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Rescue Village Launches a Vibrant New Look

October 29th, 2019

Today Rescue Village launched our vibrant new brand. Over the past nearly 30 years, we have grown to become one of the largest and most respected humane societies in the region. With more people involved in animal welfare than ever before – from being donors to adopting – it was time to update the brand to reflect this new momentum.

 “Rescue Village has grown in size and scope and has become a model for humane societies across the country,” said Executive Director Hope Brustein. “We are holistic in our approach to serve animals in need and our community at large. We are building a vibrant and humane society – one human and animal relationship at a time –  and we invite everyone in Northeast Ohio to join us in our effort.”

 The state-of-the-art village is located in Novelty, Ohio a short drive from downtown Cleveland. The campus consists of a 19,000-square foot facility that includes a full-service veterinary clinic; a limited admission, unlimited stay shelter; a community room for education and training; an onsite barn and barnyard and walking trails surrounding the 15-acre property to exercise the animals.

“It’s a fact that our relationships with animals can help us to be better human beings,” said Kathy Leavenworth. “Rescue Village demonstrates this every day in our humane education programs, our community outreach and one-on-one with our gifted and dedicated adoption counselors. It takes consistent compassion and professionalism to elevate our treatment of the animals and each other.”

The new logo was designed by Cleveland Institute of Art student Cassandra Harb who wanted this special relationship between humans and animals to start the moment someone looks at the logo. “When creating this logo, I wanted to find a way to integrate animals and letterforms to make a unique, modernized logo and I wanted the public to be able to instantly recognize what Rescue Village is all about.” 

 

 

More than 50 of Northeast Ohio’s most engaged animal advocates unveiled the new logo together in front of the main building. Rescue Village Staff and the Board of Directors were the first to see the new brand in the form of a giant sign that the community can see from Route 306/Chillicothe Road.

The community can be part of the more humane society celebration by donating to Rescue Village’s Project S.A.V.E. Some of the animals at Rescue Village need special medical tests, surgery or other care that goes above and beyond normal resources. Project S.A.V.E.—Saving Animals with Veterinary Emergencies—is a special fund that enables us to provide specialized care that we would not otherwise be able to provide that will help make an animal more adoptable. We are currently raising $15,000 – our fund is currently at zero and we have a number of animals that need medical care. To donate to Project S.A.V.E. visit rescuevillage.org.

About Rescue Village
Rescue Village, formerly known as the Geauga Humane Society, has been saving animals from homelessness, harm and performing lifesaving work throughout Geauga County and Northeast Ohio for more than 30 years. Our mission is to bring together organizations, businesses, and individuals across Northeast Ohio to work toward our shared vision of a more humane society. The current 19,000 square foot center includes a full-service veterinary clinic, a state-of-the-art shelter, an outdoor barn and trails to exercise the animals in our care. We rely upon 100 percent philanthropic donations to serve our mission.  For more information visit rescuevillage.org.

Rescue Village Will Open Late on 10/29/19

October 24th, 2019

Rescue Village will open one hour late on Tuesday, October 29. We will open our doors at 1 p.m. instead of Noon. The Board of Directors and Staff are launching the new brand this morning and we will need extra time to get ready to open to the public. Thank you for your understanding!

 

Happy Finds a Home with Ryan

October 4th, 2019

There are always celebrations when animals are adopted here at Rescue Village, but some joyful moments are truly bigger than others. And some celebrations are community-wide. This is one of those times.

Our beloved Happy has finally found her forever home. Ryan from Mentor came to Rescue Village in search of a companion. He originally had another dog in mind but after meeting Happy, she was all he could think about. Ryan wasted no time in getting permission from his condominium manager and in a few days he was back at Rescue Village to become a foster. As soon as Happy saw Ryan, she showered him with kisses and enthusiastic tail wags.

Once Ryan found out that Happy enjoyed things like sitting on the couch to watch a Browns game, well, it was a done deal. They also enjoy walks at the park, visits with friends and the two have become rather inseparable. It was time to make it official. Ryan brought Happy back to Rescue Village this week to complete the necessary paperwork to claim his new family member.


Ryan and Happy on their way to Rescue Village to fill out the adoption papers.

Let the HAPPY DANCES begin!

Happy’s quest for a home started in March. From her very first day at Rescue Village she was one of the friendliest, most outgoing, obedient, well-adjusted and well…happy adoptable animals. There was some interest in her, but there were no takers. Day after day, week after week, Happy watched other dogs come and go from the confines of her kennel. Staff got really creative with their outreach on behalf of this sweet pup: there were daily Happy Hours, many trips to local television stations, and countless meet and greets at local restaurants and events.

It was truly a community-wide effort to find Happy her person. There are so many people who helped in the search to find her a home, but we would like to thank especially WKYC Studios and Lisa Lowry, and Rachelle Hrusovsky.

One thing Ryan likes most about Happy: “She is so loving, she doesn’t want to leave my side.” Happy is just smitten and appreciates her new owner very much.

Endings like this truly make the journey to find forever homes worthwhile, even if it can take longer than we would like sometimes. Congratulations to our Rescue Village family members Ryan and Happy. You two make us…smile.

Gambit’s Story: It Took a Rescue Village

October 2nd, 2019

Gambit has a home!

Some dogs are more challenging than others, and lively Gambit was one of these pups. Rescue Village took him in December of 2018 and after careful evaluation it was determined that sweet Gambit needed lots of attention and training. He loved people and other dogs, but it quickly became clear that Gambit was far from ready for a home. Severe anxiety, destructive chewing, leash reactivity and no knowledge of basic obedience were just some of the important issues that the Rescue Village team had to address.

Training is all about communication and finding what motivates a dog. Equally important is repetition and consistency. After months of daily training sessions and plenty of exercise, Gambit showed signs of progress and knew how to sit, stay, wait and target. The next piece of the puzzle was finding Gambit a foster home to see if his training and new behaviors would continue with a foster home picking up his daily training and exercise regimen. The exciting news, it DID! A loving and attentive foster brought continued progress for sweet Gambit. And, just this weekend it was made official…Gambit found his forever home! His new owner is excited to have such a bright and loving dog as a companion. The training will continue in Gambit’s new home.

The Rescue Village team that worked tirelessly with him could not be more thrilled. Let’s just say when this happens, there are lots of high-fives and cheers. And now the awesome Rescue Village crew will focus on working with the next animals to help them find their forever homes. And that’s what it’s all about! What an awesome and gratifying effort. Thanks to our generous donors and supporters for making beautiful success stories like this possible.

To support Rescue Village’s animal care team, please click here.

 

Gambit with his new owner Taylor from Cleveland. Special thanks to Gambit’s foster, Kellie Chapman. It took a village…Rescue Village!

Woofstock Showcases What a More Humane Community Looks Like!

September 16th, 2019

Woofstock 2019 represented the best of Rescue Village’s mission: to act on behalf of animals to inspire a more humane community. The weather could not have been better to kick the day off…partly sunny with a cool breeze. People from near and far brought their well-behaved pups for a day of socializing, games and fun. For the humans, there were food trucks, live music and festival booths filled with tempting treats for people and dogs alike.

For the first time this year, we hosted Hoofstock and featured our adorable adoptable pigs to the delight of many. Here our barn program manager Adrianne Johnson talks with a local family about our adoptable pigs.

 

And as usual, the Canine Costume Contest was a huge hit and we were pleased to have esteemed local journalists as our panel of judges. The creativity was astounding!

 

We would like to thank our sponsors, our Board, our volunteers, the fundraising teams and our incredible employees for a wonderful Woofstock 2019 event. Pictured here are Sheila Simpson, Vice President Bruce Hartzmark, President Kathy Leavenworth and Steve Schneider.

 

Our fundraising teams have raised nearly $40,000 for Rescue Village’s animal care programs to date. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to donate today.  We are so grateful for the continued enthusiasm and compassion of our Rescue Village community!

Adopting a Dog and Making It Your Family

June 12th, 2019

Adopting a Dog and Making It Your Family

 

There’s no denying the joy and excitement induced by the idea of adopting a new furry friend. A pet will enrich your life in ways that no human can. The sense of fulfillment that you achieve from opening your home and heart to another creature is priceless.

In the flurry of enthusiasm around bringing a new pet home, we often forget that the pet is a living creature – not a toy or a houseplant.

You might have spent days or months convincing your family to adopt a dog, but did you really understand what an enormous commitment it is to be their guardian full-time?

Did you consider the amount of attention, energy, time, space, effort, and money you will need to invest in your new friend? Or, did you only think about the love that you would share with each other? If you thought this through – great! If not, you still have time.

Introducing a pet into your family and allowing both the family members and the pet to adjust to living with each other can be quite a challenging experience. The first few weeks are especially crucial, because this is the period when your dog might be scared and confused about its new surroundings.

If it’s a rescue dog, this period of adjustment is of paramount importance because the pet may well be hesitant about trusting its new guardians and the new environment. Your dog may be shy or lack confidence at first.

Bearing this in mind, you should set some ground-rules and structure, for both your family and your new dog so that the transition is smooth for all members of the household, including for the adopted pet.

Here are some basic things that you need to know before bringing a new dog into your life.

Responsible Ownership Starts Before Adoption

This is the single most important thing to do before you bring your furry friend home – think carefully about your current lifestyle. Take into account your schedule, future plans and commitments, and the values of your family and yourself.

Do you have the time or the scope to take care of another sentient being? A good understanding of all of these factors will allow you to choose the right kind of dog, and in the long run, will also enhance the compatibility between the pet, yourself, and your household.

We advise that you think about your own personality and living habits, then discuss your options with the adoption counselors at Rescue Village before you select a breed.

Each breed comes with its own unique characteristics. Knowing yourself well and understanding the nature of the breed or breed mix would facilitate the entire adoption process and allow you to create a good home for your new pet.

All in all, take the time to do research before and pick a dog that will complement your character and lifestyle. Please don’t make the mistake of choosing a dog only because you are attracted to its breed or the way it looks.

Would you pick your friends and family based on their external features? We’re sure you wouldn’t, so treat your new pet with the dignity that it rightfully deserves.

Turn Your Home into a Dog-Friendly One

Adopting a dog is akin to adopting a new member of the family, for life. Although your home might be a great living space for your family and yourself, is it a good space for a dog to thrive in?

Consider the floor space as well as the grounds in and around your house. Ensure that your landlord consents to you keeping a dog at home and that your family is open to the idea of cohabiting with another animal for its lifetime.

Consider the long-term changes that may occur in your life. Will you be moving home, will you be getting married and will your spouse be comfortable with sharing custody of your pet?

Whatever your living situation might be, pick a spot in your home where the dog will spend most of its time during the first few days with you. This is the time when your pet will be the most vulnerable and look for comfort in familiarity.

Think about where your dog will sleep, eat, go potty, and how you’d bathe it.

Make sure that you dog-proof your entire house, especially the room that is going to be its first habitat. Remove any chewable cords or electrical cables and tape them behind or above the cabinets, where the dog won’t be able to reach them.

De-clutter the floor space, store household chemicals and food away in locked shelves, remove flimsy houseplants and breakable knick-knacks, and if needed, use baby-gates.

Invest in the Right Products for Your New Family Member

Once you know the breed and the size of the dog you’re bringing home, buy a suitable dog-bed, which will keep your pet comfortable and cozy. Is it easy to wash?

Buy the essentials before bringing the pet home. A collar, leash, identity tag, food, some toys, dishes for food and water, and some grooming supplies like nail clippers, toothbrushes, combs, and cleaning products.

If you have a grueling schedule and want to take some stress off of managing the feeding time-table of your new pooch, invest in an automatic dog-feeder.

Once you’ve developed a routine with your dog, having an automatic feeder will ensure that it receives its sustenance on time every day.

Train Your Pooch Right and Have It Adhere to a Daily Routine

The key to rearing a happy dog is establishing clear boundaries and routines. Like humans, dogs respond to positive reinforcement rather than scolding or violence.

You should confer with the people in the shelter where you are adopting your pet from or previous owners regarding the training of your dog. Decide on a method before you bring the dog home and start setting rules and schedules from the moment the pooch enters its new abode.

This is crucial for having your dog behave and be house-trained.

Create a vocabulary list for you and your family to use when directing and training the dog. Schedule your dog’s feeds, toilet time, walks, and playtime in a manner that would allow you to stick to an identical routine every day. If that’s not possible, do the best you can.

Take your dog to the vet to have its physical and mental state assessed, and also vaccinate and de-bug the dog if required. Talk to your vet if you need added guidance regarding the food and exercise habits.

Finally

Remember, like any human family member, your new furry friend will also need an abundance of love, patience, compassion, and attention to help him or her flourish and make your family its own.

So, once you are ready to put in the effort and time, go ahead and adopt a furry friend that will love you for life. It’s totally worth the effort!

FIV Positive Cats

May 29th, 2019

The Truth About FIV Positive Cats

You may have seen the term “FIV” on an adoptable cat bio or on a cage card at Rescue Village. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) can sound scary. People equate it with HIV or AIDs in humans, but it poses NO danger to humans and shouldn’t stop
a responsible pet owner from considering adoption.

Here’s why:

  • FIV positive cats may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. It weakens the cat’s immune system which can make them susceptible to various secondary infections. However, infected cats kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives before the disease reaches its chronic stages.
  • FIV is passed from cat to cat mainly through deep bite wounds. This disease cannot be transmitted from cat to human or even to other cats unless there is an aggressive cat fight involving deep bites. While it

    is a personal choice as to whether or not an owner wants to introduce an FIV positive cat to an FIV negative cat, they are perfectly capable of cohabitating without spreading the disease.

  • While there is no antiviral treatment for FIV, cats can live with this virus a very long time before symptoms even appear. Veterinary treatment usually focuses on extending that asymptomatic period or, if symptoms have set in, easing the secondary effects of the virus.

Ludwig (pictured above), a 3-year-old handsome boy, came to Rescue Village FIV positive. Friendly to all, playful, and always sun bathing, he was recently adopted to wonderful owners who looked past this disease. We are so happy for Ludwig.

We currently have another FIV positive cat who is just like Ludwig except he hasn’t found his happy ending yet. Opie (pictured left) came to us as an owner surrender. He and his former owner had an extremely close bond and he followed her wherever she went.

Opie would like nothing more than to find another owner who can be his partner in crime. He’s very affectionate, sweet, playful, and quiet. You can learn more about him here.

Butter, Envy, and Gambit

May 21st, 2019

Dogs in our Adoption Rover Program are Still Waiting for Forever Homes

 

The Adoption Rover Program is a new and innovative foster to adoption program where fosters take adoptable adult dogs into their homes and help us find an adoptive family by promoting them to family and friends, on their social media sites, coming to the shelter for a few hours on weekends and during adoption events, and by attending our offsite adoption and pop-up events.

Currently, Rescue Village has three adult dogs in our Adoption Rover program that have been waiting for a very long time for a forever human. Learn more about each of these special dogs below.

Envy

Envy is our longest Adoption Rover and came to Rescue Village back in October of 2018. She was originally surrendered to us when her owner was unable to care for her anymore. She’s about 7-years-old and has a sweet smile that will melt your heart!

We have learned so much about Envy after placing her in a foster home! Envy does great with the other dogs in the home, but would prefer a home without cats or other small animals.

She is a cuddle bug and loves curling up next to her fosters on the couch or snuggling under the covers of a nice warm bed. Envy is a social and friendly girl who loves everyone she meets. She even does well with children! She’s calm, cool, and collected even when there is a lot going on around her and has done fantastic at some of our offsite adoption events.

If you are interested in scheduling a day and time to meet Envy at Rescue Village or wanting to learn more about her, please contact her foster parents directly. Their information can be found on Envy’s bio here.

Envy’s foster family has generously offered to pay her adoption fee to the family that adopts her.

 

Butter

Butter is a cute, energetic pup with the cutest ears! She originally came to us back in January as a transport from Mahoning County Dog Warden. Butter sat on the adoption floor for over a month but the shelter environment stressed her out and was just too much for her after a while. One of our rockstar fosters reached out and agreed to be an Adoption Rover for Butter.

Butter was a fan of her toys even at the shelter and would do just about anything for something squeaky. Her foster says that has only increased since she’s been in a home! She would play with her toys or chew on a kong all day long if it was up to her.

Butter would do best in a home without small children, cats, or other dogs. She likes to be the center of attention and thinks cats are just another toy for her to chase after. Her adoption fee has generously been sponsored and she would love to find a forever home soon! If you’re on Instagram, check out some behind the scenes snippets of Butter in her foster home.

 

Gambit

This hound dog is ready to find his forever! Gambit was another dog who got very stressed in the shelter environment but is doing fantastic in his adoption rover home! He is an energetic 2-year-old with a goofy smile and floppy ears.

Gambit has tons of puppy energy and will need someone who is patient and willing to work with him on his training. He does great with other dogs and has a few doggy siblings in his foster home. He needs to go to a home without young kids or cats.

He’s ready to go on adventures and would make a great running or hiking partner! Interested in Gambit? Call Rescue Village to set up a time to meet him.

 

Want to be an adoption rover? Learn more and apply here. If you have questions about the program, please contact our Shelter Programs Coordinator at (440) 338-4819 x 14 or shelterprograms@rescuevillage.org.

If you are interested in any of these dogs, feel free to give us a call (440) 338-4819 x 43 or email our Dog Behavior Specialist at wzaslavsky@rescuevillage.org.

Woofstock 2019 – #GroovePlayFUNDRAISE!

March 21st, 2019

Let the party begin! Fundraise for #Woofstock2019!

Mark your calendars everyone! The biggest dog festival of the year will be Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 10 AM – 4 PM at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. But we need your help RIGHT NOW!

This year’s Woofstock event will be different than any other year before! Don’t worry, we’ll still have your favorite vendors, dog games, adoptable animals, family friendly activities, and the usual favorites of Woofstock but we’re also inviting you and your friends, family, and co-workers to start in on the fun right now! Become a part of the best village — Rescue Village — by joining together with your favorite animal lovers to start a fundraising team for Woofstock 2019!

Starting a Woofstock fundraising team is a great way to learn about the incredible work that we do, bond with your teammates, help support the animals of Rescue Village in a really impactful way, and of course, get some really cool prizes along the way. So, are you in?

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Very Important Pooch (V.I.P.)?

We’re excited to announce our first Very Important Pooch (V.I.P.) area at Woofstock 2019! This special area on event day will be exclusively for our most important people and pups who have shown their dedication for the homeless animals of Rescue Village. Only team captains, individuals who fundraise $1,000 or more, and teams who raise $5,000 or more will have access. The V.I.P. area will include special refreshments, an exclusive raffle for V.I.P.’s only, prizes for V.I.P.’s, a special t-shirt for each V.I.P., and so much more!

Plus: Prizes!

The top individual fundraiser this year will receive $500 in PetPeople gift cards.

The top fundraising team this year will receive a puppy party from Rescue Village. We will schedule a day to come out to a location of your choice with puppies for your entire team to play with!

There will also, of course, be premium items for individual fundraisers! We will be announcing these items very soon but they will be based on the following levels:

Level 1: $100-$249

Level 2: $250-$499

Level 3: $500-$999

Level 4: $1,000+

This year, Rescue Village hopes to raise $100,000 to help support the thousands of animals we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome every year and the tens of thousands more we help through our public programs and services. Rescue Village receives no government funding and we completely rely on the donations from our kind supporters. Learn what your donations will mean for animals in need by clicking here.

Ready to start fundraising? Head over to http://bit.ly/woofstock2019 to register as a fundraiser or create your fundraising team. We’ll be providing a ton of tips, tricks, and fun giveaways from now until Woofstock but feel free to read through our Woofstock Fundraising Tool Kit to get started!

Have questions about joining us for this fun, family and dog friendly event or about fundraising? Feel free to email our Events Coordinator at events@rescuevillage.org!

Thank you to US Storage Centers for their support of Rescue Village.

Zack and Zoey

February 4th, 2019

Zack and Zoey

Two senior cats looking for their forever home together!

 

Zack and Zoey are a bonded pair of senior cats who are looking for their forever home. These two sweet cats were surrendered to us when their owner could no longer care for them. They are both around 8-years-old and a little scared at first but once they warm up to you, they are very sweet and affectionate.

Seniors often need more care and TLC than other cats, which during kitten season can be hard to provide when there are so many cats coming and leaving through the doors. Many times they will be looked over for adoptions as they don’t always present well in a cage and require more experienced owners with quieter homes. Friendly, social kittens and young adults often find homes much quicker because they are at the front of the cage asking for attention.

Bonded senior cats (cats who have to go home with their siblings or housemates) have the hardest time finding forever homes. Being that they are seniors and there are two cats instead of one can be overwhelming for a lot of potential adopters. Most people think “double the cats, double the work”, which is not always true. Sure you may have to clean a litter box a little more often and there is a second mouth to feed, but in reality caring for two cats is generally as easy as caring for one. Also, one of the perks of having two instead of one is they usually end up depending on each other for comfort and play, which can make the transition into a home a lot easier on both them and their adopted family.

Shelters are a great temporary fix for a long term solution. We can provide all the enrichment and quiet comfort we want in a shelter, but the best place for a senior is in a warm, loving home cuddled with their family. If you have a calm or quiet home and a love for adult cats, please consider coming in and looking at one of our lovable seniors (or TWO like Zack and Zoey) and help them start their new chapter today!

Learn more about Zack and Zoey here: https://www.rescuevillage.org/adopt/adoptable-cats/

Zack

Zoey

Cold Weather Care

January 29th, 2019

Cold Weather Safety Tips For Your Pets

 

Don’t forget to keep your furry friends warm and cozy this winter!  Here are a few helpful tips from Rescue Village to make sure the animals in your life stay safe and snuggly all through the winter months!

  • Bundle up! Create a cozy spot for them inside using bedding or blankets. Make sure it is away from drafty areas of your home. See if your pet will wear sweaters, coats, and/or booties when going outside! Not only will they be more comfortable, they will also look pretty adorable.
  • Puppy Pawdicures: If they have longer fur, you can reduce the amount of snow that collects between your pet’s toes by clipping the fur between toe pads. Also, be sure to rinse your pet’s paws with warm water and wipe them dry each time they come inside. Make sure wherever you are putting down salt, that it is the pet-safe kind.
  • Hey, More HAY! Make sure to have plenty of hay to eat and bedding for extra warmth for all of your barn critters! They will greatly appreciate a little extra lining in their stalls and in their bellies. Some of the adoptable pigs at Rescue Village really enjoy snuggling under big thick comforters and blankets that we place in their stalls.
  • Fresh never frozen: Make sure all of your animals have lots of fresh water (liquid not frozen) to drink, especially if they are outdoor animals. Use deeper containers and change the water frequently. If you are feeding an outdoor cat and can keep it from freezing, give it wet food. It is easier for them to digest so they can save more energy for keeping warm!
  • Pop your hood: Before starting your car, give the hood a tap and check between the tires. Believe it or not, cats will sometimes crawl into the engine or hide underneath the car for warmth.
  • Don’t forget the neighborhood stray! Stray cats need extra winter warmth too! Make a homemade cozy cat shelter by cutting a hole in a plastic container and a hole in a foam cooler, lining them with lots of hay for insulation, placing the cooler inside of the container and covering the container with its lid (See more detailed instructions here). While you’re at it don’t forget to check the stray cat for an ear tip and bring it into Rescue Village on a TNR day if it doesn’t have one!
  • When in doubt, keep them inside. Whenever possible, if the temperatures drop, keep your pets inside as much as possible. Quick poddy breaks if they have to go outside and then right back into the warmth! If you have an indoor/outdoor kitty, make sure to get them back inside until the temperatures go back up again. Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for them!

If you see an animal outside with no access to shelter at a time when you think it might be unsafe for them, please do not hesitate to contact our Humane Agent and report the situation. Stay safe and warm everyone!

Humane Law Enforcement

January 18th, 2019

Humane Law Enforcement Quick Facts

 

Rescue Village is a leading animal welfare organization in Northeast Ohio. The Rescue Village Team (including the Board of Trustees, donors, volunteers and staff) helps animals who need to be rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed. We provide proper medical care, food and a loving home at Rescue Village until a forever home is found. Humans and animals have lived together as companions throughout history. Most of the time, this relationship is mutually respectful and rewarding but, unfortunately, not everyone properly cares for their animals. Here is what Rescue Village does to help animals who may be suffering gravely from cruelty or neglect from a human.

 

Humane Law Enforcement

  • A vital part of Rescue Village’s mission is to investigate reported cases of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. These reports are made by other caring members of our community.
  • Governed by the laws of the State of Ohio, Rescue Village is the designated agency in Geauga County responsible to look into every report of alleged animal abuse and to enforce Ohio Humane Law Statutes. Rescue Village does not receive government funding for this service and, thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, has saved Geauga County more than $2 million in the last decade.
  • To fulfill this part of its mission, Rescue Village has a Humane Law Enforcement Department led by Chief Humane Agent Christian Courtwright. Christian and his small team of agents are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work 365 days a year. They are some of the most dedicated, reliable and caring people in our community.

The Humane Agent

  • A humane agent is a first responder for domestic animals and, as such, receives intensive government-based training, is certified by the State of Ohio and the appointment of the humane agent is approved by the Geauga County Probate Court. Training classes include ethics and professionalism, legal issues, investigations, animal husbandry, animal health and wellness and report writing.
  • About 75% of a humane agent’s job is responding to reports of animal cruelty and neglect. The agent enforces State of Ohio animal cruelty laws and, when necessary, assists in prosecution of offenders. The Agent honors due process law and follows careful legal steps when it is necessary to safely remove an animal (or animals) from a home.
  • Equally important, an agent spends the other half of his or her time educating people about the humane treatment and care of animals and offering practical assistance. When needed and/or mandated by state law, the agent also involves social services to assist the owners.

The Humane Agent’s Process for Investigating a Reported Case of Animal Abuse

  • When Rescue Village receives a complaint from a member of the Geauga County community via our emergency line 440-338-4819 41 or the online form at rescuevillage.org,  it is assigned to one of our humane agents.
  • Within 24 hours, an agent attempts to contact the resident on their property, either in the yard or by knocking on an entry door.
  • If the agent is unable to make initial contact, he or she will leave a note letting the resident know that they stopped by with a number to call for follow-up.
  • If the resident is on property, the agent introduces him or herself, explains the service they provide to the community, briefly explains the complaint and states that they need to check on the animal(s).
  • The agent assesses the animal’s condition, fills out a report and may take pictures. If necessary, an agent can obtain a search warrant from a magistrate or judge.
  • If it is determined that an animal’s life is in danger, the agent may safely remove the animal(s) from the property to receive emergency care at Rescue Village.
  • If the investigation and evidence show violations of the law, extreme cruelty and neglect, failure to communicate and cooperate, the Agent, in consultation with humane society leadership and a prosecutor, may choose to bring charges against the owner(s).

The Humane Agent’s Work Informing the Public about Humane Treatment and Care of Animals

  • Through Rescue Village’s educational programs, we are a source of expert information and support, as well as a driving force behind creating a more humane world, for animals in Geauga County.
  • Our Humane Education Department provides a variety of programs and events for community members. We host tours of Rescue Village, visits from schools, are guest speakers at community group meetings and have information tables at community events. We invite you to learn more and take advantage of these opportunities and more by visiting rescuevillage.org. 

To Report a Suspected Case of Animal Abuse and Neglect:

Animals cannot speak for themselves. They rely on human beings who care about their well-being. Together, we can create a more humane world one human, one animal at a time.

Humane Law Enforcement

Good News for People and Their Animals in Ohio

January 9th, 2019

Note: Our Executive Director, Hope Brustein, sits on the Board of Directors of the new Ohio Animal Welfare Federation. 

 

Tootsie & Marley

January 7th, 2019

TOOTSIE & MARLEY

One home needed for two sweet dogs

 

What could be better than rescuing one dog in need of a forever home? How about rescuing TWO! Tootsie and Marley came in together as owner surrenders back in October. This bonded pair is hoping to find their forever home together soon. They’ve lived their whole lives together and really bring out the best in each other. When they were at their foster home together before they were available for adoption, neither had an accident in the house and they were inseparable! Each dog has a very different personality but together, they compliment each other so well.

Tootsie is the older of the two. She is a 10-year-old Shar-pei mix with a sweet wrinkled forehead and a calm personality. She’s a bit shy at first but once she warms up she is very easy going and would be a great companion. She’s polite, gentle, and easy to walk on a leash. Even though her muzzle is a little grey, she loves being outside and enjoys nice long walks with our volunteers.

Marley is 6-years-old and a bit more high energy than her sister Tootsie. She’s also a bit more anxious in new situations than Tootsie is but seems to be calmer if her sister is at her side. Marley LOVES chasing tennis balls and just the sight of one has her tail wagging and little Marley jumping up and down with excitement. Because new situations frighten them both a bit, Marley and Tootsie would do best in a home with no young children and an owner who is patient with them as they settle into their new environment.

Interested in adopting Tootsie and Marley as a bonded pair? Stop by Rescue Village during our open hours and ask to meet them!

Marley

Tootsie

Ohio Animal Action Alert!

December 4th, 2018

Ohio Animal Action Alert!

 

A bill, House Bill 552, which passed the Ohio House in June would ban gas chamber euthanasia for companion animals in shelters. 

The bill is currently in the Ohio Senate and has received a first hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill must pass 

successfully out of this committee and then be voted on by the full Senate and signed by the Governor by the end of this year in order to become law.
We have our work cut out for us but if we all pull together we can make it happen! Here’s where you are needed:

 

Stop Gas Chamber Euthanasia

1) Use this easy online form to send an email message to your Ohio state Senator asking her/him to support HB 552.

2) When you are done sending your email, please make sure to also call their office and leave a message. Not sure who to call? Use this link to find your Ohio Senator.

Every action taken can make a difference.

Fix It In The Farmland

November 15th, 2018

Do you know?

Veterinarians with dogs

Rescue Village offers the only low-cost spay neuter program to an Amish community in the United States. Right here in Geauga County, Fix It In The Farmland has spayed or neutered 2,492 dogs and cats since 2011. This is a very significant number considering we service a rural area.

Over time we have built friendships and trust. Our clients have learned that while the program is low-cost it is definitely high-quality. They have experienced that their love and concern for their pets is match by Rescue Village and the staff of Petfix which provides the surgeries themselves.

For more information, contact the Fix It Coordinator, Joan Lax at 440.338.4819 x 21

 

Wrapping Our Arms Around Greyhounds

November 7th, 2018

Wrapping Our Arms Around Greyhounds – Florida’s Brand New Law

On November 6th, 2018 Florida voters wrapped their arms around greyhounds on election night. Voters overwhelmingly supported an amendment that bans commercial dog racing. Amendment 13 won approval from roughly 5.4 million Floridians with a 69% to 31% victory.

The Committee to Protect Dogs, which lobbied for the racing ban, called the vote “a knock-out blow to a cruel industry that has been hurting and killing dogs for nearly a century.” Florida is the site of 13 of the nation’s 17 dog tracks. Amendment 13’s implementation means that the industry will basically be wiped out by the end of 2021.

The “sport” of dog racing has been rife with drugging of dogs, abuse, and the abandonment of thousands of greyhounds. Dogs were often kept in cages for 23 hours a day and lived in deplorable conditions. Greyhound rescues exist around the country to address the need for rescuing and rehoming these animals.

Yes, greyhound racing is big business and opponents of the amendment argued that ending commercial dog racing would cost the state tens of millions in money from gambling. As commercial racing ends there will be thousands of dogs that need homes. So far, all parties concerned have promised to help the dogs get happy endings. There will be challenges. But, wonderfully, doing the right thing by the dogs won the hearts, minds, and votes of millions of Floridians.

Outdoor Cat Shelters

November 6th, 2018

Affordable Winter Shelter for Stray/Outdoor Cats

 

Easy to build with affordable materials and easy to clean and maintain!

 

Materials Needed:

– A large Rubbermaid storage bin w/lid

– An 8’ x 2’ sheet of one-inch thick, hard Styrofoam

– A yardstick

– An ink marker (such as a Sharpie) -A box cutter or utility knife

– Straw, shredded newspaper or other insulating material

– Catnip

 

 

Assemble as follows:

1. Cut a doorway 6” x 6” in one of the long sides of the storage bin towards the corner. Cut the opening so the bottom is several inches above the bottom of the bin to prevent flooding in the bin.

2. Using the yardstick and box cutter to measure and cut out the piece, line the floor of the bin with a piece of Styrofoam.

3. When proceeding to cut the side pieces of Styrofoam, remember, those finished side pieces should not go up to the top of the bin. Cut each of the 4 interior wall pieces to stop at least 3” from the upper edge of the bin. This will allow room for an interior Styrofoam ‘roof’ to fit on top of the side pieces.

4. Cut the doorway in the Styrofoam where it is lined up with the doorway you cut earlier in the bin. Trace the outline of the door on the Styrofoam before cutting.

5. Stuff the bottom of the bin with straw, shredded paper or your choice of insulating material for bedding and to hold the Styrofoam interior wall pieces in place.

6. Cut the Styrofoam ‘roof’ to rest on top of the interior Styrofoam wall pieces.

7. Sprinkle catnip inside to entice your tenant!

8. Cover the bin with its lid! COZY kitty cats!

 

The Tide is Turning – Towards Adoption

October 28th, 2018

The Tide is Turning – Towards Adoption

In 2007 only 14% of pets were adopted from shelters or rescues.

In 2017-2018, 44% of dogs and 47% of cats were adopted from shelters or rescues. 

These figures were gathered by Shelter Animals Count and represent a tremendous change in awareness about the need to save homeless animals and the joy of rehoming animals.

The growth in adoption is also part of dramatically lowering the euthanasia of friendly and healthy animals in US shelters. Just imagine the millions of happy ending stories that surround these statistics. WOW!

The animals are our heroes AND SO ARE THE ADOPTERS!!

Letter From Our Executive Director

October 23rd, 2018

Welcome to www.rescuevillage.org!

 

If you’ve made it to our new blog, Village Voices, then you’re already starting to experience our brand new website www.rescuevillage.org. Welcome to our humane community of friends as we blog about all things animal welfare and pets. Here you will find tips for you and your pets; stay up-to-date about advocacy and what’s happening at the Ohio statehouse and nationally; read Rescue Village in the news; hear heart-warming success stories about life-saving and insights with plenty of humor and warmth. 

The new website will give “live” profiles of animals available for adoption. Forms will now be available for filling out and submitting online. Fetching information and learning about all of Rescue Village’s programs and services will be so much easier. And, beyond being oh so purrty, the new site will make it easier to volunteer, make donations, and find our events. 

Sign up to be on our “E-mail list” and be sure to come back often! We believe that “the best shelter is a humane community.” We invite you to interact, leave comments, ask questions, and support the cause!

Sincerely,

Hope

Hope Brustein, Executive Director, CAWA

Ohio’s New Puppy Mill Legislation Upgrades Standards of Care

October 23rd, 2018

We at Rescue Village believe that puppy mills should be banned altogether. However, Ohio’s new puppy mill law, which was enacted last month, upgrades standards of care for dogs kept in breeding kennels that churn out large numbers of puppies, also called puppy mills.

 

“Commercial breeders in Ohio can no longer cram dogs into cages that are stacked on top of each other and deprive animals of basic necessities, like space to move, exercise and access to veterinary care. Under the new law, each dog must be given daily exercise that allows the animal to extend to full stride, play and engage in other types of mentally stimulating and social behaviors, receive an annual veterinary exam, and be housed with other dogs in temperature-regulated kennels, among other reforms. The law also mandates that only healthy dogs can be bred, and limits the number of times a female dog can be bred. It requires retailers selling puppies in Ohio to acquire animals solely from breeders who meet these standards, regardless of what state they are in…”

Humane Society of the United States

 

We encourage you to throw your support to the ongoing efforts to ban puppy mills in Ohio.

What you can do:

  1. Adopt your next pet
  2. Don’t buy a puppy online or from a pet store unless they offer rescued animals
  3. Take action against pet stores that sell dogs supplied by puppy mills
  4. Support legislation that regulates and reduces breeding of animals
  5. Become an expert on the subject
  6. Know the existing laws.

Click here to learn more.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

October 19th, 2018

As the temperatures drop in Northeast Ohio, be sure to keep your pet safe and warm! Check out some of these helpful tips for the winter. Exposure to winter’s colder temperatures, dry air, and snowy weather can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin. To help prevent these cold weather dangers, please read the following tips:

  • Keep the air from getting when they are inside. Make sure to keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he or she comes inside. This will help to prevent itchy, flakey skin as the air outside becomes dry in the winter. Also, pay special attention to feet and in between their toes and make sure to remove any snow balls from in between the toes.
  • Keep them warm! Never shave your dog’s (or cat’s) fur in the winter. Longer coats provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, you can trim the fur to prevent clinging ice balls. Make sure to trim the hair between their toes too! For dogs with shorter hair, consider getting him or her a coat or a sweater for more warmth when they are outside.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during the winter. Washing too often can remove the essential oils and increase the chances of dry, flaky skin. If they absolutely need to be bathed, find a moisturizing shampoo or rinse.
  • Keep their paws from cracking. Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into the paw pads before going outside can help prevent from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent salt and chemicals from getting stuck in between their toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts on your own property whenever possible.
  • Keep chemicals where they can’t get to them. Antifreeze is a lethal poison for both dogs and cats. Thoroughly clean any spills from your vehicle.
  • Feed them more. Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in the wintertime. Feeding them a bit more during cold weather months can provide the extra calories they need.
  • Provide shelter! Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep. If you have an outdoor cat, consider making or buying them a special shelter. Inside pets should have a warm place to sleep off of the floor and away from drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed is a great option!
  • If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your pet! Keep them inside. If left outdoors for too long, pets can freeze, become disoriented, injured, or even killed. Don’t leave cars alone in a car during winter months either! They can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and can even cause animals to freeze to death.

All You Have to Be is Humane.

October 16th, 2018

All You Have to Be is Humane.

 

The RV barn program, headquartered at Billie’s Barn (named after major funder Billie Howland Steffee), has saved 65 horses since 2005 when the barn was built. While we provide education and assistance to owners, our court certified humane agent has the authority, with a court issued warrant, to take animals into our protective custody if laws have been broken and, without intervention, they are acutely suffering or in danger of dying.

This is difficult work. It is not a given that a starving horse, for example, can be saved. But Rescue Village is willing to spend thousands of dollars (that will never be made up by adoption fees) on their care, rehabilitation, and rehoming. We are required to enforce the law and we believe all animals deserve our moral concern.

Rockette at intake

Geauga County is a center for the horse industry in Ohio. It is not surprising that, while most horse owners take decent care of their equines, there are a few owners who allow their horses to dangerously decline in health and well-being. Rescue Village works closely with qualified veterinarians to make medical evaluations. In fact, we encourage owners who are unable to properly care for their horses to contact Rescue Village for assistance before the situation becomes critical.

The myth that humane societies, like Rescue Village, save horses in order to sell them at a profit could not be farther from the truth. Rescue Village picks up the entire cost of humane law enforcement in Geauga County – we receive no government funding. We enforce the laws pertaining to dogs, cats, horses, and farm animals. The barn program exists to carry out this responsibility. You can imagine the heartbreak when a normally 1,100 pound horse comes to us weighing 800 pounds.

It takes months to successfully bring an abused or neglected horse back to health and even more time to rehabilitate and rehome them. Community members who donate to or volunteer with the barn

program get tremendous satisfaction helping to bring dignity, better health, and safety to these animals. This, not financial gain, is the reward. Watching a horse regain his/her health, “brightness,” spirit, trust, playfulness, and movement is worth every dollar we spend. The cost of the RV barn program is approximately $120,000 annually. In 2017, we received $2,500 in adoption fees for all barn animals.

The RV barn program is a friend to the people, horses, and farm animals of Geauga County. This service continues with the support of the community. Ending cruelty and neglect – it is the law AND it is the right thing to do! We (and, most importantly, they) thank you. ■

Rockette after months of care at Rescue Village