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Next JCHS Meeting

May 8 (M)7pm (6 to 6:30 to eat) Village Inn, 9 Sturgis Corner, Iowa City, IA. A member will be there a bit early to meet and help orient people new to the group. This is our regularly-scheduled monthly meeting.

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JCHS Calendar —2017

month event
May

05/03 (W) National Specially-abled Pets Day

05/04 (Th) International Respect for Chickens DayProgram of United Poultry Concerns

05/07 (Su) - 05/13 (Sa) Be Kind to Animals WeekProgram of American Humane Association

05/22 (M) - 05/28 (Su) Puppy Mill Action WeekProgram of the Humane Society of the United States

05/19 (F) Endangered Species Day

05/21 Su) - 05/27 (Sa) National Dog Bite Prevention WeekProgram of American Veterinary Medical Association

June

Adopt a Cat Month Program of American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

TBA (Sa)—JCHS Bake/Garage Sale 9am to 2pm— at 160 North George St, North Liberty, Iowa. Part of the North Liberty city-wide Garage Sales event

06/3 (F) Take Your Dog to Work DayProgram of Pet Sitters International

July

07/14 (F) Iowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Quarterly Board MeetingAnimal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313. IFHS is the statewide umbrella group for local humane societies, shelters, and pounds. Contact us f you want a ride.

August


08/15 (T) National Homeless Animals Day

08/19 (Sa) International Homeless Animals DayProgram of International Society for Animal Rights

08/26 (Sa) National Dog Day

September

09/04 (M) National Wildlife Day

09/10 (Su) National Pet Memorial DayProgram of International Association of Pet Cemeteries

TBA—7th Annual Iowans for Animal Welfare Conference—1pm, Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa

09/24 (Su) - 09/30 (Sa) Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week—Program of Petfinder.com

09/28 (Th) World Rabies Day—Initiative of Global Alliance for Rabies Control

October

Adopt a Dog Month Program of American Humane Association

Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

10/01 (Su) - 10/07 (F) National Walk Your Dog Weekfounded in 2010 by Celebrity Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Rescuer Colleen Paige, to bring awareness to the ever increasing problem of canine behavior issues and canine obesity in America. Sponsored by Animal Miracle Network, it aims to improve the health and well being of America’s dogs and sends the message to unchain your dogs!

10/2 (M) World Day for Farmed Animals Daydedicated to exposing and memorializing the 65 billion land animals raised for food who suffer and die every year.

10/04 (W) World Animal DayProgram of Naturewatch

10/16 (M) National Feral Cat DayProgram of Alley Cat Allies

• (TBA)—Iowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Quarterly Board Meeting11am, Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa. E-mail us if you'd like to go.

10/22 (Su) - 10/28 (F) World Go Vegan Week

10/29 (Su) National Cat Dayfounded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate the cat(s) in their life for the unconditional love and companionship they bestow upon us.

November

Adopt a Senior Pet Month Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

11/01 (W) World Vegan DayProgram of the Vegan Society

11/05 (Su) - 11/11 (Sa) National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation WeekProgram of the Humane Society of the United States

11/24 (F )—Fur Free Friday

December

• TBA—JCHS Giftwrap Fundraiser at Leash on Life—Leash on Life, 432 Highway 1 Iowa City, IA.

• TBA—JCHS Giftwrap Fundraiser at Leash on Life—Leash on Life, 650 Pacha Pkwy #5, North Liberty, IA.

January

• Adopt a Rescued Bird MonthProgram of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

01/05 (Th) National Bird Day

01/21 (Sa) Squirrel Appreciation Day

February

• Spay/Neuter Awareness Month Program of the Humane Society of the United States

Unchain a Dog Month —Program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

TBAIowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Humane Lobby Day and Quarterly Board Meeting—10am at the State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa. Representatives from the IFHS, HSUS, and others will be available with information, talking points, and can help you through the process of lobbying your state legislators. Grassroots lobbying by constituents is one of the most effective ways to help advocate for better animal welfare laws in Iowa. Your efforts are crucial to achieving that goal.

IFHS is the statewide umbrella group for local humane societies, shelters, and pounds. Contact us f you want a ride.

02/02 (T)2016 Puppy Mill Lobby DayIowa Voters for Companion Animals

02/14 (Sa) National Pet Theft Awareness DayProgram of Last Chance for Animals

02/15 (W) Make Mine ChocolateProgram of Columbus House Rabbit Society

02/21 (T) —World Spay Day USA20th Annual! World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS and Humane Society International that shines a spotlight on spay/neuter—a proven way to save the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street.

March

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

03/01 (W) National Horse Protection Day

03/20 (Sa) —Great American MEAT-OUTThousands of caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries encourage their friends, families, and communities to "kick the meat habit” and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

TBAIowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Quarterly Board Meeting

April

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month—Program of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

• National Pet First Aid Awareness Month—Program of the American Red Cross

04/02 (Su) - 04/08 (Sa) National Animal Control Appreciation Week—Program of National Animal Control Association

04/10 (M) National Farm Animal Day

04/11 (T) National Pet Day

04/09 (Su) - 04/15 (Sa) World Week for Animals in Laboratories—Program of In Defense of Animals

TBA Iowa Federation of Humane Societies (IFHS) Quarterly Board Meeting11am to 2pm at the Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa. IFHS is the statewide umbrella group for local humane societies, shelters, and pounds. Contact us f you want a ride.

04/24 (T)Stand Up for a Cat Named Melvin—2:30PM at the Johnson County Courthouse, Iowa City, IA.A police complaint says Gibson S. Neblett, 25, abused a cat named Melvin (living in a home in North Liberty) starting in August (or earlier in 2016) through September 30, 2016. The complaint states that the cat's owner told police Neblett was the only person with Melvin when the injuries occurred. North Liberty police say Neblett has admitted to beating the cat.

The complaint states that on September 3, 2016, Melvin was taken to a vet “dragging his hind limbs and panting.” X-rays revealed rib fractures in various stages of healing and hip-joint fractures that required surgery. In addition, the complaint says that Melvin also suffered severe soft-tissue damage to his right hind leg and bruising throughout the underside of his body. Police say the cat is expected to fully recover.

Police charged Neblett with first-offense animal torture—an aggravated misdemeanor. He faces a prison sentence of up to two years or a jail sentence not to exceed one year. On 03/27/17 Neblett pled guilty as charged.

We hope you will stand up for Melvin at Neblett's sentancing. Over the years there have been other animal welfare cases brought against individuals in Johnson County that seemed to have had good evidence (my opinion) that resulted in weak wrist slaps (again, my opinion). Perhaps our presence on 04/24/17 will display our concern to the courtroom.

Many thanx to everyone who has shown up twice for Melvin on 1/19/17 (Neblett's original court date) and 03/28/17 (his continuance court date.

04/26 (W) National Kids & Pets Day

04/27 (Th) Free Feral Cat Spay DayProgram of Alley Cat Rescue

Last update: 05/01/17


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