News from the Rutland County Humane Society

The Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) would like to remind you that pets need special care during the cold winter months. Dogs and cats should be inside when the temperature drops.

If your dog is outside, it must be protected by a dry, draft-free doghouse. Windchills can be especially difficult for animals and can threaten their life. Make sure that pets who are outside have water that isn't frozen and is in plastic bowls, as metal ones can get very cold and their tongues can stick and freeze to it.

Wipe your animals paws after they've been outside to remove the salt and other chemicals they may come in contact with which can irritate them. Be especially careful with antifreeze as it's a deadly poison but has a sweet taste which attracts animals.

Watch for frostbite on their ears and other areas. For more information and tips, please contact the shelter at 483-6700.


A 7 year old, neutered male, Golden Retriever weighing 55 lbs.

I am an easy-going dog who enjoys people and other animals and will fit well into most homes. I know sit and down, I like to fetch, and overall I know how to be a good member of the household.

Sadly, I am only here because my family, where I lived with kids and other animals, couldn't afford to take care of me anymore. I got here on Dec. 16.

I do have a small, harmless growth on my eye that doesn't cause me any trouble. If you are looking for dog who is "good to go," please visit with me!


A 3 year old, spayed female, domestic short hair gray tiger weighing 9.5lbs.

I arrived at RCHS on Dec. 5 because my owner could not take care of me any longer. I am now sharing a room with other cats and seem to be doing just fine.

My favorite toy is a little cat ball with a bell inside. After a long chase with the ball I am ready to curl up in a nice warm bed for a nap. I am a love!

The Rutland County Humane Society is located at 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford. The shelter phone number is 483-6700. The shelter is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m. and is closed Sunday through Tuesday. Learn more about RCHS by visiting www.rchsvt.org.

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