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It's a new year and a new beginning at the Beatrice Animal Shelter. And with the arrival of the new year, the Beatrice Humane Society welcomed Carlee Fiddess as manager to oversee the operations of the shelter.

Carlee came to Nebraska from Danville, PA, but she is no stranger to the area. All of her family resides in the Midwest, so she was anxious to move closer to them. By moving to Beatrice, she now has the opportunity to utilize her skill set at our shelter while getting to see family more frequently.

In Pennsylvania, Carlee was the site manager for the Danville branch of the PSPCA. She managed a staff of seven employees and 30-plus volunteers at a shelter with the capacity for housing 18 dogs, 30 cats, and 14 horses. She is a licensed veterinary technician, has worked as an emergency surgery technician, and has lots of experience with veterinary care and personnel management.

Carlee has been on the job in Beatrice for only two weeks, but she is getting acquainted quickly with shelter staff, volunteers, and board members…not to mention the animals in her care. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and her love of animals is very apparent.

We welcome Carlee and look forward to partnering with her as we work together to help lost and homeless animals in Beatrice and all of Gage County. If you would like to meet Carlee, stop in at the shelter during regular business hours and give her a big Beatrice welcome.

Winter Reminders

Just in case you have neglected to do so, remember that it’s time to renew city licenses for your cats and dogs. If you live within the Beatrice city limits, it’s the law to have current pet licenses.

You can purchase licenses at the Beatrice Animal Shelter during regular business hours. They are considered “current” through the end of December, 2019. And, in order to purchase a license, you must provide proof that your pet has a current rabies vaccination.

Winter seems to be upon us once again, and it’s a good time to remind pet owners of the hazards associated with anti-freeze. For some reason, the liquid is appealing to cats and dogs – it smells good and tastes sweet. But it is also lethal. Be sure to check your garage for anti-freeze that may be accessible to animals in easy to reach containers or as spills on garage floors.

Another winter product that may cause health problems for your dogs and cats is ice melt. Be sure to purchase a brand that is “pet safe” so that if your Fido or Fluffy walks through the product on your sidewalks and has the residue on their paws, they will not be licking off a toxic chemical.

Fairy Tales for Furry Tails

It’s not too soon to be thinking about the upcoming Beatrice Humane Society’s 17th annual “Paws-itively Desserts…and More” fundraiser Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at Classic’s.

The theme for this year’s event is “Fairy Tales for Furry Tails." The evening includes live and silent auctions, appetizer and dessert buffets, and the announcement of the prestigious Weston Humanitarian Award.

There are several ways you can be a part of the evening’s success. If you have an auction item to donate or if you would like more information about purchasing a ticket at one of four donor levels or if your business would like to be an event sponsor, please call me at 402-228-1965.

This is the Humane Society’s major fundraising activity and is crucial to the organization’s operating budget that keeps the shelter’s doors open. If you would like to help, please give me a call.

Shaddy Update

Perhaps you have heard about a sweet cat at the shelter named “Shaddy." Shaddy arrived at the shelter with a bad leg that had been injured – possibly when hit by a car. The leg was a definite problem.

After consulting with a shelter veterinarian, it was decided that the best thing to do would be to amputate the bad leg. Today Shaddy is getting along very well. Following a recuperative period, the super Shaddy will be hoping to find his forever home. If you are looking for a feline friend, stop by the shelter…Shaddy may be just the one for you.

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This column was written by Bette Anne Thaut, board member of the Beatrice Humane Society.

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