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Puppy Love

by Jody Miller on January 17, 2013

This week on NewsNite we explore the many facets of animal welfare, from animal control to protection and from rescue to adoption.

There are few issues that engender such passion in so many as that of animal welfare. Just think of how the news of abused and neglected animals – dogs, cats, horses, etc. – tug at our collective heartstrings. It’s a combination of disbelief that people can be so cruel and the anger we all feel when vulnerable animals are treated so inhumanly.

In the first segment of this week’s show, we talk with Christine Fatheree, who is an Animal Control Manager at Summit County Animal Control, the organization that protects people from animals; Karen Hackenberry, Executive Director of the Summit County Humane Society, the group that protects animals from people; and Cathy Wood, Coordinator of Citizens for Humane Animal Practice (CHAP), an organization that provides low-cost spay and neutering. I learned so much about the responsibilities and expertise of their respective organizations — about the services they all provide and the way those services are funded, the population of stray animals throughout the county, and so many other things.  ut mostly I learned how seamlessly these groups work together for the benefit of the animals they all love and care for.

The second part of the program goes the next step to pet rescue and adoption as we talk with Georjette Thomas, Director of Advancement with One of a Kind Pet Rescue, and with Kathy Kocher, a friend of mine who is a passionate pet advocate and volunteer with Summit County Animal Control. We learn about the sheltering and adoption of pets from Georjette – did you know that there are “foster families” for many of these animals, as well as exponential efforts made to place the right animal in the right home? We also hear from Kathy about the extraordinary work that the cadre of caring volunteers does for many of the agencies and how all of us can help in many ways.

One of the best parts of the whole experience for me was the chance to meet the cutest little puppy, Tango, (I think that was her name!) who joined us on the set for a portion of the program.

This was one of the most informative and fun episodes of NewsNite I’ve experienced. These five ladies were amazing and so impressive because of their knowledge, care, and compassion and their unselfish willingness to collaborate. Their only goal was to ensure that every animal in their care was treated with dignity, loads of attention, and love.

For more information on all of these groups, we have posted links to their websites or contact information here on this site.

Humane Society of Greater Akron (330) 487-0333 | Toll Free- 1 (888) 588-8436
Summit County Animal Control (330) 643-2845
Citizens for Humane Animal Practice (CHAP): (330) 724-6181
One of a Kind Pet Rescue (330) 865-6200 (Spay & Neuter Clinic: (330) 865-6890)

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This article was written by Jody Miller, a journalist since 1993 in a variety of media, from print to the web. Jody is the longest-serving member of the original NewsNight.akron team.

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