I saw a great expression recently.
Rescue work: I lost my mind but I've found my soul.
I would add that I also lost my wallet, but it's still worth it.
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY -- the tortoise, the hare and the pitbull!
Real estate professionals work hard to find prospective property-owners their dream homes. But one New Jersey group is committed to providing that same service for pets-in-need as well.
The Diamond Real Estate Group, from Mount Laurel, has used social networking sites such as Facebook to personally sponsor 25 animal rescues and help facilitate over 100 more over the past couple of years.
"Our team started with animal rescue two years ago," says Toni Diamond, founder of the group. "So many dogs and cats that would make wonderful pets are euthanized because they are dumped into shelters unwanted. We believe it's important to stand up for these animals that have no voice."Philly-burbs.com has the goods..
"The South does not regulate with spay and neuter as much as the North," says Diamond. "This results in lots and lots of unwanted puppies and shelters that fill up quickly. We network with friends, vets, shelters, cross-posters and volunteer transporters to get dogs from North Carolina and Georgia up north."Remember those transports I go on periodically and for which I have posted numerous impossibly cute pictures? This is how those Sundays fit into the big picture in dog rescue.
God, we desire to be your presence to the least among us and to know your presence in them as we work through you to bring justice and peace to this world in desperate need.
Here's a bit about Cloud Nine from the ASPCA's website, with whom they collaborated to save the Joplin Missouri animals.
"The people using animals in testing like the beagle because they are small dogs, friendly and docile," Rajt (Lindsey Rajt of PETA) said. "They can be manipulated."I am impressed by the founder of the Beagle Freedom Project, who has created a relationship with the laboratory in the story that calls her when they are ready to release a dog. That would be a hard road to travel. A Facebook rescue buddy of mine in Staten Island has a relationship with some Amish farmers, from whom she takes dogs they used for breeding but no longer want. (Yes, the Amish are big puppymillers, with no oversight, BTW). It's hard on her too, but she does it. The dogs are always in terrible shape.
Just last month, nine beagles were made available. Forty-eight hours later, the animals were in her possession.This is tough minded work.
"They were so scared it took them at least 15 minutes to even step on the grass," Keith (who heads of Beagle Freedom Project) told KTLA.
"They had never felt grass, never been outdoors, never seen the sun. It was bittersweet."
Now, those dogs are running around and happy, but Keith says there are thousands more still living in cages and being tested on.
The Beagle Freedom Project says the best way to take a stand against animal testing is to be more aware of the products you buy.
For a guide to companies that do and do not test on animals, visit: http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/companies/default.aspx.
Sunday, July 24th from 11am-3pmCome meet our beagles and other rescues!Healthy Spot in West Hollywood8525 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069
DAYTON — A Dayton Police drug dog died over the weekend after too, a freak accident with her trainer and police partner.Full story here.
Badger, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was exercising with her police partner Det. Kevin Bollinger, at Lyons Field when a ball tossed to her became lodged in her throat, according to Sgt. Gary Lowe.
Badger was taken to a veterinarian off Woodman Drive, via a police escort, after several unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the rubber, baseball-sized ball. The veterinarian was able to remove the ball, but was unable to revive Badger, who died at approximately 1 p.m. Friday.
The veterinarian told police that the rubber ball collapsed when Badger bit down on the ball, but expanded in her throat. “This was a total freak accident,” Lowe said.
SUGAR POP IS GROUNDED!
For the first time in Cloud Nine's 850 hours of flying over the past two years, saving the lives of 962 pets across North America and transporting veterinarians to remote areas, one of our aircraft has a major problem that has forced us to take it out of commission until it is repaired. Sugar Pop, Cloud Nine's Cessna 310, is grounded and unable to fly rescue missions.
Two of the most vital instruments - the Attitude Indicator (AI) and Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI) are broken. These are precision instruments that are required for safe and legal flight in instrument conditions (flying in clouds). Until we get these units replaced, we cannot fly Sugar Pop on any more missions. We have obtained quotes on several options, and need to raise $15,000 immediately in order to get Sugar Pop fixed and back in the air.
You may remember that Sugar Pop was generously donated to Cloud Nine almost exactly one year ago. An excellent plane in great condition, we have used Sugar Pop on 14 transports all over North America. It has excelled in our longer distance transports and transports of smaller pets, where it is a better aircraft for use than our Aztec. We have been routinely flying it on transports going from Texas to New Hampshire (saving the lives of over 130 dogs in 2011 alone). Sugar Pop hasn't let us down yet. We urgently need your help to make sure we can continue using this tool to keep saving the lives of homeless animals.
This year, we've truly put the aircraft we have at our disposal to use. In the first half of 2011, we've transported 398 pets over 26 transports. By comparison, in 2010 we transported 434 pets over 32 transports. We are fully on track towards meeting our goal of 52 transports for 2011, and expect to come close to saving the lives of twice as many pets as we did last year! However, each plane we fly is best suited for the missions that it flies. There is not room for overlap, but due to capabilities and also due to scheduling constraints. Until Sugar Pop is repaired, the missions it flies cannot be flown, and those pets cannot be saved.
Cloud Nine strives to always be there when it counts, responding to both the constant need to transport pets from overpopulated areas to places where they will find loving homes, and also to emergency needs around the continent. In the past year, Sugar Pop has become an integral part of our capability to do this, and has proven its capability especially in immediate need and long-distance transports. Help us to continue this today with your donation. Make your donation now at:
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Our success is a result of a willingness to embrace continuous process improvement, which requires not fearing change. That, in turn, requires understanding that you can’t solve the problem with the same thinking that created the problem. You can’t get a different outcome if you keep doing the same thing.
ScienceDaily (July 7, 2011) — Contrary to popular belief, so-called hypoallergenic dogs do not have lower household allergen levels than other dogs.
Ask Senate to Support S 5363 CAARA
Dear Members and Friends in New York State:
CAARA, the Companion Animal Access and Rescue Act, is an important piece of life- saving legislation written to both improve the standards of care for shelter animals and provide needed access to shelters for qualified animal rescue organizations so they can save the lives of homeless shelter pets.
This month, the New York State Senate will address unfinished business from the 2011 legislative session, which officially ended June 30.
The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Micah Kellner, sponsored in the Senate by Senator Robach and co-sponsored by Senators Avella, Ball, Lanza and O’Mara.
Because of the critical importance of this legislation, Best Friends asks you to please write to your state senators and ask them to vote for CAARA in July. Click here to send a letter to your senators.
Thank you for caring and for everything you do to help animals. Together we can bring about a time of No More Homeless Pets.
Jamie Lyn Rubin, Best Friends Animal Society New York Programs
P.S. – Please forward this e-mail to your animal-loving friends and family members, so they can help pets in New York, too.
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The article goes on to mention how fostering has helped. Many times, a dog gets to a shelter and they are stressed and might misbehave. They don't know what's going on, they might have been lost, given up/abandoned, and their world has turned upside down. A foster family gives the dog a sense of security again, which is the main thing they want. They re-learn, or learn for the first time that they are safe, secure, and will be getting regular meals. Dogs are so adaptable and they respond extremely well to a regular routine. Dogs that have been successfully fostered have a much higher rate of a successful adoption. And it allows the shelter to take in another dog and not have to make room by euthanizing.“This is truly an accomplishment and it shows that the hard work of the staff, partners and volunteers is paying off,” said Abigail Smith, chief animal services officer. “Despite the busy season and an influx of kittens and cats, we were able to overcome some serious challenges and continue to lead the nation’s largest cities in live outcomes. It’s a testament to Austin’s commitment to the no-kill goal, and an example of what success looks like when the whole community comes together. We are very grateful that Austin cares about its animals. This is no-kill in action.”
The Animal Center continues to work on the Austin City Council-approved 34-point No-Kill Implementation Plan, which focuses on programs, services and partnerships to reduce animal intake and increase live animal outcomes.
TLAC's rescue partners are a significant contributing factor in reaching the no-kill status, according to Smith. Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Humane Society, the top two rescue partners, save hundreds of animals from the shelter each month. In June, APA! saved 350 pets and the humane society rescued 90.