Episode 66: Ohana Means Family

Welcome home, everyone! Join us this week as we introduce the newest member of the Hillebrand Family – Stitch! We also have news about an upcoming donation drive we’ll be hosting!

Dog of the Week

“We adopted Stitch on Saturday, January 30, 2021, so he is very new to the Hillebrand family! We weren’t allowed to have more than one dog at our old house, and knew that we wanted to get a second dog once we were settled into our new home.

On Saturday morning, Bart put us in the virtual line (COVID precaution) at the ARL and we brought Pippi down to pick out her new best friend. We told the employee we didn’t care about breed, age, or gender, and she introduced us to Stitch (shelter name-Yeti) who we immediately fell in love with. The employee at the shelter told us that he was brought in as a stray and he’s clearly been attacked before, as he has multiple scars on his body.

He did so well with Pippi that we decided he was the perfect fit for us. We’ve only had him for a day, so we don’t know too much about him yet, but so far he’s been very snuggly and loves napping and playing. He’s made it very clear that he feels comfortable here and can tell he’s finally safe.

We named him Stitch because that’s Bart’s favorite movie and just like the original Stitch, he’s the missing piece that our family didn’t know we needed.

We are so happy to have him home with us.” Stitch’s mom, Paige

Charity of the Week:
Animal Rescue League of Iowa

The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. The Animal Rescue League is dependent on individual and corporate contributions to care for its animals.

  • The ARL receives no state, federal or United Way funding.
  • The ARL takes seriously the investments of its donors and supporters for the care of the animals.
  • The ARL, governed by a volunteer board of directors, adheres to standard accounting practices; conducts an annual independent audit; and carefully and frugally manages its resources in order to care for as many animals as possible for decades to come.
  • The ARL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
  • The ARL is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, meeting all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability

We only euthanize animals that are dangerous or suffering, and that is only after we have exhausted all other humane and responsible options. We do not euthanize for lack of space in the shelter. Ending suffering and enhancing public safety is a responsibility we take seriously.

Every decision we make is based on the globally accepted Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare Under Human Control:

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.

2. Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal’s own kind.

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.” –ARL

ARL’s Fetch! List

Our Social Media Links


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/athomewiththehillebrands

Merch Store: https://www.cafepress.com/athomewiththehillebrands

Pippi’s Book Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/714361322393755/

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thehillebrands

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thehillebrands

Tik Tok: @thehillebrands

Paige’s Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/paigehillebrand

Paige’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissPaigeElise

Bart’s Twitch Channel: https://www.twitch.tv/saxxy_beast

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