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Rutland County Humane Society

RCHS Gets Support in Many Ways – Here are Easy Ways You Can Help

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) is fortunate to get a lot of community support and there are many people who want to help our organization and the animals we care for. Here are a few easy ways supporters can help RCHS. Drop clothes and shoes off at the Planet Aid bin at JRs in Pittsford and RCHS will get funds per pound donated. Search online using Good Search and/or iGive and RCHS will get money each time you search and/or shop through their participating businesses. Sell items on eBay and you can designate a percentage to go to RCHS through their Mission Fish program. Drop redeemable bottles and cans in the shed at the RCHS shelter in Pittsford or at Green Mountain Bottle Redemption at the Howe Center in Rutland. Just tell them they're for RCHS. Donate used ink toner cartridges to RCHS - we get discounts at Staples for those turned in. Donate old cars and.or boats (working or not) through Cars 4 Causes and Boats 4 Causes and RCHS will get a percentage. Donate your spare change in the dog banks many local merchants have on their counters. Your spare change can help save a life. Please thank the merchant for supporting the animals. To learn more about any of these programs visit www.rchsvt.org or contact the RCHS Business Office at 483.9171. "Howling Halloween" at the Rutland County Humane Society!

Join the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS)

for a "Howling Halloween" on Sunday, October 28 from 12 pm - 3 pm at the RCHS shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford. Bring your dog along for refreshments, games, treats and haunted trail tours - oh, and lots of fun for everyone. Don't forget your costumes, too! This is our second Halloween celebration and it's sure to be a great time. If you have any questions please call the RCHS shelter at 483.6700. Join us for a scary good time!

THE RUTLAND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
PETS OF THE WEEK

BUDDY

BUDDY

7 year old. Neutered Male. Tri-Colored Shorthaired American Shelter Dog. 36 lbs.

I am a lively, happy-go-lucky dog who LOVES a good squeaky toy! I am a lot of fun to play with as I know SIT and DROP and will fetch for you! I am looking for a new home because my family was moving and couldn’t take me with them. They originally adopted me from RCHS 5 years ago! My family said I was very good with children and social with all people! The staff here agrees . . . I like to take my chew bones and toys and cuddle right up with you! I have not lived with other animals in my previous home so it may take me a while to adjust if you already have dogs or cats. One last thing . . . you’ll notice that I am on the chubby side . . . I do take my food seriously and don’t like to be disturbed while eating so I want everyone to be aware of that. I guess it’s only fair to mention that I could stand to lose a few pounds too! Please consider taking me home if you like a medium sized dog with a big dog presence!



    MAGIC

MAGIC

1 year old. Spayed Female. Domestic Short Hair Black w/White. 7 lbs.

I am an outgoing little stray who arrived July 27 from Pawlet. I am quite happy with how things have turned around for me. This is quite a place! I am getting my own spot here at the shelter and the service is spectacular. A staff member brought me a big round soft bed and I have been lying on my side making happy feet ever since. Boy, I hope I have one of these in my new home. If you have a little room and would like a sweet girl like me, I am eager for you to visit.


November is Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month!
Do you know that older dogs and cats make wonderful pets? They are more likely to be house trained and they are typically calmer than younger animals. Additionally, their behaviors and personalities are usually already established! If you are thinking of adopting an animal, please consider an older one. And if you're 55 years old or older and adopt an animal 5 years old or older from the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS), there is no adoption fee! The program is RCHS's Senior-to-Senior program. To learn more about the program or to find out what senior animals are available for adoption please call the RCHS Shelter at 483.6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org.


 

Kitten Supplies Needed at RCHS

Please help the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) take care of our new arrivals this Summer.  Last year we took in over 500 kittens and it looks like we'll see that many this year as well.  We need lots of supplies to care for these little ones which will allow them to grow strong and healthy so they can be placed in forever homes.  Items our kittens need include powdered kitten KMR formula, nursing bottles, dry & canned kitten food, litter pans, toys, heating pad and monetary donations.  If you'd like to help the animals with a purrfect donation, kitten supplies would be it!  If you have any questions please contact the shelter at 483.6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org.


Benefit Wines Benefit the Animals at the Rutland County Humane Society!

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) is proud to partner with Benefit Wines providing a tasty and enjoyable way for people to help support our homeless pets in need.  A portion of each sale is donated to RCHS.  This delightful wine makes a great gift for any occassion or to enjoy with family and friends year round.  There are six fabulous varieties to choose from.  If you can't decide which one to buy, don't worry!  Benefit Wines also sells a Collectors Package of all six wines!  Our cute wine labels feature some of the pets that have been adopted from the Rutland County Humane Society.  To learn more or to order and help RCHS please visit our website at www.rchsvt.org.


 Summer Dates for Free Transportation to Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for Rutland County Cats!


Donated Cars and Boats Can Help Homeless Animals

Do you have a car or boat you no longer want?  Maybe its trade-in value is lower than you thought.  Maybe your car or boat doesn't run at all!  If you've got a car or boat you don't want anymore, please consider donating it to the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) to help the homeless animals in Rutland County.  RCHS partners with Cars 4 Causes and Boats 4 Causes which specialize in car and boat donations for charities.  What a great way to help out the animals!  For more information please visit the RCHS website at www.rchsvt.org or call the RCHS business office at 483.9171.


Don't forget to license your dog! 

It's that time of year again so the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind you to license your dog!  You'll need to have them up-to-date on their rabies shot so please check with your veterinarian and make an appointment, if necessary.  Did you know that Vermont state law requires all cats to have their rabies shots, too?  If you're not sure, please check with your vet to make sure your dog and cat are up to date on their shots!


The Animals at RCHS Need Supplies!

As you can imagine, the staff at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) goes through a lot of supplies feeding and caring for the animals in the shelter.  We are currently in need of certain items so if you'd like to make a donation for the animals they'd really appreciate it!  The shelter needs dishwashing soap, hi-efficiency laundry detergent, 33 gallon trash bags, paper towels, toilet paper, pig ears, large rawhide bones and bedding for the animals (new or used comforters, quilts, blankets, sheets and towels).  The animals and staff would be very appreciative of donations of any of these items!  If you have any questions please contact the shelter at 483.6700.  Thank you for your continued support!


 Honoring a Loved One

Throughout our lives, people and animals often become important to us and make a great impact.  There are many ways to remember or honor these special individuals.  One way is to make a donation in their name to Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS).  For animal lovers, a terrific holiday or birthday gift might be a donation to RCHS.  A donation is a great way to remember a favorite pet or family member who meant a lot to you.  Joyous occasions, such as birthdays and weddings, are other reasons to donate.  When someone asks you what you want as a gift, suggest a donation to RCHS!  So next time you're thinking about the "purrfect" gift for a loved one, please remember the homeless animals at RCHS.  Your donation can really make a difference!  If you have any questions about donating to RCHS please call us at (802) 483.9171 or visit our website at www.rchsvt.org.


 Volunteer Opportunities at the Rutland County Humane Society

Would you like to make a difference in the life of a homeless animal?  If so, please consider becoming a volunteer at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS).  Volunteer opportunities include dog and cat socializing, fostering animals, transporting pets to spay/neuter appointments, helping staff with special events, helping staff with mailings and distributing posters.  Volunteer orientations are held at RCHS on a monthly basis and all new volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to joining us.  The first step is to fill out a Volunteer Application which you can get on the RCHS website (www.rchsvt.org) or you can pick one up at the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford.  Please note, in order to volunteer at RCHS you need to be 18 years old or older.  If you have any questions about volunteering at RCHS please contact Jessica at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it We hope you will explore joining us as a volunteer at RCHS.  Many of our volunteers have told us how rewarding the experience is and all of our animals tell us how much they appreciate the volunteers!


Lots of Kittens Available for Adoption at RCHS!

It's kitten season at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) and we currently have over 30 young felines available for adoption!  We've got long-haired kittens, short-haired kittens, boy-kittens, girl-kittens and all types of colors to choose from.  All of our kittens are spayed or neutered and in need of lifelong homes.  Kittens are wonderfully entertaining and full of spirit and will keep you company through the years ahead!  Please contact RCHS at 483.6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org to learn more about which kittens are available for adoption.


Redeemable Bottles and Cans Help the Animals!

Did you know that you can drop off your redeemable bottles and cans at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) and help the animals?  Thanks to generous folks in our community, we now have a new, dry and secure shed for supporters to drop off redeemable bottles and cans.  GE volunteers and 4 handy RCHS volunteers made it a reality for us.  The shed is located at the back of the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford.  Those nickels all add up so please drop off your redeemables!  If you have any questions please call RCHS at 483.6700.  The animals say thanks!


RCHS can help withstray and feral cats.

 Do you have stray, feral or abandoned cats near your home or workplace?  Do you see them when you're out running errands and especially when you're out at night?  Are you currently feeding stray cats?  If so, the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) can help.  RCHS is working with communities around the county to help identify areas where abandoned cats are living and to work with volunteers on a population control program called Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), in which stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, vaccinated against rabies and sterilized.  They are then returned to their familiar habitats under the lifelong care of volunteers.  If you know where these cats are living or want to learn more, please contact Jessica at 483.9171 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


It’s “Spay the Mom” Season at the Rutland County Humane Society! 

There’s nothing cuter than kittens and puppies. . . . until it’s time to find homes for them.  Let the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) help!  Our program is simple and free: If you’re a Rutland County resident, you can bring your mom cat or dog and her kittens or puppies to us at no charge.  In exchange, the Humane Society will “Spay the Mom” and return her to you at no cost. The kittens and puppies will be adopted into loving new homes after being spayed and neutered.  Please help spread the word if you know of a female cat or dog with kittens or puppies!  For more information, please call the RCHS shelter at 802.483.6700.


The Animals at RCHS Need Bedding!

Cats, kittens, dogs and puppies - one thing they all have in common is that they need and love comfortable bedding!  With so many animals being cared for at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) the shelter has run out of bedding for them.  If you have any old comforters, blankets, sheets or towels and can donate them to RCHS for the animals, they would really appreciate it!  If you have any questions please contact the shelter at 483.6700.


     Empty Ink and Toner Cartridges Help the Animals!

If you have empty ink and toner cartridges that you don't know what to do with please consider donating them to the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS).  RCHS is participating in a program where we earn $2 in Staples Rewards points for every empty cartridge we collect.  All of those dollars add up to help the homeless animals in our care!  Please drop the cartridges off at the shelter in Pittsford or contact the RCHS business office at 483.9171 with any questions.  The animals say thanks for your continued support!


Visit the Rutland County Humane Society's Updated Website!

The Rutland County Humane Society's (RCHS) website has a fresh, new look!  Now it's easier to navigate around the pages and find the information you're looking for.  With a few easy clicks you can learn about the animals looking for homes, make a donation, find out about upcoming events, read about our latest news, sign up for our newsletter and more!  The website is updated nearly every day and there is terrific information about every aspect of RCHS including volunteering, stray animals, RCHS programs, our wish list, links to other shelters, pictures of alumni pets and more!  And you can easily link to our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.  Come check us out at www.rchsvt.org and add us to your list of favorites - you'll be happy you did!


Redeemable Bottles and Cans Help the Animals!
 Did you know that you can drop off your redeemable bottles and cans at the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) and help the animals? Thanks to generous folks in our community, we now have a new, dry and secure shed for supporters to drop off redeemable bottles and cans. GE volunteers and 4 handy RCHS volunteers made it a reality for us. The shed is located at the back of the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford. Those nickels all add up so please drop off your redeemables! If you have any questions please call RCHS at 483.6700.The animals say thanks!

RCHS Promotes Adoptions of Adult Cats
 The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) will not be charging adoption fees for adult cats over 1.  All other adoption policies and guidelines apply and only one cat per adopter is eligible for the promotion. Adult cats make great companions.  They have mature personalities and much affection to offer. We are launching our "fee-waiver" promotion because we want to give them every chance to find the great homes they deserve.  Feline overpopulation is a significant problem in Rutland County. We shelter and provide a second chance for more than 900 cats and kittens a year.  We offer a variety of community programs for residents to have cats affordably spayed and neutered: Trap-Neuter-Return, Spay the Mom, Forest Park Spay/Neuter Clinic and transportation to the VT-CAN Spay/Neuter clinic.  Please call the shelter at 483.6700 to learn more about these programs.
Make sure your pet has identification!
 Losing a pet is a very emotional thing.  It's really important that all animals have identification so they can be returned to their owners.  An ID tag on your pet's collar is the easiest method.  The tag should include your name, address, telephone number and the pet's name.  If there's extra space, the phone number of the veterinarian is also a good idea. If you move, make sure you get a new tag for your animal with your new contact information.  Pets can also be microchipped.  Many humane societies and veterinarians have a scanner which identifies if an animal has a microchip. If there's a microchip, a phone call is made to identify the owner. Either way, please take a moment and check that your favorite pet has identification so you can get him back safe and sound in a hurry! If you have any questions, please call the Rutland County Humane Society at 483.6700.

Did you lose your pet? Did you find a pet?  Contact RCHS!

Can't find your pet?  Did you find a pet that's not yours?  Make sure you contact the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) and let them know.  In many cases, stray animals are brought to RCHS.  Additionally, citizens who find stray animals will contact RCHS with the hopes of reuniting them with their owners.  RCHS also puts pictures of the stray animals they're caring for on their website (www.rchsvt.org) so if you've lost your pet please check the website to see if it's at the shelter.  If you want to report a lost or found animal, please call the shelter at 483.6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org.


     Lots of Kittens Available for Adoption!  
It's kitten season at the Rutland County Humane Society and we've got lots of young felines available for adoption!  We've got long-haired kittens, short-haired kittens, boy-kittens, girl-kittens and all types of colors to choose from.  All of our kittens are spayed or neutered and in need of lifelong homes.  Kittens are wonderfully entertaining and full of spirit and will keep you company through the months and years ahead! Please contact RCHS at 483.6700 to learn more about which kittens are available for adoption.

RCHS Dog Training Classes Now Offered on Friday Mornings!

To help meet the needs of our dog training participants, the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) now offers dog obedience classes on Friday mornings. These are in addition to our Tuesday evening classes.  If you'd like to work with your dog to make him a well behaved member of the family please consider bringing him to obedience class.  We use dog-friendly methods relying on positive reinforcement and management to achieve our training goals. For more information please call RCHS at 802.483.6700 or visit http://www.rchsvt.org/.


Many Adult Cats Available for Adoption at RCHS

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) has many adult cats available for adoption - at last count there were 42 adult cats who are looking for loving homes. These year-old or older felines are already housetrained and are still quite playful and full of life. They'll add companionship and love to any household! Please consider adopting an adult cat this Spring - you'll be happy you did!  For more information, please call the shelter at 483.6700 or visit www.rchsvt.org.


Don't forget to license your dog!

  It's that time of year again so the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind you to license your dog!  You'll need to have them up-to-date on their rabies shot so please check with your veterinarian and make an appointment, if necessary. Did you know that Vermont state law requires all cats to have their rabies shots, too?  If you're not sure, please check with your vet to make sure your dog and cat are up to date on their shots!


Don't Leave the Dog alone while he's eating!!
Founded in 1959, the Rutland County Humane Society has been dedicated to advocating for and working towards a responsible and humane community.  RCHS provides shelter and adoption opportunities for pets who are homeless and promotes animal welfare through community programs that benefit both animals and people.  RCHS is a private, non-profit organization serving the communities of Rutland County, VT.  RCHS receives no financial support from any national or local humane organization.  Programs are supported solely by donations, memberships and fund raising events. For more information about RCHS, please call 483.9171 or visit www.rchsvt.org.
 At the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) we see all kinds of dogs and some of them have behaviors that make them less than ideal companions.  While some of these behaviors are a result of the dog's genetic makeup, like a barking Beagle, many of them are a result of lessons learned from people.  The number one negative behavior we see is dogs who have been allowed to get away with protecting their food and toys and think its ok to growl or snap at anyone who disturbs them.
 
 Feed out of your hand, put the food bowl down and pet the dog while he eats, put the food bowl down and occasionally pick it back up in the middle of the dog's meal.  Give your dog a bone or chew toy and ask for it back or pet the dog while he is enjoying it.

The goal is not to trick or to harass your dog but to make it clear that you are the one in charge of the food and treats and if you, for whatever reason, need to take it back you can do so safely!  This may seem silly but you'll be grateful when you can quickly and safely take the stolen turkey bone away or when your toddler reaches for the dog's food bowl while he's eating. Of course, the above advice applies only for dogs who are not serious resource guarders.  If your dog does growl or seem uncomfortable when people get near his food or toys, you may have a potentially unsafe situation and should consult a professional for advice.


RUTLAND COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
765 Stevens Road
Pittsford, VT
802-483-6700
www.rchsvt.org
Hours of Operation: Wednesday & Sunday: 12-5,
Monday & Tuesday: Closed

 
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