6th Annual Thanks For Giving Fundraiser Collects Over 2,000 cans of pet food for Adopt Ohio

Thanks to everyone who came out and donated to the 6th annual Thanks For Giving fundraiser at Pet Valu Clintonville and Pet Valu Short North! The fundraiser collected 2,220 cans of pet food for Adopt Ohio.


During the month of November, Rescue Me Ohio collected donations at both Pet Valu locations. Each $5 donation helped feed a cat or dog for one week. The money collected was used to purchase cans of cat and dog food, which was donated to Adopt Ohio.


Calling Ohio Pups: Let’s Get BarkHappy!

If you’re anything like me, you love having your pets with you at all times.

Anyone who has adopted a dog knows all of the joy and love that they bring into your life. You want them with you as much as possible – whether it’s running errands, going to a friend’s house or taking an afternoon stroll. And, I’m willing to bet your dog loves being out and about with you as well, seeing new things and meeting new dogs and their humans. The founder of BarkHappy, Ninis Samuel, knew this feeling!


He knew how much his dog Kerby enjoyed going places with him and wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to spend more time with their dogs – that’s why he created BarkHappy. 

“It’s all about having real experiences with your dog instead of always leaving them at home,” says Ninis. “Dogs are happiest when they are with you and meeting new friends just like us.  We want you to enjoy life with your dog and connect with the dog friendly world around you.”  

BarkHappy is on a mission to build an active, engaged community of dogs, their owners and a platform for dog-friendly businesses and events through real life experiences. Download the BarkHappy app to:

  • Search for dog-friendly restaurants, stores, hotels, parks and more; and see their pet policies and amenities.
  • See upcoming dog-friendly events and create/host your own group play dates with friends.
  • Connect with other dogs nearby to make new friends – send wags, messages and more!
  • Create lost or found reports and alert other users in that area with your dog’s photo and important information
  • Find special deals just for BarkHappy users on products for your pup.

According to BarkHappy.com, BarkHappy means “a state of overt enjoyment and happiness that leads to uncontrollable expression through barking. e.g. The dog was having so much fun at the dog park, he was getting BarkHappy.” It’s the feeling your pups will get when they are able to spend more time with you!

In addition to helping dogs be happier and live more active social lives, BarkHappy also actively supports charities across the country. BarkHappy helps its charity partners by hosting dog-friendly events and donating a portion of the proceeds to their partners. Rescue Me Ohio is lucky to be BarkHappy’s charity partner in Cleveland, and we have had several great events this summer!  

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Dog parents nationwide can download the app on their Apple iOS (8+) and Android devices!

Please note: BarkHappy is a charity partner of Rescue Me Ohio.

Vaccinating Your Pets: Why It’s So Important

Vaccinating Your Pets: Why It’s So Important

Regular preventative pet healthcare is essential in keeping your furry friend happy and healthy. Vaccines are a simple way to protect your pet from highly contagious and often deadly diseases, and improve your pet’s overall quality of life.

In fact, experts agree that widespread use of vaccines within the last century has prevented death and disease in millions of animals. Some of the most common vaccinations recommended by veterinarians include:

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  • Rabies: a fatal viral infection of the brain and nerves that affects mammals – infection usually occurs through bites from infected animals, most commonly skunks, raccoons, foxes and bats
    * Vaccination for both dogs and cats is recommended, and is required in most states
  • Canine Parvovirus: a highly contagious virus that attacks a dog’s gastrointestinal tract; it is transmitted through oral contact with infected feces
  • Canine Distemper: a viral illness that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system of dogs; it can be spread through the air, through direct contact with an infected animal or via contaminated objects
  • Bortadella: a bacteria commonly associated with respiratory disease in dogs and a common cause of kennel cough; it is highly contagious and can be transmitted through the air or direct contact.
    * Although Bortadella isn’t one of the “core vaccines” that are recommended for most pets, the vaccine is a common requirement when boarding your dog.

For dogs, an alternative option to routine vaccinations are titer tests. These tests, which can be performed by your veterinarian can help determine if a previous vaccine is still protecting your dog.

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  • Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV): the FIV disease weakens a cat’s immune system, leaving cats dangerously vulnerable to serious infections
  • Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): a viral disease that weakens the immune system and is often passed from mother to kitten or through exposure to an infected cat’s saliva or other body fluids
  • Feline panleukopenia: Also known as feline distemper, this highly contagious viral illness attacks cells in the lymph nodes, bone marrow and intestinal tract. It is spread from cat to cat through contact with body fluids or contaminated objects.
  • Feline viral rhinotracheitis and Feline calicivirus infection: infectious diseases that often cause upper respiratory disease in cats.

Unfortunately, many people forgo vaccinations and routine healthcare for their pets because they are unable to afford this care. That’s why Rescue Me Ohio (RMO) and Ohio Voters for Companion Animals (OVCA) are sponsoring two upcoming H.O.P.E. Clinics, which offer affordable vaccinations for Ohio pets. The first clinic that we will be sponsoring will be this Sunday, April 30th, in the Columbus area. Please read our press release, or visit our Facebook events page for full details.

Learn more about pet vaccination by visiting the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Vaccination FAQ page. For more information about the H.O.P.E. Clinics that RMO and OVCA are sponsoring, please contact us.

Outside of Ohio? Visit the Humane Society’s website for a directory of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary care needs.


Nowhere to Go But Up: One Day in Meigs County

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world.  In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”
–Margaret Mead

It’s been a few months in the making, but Rescue Me Ohio’s first official Spruce Up Day at Meigs County Dog Shelter in Pomeroy, Ohio was just two days ago.  What started with a picture of a sad beagle needing rescue has turned into a multi-phase renovation project of the building and its operations.

The beautiful thing about this project was that it isn’t at all Rescue Me Ohio coming in to “save” the shelter in a poor town–instead, it is a collaborative effort between the warden, local volunteers and members of Rescue Me Ohio to do what can be done to give the dogs a better place to stay–all we are doing is helping shoulder the burden for a while and providing some momentum to see the loving volunteers’ dreams come true.

The day itself was beautiful and sunny, which helped amplify the warm feelings among the group.  Volunteers came from all over the state to join forces with the warden and local community members there to lend a hand.  Soon, the grimy walls became bright blue with fresh coats of paint…

The blue walls are bright and cheery, and soon the concrete floor will receive several coats of epoxy to provide easier cleaning.
The blue walls are bright and cheery, and soon the concrete floor will receive several coats of epoxy to provide easier cleaning.

…and the constantly backed-up drain was snaked out and repaired by our commercial plumbers who came to help.


It was amazing the amount of progress we made for just one day!  But we still have so far to go and need some help.  The next phases of the renovation will include overhauling the kennel area and building individual kennels for the dogs, improving the electrical system, obtaining more supplies and organizing them, and fixing the ceiling.  Then, we will write some grants to try and obtain some funding to sustain the operations of the shelter and provide medical care to the dogs as they come in.

If you’d like to help out on our next day, or you know of some supplies that you can get donated, please let me know at ksummers @ rescuemeohio.org!  We still need lots of help and keep looking for great volunteers who want to join our efforts!  Keep watching for more information on Spruce Up Day: Phase II!

Rescue Me Ohio visits Columbus Pet Expo

On a chilly weekend in mid-April, Rescue Me Ohio set up a booth with the Humane Society of Delaware County at the Columbus Pet Expo.  It was the biggest event that RMO has ever attended so far, and was a great way to meet current fans (thanks for stopping by!) and discuss our mission with those that didn’t know about us.

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From Friday through Sunday, members of Rescue Me Ohio were there to discuss with the expo attendees what animal rescue means to them and how RMO is working to fill in the gaps that exist within the community.   We worked to encourage people to foster, cross post, donate, or do whatever else they possibly could to get involved in rescue.  It was great to see that so many people who stopped by already believe in or are involved in rescue at some level!

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HSDC brought adoptable dogs every day and they were a huge hit with the people passing by!  The dogs got lots of attention and the shelter received donations and interest!  I heard that many of the dogs brought to the event ended up being adopted already, which is awesome!

This event was a huge success, and was so great meeting the wonderful fans out there who stopped to chat!  Please spread the word and rescue!

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Helping Hands Campaign meets Meigs County

I love being a part of Rescue Me Ohio because between all of the members, there can be dozens of great ideas floating around every day.  If you could see us behind the scenes, you could liken it to a beehive or ant colony–constant activity and members of a community hard at work for the betterment of our surrounding society!  It’s an amazing experience, truly, especially when some of the ideas get put into motion.

Which brings me to the topic at hand–how the Helping Hands Campaign came to be.  One day, an amazing woman and dedicated volunteer at the Meigs County Animal Shelter named Rebecca reached out to a member of RMO (Suzan) with a picture of a sad beagle who needed rescue.  Suzan, in turn, shared the photo with the rest of the beehive and we buzzed around it!

“Does anyone know a rescue who will take him?”  “Wow, he looks so sad.  Let’s ask _____ if they have room.”  “Hmm, it looks like that kennel could use some sprucing up.”  Thus, the idea was born.

Spring Spruce Up Day!–Meigs County Dog Pound
May 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
41790 Fairgrounds Rd, Pomeroy, OH 45769


With the support of Meigs County commissioners, wardens and volunteers, we are gathering a group of volunteers who can address some of the main concerns of the shelter and seeking donations to cover it.  We’ve got certified plumbers, electricians and contractors on board, as well as general handy-people.  And we have people who just want to be there to do what they can and maybe play with some dogs! We’re planning to paint and seal all of the concrete, change out the fencing and make some more kennels, hook up some appliances and find rescues for the dogs there at that time.

We’re very excited, but we need more supplies and the event is less than three weeks away!  If anyone can help, please message us on Facebook or e-mail me at ksummers@rescuemeohio.org.

Contractor Supplies

Cleaning Supplies

Pet Supplies


Concrete paint/epoxy Heavy duty hoses Linens, towels, blankets Vinyl fabric rolls
Painting supplies Scrub brushes/mops Elevated dog cots Rat traps
Sand Bleach Dog toys Freezer
Chain link fencing/posts Magic Erasers Dog food pails Gift cards
Cinder blocks Rags/cloths HW/Flea preventative Drop ceiling grid system
Concrete Dewormer Ceiling tiles
Electrical boxes Crates/pens Industrial fans
Plywood/lumber Slip leads

We also have an Amazon Wishlist set up at: http://amzn.com/w/34IBJM4XU88RM.
Keep updated at our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/494038940644252/

We here at Rescue Me Ohio understand that not every shelter can have a lot of resources and support.  We understand that most people are trying as hard as they can to do what is right with what they have.  Rescue Me Ohio does not judge or criticize these situations because the rescue community doesn’t need any more of that.  We are just here to help and do what we can to support the efforts of shelters and rescues in this state.  We just want to fill in the gaps that exist–and if you want to help us, we’d love to have you join us on the first of what we hope to be many successful Helping Hands campaigns.

“Have a heart, adopt!” Changing Hearts Rescue Adoption Event

It was a crisp, clear winter day in Alliance.  Warm inside Tractor Supply Company were several rescues for an adoption event and rabies vaccine clinic.  Rescue Me Ohio members were assisting Changing Hearts Rescue volunteers and four of their adorable foster dogs at a Valentine’s themed adoption event–“Have a heart, adopt!”

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We all had a great time getting to know the people and dogs of Changing Hearts Rescue!  There was a lot of traffic in the store and many people interested in their adoptable dogs!  Several adoption applications were handed out, and several people came who had already completed adoption applications just to meet the dogs.

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Changing Hearts is blown away and touched by all the interest they have been receiving lately!  Now that more dogs are getting adopted, they are able to rescue more.  Thank you so much to their supporters!

There are still 18 days left in February to spotlight this rescue, so look for more updates about them on our Facebook page!  We’re continuing the Tastefully Simple Fundraiser, “Have a heart, foster!” until February 28, so be sure to place an order.  Changing Hearts could use some more foster homes, so if you are in the Youngstown area, be sure to email them at changingheartsrescue@aol.com.  Lastly, please like Changing Hearts’ new Facebook page and help them grow their support group.  With your help, more dogs can and will be saved by this amazing group!