Five Beautiful Puppies Join our Foster Program

Five beautiful lab puppies.

Five beautiful lab puppies.

These precious puppies joined our foster care program on 4-11-13. They are 6 weeks old.

They had a rocky start in life when the family who owned the parents moved and left the dogs to fend for themselves. Kind neighbors fed the dogs and these puppies were born under their shed.

They will be ready for new homes around the end of May.

Preston is ready to ride.

Hey mom, where are we headed?

Hey mom, where are we headed?

Preston is an 8 month old lab cross puppy.

You know what we love most about Preston? We love that Preston is a very nice dog.

Email warmhearts@earthlink.net for an application to adopt. This is the first step in the adoption process.

Cat Spay/Neuter Promotion!

Our poster promoting our spay/neuter program.

Our poster promoting our spay/neuter program.

Thanks to the success of our fish fry fundraiser, we are pleased to be able to underwrite the cost of this promotion.

Let the spaying and neutering begin!

Love is in the air and we need to act quickly before we celebrate “Mother’s Day” with unwanted kittens.

The Fish Fry Fundraiser Was A Huge Success – Mar. 30, 2013

Question: What do fried fish, friends, fur and a guy in a big green St. Patrick’s Day hat have in common?

Answer: Raising money for a worthy cause.

A great crowd was on hand to enjoy the fish fry and to help support Warm Hearts.

A great crowd was on hand to enjoy the fish fry and to help support Warm Hearts.

All of that came together Saturday, March 30, when the Warm Hearts Humane Society held its second annual fish fry fund raiser at the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department.

Co-sponsored by the Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, the Joplin Store, and the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department, the event provided fried fish dinners for close to 200 people who turned out and enjoyed good food and fellowship and, most importantly, support the year-long efforts and programs of the WHHS.

And, the best news of all, through food purchases, donations and silent and live auctions, just over $7,800 was raised for the Pat Paradies Emergency Animal Fund to provide veterinary services to needy animals in Montgomery County.

Chris Darby and Chris Barnes of Mountain Harbor Resort prepared the fish and hush puppies to perfection.

Chris Darby and Chris Barnes of Mountain Harbor Resort prepared the fish and hush puppies to perfection.

The event was held from 4-7 p.m., and early in the day things weren’t looking very good as far as the weather goes.

The morning was filled with overcast skies and rain with a bit of chill in the air. By early afternoon the rain had stopped. Then, shortly before the 4 p.m. start, temperatures warmed a bit and the sun peeked out from behind the clouds. It made for a wonderful late afternoon/early evening setting.

For just $5 a plate, those attending enjoyed fried fish, French fries Cole slaw, hushpuppies, iced tea or lemonade and deserts, including some great strawberry shortcake.

Phyllis and Freddie Davis and friend Charlie provided wonderful entertainment while everyone enjoyed their food.

Phyllis and Freddie Davis and friend Charlie provided wonderful entertainment while everyone enjoyed their food.

There was live music, provided by Phyllis and Freddie Davis and Friend, and of course the auctions, where a large number of items were up for bid, both silently and vocally.

Of the total $7,800-plus raised, just over $5,000 was the result of the auctions.

The WHHS offers a great big thanks to all those volunteers who helped put this event together and make it such a huge success and to those who donated items to the auctions. Of course, a special thanks to those who purchased auction items as well as to everyone who turned out to support this annual fund-raising event.

Ricky Lee served admirably as auctioneer for the fundraiser

Ricky Lee served admirably as auctioneer for the fundraiser

Oh yeah, that guy wearing the big green St. Patrick Day hat was none other than Ricky Lee, who once again served as the auctioneer.

Okay, everyone agreed, Ricky didn’t look much like a leprechaun, but he sure did work his magic and help provide the WHHS with a little pot of gold at the end of this rainbow day.

(Click here to view additional photographs of the event.)

Joey (“Joy”) Relocated and Very Well – Mar. 7, 2013

Another note from Cindy King regarding one of her recent fosters:

I got this message this morning. Joey (Joy) was the dog Jeanne McPherson found on Lybrand Road and was so upset about her.  I picked her up and fostered her.  When Kelly and Freddy first adopted Joey, they lived in New York CIty. They have so loved this little abandoned girl.  Although our contract states not to re-home a dog yourself, how could I be upset with the life they have chosen for Joey.  Wanted to share – enjoy.

Good Morning Cindy!

Joey enjoying a sunny spot!

Joey enjoying a sunny spot!

I hope this email finds you well – I so enjoy following your posts on Facebook and seeing all of the wonderful work you are facilitating in finding wonderful homes for all of those lost little pups out there.

I wanted to update you on our Joey – it is with mixed emotions that she has actually relocated to live with our family best friends in Austin, TX.  It was an extremely difficult decision for us but ultimately driven by the fact that our 22 month old son has chronic kidney disease and will be having a kidney transplant in May.  As a result, having a germ free and clean home is crucial and Joey’s constant in and out along with pretty excessive shedding makes that a very difficult task.  Additionally, Rory will be having surgery at a hospital in Philadelphia which will necessitate us to be away for 2-3 weeks.  In all of the emotional back and forth with Rory’s diagnosis and making future plans (plus baby #2 on the way in 2 weeks!) we wanted to do what was most fair to Joey.

Joey-3Backtracking a bit, The Stones, came to visit us this summer and fell in love with her.  At the time we did not yet know about Rory and had no intention of ever needing help with Joey and despite that they said, “If ever you cannot keep her, please send her to us, we’d love to have her.”  At the time, they had 2 dogs, a 3 year old rescue shepherd mix and a much older dog they subsequently had to put to sleep in November.

Come January, when we really needed to sort out our situation, we reached out to them to see if Maggie (their rescue) was looking for a new buddy and they jumped at the opportunity to take Joey in.  It was not an easy decision by any means, in adopting Joey having not met her we could not have asked for a more fantastic friend – but what that also meant for us was that she deserved the absolute best which we just did not feel we were able to give her under the circumstances.

Joey with her new buddy!

Joey with her new buddy!

She now lives in a crate free home, sleeps on the couch at night, has a buddy to play with, lie around with and chase around the yard in consistently warm beautiful weather, and Jim works from home, so they are seldom without a human companion.  She flew United / Continental which I highly recommend.  Their PetSafe program was fantastic, incredibly reasonable and their employees extremely compssionate.  In just one afternoon she had relocated and in just a few days she has acclimated quite well.  After observing her in the backyard Jim texted joking that Joey’s mom must have been a greyhound and her father likely a gazelle 🙂

I have attached a few pictures, and among the Stone’s 3 adult kids (picture of Joey w/ daughter Katie attached) there are two Pyranese Mountain dogs and I believe another puppy joining the family shortly.  She will have no shortage of companionship and love.  My dad and Jim are best friends and in touch every day – my dad, who had grown quite attached to Joey, will surely visit a few times a year.  Freddy also makes his way to Austin a few times a year for business and will be sure to stop and see her as well.

Joey and Katie

Joey and Katie

We feel so very fortunate that in all of the tumult of the last 6 months we were presented with such an great opportunity to give Joey what we felt we were lacking due to Rory’s condition and future needs.  I will continue to send updates from Jim (he is an amazing photographer and I’m sure will have some great pics to come).  Please feel free to reach out to me for updates as well!

Thanks Cindy,

Kelly

Izzy (formerly Patches) In Her New Home – Mar. 7, 2013

This note was sent to Cindy King, who writes:

“Izzy was “Patches” when I fostered her, one of 3 puppies that my neighbor and her family found wandering in the woods by themselves.  She certainly has a great life now – just warms my heart for this little girl. The last picture is when she was a puppy.”

Hi Cindy!

Izzy - Mar. 7, 2013

Izzy – Mar. 7, 2013

We were just thinking of you this past weekend! We’re all doing great and looking very forward to spring 🙂 We hope all is well with you, your husband, and all of the foster puppies!

Alex and I are still as in love with izzy as the day we got her! She’s such a Lovebug, always wanting to be with us and snuggle. She still comes to work with me everyday.  In fact, there were a couple days that she spent at home with Alex, and my patients called a meeting with me to discuss her whereabouts ha ha! They really look forward to playing fetch in the hallways with her and having her jump up into their wheelchairs when they pass my office. It’s very sweet.

Izzy loves the dog park!

Izzy loves the dog park!

Izzy was introduced to the dog park in the past few months. I swear if she had business cards she would be handing them out.  Not so into the dogs at the park, but she makes her way to every human and promptly rolls over for a belly rub.  She’s one of a kind!

I’ve attached a few pics for you so you can see how Izzy’s grown… : )

XO
Mary, Alex, and Izzy Girl