October 2016
Humanely Speaking
HSWCTN Newsletter

For most of my life, at least what I can remember, I have lived outside.  I remember sitting under the tree I was tied to watching and waiting for anyone to show me attention.  I didn't have any friends to play with, I had food and water but that's about it. Why couldn't I be part of a family? What did I do that was wrong?  


On adoption Saturdays, not only do our foster animals attend, but shelter animals do as well.  To assist the Washington County Animal Shelter with adoptions we take several of their dogs along with us and volunteers walk them around Petsmart meeting and greeting potential furever families.   Cider attended our most recent event and volunteers immediately fell in love with her. We had a foster home open up due to an adoption that day and Cider is now in a loving foster home with Angie Elkins.  During the adoption event we noticed a stain that encircled her neck.  As soon as she arrived in her foster home Cider received a bath and it was discovered that the stain around her neck could not be scrubbed away. Whatever she had been tied with, it had been there a very long time.  Angie reports that sweet Cider is becoming accustomed to living in a house, playing with with the other dogs and sleeping in bed with her foster mom, who says  "For the life of me, I can't figure out why she was tied to a tree."   

Monthly Giving
Become a Faithful Friend

Monthly giving is an easy way to help The Humane Society of Washington County and gives us a consistent stream of support for the animals in our care while offering them a second chance.   Your monthly contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card at the same time each month until you cancel. It's affordable for everyone.  Did you know if you give $20 per month that's only $5 per week?  $10 per month is $2.50 per week.  Monthly contributions ensure the pets in our program receive the every day care plus medical attention if needed as they wait to find their new loving furever homes  

Confessions of a Foster Mom
I am known in the fos ter/rescue community as someone who will take just about anything home.  My boyfriend has threatened to leave me many times over the amount
of animals I bring in at one time.  But, he's still here and so are the animals. 

Well, I remember this weekend very vividly because I had told my grandmother that I would not have any animals in my new car that weekend. It was the weekend I brought home 6 kittens "accidentally".  I had just bought my new Outlander the day before
and was running errands with  a friend when we decided to go to The Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter. They know me there. They know if I walk in, I'm most likely walking out with an animal pulled for foster.  This day was no different. 

We walked in and noticed they had 6 kittens in 2 adjoining cat condos. My mind immediately thought "I have room for them and I can take them home and that frees up space for more cats to come in." So, I told the shelter my intentions, got a hold of the proper people to tell them that it was okay, drove across town, picked up one of my carriers and came back. 

My boyfriend had called me shortly after I left the shelter to see what I was up to and I told him "well, congrats we now have 6 new kittens, and I love them".... He was less than thrilled. I got everyone home safely and let them into the "cat room" (it was formerly his "man cave") and began to choose new names to go along with their new lives.

Fostering Saves Lives

Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some of the animals need as little as two weeks of care while others may need up to three months. Fostering a homeless animal is an extremely rewarding experience.  By opening up your home to a dog, cat, puppy or kitten you are allowing us to save more and more animals in our county.  

In 2015 over 900 dogs, cats, kittens, puppies and other animals came into our foster program.  This year, as of September 31, 725 animals have already come through our program.  Of those, 489 have found their furever home and 236 are currently in foster care. We receive calls daily from individuals who can no longer care for their pets, or they got an animal that isn't working out in their home.  Shelters begin to get full and they ask if we can take animals so that they will not have to be euthanized.  Help us say, "yes,we can help". Apply to foster today and help us save more lives.  Read more.......

                   Cat Foster Home Application         Dog Foster Home Application

Happy Tails

This isn't a story of abuse or neglect.  This is a story of how "Happy Tails" are made.

When Gracie was brought into foster care, we had her spayed, got her up to date on all her vaccines, checked for heart worms, placed her on monthly Heartworm and Flea preventatives and posted her picture.  Within days applications began rolling in.  

Our adoption team immediately began reviewing the applications, checking veterinarian references, contacting references and interviewing potential families.  Our goal is to ensure that the animal fits with the family.  So many times we see animals that were purchased because they are cute or adopted from a shelter because they "thought" it was what they wanted.  We see people with labradors that grow up, husky puppies that grow up and who can resist a pittie puppy until they grow up.  Or, some families have larger dogs and a small dog doesn't  do well or vice versa.  When animals come into our program we want to give them the best chance at life that we possibly can........  Gracie got that chance.  

Gracie's family periodically sends updates to us and below is the latest:
"I wanted to send you an update on our little Gracie and how much we are enjoying havingher in our family. She has had her checkup with her veterinarian and her stitches out and is now up to date with all her shots, heart worm and flee/tick control. She is very ac tive now and has started playing with her toys (she would not play with them at first but I kept working with her). She can now sit, shake hands, speak, roll over and stay( most of the time). She loves being outside with us and will run and chase us and her new doggie friends. My grandson and Gracie are playing a lot together. She is seems to be very happy with u s and she is so loved. Thank you again for allowing us to adopt this wonderful little girl....she has brought so much to our lives. I have sent a couple of pictures for you."

"PS. She will take her first trip to Myrtle Beach next week...hopefully the hurricane will be gone and no problems."

Pets of the Month
Daisy and Selena - Mom and Daughter
Daisy is six years old and her daughter, Selena, is 4 years old.  They are extremely sweet and have been to several events, but sadly they still do not have their forever home.  Their human mom passed away and they were surrendered to The Humane Society.  They are currently in a foster home, but would really like to have a home they can call their own.  These two are very bonded and must be adopted together.  If you are interested in giving these two adorable girls a home, please complete the adoption application below.  Or if you have questions, email us at HumaneSociety.hswctn.org

Fiona - The Princess
This beautiful girl was surrendered to a local vet's office.  She had been shot in the chest and her leg was shattered.  Upon receiving notice, we transferred to our care and our vet amputated the right front leg. Fiona was front declawed when she arrived. She has been in a foster home receiving lots of love and care and is ready to move on to her forever home.  She prefers a home without cats, but she is okay with calm dogs.  
If you are interested in adopting Fiona, please click the link below for our adoption application.

Reasons To Spay Or Neuter Your Pet

1.     Spaying your female helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.  Spaying before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.  Your girl will live a longer, healthier and happier life.

2.    Neutering provides major health benefits for your male.  Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

3.    A spayed female won't go into heat.  While heat cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.  To advertise for mates, they will yowl and urinate frequently, sometimes all over the house.

4.     Neutering your male prevents him from roaming away from home.  A male left intact will do just about anything to find a mate.  They will dig under a fence and escape from the house at every opportunity.  Once he's free to roam, he could be injured in traffic and in fights with other males.

5.     Neutered males behave much better.  Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families.  Dogs and cats that have not been neutered may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house.  Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.  

Visit Our Online Store
Hard to believe it is October and it is only 76 days untill Christmas.  Our online store is up and running.  We have a selection of items available there and more coming soon. Have your items shipped to your home or pick up at our office. We accept all major credit cards.  We gift wrap too.

Our very first Humane Society of Washington County Calendar will be available for pre-sell in the next few weeks both in our office and online. They will be shipping in early November.  More information coming very soon.  

How You Can Help
Walk For A Dog

Are you a Pokemon Go participant?  Do you get out and walk your dog?  Put those steps to work for T he Humane Society of Washington County.  Download the app, Walk for a Dog from WoofTrax and encourage your friends to download and walk as well.  The more  people that walk, the more donations we receive from Wooftrax.  Here's how to get started, it's easy!

  1. Download the free app from www.wooftrax.com or search under your app store, Walk for a dog.
  2. Once downloaded, under set-up choose your state, Tennessee.
  3. Under shelter name type in - The Humane Society of Washington County.  Make sure you include THE.  
  4. Add a dogs name you walk with.
  5. You can check your impact and see how many walkers there are by clicking the heart at the bottom of the app on your phone.
  6. Donations are sent out quarterly, so let's get walking.  We will announce the funds raised for participating.
Remember, every time you are out walking your dog, use this app and help us help them.

Kroger Community Rewards
Are you a faithful Kroger shopper?  Have you registered your Kroger Card with the Kroger Community Rewards program?  If you haven't, it is EASY - follow these simple steps!

  1. Visit this website
  2. Sign in to your online account or create an account.
  3. Scroll down until you find the orange "Enroll"
  4. Find The Humane Society of Washington County (#88662) and click Save!

Everytime you shop at Kroger's and use your Plus Card, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the Humane Society of Washington County.  If you have been enrolled for a year, don't forget to re-enroll on Kroger's website under your account. (This year you have helped us raise over $1000.)




Amazon Smile  

 Do you shop on Amazon?  When you shop on Amazon, they give back to organizations LIKE US.  Want to get set up?  Follow the below instructions.


  1. Visit this website
  2. Search for The Humane Society of Washington County and click SAVE.
  3. That's it.  Start shopping.  While there, search for our WISH List and you can have the items shipped directly to us!


Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars Now
October 21, 7 - 9 pm
Fun for the entire family, especially furry 4 legged family members.  Come out an join us.

Car Wash
Head out to a 3 Minute Car Wash and wash your car.  Enter code 0911 and 30% of the sale automatically goes to support the animals of The Humane Society of Washington County.  
August 1st - November 1st

Sign up and become a volunteer today. Walk a dog or hangout with our cats at Petsmart.  Help at our Bark or Treat event, become part of our fund raising committee, our grant writing committee.  Become part of our legislative team and help change laws in our county.  Complete the Volunteer Application or visit our website for more information.

Join us at our next adoption event at Petsmart on Oct. 11 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. and find your furever family member.

It's been a busy year and thank goodness kitten season is finally behind for 2016.  We continue to see newborns but not as many as the summer.  Our Feral Cat Program is beginning to take off and we hope you will be on the look out for how you can help.  Did you know there are 40,000 community/feral cats in our area?  Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks we will be sharing more information about this program.  Once again, thank you for subscribing to Humanely Speaking and caring about the animals in our community. Remember, it takes a village to become a no-kill community and that village is growing every day.   



Lucinda Grandy, President
The Humane Society of Washington County