June, 2015 
Lakes Region Humane Society Spring Newsletter

Dear Friend,
You are receiving this newsletter from the Lakes Region Humane Society because you expressed interest in our non-profit shelter by: adopting a pet, requesting a newsletter, attending an event or making a donation. THANK YOU for your support and interest. Please enjoy this extended, special edition, newsletter!

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 1stLRHS Fundraising GALA at  East of Suez Restaurant  in Wolfeboro. Join us at 5 pm for authentic Asian cuisine served family-style in a relaxed and seasonal setting. 


Saturday, July 18th - LRHS Basic Obedience, Nose Work and Advanced Obedience/Canine Good Citizen 6-week group, dog training classes begin. See "President's Letter" to learn more. Course descriptions & Registration forms             

Saturday, July 25th - Let us thank YOU at our 20 year Anniversary Extravaganza from 12-3 pm at LRHS. We will be giving tours, offering $20 adoption fees and providing guests with complimentary food, drinks and music. Come on by!

Saturday, August 15thLRHS is joining forces with Dr. Sue Haley of The Kindness Animal Hospital to offer a low cost rabies/distemper vaccination and microchipping clinic at LRHS from 10-2 pm. Please call ahead to make your pet's appointment. 

Friday, September 18th - Play "Fore" the Pets Golf Tournament at the Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro. $100 per player includes: breakfast, lunch, snacks, gift bags, 18 holes of golf with a cart and a plethora of quality raffle items. Inquire about becoming a major sponsor or tee sign sponsor to boost your business visibility. Photos from last year's event                           

Friday, September 18th - Helicopter Golf Ball Drop at the Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro. Purchase a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Ticket for $10 for a chance to win $1,000! If the golf ball with your ticket number lands in the hole or closest to the hole first, having been dropped from a chopper, you win! You do not have to be present to win. 

Saturday, October 3rd - Barn Bash 2015. This event takes place in an 1860's dairy barn atop Wolfeboro's Cotton Mountain. It includes a bountiful dinner, silent auction and live folk music. Space is limited to 46 guests. This is a BYOB event. Photos from last year's event

Sunday, December 6th - Holiday Dinner at O' Bistro in Wolfeboro. This dinner is $55 per person and includes light appetizers, dinner, dessert, awards ceremony, live music, silent auction and raffle prizes. Photos from last year's event

Marketing Opportunities 

LRHS is accepting advertisements for the 2015 Fall Newsletter. $100 entitles you to a business card size ad in 1 issue, $175 entitles you to a business card size ad in 2 issues. These newsletters are printed and mailed to over 2,200 local animal lovers.

                                                                                                    The eNewsletter is sent via Constant Contact, shared on the LRHS Facebook page and Website and is seen by thousands of pet owners!            

                                                                                              Contact Megan at 603-539-1077 or mfichter@lrhs.net

to inquire about advertising opportunities. 


President's Letter
The snow has finally melted and our lovely, long awaited summer has arrived! We look forward to a season of fun-filled events as we celebrate our 20 th anniversary as the Lakes Region Humane Society! The Board and Friends of LRHS have been busy planning this year's amazing fundraisers.     

I continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity of our donors and would like to take this opportunity to thank the families of E. Stan and Gladys Brown and Peg Kayser, all of whom made bequests to the Shelter this year. These heartfelt gifts make possible the expansion of services offered to the community and the animals. With your support, we continue to grow our "Saving Grace" fund which is used for the many animals who come to us with special medical needs as well as the enrichment of the dog behavior rehabilitation program.


I'm so pleased to see a great deal of participation in our new public Dog Obedience classes and hope you will join us as we expand the number of affordable training classes offered here at LRHS. Basic group training classes are just $125 and include 6, one hour classes. Classes are held weekly and range from Beginner Manners to Canine Good Citizen Certification. We offer private consultations for $60 per hour.


If you adopted your dog from LRHS and enroll in a training class within 3 months of adopting, or if you enroll 2 dogs in a class, you will be awarded $25 off your first group class or private consultation. 


click here for dog training registration forms 

click here for a schedule of upcoming classes  


If you have questions feel free to call or email our Certified Dog Trainer, Louise Daigle, at:



The Board of Directors, staff and animals who pass through the doors of "The Little Shelter with a Big Heart", thank you for all you do for us.




Ivette Babylon, President, LRHS Board of Directors


Below: Ivette Babylon with her dogs, Camden & Misty.


LRHS Director Voted Business Person of the Year!

Did you know that the Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) voted our Director, "Business  Person of the Year" last fall?

                                                                                                    Said GOACC President, Sarah Anderson, "Megan has brought a greater community awareness to the Humane Society by becoming  an active participant within the Greater Ossipee Area and the Chamber of Commerce. Megan brings a friendly face, willing participation and fresh, young, professional ideas to our business community...Megan gives back to her community, supports her fellow business owners and always has a kind word of encouragement to all".          


Below: 2014 GOACC President, Sarah Anderson (left) and 2014 GOACC VP, Joe Ferreira present LRHS Director, Megan Fichter with the Business Person of the Year award.                 

New Multipurpose Room 

LRHS's long time goal of transforming the attic into a usable space has been met! With the help of grants       generously awarded by the Madelaine G. Von Webber Trust, Meredith Village Savings Bank and Cogswell Benevolent Trust, LRHS has begun renovations to the attic.

This new space will be used to hold year round dog training classes, as an  exercise and enrichment space for LRHS dogs during cold months, as a place for adopters to meet and relax with a shelter dog during bad weather, and as an additional meeting and event space.

Below, inside and outside photos of renovations.

No More Surrender Fees!

LRHS is no longer charging surrender fees for residents of our contracted Towns: Ossipee, Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro and Effingham.                      

If  a stray pet  is brought into LRHS by a Good Samaritan or a Police Dept. ,  the owner will still be responsible for providing proof of ownership, proof of rabies vaccination (for dogs)  and paying the LRHS kenneling fee plus any Town fines charged by Police.     

Surrenders from towns that are not  contracted with LRHS are subject to  surrender fees.


It is our hope that by waiving surrender fees we will observe fewer unclaimed strays and gain a truthful understanding of a pet's history, both behaviorally and medically.


LRHS encourages owners to do the right thing by surrendering their pets honestly, safely and responsibly.

LRHS Board of Directors

Ivette Babylon - President

Susan Raser, V.P.

Joanna Fuller, V. P.

Karen Coan, Treasurer

Katie Adjutant, Secretary

Carla Copeland

Mardy Fulgham

Carole Hunt

Linda Pacheco 

Lindy Viscio

Joanne Walsh 

Holly Williams


Advisors to the Board

Jim Allan

Judy Lawless

Jane Milligan 

Barbara Schmidt

V. Richard Ward Jr., Esq.

Linda Williams 

Contact Us: 
Lakes Region Humane Society 




PO Box 655, Ossipee, NH 03864

11 Old Rt. 28, Ossipee, NH 03864 

Cheyenne's Story  
Cheyenne was surrendered on 10/17/13. She i a bright and agile dog, so agile in fact that on her first night at LRHS she  escaped from her kennel and was found strutting around the halls in the morning (we have since installed tops on our kennels). Like many intelligent, energetic dogs, Cheyenne displayed frustration at being confined. She would lunge at her cage bars, bark, growl and appear unfriendly to adopters.

Cheyenne is a "prey-driven" dog who loves to chase cats and is prone to nipping when she becomes over stimulated. On 4/12/14, after 6 months at LRHS, Cheyenne was adopted, but after 3 days in her "forever home," Cheyenne was returned having bitten a visitor to the home on the hand due to over-stimulation, otherwise known as too much too fast.


Cheyenne had been difficult to place before she was burdened with a bite history; then, on top of everything else, she tested  positive for Lyme disease. LRHS worked with The Kindness Animal Hospital to remedy this issue. LRHS promoted Cheyenne on Facebook, Community TV, Newspapers, Posters, the website and by taking her on community outings but still, by December of 2014, she had yet to find a home.


If you had the privilege of meeting Cheyenne, you would learn that she had some drawbacks, yes, BUT she had many more positive attributes than negative. Cheyenne was soft, quiet, and playful and enjoyed swimming, car rides and any exercise she could get-we even trained her to walk on a treadmill! After 12 months, LRHS decided it was time to ask for outside help. We reached out to other Humane Societies, Rescues, and Animal Sanctuaries to see if anyone might take her in and have better luck placing her. Due to her bite history, her options were limited, but the Conway Area Humane Society agreed that she was adoptable and pledged to transfer her to their shelter on Jan. 3rd of 2015.


On January 2nd, a couple walked into LRHS and fell in love. After a 3 hour visit with Cheyenne, they were hooked and decided they could not leave without her. This couple lives off the beaten path, has no other pets or children and according to them, "seldom have visitors because they don't like people". Rest assured, LRHS was fully transparent in regards to Cheyenne's history and even required them to sign a special "full disclosure waiver" before officially adopting Cheyenne.

                                                  Cheyenne's success story is credited to our donors who provide LRHS with the funds needed for long term care and the continuation of our dog Behavior Rehabilitation Program. Our Professional Trainer and seasoned Kennel Technician never gave up hope for Cheyenne. They provided her with the training, structure, love and mental stimulation that she needed to succeed in a difficult kennel environment for well over a year.


Cheyenne's adopters recently gave us an update and emphatically stated, "Cheyenne is the most perfect dog for us. We are absolutely in love with her. She has made herself right at home and goes everywhere with us. We hope that  future adopters do not overlook pets who may have an unsavory history because with the right training, support and patience, these dogs can excel. Please don't give up on them!"


Pet Education Station

Low Cost Spay/N euter Program
Rozzie May is a non-profit organization that specializes in low cost spay, neuters, and vaccinations in the state of NH and in Western ME.

Ask Your Vet About...             Flea and tick preventives such as Frontline, Vectra or Revolution which are key in providing your pet extra protection against pesky, disease carrying, ticks and insects.

Reports of Lyme Disease in people and pets has been on the rise in NH. Ask your Vet about the Lyme Disease Vaccination for your dog! Sorry owners, this vaccination is not available to humans, yet. 

Heartworm pills should be administered orally each month, all year round. These pills can be obtained from your Vet. Mosquitoes carry Heartworms, and a simple bite can transmit the Heartworms to your pet. 

General Pet Care & Cost    ASPCA Dog Care Guidelines           ASPCA Cat Care Guidelines

Celebrating John Morgan,
written by Linda Pacheco 

John Morgan, who served LRHS over the last six years as Vice-President, Treasurer, Board member and Advisor, passed away recently at his winter home in Mesa, Arizona. John is best remembered as a humble gentleman who was a calming presence and a voice of quiet reason when dealing with LRHS business; when LRHS needed seed money to jump start a project, John became a passionate man who demonstrated his belief time and time again in the mission of saving shelter pets.


John is memorialized on a plaque in the shelter office as a recipient of the Maurice Herbert Award for     exceptional service to LRHS. In the words of Jane Milligan, who also honored John with her President's Award, "He was a behind the scenes guy who made a significant impact wherever he went".

Remembering Peg Kayser, written by Linda Pacheco

Even before LRHS relocated to its current facility in Ossipee, Peg Kayser volunteered to take on a huge piece of the Shelter's business. She designed databases to track  animal statistics and to compile the hours volunteers spent at the Shelter. Spending at least two hours a week on site and many more at her Alton home, her work became a very important piece of information that was published each year in the Annual Report. Recognized for her exceptional service to LRHS, Peg was awarded the Maurice Herbert Award in 2009.


Ill health forced Peg to end her volunteer efforts in 2013, but she is remembered by those who knew her as an exceptional woman, a "no frills" personality with a strong work ethic and a kind and caring nature. Peg Kayser passed away recently, but her memory will live on in the generous donation that she bequeathed to LRHS.