will be loved and well cared for. She still has plenty of life left in her and does not look her age at all.   However, our main concern with cats her age is kidney and thyroid disease so she will require some rather costly blood tests to confirm her overall health status.  In turn, this will allow us to provide her with any treatment and therapy needed to keep her as healthy and happy for as long as possible.

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Ways You Can Help!
 
Heartland Humane Society is funded solely by adoption fees, fundraisers, grants, and donations. Your donations for our foster cats and dogs are much needed and appreciated!
Heartland Humane Society
P.O. BOX 113
O'Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 922-0569

http://hhsrescue.org

 
Click here to see available pets!

Cat adoptions are held at the O'Fallon PetSmart every Saturday from 11 am - 4 pm.

Cats may also be seen by appointment.

Dogs are available and may be seen by appointment.

Stop by PetSmart during the week to see some of our adoptable kitties at the Luv-a-Pet Center!


PetSmart
2242 Hwy K
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Phone: (636) 281-3114
 Please contact us at (636) 922-0569, e-mail us at info@hhsrescue.org or complete an adoption application here if you would like more information about any of our adoptable cats.
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