Archive | June, 2012

URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR THE DOGS & CATS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, FLORIDA

28 Jun

UPDATE 6/27/12:  Flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Debby has affected other Florida counties as well, devasting some, including Clay County.   On their Facebook page, Saving the Dogs & Cats of Putnam County, Florida writes:

“URGENT PLEA!!!! TROPICAL STORM DEBBY CONTINUES TO DEVASTATE THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF FLORIDA…S.A.F.E. FACILITY HAS BEEN EVACUATED…CLAY COUNTY FLOODING…RESCUES….ANY TYPE…ARE NEEDED URGENTLY AS OWNER SURRENDERS ARE PILING UP IN THE PARKING LOT..GOD FORBID PEOPLE JUST CARE FOR THEIR ANIMALS IN A CRISIS..INSTEAD, THEY KEEP DUMPING….PLEASE REACH OUT TO RESCUES IN THIS REGION AND GET THEM TO CLAY COUNTY!!!!!    THIS IS SO HEARTBREAKING AND FRUSTRATING…SAW IT FIRST HAND YESTERDAY…TOOK 2 DOGS…FELT SO HELPLESS LEAVING THE REST…PLEASE HELP US FIND  RESCUES FOR CLAY COUNTY…THIS IS DESPERATE!”

Original post: On June 25 2012, we all woke up hearing the news that four puppies and an adult dog, passed away after their shelter was ravaged by Tropical Storm Debby. According to Jacksonville.com the people responsible for the welfare of the dogs and cats state that “[They] had moved the puppies up to the high end of the shelter, thinking they would be safe there.” “We all feel so bad … We never expected the creek would rise this fast and this high and we really felt the ditches would handle it if it came out of the bank.” explained Capt. Carol Starling of the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, who oversees the animal shelter.

The reporter Teresa Stepzinski informs that the  bull dog/hound mix puppies that died were part of a large litter recently brought to the shelter along with their mother. The animals were waiting to be picked up by a rescue group, when they were caught in the flood. The surviving animals, about 60 dogs, cats and kittens immediately were evacuated to safety on higher ground at the county fairgrounds by sheriff’s deputies and animal control personnel.

On the social networking site Facebook for SAVING THE DOGS & CATS OF PUTNAM COUNTY, FLORIDA  a picture of the shelter has been posted and caring people have offered their help the shelter that is in need of all of us right now. They posted the following list of things that would be greatly appreciated if they could be donated.

  • Old Crates & Kennels
  • Zip ties (if you have worked in a rescue mission you know how important and essential zip ties are)
  • Scrub brooms/Brushes
  • Bleach
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Spray bottles
  • Electric fans and extension cords (Heat and humidity are very high in this area)
Financial donations can be called in to Supporters of Shelter Animals to Tracy George at (904)796-0382
Send your tax deductible contribution to “Supporters of Sheltered Animals, Inc.” 1228 Blanding St. Starke, FL 332091 That is the non-profit rescue group that works directly with this shelter.
Just a few hours ago a new Facebook update was posted by the rescue:
“PLEA from AC in Green Cove Springs to all area RESCUES and ADOPTERS: County residents forced to evacuate by rising floodwaters are dropping off pets BY THE DOZENS at the shelter. The local no-kill shelter DID have to be evacuated, and all their animals had to be relocated to AC too. THE POUND IS SLAMMED and BEGGING for adopters and rescues to pull NOW”
Please consider giving a hand to the animals during this time of need. If you have never volunteered before and you always had the urge to do something for animals…NOW IT IS THE TIME. Rescues are always looking for eager people with a good heart that can truly help out. Be sincere and do what your heart tells you. Do not think that there could be enough people to help, there could never be more than enough people to help animals. If you can donate money, do so. Donate money that goes directly to them and to the animals. Please, it takes a second to share the following post, remember that sharing is caring. We have to care for these animals that need of your compassion and help right now. Please do so.
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14 Jun

Anderson Cooper 360

If you look at the dogs and cats being so well cared for by the Montreal SPCA, you’d think it’s a charity in solid shape.

But the executive director of the charity told CNN that the organization is still in significant debt to a U.S. direct mail fund raising company after signing a seven year contract.

Nicholas Gilman, the Montreal SPCA’s Executive Director, told CNN’s Drew Griffin that his charity once owed a little more than $4 million to a company called Quadriga Art, headquartered in New York City. Quadriga Art is the same direct mail company still owed more than $15 million by a Washington-based veterans charity, now under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee. That $4 million debt has now been whittled down to around $1.7 million but Quadriga Art, Gilman said, also has a lien on the charity’s shelter in Montreal.

Tonight’s report is the first in…

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13 Jun

What makes an animal rescue volunteer? Shelly from Chico Cat Coalition shares her thoughts!

Black Cat Rescue

What makes an animal rescue volunteer? Shelly from Chico Cat Coalition shares her thoughts!

As one of our most dedicated volunteers said, “Volunteering at an animal shelter isn’t like picking up litter, or participating in a bike ride. Those are very worthwhile events, and we are lucky that people are there to do those things…but with animals, once you look into their eyes, you’re done. You’re hooked. There’s no going back.”

Anyone who has spent any time at an animal shelter knows what she means. Animal shelter volunteers are an amazing group of people. Talk about being invested in your volunteer work – once you look into the eyes of a cat who is stray, feral, ill, injured, needs a home, needs YOUR HELP, you’re all in. Black cats are no exception,

I volunteer at the Chico Cat Coalition, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter in the northern California town of…

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Update on Karma, the Dog Whose Leg was Sawed Off

11 Jun

GREAT NEWS!!! KARMA WAS ADOPTED!!!

  ♥ So happy for you, little one ♥

Original post:  Karma is the dog whose owner duct-taped her mouth shut and removed part of her front leg using a saw.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control has been caring for sweet Karma.  We were so happy to hear that Karma is doing well, we just had to share the news that she is now ready for a new home!  Here is an email from Palm Beach County ACC:

We wanted to share the latest on Karma’s story.

She is doing wonderful, has gained all of her weight back and has made a full recovery from having her leg amputated.  Our staff veterinarians decided a full amputation of the injured leg was the best course of action.  Karma has not let that slow her down one bit; she can run and play with the best of them!  She is a spayed female, mixed breed dog (American Staffordshire Terrier is listed on her paperwork), and weighs approximately 40 pounds.  We think she is close to 7 or 8 years old.


We have gained official custody of all of the dogs rescued from the cruelty situation and the county attorney’s office is handling the prosecution of the man responsible.  We are now in need of a loving foster home or permanent adoptive home for Karma.  She is wonderful with people, loves to have her belly rubbed and she’s always smiling.  She is slightly animal aggressive, so will need to be placed into a home with no other pets – this may be something that can be changed with proper training and socialization.  She is not aggressive towards people in any way.


I’ve attached her most recent glamour shots along with a ‘before’ picture so you can see how far she has come.  If you have any questions or would like to set up a meet-n-greet, please feel free to contact me.
Sincerely,


Elizabeth Harfmann

Community Outreach Coordinator

Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control

7100 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

 www.pbcgov.com/animal

P:  (561) 233-1222 F:  (561) 233-1234

Sweet Karma has been through a lot in her life, yet she continues to be a happy dog.  Please share this post, to help her find the loving home she deserves!

Here is the petition for Karma.  The next court date is scheduled for 7/12/12.

http://www.change.org/petitions/maximum-sentence-for-man-who-cut-off-his-dog-karma-s-leg

Giving Rescues a voice! News letter by Pawsibilities Are Endless!

11 Jun

Giving Rescues a voice! Guest Blogging Spot for Registered Animal Rescues!

The following is a guest blog posting from a registered rescue in the state of Missouri. They are in great need of a van in order to transport animals to adoption clinics. Due to the lack of a proper transportation vehicle, many of the adoptable dogs stay behind at the shelter and do not get a chance at adoption until the next clinic. Please take a moment to read and get to know the work of Pawsibilities are Endless. Please remember, small donations add up in a tremendous way. Even if you can’t help financially, you can lend a hand by sharing ~HAND4PAWS

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ADDING HAND4PAWS LINK TO YOUR NEWSLETTER! IT IS AN HONOR FOR US TO BE INCLUDED! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!

Thank you’s and news

-This awesome BLOG is featuring our need for a van or mini van for our rescue. Thanks to Hands4Paws!

-Please remember it is mosquito season and it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to infect your dog with heartworms. Please be diligent and use a heartworm preventative. I was hanging out the back yard with Linda and they were swarming the poor baby.

-Colorado Animal Rescue Express: C.A.R.E. was one of Pawsibilities’ very first supporters. For the first 6 months or so Pawsibilities was active we were almost entirely on our own. We remember sending an email out, not even asking for help but because we were SO excited that Angel, a white pit bull was getting adopted from the Wind- sor, Mo pound. Lisa from C.A.R.E. offered to pay for her vetting; we were ecstatic. At that time Pawsibilities was the only group helping the Windsor Pound and we were very grateful to have someone else step in. From that point on Colorado Animal Rescue Express and their Jake’s Fund have helped numerous Windsor Pound dogs and Pawsibilities Are Endless dogs, even assisting us with many of our high cost medical supply orders. However, this last one “took the cake.”

We had contacted Lisa at Colorado Animal Rescue Express letting her know Pawsibilities would be donating many of our 5 ways to the Windsor Pound and asking her if Jake’s Fund would be able to help us with another purchase of these extremely vital vaccines; they not only offered to pay for an entire 25 count box for us, but also offered to buy a box for the Windsor Pound through our order. Wow! We placed the order, adding on some additional items the rescue needed- to save on shipping- knowing Colorado Animal Rescue Express would reimburse us for the 5way vaccines and Pawsibilities Are Endless would pay for the additional supplies.

When we placed the order and we submitted the receipt to Lisa, Colorado Animal Rescue Express sent us a check for the entire, almost $300 purchase! This included enough frontline to last our entire rescue the whole summer! (usually a $75 per month cost for us) we couldn’t believe it; that was so unexpected and we are very grateful! we immediately got on Facebook and asked everyone to go to Caretransport.org to thank Lisa, Linda and C.A.R.E.’s Jake’s Fund for their support of our rescue efforts. If you support Pawsibilities Are Endless, please do the same. This group deserves our gratitude. Thank you, C.A.R.E!

-Our weekday adoption events will be on June: 8th and 13th from 3-7pm and the 15th from 5-7pm at the Petco in Blue Springs, MO.

-Pawsibilities Are Endless accept paypal donations at: Pawsibilities@ymail.com. Thank you Marisa Julien for your paypal donation in May.

-Pawsibilities Are Endless was turned down for a much needed grant we had applied for so this chip in is more important to us now than it has ever been, please help share this link: http://bit.ly/HUAzaX

-Thank you, Kim Henderson from 1st Community bank in Windsor for donating aluminum cans to help us raise funds!

-Yet another simple way to raise funds for Pawsibilities: http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/ pawsibilities.aspx

-Thank you, Lisa D for donating items from our Amazon.com wish list:
 -Pawsibilities has our own iGive link! Earn money for us while you shop!http://www.iGive.com/Pawsibilities-MO
The same day we set up this link, our adoption coordinator was book- ing a room with Choice Hotels and a message popped up showing the amount that would come to the rescue. We have high hopes for this program.

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Facebook: Pawsibilities Are Endless

7 Jun

Get to know what is a Gestation Crate…

Eatocracy

In cooking, the process of clarification entails straining out extraneous muck from liquids so that they might be pure, clear and ideal for consumption. With this series on food terminology and issues we’re attempting to do the same.

This little piggie is bred for market. This little piggie can’t turn her body around. That’s about to change.

The term “gestation crates” has been trotted out across news media and social networks over the course of the last few months as major corporations declared plans to phase out their use, but what exactly are they and why is their use so controversial?

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7 Jun

YesBiscuit!

Whether your local shelter has already taken the pledge to not kill animals on June 11 in conjunction with the Just One Day event or they haven’t yet but you’re going to ask them to participate, there is good news:  nearly 700 shelters and rescue groups have taken the pledge to make us a no kill nation on June 11.

Why your local shelter should take the pledge:

  • No healthy/treatable animals will be killed at the shelter on June 11.
  • The Just One Day campaign will send your shelter a model press release, promotion plan, guide to adopting their way out of killing, adoption promotion posters and more – all free – once they take the pledge.
  • Animals’ lives will be spared at the shelter on June 11.

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