Friday, March 30, 2012

Beautiful Mercedes needs a home

I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful girl last weekend during my training at the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte. She is a wonderfully, loving dog. This is what their website says from Mercedes:

Hi, my name is Mercedes and I am a 2-year old female Pit mix. I am very playful and have lots of energy. I get along well with children of all ages. I am already housebroken but would need to be crate-trained. I came to the shelter as a stray so not much is known about my history. But I sure hope for a bright and happy future!
Please visit me at the shelter!

Animal Welfare League
3519 Drance St. Port Charlotte,FL
We are located right off exit 167 of I-75.
(941) 625-6720.

Sarasota Animal Services - Adopt-a-thon - Tomorrow Saturday March 31st

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
10 a.m. til 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 2012

Spring Adoptathon
Reduced adoption fees available
Call 861-9523 for details

Sponsored by Sarasota In Defense of Animals

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Skyler 3 month old adorable pup needs rescue- CCAC NEAR JAX FL



Such a cute puppy. Not sure if she is mixed with plott hound and GSD or Catahoula, but she is super cute!!



Skyler is a super sweet, 3 month old mix. He came to the shelter with a very swollen front leg. His swelling is down and he is full of life. If anyone can help him, please let me know..
ralph.roland@co.clay.fl.us

Urgent, Can anyone save Jack by tomorrow? Bronson, FL


Hello,

Please allow me to introduce myself.. my name is Jack. I was a homeless 'ol soul and now I'm at a shelter in Bronson, FL.

I'm trying so hard to be brave.. but every time someone walks by my kennel.. I look up just in time to see them walk on by.. No one even stops to say "hello".. I see puppies and smaller dogs leave in the loving arms of their new families.. why doesn't anyone love me?.. why can't they see what a good boy I am?.. don't they know I would protect them? be their loyal companion?.. I know I could make them smile after a long day at work.. I'm so depressed now.. the days are long.. and the nights are longer.. as I lay in my kennel at night I can only dream of what may never come to be.. and I worry.. will this be my last night alive? will I die here? lonely and scared??..

I've had a lady named, Jody, come into my kennel and give me hugs.. she has also fed me "cookies".. she tries to smile but I see her sadness too.. she keeps telling me to hang in there.. not to give up.. I've heard her cry as she walks away saying, "if I just had room.. he can't die.. what am I going to do?".. She keeps telling everyone that I'm a good boy.. that I'm about 3 yrs. old.. and something about being heartworm negative.. and now I've heard her say.. "he only has until Friday"..... so this is my story.... can you PLEASE find room in your heart and your home to be my "hero"?..... I know if you come and meet me.. you'll fall in love.. by reaching out my paw.. I can reach into your heart…. PLEASE give me a "second chance"...... Thanks, Jack

If you can save me, please contact J HEFLIN heflinj@bellsouth.net right now as I will only be alive until tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

LCA Award offer leads to arrest of animal abuser


In February, a 10-month-old Pitbull puppy was found, her face burned, her muzzle wrapped in tape, her skull fractured, with a severed right front paw and a shattered left paw. She was spotted in an unpopulated area of San Bernardino County, California by a couple of good Samaritans who called a local rescue organization that immediately got the puppy veterinary care. Rescuers named her Valentine because she was found so close to Valentine's Day.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA) and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) offered a $5,000.00 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Valentine's torture. After seeing flyers posting the reward, a woman came forward with information that helped lead authorities to a 17-year -old Lucerne Valley, California resident alleged to have tortured Valentine. The woman wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution by the youth, his friends or family members.

Tape was tightly wound around Valetine's muzzle
preventing her from fighting back or crying out.

LCA is committed to making sure the person responsible for Valentine's abuse is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This case is exceptional because the alleged abuser is a minor. California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 707 shields minor defendants by statutorily limiting what types of crimes a minor can be deemed fit to be charged as adult. Unfortunately, cruelty to animals IS NOT one of the crimes for which a minor can stand trial as an adult. Letters to the District Attorney's Office requesting that the abuser be charged as an adult will not impact the charging decisions because how he is charged is mandated by law.

However, LCA is working with the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office to make sure all relevant information has been provided to law enforcement and that when the time comes to pay the reward, the tipster receives it.

LCA continues to monitor this case very closely and has been assured by the Chief Deputy DA that this case and all cases involving animal cruelty are taken very seriously. The DA's Office is committed to filing all possible charges in Valetine's case and is well aware of the indisputable link between animal cruelty and other forms of criminal and violent behavior, especially when seen in juveniles. In fact, the FBI recognizes animal cruelty as a "first warning sign of potentially dangerous criminal conduct." The FBI further advises law enforcement agencies that animal cruelty perpetrated by minors is "highly predictive" and may even be a "rehearsal for targeting humans."

Valentine is currently recovering from her injuries, will receive prosthetics
for her injured limbs and then be adopted into a loving home.

The DA's Office is requesting that anyone with information about Valentine or other instances of animal cruelty contact law enforcement immediately. The DA's Office needs this information and evidence to convict the alleged abuser and to make sure he is tried for all crimes committed and then sentenced appropriately.

Everyone, regardless of location, can help animals like Valentine by speaking up about animal abuse. If you witness animal abuse or know it is happening, immediately contact your local law enforcement office, provide them with clear descriptions of the alleged abuse, the animal and the abuser. Do not throw any physical evidence away; leave it where you found it and let law enforcement collect it.

By speaking out against animal abuse and recognizing that people who abuse animals are dangerous you are promoting respect for all of the vulnerable members of our society.

The dangers in calling attention to Putnam County Animal Services

Sometimes, when faced with confronting an organization about policies in place, it is easier to simply walk away. There are hundreds of animal rescue agencies, both public and private where volunteers and donors are welcomed with open arms. Why on earth would you put your feelings out there for an agency to tromp on?
We do it for the animals. I remember several years ago when there was an obvious problem with a local agency and when I was called by the reporter covering the story, I refused to confirm or deny anything he was asking. I come from a media background, thirty five years in the business and I refused to talk about said organization. I did not do it for them or the people involved. I did it for the animals, which many people do not understand.
When an animal rescue organization, especially a private one, gets a bad reputation, money and support dry up. The animals are then the ones who suffer, not the people.
Animal control agencies are another animal entirely. Animal control agencies are funded by tax dollars. They accept donations, but the bulk of the money spent to take care of the animals and even euthanize them, is paid for by tax dollars. John Q. Public has every right to visit, ask questions, and request time with the county commission and/or the governing body which controls the agency.
I believe there are two issues going on at Putnam County Animal Control. I do not live in Putnam County so am only writing about the issues I know about. The two issues which had everyone up in arms were the needless euthanasia of pitbulls and pitbull mixes when there were local rescues willing to take and place these dogs and the pulling of any animals by local rescues.
According to all the statements issued, a compromise has been reached in the pulling of pitbulls and pitbull mixes thanks to the efforts of a Jacksonville rescued called Pit Sisters. I also believe other humane societies and rescues are being allowed to pull animals of other breeds.
I think the problem is with the local volunteers who are attempting to take photos of the animals available which have not been pulled by a rescue. I think this is why they are not being allowed to take the photos, which can and will have an impact on the amount of exposure we can give these animals.
The quick and easy solution would be to find one of the approved rescues, discuss the problem with them, and become one of their volunteers. This will only work if that is the problem.
Now, I disagree with the agency for not allowing a volunteer to come in and take pictures because of the newspaper person in me. My first question to myself was, "What are they hiding?" I then would ask why they would object to a tax-paying citizen coming in and taking pictures of homeless animals in the hopes the exposure gained could save their life?
I think the problem could be several people have not made any friends of the Putnam County Animal Control or the Sheriff's Department, for that matter. Unfortunately, that is a danger you face when you make someone mad. I am sure they did not appreciate the spotlight being put on them. I have heard they were inundated with emails and calls and I know the local Jacksonville NBC station's story was picked up for national broadcast on msnbc.com.
I have this to say to Putnam: If you truly love animals, as your press release states, you will continue to allow volunteers to come to your shelter, take photos and info of your animals and welcome them back each week. You will find they will help the animals much more than you could hope for and reduce your costs for euthanasia and disposal.
I hope they understand this. As my grandmother used to tell me: "You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar." Let's hope they find the same to be true.

Momma dog going back to shelter... puppies adopted but nobody wants her - South Florida



PLEASE HELP SHARE

A private person (ie. not a rescue group) took it upon herself to rescue a mom dog and her pups. Mom looks to be some sort of Collie mix... she's a very pretty dog. All of her pups were successfully placed but no one has expressed any interest in giving her a home. The woman's husband will not allow this poor beautiful soul to stay at their home past the weekend. This woman, who tried to do a good thing, now has her back up against the wall. She's desperate to find a home for her but needs help!
If anyone can help, please contact Cindy at 954-829-7896.

These dogs need out now - Collier County Animal Services, Naples, FL

PLEASE SHARE FOR THESE DOGS AT COLLIER COUNTY DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES -

ALL LISTED ARE CONSIDERED URGENT - SOME ARE FOR RESCUE ONLY AND SOME ARE LONG TIMERS NEEDING EXPOSURE FOR ADOPTION OR RESCUE

Collier County Domestic Animals Services

7610 Davis Blvd, Naples, FL

CONTACT IS SUE WEATHERFORD sweatherford@comcast.net

**All animals pulled from this shelter are spayed/neutered, UTD on shots, Microchipped – 501(c)3 required to pull - $20 pull fee

RESCUE NEEDED:

ID #153732 - Trixie

Female

3 months

2 or 3 tiny spots – demo

Super sweet and happy puppy!

RESCUE NEEDED:

154029 – Ernie

Male

Manchester mix (or Min Pin mix)

4 yrs

HW neg – healthy

Scared at the shelter

RESCUE NEEDED:

153961 – Tucker

Mastiff Mix

Male

3 months

26 lbs

Tibia break/fracture – x-rays were done. Needs cage rest until healed

VERY URGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RESCUE NEEDED:

152584 – Lola

Female

Brindle Hound mix

About 5 yrs

51 lbs

HW pos (low)

Lola is a super sweet girl – the minute she sees anyone she wiggles like crazy! Her entire body will wiggle all over the place! She is very loving and would make an awesome companion! She was hard to get a picture of – she just wanted attention and didn’t stop wiggling! Pictures don’t do her justice.

LONG TIMER - ADOPTABLE OR RESCUE

151085 - Donnie

Male

10 months

HW neg – healthy

Donnie is a love! He is very friendly and outgoing and does great at outside events.

LONG TIMER - ADOPTABLE OR RESCUE

151481 – Bryson

Neutered & ready to go

9 months

Healthy – HW neg

Very sweet guy – been in adoptions a while so looking to get him out of the shelter!

LONG TIMER - ADOPTABLE OR RESCUE

117837 – Dixie

Spayed & ready to go

Retriever/Shep mix

2 years

Healthy – HW neg

Dixie loves to play and is a happy girl!!

Teri

Hialeah, FL: 2 dogs dumped in neighborho​od



I found two dogs (picture attached), they are brown and black, large breed, in good shape, male and female. They have been in the neighborhood for two days, no one has claimed them or put up signs. They do not have collars. I have contacted multiple rescues and no one has been able to help. They killed a cat and I am afraid someone will call animal control on them because many neighbors have cats in that area. They have been in my friends driveway but she cannot house them because she has 3 dogs and 5 cats. I cannot house them because I have 4 dogs. Please help us! my # is 786-218-4428. Brenda Gonzalez

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Putnam County, Florida Animal Control is at it again

I had hoped the negotiations with Putnam County had truly resulted in some changes. After reading the Facebook notifications from my crossposting friends at G.R.I.T.S., I am finding out it was exactly what I had suspected since the word first came back they were working on compromise with the rescue groups trying to save these animals.
Once of the volunteers who went to Putnam to take pictures of the homeless animals was turned away. We all know how important these photos are in our task of networking these animals. She was told she must make an appointment to take photos. She made an appointment and when she arrived to take the photos, she was denied entrance.
Please write the commissioners and the sheriff. Be polite and professional but get your point across. This cannot continue.
This is the link to the County Page with the commissioners listed on it plus their contact information.

5 small dogs need rescue in the Miami area


Please help us! These 5 dogs are about to go to MDAS . The owner is an elderly handicapped person, and does not want them anymore. THEY ARE FRIENDLY (and were very grateful to receive our attention when we fed them & photographed them) - and we've assessed that with some TLC, each one of these cuties can become a great companion dog. If you know of anyone who might be willing to help foster or even adopt.



PLEASE CONTACT : Veronica 786-624-1733 or email her: roxvero@gmail.com

Special request for rescue/ado​ption for Ernie, a possible Poodle/Wes​tie mix - Bronson, FL



I'm sending poor little Ernie's info out as a special request for rescue/adoption! Take a look at him:( He sure could use a good grooming! He was dropped off here (possibly by his owner!) yesterday so he can't leave until Thursday. We have no background info on him. He "appears" to be a poodle mix, maybe a little westie. You really can't tell until he's groomed. He's approximately 3 years.
Please let us know if you can help little Ernie!
Thank you,
Lena Hooker



PO Box 6112055 NE 69th Lane



Bronson, FL 32621



352-486-5138



levycountyanimal.petfinder.com

Sweet pit mix (good with kids and dogs) needs rescue



Sweet male pit mix, found as stray in Hernando County, needs excellent home.



No vet history, but appears young (4 years old) and in good general health.



Great with kids and other dogs (not sure about cats). Not neutered.



Family caring for him now is located in Hernando County but are overloaded with 2 other dogs and kids and do not want to bring him to Hernando County Animal Control, as they are overloaded and putting dogs down daily.



Please contactMarie Austin at 352-263-0894.



An initial donation of $50 is being offered to help with neutering. The donor can also assist with transportation if needed. Please contact ReNae Nowicki at 813.995.5036 for this help.

Maltese in bad shape at West Palm Beach AS


Can anyones save this poor Maltese at Animal Services in West Palm Beach, FL?

If so, please contact:

Monday, March 26, 2012

Seniors are the best. Can anyone help this one in Port Charlotte, FL?


OK, you caught me. It has happened again. I was supposed to be in an 8 hour class to become certified for emergencies to help animals. I was there, I did pass the class and took all the tests required and I am now certified.

Unfortunately, I am like every other animal lover and if there are animals around, I must meet them. When one is a senior, it is even better. You see, senior dogs and cats have a special corner of my heart. I cannot imagine how these special animals feel when they are uprooted from all they know and love, placed in a cage surrounded by strange people and animals and their owners are nowhere to be found. You cannot tell me they understand what is going on. You can see it in their eyes: the questioning looks.

So on Saturday, I spied a beautiful Collie mix in one of the yards being brushed and petted by a volunteer. Before I could make it over there, my friend, who also has the same soft spot came and told me about her.

Her name is Coco. The shelter believes she is about 6 or 7 years old. Her owner was Baker Acted and she was removed from the property. She has grey in her face and a beautiful, long, multi-colored coat like Lassie. She allowed me to pet her but I could read the sadness in her eyes.

She seemed to have a gentleness about her which would make her fit in any home. She needed a good bath and grooming, but seemed to be in great shape and is heartworm negative.

If you, or anyone you know is looking for a beautiful, gentle settled dog for a companion, please contact the Animal Welfare League at 941-625-6720 and ask about Coco.



I would love to find her a special home.

Sampson, a one year old brindle boy, Sebastian, FL



PLEASE HELP SHARE



LOCATED IN SEBASTIAN, FL



PLEASE HELP SHARE TO HELP FIND THIS SWEET BOY A FOREVER HOME OR RESCUE A.S.A.P. SAMPSON IS A SWEET & LOVEABLE GUY...APPROX 1 YEAR OLD AND FULLY VETTED, TOO! SAVED FROM MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES



ALL INQUIRIES AND QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL: emilybenson@bellsouth.net (bellsouth.net) OR YOU CAN FACEBOOK MESSAGE HER AT https://www.facebook.com/tom.emilyLINK TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.376103272421100.91119.208156519215777&type=3



WRITTEN BY HIS RESCUER:



Hi my name is Sampson I am a Beautiful brindle boy!! I am a big puppy 46 pounds who has lots of energy. My adopted mom saved my life with the hopes of adding me to her family. My mom is disabled and I turned out to be to much for her to handle. She now has a broken heart that she has to find a new home for me but she wants me to be happy! I am fully vetted. I do like other dogs I just have to learn not to jump on them so they will learn to like me. I love to play with my new toys my mom bought for me. When Its time for me to lay down and take a rest I love my blankie too!!! I hope you will have a fenced in yard for me to play because I love to run around. Sometimes I sit when told to but will need more training. Once you meet me I know you will love me. I am really a good boy just a puppy with lots of energy. Would you like to adopt me???

Support Lake County, FL Anti-Teth​er Ordinance

Lake County is considering an ANTI-TETHERING ORDINANCE that will stop the source of significant abuse of dogs in their community. This proposed ordinance comes as a result of advocates in Lake County who complained for a year and a half about a dog that was tied to a tree in the heat. Unfortunately, last summer, this dog died on a day that the temperature reached 92 degrees. Sadly, he was just a few feet from the shade of a tree.
Lake County advocates have been busy speaking in front of their commissioners and educating the public about the dangers of leaving a tethered dog unattended. Not only is unattended tethering a public safety issue (a child can be bitten in a matter of minutes), but the dog can be strangled, be stolen, attacked by another animal and cruel people, or, as witnessed, suffer or die of heat exhuastion.
We know that there is GREAT STRENGTH in numbers! The more support county commissioners see for a strong ordinance, the more likely they are to pass one.
Therefore, we encourage LOHV members to support passage of the anti-tethering ordinance by attending the public hearing set for:
9am on Tuesday, April 10th
County Administration Building
(315 West Main Street, Tavares, Florida 32778 - 2nd Floor)
Speaking is limited to three minutes (you do not have to speak if you do not wish to). Please state that you are a member of The League of Humane Voters and ask for an ordinance that "prohibits unattended dog tethering".
To help commissioners readily identify our members, please wear a RED shirt.
We ask members who are unable to attend the meeting to contact commissioners via phone or e-mail.
By Phone, Call
352-343-9850
To send an e-mail to the commissioners, go to:
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/commissioners/contacts.aspx
If you contact commissioners online, simply Copy the following message and Paste it in as the body of your email (or you may wish to write your own message):

THE MESSAGE______________________________
Dear Commissioners,
As a member of The League of Humane Voters and a resident of Lake County, I am pleased that our county is considering an anti-tethering ordinance that will protect our children and our pets. In order to prevent abusers from chaining 24/7, please pass an ordinance that prohibits unattended dog tethering.
Thank you very much for your serious consideration of this request.
Sincerely,

______________________________

We encourage members who do attend the meeting to also call or send an e-mail.
If every animal advocate participates in every public hearing for animals and in every election, we could protect every animal in the state of Florida from abuse!!
Please do what you can to ensure this Ordinance passes,
and THANK YOU for being a member of The League of Humane Voters!

Bluetick Coonhound - Can anyone save her? (Tavares, FL)


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 (PLUS MORE) POSTED ON GRITS IN THE TAVARES, FL PUPPIES/DOGS ALBUM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK...JUST CLICK THE LINK...THANK YOU.

Lexy, female rat terrier looking for a home


Please help find Lexy the home that she finally deserves . She has been through quite a lot and really would love the stability of a family or person that is devoted to her... Please crosspost to all that are looking for a dog like Lexy! She will not disappoint you! Thanks Hope

Lexy was rescued from death row on her final day. The photo of her in the ugly concrete kennel at the shelter shaking with her little tail tucked between her legs was so devastating. The family that had her for 6 years had dumped her at the shelter to face uncertain destiny, and she was terrified. It was a few days later at her foster home that her limited vision was suspected. A visit to an ophthalmologist in WPB confirmed that she has experienced some degree of vision loss, although her eyes are perfectly healthy. It is uncertain whether the family that dumped her knew this and did not inform the shelter or whether she suffered the vision loss at the shelter, perhaps from the stress of abandonment. Whichever, Lexy does fine once she learns her way around her environment. In fact, foster mom believes Lexy sees quite well. She is also quite sure Lexi was a princess in her previous home, because she is quite eager to be part of the action and especially loves to sit squeezed up against the foster mom in the recliner watching tv. She also insists on sleeping under the covers at the foot of the bed with foster mom.

After a few months in a busy foster home with several other dogs and cats, Lexy finally went home with a wonderful woman that she fell in love with instantly. Lexy was the only pet in the house, so she instantly regained her role as princess. She followed her new mom around constantly, sat squeezed up against her in her chair at TV and computer time, and slept at the foot of her bed each night. The new mom even took Lexy on vacation to with her, where Lexy romped in the sand at the beach. Oh, life was looking so good! But after less than two short months it was determined that foster mom’s teenage son was allergic to dogs and Lexi would lose yet another home - devastating to both Lexy and adoptive mom. Lexi was returned to the foster mom, where she sat staring at the front door waiting for her adoptive mom to return for more than a week. Lexy then became mysteriously ill, vomiting shaking, and not eating, and after extensive testing at the vet it was determined that nothing medically was wrong, she was reacting to the stress of abandonment again. She had a couple of heartbreaking weeks adjusting to the fact that her beloved adopter was not coming back for her. She has bounced back from heartbreak, and is ready to give all her love to yet another caring person or family.

Lexy is a sweet princess who deserves a truly permanent home that she can settle into. She is so appreciative and loves the little things in life – a crunchy treat, watching tv, a walk around the block or a romp in a fenced yard. Lexy weighs about 15 pounds, is spayed, current on all vaccines, de-wormed, and micro-chipped. She is full of life, and one spunky little lady. Lexy gets along fine with dogs, cats, and when meeting new people. With her limited vision, she should probably not be in a home with small children. Can you please help find the perfect heart and home for Lexi? Thanks so much! With questions or to meet Lexy call Lori at 954-661-0666, jenkins_lori@bellsouth.net

Kisses at the end of the day

Getting up at 4:30 a.m. to make sure you are ready in time to leave your house at 6:30 a.m. to make it on time to a class can always make you feel tired at the end of the day, even when you are enjoying what you are doing.
On Saturday, at our emergency rescue training with FLSARC, I observed a volunteer walking one of the most gorgeous dogs I have seen. When I aproached her to ask about the dog, the tail came up and the wiggling began. She was so striking I had to have the scoop on her and show her off to my friend.
It was the end of the day and we had just finished tearing down kennels and crates in a mock emergency. I had the volunteer take her over to my friend who was taking the class with me. In fact, she is the one who took the photos.

When I approached the dog, her name is Topaz, she showered me with kisses and a wagging tail, much like my personal dogs do when I arrive home each day.
Her coat seemed to be a double coat which was soft as down and she is available for adoption.
If you are looking for a big girl who will simply adore you and the family, please contact the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte. I spoke to them on Sunday and she is listed as an Akita mix who is around 2 to 3 years old and is available still for adoption.
This is their contact info: Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance Street, Port Charlotte, FL 33980 Phone is 941-624-6720 so please give them a call or drive down. They have many wonderful animals for adoption. I will be listing a couple more during the week.


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Florida State Animal Response Coalition training is complete

Because the ENTIRE Family matters………..

Florida State Animal Response Coalition understands that our companion
animals are family. Our animal family members cannot speak for themselves
and rely on us to protect them from harm.
In a post Hurricane Katrina survey, when asked why they refused to evacuate, 47%
responded they did not leave because of their animals. This becomes more
alarming when you realize that 63% of American households have companion animals
and nearly half of those have multiple animals sharing their homes..

Florida State Animal Response Coalition was formed by many diverse groups
of highly qualified animal responders dedicated to protecting the entire family during
disasters. When a hurricane, fire, tornado or other disaster threatens the state of
Florida, we will be there to assist with teams of professionally trained volunteers
dedicated to care for the animals that rely on us.

I had the pleasure of completing this training on Saturday at the Animal Welfare
League in Port Charlotte and what a wonderful time I had. Now, as soon as I
complete the required FEMA training I will be certified to help the animals in a
disaster or other mishaps where volunteers are needed.
Many thanks to AWL for hosting this training (you can also host one at your facility)
and thanks to Andy, Logan, Billie and Marty for helping us with all the information
presented. It was a very informative and fun day.
I also had the pleasure of meeting several animals who are guests at the
Animal Welfare League and will be writing more about these babies in a later blog
when the photos arrive.
If you would like to help the animals, please go to FLSARC's website and
check out future training opportunities.
You can also visit the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte and pick out a
new friend from the many wonderful animals they have there.
You can check out their website here.

Goodboy needs a home before June - Redlands, FL


CROSSPOSTING ~ THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE SADDEST STORIES I HAVE EVER READ.

This beautiful Rottie boy was rescued by this kind hearted woman who wrote the story below. We helped her vet him and treat him for HW. He is a doll and as you can read, is great with kids, dogs and cats. The family is moving as they are being relocated by the military. They will be leaving in June, so we must find a home for Goodboy, because when they leave, he will be left behind. If anyone would like to meet Goodboy, call Kathy 305 401 4693

Woof.My name is Goodboy. I am a true southern gentleman.

I would like to tell you about myself. Now there is a lot of my past that I will not mention because I am trying to put it behind me. I will tell you my story from when my friends found me in the Redlands/Florida city. Because as far as I am concerned that is when my real life began.

The day we met, two cars full of boys were driving in circles around me, throwing all of the trash from there cars(beer cans) at me. Aiming for my head.

I was already so emaciated from not having food or water.

That I collapsed. I heard a woman yell “Hey, that's my dog, get away from him” The abusive boys drove away laughing.

The woman offered me some cheerios and what ever snacks she had with her in the car. After she realized that I would die if she left me, she wrapped a scarf around my mouth just in case, she had to protect her three year old son. I was to weak to get into the back of her car so she had to lift me UP. At that moment, in her arms I knew that my life would never be the same! That my feet would never touch that cruel ground again.

The woman turned her two car garage into a rehab center for me. I was able to have my own private side yard. Because at the time I had some issues, with not wanting to sleep on the ground. She built me a bed three feet high by four feet long. I have had to fight off snakes and scorpions for years on the streets and have learned to stay up off the ground. It took about a week or so to even know if I was going to make it. Her husband was deployed at the time so she had a lot of extra time to spend comforting me. She never bossed me to see if I would be an obedient dog. I could not sit down, AT that time. I stood or I lay down. Just like a horse, which I so closely resemble, in size}Not really but i am a big boy.The look in her eyes when she looked at me was something I had never seen before. I could feel her love for me. Sometimes we would just lay there and cry together, just to let it all go. It was part of my healing process. I had night tears for weeks, sometimes I still do. So sometimes after putting her son to sleep she would sleep with me. It really helped me adjust, and relax.

After a few weeks of recovery, it was time to meet the rest of her family

Now they already had several dogs. I was not sure if they would like me or even accept me. Well ,we all ended up become the best of friends, unlike any dogs I had ever met. These dogs did not want to fight me, for no reason.

Eventually I was allowed to come in the house, where I met three kitty cats. All of which do not have tails. They look just like rabbits to me. They also have a rabbit who is now my friend as well. The cats loved me and I them.

After a month her husband came home he instantly fell in love with me too.

The only problem is that this family is not my forever family. They have their hands full! As well as they are expecting twins.

She tells me that I am the best dog that she has ever met and that she would trade all of her dogs for me, but she knows that there is that special someone I have been waiting my whole life for. That person I was born to live out my life with and she is there to make sure that we find each other.

I need to live indoors as well as sleep on something soft. I love to snuggle. I am about 4-6 years old. I have been fixed. The person that adopts me really needs to be able to afford to take good care of me( heart worm flee prevention, arthritic) medicine. I am worth it!!!!!

It would be ideal if you owned your own home so that you do not ever have to get rid of me due to your living problems. Also it is also very important that you have who will take care of me.

Oh , a few more things about me. Despite my first initial greeting, I do not bark, at all. Unless it is an emergency I am quiet as a church mouse. I have a beautiful tail. My teeth are mostly flat for reasons I prefer not to mention, My lips were cut up, but have now healed.I feel much better. So this is my story. At least the parts that I am willing to mention. I am kind, and will love you until the day I pass on, and will probably still keep on loving you

If it is me you have been looking for.

Here I am, waiting for you, with an open heart}

-- 

American Bulldog returned to Miami Dade animal care because he is DEAF


BAXTER - ID#A1421386

I am a neutered male, white American Bulldog.

The shelter staff think I am about 3 years old

I have been at the shelter since Mar 18, 2012.

This information is 1 hour old.

Help Miami-Dade Animal Services find a new loving home for me and more animals like me. Donate Now!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

One of the main reasons dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters (even so-called "No Kill")

For anyone who has been involved in the animal rescue field, this story about an animal control person who saved an "aggressive" dog illustrates just how convoluted the term aggression is. As someone who did lose a job, not for saving the dog but for speaking up in defense of a dog who lost his life anyway due to this misidentification, I can tell you it happens with so much frequency it is scary.
If you truly understand dogs and cats, you understand their behavior when confronted with new sights and sounds which are foreign to them.
By putting the word aggression in front of an animal, you sentence it to death in most cases. The problem with the word is the frequency in which it is used by inexperienced "animal lovers" who think they are doing the most humane thing for the dog.
I remember showing a father and his two daughters around the previous shelter I was at and he kept saying over and over, "I don't want an aggressive dog. I can't have an aggressive dog. Don't show me any aggressive dogs." This continued throughout the whole walk we took until finally I asked him what he meant by aggressive. He said, "I don't want a dog who jumps!"
Aggression? Jumping? Not quite the same thing,
When you have newbies in the animal rescue field, who have had little to no exposure to animals who are strays, or have been dumped off due to stupid owners, or their owners have died, you have people who have never seen cage aggression, fear, sadness or anything else of that nature. They may have always had pets and loved them, but were never around shelter dogs and cats.
This does not bode well for the animals now in their care.
Any dog or cat, given certain situations, will bite or scratch. When it happens in a shelter, they normally die.
Behavior modification is one of the main programs which should be installed in shelters today. All animals benefit by using enrichment programs, regardless of their backgrounds. There are a myriad of reasons animals are euthanized, but behavior is the number one. It seems like in this progressive era of animal care, we could change that.

Friday, March 23, 2012

3 BEAUTIFUL PITTIES IN NEED of Rescue - Tavares, FL

OWNER SURRENDER

CAGE 49B......JASIMINE.......PIT 2-3 YRS OLD........FEMALE....GOOD WITH KIDS, CATS, AND DOGS

CAGE 93.......BLUE SMALL PIT FEMALE, RECENTLY HAD PUPS

CAGE 69A..........PIT FEMALE 1 YR OLD SCARED BUT SWEET

CAN YOU HELP ONE TODAY???? THEY ALWAYS HAVE LIMITED TIME

PLEASE HELP SHARE

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 (PLUS MORE) POSTED ON GRITS IN THE TAVARES, FL PUPPIES/DOGS ALBUM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ON FACEBOOK...JUST CLICK THE LINK...THANK YOU.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pasco County AC - Dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes (and cats)



Pasco County Animal Services Adoption Partners ProgramCONTACT: adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net



May be available for transfer on 3/20/2012 to approved Adoption Partners



D6206 Pit mix, white and tan, adult, male, stray, approx 50lbs, very sweet boy



D6204 Pit mix, grey & tan brindle, adult, female, stray, approx 35lbs, was left in a junkyard, very sweet dog, wants to be a lap dog, however very scared at the shelter



D6211 Dach mix, black and tan, adult, female, stray, approx 10lbs



D6205 Tibetan Spaniel, white and tan, male, adult, stray, approx 20lbs, showing signs of fear aggression/scared in shelter kennel, however once taken outside of shelter does much better May be available for transfer on 3/19/2012 to approved Adoption Partners-



MOST URGENT!!



D6201 Lab mix, black, adult, female, stray, approx 40lbs, knows basic commands



D6200 Aussie mix, white with brindle, adult, male, stray, approx 50lbs May be available for transfer on 3/23/2012 to approved Adoption Partners



D6208 Chi mix, tan and cream, male, adult, stray, approx 15lbs May be available for immediate transfer to approved Adoption Partners-



MOST URGENT!!!!



D6157 Collie mix, tri colored, male, approx 50lbs, at first glance thought to be a older male due to possible muscle wasting observed on the head, however dogs teeth are in good condition, eyes clear, behavior is very spunky even playful with a possible skull deformity observed -really cute!



D6210 Aussie mix, “Sonny”, white with brindle, adult, male, owner surrender- unable to contain, Sonny keeps jumping owners 4foot high fence, very nice boy!



CATS:



C743 Siamese Mix, adult, female, stray, possibly pregnant



C729 DSH, black and grey tiger with white, grey and white, male, adult, stray, thin condition



C741 DSH, “Opal”, black and white, male, adult/10 yrs, owner surrender- moving, very lovable and sweet cat



C721 DSH, Buff and white tiger, adult, female, stray, extra toes



C735 DMH, Calico, adult, female, stray, possibly pregnant



C737 DSH, white and orange tiger, adult, female, owner surrender- moving, possibly pregnant



C732 DSH, black, adult, male possibly neutered, front declaw, owner surrender due to urinating in house, pet owner stated there were territory issues with the other cats



Thank you, Shannon Pasco County Animal Services Adoption Partners Program adoptionpartners@pascocountyfl.net

Savannah, TN - Bank Foreclosin​g on Animal Sanctuary: Animals Need Adopting OR WILL BE PUT DOWN/SHOT

Tennessee!! Over 70 dogs in need! RESCUE CLOSING! "If the house sells, and I have to vacate the property - every one of these dogs either has to be euthanized, or the sheriff will come out and shoot them," said Burnham. "I've had a lot of these dogs since they were babies. I can't see putting them down. They're loving dogs - they just need homes." SAVANNAH, TN

http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Bank-Foreclosing-On-Animal-Sanctuary-Animals-Need-Adopting-142998095.html
Contact: Sally BurnhamPhone: 731-412-8355Address:1445 Burnt Church Rd.Savannah, TN

TRANSPORT Needed - Tavares to Naples, FL ~MON 3/26 (2 DOGS)

FLORIDA TRANSPORT HELP NEEDED FOR 2 MEDIUM SIZE DOGS TO RESCUE
TAVARES, FL TO NAPLES, FL
MUST BE ON MONDAY, MARCH 26TH
PLEASE HELP US SHARE ♥
IF YOU CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL DENISE ASAP: williams.denise022@gmail.com

Cookie, a senior Chihuahua at A/S in Orlando, FL needs rescue immediatel​y



UNKNOWN
A228784 - UNALTERED FEMALE, RED CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 10Y
This animal is currently located in kennel WDI32 and will be available for rescue until 03/23/2012.
Comments: This girl came in as a stray. She weighs 10 lbs and is waiting to be tested for heartworms. Per the vet: The dog does not seem to be blind and is reluctant to move at all. Exam shows the dog not to have cataracts and believe the dog has retinal degeneration. The dog has a small mass on the left anterior chest and needle aspiration shows it to be a small lipoma. There is clean and appears to have been taken care of.// Please let me know if anyone can rescue her. Thanks, DV



Orange County Animal ServicesAnimals That Need Rescue
http://www.ocnetpets.com/
If you can rescue an animal on this list, please reply to Debra.villella@ocfl.net.

STILL NO HOME, MOST URGENT, BOCA RATON, FL~URGENT RE-HOMING BONDED PAIR



PLEASE WE NEED YOUR HELP, PLEASE SHARE...SPECIAL PLEA FOR A BONDED PAIR ♥ THEIR OWNER NAOMI PASSED AWAY FROM A BRAIN TUMOR AND HER "GOOD FRIEND" WHO PROMISED SHE WOULD KEEP THEM NOW WANTS TO RE-HOME THEM.....WOULD LOVE TO KEEP THEM TOGETHER BUT WILL SPLIT UP IF IT MEANS GETTING THEM INTO GOOD HOMES. BOTH ARE VERY SWEET & LOVING DOGS. TIME CRITICAL. PLEASE CONSIDER.



Please contact bobbi@chesed-rescue.org (chesed-rescue.org)Please help us find homes for Bernie and Chickie. Their owner, Naomi, passed away in 2010. She left them to her friend who now wants to rehome them. Both are sweet, wonderful dogs. Bernie is a big boy that wouldn't hurt a fly and loves all dogs. He is 6 years old. Chickie is a senior chi, fine with all people and dogs. I know there aren't alot of homes out there, but please consider doing a huge kindness and helping these two who have been through so much. Though they are a bonded pair, but we will split them up if it means getting a home. Please contact bobbi@chesed-rescue.org