Canine Charities' First Fundraiser

Each month it costs Canine Charities approximately $2,600 for food, veterinary care, medications, personalized training and attention, caregiving, etc. to care for our rescues. That’s over $30,000 a year.

On April 30, Diana and Jon Sebaly of Oakwood graciously opened their home to host the first official fundraiser for WagsInn Canine Charities. More than 130 guests attended a fun-filled evening of music, food, silent and live auction, and great company. Your generous donations of over $30,000 will help unwanted dogs find forever homes.

Thank you to the planning committee of Diana Sebaly, Barb Haley, Lesley Neufeld, Tracey Schumann, Tiffany Ebersold, Lori Houseman, and Betsy Woods. Your time and talents are greatly appreciated.

We look forward to our next event and hope you will join us. Thank you from the bottom of hearts. Dog people are the best!

Photography by Aubrey Jones


Dog Bite Prevention

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 15-21. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association more than 4.5 million people DogBite_2016in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year.

Below are some important facts: 

  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

Dog bites can occur at any time. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to a dog’s body language.

Here are some signals that indicate a dog is uncomfortable and may feel the need to bite:

  • Tensed body
  • Stiff tail
  • Pulled back head and/or ears
  • Furrowed brow
  • Eyes rolled so the whites are visible
  • Yawning
  • Flicking tongue
  • Intense stare
  • Backing away

Never disturb a dog while she’s sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Teach children the DOG SAFE rule:

D: Don’t tease, please
O: Only pet with permission
G: Give space

S: Slow down
A: Always get help
F: Fingers together
E: Even good dogs can bite


Canine Charities Fundraiser // April 30

WagsInInvite_BannerOn Saturday, April 30, from 6-9pm, Diana and Jon Sebaly are graciously hosting an open house and fundraiser at their residence (31 Walnut Lane, Oakwood). Tickets are $50 per person. RSVP by Barb Haley at Street parking is available, but NOT on Walnut Lane. 

All of the money raised will go directly to our non-profit Canine Charities rescue organization to help unwanted and abandoned dogs find their forever homes. Each month it costs us approximately $2,600 for food, veterinary care, personalized training, bedding, caregiving, etc. to care for our rescues. That’s over $30,000 a year.

The following silent and live auction items will be available at the event (subject to change; cash or check accepted):

  • “All About the Dog” gift basket
    • Dog themed items – coffee mugs, salt and pepper shaker, artisan plate, dish towel, chip clips
  • Custom painted portrait of your dog
  • “Hair of the Dog” gift basket 
    • Everything you need to cope after a night of too much fun – Skyy vodka, Bloody Mary mix, $50 in Five Guys gift certificates, sweet and salty snacks, eye mask
  • Heroic dog print by local artist
    • Canine creation by artist Lisa Rosenmeier
  • “Bare Bones” starter kit for a rescued dog at WagsInn
    • Basic supplies every dog needs – collar, leash, treats, toy, flea and ticket preventative, etc.
  • “Man’s Best Friend” gift basket
    • Unwind with your four-legged pal with a good book, a bottle of wine, and a cigar
  • Doggy Daycare at Club K-9 in Centerville
    • 5-day daycare package for one dog (no transportation available)
  • Four tickets to “Mutts Gone Nuts
    • Canine Cabaret showing at the Victoria Theatre Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Canine themed gift basket from Get Dressed boutique
    • Items include silk/cashmere shawl, pillow cases, and nightshirt
  • Gift basket from Square One Salon
    • $50 pedicure, $50 gift certificate for Aveda products, water bottler, T-shirt
  • Put your dog on the new WagsInn van
    • The new WagsInn van has a limited number of spots available to display a professional photograph of your dog; first come first serve
  • “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” gift basket
    • Five nights of boarding at WagsInn + a bath, and handmade collar, leash, and bed from Project Warmth
  • Hocking Hills getaway (for the humans) and three-night’s stay (for your dog) at WagsInn
    • 2-day stay (Sun-Wed) at Hillcrest Lodge; sleeps up to 14 guests and three nights of boarding for your dog
  • Diamond necklace from Get Dressed boutique
    • Stunning black diamond floral enhancer on a natural zircon necklace with diamond clasp
  • Hand-painted portrait of your dog displayed at the entrance of WagsInn
    • Local artist Cheyenne Autumn Pinkerman will paint your dog (4 foot x 4 foot) from a photograph you provide; artwork of your celebrity canine will be displayed outside at WagsInn
  • Growlers of beer
    • Locally hand-crafted “Houndstooth Ale” in two half gallon jugs
  • Overnight golf outing for four at Wolf Run Golf Club in Indiana
    • Ranked #15 for best modern course; you and three friends will get two rounds of golf, dinner, overnight stay, complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Do the downward dog package

Earth Day // April 22

On Friday, April 22, we’ll celebrate Mother Earth. Without respect and care for our beautiful planet, we would not have a space for our canine companions to run, play, and explore.

Here are 4 ways to celebrate Earth Day with your four-legged friend:Clyde_JohnBryan

  • Go for a walk or a hike. Take your dog to the dog park, for a long walk in your neighborhood, or explore a new hiking trail. We are blessed to have many beautiful parks close by. For a list of parks in Southwest Ohio visit
  • Plant a tree in memory or celebration of your dog. What a better way to honor your devoted companion? For a minimum $10 donation, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in honor of your pet. It’s that simple! Learn more.
  • Donate unwanted items to your local pet charity or shelter. WagsInn Canine Charities is always in need of blankets, towels, collars, leashes, toys, and tennis balls.
  • Choose good dog food. Quality ingredients provide better nutrients that are absorbed by your dog therefore producing less waste. When choosing a dog food read the ingredients. The top three natural ingredients should include animal protein (salmon, bison, lamb, beef, turkey, rabbit, duck, or chicken), vegetables and fruits (carrots, potatoes, green beans, blueberries, bananas, cranberries, or apples) and vitamins and nutrients (Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, Vitamin B, D, or C). Talk to your vet about your dog’s nutrition and diet.

Let us know how you celebrated Earth Day with your pooch by posting pictures on our Facebook page.

Peace, love, and tummy rubs.



Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm AwarenessApril is heartworm awareness month. We find this very timely as our newest rescue Penelope was recently found as a stray, starving and neglected, and was diagnosed with a severe case of heartworm.


Penelope found in March

Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal. Infected mosquitoes carry heartworm. Dogs bitten by infected mosquitos transmit the parasitic worms. Once a dog is affected, foot-long worms live in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Depending on the class of heartworm, symptoms may include labored breathing, coughing, anemia, high blood pressure, exercise intolerance, fainting, and rapid heart beat. However, some dogs may have no symptoms.

Heartworm can be deadly if not discovered and treated properly, and often time’s treatment is difficult. It can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and organ damage and can cost more than $1,000 for treatment. That’s why prevention is so important.


Actual heartworms

Just like you, pets need regular check-ups with their doctor. Make sure your dog gets yearly veterinary exams that include updated immunizations, parasite checks, and heartworm tests. It’s recommended that pet owners should give a heartworm preventative each month all year round. Some pet owners opt out of treating their dogs during the winter months. However, you never know when the first mosquito will emerge or the last mosquito will die, especially with the unpredictable weather we’ve seen in the last few years.

According to the FDA, Heartworm has been reported in dogs in all 50 states. Just because you live in colder climates, doesn’t mean your dog is safe. Heartworm disease is completely preventable. It’s much safer and cheaper than treating a case of heartworm disease.


Penelope today

Fortunately, Penelope is responding well to treatment and was cared for by one of our foster families during the 10-day wait period. Penelope is now at WagsInn and has a long road to recovery. It takes months to be fully cured from heartworm disease. Check back often to find out how Penelope is doing and when she will be ready for adoption.

For treatment options or questions, please contact your veterinarian.