"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet.
By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other."
-- Louis J. Camuti

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rome, GA - Cats, kittens, dogs, & puppies need adoption/rescue URGENT!

The above animals are located at the Floyd County Animal Control in Rome, GA. NOTE: They are listed on Petfinder under Rome-Floyd County Humane Society as A COURTESY ONLY. These animals ARE NOT SAFE! The animals pictured above will be euthanized after Tuesday if not adopted or rescued by then! They can also be sponsored monetarily, which can give them more time.
Because there are so many animals in need, I could not post links to each individual Petfinder page. To find more info on any of these animals, please visit the Petfinder page HERE. REMEMBER, do not use the contact info listed on the Petfinder page to inquiry about these animals. Use the information given below. ALL ANIMALS LISTED ON THE PETFINDER LIST WITH A "9" IN THEIR NAME ARE LOCATED AT THE ANIMAL CONTROL FACILITY. THE ABOVE ANIMALS CAN BE FOUND BY LOOKING AT ANIMALS WITH NAMES BEGINNING WITH '9.'
If you are interested in adopting or rescuing any of these animals, please contact:
Floyd County Animal Control 706-236-4545
431 Mathis Rd., Rome, GA 30161
Fax 706 233 0032
Hours: M, T 10am - 6pm, Wednesdays NEVER OPEN, Th, Fri 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun 1pm - 5pm

If you are a rescue group that wants to pull any of these animals:
Please contact FCAC at the above # and visit the FCAC website above to review their rescue group paper policies. (They welcome rescue groups, but due to a recent "incident," they must ensure you are an actual rescue group.)


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Does your dog have this toy?

A dog toy called Rough & Rugged® Pimple Ball with Bell by Four Paws was recalled in August 2008. The company recalled the toys after they received numerous reports of injuries related to the toys. I know that many times consumers are not alerted about the dangers or recalls of products, so I am posting this, despite the original date of the recall. If your dog currently has one of these toys, go HERE to find out how to get a refund/replacement. Note: I am not sure what the replacement is. I would advise only getting the replacement if it is a redesign of the original toy, which will prevent the injuries. There is a contact number for the company at the above link.

Below is a story from an actual consumer whose dog experienced severe, and what could have been life threatening, injuries.

On June 22, 2008 , my 10-year old lab mix, Chai, sustained a severe injury from a product that the company Four Paws, Inc., produces. The toy I'm referencing is the pimple ball with bell (Item #20227-001, UPC Code #0 4566320227 9).
While chewing on the toy, a vacuum was created and it effectively sucked his tongue into the hole in the ball. From speaking with my vet, this likely occurred because there is not a second hole in the ball preventing the vacuum effect from happening. I became aware of this when Chai approached a friend at my home whimpering with the ball in his mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove the ball but the tongue had swollen and could not be released.

Chai was taken to the Animal Medical Center (an emergency care facility in New York City ) and was treated by Dr. Nicole Spurlock to have the ball removed. Because the size of the opening on t he ball was so small, all circulation to his tongue was cut off. The doctors had to sedate him in ord er to remove it. Once the ball was removed, his tongue swelled to the point that he could no longer put it in his mouth. Chai was sent home with care instructions and to be observed

overnight for any changes. By the following morning, Chai's tongue had swollen even more.

(That is the dog's tongue, not the toy.)

He was taken to his regular vet, Dr. Timnah Lee, for treatment. He was admitted and kept sedated for a period of three days during which time they were treating his wounds and waiting to determine how much of his tongue could be saved. On June 26, 2008 , Chai had his tongue amputated. He was kept in after-care for an additional three days.

On Sunday, June 29th, I brought Chai home from the vet with a barrage of home care instructions, to last for an additional 7 days. His next visit was to have his mouth re-examined and have the feeding tube in his neck removed. On the way home from the vet we stopped at Petland Discount where I purchased their product to speak to the manager on duty. Upon meeting Chai and seeing his condition, he removed all of the balls in question from the shelves. He also ga ve me the customer service number to their corporate headquarters to request that they refuse to continue purchasing all Four Paws products, but I have not called them as of yet.

Additionally, I shared my story with friends who have a French Bulldog named Petunia. Upon hearing my story, their eyes widened. They explained that the same thing happened twice in one night with a smaller version of the same ball to their dog. Fortunately, they were able to pull it off before the tongue swelled, but not without tremendous effort and pain to the dog. They recalled how horrific it was to hear their dog screaming while they had to pry the ball from her tongue.

To date, my veterinary bills total over $5,000 and I will have regular follow up appointments for some time. Additionally, Chai now requires a much more expensive form of food because of this injury, averaging approximately $200 per month.Additionally, I now have to re-teach my dog to eat, drink and adjust to life without his tongue. Feeding him takes me about 90 minutes twice a day and for at least this first week he is not to be unattended for more than 20 minutes at a time

The owner also contacted the company, but was told there weren't enough cases to do anything about it. Obviously, they have since recalled the products.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Orlando, FL - Dog needs rescue/adoption ASAP!

This is Scarface. What an unfit name for such a sweet dog! Scarface is a 1 year old brindle and white male Pit Bull mix. According to workers, he's so happy and full of life! He seems to LOVE everyone! He walks very well on a leash and would make a great companion for anyone, including single people or families! He was originally listed as fearful and seemed somewhat shy, but once he was able to come out and play, he was literally bouncing and prancing around the yard, enjoying play time with humans and other dogs. He is housebroken.
Scarface's last day was supposed to be Thursday, January 22; however, because a rescue worker likes him so much, they've managed to extend his time to this Saturday, January 24th. If not adopted or pulled by a rescue group by this time, he will be euthanized.
$200 has been donated to cover the cost of his heartworm treatment, because he unfortunately tested positive. This can and will be fixed with the treatment this donation will provide, if only someone will save him from death first.
Scarface is located at the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, FL. TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE FOR THE DOG MIGHT BE AVAILABLE! Please contact the below email addresses as well as Debra.Villella@ocfl.net if you are not from the immediate area and would like to save this boy. I have a link to rescue transport services and groups on the left hand side of the blog.
If you are interested in adopting or rescuing Scarface, please contact ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
Remember, even if you cannot physically help Scarface, you can help by passing this on to someone else.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Stanton, MI - Dogs to go to research labs if not adopted/rescued/fostered!

The following dogs will be picked up by a research lab and taken from the shelter if they do not get rescued, adopted, or fostered within the next few days. They are located at Montcalm County Animal Shelter. Three dogs were picked up last week. If not rescued or adopted soon, these dogs will also spend the rest of their lives in research labs being tested on and tortured! The contract between the research facility and the shelter will be up on January 26th, when it will probably not be renewed. Rescuers are desperate to save this last group of dogs. Please help them if you can, even if it is only by passing along this information.

This is Hercules, a Neapolitan Mastiff/Pit Bull mix. He's a young, playful boy. He looks vicious, but he's actually more like a big baby. He goes like to play and tug on toys. Because he is so large and strong, it is recommended that he not go to a home with small children or other dogs. HE WILL BE PULLED MONDAY BUT NEEDS RESCUE/FOSTER..PLEASE CONTACT goingtothedogsmail@yahoo.com.

This is Brandy, a female Golden Retriever/Lab mix puppy. She's a very cheerful girl. She likes other dogs and loves children. Adopt her today!

This is Wanda, a Lab mix. She's a little shy, but warms up to people very quickly. She has a sweet nature and good temperament. She will be available for adoption on January 20th.

Comet is a 1-year-old Lab mix. He's a very cheerful little boy! He's playful, has a good personality, and is in need of a loving home. Adopt him today!

This is Hoss. He's a 3-year-old Catahoula Leopard/Lab mix. He was surrendered to the shelter by his owners and he is very sweet. He is a high energy breed so he needs a lot of exercise. Adopt him today!!

This is Samson, a Lab/Shepherd mix. He was also surrendered to the shelter by his owners. He is about 3 years old and in need of a good home. He is housebroke and neutered. His adoption fee is $20.00 and a license deposit of $10.00 if you live within Montcalm County. Adopt him today!

This is Billy, a Lab/Shepherd mix. He is a very nice big guy. He is an older adult but very sweet. He came in as a stray and is now available for adoption. Adopt him today!!

If you can help rescue/adopt/foster any of these dogs, please contact: goingtothedogsmail@yahoo.com

But wait....
There are other ways you can help:
The shelter has 2 heartworm positive dogs in rescue & boarding right now that need treatment if you are able to donate for that as well. Their names are Dolly and Carson.
If you wish to donate Directly to the rescues handling their care, please visit their websites…and just remember to put a note or memo on the donation that it is for Dolly, or Stanton dogs.



They also need a Pitbull rescue to help with Casper…he was listed as a lab mix, but is clearly apbt and they now need a rescue to step up for him. They have fully vetted him but may have some dog aggression. If interested please contact melissahenchen@yahoo.com to work with her on coordination.

They have a ChipIn (CLICK on it) set up or email it to paypal address melissahenchen@yahoo.com


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Financial Aid for Vet Care

Economic times are tough, making it difficult for many pet parents to pay extensive or emergency vet medical care costs. Even the most prepared pet parent doesn't always have the extra funds for expensive emergency treatment, such as when Fluffy swallows a string or Spot gets hit by a car. Fortunately, there are organizations out there that can help with vet costs. Some are specifically for emergency medical treatment, while others can assist with routine medical care. Some help individuals, Good Samaritans, and rescue groups. These organizations exist to help those that need it most, so please don't take advantage of their offerings.

Feline Outreach - Assistance with unanticipated vet costs for cats. Helps individuals and rescue organizations.

IMOM - Dedicated to ensuring that no animal has to be euthanized simply because their owner cannot pay for medical care.

American Animal Hospital Association - Helping sick and injured animals in need, including those that have been abandoned and assisted by Good Samaritans.

Angels4Animals - Financial assistance for sick and injured animals whose owners cannot afford medical costs.

Care Credit - A credit card company for health care, including vet care.

Cats in Crisis - Non-profit organizations that assists in the medical care costs for cats with chronic or emergency medical situations. Helps individuals and rescue organizations.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance - Provides vet care cost assistance to cat owners and Good Samaritans with cats in need of life saving or emergency medical treatment.

Help-A-Pet - Provides vet care cost assistance to cat guardians who are physically or mentally challenged, senior citizens, and the working poor.

The Pet Fund - Provides vet care cost assistance for animals in emergency medical situations.

United Animal Nations - Provides vet care cost assistance for homeless or recently rescued animals in need of emergency/life-saving medical treatment. Mainly serves Good Samaritans and rescue groups, but can also assist individuals in financial need.

Labrador Life Line - Assists with vet care costs for the owners or rescuers of Labs.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Orlando, FL - Dogs, puppies need adopt/rescue URGENT!

Animal ID: A127783 Room No.: WD43
Hi, my name is Scar face. I am an approximately 1 year 2 month old brown and black brindle male Pit Bull-Mix. I am listed as shy and was very fearful at first. Once the shelter workers started playing with me, I was bouncing and prancing around the yard! The workers say I'm always smiling and seem like a really nice dog! Wouldn't you like to be my playmate and make me smile? I'm housebroken and walk great on a leash!

Animal ID: A127809 Room No.: WD53
Hi, I am an approximately 5 month old black and white male Pit Bull-Mix. I'm a sweet, playful pup! Please give me the chance to grow big and strong...and to know what it feels like to be loved. The workers here say I'm pretty laid back for a puppy, a little on the shy side. I just need some TLC. They also say I have tons of potential! I'm housebroken and walk on the leash well.

Animal ID: A127683 Room No.: WD36
Hi, I'm Trina, a 2-year-old female black and white Labrador Retriever. I am shy, but once I spend a little time with you, I cling to your side and don't want to be away from you. It's very apparent that I want to be a good girl, if someone would just show me what they want. I need an understanding home that's full of TLC. I will be a loyal companion forever.

These dogs are located at Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida. Their time is VERY LIMITED. Their last day is Tuesday, January 20th. They must be adopted or pulled by a rescue VERY SOON, or they will be euthanized. The shelter has MANY other animals (cats, kittens, dogs, bunnies, etc.) in need of adoption. To check out the other furry friends waiting for a forever home, visit the Orange County Animal Services site.

If you are interested in adopting/rescuing one of these dogs, please contact ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESSES:





Friday, January 16, 2009

Foster parents needed!

I am currently working with a wonderful rescue located in Akron, OH called Paws and Prayers. They do not have a physical shelter where they keep animals. Instead, every animal is fostered in a home until they find the perfect person/family to adopt them. The people involved with this rescue organization are truly dedicated to the animals they serve. They are mainly a dog rescue, but they also foster cats (I'm currently fostering 3).
They pull many dogs from death row in county shelters and pounds. Paws and Prayers is in desperate need for some foster volunteers to take these wonderful dogs into their homes until forever homes can be found. Providing a temporary home for these dogs will literally save their lives. The rescue pays for all vet care, food, and other supplies.
You do not have to live in Akron to foster for Paws and Prayers. They work throughout the Northeast Ohio area.

If you are interested in becoming a Paws and Prayers foster parent, please visit their site and contact info@pawsandprayers.org.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Waycross, GA - Puppy mill raided, dogs need your help!

The Okefenokee Humane Society, along with other agencies, raided a puppy mill in Waycross, GA! At the end of the day, they rescued 23 Dachshunds. They still have5-6 to trap next week. All rescued dogs were taken to the Okefenokee Humane Society, which has put a huge strain on the shelter, both physically and financially.
The dogs range in age from 5 months to 7 years, with the majority being between 5 years-7 years. The older dogs were still being bred. All dogs have mange and are currently being treated.

The shelter is asking that anyone able to donate funds, even the smallest amount, please do so. The dogs need sponsorship to pay for their care. This shelter is very full and a very high kill facility. If the dogs do not get funds to cover their medical and care expenses, they will be euthanized.

If you can spare even $1, please go to the Okefenokee Humane Society's website and donate via PayPal: http://www.okefenokeehumanesociety.org/contactus.html

Mail your money or checks to :
Okefenokee Humane Society
1501 Blackwell Street
Waycross, GA 31501

Contact Phone Number: 912-283-4214


This handsome fella is just waiting at the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, FL for someone to take him home and give him the love he deserves. According to rescuers, he is a real sweetie and is both people and dog friendly. If he is not adopted by a loving person/family or pulled by a rescue very soon, he will be put on the red list for this week, meaning he will be euthanized.
He is a 1-year-old tan and black male Rottweiler. Animal ID: A127801, Room #: WD37
If you are interested in rescuing or adopting this dog, please contact ALL of the following email addresses:


Monday, January 12, 2009

Akron, OH - My foster kittens need forever home(s)!

These are my three beautiful, playful, and amazing foster kittens. I rescued them from underneath my neighbor's porch. They had been left to live outside through the snow and below freezing temperatures, being fed nothing but human table scraps! Last summer I rescued their siblings, their mother's previous litter. I can tell you that while this mother cat has had the misfortune of living outside 24/7 and not being spayed, she has produced some wonderful litters of kittens!
These little guys are about 3 months old. They've been to the vet, received all of their routine shots, been dewormed, and now have a clean bill of health! They will be neutered once they are old enough (the vet waits until their are at least 4 months old). I am fostering them through a no-kill, non-profit rescue that will pay for the kittens' spay/neuter.
The black kitten is Daisy. She's sort of the leader of the pack. Daisy is almost always the one to instigate something! She's very curious and adventurous. She's also a huge love bug! Her purr sounds like a motorboat, and you don't even have to touch her to get it going! Yet, she rather play with you or lay next to you than be held on your lap or in your arms.
The gray kitten is Matilda. She's the shy, quiet one of the group, but don't let that fool you. She can play and tumble like the best of them! If you're gentle with her, you'll have her purring in no time! She's also more than willing to lay in somebody's arms.
The long-haired kitten is Simba. He's the bodyguard of the group and also happens to think of himself as a little lion. He's very easy to hold in your arms when he's not tumbling and rolling around on the ground! He enjoys play, but I believe he'll grow into the ultimate lap cat! He puts on a brave, strong front, but I think he just wants a a super plush kitty bed, plenty of toys, and a lifetime supply of kitty treats.
Daisy, Matilda, and Simba are the ultimate feline three musketeers! They're a wonderful team and I believe they find comfort and confidence in one another. They have only been with me for a week, which has been their first experience with such close human contact. They are not feral cats. They are very friendly, but they can be a bit shy at times, especially with new people, new setting, and new situations. I believe the reason they have flourished so well within the last 7 days is because they have had each other. It would be my dream to find them a wonderful home together. I realize that this might not be possible, but I am asking that if anyone has the room in their heart and home for this wonderful troop to please consider adopting all three, or at least two. If one is left, I might adopt him or her, as their older sister would sure love a forever playmate!
The rescue is based in the Akron area, but I can adopt the kittens to surrounding Northeast Ohio area.
If you are interested in learning more about Daisy, Matilda, and/or Simba and possibly adopting them, please contact me at afurryfriend@gmail.com


Meriden, CT - Cat in need of foster ASAP!

This is Solider, a semi-feral cat that has been living at the Meriden Humane Society in Meriden, Connecticut since he was 9 weeks old. I say semi-feral since he has been in contact with humans from a young age and is not completely wild. He is simply rather scared of people and needs someone to work with him on this. He is part of a "troop" of cats that was abandoned at the shelter a year ago.
Soldier adores other cats, but he is terribly frightened of most people. The shelter staff has been working with him very hard. Those working with him want to emphasize that just because Soldier is scared, this doesn't mean he isn't a good cat. He will let people pet him and every once and a while he'll even push his head up into your hand, demanding a pet! He also loves Chicken & Shrimp Meow Mix cups. The worker who contacted me about Soldier says that out of the over 100 cats currently at the shelter, Soldier is by far her favorite.

Soldier should only go to a home with adults or older children and teenagers who can understand Soldier's special needs at the moment. He should also only go to a dog-free household. A dog would probably terrify poor Soldier so much that he would hide and never come out. It would also be nice if he had a single room or area to stay in at first, rather than the entire house. This will reduce the places he can hide and also keep from overwhelming him too much.
Solider is in need of an understanding person who realizes he is scared and will give him the love he deserves and appreciate his independence. Soldier will need a quiet home where there are limited places for him to hide. He needs to go somewhere that is quiet and comfortable, so that he may gain his confidence with people.

Soldier is up-to-date with routine shots, neutered, and house trained.
He currently does not have the best litterbox habits. This is believed to be a side effect of his weight loss, which is a result of his constant physical activity in the cat room! He tends to go wherever he is sitting; however, he usually urinates in the litterbox.
The shelter will pay for food, litter, and vet expenses. They will also provide food dishes and litter boxes, if needed.
Foster families can be from any distance that can be comfortably driven. The shelter wants to be close enough in case he Solider needs to be returned or if there is an emergency; yet, for the most part, any distance a foster family is willing to drive is acceptable.
Anyone interested in more information on Soldier can contact the Meriden Humane Society:
Phone: (203) 238-3650
They can also email foster applications if anyone is coming from a distance and would like to get an application in before making the trip. (Obviously they won't force anyone to take him just because they put in an application. It's entirely non-binding.)


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Orlando, FL - Sweet dog needs adoption/rescue ASAP!

A fellow rescuer is asking that someone please find it in their heart to adopt this dog into your family and home or pull this dog if you are part of a no-kill rescue. She is listed as a 10-year-old Chow Chow mix, but this rescuer believes she is likely some sort of Shepherd mix. She is heartworm positive, but that can be treated. She's gentle and oh so loving. But don't worry, she still has some zest and play in her too! She loves to run around the yard when taken outside. She was so scared when she first arrived at the shelter on December 30th. She just seemed to sit in her little kennel and wish for a home, but nobody has offered. She's a gem and would make a perfect companion for sooooo many families. She's so gentle and would be great with kids. She loves to have her back massaged and to just sit by your side as a faithful companion.

This angel of a dog is located at Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, Florida.

Please help this sweet dog. She only has until today, Saturday, at 2pm to be adopted or rescued!

If you can help this dog, please contact the shelter at (call & email both addresses!):
(407) 254-9140


This is the email of the woman trying to get this dog rescued. Email her along with the above addresses:


Tallahassee, FL - Orphan pups need foster/rescue URGENT

These little puppies are now orphans. Their mother was shot by three horrible, despicable, worthless young people and then crawled away from the puppies and into the woods to die. The three murderers then kicked the pups and tossed them into the air and let them hit the ground. They thought they had killed one, so they tossed it under an abandoned trailer. A woman caught them and threatened them with a baseball bat, after which the men ran. She called the cops and animal control, but neither showed up. She took in the pups and tried to find somewhere for them to go. Thankfully, a vet recommended she contact a caring animal lover, who did agree to take the pups in. The puppies are now staying with this temporary foster mother, but she is looking for other caring foster homes and or rescues to help her.
There are 6 pups total - 5 girls & 1 boy. They are only about 2.5 weeks old.

If anyone in the Tallahassee/Quincy area is willing to lend a helping hand and take on one of these adorable babies, please contact Bonnie at: bbbrinson4u@aol.com


Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Truth about Declawing

I took my three foster kittens to the vet yesterday for their first exam and shots. While in the waiting room, I witnessed over 3 people come in to schedule declawing surgeries for their cats. Just the sound of it fills me with pain. I had to restrain myself from jumping up and giving a speech about the horrible procedure that is declawing. If I didn't have such wonderful self-control, this is what I would say:

  1. Declawing is not like removing a toenail! It is literally maiming your cat. It's actually multiple amputations comparable to the removal of human fingertips at the first knuckle. Sensory and motor nerves are cut, damaged, and destroyed. Recovery from the surgery is a slow and painful process. This procedure can hamper the sensations and enjoyment involved in walking, running, springing, climbing, and stretching.
  2. While declawing is a popular and lucrative practice in the United States, it is not practiced in European countries. It is, in fact, against the law, in many countries including England, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia.
  3. Cat Owners who elect to have their paws declawed generally do so with the belief that they will never have to deal with fabric damage due to destructive scratching problems. However, paw sensitivity resulting from the declaw operation may result in litterbox avoidance and urine-soaked furnishings or carpeting.
  4. Without its #1 defense system many declawed cats resort to nipping or biting with very little warning. They often use oral means to express their insecurity and this may also result in destructive chewing problems. If your cat is an outdoor cat or sneaks outside, he/she will have no defense against other animals.
  5. For declawed cats, the activities of climbing, jumping, holding, grasping, and ability to balance are all affected and are never the same again.
  6. Cats, like people, react differently to physical handicaps. Some appear to be unaffected and others become nervous and defensive. When a dramatic temperament or behavior change occurs, the cat owner often decides to take the cat to a pound or shelter or have it euthanized by a veterinarian.
  7. Sometimes cats might act as if they are not affected after being declawed, but cats are one of the best creatures at hiding pain.
  8. THERE ARE MORE HUMANE SOLUTIONS! If you don't want your cat scratching the furniture, there are more humane, comfortable ways to do so. Scratching of furniture and other things is 100% preventable without the use of declawing.

Alternatives to declawing:

  • Soft Paws - lightweight vinyl caps that are glued to the cat's front claws.
  • Provide a scratching post for you cat. Learn how to make your cat use/prefer the post.
  • Visit Stop Cat Scratching to learn helfpul tips, hints, and tricks to make your cat stop scratching. These include objects to use to avert them and training techniques to stop them.

Information from Cats International, Declawing.com, CatScratching.com, & The Problem Cat.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jacksonville, FL - 2 Norwegian Elkhounds need rescue/adopt URGENT!

These two beautiful dogs are at the Jacksonville Animal Control Facility in Jacksonville, FL. They were dropped off after their owner died. These poor dogs are missing their owners and confused as to why they were left in that death trap. Both dogs are Norwegian Elkhounds.
The male dog is neutered and around 55-60 lbs. The female dog is around 49 lbs. and no spay scar was found on her. Both dogs tested positive for heartworm, but that can be cured with some simple medication.
The dogs were supposed to go to a breed-specific rescue, but that fell through.

There has been a donation made of $75 for each dog. This means that there is already $75 paid to each of the dog's adoption fees.
The dogs only have until the end of today, Wednesday, before they are put to sleep.

If you can help these dogs or know someone who might be able to, please contact:
June Mason Adoption/Rescue Coordinator
Phone: 904-387-8924 ext#239
Fax: 904-387-8903

Remember, if you do not live in the immediate Jacksonville area, transportation of the animals might be available through a rescue transport service or group. Contact June and ask if they would cooperate with a transport. If so, research different options by clicking the "Rescue Transport Services" on the left-hand side of my blog.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Miami, FL - Dog family needs new homes!

This beautiful family of White Shepherd dogs is looking for a new home(s). Mom, dad, and puppies need to find new homes in 6 weeks time! Mom and dad were taken in by an animal rescuer, but were not spayed/neutered. The result is this adorable litter of 8 puppies! It is uncertain whether or not the mom and dad are purebred White Shepherds, but they look pretty close. The pups are about 2 weeks old now. They will all need to find homes once they are 8 weeks old. Rescuers would really like to get homes lined up for as many as possible in advance. More importantly, mom and dad need homes as well. All dogs can be adopted separately or in multiples. All will be spayed/neutered before being adopted out.

If you are interested in adopting one or more of these dogs, please contact:
Kathy: 305-401-4693
Donna: 786-236-5598


Monday, January 5, 2009

Louisiana - Mama dog dumped on side of road, puppies thrown in river!

Poor Mama Mia. This sweet 34 lbs. 1-year-old female dog was found by a dump in Belle Chase, Louisiana. Two men fishing near her reported that a black pickup truck dumped two garbage bags and Mama dog on the side of the road. The person then dumped her puppies in the river. Mama Mia reportedly spent the next week pacing up and down the riverbank, looking for her puppies. A passing Good Samaritan called to the dog, who then ran and jumped in the woman's car.
Mama Mia is currently being held at a local veterinary office, but they cannot keep her much longer. She will have no other option than the county shelter, which euthanizes for space.
The sweet dog has flea dermatitis and is positive for heart worms. These are things she can recover from. She just wants to cuddle up with anyone that will pet her! She is great with other dogs and just wants to play.

If you are interested in helping Mama Mia, please contact: melmanning@gmail.com

Remember to pass this on to anyone else that might be able to help!


Bronson, FL - Young dogs in need of adoptiong/rescue URGENT!


Labrador Retriever/Shepherd Mix
Dog friendly
People friendly
Pet ID: 1224


Hound/Labrador Retriever mix
Dog friendly
People friendly
Pet ID: 122217


Beagle/Australian Cattle Dog/ Blue Heeler mix
Dog friendly
People friendly
Pet ID: 12193


Labrador Retriever
Dog friendly
People friendly
Pet ID: 123011

All dogs have been temperament tested. The dogs range in age from 5 months-10 months.

These dogs are located at the Levy County Animal Control facility in Bronson, FL. This is a rural shelter at the county landfill. These dogs are desperate to get out of there. Their time is VERY limited. They could have only a few days left. The caring people at the shelter really want to find these babies good homes before their time is up. Please consider adopting one or more of these dogs if you have the space in your heart and home. The shelter is also looking for rescue groups to pull these dogs to ensure they have the chance to find forever homes. Even if you can't help these dogs, please share this information with someone who might be able to lend a hand.

There are other URGENT dogs at this shelter. To view more of their available animals, please visit their Petfinder page.

If you are interested in adopting/rescuing one or more of these dogs, please contact: 352-486-5138 ASAP!


Broward County, FL - Handsome family dog in need of new home/rescue!

This is Lucky, a 6-year-old Miniature American Eskimo dog. His family is moving to an area where they are not allowed to have any animals. He has been a family dog his entire life and would like to remain that way. Lucky has excellent health and is groomed regularly. He is great with kids and loves to play with everyone of all ages! Lucky is totally house-trained and loves to sleep in his crate (as pictures above). Lucky will move to his new home with toys, crate, bed pillows, food, and all medical records.
Lucky's situation is beyond heartbreaking. Please help to give him a happy ending.

If you are interested in helping/adopting Lucky, please contact Shari at
954-649-1737 or 954-424-9175


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Northern New Jersey - 2 cats in search of new, loving home

These adorable cats are Bozak and Jewel. Unfortunately, their parent has come down with a new health condition and must find the cats a new home. The family has tried to avoid it for a couple of years, but the situation has gotten worse and there is no other option. Bozak is a 7-year-old male. Jewel is a 5-year-old female. They are both neutered/spayed and up to date with their shots. Neither has an existing health concerns or conditions. Bozak and Jewel are friendly, calm, and well-behaved cats. They get along well with children (they have a 3-year-old in their family). The family is not sure about how well the cats get along with dogs. The family wants Bozak and Jewel to remain together, as they have a great bond. These two would make a great addition to any household.
The current owner requires an adoption fee of $25. If you are interested in adopting Bozak and Jewel, the family would like you to come meet them. Upon adoption, the family ensures they will take the cats back if it doesn't work out.

If you are interested in speaking to Jewel and Bozak's owner and/or meeting them, please contact neshik1@yahoo.com


Friday, January 2, 2009

News Years Resolutions for Pet Parents!

Whether you've already made a few New Years resolutions or you don't believe in doing so at all, I encourage all of us to try our best to make 2009 an even better year for all our our animal companions. We can start by making the following promises to our four-legged, furry, feathered, and finned friends (note, all resolutions might not apply to your pet, so think up some of your own).

  • Spay/neuter your pets - Add more healthy years to your pet's life, improve his/her behavior, and save yourself some sleepless nights (everyone with an unaltered female cat will know what I'm talking about).
  • Schedule a yearly checkup vet appointment for your pet. - Ideally, a healthy animal should see the vet at least once a year (more if he/she is older or has a medical condition). Make sure they are up-to-date on all shots and vaccines. Try to develop a good relationship with your vet.
  • Create a safer, more hygienic environment for your pets. - Resolve to clean the litter box or small animal cage more often. If you're already on top of things in this area, resolve to evaluate all your household cleaning products and switch to as many natural, non-toxic products as possible.
  • Get informed and organized about your pet. - After taking your pet to his/her medical checkup, organize all of your pet's medical information and records you might have. Know what should be normal and is not normal for your animal. Also, make sure you are up to date on licensing and rabies vaccines. Attach all required tags to your dog's collar. If you have an outdoor cat, purchase a little ID tag to attach to their collar.
  • Be consistent with at home medical care. - Ensure you always give any required medication to your pet. Also, give your dog a routine heart worm preventative. Watch for fleas-and give only prescription flea & tick treatments (NO OTC!)
  • Feed your pet an age/health appropriate diet. - Consult your vet and look for foods that are appropriate for your pet's health and stage of life.
  • Train your pet. - Training your pets can greatly improve their behavior, strengthen their bond with you, and provide mental exercise and stimulation. Even animals that aren't traditionally trained, such as cats, can be taught new commands by using a clicking technique.
  • Give plenty of love & attention. - It seems everybody has a hectic schedule these days, but it doesn't mean our animals should be forgotten. Set aside a certain amount of time every day to spend with your pet.
  • Groom your pet. - While many animals require a professional groomer, try doing minor things, such as nail trimming and baths, at home. This reduces the stress on your pet and provides a chance to spend time together. If you don't already know how, learn how to properly trim your pet's nails and brush his/her teeth.
  • Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise. - Exercise stimulates an animal's mind and body, making them better behaved and feeling good! Pet obesity is becoming an increasing concern, so ensure that your pet gets proper exercise each day to stay at his/her appropriate weight. You might try exercising together!
  • Socialize your pets. - While animals usually love their humans, they need interaction with other animals as well. Try taking your dog to a dog park or agility/training class. There are also pet socialization programs & groups. You could also foster other animals in your home.
  • Do an inventory of your pet's supplies & accessories. - Ensure that your pet has everything he/she needs and that everything is in good working order. Check their collar-you should be able to slide 2 fingers underneath the collar. Ensure their litter boxes, toys, beds, even clothing are in good condition. If needed, throw out the old and purchase some new.
  • Pet proof your house. - Ensure that cabinets and other places where chemicals and medicines are kept are secure from pet's access. Many cats and dogs have no trouble opening a kitchen cupboard.
  • Consider certifying your animal. - If your pet is especially friendly, patience, and gentle, consider certifying it as a therapy animal to visit the elderly or the sick. There are also fantastic programs in which dogs help children learn to read.
  • Donate money, supplies, or time to a local animal shelter. - Because you love your pet(s) so much, share some of that love with another animal while helping him to find a new home. After you learn some of those new grooming techniques, volunteer to polish some of the animals at the shelter to make them more appealing to adopters. Foster animals in your home to prepare them for family life.
  • Be a voice. - Be a voice for those animals that have none. Find out how you can help the plight of animals locally and nationally. Also, research the local numbers to contact when your witness animal abuse/cruelty/neglect.

With help from HERE, HERE, and HERE.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dealing with the loss of a companion animal


Our companion animals are family members with whom we share a unique bond. It is difficult to imagine our lives without them. Sadly, companion animals do not live as long as people do. Sooner or later, everyone who cares for a pet must face the illness, old age or accidental death of their beloved animal friend. We may have to deal with the difficult decision of whether or when to euthanize a very sick animal to spare him or her further suffering and provide a dignified, peaceful death. Or, because of our financial circumstances, we may be torn about what medical procedures should be done for an animal who has given us loyalty and love. These decisions are some of the hardest we may ever have to make, and are often fraught with confusion and guilt. It is important to be well informed and aware of all humane options in order to make the best possible choice on behalf of a pet.

It is as natural and necessary to grieve for the loss of an animal friend as it is for any loved one who dies. And it is important to have compassion and support in one's time of grief. A pet's illness, accident, death or need for euthanasia can trigger powerful emotions. At such times, many individuals feel confused, frightened, angry, guilty and sad. These emotions are all normal. The ASPCA can help if the animal you love has died or if he or she is ill, injured or elderly.

Pet parents can receive help from the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program with the following issues:

- Assistance with the decision to euthanize.

- Comfort and support at the time of euthanasia.

- Help with grieving the loss.

- Advice on dealing with children, the elderly or disabled individuals who are facing a death of a companion animal.

- Helping the surviving animals in the household to cope.

- Assistance in establishing a relationship with a new pet.

For further information about the ASPCA Pet Loss Support program, call our Pet Loss Hotline at (877) 474-3310.

Also check out these resourced from the ASPCA:

Commonly asked questions when dealing with the death of a pet

Helping your child when the family pet dies

Ask Dr. LaFarge - Pet Loss Advice


About This Blog

This blog is designed to connect animals in need with people who want to help, profile animals in need, keep people informed on interesting animal related issues, news, and events, and provide a general resource for all animals lovers. There are ways in which we can all help our feathered, finned, and furry friends and I hope you can do so through my blog.
I’m just a girl doing my best to help every creature who cannot speak for himself. I hope to one day own my own rescue, but until then I will continue to do the little things I can. I’ve had many animal companions in my time, including fish, frogs, gerbils, hermit crabs, birds, cats, and dogs. I am currently the proud person of one dog, five cats and two geckos. On weekends I can be seen moonlighting as Cat Woman.


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