How Can a Wonderful Veterinary Hospital Improve? 🤔 Why, by ADDING a 2nd location! 🙌🐾2️⃣ Old Dominion Animal Hospital is now in Cville AND Crozet! And yesterday Daisy was the first HOWS client to check out the new facility when transported by HOWS gal, Melanie Kelley Moreland, for her spay surgery.
Heal well, little Daisy 🌼 And thank you, ODAH and Melanie 💟💟
Today 2/21/21 was a special day for 5 special dogs: Kilo, Brownie, Tink, Cody & Sassy.
Prior to today:
🐕 Kilo & Brownie shared a VERY small kennel and one house.
🐕 Tink & Cody roamed free (which is not safe).
🐕 Sassy was chained. Her people were at their wits end with Sassy because she was attacking other dogs. Sassy attacked Tink, whom she seemed to adore, causing damage which required a lot of stitches. This is likely due to being chained and becoming territorial. We needed to resolve this quickly. So, this was life-saving for Sassy.
🐶 Kilo & Brownie share a 10 x 30 kennel with the option to occupy Tink & Cody’s kennel when they are inside the house.
🐶 Tink & Cody share a 10 x 20...but they go inside the house at night and sometimes during the day. 🙌🏻
🐶 Sassy has her very own 10 x 20 kennel, which she seemed to be thrilled with! See the separate post with a video of Sassy seeing her kennel for the first time. 🥰
Theresa Tocco has been a part of our HOWS family for several years 🤗❤️ And from the git-go, she has been “all in”! She wears many hats: Field Team Lead, Fence Team Lead, HOWS Treasurer — 3 big roles... PLUS she helps with events (though not so much happenin’ right now due to Covid19). She’s a true team player with a heart almost too big for the job ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
She is very much loved by our volunteers and clients alike. Gentle, kind, organized, smart, strong (and so dang modest). 🤗🤩🤓💪☺️
HOWS is so very lucky to have her! Thank you, Theresa 🐾🙌☮️💟🙌🐾
(Bonus: her wife, Jaleen Tocco, is also an integral part of HOWS - the dynamic Tocco duo 😁)
We'd be lost without you, Theresa Tocco! You are a master at balancing "kind" and "firm" with our clients, and "fun" and "work" with the volunteers. When I first joined, you made me feel appreciated and part of the family. On a sadder note, I can't thank you enough for dropping everything and coming to be with sweet Blue at the end. I know she appreciated it, too. ❤
Thank you so much for helping these pups.🤗🥰
Thank you for giving your time and self to help the animals!
Love Theresa Tocco!! Her heart is so big and she gives SO much to HOWS. So lucky to have her as such an integral part of the HOWS family!
That's my girl!😘 Jaleen Tocco
Theresa Tocco you guided me on my very first field day 4 years ago (I was lucky enough to be your van “copilot”). I’ve been in awe of your kindness, compassion and determination ever since. You’re the best advocate an animal could hope for, and the most amazing team leader and inspiration I could imagine! 🥰
This is the time and weather that really makes sense to donate to HOWS. The same goes for when we have extreme heat in the summer. Help the pups that are living in this extreme weather we have outside. 😣
📣🐾📣 A reminder from the VA Animal Control Association 🆘Crazy winter weather is headed our way!! Adequate shelter is mandatory. Here's what the law in Virginia requires:
"Adequate shelter" means provision of and access to shelter that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of each animal; provides adequate space for each animal; is safe and protects each animal from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail, direct sunlight, the adverse effects of heat or cold, physical suffering, and impairment of health; is properly lighted; is properly cleaned; enables each animal to be clean and dry, except when detrimental to the species; during hot weather, is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat; during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides a quantity of bedding material consisting of hay, cedar shavings, or the equivalent that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat; and, for dogs and cats, provides a solid surface, resting platform, pad, floormat, or similar device that is large enough for the animal to lie on in a normal manner and can be maintained in a sanitary manner. Under this chapter, shelters whose wire, grid, or slat floors (i) permit the animals' feet to pass through the openings, (ii) sag under the animals' weight, or (iii) otherwise do not protect the animals' feet or toes from injury are not adequate shelter. The outdoor tethering of an animal shall not constitute the provision of adequate shelter (a) unless the animal is safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment; (b) during the effective period for a hurricane warning or tropical storm warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service; or (c)(1) during a heat advisory issued by a local or state authority, (2) when the actual or effective outdoor temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or (3) during the effective period for a severe weather warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service, including a winter storm, tornado, or severe thunderstorm warning, unless an animal control officer, having inspected an animal's individual circumstances in clause (c)(1), (2), or (3), has determined the animal to be safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment." law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title3.2/chapter65/section3.2-6500/
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📣📣📣 Right now in central VA (and across many other areas of the US) the winter weather is brutal. We are seeing sleet mixed with snow mixed with ice. Temps are in the 20’s and planning to stay there much of the day. ❄️💨💧🌨🥶Everything is closed. There are warnings to stay off the roads. 🚗 People are worried about losing electricity because they will thus lose their heat source. 🔥
It is the sort of weather that things freeze to the ground - freeze to death. 🥺😢🥶Outside DOGS and CATS (and other animals) are in jeopardy.
Please - HOWS begs you: BRING YOUR ANIMALS INSIDE!!!! If nothing else, use a bathroom, basement, garage...
VA laws are now stricter, with illegality for animals chained in weather like this. But morally, it’s just the right thing to do to bring them in! 🙏🐾🙏🐾🙏
If you have an outside animal, please take the challenge and help them be safe! If you live next to or near an outside animal, kindly and gently ask his/her person to bring the animal in - or offer your own bathroom, basement, garage, or sofa. 💟 Let’s work together with our neighbors and family members and friends to ensure the safety of the animals 🐾🙏🏡