Monday, June 29, 2009

Things to warm your heart

You always wonder what happens to the dogs and cats you help when they are sheltered at a rescue. You hope they have gone to the perfect home and are happy. Then you see one and you know you helped save a life and create an animal that can be in a home and happy.
Snickers was a fav at the shelter. She was very, very timid until she got to know you. Hand shy, and there was discussion from the beginning on whether she was an "adoptable" dog.
One person was instrumental in saving her life and today, she lives in Lakewood Ranch and was caught on camera right after rollerblading with her new mom. They stopped to take a break and grab some water.
Her new mom says she is still shy, but the happiness is evident all over her face. Thanks Kelley, you are, as a friend of mine says, a dog angel. Her new name is Harley and she is happy.

A tired dog is a good dog


Photo at the dog park taken by a friend.

She told me this is what dog parks are good for because, "A tired dog is a good dog."

Labrador available for adoption

Hi folks! Strider here, a friendly, lovable guy with a handsome yellow coat, 6 years of age. I love people of all ages, including little kids. I get along wonderfully with other dogs and the kitties, too! I love so much to play with folks, and before I came to Lab Rescue, I was tied out in a yard with no shelter and no food or water. Of course, I got heartworms, but am being treated for them. Neighbors brought me food and little kids came to play with me and bring me water. Now I'm a very happy boy. Come to my foster's house in Zephyrhills (north of Tampa, where they bottle the spring water!) and we'll be friends.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Strider or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Kittens, kittens, whose got the kittens?

Puffy Paws has lots of kittens and kitties to adopt.
You can meet them all at thier Open House every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers.You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more informationon volunteering or adopting one of these beautiful cats.

Special Beagle available for adoption

Sweetie was found in a dumpster in Franklin county. Poor girl was so grateful to be saved by her rescuer! She was transported down to Tampa and is now safe in a foster home. She has been vaccinated and will be going soon to be spayed. She is just a sweet young girl with so much love to give and so grateful to be given this chance for a loving home.
Sweetie arrived in her foster home only a few days ago. She is doing great with the housebreaking and has not had an accident yet! She spends her days with three other beagles, lots of dog toys and plenty of backyard time. Although Sweetie seems most comfortable outside, she is learning to enjoy the nice couch, air-conditioning and attention from her humans! She really lives up to her name and is such a SWEETIE!
She is a young girl, so she needs exercise and goes for a daily wallk. She is catching on to leash walking pretty quickly. Sweetie is doing great with her crate training too. Each night, she gets a treat to go into her crate, a few words of praise, then she sleeps the night through. Basic obedience class would help her bond to her new person or family and should speed her adjustment to a new home and lifestyle.
Sweetie is looking for that special person or family to continue her training and socialization so she will learn the joys of being a beloved pet. She will pay you back with all her love! Please contact Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue if you think you could give Sweetie that perfect home.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, my name is Big George. I was wandering the streets when Animal Control picked me up. When my owners were found they didn't want me any more and I was going to be put down. Thank goodness the good folks at Lab Rescue came and saved me.
I am a 10 year old boy and a little overweight but my foster dad is helping me shed some pounds. I have heartworms but these nice people are going to get me healthy. My legs are getting a little old and sore, but I am a big, happy, handsome guy who loves everyone and everyone I meet loves me. I don't need to be crated and I am perfectly trustworthy in the house. I love snuggles and belly rubs and just being close to you. I am great with other dogs, but I'm not sure about cats. I'm fostered in the Tampa area, so how about it? Do you have room in your heart for a guy like me?
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Big George or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Special cat in Englewood

Meet Scooter. He is a great kitty.
He thinks he is a beach bum becasue he loves to hang out all day and doing nothing.
If you want to meet Scooter and all the kitties up for adoption, come out to our Open House every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
Puffy Paws needs volunteers. You can go On-line at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information about volunteering or about any of our wonderful felines.

Update on Winter

I had a blast today. I simply love working with the animals I am privileged enough to know. I have two dogs who are my special projects. I got to work with Winter for the past two days, and he reminds me so much of another shy dog named Copper, I am convinced his home is right around the corner.
Unfortunately, many of my friends who specialize in extremely shy and unsocialized dogs aren't around, so the task is all on me. I am up for it though, because this is one special dog.
Yesterday began much like the other days. He is anxious to get outside and potty, and then the brakes go on. He is now comfortable walking through the gate and even around the cars. He actually trotted a small distance with me down the driveway to the end. Then the brakes went on. With some coaxing, we made it all the way to Clark Road. That was a big step so I decided to try one more. I pulled on his leash as he was sitting on the corner at the stop sign and in a high, happy voice said, "Come on Winter, we are going to cross Clark Road."
He wasn't too keen on it, but he ran across Clark Road to the church and then sat. Success! I praised him alot and gave him a treat and we walked in a little circle and then crossed back.
On the way back we walked on the opposite side of the road and waved as cars went by. Winter did great. Then it was back to Satchel's, a walk around the cars and in the small yard so I could clean his kennel.
After cleaning his kennel, I filled a dispense toy made by Premier with some kibble and we went back inside. He had figured the toy out in minutes and was happily in his crate, searching for dropped kibble.
This morning we did the same route, except when we arrived at the stop sign at Clark Road, we simply turned the corner to walk along the pasture. He was not happy. The brakes went on again and he kept trying to run down in the drainage ditch to hide. With some tugs and a high happy voice again, we made small steps along Clark Road, even with cars buzzing by.
We turned back to go home, and I believe his head was a little higher as I told him what a great dog he was and what a fine job he was doing.
When we arrived by the cars to do our walk around, (he is petrified of cars and car rides) I opened the doors on my truck just to let him see there was nothing to be afraid of. This step I will work into his walk routine until I can get him to actually climb in after a treat.
He is making such progress and I believe we can modify his behavior so he can find a home. I sure could use some expert, shy dog help with him and if Maria or Jay is reading this, please drop me a note and come out to meet him.
So if you are traveling along Clark Road and see a short, chubby lady with a long, lean scaredy-cat dog, beep your horn and let's see if I can get him desensitized to horns.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Rescue center needs help now

B.U.D.D.I.E.S. rescue center is in grave danger of closing. I know a dog who lives at the center. Or he did. It was his last chance to be saved and Keith took him in.
Small, unknown shelters and rescues suffer during a down economy. People just don't have disposable income because it takes everything they have just to care for themselves.
This is the story which was on Channel 20, ABC. If you read this story, and can help in any way, please do so.
50 animals lives are at stake. Please don't let all Keith's work come to an end.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just when you think.......

A fact that many animal people like to tell you over and over again is how much better things are now for the animals. 20 years ago even more animals were dying in shelters or rural areas, puppies and kittens were in abundance because no one spayed or neutered their pet, and animal shelters were dark, dungeon like places where the animals were destroyed in record numbers and people just looked the other way. If you ignore the problem, it doesn't exist.
With the more modern movement of "no kill" and the popularity of adopting a shelter pet instead of a puppy store animal, the euthanasia numbers were significantly reduced. Not eliminated, just reduced which is better than nothing.
The unfortunate part of the story is the problems still exist. In every community, in every city and in every state in the union, the homeless animal population continues to be a problem. When I go online each morning, I see the stories of animal abuse and neglect and it makes me sad. Then it makes me angry because it still happens in such record numbers and no one says anything. This morning there were two stories, one of a hoarder, who was living in filth with cats. The cats who were living had to be euthanized due to medical reasons and many were running loose, ferals if you will, which they were going to attempt to catch. These will be destroyed also, no matter what they say. The reason is the sheer numbers of cats who have no issues and need homes. Simple: too many animals, not enough homes, not enough space in shelters, too expensive to treat, just euthanizes.
The second story was from Polk County. It was heartbreaking because this couple were renting out guard dogs. These pictures told the story. The dogs were emaciated and sickly, many were aggressive (the buzz word so when they are euthanized the public doesn't scream too loudly) and this couple said it was their business. Sickening. It just makes me ill.
Just when you think it is getting better. Just when you think people are getting it. Just when you think you are accomplishing so much, you read stories like this, and you realize just how far you still have to go.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, I’m Katie! I was rescued from the Animal Shelter and the good people at Lab Rescue brought me back to the fun-loving gal that I am today. I had those nasty heartworms that I finally got rid of and I’m living the good life now with my foster mom and dad, and two foster brothers. When I first meet another dog, I don’t like them very much but give me a few minutes and I warm up to them and play non-stop. They tell me that with some work with a trainer, I could learn to love them immediately.
I’m only 2½ to 3 years old but I still feel like a puppy and have lots of energy. I don’t know how to play yet but I’d sure like to learn. They say I’m a field style lab, since I have these really long legs and a svelte body to match. I’m really smart and a fast learner. I’m house trained and I go into my crate whenever my people are leaving the house and at night, except when mom says it’s okay to sleep in bed with her. I’m a cuddlier and a 75 lb. lap dog, and love to give doggie kisses. I’m not real crazy about small dogs or cats, but I love car rides and just hanging out with my people. They say I’m a Velcro dog, but I say I just want to be close to them. I currently live in Auburndale with Lynne and John but I’d love to get a home of my very own so I can show you how much I love my people.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Katie or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Letter from Dixie

Hi y'all! Dixie here. Yep, I am still here. I was so hoping I could find the perfect humans to adopt this week, but, no such luck. I could be mistaken, but I don't think one person even tried to take my ownership test.
So not only did I not find a home this week, but hasn't the weather just been unbearable? Of course, you humans have air conditioning, which makes this weather a little more tolerable, but I don't even have a tree in my kennel I can lay under. Talk about bad luck. Just picture a big, old live oak tree, with the moss swaying and all that cool dirt up against your belly. Doesn't that sound like heaven? Well, maybe not for a human, but I am here to tell you dogs have dreams about spots like that. Of course, it needs a house in the background with air conditioning for my new humans I want to adopt. Then they can be comfortable. I don't think my persuasive powers could convince a human to wallow in the dirt under the tree with me. A little pond might be nice too, but I could make do with a kiddie pool. Did I tell you I love to play in water? Yep, it's true. I do.
Lots and lots of kennel stuff going on. We seem to be bursting at the seams again. They moved Sonny's kennel and scrunched the laundry area, but he likes it a lot better. He told me so on my way out the gate the other morning. His new family also came to see him. He doesn't get to go home for a while, but man, when he does he will be so lucky. I want a new family. I want a human to love me. Is that ever going to happen?
My friend came out and took me for another really long walk. I like long walks. I wish she needed another dog. I would adopt her, but she told me I would have to get along with her other dogs and I want to be the only critter in the house. She is trying to teach me not to jump up. I like to jump, but I guess humans don't like dogs to jump on them. That is my only quirk. No one ever told me I wasn't supposed to. I just get so excited when people come around I have a hard time containing myself. I am going to work on that really hard this week and maybe, just maybe a human will want to take my test again. Last week it was two families, this week, none. I just can't win.
Can you make me a winner? I will be watching. Please contact my friend, Caroline at comments@stachelslastresort.com and ask about me. Let me be the one to hit the jackpot this week.

Love,

Dixie

Sarasota County is overflowing with cats and kittens

Another plea for cats and kittens at Sarasota Animal Services (8451 Beeridge Rd 941-861-9523). They are bursting at the seams and have LOTS of cats/kittens at the shelter that need fostering and some that could be transferred to another agency.
The immediate need, they have (5) 10 day old bottle feeders and (3) 3 week old kittens that need fostering. They will provide food and medication if needed.
Thank you Sarasota for your help.

Microchip event

Suncoast Humane Society and Charlotte County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department are again partnering to offer a pet micro-chipping event, Saturday morning, June 27, at Tringali Recreation Center in Englewood.
Micro-chipping is an important measure to be taken to better assure the safe return of your pet in time of displacement. A microchip is a tiny computer chip implanted between the animal’s shoulder blades. Your name, address and contact information is encoded in the chip. If your pet is brought to an animal care facility or a veterinary clinic, the staff will be able to scan the animal and gather the information stored on this chip and contact you immediately. It is a safe and simple procedure that only takes a few minutes and is relatively painless for your pet.
The event will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon, and will be offered at a reduced cost of $20.00 per pet. All proceeds will benefit the animals at Suncoast Humane Society. Micro-chipping will be supervised by the Society’s veterinarian, Dr. Randy Hitesman. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required in order to have your pet chipped. All dogs must be on leash and cats in a carrier.
Phil Snyder, Executive Director of Suncoast Humane Society states, “Micro-chipping brings you one step closer to having your pet prepared for a disaster. It will give you piece of mind that your pet will carry permanent identification. Even without a disaster your pet may become lost and the microchip may be the cheapest insurance you can buy.”
Please contact Suncoast Humane Society for further information.941-474-7884 or visit their website www.humane.org.

Special Beagle available for adoption

Meet Junior. He is 3 years and 9 monthsold. He loves kids and other dogs, is house broken and up to date on all his shots. He is microchipped and neutered.
He was returned and is confused and looking once again for that forever home. You can even sponsor him on facebook under the saveadog logo no cost to you, but it does help the rescue.
Check out http://www.tampabaybeaglerescue.org/ and find a new friend today. You might just fall in love with Junior.

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, Zoey here! My foster mom says I am a sweetheart and a snuggler...I hope those are qualities that you are looking for! I am 2 1/2 years old and just love life. I love to swim and go for car rides. I am getting my girlish figure back, too, and am as happy as can be. My foster mom has young kids and each night I make sure they are tucked into bed before I go to sleep. I have to watch over those little humans! If you are looking for love, I'm your girl! I am with Andrea and her family in Tampa but would love to meet you soon.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Zoey or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Endangered Florida Panther video

Watch this rare video of a Florida Panther strolling down the boardwalk in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary outside of Naples.
The Florida Panther is one of the most endangered species in the world. Very cool.

Happy Father's Day

To all the readers of the blog, please appreciate your Dad today. It is his special day and unfortunately, they are not around sometimes as long as we would like them to be. My father instilled many things in me but the one thing he probably never realized he did, was give me a love for animals that never wavered. It was always obvious my mother had been raised around critters and they were always a part of the family, but Daddy wasn't raised that way.
He never had a puppy in the house, yet was exposed to many hunting dogs, feral cats, cows and all the other critters associated with growing up in a rural area. My grandfather got his hunting dogs from the pound. My Dad believed mutts were the best but longed for a German Shepherd because he thought they were beautiful animals.
He had one when I was a baby, and the dog was struck by lightning in a cow pasture across from my grandparents' house in Bartow. He never got another one but simply stuck to mutts.
He has been gone almost 20 years. He died way too young from his exposure to Agent Orange during Vietnam and I miss him.
So go hug your dad if you can, call him if he is too far away and tell him how much you love him. Death is very final. You can't bring them back once they are gone.

Chocolate labs need home

Well hello there. Apparently our prior owner thought we looked delicious. While we agree, we would not be opposed to a change in name.
Chocolate and Fudge were found in a shelter so as you can imagine, they're happy to be with lab rescue now. We're both about 2.5 to 3 years old and while we'd love to be adopted together, it's not a requirement. An ideal home would be with someone who will be willing to give good exercise and teach proper behavior.
Oh yeah, we're both big strong boys. We didn't do a good job of sitting still for photos so you might want to come see us in person. I'd love to meet you so please contact Sandy Grogg in Riverview if you're a chocohalic...
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Chocolate, Fudge or one of our other Labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Special cat in Englewood

Meet CoCo.
She is a female, senior declawed kitty . If you want to meet CoCo and all the kitties up for adoption come out to our open house every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473-5406 for more information.
Puffy Paws also needs volunteers. Won't you help?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Update on Winter

You may not remember Winter. I spoke about him several weeks ago and he became my project dog. I was ask if he was adoptable, because of his fear and I replied I did.
I do believe Winter is adoptable and we have made great strides in just two weeks. When I first attempted to walk him he was very uncomfortable with me and I only had the leash for 5 minutes.
He still won't come to me while he is in the kennel, but will come out of his crate to take a treat and not bark at me.
Last week after a staff member leashed him for me, I took him on a walk. We made it to the front gate and he balked, but with a treat, came through the gate and I got him to walk to the end of the driveway.
Because of his fear of cars, I sat on the bumper of my truck and coaxed him closer with treats, just for a second or two and then walked him all around the cars.
After this short time, maybe 15 minutes, I put him back in his kennel.
This morning it was the same routine. I was determined would make it out the driveway and up the road to the stop sign. He walked fine through the gate and even to the end of the driveway. He balked a little, but I kept on walking and slowly made it to the stop sign. Success! He sniffed every bush and blade of grass and then the cyclists came up. I had him sit and I gave him a treat while they rode by and he wasn't too skittish.
Then we turned around, made our way back and ended up by the cars again. Once again I sat on my truck bumper for just a few minutes, then walked him around each of the vehicles and walked him back to his kennel.
Every week, it is a little more stimulus for him. He may never overcome his fear totally, but if he continues to make progress, I think the right home can be found for him. They will just need to love mutts of the hound/shepherd variety and be patient and willing to work with him. He would love his own house, but he also likes other dogs. He just plays very rough with them.
So keep reading and I will let you know of our ongoing progress.

Sweet, medium dog needs a home

Having trouble finding a medium sized dog? Here is your chance to adopt one. Her name is Zoe. She weighs 32 lbs and she is about 2 years old.
From the looks of her we think she might be a Smooth Collie/Whippet mix. She has a short, soft coat and she does not shed. She is spayed, up to date on her shots and micro chipped. We recently rescued Zoe, so we don't know much about her yet. What we do know is that she gets along with other dogs and that supposedly she is curious about cats but that she does not seem to want to hurt them.
We have not had her around small children yet but if you have some then we could have our trainers temperament test her before you decide to come for a visit. Zoe is curious but cautious. She is calm in the house but comes alive outside. She likes to chase things but does not quite know what to do when she gets to them. We took her to the causeway and she chased the waves (very cute). If you would like to find out more about Zoe and/or set up an appointment to come and meet her, please call Caroline at 941-870-1944 or send an e-mail to: comments@satchelslastresort.com

We don't charge an adoption fee but we ask that all members of the household come and meet Zoe. Then if you are interested in adopting, you will fill out an application. If the application is accepted you can come back as early as the next day and take Zoe home for a trial visit. (We want people to sleep on their decision before making a commitment). If it doesn't work out for some reason, you bring Zoe back. If it works out, you come back and sign the adoption agreement at which time you will receive the vet records.

Adorable, possibly deaf puppy needs home

This beautiful boy was just dropped off at someone's house and is in need of a rescue to take care of him or someone to adopt him.
He appears to be healthy but may be deaf. This was probably the reason for the drop off!
If you can help please email me at sweatherford@comcast.net and I can get you in touch with where he is staying.
This is Roscoe. He is 9 weeks old, has been de-wormed and has had his first puppy shots as of 6/18. To think the lady who had him for 4 weeks couldn't even do that for him just makes us angry. That is the only information I have on him.
At first the lady said she found him, then she said someone dumped him on her because she takes in strays, but couldn't keep him any long because her lease was up and she had to move. She still has 3 other dogs and cats. Go figure. They have spoken with the vet to see if there was any kind of test to verify his deafness. They said no, not without a specialist. But the stimuli I tried was the right thing.
As a footnote to my readers: Deaf dogs are highly trainable and just the same as a normal dog. You can read all about sign language and deaf dogs at http://www.deafdogs.org./ It is really not that different from teaching them anything else. So I will say hi at this point to Mattel, who was a deaf dog I found the perfect home for and now he sits at the Salty Dog with his dad and chills and Isabella, who survived a hurricane in Texas last year and now lives with a little adorable girl whose name is also Isabella. Both of them are doing fabulous.

New hours at Suncoast Humane Society

In an attempt to cope with the current sagging economy, the Suncoast Humane Society is adopting new summer hours for visiting, adopting and receiving animals. As of this week the Society will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
To help adjust with this change, and still provide convenient hours for the public they are extending Saturday hours and increasing visiting and adoption hours Tuesday thru Friday.
Suncoast Humane Society receives nearly 6,000 visitors at their animal care center annually. This year, to date, they have adopted 363 dogs and puppies, and 309 cats and kittens into new homes. They take in over 4500 animals each year. Currently they are providing shelter and care for over 250 animals, with another 60 under foster home care.
“The economy is taking a toll on everyone, says Phil Snyder, Executive Director. We are operating with the minimum staff needed to provide quality care for the animals and to maintain our programs and services. We are all working hard to promote the needs of the organization and to raise the money needed to keep us going. I just hope everyone recognizes the importance of having a humane society like Suncoast in our community and responds to the needs which keep us going.”
The non profit organization’s important community programs include a Preventive Health Care Clinic, offering affordable vaccinations and other services for the public’s animals. They also provide Low Cost Spay/Neuter surgeries for pets belonging to qualifying families on low or government subsidized income. Their Pet Pantry Program supplies pet food for pets belonging to families in need, through a few local Church food banks and Meals on Wheels. Thrift Stores in Englewood, North Port and Venice continue to offer quality donated house hold goods and other merchandise at bargain prices.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cat sanctuary needs volunteers and homes

Puffy Paws Kitty Haven has lots of kittens for adoption.
They are also looking for volunteers to help out.
If you want to see the kittens and all the kitties up for adoption come out to our open house every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.
Thank You

Labrador available for adoption

HI folks! Patches here, a happy, friendly labby boy, ready to cuddle and play with you. I'm 2 years of age and I enjoy playing with other dogs and I love to be with people. As you'll see in my video on the Lab Rescue website, one look at my cheerful face will make you feel happy.
People love to play with me and cuddle, and I can get all the other dogs to play with me when I bow in front of them and bring them toys. If you want a friendly atmosphere in your home, I can provide that. I'm bunking at Pat's place in New Port Richey.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Patches or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

How to end your day

My job takes up a good portion of my day and my work with rescue animals eats up pretty much the rest of it. Sometimes I have a bad day at both, and sometimes when I am tired, I simply think I can't type another word, or speak another sentence about rescued animals because it isn't working. This can be a very emotional task and after reading email, after email of this cruelty humans inflict on pets, I have to shut down the rescue mode and simply chill.
I then find myself cruising the same sites, reading the same sad stories and find the hidden gem.
This happened to me while cruising through the pets section of craigslist, which makes me sad when I see all the people out there getting rid of their family members and happy when I see the stories about rescues.
The entry I saw yesterday had to do with a match I did several years ago with an aging chocolate labrador named Sammy. Sammy was in pretty bad shape with very bad skin, a senior and so sweet. A family came in to adopt a dog. They wanted an older dog and had a disabled child who the dog would be good with. This posting told me all I needed to know. Sammy had lived with them almost three years and had been the best dog ever. He has cancer now and they probably won't have him too much longer, but the poster said he was so glad they had found Sammy and had given him 3 good years in a good home and would go back to a shelter to adopt their next family member.
I remember this young family and their interaction with Sammy. I also remember how gentle he was with the child, who was a baby at the time. Some people had reservations about Sammy going home, but I never did. I am so glad his senior years were spent with a loving family and so glad they felt they made a great decision when they brought him home.
They loved him and cared for him for three years and he did the same. Rest easy Sammy. You were one of the lucky ones and I am glad I knew you for the short time I did.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Letter from Dixie

Okay, so it wasn't my lucky week last week. I tried really hard to adopt a human. I actually had a couple of tries but they just didn't pass my test. Remember that test I told you about? I guess it is a little harder than I thought.
McDreamy went home. That was some good news. We also have a new guest. His name is Junior and he is a rottweiler. He is young and they say he needs some work. I don't know what that means since I am perfect. I just have to find the perfect human to adopt. I am finding that there are not so many perfect humans compared to the dogs.
Oh, and Sunday. Did I tell you what happened Sunday? There was such an uproar around here. It started as a perfectly normal, laid back Sunday and the next thing you know, dogs are moving here and there and everywhere. Except for me of course, because I have a great kennel, but now, instead of having Baxter living next to me, I have Wooly Bully. Wooly B is what I call him. He is a Cocker Spaniel and Baxter is now on the other side of him. He and Baxter, who is a Sharpei with a crippled leg are buddies in the play yard. Baxter and I sometimes got a little vocal living next door to each other, but I don't think Wooly B cares.
They moved this other dog who doesn't like me and the feeling is mutual to the way back kennel. His name is Jake and he is not scared of anything and Sasha, or Glunky as she is known around here took his spot closer in to the food table. They said it had to do with the noise of the thunderstorms, so we will have to see how she is when we have rain.
It was kinda like moving day. Only none of us got a home.I had two chances last week and I hear Libby, who lives in one of the front kennels may find a home this week. We just have to find the right humans.
That big, tall man came out to help. I have such a hard time remembering his name. He has really good treats, though, so I always sit nicely in my kennel when he walks by. Not like some of the residents here, who bark and bark at him. I think they are scared, but he has always been really nice to me.
Well, that is my report from the kennels this week. Keep your eyes open for me a human. I am still looking. It could happen at any time. Until them, I will remain,

Homeless but hopeful,
Dixie

Desperately seeking home in Yonkers

I get lots of emails from lots of folks trying to find animals homes. I tend to feature animals in this area more than others because more of my readership is here. When I got this email I just had to post this dog. Number 1 she is a senior and number 2 she has lived in a shelter for 9 years. Nine years with no home, which just stinks.
For any of my readers who live in the Yonkers, NY area and would be willing to give this beautiful girl a home for the rest of her life, please contact them or send this information far and wide and let's show this beautiful girl what a home is really like.
This is Red. Red has been at the Yonkers Animal Shelter for 9 long years. Red has patiently watched as adopters come and go home with much younger dogs or ignore her completely because of her breed mix. Yet she has remained sweet and affectionate. She is an Am-Staff mix, gets along with most dogs, 70 pounds and about 10 years old. She is a great dog with a nice disposition and would make a wonderful pet. Please visit Red at the Yonkers Animal Shelter, located on 120 Fullerton Avenue in Yonkers (off of Midland Avenue). Take Central Park Avenue to Midland Avenue to Fullerton Avenue. The shelter is at the very end of the street, past the construction. Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 11am-3:30pm, Weekends/Holidays 12pm-3:30pm. Contact person: Leslie ph (201) 981-3215 or e-mail her at crysros1@aol.com

Labrador available for adoption

OK, OK, I am Marley, yes named after the Marley in the movie. OK, OK, so I have some energy to me, what do you want from a 1 year old Labrador? I love to play with toys and am good with other dogs. I am learning all the fine arts of leash walking, riding in the car, loving my crate - well you get the picture - I'm a quick learner, though.
I do not have child history and my exuberance would probably overwhelm a young child...so no children under 7, please. I do have a lot of energy so need to go to a home who is up for exercising and training. I am not living in a foster home with cats so I'm unknown in this area. I am one big, old goof of a boy who wants to do nothing but please and give you unconditional love. I'm fostered in Orlando, drop on over for a romp with me.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Marley or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Update on the labradors

FUDGE UPDATE:
(From last week's critters)
Labrador Rescue was able to get Fudge and Chocolate, who evidently lived together, into Labrador Retriever Rescue this week.
They are making their way up to the Tampa area to enter into our foster care. Word is that the volunteers up there may already have a homes for us. Yippee....the good life here we come.

Foster homes desperately needed

We desperately need fosters for Sarasota Animal Services (861-9523) for kittens (newborns), mom with babies, cats with UR, dogs, puppies etc. They are tapped out of their foster people and are running out of cage space. Newborns are dying because they are sitting in the stray room with no place to go.
If they had foster people available, they can get them out before they get sick and take in more animals. Keep in mind animal services has to take in the strays, cruelty cases and even some owned pets (when they are picked up as strays and then don't want them back, A/S is then responsible for them) they can't refuse to take them in, which is why they get full so fast.
Please forward this to friends and family. Animal Services will provide the food and medication if needed. You can also receive community service hours for the kids that need the hours as well.

Friday, June 12, 2009

How to avoid a dog or cat bite

Much has been said about dog bites. Much that has been said is a bunch of malarky. Most people who are bitten by dogs never even go to the hospital, the bite is so minor. '
Our family dog, who I have written about before used to gnaw on my brother's arms all the time until they bled. He was a rough-and-tumble dog and my brother was a typical boy. Blackie never gnawed on my sister or me. I don't know why. I don't know if he was smart enough to realize it was okay to play rough with Mike and not with me or Carol.
When I began working with dogs, the thought never entered my head I would get bitten. It just didn't occur to me. Had I thought about it, I would have known the more dogs I worked with, the greater the chances of being bitten.
Sometimes people want guarantees with dogs. They want a guarantee the dog will never bite. The truth about this is there are no guarantees. No matter what, the dog, or a cat for that matter, is an animal. Animals bite, period.
So, if you want a guarantee the dog or cat you are going to take home will never bite or snap at you, please visit your local Walmart store where you can purchase the dog or cat of your choice in a wide variety of sizes and colors, all guaranteed not to bite.

My birthday wish

For all the readers of the blog, and I am sure there are more than I can even know about, I have a facebook page and on that page, I have a cause. Well, actually I have several causes but the one near and dear to my heart is Satchel's Last Resort.
Satchel's Last Resort takes in dogs and cats. Now, there is nothing unusual about that except....these animal have a chance to be rehabilitated and then put in a new home. If it is determined they cannot be adopted out to a home, they will live the rest of their lives at the Sanctuary. They are very full right now and simply can't squeeze in anyone else.
Now, we all know how expensive it is to house and feed and care for animals, so some things get put on the back burner in shelters until the money can be raised to do the "honey do" list. Right now, we are trying to raise money to fence and light the acreage in the back, so the dogs will have more room to roam freely and just be dogs. I want to raise the money to do that and it is not cheap. So if I have ever inspired you, or made you think, or helped you find a pet of your own, or you simply enjoy reading my thoughts on animal rescue, please visit my page on facebook and give a donation to the best thing going in this area for animals. It doesn't matter how much you give, but in the last 30 years of living in this area, I know the people in Sarasota County love their pets. I also know they hate the thought of any animal being euthanized simply because they have issues.
My birthday wish is to raise lots of money for Satchel's. Thanks for doing what you can to help.
Jean

Labrador available for adoption

Hi there! My name is Fudge and I found myself picked up and taken to our local shelter. My owner hasn't really been keeping up with my care and cannot afford to keep me any longer.
I'm a great looking guy, about 2-1/2 years old and a beautiful Chocolate Brown, hence my name. I'm a typical big old goofy Lab, who just wants to please.
For more information about Fudge, call: Lee County Animal Services at (239) 533-7387. Ask for information about animal ID number A390272. If you are unable to adopt this Labrador, maybe you would like to foster him for Labrador Retriever Rescue of FL. We'd like to get him into our rescue but foster homes are all filled up. Foster applications are available on our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kittens need a home

I get lots of mail for animals needing homes. The little kitties featured here need a home and they are in the Sarasota area. These two are three and a half weeks old.
They are both boys and will need loving homes. They are nursing and just starting to eat some food. They are already using a litter box. Their mother is mostly blind and brought us these three kittens on Memorial Day weekend. At the time their eyes were still closed.
One is spoken for but I need to find homes for these two and mother. They will all be tested for feline leukemia and have their shots, wormed, neutered, and microchipped through the Animal Network. The adoption fee is $75.00 for all of the above services.
If you know of someone who may want to adopt, please forward this message or drop me an email and I will put you in touch with their foster mom.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Finally, a good ordinance

Every time another community passes an ordinance related to animals and someone sends me an email about it, I cringe. Oh no, here we go again with dangerous dogs and breed bans.
So I was pleasantly surprised to read this story from Connecticut about their new ordinance. After reading the story, you will see what I was pleased about.
Alderman John Papa, said "We didn't make it a vicious dog ordinance because there are certain groups of people who were concerned that whole breeds would be condemned," he said. "The animal control officer will treat every dog individually -- the breed doesn't make a difference."
The ordinance is about roaming and vicious dogs, but the way it is written holds the owner responsible and even though the animal control officer can deem a dog dangerous, it can be appealed and 3 people, including a animal behavior specialist must test the dog. Yippee. Maybe someone is listening.

Special cat in Englewood

Tux is one of the most popular kinds of cats. He is a tuxedo and the reason we know they are popular is because there are so many of them.
Won't you give Tux a second chance at a loving home? He is eight years old.
He needs that special person to lover him fur-ever!
If you want to see the him and all the kitties up for adoption come out to our Open House every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ to check everyone out or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information. Please help these kitties who so desperately need homes.

Labrador available for adoption

Harley is a male black Lab who is approximately 6years old. He has exceptional house manners. He does not require being crated and can be trusted to be left alone in the house. He is a mellow lab...meaning he is definitely NOT in the puppy stage. He gets very excited when it is time to go for a walk, a car ride or to the dog park. He is not a jumper or not a chewer. He loves to be your companion and will go where ever you go if you let him. He is calm, gentle, fun and outgoing...still very active.
He can fit in to almost any environment with any family type. He is a very social dog... dog friendly and good around all children of all ages. His is NOT a nuisance barker but he will let you know when someone is at the door. There is nothing about Harley which needs changing. He is a natural. He is eager to please you with unconditional love.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Harley or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

We wonder why?

Cruelty comes in all shapes and sizes. It can range from the teenagers killing a chicken and recording it, to the man who was sentenced to 6 years in prison for shooting two horses and include the cruelty charges filed on the Sarasota man with sick and starving pit bulls. These are some of the headlines in today's paper. Sickening, isn't it?
So when we see starved and neglected pets, it doesn't shock us any longer. It should. It should cause all of us to ask for more. We need better laws to combat the mindset they are just dogs, or cats, sheep, or cattle. They are living, breathing things and should not be cruelly treated no matter what.
Unfortunately, you cannot legislate morality. That has to come from other sources and must begin with education. We must continue to educate our community on animals and hope they get the picture. It can't hurt.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Special needs dog in Clay County

I received this email in a cross-posting and hope there may be help in this area. This beautiful dog was dumped in an overnight holding pen in Clay County. He is blind and the catahoula rescue is full to capacity. They are trying to get him out before his time is up. This is what they said.

"There is a wonderful, blind 'Houla in a shelter that we're desperate to help, but just don'thave any takers for him. This boy is so gentle and sweet and so very confused about having been left in the drop box for this shelter one night. We can only imagine what it must be like for this poor boy in this place.
Please do let me know if you can help in any way, or who might be able to. Our fosters are full and/or not an appropriate home for this guy (myself included, very sadly.)"

Contact: Rowan Reimer at rowan.r.reimer@gmail.com Catahoula Rescue Inc.

Special Beagle available for adoption

Okay, you guys come through for me all the time and this little girl really, really needs a home. Please consider adopting and save two lives, the animal you adopt and the space it frees up for another homeless animal.
Meet Missy 2. She is almost 6 years old and is about 37 pounds. She has been with rescue over 1 year now and most certainly would like a forever home, please.
She does well with other dogs and children just no cats. Won't you consider making her a member of your family?
Contact Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue at http://www.tampabaybeaglerescue.org/ if you have room in your heart and your home for this cute little girl.

Special cat in Englewood

Laptop is a great big love.
He needs TLC and lots of fishy snacks.
If you want to meet him and all the kitties up for adoption come out to our Open House every Saturday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 270 Lakeview Lane in Englewood.
You can also go online at http://www.puffypawskittyhaven.com/ or call 941-473 - 5406 for more information.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi there, I'm Nyla! I was born in December, so I'm about 6 months old now. I have the heart and spirit of a champion even though I am a special needs girl. I have a disease known as Neospora which has affected my back legs. This does not stop me from playing and running and I especially like doing so with other dogs. I do have exercises to do every day using my peanut shaped exercise ball but I don't mind this at all, in fact, it is fun. Do you think you have it in your heart to love me for the rest of my life? - but be careful, I promise I will be in your heart forever. I am living with Erin in Gainesville!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Nyla or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable).

Knowing "everything"

I am sure this has happened to everyone involved in animal welfare. In fact, I could bet it has happened to rescue people more than once and when it happens, it discourages you to the point of not trusting what potential adopters tell you.
I am talking about the people who come to adopt who know "everything" there is to know about dogs and you cannot tell them anything. It doesn't matter what you try to explain to the people, they know dogs, have had dogs, are comfortable with dogs and you know nothing.
So they adopt what they think is going to be the perfect dog for them and three days later they are calling because the dog is exhibiting a behavior they don't like or won't put up with or can't explain and they want help.
So, you talk to them on the phone, or visit their home and explain to them what the problem is and they say, "Yeah, okay, I got it." You leave and 3 days later the dog is back at the shelter and the adjectives used to describe the dog can range from ignorant, stupid, dumb, aggressive and on and on. You guys know the kind of adopters I am talking about.
The dog is then confused because it has no idea why it is back, or even where it went for a few days. You are upset because the dog came back and are less trusting of the next person who comes to adopt that dog.
The key is you must not let one bad apple spoil the bunch. For every bad or uneducated adopter, there are several good ones. They will listen to what you tell them and ask questions if they don't understand. Their interest is genuine. They want to do the right thing for themselves and for their new pet.
If you fall into the latter category of adopters who really want the best for the animal, please visit your local shelter or rescue. Ask questions and expect answers. Shelters and rescues want to send an animal home with you, they just want to make an informed and good decision. You need a pet who you will love and cherish for the rest of the animal's life.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Letter from Dixie

Today was a good day, despite the fact that I still don't have a home and my own humans. I really, really want to adopt a family. Can someone please take me to meet some families so I can choose one?
My friend was out today to take some time with us. She told me there used to be a song on the radio called "Rainy Days and Mondays". I don't know what a Monday is, but am very familiar with rainy days. I got a nice long walk and some treats and was, as always, an exceptional girl. The only downside to the morning was not getting enough time to play with my friend. We were dodging thunderstorms all morning, and I had to give up some time so she could help get all the other dogs outside to potty. It seemed to take her forever to get to me, and then the time just flew by too quickly and I was put back in my kennel, but I kinda understand.
The rains and thunder don't bother me, but they really bother some of the dogs. They get so hyper and tear up their beds and are just inconsolable. They don't bother me though. Or Missy. Missy lives in the kennel next to mine. She doesn't like other dogs and sometimes I don't either but we tolerate each other.
She was a pretty sick dog from what I understand. When they found her, they thought she was going to have puppies but it was actually her being almost dead from heartworms. I simply can't imagine what humans are thinking when they treat their dogs that way.
That other new person was in today too. He is pretty big, but seems okay and my friend told him I was adoptable. I don't want to be adopted. I want to do the adopting. Will those humans ever get it right?
Well, I am going to stop this report for now and go take a little siesta during the rain. Oh yeah, I did hear the rotti we had here, his name was Benson, is thriving at his new rescue and is now available to find his own family. My friend also got Elmo to sit. I thought he was never going to do that for her. I guess he just doesn't know what great treats she has. He will learn. She is pretty stubborn.
Okay, I am starting to yawn so will call it a day. At least until tonight when I get another time outside, so you take care. If you do have a family you think I would like to adopt, please send them my way. I am taking candidates now. Until the next time.
Love,
Dixie

Friday, June 5, 2009

Finding them is the key

One of the happy parts of animal rescue work is placing a dog or cat in a new, wonderful home. The key to adoption is finding the humans who will provide this home to a shelter pet.
I have probably met thousands of potential adopters since I began doing this. Young and old, single and married, with kids or without and have placed hundreds of dogs in new, loving families and get updates with frequency on how well the animal is doing.
The trick is finding the right family for the right dog or cat. My understanding from my cat friends is they find the same problems in placing the cats in the right home.
People are individuals, and many get an idea stuck in their heads about what their perfect pet is going to be, either by looks or breed.
When they leave with an animal it sometimes matches, but more often than not it is not at all what they end up falling in love with.
I believe there is a home out there for every animal, even the ones the majority of society has given up hope on.
I have seen what love, attention and caring can do for some of these kinds of dogs. When my Buzz was brought in the shelter, he was a pretty sad excuse for a dog. He was so skinny, covered in parasites, heartworm positive, fatty, ugly tumors all over his backside, missing teeth and no fur on a large part of his body. He had been neglected beyond belief. At many places, he would have simply been dismissed as unadoptable and euthanized without a backward glance. One special person saw the sweetness in his face and thought he was worth saving.
He is now parasite free, tumor free, beautiful brown fur and a little more meat on his bones. He is also not what I normally adopt. He is not particularly big, more medium sized, he has no Rottweiler in him anywhere, and is simply a FBD or Florida brown dog. He is joyful and happy and I love him dearly.
Finding the perfect pet may not be easy. Some homeless animals may prove more challenging than others. Many have abandonment or separation issues. Food aggression, which is very easy to modify, is big among shelter dogs. Many have been starved and believe they must fight everyone and everything to get a meal. Some have never been socialized with childen, or men, women or other animals and will not fit in a home that has those things. Being overprotective is another big issue for homeless dogs. Once they find a home, they don't want to leave and become so protective, they will lunge or growl and maybe even snap at people coming in the door.
All of these issues can be worked through, every single one of them. It is just finding the human who is willing to go that extra small step to help the animal become a functioning member of society. That is one of the keys to the reduction of the overpopulation of pets. The other is altering your pet.
This weekend, please consider giving a home to a new pet in your area. The rewards are simply amazing.

SHS pet calendar photo contest

If you enjoy pulling out your wallet or opening your purse to show everyone the latest and greatest picture of your pet, you may want to enter Suncoast Humane Society’s 2010 Pet Calendar Photo Contest. That way, you can just point to your wall, or better yet, give them a calendar featuring the photo you submitted. Each entry is $25.00. The first 250 ACCEPTABLE entries will be included in the calendar’s monthly pages. Additional entries will be displayed on the “collage” pages. There is no specific theme, so any good quality picture has a chance of winning. Your pet can be doing something cute, silly or posing pretty. To be eligible, photos must be received by July 1, 2009.
Lucky winners will be featured on the front or back cover. Each month will also have a winning “pet of the month,” along with two runners up. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of pet lovers. Winners will be notified by mail or e-mail, and will appear on Suncoast Humane Society’s website, www.humane.org.
Businesses may choose to advertise in the calendar, which reaches 7,000 homes and businesses in Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee Counties. Please contact Suncoast Humane Society at 941-484-4774, or visit www.humane.org for further information.
Photos must be color, contain only the pet (not people) and be 4” X 6.” Digital photos must be no less than 300 DPI, JPEG format only. Copyrighted professional photos must be accompanied by authorization from the photographer. All photos become the property of Suncoast Humane Society.
For more information or to get your entry form visit Suncoast Humane Society at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood or their website www.humane.org.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, Riley here, I’m a 6 year old pure yellow lab that lost my home because my family moved to a place that wouldn‘t let me in. Don’t let my age fool you, even though I’m 6, I still have a lot of spunk in me. I love kids and kitty cats and I have a grand time playing with my foster brother. He’s only 2 but I sure keep up with him. I hear them saying that I’m a well behaved boy, I guess that’s because I sit and lay down when I’m told and I don’t argue with anyone. I’m a big boy so I need a family that will get me some exercise and feed me the right amount. I’m staying with my fosters in Gibsonton for the time being so stop by for a visit. I might even shake your hand and show you how well I can catch a ball!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Moby or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

There is always hope

I have written about shy dogs before and last week I wrote about boomerang dogs. I heard from a friend of mine who has one of each. Gizmo was very shy and afraid and Jazz had been returned to the shelter 4 time for different issues. This was the response I got to the boomerang blog with an update on the dogs. There is a home out there for every dog. It is the humans who don't want to work. Gizmo and Jazz are proof of that.
"From the owner of a "boomerang dog" and a "gizmo" (who was a quick return and sat in the shelter... didn't even have a chance TO boomerang), I loved the piece in your column. As an update- Jazzy starts Canine Good Citizen Class on Saturday. I have no idea if she will pass the test or not- but I know she "can." Her obedience (when she knows it is "obedience" time) is exemplary. Her focus is extraordinary, so we'll see. Jazzy and Gizmo wil go to Orlando on 6/13-14 for a flyball tournament.
Gizmo is having a great time and has completely come out of her shell. She still runs with the beginner team, but has a great time being the "boss" of that team and teaching the new dogs what to do and where to go. If she ever figures out that flyball is actually a race, perhaps she could run on a better team- but right now she likes playing with the new kids. I think she likes people watching her strut down the lane to be honest. The dog can run like the wind when she wants to. BUT, for a dog who was scared of her shadow when we brought her home, she has turned into a social butterfly. She has 4 boyfriends and 2 girlfriends on the flyball team that she squeals and rolls over and gives kisses to now.
Jazzy is working on her Flyball Master Excellent title (10,000 points earned- at either 1, 5, or 25 points per race she runs depending on time this is a milestone!). She has a chance at getting it in Orlando in June. It will be meaningful if she gets it there, as her first race ever was in Orlando exactly 2 years ago. She has turned her neurotic energy towards flyball (and whatever she can find in a trash can, but that is our fault for not emptying them). I'm glad no one else wanted her and that she picked me to come home with."
These are the stories you never hear or read about in newspapers. The positive things shelter dogs can accomplish with a dedicated family.

Special needs dog in Englewood

Hi my name is Teddy Bear.
I am a 1-1/2 year old, 42 pound, neutered Husky mix.
My coloring is white with black spots on my tail. I am an affectionate and loving boy.
I need a little TLC though, because I am deaf. I probably shouldn't be in a home with children because of my deafness. Other than that, I'm an all around great dog.
If you could give Teddy Bear a loving home and help him become the great dog we know he can be, please contact Suncoast Humane Society here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Moby is a 2 year old yellow male and weighs approx 60 pounds.
He is a very loving sweet boy who will need basic obedience as he does not know any of his commands. He has No child history or cat history that we know of.
He is currently undergoing Heartworm treatment and will need a quiet environment for several weeks until he recovers. He is being fostered in Seminole.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Moby or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website http://www.labradorrescue.net/ or call 1-866-464-LABS.
LRROF has all our Labs microchipped, spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and each adoption comes with a 30 day pre-paid pet health insurance plan. All applicants will have a home inspection and vet reference (if applicable)

Special Beagle available for adoption

My name is Poppy II. I am available for Adoption Here is my adoption info.
I am a beagle. I am spayed and weigh 23 pounds. The best estimate of my age is 8 years old.
I am moderately active, am very friendly with people and good with other dogs. I am just looking for a nice home with a nice inside bed so I can be with my new family.
Poppy is a very sweet girl with quite a pep in her step.
She was on death row in the shelter after no one came to adopt her. She is super happy to be out and safe and is full of love and gratitude.
She is quite adorable and gets along with everyone. She even appears to be housebroken! More to come as we get to know her better.

Special cat in Englewood

Hi my name is Kesha.
I am a 2 year old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair. I am a brown tiger. I have the most beautiful bright eyes.
My previous owners lost their home so I lost my owners. I have been here since June 2008 just waiting for someone to love.
Do you have room in your home and heart for me? I've been here the longest of all the cats. I greet people at the door and sit next to them while they pet the other cats, but they always take someone else home. How do I tell them my love knows no bounds?
If you could give this wonderful cat a home forever, please contact Suncoast Humane Society in Englewood. You can get all the important information here.