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Animals deserve a second chance

July 9, 2012
Morning Journal News


Untreated preventable medical issues have The Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC) asking for help.

Adoptions are down and many of the cats and dogs arriving at the shelter have medical issues that could have been prevented. Heartworm is a fatal and painful disease, caused by a mosquito bite, which can be prevented with simple monthly preventative care. Many times people are simply uneducated about heartworm and other diseases, which is sad. Last winter, three dogs came into the shelter through a humane case involving neglect. Two underwent treatment for heartworm and one for mammary gland tumors that resulted from not spaying the female pet. While they all have found wonderful homes, their vet bills were over $2,600 and their adoptions were delayed pending the outcome of their treatment.

The Humane Society of Columbiana County investigates concerns of cruelty and neglect throughout the county. Although the volunteer agents attempt to educate pet owners whenever possible when conditions reach a certain level of abuse or neglect HSCC takes possession of the pet. Prosecution of the pet owner often times results, but the restitution and fines rarely cover the cost associated with that pets care and medical costs.

HSCC maintains an active fundraising schedule and participates in over 50 outreach and fundraising events per year. Facebook has been a very valuable tool for HSCC. We get creative with our efforts, like a recent online auction which raised over $800 for medical bills.

HSCC adopted a "no-kill and no-suffering" policy in 2009. Prior to this, animals would have been euthanized instead of providing medical treatment and also for lack of space. HSCC President Jenny Pike says that the policy has been embraced by most supporters. "By far, the positive impact for all involved has been tremendous. The only negative aspect is the cost of doing business. Saving lives costs money."

Pike explains that HSCC works with several vets who do what they can to help. "Look, we all understand the vets are running a business. They have payroll, bills and mortgages just like we do, but we certainly appreciate any help we can get. But we need more financial help. We need the community to help us support the valuable service we provide."

The Humane Society of Columbiana County is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and maintains a shelter and office at 1825 S. Lincoln Ave. in Salem. It operates solely on private donations, is not funded with taxpayer dollars and is not affiliated with any national organization. Phone 330-332-2600 or go to or for more information or to arrange a speaker for your organization or social group.

Heather Jurina

Humane Society of Columbiana County




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