36 thoughts on “Open Thread

    1. I guess they didn’t want to ask WHY the shelter has a 90% kill rate. Reporters are still not connecting the dots.

  1. Not sure if this is the time and place, but every time there is a sad story and heart-wrenching picture of an animal who needs to be “saved” there are a lot of folks who say “if only I lived closer”.
    Well, folks, you DO live closer enough to some animal who needs a home. Please go find that animal and give him/her the home he/she deserves.

    Steps off of soap box . . .

    BTW, that pittie at MAS is a cutie!

    1. I tried that at my local shelter. I was banned from going there and taking photos to try to help get them exposure… so now I do what I can networking. I also foster for out of State rescues.

  2. We are seeking a longer term foster care home for two ten year old dachshunds. If you are in Union County Ohio or a neighboring county please let me know. The dogs need to remain together, 1 male, 1 female both are fixed, housetrained and very well behaved. The owner is dying of bone cancer and due to extenuating circumstances her husband will not be able to care for the dogs until close to Thanksgiving. The owner is still able to care for the dogs at this point but her condition is deteriorating. The dogs are fine with cats, fine with most dogs. The owner would prefer a foster home with no younger children. I will have photos of the dogs next week

    We are also in need of pet food and baby gates. It seems that many of the seniors have issues with nursing and homecare staff letting their dogs escape out the door


      1. yes we do, there is a donation link on our website http://www.hospets.org

        Any donations would be greatly appreciated one of the clients we met with today has a 7 month old chihuahua with an old eye injury and the eye is bulging from the socket. I would really love to be able to get this dogs eye checked out. We recently have obtained our 501c3 status and have begun submitting grant requests but we are still in that limbo stage

      2. Mikken I can’t thank you enough. From the bottom of my heart….thank you

  3. I lost my dog yesterday, had to put her down. I had her for 10 years and she was the first dog I ever had. I will never forget her. I know I will get stronger over time but for now all I can do is think of her because she was a house dog, so I see her everywhere I go (my room, the kitchen, even the bathroom (she would follow me in there LOL)). Anyway, I didnt post for symapthy, just that I know you guys are such animal lovers as well and you would all understand. Thanks!
    RIP Princess.

    1. So very sorry for your loss. We all know how you feel. I am very sadden along with you and I know exactly what you are going threw. Hugs from me and my 4 furbaby girls

      1. Thanks Dot. It is much appreciated. I get saddened, but then I think of the dogs on here that die alone in a shelter without caring humans around and then I feel silly since Princess had a wonderful home and a loving family for 10 years.

      2. Don’t feel silly. I’m glad you shared. My Jazzy was murdered 5 years ago.. I couldn’t even go home after she died.. I also kept seeing/looking for her. So I got another dog right away.. someones throw away. Then I got another and another.. all death row dogs. Now I foster shelter dogs. I still cry for my Jazzy, but there is so much joy helping the ones I can.

      3. Awww. Im so sorry to hear about your murdered pet! That is awful! Who could do such a thing? But its good that you used that bad energy and transformed it to something good; helping other animals. Its really comendable.

    2. I’m so sorry. I do indeed understand – six years and another county, and I still see & hear my old Lionel cat now and then.

      Princess surely knew she was loved.

    3. Jessica, I recently lost my dog, too. We all know the pain – losing a family member is very hard. In the margin at the right, under Pet Care Basics is something Shirley links to called “A little book to bring comfort” (http://www.eoneill.com/texts/blemie/contents.htm). It is a dog’s last will and testament to his master – be sure to read through to the end as it’s quite good.

    4. Awww run free Miss Princess and say hello to a few of our guys (Rags, Tucker) Jessica thank you for giving her such a long, happy and loved life

  4. Thank you Mikken and Eucritta! I appreciate the sweet thoughts. Mikken, I will have to check it out. Thanks!

  5. Just for the heck of it. Here is a tribute I wrote a couple of years ago for our boy Tucker, I think many of you can relate

    Tucker’s Tale

    Today I buried your dog. I don’t know what your story is or why you wouldn’t try to find your dog. He was a great dog.

    That cold December day when I found him wandering the streets, cold and emaciated, I thought for certain someone had to be looking for this kind, old soul. When I called animal control to come and pick him up, I did it with full certainty, knowing I was making the call that would reunite this happy, old boy with his family. When I found out three days later that he was never claimed, I drove to the shelter to pick him up and bring him home, certain I would see Lost Dog signs somewhere.

    We never did see those signs, our found dog ads were never answered. Trying to keep some faith in humanity, I imagined that perhaps he had an elderly owner who had died and the remaining family didn’t know to look for him. Once upon a time he had a family who must have loved him. He was housebroken, loved to lay in doorways and was elated to go on car rides. Somewhere, he had to have a family that had loved him for the past 14 years. But that family never appeared.

    So in December, we argued with the local shelter in order to get the old guy released to us. With his being emaciated, eye infections, ear infections, horrible teeth, deaf, mostly blind and covered in lumps and tumors, he was deemed by the shelter to not be a candidate for adoption – “not even to a rescue” With some persistence, we were finally able to get him released from the shelter and headed towards our home. That’s when “Tucker” or “Old Man” moved in.

    From the start, it was his house. He walked right in, met all of our resident pitties and settled right in. He quickly became one of the gang and a best friend to Charlotte and Izzy, a patient chew toy for the foster pups, and the bane of Rags’ existence. He was an attention hound who loved having the little spot right above his tail scratched and would turn and head butt you if you dared to stop. He would take turns lying in doorways blocking all entries, only raising his head every now and then as both humans and dogs stepped over him. He would get so excited and bark his hoarse bark, urging you to hurry and get him his food, and “whoooof, whooof, whooof” again if he wasn’t happy with what he found in his bowl.

    Over the course of the next month, Tucker put on weight, going from 44 pounds up to his goal weight of 71 pounds. His ear infections were cleared up as were the eye infections. He got to experience the fun of being groomed and thought the high powered blowers were pretty nice.

    He had the most perfect winter. He loved the snow and would spend hours rolling around like a horse, making his own little snow angels. His face was almost always blanketed in the cold white powder. When he wasn’t out in the snow he could be found lying next to my Grandson’s bean bag chair or Hoovering through the house looking for stray pieces of kibble. When spring arrived and the snow melted, Tucker’s new love became rolling in mud puddles. There were many days he would walk back into the house completely covered in a thick, sludgy layer of mud, the only red fur showing would be a strip running down the center of his back which would leave us scrambling to find enough blankets to cover the carpeting before he could plop down and take one of his famous eight hour cat naps.

    We thought that summer would bring new joys for Tucker, days being spent out under the shade trees or splashing in a baby pool. Unfortunately we were wrong. Tucker had a couple of strokes which he bounced back from but they worsened his Laryngeal Paralysis. The warm summer weather would only exacerbate the condition and make it nearly impossible for the poor guy to breath.

    Today as Tucker lay next to me, looking up at me with those soft brown eyes, gasping for breath, it became clear that it was time for Tucker to move on to his next destination.
    So today, I buried your dog. I no longer care what the reason is for your not looking for him. I only wish you would have lost him a little earlier so that we could have had more time with him. So whether you care or not, please know that in his last months he brought so much love and joy into our home and left an impression that will never be forgotten. He was loved, so thank you..

    1. Oh my gosh!! Lisa that is so sweet!! Thank you so much for picking up and caring for Tucker before his final day, esp. when there was so much going on with him. Every pet deserves that before they go. And it really irks me that the shelter gave you so much flack for wanting to adopt him- why do they care? Anyway, bless you!!

      1. Jessica I was FURIOUS with the shelter. They kept refusing to release him and kept asking me to take a couple of their younger goldens instead. I kept telling them “I want THIS dog. I am the person that brought him to you and I’ll be damned if you are going to kill him” After about an hour of arguing and threatening they finally released him

      2. Wow. Thats really ridiculous. Youd think theyd actually be the opposite way; the younger pups are generally easier to adopt out, so by you taking out an older one, you are saving a younger one for another time. Itd be double the money for them. Anyway, you did the right thing! RIP Tucker.

    2. So glad you were able to give Tucker a good home for the rest of his life. A few of our much loved dogs came to us as strays and have since passed away. Where I live, we’re not required to take stray animals to the pound, we can just make found animal reports instead. (I would like to make it mandatory for people to make both lost and found animal reports.)

      Kat Albrecht did this great free webinar on the Best Friends site about identifying barriers to reuniting more lost pets with their families. There is some surprising information in it. Now I think differently when I find a stray animal. http://www.bestfriends.org/recordings/thinklostnotstray/index.html

      It’s not always possible to figure out if pets are lost or they’re abandoned. Even ones that appear abandoned or relinquished could be the result of a domestic abuse case where someone essentially steals the pets in order to control and abuse their partner or children.

      The ads we posted online and in the paper for the young cat we found before Christmas didn’t get any replies. The poster my neighbor helped post in the convenience store resulted in “Dora’s” safe return to her family. When I asked the father there why he didn’t place ads or check online for some, he said “People help stray dogs, not stray cats.”

      Sigh. Another mindset creating a barrier we need to overcome.

  6. I had posted that a woman with cancer was dying. She has passed away and not one person has stepped up for her animals. Could all of you please share this story? Please? Her dog and one cat must stay together.. I guess it would be ok to separate the cats. There is a chip in and from what I can gather there is a chip-in to pay for what they need for a month, but time is running out. And Now that Jill has died I’m afraid the networking will also die. Dead thread=dead animals… Please help these animals. Thank you…


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