Last updated: March 24. 2014 10:41AM - 1701 Views
By Charlene Hoeflich choeflich@civitasmedia.com

Karen Heater, Meigs County's new dog warden, pets a couple of the 25 dogs housed there now.
Karen Heater, Meigs County's new dog warden, pets a couple of the 25 dogs housed there now.
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POMEROY — For the past year, times have been good at the Meigs County Dog Shelter, where extensive kennel improvements have been making life more comfortable for the hundreds of animals who spent some time there.

Of the approximately 560 animals coming into the shelter last year, 237 were rescues, 200 were adopted, 10 died and 20 were euthanized.

Funds contributed provided enough money for numerous upgrades to the facility during the year. A new ceiling was installed along with new lights, new kennels, beds were put in place, and heaters were bought in. In addition, a spay and neuter program was expanded and emergency veterinarian care was provided for 52 sick or injured dogs at a cost of about $3,500.

There was a change in management when Tom Profitt, dog warden, left the position and was replaced by Karen Heater. Becky Acer continued as the assistant dog warden, and her husband and other volunteers provided most of the labor to erect the kennels, to install the ceiling insulation, and to do other improvements.

Making grants to the programs carried out by the Humane Society were Greg Biffle Foundation $3,000 for the spray/neuter program; Ohio Pet Fund, $2,000 for the spray and neuter program; the Ohio Schweitzer Animal Welfare Trust Fund for the animal rescue project; an anonymous donor, a check for $6,500 for kennels, beds, and heaters; Columbus Foundation Hachiko’s Legacy Fund for $1,000 to purchase heaters and beds, and $2,500 for the pound upgrade project (PETCO).

Other grants came from Binky Foundation which awarded $1,711 to purchase the Talon Animal Capture System kit; Hachiko’s Legacy Fund, $500 for the the ceiling insulation; the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty, $1,435 to pay for Level 1 NACA training for the dog warden; and the Alimswa Foundation, $5,000 for the Pet Food Bank.

In observance of National Mutt Day, Meigs Industries, the Humane Society and the the Meigs County Dog Shelter staged a spaghetti fundraiser which brought in approximately $1,700 — some of which was used to purchase straw given to pet owners in December, January and February.

The Meigs County Thrift Shoppe in Middleport remains the main source of income. Operated by volunteers, it is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Membership in the Humane Society is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens.

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