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Those who love their pets tend to enjoy all animals. Our animal owners are no different. Check in on News-Herald staffers Robin Palmer and Cheryl Sadler as they share their own animal tales and announce upcoming events in Lake and Geauga counties.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Geuaga, Lake Humane Societies competing in adoption challenge

Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village is part of the only team in Ohio to compete in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 100K National Challenge.

GHS is partnered with Lake Humane Society and with a goal of completing 300 or more adoptions than within the same time period in 2009.

Fifty shelters are competing in this national challenge and the winning shelter(s) will receive $100,000. There is also a $25,000 prize for the shelter that best engages their community.

The 100K Shelter Challenge will take place Sunday through Oct. 31.

For information regarding the challenge, call the Geauga Humane Society at 440-338-4819 or the Lake Humane Society at 440-951-6122.

-- Cheryl Sadler

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Spot needs a home

See Spot. See Spot...

Spot is available for adoption through Western Reserve Humane Society.

According to shelter officials, Spot is a very shy cat who needs reassurance of a patient, loving home, perhaps with older children.

He is about 2 1/2 years old and was rescued from the outdoors.

The black-and-white short-haired cat is neutered.

For more information on Spot, call 216-531-1512.

-- Robin Palmer

Friday, July 23, 2010

Keep pets cool in heat

The national heat wave is affecting pets as well as humans.

Tips from the Geauga Humane Society include not taking pets along on shopping trips.
The temperature in a parked car can reach up to 150 degrees in a short time.

This type of heat could kill a pet. Be sure that pets have shade and plenty of water. If a pet becomes sick, seek treatment from a veterinarian immediately.

For more information, call the GHS at 440-338-4819 or visit the The Humane Society of the United States website at

-- Robin Palmer

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cleveland APL reduces fees

Talk about a deal.

The Cleveland APL is lowering its adoption fees for cats July 23 to 25.

On those days, cats will be available for $10, kittens 5 months and younger will be available for $20.

Regular adoption fees are $95 for kittens, $45 for adult cats and $30 for senior cats.

As an added bonus, the first 20 adopters (cats and dogs) will receive two free passes to the advanced screening of "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore."

All animals are spayed or neutered, tested for heartworm or FELV/FIV, have received age-appropriate vaccinations and treatment for worms and fleas, and come with a collar and APL ID Tag, helpful species-specific animal care information, and free initial veterinary exam.

Cats/kittens come with a travel box, and dogs/puppy adoptions include a leash.

All adoptable animals can be seen at

For more information, call the APL at 216-771-4616.

The Cleveland APL is 1729 Willey Ave., in Cleveland.

-- Robin Palmer

Poptart needs help

The Geauga County Dog Warden office is in need of help in treating Poptart, a Labrador-Newfoundland mix.

Shelter officials say Poptart is a great dog but has heartworm.

She is being treated for it, but the shelter needs help paying for her medical treatment.

Send donations to the Geauga County Dog Warden, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, OH 44024.

For more information, call the office at 440-286-8135.

-- Robin Palmer

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

This makes me sick

For the life of me, I cannot understand the downright cruelty of some people.. Read on...

TOLEDO — An Ohio dog warden says a German shepherd named Sarge is one tough pup after surviving six gunshots to his head, neck and chest.

Witnesses tell police in Toledo that the dog’s owner and another man took turns shooting the dog with a pistol while he howled in his cage.

Lucas County dog warden Julie Lyle says the bullets remain lodged inside Sarge but that he needs only painkillers and antibiotics.

She says the dog was up, around, eating and drinking Tuesday.

-- Robin Palmer

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Palmer's pet peeves

People who don't recycle and oil spills

-- Robin Palmer

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cat sanctuary needs supplies, food

Caroline’s Kids Pet Rescue’s cat sanctuary is in need of cleaning supplies and cat food.

The sanctuary, located at 7394 Morley Road in Concord Township, is home to 220 cats.
It is in need of everyday cleaning supplies such as bleach, laundry detergent, Fantasik, 409, Clorox wipes, dryer sheets, dishwashing liquid, paper towels, and 13-33 gallon trash can liners.

The food cupboard is in need of donations, as well. The felines eat dry and canned food.

Also, scoopable litter is on the sanctuary’s wish list.

Items can be dropped off from 7 a.m.. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also, adoption hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays or by appointment.

For more information, call Judie at 440-449-3496.

-- Robin Palmer

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Help feed the dogs

The Geauga County Dog Warden shelter takes in more than 700 dogs each year, and the shelter is in desperate need of food ... canned and dry.

The shelter also needs bleach and hot dogs.

If you can help out, stop by the office at 12513 Merritt Road in Claridon Township, or call 440-286-8135.

-- Robin Palmer