Pupdate: Animal Shelter Society Inc. February Edition


By Jessica Johnston, Assistant News Director

Featured Animal

Angel is a 3-year-old cat that came into the Animal Shelter in November 2018. As a formerly semi-feral cat, Angel was terrified of people when she was brought into the shelter months ago.

After working with staff at the shelter, Angel gets along well with other cats, people and children, although she’s not as accepting of dogs.

Due to Angel’s “condo” at the shelter being sponsored by local attorney Sherry Ryan, her adoption fee is reduced to $25.

As one of the cats that has been at the shelter the longest, the staff is hoping to find her home as soon as possible.


Yappy Hour — March 7

Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, the Zanesville Country Club will host ‘Yappy Hour’ to benefit the Animal Shelter Society.

Tickets can be purchased for $35 at the Animal Shelter Society, located at 1430 Newark Rd., or at the door the night of the event while tickets last.

There will be three or four chefs at the event providing different foods, alongside refreshments and a short auction starting at 7 p.m. The auction includes collectible sports items, artwork and other entries.

While tickets are available at the door, Animal Shelter Society Director Jody Murray encouraged those that are planning to attend to purchase their tickets before the night of the event.

PetSmart Adoption Event — Feb. 22, 23 and 24

Across the country, PetSmart franchises host adoption events throughout the year to help homeless animals in their communities to get adopted.

The Animal Shelter Society will have both dogs and cats available for adoption at PetSmart, located at 3909 Gorsky Dr., on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m.

Dutro Indoor Sale — Feb. 23

During Dutro Ford’s Indoor Sale on Saturday, Feb. 23, the Animal Shelter Society will be accepting a donation from Dutro.

Throughout the event, WYBZ radio will be broadcasting from Dutro and the members of the Animal Shelter Society will be on the radio from 10 to 11 a.m.

Domino’s pizza will also be available.

Summer Jam — June 1

While it’s not quite summer yet, an event to keep on the calendar in the coming months is the Animal Shelter Society’s Summer Jam.

The sixth-annual event will be hosted at the YMCA with many vendors and food trailers. The event, from 12 to 5 p.m., is both family and dog friendly.


Safety Tips

Although Thursday is offering some warmer weather than the rest of the month, there’s still some winter weather hanging around.

With snow, ice and flooding being at the forefront of minds Murray said the best way to help keep animals safe is by having a name tag on each animal with contact information.

“Just closer supervision, as water comes up the landscape looks different and smells different, makes it easier for your dog to get lost,” Murray said.

In addition to flooding, Murray advised pet owners to be cautious of thin ice on ponds and creeks as animals can easily fall through the ice.


As the Animal Shelter Society is a nonprofit organization, all donations are welcomed.

Currently, the shelter’s demand for services is very high. Over the past six months, the shelter has been taking in an increased number of cats and injured animals.

The organization was able to purchase some equipment to help tend to injured animals that the staff couldn’t previously help. In addition to new equipment, Murray said the shelter was able to hire more staff thus leading to caring for an increased amount of animals.

With the new additions has come new challenges as the shelter is seeing more and more injured animals.

“I think some of it is still related to the economy, and people just not able to you know provide all the care that their pets needs so they end up coming here,” Murray said.

Anyone interested in donating to the shelter can contact the organization’s staff at 740.452.1077.