Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year wishes

Another year is ending and with it, a year filled with memories, good and bad. There were many things to be thankful for but I am happy to begin another year filled with, hopefully, even better events to make memories.
Since this is an animal blog, I will forego mentioning what I would like to happen in the new year for me personally, except to say I expect this new year to be better, by far, than 2010 both personally and professionally. I wish the same for all my readers.
For the animals who are still residing in shelters, I wish for them all to find happy and loving homes. I wish my in box for email would begin decreasing in pleas for help.
I wish all of the animal rescue groups and humane societies would be put out of business due to lack of animals coming into a shelter who have no home. If that cannot be accomplished, I wish we could at least decrease the number so we could eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.
I wish 2011 would see the elimination of puppy mills, dog fighting (or cock fighting), and animal cruelty. I wish Michael Vick would suffer a tremendous loss of ability on the football field and disappear with his tail tucked between his legs in shame.
I wish we could educate more people of heartworm disease, the benefits of spay/neuter and how easily a dog or cat can be taught to adjust to your family.
I wish we find homes for all of my special friends at Satchel's Last Resort: Brownie, Benson, Nika, Precious, Panda, Nikita, Smokey, Wilbur, Eileen, Winter, Beck, Junior, and all the ones who will come in by the time you read this.
I wish all of you the best and remember to opt to adopt your new furry friend. Remember the homeless come in every size, shape and breed imaginable and they all need homes.My best to you in 2011. Keep reading!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Plea for help in Naples area

Woman needs help trapping and neutering feral cats

Hello All!
I hope this finds everyone well, And I would like to wish a health happy New Year to all you crazy animal lovers out there!
My name is Kim, I am an office manager at a local Veterinary Clinic her in Naples (Collier County). Hello All!
I hope this finds everyone well, And I would like to wish a health happy New Year to all you crazy animal lovers out there!
My name is Kim, I am an office manager at a local Veterinary Clinic her in Naples (Collier County). I am writing today to try and help a client of mine who is a little overwhelmed with (a bunch) of feral kitties. Like so many stories go last year she started feeding a few feral cats and the next thing you know she has 18(gasp!) Only 3 of which are neutered. I have contacted everyone I know to help her but no one can help.She has no problem continuing to feed this colony, she needs help trapping and neutering, She is an elderly lady and her funds are limited, even with the Collier Spay Neuter (CSN) feral cat program she really cant afford to neuter them. If we don't do something soon there will be 50 cats and then she wont be able to feed them!
Please forward or cross post to anyone you know who might be able to help.
Thanks in advance for all the good work you all do everyday to help this furry little creatures.
Kim Mardis

Lolita needs a home

My name is Lolita. Well, it looks like I almost had a home for Christmas. You see, I was a chained dog living in Miami when Dogs Deserve Better came out and rescued me. I got free from the chain but Animal Control picked me up and I was on death row in Miami. Well, DDB rescued me and they got me back to health, had me go through a great training and obedience class and well, the final touch was that I got a home. Yes! I was adopted in September of this year! I was so happy! But then, my owner had to work long hours and he got upset because I would pee on the floor and then I started to get bored and I chewed a pillow out of boredom. I didn't know what else to do with myself. Nine hours alone is a long time. I am well potty trained but 9 hours is too long for me to hold it! So, my owner said I had to go. I know he knows it was his fault but he said he thinks another dog will do better. I don't know why he thinks that. But just this week-end, he got another dog. A smaller dog. I have to go now. He says he wants me out of there by Christmas. Belen with dogs deserve better is trying to find me a forever home again. He even said, "she is such a good girl, but just not the right fit for me." What does that mean? I sure would love a home for Christmas. I almost had one. I'm not too big and I am a good girl. And darn it, I am potty trained, crate trained and am very polite. Wish he would have have given a better chance. Will you? If so, call Belen Brisco at 239-247-2080 or email at you!
Lolita is approximately 3 years old, is a Corgi mix, spayed and up to date on all shots. She gets along fine with other dogs but prefers calmer dogs and is great around older kids. Cats? Not her favorite. :)

Phoebe needs a home in Sarasota

I received this in email and am cross-posting on the blog in hopes of finding Phoebe a home. She is good with kids so pass this on to all your friends. She is also a senior who deserves a new home.

This is Phoebe, she needs a caring home. She’s 7 years old and full of life. She enjoys snuggling, walking, and playing outside.
Having to give up Phoebe is very difficult for us but our son has been suffering from a chronic cough and congestion due to a pet dander allergy that was discovered at All Children's Hospital. Therefore, we must find a new home for our Phoebe. She is a mix that we adopted from the SPCA 7 years ago when she was a puppy. She recently tore her ACL and she is recovering well from her surgery. She is already trusting the leg enough to walk on it. She gets along with large dogs and children but not cats. She is 7 years old and she is VERY loving! She is spayed, up to date on shots and she is currently 65lbs. We are not sure what breed she is. Her paperwork says Boxer/Lab but she also looks like she could have Pointer and American Bulldog in her.
I talked to a pet groomer and I was told that pet dander shampoos don't work as well as they should. She recommend I wash my dog once/twice a week with Johnson baby shampoo. Our son has been on singular for toddlers and it hasn't helped much. We have tried numerous avenues in order to keep her and it's too hard on my son's breathing.
We notice a huge difference when she's not around and it's better for the both of them. We hope she can have a quality life with someone who is willing to love her and take good care of her. She is an amazing dog and it's time for her to make someone else happy.
If you are interested in being her new owner or if you can foster her until we find her one, please call me, Heather, @ 941-360-3736 or email me at She has so much joy to bring to someone special!
This is a courtesy listing so please contact Heather directly.

Lola needa a home

Lola has been sitting behind a kennel since September at Collier County Domestic Animal Services in Naples FL.

Unfortunately her time is past due so we are hoping her forever "person" is still out there or maybe a rescue has a spot for her?

PLEASE CONTACT SUE WEATHERFORD if you can help save her.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Florida Panther births may rise in 2011

I was happy to read the following report on panther births this year. Maybe 2011 will see even more births. The problem is the vanishing habitat. I hope this report is not too optimistic and many more are born than are killed by cars.
Check it out here.

Manatees paddling to warmer water

I am not the only one who doesn't like this cold weather. The manatees are coming in from the cold Gulf of Mexico to warmer inlets. Check out this story from the Associated Press.

Police dog loses life

I was sad to hear about Sarge, a Jacksonville K-9, who was killed while helping track a suspect. Dogs have become so valuable in police departments and are trained for the job, but can die in an instant, just like a human officer. I find this very sad.
Check out the story here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Brownie is still searching

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a wonderful dog on this site, hoping someone would see her and fall in love. Well, that hasn't happened yet so I am going to try once again to gain some exposure for her in hopes her forever home is right around the corner.
Brownie has a plain name, but she is a gorgeous dog. She is a gold and brown brindle in coloring. She came to Satchel's Last Resort after being pulled from abysmal conditions in north Florida which included being tied to a tree and never having enough, if anything, to eat.
She was very scared and thin when she arrived and it took several visits with her before she began to trust us. Once the trust had been established, she became a changed dog. Her tail wags constantly and she gives kisses while she climbs in your lap. In some ways, I think she is trying to make up for all the affection she lacked at her previous house.
She loves to play, chase balls and splash in pools. She likes some male dogs, but would do well as the only dog.
If you would like to come out and meet Brownie, please contact Caroline at and ask about her. She has been through so much in her life and deserves a home of her own where is is cherished as a member of the family.

New fund for medically needy shelter animals

I received this through email today. Please read it and crosspost to everyone you know. This fund will benefit many animals.

So often individuals think about donating funds to help the animals with this rescue organization or that rescue organization that no one stops to think about those in the county shelters that may never have the luxury of being a member of a rescue organization or ultimately in a forever home... Help us go to the starting point of animals in need and that is to get them out of the shelters in the first place so that we can change the assumption that once they enter a shelter, they are automatically doomed to be put to sleep.
The sad reality of euthanization is that most animals with any type of medical needs are subconsciously labeled as 'lost causes' and that is a fact that could easily be addressed and changed! Please visit the Aide4Animals website and support our cause as we can only do this by working together. We ask that you cross post this plea far and wide because instituting this program at the ground level benefits everyone; not only the animals but the potential animal owners in addition to the rescue organizations that right now, or in the past, could not handle the expenditures of this medical need or that medical need thereby having to overlook the animal all together. By the incorporation of this Fund, heartworm positive animals and other special need animals will stand a chance. They deserve to be viewed as an equal to the dog next to them in their kennel run and now they can! Of course there will still always be the cross posts and financial sponsorship incentives from one individual to another to pull a specific animal in need HOWEVER no more final hour pleas for our facility based cross posters (like Veronica) to be up all night stressing about whether we can raise funds for this dog or that dog's required medical attention. The establishment of this Fund takes one negative aspect out of the equation and Orange County Animal Services, of late, has both been posting the heartworm sponsorship on an animal's kennel run AND on their internet profile once their heartworm status is known. Hopefully, more and more county facilities, will jump on board.
This email introduction is sent to hopefully start out 2011 with a bang and by asking those of you that have 2010 year end contributions that you need/have to utilize to PLEASE designate them to Aide4Animals. Those of you that received Christmas cash but don't really need anything right now; think of the animals sitting in the county shelters over the holidays; they are the ones in immediate need... SO PLEASE DONATE.
Each of you reading this are wished a Blessed and Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year from the newly formed 'Aide4Animals Team' of Janet Molloy, Rita Newton, Linda Rock and Veronica Weldon. Our New Year's resolution is to continue to work together in the upcoming year and we are asking each reader of this outreach transmission to please Help Us ~ Help Them through the use of this new form of contribution(s). All donations will be acknowledged by return receipt as each donation, no matter the size, is a TAX DEDUCTIBLE contribution to animal rescue. All funds received and utilized are set out for public view right on the website itself so all aspects of wonder as to the amount of money received, the amount of money available and the status of this animal or that animal's treatment are available to you at any time.
The Aide4Animals Team

Bighorn sheep find new home in Texas

I was happy to read this article about some bighorn sheep which are now calling Texas their home. They are trying to re-establish the sheep back to their range of territory. Let's keep our eye on this and see if this program is successful.
Check out the whole article here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Protection of wolves

Like the Bush administration, the Obama administration has pushed to end federal protections for wolves and turn control over the animals over to states.
Unfortunately, I think this is a wrong move on the present administration, especially with several Republican statesmen clamoring to end all protections for wolves in the states they are from.
It would be horrible for me to see the end come to these magnificent creatures but that could be on the agenda if we continue to fight about their protection.
Check out the story here.

1200 dogs euthanized in Kansas

To everyone who believes we have the whole puppy mill epidemic under control, please read this story. This kennel in Kansas apparently sold some puppies who had distemper to a pet store and when the news broke, he could not sell his diseased pups to anyone, his staff left because he had no money and the state had to step in and euthanize all the dogs for distempter. He had been cited several times by the folks who regulate kennels.
If this doesn't make you angry, I don't know what might.
Please check it out here.

Coyote rescued from Lake Michigan

With all the talk lately of coyotes in Cortez and Venice, I found this article from the Chicago Tribune about a coyote flound on a chunk of ice in Lake Michigan. They named her Holly and she had frostbite on the pads of her feet but was generally in good health.
Check out the story here. If they can survive in Chicago, they should have no problem in this area.

Can we bring this program to Florida?

In my daily cruising the internet for interesting stories, I came across this program in Colorado where veterinary students are helping the disabled and elderly care for their pets. What an awesome idea. If anyone can pass this along to the University of Florida Veterinary College, it is an idea worth pursuing.
Check it out and pass it on!

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha

A good morning to all our fans. Natasha here, coming to you from Satchel's Last Resort and reporting on all the happenings over the past few weeks.
First, let me tell you Boris has a little injury. I am not saying what happened, but he got a little abcess on his head and had to have a drain put in. Unfortunately, he can't run and play until the drain comes out and must settle for walks. Maybe he likes not having to play with me. Who knows? He will be fine as soon as the drain comes out and he heals up.
We have been busy out here with adoptions. Yep, you heard right, adoptions. Can you believe it? Lots of our dogs went home. Of course, we still have plenty who need homes so check out our website and get busy. I just hope they all turn out to be good homes and the forever will remain after their names.
We still have new dogs and some older guests who are looking for that perfect spot. Maybe they will find it this coming year. Last year seems to have been a bad year for rescued dogs. Something the humans call the economy was bad. (I hear them talking sometimes) So maybe that is better or getting better and some more animals will find homes and fewer animals will be abandoned.
It is very, very windy here today, but yesterday was a gorgeous day. We are very thankful we don't have that white stuff which is cold. The wind can cause it to be very chilly here but I tend to become pretty frisky in that weather and have plenty of padding to keep me warm. I heard it was going to get colder as the week goes on so I am prepared.
Well, it is almost time for my walk, so I am going to leave you with a partial list of dogs we have who really, really would like a home for the new year. Please check them out and if you find one you think will be perfect, contact us and ask: Elsa, Buckeye, Benson, Gunnar, Nikita, Birky, Brownie, Beck, Precious, Penny, Panda, Emmitt and the list continues.
Hope to see you soon. Take care and have a wonderful New Year holiday but be safe. We will all be safe here. Until next time, when Boris will be checking in,
The better half of the Turbos

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just one dog

Last year, I featured a U Tube video about a cocker rescue who pulled a pit bull named Stanley. I saw it was being featured again by some of my friends, so I am going to post it again this year. Then, after you watch the first one, please view the 2nd one, which shows how Stanley is doing now. The cocker rescue is now working with a Pit Bull rescue in Canada, to do even more, one dog at a time. Please enjoy the videos and know we can all do just one thing.

60 Yorkies available today for adoption

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the 60 Yorkies I wrote about in November which were seized in a cruelty case, are now available for adoption.
Please see the article here and contact Marion County if you would like to adopt one of them.

Manatee County Animal Services new website

Let everyone know about the new Manatee County Animal Services web site.
It is dynamite. Congrats to the people who put this together.
Let's all share this info - - so residents will know. People can also see lost & found pets on line, and animals for adoption.

Leather and Lace Mounted Drill team fundraiser

Date: January 16, 2011
Time: Setup Begins at 7am
Fundraising Starts at 8am
Location: Sarasota Farm Bureau Pavillion
7289 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34240

Leather and Lace Mounted Drill Team is hosting a fundraiser on January 16, 2011 at 8am. Admission will be free and we will have vendors, silent auctions, concessions, pony rides, and garage sale items.
We still have openings for vendors if you are interested in joining us. We are asking for a $20 donation for you to set up your own booth, of which you get to keep all of your profits. We welcome all kinds of hobbies, crafts, and businesses. Even if you just have a garage full of stuff you need to sell, come on out and set up a booth to get rid of it all!
We are also welcoming any rescues that would like to set up a booth and bring along some adoptable animals for exposure. We are waiving the $20 fee for any non-profit rescues.
Maybe if you don't want to set up a booth, or don't have time for all that, but would like some recognition for your company, we could use your item for our silent auction and promote your business.
Thank you for your interest and all of your help. Hopefully we can help you out too!
For more information or if you are interested in donating an item, please contact Mercedes at

Great message!

This photo was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook and I had to share. I like this country club.

Craigslist diatribe, author unknown

This is long and graphic but very true. Animal rescue is not all hearts and flowers.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, all you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. The puppy you just bought most likely will end up in my shelter when it is not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know, there is a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it's dumped at. Purebred or not. About 25 % of all the dogs that are owner surrenders or strays that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets? Or they say, "The dog got bigger than we thought it would." How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her." Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs. "She's tearing up our yard." How about making her part of your family? They always tell me, "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her, we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog."
Odds are, your pet won't get adopted and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you: your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of his pen with a high powered hose. If your dog is big, black, or any of the "bully" breeds, (pit bull, mastiff, rottie etc.) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how sweet or well-behaved they are.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its' 72 hours and the shelter if full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution but not for long. Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed.

I am leaving out the graphic euthanasia description, not because I think adults cannot handle it, but I don't think kids should have to.

When it all ends your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?
I hope those of you who still have a beating heart are reading this and bawling your eyes out anc can't get the pictures out of your head. I deal with this every day. I hate my job. I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat) and breeders are the ones blamed for this.
Between 5 and 7 million animals dies every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I changed one person's mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog.

Once again, this was on craigslist list and the gist is very true. We destroy many more animals than can be adopted. Please think about what you are doing before you take your animal in. Please opt to adopt instead of buying. Please put all the shelters out of business by having your animals spayed and neutered.

Merry Christmas to all

So far, Buzz has had an excellent Christmas morning. He got a couple of stuffed toys and a new Nylabone. He is easily pleased.
He also has a warm bed and plenty to eat. Two short years ago, he was dumped at the Humane Society right before Christmas and looked to be a sad excuse for a dog. He has blossomed into one of the best dogs I have ever had the pleasure of having and I am grateful he was brought in to the shelter before he suffered any more than he had.
There are still many, many thousands of pets in shelters and rescues across this country. Many will never have a Christmas like Buzz. Many will not make it out of the shelter alive.
Two days ago, I had to run up to the store to get a couple of things and when I came out, there was a flyer on my truck. I have no idea who put it there and it was not on anyone else's vehicle in the parking lot, so I imagine the Petfinder stickers and dog collars on my mirror were clues to who was driving.
This flyer was something originally posted on Craigslist. I have no idea who the author is and the message is a little brutal especially for Christmas morning. It has a ring of truth to it, but most don't want to hear it.
I am posting it on the next post, so you can bypass it if you like. It will make you sad or some will cry, but as the flyer says, if one person can be changed, then one more animal can be saved.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday. Please hug your pets and visit your local shelter or rescue group and opt to adopt this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Missouri shelter closing. Help needed placing 50 dogs.

This rescue LOVE A DOG in Farmington MO is shutting down when she can get her dogs placed. I am helping Anna place them. Please be patient with us on this. Transport will have to be arranged but Anna is not used to doing that. She admits to not being computer savy so patience is needed. I will do what I can for her but she has all the info on the dogs. Each dogs has been altered, vetted, hw tested, and health certs can be obtained. The vetting cost on each dog will be $65 plus the health certificate charge from the vet. If you are interested in any of these dogs please contact Anna at She can give you her phone number. Anna has over 50 dogs in her care. She can't get any help at her place and all the work is taking a toll on her. IF you can take a dog or two please let her know. You must be a NO KILL rescue. A few of the dogs are below.
Marci only weighs 20 lbs, Border Collie mix, Totally vetted and potty trained 1.5 yrs old. Marci is a owner give up, only had her 3 months, she is a sweet girl and gives lots of kisses. Loves every one, has lots of energy.
Miss Holly the Pug was dumped in the woods, is a very sweet girl, gives lots of kisses, loves to cuddle, uses pads in the house, is overweight, she was so starved from being in the woods, that she eats to much. good with dogs, kids.

Hershey was dumped on the side of the road and brought to LAD. She is 6 months and totally vetted, doggy door train, Boxer/terrier mix, very sweet and affectionate, likes other dogs, do not know about cats. Should be fine with kids.

Morgan was found on the side of a highway and brought to LAD. He is 1.5 yrs. Is a Border Collie mix, has lots of energy, is sweet and affectionate. Really needs a fenced in backyard. Doggy door trained and fully vetted. Will make a nice family dog. Is nervous around men.

Andy came from Springfield Heart stix facillity. He is Sheperd/Lab. He is the most laid back dogs I have seen in awhile. He gives kisses, loves to be touched, jumps up but is learning to stay down, will be a very large dog. Gets aloong well with all dogs, good with kids, do not know about cats.

Sarasota Animal Services needs to find this girl a home

Brownie has been at Sarasota Animal Services 8 months.
She is the sweetest girl.
She is a chocolate lab mix, about 3.
She is a great girl, and DESERVES all local rescuers fighting for her freedom.
Staff and volunteers love this girl. She is like a greyhound, she is a leaner. She will try to sit on your lap. Never wants to leave you!
She prefers to be the only dog. We have had her at Petsmart for months, and she is fine standing close to other dogs, but doesn't like it when dogs come in her personal space or try to play. She likes her human companions best.Please spread this around.
Please call 941-861-9523 to inquire about adopting her.

Tiny, 90 pound Dogo, needs help and a home

This beautiful boy is about 18 months old and a big lover boy weighing in at about 90 lbs. He appeared at a stranger's doorstop at about 4a.m. when she arrived home from work. He was just sitting there waiting for someone to let him inside. Fortunately, he picked the right house as she brought him to the vet first thing the following morning where he was checked out. Unfortunately, he does have heartworm :(
She called me to see what I could do to help and of course I will do everything I can to help but I need help with the vet costs and a foster while he is going through the treatment. If anyone can help chip in for the vet bills and/or boarding, that will be super. I just can't do it alone. The longer he stays in the vets, the more the costs, so if anyone has been looking for a Dogo to foster......Tiny is the man! He loves people and appears to like other dogs too even little ones. Call Kathy 305 401 4693 if you want to meet Tiny, foster Tiny or just help out with the HW treatment or boarding.

Chocolate Lab needs home in West Palm Beach

Jack is a 7 year old, neutered male, chocolate Labrador Retriever. He is a wonderful dog, LOVES to play fetch, can do tricks, and is housebroken too! His adoption fee is only $58 this month! Why shop, when you can adopt! Please reference animal ID#1150317.
*He has a small growth on his left eyelid that needs to be removed however, Dr. Durkee with West Palm Animal Clinic has offered to the surgery for free.

Elizabeth Harfmann
Animal Care Coordinator
Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control
7100 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411 P: (561) 233-1222F: (561) 233-1234

Another cruelty case

Then we have this woman who locked 6 cats in a closet and only one survived. What are these people thinking? Are they thinking? Why would someone do this? Why wouldn't they take them to their local human society or animal control office. This story is simply heartbreaking.

Animal cruelty during the holiday season

You would think people would have the common sense to know they could not leave dogs kenneled for 48 hours with no food and water. I guess they know now.
You can read the story here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas for the animals

This is not a good year for a lot of people. Money is tight if there is any money at all. It can be very hard for animal rescues during this time of year because there are so many other things to be concerned with.
If you have a spot in your heart for the homeless dogs and cats, please do not forget them this holiday season. Pick up some dog or cat food when you are at the store and donate it to your local rescue.
Visit their websites and donate $5.00 or better still, visit a local rescue and find the perfect companion for this holiday season. There are many, many dogs and cats sitting in shelters simply waiting on a new home. Make their dreams come true, opt to adopt.

Help our troops care for their feral cat colony

Please pass this along Let's show some Christmas Cheer with our troops
A friend of mine sends boxes to soldiers through a site called On that site they list soldiers requesting certain items they have a hard time finding stationed where they are, and the requests are usually simple requests for socks, candy, toothpaste, etc. There is a standard military sized box you can pick up or order for free through the post office website or in person at your local post office and send a box to one of the soldier groups for a flat rate of about $12.50 or so. You will need to fill out a customs form also when you mail the box and there are some items you can't mail (please look at the website for more information on what to send to humans).
There is a group of soldiers asking for cat related items, food and toys, for a feral colony they have adopted on their base. They have spayed and neutered their colony and are caring for these cats in a war zone. Please send them a card or support (regular postage rate of 44 cents) or a box if you can afford it. They probably wouldn't mind some snacks for themselves, too, but they only requested stuff to help the animals.
Here is the information to send a card or a box:
SSG. Shannon Burkill
Attn: Any Soldier HHC 3-126 AVN ATF-KU
APO AE 09330
A holiday card or just a letter of support would be nice, too. They care about the animals, let's let them know we care about them! For more information on the program, go to the website. There are K-9 units stationed overseas as well and also soldiers who adopt stray dogs in war zones.

Long timers in Lee County desperately need homes

We currently have 17 dogs at Lee County Domestic Animal Services that we have placed on our Long Timers List. This means they have been at the shelter the longest and, of course, would benefit from a new home as soon as possible. Although we love them, a shelter is not a real home and we really need to place them in permanent homes. If you are able to adopt at this time, please check them out. Above all, please forward this to your friends and family. The more people that see them, the better their chances are. Don’t forget to post a note on your Facebook page if you have one. To see photos of these wonderful dogs go to Animal Services’ website, Just click on “View Pets Currently Available for Adoption” in the first column. Follow the prompts and view all of the dogs. Click on the “Name” column and all the dogs will be listed alphabetically by name. There is also adoption information online. Queen – ID A466048, female, German Shepherd mix, 5 years old. Has been at the shelter since 8/30.
Brenda – ID A483678, female, Pit Bull mix, 1 year old. Has been at the shelter since 9/3.
Hank – ID A483736, male Pit Bull mix, 1 year old. Has been at the shelter since 9/5.
Roscoe – ID A484754, male, Pit Bull mix, 2 years old. Has been at the shelter since 9/20.
Skippy – ID A479944, male, Doberman mix, 1 ½ years old. Has been at the shelter since 9/22.
Lucky – ID A486472, male, hound mix, 2 to 5 years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/9.
Bandit – ID A486552, male, hound mix, 2 to 5 years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/11
Missy – ID A449123, female, Pit Bull mix, 3 years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/12.
Darwin – ID A486951, male, Lab mix, 6 months to 2 years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/14.
Ted – ID A487178, male, hound mix, 1 ½ years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/15.
Annie – ID A487795, female, hound/Lab mix, 7 years old. Has been at the shelter since 10/22.
Cody - ID A488584, male, hound/Pit Bull mix, 5 months old. Has been at the shelter since 11/1.
Lady – ID A488720, female, hound mix, 8 months old. Has been at the shelter since 11/2.
Ruby – ID A486481, female, hound mix, 6 months to 2 years old. Has been at the shelter since 11/2.
Lucky Girl – ID A 489929, female hound mix, 2 years old. Has been at the shelter since 11/16.
Sadie – ID A403949, female hound mix, 2 years old. Has been at the shelter since 11/19.
Rufus – ID A471615, male, hound mix, 2 to 5 years old. Has been at the shelter since 11/24. He has been trained through the Cell Dogs Program so Rufus knows his stuff. He’s just missing a great owner.
Thank you!

Friday, December 17, 2010

You will never convince me he is a changed man

Michael Vick doesn't deserve to own another dog. This is the feeling of many people in the country. On the other side, there are many who feel he paid his debt to society and when his sentence is up, he should be allowed to have one. Many people will not see what he is doing. He is simply talking right now. He knows he cannot have a dog for 1.5 years due to the court order. So if he talks about it now to get us used to the idea, when the court order expires, he is hoping no one says anything. I may be a party of one, but I will say something now and if he ever is allowed to own another dog.
First he says he wants one, then he says he wants his kids to have one and he misses having one around. Has he explained to his children why Daddy is not allowed to own a dog right now? Has he done anything to educate his kids. He says he is a changed man and was simply a product of his environment. If that is not a load of crap, I don't know what is.
Michael Vick is a football player. He does that well. He is also someone who glorified dogfighting, on top of torturing and killing or allowing this to happen on his property. All the other stuff he has done since leaving prison is just that, stuff. He can talk to youth groups, church groups, etc. and if he convinces one person not to participate in dog fighting, great. The part that bothers me is he was ordered by the court to do this. So what is he going to do, not speak? Then he would go back to jail for contempt and his football career would be down the drain again.
There is a saying that has been around for a long time. "Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me."
I hope it never gets to the point where it is "shame on me" for not speaking up and telling others to speak up and keep Michael Vick in the spotlight. He doesn't deserve the wagging tail and kisses we animal lovers speak of. He made his bed. Now he must lie in it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pets with Santa pictures on Saturday

SDA will be having "Santa" at Petsmart Saturday 12/18 from 11-4.
For every picture taken, SDA gets a small amount.So if you're out with "Fluffy", get a picture and help the SDA Sanctuary animals!
We thank you for supporting SDA,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Special girl needs special home

Every once in a while, a rescue dog steals your heart. (actually, it happens pretty often)
Brownie is one of those dogs who stole my heart from the minute she came to Satchel's Last Resort.
We see so many rescued dogs who have such sad stories you simply cannot absorb the cruelty a human can inflict on a living, breathing animal. In a way, you become numb so the cruelty does not cause you to judge all humans by the actions of one.
Brownie came from horrific conditions in north Florida along with another dog named Diamond. Diamond did not make it through her heartworm treatment and we mourned her death but Brownie was not heartworm positive and she has thrived under Satchel's care.
She was tied to a tree with little to no interaction with humans, almost starved and she has blossomed into a beautiful girl.
She still has problems with loud noises but is overcoming her fear of strangers and when she knows you, she will crawl up in your lap to get kisses and hugs. Although she does play with some dogs, she would do well in a one dog family and she deserves that. She needs her new humans to help her with her shyness and build her confidence.
If you are looking for a dog who would make you their whole life but has a bit of playfulness (check out her wink in the photo), please contact Caroline at comments@satchelslastresort and ask about Brownie. She needs a second chance in a real home. Could you be the family who could give it to her?

Room with a view by Boris and Natasha

Hi everyone. Is it cold enough for you? I like this colder weather and I always have Natasha to snuggle up with. She has plenty of padding to help keep both of us warm and toasty.
Everyone here is doing well. Well, I guess that is relative to where we are. Those of us who call Satchel's their permanent home do not have the look of puzzlement in their eyes many of our newcomers have. You know the one, the glazed, where am I at and what happened to my family look?
We have plenty of newcomers who we are still getting to know. I know they could all use a special home. They may not be cut out for shelter life and would much prefer a family under their Christmas tree. I keep telling them it is going to happen. Sometimes just when you think your wishes won't come true, ta da, a family calls and wants to meet you.
The younger dogs are the ones who truly seem lost without a family, so if you are looking, please consider meeting one of them.
We have been extremely lucky this year. We have lots of blankets and stuff to keep us comfortable during this little cold snap. Of course, we love to run around and frolic in the cold weather. It is much more pleasant than the heat in the summer. We do have fur coats, you know. Some of us are a little more hairy than others. I have a wonderful short coat but several of our guests are so hairy, it would be hard to find actual skin through the hair. They won't have a problem staying warm. Sometimes I think the humans have a more difficult time with the weather than we canines do.
Well, it is getting closer and closer to the day Santa comes. I know who Santa is. He brings homes for all the good dogs. If you run into him before Christmas, tell him we have lots of dogs to find homes for. If anyone can do it, he can.
Until then, kiss your pets and let them know how special they are. If you have even more love and room for another one, please contact us at comments@satchelslastresort and check on who is available. You can make their dreams come true.
The thinner half of the Turbos

Friday, December 10, 2010

Puppies and internet scams

I always advise opt to adopt. Always. I am in no way promoting the adoption of any puppy mill puppies or pet store puppies. I don't fall for craigslist ads and I always try to tell people what to watch out for.
There is right now and apparently has been for several years, a scam going on from several African countries and Spain. The scammer wants you to send the cost of shipping the English Bulldog, Yorkie or simply insert the breed since he is a man/woman of God doing mission work who simply does not have time for his pet. He will send it at no cost or low cost but you must pay the shipping. Several people I read about had fallen for this scam so I thought I would post something just to say be careful.
I cannot give people common sense. I wish I could. The old saying "there is no free ride" also hold true about AKC registered dogs. If someone offers you, through the internet, a deal simply too good to be true, it probably is a scam. Don't fall for it.
If you want an English Bulldog, check out the rescues for an English Bulldog. If that Yorkie needs a home, chances are there is a rescue group in your area which has one. There are so many animals, purebred and otherwise who would love a good home and won't cost you thousands of dollars. Please visit your local rescue and don't fall for these scams which are running wild through the world wide web.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Vick MVP? Are you kidding me?

Check out this link and then let this reporter know he has it all wrong. Michael Vick was a despicable human when he went to jail. He served his time for what he was sentenced for. He is in no way, shape or form a most valuable player and if society actually, truly believes this, society is in bad shape.
Many of those who actually vote in this are the same people who had no idea why anyone would get upset at Vick for the crimes he actually committed.
This simply furthers my resolve to not support the NFL in any way. I do not watch any games on television or buy any NFL logo products. If someone asks me why, I tell them.
As long as we in society continue to support businesses, and never doubt the NFL is a business, who support at astronomical salaries, players who are felons like Michael Vick, this trend will continue. That makes me very sad.

Holiday spirit

Christmas is two weeks from Saturday and I don't have my tree up yet. I have not stuffed Buzz's stocking. I keep thinking I have plenty of time and then another day passes and it is not done.
Holidays for rescue workers seem to the one of the busiest times of the year. This is not due to so many animals finding homes, but quite the opposite.
Many people choose this time of year to get rid of their pets. What should be one of the most joyous times of year, proves to be one of the most sad.
When confronted with an owner whose Christmas puppy last year now weighs 130 pounds, it is sometimes hard not to open your mouth and chastise the owners who now want something smaller.
When an owner brings in a full grown cat because they decided they wanted cute little kittens instead, your blood pressure rises.
It is at times like this you must bite your tongue until it is bloody, smile and call upon your Christmas spirit to help you make it through.
So you tell yourself the animal is better off with you, not the irresponsible person dumping them off.
The truth is, the animal is better off in a home. I will say again to all the naysayers who believe animal rescue people who disdain puppy mills, stores where they sell live animals and believe we simply don't want them to have a puppy or a kitten I say, put us out of business. Adopt a shelter animal instead. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
It hasn't happened yet nor will it probably happen in my lifetime. It could, but it won't.
Please opt to adopt this holiday season. Keep the spirit of Christmas alive for some abandoned animal who will spend Christmas without a family unless you help.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Then there is this story

This story illustrates why leash laws are important and why people become so frustrated with them. This dog was being walked when a smaller dog ran out of his house and attacked the bigger husky mix. The small dog was killed. The owner sued and the larger dog is being held, at the owner's expense, while it is being decided what will happen.
I have owned large dogs all my life. For some reason, many people with smaller dogs believe they must not follow the same rules as large dog owners. I have had small dogs bite and attack my large dogs numerous times on walks all while their owners were screaming at them to come. I have had dogs rush my dogs and snap at me. Of course, I am always in the wrong because their dogs wouldn't hurt a fly and I have big dogs. I am lucky in no animal has ever died because of one of my dogs.
So maybe the governor will pardon this dog. It is worth a shot. I just think it is sad so many people think the laws do not apply to them or their pets.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Following the leash laws

I find it interesting how some people in my neighborhood only follow the leash law when it is convenient for them to do so but will actually confront others who have their dog off lead.
I have a neighbor who has a couple of dogs. When they are outside or walking down our street, their dogs act like hooligans, racing through neighbor's yards, rushing up to you as you are getting our of your car, using the bathroom in other yards and general creating havoc. Nothing we have said to this particular neighbor has any inpact on his habits.
When he walks his dogs off our street, they are leashed, which is a good thing.
My temporary house guest went to take Buzz for a walk several days ago while I was at work. While she was walking Buzz past the park, they came by a man who had his Doberman off leash. At the same time, my neighbor had his dogs walking by. He began yelling at the Doberman's owner about leash laws etc.
This particular neighbor is frightened of larger dogs, which may have been why he reacted so strongly to the Doberman's owner, but I find it interesting he would yell at someone else, for doing what he does every single day on our street.
Buzz, of course, just kept walking and sniffing, very unconcerned about what anyone else was doing.
So, this is a gentle reminder: We have leash laws in Sarasota County. Please follow them.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chihuahuas need homes for Christmas

Just in case you didn't see this story last weekend, Lake County Animal Services seized 61 chihuahuas from a couple who had "found" all these dogs and the puppies and pregnant females had "accidently" been breeding. Yeah, right. We believe them. The important thing is all the dogs were seized and now reside at Animal Services waiting on a home.
Check out the blog item here and if you are looking for a small, needy dog for Christmas, or for anytime, contact them.
These dogs need a better life than the one they were living in the puppy mill.

Free spay/neuter of pit bulls and mixes

Check out this article in today's paper about have your pit bull or pit mix spayed/neutered at no cost and please call and make an appointment. The article brings to light just how prevalent the problem is in Sarasota and Manatee counties and how by spaying and neutering we can begin to get the problem of overpopulation under control.
It is an article well worth reading.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Beautiful, young Catahoula hound mix for adoption

This is about Tyson, a dog at the Lake County Animal Services. Although a sweet dog, this shelter has very limited funds and space, and they are unable to hold Tyson for much longer. Tyson is in danger of being euthanized; as are all county shelter dogs. Please help him if you can.
Tyson is a very beautiful Catahula mix that is only one year old. He is so sweetand still a pup! Please come and give him the second chance that he so deserves. This is a time sensitive matter so please hurry! He can be seen in cage #47b at the Lake County Animal Services in Tavares. Call or come in soon because it's a first come first serve basis. Cash, Visa or Mastercard. No holds. (352)-343-9688 Hrs Mon thru Fri 10am to 6 pm Sat 10am to 4pmIf you are unable to help, it would be great if you could forward this email to someone else.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Katie wants her own home for Christmas

Please contact Carolyn (foster mom.) Thank you. Carolyn Herman at 239-340-1322
Katie is located in Fort Myers, Florida
She is a 5-6 year old spayed Border Collie mix. She is: House broken and has NEVER had an accident or chewed up anything
LOVES people and is excellent with children. This girl is VERY SWEET.
VERY agile, smart and playful and loves to talk to you!
Needs to be in a home with no cats or other small fuzzy critters or other female dogs. She does just fine with male dogs. Please contact her foster Mom Carolyn Herman at 239-340-1322 if you have any questions or would like to meet Katie

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Labrador available for adoption

Bode is a beautiful, tall, black 3 year old male located in Jupiter that has had very little interest and he doesn't understand why.
He is young child tested, currently living with a 5 year old and a 3 year old and he is great with them; he was fine at the dog park and around other dogs.
He may be best as an only dog but could work if there was a dog who wasn’t shy or fearful. He lived with foster's two dogs for a month without any issues but they were assertive alpha types.
He is very smart, knows sit and down on command but needs to be walked with a gentle leader or have someone who is dog savvy and knows how to teach a dog to heel on a leash.
Ideal situation would be a family with a fenced in yard, no cats, and maybe a work from home or stay at home parent.
Wouldn't it be great to give Bode the home he so deserves this holiday season? If you are interested in Bode, please contact LRROF.
Lab Rescue is proud to offer special programs to our valued seniors, ages 60 and older. We're currently offering two special programs aimed at our Florida senior community. For more information, email or mention the program in the comments section of the online application.
LRROF Senior for Seniors Program offers adopters over the age of 60 (only one adopter needs to be over 60, a spouse or partner can be 60 or younger) to receive a 50% discounted adoption rate when they adopt a dog ages 8 and older. As part of this program, adopters will also receive a startup kit (bowl, heartworm flea/tick preventative, toy).
Purina Seniors Program, sponsored by the folks at Purina, will offer a $50 discount on the adoption fee of any adopted animal from LRROF for those aged 60 and older (only one adopter needs to be over 60, a spouse or partner can be 60 or younger). Only 5 of these promotions are available, on a first come, first served basis. Adopter may choose to donate the $50 back to Lab Rescue at their choice.

Free vaccination and health clinic

For those who may be experiencing financial hardship, mark your calendars for December 11th.
A group of veterinarians who have witnessed the recession force pet owners to neglect their animals will offer a free vaccination and health clinic on December 11th.
The Clark Road Animal Clinic, at 5728 Clark Road, will volunteer its services from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11 for owners of cats and dogs who can prove financial hardship.
Pet owners must apply by Dec. 8 and obtain a referral letter from a social worker, clergy member or any other person familiar with the level of financial need, said veterinarian Thom Smith.