Shelter Pets of the Day

Since we had some success getting offers to help with the mama Pitbull and her pups and Charlotte and the Wilburettes last week, I asked MAS shelter director Matthew Pepper if there were any more pregnant or nursing pets at the shelter we might be able to help spread the word about.  He sent me the following:

Here is a momma and her 4 kittens.  They are SWEET, absolute lovers.  I will point out that 2 of the kittens show some indicators of possible issues (maybe an ear infection maybe something else we will have our veterinarian look at them closer but nothing at this point that would preclude rescue).

Pictured with the momma and her 4 kittens here are Animal Care Technicians Glenn Andrews and Melissa South.


Let’s share the good news that there is a family of friendly cats – my favorite kind – at MAS who need a ticket out of the shelter.

Memphis Animal Services
3456 Tchulahoma Road
Memphis, TN 38118
Phone: (901) 362-5310
TTY: (901) 576-6501

When calling the shelter regarding this kitteh famileh, please refer to ID #A225224-A225228.

This shelter’s kill rate is 77%.

20 thoughts on “Shelter Pets of the Day

    1. This is what Mr. Pepper said in the e-mail: “The key for us is to get them out as soon as possible so perhaps we could shoot for trying to find something in the by early next week.”

  1. Well…Easter weekend. Hm. If I were marketing these guys, I’d be giving them cutsie names like Eggbert, Cottontail, Hoppy, Lambkins and maybe call the mom Beatrix…

    I’d put their names on little colored egg-shaped papers on the cage. And maybe a bright green or yellow towel on the floor of the cage.

  2. I was at MAS volunteering when these precious babies were brought in. They have beautiful markings and are sweeties.
    The 2 that may have an issue have little “tics” the best way to describe appear healthy other than that. Momma appears young. They have her as a yr old…I’m thinking younger ??

  3. Here is one I got in an email today. The picture that came with it is of an absolutely beautiful shepherd/mix. Gorgeous dog. Hopefully someone can help him.

    This Shepherd/x came in with a badly injured leg. No owner can be found. The leg had been treated in the past at a vet office and it was bandaged, and now the leg needs medical care way beyond what the shelter can offer. The shelter will be closed tomorrow, and the vet has determined the dog needs to be out of the shelter by 7 closing time. It would be inhumane to keep him here. He needs to be seen at a vet clinic to assess the injury. He evidently had been hit by a car.

    His id number is 225172. He is a boy……heartworm positive……..3 years old as a guess. He is incredibly sweet as you can see in the pictures. During all the bandage removal and cleaning of the injury he was sweet as pie.

    If anyone can help this boy, call Terry Gipson at the shelter at 363-1416. He has to have help before the shelter closes at 7.

    1. A dog with a bandage on the leg has an owner. Knowing that this dog has an owner, can’t the shelter provide some palliative care, short-term while the owner is located? Why do rescuers have to scramble to get him out within hours when there is obviously an owner?

      1. Oh good! Thank you, Ona! Hopefully, they’ll be able to get him some care until they can locate the owner. Someone put money into him and is likely looking for him right now…

  4. This dog was just picked up from my house. I brought him home as his rescue could not get to the shelter before 7. He is heartworm positive and had not been neutered. :-( He was picked up having been hit by a car in south Memphis near a fire station. He was picked up injured at night and taken to the Animal Emergency Hospital by the Memphis Shelter ACO as there was no vet at the shelter at the time. This is standard procedure for injured animals picked up at night. His leg was originally bandaged at the AEC then the dog was taken to the shelter. In changing his dressing today it was determined that he needed further vetting than the shelter is able to offer. We are grateful that we could find him the help he needed in a timely manner.

    1. HW positive and neutering both easily taken care of, whether an owner is found or he goes to a new home. I’m glad he is alive and getting treatment for the leg.

      1. I don’t know that I would say hw’s are “easily” taken care of. In these parts, hw treatment can cost $600 + with no guarantee the dog will make it through the treatment. That’s a lot of expense for a small rescue to absorb.
        Alternatively, we have tried the “slow kill” procedure with one dog. We are 11 months out and he still tests positive. Vet does not want to neuter a hw+ dog; says it might kill him. So that dog has been in foster care for almost a year now; cannot go to adoption until he is neutered and hw-. Frankly, with all the follow-up vet visits, tests, etc., that has not been a whole lot cheaper than the standard hw treatment.

      2. Can’t you just do the slow kill method on your own? Why do you have to keep going back for follow-ups? Also, couldn’t he be adopted out to someone with a written agreement to continue the hw treatment and neuter him once he’s clear?

      3. The recommended protocol now is to give doxycycline in addition to heartgard, with pred for anti-inflammatory. Dog stays at vet office overnight for observation when meds are started in case there is adverse reaction.
        These are rx drugs; given under vet supervision.
        I suppose if you had to wing it on hg alone, you could do that. But it is not the best thing for the dog.

      4. I guess I should also say that the dog we are doing this is a 5 yrs old black/tan hound that was a high positive hw test.
        But looking at your second question, here’s what the scenario is: Let’s say I just do a “slow kill” without vet supervision (or expense). Now I’m trying to find a responsible person to adopt this dog, who is intact, hw+ and on rx meds without vet supervision. I’m basically practicing veterinary without a license – which I think a responsible adoptor should question – and the first time that adoptor takes the dog to a vet, that’s exactly what they will be told. I don’t think I want to be in that position, or put the reputation of our rescue at risk that way.

      5. I’m not familiar with the protocol you mentioned, nor am I familiar with doing it on a 5 year old, high positive dog. I had wrongly assumed this was a young, low positive dog getting a tiny dose of ivomec every month (because that’s the only protocol I know). The cost there is extremely low and continual veterinary follow-ups are not required. I’d be interested to hear Mary how the case turns out since it’s new info for me (maybe for some others too). I’m always interested in options and I love to learn new things.

      6. Well, we are 11 mo into the treatment. We are off the doxy now. Still on very low dose of pred, & HG. Latest recheck was a few wks ago; now tests a light hw+. Will recheck again in 6 mo. Have high hopes that at that point we may be hw- and ready for neuter.
        Our dog has done well with this protocol; no emergency visits. We chose to go this route because, in addition to the expense, we had concern that this dog would not make it through a standard hw treatment. He was in poor shape when he came in. Has steadily improved, gained weight, and looks good now.
        The downside, of course, is that the worms have still been in the heart for all these months and there will be more permanent heart damage.
        I’ll let you know what happens in 6 mo.

  5. Thank goodness he is on his way to a safe place. The poor boy is probably scared to death.

    Keep us posted on how he’s doing if you can.

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