HSOC Offers Friends For Life in Pet Adoptions

first_imgHSOC 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]last_img read more

Brook Food donates £3,600 to NHS charity from oven sales

first_img12-year-old Niamh has been helping Brook Food manage the donation amountsBrook Food has donated £3,600 from the sale of Rofco ovens to its local NHS charity Love Musgrove.The Somerset-based equipment supplier had promised to donate £50 from every Rofco oven it sold during lockdown. As of 4 May, it had taken 30 orders resulting in an initial donation of £1,500. Between then and the 15 June, when retail was brought out of lockdown, it has taken another 42 orders adding £2,100 to its donation – bringing the grand total to £3,600.Demand for Rofco ovens had increased over this period, Brook said, as many are baking bread at a community level to serve demand that’s growing across village shops, micro bakeries and other outlets. Rofco, it added, suits these types of producers due to its size.“We wanted to show our appreciation for the orders of Rofco ovens we are taking but also to those bakers for bravely baking for their communities and the public,” the company said.“We want to give back and support these nurses and organisations in any way that we can, and feel this may help in just a very small way.”Brook also gave special thanks to 12-year-old Niamh, daughter of the company’s fulfilment manager, who helped to manage the donation amounts while she’s been off school during lockdown.last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds headline Sept. 2 Showdown in Motown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Four sanctioned divi­sions are on the card for the Friday, Sept. 2 Showdown in Motown, with Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds run­ning for $1,000 to win and a spot on the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods both vie for $500 to win while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a top check of $300.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, re­gional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show.Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $25.Pit gates at Marshalltown open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:50 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.More information is available from promoter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444.last_img read more

Seniors make PVC Track All-Academic Team

first_imgTwenty-one Hancock County high school seniors have made the 2015 Penobscot Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team.The senior athletes listed below have completed seven semesters with a grade point average of 90 percent or higher.Ellsworth: Olivia Lounder, Jack Weeks and Brandon St. Germain.George Stevens Academy: Liam Adams, Jennifer Burton, Madison Cole, Finn Davis-Batt, Alice Dillon, Willem Hilliard, Anna Ludlow, Yixin Ran, Taylor Venema and Chun Ye.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport: Amaziah Jones.Mount Desert Island: Ethan Craigo, Waylon Henggeler, Ralph Magnani, Sara Norberg, Aidan Robichaud-Ward, Camilla Thomassen-Tai and Sydney Wright.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies want to move Andre Iguodala for first-round pick

first_img Rob Pelinka on expectation for Lakers next season: ‘Anything short of a championship is not success’ James Harden on Russell Westbrook trade: ‘It’s going to be a lot of fun this year’ There is some belief within league circles that the Grizzlies are prepared to take Andre Iguodala into the season unless they receive a trade offer featuring a future first-round pick— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 12, 2019This is certainly ambitious for Memphis considering 35-year-old Iguodala’s mileage. He’s battled with lower leg injuries in recent years and averaged just 5.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists with Golden State in 2018-19. But the versatile defender is in high demand.The Lakers, Rockets, Mavericks, Clippers and Nuggets are all rumored to be interested in Iguodala, but they might not be interested enough to risk their futures on a player with a few years of basketball left in him, at best. Related Newscenter_img Memphis is willing to part with Andre Iguodala, but it has a hefty asking price. The Grizzlies acquired the 15-year wing from the Warriors in a trade this offseason and might not move him if they can’t get a future first-round pick out of his many suitors, according to a report from The New York Times. “I have a good idea how much longer I want to play,” Iguodala said earlier this year. “I’m keeping it to myself, but it’s going to be soon. I can play four or five more years. But I won’t.”Memphis is rebuilding the right way and has three top-5 picks in 2019’s No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Josh Jackson at its disposal.The Grizzlies traded away franchise players Mike Conley and Marc Gasol last season and finished 2018-19 with a 33-49 record, which was good for 12th in the Western Conference. But they could turn things around if the assets they’re collecting pan out.last_img read more

More goals, a centre-back and a striker – Arsenal fans’ verdict on what is needed

first_img 4. ‘Keep Walcott healthy’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – It’s surprising that someone with the finishing prowess Walcott possesses has only surpassed 10 goals once in his career. As he showed against West Brom, when Walcott is fully fit he can be deadly. Arsenal need to find a way of keeping him healthy. Back-to-back FA Cup wins have given Arsenal fans some long overdue success to cheer about, but if the Gunners are to win a first Premier League title since the ‘Invincibles’, they will have to make a few more tweaks to their squad.Signing Petr Cech from Chelsea has almost certainly ended their search for a top class goalkeeper but the work isn’t over for manager Arsene Wenger if he is to bring the title to the Emirates.Click the arrow above, right, to see seven things Arsenal fans want to see this season. 8 7. ‘Ozil to step up’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – The World Cup winner’s talent is undeniable, but Ozil is yet to light up the Emirates in his first two seasons. However, this will be the first time the Germany international has had a full pre-season with the Gunners and at full fitness he’ll be raring to go. 2. ‘Get back up for Coquelin’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – The dynamic Frenchman’s emergence was one of the biggest successes for the Gunners last season. Matheiu Flamini has failed to make the same impression in his second spell at the club and fans are concerned about the effect a potential Coquelin injury would have on the team given Jack Wilshere’s absence. 8 3. ‘Sign a new striker’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Alexis Sanchez couldn’t have done much more in his maiden season at Arsenal, but the team could do with a pure goal scorer to lead the line. Olivier Giroud scores goals but is patchy in the biggest games, Welbeck has been used out wide and Theo Walcott’s fitness is an issue. Fans are clamouring for either Karim Benzema or Alexandre Lacazette to solve the team’s profligacy. 8 1. ‘Bring in a new centre-back’ – click the arrow above, right, to see seven other things Arsenal fans are saying – With the new Premier League season almost upon us, talkSPORT looks at what Arsenal fans want to see from their team, starting with new defensive depth. Laurent Koscielny has improved immeasurably over the last couple of seasons but Per Mertesacker is still prone to the occasional lapse in concentration and Gabriel is still adapting to the league. More depth is needed to ward off any potential defensive crisis. 8. ‘Score more goals’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – It seems odd to say the division’s second highest scorers need to score more, but a cursory glance at the team’s squad shows a number of players didn’t score as many as they perhaps should have. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck all scored less that five Premier League goals whilst injury victims Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott would both expect to score more, too. 5. ‘Turn up against big teams’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Last season Arsenal only managed one win – a 2-0 victory at Man City – in their games against other inhabitants of the top four. If the Gunners are going to overhaul Chelsea at the top of the league, they’d do well to take more points off their rivals. 8 6. ‘Aaron Ramsey needs to find consistency’ – click the arrow above, right, to see what else Arsenal must do this season, according to the fans – Two seasons ago, Ramsey was Arsenal’s key man, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, whereas last campaign the Welshman plundered just one goal between August and March. On his day Ramsey can be a key weapon for Arsenal and it would massively help their cause if he could find more consistency. 8 8 8 8last_img read more