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Happy Tail: Snowbound and Happy

Happy report: Delightful time during snow, watching the dogs have fun. A warm welcome to Kim Sallee, the new Director of Green River Animal Shelter. GRAS, Sugarfoot are working toward same goals. Spay Neuter Day at Day & Day a delightful success. Fund for spay/neuter set up at First & Farmers National Bank. Participation in a "Trap, Neuter, Release Program" is increasing, thanks in large part to Adair County supporters and Jeanie Petrik of Lifebridge for Animals.
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By Peg Schaeffer

Friday I finally got off the farm for the first time in two weeks. Keith works Monday through Thursday so I stay home with the dogs on those days and Friday is usually my day to go out and about. But last Friday the weather was bad and again on Saturday so I stayed home. Amazon shutdown that week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so Keith worked overtime on Sunday. So that made another day I was unable to go out. So Friday I got off the ranch.

The dogs were there to entertain me

Being home all that time really wasn't that bad. The dogs are always there to entertain me. They loved playing in the snow. I could watch them out the window as they raced up and down sending snow billowing. They'd get covered in snow and then run in the house and jump on me as if to say "look, I was playing in the snow" and then they'd be back outside romping again.

This is the first time since I've moved to Kentucky that the snow has lasted more than a few days. I even went out a few times to join the dogs in their fun. But for me it was always short lived. I would take a few pictures and was always glad to get in out of the cold. I thought I'd left all this snow behind in Connecticut.

Great to get phone calls with concerns for dogs left in the cold

During the cold spell I received several phone calls from concerned individuals about dogs left out in the cold with no shelter available. I know of one dog that froze to death. When I spoke to the owner they admitted the death and said that the dog had been sick and they guessed they should have taken it to the vet sooner. Their other logic was that it was an outside dog. I just can't believe that in this day and time people still have this attitude.

Although all of our dogs don't stay in the house, it is available to them. None of them are denied shelter. We have pet doors upstairs and downstairs. The few dogs that prefer the outdoors still can go into the kennel. There is a pet door to keep the wind out and each pen is layered with straw. They have Kuranda beds, blankets, and heat lamps. Even Buffy and Fluffy, the Great Pyrenees, and Zoey and Virginia, the Huskies, went into the kennel to avoid the bitter cold. No dog chooses to stay out in the cold unprotected and leaving them tied with no shelter available is just cruelty.

Wonderful to have Kim Sallee at Green River Animal Shelter

On Friday I went to the Green River Animal Shelter to welcome the new director, Kim Sallee. Kim and I are friends. I met her a few years back when she saved a mother dog and her puppy from a construction site. So she's no stranger to the rescue world. I'm glad to see that she's posting stray pets on Columbia Magazine when they first come into the shelter.

Although their owners might miss the posting their friends and neighbors are sure to recognize them and they can be reunited with their owners much faster. It's also a plus that she's posting dogs that are available for adoption.

GRAS, Sugarfoot are working toward same goals

I have never felt that the shelter and Sugarfoot Farm Rescue are competing. We are two entities with the same goal - reuniting lost pets with their owners and finding new homes for stray and abandoned pets.

Low cost spay/neuter day at Day & Day a delightful success

The numbers of certificates sold just goes to prove that there is a need in the area for affordable spay/neuter. Several people purchased more than one voucher. They bought them for their dogs and their cats. One woman bought certificates for four cats. She remarked that until now it was too costly to have them all altered. Now with the prevention of unwanted litters she could enjoy them. One man bought four certificates for his dogs. He said that although he tried to keep his dogs separated it didn't prevent the neighbor's dog from mating with his dogs. He said one time it even jumped from the roof. Just goes to prove - where there's a will there's a way.

In 6 years one dog and her puppies can produce 67,000 more dogs and a cat and her kittens in 7 years can produce 420,000 more cats. So if you do the math and multiply the number of certificates sold by the number of prevented litters in just four hours we saved the community from 5,053,000 pets.

Fund established at First & Farmers National Bank

There is a need for low cost spay/neuter in the area and I was encouraged by the number of people who purchased vouchers. This is proof is that if it is affordable people WILL alter their pets. Education is one way and making it affordable is another. With the help of concerned citizens it can be possible to cut back on the overpopulation of pets.

Thanks to a lot of people

Thanks to Day & Day Feed for allowing us to set up in the store. Thanks to Jeanie Petrik of Lifebridge for Animals. Jeanie works hard raising funds to make the vouchers available at low cost throughout the year in addition to participating in a Trap, Neuter, Release program for feral cats. I also want to thank Dr. Steve King of the Red Barn Veterinary Services in Columbia and Dr. Angie Olt of Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic in Greensburg for providing us with their services at a reduced rate. Without their help this would not be possible.


- Peg Schaeffer, President and Founder, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

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Darryl assists Chelsey Solomon at Day & Day spay/neuter Day

2015-03-01 - Day & Day Feed and Pet, 1011 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Darryl assisted Chelsey Solomon with the sale of half price spay/neuter certificates at Day & Day Feed on Saturday, February 28, 2015. We sold 19 certificates for dogs and 9 certificates for cats. Spaying and neutering these pets will prevent over 5 million pets being born over the next seven years. - - Peg Schaeffer

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