How COVID-19 Has Affected Us

How COVID-19 Has Affected Us

Dear friends of Hallie Hill,

We want to express how grateful and humbled we are that so many have asked how they can help with our mission during these
difficult times. We want to share with you how COVID-19 is affecting us:

Events being cancelled/postponed:

  • Putting for Paws Annual Golf Tournament: Postponed until November 16th.
  • ‘Pawp Up’ Yard Sale: Postponed, new date to be determined.
  • Several community engagements: Cancelled.
  • The volunteer program has been suspended for their safety and that of the staff.
  • Our regular vet, West Ashley Veterinary Clinic, is only taking emergency cases, so we have had to postpone a few surgeries and
    check ups.
  • We are still admitting cats and dogs from our waitlist as spaces become available.
  • We are still conducting adoptions under a more controlled environment using the recommended practice of social distancing.

This unprecedented pandemic event has everyone understandably anxious. It is frustrating to battle an invisible foe where the only defense is seclusion. Here at Hallie Hill, we too are worried because several of our upcoming fundraisers have been postponed. As the
Executive Director, I have reached a point of desperation and have agreed to be a runner in our Bridge the Gap Fundraiser. In previous years, I only served as a fundraiser for the event and it has raised as much as $15,000 for the animals of Hallie Hill! This year, the
event has been rescheduled during the heat of August and our pledges are down. We have decided to still run the bridge, just not with
the big crowds! Instead, most of us will run on April 11th. While some people may enjoy running, anyone who knows me, knows I have
the lungs of an 80-year-old chain smoker. I would rather be poked in the eye with a sharp stick than to run uphill. This is a sacrifice I
am willing to make for the dogs and cats of HH! I make no promises of speed, grace, or agility, but if you sponsor me in this run, I
pledge to make it completely over the bridge. Video on the day of the run should be amusing to some and will serve as my memorial for
my family if I die in the attempt!

[Edit: Want to see the video of the run? Click here!]

Stay safe, everyone, and be happy your pets can’t give you Corona Virus, or visa versa! Because how could we stay 6 feet
away from them?!!

Jennifer

Dinner with Peter Zheutlin

Dinner with Peter Zheutlin

We were overjoyed to have New York Times Bestselling Author Peter Zheutlin visit the sanctuary. He also joined us for a night of delicious food and story telling. We are so grateful for you, Peter!

Woofstock 2020 Recap

Woofstock 2020 Recap

We had SUCH a wonderful time at Lowcountry Dog Magazine’s Woofstock!

Here are some photos from the event.

Microchips

Microchips

Microchips are so very important. They ensure that your animal can make its way home if they were to ever be lost.

Concerned about cost? Find a low-cost or free option in your area by searching google: “Low Cost or Free Microchipping [your city]”.

Hunting Dogs – An Opportunity for Dialogue

Hunting Dogs – An Opportunity for Dialogue

Psst… happy photos and video of these same dogs at the bottom of the page!
We were contacted several weeks ago about a group of Beagles. The owner was no longer able to care for them, and a family member reached out to us asking that they be picked up. What is shown here is where the Beagles were living. *In sharing this video, we do not wish to scold or embarrass the previous owner.* We do think, however, that this may be a good opportunity to educate and possibly move toward a shift in hunting culture. Many sportsmen take excellent care of their dogs, and treat them like family. Some, however, treat their dogs as tools – often not giving them names, not providing adequate healthcare, nor a living space that allows the dogs to thrive.

This made us think about how one might start a conversation with members of the community, in the hopes of raising the quality of care for hunting dogs.

Here are some ideas for what can be talked about when having that conversation with a sportsman who may be open to change.
 

Building a Relationship with your Hunting Dog

Creating a bond with your dog strengthens their mental toughness, and helps them to gain trust with you. Instilling fear weakens your bond, and therefore weakens obedience as well.
Learn More / Resource: Gun Association
 

Walking your Hunting Dog

Walking together strengthens your bond – meaning better communication when hunting.
Learn More / Resource: The Hunting Dog
 

Exploring with your Hunting Dog

Getting out and exploring with your dog – even if it is not hunting season, can improve bonding as well. It also keeps your dogs in shape year-round. Chaining and small runs don’t allow the dog to flex their hunting skills in the way they need to to train.
Learn More / Resources: The Hunting Dog + Gun Dog Magazine
 

Spay and Neuter

Simply put, spaying and neutering can prevent unwanted litters. Most areas have free or low-cost spay/neuter. There are misconceptions surrounding neutering hunting dogs – neutering does not effect the performance of the dog – training and a strong bond do.
Learn More / Resource: Valhalla Hunt Club
 
Again, there are many sportsmen who treat their hunting dogs with immense love and care. We trust that these hunters will continue advocating for the fair treatment of these dogs.

 

Ideas for making change:

1. Build a relationship with local hunters who take pride in how they care for their dogs – and want to see other sportsmen improve their bond to their dogs. Host a gathering for local hunters to get together and share best hunting practices.

2. Find a dog trainer who has knowledge on training dogs for hunting – team up to hold a free training class for local hunters.

3. Remain open-minded, be open to having conversations – and listen!

 

Psst…

See the below photos and video to see some of these same beagles enjoying their new lives in loving homes.