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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Missing/Lost Dog in Border Area of North and South Carolina



Ricky was Adopted thanks to all of you here at Pet Pardons, however now he is missing.

Pet Pardons Co-Founder Chris Hoar is offering a $250 Reward for his safe return to his owner Kim. To claim your Reward contact Chris at

He has already begun Heartworm treatment and needs to be kept quiet (due to heart worms dying, he cannot get worked up because he can form a blood clot as the worms die and break up). Now that Ricky is not depressed and has perked up, he has decided that he didn't want to stay quiet any longer and has slipped out of the house in Indian Land, SC - the NC state line is across the street - and that's Union County, this morning and needs to be FOUND ASAP! Family is out posting flyers. Ricky is very skittish, still thin. He has micro chip and Animal Control has been notified. He is NOT FAMILIAR with area and will be SCARED (though not aggressive).

Anyone can contact Ricky's new mom Kim at 803-746-7259 or email her at



Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lost Dog in Tennessee




Please be on the lookout for a sweet chocolate lab named Mable. Her family was in a car accident this morning in the Smart Station area and Mable was extremely scared and ran away from the accident. Please, if you have seen Mable please call us 931-743-0164.

****UPDATE***Last seen at McMinnville Ford about four hours ago. Please be on the lookout for this sweet girl. Mable's family is heartbroken. Please help us find her and bring her home!! Family is not sure if she has been hurt from the accident so please keep an eye out for sweet Mable!!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Henry Bergh Turns 198

God bless this man -- the Founder of the ASPCA -- because without him animal protection might have gotten a much later start. I'm surprised the ASPCA doesn't have a post up about his birthday today (especially since my ASCPA calendar -- which I covet -- is what clued me in) but they are probably inundated with rescue operations due to Hurricane Irene. They do, however, have this most excellent piece on him in their "About us" section.

Go here to vote for the ASPCA calendar cover for 2012.  There are some adorable choices. Of course I am partial to the dogs.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Where to Lodge Dog Breeder Complaints in Missouri

The Attorney General in Missouri has an impressive page up on his site. Take a look. I like the ticker that numbers how many dogs have been rescued and of course the hotline.

Thanks, Chris Koster.


Missing Dog in Abiquiu, New Mexico

A facebook posting:
Please help us find Clarence!!! He was last seen jumping a fence in Abiquiu, NM ...near Espanola. He does not really know his name but he loves people!!! He is a sweet older dane and he has spent the night outside alone. He is chipped and he is LOVED so please let JGDR know if you see him, we want to get him back home safe asap!!!

More from Guardians of Rescue

This group is new to me, which doens't mean anything, really; just that I haven't heard of them before. But they are getting their message out about local animals on Long Island. Good for them.

From a page on facebook:
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers to assist the Suffolk County SPCA in helping the beloved pets of hurricane evacuees. The Suffolk County Community College Riverhead-Woodland Campus at 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead will be open to residents and their pets in case of evacuation at 10 am tomorrow. Volunteers are desperately needed to help care for the animals. They will need about 4-5 volunteers for as few or as many hours as possible from Saturday-Sunday if necessary. If anyone can help please email or call The Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. Let's help keep the pets of Long Island safely with their owners.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Long Island Guardians of Rescue -- Storm Help

Be informed...
GOR will be out on Long Island in force, both today and Sunday, in Suffolk County. If you know of a truly desperate situation for an animal, please call us on our toll free number - 1-888-287-3864



Missing Dog in Tuckahoe, NY (Westchester County)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene 2011 Animal Rescue Resource Page

On facebook... go now!


More Advice on Pet Preparedness

Maryland just declared a state of emergency. 

Planning For Your Pet

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, then the most effective thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving your pets behind may result in them being lost, injured, or even worse. Make sure to identify locations for your pets and consider boarding facilities.

•Bring pets indoor well in advance of a storm.

•Pet shelters will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.

•If pets cannot be found after the hurricane, contact the local animal control office to find out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet if possible.
Before the Hurricane
•Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
•Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
•Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.
During the Hurricane

Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have the following:
•Proper identification on collar and rabies tag
•Proper identification on all belongings
•A carrier or cage
•A leash
•An ample supply of food
•Water and food bowls
•Any necessary medications
•Specific care instructions
Prepare a disaster supply kit for your pets that should include: 
•First Aid Kit
•Sturdy leashes and collar and/or harnesses
•Carriers to transport pets safely
•Current photos of your pet
•Portable Water
•Can opener for canned food
Keep current information on:
•Feeding schedules
•Medical conditions and medical records
•Behavior problems



Pet-Friendly People Shelters in North Carolina

Folks, get yourselves ready if you are are anywhere on the Eastern seaboard.

New Jersey has already declared a state of emergency.

North Carolina is said to be preparing for the worst.

People are evacuating North Carolina.

via 6 WECT:
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Pet owners who may feel the need to evacuate their homes will be able to go to one of several emergency shelters that are "pet friendly".

New Hanover County (NORTH CAROLINA) emergency officials plan to open Noble Middle School, 6520 Market Street, and Dorothy B. Johnson Elementary School, 1100 McRae Street at 6:00 p.m. Friday as a shelters allowing pets. No birds or exotic animals will be allowed. Additional pets can be taken to New Hanover County Animal Control, 180 Division Drive.

Here are the details on other "pet-friendly" shelters in local counties. At this time we do not have any information on when the shelters will be open.

•Brunswick — West Brunswick High School will accept dogs and cats in a limited number (no exotic animals). People must stay at their shelter with their pets, though pets will be in a separate area. The shelter will open at 5:00pm on Friday along with North Brunswick High school.

•Pender — Burgaw Middle School will accept dogs, cats and birds in a limited number (no exotic animals). People must stay at their shelter with their pets, though pets will be in a separate area.

•Columbus — There is no pet shelter present at this time.

•Bladen — There is no pet shelter present at this time.

•Onslow — Jacksonville Commons Middle School will accept cats and dogs.


Pet Emergency Supply Kit -- Prepare Now!

via: North Carolina Crime Control & Public Safety

Have a pet emergency supply kit located with your family emergency kit:

•Ample supply of food, either dry or canned (pop top or have a can opener).

•Enough water to last from three to seven days.

•Pet feeding dishes.

•Muzzle, collar and leash.

•Proper identification including immunization records.

•Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, telephone number, and any urgent medical needs.

•Current photos of your pets in case they become lost.

•Medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.

•A two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires.

•Pet beds and toys, if easily transportable.

•Disposable litter trays (aluminum pans are perfect) for cats.

•Litter or paper toweling.

•A pet traveling bag or sturdy carrier, ideally for each pet.

•Flashlight and extra batteries.

•Blanket (for scooping up a fearful pet).

•Proper fitting muzzle.


•Survey the area inside and outside your home to identify sharp objects, dangerous materials, dangerous wildlife, contaminated water downed power lines, or other hazards.

•Do not let animals drink flood water or any other water sources that may be contaminated as a result of a disaster.

•Keep cats, dogs and other small animals indoors and away from possible dangerous wildlife or debris outdoors.

•Release birds and reptiles only if necessary and only when they are calm and in an enclosed room.

•Reintroduce food in small servings, gradually working up to full portions if animals have been without food for a prolonged period of time.

•Allow uninterrupted rest or sleep for all animals to recover from the trauma and stress.

•Physically check animal control and animal shelters DAILY for lost animals.

•Post lost animal notices and notify local veterinarians and your neighbors of any lost animals.

•Put a lost or found classified ad in your local newspaper, or check the lost pet web sites at:


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

No-Kill Now

There is a man named Nathan Winograd, author of the book Redemption, who has made it his life's mission to help shelters across the country become no-kill. He advocates tirelessly and gets results. His group is called the No-Kill Advocacy Center

Here is a page from his website that highlights numerous issues involved in reforming shelters and areas where you can join the fight. His group runs workshops, has an annual no-kill conference, he and others speak publicly on the subject, and consult with local shelter directors to update their practices.

Here is a recent interview Mr. Winograd conducted with Judge Rusty Newton in Shelby County, Kentucky, which is now no-kill and just celebrated their third year as such. (I would point out, "enlightened" New York City is not yet no-kill!)

The Toledo Blade recently covered Winograd.

No-Kill Advocacy Center hosted a conference this past weekend for about 400 activists from around the country. A small band of people in the scheme of things but they are getting results and those are showing up in unlikely places. Below is a quote from the Toledo Blade article, which summarizes the excellent results nicely. (They also mention Animal Farm Foundation, a favorite group of mine in the Hudson Valley -- and the makers of the most excellent shelter dog note cards!)

These shelters are found in the North, South, East, and West. They are found in rural and metropolitan communities. The secret to transforming a high kill shelter to a No Kill shelter virtually overnight is to follow a series of eleven steps known as the No Kill equation. No Kill shelters are defined as shelters where 90% or more of animals leave the shelter alive. In such a model, shelters only euthanize irredeemably suffering animals, or truly vicious animals that threaten the community.
I'm compiling a list of no-kill shelter success stories and will share those soon.


Hawkeye and JT

I have a soft spot for soldiers, have many in my family who have served (including my Mom) and have been actively supporting them since December 2004, through Soldiers' Angels (which supports deployed persons) and more recently, through serving on the Advisory Board of the Lone Survivor Foundation (which supports wounded combat veterans.)  LSF was founded by a U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and knew the SEAL below personally. These guys are the best trained fighters in the world. It's not a casual claim. There are only about 5,000 operational SEALs at any given moment. They are not calvary; they go into enemy territory, kill the super bad guys, and get out. And they never leave a man behind.

Due to the relatively small number of SEALs on the planet, the enormous loss on August 6th (30 Service members KIA; 22 of them SEALs) was, as a SEAL friend says, "like the SEAL community losing an aircraft carrier."

Below is one soldier's funeral and his loyal dog bidding him farewell.

Rest in Peace, Brave Warrior.

Petty Officer Jon Tumilson and Hawkeye

via Animal Planet:
Navy SEAL U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson was among the 30 American troops killed August 6 when Taliban insurgents downed their Chinook helicopter with a rocket-propelled grenade. At his funeral in Iowa, his dog Hawkeye paid his last respects, walking up to the casket, lying down in front of it, and heaving a sigh.
If you wish to support our Nation's Best, please consider a gift to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

From their website:

To help the families of the fallen Navy SEALs, please consider:

◦Texting “SEAL” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Navy SEAL Foundation
◦Donate over the phone by calling 757-763-5501
◦Making an online gift
◦Joining our Facebook page
◦Mail a check to: Navy SEAL Foundation 1619 D Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23459


Moving On Up

Most excellent news.

Here is the rescue where the Duchess of Cornwall adopted a rescued Jack Russell from.

Meet Her Royal Highness, Beth.

Kudos to the Duchess for looking to a rescue dog! These times, they are a changin'.




Monday, August 22, 2011


Our dog is missing since 8-17.
She is a female, red-brown in color, she is a shepherd-chow chow mix (has some blue on the tongue).
Her name is Jersey.
Yonkers, New York


Sunday, August 21, 2011

On The Way To the Kennel

More tomorrow...

Thanks for your support of Dixie.


Olive is Adopted! Now Dixie Needs a Home!

One things about dog rescue: there is always more to do!

I feel I haven't paid that much attention to the blog lately, mostly because between a full time job, three volunteer efforts (two soldier support groups and walking dogs at the shelter), and having just added a new one, things are busy!

A little up date:

Olive is adopted! She just passed her one week anniversary of doing well in the new home, with Dan the Fireman and Catherine the Nurse. The first two days were difficult. Olive had been in the shelter for so long (years) and since we didn't know her history before that, she was panicked when Dan and Catherine brought her home. She only knew them for 24 hours and they were the things in life she knew most at that moment. None of her usual friends or surroundings were around. In retrospect I would have brought her to the house myself at least once to get her acclimated. I think that would have helped because she would have been familiar. It would not have assuaged the fact that Olive was by that point bonded to me so my leaving her anywhere, or her going with other people while I stood back, would have been hard. This process included an application, a reference check, a home check (an hour away each way), and the adoption itself.

But Dan, Catherine, and Olive all  hung in there. I asked the shelter trainer to speak with them, and now things are good and calm. One of the things suggested to them was to keep her crated when she acted up, and overnight. They really didn't want to, because they wanted to see this dog that had been crated for so long finally free, but Olive was used to being in a smaller contained space. It calmed her and they began to create her new normal by gradually leaving her out longer and longer. Now, just over a week later, she is just beginning to sleep in her regular dog bed, outside the crate, overnight, and she is getting used to her routine, which calms dogs.

So, it is a good ending. I miss her, and it kills me to think she misses all of us and might feel abandoned, but I know the fact she is in a home will sink in and she will know she is loved by them.

Here's a pic:

Today, I am pulling Dixie, another dog that has been at the shelter for three years. You may wonder why the shelter has dogs that long. Not all dogs are there that long; some get out quickly. Others languish. We have a low visibility shelter with no pedestrian traffic. Add to that the fact of us having 90% pitbull mixes, and it's not easy to adopt scads of dogs out each week. A great week for us is five dogs. But now with being so full, like never before, we have to move more dogs than that or euthanizations will continue to happen with greater frequency. So several volunteers are scrambling to take dogs out that they feel they can board for a bit until they are adopted. I had a little money left over from what I collected from Olive and so I am applying it to Dixie. And I started another chip-in in case you would like to contribute.  I'm not vetting Dixie yet, because she was spayed a few months ago when she had some interest by someone saying they wanted to adopt, and Olive had not been to the vet ever to my knowledge, so I feel she needed the full work up. Dixie's chip in will go towards her boarding, and we may need it. Adopting Olive out was relatively quick and I think luck had a lot to do with it. It may not be as easy this time around.

During this process I have built a relationship with a boarder, found a dog transport that can bring the dog(s) to the vet for me (Dixie did need a bordetella shot due to the plan to keep her in a kennel), and I worked out a lot of quirks. I also bought an "adopt me vest" that I never got to use on Olive when I took her to the park those times, so I will be using it with Dixie!

Here's Miss Dixie and her chip in: (she also has a facebook page here.)

So I hope now that I have added this to my life and worked out the initial panicking moments and newness, I can resume normal blogging. I have so many links I've sent to myself to share with you, and I hate to let the important news go by without even a mention. I'll try to do better!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Remembering Danny Bampton

Two years ago this Friday a young man named Danny Bampton died tragically, while he was doing a good and caring thing. I think about him from time to time and wish his family well.  I haven't forgotten his name.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What Is It With Pugs?

I like to find funny pictures of dogs, as regular readers will know. Some of the most popular posts on here are the ones with "funny pics."

So I'm scanning one of my usual places and I come across this:

How funny, I think to myself.

A few moments later, I see this:

Now, I don't know what it is about pugs that makes people want to strap a shark fin on their backs. It's true, I dressed my minpin and chi/dachshund as bananas for last Halloween, and they do have sombreros for Cinco de Mayo, but no shark fins. A shark implies something that can eat you, and I have a problem with that. I haven't been in the ocean since Jaws and I was 11 when that came out.

So, I began to see what I could find on this subject. I did a quick google search of pugs and sharks.


Maybe this explains it?

And here, a pug blog wtih a caption about shark week!

I don't get it.


Poppers Needs Your Help

Another great save by Noah's Arks Rescue in Okatie, South Carolina.  This group rescues dogs out of shelters with extreme veterinary needs who would most certainly be put down. They get they dog treated, rehabilitate him or her, have it fostered, and then adopt the dog out.

This little guy has a condition I've never heard of, called Salivary Mucocele. Read the story; please make a contribution if you can. While the amount they are collecting seems high, I can tell you that surgical vet care is expensive, and I trust this group completely for what it's worth.

From their website:
NAR is 100% funded by your donations. Without you, we could not help all the animals we do. We are the last ray of hope for the animals we rescue. We take in those that society has forgotten. All of your donations go to this cause. We are volunteers and do not take any funds for our service. Our reward is seen in the eyes of the animals we help. Please, help us help them, by donating. All donations are tax deductible.

Noah’s Arks Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dog Thefts Up 32%

Please keep an eye on your dog! This brief article confirms the worst... most dogs stolen are almost always resold, and this can be to a research facility or to a dog fighter as a practice dog or bait dog.


My (dog's) life in a Nutshell


Friday, August 12, 2011

Memphis Animal Shelter Director Resigns

YesBiscuit! has the goods.

Look at the pictures of staff "doing their job."  Mindless idiots.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Burt With The Crooked Tail

I made a flyer today for a dog I love at the shelter (yes, his tail is crooked!), and then I crossposted him on facebook, and then his story got somehow picked up by PENNY EIMS OF THE NATIONAL EXAMINER! You guys know how much I love her! Go Burt! Go Burt!



Olive Getting Stitches Out Today, and then...

Tomorrow she is being adopted!
Tomorrow she is being adopted!
Tomorrow she is being adopted!

by Dan the Fireman!

More later. Don't want to jinx her!


Friday, August 5, 2011

Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!

Why not a trifecta for the Examiner today?!

From the article in the Examiner:
Raleigh, NC - U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle doled out the harshest punishment that he could to Harry Hargrove, 78.

Judge Boyle seemed to be as repulsed by the details surrounding Hargrove's dog-fighting "prowess" as the undercover investigators who cracked the dog-fighting ring that Hargrove was involved in.

Yesterday, Hargrove was sentenced to 60 months in prison - the maximum punishment available for his crime. Hargrove had been involved in the dark underworld of dog-fighting for an astonishing 40 years.


New York State Makes Attending A Dog Fight A Crime

Thank you Governor Cuomo!

Once again, the Examiner has the goods, this time via Amy Rossi of the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Examiner.


Miami Dade Gets a New Director

via Animal Rights Examiner Michele Gwynn, of the wonderful

In the rescue community, knowing a dog is at Miami Dade Animal Services is like knowing it has a death sentence. The infamous C-ward is the place dogs rarely make it out of. A few months ago abuse was alleged and now the animal protestors there have had their day. Thank you to them, and to Grace Avila, whistleblower extraordinaire!, and to the Mayor, for heeding the many calls made. Good luck (and we'll be watching) to the new director.
Pizano's resignation comes as no surprise. In addition to a lawsuit against the county by a pet owner whose dog (that was microchipped and identified when picked up by animal control) was euthanized before the owner could pick him up, it was reported here on Examiner back in January that 30 cats had been illegally euthanized by heartstick (IC or intra-cardio injection; a last ditch form of euthanasia reserved for feral cats at kittens too small to be euthanized via an I.V.) in roughly 15 minutes. This massacre was brought to light by then employee, Grace Avila, who, after reporting vet tech (DavidPerez) for violating shelter procedure was "let go" from her position with the shelter.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Petey and Kellie, Waiting For Homes at Yonkers Animal Shelter

I know I have been in Olive-overload (and will remain so until she has a forever home) but there are some other animals still at the shelter where I volunteer on weekends!

Meet Petey and Kellie, two of our sweeties. I happened to be walking Petey and was encouraging him into the pool when this picture was snapped by Leslie, Volunteer Extraordinaire, who manages our Petfinder pages as well as fields calls from prospective adopters, and now is our press-getter, too.

I can tell you personally that Petey is a joy. He was an owner surrender because the guy's new landlord wouldn't let him have a dog (very common; check beforehand, people!). Everyone loves him and it's happy-making to watch him play in the water or have a toy. I can't say anything about Kellie but she comes highly recommended!

Go here for the goods.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Miss Olive is Back at Boarding

She spent the night on Monday and all day yesterday at the vet. I was glad because I wanted her observed as she had many things done. I will register her microchip to me until she can be adopted out.

Here are a few shots of little Olive in her cone, which she has to wear for ten days.  While she hates it, it kept her in the back seat! Pitbull or no, Miss Olive thinks she's a lap dog. There is some blood on it, while her ear hematoma dries out. It has stiches and so does her botom, where she got spayed. Hence, the cone of shame.

One of the workers at the boarding facility (they all love Olive and she loves them), remarked to me it was his first uestion of the day when she wans't there Tuesday morning... "where's Olive?!" he said. They are good to her and I really like these folks.

I highly recommend Top Dog in Morris Park on Newbold Avenue. He gave me a rescue rate to keep her there and has 16 years experience running his kennel. The dogs are well cared for, the staff are on top of things (and are always scrubbing something!), and the proof to me is how Olive feels about them.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Olive Recovering At The Vet

Miss Olive had a busy day. I picked her up at 8:30am and we headed right to the vet. I was nervous to bring her in the office with the other dogs in there (seven!!), but she was cool as a cucumber. At the shelter, Olive was thought to be dog aggressive, but since being out has shown no signs of this. I think - and so do some others  - that she felt threatened in some way and so would act aggressively first to ward off trouble.

She had her teeth done, got a microchip, her ear hematoma drained and checked, her nails clipped, full blood work, and was spayed. She will need to wear a cone (oh no!) for ten days. The doc threw in a free heartworm test. All tests came back negative! Olive is healthy.

They wanted to keep her overnight and I had not anticipated that. I should have, but also I wasn't sure if the spay was going to happen. As of Saturday is was not going to take place till next time. I visited her at the end of the day and she was groggy and wobbly so I am thrilled she is being observed overnight.

The kennel where I am keeping her recommended a transport for me to use, as I cannot take another day off from work for this. I left a message and will see. If they don't work out, I will search for someone else, or need to ask to leave early.

I took the time off to post about 30 signs in the neighborhood of the vet, which was nice.