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If you would like to share books about kindness to animals with children at this reading level, may we suggest:

“A reading challenge for second graders?” Our latest community partnership may have you scratching your head, but now nearly 750 Hilliard City School students understand the work of the Capital Area Humane Society and the importance of being kind to animals. We call that a win and the Hilliard Board of Education does, too! Like all of our community partnerships, we aimed to make this humane education program mutually beneficial. So when Hilliard City Schools said they wanted a new way to make reading exciting for second graders in preparation for the State’s third grade reading guarantee, we stepped up to the challenge and piloted “Humane Hilliard.” Staff and volunteers from the Humane Society kicked off the reading program at each school by reading Buddy Unchained, an age-appropriate true story about a dog rescued by a humane agent and brought to a Humane Society to find a new home. One school, Brown Elementary, got a special surprise—author/illustrator and Humane Society dog walking volunteer, Brad Mavis also read his book, I Think My Dog Might Be A Dinosaur! Students in each participating school were issued a reading goal ranging from 15-20 minutes per evening through the duration of the challenge. Once they reached their goal, the Humane Society’s mobile adoption and rescue vehicle, MARV (and several cats, dogs and others) was there to

Buddy Unchained, by Daisy Bix A Home for Nathan, by Finn Rizer Mrs. Crump’s Cat, by Linda Smith & David Roberts Max Talks to Me, by Claire Buchwald “Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate, by Bob Graham Maggie’s Second Chance, by Nancy Furstinger Freckles & Willie, by Margery Cuyler Duncan and Delores, by Barbara Samuels Call the Horse Lucky, by Juanita Havill & Nancy Lane I Think My Dog Might Be a Dinosaur, by Brad Mavis

celebrate with the students. “It was a rewarding experience in many ways, especially seeing how many of the children, even at this young age, were concerned about the safety and welfare of animals,” said Brad Mavis, CAHS volunteer and author. “Kids love pets and I can’t think of a better way to get them to read than to offer them the opportunity to meet dogs, cats and rabbits from the Capital Area Humane Society,” said Claudia Ruedrich, a Capital Area Humane Society volunteer who read to students at Norwich Elementary. Are you a second grade teacher interested in the reading program? Have your principal contact us at questions@ to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE — August 9, 2014 Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Scioto Audubon Metro Park 400 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215 Registration opens at 7am Race starts at 8am

What’s Inside?

$25 per person until August 1 $30 after August 1 $35 Day-Of $25 for CAHS members $5 per dog with registered runner Visit to register.

Letter from the Executive Director Dr. Ian Dunbar

All proceeds of the event benefit the Capital Area Humane Society’s Cruelty Investigations Program. For more information, email Emilie Zion, Development Manager, at [email protected] or call (614) 777-7387 ext. 242.

Sweet Success

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Dunlap * President Laurie Marsh * Vice President Jeanne Tierney * Second Vice President Ted Stimson * Treasurer Trish Elkind * Secretary Tod Beckett, DVM J. Quinn Dorgan Matt Hall Linda Lord, DVM Scott Morgan Sherri Orr Norm Rankin Brant Rhoad * Barbara K. Shepard Steven P. Shepard Linda Stickney * Lisa Swartzwelder Denny Tishkoff * * Executive Committee Member

MANAGEMENT TEAM Rachel D.K. Finney, CAWA Executive Director Scott Baxter Animal Care Manager Megan Hider Customer Care Manager Lawrence Hill, DVM Assistant Professor

Letter from the Executive Director Dear friends, The staff and volunteers of the Capital Area Humane Society (580 strong!) are achieving remarkable things and this is a very exciting time! When I sat down to pen this letter, I couldn’t fathom how to fit all the good news on one page. In this issue, you’ll see page after page of sweet success stories for the animals in our care. You’ll learn about the creative ways we are working to save the lives of thousands of cats and dogs (and more than 25 other species) in need and you’ll even get a special invitation Rachel and Buttercup to join us for a new feline fete, “Kitty Palooza.” Our generous community makes it possible for us to think creatively and act immediately to protect animals. Ninety percent of our funding comes from charitable giving and fees for services like adoption. It’s our donors and supporters that help us to grow and expand our offerings to meet the demands of more than 10,000 Central Ohio animals in need. Speaking of our generous community, just last week we received notice that we are a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. The donor did not make his plans known to us before he passed away. His gift is going to make several new and life-saving initiatives for animals possible this year. How I wish I had gotten the chance to share this good news with him! Friends, if you are considering a legacy gift of any amount to the Capital Area Humane Society, please let us know. This is an opportunity for you to envision the success that your gift will create. We can dream it together. Knowing that your wishes are coming true with our every action makes each success we achieve for animals and their people even sweeter.

OSU Shelter Rotation Mary Hiser Communications Manager Jessica Kendro Volunteer Programs Manager Kerry Manion Chief Humane Agent

Rachel D.K. Finney, CAWA Executive Director

Tara Pahl Assistant Customer Care Manager Jennifer Steinhoff Assistant Animal Care Manager Sarah Tayse, CAWA Veterinary Services Manager Emily Walz, DVM Staff Veterinarian Lori Williams Emilie Zion Development Manager


3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court Hilliard, OH 43026 Twitter @CapAreaHumane

Finance Manager


Pawsitive Scoop A publication of the Capital Area Humane Society


Call (614)777-7387 Ext. 250 – to report animal cruelty, neglect or abandonment Ext. 208 – Admissions Ext. 218 – Adoptions Ext. 240 – Dog Behavior Training Classes Ext. 280 – Directions to the shelter (recording) Ext. 249 – To Volunteer Ext. 233 – Special Events Ext. 221 – To Make a Gift

Dr. Ian Dunbar is visiting Columbus!

Meet the winner of Pet Stars Columbus! Our friends at Rite Rug Flooring co-sponsored the contest, which asked Central Ohio pet parents to enter a photo of their pet. The top five photos (as determined by Rite Rug and CAHS) were put up for a vote on social media. One-year-old Macy the Golden Retriever is the winner! She will appear in a future Rite Rug print ad, and will also receive a $100 gift card to the Capital Area Humane Society’s Bells & Whiskers retail store.

Veterinarian, animal behaviorist and dog trainer, Dr. Ian Dunbar has authored numerous books and DVDs about puppy/dog behavior and training. In 1982, Dr. Dunbar designed and taught the world's very first off-leash puppy socialization and training classes, SIRIUS Puppy Training. Subsequently, he developed the San Francisco SPCA's Animal Behavior Department, started the American Kennel Club's Gazette "Behavior" column and founded the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Currently Dr. Dunbar is the Scientific Director for www., a free online, multi-media educational website for puppy and dog owners. Friday evening from 7-9pm he will present a short lecture at the Capital Area Humane Society about “Dog Behavior and Training Problems.” Registration is $25 and benefits the Capital Area Humane Society. Registration is available via www.cahs-pets.

org/about-us/calendar-ofevents. He will present a seminar on Saturday, June 21 from 5:309:30pm at the Capital Area Humane Society, called “New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression.” Cost is $120, with group discounts available for five or more registrations. This seminar is for people only (no dogs). Registration is available at https://www.jamesandkenneth. com/store/show/COH-010. (There is also a link on the CAHS website.) On Sunday, June 22, a session will be presented for Veterinary Practitioners at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus West. Cost is $150 and registration is available via Dr. Dunbar’s website: www. show/COH-011. Dr. Dunbar’s visit is co-sponsored by Sandy Gerace/All About Pet Services.

Macy lives in Powell with her people. Her mom, Melanie, says “Macy is half American golden and half English golden which is why she is so light. Macy is a very fun and lovable pup. She loves to play fetch with a ball inside or out. She just loves going bye bye in general - enjoys going to the park and meeting new people and other dogs. Everyone who meets her just falls in love with her personality. She loves (of course) having her belly rubbed. My daughters love playing hide ‘n seek with her and letting Macy find them. She is very good at that game!” Thank you to Rite Rug Flooring for their continued support of the Capital Area Humane Society and to all of our friends who participated in the contest.

Dr. Ian Dunbar


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At the Capital Area Humane Society, we say the pets in our care are “happy with us but home with you.” These are updates from the families of pets who were recently adopted.

We have renamed Barbie to Hali, & she is doing great! She’s super smart, knows sit, lay, stay, shake & kiss! She loves all of her puppy toys, car rides, walks, trips to PetsMart & cuddling in bed! She has made a few puppy friends & loves to play! We just love her!

Bear is doing really well; he didn’t respond to the name Bear very well so it was changed to Jax and he responds A LOT better. He has settled in amazingly and is doing great. He loves going to dog parks, and swimming we found out! He plays non-stop and is full of energy! Couldn’t ask for a better friend or dog. Thank you so much for the easy process and helping me find a new member of our family!

Idina is doing wonderfully! My 3-yearold son renamed her to “Catarina”, and I gave her the middle name of Rose. She is an absolute darling — we could not have asked for a sweeter, more gentle cat. She has quickly become a much-loved member of our little family. I am continually amazed at how affectionate she is, and she greets us every evening at the front door. I feel so fortunate to have found and rescued Catarina. We love her!

Sebastian is very talented — prays to the ceiling fan while sitting like a gopher. Thank you again, I feel blessed to have found him.

He (Steele) is doing great! We renamed him Charlie and he is already answering to it (kind of). He seems to be adapting well. He loves walks and he is a lap dog — once he finally tires out! We are very happy with Charlie!




Hi, Sherlock is doing great; he hasn’t had one accident on the floor. He is nippy but I think it will lessen as he learns to respect and trust us. I am teaching him to “circle.”

Everything is going very well with Sophie! We actually decided to change her name to Nala as we felt it fit her brave personality more so than Sophie. She met our vet, Dr. Allen, for her first appointment last night and everything went great. She’s very healthy and growing like a weed. Our other dog, Chloe, is getting along great with her. They play very well together. Nala/Sophie is learning very quickly (sitting, crate training, bathroom) and we continually work with her on improving her manners (both eating manners and social manners). Thank you for allowing us to adopt her!

Kitty Palooza! That’s what we call 10 Central Ohio organizations joining us to adopt out cats! This adoption event will take place on Sunday, June 8 from Noon-2pm at the Capital Area Humane Society. Participating will be: • A Purrfect Start • Black and Orange Cat Foundation • Capital Area Humane Society • CHA Animal Shelter • Colony Cats

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Columbus Pet Rescue Cozy Cat Cottage Friends for Life Pet Promise Perfect Pet Adoption Center

Each group will follow their respective adoption application procedures and will set their own adoption fees. This is a great opportunity to meet the kitty of your dreams!

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Resources We receive calls every day asking for low-cost spay/neuter services. Please start by consulting your veterinarian, as maintaining an ongoing relationship with a veterinary practice for regular wellness exams and immunizations is the best way to keep your pet happy and healthy over their lifetime. If you don’t have a veterinarian or specifically need low-cost service, the following list is provided as a resource and does not imply endorsement by the Capital Area Humane Society. If you are a provider of low-cost spay/neuter services who would like to be added to this list, please email [email protected].

CHA Animal Shelter

Free spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, and physical exam for pit bulls and pit mixes living in Franklin County. No application and no restrictions. Call 614-891-5280 or email pitbull@ to make an appointment!

Capital City Spay & Neuter Clinic 2752 Sawbury Blvd Columbus 43235 (614) 761-7551

Care Pet Clinic

785 E. Main St Columbus, OH 43205 (614) 252-4353

Pet Solutions of Columbus

852 E. Hudson St. Columbus, OH 43211 (614) 262-4353

Pet Wellness Mobile Vet Clinic (614) 537-1322

Rascal Animal Hospital

(open 24 hours) 5830 Britton Parkway Dublin, OH 43016 (614) 791-7729 Also operates Rascal Mobile Unit

The Ohio Spay/Neuter Project by Columbus Dog Connection

SOS of Ohio Spay & Neuter Clinic

2761 Johnstown Rd Columbus, OH 43219 (614) 471-9000

(offers same-day service for feral cats until 3pm) 691 E. Dublin-Granville Rd Columbus, OH 43229 (614) 396-8707

Pet Concern

The Spay/Neuter Clinic

5322 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214 (614)885-3186

3136 S. Hamilton Rd Columbus, OH 43232 (614) 367-9933


Dog and Puppy Behavior Training Classes! Spend quality time with your BFF and develop skills that will benefit you both for years to come! Our positive-based behavior training classes are available to the public as well as animals adopted from the Capital Area Humane Society. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, with Puppy Class at 6:45pm for puppies age 12 weeks to 6 months. New puppies may start any week. Dog class is at 8:00pm for dogs 6 months of age and older and runs in a traditional 6-week format with a start and end date. New sessions begin July 9 and September 3. Cost is $95 for general public, or $80 for animals adopted from CAHS, members, staff or volunteers of 100+ hours. Did you know our classes are taught by experienced trainers who volunteer their time so that 100% of the class fee supports the work of the Capital Area Humane Society? This is an incredible contribution of their skills. Visit for additional information and online registration or call (614)777-7387 ext. 240 to leave a message for a volunteer leader.





The estates of Anonymous, Alma Adams, Judith Harrison, Reynold Klages, Helen Rader, Reva Smart and Mildred Weaver for including planned gifts for the animals. Our Capital Area Humane Society volunteers who contributed 44,771 hours during 2013! Rumpke Waste & Recycling for donating receptacles for our events throughout the year. Brad Mavis for his drywall and painting services to repair water damage. The training hall looks great! TBR Office Supplies for working with us to secure affordable, new tables for our training hall and to the special donor who funded the purchase. Atlas Butler for contributing for every appointment booked during the Winter Games.


Koorsen Fire & Security and team for helping us survive the “polar vortex.” For their support of the replacement and upgrade of the Capital Area Humane Society’s technology infrastructure: • Anonymous •

The Alice & Robert Estrich Fund, Ferne Zetty- All for Animals Fund and Elizabeth Simons Fund of the Columbus Foundation.

The All Life Foundation

• CompuCorp

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio for their employee “dress down” day proceeds. Central Ohio Retractable Screens for working with us to create window treatments for our animal care areas.

PetPeople for collecting a record $13,572 in “Hearts for Paws” contributions from customers in their eight Central Ohio stores.

Michael Swepston for Atlas Butler Huntington employees for volunteering their time on Martin Luther King Day. Matt Gall for using his pastry chef skills to provide yummy treats for our events.

Al Laus, Director of Photography

Longstride, Anthony Trimpe, Greg Beck and Noel Ang

The Shipyard

PREMI E RE PARTNE RS Thank you for your support as a Diamond Paw Corporate Member

Dr. Shelly Long/ Healthy Pets of Bren-Lor for their veterinary support for cats from a cruelty hoarding case.

Huntington employees

David Ruedrich and Nick Igel for constructing feral cat shelters. Kaia Browning and Chelsey Plater for providing rescue placement for 20+ rats.

Thank you to Pet Butler, the Capital Area Humane Society’s Official Pet Waste Removal Service

The Ohio Pet Fund for awarding a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support feline spay and neuter surgeries. Nationwide Insurance Foundation for awarding a grant in the amount of $5,000 for emergency animal sheltering for pets of displaced families.


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shown), had a joint birthday party and asked for supply items and donations for the animals in lieu of presents.




Cash and Tatum K., along with their friend James D. (not


Ms. Shauna with our Kristin G. at The Buckeye Ranch – Bonner Academy at Cross Creek Day Treatment.

The students raised $163 from selling homemade Valentine’s Day cards. Their original hope was to raise at least $30. F





Two kindergarten classes at St. Catharine School collected 119 cans of cat food to donate to the animals. This service project was to celebrate the 100th day of school.

These ladies collected

food for the animals as part of “Random Acts of Kindness.” E











Taylor and Tristin P.

celebrated one of the first warm days by running a lemonade stand to benefit the animals!

Owen M. donated his earnings from pet sitting to help the animals (with a matching donation from Mom)! Wren celebrated her 7th

birthday by collecting items for the animals.


Haley celebrated her birthday by asking for presents for the animals.


Katie B. celebrated her birthday by asking for toys for the dogs.


Girl Scout Troop 206 from Ridgewood Elementary

held a supply drive for the animals (shown here with adoptable Wilbur P. Bacon and Customer Care Asst. Manager Tara Pahl.) L

Eliza W. asked for supply items for the animals to celebrate her 10th birthday!


Caroline W. collected food and

treats for the animals to celebrate her 11th birthday!

Landon and Hayden H.

adopted a cat named “Yoda” from Capital Area Humane Society last year and renamed him Charlie. Adopting a kitten was such a positive experience that the two boys (twins) asked for donations for their 11th birthday instead of presents! In addition to money, they brought in a car load of things like different foods, peanut butter, snacks, toys, bully sticks, litter, bleach, paper towels, etc.






Adina collected monetary donations for the animals. Olivia celebrated her 11th birthday by asking for donations for the animals. Julia and her family held a

bake sale at Friendship Crossfit and delivered supply items for the animals plus over $500 in donations!

Temple Israel School

collected toys, treats and bandannas for “Lend a Helping Hand Day.”