Hinsdale Humane Society and Natural Healing

Hinsdale Humane Society and Natural Healing


We’ve been around for 65 years. We started in 1953, and we’ve been actually in the same location since 1956, but we’re moving from a 6000 square foot facility into the one we’re standing in today, which is close to 16,000 square feet. We’re almost tripling our size overnight. My name is Tom Van Winkle. I’m the Executive Director of the Hinsdale Humane Society. Two years ago we found this building that we’re standing in today and we went through the process. It took about a year to finalize the purchase and for the last nine months we’ve been renovating. The main reason for doing that we’re going be able to save more lives. We can fit more animals in the building itself and programmatically, we’re going be able to reach out and do a lot of exciting things in the community that will actually help more animals. We’ve really designed this with all the animals in mind. We separated the cats and dogs as much as we can, so we don’t have a lot of overlap and the noise between the two. For the dogs what we’ve also been able to do is we actually have larger living quarters, so the dogs can actually live together. Even in our individual kennels we’ve put doors between them so we can open those doors up and let the dogs socialize throughout the day. We had a lot of money saved up in order to help us get going but we really do depend on our supporters to help make this a reality. So as you go around the building you’ll see signs on the walls of people’s names and foundations that have donated and contributed sizable amounts to help us make this a reality. A couple months ago a member of my board of directors met with Randy and made the introduction to me and Randy and I sat down and we’re talking about what natural healing does, about the mission here at the shelter, and we realized we had some synergy in what we’re trying to accomplish. My name is Randy Lycus and I am the owner of Natural Healing Whole Dog Wellness. We have a retail side of the store where sell top ingredient food and nutrition and we also provide hydrotherapy services. We swim dogs that either need to get rid of excess energy or have anxiety or maybe have had some health issues. They’re older and arthritic recovering from surgery. We swim them and help them recover and build muscles to get their body stronger. The benefits of natural healing have been extremely great for my dog. Within the third session Liana started walking without a harness and then with the eighth session, she started running. So we see the benefit completely. It has been literally life-changing for Liana. We’ve been coming for about over a year now. Just over a year – last September we started. And we did it for weight management. He was about 11 and a half pounds and was considered overweight by the vet. He started in September and by Christmas he went from eleven and a half pounds down down to just over nine pounds. It was pretty quick that he lost a good amount of weight. We noticed after the first couple weeks that we’d get home from swimming and instead of him being tired he’d have more energy and he’d start playing with his brother more. I would definitely recommend Natural Healing. We didn’t expect the results that we got, especially as quick as they happened. For us it’s it’s just been a 90 day change for for Vinnie. A lot of dogs come in here with a lot of different issues and have fantastic results. One example is Daisy Mae. Daisy Mae was a rescue from Almost Home. She was abandoned with two of her siblings in Tupelo, Mississippi at the age of three months. Originally the vet wanted to do the surgery right away, but her legs were like sticks because she had lost so much muscle mass. The lift was important because I knew that she didn’t like water and with her having two ACL tears, I knew it would be hard to get her in the pool. That’s what drew me to this place, was the lift. The doctor said her recovery time would have been six months. Right now, she is at six weeks and she’s almost completely healed. It was a huge difference where she literally was trying to jump on furniture again. It was like she was back to being her old self. We’re real excited about the partnership with Hinsdale Humane Society. They’ve got just a great history, tradition, and a great mission. We just see is a great partnership and being able to bring dogs over, them out of the kennel for an afternoon of swimming and exercise. Dogs who have ACL tears often get hip dysplasia. They get all the same type of problems that humans get, so just as a human would go and walk in a tank of water to provide that resistance to strengthen that part of their body. Swimming, for the dogs, does the same thing. The partnership is gonna allow the dogs to get out of the shelter, swim, burn energy and any anxiety, they might have. If they’ve got any issues that we need to work on through swimming, we’re really looking forward to having them come over. One of the perceptions of shelter animals is that they’re broken or they’re used animals so what we want to do is take that reputation and change it. My staff are specialized in enrichment and care for the animals behaviorally. We have a veterinarian coming in to take care of them medically, including the spay / neuter surgery. We’re partnered with Natural Healing so for those special cases where a dog needs extra work, they can go out to Natural Healing and get hydrotherapy. We have an education classes to help teach people how to care for their animals, how to make them part of their family, and then they get adopted into these new loving homes. We’re just one big happy family.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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