Great News! I just received our current balance in the Veterans Fund at the WAHS. The new shelter manager, Laurelle, got back to me with the total as of February 9th, 2014. We have a little over $15,000 left in our account!
Please encourage any veteran who is ready to adopt a new furry friend, to visit the Washington Area Humane Society. The dogs and cats are up to date on shots, spayed/neutered, de-fleaed, socialized and just waiting for you. Just present your DD-214 and adopt a best friend 6 months of age or older. There are no adoption fees for our local veterans, as long as the funds hold. Just tell them "Suzi sent you!" Consider donating to the Veterans Fund at the WAHS. Let's keep this wonderful program going. We need to help our veterans and our homeless animals.
I mention the Veterans Fund on the latest "Let's Talk Tailwaggers" show and touch on several subjects. My best friend, Harley, slept through most of the show on his memory foam bed! But, he did give a nice commentary at the very end of the show :-)
Thank you for visiting this page. Over the last three years, 2010, 2011 and 2012, myself and a small group of people were able to raise money for the Veterans' Fund at the Washington Area Humane Society. I started the fund in 2010 so that our local US Veterans would not have to pay adoption fees at the WAHS. I believe strongly that we need to respect and take care of our veterans who have and continue to keep us safe.
The last three years have been grueling, lots of fun and very rewarding. Many animals have been placed through this program. As I step aside from the fundraising aspect, I'm putting out a call to anyone who wants to help keep money in this fund. If you can organize an event for the Veterans Fund, please contact the Washington Area Humane Society 724-222-PETS and speak with management or the program director and pitch your idea. It doesn't have to be a huge production like I've done in raising over $30,000 in the last three years. It could be a bake sale or any type of fundraising event. The sky's the limit. I just wanted to make sure that the program got a great start and could hold it's own.
Please read through this blog from the beginning if you wish to know how and why all of this came about. Thank you for your interest. Let's show our respect and gratitude for our local veterans and help them get matched up with our local homeless pets.
Didn't make it to the DogParty? Well, the DogParty's coming to you! Many dogs aren't shown on here because the videographer could only stay a short time. People waited to see if it was going to rain before they showed up about an hour later. But, you'll get the gist of what we're doing! At the end of the day, we raised over $12,000 for the Veterans Fund!!!
"Surf", an 11 year old Shepherd mix who was adopted at 6 years old
from the WAHS and then brought back 5 years later, met her new family at the
When I met Surf with her volunteer walker Pat, at Mingo a few months earlier, her story gave me the fuel that I needed to keep working toward our goal. How heartbreaking to be put into a shelter situation at any age, let alone, 11 years old. Her eyes told the story of pain and abandonment and I knew that she wondered why she was there and what she did wrong.
A nice lady who attended the Furry Fall Festival ~ Pets for U.S. Vets, who already has a couple of senior dogs, said that Surf would fit right in with her family.
In addition to this wonderful news, we were able to raise over $12,000 with the help of the Claysville American Legion Riders, Post 639 with a check for $2,500 and an anonymous Korean War Veteran and the daughter of a Korean War Veteran, who matched our $6,000 raised.
All week, the weather kept calling for a wash out. We prayed that the rain would stop by 9AM, registration time, and it did exactly that. After all week of weathermen calling for a total rainy mess, that morning's weather report showed the storm actually circling away from 84 Fitness Center's pavilion where the DogParty was to be. When we got to the corner of 136 and 519 where the DogParty was held, the roads were dry! Not ONE drop of rain on our outdoor party! The sun came out shortly afterwards.
I wish I could explain to the shelter dogs and cats that there are people on the "outside" who are working day and night to help them get adopted. When I visited the Washington Area Humane Society yesterday, I felt that way as I looked at two old Beagle sisters that weren't wanted anymore by their family. I looked at "Surf", an 11 year old sweet, Shepherd mix who was adopted at 6 years old and brought back 5 years later. The puppies were oblivious. They hadn't lived long enough to wonder why they were abandoned or separated from their families and homes. They weren't old enough to feel rejection every time someone passed them by.
That is why, this weekend's DogParty is so important. Please plan to attend and dress warmly. We have a large pavilion if it does shower a bit. Please don't let the weather keep you from attending. I can't explain the weather to those animals, either.
We have LOTS of pretty Chinese Auction stuff! We'll be auctioning a scratch-off lottery board with lots of tickets on it. We'll have a 50/50 and a FREE 1 year 84 Fitness Center membership to raffle. We have the wonderful Patriotic Presentation and a Blessing of the Animals. We have interesting vendors and of course, That Guy With the Birds.
But, most of all, we are honoring our veterans for their service and we are giving the shelter dogs a day out at a DogParty. And if we're lucky, someone will fall in love and a little soul will be healed.
Pets for U.S. Vets ~ Our Mission:
Saturday, Barktober 6th, 2012~Save the Date
84 Fitness Center's 3rd Annual Furry Fall Festival ~
Pets for U.S. Vets is on Saturday, October 6, 2012. It will be held once again in the pavilion/ball field area behind the 84 Lumber offices at the corner of Rt. 136 and Rt. 519. I'll keep updating this entry as more people sign on. Please plan to attend and have a great day with people and animals. All of the proceeds go into our Veterans Fund that allows our local veterans to adopt dogs and cats at the WAHS at no charge. It is a wonderful deal for both the veterans and the animals. All of the pets are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots, micro-chipped and socialized. Thanks for being a part of the solution!
To register early, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the pdf brochure that includes a vendor form, a T-Shirt sponsor form and a participant form. If you want a T-Shirt, please try to register by Sept.21 (International Day of Peace) You may also pick up brochures at 84 Fitness Center and Petco of Wasington (beside Wal-Mart) and of course, the Washington Area Humane Society (see Kelly) As soon as I figure out how to put the pdf into this post, I'll have it here for you to download...
*Times are approximate due to expected chaos! Hey, it's a DogParty!
9 am Check in starts ~ $10 per adult $10 per T-Shirt
Kids 12 and under and ALL DOGS FREE
"Let's Talk Tailwaggers" with BPTV (Bethel Park) show host, Susie Roberti, will be videoing their show at the DogParty on Barktober 6! Make your dog a star!!!
10 am an opening prayer for our veterans past and present and a prayer for the animals
Singing of the National Anthem by the Washington Festival Chorale
Presentation of Colors with the Claysville American Legion
The Pledge of Allegience lead by the Washington County Young Marines
A few words from Congressman Tim Murphy and Senator Roy Afflerbach
A Dog Walk around the ball fields (to hopefully tire them out a bit before the)
Blessing of the Animals with Donald Austin of Chartiers Hill UP Church
(also a member of 84 Fitness Center!)
An exotic bird demonstration with That Guy With the Birds ~ Mr. John Lege www.budwings.com
Petco table with Deanna
Lucky Horse Tack w/Ashley
Scentsy Candle table with Stephanie
Avon table with Jodi
Photos by E-Nertia Global w/Jason T Swinchock
Food Vendor truck with Stephanie
31 Vendor with Dana
Storybook Photography "Pooch Pics" Photo Booth w/Jamie
"Visit us for a fun memento of your best furry friend!"
The Pampered Chef with Cyndi
Cold Nose Bakery with Wendy
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA w/ Samantha Lee
(formerly Washington Women's Shelter)
Options For Healthy Living
Air Duct & Dryer Vent Cleaning Specialists w/Ron Hampe
A Silly Agility Course for dogs and their people with Kathy
A wonderful Chinese and Silent Auction with Jamie and Cindy
A Meet & Greet with the animals up for adoption from the WAHS
A recognition of the WAHS dog alumni