Spring season and orphaned animals spark more calls to FRHS
WASHINGTON C.H, OH- Spring is here, as with it comes new life and a higher call volume at the Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS). Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the society to close to the public, they are still here, caring for the animals who need us (just doing it 6 feet apart!).
“Every spring we receive several phone calls from people finding baby kittens and bunnies in the community.
Everyone has a big heart and good intentions when they find them but sometimes they are unaware that
certain species have their own way of caring for their babies.” Said Brad Adams, chief humane agent and outreach director
It would not be unusual for you to come across litters of kittens or baby bunnies.
For bunnies: Mother rabbits only feed their babies once to twice daily. If you find a nest, leave the babies alone. Mom will probably return soon. Once the baby’s eyes are open, they are usually ready to go out on their own. Raising baby bunnies is very difficult, and it is best to leave them where you found them and protect the nest from
Cat breeding season is going on right now. You may find kittens alone while their mother is away looking for
food. If they are clean, have rounded tummies, and not crying excessively, leave them alone. Mom will
probably be back soon. You can help these kitties by bringing water to the area – food could attract predators,
but if they are in a safe place, leave food close to their nest for mom to eat.
“If the kittens are exposed to the elements, it is very cold, or they are thin and crying, please bring them inside
and give us a call. It is very important to keep kittens warm – use a well-wrapped heating pad or warm towels.”
Said Dr. Lee Schrader, executive director.
Do not try to feed cold kittens. Kittens can be bottle-fed with a special formula called Kitten Milk Replacer
(KMR) that you can purchase at any pet supply store and feed through a bottle. If old enough, they can also take
softened food. “At the Fayette Regional Humane Society, we can supply you with what you need.” Said Schrader.
The Fayette Regional Humane Society tries to keep very young kittens out of their animal care and adoption center and with their mom. The shelter environment is very stressful, and a kitten’s immune system is not fully developed, making them more susceptible to illnesses. If you find kittens and are able to care for them and their mom until the kittens are 7-8 weeks old, the humane society is usually able to accept the kittens into their adoption program. The FRHS wants to do the very best for the cats and kittens who need them – please call 740-335-8126
if you find a litter of kittens or have any questions.
Statement on COVID-19 and FRHS operations
The Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) is committed to the health of our community, our employees, and the animals in our care. As the only animal welfare organization in Fayette and Ross Counties investigating animal cruelty, we cannot cease operations.
The animals need us, and there are too many lives depending on us. We will continue to investigate animal cruelty and will continue to focus on animal adoptions to make room for more animals in need. At this time, all of our programs and services will continue to be provided, including our most utilized program during spring and summer, 'Trap, Neuter and Return.'
Please note: There is no current evidence that pets can contract or transmit the virus. We ask that you also include care for pets in your emergency preparedness plan.
The FRHS maintains a high-level cleanliness and sanitation, and are increasing our disinfection protocol, as well as encouraging all guests to wash their hands before entering our facility at the washing station provided. We ask that any ill staff, visitors and volunteers please remain home.
At the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Public Health and Governor DeWine regarding the ban on large gatherings, we will be postponing the Fur Ball until September 19th, 2020.
To maintain social distancing in our facility, we ask you to please only visit us to adopt or if you are participating in one of our programs. Otherwise, please contact us by phone at: 740.335.8126.
We will continue to follow this ever-changing situation and will reassess our policies as needed.
WCH Woman pleaded guilty to neglecting pig
WASHINGTON C.H, OH- A Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) humane agent responded to a Broadway Street home on December 23, regarding a potbellied pig without shelter. When the humane agent arrived, he found a fourmonth-old potbellied pig confined under a playground set without access to shelter or water. When the owner, Wynonna Lacey did not comply with a written warning notification, the pig, named Wilbur was surrendered into the custody of FRHS.
Wynonna Lacey, 24, Washington C.H., was sentenced in Washington Municipal Court last Thursday morning during a pretrial hearing. Lacey pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor charge. She was sentenced to not own any animals for a period of one year, 90-day suspended jail, placed on probation for one year and fined $315 in fines and court costs.
“It is even more critical that pigs have access to adequate shelter for warmth due to their species and body type.” said Brad Adams, chief humane agent “I think sometimes people treat other animals differently because they are not the more companion animal such as a dog or cat, but we are here to protect and ensure that all animals receive humane treatment.
The FRHS staff fell in love with Wilbur during his stay at their animal care and adoption center.
“He roamed the animal care and adoption center just like a dog or cat, and he acted just like a dog, too.” said Adams “He was very sweet and silly. Wilbur would play with the dogs and had his own toys, too. We sometimes caught Wilbur picking up his blanket by mouth and covering himself up to take a nap, or trying to obtain his own snacks at his own free will”
Wilbur found a new home after his one-month-stay at the humane society. A wonderful family made a four-hour trip from a town in Pennsylvania to adopt him.
The Fayette Regional Humane Society is a non-profit (501(c)(3), volunteer organization. They receive less than 2% of their support from governmental organizations and therefore must rely on donations, grants and fundraising to carry out their mission. The Humane Society is the only organization in Fayette County able to respond to calls about abused, neglected and injured domestic animals, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To learn more about the Fayette Regional Humane Society, please visit their website at www.fayettehumanesociety.com
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