Capital Humane Society Find More Homes for Pets

The new adoption center at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, was made possible by Mark Pieloch’s $1.5 million donation. The Pieloch Adoption Center is designed to increase pet adoptions and facilitate the adoption procedure, giving adopters a peaceful setting to interact with adoptable companion animals and match the right person to the right pet. The organization also works hard to educate the community and potential adopters about the best way to introduce a new pet into the home and how to properly care for their new companion for life.

Will They Get Along?

Many people who adopt shelter pets already have pets in the home. Shelters often ask adopters to bring the pet—especially a dog—from home to the shelter to meet the new playmate. First meetings may not be love at first sight, but shelter experts can usually tell whether the pets will get along. Bringing a new pet home may disrupt the household for a time, but there are ways to safely introduce pets to one another and minimize the disruptions.

The Smell Says It All

Before you bring a new pet home, obtain a blanket or some kind of article that has the new pet’s scent on it. Then let your pet sniff and investigate. Companion animals rely more on smell than any other sense, so getting them used to a new pet’s scent before the face-to-face meeting can go a long way toward soothing tensions.

Dogs Need Neutral Territory

First meetings between dogs should take place in neutral territory. Both dogs should be on a loose leash, each with a separate handler. Take a walk, keeping a safe distance between the two dogs. Let the dogs get used to being seeing one another. Let the dogs cross paths, allowing each to sniff where the other walked. If both dogs seem calm, allow a face-to-face meeting. Watch for signs of aggression and be ready to pull the leash back if necessary.

Give Cats Some Space

Before bringing a new cat home, prepare a safe, quiet room with food and water away from other pets and activities in the home. Give your new kitty time to feel safe and explore the room. Spend as much time with the cat in the safe room as possible, but don’t bring any other pets with you. Trade scented items back and forth. Depending on the cat’s personality and background, it can take anywhere from one to three weeks before the cat feels comfortable enough to leave the safe room. When introducing pets for the first time, make sure there is a safe place for the new pet to hide if needed. Make the initial meetings short and gradually lengthen them as the animals become comfortable with one another. Expect a little sparring, but don’t allow physical confrontations. Until it is clear that the cat and other pets in the household get along, allow only supervised visits. Put the cat back in the safe room when you are away.

The donation Mark Pieloch gave to the Capital Humane Society is making a tremendous difference in the lives of the homeless pets in Lincoln, Nebraska. With an animal behaviorist on staff, the shelter facilitates adoptions and professionally assists with introducing companion animals to one another. More people are adopting than ever before, enriching their own lives and the lives of the pets they bring home.


Helping Organizations Adapt to a Changing Environment

As the founder of two animal health and supplement companies, PF Inc. and PSPC Inc., Mark Pieloch has made it his mission to help animals live healthy, pain-free lives. Away from the commercial arena, he makes it a point to do more.

The entrepreneur’s $1.5 million donation to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska, paved the way for the new adoption center. His generous gift to the Central Florida Animal Reserve helped the big cat sanctuary quickly repair damage from a severe windstorm. Animal and community welfare organizations face challenges every day. People like Pieloch make a difference, and so can you.

Choosing a Worthy Charity

Helping the less fortunate and stepping in when there is a need is an essential part of being human. Volunteering and donating to charitable organizations promote a sense of well-being and overall satisfaction. Millions of dollars are donated to charities every year. Before making a monetary donation, however, it’s wise to check the validity of the organization and see exactly how much money reaches its intended target.

According to Charity Navigator, a charity watchdog group, administrative costs of running a charity often far outweigh the amount given to the charity’s stated cause. Some charities are outright scams, using names similar to the long-established charitable foundations to confuse potential donors. Before giving money, it pays to learn more.

Spotting a Poorly Run Charity

There are a number of red flags to watch out for before donating money to an unfamiliar charity. Ask to see the group’s financial records. Red flags include spending excessively on fundraising events compared to money spent providing programs; a CEO with an excessively large salary; and large sums in reserve not being used. Research the background and validity of the charity in question. Every legitimate charitable organization in the United States has a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Confirm a charity’s tax-exempt status before giving.

Unsolicited calls from charities are very often scams. High-pressure tactics, claims of past donations and sound-alike names trick millions into giving money to scams each year. The elderly are frequent targets of this type of attack. Even when such calls are not scams, it may mean the charity is spending money hiring professional telemarketers. Anytime a solicitor calls and asks for a donation, ask that financial records be mailed to you so you can research before giving. Do not donate over the phone. If someone is using high-pressure tactics, hang up.

Giving directly to a community organization, like Mark Pieloch often does, generally ensures that the money goes to the project at hand. Many charities give donors a choice about where their donations go. Designating to a specific purpose ensures that the money doesn’t end up in a general fund that may go toward someone’s salary.

Research shows that Americans are the most giving people in the world when it comes to charitable donations. Monetary donations are vital to the growth and success of many wonderful organizations. Giving wisely ensures that the money goes where it is most needed.