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Save the Date!
 Comedy Fix Benefit
Friday, April 11th @ Fireside Inn, Auburn
order tickets at comedyfixlive.com  
 
Paws for Pets Craft & Vendor Fair
Sunday, April 13th
@ Ramada Inn, Lewiston
 
2nd Annual Benefit Car Show
Saturday, May 10th
@ Moody's Collision Center, Lewiston
 
Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, June 19
@ Martindale County Club, Auburn
 
Strutt your Mutt &
Dash for Dogs 5K
Saturday, September 20
Location TBD


April 2014
Greetings Friends -
 

Welcome to our very first e-newsletter!  Out of respect for your 'inbox' our goal is to send out one per a month (although you may see a second one now and again advertising special events) sharing with you the happenings here at GAHS.  Maybe we'll even share a secret or two - one never knows!  We hope you enjoy them and thank you for being part of our animals lives.  

 

2013 Animal Update
"Live Release Rate"  What the heck is that?
 
First, ours is 96%! (Can we get a woo-hoo?!) The Live Release Rate is calculated by the sum of animals returned to their owner, adopted or transferred to another agency or rescue.  
 
What that means is of the 4,265 animals we received last year, 4,047 were placed or returned to their owner = 96% Live Release Rate.  While we make every attempt to treat illness and curb naughty temperament with behavior modification; unfortunately 41 died in our care (mostly newborn kittens) and 218 were euthanized due to extreme illness or deemed dangerous.      
 
How's Lilly?
You may have heard about Lilly in the news or read about her in the newspaper last month. This beautiful 9 year old Shepherd mix was taken ill with the highly infectious Parvovirus not too long after being surrendered to the Shelter. On one hand we are thankful that she was brought to us and received all the medical care necessary to recover from this horrible intestinal virus.

On the other hand, it is extremely difficult for us to budget for the emergency medical attention and intense treatments necessary to help animals like Lilly.  Thanks to the donations of many caring individuals Lilly recovered fully! 

Want to help other animals like Lilly?  Read about Izzy's (pictured above) life saving surgery here....Iggy's Dream 

 

Thank you PetSmart Charities!
In January GAHS was awarded a $68,400 grant from PetSmart Charities in support of our Targeted & Free Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Programs!  Through these programs qualifying individuals in Androscoggin County can have their cat spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies for just a $10 copay - and right now that co-pay is being sponsored by a generous donor!

Thanks to the success of these aggressive programs we offer our community,  since 2011 we have seen a 35% decrease in the number of cats and kittens coming into the Shelter.  Plus, kitten intake itself is down 38% over last year!  Just another way we are invested in our community and saving lives today and into the future.

To learn more about the Spay/Neuter Programs we offer visit the Financial Assistance page on our website.
Keep Calm and Adopt On T-shirts
We never expected that the t-shirts our staff and volunteers wore during the ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon in October would have been such a huge hit!  After many, many requests - you can order your very own "Keep Calm and Adopt On" T-shirt right here... 
and you'll even support our animal friends at the same time!
 

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society | (207) 783-2311 |info@gahumane.org |   SavingPetsInMaine.org
55 Strawberry Ave
Lewiston, ME 04240


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