Emmaline shown here in better days when she could have a bed. Though she has not tested positive she still has to be dipped twice a week as a precaution. She's counting the days until we are open again and she has a chance at adoption.
Ringworm 101: a brief tutorial. As we mentioned last week, ringworm is not a worm, it is a fungus; therefore a microscopic and airborne organism. As an airborne organism it gets into everything like dust, air vents, fans, A/C units, carpet, fabric; any porous surface from blankets and towels to bulletin boards, pictures.
Though we at Springfield Humane Society pride ourselves on the way we maintain our aged facility and keep it and the animals clean and well cared for it is impossible to prevent such pathogens coming to us on the animals that need our care. And since we have inadequate storage capabilities items are often stored somewhere in proximity to animals therefore allowing these items to be exposed to any pathogens. So we had to dispose of a lot of items (four dumpster loads) to allow us to disinfect the building top to bottom. Reams of paper, poster board, educational displays, cat scratching postsand entertainment centers, furniture- the list just goes on and on and will cost thousands of dollars to replace it all. Due to the economic times we are already awash in red ink; now the budget is strained even more. We simply cannot do it without your help.
If you can spare a little for a donation at this time send it in to 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield 05156; we'll start replacing items as the building is decontaminated.
The good side of this is that we are finding ways to help by storing as much as we can in sealable plastic totes. We'll need a lot of them in various sizes so if anyone has good ones you are not using, we can use them. The best news, so far only a kitten has tested positive.
We had to cancel our September clinic but we will resume on Oct. 12 in Springfield, Nov. 2 in Chester and Dec. 7 in Springfield. They fill fast so reserve your space now by calling 885-2174.
Weather permitting our weekly sales at the North Springfield Storage Units are Fridays from 8-12. If you have good items to donate call Tom at 885-2174.
401 Skitchewaug Trail
Springfield, Vt. 05156