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Hello Friends!

The Humane Society of Greene County is where Kind Hearts Come Together, a place of hope and happy endings. Every day we witness the quiet selfless acts of people who help families and animals in need.
It is awe-inspiring to watch the magic thus created. Rescuing and caring for the abused and abandoned is love in action, and that love is magic. We hope these success stories add to your holiday joy this year. Thank you for your ongoing loyalty as we continue our unwavering dedication and commitment to our vital mission. We are humbled by YOU – who support us and we are grateful for the FRIENDS we have made along our journey. YOU are the reason we are successful.

Happy Holidays,

Hello Friends!

Another success because of you! Those of us who rescue animals from abusive situations and watch them recover have an emotional stake in those pets’ future well being. So it is a great reward when adopters stay in touch to tell their
stories. Here is one such story from Mark, the owner of Rex. Rex’s life story exemplifies the good work of our shelter. Thanks to your support, he is a happy dog doing what dogs do best — giving and receiving love.

“Rex was 6 when my 86-year old mother adopted him from the shelter. He was healthy, happy and friendly. We always thought he came from a
good home and the previous owner had perhaps been forced to give him up.Mom adored Rex. He was her constant companion; and when
she became terminally ill, he never left her side, providing comfort and a feeling of safety.

Because he was so utterly devoted to Mom, I was concerned that he wouldn’t adapt to living with me after she passed. But I’ve had Rex for four months now. He loves our walks and has decided it is time to transfer his love to me.

I was curious about his history and decided to phone the shelter to see if anyone remembered him. It turns out that his early life was not as happy as I would have thought. I suppose Rex is a testament to how great it can be to rescue an older dog, and I’m glad I can continue to give him love and a happy life.”

Have a wonderful summer,

Dear Friends,

We are so lucky to feel holiday magic all year long as we witness animals creating joy on people’s faces and in their lives.

The importance of the love of a dog or cat or any ani- mal cannot be measured. It is part of the inexplicable magic that makes life worthwhile.

Each day as animals in need come through our doors, we are reminded of the critical role that YOU play in helping us help animals and people.

We are humbled and grateful by all who support us and by new long lasting friendships each year.

With your ongoing help and our dedication of hard work, we will remain a golden example of what a rural humane society can provide.

We are proud to be an important part of community. You are the reason we are extraordinary.

Happy holidays and all the best in the new year.

 

 

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Dear Friends:

The unconditional love of an animal is powerful. I have told the story of my first rescue, Champ, whose fierce love moti- vated me to put in the hard work to start our shelter. Champ had such an effect on my life that I became determined to save other animals in dire situations like his. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the names of the three wise and kind women who bequested money and land in their wills for just such a venture: Nora Lee Orndoff, Norma Jean Blackhurst, and Mary Munnel Rinehart.

That was 20 years ago! Generous souls continue to sup- port our efforts with time and money.

Many of you are motivated to give back because you, too, are the beneficiaries of the perfect love of a pet. You pay that gift forward to help animals in need. Then, animals abandoned or abused are saved to go on to love another family, who in turn want to help, in a perfect circle of caring.

Join us, because animals cannot save themselves, and they have so much to give.

Our work begins and ends with your love and generosity. To you and your pets, we are truly grateful

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Dear Friends:

Thank you again Greene County and supporters everywhere whose many contributions gave us another great year! We are blessed to be part of a caring community of friends who give of their time, talents, and more. We are fortunate to have assembled a devoted staff and established a relationship with excellent veterinarians. It is rare to have such a successful Humane Society in a small rural county like Greene. Your continued trust and support is what makes it happen.

2016 was a memorable year. As always, we worked hard to deliver our best. Not resting on our laurels, we added volunteers and new programs. We had a banner year with the highest number of adop- tions ever!

I am most proud of our humane work and our out- reach programs. Saving animals that would not survive without our intervention is paramount. I’m thinking of dogs like Arnie, and cats like Jigger and Jolly, who found refuge with us. The cats arrived with fur burned from their bodies. We were there to help when their family’s home burned.

Through all of our dedicated work, we re-mind ourselves often that our mission is possible only because of you. Our mission is rescuing animals from harrowing situations, healing animals from physical and emotional harm, and readying them for loving forever homes. Our mission is assisting families as well as their animals. These services are vital and possible only because of your loyalty and your support.

My heartfelt appreciation,

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Thank you all for another great summer! Your extraordinary support has been appreciated more than you know.

One particular effort and donation from 14-year old Colby Simkovic is especially inspiring. Colby spent many days of his summer vacation building the incredible dog house pictured below. His goal is to be sure a needy dog will be warm and dry when the weather turns cold. People like Colby remind us that acts of giving and gifts of kindness are alive in young people, and that our hard work will continue with the next generation.

Our mission of helping families and animals in need is not possible without the support of enthu- siastic volunteers like Colby and generous friends like you. Thank you.

Warm Regards,
Jane Gapen
Director

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This issue is dedicated to Humane Officers everywhere. They are first responders and unsung heroes like police officers and firefighters. These are people of stature and character, and it is their mission to be where they need to be to save, to help, and to change the fate of lives. They are where you want them to be.

Our sincere appreciation goes to Callie Paul, who acted as our humane police officer for 4 years. Good luck, Callie, in your future endeavors.

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