Did you know that HOWS is on AmazonSmile as one of their charities?!
If you have just plain ole Amazon start going to www.smile.amazon.com instead and click on "Supporting" at the top left of your screen then search for the HOWS Project! So easy! Anyone in the US can do this - you don't have to be in VA.
Today was Pikachu’s special day. His people decided to surrender him, to give him the opportunity to do better. 💟 This boy has been through a lot. He has been thin and treated for hookworm several times in the last year. Though penned, courtesy of HOWS, this boy suffers from fear aggression and was doing very poorly in his environment￼. Between the ongoing reinfestation of parasites and the anxiety of his fear, he desperately needed to be placed somewhere he could decompress and receive the training and attention he needs to hopefully overcome his fear and begin to “just be a dog” 🙏🐾 We are grateful to his people for listening to our plea; and grateful to Christopher Kirtley of Southern Hospetality for taking him under his wing and giving him a safe place to land. Please send prayers and good energy Pikachu’s way. We are all rooting for him 😘💟
Buddy and his family became part of our HOWS family. Buddy is a 12-year-old Brittany Spaniel bird dog who doesn’t like to hunt birds.￼￼ He much more favors hanging out with Bella (one of three little inside min pins on the property) and watching over the chickens, whom he adores. Perhaps he misunderstands the meaning of “bird dog”. 🤷♀️🙂 Buddy received a Henley-Middle-School-made HOWS house, along with straw bedding, pine shavings, and a no-tip water bucket. ￼ We were thankful to hear that he is on a flea/tick preventative and that during cold or bad weather he spends time “inside”￼. Super sweet doggie.
We also visited Squishy, Caramel, Jake, Bandit, and Pikachu, long time clients of HOWS. 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕 These poor babes were infested with fleas… They received Capstar as well as Advantix II￼. It was nice to see them all with fresh water and clean water receptacles when we arrived! We added straw to the inside of their dog houses and pine to the the flooring of their areas after we scooped it clean. ￼ And then, something really special and needed happened... check out our next post to find out what!!!
Thank you Karen Grubbs, Gaby Ford, Darlene Hinton, and Stacey Norris 💪💪💪💪🐾 for making it happen for these six worthy dogs! ❤️😘
Thanks to Old Dominion Animal Hospital and HOWS volunteer transporter Debra Rice, Frosty was neutered today. 🩺🚗 Yep, Some of our HOWS clients have cats. And, though their dogs are what brings us to them, we can’t/won’t ignore the needs of their other animals￼ ❤️🐱
Happy to report that Frosty got a clean bill of health (and a new owl toy, courtesy of Debra ☺️)
🤗😘🐶 HOWS would like to thank the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Spay VA program￼ for awarding us a $1,500 grant towards our efforts to spay/neuter outside dogs in our community! 🙌🐾 As we know, outside dogs breed outside dogs. It is an important part of our mission to spay/neuter as many of these critters as possible.
We very much appreciate the *ongoing* support of VFHS! ❤️ Yep, this is not the first time they have awarded us spay/neuter funds ☺️
They make a big difference in the lives of many animals in Virginia and we are very fortunate to have them as a resource.
AND WE HAVE OUR WINNERS! 🏆🎉Thank you to everyone who entered our first-ever HOWS Project Photo Contest. 📸We have absolutely loved seeing your adorable little pals and sharing their cute faces with our followers and their friends. As far as we’re concerned, every single one is amazing!😍 We also greatly appreciate everyone’s votes and the donations people kindly made along the way. Every penny allows us to help needy animals in our area, and we simply couldn’t do what we do without the kindness and generosity of our supporters.
And now, let’s announce which happy pets have come out on top! [Popular vote winners were determined by the number of votes received as of 11 pm EST on 9/18.]
DOGS 🐕 Popular Vote Winner: GRACIE Popular Vote Runner Up: COOPER HOWS-Selected Winner: BRUTUS HOWS-Selected Runner Up: WINNIE
CATS 🐈 Popular Vote Winner: JIBJAB Popular Vote Runner Up: JUJU HOWS-Selected Winner: LOKI HOWS-Selected Runner Up: MOLOTOV
OTHER 🐢🐓🐴🐍🐇 etc. Popular Vote Winner: FRANCIS Popular Vote Runner Up: POSH SPICE HOWS-Selected Winner: WHINNY HOWS-Selected Runner Up: MASHA
Congratulations to all! We will contact the lucky entrants about their prizes via email soon. Thank you once again to everyone who entered, voted, donated, and simply had fun looking at all these sweet faces! And remember, “Food. Water. Play. Every single day!” 🐾💓 ... See MoreSee Less
Earlier this month, team 09/05/2020 encountered and “extra” dog at one of their scheduled stops￼. Our client had taken in Spot, who had shown up as a stray￼; fed her and tried to protect her. She appeared pregnant to our team. Spot’s people had no idea of it and no idea how to care for her if indeed she was.￼ ￼😬
Our team leaders that day, Theresa and Jaleen Tocco, left a HOWS house for her and started a proactive search to find a place to either temporarily or permanently take Spot if her people would allow for it.￼ 🙏
Earlier this past week, Becky Andrews of Smiles Forever Animal Rescue teamed with HOWS — ￼SFAR would take them. The Tocco’s reached out to Spot’s person, who agreed it was in the best interest for Spot and the soon to be puppies all to be permanently taken into rescue 🙌🐾
HOWS volunteer Debra Rice drove to Spot’s place this morning, and found thst she had given birth to three pups sometime between last night and 8:30 this morning. As Debra headed off, she sensed something was wrong and pulled over to have a closer look. One of the puppies was cold... 🥺 Debra took the little babe and tucked him/her into her shirt around her neck, and upon phoning Becky to let her know of the situation, rerouted to VETSS. The concern was twofold: The￼￼￼ cold puppy, of course; and if Spot was having complications (as three puppies seemed like too few for a dog her size). 😔
As of right now, this is what we know: mama was x-rayed. No more puppies but the three. She is anemic and producing no milk. They’ve bottle-fed the two healthy puppies and tube fed the other, who is starting to come around. Word on the street is that it’s likely they all would’ve been in dire straits within a few days time if it hadn’t been for HOWS pulling them today.
￼Clichés ￼exist for a reason — Timing is Everything! And It Takes a Village! ￼😉
💟 Thank goodness for the angels for animals Theresa, Jaleen, Becky, Debra, Spot’s people, and VETSS. 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 Together they saved these precious babes from a likely very bad outcome. ❤️￼￼
Our promotional coordinator, Janine Kaestner, joined our HOWS family 5 years ago! 💟 She began by doing field work in a somewhat addictive way, diving in with both feet 🙂👣
Janine’s words: 💬 “I started with HOWS almost five years ago after seeing my friend, and fellow HOWS volunteer, posting pics from her field days. I was curious so I asked her what HOWS was all about. Once she told me about HOWS I was sold. I asked her how I can get involved and within a couple weeks I was out in the field. I wasn't so sure how I was going to feel seeing all these animals and their living arrangements but once i was there and saw how much they love when we come and how much gratitude their owners have for us was so rewarding. Since then i have gone out almost every weekend that I was available and learned the ins and outs of how HOWS works from Stacey. I have so much respect for her and love that she started HOWS. I have always wanted to volunteer/work with a animal non-profit and these sweet animals fill my heart so much!”
Janine has *also* been the driving force for all our super cool HOWS gear (hats, shirts, masks, etc.), many of our tabling events and in-person fundraising events (during non-COVID-19), many of our online fundraisers, and our annual community yard sale. She is always thinking “what more can I do to advance the mission of HOWS?” And we are so grateful she is part of our team ❤️
Sometimes our clients love their animals so much that they realize their animal has a better shot at life if she is rehomed to a place where she can have more of what she needs to truly have a successful dog life. This happened today for Beastie.
We at HOWS know that this was an *extremely* difficult decision for her family. And we promise Beastie and said family that she will be in the best of care and be given that shot at a successful dog life at Brent and Clay’s big dog rescue. These guys are great with big breeds, including Rotties. ❤️
Good luck, sweet shy gentle giant girl. We know you are going to do great. 🤗😘🐾
Special thanks to HOWS gal Darlene Hinton for transporting Beastie to her next chapter. 🚗🐶