Today we are going to talk about a topic close to many of our reader’s hearts: their pets. The Capital Area Humane Society has been sheltering homeless animals and fighting animal cruelty and neglect for 130 years. They operate out of Hilliard, Ohio and receive no operating support from national organizations, and they are not a government organization. 90% of the humane society’s funding comes from donations and fees for services from private donors and volunteers. Claudia Ruedrich has been extremely involved with The Capital Area Humane Society for quite some time. She generously donated some of her time to sat down and talked with us about her time volunteering for The Capital Area Humane Society.
The McVey Team: How did you get involved at The Capital Area Humane Society?
Claudia: Betsy (her daughter) wanted to volunteer over there when she was 12 or 13. When you’re that young you have to have a parent also volunteer with you. So that’s how I got started: walking dogs over at the shelter.
Claudia: The humane society is an organization that takes in all kinds of pets, from cats and dogs, to rabbits, snakes, turtles, birds, and guinea pigs. The CAHS also investigates animal cruelty in Franklin County.
TMT: What exactly is a rescue pet, and what kind of screening do they go through before adoption?
Claudia: A rescue pet comes from a variety of places. Sometimes animals are surrendered by their owners because they can’t take care of them anymore. Sometimes the owners have passed away and nobody wants the pet. Sometimes they are animals that the CAHS has taken in on our cruelty investigations. All of our animals, especially the dogs and cats, go through a behavioral testing before they’re allowed to be adopted. Any pet you get, you’ll know whether or not they will be good with other pets; whether or not they will be good with kids. They’re all healthy, and it’s very rare that an animal gets returned. The nicest thing about adopting a rescue pet is that they are just so grateful for a home and that they’re not stuck in one of our cages anymore.
TMT: How many rescue pets do you own now, and can you tell us a story about how one came to be in your family?
Claudia: Right now 3 of my dogs are shelter dogs. I’ll tell you a story about Lilly, our Toy Poodle. She was an animal who was brought in on a cruelty complaint. The owners had been keeping her outside in all kinds of weather, and she was basically just a giant mess. The agent who found this dog thought she was a discarded wig. She was getting ready to take a picture of her and she said, “Suddenly the wig took a breath and I went, ‘Oh heck no!” So the owners ended up surrendering her. We just recently had to put down an 18-year-old Yorkie that we adopted from the shelter, and we were missing a little lap dog. So when we came back from vacation Lilly was still there in medical, because she was pretty bad off. So we got back, and they told me, “There’s a surprise waiting for you down in medical.” So I went and looked and there she was, and she has been the best dog since.
We greatly appreciate Claudia taking the time to answer a few of our questions. The Capital Area Humane Society is an awesome organization and we recommend all who can, to check them out.