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Art 4 Animals show on exhibit at Four Corners

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL The Bowling Green Arts Council and Four Corners Center is hosting Artists 4 Animals 5 at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main Street, from November 10 through November 28th. Thirty-two artists of all ages, kindergarten through adult, are exhibiting their animal-themed work in the show, which is free and open to the public during regular Four Corners hours of 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday. The show features selected top winners in each age category as well as best domestic and wild animal. Several of the artworks depict dogs and cats currently at the Wood County Humane Society, as depicted by Eastwood High School students. First place award winners are: Best Domestic Animal, Anna Gerken, “Begging for Treats” Best Wild Animal, Jean Gidich-Holbrook, “Iguana” Adults, Isabel Zeng “Bunny Ears K-4th Grade, Aya Aldailami, “Two Animals” 5th-8th Grade, Robbie Witte, “Racing Steeds” 9th-12th Grade, Hope Harvey, “Baybee” The winning images are reproduced on note cards that are available for purchase at the Four Corners Center.  Sales of the cards will benefit the Wood County Humane Society and the Bowling Green Arts Council.  This event is sponsored in part by The Copy Shop and Kabob it BG.  

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Earth Camp gives kids peek at the wild side

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   By the end of the day, nearly 250 kids left William Harrison Park – some wearing paper butterflies with pipe cleaner antennae in their hair, some with dirt on their hands, and some with new ideas in their heads. Elementary age children from throughout Wood County gathered at the park in Pemberville for the annual Earth Camp Tuesday organized by the Wood County Solid Waste Management District for kids in the Community Learning Centers STARS program. “We get every single one of the Community Learning kids outside for the entire day,” said Amanda Gamby, who coordinated the event. A parent herself, Gamby said sometimes after a long day at work, parents just don’t have the energy to take kids outside to play. So for the 18th year, the Earth Camp gave them a full day to explore nature. This year’s theme was wildlife. “It’s pretty great,” said Jamie Sands, with the Wood County Park District, which partnered on the camp. “This is for kids to be active in nature while learning about wildlife.” Children went from station to station, learning about the declining Monarch butterfly population, “habitracks” using a map to explore habitat components for animals, the importance of pollination, local amphibians, and Nature’s Nursery. “Then they get to go down to the river and see some critters,” Sands said. “They go home and they are probably all exhausted.” At one station, the children learned about the efforts of Nature’s Nursery to…


Humane Society offers July 4 adoption special

(Submitted by Wood County Humane Society) The favorite summer holiday of Fourth of July is fast approaching. The normal cook-outs, fireworks, and outdoor activities are sure to happen. While spending time with friends and family why not add another member to the holiday festivities by adopting a dog from the humane society. The Wood County Humane Society (The WCHS) is celebrating with an Independence Day adoption special. From Wednesday, July 5th through Sunday July 9th select dogs will be half off their normal adoption fee. All dogs have been spayed/neutered, received age appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, initial dewormings, and are current on flea and heartworm prevention. The shelter is located at 801 Van Camp Road, Bowling Green, Ohio. The shelter will be open on Wednesday, July 5th from 12:00pm to 7:00pm and Thursday July 6th to Sunday July 9th 12:00pm to 5:00pm for the Independence Day adoption event. Come join us and welcome a new member of the family into your home. For more information or questions about the adoption special please contact the shelter at 419-352-7339 or visit our website at http://www.woodcountyhumanesociety.org. The WCHS, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is a private, non-profit managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. The organization relies on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund our programs such as Safe Haven and food assistance programs, spay/neuter transport, and educational presentations. The WCHS provides care for hundreds of animals…


BG police and businesses rescue ducklings in storm drain

It was Bowling Green, not Boston. And four ducklings, not eight. And it wasn’t Officer Michael coming to the rescue. But Bowling Green had its own version of “Make Way for Ducklings” this past weekend. Four ducklings were rescued from a storm drain on South Main Street by Bowling Green Police officers, and employees from O’Reilly Auto Parts and Circle K South. An engine hoist from O’Reilly was used to lift the storm drain grate, then the ducklings were coaxed toward the opening with hot dog buns from Circle K South. Police officers then lifted the ducklings out. The young ducks were reunited with their mother, who then led them back to the wooded area near Kenwood Elementary School.  


Dogs from Qatar desert travel to BG to find homes

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bea and Toro traveled a long way to find homes here in Wood County – nearly 7,000 miles from Doha, Qatar. It’s not unusual for the Wood County Humane Society to help find homes for dogs at area shelters, but this is the first time the organization has partnered with the Gulf Canine Connection. “They were found out in the middle of the desert,” April McCurdy, behavior and training coordinator at the Wood County Humane Society, said of the dogs. “It’s a pretty incredible organization, so we figured, why not.” Bea and Toro, both Saluki mixes around 6 months old, arrived in Bowling Green on Monday afternoon. They will be looked at by a local veterinarian, spayed and neutered, and later put up for adoption. McCurdy explained that the Wood County Humane Society helps other shelters whenever possible – this just happens to be a more long distance delivery than normal. “They reached out to us and asked for help. Since we were able to help, we figured we should,” McCurdy said. This will be a test case working with the Gulf Canine Connection, to see if the Wood County Humane Society wants to accept more desert dogs. “We’ll see how this goes,” McCurdy said. To reach Bowling Green, Bea and Toro endured a 15-hour flight from Qatar, a Middle Eastern nation neighboring Saudi Arabia. Born in the middle of the arid terrain that comprises most of Qatar, Bea and Toro were…


Volunteer Gary Jones thanks Dana Corp for hosting Adopt-a-Pet event

I would like to commend the Dana Corporation on Technology Drive in Maumee for hosting an Adopt-a-Pet day for their employees. Jenny Miranda organized the event because she loves animals, she supports the work of rescue sites and humane societies and she wanted a fun day where employees might adopt a pet. What a remarkable event for a corporate company to support local efforts. It was a fun day and pets were adopted. And generous gifts of toys, food and blankets, enough to fill the bed of a pickup truck were given to each of the participating humane groups. To me, it was a remarkable day spent with enthusiastic Dana employees. Kudos to Dana and Miranda. Gary Jones, Volunteer Bowling Green


Wood County Humane Society appreciates Kroger donation

This May, The Kroger Company designated $10,000 to be split among three deserving local nonprofits as part of the Grand Re-Opening Event for its recently remodeled and expanded Bowling Green location. All three of the recognized nonprofits—The Black Swamp Arts Festival, The Cocoon, and The Wood County Humane Society (hereafter The WCHS)—make valuable contributions to this community and we at The WCHS count ourselves lucky and proud to stand beside our peers in those organizations and be recognized for the important work that all of us do in and for this community. We also count ourselves incredibly fortunate to live in a community with such generous support from community partners like The Kroger Company. The WCHS is a private, non-profit, managed admission shelter providing care for homeless and abused pets and investigating cruelty complaints in Wood County. Our organization receives no funding from government organizations, The United Way, or national humane organizations, instead relying on the generosity of community partners and individual supporters to fund our programs and to allow us to provide care for hundreds of animals each year until those animals can find their forever homes. In 2016, for instance, our amazing staff managed to place 825 animals thanks to the donations of our individual members and our community partners. On behalf of all of our staff and the animals at The WCHS, we would like to whole-heartedly and sincerely thank The Kroger Company for its altruism and for its very generous donation to our mission of bringing…