The animals at the Starke County Humane Society are the beneficiaries of an Oregon-Davis High School class project. Chemistry 2 students applied the principles of stoichiometry, which is the study of the amounts of substances involved in reactions, to baking. Continue reading
If you insist on giving baby bunnies, chicks and ducks as Easter gifts, stick to stuffed animals. Starke County Humane Society Director Shanna Lloyd says while live pets are cute, they are also a lot of work.
“These are farm animals, and the chances of them doing well and thriving outside of a farm environment are not good. Most chicks and ducklings and bunnies that are purchased, for example at pet stores or at farm stores and given as gifts, do not survive to see their first birthday.” Continue reading
Donors to the Starke County Community Foundation can double their support to the community funds. Lilly Endowment, Inc. has agreed to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000 for the next 18 months. Starke County Community Foundation Development Director Sarah Origer said no gift is too small.
“Our community funds are the funds that allow us to make our community grants every fall. These are the grants that go to support organizations like the Starke County Youth club and our library systems and the SCILL Center.” Continue reading
Tonight’s Halloween trick-or-treating raises safety concerns for homeowners with pets. Starke County Humane Society Director Shanna Lloyd says trick-or-treating is fun for the kids but can be dangerous for your pets.
With Fourth of July weekend coming up, it’s important to keep safety in mind. If you’re a pet owner who will be shooting fireworks yourself for the holiday, there are a few tips to keep in mind in order to assure your pet is safe. Continue reading
A number of charitable organizations are on the receiving end of more than $40,000 in grants from the Starke County Community Foundation. The gifts are made possible through the foundation’s endowment fund, which is supported by gifts to the SCCF. The money is invested. Each year some of the interest goes back into the fund to help it grow, while some is given locally in the form of scholarships and grants. Continue reading
Have you been looking for a fun summer activity to do with your dog? Look no further, the Starke County Humane Society Dog-a-Palooza at Fair Oaks Farms is sure to get your dog’s tail wagging! There will be an array of activities to participate in on Saturday, June 14, including a 2K dog walk, obstacle courses and a dog show. Starke County Humane Society Director Shanna Lloyd is thrilled that half of the proceeds from the dog walk will go to the local animal shelter. Continue reading
As the temperatures continue to rise, it’s important to keep pet safety in mind. If you’re hot, they’re hot. The Starke County Humane Society offers a few tips to protect your pets. For starters, temperatures within a vehicle can reach dangerously high levels so never leave your pet inside a parked car. Even with windows slightly open, on an 85 degree day within 10 minutes temperatures inside a car can exceed 100 degrees. Continue reading
Shanna Lloyd took over that role on May 6 after longtime director Suzanne Crider resigned the previous day. Lloyd has been an employee of the shelter since 2009 and a volunteer since 1998. The board also reorganized last week and elected new officers. R.J. Howard is now the president. Tom O’Day is the vice-president, and Amanda Pollard is the secretary.
It is not recommended to give live animals as gifts, according to Suzanne Crider from the Starke County Humane Society.
The Easter holiday is this weekend and some people may think that giving a live chick or bunny as a gift for Easter is a great idea, but Crider has another suggestion.
“We run into this at Christmas time,” noted Crider. “People want to give a Christmas gift so they’re going to get Dad a puppy. What we suggest is if that’s truly what Dad wants, start buying him the supplies. Contact your shelter and see if they give gift certificates. If you know somebody that already has animals, give a gift certificate from their vet or pay something on the vet bill to help with the cost of that. There’s a lot of things that you can do beforehand to help get a person ready to have a new pet in the family. By all means, let them be the one that picks out their companion for the coming years.”
If you’d like to see what animals are available for adoption at the Starke County Humane Society, click here.
During cold weather, you should stay indoors as much as possible and limit your exposure to the cold;
dress in layers and keep dry; check on family, friends, and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance; and know the symptoms of cold-related health issues such as frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention if health conditions are severe.
Starke County Humane Society Director Suzanne Crider says the best thing is to keep decorations away from your pets.
The temperature is dropping, prompting residents to stay indoors and crank up the heat to stay warm, but what can outdoor pets do to stay warm? Suzanne Crider with the Starke County Humane Society has a few tips to keep your roaming pets safe and warm this winter.
For those who have a doghouse or other structure for their animals, Crider said it’s important not to make it too big. She said it’s best to have it big enough that the animal can get in and comfortably lay down and stretch out, but any bigger and it becomes harder for the animal’s body heat to keep it warm.
Suzanne Crider from the Starke County Humane Society says the first order of safety is to keep pets out of candy.
“We have that issue right now with our office cat, Niko,” said Crider. “If we leave the candy out on the front desk, he’s in it right away! Candy is not good for your pets.”
The Humane Society is offering a rabies clinic on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to ensure your pet is vaccinated against the deadly-yet-preventable viral disease. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are encouraged, and only cash or checks will be accepted. The rabies vaccinations cost $15 and are available in one- or three-year doses, with booster shots for $20 and heartworm tests available for $20 as well.
At local shelters, donation boxes will be placed allowing visitors to donate unscratched or scratched winning Lucky Dog tickets, or any other Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket, as a way to help the shelter raise funds. In addition, anyone who adopts a pet from a participating shelter will receive a scratch-off ticket while supplies last.
Many people are already making use of the fireworks for sale in light of Independence Day and while the loud booms and bright lights in the sky may be entertaining for you, more often than not they are terrifying for pets. Shanna Lloyd, board member at the Starke County Humane Society, said it is a good idea to keep animals indoors around the Fourth of July to ensure they are safe and don’t try to run away from the noise.
RJ Howard, owner of Bub’s BBQ, said he has an emotional connection to the Starke County Humane Society and catering the event was the least he could do.
You may think that it’s a great idea to give the gift of a chick, duckling or bunny to someone for Easter, but Suzanne Crider from the Starke County Humane Society suggests a different approach.
“We always encourage people, even at Christmas, if you’re talking about giving the gift of a pet, to talk to the people. Maybe give them the money, a gift certificate or a gift certificate to their vet to help pay for some of their vet bills. You’re better off to do that type of thing than you are to give live pets,” stated Crider.
Crider always cautions giving pets as presents as the owners may not be ready for a pet. Talk with the family and possibly take them to the Humane Society to choose their own family pet.