Local Couple Gives Back to Animals at Humane Society and Dog Shelter
Nick and Angie Stuff have a heart for animals.
The newlyweds got married on August 6. One of their first thoughts was to use some of their wedding money to help animals.
The couple covered the cost of adopting one of the world’s oldest cats. Richland County Humane Society. This fee covers sterilization, rabies vaccination, IVF/feline leukemia test and deworming/fleas.
“It was so heartwarming,” said Linda Chambers, executive director of the Humane Society. “That says a lot about their character. They had just returned from their honeymoon and they were all about helping the animals.”
Angie Stuff said, “We’re both animal lovers. You should always try to give back to the community.”
Their love of animals is no surprise. Angie Stuff, Deputy Warden at Mansfield Correctional Institution, oversaw the MANCI cell dog program for nine years. Inmates work with homeless dogs, training them to prepare them for adoption.
Nick is a captain at the prison. The Stuffs already have three dogs and a cat.
“We knew we couldn’t adopt, but we wanted to pay it forward,” Angie said. “It’s important to us.”
The cat the Stuffs sponsor happens to be a 3-year-old tortoiseshell named Tortie. She is called Dior at the Humane Society.
Couple-sponsored cat lived in News Journal driveway
During her short life, Tortie overcame a number of challenges. She was featured in a News Journal column in late May. Tortie lived in the alley near the newspaper.
Tortie had two kittens in October. She was caught in April hoping to be sterilized. Unfortunately, the cat was already pregnant again.
Tortie went to the humane society and then to a foster home for three months. There, she gave birth to six kittens.
After giving birth, Tortie became very ill, suffering from a life-threatening postpartum infection. She has since made a full recovery and is ready for her forever home.
Tortie’s six kittens were quickly adopted.
Now it’s his turn.
“I want to make sure she goes to a good home, not just because she’s free,” Angie said.
Chambers will make sure that happens. Any prospective owner will be required to submit an approved application. They would meet Tortie and find out her personality and what would be a good home for her.
Chambers describes Tortie as “very nice, a little shy at first”. Once she warms up to a person, she shows a lot of affection. The general manager says Tortie would benefit from a calm and quiet home where she could adapt at her own pace.
She has a better chance thanks to the Stuffs.
“They specifically wanted to help a cat,” Chambers said.
The newlyweds also bought food, supplies for human society
They didn’t stop at sponsoring Tortie’s adoption fees. They also purchased supplies including food and non-clumping litter for the shelter.
Nick and Angie have also donated money to help care for 13 cats who were dumped at the Humane Society last week.
When Nick discovered that the Humane Society depended on donations to operate, he said he and his wife would help out more often.
Even before the Stuffs went to the Humane Society, the couple went to the Richland County Dog Shelter, where they sponsored adoption fees for the dog that’s been there the longest.
This dog is not up for adoption yet. He will go through the MANCI program.
Plus, Nick and Angie donated money to pay for cheeseburgers for all the dogs at the shelter’s next adoption event.
Previously, Angie helped four dogs in Aruba, where there is a major stray dog problem. The dogs mother had been poisoned, so Angie took the four cubs home. They went through the prison’s obedience program and were adopted by prison staff.
She and Nick hope their generosity will inspire others to do their part.
“We were happy to do it and hope to continue doing it,” Angie said.