Monday, November 30, 2009

The value of volunteers

I have written on this subject before and am simply going to repeat myself here. Volunteers are the most valuable members of any non-profit organization.
I belong to several groups who discuss animal welfare issues concerning shelters, cleaning, training, volunteers and several other topics. This past week, one of the members was asking for help with suggestions on how other shelters get the time to provide outside time for the dogs in their care, while trying to do the daily chores of feeding, laundry, cleaning, etc. This person had 2 or 3 regular volunteers but despite having a coordinator and people who signed up to volunteer, many simply never came back or were very sporadic with their visits.
Volunteers need to feel needed. They want to be productive and do what they can to help the organization they are volunteering with. They are giving of their time. It is one thing to write a check and walk away and another to spend an hour or two, walking dogs or socializing cats.
The importance of keeping enrichment programs going normally falls within a volunteer category. Most shelters simply have no time with day to day operations, to spend the time needed with the animals.
Every minute spent with a shelter animal keeps hope alive for that animal. They look forward to being brushed and petted, walked and having a good game of fetch. It strengthens the human/animal bond and keeps the animal, who really has nothing to look forward to, mentally stimulated.
I have seen animals with no spark in their eyes, come alive once a volunteer begins spending time with them.
To all the volunteers who give so freely of their time for the animals, please don't stop. We appreciate you and love every minute you give to our four legged friends. If you don't volunteer anyplace but would like to, please call your local shelter or rescue. There is a list on the left hand side of this page. If you can't walk a dog or cuddle a cat, you can offer to help with office work or laundry. You can become a poop princess and help clean the play yards. All of this won't seem like work and you will make friends for life.

When you need a push

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford
Many places of business have inspirational photos hanging up with quotes under them to inspire people to keep working.
This quote reminds me of how hard it is when you are beginning a new venture and the steps it takes to stay on track.
Many people who work around animals are not good with people. That is the reason many work with animals. They trust animals much more so than other humans. I don't know if this is because humans have let them down so many times in their lives, they simply don't want to suffer that disappointment again, or they never developed social skills needed to conduct themselves with compassion and interest towards anyone who may have a differing opinion.
For everyone who may be faced with the burden of working with people who lack in social skills and prefer animal companionship to human relationships, simply remember the quote from above. It is a short, succinct way to create success. If you become as successful as Henry Ford, the animals will be the ones to benefit.

Labrador available for adoption

Cisco here. I am 8 year old, sweet, mild mannered, lovable dudley yellow male. I am overweight and my foster mom is getting me into shape. I currently weigh about 134 pounds and the vet said my ideal weight should be about 110 lbs.
I get along great with other dogs and love to be with my humans. I walk okay on a leash, enjoy riding in the car and I am trustworthy in the house. If you think we could be walking partners come visit and lets take a walk together. I do need to stay on an excercise program so if you are willing to exercise with me let's get together and see if we make perfect work out partners.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Cisco or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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, November 29, 2009

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Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Whew! What a busy week we had. We have 3 more guests, Tiga, Maggie and Randy, but Tiga went home yesterday, so we really only have two. But we are crowded still. What is it with the holidays and people dumping dogs? You would think they could stay in their homes, especially during this time of year.
Besides the one adoption yesterday, we seemed to have lots of visitors. I simply love visitors. I heard one say she had a friend who loved Sharpeis. I heard her whisper to someone she was going to find me a home. Wow, wouldn't that be great. When a old, crippled Sharpei finds a home because someone believes in them. Well, I have heard that before, so we shall see. I did get to spend lots of time outside because we had so many volunteers. It was great.
Buckeye, who lives next door to me, got to go off with his family. He has two kids and a mom and dad, but they lost their house, so he is staying with us for a while. Chesney was a little lost without him. They tussle all the time, but it is all in play.
Jake is still barking, but I think yesterday was his best day ever. He was actually a little quieter.
Maggie, who is a newbie, got out of the crate and into a kennel with Wesley. You see, the other newbie, Tiga, got adopted yesterday. She was turning into the fast one of the girls. She played with all the boys. I don't think Maggie is quite as forward. She seems a little shy, but she plays pretty well with Wesley.
The two visitors I told you about also took a shine to Drummer and Missy. Missy got to go on a long walk in the back field and Drummer got a walk around the property. They were so tired they slept well last night.
The weather is so nice I am pretty frisky when I get to go out and play. Wooly B. is also. He is the little black Cocker Spaniel who is my play buddy. I was even tempted to chase a ball, and that is really not my style.
Randy, another new dog had to have surgery on his leg and have pins put in it. We have to keep him quiet until the pins come out next month. He can only go for short walks and no off leash play time. He is a hound. Someone asked last night was he a St. Germain Pointer? I guess a friend has one named Jazz who is also orange and white. She runs flyball, whatever that is. I run to play. I don't chase balls, fly ones or stationary ones.
We had that picture lady come out again to take photos. She keeps having to come back because we have so many dogs.
Treats? Did I hear you ask about the treat situation? Well, those two volunteers who come on the busy day brought more. Did I say all for me? Yeah, well it never turns out to be all for me but I am getting better about sharing. No one shared the grilled cheese sandwich with me like they did with Benson, the rottweiler. Or the hard boiled eggs which were shared with Nala. Of course, it being Thanksgiving and all, we got turkey. This one human brought real turkey out for us. We each got a little piece. I was loving the turkey better than the soft treats. I hope her dog got some. I am sure he did. I can't imagine her not giving her own dog some.
Okay, the morning is young, it is cool, and I need to go romp around the yard for a while. You take care, don't forget about me and all of us at Satchel's. I will be talking to you next week. Until then, keep your nose in the air end your tail to the ground.
P.S. This week we have a cute little dog named Handsome. I personally don't think he is handsome. He simply doesn't have enough wrinkles for my taste, but he is a smaller size and very loving. He has playmates here, but would really flourish in a new home with another dog and a human to teach him not to be scared of new humans. He knows sit and down, is housebroken and just needs a home for the holidays. Can you be the home Handsome needs? If so, please contact Caroline at and ask about him.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sunday movie worth watching

If you find you are sitting around not doing anything on Sunday night, check out "A Dog Named Christmas," A Hallmark Mall of Fame movie.
"This holiday season, is kicking off the first ever “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” program in conjunction with this movie. Based on Greg Kincaid's popular novel, it's a touching story about a developmentally challenged young man who names his adopted dog Christmas and sets out to convince the whole town to participate in a local animal shelter's inaugural “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program.”
Similarly, is working with more than 2,000 shelters and rescue groups across North America to give families a chance to adopt a pet this holiday season. Potential dog and cat owners can visit to learn if their local shelter is participating in the program.
All are encouraged to tune in to the Hallmark Hall of Fame world premiere of A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS on Sunday, November 29 at 9/8c only on CBS. Learn more about this pet fostering program at the Hallmark Hall of Fame . "

Labrador available for adoption

Hi, my name is Koda. I am a 5 year old yellow lady with excellent manners. I was surrendered to Lab Rescue because my owner was ill. I have lived with small children and with other dogs. I do have some seasonal allergies, but they can be managed with medication.
I need a fitness plan because I am a little overweight. I promise I am great on a leash and I love to swim so fitness with me can be fun. If you would like to have a new loving lady in your home for the holiday's I am your gal! Come visit and lets see if we are a perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting KODA or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks when you don't feel thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook and love to be around family and friends to laugh and talk about all the things we have to be thankful for.
People always start with the big stuff. Being thankful for family always comes first. My small family lost an important member yesterday and it will be hard to stay focused today on being grateful, since she is no longer with us. But I am thankful. I am thankful I knew this wonderful woman who was a part of my family for as long as I can remember. I am thankful she had her kids and husband to help her as much as possible. I am thankful she didn't suffer and went easily to heaven to be with my other family members.
I am thankful for my son and friends who are here to support me in my times of grief. Thankful to Buzz, who always seems to understand when I am sad and lets me cry as I hug him.
I will have enough to eat today, when many in this area won't. I am employed, which help me make a mortgage payment and have power.
I am thankful for so many things and people in my life on this day of thanks. It will just be something I have to keep reminding myself of as the day progresses. Goodbye Aunt Linda. I know you are in a better place.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Is there a spot under the jail?

Just as I am getting into the holiday spirit with the approach of Thanksgiving, another horrifying story of animal abuse. This time, it was a 13 week old pit bull puppy, who got slammed on the sidewalk and kicked down the road like a soccer ball. The puppy died.
The boyfriend of the owner didn't like the dog and was upset the dog was misbehaving before the start of a football game.
Hmmm? I wonder if she will take him back when he bonds out of jail?

Good editoral on charity this time of year

Check out this column in Dogtime magazine. It makes you stop and think and has a lot of valid points.

Christmas wishes

The animals who live where I volunteer made a wish list up for me to give to the humans. They thought if they had someone who would put it out there, all their dreams would come true. Now, there are 45 odd dogs and 30 odd cats where I volunteer, so I had to get them to narrow the list down a tad to make it more manageable.
The list also had to be for the benefit of all the animals, not just individuals. Harry couldn't ask for one Kong just for himself and Mitch couldn't ask for just one cocoanut. You get the idea. This is what they came up with. I think you will enjoy it.
5. They all want more human time. They are stuck in kennels and cat houses every day and when volunteers don't come, they lose out, so more time with humans was important.
4. The cats have requested a bigger outside area to snooze in the sun and watch the world go by. (the dogs ask for something simliar, but there are just too many of them to accomodate that wish right now)
3. They really want more treats. Of course, I explained some needed to go on a diet, but they were having nothing of that. They like treats and want more.
2. They want money. Well, they don't want cash, but they want you to donate cash to the humans so they can keep providing support for us. Between food and medical care, electric bills and stuff like bleach and mops, it costs a lot of money to support us.
1. They want a permanent home. One where they will be loved.

So if you think you could make one or more of these wishes come true, please check out Satchel's here and see what we are all about. Read our mission statement and check out all the animals who call Satchel's home. If you would like to donate cash, we are a 501(c)3 and all your donations are tax deductible. You can mail them to 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, FL 34241.
From me and all the 4 leggeds at Satchel's Last Resort, have a wonderful holiday season.

Another Michael

One of the disappointments this fall has been the absence of watching football on Sunday afternoons. After the reinstatement of Michael Vick by the NFL, I decided to boycott the game. I know, as one of my friends commented, this won't really make a difference, but it makes me feel better to not support an organization which supports Michael Vick.
It was with great anticipation I went to see the movie, "The Blind Side" which is about another professional football player, Michael Oher.
The two Michaels both grew up in the projects. Although poor, Michael Vick had talent and a somewhat stable home atmosphere. Michael Oher on the other hand, was born to a crack addict mother and was bounced around from the time he was 7 years old until he began living on the street or sleeping on caring peoples' couches as a young man. He was also full of raw talent, but having been passed from school to school, everyone thought him incapable of education. He had never played organized sports of any kind.
Michael Vick went on to become a pro player with lots of fame and fortune. He threw it all away by running an illegal dog fighting operation. Michael Oher on the other hand, made the Dean's list in college, lettered not only in football, but basketball and track. He was the #1 draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens last spring and is a rookie this year, beginning every game.
Only time will tell if his raw talent has been captured or if he will last in the brutal game we call professional football, but if he is anything like he was in the movie, he won't need to depend on torturing and abusing animals to get his jollies. Hats off to you Michael Oher. Go get 'em.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hi to all my fans. So sorry I didn't get to you last week. It seems my friend decided she needed a weekend away and I cannot type or give dictation to a human who isn't here, so I had to wait until today. Then, as klutzy as this sounds, she tripped in a hole and hurt her ankle yesterday, so she was hobbling around much like I do. She had just told me how wonderful it was to see me active and running through the grass. It was a little funny when she went down, though. I saw the whole thing from my kennel. She hit the dirt and her glasses went flying. Luckily, the tall guy who comes and helps was there. She was walking Indiana at the time, and he is a strong boy so the tall guy helped her with the strong dog.
We have a few more guest here at Satchel's. Maggie and Tiga. They are both brindle greyhound/lab mixes it looks like to me. They seem pretty nice, but Maggie is still a pup and barks because she wants to play. Not as much as Jake, but it can still be annoying. She is next to Patches. I will ask him more about her this week and let you know. Jake has been a little calmer, it seems, this week. Not quite so annoying. Maybe it is simply I am calmer and he is picking up on my quiet demeanor. Nah, probably not.
Of course, Chesney and Buckeye on the other side of me have been hounding up a storm. Nothing like hound dogs to destroy peace and quiet. Although you don't really think of kennels as being quiet places. Some of us more mature dogs would really appreciate it, but have learned to sleep through the noise. I don't know if the humans are quite as lucky.
Yep, and it is working. The treat thing, that is. I had another visitor who told me my fur was soft like velvet and she brought me even more soft treats. I am liking all these soft treats. I have to share these with the other dogs just like the last ones. Mom said and she makes the rules. Do you have a mom who makes rules like sharing?
Ceco's leg is still not good. I heard she had to have surgery again. I feel kinda sad for her. She is going to be really depressed when she has to wear one of those funny looking collars around her neck. Everyone here makes fun of her. She hates it when they make fun of her.
Elsa, the fast girl I was telling you about may be adopted today. I heard she got adopted last week and brought right back. It seems the other dog beat her up. Can you imagine being that scared of a girl? Anyway, her new roomie is named Charlie. I didn't meet him, but the ones who did said he was a nice guy. I wish all of us could be so lucky. Do you think someone out there might like a crippled Sharpei who can be a little cantankerous at times? No? Well you keep asking because I am not going anywhere until I find a great home who will love me. I might even tolerate a brother or sister, as long as they weren't overly rambunctious.
Gator, the new little dog we got in has put on some weight and is not as snappy as he was about food. Still snappy, just not as bad. My mom puts her hand in the food dish and makes him eat around her hand. She is fearless. I wouldn't put my paw in his dish.
Well, I had better close for now. Siesta time is calling. I think this week I will put one of the seniors up for adoption.
P.S. Up this week is Libby. Libby is a senior girl, loves people but doesn't do well with other dogs. She was another dumped dog case which Animal Services picked up. She went to a senior rescue, but because she isn't social with other dogs, she came here to Satchel's. She would love a nice home with a fenced yard and a comfy bed to lay her head on each night. If you think you would be interested in Libby, please drop Caroline a note at You would make Libby a happy dog. Of course, don't forget me. I could go to the right home, but it has to be the perfect one. Keep me posted.

Special cat in Sarasota

Meet Lars. He is a 3 year old, male sealpoint Siamese. Sarasota County Animal Services found him and treated him for a leg wound
He just got his stiches out and his wound is healing well.
He is up to date on shots, neutered and is a loving kitty. His head is a little large but he was not neutered so imagined himself at the top cat.
He is vocal as most Siamese are and is looking for Santa to find him a home for Christmas. Please contact Cindy at TANKS via email at for more information.

Homes for the holidays

This time of year is a little bittersweet for many of us. I love the holidays with the enthusiasm of a 6 year old, but find the loss of so many friends and family this time of year make the holidays a little less happy. The number of animals in our care continues to increase with even less money available.
The animals at rescues and shelters have only one thing to be thankful for. A place to hang their hat for a while until maybe another family falls in love with them. You could change all that.
Non-profits love donations. We love money and blankets, treats and litter but what would really make the season it for all the animals we love so dearly, are permanent homes for the rest of their lives.
If you simply can't take another pet, please consider a donation. Monetary donations are appreciated this time of year. They help us squeak by until January, when most new budgets go into effect and we start the process of shelter work all over.
You can drop off donations at Satchel's Last Resort. Please call Satchel's at 924-5070 for directions. Monetary donations can be sent to 8101 Coash Road, Sarasota, Florida 34241.
Please call if you would like to make an appointment to see one of our special 4-leggeds, or check them out here.
Homes for the holiday season is what we wish most of all.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oreo's Law

The killing of the dog named Oreo by the ASPCA has riled up many animal lovers including some New York Legislators who are sponsoring Oreo's Law. You can read about it here and voice your opinion.
Although animals are killed on a daily basis under the "unadoptable" tag, many of us in animal welfare believe we can rehabilitate and if we can't, we can provide sanctuary because each life is special.
Many sanctuaries provide lifelong care for dogs and cats who would be destroyed in other traditional shelters. These animals may have a medical problem as simple as being blind, or a behavior problem like jumping.
Some may have suffered such abuse at the hands of a human they will never overcome their fears of most people.
I cannot tell you the number of times I personally know of where an animal could have been saved, but no attempt was even made to place it in a true sanctuary, so the animal died.
It does not say much for the animal welfare community that a law must be enacted when a sanctuary steps up to save an animal from euthanasia, the shelter where the dog or cat resides must be made to do it because of the law, and not simply because of their love of the animal.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Ellie is a 10 month old black female lab/Cur mix about 60 pounds. She is a playful puppy who likes to do all the puppy stuff including chewing on her toys. She gets along with other dogs and is good with young children. She is an affectionate girl, housebroken, and crate trained
Ellie would benefit from obedience classes and will be ready for visitors in mid-November. If you would like to have a young gal in your life that is full of energy and wants to have fun, then Ellie is your girl. She would love for you to visit and play ball or take a long walk.....she would love to meet her new family before the Holidays.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Ellie or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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 Sarasota

This is Tulip. She is a 2 year old, DSH calico with an attitude. She does warm up, but at her speed. She does not like to be petted from her mid section back and will warn you. When she first came to TANKS you could not touch her.
I believe a house with no children and maybe no dogs would be best for Tulip. Previous experience with calicos would be a good match.
She is absolutely beautiful in her markings, spayed and up to date on shots, is not declawed.
She is a bit tempermental at times and would not be a good lap cat but is still a doll.
Please contact Cindy at TANKS at

Monday, November 16, 2009

The ASPCA and Oreo

The death of Oreo, the miracle dog of the ASPCA in New York City, is a tragedy beyond belief. When she made the papers, complete in cast and stitches, I wonder how much money was generated to the ASPCA for saving this dog. She was all over websites and newspapers.
Now that they made the decision to kill her, the backtracking is incredible. But remember, there are as many people who believe she should have been killed as those who believe she should have been allowed to live her life at the sanctuary which offered.
There are still those among us who think a dog without a home has no qaulity of life. They are better off dead, especially if they could pose a threat.
Please read this article and let me know what you think?

Off topic; well, sort of

I just returned from a great 3 day getaway in one of Florida's award-winning state parks. I love to go and visit the different parks and see what unique things each has to offer. It gives you a chance to leave all the stress of your daily life behind and simply enjoy the pleasures the outdoors has to offer.
I visited Alafia State Park. I had not been since it was turned into a state park and now it is full of off road bicycle trails with a great picnic area and equestrian camping. There is also a campground for those without horses. I saw campers with horses and those with bicycles all enjoying themselves. I took an unintentional 12 mile hike but at the end was disappointed to see an empty water bottle someone had discarded laying in one of the creeks which run into the Alafia. I picked it out of the water and discarded it.
The rest of the weekend was spent at my favorite park, Silver River, and the reason for the story.
In Florida you are allowed to bring your dogs to the park for recreation as long as they are leashed and current on vaccinations. Silver River is the only protected clear water river in the state. Being designated that, there is no fishing, swimming and a no-wake for motorized boats. The wild critters are numerous with the alligators being at the top of the list.
A couple approached the canoe launch with a white maltese and a golden doodle on leashes. They walked to the edge of the water with both dogs and several of us advised them not to take the dogs to the water's edge. Most of us knew the gators love small dogs for a meal and they can spring out of the water before you even know they are there.
This couple totally ignored anything we had said and even allowed the Maltese to walk into the water to drink.
I had to leave. I cannot believe how stupid people are when dealing with nature. I hope nothing ever happens to the little dog, but as long as people ignore posted signs, ignore advice from well-meaning bystanders, they will eventually lose a dog to an alligator.
It was a great weekend. Get out and enjoy the parks where you live. Take your dog, go on a hike, have a picnic lunch on a blanket but remember to clean up after yourself and respect the wildlife. After all, it is their home you are visiting.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It happens to horses, too!

Although I write about rescued dogs and cats with a lot of frequency, horses are abandoned, neglected and abused as often as dogs and cats. Horses are also much more expensive to maintain, need more room and generally can be in a neglectful situation for months before anyone reports it.
In this case, the neglect was once again, someone trying to help and getting in over their head. Unfortunately, two horses had to be euthanized because they were so emaciated and starving.
In another case, the owner got 6 months of jail time, 5 years probation and $10,000 in fines.
And in this final news story, someone simply unloaded a horse on a woman's property and drove away.
This is the recommended requirement for a horse from an agricultural extension agent. It is pretty interesting how much land is needed for the horse to actually thrive and be a horse.
The horse requires a minimum level of forage in the diet to maintain normal gastrointestinal function, as well as, normal behavior. There has been little research done on the space requirements of horses. One and one-half to two acres of open land per horse is the recommended starting point to supply adequate acreage for a pasture forage program. The one and one half to two acres is actual pasture area and does not include land for any type of buildings, barns, arenas, etc. One acre of land is 43,560 square feet or approximately 210 feet x 210 feet. Obviously many people keep horses on smaller amounts of land and do not depend on the land to provide any forage. The optimum land amounts per horse then is two acres for pasture and then whatever is desired for barn space, hay and equipment storage and riding area. The next question then is what is the minimum area needed for a horse for a turnout (exercise) paddock. In other words, the horse will be maintained solely on harvested forage (hay) and no pasture land will be provided. Again, little research has been done to determine the minimum area needed for a turnout (exercise) paddock. The Guide For the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching recommends a minimum area of 0.1 (one-tenth) of an acre of open land per horse. This is approximately 4500 square feet. In most cases horse owners fall somewhere between the optimum and minimum open land levels for maintaining horses.
John D. Atkins
Extension Agronomy/Livestock
So before you decide you can give a horse a good home, check out how much land you have to work with, how much supplemental food you will need, how many vet visits will be needed. Please don't subject the horse to no pasture, poor food, no vet care etc. Then they end up being euthanized, once again because of a human's inhumanity.
If you would like more information on horse protections, check out this website and see what the Horse Protection Association of Florida does. It is a great group which does great work.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Special Labrador available for adoption

Editor's note: Please consider the reason this beautiful dog needs a special home. Many rescued animals are like Stella and do not do well around other dogs. It is a failing on the part of their previous parents and the dogs are who suffer for it. Let's not punish her for human error.
Hi everyone! My name is Stella, an affectionate gal with a pretty yellow coat, 2 years of age. I LOVE people. I am not friendly with other dogs and I do chase the kitties. In my past no one properly socialized me so I only like being around people. I enjoy offering my paw to folks to show them that I'm friendly and I am great on a leash. I would do best as an only dog in an understanding household.
I don't care for the rowdy, rambunctious dogs and I am not a big fan of dog parks. I would prefer to hang out with my human companions and enjoy all the attention they give me. I do have a habit of jumping up on people but my foster parents are working with me on that. My foster mom says that I am housebroken and trustworthy in the house. Come cuddle with me and let's see if we are a perfect pair.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Stella or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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)

Don't shop! Opt to adopt

The headline on this item says it all. Don't go to a pet store, craigslist or the neighborhood backyard breeder if you want to add a new family member. Go to a shelter or rescue in your neighborhood.
Go online to or or rescue911 or any of the numerous search engines which list dogs, cats and other critters who need homes. Put the breed you are looking for in the search field and see how many pop up. then go meet them. Check out their personality. Ask questions of the group doing the adoption. Make sure they are the right fit for your family. Then adopt a pet.
We have a saying in animal rescue work. When you adopt from a rescue or a shelter, you are saving two lives. The life of the animal you are adopting and the animal who will take its' spot. Believe me when I tell you there will always be one more to take that empty spot. Please don't continue to fund puppy mills and vacations for backyard breeders. Let's take care of the ones who are already here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Who lives and who dies?

I find it interesting when people who are writing for adoption animals use the terms high kill, or low kill or even no kill facility.
The reason most shelters or rescues become known as high kill is because they simply have no other avenues open to them. If you believe the people who work at these places enjoy having to euthanize animals every day, you are living in another world. Low kill facilities also euthanize but their numbers are not quite as high and no kill facilites do the same thing under the guise of either medical problems, behavior problems or other determining factors so John Q. public doesn't get angry at them.
Unless an animal is at a sanctuary, which believes in rehabilitating the whole animal, medically, behaviorally or otherwise, an animal can and does get killed.
I am going to run pictures of two dogs which were sent to me today from out of state. Both these dogs need medical help but otherwise seem to be nice dogs. The chances they will be rescued could be very slim. If one or both of these animals is euthanized it will not be the shelter's fault. It is a county run facility with only so much money and so much space. So why list it as a high kill facility when they are obviously doing the best they can with the resources they have.
Why not instead begin a massive campaign on people who dump their animals at these facilities with all these problems due to neglect and hold them accountable, instead of labeling the shelters and rescues who are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
Although both these animals are out of state, if you do know of anyone who could help them, please use the contact information below. Every one counts.
NAME: Tulip
ANIMAL ID: 9047668
BREED: lab mix
SEX: female
HEALTH: appears healthy except that she has some puncture wounds and is missing an eye, we are not sure what happened
TEMPERAMENT: friendly and very, very sweet

NAME: Splenda
ANIMAL ID: 9083154
BREED: Yorkie mix
SEX: female
HEALTH: healthy except her eye is badly injured and she needs it removed
TEMPERAMENT: very friendly and sweet
RESCUE PULL FEE: $40—we won’t spay her, that can be done when her eye is removed with the rescue’s vet
UPDATE: will be PTS 11/12

If you know of anyone in South Carolina who could pull these dogs and get them a home, should their medical issues be a reason to euthanize? It is a question which must be decided every day all over the country.
Please use this contact information if you are interested.
Please email us at
We may have transport available—just ask
When you reply to confirm dogs, please include in your email what rescue you are with. This saves us a lot of time because we currently work with a TON of rescues. Thanks for making it easier for us!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Actions speak louder than words

Learning to live with wild creatures as the population continues to escalate, which it does despite what the experts say, can cause concern with those of us who have seen Florida change drastically over the last 30 years with more development, more cars, more people and generally more of everything. Unfortunately, this can spell disaster for many native species who do not adjust well to the "more."
Sandhill cranes are native to Florida but their population increases in the winter months due to migrating birds from up north. I have seen many killed on the highways surrounding Sarasota by speeding motorists who pay no attention to the signs warning of habitat or even the speed limit. So this morning, as I was coming back from the rescue and going west on Clark Road, the pair of cranes calmly walking across 3 lanes of traffic caused my heart to pump faster. As I slowed to a stop, the cars in the other two lanes did the same.
The birds reached the median and with incoming cars in the 3 eastbound lanes, I held my breath to see if the birds made it.
All three lanes of traffic stopped and let the birds cross Clark Road. It was nice to see people still stopping to enjoy the birds and helping them arrive safely to the other side. Thanks!

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Good morning, good morning, good morning. How are all my favorite readers this morning? I am good, good, good. I have to tell you, all my hard work finally paid off, in spades. (that means a lot, in case you were wondering)
Treats, I got treats. Soft ones in a big container. You see, I knew if I just asked long and hard, every week, someone would feel sorry for this old gentleman and bring me a whole container. I will tell you this: I am willing to share. Not because I want to, I can be pretty selfish, but because my Mom told me I had to. I would do anything for her. She saved me, you know. So I try hard to please her. She isn't my permanent mom, just the one I have known all these years. Well, maybe she is my permanent Mom, since I don't think I will ever find anyone to give me a real home outside of this kennel.
But, I am not a complainer. I learned a long time ago many dogs have it much worse than I do. We have a new guest, well, actually two, but let me tell you about the one who had it bad. He should weigh about 40 pounds. When he was found, he weighed 18 but it is up to 24 now, I think. He was almost starved to death. He is a little black dog and seems to like us okay as long as there are no treats around. I think he would fight the biggest dog we have for a treat. That means the volunteers must not try and hand feed him because of the snapping to grab the food. They have named him Gator. Get it? Snapped? Gator? Yeah, well I didn't understand it either so I hope you do. He gets fed like, 8 times a day. Incredible huh? I would eat soft treats 8 times a day.
Oh, I kinda got my wish for the 2nd dog. Well, not really because Jake is still next door yapping his head off all the time, but the new dog is a black lab and he did move next door on the other side. His name is Chesney. Of course, he has to share his kennel with Buckeye, the hound, but they seem happy together and play all the time. I heard they went out in the yard and ran like the wind. They are young and full of energy. I also heard he was smart but not learned. I don't know what that means either, but it has something to do with sitting. If he is that smart, he will get it. (I don't sit because of my crippled leg, but I don't let that stop me from playing and having a good time.)
Everyone here is quite worried about Ceco. She had surgery a couple of weeks ago. I told you, remember? She doesn't want to use that leg. She really needs to because I speak from experience when I say she doesn't want a stiffened up, crippled leg the rest of her life. Then last night, poor Care Bear caught his foot in the kennel and went down. It could have been serious, but Elmo started barking his head off and woke everyone up. It was a good thing cause Dad had to come and check out what was wrong. It made for a long night for everyone once we were up, so my afternoon nap is going to be a long one.
I know I told you this before, at least I think I did. Elsa, the boxer mix came back and now she is everyone's playmate. She is still a pup but she plays with all the boys. I heard someone say yesterday Harry was in love with her. He may be the next playmate she has. She is pretty fast let me tell you. Harry, Brody, Mitch, Anson, name the boys and they all love her.
Well, I am going to close for now. I am pretty tired after our early, early morning with Care Bear's accident.
Check out the adoptable I have this week but don't forget me. I am still here, still LOVE those soft treats and could be adopted to the right home.
P.S. Here is the adoptable: His name is Wesley. He has really pointed ears and gets along well with others. He is timid with strangers but loves to play once he knows you. He even has a kennel mate here named Handsome. If you would like to meet Wesley, or have other questions, please drop Caroline a note at

Labrador available for adoption

Stan the Man here. I am a happy-go-lucky, friendly fella. They tell me I’m about 5-years-old. My family could not keep me anymore, so the wonderful folks at Lab Rescue stepped up and found me a great foster home until I find my forever family.
I love to play fetch. You throw it - balls, toys, bones - and I’ll fetch it. I love all people and other dogs. My house manners are good, but no one ever taught me to do some of the cool stuff I see my fellow foster Labs doing. My foster mom already has taught me some fun things in just a few days, so I’m pretty darn smart and really anxious to learn. I sure am getting a lot of “good boy” praises these days, along with my favorite belly rubs. Please come visit me so we can play and you can see what a happy, loving guy I am. Who knows I could be with you for the Holidays.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Stanley or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

New cat rescue has special boy for adoption

I think it is shameful in this country we must have as many rescue groups in this country as we have. That being said, another cat rescue has begun operations in Sarasota County because, believe it or not, it is needed. So please welcome TANKS which is an acronym for; Tending Abandoned Needy Kats Sanctuary. First cat up for adoption is Hefty.
Meet Hefty. He is a 5 year old DSH orange and white in color, is front declawed, up to date on shots, neutered, and is good with other cats. He is ready for adoption at TANKS. If you would like to meet Hefty, please email Cindy at His adoption fee is 65.00.
As a new rescue, they could probably use all those things rescues use: cat litter, food, towels, blankets, foster homes, and money. Please don't hesitate to give.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Book sale benefit for the animals

Please drop by Sarasota High School, Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and check out the huge selections of used books for sale. All money raised will benefit Satchel's Last Resort, an animal rescue and sanctuary dedicated to the long range care of over 70 animals.
We have books of every subject. Drop by our display, meet some dedicated volunteers and see what our mission is all about.
Can't make it? Please check us out on the web and see what your support and donations help accomplish.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Labrador available for adoption

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Attila, a big, gentle guy with a shiny chocolate coat, 5 years of age.
I love people of all ages including small children. I get along very well with other dogs and kitties, too. Playing in the yard is lots of fun for me. I enjoy playing fetch and running with my foster brothers and sisters. I'd like to find a forever home with a fenced yard so I can play. Everyone loves to cuddle with me and they say I look like a big teddy bear.
I like LRROF but would love to have my new home and family for the holidays. Please come visit and lets see if we make the perfect match.
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Attila or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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).

Why we won't forget

As promised, if Michael Vick's name shows up anywhere in the news, I will be the first in line to say we haven't forgotten and we won't every forget what he did. I have not watched any professional football this year, and I won't watch football as long as the NFL is still supporting Michael Vick.
This column from the San Francisco paper expresses my feeling better than I can and I agree with the whole thing.
Check it out here, but make sure you have a strong stomach. It is just as horrifying now as it was the first time around.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Outside cats

Okay, what is wrong with my neighborhood? I have gone from having no outside cats, to so many I must shoo them off my truck and out of my yard when I go outside.
Have so many houses in my neighborhood been rented to people who don't understand what happens to outside cats? Are they neglectful or simply not educated?
My first impulse, and I have stated this before, is to trap them or call animal services to come and pick them up. The problem is, most people won't pay the fine to get their kitty back, and then the animal gets put down due to space and I feel guilty the rest of my life.
So please people, if you live in the neighborhood between Bee Ridge and Proctor, Swift and Beneva, keep your cat inside. In fact, if you live in any neighborhood and care about your cat, don't let it run loose. There are a lot of people who wouldn't feel guilty for trapping and disposing of a cat running loose, or God forbid, something worse.

Labradors available for adoption

Hello Lab lovers, Sophia and Toby here. We have a riddle for you, what's better than a Labrador Retriever? How about TWO Labrador Retrievers! Yep, we're a package deal! You see, we've lived our whole lives together and would really love to find a generous home where we can spend our remaining years.
So how did we find ourselves in this situation? Well, it's a long story but we can guarantee that none of this is our fault. We've fallen victims to terrible circumstances. Could you possibly make space in your home and in your heart for us? We'd be forever grateful!
Here are some more details about us: Sophia is a 11-13 year old black female that loves children, other dogs and Toby! Toby is a 10-11 year old chocolate boy who also loves kids, other dogs and of course, Sophia. Toby is energetic and Sophia is a little more reserved. We are healthy and happy to be with a foster in Labrador Retriever Rescue but we sure do miss having a loving family and our own home. Well, that's the jist of it. Believe us when we say that nothing's gone right for us lately. We're keeping our chins up and hope that our luck turns soon.
Please come visit and lets play a little catch or go for a walk.....I bet you will fall for us both.....we just love people!
If you are interested in meeting or adopting Sophia and Toby or one of our other labs contact Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida by visiting our website 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, November 1, 2009

Getting the short end of the stick

Every dog I know who resides in a shelter or rescue got the short end of the stick. I tell Buzz all the time how lucky he is I don't discard my animals, regardless of the situation.
Sometimes giving up a pet is unavoidable, but do you have any idea how many times people won't even try to correct the problem they are having? They are content to simply dump their dog and go on to the next.
Look at this from the dogs' point of view: (they do have them no matter what some people think) They live in a home and are part of a pack. All is right and they love their family. In the blink of an eye, they are living with 30 or 40 other dogs in a kennel with people caring for them who they don't know.
Strange people walk by, pick them, and now they are in a different home, with a different pack and a whole new set of rules. So why do dogs get confused again?
The dogs have no say in the choice. No say when they get dumped, no say when they go home, and no say if they get dumped again.
Please contact an animal trainer or behavior person before dumping your dog. Whatever the problem is, in most cases, it can be fixed. Unless of course, it is simply you are part of the throwaway society so many people belong to now and dogs are a dime a dozen.

Shooting the Breeze by Baxter

Hi to all my fans. Another week has flown by and I simply do not know where time goes. It has been another busy week here at Satchel's Last Resort and I have got loads of new stuff to tell you. You would be amazed at what this old gentleman picks up just by listening.
We didn't have anyone go home this week. The hound, Buckeye, (I called him Buckshot last week. I knew it was Buck something, just couldn't remember what) is still right next door but seems to have calmed a bit. He is like me and has a crippled foot. His front foot turns out. Isn't it funny how we always hear these things don't bother us but I know they do. Do they think I don't know my leg is crippled? I wonder sometimes about how smart humans are.
We also had another one of our guests returned. Elsa, the boxer mix with one blue eye and one brown eye. She has separation anxiety. We knew that before she got adopted and thought her new family had experience with that but it turns out they had a hard time with it. She is now looking for a home again.
I also heard were getting another black lab in today. I wonder where he is going to live? We are pretty packed right now. Do you think maybe he could move in where Jake is? Naw, probably not. Jake is simply annoying to me. Hard as I try to tune him out, it doesn't work. Bark, bark, bark, all that dog does is complain. He thinks he has it rough now, I have seen some other places and this place is heaven. He is old too, so he should know better.
Last night, I must tell you, I had so much fun. I was trotting along in the yard and sniffing every blade of grass and tree I came across to investigate who had been there before me. It was quite nice since my play buddy, Woolly Bully, didn't want to stay out with me. Of course, he is not really playful with me, but just kind of hangs unless someone is out with treats.
Speaking of treats, I haven't seen those soft ones come in yet. Well, I take that back. I have had some soft treats come my way, but I was thinking along the lines of a whole jar. You know, like the kind our volunteers carry. I sit and take them so gently you would be amazed.
Oh! I am also supposed to remind you we have lots of adoptable dogs who really, really need homes. I forgot last week to feature anyone, so this week I will have to change things up and not only feature someone, but remind you to adopt. Just in case you forget what this is all about.
I also got a great massage by one of the volunteers. She said my fur felt like velvet and I really needed brushing after the massage. I bet I could benefit from having a massage once a week. What do you think? Maybe I will mention that to some others who are old and arthritic. Do you know any massage person who would do that with shelter dogs? Free of charge? You see, we don't have a family and there are lots of us, so money is tight.
I am going to close for now. I went on a walk this morning and got soft treats so I am beat and need to take a siesta. We will talk again next week. Don't forget, if you find a massage therapist, send them my way.


P.S. One of our great dogs who really needs a home is Handsome. His name used to be Anson, but they changed it. He is a little to medium sized dog, who loves most people and most other dogs. He has several playmates here and the volunteers seem to love him. He is very, very timid with new people and you may have to have several visits before he will come to you, but once you are in, you are in. He then become quite the snuggle bunny and loveable lap dog you may be looking for. He has a beautiful, fawn coat with white markings. That is where he got his name. The humans are recommending an adult only home because of his shyness. He has never been around children and they may intimidate him with their quick movements and loud voices. You can check him out here or the many other animals who are guests at Satchel's Last Resort.