Pumpkin Fund

Every week the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society receives hundreds of calls regarding animals in distress, neglected, abandoned or injured, and every day we provide medical treatment for the animals in our care. Some procedures are small, and some are extensive, however our ability to provide extraordinary care is often limited by our resources. Late in 2004 we established the “Pumpkin Fund”, named after a little puppy we found in a pile of pumpkins at a local supermarket around Halloween. She was brought to the Shelter on Provincial Road where she was assessed as being severely malnourished, suffering from a skin condition and a low-grade infection. Pumpkin was thought to be about five weeks old.

We were able to continue Pumpkin’s extraordinary care because of the response of our supporters to our pleas for financial assistance and we continue to utilize the ‘Pumpkin Fund’ today to care for severely distressed animals.

We continue to add animals to the list of Pumpkin Fund Recipients through the generosity of our supporters:

Pumpkin at her wrosePumpkin with Dr Seguin

We continue to add to the list of Pumpkin Fund Recipients through the generosity of our supporters:


Teemos was seized by agents of the Humane Society from an owner who was not providing medical care. We were alerted by the emergency veterinary clinic to her serious condition and the owners’ failure to continue treatment resulted in our action. Teemos suffered fractures to both the radius and ulna of her right front leg and, when taken into our care the wound was open, the bone was protruding from the leg and she was suffering further from infection.Teemos was stabilized to the best of our ability awaiting an indication from the owner that he was prepared to provide the care needed however, after a very few days we determined she required immediate specialist attention and she was transported to Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for a consult and treatment by a Veterinary Orthopaedic Specialist. We incurred consulting veterinary costs in excess of $4,000 caring for Teemos and, based upon our experience in the past, don’t expect to recover any of these costs from her previous owner. We also expended more than $1,000 of staff costs and medical supplies. Once the need for the immediate medical treatment provided through our in-house medical staff lessened we placed Teemos in a caring foster home and the prognosis for a complete recovery was good. Unfortunately, the leg did not heal to the point where Teemos could effectively use it so the difficult decision to amputate was made. We’re happy to say that Teemos was adopted into a loving family in November 2008 and she continues to live a happy life in a loving home.

Teemos in recovery

Stealth Hooch at Intake
Stealth Hooch Adopted

In March 2008, the Humane Society received a disturbing phone call from a very concerned citizen about the well-being (or lack thereof) of two redbone coonhounds living in deplorable conditions without food or water to sustain them. When agents got to the home, they found two animals that were so dehydrated and emaciated agents were actually surprised that the animals were still surviving. Neither dog had any body fat whatsoever and were using each other as a source of warmth. Agents immediately seized the animals and brought them back to the Humane Society for assessment.The owner was insistent that he wanted his dogs back however, our investigations team was determined that that was not going to happen and did everything within their power to ensure the dogs were kept safe and were well cared for until after taking the owner to court. During the process of developing the case against the owner, Stealth (who was also found to also be suffering from heartworm), and Hooch were moved to loving foster homes to be nursed back to health.

In early July 2008, both boys were adopted into loving homes and are healthy and happy, despite the adversity they went through.


Thanks to two compassionate university students who found an injured cat wandering their neighbourhood and brought her to the Humane Society, there’s a happy ending for the grey tabby we dubbed Amore! Many animals in our community are helped because of the kindness and concern of complete strangers. An example of this kindness was evident when young adults showed up on our doorstep with a little striped tabby that they had seen in the neighbourhood around the school. She had been hanging around for about a week before they noticed that she was in distress. It looked like she had been trying to free herself from her collar, had gotten her front leg most of the way through, but couldn’t get it back out again. The consistent rubbing of the collar against her fur caused a severe abrasion to her chest and arm.After having spent close to two months receiving medical treatment in the Humane Society’s isolation room – only possible through donations to our Pumpkin Fund – Amore was moved to our new adoption area on April 7 and thrived in her new environment. Soon thereafter (you guessed it!) Amore found a family to call her own!

Amores Wound

Meadow with wounded Tail
When another shelter called and asked us to help Meadow we couldn’t say no. Despite her injuries and the fact that she had clearly been on her own for some time, she was friendly and full of life. Her ear was partially torn off and bleeding, and her tail was wounded so seriously that the bone was visible. But with some TLC and treatment from our medical department, Meadow’s wounds soon began to heal, and within a month she was made available for adoption. That was where her mom found her and decided that it was meant to be. We think that Meadow agrees, because we’re told that she rarely leaves her mom’s side, and is soaking up all the petting, cuddling, and belly rubs that she didn’t get early on in her life.Stories like these are not possible without the generosity of our supporters. If you want to help animals like these, please make an on-line donation or send a cheque to the Humane Society directed to The Pumpkin Fund. Or, you can also donate to the General Fund and help keep our Shelter Medicine Practice viable. No amount is too small to be of assistance. Thank you!