rescue review - Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance
N ORTHERN I LLINOIS S AMOYED A SSISTANCE , I NC .
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V OLUME 17, I SSUE 1-2
A breed-specific rescue organization dedicated to finding new homes for abandoned or unwanted Samoyeds
R ESCUE R EPORT ...
Hello 2013!! Thank goodness
we’re in a brand New Year!!
Better yet, Spring is just around
the corner and I hope that our
supporters and volunteers are full
of excitement and new ideas.
Providing second chances for
homeless Samoyeds is a task
that requires many dedicated and
hardworking people. NISA would
not exist, were it not for generous
donations and many individuals/
VOLUNTEERS who give of their
time and energy to provide
assistance in a variety of ways all
to reach one goal — to save a
life! For this reason we must
continually reach out to recruit
additional volunteers to fill
important positions. If you or
someone you know has
expressed interest in
volunteering, please refer them to
Greatly needed are foster
F EATURE A RTICLES
Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Dollars and Cents
NISA’s Credit Card Program
National Samoyed Rescue news
At this time we have three foster
homes and each one is at their
limit for space. NISA’s ability to
rescue homeless Samoyeds
greatly depends on loving foster
families who open their hearts
and home to Samoyeds in need.
We are more than happy to play
matchmaker and find the right
Samoyed that will do well within
your lifestyle and previous canine
experience. I can assure you
there is no greater feeling than
knowing you served as a
stepping stone for a down-andout Samoyed to find a new loving
I’d like to emphasize too that we
will gladly answer any questions
you may have about volunteer
positions without any pressure or
obligation to you.
Do YOU have a flair for
NISA really needs a volunteer,
with a flair for writing, to head up
what I’ll call Publicity, which is
getting articles and messages out
in public view via newspapers
and PSA radio announcements
about our efforts, adoption
promotions, fundraisers and
events. This in turn, will draw a
larger audience and perhaps
bring in even more volunteers to
fill positions in the organization.
Home Evaluation positions!!
NISA also needs additional
people to assist with home visits
which does require some
instruction prior to hitting the field.
Applicants are located anywhere
and everywhere in Illinois and to
help expedite NISA’s effort we
could use more hands on folks to
visit and interview perspective
Calling all graphic artists!!
NISA would love to have
someone on board who can work
magic with Photoshop and other
software to make up posters, eyecatching reminders for NISA’s
Face Book page, website, and
more so we can share training
tips, grooming hints, even canine
treat recipes or seasonal
precautions. NISA needs YOU!
NISA has a new
Volunteer, David Lobocki set up
Constant Contact so we can
email our supporters about
important activities, new arrivals,
adoptions, food and treat alerts to
keep your Fur-kidz safe and
much, much more!! We know that
some of our supporters don’t
have Face Book accounts and
since only a few signed up for
Sam O Grams this is another tool
to stay in touch with YOU!!
Let’s hear from you!!
We’d like to know what you’d like
to read about in the Rescue
Til next time….jean
P.O. Box 218, Arlington
Heights, IL 60006-0218
(For all correspondence, applications,
contributions, and renewals)
On the web:
(Your link to instant updates)
S UPPORTERS IN THE NEWS AND ARROOOS
Fuzzie hugs and Slurpy wet kisses from the diamonds in
appreciation for general and memorial donations:
General: Rodney Rupp and Patricia Potts, Ms. Debra
White, David Lobocki and Denise Bocek, Ms. Peggy Harvey.
HIGH FIVES: to Kim Singer for another awesome
volunteer effort wrapping Christmas gifts at the book store to
earn $38.94 for the Fur-Kidz. And, thank you to all who supported
Sammie Saviors: Ken and Karen Van Swearengen in memory
(see below), Kim Singer
Memorials: Mr. & Mrs. K. Van Swearengen in memory of
SnoBear, Gizmo, Munchkin, and Smooch and Laura Skaggs monthly
donation in memory of Baer.
April Campaign donations: .Phil Lipschult and Andrea
Rhodie, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Todd, Mr.
and Mrs. Jerry Biskup.
Renewals: Jack Benedik, Mrs J. Schmidt, Mrs. M. Voigt. Mr. and
Mrs. K. Van Swearengen, Mr. and Mrs. R. Kauffman
Thank you for helping us help them!
Family Pet Show at Arlington Heights Race track
NISA’s fabulous Volunteers would love to have you stop by
Booth 221 on the main floor to say hi!
This is a great show for folks who are thinking about adding a
new Fur-friend to their family. If you aren’t familiar with the needs
and characteristics of different dog breeds, this is the place to ask
those questions to help you decide.
Www.Petchicago.com for more show details!!
Stop by NISA’s Face Book page to print a coupon
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Celebrate Spring by Helping Homeless Samoyeds
During the month of March, NISA will hold
its 2013 Spring Yankee Candle
Fundraiser. Yankee Candle donates 40% of
the total purchases back to NISA. In the past
couple years, NISA has run four Yankee
Candle Fundraisers and raised over
$2,200! This is our fifth fundraiser! Help us
continue to raise money for the Sammies we
rescue and at the same time get a wonderful item- candles, candle holders,
air fresheners, and other great Yankee Candle items!! Also, everyone who
purchases an item through the fundraiser will be put in for a free Yankee
How to order? It's easy! An email will go out to all NISA members with
the order form and instructions how to order. The information will also be
on NISA's facebook page. You can see the catalog online at http://
If you don’t receive emails from NISA, please contact Kim Singer at 708932-0402 or [email protected] and she will either email or mail you
In a nutshell, once you fill out the order form, all you have to do is mail the
order form and a check (made out to NISA in the order amount) to: Kim
Singer 504 Southgate Drive, Belleville, IL 62223. The orders need to be
received by the end of March, and the items will be delivered in
April. Kim will contact you to find a good way and time to deliver your
purchase. Thank you again for your support!!
Need a hint how you can
help rescue efforts?
Use GoodSearch.com and
enter NISA as your cause to earn
money for the Fur-Kidz
Shop IGive.com—over 600
stores to fill your every need
243934664 to earn credit dollars
3994089781 to earn credit dollars
308849458 to earn NISA FurKidz a free grooming.
Your membership and
Full physical examination
Full blood panel and HW test
Spay or castration surgery
Sales and Marketing
Equipment and Event set-up
Bob Lazzari, Supervisor
Fecal or Urine tests
Boarding (as needed)
Medications and treatments as
Yes, YOU will make a
Dollars and Cents - 2012 In Review
As NISA’s Treasurer, I’m sad to report that 2012 was not a good
year for NISA.
Our expenses were $4,300. more than our income. Donations and
member renewals were down. Sam-O-Rama attendance was lower
than 2011, and it was lower than the previous year mostly due to
the weather. With $1,000. being spent for tent and tables, our
income was barely over $2,000 for both years - combined.
Thanks to Kim Singer, her garage sale income was $757.50. The
Spring and Fall Yankee Candle Fundraisers gave NISA a $971.90
profit. Denice & David’s Donation Letter Campaign pulled in $5,050.
And the little old Petsmart Adoption Team brought in $525.50 – not
bad for 3 hours per month.
The total income for 2012 was $ 24,739.47 and total expenses were
$ 28,720.77 with $ 20,896.41 in rescue expenses alone.
Unfortunately, NISA and its members lost 10 dogs in 2012 mostly
due to cancer.
I’m not sure how to boost revenue. Not sure how to get members
to renew. And I’m certainly not sure how to entice NEW members.
All I do know is the organizations core group is becoming ‘mature’
and we definitely need the young members to step up and get
actively involved. Whenever you see someone walking a Sammie,
maybe stop and talk to them. Let them know we are basically a
friendly group and could use the experiences they have with their
dog(s), past and present.
Let them know that even though Sams are not the most popular
breed, there are Samoyeds out there needing to be rescued and
waiting for their ‘furever’ home. Let them know that NISA needs
foster homes to help with their needs.
The biggest question we are asked at the Petsmart events (other
than ‘do they shed’) is why would anyone give up this fantastic
dog? Why? Well some do not do their homework about the breed.
They see this cute and cuddly white ball of fur and fall in love with
it. Then they forget that this ball of fur is going to grow up.
Without basic training and socialization, this cutesy animal is going
to be out of control.
I tend to compare a puppy with a baby. Parents teach their new
child how to grow up in this world, do not touch the hot stove, etc.,
so why not do the same with a dog.
Anyway, if you have ideas, or suggestions, or even questions, why
not give Jean a call or e-mail. Her info is on the second page.
For now I remain, Donna your Treas.
p.s. NISA is still in the black.
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Special thanks to NISA’s special
friends who have chosen to
become lifetime members.
Mike and Kamie Baxter
Ed and Donna Palmer-Beard
John and Maureen Birkmann
Alan and Sharon Chichester
Rick and Holly Cox
Darrel and Robin Davidson
Jim and Linda Folk
Robert and Trinidad Gilmore
Peter and Peggy Heles
Jim and Diane Knowlton
Mark and Emi Kooyman
Mark and Kathy Larson
David Lobocki and Denice Bocek
Dr. Kathleen McManamon
Joe and Ellen West
You can join their ranks with a donation
of $1,000 or more. See the supporter
form on page 9 for details.
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Veterinary Specialty Hospitals Address Advanced Animal Health Needs Andrea Lin, Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Like people, pets can get most of their lifelong medical needs met by an excellent primary care practitioner. But when problems arise that require expertise or technology unavailable to the generalist, for pets as for people, specialty hospitals are ready to help. Dr. Brendan McKiernan has seen a proliferation both of veterinary specialties and of specialty hospitals in his nearly 40 years in practice. An internationally recognized expert in respiratory diseases of dogs and cats, Dr. McKiernan spent the first 24 years of his career on the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. He recently rejoined the faculty as director of the college's Veterinary Teaching Hospital after thirteen years in large private specialty practices in Colorado and, most recently, in Oregon. "People are often surprised to learn how many areas of specialization are offered in veterinary medicine, and how rigorous the training is that goes into them," says Dr. McKiernan. There are currently 40 distinct specialties overseen by more than 20 veterinary specialty organizations in the United States and a similar number in Europe. Areas of specialization range from surgery and internal medicine to nutrition and behavior. There are specialty organizations for practitioners in zoological medicine and laboratory animal medicine. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana has more than two dozen specialists, some with board certification in more than one area. Expertise represented includes both large and small animal internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, radiology, emergency and critical care, dermatology, oncology (cancer care), theriogenology (animal reproduction), and more. Dozens of other veterinarians are in training at the hospital to become specialists. Becoming a board‐certified specialist takes many years. After finishing veterinary school and passing the national board examination, a veterinarian pursuing board certification typically completes either a one‐year internship or two years of practice. He or she then applies for a residency position at an approved program; a very competitive process. During the two‐ or three‐year residency, candidates take courses and see patients under the direction of a veterinarian already boarded in that field. They usually also conduct research and publish scientific articles and often will present their work at conferences. At the end of the residency, candidates must pass a credential review and an examination conducted by the specialty organization of their focus. Dr. McKiernan is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, subspecialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine. With a special interest in respiratory medicine, he founded and was the first president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society and has trained several of the world's top experts in this field. "Veterinary specialty hospitals bring a range of expertise and other resources under one roof so that patients benefit from the best in diagnostic and treatment capabilities," says Dr. McKiernan. "For example, an animal may be referred to an oncologist, but a clinical pathologist, imaging specialist, surgeon, anesthesiologist, and rehabilitation specialist may all contribute to the patient's diagnosis and treatment." (Continued on page 9.) Page 6
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Help our organization every time you make a purchase with your new credit card!
Welcome to NISA’S new Credit Card Program! We've partnered with Capital One® to launch our
newest fundraising program, which will help us earn money doing what you do every day! Just use
our custom credit card and valuable cash donations for every purchase you make will be donated to
our organization. Plus, we'll get a $50 bonus donation when you make your first purchase. The card
comes with a competitive rate, so sharing your passion—and your support—is easy and automatic.
What a great way to support our organization and save more homeless Samoyeds. It is simple!
How can our members apply for the credit card program?
Here is the credit card web access to the on-line application:
www.cardlabconnect.com/NISACreditCardProgram , where you will find more information about
applying for the Visa® Platinum card and the benefits to you and to NISA. You may chose from one
of 3 designs and you may also choose a unique card image of your pet(s) or your favorite family
photo 45 days after you have joined the program. Please click through the application pages and
read the FAQ’s for more information.
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D IAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
NISA currently has only 3 foster homes,
each of which have dogs in their care.
If YOU have thought about opening your
home to offer temporary care to a homeless Samoyed, please give us a call today.
Estimated to be around 10-ish, she’s got the
heart and soul of a puppy with
her whirls, twirls and bouncing
to solicit play. Lilo gets along
well with other dogs, good
with dog savvy children and
house and crate trained. Upto-date on vaccines, spayed,
and micro-chipped. She’s going to bring joy to some ones
Fostered with the Donfris family
SPIRIT wants a human with patience to teach him fun things, someone who is
Fees for Senior
a case by case
understanding of dog behavior, someone who is outdoorsy,
active in dog activities and someone who has a big yard for
him to run in. (This
is one ofnot
softest, sweetest, most
sensitive dogs I’vedue
of fostering.) “I love
to run and do
laps around the
my sister or
am as quiet as a
knocks or if I hear a neighbor dog bark.
I love to snuggle and like soft, warm
beds like yours!”
Yes, he sleeps all twisted around…
Fostered with Jean Gilles
LUCY is est. to be 8-years, good with kids 5 and up,
and some dogs—
but not all dogs.
Lucy is housetrained
but not fond of being crated. She
would like a family
with patience to
teach her new things
and love her forever. Doesn’t like to
food or toys.
Loves long walks, snuggling close and belly rubs.
Fostered with Ellen West
was adopted in 2004 at 1 to 2 years of age.
Last fall it was brought to
NISA’s attention, by a
neighbor, that the adopter’s
health was failing and
Dicara needed to come
back into the system.
Dicara is UTD on vaccines,
house and crate trained and
has a few LBS to lose. She
would love to snuggle on
the couch while you watch your favorite show or read a
Fostered by the Knowlton family
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S AVING LIVES , ONE SMILE AT A TIME
NIKI is a littermate to Spirit. Samoyed-mix of some
kind. This energizer-bunny
needs an active owner who
can provide lots of exercise
and mental stimulus to keep
her happy. She’s intelligent,
sensitive, loving, powerpacked, fit as a fiddle and a
little stick of dynamite all
tucked neatly in little 51#
NISA’s administrative volunteers would like
to call on your creative design talents to
create and submit a new brochure. Highlight our mission, detail our protocol for intakes and adoptions and list some our
many wonderful successes!
Mail your master piece to NISA at P.O. Box
218, Arlington Heights, IL 60006 and be
sure to include your contact information.
Fostered with Jean Gilles
NISA needs Foster Homes
If you’ve ever thought you might like to foster a homeless dog/Samoyed —
NISA needs your help.
NISA covers all approved veterinary needs
Crates and bowls are provided
Special diets are provided
All medication is provided
Alternate foster care or boarding is provided for vacations
YOU provide love, kibble, toys and general care
The rewards are indescribable!
Balto Another “Energizer Bunny” personality and
just the most loving cuddlebug you can imagine. He’s upto-date on vaccines, neutered,
and rearing to go. Came in
with no training of any kind.
Presently in obedience classes
to learn some house and
people manners. Lives with
other canines and a kitty cat.
Will make a wonderful “Best Fur-Friend” for
someone. Fostered with Bev S. in Champagne, IL
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Glory came into NISA with a plethora of
previously untreated health
issues so she’s been in NISA’s
program for a while. Glory has
a condition called Pemphigus
foliaceus which affects the
epidermis, the outmost
superficial skin layer. As a
result the veterinarian treating
her recommended that she not
be vaccinated in the future and gave the foster a letter
stating why. Fostered with Bev S. in Champagne, IL
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From page 5...Veterinary Specialty Hospitals Address Advanced Animal Health Needs Specialty hospitals also have technology that is not likely to be available at local clinics, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), endoscopy, echocardiography, and nuclear scintigraphy. In addition to serving animal owners, specialty hospitals like the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital play an important role in educating general and specialty practitioners and developing treatment advances. The specialists at Illinois are routinely invited to speak at continuing education conferences across the United States and throughout the world. Increasingly, people expect medical care for their pets that equals the care available for human patients. The number of veterinary specialty hospitals is growing to meet that demand. As in human medicine, there are usually a range of treatment options from which owners are able to choose. "The well‐being and quality of life of the patient and the wishes of the owner are our chief concerns," says Dr. McKiernan. "Our goal is to work as a team to provide the level of care that best fits their needs." An archive of Pet Columns from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is available online at http://
vetmed.illinois.edu/petcolumns/. Reprinted with permission. **Article submitted by Joanne Skidmore NISA S UPPORT FORM
Funds collected by Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance, Inc. are used directly for the Samoyeds in
need of assistance. NISA is a not-for-profit breed-specific rescue organization.
Yes, sign me up to be a supporter of NISA: [ ] New Supporter [ ] Renewal
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$35 annually entitles me to the monthly newsletter and notice of all activities.
$50 annually entitles me to the monthly newsletter, notice of all activities and a 25% discount on program admission fees.
$1,000 lifetime supporter entitles me to all of the above for my lifetime.
Please make check payable to:
Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance, Inc.
and mail to:
Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance, Inc.
P.O Box 218— Arlington Heights, IL 60006
Or use your Visa, Master, Discover Card
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Pets are for life, not just for Christmas!!
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Samoyeds Helped By Rescue 2012
Provided by National Samoyed Rescue: Jim Becklund
Totals from all 14 affiliated rescues
Number of Dogs in Rescue on January 1, 2012: Total-- 30 (Males 14/Females 16)
Number of Dogs Entering Rescue Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012: Total-- 101 (Males 57/
Total Number of Samoyeds Handled by Rescue in 2012: Total-- 131
Numbers of Dogs gone to their forever homes in 2012: Total-- 89
Number of Dogs who were returned to Rescue in 2012: Total-- 2
Number of Dogs who passed away while in Rescue: Total-- 8
Number of Dogs transferred to other rescues in 2012: Total-- 2
Total Expenses incurred by Rescue for Dogs in their care in 2012: 59,066.04
Negative balance: $336.33
Average Cost Per Dog: $450.89
***The total number of dogs entering rescue in 2012 was significantly less than 2011 . This may be a
good sign that those in the Samoyed community are doing everything possible to serve and protect the
breed. I did note that even though the number of rescue dogs is down the average cost per dog is up by
over $40. Adoption fees for rescue still remain in the $150 to $300 range.
There are still 34 Samoyeds in rescue waiting for their new forever home. Keep them in your
M ORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP NISA
I would like to be a Sammie Savior :
I would like to make an additional contribution of:
Yes, I would like to help in the following capacity:
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**Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Dog Cookies**
2 cups whole wheat flour (you can use another
type of flour if your dog is sensitive to wheat)
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth
1 1/4 cups hot water
**Additional flour for rolling out
Preheat oven to 350° F
Mix dry ingredients together.
Add in the peanut butter and hot water. You may need
to add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
Knead the dough well. Roll out the dough into 1/4"
thickness and cut into shapes with dog cookie cutters.
Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 40 minutes.
Turn off the oven and let them cool overnight.
If you and your dog can't wait that long, cool them
completely on a wire rack before serving.
Instead of cutting out more shapes with the left over
peanut butter and oatmeal dough, roll it into balls.
Then make a cross hatch fork mark on the dog cookies to smash them flatter.
After: The cookies get very hard, just the way dogs
.Note - This recipe doesn't call for it, but I put an
egg wash (one egg whisked with a fork and then
brushed on with a pastry brush) on the treats before
I baked them. It gives them a nice sheen once they're
Are you an on-line shopper? Did you know that
a percentage of your purchase could benefit
Shop through IGive.com and just name NISA
as your chosen charity by using cause number
It’s really that simple!
PERMIT NO. 00634
Northern Illinois Samoyed Assistance, Inc
P.O. Box 218
Arlington Heights, IL 60006-0218
Rescue Hotline: 847-255-4815
Email: [email protected]
Recognized Affiliate of
Endorsed by the SCA
Your membership provides HOPE to a HOMELESS Samoyed!!!!!
P.S. - Do you know how much water your
dog should be drinking?
Dogs should drink approximately 20 to 40
ml of water per pound of body weight per
day. This comes out to about 3 to 4 cups of
water for a 20-pound dog. Dogs that eat
canned food may drink less since canned
foods contain a high percentage of water
compared to dry food.
Every Samoyed saved, every Samoyed
adopted, every event and every step
forward is achieved through TEAM work.
Be it placing a stamp on the envelope or
delivering a Samoyed to it’s new family,
we all work toward the same goal and the
thrill of success is shared by all.
To insure NISA’s future, get involved!
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