Nick and Angie Stuff have a heart for animals.
The newlyweds were married on August 6. One of their first thoughts was to use some of their wedding money to help animals.
The couple paid the adoption fee for one of the Humane Society of Richland County’s longest-running cats. That fee covers sterilisation, rabies vaccination, FIV/cat leukemia test and fleas/worming.
“It was so heartwarming,” said Linda Chambers, director of the Humane Society. “It says a lot about their character. They had just returned from their honeymoon and all they thought about was helping animals.”
Angie Stuff said, “We are both animal lovers. You should always try to give back to the community.”
Their love for animals is no surprise. Angie Stuff, a deputy director of the Mansfield Correctional Institution, oversaw the MANCI cell dog program for nine years. Inmates work with homeless dogs and train them to prepare them for adoption.
Nick is a captain in prison. The Stuffs already have three dogs and a cat of their own.
“We knew we couldn’t adopt, but we wanted to prepay,” Angie said. “That’s important to us.”
The cat the Stuffs sponsor happens to be a 3-year-old tortoise named Tortie. She is referred to as Dior by the humane society.
Cat sponsored by couple lived in News Journal alley
In her short life, Tortie has overcome a number of challenges. In late May, she was featured in a News Journal column. Tortie lived in the alley by the newspaper.
Tortie gave birth to two kittens in October. She was caught in April hoping to be spayed. Unfortunately, the cat was already pregnant again.
Tortie went to humane society and then to a foster home for three months. While there, she gave birth to six kittens.
After giving birth, Tortie became very ill, suffering from a potentially fatal postpartum infection. She has now fully recovered and is ready for her forever home.
All six of Tortie’s kittens were quickly adopted.
Now it’s her 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 potential owner should submit an approved application. They would meet Tortie and learn more about her personality and what would be a good home for her.
Chambers describes Tortie as “very sweet, a little shy at first.” Once she warms up to a person, she shows a lot of affection. The executive director says Tortie would benefit from a quiet, quiet home where she can adjust at her own pace.
She gets a better chance because of the Stuffs.
“They specifically wanted to help a cat,” Chambers said.
Newlyweds also bought food, necessities for a humane society
They didn’t stop sponsoring Tortie’s adoption money. They also bought supplies including food and non-clumping waste for the shelter.
Nick and Angie have also donated money to help care for 13 cats that were dumped into humane society last week.
When Nick learned that humane society relies on donations to function, he said he and his wife would help more often.
Even before the Stuffs went into humane society, the couple attended the Richland County Dog Shelter, where they sponsored the adoption costs of the dog that had been there the longest.
That dog is not up for adoption yet. He will go through the MANCI program.
In addition, 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 was poisoned, so Angie brought the four offspring home. They went through the prison obedience program and were adopted by the prison staff.
She and Nick hope their generosity will encourage others to do their part.
“We were happy to do it, and we hope to continue doing it,” Angie said.