LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society has found its resources stretched to the limit by recent events, which saw 70 cats come into their care last week as well as 22 dogs which were taken into protective custody in Carroll County.
''We had been cruising along rather comfortably until this happened,'' says Marylee Gorham, executive director of the society, which is headquartered on Meredith Center Road.
She said that 55 of the cats were turned over locally by an individual who the society has been working with for several years by providing free spaying and neutering services, but who became overwhelmed by recent new litters.
''Fortunately we were able to work with the Rozzie Mae Animal Alliance of Conway, which provided free spaying and neutering for 33 of the 55 cats who are now available for adoption,'' says Gorham.
The Rozzie Mae group has a van which is equipped with an operating room which allows the organization to bring its services to all parts of northern and central New Hampshire.
Gorham said that another 15 cats were brought to the society late last week from another local location, and on the same day Ossipee police removed 60 dogs from a boarding shelter in that town, 22 of whom ended up with the Humane Society with the others going to humane societies in Ossipee and Conway.
She said that the humane society's new veterinarian, Dr. Sioban Bach, is examining the animals to identify health problems and possible infections.
''We've already named all the dogs but because they're in protective custody they can't yet be adopted,'' said Gorham, who says that her favorite is a Black and Tan Coonhound who has been named ''Pippi'' in honor of Pippi Longstocking. ''She was the only dog that wasn't barking when they brought her in. She was just sitting there and looking around sort of like she was trying to figure out what kind of a situation she was in.'' says Gorham.
She said that the dogs which were brought in were thin, showing they we undernourished, and that their fur was coated with feces and one dog's coat was yellow from urine.
''We've been feeding them four times a day and constantly bathing them,'' says Gorham, who says that she is hoping that some of them will soon be able to go into foster homes.
She said that it was apparent that some of the dogs haven't been outside for some length of time, as they appeared almost afraid to walk on the grass. ''It's sort of what I would call Doggie PTSD'' says Gorham.
The Humane Society is looking for donations of laundry detergent as well as canned dog food and would also be grateful for any monetary donations.
''We've got ourselves some new animals which means we're using a lot of our space. But the good thing is that summer is the high time for animal adoptions and we're hoping that they'll all be finding forever homes in the near future,'' says Gorham.
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