Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!


Monday, May 31, 2010

Indifference at the Forrest City, Arkansas Animal Shelter

I volunteer at a local animal shelter each weekend. There was and continues to be a good amount of training. Volunteers have eagle eyes for anything that puts dogs in jeopardy. Included in the many thing you must be vigilant about is not putting two dogs together (or more!) Sometimes, and only with official sanction, can two dogs be placed together. We sometimes do this with older dogs that are very mellow and they often will respond well to the company, putting on much needed weight (shelters are stressful and most dogs lose weight).

So it is with a fair amount of disgust that I post for you the following video. Rest assured, various animal groups have this shelter's number. Still, your awareness is golden, as they say, because it makes the club to beat them with that much larger.

Be forewarned, this is a graphic video. Bottom line, shelter workers were negligent and uncaring about the welfare of the dogs in their care ... in FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS.

I will be posting about them again, and urge you to call local government officials in FORREST CITY, ARKANSAS.

I will be compiling a list of companies that do business in this area and will be posting it.





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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Veteran Dogs

This information was kindly compiled by Sasha, the Great Northern Malamute of Facebook, Doggie Historian, and purveyor of always-useful info.

During this important holiday weekend, please keep in mind the real reason for the time off: people who risked their lives for you and me to have the freedoms we do. God bless them, their families, and may God continue to bless America.

Here's a great selection of those dogs that served their country and their soldiers well, and who made their own contributions to our great nation.

RAGS
Rags was a Cairn Terrier mix who served as the mascot of the 1st Infantry Division during World War I. He “joined up” in 1917 in France and held his title until his death in 1931. Rags was recruited by Private James Donovan, who found himself AWOL after overstaying his leave in Montremere. Just as 2 military policemen approached him, he tripped over the small stray. Donovan thought quickly and said he was part of a search party, sent out to find the Division’s Mascot. Thus Donovan was out of hot water and Rags had a name and a job! Though he was a small dog, Rags relayed messages from the front lines. His greatest moment of heroism came during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in 1918, when he ran a vital message through falling bombs. Although the terrier was gassed and partially blinded, he survived. Donovan however, was not so lucky. In 1920 Rags was adopted by the family of Major Raymond W. Hardenberg. He is buried at Aspen Hill Memorial Park & Animal Sanctuary in Maryland.
LEX
Lex is a German Shepherd that served in Iraq alongside Cpl. Dustin Lee. Lee was killed in a mortar attack outside Falluja with Lex by his side. The German Shepherd was so faithful to his handler that he had to be pulled away from him to allow medics to attend to Lee. The dog sustained some shrapnel wounds. Lex was present at Lee’s funeral and comforted his younger siblings. Normally military dogs must “serve” until they are 10, but the family of Cpl. Lee was told that Lex would be able to take early retirement and come to live with them given the circumstances. There was much bureaucratic paperwork, but eventually the Lee’s prevailed. At a ceremony a Marine read a statement, “This is to certify that military working dog Lex, having served faithfully and honorably, was discharged from the United States Marine Corps on this 21st day of December 2007″.

NEMO
Nemo the German Shepherd was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Unlike most of the dogs that served during that time, Nemo was allowed to come home. Nemo was trained to be a sentry dog at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas and was shipped to Vietnam in 1966. After his original handler returned to the US, Nemo was paired with Airman Second Class Robert Thorneburg. The two formed a close bond right away. On on December 3rd, 1966 after a night of fighting, Thorneburg and Nemo were out on patrol when Nemo sensed something. Before he could radio for backup, a Thorneburg was shot in the shoulder and Nemo was shot in the muzzle. The bullet entered under his right eye and exited through his mouth. Ignoring the wound, Nemo ran towards the 4 gunmen and allowed Thorneburg the time to call for reinforcements. Both man and dog were rushed in for emergency treatment. Nemo’s right eye had to be removed and he received skin grafts on his wounds. Eventually he was flown home to Lackland where he could receive the best Veterinary care. He lived out the rest of his life at the dog training facility on the Lackland Air Force Base. Nemo died on March 15, 1973.
Sgt. Stubby
Sargent Stubby was the Pit Bull hero of World War I. He enlisted in the most unlikely of circumstances, wandering onto Yale University Field (which was being used at the time for military training)as a stray. His stocky looks and good nature made him the perfect mascot. When the soldiers were deploying, they had a quandary. Most of them would be traveling via mass transit and they couldn’t sneak a dog on with them. That’s when they discovered that Corporal J. Conroy would be traveling in a supply car. At first he was resistant to the idea, but after meeting the endearing canine, he couldn’t refuse. Somehow the soldiers managed to smuggle Stubby over to Europe (he wasn’t a trained military dog), and there his heroic career began. He managed to alert soldiers to gas attacks in time for them to get their gas masks on, he captured a German spy and even saved a girl from an oncoming car! Stubby almost perished from poison gas as well as a grenade attack, but the scrappy Pit Bull pulled through. After 18 months in Europe Stubby returned home with Corporal Conroy. When he attended Georgetown University Law School, Stubby became the unofficial Hoya mascot. Stubby died in 1926. His body is kept by the Smithsonian museum.
Chips 
Chips was a German Shepherd/Collie/Husky mix that ended up being the most decorated K9 that served during World War II. Edward J. Wren owned Chips, but donated him to the army (private citizens were asked to donate their dogs to serve). In 1942 Chips began his training as a sentry dog. He traveled the world while serving with the 3rd Infantry Division – seeing North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. In 1943, during the invasion of Sicily, Chips and his handler were trapped on the beach by machine gun fire. Chips broke free of his handlers grip and ran towards the fire, attacking the gunmen and eventually causing their surrender to American troops. For his heroism during the war he was given the Silver Star and Purple Heart, but those awards were later revoked (at that time dogs could not be given those awards). He was unofficially given a Theater Ribbon with an Arrowhead and 8 battle stars (for each of his campaigns). In 1945 he was returned to the Wren family.
SMOKY
Smoky is the smallest of the Famous Military dogs on my list! She was a 4 lb, 7 inch tall, Yorkshire Terrier who served in World War II. In 1944 Smoky was found in a foxhole in the jungles of New Guinea by an American soldier who brought her back to camp and sold her to Corporal William A. Wynne for $6.44. For the next 2 years Smoky lived a soldiers life. Because she was not an official military dog, she did not get dog food or medical care. She shared Wynne’s meals and slept beside him in his tent. The little dog even flew 12 air/sea rescue and photo reconnaissance missions, secured in the soldiers backpack. She survived 150 air raids and saved Wynne by warning him of incoming shells. Like many Yorkies, Smoky also loved to learn tricks and preform. She did so with the Special Services – entertaining soldiers in hospitals. After the war Smoky was flown back to the US hidden in a oxygen mask carrying case. For the next 10 years she made television and public appearances in Veterans hospitals until her death in 1957. Smoky is considered the first Therapy Dog.
SALLIE
Sallie was a brindle Staffordshire Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier – it is unclear) who served as the regimental mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. She was given to 1st Lt William R. Terry as when she was just 4 weeks of age. Sallie was raised with the men of the regiment and they were fond of her. She knew the specific drum roll announcing reveille. Sallie followed the men closely on marches and to the battlefield, always on the front lines. In a spring 1863 at a review of the Union army, Sallie marched along with “her” soldiers. Abraham Lincoln sat in the center of the reviewing stand and spotted the dog. He raised his famous hat in salute. At Gettysburg, Sallie became separated from the 11th in all of the chaos. Three days later they found Sallie guarding the bodies of the dead and wounded soldiers, herself unscathed. In 1865 at Hatcher’s Run Sallie was struck by a bullet to the head. She was killed instantly. She was buried on the battlefield while under heavy enemy fire. In 1890 the surviving veterans of the 11th Pennsylvania dedicated a monument on the Gettysburg battleground which contains a likeness of a sleeping Sallie.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fed Report Says Dogs Are Dying In Puppy Mills

via The Christian Science Monitor; By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press / May 25, 2010 :
Protestors outside the American Kennels pet store on Lexington Avenue in New York City. The protesters decry "puppy mills," which they say are the source of dogs sold at the store. A government report says dogs are dying in 'puppy mills.'
Picture credit: -- J.B Nicholas/ Splash News/Newscom
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The review, conducted between 2006 and 2008, found that more than half of those who had already been cited for violations flouted the law again. It details grisly conditions at several facilities and includes photos of dogs with gaping wounds, covered in ticks and living among pools of feces.
...Investigators say the Department of Agriculture agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs. In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations.
...Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday that the department takes the report seriously and will force immediate action to improve enforcement, penalties and inspector training.
Click title of post for full story.


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"Shelter dogs aren't broken..."

"Shelter dogs aren't broken, they've simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don't pity a shelter dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side." -dogsrule.com


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Sunday, May 23, 2010

John The Dog Has Mange...

UPDATE II:
John has been rescued!  He is being taken by a bulldog rescue on Long Island! I don't have more details yet but when I do I will share them. Thanks for all your support. All donations made to John's treatment will be donated to the rescue for the same purpose. They are assuming a great cost to take him in. I'm just glad he will have a loving home now, and not die a sad death in a shelter.

UPDATE:
John has been given a slight reprieve! We need to get this moeny raised so he can be adopted out, with a committment of the treatment costs since they are exorbitent. There may be a home for him in CT!

Click the NEW video link below!

Mange can be treated! (as a child we adopted an English sheepdog named Ollie, and don't you know he had the mange!)  But the treatment is expensive. There is a chip in and I've linked it below. Please do what you can to help. As with anything I post, I've contributed something to this effort, as well.

This is John:

JOHN IS SO SPECIAL ... HE BARELY HAS A HAIR LEFT ON HIS BODY, THE DEMODECTIC MANGE HAS TAKEN SUCH A TOLL ON THIS VERY SWEET DOG ... this is John, a three year old Bulldog, who looks sort of a prehistoric creature right now because of severe hair loss due to mange. He has probably suffered his entire three years on earth to get to this point, so now we want him not only not to suffer one minute longer, but to have a wonderful, safe life.

...We think he's part bulldog, part gremlin, he has that great, hunky chunky roly poly body and those feet? Right now they're a little sore from the mange, but they're like pladderpuss feet! Maybe he's part dinosaur! John is three years old and weighs a solid 50 lbs.
Please give WHATEVER you can, every dollar counts, to his chip in:

http://sixdog.chipin.com/mange-treatment-for-john

John is at Animal Care and Control in Brooklyn, New York.



NEW VIDEO:


John the dog from Paula Jean on Vimeo.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pet Food Drive in NYC

Most animal shelters are HAPPY to take donations of unopened pet food, beds, LINENS (of all kinds), BLANKETS, kennels, cages, gently-worn leashes and collars, nail clippers, brushes, toys, tennis balls...

...But, did you know you can give pet food to some pantries for people's pets?  In these hard economic times, this is really crucial. So many dogs and cats get owner surrendered to shelters due to those people feeling they cannot ake care of the family pet. (BTW -- these dogs and cats are often put down first since it is understood the family is not looking for them).  How much easier it might be to keep the family pet if their food costs were cut down just a bit?

The Animal Relief Fund (ARF) is helping collect pet food for pantries throughout New York City. Visit their donation site and see what you can do. They will distribute the pet food to pantries for you!
http://www.arf-ny.org/donate.html


Where do they donate the pet food?
See for yourself:
http://www.arf-ny.org/where.html


FAQ's: (who, what, where, when, how...)
http://www.arf-ny.org/faqs.html





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Friday, May 21, 2010

A Sea of Neon



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Gabe at Rolling Dog Ranch Gets Adopted!

This story will warm your heart!

As you know from a previous post, Rollong Dog Ranch is moving to New Hampshire. During all the preparations four of their beautiful animals have found forever-homes!  And these were all dogs that someone else had discarded and likely would have died from injuries or illness without the help of Steve and Alayne at the ranch. God bless these people.

Good luck Gabe and family!

Full story:
http://blog.rollingdogranch.org/rolling_dog_ranch_animal_/2010/05/oh-my-goodness-gabe-gets-adopted.html#comments




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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ADOPTAPALOOZA!


Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:00am - 4:00pm
Washington Square Park
New York City
ADOPTAPALOOZA!

Lots of good info, services provided, fun stuff to do, prizes (including a Dog Wash and gift bag for anyone who adopts), "petographs," training tips, costume contests, book signings, etc!

I highly recommend this event! Dogs and cats will be present from Picasso Veterinary Fund, North Shore Animal League, and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, and NYC's Animal Care and Control.

And -- you will get to meet Maddie, the mascot from Maddie's Fund!

This is a great event organized by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals!

PRESS RELEASE (more great info!)
http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/adoptapalooza/pr2010-05-18.htm



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News Round Up

Poll: More people nationwide seek animal adoptions through shelters
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=24177&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=1495014026

BBB Study: Lack Of Effective Law Enforcement Allows Missouri Puppy Industry To Thrive
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=24176&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=-1536830806

Healing Heroes and Helping Hounds
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=24164&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=-1684725689

Shelter or store? Most Americans say no question
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=23915&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=396073886

Pit Bull Found With Ears Cut Off
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=23859&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=1779033205

Shelter Tails: Money raised to bring dogs home from Iraq
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=23857&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=697712154

Las Vegas volunteers pound the pavement to educate people about pet store puppies
http://network.bestfriends.org/golocal/lasvegas/15320/news.aspx

Adopt Your Next Pet
http://network.bestfriends.org/campaigns/foreverhome/adoptions.aspx

Volunteer!
http://network.bestfriends.org/volunteer/

Buying a puppy from a pet store or "private" breeder - is it a gamble worth taking?
http://www.examiner.com/x-2111-Tacoma-Dogs-Examiner~y2010m5d19-Buying-a-puppy-from-a-pet-store-or-private-breeder--is-it-a-gamble-worth-taking

Taye Diggs reads to "real dogs" in New York City
http://www.examiner.com/x-23879-NY-Dog-Social-Scene-Examiner~y2010m5d19-Taye-Diggs-reads-to-real-dogs-in-New-York-City

'Riot Dog' of Greece is canine protester, never misses a rebellion (Photos, Video)
http://www.examiner.com/x-1028-Pet-News-Examiner~y2010m5d8-Riot-Dog-of-Greece-is-canine-protestor-never-misses-a-rebellion-Photos-Video

DNA Could Solve Doggie-Doo Caper
http://webmail.c.peoplepc.com/wam/MsgAttachment?msgid=24138&attachno=1&folder=INBOX&x=-1205188829

Dogster Answers
http://www.dogster.com/answers/



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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Before, After

Ever wonder about dogs in shelters? Is it too painful to go and look around? I found it very hard. Before I volunteered at Yonkers Animal Shelter, I used to drop off linens that people would give me (dogs often sleep on concrete or very hard plastic beds that wear well under constant washing) but I'd wait till I had a bunch so I wouldn't have to go and see their eyes. I knew I'd remember them and feel bad about not being able to help.

Each time I've adopted a dog from a shelter, I've remembered others there that I did not adopt. It's difficult, when you're a dog lover, to get their faces out of your head.

Here is a good before and after shot, so you can see the affects of taking that step, going to the shelter anyway - even through the difficulty of it - because you can literally save a life.

This is Ari, before being rescued, and after.





Ari is a pregnant pit-mix that was at a shelter in Georgia (a gassing facility, as it happens, which is another horror story). She was one of those pitiful faces that I happened to see on Face book, and cross posted for other dog-rescue people there, with the hope of seeing her get adopted, fostered, sponsored (an offer to pay her vet bills if someone else would take her), or even transported to another city, where someone else would take her.  There are huge networks of people working on behalf of dogs stuck in shelters. Some get rescued, many do not. But Ari did! And her and her pups will have a shot at life.

The below link is a "chip-in" for Ari and her upcoming puppy needs. I believe she is being fostered, and you can be sure her pups will not land in a shelter. Still, they will all need to be vetted and that costs money. If you are so inclined, and if rescuing or visiting shelters or volunteering at one is not something you can do yourself, but you can contribute financially (even five dollars!), here is a way you can help.



Click the above picture to be brought to the updates by the group who rescued Ari, see how many gifts have come in, and feel free to pass this around. This is one of those causes where, if everyone does a little, we've gotten a lot done. A chip-in is a short term need being met by numerous people. Once the goal is reached, the chip-in closes. Both of the others I've listed here have closed (goal was met or new strategy made and that goal was met).  I normally contribute to most of what I publish here, but last week gave to four unexpected causes (very similar in nature - three dog-related things, and one soldier-related thing), so I am going to sit this one out. I hope you will consider giving a little something if you are able.

UPDATE: I caved and donated.
But I don't see the update yet.  I hope gifts start showing up!

Thanks.

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Gaston County North Carolina Proposes Eliminating Dog Adoption, Relying on Euthanization Only


Every so often, an animal control person reverts back to the old days. Can you please send these guys some messages, to let them know we are watching?

I find North Carolina is one of the worst states in animal adoption. No doubt they are inundated with puppies; I see it in all the adoption "urgent" postings. But I think they rely way too much on euthanization and not enough on adoption, nor on controlling puppymills, which breed far more dogs than are needed (and do so in appauling conditions).

I got this from Facebook:

Mr. Horton at animal control has proposed for his budget cut to do away with the adoption program and rely on euth. Please spread the word and write our County Commissioners. He wants to buy a new animal control truck. This is going to set Gaston County back years if this passes. I was told that they well surpassed their adoption percentage this year.


GASTON COUNTY CONTACTS

Reggie Horton rhorton@gcps.org

County Manager Jan Winters Jan.Winters@co.gaston.nc.us

Chief of Police William Farley wfarley@gcps.org

County commissioners: John Torbett jtorbett@co.gaston.nc.us

Joe Carpenter KINGSPINNACLE@aol.com

Allen Fraley, Vice Chair afraley@carolina.rr.com

Tom Keigher tckcom@aol.com

Donnie Loftis donnieloftis@bellsouth.net

Mickey Price, Chairman mprice@co.gaston.nc.us

Tracy Philbeck tracy@tracyphilbeck.com

County Attorney Charles Moore - cmoore@co.gaston.nc.us

Assistant County Attorney Sam Shames shames@co.gaston.nc.us

Gaston County Tourism! 1-800-849-9994

From county document:

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Function: Public Safety Department: Animal Control

Tentative FY 11 Budget: $1,616,366 County Dollars: 55.3% FY 10 Highlights:

• Operating increase for maintenance and equipment for facility in order to comply with State guidelines

• Financing of 1 Animal Control Truck

Benchmarks:

• Calls per Officer in FY 09 were at 2,448, up 20.5% from 2,032 in FY 06

• The number of animal control calls is projected for FY 10 to be 27,737, an increase from 25,822 in FY 08 (7.42%)

Animal Control’s reduction of 1% under the FY 10 Adopted Budget equates to a reduction of $6,400. For this reduction to be absorbed, Animal Control proposes:

• Eliminating the Adoption Program - $2,714

• Relying more on Carbon Monoxide - $3,925

• Deeper Reductions proposed by Animal Control are related to the privatization of kennel operations. Much groundwork is necessary to fully explore the possibility, due to time constraints only the 1% below FY 10 reductions are brought to the BOC.



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Sunday, May 16, 2010

News Round Up...

Fur flies in Birmingham to get Gulf oil slick licked
http://blog.al.com/businessnews/2010/05/fur_flies_to_get_gulf_oil_slic.html




Three-legged dog given lease of life by pioneering surgery
http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/news/Threelegged-dog-given-lease-of.6295870.jp




ASTONISHED medics have revealed a remarkable treatment for Parkinson's disease
 - a PET DOG.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/health/health/2970830/How-a-dog-helps-treat-Parkinsons.html


ASPCA plugging proposed law to protect farm animals from cruelty:

Dear Animal Advocates,
U.S. Representatives Diane Watson and Elton Gallegly have introduced the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (H.R. 4733), an ASPCA-supported bill that would require the federal government to purchase animal products only from entities that do not keep animals cruelly confined in gestation crates, veal crates or battery cages.

Factory farms in this country commonly house animals in cruel confinement systems. Veal calves are chained in small crates without enough room to turn around; sows are confined in gestation crates only a few inches wider and longer than the sows themselves; and egg-laying hens are jammed into tiny “battery” cages with less space, per bird, than the size of a regular 8.5″×11″ sheet of paper.

Whether or not it intends to, the federal government supports these cruel practices by spending over $1 billion per year on meat and eggs from animals who are raised in overcrowded cages and cramped crates. (This food is distributed to our military, federal prisons, school lunch programs, and many other government programs and services.)

Since almost all major packers and distributors do business with the federal government, passage of the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would have a significant impact. It would dramatically improve living conditions for countless farm animals across America, and would put an end to the federal government’s economic support of this form of cruelty.

What You Can Do

Your U.S. representative needs to hear that this bill is important to you as a voter. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center (https://secure2.convio.net/aspca/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2705&JServSessionIdr004=229js3cib4.app224b ) to email your representative and urge him or her to support the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act.

Thank you for taking action for animals!



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Friday, May 14, 2010

Chip in for Max

UPDATE:
Max has a foster closer to him and the money people gave will either be donated to the shelter where Max came from (they emailed me to check what I wanted to do and I said put it there), or will be returned or repurposed as decided by donor.)

Well, Jack's chip in worked well!  In just a short time he had what he needed and is on his way. Jack and the following dog are from the south, where there are fewer spay/neuter programs and high-kill shelters.

Please consider another special case: (I gave to three of these today, even thought the contributions were modest, they are encouraging and they add up!)


Here is the link with the updates on Max:
http://helpmaxgetvettedandhome.chipin.com/pls-help-max-robeson-survivor-wsome-vetting-and-get-to-his-adoptive-home-in-ny

Here is the last note from Ann, Max's angel:

Okay, Judy Klipp is in NY and has kindly offered to foster Max if we can't find a closer foster or better yet, and adoptive home! Max is at the South Robeson Vet for the next week or so to be vetted and then we need to figure out how to get him to Judy in NY...this is do-able but will take some funds. We also can't leave Nicole stuck for Max's vetting & boarding costs at the vet, so some more money is needed for that as well. Some of you have already called the vet (as I did) and helped her with this but if you haven't already and can help with this still, PLEASE DO!
Max was saved from a painful and sure death at Robeson and I appreciate everything Nicole has done for and is doing for Max...we can't bail on her now! DO THIS FOR MAX please! Even if everyone can only give a few bucks...we understand...we're broke too! The things we do for these animals, I tell ya! (...but sure makes your heart feel good when you see these results!!!)

Feel free to email me anytime if needed (abtrvlr@aol.com) or just jump on here & CHIP-IN!

Thanks in advance...WE LOVE YA MAX! Ann



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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chip in for Jack

UPDATE:  JACK HAS TRANSPORT TO HIS RESCUE!!!


I find a lot of dog related content on face book and recently I came across what I think is a fine idea.
A chip in. As in, if you want a way to help but don't have the time to make a longer term commitment, or happen to appreciate direct action, one way is to help with a short term need for money called a chip in. It's not an organizational thing; it's to an individual who is transporting a dog, or to a vet that is boarding a dog or giving it care after it's been rescued from some bad situation.

If you go to the link provided, you will see the classic fundraising thermometer, the progress made, the people who have given, the details of how the money is slated to be used. Instead of giving it to a group, which is not bad, certainly, this is meeting a short term need.  Once the need disappears, it's done. An organization has to pivot and adjust to the next thing, and they do, but a part of me that has a masters degree in needs-assessing non-profits likes the rapid response aspect of this and the short term action needed and met.

The question becomes, but do I know these people and how do I know they will do the right thing with the money? The answer is that you don't know them, but someone whose information you trust does, and they are presenting this for your consideration.

Take a look at an effort for a dog named Jack. Jack is the ubiquitous black pitbull mix. He was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina - a high-kill facility. He needed vet care, received it, and now he is being boarded at the vet. That costs money, and the sooner he can get to his committed foster situation, the better.  The foster will socialize Jack with the other pets there, train him if he needs it, and help make him a more suitable choice for adoptable pet when the right person comes along. This has become the way a lot of perfectly wonderful dogs are handled. The alternative is they'd be put down for lack of space.

If you are so inclined to see Jack receive some help, perhaps you will consider a contribution. Here is the info.

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***Please share and cross post!! WE NEED TRANSPORT FOR JACK!! Saved from sure death at Robeson and vetted, NOW needs a ride to his foster home!! Been trying all week to no avail!! Someone please help get him to his new home!! I have created this note in the hopes we can get transport put together for him!!

We also need help with his expenses. Here is the chip in: http://gatchaman.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/2d7b34d2799486f9
Jack is currently in boarding at South Robeson Vet Clinic. His boarding was up on Friday but a kind individual paid for another few days of boarding for him. Desperately need help getting him transported. Transport info is as follows:

Jack will need to be picked up from South Robeson Vet Clinic, 9464 Nc Highway 41 S, Fairmont, NC 28340-5914, phone: (910) 628-7178

He needs to be transported to North Sunset St , Atkinson, NC 28421 ...

I will give the house number in a private email to whoever is able to help with the last part of transport.

I have made this note available to everyone so that anyone can post. I need to get this worked out asap as he has already been in boarding for a week. Please share and cross post this note so we can get Jack to his new home. Thanks.


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Dogpile

http://www.dogpile.com/

Seems good.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Free Distemper Shots in Atlantic County New Jersey - May 15

PLEASE PASS THIS AROUND

On May 15 the Absegami Community together with the Atlantic

County SPCA and New Jersey Aid for Animals is sponsoring a

FREE distemper shot clinic for dogs.

The clinic will be held at

the Bayview Fire House on 6th Avenue in Galloway
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

*There are only 100 shots available – so get there early*!!

**Free food, collars & leashes**

Please bring your dog on leash and cats must be in carriers



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Westchester County Adoption Event - May 22 and 23

The SPCA of Westchester County (NY) is having a BIG adoption day featuring 200 dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens from high-kill shelters.  Go to this link to see advance application info, and to get full details.

http://www.spca914.org/

May 22 and 23
10:00am - 3:00pm

Westchester SPCA
590 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
914.941-2896

I hvae to say, I am MOST impressed by all the sponsors of this no kill shelter!  Great job!!


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Where In The World Is Paco?

A guy goes to Mexico for vacation, notices a dog hanging out on the beach, adopts him since the dog is homeless, and Delta lost the dog (named, Paco) on the way home? I normally like Delta but this is unacceptable.

Worse, they are offering $200?!

Full story, though there isn't much more to know, except that Delta lost someone's dog.

 

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Quilt Raffle Benefitting Rolling Dog Ranch

One of Rolling Dog Ranch's amazing volunteers makes a quilt for them each year that gets raffled. The proceeds benefit the ranch and help augment the $60,000+ needed for vet bills each year.  This is only one picture; click the title above to be brought to Rolling Dog Ranch's site for the full (and wonderful display).

"For the fifth year in a row, quiltmaker Barbara Edwards from Seeley Lake, Montana, has produced another stunning quilt to raffle off as a benefit for the animals here. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the ranch. Barbara and her husband Scott came by on Friday to show us her latest beautiful creation. Barbara's family named this quilt "Road Trip: Montana to New Hampshire 2010."
"Barbara's quilt raffle has brought in thousands of dollars each year for the animals, so this has turned into an amazing fundraiser for the ranch!"


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News Rounds Up

One lucky dog: Couple's Dominican honeymoon results in rescued pet
Full story:
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20100508/GPG04/5080360


Girl Scout creates dog bite prevention program for Gold Award
Full story:
http://www2.dothaneagle.com/dea/lifestyles/local/article/girl_scout_creates_dog_bite_prevention_program_for_gold_award/151847/


Dog with own disability helps hospitalized kids


Full Story:
http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=12447318


Two people save dog from drowning, dog wrapped in chains
Full story:
http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2010-05-05/Two-people-save-dog-from-drowning-dog-wrapped-in-chains#ixzz0nUChQFcB



Don't Give A Dog A Bone, FDA Says
Full story:
http://www.wpxi.com/irresistible/23224367/detail.html


Dog-sized dinosaur had thick, head-butting skullhttp://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=217965




Dog, gone: How poison killed his pet
Full Story:
http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2010/04/22/COVER-ratpoison-main-E.aspx


Learn about bone marrow transplants for dogs
Full Story:
http://pets.lohudblogs.com/2010/04/28/learn-about-bone-marrow-transplants-for-dogs/


First blood test unveiled for cancer detection in dogs
Full Story:
http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Veterinary+news/First-blood-test-unveiled-for-cancer-detection-in-/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/657623?contextCategoryId=378

Also: check this out for cancer-related questions concerning your dog:
http://www.oncopetdiagnostics.com/links.php



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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! Be a Mom to a Shelter Dog.

In the past two weeks, 54 of the 55 animals on the Urgent list at Dallas Animal Services have been rescued or adopted—only THEO is left, and he has until Monday, May 10, or he will be euthanized.
Theo is 1 year old and weighs 57 pounds. He’s a handsome fellow, a pit mix with a few red-orange freckles on his snow-white coat. Theo is friendly and good with people but doesn’t like other animals, so he needs a home where he’s the only pampered pet. Surely there’s a home out there for Theo! He’s neutered, has had all his shots, is heartworm negative and microchipped.

To adopt: 214-671-0249; teresa.cleek@dallascityhall.com; Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, in Dallas .

Rescue groups: 214-670-8298; mark.cooper@dallascityhall.com

Please spread the word. Thanks for your help.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Remember Puppy Mill Moms

Laurel Babcock of Lower Hudson Blog (Paws N' Claws) does a nice post for Mother's Day. No reason to reinvent the wheel. She references the most excellent Best Friends Animal Society's efforts to alleviate the suffering of mother dogs in puppy mills.

Mother dogs live in cramped wire cages resembling rabbit hutches and often stacked on top of each other. They are bred repeatedly and churn out litter after litter until their bodies are exhausted and worn out to the point where they can’t produce any more puppies. They spend their entire lives without exercise, playtime or human affection, and often without medical care. When they are used up, they are killed or sold at auction.
This Mother’s Day, Best Friends Animal Society is spreading the word about these unseen, forgotten moms by offering “I’m Tired of Puppy Mills” bracelets. Edgy, trendy, and made from recycled materials, the bracelets cost only $10, and half of the proceeds will be donated to Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign.
Read her whole post here:
http://pets.lohudblogs.com/2010/05/05/remember-4-legged-moms-on-mothers-day/

DON'T buy a dog for your Mom on Mother's Day. Go to a shelter or a rescue and take one in that has paid her dues, and then some. Puppies at pet stores are 100% from puppy mills. There is no exception.



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(Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there!)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

NYC - Long Island - New Jersey Adoption Events - May 2010

Liberty Humane Society / Friends of Cats at Liberty (FOCAL): Adoption Day at Petsmart
Saturday, May 8, 2010
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Secaucus PetSmart
400 Mill Creek Drive
Secaucus, NJ

Adoptable cats and kittens (and a doggie or two) will be in front of the Pet Hotel or training area at the Secaucus PetSmart. Volunteers will be on hand to answer general questions about the shelter, adoptions, and volunteering. Join us and find a new adoptable friend!

For more information, contact Liberty Humane Society at (201) 547-4147 or lhs@libertyhumane.org, or visit the Liberty Humane Society website.


ARF-ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness)
and ASPCA / Bobbi and the Strays: It's My Bark Day
Saturday, May 15, 2010
8:00 a.m. – Spay/neuter clinic (arrive by 7:00a.m.)
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. – Festivities and pet adoptions
Freeway Dog Park, Rockaway, Queens

ARF-ARF (Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness) is a community group of dog owners with an interest in serving the common needs and interests of the very large number of dogs and their loving companions who frequent the ARF-ARF Freeway Dog Park in Rockaway, Queens. Raffles, games, and a trick contest, plus lots of off-leash doggie fun! Low-cost/free spay/neuter clinic by the ASPCA. Bobbi & the Strays will be there with adorable dogs of many different sizes, ages, and breeds available for adoption. Come and bring a friend or two and give a homeless animal the chance for a better life.

For more information on the event, contact ARF-ARF at info@arfarfrockaway.org, or visit the ARF-ARF website. For more information on adoption, contact Bobbi & the Strays at (718) 326-6070 or events@bobbicares.org, or visit the Bobbi & the Strays website.


Castella De Borghese Vineyard:
Canine Cutchogue Classic All-Breed Dog Show Benefit
for North Fork Animal Welfare League
Saturday, May 15, 2010
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Castella De Borghese Vineyard, Route 48 (Sound Avenue)
Cutchogue, Long Island

The Cutchogue Canine Classic (CCC), where every dog is a star! This is the third year in a row that the generous people at Castello de Borghese Vineyards will be hosting this wonderful all-breed dog show and fair. The CCC is designed as a fundraising opportunity for not only the North Fork Animal Welfare League, but also the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, American's Vet Dogs, The Southold Town Shelter, Kent Animal Shelter, and SAVES, Inc. So please make time to come and visit our booth and all the other wonderful groups represented! We will have fabulous adoptable animals for you to hug. Bring you favorite canines and show them off. The event is free and open to the public; donations accepted.

For more information, contact Lynn Tonnessen at (631) 734-5362, or visit the Cutchogue Canine Classic website.

Liberty Humane Society / Friends of Cats at Liberty (FOCAL):
Adoption Day at Petsmart
Saturday, May 15, 2010
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Secaucus PetSmart, 400 Mill Creek Drive
Secaucus, NJ

Adoptable cats and kittens (and a doggie or two) will be in front of the Pet Hotel or training area at the Secaucus PetSmart. Volunteers will be on hand to answer general questions about the shelter, adoptions, and volunteering. Join us and find a new adoptable friend!

For more information, contact Liberty Humane Society at (201) 547-4147 or lhs@libertyhumane.org, or visit the Liberty Humane Society website.


Liberty Humane Society / Friends of Cats at Liberty (FOCAL):
Adoption Day at Petsmart
Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Secaucus PetSmart, 400 Mill Creek Drive
Secaucus, NJ

Adoptable cats and kittens (and a doggie or two) will be in front of the Pet Hotel or training area at the Secaucus PetSmart. Volunteers will be on hand to answer general questions about the shelter, adoptions, and volunteering. Join us and find a new adoptable friend!

For more information, contact Liberty Humane Society at (201) 547-4147 or lhs@libertyhumane.org, or visit the Liberty Humane Society website.

Liberty Humane Society / Friends of Cats at Liberty (FOCAL):
Adoption Day at Petsmart
Saturday, May 29, 2010
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Secaucus PetSmart, 400 Mill Creek Drive
Secaucus, NJ

Adoptable cats and kittens (and a doggie or two) will be in front of the Pet Hotel or training area at the Secaucus PetSmart. Volunteers will be on hand to answer general questions about the shelter, adoptions, and volunteering. Join us and find a new adoptable friend!

For more information, contact Liberty Humane Society at (201) 547-4147 or lhs@libertyhumane.org, or visit the Liberty Humane Society website.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Patty's Paws for Cause Luncheon - June 12th

I have gotten my last three dogs from Elmsford Animal Shelter. They take in all dogs, many that others would turn away. Yes, they have a lot of animals. Do they all get walked every day? Probably not. The same could be said of shelters one-fifth their size. With more volunteers that would be remedied. But I know the staff takes good care of them, and advocates tirelessly on their behalf.

They are having a luncheon to raise some money for much-needed improvements. I cannot be there but will be sending in my own donation, as with nearly all of the requests I make of all of you here.



To register for the luncheon, go here:
http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=df359a2c-0193-4fbe-8cfb-f4c615dbbaa6



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A little Comic Relief

via College Humor dot com:



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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Give a Little Money For a Transport TODAY

I got this off facebook. If you make even a small contribution, it matters to the lives of these 57 dogs that need transport. They have a ride; they need a little moola for the people donating their cars (gas and maybe some crates).

This is dog rescue, 57 little souls at a time. It matters.

**URGENT! My friend & fellow animal rescuer, Sharon Gold, is transporting 57 dogs from Kern County, CA to Oregon tomorrow. If we cannot raise the funds to transport them, they will be euthanized. Please consider donating even $5 so these dogs can LIVE! Please go to PayPal & donate to the email julianandella@yahoo.com. https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=marketing_us/send_money



[regarding donating directly to the vet as opposed to paypal]:

There's no vet. Sharon Gold has 3 or 4 caravans of cars leaving LA tomorrow & driving to Eugene, Oregon. There Noah's rescue will meet her & take them all to their place in Washington State. 850 miles each way. They need money for gas (at $3.00 a gallon now) & the pull fees so the money would go directly to Sharon. Sharon Gold is a HUGE animal rescuer. She rescues about 100 dogs a week from all over LA. She works with Eldad & Hope for Paws. I can vouch for her. I have been to her house & seen a lot of dogs being rehabilitated. She is wonderful. If people are uncomfortable donating to this than no worries. There is just no vet as everything is coming out of Sharon's pocket. I can 100% guarantee her credibility. [donating up through this] Sunday is not too late to donate as Sharon is using money from her own pocket for the costs that can't be covered by donations.

Monday, May 3, 2010

If Your Organization Fosters or Adopts Out Pitbulls, Take A Look At The Animal Farm Foundation


Funded Programs:

THE PERFECT MATCH AWARD
The Perfect Match award celebrates the human-canine bond by awarding $500 to not-for-profit shelters or rescues that make the "perfect match" between an owner and an adopted shelter dog. Together, the honored pair will be winning hearts and opening minds, paving the way for other dogs and owners who are still searching for their Perfect Match. This award showcases an adoption that has benefitted the community in that it is an excellent example of the human-canine bond in action.

To qualify, the Perfect Match nominees must have been together for at least three months. The dog must appear to be a pit bull dog or a pit bull dog mix. The owner must be a positive role model for the community, showing how wonderful it is to have a dog identified as a pit bull as your best friend!

AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® INCENTIVE AWARD
Working as a team with their human companions, dogs of all shapes and sizes have passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen® test and are now recognized as valued members of their communities. Animal Farm Foundation provides an Incentive Award to encourage dog and owner teams to earn their AKC CGC® certification as a way to support their community's shelters and rescues. While all dogs are welcomed to participate, Animal Farm Foundation will award $150 to pre-qualified participating organizations for each dog appearing to be a pit bull and owner team in their community who successfully complete the CGC program.

Dogs must be at least one year old

Dogs must be handles by their owners during the test

The Incentive Award is available for any dogs who appear to be pit bulls and their owners, not just those adopted from the participating shelter.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Each day, lives are enriched by the companionship and services dogs provide. Dogs appearing to be pit bulls can earn $1000 for not-for-profit organizations by winning an Animal Farm Foundation Achievement Award. To qualify, the winning dog and owner duo must work together to win hearts and open minds so that other dogs that are identified as pit bulls can be just dogs. This team is one that is out and about in the community making strides that promote understanding and acceptance of dogs that look like pit bulls.

SPAY/NEUTER GRANT PROGRAM
Animal welfare organizations best serve their communities when they develop strong partnerships within the community, utilizing each organization's strengths to deliver to every dog owner the opportunities for low-cost and accessible spay/neuter services. Most owners of dogs appearing to be pit bulls are just like the other dog owners - Given the opportunity, they will use accessible services to care for their pet. To encourage the development of a sustainable and accessible program, Animal Farm Foundation will reimburse qualifying spay/neuter programs up to $50 for the cost of each spay/neuter surgery for dogs appearing to be pit bulls.


ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION FUNDS PIT BULL SPECIFIC PROGRAMS, NOT BECAUSE PIT BULLS ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DOGS, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT.

Animal Farm Foundation, Inc. has been in operation since the early 1980's making a stand against cruelty to animals. We now dedicate our efforts, through a variety of services, to improving the lives of dogs labeled "pit bulls" and to protecting all dogs from discrimination and cruelty.

Contact:


Animal Farm Foundation
PO Box 624
Bangall, NY 12506
Phone: (518) 398-0017
FAX: (845) 868-3275
For general information
info@animalfarmfoundation.org

For grants and awards information
grantsandawards@animalfarmfoundation.org


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Georgia On My Mind!

via the Animal Law Coalition: (thanks for your work, guys!)

Thank you, Georgia Legislature!!

http://www.animallawcoalition.com/gas-chambers/article/695%20


Let's have these be relics....



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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dog Greets Returning Soldier

This is an oldie but goodie. I think I may have posted it before but it's worth doing again. Be sure to turn up the volume!  Enjoy!



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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Hike For Our Heroes



Iraq War Veteran Troy Yocum is hiking 7,000 miles across America, banging his drum and sounding the call for $5 million to help military families in need. With Emmie the SuperDog by his side, he took the first step of his 16-month quest on April 17, 2010. Now they are on track to complete the first two weeks on schedule and return to Louisville, KY for the Kentucky Derby.

Emerson Elaine Eskridge the Superdog


Emmie (for short) is Troy's companion across the states. Troy took Emmie hiking at Red River Gorge in Eastern Kentucky, and a few days after he returned from Iraq, he realized that she is in fact an amazing trail dog. She has an abundance of energy and can hike up to 25 miles a day. No training necessary! She enjoys leading the hike out front and looks back when a fork in the trail begins. After a right or left command she is once again in full stride.

http://drumhike.com/EVENT_SCHEDULE_.html





Share (Thanks to Louisville Slugger, Bionic Gloves and Veterans Flag Depot)

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