It's All in His Hands

“With God, anything’s possible!” I’ve heard that saying most of my life and never really thought it applied to animal rescue or pet protection, until now. It’s God who unites the pets to people in our society. Rescued animals are making quite a difference in people’s lives through their role in pet therapy in hospitals and nursing homes and training programs in prisons. Most of all, a pet mirrors the unconditional love that God offers to all of us. The evidence of how pets enrich our lives cannot be denied. As a society we need to care more and show added compassion not only for the animals, but also for the people who care for them. More attention needs to be focused on the animals and their caregivers whether they are in the city or on the farm.

Since becoming the director of P.U.P.S., I am more sensitive to other nonprofit pet protection organizations and their quests to make a difference in our community. It’s not just the Animal Welfare League or Humane Society of Clark County any more. Due to the presence of social media, there is a network of animal lovers across America who are standing together to offer different alternatives in caring for animals. Many have made great strides in animal welfare reform, but need to gain more supporters for their cause. P.U.P.S. desire is to bring more awareness to the resources that are available in our community.

“His Hands Extended Sanctuary” is a caring and compassionate haven that is such a blessing and has saved countless animals. They offer low-cost cat spay/neuter services for families and/or individuals who are on a fixed income. In case you want to offer a donation to help in their efforts, their address is P.O. Box 502, St. Paris, OH, 43072. Or to learn more about the work they are doing, visit their website at:

Other worthy organizations are: Barely Used Pets, Backyard Dog Project and S.A.S.S., plus so many others. In addition, there are many other animal advocates who are making a difference, but choose not to be a 501c3 nonprofit organization. As I’ve said many times before, animal welfare reform is not going to happen from the efforts of one individual, one group or one organization. It takes an entire community to bring about positive changes.

Lastly, I’d like to mention “Pets Uniting People Society” and its incredible board members and advisory board who have made a huge impact in the lives of free roaming cats as well as other homeless animals. Stacey Picolo and Dave and Dottie Smiddy are instrumental in the success of our “Trap-Neuter-Release” (T-N-R) program. My sister Judy Benning is often there to help me in the overall duties of Pets Uniting People Society. Susan Pike and her husband have been a tremendous blessing to our organization and others. Both she and her husband have a tender heart for the animals. Rosemarie Benning and myself are the P.U.P.S. promoters. Both our gifts are in marketing and promotion.

Our Advisory Board is exemplary. They are: Ann Kallal (pet illustrator/artist); Dana King, DVM; Dave Haeussler, DVM; and John Bruce, DVM. And, we have many volunteers who give hours of help to the animals. Each one of us at P.U.P.S. has a working role in continuing to bring “education, awareness and responsibility in animal welfare” in our community whether it’s hands-on efforts or through print and social media. Because we all know…with God, anything is possible! It’s all in His hands.


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