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Dolores speaks: Remembering pets during the holidays

4 Sep

The holidays are slowly creeping up upon us all.  It does not matter what faith you are the last few months of the year and the first month of 2013 holds a special holiday for each of us.  Do you remember your pets? We do at our home, Maurice and Cassandra get an extra packet of catnip with their toys and Beau has his usual toys waiting for him under the tree.  Do you think about the thousands of sheltered animals during the year or maybe during the holiday months?

Taken from the online dictionary the definition of an animal shelter is

“An establishment, especially one supported by charitable contributions, that provides a temporary home for dogs, cats, and other animals that are offered for adoption.”

The cats and dogs in these shelters do not have gifts given to them during any time of the year unless we care enough to donate. At our home we donate regularly and during the holiday months I make sure some special treats go to a specific shelter. The animals in these shelters have no one, it is very sad especially when the reason they arrive to the shelter varies greatly.  Some “pets” are dropped off because the “owners” get tired of them, are having a baby or just do not want them anymore. Sad isn’t it? Some dogs and cats arrive as strays, injured and picked up off the streets by an angel that did not want to see them die alone. There are so many animals that arrive at the shelters due to neglect, abuse or both. They are reported to authorities who then bring them to the shelter to keep them safe and treat them at a clinic for their injuries.

See the pattern? I would guess that 50% of the dogs and cats at the shelters have no idea why they are there and miss the human affection they once received. The other 50% are there due to abuse, safe now but for how long?

If these cats and dogs are in a no kill shelter they are lucky compared to the ones that end up in a high kill shelter and if not adopted out will be euthanized. Are you now getting a visual of what is happening to so many dogs and cats? It is sad.  That is why if not during the year, please during shelter week or the holidays please go to a shelter and leave a gift.  Gifts can be toys, a bed to sleep on, healthy treats and/or food. You might not get a verbal thank you but the wag of the tail or the purring of their motors will be enough to know that you have made a previous pet happy just for a little while.

Hopefully the shelter will be placing the animals; hopefully they will find their way into a loving home. Hopefully they will not be euthanized as so many are each yr. Until they do help them out, donate something to a shelter and help to find a friend or neighbor adopt a pet instead of shopping for one.  The shelters are full; the volunteers in these shelters could also use your time to help with the animals. This is another good way to show you care and to wish good cheer and give love to a lonely dog or cat sleeping in a small cage on a cement floor.

Maurice, Cassandra and Beauregard are all rescues and they have all rescued us and claim part of our hearts for life as did our previous pets that crossed over the bridge. Please remember the animals during the holidays and hopefully through the yr. You can even donate used pet beds and toys that are in good condition, shelters are not picky and neither are these lonely animals.

If you are considering adopting a pet for a relative or friend please do not do this UNLESS you ask this person. The thought of bringing an animal into a new home has to be a mutual agreement between the people receiving the pet and the giver of the gift. You might think someone wants a puppy, think again will they want a dog when the puppy is full grown? Animals are forever not throw away holiday gifts.

Have a happy holiday, stay safe and please remember the animals less fortunate than the ones you cherish in your home. Please adopt don’t shop. Also always remember to be the voice of the voiceless.  If you see abuse, stop abuse and report abuse.

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One Hungry Little Mouse!

1 Jul

The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. The 19-year-old, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, who was photographing the leopard for a course project, was astounded By the mouse’s behaviour.
He said: ‘I have no idea where the mouse came from – he just appeared in the enclosure after the keeper had dropped in the meat for the leopard. He didn’t take any notice of the leopard, just went straight over to the meat and started feeding himself.’ 

‘But the leopard was pretty surprised – she bent down and sniffed the mouse and flinched a bit like she was scared. In the meantime the mouse just carried on eating like nothing had happened. But even a gentle shove does not deter the little creature from getting his fill… ‘It was amazing, even the keeper who had thrown the meat into the enclosure was shocked – he said he’d never seen anything like it before.’ 

Project owner Jackie James added: ‘It was so funny to see – Sheena batted the mouse a couple of times to try to get it away from her food.’ But the determined little thing took no notice and just carried on.’ Sheena was brought in to the Santago Rare Leopard Project from a UK zoo when she was just four months old. She is one of 14 big cats in the private collection started by Jackie ‘s late husband Peter in 1989. The African Leopard can be found in the continent’s forests, grasslands, savannas, and rainforests.

….So the mouse continued to eat the leopard’s lunch and show the leopard who was the boss. Just proves no one can push you around without your permission.



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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Giving Rescues a voice! Meet Pawsibilities Are Endless!

17 May

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 for offering to help our rescue with our fundraising and van needs.
Pawsibilities Are Endless is a small rescue in rural, Missouri; we’re 2 hours from Kansas City. We originally established the rescue to help specifically the Windsor, Missouri pound, but have now expanded to assist the Clinton and Warrensburg, Mo shelters and individuals as well, although we are still small. At this time we assist 50-100 dogs per year maximum.
We use several different vets depending on our dog’s needs, all are 45 minutes to an hour and a half away, however, our two vehicles used for transporting are a truck and a compact car, so the maximum amount of dogs we can transport at one given time is 4 and that’s if we have small dogs (we mostly help medium to large dogs) and if there isn’t a lot of equipment we need to transport. (kennels, tables, chairs for pet fairs, etc)
An example of the problems we run into just happened yesterday; I had 4 large dogs to take to the vet but there isn’t enough room in the vehicle for all of them, so I’ll be making 2-3 trips to get them all vetted, all 45 minutes away, an hour and a half round trip; 3 of the dogs now can’t go to the vet until next week.
Another example is, when we pulled 3 dogs from the Warrensburg shelter I didn’t have enough room in my vehicle for all of them so had to make 2 separate trips on 2 separate days, also a 45 minute one way trip, an hour and a half round trip.
The added travel time of course costs us financially, but also takes me away from other important rescue duties; imagine what I could get done with those extra days.
Because of our location, we travel 2-3 times per month, 3 hours round trip to Blue Springs for pet fairs at the Petco in the car or truck, leaving behind adoptable dogs just because we can’t fit them in the vehicle.
We are 501c3 and would love to have a cargo style van, suv or minivan donated to the rescue so we could take more dogs on each trip, saving in gas for vet runs and getting more adoptable dogs to pet fairs.

The second thing we are trying to do is pay off our rescue expenses. Right now we are doing fundraisers to try to come up with $2100, most of which was spent on medical expenses. We’ve spent $1200 in the past month and a half at one vet’s office for 3 different dogs.

Our contact information is below.
Text: 660-351-5879
Thanks again!
Lora
Adoption, Pet Fair and Foster Home Coordinator 
Treasurer, President and Transporter

 

Please vote for Bruno!

9 Feb

The following information is found on the website for Castaway Pet Rescue. We would like to urge all our friends from Hand4Paws to give a hand to Bruno. He is in great need of everyone’s help. Please remember, small donations add up in a tremendous way. Even if you can’t help financially, you can lend a hand by sharing & tweeting. There is also a contest by Best Bully Sticks in which Bruno is participating. Please consider voting for little Bruno. It is relatively easy. First like the FB page for Best Bully Sticks then follow the following link to vote for Bruno. He is in great need of your votes!

 

 

Bruno was found in an alley in Chicago with no use of his back legs at 4 weeks old!!!

Someone brought him into CACC and he was to be put to sleep. However Castaway Pet Rescue saw this little man fell in love with his on site and knew they had to save him!

Bruno is in a foster home and is getting all the love a attention he could ever want! He is going to a rehabilitation center for muscle strength and acupuncture treatments and he has begun using his back legs! We all have hope that maybe someday he will walk on his own. But if not, that’s OK, he will just be one of the cool dogs in wheels!

Bruno is the happiest puppy ever and has stole the hearts of people all across the US. His face can light up a room!

You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another mans treasure”, and Bruno is…he is our treasure!!!!

To donate via Chipin towards Bruno’s ongoing therapy and care Click Here.

Kissing Bruno from Karen Erbach on Vimeo.

Could you please help out Little Buddy?

8 Jan

Buddy is a 1 year old dog who was attacked by another when he was only a puppy 6 months ago. He was left paralyzed. When the owner refused to treat him, animal control took him and shortly after, someone contacted our organization to see if we could help him.

Eleventh Hour Rescue brought Buddy up from Georgia to see what all could be done to give him a chance at living a normal life.

Please check out Buddy’s ChipIn page and consider donating if you are able to and share with others. Please remember, small donations add up in a tremendous way. Even if you can’t help financially, you can lend a hand by sharing  Thank you! Here is the link to Buddy’s ChipIn page

Visit Buddy’s FB page for more pictures and videos.