The Putnam County Humane Society has a lot on its plate this spring. From its annual garage sale to the publication of a cookbook, things are hopping at the shelter.
The organizations biggest fundraiser of the year is the annual garage sale from May 27 to 30 in the Putnam County Fairground's goat barn. Items of all types and sizes are being accepted as donations for the event.
Another fundraising project is the Humane Society of Putnam County Cookbook. Anyone who has a story to tell about an animal adopted from a shelter or that has changed your life is welcome to send it in. Recipes are also welcome. Send them to email@example.com.
The group hopes to have the cookbooks ready for holiday gift-giving this year.
Volunteers are always needed at the shelter and training classes are ongoing. Three types of training are being offered, general training, Meet Your Match and adoption training.
General training class teaches shelter procedures, how to select which dogs can be safely walked of walked together and where to walk them. Techniques and procedures to help socialize and enrich the lives of shelter animals are also taught.
Meet your Match training teaches how to assess an animal's potential aggression toward humans and other dogs. This is used to determine potential behavior issues and modifications.
This program is also used to assess an adoptable dog's energy or persistence level and motivation. It helps shelter workers match the right dog to the right person.
Adoption training class provides volunteers with help in good counseling and completing paperwork in the adoption process. Policies, prices and determining 'good matches" is a must for volunteers.
Upcoming class times are: Meet Your Match on March 8 from 1-3 p.m.; General shelter training will be offered on March 21 from 1:30-3 p.m. and on April 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
To enroll in any of these classes or for information about them call the shelter at 654-5739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More classes will be held later in the year.