NOTEWORTHY NEWS AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS!
SHEP crossed over the RAINBOW BRIDGE
Our beloved mascot Shep passed away July 31, 2017.
He came to the shelter in October, 2010. He was roaming up and down a very busy highway, hungry, lost and scared. His rescuer tried to catch him for 2-3 days, finally he got tired and just laid down. She got him some food which he really liked and when she put the leash on him, he walked right by her side and jumped into her car. Shep's rescuer came to visit him often, bringing him treats and taking him for walks. She became his Guardian Angel and was until the end.
It was a little rough for him in the beginning, he had heartworm disease, he was very thin and malnourished. We brought him back to health and he seemed to be happy, all things considered. He always liked women better than men - and would sometimes act very ferocious in front of a man, growling and barking at them, but we all knew he was just putting up a tough front :)
When we were able to fence in all of our grounds with big divided grassy areas, Shep got to pick which yard he wanted, and of course he picked the one that most likely had a groundhog in it, which didn't live with him for very long, if you know what we mean :)
Shep did get adopted once for about a week. During that week he chased the cat, bit the goat and killed a chicken - BUT HE LOVED THE KIDS!!! We didn't mind that he came back because we actually missed him and he went right back into "his" yard with his pool, dog house and patio which he laid on so often and watch the cars go up and down the road. At that point we decided Shep was happy at Tri-Lakes Humane Society where he had a better life than some other dogs and we took him off the adoption list.
A couple of times we came to work and would find a smaller dog in Shep's yard, only guessing how it got there. Shep took good care of those little dogs until we came in and picked them up.
We want to thank one of our area veterinarians for coming to the shelter to help Shep cross over the Rainbow Bridge. The staff, volunteers and his Guardian Angel were with him as well. We think he was a happy boy, he got lots of attention and love. He was taken well care of and he will be missed.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Shep, so he can still help us take care of all the other dogs and cats in our care, please send your tax deductible contribution to:
Tri-Lakes Humane Society
P O Box 588
Reeds Spring, MO 65737
Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!
We all know it can be so hard to see brand new baby kittens and not want to "save" them! But if you pick up those baby kittens and bring them to the shelter, sometimes you aren't saving them at all.
Sometimes it just may be that their mama has gone off hunting because she has to keep up her strength in order to take care of those baby kittens.
If you do see tiny babies, please watch the nest for several hours to make sure that mama is not coming back, before you pick them up and bring them to the shelter. When mama does come back and her babies are gone, she will hunt for them for days only to finally have to give up.
We are not so equipped at the shelter, as the real mama, to take care of those new babies. Occasionally we have a nursing mother that will take them, but if not, then the staff or a volunteer has to take them home and try to be a mama to them. Most times that outcome is not a happy one.
So, please remember if you want to save those new baby kittens, WAIT! Time will be the best thing you can give them. And, if mama doesn't come back, please call the shelter at 417-272-8113 to see what the options are.