first_imgA 2006 study conducted by ASPCA Senior Director of Shelter Research and Development, Emily Weiss and Shannon Gramann, ASPCA Manager of Shelter Research and Development, compared “the attachment levels of adopters of cats — fee based adoptions vs. free adoptions.” These were their results, which were published in Vol. 12 Issue 4 of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. The VHS is hosting an adopt-a-thon of epic proportions on Friday & Saturday, December 16th & 17th. It is an event not to be missed. The obvious well-meaning concerns that many individuals have are that people who cannot afford to pay an adoption fee, cannot afford to have a pet. One is inclined to believe that those who get “free” animals are much more likely to abuse them, abandon them, or return them to the shelter once the excitement wears off.The ASPCA has done extensive research into these very issues. They recently conducted a study at the Edmonson Humane Society analyzing 344 cat adopters. 138 families paid adoption fees, and 206 did not. What they discovered was that paying the adoption fee seemed to have no bearing on whether or not the cat received follow-up veterinary care, and it also did not affect retention. Both groups had families who did provide their cats with vet care, and families who did not. More than 80% of the fee-waived families indicated that they valued their cats and would adopt again.– MORE – FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img For the second year, the Vanderburgh Humane Society will be hosting an “Empty the Shelter” event with 100% waived adoption fees on all shelter animals. This includes dogs, cats, and rabbits. The event will kick off at 10:00 am on Friday, December 16th. VHS will have extended hours on both days, opening early (10:00 am instead of noon) and closing late (8:00 pm instead of the normal 6:00.) All hands will be on deck for this event, including all staff members and a host of volunteers. Attachment to cats adopted from the study facility was not decreased when adoption fees were eliminatedEliminating adoption fees does not devalue the animals in the eyes of the adoptersFree adult cat programs could “dramatically impact the lives of thousands of shelter cats who would otherwise reside in a shelter for months or be euthanized.”last_img read more

Raymon’s season-ending knee injury just his latest obstacle to overcome

first_img Published on October 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 John Raymon had another setback Saturday when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Syracuse’s 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech.The defensive tackle has already overcome a difficult upbringing and a transfer from Iowa. Shafer spoke strongly of Raymon on Wednesday.“Johnny’s special to all of us,” Shafer said. ” … We’re looking forward to him continuing to progress academically this semester, have a little bit more time to focus on that, even if he’s going to have to be trudging through campus on crutches and wheelchairs, and that sort of thing — which isn’t easy to find for a big guy at 325 pounds.”Shafer said he’s seen players grow from similar debilitating injuries, and hopes Raymon can do the same. The football team and SU community have been very supportive, Shafer said.“Football’s a very difficult sport with injuries,” Shafer said. “Unfortunately, it showed its ugly head on John on Saturday. I’m extremely disappointed, but also understand that it’s a life lesson that’s going to make John a stronger person. He’ll get through it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beat writer Q&A: Grace Raynor of The Post and Courier previews Clemson matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) welcomes No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) to the Carrier Dome Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Orange looks to build on last week’s 27-24 win over Pittsburgh while the Tigers aim to remain on track in its chase for a second consecutive national championship.The Daily Orange chatted with The Post and Courier’s Clemson reporter Grace Raynor to learn a bit more about Dabo Swinney’s team. The Daily Orange: While this Clemson team is obviously very good, it’s not exactly the same as last year’s national champion. Who and what has changed?Grace Raynor: You’re right in that this is a very different Clemson team — one that had many question marks heading into 2017. Of course the biggest difference is a new era without Deshaun Watson, and that was the primary storyline of Clemson’s fall camp. Not only was the quarterback competition wide open, but how Kelly Bryant would perform once he won it was also an area of interest. Bryant has been better than advertised, which is why this Clemson team is having so much success. Additionally, Clemson lost wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott, running back Wayne Gallman and center Jay Guillermo. All four of those guys were elite in their roles supporting Watson. Now, the running back position has become more of a “by-committee” group, while Ray-Ray McCloud, Deon Cain and Hunter Renfrow have taken on larger roles as receivers. Justin Falcinelli is the new center and has made a smooth transition into it. I guess the bottom line is that while Clemson’s personnel on offense changed significantly, so far the product has been just as good.The D.O.: Clemson is 6-0 and the only game where the Tigers have come close to losing was a 14-6 win against Auburn. So what, if there is one at all, is its weakness?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textG.R.: When I look at Clemson and its weaknesses, it’s not so much that appears to be one glaring area that stands out as much as there is this notion that Clemson just wants to clean up the little things each week. When you look at Clemson’s penalties over the season, the Tigers have 31 penalties already for 244 yards, which is one more penalty and 14 more yards than their opponents. Last week against Wake Forest, Clemson had nine penalties for 79 yards. With the elite teams, the little things matter and Clemson wants to be consistent with that. The Tigers are at a disadvantage in that they lost their starting kicker for the year and they also haven’t had a big, dramatic punt return or kick return yet. But backup kicker Alex Spence has slid in well and I think it’s only a matter of time until Tavien Feaster or Travis Etienne breaks loose.The D.O.: Have the Tigers appeared or sounded focused this week? Is there anything that might hint at them overlooking Syracuse?G.R.: I think the natural tendency from the outside is to assume that Clemson will roll into Syracuse, have little-to-no issues and be on its merry way into the bye week. But Dabo Swinney doesn’t let his team like that and rightfully so. This is a Syracuse team that held its own against LSU and N.C. State and Clemson is well aware of that. Their schedule has been a little different this week because of the short week, but the focus and preparation has remained the exact same. Dabo Swinney is a huge fan of Dino Babers and knows what he’s capable of.The D.O.: Syracuse is of course led by Eric Dungey and a pass-heavy offense. What’s the outlook of Clemson’s secondary and what’s been the key to besting them so far this season?G.R.: Clemson’s secondary has sort of had a unique ride this year, in that it doesn’t get a ton of attention, but it is one of the deepest units on the team. Of course all of the glitz and the glamour goes toward Clemson’s behemoth defensive line, complete with Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Austin Bryant. But Clemson’s secondary has held its own. An early foot injury in Week 2 to cornerback Marcus Edmond forced the Tigers to get creative, but because that unit is so deep, Trayvon Mullen slid right in and there has been no drop off. Mark Fields also plays a large role. If there is a way to really give this secondary a run for its money, it has to be with a quarterback just like Dungey, who does throw the ball extremely well on a consistent basis. Clemson also experiments with some younger faces in the secondary, so any mental miscues there could be a way for Dungey and Co. to pounce.The D.O.: It would be an upset of epic proportions, but I have to ask: What needs to happen for Syracuse to win?G.R.: A Syracuse win this week would no doubt be the Orange’s best win of the year and perhaps the biggest upset of the season in the sport. But hey — it’s college football. Anything can happen. I think if Syracuse has any shot at coming away with a win, it would just have to be one of those nights where literally everything clicked for the Orange and everything fell apart for Clemson. It would have to be a scenario where Kelly Bryant did not play and his backups weren’t up to the task and the Orange were just lights out. Clemson has been so laser-focused all year long, especially on the road. And the Tigers have been very precise in practice this week, looking to “sprint” into the bye week, not “limp” into it. It would certainly shock college football if Clemson came unprepared. Comments Published on October 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtblosslast_img read more