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NOT YOUR TYPICAL HOWS STORY — The tale of a tree climbing cat and the hero who saved her 🆘🐱
HOWS received a message from a HOWS client named Susan Friday afternoon regarding a cat who had climbed up a tree and wouldn’t come down, asking what to do. We suggested she call animal control as well as the fire department to see if they could help, and if they could not – see if they could provide some names of those who could.￼ Neither operation was able to assist but suggested that she contact a “tree guy”. She left several messages with different businesses, but it was pretty close to 5 PM on a holiday weekend; as of Saturday early afternoon (after trying everyone once more with no luck), she reached back out to HOWS. At this point, Ezabelle had been in the tree for four days… roughly 60 feet up￼￼￼ 😮
HOWS’ Stacey Norris put out a couple pleas for help on Facebook and many of her friends did the same. She also called a dozen or so tree guys herself￼, leaving voice messages pleading for assistance. Lisa Schuetz saw the post and immediately connected HOWS with a couple of her tree trimming/climbing friends￼￼! 🙏🐾❤️ One of those people was our hero of the day, Matthew Bahn of Roots and Limbs Tree Care 🙏🐱🙏🐱🙏🐱🙏 ￼
Please check out these amazing photos — some taken by Susan and some by Matthew himself. Thanks to Matthew’s compassion and expertise￼, Ezabelle did not have to spend another night stuck in that tree. 😃🐱
If Matthew takes his work with trees half as seriously as he does saving cats out of them, he’s definitely your guy for any tree work you might need. ￼👍
Thank you, Matthew Bahn, For all your help. Kitty plus a whole bunch of people slept a lot better last night knowing that the cat HOWS had been trying to help was safe and sound. ❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️🐱❤️
Roots and Limbs Tree Care 434-218-2211 rootsandlimbstreecarellc.com
Never underestimate the power of two HOWS GALS! 😁😁 Darlene Hinton and Stacey Norris spent the day making new HOWS Project client friends!
We met Rocky, Spot, Strawberry, Babe, and Pearl 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 We provided them some dog essentials. And Spot will be neutered soon, which will make this pack eligible for the fencing we would like to put up for them later this year!￼ 🙌 (Everyone else besides Spot is already spayed/neutered 😉)
We also met Akira and Buddy. 🐾🐾 Buddy is actually the neighbor’s dog, but is usually at Akira’s house... so we provided both of them HOWS dog houses 🙂￼ as well as other essentials like no-tip water buckets, flea/tick preventative, pine bedding, and dog food. We also left a bag of cat food for the kitties bouncing around on the property.￼. Buddy’s already neutered, but Akira is not... she got signed up today 👍
Our last stop was to visit Neh Neh and Jackson.￼￼ This was a bittersweet stop; neither were there — Neh Neh had ￼been surrendered to the CASPCA 🤞 (...given another chance!) but Jackson had been sold 😔 (...god only knows if he’s ok). Trying to remain hopeful for Jackson’s fate. 🙏🙏🙏
Special thanks to HOWS volunteers Andrea and David Denton, as well as Nancy Burr and Brad Suter for all their work to help us organize this day! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
And thanks to our supporters who help us fund these efforts! We couldn’t do it without you! 👍👍👍
Today we recognize all the benefits of allowing a four-legged canine to adopt you into their life. It’s because of all of you opening your hearts that so many dogs have been rescued, given shelter and given a life better than what they had. ❤️
So bring on all those belly’s rubs and smooches...both for canine and human!! 😘🐾💋
Want to help HOWS give some well deserved doggies some help and love? See below on ways you can help!
A SUPER BIG THANK YOU to the Companion Animal Fund (CAF) for their *unsolicited grant* to HOWS Project to help us help our four-legged clients during this crisis. 😃Wow! What a nice thing to do ❤️🧡💛
With these funds we were able to spay/neuter Lilith, Storm, Midnight, and Snippy! 🙌🙌🙌🙌 (Lilith is also being treated for Heartworm disease 😢 and all four are being treated for Hookworm 😕)
It takes a village! Cindy Anderson transported Midnight & Snippy 💚💙 Lilith and Storm’s mamma transported them 💜❤️ Old Dominion Animal Hospital helped with all the expert medical care! 🧡💛 And the CAF helped with the bill! ❣️ Bless you all!
The result: Four healthier happier non-puppy-producing doggies 🙌🙂🐾🐾🐾🐾
We typically average 3-5 critters per month receiving this service, but thanks to Katii Ann (our spay/neuter coordinator), Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Old Dominion Animal Hospital, those who have these dogs, and a few HOWS volunteers otherwise, we have hit a record these last 4 weeks...
THESE *11 HOWS DOGS* HAVE BEEN S/N:
Brownie Kilo Patches Rosie Sparkles Blackie Blue Eyes Sasha Lilith Storm Arctic 11 dogs in 4 weeks!!! That’s a lot of doggies!
Nice work HOWS Team Snip! 😉 These babes will be healthier and safer thanks to your efforts!
And a big THANK YOU to our supporters for enabling us to afford to help these animals! We always promise to put your donations to very good use 💟🐾
😮Initially “born” in the Great Recession; 😷now reborn in COVID 19! Good news in bad times…🤗☺️🐾
Doggy Dog! We Did It! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳
Many of you know HOWS has been around for the last 12 years… but the first half of that run we operated as an LLC and the second half as a project of the nonprofit organization, Voices for Animals (VFA). BUT (DRUM ROLL!) 🥁🥁🥁 WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY OUR *OWN* 501C3 NONPROFIT! OMG! (WE DID IT!) 🙌
What sort of changes will this mean for HOWS Project? Well, we are happy to say that we will still be doing all the wonderful things we’ve been doing for dogs (and the other animals we come across on our dog-helping journeys)! Essentially you will see a lot of the same great work from us. 😉👍🐕
From the administrative side of things, all human resources will be focused solely on HOWS (as opposed to HOWS plus whatever else the parent organization was up to). It’s just going to be easier. Easier and more laser focused by everyone in our organization. (And VFA can now do the same – focus exclusively on their efforts). 🙌🙌🙌
This is such a win/win. We are so grateful for all that we have been able to accomplish under the wing of VFA. But it is time for HOWS to FLY! 🐣 We are keeping the same contact info and business plan! And of course, being a 501c3 nonprofit, your donations are just as tax-deductible now as they were when we were part of Voices. 🙂😉👍
This has been a work in progress for about a year now. And we wish to thank McGuireWoods LLP for their generous efforts to help us through the process. 🤗🤗🤗
Pinch us! We still can’t believe we did it! 😃😃 HOWS Project – stronger than ever! 💪🐾
Thank you to the wonderful staff at Old Dominion Animal Hospital, to HOWS volunteer Andrea Denton, and to Arctic’s people! 💟💟💟 Because of each of you, Arctic was neutered yesterday! 🙌 AND — now that all dogs at Arctic’s property are spayed/neutered — once we can start up our 2020 fencing initiative, they will all be receiving fencing! 🙌🐾 (Unfortunately fencing requires quite a few volunteers, and that’s tricky during these C19 times...)😷🙁