Major virtual hugs to HOWS volunteer Cindy Anderson for transporting and to Old Dominion Animal Hospital for treating Baby Girl and Droopy for a terrible flea allergy. This mom and son were itchy, scratchy, red... with fur loss. 😞 Baby Girl also had ear infections and dry eye, the latter causing blindness in one eye.
Hoping they slept a lil better last night and will be on their way to recovery soon.
🐾 🆘 HOWS Project is an ESSENTIAL for those in need of our services. 🐕
These are challenging times for all of us, no doubt. With the current state of affairs surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic, we are all being stressed from many different angles. That includes HOWS Project.
We obviously will not be tabling or holding any events until further notice. No hands-on exposure. 😞
We cannot even plan our annual HOWS Appreciation Party for our supporters and volunteers, typically held in late spring / early summer... 😬
We are still doing field work (and soon to be fencing work) for dogs in need. 💪🐕 Even if we experience a “shut down” of the state, what we are supplying these animals are essentials -- no doubt about it. And the places from where we are pulling supplies (and services) will remain open as “essential” as well.
A big challenge on field days and fence days is physical distancing in the vehicles. We are making it work with less volunteers and an increased number of vehicles for transport. This is a must for the safety of our volunteers (and clients), but less volunteers means getting less done. We have a stash of antibacterial hand wipes, thank goodness!￼ And of course we are following the CDC and WHO guidelines otherwise. 🙌
Even at a reduced number of volunteers and animals helped, we are still providing essentials to those who need it and that (along with adhering to recommended safety precautions) is what’s important. 💟
As we continue our work, we are spending funds. We hope that you will see our efforts, realize our extremely limited ability to fund raise currently, and consider making a donation either through Paypal or mail. Please visit our website at www.howsproject.org to learn more about how you can donate. 🙏
If you are stuck at home wondering how else you could help, perhaps you can help us with a grant, online fundraiser, or some other sort of stay-home assistance! 😊
We are all in this together. Our concern for all of you is equal to that of the animals on our list. Let’s keep the health and well-being of everyone in mind as we muddle through all this. ☮️💟🐾
Team HOWS 03/21/2020... because animals in need still matter a whole lot during a human pandemic! ❤️🐕🐈
💪💪💪💪💪 Our team of LaAsia Thomas, Andrea Denton, Darlene Hinton, Karen Grubbs, and Stacey Norris kept our distance while working together to help Moonpie, Sister, two adorable yet unnamed hounds, Bella, and Patches receive much improved shelters. They, along with Lady, Lola, and (a second) Bella, also received much needed supplies like straw bedding, dog food, no-tip water buckets, and longer tethers (for Bella and Patches).
We added Bella and Patches to our spay/neuter list. And we acquired a new client — the neighbor of one of our clients with her two dogs, Daisy and Bo. These pups will soon receive HOWS houses as well as get spayed/neutered! 🙌🙌
While at our first stop, we learned our client’s inside dogs Baby Girl and Droopy have a terrible skin condition. 😞 We are working to get them to the vet soon. Their other lil inside dog, TT, also needs to see a vet soon. Poor thing is bloated and uncomfortable. 😞
There was a moment of extreme sadness today, when one of the dogs we visited attacked our client’s cat, Oreo. 😪 We rushed Oreo to VETSS emergency clinic, but her lil back was essentially broken, and the decision was made to euthanize. 😥 May you Rest In Peace sweet lil Oreo. 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊
It is so important that we continue to get to these priority animals in need￼ regardless of our current circumstances.￼ 💟
And it is equally important that we continue to be funded to do so.￼ We are a 100% volunteer organization￼￼, basically funded by private donors. With all of the crazy of what is going on in this world currently, there is concern as to how we can fund raise. We have put all events on hold.￼ no tabling. No exposure… We will continue to practice safety while getting boots on the ground. But we ask for your help to continue our efforts. Please consider a￼￼ donation through our PayPal account at www.howsproject.org￼
🚙🐾🐾 HOWS’ dynamic duo, Patti Binard and Debbie LaForest, teamed up for a day of transport to ensure that Strawberry and Beethoven made it to Old Dominion Animal Hospital to be vetted and spayed/neutered and then back home end of day! 🐕🐕
Both dogs had intestinal parasites and went home with medication. ￼Beethoven is also being treated for Lyme.￼ ￼
Their people are very grateful￼! And we are grateful for their interest in wanting to ensure they both got spayed/neutered￼￼.
Major kudos to the the staff at ODAH for making space for two surgeries the same day! 🤗 And equally major kudos to Patti and Debbie for taking a PTO day to help these babes! 🤗 HOWS is blessed to have such wonderfully compassionate and dedicated people at the ready to help outside dogs in need. ❤️🐾
A huge shout out to Alice Leigh for her most generous donation to The HOWS Project. With these kennel panels, several doggies will be able to be unchained and in a more comfortable environment. The HOWS Project requires that (4-legged) recipients be spayed and neutered. Win-Win, right?
Chubbs and Stripes — unchained and on their path to a furever (inside) home 🙌❤️🐕🐕 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾
These two adorable 1.5 year old pit/lab mixes have had a crazy week, each day new and better. Monday Chubbs and Stripes were surrendered to HOWS and transported by HOWS volunteer, Melanie Kelley Moreland, to Old Dominion Animal Hospital (ODAH). This was for certain their first car ride, and though a lil scary they were off the chain and together ❤️❤️ Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday they were neutered, vetted, and beginning to learn and appreciate the beauty of inside life while being boarded and cared for by the ODAH staff. 🙂 Yesterday they were transferred to the Orange County Animal Shelter (OCAS), starting the next leg of their journey. Though a small shelter, OCAS does a wonderful job with the animals in their care. We know Chubbs and Stripes are bound for the best of opportunities with their perfect companion(s). Thank you Gina Goldberg Jenkins for helping us help them. 🤗
If you would like to meet either (or both) of these two sweet boys, please visit the Orange County Animal Shelter at 11362 Porter Rd, Orange, Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday/Saturday 10am to 6pm. 🙏🐾🙏🐾🙏🐾🙏🐾🙏
Thank you Hounds O'HappyHollow, ODAH, and OCAS! It takes a village. Glad HOWS belongs to a compassionate and motivated one 😉💟🐕🙌