HSOC Dog Trainer Jennifer Knipe gets outside with Pint, available for adoption, for a little bit of fresh air and exercise. By MADDY VITALETucked away off Tennessee Avenue in Ocean City is a place where bonds are formed, animals are saved, and forever homes are right around the corner.And if they are not adopted, rest assured the cats and dogs that are housed at the Humane Society of Ocean City will receive the best of care, training, love, nurturing and patience. The animal shelter’s staff will also be prepared if that right person or family comes walking through the door looking to adopt, Bill Hollingsworth, executive director of the HSOC, explained in an interview Wednesday.New staff, specials on adoption fees, and a host of activities geared to help fund shelter animals are ways that the HSOC sets itself apart from the rest of the other shelters, Hollingsworth said.“What makes us different from other shelters is we are very community-oriented,” he said. “We have competitive pricing for adoptions with the rest of the markets and we provide veterinary care at a discount for the life of a pet.”The HSOC leases its space at 1 Shelter Road off Tennessee Avenue from the city. As part of the lease, it also handles animal control for the city, adding another dimension to the facility.“Animal control doesn’t only help people, but it helps wildlife. It also helps the tourism industry,” Hollingsworth said. “People are not just coming here for the beaches and the Boardwalk. They are here to see nature, too. The HSOC is vital to protecting people’s property and wildlife.”During the summer the HSOC fields up to 10 calls a day for rescues of wildlife, such as birds wrapped in fishing lines. It also works to keep the fox population under control, Hollingsworth noted.HSOC Operations Manager Phil Bellucci, left, with Executive Director Bill Hollingsworth.The shelter also keeps space available should a disaster strike. The HSOC will house people’s pets in case of flooding and other emergencies.Currently, there are about 60 cats and nine dogs at the no-kill shelter, but the number fluctuates. The adoption fees are $100 for dogs and $60 for cats.Phil Bellucci, operations manager, detailed some of the positive changes at the shelter that have occurred over the last two years.At one point, there were 120 cats in the cat room. The shelter staff decided to lower the price for adoptions to give felines that may not have gotten the opportunity for a home a better chance.Both Bellucci and Hollingsworth said the emphasis was on giving some longtime cat residents a better opportunity for adoption. Without losing focus on finding a suitable home, they loosened some of the adoption requirements.“We lowered the population in the cat room for two reasons. It was overcrowded and it was hard to focus on getting a cat a home,” Bellucci said.All of the animals adopted are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and receive their vaccinations.“We are committed to the animals, not just until they are adopted, but for life,” Bellucci said.Bellucci is in charge of fundraisers and special events for the shelter as a way to further the cause.“We want people to come out and be a part of our organization,” Bellucci said. “That way, they will maybe donate or volunteer.”There are 12 dog runs, but the shelter sets aside three of them as often as possible for animal control for the city. With about nine dogs available for adoption, Jennifer Knipe, a dog trainer and assistant shelter manager, can really use her talents to focus on the animals, she noted.Both she and longtime dog trainer at the HSOC, George Mueller, have been working with the dogs on specific skills. For example, Murphy is a hound up for adoption. He is very scent-oriented.Murphy loves to play and is looking for a home.On Wednesday, Knipe took Murphy out to the dog exercise area behind the shelter. With artificial grass, obstacles, toys and a lot for the shelter animals to see, smell and hear, it becomes an exciting and adventurous way to get them relaxed, content and tired out, she said.“We try to make their lives as good as possible – especially since they are in kennels. They need to use their minds,” Knipe said as she hid a scented toy for Murphy to find.Knipe, who joined the shelter in October of 2018, has also focused her energy on more enrichment programs and positive reinforcement for the dogs.“We are not just doing obedience training. We are getting the dogs ready to go into a home,” Knipe said.Courtney Venzie, the shelter manager, said the positive changes at the shelter have been beneficial to the animals and 20 employees and volunteers.“We figured if we could change it up and not make it so stringent to adopt, everyone would be better off. A cat who was here for 10 years was adopted out,” Venzie said. “Before, that just wouldn’t have happened.”HSOC Shelter Manager Courtney Venzie, left, with Night and Jennifer Knipe, dog trainer, with Marvin. Both cats are waiting for a home.Here are a few events coming up this year from HSOC:Hearts & Paws $5 Valentines at the shelter now until Feb. 14. Purchase a Valentine for your furry friend and proudly hang it at the HSOCPins Fur Paws – March 10 at Kingpin Lanes in Egg Harbor TownshipGrateful Pets V with Dead Reckoning – April 11 at Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers PointHSOC Campout with the Pups in “pup tents” date to be determinedSkato with Kato V with live music – June 19 at Ocean City Skate ParkPaddlePAWlooza II – June 28 at OC Paddle Company For information on animals for adoption, events and veterinary services, visit www.hsocnj.org. To volunteer or for other questions call the shelter at 609-398-9500. People may email the shelter at [email protected]
Press Association Klopp makes his Barclays Premier League debut in the White Hart Lane encounter on Saturday as he looks to reinvigorate the Reds’ disappointing start to the season. The German has set his stall out to lead the Merseyside club to one title within four years, while in the short term he and Pochettino are scrapping it out for a place in the top four. Spurs have hired six managers in 10 years in pursuit of regular Champions League football and Pochettino believes his job comes with an equal burden of pressure. “Can he win one title in four years? I don’t know. It’s a question for other people, not me,” the Argentinian said. “I believe he knows he is in a big club and Liverpool have a lot of expectation. It’s like us at Tottenham – there is the same pressure. In a few years we need to win some titles too, no? “I think it’s very good for the Premier League that he comes here. “He impressed us with his job at Borussia Dortmund and we wish him all the best – after Saturday.” Pochettino led Southampton to eighth in his first full campaign in England, which equalled the club’s highest league finish since 1990. Southampton’s players quickly adopted Pochettino’s high-pressing style and he believes Klopp can make a similarly swift impact at Anfield. “Convince the players they believe in your philosophy and your ideas – that’s the first important thing,” Pochettino said. “Then you need to know the culture, the different mentality, the different football in England. “When you are a manager like Klopp and you have the capacity to manage in the Champions League final, you have the skill to adapt your ideas to the new culture.” Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is under just as much pressure as Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.
When Carlo Ancelotti lifted the UEFA Champions League trophy again last Saturday, some excited ‘fans’ of Real Madrid in New Kru Town went about destroying tables, chairs and seven crates of empty beer bottles at the Face-to-Face Club, where they watched the finals.The reason: ‘Because they were happy for Real Madrid’s victory over Atletico.’“It was not easy to contain them,” admitted one of the workers, Randolph Stevens, in an interview Sunday with the Daily Observer.He said the ‘fans’ were so over-excited that all they wanted was to destroy anything that came their way.“Three large tables were destroyed,” he added, “along with four chairs.”He added that seven empty beer crates, valued at 14, 000 LRD, were also destroyed.The Daily Observer also gathered that some individuals were slightly injured, although efforts to contact them were not successful.Meanwhile, Mr. Alieu Tiah, who said he is the chairman of the Real Madrid Fan Club on Bushrod Island, told the Daily Observer that he regretted the incident.“I contacted my friends who were involved in the incident,” he said, “they admitted to me that they did it and it was also because they were drunk.”Tiah said he would engage his friends and urge them to repay the cost and appealed to his members to refrain from violent acts.“It is not in anybody’s interest when we celebrate victory with destruction,” Tiah said, “we must behave like normal human beings when we are celebrating.”New Kru Town resident, Elder Nat Wrawrueh, regretted the incident and called on Video Centers to set rules to govern their operations.“They must find a way to control those who watch their football programs at their centers,” he said.The proprietor of the FACEBOOOK Club, also in New Kru Town, showed the Daily Observer a large mark on his arm, a wound which he said was inflicted after a match two years ago.“I’ve learned to make sure that anybody who comes to my shop and engages in any rowdy act is asked to leave,” he added.At the local Police Depot in the borough, the Daily Observer learned that a complaint on the incident had been lodged, but the officer could not provide further details.Video Center violence has become a new phenomenon in the country, since technology made it easier to beam football programs into video centers to benefit consumers.It was reported that several years ago a fan was stabbed during a video center football screening argument on a match being played thousands of miles away in Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)