2017 Dog-Gone Fundraiser
The 19th Annual GCHS Dog-Gone FUNdraiser was held on Saturday, July 1, at Garrett College in Mchenry. It was a fun-filled day with various dog breeds, a canine costume contest, large silent auction, live auction of big ticket items, and the ever-popular GC Sheriffs Office Service Dog Demonstration. There was also a cash & carry table, cash raffle tickets, and a snack bar.
Testifying in Annapolis
GCHS Animal Control Officer Deb Clatterbuck and Moon (a service dog) went to testify in Annapolis for HB Bill 941/ SB 631 Animal Abuse Emergency Compensation Fund in March. This law would enforce state cruelty laws by establishing a fund, consisting of fines and fees from animal cruelty convictions to reimburse animal shelters for costs of caring for abused animals. It is the first animal bill to be heard by one of our legislators - Delegate Wendell Beitzel in the Appropriations Committee. Delegate Beitzel & Senator George Edwards have a perfect 100% in voting for positive animal legislation since 2011.
Moon was a huge hit with the legislators. He met over 100 people and was on numerous TV news programs like Baltimore CBS 13 and WTOP. Officer Clatterbuck was the only animal welfare representative West of Frederick to attend this important legislative day.
2016 Art and Wine Festival
The GCHS had a table at the Art and Wine Festival at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on September 10.
Mountain Fresh Market
The GCHS had a table at the Mountain Fresh Market in Oakland on October 14–15. We also had a table at the Craft and Gift show at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry on October 14–15. All sorts of items including: cookie cutters, ornaments, specialized Monopoly games, adoptable Beanies, homemade dog treats, and box signs were for sale.
2016 Dog-Gone Fundraiser
The 18th Annual Dog-Gone Fundraiser was held on July 9 at the Garrett County Community College.* This event offered lots to see and do!
Thank you for all the community support including our sponsors: Clear Mountain Bank, Animal Crackers Pet Grooming, Helbig Insurance Agency,
and Nu-Finish Collision Center. Admission and parking are always free, and remember all dogs must be on a leash.
*Garrett College is a smoke free campus.
Years ago, the GCHS received a gracious donation from Ann Taylors estate to help us continue to help animals—cats in particular. The County Shelter was not able to expand due to land limitations, and we didn't have enough money to build our own shelter. In 2011, when HART came to us for support to construct the Adoption Center, we agreed that there was no better way to honor Ann and her love for cats then to donate it to HART for The Cattery. On Friday, April 15, we were able to finally see her dream and our donation from her come alive. The Cattery is a wonderful place for cats with condos, and a large playroom. Bernadine Friend and Joanna Sisler (who founded the GCHS in 1983) didn't live to see this day, but they did agree to redonate the donation to HART to help the cats of Garrett County. What a wonderful way to honor such wonderful ladies who loved animals. Everyone should stop in and check it out! I saw Party Girl in the play room having a great time playing with a cat ball.
World Spay Day
The GCHS took part of World Spay Day on Tuesday, February 23. County residents were able to get discount certificates for spay/neuter, and were available at the Garrett County Animal Shelter in Oakland, and Casselman Veterinary Services in Grantsville.
Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995, World Spay Day now is a program of The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. This annual worldwide event helps to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.
GCHS Takes Part in Middle School Enrichment Day
The Garrett County Humane Society was invited again this year to be part of the Enrichment Classes at Southern Middle School on Friday, January 8th. Lisa Baker, President, GCHS, discussed with about 30 students (6, 7, and 8th graders) about all facets of animal health. First off, students were told about the various things that the GCHS does to help pets and pet owners. This included animal neglect stories including: photos of some of the animals they have helped, reasons why you should have your pet "altered," and what you are responsible for as a pet owner. "Many people get a pet without first thinking about the cost for Veterinary bills, food, shelter or how many years they will be responsible for that pet," Lisa explained, "many animals end up dumped off at the shelter or neglected because pet owners dont have the time or money to care for them". Ms. Baker brought along Calvin, a Maine Coon Cat she adopted from the shelter, and everyone got to meet him up close. Becky Diller, brought her rabbit, Rain, and informed the students about the different breeds of rabbits, what they do and don't eat, necessary health care, and shelter requirements. Rain, who was on a leash, hopped around the class to meet everyone.
Students were told that they should visit their local animal shelter or rescue when they are ready to adopt a pet, and to report any form of animal neglect or abuse they may see. "Thank you to Ms. Lieberman and SMS for having these enrichment classes so students can learn about all kinds interesting things." Some of the other enrichment classes were theater, athletic prep, JROTC, Chess, debate, book club, and DIY.
Halloween Adoption Event
The GCHS held an adoption event at the Oakland Tractor Supply Inc on October 31, which just happened to be Halloween! Customers were invited to bring their dogs in costume! Dogs that we obtained in a neglect case were on site to meet and greet, and as a result - all of the dogs up for adoption were adopted! Any dog that came to the event got a bag of homemade peanut butter treats, and received alot of attention.
Local School Supports GCHS
Broadford Elementary chose "Caring for Critters" as its Service Learning Project for the 2015-16 year. 573 students donated $674 in spare change in order to make a "change" in the lives of less fortunate animals. A bulletin board exhibits Ms. Blythes 1st grade students informative paragraphs about how to be responsible pet owners in order to integrate Octobers character trait. In November and December, they learned about "Caring and Giving". The bulletin board featured photos of the students with their pets, including one of a boy with his pet crab, and another with his cow.
"Caring for Critters" pamplets were made by Ms. Simms and Ms. Cravers 5th graders, which included foods that dogs may be allergic to, and foods that are toxic to dogs. They also read informational announcements on WKHJ that were written by the students.
In October, students baked dog biscuits and sold them at Autumn Glory, and at Broadfords Pumpkin Fest. The 5th graders made the biscuits while the 1st graders colored the labels for on the bags. $210 was raised from biscuit sales.
Patty Wells from Animal Crackers Pet Grooming, Casey Holbert DVM from Pineview Veterinary Hospital, and Officer Deb Clatterbuck from the Garrett County Humane Society visited the school and talked to the students about pet care.
After Officer Clatterbucks visit with 2 rescued dogs, the classes awarded the GCHS with a check for over $800 to help us continue to help homeless, abused, and neglected animals. "It is amazing how many ways the teachers have incorporated animal care into their daily lessons, it is great that the students are learning early how to take care of their pets" said Lisa Baker, President, GCHS, "It would be great if every school would do this." All 3 classes collected blankets, towels, treats, and donated to our local County Animal Shelter for Christmas.
Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival
The GCHS had a table at this year's annual festival, and brought in over $900! Hundreds of people strolled through the barns filled with wine tasting stations, crafters, food, and music. It was a rainy day, which brought in a record crowd this year. We sold homemade dog treats, cookie cutters, Wineopoly games, car magnets, bandanas, and those ever popular box signs. It's so nice to meet fellow animal lovers who are more then happy to share photos of their pets with us!
What Animal Owners Need to Know
In late August, the Humane Society sent out an Animal Informational "brochure" to EVERY household in Garrett County! This is the first time ever that a mailer of this kind has been distributed, and was made possible due to a very generous grant from the Blueberry Hill Foundation. Residents will now have access to most of the important animal related laws, ordinances, and contact numbers. The Maryland Animal Neglect, dogs left in vehicle, and rabies vaccination laws, plus county licensing, kennel and leash laws are all spelled out. In addition, reasons why you should have your pet "fixed," and where to get financial help if needed. Note the section about the new dog park in Mchenry, and veterinarian phone numbers. People can also now see and decide which animal agency or organization they need to contact concerning: adoptions, a lost pet, or animal neglect reporting. In addition to every household having one, several large rental companies at the lake have offered to put one in each of their rental homes.
We hope this brochure will help to educate residents to various animal related issues, which should reduce the number of problems concerning, dogs running loose, dogs with inadequate shelter, animal overpopulation, and animal neglect. Thank you to Mountain Postal for helping to get them ready for mailing. If you are a Garrett County resident and you didn't get one in the mail, please contact us and we will get one to you.
The GCHS held its annual fundraiser on Saturday, July 11, at the Garrett County Community College, and was a howling success. We had a great day with our animal friends, and raised over $6,000! There were over 22 breeds of dogs represented in the Meet the Breed parade, and lots of great items were up for auction. Two of the three raffle-ticket winners donated their money back to the GCHS!
The winners of the Canine Costume Contest were: 1st prize - Barbara Lefebrue & Jake as a 50s girl; 2nd prize - Sarah Smith & Teedow as a wild thing; and 3rd prize tie -Todd Leavit & "Vagner" a honey bee and Randy Goocn & "Ludwig" a mailman. Thank you to our judges Ray Strubin, Suzanne Yarres, and Vandy Riou.
Special thanks go out to those that donated their time: Sherry Frick (MC), Susan Crawford with Gipper (Therapy Dog Demo), Mary Vogel (Fidos Pet Grooming), Debbie Daniels ( Happy Tails Pet Sitting), GCSO Officer Teets with Bisa (Narcotics Dog Demo), and Bev Haine s(Snack bar). And last, but not least, and big thank you to Garrett College for the use of the grounds, and to our sponsors: Pineview Veterinary Hospital, Helbig Insurance Agency, Animal Crackers Pet Grooming, Rob Michael/State Farm Insurance, Clear Mountain Bank, Glotfelty Lumber Company, and the Dental Health Group.
See you in 2016!
Formal Wear Resale Shop
The GCHS held its annual Formal Wear Resale Shop on March 5-7 in Oakland.
Special thanks go out to the Germains, Rudys, Domenick Signs, and all whom donated dresses. All the proceeds will directly benefit the GCHS which has been helping homeless, abused, and neglected animals in Garrett County.
World Spay Day
The GCHS took part in World Spay Day on Tuesday, February 24, This year, $5,000 worth of spay/neuter vouchers were available. World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. They collaborate with humane organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.
Cats and dogs are homeless everywhere in every community, in every state, in every country, including here in Garrett County. There are so many homeless pets, animal protection organizations and shelters simply don’t have the space or resources to provide care or find homes for them all. Our local county shelter takes in over 1,300 cats and dogs each year—most of them are cats. In the summer season, an average of 200 kittens are brought into the shelter due to the fact cats can have 3 litters per year.
Autumn Glory Festival
This year, the GCHS had a table at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in Oakland, and a second sale table at the Art and Craft Show in the new activity building at the Garrett County Fairground. We took in over $1,000 in sales, and a big Thank-You goes out to Walgreens, who donated $335 in parking fees!
Items for sale included: our popular peanut butter dog treats, cookie cutters with recipe, all kinds of car magnets, funny box signs, dog scarves, Bodhi books, Dog/cat wooden ornaments (made in Idaho), specialized Monopoly games, and more.
Art and Wine Festival
The GCHS had a successful day at the Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival in early September. This was our first year at this very popular event that featured music, wine tasting, and art for purchase. We raised over $500 at our table selling Wine-opoly games, peanut butter dog treats, car magnets, funny box signs, and more! It was a great time, we met alot of nice people who were happy to support our organization.
DC 2014 World Championships Were Here
What a year it has been, last October Brendas Body Shop kicked-off a special fundraising event that focused on 8 Garrett County nonprofits. Each organization had a bandana that featured their logo, their sponsor, and one of the USA kayak/slalom team members autograph. Our bandana was sponsored by Pineview Veterinary Hospital, and our athlete was Devin McEwan whose mom is the well-known childrens book author, Sandra Boynton. During this past year, the athletes came to special events to sign autographs and meet people. President Lisa Baker was able to attend the world event to sell bandanas to the world visitors and to cheer Devin on in the C2 competition. Though they didnt place in the top, 3 they did make it to the finals and considering there were 43 countries there that was an accomplishment. It was great to meet Devin and we so much appreciate his time and efforts to promote our organization and what we do to help the homeless, abused, and neglected animals in Garrett County.
The 15th annual Doggone Fundraiser was a howling success on July 12th, bringing in $6,200 from the various events that day. The weather was beautiful, and the new location at Garrett College was awesome! The benefit dog walk had (2) 3-way ties, and the auction items that brought in the highest bids were: the autographed Ravens football for $110, and a crate full of dog goodies from Pineview Veterinary Hospital for $140. The Canine Costume Contest was entertaining, and Brendas Body Shop preformed the GCGives Bandana dance during intermission.
Special thanks go out to the following people that made this day possible:
» Mary from Fidos Pet Grooming for doing nails/ears
» Sarah for face painting
» Karen for sketching dog caricatures
» Garrett County Sheriffs Dept Deputy Durst with his dog Branco, and
» Linda from Husky Power Dog Sledding for their demos
Last, but not least, the GCHS would like to thank all the businesses that donated an item for the silent auction, and to our sponsors Clear Mountain Bank and Helbig Insurance Agency. Looking forward to next year!
The Garrett County Humane Society Donates Life Saving Equipment
President Lisa Baker attended the August Garrett County Fire and Rescue Association meeting held at Gorman Fire Dept to share some good news with the Departments in attendance. "Though our monies are normally used for animal neglect calls and spay/neuter assistance, we decided we would like to use part of a grant we received for something that benefits the fire departments and communities in Garrett County," Baker explained. "In the last year, I know of 2 people that have lost their pets in a fire and to many their pets are part of the family." The Garrett County Humane Society will be donating a Wag'N 02 Fur Life Pet Oxygen Mask Kit to all 13 Fire Departments in Garrett County! Last year, Deer Park Fire Department Personnel were able to revive a dog that was involved in a home fire using a similar kit, plus in regional and national news we are seeing more about pets being saved with these types of units. The GCHS ordered one of the Pet Oxygen Mask kits, then asked local Veterinarian Dr. Jenkins to check it out to insure was the best type to use on a pet. This kit includes 3 different size Oxygen masks, 3 air tubes, a magnet for on the firetruck door where the Carry bag will be kept, a kennel leash, and an instructional DVD. Since 2008, Wag'N 02 Fur Life has dispersed thousands of these kits to Fire and EMS Departments in the USA. They offer direct purchase and a Sponsor/gift purchase program plus a Fellowship program. "We are honored to be able to make this donation in part from a Blueberry Hill Foundation grant and an anonymous donor who was very excited about this idea," Baker added "the GCHS hopes this will help save the lives of cats and dogs that are suffering from smoke inhalation or exposure to toxic fumes, and added THANK YOU to all County Fire and Rescue Departments for the work they do."
Garrett County Gives
Garrett County will show the world as they host the Deep Creek 2014 Canoe Slalom World Championships. The pride we feel from the generosity of our charities, businesses, and citizens through a campaign called GARRETT COUNTY GIVES. The Garrett County Humane Society is thankful to be one of the 8 organizations chosen to take part in this big event! Each organization has a colored bandana featuring their logo, sponsor, and athlete. Ours is turquoise and so far - one of the top sellers.
Pineview Veterinary Hospital is our sponsor, and the bandanas are being sold for $7 each. You can also purchase one at Brendas Body Shop and Green Acres Garden Center. All 8 organizations will be selling their bandanas during this year's Autumn Glory Festival on October 11 and 12, in Oakland. Support the GCHS today!