Humane Society 2012 Second Chances Telethon

Humane Society 2012 Second Chances Telethon


♪>>Welcome to the Humane Society of Missouri “Second Chances” Telethon. I’m Virginia Kerr and
I’ll be your host. This year alone, the Humane
Society of Missouri provided rescue services, veterinary
attention and loving care to more than 80,000 homeless,
abused and abandoned animals. In the next hour, you’ll hear
inspiring stories about dogs rescued from puppy mills, horses
saved from starvation and pets that have forever changed
the lives of their families. You’ll also learn how you can be
a hero to the many thousands of animals that are still waiting
for their second chance.>>I’d like you to meet a person
who is very special to the Humane Society of Missouri,
this is Rodger Riney, founder and CEO of Scottrade. Scottrade is our lead
telethon sponsor, and he is here to make
a wonderful anoucement.>>Kathy, at Scottrade, we truly
admire the work of everyone at the Humane Society of Missouri. You help so many suffering and
homeless animals in St. Louis, and throughout Missouri. So we want to make every dollar
donated during this program work as hard as possible. Therefore, as the lead sponsor,
Scottrade will match every donation that is given during
this program up to $25,000. We are very excited that every dollar given will help
twice as many animals.>>Roger, that is
absolutely wonderful. You and Scottrade have helped our animals in so many
ways over the years. We can’t thank you enough for literally doubling the donations we’ve received
during the telethon. We’ll be able to
adopt more pets, rescue more animals from abuse, and help more children learn about caring for animals. Thank you so very much.>>The Humane Society of Missouri would like to thank our lead sponsor Scottrade, and our other
sponsors Purina One, Heartgard and Frontline, AT&T, and Emerald Properties for helping make second
chances possible. Call our toll-free number,
877-803-0078, or you can make a secure donation on our website, hsmo.org.>>Our first story takes us back to a devastating
day in May 2011. The catastrophic F5 tornado
that ripped through Joplin, Missouri claimed the lives
of 160 individuals and left thousands of others
homeless in its wake. As agencies deployed to
help the people of Joplin, the Humane Society of Missouri
was assembling an expert rescue team to help the many animals whose lives were
also in jeopardy. Within 24 hours,
their Disaster Response Team was on the ground in Joplin, providing critical rescue and sheltering
services to pets in need. ♪>>One of the roles of the Humane
Society of Missouri is we’re the lead animal welfare agency in
the state and we respond any time there are disasters
that impact animals. The disaster of the
magnitude that hit Joplin, Missouri that impacted hundreds
and caused many many deaths and injuries, and destroyed homes. And as they gather
their families, the very next thing they turn
to is where are their pets? Because those are
family members too. At the Red Cross shelter we’re
operating a call location shelter for pets so that those
people who are displaced by the tragedy can be near their pets. So they’re actually within the
same building and sometimes even within the same room. And to see that interaction and
how important it is to have that animal near them and to know
they’re safe and they are at least going to have that as they begin to rebuild
is so important. Part of our mission here is to
go out into the field into the impacted area and search
for those animal survivors. They are dazed and confused. They may have been swept up by
the storm and actually deposited miles away from their homes. It’s extremely important that
we are there to collect these animal survivors, take them to a safe emergency
shelter so that the owners can reclaim them once they are
situated and then they can begin to rebuild their lives. Other type of rescue service
that we offer is that some of the people who did evacuate
from this area weren’t able to take their pets with them. They can give that information
to us and make what is called a rescue request and we will be
able to go into the impacted area and safely remove their
animals from their damaged homes and take that animal to
the emergency shelter. And then they will be able to
reunite with that pet when they have a safe location
to take that animal. It’s extremely important to be out there to
collect these animals, because otherwise they
most certainly will perish. We are often their last hope for those animals
that are left behind. And that is a crucial mission
that no animal is left behind without that hope. And that is why time is
essential to get in as quick as you can, have the experienced
team and equipment.>>I’ve responded to Hurricane
Gustav in New Orleans, Hurricane Ike in Galveston,
Texas, tornado in Newton County, numerous floods, ice
storms in New Madrid. I’ve pretty much seen it all. And you see the devastation
that can occur from flooding, it’s overwhelming. People are certainly scurrying
to get out of their homes and to find a safe place. Sometimes, the animals are
forgotten and we’re here to make sure that they are not. This picture shows our emergency
shelter in Poplar Bluff. We kind of nicknamed it Beagle
Alley as we provided shelter for a gentlemen and his family’s
beagles so that they didn’t have to worry about where their
animals would go and they could consider where they needed
to go for safe shelter.>>One of the most memorable
rescues from the Poplar Bluff flooding was a call from a woman
who had a couple of dogs and one of them had
a puppy and she couldn’t get back
to her house anymore. She was very close to the river. So, I went out with the fire
department and they were able to get me to where the
animals were at. One of the firefighters went
ahead of us and we were waiting for him to come back. We saw these two
dogs in his arms. He didn’t know there was another
puppy so we had to go back in. They were waiting for us at the
shore and they were so excited to not only have the puppy back but the mother dog
and father dog too.>>This picture depicts the water
dangers that we face when we’re out extracting animals
from a flood zone. We use the proper equipment to
go in and extract animals – we received a call about animals
in a flooded situation so, we put on our dry suits and
go into the water to extract animals from flooded situations so they can be taken
to a safer place.>>Pets are part of the
family in many homes. When we can provide the service
to protect and house their animals, that’s one less thing
that a family has to focus on. They can focus on
the human element, because we can
provide that service. You know, there are teams out there that do human
search and rescue, and we are here to provide animal search and rescue.>>This is Debbie Hill, she is
the Vice President of Operations for the Humane
Society of Missouri. I have a feeling that the video
we just watched really doesn’t do it justice when it comes
to what you experienced, especially in Joplin. Take us back to that first day
when your rolled onto the scene and what you saw.>>It’s absolutely beyond
words to try and describe the devastating damage that
an F-5 tornado can do, literally ripping houses off of
foundations to where you don’t even see pieces of
the house nearby. Anything in that house,
including the people and pets, can literally be picked up and thrown hundreds of
yards or even miles away. Of course our job
is to help maybe put some of those important pieces back to together.>>Let’s talk about the
disaster response team, and how it wouldn’t be
possible without donations, you wouldn’t have been able to go there to help
those animals and families.>>Oh absolutely not, we have
to maintain a high level of specialized training to go into
these dangerous impacted areas because you’ll have power
lines down, gas lines open, flooding and debris, we’re
entering houses that are barely standing but yet we go in
to find any surviving pets. We have to train and
prepare for that, we have to roll in with
all of our own resources, we cannot be a drain on
the devastated community. So we bring in our
vehicles, our trailers, we bring in medical staff, we
bring in everything we need to set up a temporary shelter and
begin caring for those animals so that their owners can focus
on the other things they have to do to put their life back
together and the animals will be there when they’re
able to take them.>>So these people watching tonight could potentially be helping families
of disasters one day. Absolutely, and again this
happened in our backyard. This is a part of our community. It doesn’t just happen
three states away. We are hit almost every year by a variety of disasters. Floods, as well as tornadoes. Sometimes, you know, winter storms will knock
out power for weeks, and you have to truck in
water for those animals because it’s not
available to them. The people at home who are calling in tonight who want to help us
are really our heroes, because we would not be
able to roll when we need to without their support behind us.>>Thank you for everything that
you do and for sharing your experiences with us. You may not know this, but
the Humane Society of Missouri receives no money
from tax dollars, other animal welfare
agencies or the United Way, so every penny of your donation
is critical to these disaster relief services. And just for this program, the
generous people at Scottrade will match whatever
amount you can give, so your donation
will count double. A 20 dollar donation provides
a week of care for a displaced animal in one of our
emergency shelters. A gift of 100 dollars provides
veterinary services for an injured dog rescued from dangerous debris
like you just saw. Please help us help
animals in need. You can call at any
time during this program. Volunteers are standing by. Charge your donation
on Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure
donation on our website HSMO.ORG and help ensure that
no animal is ever left behind.>>Our next story begins with
a heart-breaking situation. Zooey a miniature poodle, spent
day after day cramped in a cold, filthy cage at a
Missouri puppy mill. She was never allowed out of that tiny space even
to stretch her legs. Never given toys or treats. Zoe was never shown love. That is, until the Humane
Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force
came to her rescue. You will not believe Zoe’s dramatic transformation from a terrified puppy mill
survivor to a happy, healthy dog who now enriches the
lives of residents at a local senior center.>>Zoe and I enjoy
going on walks, she’s actually just a
really big snuggle bug, she loves to snuggle
on the couch. A friend of mine calls her a
love sponge cause all she wants to do is be petted and be loved
so we spend a good amount of time doing that. When I first adopted Zoe from
the Humane Society of Missouri, I understood that she was
a puppy mill rescue dog, she was part of a
raid in mid-Missouri, and was brought in with
about 60 other dogs. I understood that there was
video of the raid from the puppy mill so I went online and
it was on the internet, and I only watched
it once because it was pretty disturbing to see. Zoe’s actually in the video
with her two puppies that she had at the time and so I watched
it, she had a lot of fur, very matted, very dirty, and it
was upsetting to watch but at the same time it was important
for me to know where she came from so I could
better understand her. ♪>>Everybody hears about puppy
mills but I think it’s kind of an abstract concept until
you actually see video of the conditions that the
dogs are living in. It’s just horrific. To really put a picture
to the word of puppy mill, it really makes you realize what
a problem it is and how we need to do more to protect
these animals. When I first met Zoe
she needed some surgery, she needed to be spayed and get
some bladder stones removed, and I was really pleasantly
surprised that the Humane Society was taking
care of all of that, they were going to make sure that Zoe was healthy
before she was adopted. When Zoe first came home she
was really was not very fit. When you would walk her around
the block she wouldn’t even get all the way around the
block before she would lay down in the
middle of the sidewalk. She was used to being in a cage
so now she has the opportunity to build up her endurance and
take longer walks and we just started out small and got longer
and longer over time until she had a lot more energy. Zoe’s been such a blessing, she
came into my family and needed some extra attention at the
beginning but has really blossomed into a dog
that has so much to give, to me and to other people. She has such a calm,
loving way about her, so I heard about Support Dogs,
and I knew that they did visits to hospitals and
longterm care facilities, and I knew that would be a
really good fit for Zoe. Zoe and I go visit at Garden
View care center every two weeks on Tuesday nights. When I come home from work she
has a special harness that she wears when we
go as a touch therapy team, so when I get the
blue harness out she knows she’s going to visit. When Zoe and I visit at Garden
View we typically go with three other dogs, so there are four teams that are visiting
at the same time. One big dog, two
medium size dogs, and Zoe’s the little
dog of the group. We go into the main area of
Garden View where residents are, it’s usually from 6 – 7 PM,
and so residents have finished dinner so maybe they’re watching TV or sitting out
in a common area, and that’s where we visit. When I see a resident I ask
them I’m here with Zoe tonight would you like to pet her, and it’s their choice if
they would like to or not. There are some people that get
so excited when they see Zoe, some people are big dog people
and some are little dog people, the people that really want to
visit with a little dog are very happy to see Zoe. You can really tell that the dog visits have an
impact on the residents. You can tell that they
are calmer, happier, and that they enjoy the
opportunity to be with a pet, maybe they aren’t able to have
their pet any longer and this is a nice way to have a
relationship with an animal. At the end of the visit at
Garden Review the receptionist gives treats to all the dogs
that were there to visit that night, so she enjoys that
part of the visit as well.>>Hi, I’m Kathy Warnick, President of the Humane
Society of Missouri. 2011 was a critical year
for dogs like Sugar Bear and many others just like
her suffering in Missouri’s substandard puppy mills. The Humane Society of Missouri
has long stood at the forefront of efforts to end puppy mill
cruelty and improve the lives of breeding dogs
throughout the state. Your generous donation to the
Humane Society of Missouri makes it possible for us to investigate and respond to reports of animal abuse in substandard
breeding facilities. Without your support we cannot
save the many thousands of suffering animals still
waiting to be rescued. Please, help us
help more animals, our toll-free number is
877-803-0078 or you can make a secure donation on
our website, hsmo.org. Thank you for giving an
animal their second chance.>>When most people think
of the Humane Society, they think of
homeless dogs, cats, puppies and kittens
waiting to be adopted. But many other kinds of animals
also benefit from the hard work and dedication of the
Humane Society of Missouri. Abused and abandoned
horses, goats, chickens, and even pot-bellied pigs have
received a second chance thanks to the Humane Society’s
Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri. Last year on this telethon, we
told you the story of Saturn — a dangerously thin horse who
would have starved to death in the winter cold if the Humane
Society of Missouri hadn’t arrived when they did. Tonight we have an
update on his situation, and we think you’ll be very
happy with the outcome. ♪>>When I first got Saturn, he
wouldn’t let me touch his ears, and now that I’ve had him I’ve
been working on his trust and my trust and now he’s finally
letting me touch his ears.>>Well Saturn came
about when Deb and I had planned to go to a trail horse sale to look for a horse. She called me the night
before and said, hey, I was thinking about rescuing
a horse from Longmeadow Ranch.>>I was on the email list
for the Humane Society, and they were doing a featured
pet of the week and that pet happened to be Saturn. So I clicked on it and it took me to the Longmeadow Rescue Ranch’s website, where I was able to look at all
the horses that they had. What impressed me the most was
every horse that you clicked on, you could learn about
it’s personality, how much training it had and how
much the donation fee would be if you wanted to
purchase that horse. I was on that website for hours trying to find the
perfect horse for my family. Longmeadow is a very
long trip for me, it took me about
an hour and a half, and I went to Longmeadow six
weekends in a row to check out all the horses on my list
that I wanted to see. Saturn just tugged at my
heartstrings right away. He was calm, he wasn’t
skittish with me, he did the things that
I asked him already. His eyes just talked to me and
he was so soulful and that was the horse that I wanted,
I knew, I just knew. This past month and a half I’ve had Saturn my son
and I have gotten closer. He and I come out here together
and check the stalls and ride the horse and work on the ground
with the horse so I feel that my time with my son has blossomed
into a time that we can share something together. He and I love coming out here
and this is our hobby together, this is something we
can share together, he’s learned responsibility that
I feel is so important to learn. We weren’t just
given this horse, we had to work for this horse and that’s what matters, and there’s other things you can do to take care of an animal. He talks about how he can get
his horse to stand on blocks and how he can get his horse to
jump over and jump for him. It brings such pride in him that he can accomplish
these things with our horse. Now that Saturn is in my life,
I know that he and I will continue our relationship
and build upon that. I only hope that I can bring
him the joy that he brings me.>>If you’re thinking about
whether you’re going to call or not, I’m going to help
you make that call. You just watched an
inspiring story about Saturn. Remember how terrible he looked when the Humane
Society rescued him? Now here is what he looks like today in his new
life with a loving owner. That wonderful outcome
happened because of you. And it’s why we need your donations and your
phone call right now. It’s because of generous donors
like you that Saturn was able to be rescued from starvation,
rehabilitated by expert caretakers, and then
adopted by a loving family. Every dollar you contribute
to the Humane Society makes it possible to provide a second
chance for animals like Saturn and Scottrade will
match that donation. You could help even
more defenseless horses, dogs, and cats who
need you right now. Let’s check in with
our phone bank, we have so many dedicated
volunteers standing by to take your call including Joan. Joan have you received
a lot of calls?>>Oh yeah we’ve
received multiple calls. It’s going really great, we
would really like to see the phones ring off the wall. Our animals need all the
help they can possibly get. We really appreciate everything
that everybody is doing for us.>>Yes, you heard Joan, we
need people calling in. Obviously the phones are
ringing steadily right now, but we want them
ringing off the hook. Please call us and be part of
the commitment of the Humane Society to take care
of all these animals, both small and large, all you
have to do is call the number, 877-803-0078 or you can make a secure donation
on our website at HSMO.org.>>I’d like you to
meet JoEllyn Klepacki, she’s the assistant director of education for the
Humane Society of Missouri. I guess we should
introduce our friends, too. This would be Sonny, and this
is Cher, brother and sister, just five weeks, and so cute. I bet your job is so fun because you get to work with
animals and children. But I want to know
about the programs, why is it so important for the
community and children to have these programs?>>Well it’s important because
we’re teaching compassion, empathy, and
respect for animals. Which also translates
then into humans. That’s the goal of
all of our programs, whether we’re teaching about
responsible pet care and safety with animals which
are the basics, up to cruelty involved with
puppy mills, dog fighting, dogs on chains, whatever it may
be that the teacher or the troop leader or the homeschool
parent has requested, we meet their needs through
our education programs.>>Let’s talk about donations,
why are donations so important to your programs?>>They’re important because
they fund everything we do, from the purchase of visual aids to buying materials
for the classroom. We’re hoping to get a
smart board one day, an interactive smart board for
our classroom and they also provide transportation.>>That is huge.>>That’s a big cost. There a lot of groups that can’t
afford to pay to get to the Humane Society so, through the donations we can
provide bus transportation.>>Thank you for what you
do, such important programs.>>Thank you!>>So see, when you donate to
the Humane Society of Missouri you’re not just helping out the
animals you’re also making a positive impact
on your community. Your gift of any amount supports
these incredible education programs you just learned
about that teach such important lessons to children about respect for all
living creatures. Make a one time gift tonight
or become a Humane Hero, with a monthly donation to help
animals in need all year long. Please call now, and support
these great services and many others that the
Humane Society offers to both pets and people
throughout your area.>>Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure
donation on our website: HSMO.ORG.>>Our next story might be a
difficult one for you to watch. It begins with a tale of
horrible neglect that led to one of the largest horse rescues in the Humane Society of
Missouri’s history. Left to fend for themselves on a
property where there was no food to eat and no water to drink, seventeen horses
were in grave danger. The outlook for one horse
was especially grim. Galahad was on the brink of
death when he was rescued by the Animal Cruelty Task Force, underweight by a
sickening 400 pounds.>>Galahad was rescued in May
of 2009 from Howell County, we actually seized 17
horses from that place. He was one of the thinnest. I really don’t
think that Galahad would have survived longer
than another week. Galahad was one of 15 of the 17 horses that came
straight back to Longmeadow. They started the rehab process, and it’s a very slow
process of re-feeding. We have a vet come out as soon
as possible to start them on cleaning their teeth and looking
and what their health problems are and how we can assess them. He was here almost 5 months. I would estimate that we
spent about $3500 to $4,000 on his rehabilitation
just in that amount of time. It’s a big investment and that’s
why we really rely on donors. We don’t adopt horses
out for $3500 or $4000, their adoption fees are
significantly less because we really want them to be in a
great forever home where the people can continue
to support them.>>I met him in August of 2009
and this guy stuck his head through the bars of his pen and put his nose right here
on me and fell asleep.>>Kay visited the ranch
initially, she was looking for a horse and like many people do
they have this initial visit where they’re looking for
a connection with a certain animal. She immediately found
that with Galahad.>>Not only did he fall asleep on
me but the next time I was out he was in the pasture and they
let me go and get him and he looked up and saw me,
he didn’t know me, but he came running right up to
me and walked out just as quiet as you please, so yes I do, I
do believe that they choose. Horses are deeper than we
think, so yeah he chose me. We’re a matched pair.>>When I first met Kay
and Galahad, I laugh because Kay was very
determined to have Galahad, even though she didn’t
have a lot of experience. She was a mature lady, looking
for a first time horse, and the one she picked was
an untrained young horse that didn’t know anything. She is doing very well with
that horse, loves him dearly, and rides him on a regular
basis, can doctor him, she has turned into a pro in
a very short amount of time.>>As a psychologist I actually
use Galahad and some of my other horses with my clients. I’ve noticed with Galahad that
he seems to resonate with people who are either grieving or have
some kind of trauma in their background and that may be
because he can relate to them. He is also really good with
kids because he’s very gentle. Children sometimes have a hard
time expressing their emotions in words, so their parents
can understand them, but to put a youngster, really
anyone with a horse like this, it’s much easier for them to
open up in a sense to the horse. Somehow the horses
understand us.>>17 horses is a large rescue for us and the Humane
Society of Missouri. It took a team of about 10
people on three trucks and three large trailers. It’s a lot of animals to fit
into a space and we also don’t know those animals and how well
they get along with each other. This was also pretty far down in
southern Missouri so it’s a lot of mileage and peoples’ time and effort to get this
many horses back.>>I don’t think they ever really forget the hardship
they’ve been through. They don’t dwell on it, but it’s
always there in the background so that’s why it’s so important
to me when I see that he is happy and he has all this
wonderful grass to eat. That makes me feel really good
because I literally rescued this guy from certain starvation with
Longmeadow’s help and given him a future and a life where he
doesn’t have to worry about ever being hungry.>>Today, Galahad has gained an
amazing amount of weight and is happy and healthy
in his new home. Caring for rescued horses and
farm animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is a
huge investment. Just four weeks of Galahad’s
long recovery cost more than three thousand dollars. Without your support, the Humane
Society could not afford to provide him and so many other
deserving animals with expert veterinary care and attention
from their dedicated staff. Your generous gift of $50 pays
for one routine investigation by the Humane Society’s
Animal Cruelty Task Force. A generous gift of $250 pays for ten days of food and
care for a rescued horse. Please call now and be a
part of saving animals. Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, volunteers are standing by at
our phone bank to take your call, so please make
a gift right now. Or you can make a secure
donation on our website: HSMO.ORG.>>Tonight’s telethon was made possible by our sponsors. The Humane Society of Missouri would like to thank our lead sponsor Scottrade, and our other sponsors Purina One, Heartgard and Frontline,
AT&T, and Emerald Properties for helping make second chances possible. Call our toll-free number, 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure donation on
our website, hsmo.org. Welcome back. We’d like to show you the newest service offered at the Humane Society of Missouri, a full-service grooming center operated by Kennelwood
Pet Resorts. Humane Society President Kathy Warnick and Kennelwood President Alan Jones
will take you on a brief tour that will show
you how using these services is not only good for
your pet but also for the many animals in the Humane
Society shelters. ♪>>I’m very happy to show you
our state of the art facility. We’ll be doing all
of our services here, we’re working on a Shed-X
treatment here and I’m going to show you a little bit about how much hair we
can pull out of a dog.>>My goodness. Wow! Look at that! Unbelievable.>>This is a shedding
magic brush, and it really does work magic. Kathy this is our
bathing room in here, so this little guy
is getting his bath, he’s being bathed with a
Hyrdrosurge bathing system. This features very penetrating,
recirculating system that doses the skin and gets the coat cleaner than you
ever could by hand. It also gets through
the coat to the skin, and he’s also getting a little massage while
he’s getting bathed.>>Fabulous. What a great facility, Alan. We are so pleased to be part
of the Humane Society’s Macklind Avenue location and we are
expecting terrific things to come of our partnership.>>We’re open for business and we’re hoping lots
of people agree with us.>>Tonight’s telethon was made possible by our sponsors. The Humane Society of Missouri would like to thank our lead sponsor Scottrade, and our other sponsors Purina One, Heartgard and Frontline,
AT&T, and Emerald Properties for helping make second chances possible. Call our toll-free number, 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure donation on
our website, hsmo.org.>>Every year thousands of pets were reported lost or
missing in the St. Louis area. Sadly, many of these beloved
dogs and cats are never reunited with their families. That’s why the Animal
Protective Association, the Humane Society of Missouri,
and St. Louis County Animal Care & Control have teamed up
to launch STLlostpets.org, a brand new website designed
to help pet owners locate their missing animals.>>Our three agencies receive 90%
of the unwanted and lost pets turned into shelters
in the St. Louis area. So when you browse
STLlostpets.org, you’ll have a great chance of
finding your lost dog or cat. You can also submit a missing
pet report and get all the information you need to
help bring your pet home. One of the easiest and most
responsible things you can do to help increase your pet’s chances of being found is to
have them microchipped. It’s easy and painless. Microchipping your pet gives
them every chance of being reunited with you if
ever they are lost. Please visit STLlostpets.org
today to learn more about the vital service and to find the
microchip location nearest you.>>Welcome back to the
Second Chances Telethon. When Humane Society rescuers
arrived on scene at O’Fallon Park, they feared it
was too late for Flori, a 9-month-old lab who had fallen through the ice
of a frozen pond. Trapped in frigid
waters for 45 minutes, she was mere moments
from death when, after a call from the Humane
Society the St. Louis City Fire Department pulled her to safety. Humane Society animal cruelty
rescuers wrapped Flori in blankets and rushed her to the
Humane Society’s headquarters, where their dedicated staff
worked to raise her body temperature from a
dangerously low 90 degrees. This is the story of
her rescue and recovery. ♪>>Myself and another officer
were actually in our dispatch office when the call came in
to assist with a dog that had fallen through the ice. When we got to the scene, I got out and saw the
dog in the water. My immediate assessment was how can I get out on
the ice to go and grab her. I spoke to the firefighters who actually had a rescue
team on the way. Those guys were prepared from
the moment they got to the area. They came out of that truck
dressed and ready to go in their cold water gear and
didn’t waste a second. They got down on all fours and
distributed their weight on the ice so they wouldn’t fall
through and scooted themselves out to where the dog
was at with a stretcher. They were able to pull the
dog back to shore before they even got themselves
safely off the ice. They knew that a life, whether
it was human or canine, was at stake and they didn’t
waste a minute to do exactly what they needed to do. My first goal was to get those
blankets around her and get her into our van that was
waiting with the heat on. One of the EMTs with the fire
department came over with an oxygen mask for her that was
especially equipped for dogs and put that on her for a little bit
while we started to warm her up. I actually rode in the back of
the truck with her to use my body heat to keep her warm
during the ride back to our Macklind facility. Fortunately when we got back
the vets were waiting and the vet-techs were waiting for her,
they had fluids already warmed up that they were getting
ready to administer to her with blankets and heating pads ready for her right when
we got back to the shelter.>>Flori was very near death with her temperature as
low as it was. It’s vital that dogs in that
condition get support or care as soon as humanly
possible, within minutes, in order to survive
something like that. It’s very important for dogs
in that kind of condition be treated immediately. The rescue of the dog on the ice
was certainly one of the most dramatic rescues that
I’ve been through, it was so fast and to see her
make such a quick recovery just really showed the way the Humane
Society staff can work with outside groups to come together
for one animal to make a huge difference in this
animal’s life.>>I’m here with Mike Perkins,
Director of the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal
Cruelty Task Force. Mike – we just saw
Flori’s dramatic rescue, and it makes me wonder, what’s
a typical day like for you.>>For our investigators in the
Animal Cruelty Task Force any day is anything but typical. Our investigators can respond
to anything from food, water, and shelter calls to checking
on the well-being of an animal, to the furtherance
of an investigation, interviewing suspects or
witnesses to a full blown rescue such as Flori’s, or a rescue
that has 109 dogs like one we had in the past. Also in the past we’ve had
rescues that started in the morning, brought the
animals back in the evening, and saddled up, cleaned
everything up and went back out for an overnight rescue with
another group the next morning. Anything but typical is our day.>>I’m hearing a lot
of people involved, the police department
was involved, obviously veterinary
care was involved so that’s got to cost
a lot of money.>>It does and people don’t really realize exactly
what it all compounds. You’ve got vet care for
the animals, shelter care. The vehicles that we drive,
just to fill up a tank of gas is upwards of $80 in
today’s day and age.>>And you travel a
long way sometimes.>>We’ve been known to travel
upwards of 300,000 miles a year.>>Obviously, donations,
very important.>>We couldn’t make it without it
and we couldn’t help any of the animals without the donations.>>Wow. Hearing about the cost of gas alone really puts
this into perspective. Just how expensive it can be to
respond to animals in distress, that’s why it’s so important
that you call right now and make a gift of $75 to help keep
their tanks full and ensure that animals everywhere will never have to go without the help
they so desperately need. A generous gift of $100 pays for veterinary treatment
for two abused dogs. Any gift you can afford will be
used to help animals who cannot help themselves. Please, be their hero
and make a donation. And don’t forget – Scottrade
has generously offered to match donations that come in
during this program. So make your donation count
double and call us right now. Call now and be a part of the
Humane Society’s commitment to ending the vicious
cycle of animal abuse. Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, volunteers are standing by at
our phone bank to take your call, so please make
a gift right now. Or you can make a secure
donation on our website: HSMO.ORG. Let’s check in again with the
phone bank but before I do, I want you to understand that
these volunteers are not just dedicated volunteers of the
Humane Society they’re also proud owners of animals who were
rescued by the people here at the Humane Society of
Missouri like Patty. Patty you have pets from
here, tell us about them.>>I have two adopted purebred
dogs from here and people think that there are a lot of mixes
at shelters but that’s a fallacy because about 20 percent of
shelter pets are purebred, so you can get that puggle
or labradoodle right here.>>Beautiful boxers too, I always
have to check out the boxers.>>I’ve got a great German
shepherd from here who is living a long life because of the
good care she got here.>>All of that is because people
have donated money to help out the Humane Society. I need to know,
a raise of hands, who is not on the phone right
now, please raise your hand. Patty, raise your hand! These hands cannot go
down until you call them, not only will Patty be able
to rest her arm but you’ll be helping an animal here and
all you have to do is call 877-803-0078 or you can
make a secure donation, although that won’t help Patty,
on our website at HSMO.org.>>One of the many incredible
services offered by the Humane Society is the world class
medical care available at their three Veterinary Medical
Center locations. Dr. Steven Schwartz, director of
veterinary medical services for the Humane Society of Missouri, will show you everything
they have to offer.>>I’m Dr. Steven Schwartz,
director of veterinary services at the Humane
Society of Missouri. Since 1955 the Humane Society
of Missouri has provided the highest quality of care for
animals in our shelter and pets in the community. Today, we operate one of the
largest veterinary practices in the state of Missouri, offering
a full range of services for dogs, cats, and small animals. Our veterinary medical centers
are fully accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association, placing us in the very top tier of veterinary practices throughout the country. When you bring your pet to the
Humane Society of Missouri, you can be confident that they
are receiving the expert care and attention they deserve. Best of all, when you visit
the veterinary medical centers, you’re not only helping your
pet, but you’re helping many, many others animals in need. Proceeds from our veterinary services benefit the homeless animals in our shelters. Your patronage makes it possible
for the Humane Society of Missouri to rescue,
rehabilitate, and find loving homes for
thousands of pets just like yours every year. The Humane Society of Missouri
veterinary medical centers are open six days a week at all three of our St. Louis
area locations. Our headquarters location
is in St. Louis city, our Westport location
in Maryland Heights, and our Chesterfield Valley
location in Boone’s Crossing. Call to make an
appointment today, we very much look forward to
taking care of your pet’s needs and your needs as a
responsible pet owner.>>Little Silvy here knows all
about the veterinary care here. You just heard from Dr. Schwartz
about the world class veterinary care the Humane Society offers
to all St. Louis pet owners and when you bring your pet to
their veterinary clinics you are helping the homeless animals
in Humane Society shelters. You can also
help by donating now. Your gift of $50 provides deworming treatments
for four cats. A $100 donation pays for an
animal’s spay or neuter surgery. And a generous a gift of $250
provides heartworm tests for five dogs just like Silvy. Animals bring such
joy to our lives, and they deserve your
support right now. You can call at any
time during this program. Volunteers are standing
by to take your donation. Please help us make second chances possible for
more dogs like Silvy. And don’t forget – our lead
sponsor Scottrade has generously agreed to match any donations
made during this program, so pick up the phone and call
now to help twice as many animals in need. Charge your donation
on Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure
donation on our website: HSMO.ORG. Coming up after the break, learn
about a very special dog that stayed at the Humane Society’s
Macklind Avenue adoption center for an entire year before
finding her forever home.>>Tonight’s telethon was made possible by our sponsors. The Humane Society of Missouri would like to thank our lead sponsor Scottrade, and our other sponsors Purina One, Heartgard and Frontline,
AT&T, and Emerald Properties for helping make second chances possible. Call our toll-free number, 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure donation on
our website, hsmo.org.>>Welcome back to the Humane
Society of Missouri Second Chances Telethon. Your donations make such a difference in the
lives of homeless dogs. Dogs like Tiffany, who received
loving care from the Humane Society staff for a solid year before being adopted
by her new family. Tiffany touched the lives
of so many staff members and volunteers during her
long stay at the shelter. This is Tiffany’s story.>>Tiffany was a staff favorite,
she had come in with puppies so we of course took care of
her, raised the puppies, we were able to
place the puppies. She was spayed. She’s a pitbull, a pitbull mix, so she spent over a
year in our facility. During that time we did put her
in the train-to-adopt program to help exercise her mind
as well as her body.>>The training they
did was very valuable. We first saw the training that they did in the
video on the website. We saw her sitting,
doing different tasks, so we continued on
doing what she did. [talks to dog]>>My favorite part about having
Tiffany around the house is that she gives you her full
attention when she’s around you, unless of course someone
else has a treat. The best part is she’s
energetic, loving, and she just loves to be
with you no matter what, she’ll follow you
around the house.>>This was an excellent match. Tiffany’s owners had
experience with pitbulls. They came in specifically
looking for a dog that had been in the facility for a long time,
that was their goal to give dogs a second chance.>>I think that everybody should
take a good look at the Humane Societys and the shelters
before they go out and buy a dog because you can find a lot
of wonderful dogs here, unpolished gems, they just need a little love and
they’ll shine for you.>>I think it’s cooler to have
a shelter dog because you can create your own
history together. It feels like you’re doing
something good for them.>>Tiffany’s food, shelter,
training and veterinary care for a year cost the Humane Society
of Missouri a tremendous amount in time and resources. And she is just one of many
thousands of animals that benefit from their
services each year. Every dollar you contribute to
the Humane Society goes towards a very good cause. For example, just 20 dollars
will provide 10 days of care for a sheltered animal. Just 30 dollars will provide
microchips for 3 kittens. And a generous gift of 100
dollars provides the necessary medical care for 2
puppy mill rescues. You can call at any
time during this program. Look at our volunteers who
are standing by patiently, they want you to call right now. Charge your donation
on Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Our toll free number
is 877-803-0078, or you can make a secure
donation on our website: HSMO.ORG.>>For every animal that
we are able to find a new, forever home, many more come
through our doors desperately needing our help. The Humane Society of Missouri
turns no animal away – which is why we need you. We are dedicated to our
mission of providing a safe, caring haven for all
animals who need us. Your generous support allows
us to rescue, shelter, provide medical treatment and
find loving homes for so many dogs, cats, rabbits, horses
and farm animals every year. Animals just like Little Bits, Peanut, and Snickers. Without you, second chances for these helpless animals
would not be possible. Please be a hero to them
and give generously. We are truly grateful for
any gift you can give. Every dollar helps a deserving
animal find a new beginning. Virginia, we are especially appreciative of all the help and effort that you have given us, taking and telling
and giving our audience members the wonderful sense of all the second chances that have been
provided for animals in need. We want to sincerely thank the
many people that called in or visited our website to help
these incredible animals. We would also like to recognize
our lead sponsor, Scottrade, for their matching contribution
to the Second Chances Telethon. Because of this generous gift,
every dollar you donate tonight will be doubled and help
twice as many animals.>>And a very special thanks
to our sponsors: Purina ONE, Heartgard and Frontline,
AT&T and Emerald Properties. We’ve seen uplifting adoption
tales like the story of Tiffany, a dog that waited more than
a year for her second chance. We’ve shown you stories of
strength and resolve during times of disaster
like in Joplin. And we’ve heard stories of
terrible cruelty and neglect like Zoey, a puppy mill survivor and horses like
Saturn and Galahad. Imagine what would have happened had the Humane Society
not been there for them. Think of the love they’ve
brought to their human families. So please, spend a little time appreciating
your own pets. Give them an extra treat or
belly rub and be grateful they are safe from abuse. Safe from neglect. Safe from homelessness. We hope you’re also grateful
that the Humane Society of Missouri is there for the many
thousands of animals who aren’t as lucky as your own pets. Many thousands are still out
there, waiting to be rescued. Waiting to be loved. Waiting for their second chance. Will you be the one
to give it to them? Thank you for watching. Thank you for giving. Thank you from all of the
animals you are helping. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪

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