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  1. Hi; I hope it’s all right to post this here. I’m a rescue volunteer who was going broke making donations to rescues and shelters (what’s new). So I decided to create my own line of stuffed animals based on adopted shelter pets — some I’ve met, some I learned about, but all are 100% rescued and living with loving families. We give five dollars of every toy sold back to the shelter from which the pet came, with the rest of profits going to help transport death-row dogs from New York City shelters to their new adoptive homes. I hope you’ll take a look if you’re interested. We’re called CharlieDogs: http://www.charliedogandfriends.com. THANK YOU!

  2. I was browsing the news yesterday and came across this Letter to the Editor (Gaston Gazette in Gaston, NC). The letter was removed after being posted on the newspaper’s website (per the author’s request). It’s too bad, because I think it’s important information for the public.

    “LETTER: Euthanized animal disposal should be more humane

    Gaston Gazette-Sep 16, 2012

    I was driving to work yesterday behind an animal control truck in the town of Dallas. I was horrified that when I looked very close in the back of the flat bed … there were euthanized animals in the back of this truck being taken to be disposed of. I was shocked to see the faces and bodies of deceased cats and …”

    1. I am always trying to convince people that black bears are not monsters, and that their houses (humans) are in BEAR territory, learn about them and be savvy. Now I have something to send them, thanks to DG. I had the privelege of handling and helping care for a couple of orphaned black bear cubs who were still nursing and I fell hopelessly in love with those silly ursines! The boy cub left a hickey the size of Iceland on my chin, trying to nurse there! LOL. Thank you for this, even though it had a sad ending, it has helped me renew my heart and resolve to help people to better understand and live with them.

    2. I have had the honor of visiting the North American Bear Habitat in Ely and seeing first hand the lives of the bears that live in the reserve there. It was long before the time of Lily and Hope, but the antics of one little guy named Lucky stole my heart. Dr. Rogers had a very informative museum and I enjoyed my time there.

  3. Irving Texas Animal Shelter:   This shelter posts at least 100 animals a day on Facebook for adoption/rescue.  If they don’t already HAVE a URI, in a few days they are “showing signs of URI” ..  This to me is unacceptable.  This shelter has this virus running rampant in it.  Something needs to be done.  I’m in VA and am disabled and cannot do anything about it but keep on telling them on Facebook.  Maybe you’ll have better luck!  Someone needs to get in  touch with the correct authorities and see if something can be done to rid the shelter of this horrid virus~!  How do they expect to adopt out animals with  a URI!!??  Sot hey think no one knows what a URI is?  Just in case whoever reads this doesn’t know, it stands for “Upper Respiratory Infection”   which can be treated  easily if gotten to quickly enough.  Please .. help me do something!  They have the cutest dogs but every single one has a URI!              “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened”                               Kathie


  4. Don’t know if this is a good place to post this…..but since it IS about animals I figured I’d give it a shot. For years now I have been rescuing & rehoming animals – typically pit type dogs & cats. To make a long story short as possible I currently have 3 cats that need homes. Two are orange tabby’s – sisters that are 4 years old & spayed. One (Darby) is all orange and white/cream & the other one (Daizy) has patches of orange tabby and spots of solid white. I also have a recently acquired partial siamese – she had a litter of kittens when rescued, which have all found homes. We call her Cena (see-nuh) and I know that she definitely needs to be spayed….am guessing she is around 3-4 years old. All three are very affectionate – Daizy & Cena are “talkers”…all 3 are snugglers, use to other cats, dogs, and kids. We are located in Columbus, OH. Due to circumstances I need to find homes for all 3 right away. If you are interested, or know someone who is PLEASE contact me! You can reach me at: craigslist_sales@wowway.com I am more than happy to email pics and any other requested info. Thank you!

  5. I’ve just started volunteering at a shelter that doesn’t kill, but won’t call themselves no-kill, but that’s not the problem. The problem is the county will not pay for flea treatment, and since all the dogs are strays, well, if they didn’t have fleas before they got loose and picked up, after a few days there, they will. Now if owned animals are found and reclaimed, that means they go home with fleas, unless they are on really good preventative before they arrive there. And if one gets adopted, they might get a bath before they leave, but not always, so they could bring fleas into their new home.

    I’m trying to find out if anyone at a shelter is able to give me info about getting free or discounted flea treatment. I was told that “it can’t be gotten” because they’ve “talked with everyone.” Does anyone has any ideas?

    1. A local vendor might like the free publicity for donating the needed relief to the pets there. Or you could put up a ChipIn and allow people to donate to buy it.

      1. A friend who runs a rescue buys it in bulk bottles and then uses a syringe to measure out the correct amount to put on each dog. I’m not sure where she gets it, but I can ask. It’s not free, but she says it’s much cheaper.

      2. Yes, let us all know Lisa! I buy the largest dosage available and then empty the packets into a pill bottle so I can measure out the proper amount for each dog with a syringe. If there is a way to buy it already in a bottle, that would be great.

    2. I just bought this natural/plant-based spray on amazon for my cat’s bedding and it seems to be working: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003PRI6OC/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

      It might be a good option for your shelter since they do not know the medical history of the pets, regarding possible allergies or reactivity to spot on treatments. Of course capstar and the spot on treatments are better but this spray might be more economical. It does have a strong peppermint and clove smell though.

      Even a dawn dish soap bath is better than doing nothing!

      Contact local vets and ask if they have any outdated medicine they would like to donate to the shelter. My local shelter received lots of great medicine this way. And, it’s still very effective.

      The shelter does not have to be a flea haven. Are they regularly cleaning the bedding and keeping the shelter clean? What about the grass outside the shelter? The pets should be treated upon intake especially if they show signs of fleas. If they won’t do it, talk to the other volunteers about giving the pets baths. Also flea combs are very cheap but only work if someone combs the pets every day to catch fleas.

      Joe’s Pet Meds, Revival Animal Health Supply, and Pets-megastore.com all have fairly cheap prices on pet meds and supplies. Also check retailmenot.com for the latest coupon codes and other cheap pet meds websites. You will have to pay shipping but I think you will come out cheaper than buying directly from a vet or petstore.

    1. I don’t read PETA propaganda. The author of that article is an employee of PETA and defends her organization’s rampant killing of nearly every dog and cat they get their hands on.

      1. Thank you for that useful information. I figured out that no kill worked after learning about Austin’s no kill movement. However, what piqued my interest was the reference to animals that lived caged for long periods of time in a no kill facility. That has never occurred to me- I’ve never thought about the possibility of an animal having to live out the majority of their life in a cage. Are there any statistics on the average length of time an animal stays in a no kill facility? It sounds like that is a rare occurrence but I didn’t see anything about it in the articles you posted. Perhaps it was subtlely addressed and I missed it- huge possibility considering I am constantly multitasking while reading online. Thanks again for sharing useful information

      2. I’m not aware of any articles which break out this statistic for no-kill shelters. Indeed, useful statistical data on all shelters and animal control facilities is thin on the ground, in part because record-keeping tends to be poor.

        Maddy’s Fund has some statistics on-line – http://www.maddiesfund.org/ – but so far as I recall total stay prior to adoption isn’t included, it’s all focused on kill and live-release rates. However, if you browse through their resources, they do have articles which address shelter policies and design.

      1. It really doesn’t. It seems to me that, if you’re overwhelmed with ‘a rush of families wanting to adopt or foster,’ the logical thing to do would be to lock up the Fatal-Plus, shut the kill room door and get those babies into homes.

  6. Pet Food and Chicken Jerky Treats will be discussed on TV.
    Canadian TV show, “Marketplace” “…looks into the unregulated business of pet food and uncovers some disturbing details that Canadian pet owners need to know.”

    Airs Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:00pm EST on CBC.
    Saturday, Sept. 28, 6:30pm-7:00pm on CBC and
    Sunday, Sept. 30, 10:30am-11:00am on CBC

    (Schedule info from Zap2it.com, http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/marketplace-fighting-for-fido/EP000027990441)

    Canadians can watch past episodes of Marketplace online,

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