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Humane Society holds Doggie Easter Bone Hunt on Sat., March 28
Dogs sniff out treats and prizes at egg hunt especially for them

            Does your best friend have four legs, a wet nose, a dry tongue and sometimes drinks from the toilet? If he or she does, spend some quality time with your canine best friend at the Humane Society of Calloway County's Doggie Easter Bone Hunt on Sat., March 28 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Murray-Calloway County Central Park Courthouse Pavilion. You and your dog will enjoy this canine equivalent of an Easter egg hunt as the dogs sniff out treats and prizes especially for them.
             At 2:30 p.m., there will be an Easter Bonnet Parade for your dog to show off his or her best spring head wear.
            At 3:00 p.m., egg hunts will be held in separate areas for large and small dogs allowing the canines to ‘'hunt'’ doggie bones and plastic eggs with doggie bones, cookies and other special treats and prizes. For a $5 donation per dog, dogs will receive the treats they find. If your dog touches their nose to a treat or egg during the hunt, you can pick it up and put it in their basket – that is, of course, if your dog doesn't eat it first! The dog’s handler will receive an entry into a drawing for an Easter basket for either a large or small dog.
            The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs. For a $10 donation to the Humane Society, a photographer will take a 5X7 photograph of your dog(s) and family with the Easter Bunny and you are welcome to take your own photos as well. Your pooch can also enjoy paw painting a work of art for $10 or less per item.
            Humane Society volunteers will microchip your pet for $10 and you can have a custom pet ID tag engraved beginning at $3 while you wait.
            Bring your dog if he or she enjoys being around people and other dogs and is up-to-date on vaccinations. Your dog must be on a leash no longer than six-feet in length.
            If the weather on March 28 is very rainy or stormy, the event will be cancelled for 2015 and rescheduled for 2016. Please post the event flyer if you have a location!
For any questions regarding the Easter Bone Hunt, contact the Humane Society of Calloway County at 270-759-1884, or find us on Facebook.  You can also visit our office at 607 Poplar Street Suite A-1.

AHT/Pre-Vet Club’s Mutt Strut benefits Humane Society - Sat., April 11  (Pre-registration through Mon., March 30)

     The Murray State University’s Animal Health Technology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club (AHT/Pre-Vet Club) is sponsoring the second Mutt Strut, a 5K run and 1 mile dog walk to benefit the Humane Society of Calloway County and the AHT/PVC Saturday, April 11th at 15th and Olive Streets at the gate to the Murray State campus.
     Dog with running shoesThe 5K Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk at 9:30 a.m. Pre-Registration is open through Monday, March 30 and pre-registration will ensure that you receive the race t-shirt of your choice. Pre-Race Day registration is $25 for the 5K Run and $15 for the 1 Mile Dog Walk. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $30 for the 5K run and $20 for the 1 mile dog walk. Race day registrants will receive a t-shirt as long as supplies last. Prizes will be given in various categories for both the run and walk.
     Click here for the registration form and is available at the Humane Society office at the Weaks Community Center from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday through Thursday, and at the Animal Health Office in the Carman Animal Health Building on College Farm Road from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday.
     Well-socialized canines are welcome to participate in the Mutt Strut. Canine participants must have proof of current rabies vaccinations. Humane Society adoptable dogs will join the walk. The Humane Society will also microchip dogs for only $10.
     The run and walk courses begin at the Murray State University Gate at 15th and Olive Streets. The dog walk proceeds west through campus to 17th Street then comes back east through campus to the starting point. The 5K runners will go South on 15th Street, west on Sycamore, north on 18th Street, east on Ryan and Calloway Avenues, then through the center of campus back to the starting location. Maps of both courses are available below.
     Community Service Chair of the AHT/Pre-Vet Club, Danyelle Harding, is coordinating the event.  “The AHT/Pre-Vet Club wanted to do something to help animals, to give back to the community and give dog owners a place to strut their mutts,” says Harding. “The run and walk will do that through fundraising and awareness-raising for the Humane Society and will be a fun event for people to participant in with their canine family members.”
     The AHT/Pre-Vet Club’s main goal is to provide extracurricular opportunities in animal health and veterinary medicine. Students hear speakers from across the country discussing issues in large animals, equine and small animal care programs, participate in campus activities and host community wide events.
     For additional information about the Mutt Strut, email Harding at or call the Humane Society at 270-759-1884 or email
     Help us spread the word!
Please print and post the Mutt Strut flier if you have a location!

Download Mutt Strut Registration Form
Download Mutt Strut Flier
Download Mutt Strut 5K & 1 Mile Dog Walk Maps

Microchip IDs reunite pets and their families

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers microchip ID clinics for dogs and cats regularly throughout the year, primarily in Calloway County and in adjacent counties upon request. Microchipping is a permanent way to identify an animal and can often lead to the return of the animal to its owner in the unfortunate event that the animal gets separated from its owner.  The cost of the chip, implanting the chip and registration in the national database is only $10.
     The microchip is approximately the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the animal’s skin between its shoulder blades.  The life expectancy of the microchip is 25 years. 
     Approximately two dozen Humane Society volunteers are trained on how to inject the microchip and fill out the associated paperwork that accompanies each chip.  The Humane Society has microchipped more than 3000 dogs and cats since the program began in March 2006.
     Statistics indicate that 30% of companion animals will become separated from their owners at some point in their life.  According to Stephanie Hagen, Humane Society coordinator of the microchip program and animal health technologist, “Having a permanent way of identifying the animal is critical because sometimes collars and identification tags will fall off.” 
     The identification number which appears when the pet is scanned is directly linked to the owner of the animal and will give the person scanning the animal enough information to reach the owner. The contact information is kept on file in a national database and can be updated at any time by a phone call or on the Internet.  The microchip used by the Humane Society can be “read” by any scanner used in the United States.
     Humane Society Immediate Past President Tom Rottinghaus said, “The overwhelming majority of animals that enter animal shelters have no identification on them.  It is estimated in Kentucky that 85% of animals that enter animal shelters are euthanized because of overpopulation and not being able to identify the animal’s owner.  We’re trying our best to do something about that and make happy reunions possible for lost pets and their families.”
     For more information on microchip IDs, click here or contact the Humane Society at 270-759-1884 or

2015 Humane Society Events Calendar

March 28, 2015 (Saturday)
Central Park Courthouse Pavilion, 2 to 3:30 pm, Murray, Ky.
- DOGGIE BONE HUNT for $5 per dog at 3:00 pm
- Separate hunt areas for large and small dogs  
- PAW PAINTING                   
- REFRESHMENTS for all - canine & human  
- DRAWING for Easter baskets
- CUSTOM ID TAGS made while you wait beginning at $3
- MICROCHIP your pets for $10
- Click here to download Easter Bone Hunt Flier

April 11, 2015 (Saturday)
SPONSORED BY Murray State University AHT/Pre-Vet Club
15th & Olive Streets at Murray State University Gate, Murray, Ky.
BENEFITS Humane Society of Calloway County & AHT/Pre-Vet Club
- MICROCHIP your pets for $10; Click here for details
- Download Registration Form here
- Download Event Flier here
- Download Event Map here


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