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10 March 2002
Statewide Network to Help Homeless Animals

From Teresa Turner - tturner5@columbus.rr.com

The Ohio Humane Education Association (OHEA) has been laying the groundwork for our statewide network, "Protecting Ohio's Companion Animals" (P.O.C.A.). This network is unique in design and will require that we have volunteers in all 88 counties to help clean up Ohio for the dogs and cats. Every year nearly 200,000 dogs and cats are killed in Ohio. It is long past the time to put an end to this tragedy.

The structure and activities of the network will be to: 1) reduce the number of animals going into shelters, 2) assist in getting animals out of shelters, and 3) put an end to inhumane practices in the sheltering and killing of unwanted animals. These aims place heavy emphasis on educating individuals and communities on the importance of spaying and neutering and responsible companion animal care.

We are looking for dedicated individuals to serve as volunteer county coordinators. Although many counties have coordinators, most do not. Many counties would benefit from a team approach and volunteers are needed throughout the state. Our first step involves information gathering on what is going on in each county (many counties are still very inhumane the animals simply don't have a chance). From this information the needs will be assessed and a county web page created for what will be the most comprehensive Ohio companion animal web site. Next, we will be distributing printed materials and establishing lines of communication with key people in each county.

Will this strategy work? Yes. Action is already being taken and animals being helped.

This past weekend we went into a southern county after our county coordinator gathered documentation and photographs on the shooting and box gassing of dogs. We videotaped graphic evidence and then approached a county commissioner requesting that the shooting and gassing stop immediately or the media would be contacted. We were promised that orders would be given to the dog warden to stop immediately. A meeting is being arranged with the county commissioners to help this county change the way it deals with stray and unwanted dogs.

Progress is measured in lives saved. Many of us make a difference everyday, one animal at a time. Together we can help thousands. Consider being part of this effort to educate and bring about change in Ohio.

For the Animals,
Teresa Turner
State Coordinator
OHEA Director
P.O. Box 546
Grove City, Ohio 43123
614-875-1810
http://www.ohiohumaneeducation.org

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