Monday, January 30, 2012

They all have a story to tell



When you walk down the isles of any rescue, the faces which look back at you are hopeful. You see, these dogs and cats who are looking at you from behind caged walls all have a story to tell.

You probably didn't see them on the news. They were probably not part of a huge cruelty case. They weren't born in a puppy mill and no one wrote their life story.

Whenever a news story breaks on an animal confiscation, for whatever reason, it seems people are lining up at the doors to adopt these animals. Poor, poor animals. The stories are broadcast all over the area and are sometimes picked up on the national news wires and then everyone in the country is calling to adopt these famous animals.

In the meantime, hundreds of animals sit in cages, day after day, waiting for someone to care about their story and they all have a story. Sometimes we don't know what their story is, but homeless should just about cover it. They come in as strays and then their story is in their condition. How skinny are they? Were they microchipped? Where were they picked up at? The only thing which changes are the animals. We can observe them for several days to see what their temperament is and if they like other dogs and cats. We can only observe them and then note what we have observed. We have no history until they came through our doors.

Then there are the owner surrenders. I won't go in to the reasons because to me, they are all excuses. When this happens we do have some history and their story. It is the reason I am so attracted to senior pets. In my mind, these seniors have given over half of their life to a human, who in most cases, turned around and dumped the animal in a rescue because they didn't want to deal with it any longer.

Satchel's Last Resort has the luxury of being a sanctuary. By being a sanctuary, a dog or cat who comes to us will not be euthanized. As a sanctuary, if we need extra time to find an animal a home, we can take it. Unfortunately, the stories on some of our animals never gets heard. People know they can continue to live with us and are in no danger of being euthanized.

This is so sad, especially for our seniors. So let me tell you some stories.

Molly came to us because of the economy. She is around 8 years old and is as sweet as sugar. All she wants is love. She doesn't know where her family went or why she is in a cage. She is crate trained and housebroken.


Meet Zorro. He is a perfect dog. His Dad had a stroke and cannot care for him any longer. He loves us but has a confused look on his face. He is a beautiful, brindle plot hound mix who is about 8 years old. He is crate trained and housebroken and all he knows is his life as he has always known it doesn't exist any longer.


So you need some little guys? What about these two little bonded chihuahuas? Ashton and Clark were dumped out at guess where? Ashton and Clark Road where a volunteer saw them and helped rescue them. Ashton is 9-10 years old and Clark is 11. They are tiny and scared. They are cat friendly and must be adopted together because they are so bonded. They would do well in a calm and quiet household but children and hectic would be too extreme for them in their senior years.

Need a medium-sized dog? Meet Rosco, a Beagle/Rottweiler mix. The only thing which looks rottweiler on this dog is his color. He is 11 and doesn't do well with children so would do best in an adult only home. He played with others when he was young but hasn't been socialized and takes a while to warm up with dogs and cats. He is protective of his humans and although he is 11, doesn't show any signs of slowing down. He loves to walk or snuggle, whichever you prefer and is used to being alone in the house all day by himself.

So you see, stories abound in shelters. You just have to ask. If any of these stories touched you or you know of anyone who might be interested in taking one of these fabulous dogs home, even though they never made headlines, please contact Satchel's Last Resort at comments@satchelslastresort.com or call 941-924-5070.

Beautiful, young Yellow Labrador needs foster, rescue, or home today,Miami, FL

Please help this poor dog...Someone dropped him off on Bird Road and 83rd ave behind the bank..He hangs around the houses on that first block...He is so sweet ..when I walk my dogs he runs over to say hello everyday..but he is in danger of going to animal control Monday or tues...the owner of one of the homes there called Animal control...They took him down there once but there was an outbreak of distemper(??) and they refused him..so he is living on borrowed time. He has long beautiful black fur . Is there a foster home available for him?? I have 4 dogs already, and 5 cats....Is there anything anyone can do or tell me what I can do or where I can take him...? The owner of the house where he is at tells me he jumps in their car all of the time ..he was definately someones dog at one time...Thanks for anything you can do...

This dog was surrendered by his owner and he is the sweetest animal ive met. loves everybody, cats other dogs ,people kiids. The sweetest of the sweetest about 18 months old. He is great with dogs and cats and weighs 60 lbs.

Call Mirta Maltes 305 484-1349

Miami-Dade animal shelter resumes normal operations

After a distemper outbreak, which caused the deaths of 51 dogs, Miami/Dade Animal Services is open again. So if you are thinking about a new pet and you live in the Miami area, please visit your Animal Services.
Check out the story here.

Thin, abused ponies abandoned at Miami-Dade ranch

Miami and Dade County are always in the news when you do a search for animal stories and although there are many good stories coming out of the Miami area, it seems the bad outnumber the good.
This is the 2nd time in a week the SPCA has been called to help horses. There are huge tracts of undeveloped land on the outskirts of Miami. These tracts sometimes contain run down trailers and shoddy barbed wire where people can hide livestock, especially if it is stolen and is going to be slaughtered.
Luckily, these horses were saved. Check out the story here.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Special needs dogs/bad skin goldenX and MOM/PUPPIES NEED URGENT RESCUE, Jacksonville, FL

Ralph is away, please contact Tabatha Boyett Tabitha.Boyett@co.clay.fl.us

Wendy Schugar schugarw@aol.com wants to rescue needs transport from JAX TO WEST PALM

said chow on cage looks more like goldenx

UNTIL THERE ARE NONE RESCUE ONE!

Deaf GSD in Miami desperate


FOR ALL QUESTIONS & INQUIRES PLEASE CONTACT LEE AT lmorrison@theflyer.com (theflyer.com) OR 305 479 9274
...
Bruno gets along with female dogs, but probably not good to live with males. Even though he lost his hearing, he still is a great watchdog: he feels movement and hears some sound via bones in his ears. (Just try opening the refrigerator if he’s awake!).
He is nine years old and as sweet & loveable as ever.


EMAIL UPDATE RECEIVED 1/27/12: A MONTH AGO WE RECEIVED THE SAD NEWS THAT BRUNO WAS LOSING HIS FOREVER HOME....AGAIN.

THERE WAS A SENIOR GENTLEMAN WHO STEPPED UP TO ADOPT BRUNO. HE LOVES BRUNO BUT HE IS TOO FRAIL TO WALK HIM AND HE REALLY NEEDS A SMALLER DOG WHO CAN TAKE WALKS WITH HIM. IT JUST WASN'T A MATCH AND BRUNO CAN'T STAY THERE ANYMORE. PLEASE KEEP POSTING FOR BRUNO, WE NEED TO MOVE HIM RIGHT AWAY. HE IS A WONDERFUL DOG , JUST TOO MUCH DOG FOR AN 81 YO MAN.

12-12-11: FOUR DAYS ONLY AND COUNTING! MUST BE OUT BY THIS WEEKEND!

Poor Bruno has had such a hard life. He was rescued from death row in Miami Dade Animal Services 6 years ago and adopted to a family who checked out perfectly in every way imaginable. We were so excited he’d found his forever home. Instead they starved and neglected Bruno so horribly that he was skin & bones, bleeding from head to foot (he had to be shaved naked to treat his skin wounds) with ear infections so severe his ear canals had to be surgically removed or he’d die from the infection reaching his brain. Bruno thankfully lived, recovered beautifully, but because of their abuse is deaf as a result.

Bruno stayed with his original rescuer for two years more living in her tiny bathroom or/outside because that is all she could provide. He finally found what we again thought was his forever home three years ago with a semi-retired couple who adored him. We were absolutely shocked when they called a month ago to tell us they made the decision to sell their house and were moving in 2-4 months and couldn't take Bruno with them.

Last night they informed us Bruno must be out this weekend! We are sick for poor Bruno and have nowhere for him to go. He is nine years old and as sweet & loveable as ever. He follows his human everywhere – not realizing his loyalty is sadly NOT returned. Bruno gets along with female dogs, but probably not good to live with males. Even though he lost his hearing , he still is a great watchdog: he feels movement and hears some sound via bones in his ears. (Just try opening the refrigerator if he’s awake!) We just can't wrap our heads around the fact that this couple who committed to this beautiful boy and sent nothing but wonderful updates for the past three years, can just put him out to pasture. Where do they think he will go? Their parting words to us about Bruno: " thanks for letting us be part of Bruno's life. Wish things were different and we could keep him".

It doesn't have to be this way. Please don't let Bruno's life end at 9 years old ,after so few years of happiness, in a kill shelter. He needs to go to a stable, responsible , committed home where he will spend his golden years with a loving REAL forever family. Call and or email LeeAnn 305 479 9274 OR lmorrison@theflyer.com

"Bart" a gorgeous grey pit now running on last limb, Orlando, FL

Animal ID: A223483 Room No.: WD21

Hi, the Shelter named me Bart.

I am an approximately 1 year old gray and white male Pit Bull.

I am friendly and I have not been tested for heartworms.

I have been at Orange County Animal Services since Thursday, January 12, 2012.

Montgomery County, Tennessee on track to reduce euthanasias

Knowing that many animal control agencies in the south have very high euthanasia rates makes animal rescuers' job that much harder. Day in and day out we share pictures and descriptions of homeless pets who need to be rescued.
I am always happy to read stories where an animal control agency located in the deep south has hired a new director who is intent on reduce the euthanasia rate in their shelter. It means there are even more up and coming animal people who value the animals much like the rescuers do.
Montgomery County, Tennessee has a new director. With a 95% euthanasia rate, she is determined to reduce the euthanasia figures for her shelter. She began by changing the hours so the shelter is more accessible to the public. If a shelter keeps banker's hours, when are the bankers supposed to adopt the animals? This makes perfect sense to me.
She is also talking about education the public on spay/neuter and caring for the animals. She sounds progressive and forward thinking when working in a community where the majority of people do not see the value in spay/neuter is the norm. Kudos to her and her staff for putting the animals first, which is what rescue is all about.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bonded dogs in Miami need a home together

Can you believe these two on the streets for years the neighbors say.Susy on the left , Pancho on the right (red collar)Husband and wife. The two dogs are forever bonded, They truly love each other, they kiss, rub noses, rub heads and cuddle together all the time. Neighbors where they were found said they have been on the street for a long time always together and managed to survive from handouts. They are about three years old and super friendly. They look like some kind of Aussie/shep mix. We took them off the street, but need a foster home asap. They are living in a vet office kennel. Please call Kathy if you can help. 305 401 4693--
Kathy
My Animals Rock, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
www.myanimalsrock.orgklcremer@aol.com 305 401 4693
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=FL879

Shelter Animals May be Put Down Sooner

The great state of California is a study of opposites.
This week the HSUS released its list of states and where they rank as far as being humane. Guess who is number one? You are right. California. (Florida ranked 15th)
Now the Governor, Jerry Brown wants to appeal the Hayden Law, passed in 1998. This law requires animal control agencies to wait up to six days before euthanizing animals. This was done to allow more time for the owners to find a lost animal. Florida's hold policies are done on a county-by-county decision. Some agencies hold for three days and some for five.
He believes this will save so much money, a dent will be put in the budget and hopes to save $50 million dollars a year by doing this.
When the state governments begin using the most underfunded department they have, animal control, to try and come up with money to balance a budget which the legislature was responsible for setting, a disaster will happen and twenty years of progress will be wiped out. The slate will be clean so they can start over.
How sad for California, which has some of the most expensive real estate etc. they cannot come up with the money except on the backs of the animals. How truly sad.

Puppy With Eyes Gouged Out Recovers With Help From Donors



This poor puppy was used for target practice, had his eyes gouged out and was starving after being left for dead in Phoenix.



These stories upset me, but I feel anyone who loves animals should be aware that all is not paradise, even now.



Check out the story here and help if you can. He is still a puppy and once he has recovered, a good home will be found for him.



To the abusers, who won't be reading this anyway I say, "You had better hope I never find you. I would be tempted to subject you to the same treatment this poor, little puppy suffered. Just remember, karma is a bitch and she will come back and bite you.

Florida Animal Rescue Act, the 2nd half

This is, in my opinion, even more important. This would keep all shelters and rescues from over-zealous staff who may feel no one is good enough to adopt their dogs. It would require them to report their numbers. Wow, sunshine! Many private shelters are not required to report their numbers so can hide behind the no-kill philosophy all the while fudging the numbers by killing less desirable animals. I know this happens. I have seen it with my own eyes. Then if anything is said, you will lose your job. I WANT my shelters to be transparent. I want to know who is being good and who is slacking. Please contact your representative and ask them to support the Florida Animal Rescue Act.
The Second half
(8) An animal control agency or animal shelter shall provide for public inspection a monthly summary that includes the number of animals, by species type, during the previous month which: (a) Were impounded; (b) Were euthanized by the animal control agency or animal shelter; (c) Died, were lost, or were stolen while in the direct or constructive care of the animal control agency or animal shelter; (d) Were returned to their owners; (e) Were adopted; (f) Were transferred to other organizations or rescue groups; or (g) Remain in the custody of the agency or shelter. (9) Each animal control agency or animal shelter shall provide for public inspection an annual summary that includes the number of animals, by species type, during the previous calendar year which: (a) Were impounded; (b) Were euthanized by the animal control agency or animal shelter; (c) Died, were lost, or were stolen while in the direct or constructive care of the animal control agency or animal shelter; (d) Were returned to their owners; (e) Were adopted; (f) Were transferred to other organizations or rescue groups; or 181 (g) Remain in the custody of the agency or shelter. Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.

Florida Animal Rescue Act will be too late for some dogs


The Florida Animal Rescue Act when passed, will alleviate what is happening right now in Putnam County, Florida.

Putnam County, Florida is located in Palatka which is in between Jacksonville, Gainesville, Daytona and Orlando. You have probably never heard of it before now.

Their animal service agency, run by the county, is very rural and has only a few employees. I received an email several months ago about trying to help find some of these forgotten animals homes. The euthanasia rate there is high, I am sure.

The more we try and help these animals, the more roadblocks are thrown up. Right now, there is a pitbull with a terrible wound around his neck from an embedded collar. His picture is at the top of the page. He has had no veterinary care because Putnam County, Florida kills every pitbull which comes through the doors. So he must suffer in pain until his time is up (in most counties that is 3 to 5 days for strays) and then they will kill him. They legally have no call to do that, but they do it anyway. So they kill all the pitbulls and a large number of other animals and when a rescue steps up to pull the pitbull with the horrendous wound, they are turned away.

That's right. Turned away from helping this most defenseless creature who could have been saved while the human who caused this pain and suffering to the animal walks away. The Florida Animal Rescue Act will prevent (hopefully) these kinds of things from happening. When a 501(c)3 steps in and tries to pull a dog at no cost to the county, they must allow them to. They will be breaking the law if they don't.

If anyone reading this has any pull with or in Putnam County, Florida or if you know someone who does, please help us try and save these animals.


Update: Putnam County allowed this dog to be pulled and sent to a rescue in Jacksonville. He has been saved but there are many others who are still waiting for death.

Rescuers? abandon animals in Alabama kennels

I am not sure I would call the women in this story rescuers. If they had truly been interested in these animals, they would not have abandoned them, some to starve to death but would have found someone to help them find spots in other groups.
To say I am appalled would be putting it mildly.
You can check out the story here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Seven dogs need homes or rescue,Tavares, FL

UPDATE 1/27 (AFTERNOON)

SORRY FOR RE-SENDING SO SOON...."BOSTON" THE GSD X IS NOW ADDED TO THE VERY VERY URGENT LIST



PLEASE HELP SHARE
***PLEASE CONSIDER EVERYONE URGENT, IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE DON'T WAIT AS TIME IS ALWAYS LIMITED***

LOCATED AT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES (TAVARES, FL)
***PLEASE NOTE***
FOR ALL RESCUE GROUP INQUIRIES/OFFERS PLEASE CONTACT DENISE (EMAILS ARE PREFERRED): williams.denise022@gmail.com (gmail.com) OR 352-636-3740
FOR ALL ADOPTION INQUIRIES/QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE SHELTER DIRECTLY AT: 352-343-9688 MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 10-4 OR PLEASE VISIT IN PERSON MONDAY-FRIDAY 10-6 AND SATURDAY 10-4
(THE SHELTER IS CLOSED THE 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
WE HAVE ALL THE DOGS LISTED BELOW POSTED ON GRITS IN THE TAVARES, FL ALBUM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK...JUST CLICK THE LINK...THANK YOU.
G.R.I.T.S. Animal Crossposting FL-GA-TN - Help Save a Life - Click Here to Visit us & Share us on Facebook

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE OR SPONSOR FOR ANY DOG POSTED PLEASE EMAIL DENISE

THANK YOU,
MELINDA


I AM NOW URGENT LISTED. IF YOU CAN SAVE ME PLEASE ACT FAST
VERY VERY URGENT

3 YR OLD CATTLE DOG MIX, MALE (NO CATS!), HW+


BROOKLYN, 2 YR OLD FEMALE ROTT MIX

I AM NOW URGENT LISTED. IF YOU CAN SAVE ME PLEASE ACT FAST
VERY VERY URGENT
OWNER SURRENDER
ALREADY MICROCHIPPED


BOSTON, 2 YR OLD, GSD MIX, FEMALE, GOOD WITH OTHER DOGS, MICROCHIPPED, HW+


2 YR OLD , PIT, MALE, GOOD WITH OTHER DOGS, BUT HYPER

I AM NOW URGENT LISTED. IF YOU CAN SAVE ME PLEASE ACT FAST.
I NEED A COMMITMENT BEFORE 8 AM ON MONDAY JAN 30TH
TO SAVE ME
SWEET SENIOR ALERT
1/26 UPDATE OFFER: LOUISE W/ SUNKIVA KENNELS IN HAWTHORNE, FL HAS KINDLY OFFERED TWO MONTHS FREE BOARDING IF A APPROVED RESCUE CAN TAKE THIS SWEET GIRL. SHE ALSO SAID SHE WOULD HELP DONATE TOWARDS HER BASIC VETTING. (IF NEEDED)
$100 RESCUE DONATION OFFER

PROB AT LEAST 10 YEARS OLD, FEMALE SWEETHEART HOUND, SMALL LUMP ON LOWER CHEST


MALE TERRIER MIX, 3-4 YRS OLD, STRAY, SHY BUT GOOD


BLACK LAB MIX, 9 MONTH OLD MALE, GOOD W/ OTHER DOGS

Cats and kittens to be euthanized if not rescued - Tavares, FL

1/26 UPDATE (MORNING)
PLEASE SHARE W/ ALL CAT CONTACTS...THANK YOU

PLEASE SHARE..IF YOU CAN HELP, PLEASE DON'T WAIT..CALL/EMAIL DENISE ASAP. WE ARE ALL CONSIDERED URGENT AS TIME IS ALWAYS LIMITED.
LOCATED AT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES (TAVARES, FL)
***PLEASE NOTE***
FOR ALL RESCUE GROUP INQUIRIES/OFFERS PLEASE CONTACT DENISE (EMAILS ARE PREFERRED): williams.denise022@gmail.com (gmail.com) OR 35...
FOR ALL ADOPTION INQUIRIES/QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE SHELTER DIRECTLY AT: 35... MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 10-4 OR PLEASE VISIT IN PERSON MONDAY-FRIDAY 10-6 AND SATURDAY 10-4
(THE SHELTER IS CLOSED THE 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH)


CAN YOU PLEASE HELP SAVE ANY????


LITTER OF 5 ...ONLY 3 PICTURED....OTHER TWO ARE IDENTICAL TO THE TWO PICTURED TOGETHER......8 WEEKS OLD


LITTER OF 4 ...... 8 WEEKS OLD

ALREADY SPAYED

2-3 YRS OLD LONG HAIR GREY, SPAYED FEMALE, TALKER, LOVER

ALREADY NEUTERED

2-4 YR OLD NEUTERED MALE, VERY SWEET TABBY, COOL MARKINGS


3-4 YR OLD FEMALE FRONT DECLAWED

ALREADY SPAYED

3 YR OLD FEMALE SPAYED, FRONT DECLAWED, SIAMESE, CAME WITH THE BIG FAT MOSTLY WHITE DECLAWED CALICO

NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY JAN 30TH

ALREADY NEUTERED

CHOC POINT SIAMESE, NEUTERED MALE, SKIN ISSUES, AVAILBLE MONDAY....CHECKING ON AGE

Puppytown tomorrow, noon-1:30 to protest marketing puppies from puppy mills

Please take only 90 minutes from your day and help suffering dogs. It can make a difference to dogs that are breeding machines and their sickly puppies….

Saturday January 28th from NOON-1:30

Puppytown
on 41 across from Best Buy

Protest marketing puppies that come from horrific puppy mills!

Bring a sign or just show up, there will be extra signs. Let's make it known that Sarasota will NOT tolerate dog cruelty!

PUPPIES ARE NOT PRODUCTS

WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE - PLEASE COME AND BRING FRIENDS!

PLEASE CROSS POST!!


Gorgeous and sweet American Bulldog, Land O'Lakes, FL

Please post!

If you can help her by adopting her or taking her into your rescue, please contact Carey Johnson ASAP at: hhicarey@yahoo.com

This dog was rescued and adopted....adopters returned her to shelter when "rescue" would not take her back. She will be euthanized.

Carey Johnson

Shih Tzu - URGENT - GAINESVILLE, FL

We have a little Shih Tzu in our facility that is in need of your help. She was microchipped but the original owner sold her and doesn’t know contact information of people she went to. The people she was sold to never change the microchip with their information. So, unfortunately, we have been unable to find her owners.

Sasha is older but she is heartworm negative.

If anyone can help this little girl please let us know as soon as possible.

1/24/2012 Vet exam

10 years

Not altered

12.2 lbs.

Dwinnie Slade

Senior Office Assistant

Alachua County Animal Services

3400 NE 53 Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32609

Phone (352) 264-6870

Fax (352) 955-2542

Who is a perfect pet owner?

I grew up in a household full of animal lovers. Our family dog, Blackie, lived to be almost seventeen years old. If you ask most of my friends, they will tell you a dog who comes to live at my house has hit the doggie lotto.
I have had the 'who is qualified to be a pet parent talk' with my friends and on some issues we simply agree to diagree. I had the same conversation with a co-worker who expressed interest in adopting a dog but simply did not have enough time for a dog and that wouldn't be fair. Fair? When an animal is facing death because there are not enough homes, how much time is enough? I have two rescues, work a job, have a home and spend, on the whole, about an hour a day of what most would consider quality time with my dogs. Is that enough? Growing up our family dog never spent "time" with my parents. He was simply part of the family and spent much of his time patrolling the fenceline, trying to find a way to get out to roam free. He stalked squirrels and birds, dug holes in the dirt and came inside only when he wanted to. He slept with one of us each night and everyone in the family cried when he died.
So should having a fenced yard be a qualification? What about how much time the dog is going to spend alone? If the pet gets sick, can you afford to fix him?
All these questions are asked sometimes by rescue groups and humane societies. Kris Weiskopf, the Chief of Manatee County Animal Services wrote a great article about this subject. You can check it out here. The article points out the costs of being so particular, the animals end up staying in the shelter and not going to a home. When this happens, many of these animals are killed and the shelters speak about not having enough "qualified" homes.
On the flip side of the coin, there is this article which brought up some very valid points about the qualifications for pet adoption. This article gives examples, unfortunately lots of examples, of people who tried to adopt an animal from a rescue group and were disqualified for reasons set up by the rescue. To the person in the article, they people then contacted a breeder or pet store and bought a pet.
Is this really what we want? Have we all become overzealous in our mission to find these animals homes?
So the next time a person calls or comes through the door who wants to meet one of your animals, think about what is contained here. If the animal finds a home, why does it matter if they are going to be alone for 8 hours? It sure beats the alternative which is usually death.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oodles of tiny weeny adorable kitties for adoption at Sarasota County Animal Services

Please come meet us........Bunches of kitties at Sarasota County Animal Services...
We all come tested, shots, will be spay& neutered and micro chipped for just $60, and you save a life !
The Sarasota County Animal Services section is located at 8451 Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota. The administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
view all animals on line at

Senior alert in Lake County, Florida

Here is another one of my special seniors who stands a chance of losing her life because she is a senior. Please post and crosspost widely and if there are any rescues out there who can save this beautiful girl, please use the contact information. They are very rescue friendly.

PROB AT LEAST 10 YEARS OLD, FEMALE SWEETHEART HOUND, SMALL LUMP ON LOWER CHEST
LOCATED AT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES (TAVARES, FL)
***PLEASE NOTE***
FOR ALL RESCUE GROUP INQUIRIES/OFFERS PLEASE CONTACT DENISE (EMAILS ARE PREFERRED): williams.denise022@gmail.com (gmail.com) OR 352-636-3740
FOR ALL ADOPTION INQUIRIES/QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE SHELTER DIRECTLY AT: 352-343-9688MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 10-4 OR PLEASE VISIT IN PERSON MONDAY-FRIDAY 10-6 AND SATURDAY 10-4
(THE SHELTER IS CLOSED THE 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
WE HAVE ALL THE DOGS LISTED BELOW POSTED ON GRITS IN THE TAVARES, FL ALBUM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK...JUST CLICK THE LINK...THANK YOU.
G.R.I.T.S. Animal Crossposting FL-GA-TN - Help Save a Life - Click Here to Visit us & Share us on Facebook

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE OR SPONSOR FOR ANY DOG POSTED PLEASE EMAIL DENISE
NOW URGENT LISTED...IF YOU CAN SAVE ME PLEASE ACT FAST!!!!

Westminster introduces 6 new breeds to competition

So, it is not enough we are swimming in breeds and mixed breed dogs, now th AKC has added 6 news one to the mix.
Check out the story here.

Horrific euthanization numbers in North Carolina

The headline read, "45k Dogs, Cats Euthanized in Year at Triad Animal Shelters". I thought it must be a typographical error. Triad Animal Shelters are those around the Winston-Salem, Highpoint and Greensboro area. Forty Five Thousand companion animals in this small area simply astounds me.
North Carolina is such a pretty state. I would think they would be more progessive in their animal care, but I would be wrong. I should know better.
When I read the complete story, the numbers are even worse. According to the article, "Statewide, nearly 250,000 animals were euthanized at shelters in 2010." 250,000 animals in one year. Remember we are talking about government agencies, not private shelters. I am sure they do not have to report their numbers just like private shelters in Florida don't have to publish theirs.
You can check out the article here. Be prepared to be angry and saddened when you read it.

Manatee County Animal Services needs adopters

If you are looking to adopt a dog or cat or know anyone who is, please check out the available dogs at Manatee County Animal Services.
MCAS is working on becoming a no-kill facility along with the rest of Manatee County. They will need the help of everyone in the county to achieve this goal.
They are extremely overcrowded right now due to the intact of a couple of momma dogs and their puppies. They have no available space so if you can't adopt, but can rescue, please contact them to free up some space.
Please use this contact information with questions.
Cheryl L. Thompson
Manatee County Animal Services
Animal Services Supervisor
305 25th St W
Palmetto, Fl 34221
(941)-742-5933 X 8304
(941)-723-4708 Fax
cheryl.thompson@mymanatee.org

K9 For Love has 200 Homestead dogs, need food, volunteers​, donations for vet care

For the past few weeks, I've been going to Homestead to help out with horrible overpopulation problem in the area. I came across a 73 year old woman named Adela who started a non-profit organization called K9 For Love in 2005. She started accepting owner surrenders and taking dogs from MDAS but soon after, the situation in Homestead got out of hand when people started dumping their dogs like yesterday's garbage.
Currently Adela has close to 200 dogs in her care. As you can see from our pictures, the makeshift kennels are in terrible shape and these dogs deserve better. We are working on getting them out of there one by one...
The saddest part about all this is that most of these dogs have been in their kennels ranging from a few months to a couple of years. Yes, you read correctly... Some have not left their kennels in YEARS. My friends Lorena, Amy and I are helping Adela network her dogs so that they can find forever homes or a rescue that will take them ASAP.
The problem is that Adela has ran out of food again... Imagine feeding 200 dogs per day!! The other problem is that there are about 80 dogs which are not spayed and neutered yet so in order to save these lives, we have to raise money for food and to spay/neuter them so that we can place them for adoption.
You can see some pictures/video of the dogs by clicking of these links:
Album of dogs that need rescue/forever homes- http://www.facebook.com/pages/K9-For-Love-Homestead-Dogs-Project/225285714219403#!/media/set/?set=a.225319364216038.55631.225285714219403&type=3
Album of kennels- http://www.facebook.com/pages/K9-For-Love-Homestead-Dogs-Project/225285714219403#!/media/set/?set=a.225503980864243.55656.225285714219403&type=3
Video of dogs/kennels- http://sharing.theflip.com/session/8768232ba7b70fd4e9e48378778abc8b/video/127750801
As you can see, this is a huge project and we cannot do it alone, we need your help!! There are many ways you can help so please share this e-mail far and wide...-You can donate through our chipin http://k9forlove.chipin.com/k9-for-love-rescue-inc
-You can donate directly by calling ROBBIE'S FEED & SUPPLY. Their phone # is 305-247-1256. Their address is 22390 Krome Ave. Please don't forget to mention that the donation is for Adela/K9 for Love.
-You can donate directly to Cutler Bay Animal Clinic located in 18699 S. Dixie Hwy. Their phone number is 305-251-4244. Please don't forget to mention that the donation is for Adela/K9 for Love.
-If you live in the South Florida area and would like to volunteer at adoption events which will take place every Saturday starting on Saturday Feb 4th in Petsmart in Coral Gables, Petsmart in Kendall Dr and SW 138th Ave and Petsmart in Flagler St and 84th Ave please let us know. We need to get these dogs out of there!!
-If you are on facebook, you can follow our rescue efforts step by step by "liking" our page and please help us share these wonderful dogs!! http://www.facebook.com/pages/K9-For-Love-Homestead-Dogs-Project/225285714219403?ref=ts THANK YOU!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rat Terrier needs rescue in Miami


CROSSPOSTING FOR ELAINE 786-564-1306 OR 305-446-4027. HER E-MAIL ADDRESS IS BOR837@aol.com

She will be calling animal control to come take this pup this week. Can anyone help her?
From Elaine:
When I got home the dog was outside of my gate in the street again, but came back in when I called him, but I still can't get a leash on him. Here are the photos. If you can help with suggestions, because he clearly will keep getting out and I would hate to see him get hit. My street is heavy traffic at rush hours.
Her dog is suffering from cancer and is getting depressed because of this dog as he cannot go outside. If she cannot find someone to help her, she will be calling animal control so if anyone can help this rat terrier, please contact Elaine ASAP as this dog will not make it out of MDAS alive.

Please help overturn archaic BSL law in Dade County, Florida

Florida Animal Lovers Take Action Today!

Help Best Friends Save Florida Dogs -Ask For SB 1322 to be Heard in the Senate
Because of an archaic exemption in state law, Miami-Dade County is the only county in the entire state of Florida permitted to engage in canine profiling, placing any short-haired muscular mutt at risk.
Florida state legislators Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman are leading an effort, with the help of Best Friends Animal Society, to right this injustice and to repeal the portion of the Florida statute that allows Miami-Dade to kill dogs simply because of their appearance. No other county in Florida is allowed such unmitigated power over people’s pets.
HB 997 and SB 1322 will repeal the provision that grandfathered the Miami-Dade breed ban, which costs the lives of close to 1,000 innocent dogs per year and costs taxpayers upwards of $3 million per year.
The legislative session is moving quickly and humanitarians only have a few weeks to get these bills heard in committees and passed. Lawmakers take notice when they hear from their constituents so we must fill their in-boxes with emails and call their offices, or we may miss this chance to stop the deaths of innocent dogs.
Senator Mike Bennett is chairman of the first committee for SB 1322, so it is important to contact him to ask him to please put SB 1322 on the agenda as soon as possible so we can end the killing of innocent dogs in Miami-Dade County.
Please contact Senator Bennett TODAY by clicking on our take action button.
If possible, also call his office at (850) 487-5078. Ask him to hear SB 1322 so we can finally end breed discrimination in the entire state of Florida.
Thanks for taking action for all animals. With your help we can achieve a time of No More Homeless Pets.

Hillsborough County bans most dog-tethering

Yay! Another bill passes which helps protect animals. It could have been wortten in stronger language, but then it may not have passed.
Check out the story here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Manatee County Animal Services needs help

PLEASE HELP!!

We are in desperate need!! We have a momma dog that is giving birth today, 3 babies so far and another momma with 10 newborns and can't find anyone to transfer. Both mommas do not like other dogs, which makes it even harder.
We also are in desperate need for any and all transfers that you can help us with. We are going to have a hard time meeting our goal this month without your help!!
If you are able to help in any way, it would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
Cheryl L. Thompson

Manatee County Animal Services
Animal Services Supervisor
305 25th St W
Palmetto, Fl 34221
(941)-742-5933 X 8304
(941)-723-4708 Fax
cheryl.thompson@mymanatee.org