Posts Tagged ‘Animal Shelters’

Dognappers take pit bulls from shelter: Police believe animals stolen for dogfights; four arrested

May 29, 2008

Chewie, the tough and nimble pit bull kept for over a year at the county’s animal shelter as evidence in a felony dogfighting trial, got a brief taste of freedom Sunday night.

But it wasn’t the kind that animal welfare advocates, who have been trying to find sanctuaries for Chewie and seven other battle-scarred dogs dubbed the “Great Eight,” had been hoping for.

Four intruders broke into the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service twice over the Memorial Day weekend, stealing two pit bulls Saturday night and nabbing Chewie on Sunday.

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Humane Society forced to enthanize animals to combat disease

May 28, 2008

The Humane Society of Hall County was forced to euthanize most of the animals in its shelter Thursday in order to control an outbreak of respiratory disease.

Humane society president Rick Aiken said the illness was a contagious but typically non-fatal virus similar to kennel cough, or bordatella. Ironically, the society recently received a grant to vaccinate incoming animals against bordatella.

“Unfortunately, if an animal comes in and is already incubating the virus, the vaccine doesn’t do any good,” Aiken said. “And as a full-service shelter, we can’t turn animals away. We have to take everything that comes in.”

Even though the illness is not fatal, and the society provided free treatment for any adopted pet who became ill, Aiken said some owners were upset about adopting an animal that turned out to be sick.

“We had to make a decision,” he said. “Three or four days ago, we started isolating new animals that came in, and only one person could take care of them. Then, all the animals that had not been isolated would be euthanized.”

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Momma kitty adopts baby squirrel

May 1, 2008

Animal Control workers weren’t sure what to do when someone dropped off a baby squirrel at the shelter about four weeks ago.

At the same time, they were concerned about a mother cat who seemed down over the recent loss of her kitten.

Then it hit them: What if they put the squirrel and cat together?

To this day, they have been amazed and touched by the results. The cat has taken in the squirrel as its baby.

The squirrel feeds from the cat, and “Momma,” as the shelter workers have named the cat, has taught the squirrel the finer things in life, such as using the litter box.

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The cat and the squirrel are up for adoption, as a package or individually!  Adopt them before they are euthanized!  Read the full article for more info.

-Kitty Mowmow

Dallas dog and cat owners object to proposal to curb pets

April 29, 2008

A plan to enact strict new rules for pet ownership in Dallas drew sharp opposition at City Hall on Monday, despite the City Council’s insistence that something must be done to address a massive and growing stray-dog problem.

Pet owners, breeders and dog show participants showed up in force to protest the proposed changes, which include mandatory spaying and neutering of pets and limiting Dallas households to a total of six cats and dogs.

“I do believe there is a stray-dog problem, but these particular changes won’t solve that,” said Sarah Hebler, owner of a Belgian Tervuren she doesn’t want to have fixed.

Many who attended the meeting said the plan will place new burdens on responsible pet owners and do nothing to stop people who don’t follow current regulations.

But city officials, including Animal Shelter Advisory Commission Chairman Robert “Skip” Trimble, said the city can’t stand by anymore while packs of dogs run wild in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

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PETA and Euthanasia: Even among animal lovers, killing unwanted pets is a divisive issue.

April 28, 2008

Nearly a decade later, Daphna Nachminovitch still remembers the rerelease of the Disney classic “101 Dalmatians” and the tragedy that followed. First there was a spike in sales of the famous spotted breed. Then, in the months that followed, shelters took in hundreds of Dalmatians from disillusioned pet owners around the country. “As soon as the puppies outlived their cuteness and the kids didn’t want to scoop the poop anymore, the dogs were dumped in shelters,” says Nachminovitch, vice president of cruelty investigations for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Many of them had to be euthanized, because there was simply no place for them to go.”

But what many animal lovers don’t realize is that PETA itself may have put down some of those unwanted Dalmatians. The organization has practiced euthanasia for years. Since 1998 PETA has killed more than 17,000 animals, nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued. Dalmatians may no longer be the breed of the day, but the problem of unwanted and abandoned pets is as urgent as ever. Shelters around the country kill 4 million animals every year; by some estimates, more than 80 percent of them are healthy. In recent years those grim statistics have split the animal rights community. Ironically, PETA has emerged as a strong proponent of euthanasia. (The group is better known for its public condemnations of everyone from fashion designer Donna Karan for her use of fur to the National Cancer Institute for its animal research.) In defense of its policy PETA has insisted that euthanasia is a necessary evil in a world full of unwanted pets. But while the group has some well-known allies, including the Humane Society of the United States, a growing number of animal rights activists claim to have found a better, more humane way.

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Astros and pets pose for calendar to raise money for the Houston Humane Society

April 24, 2008

It was hard to decide which was cuter: Houston Astros pitcher Wesley Wright’s getting instructions on how to cradle the whimpering puppy or the sweet-faced pup that almost fit into his hand.

For comic relief, J.R. Towles’ dog used the grass, which everyone had been warned to stay off, for another kind of relief.

And for some extra drama, 6-year-old Alisia Cruz fell in love with the yellow kitten her dad posed with for the third annual Astros players and pet calendar.

Twenty players signed up for the Monday calendar shoot organized by pitcher Dave Borkowski and his wife, Jill, at Minute Maid Park to raise awareness of homeless animals and the need for spaying and neutering. They also hope to raise about $100,000 for the Houston Humane Society.

The 2009 calendar will go on sale in the fall.

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Pets With Unknown Birthdates Now Have Reason to Celebrate

April 24, 2008

Pets play extremely important roles in the lives of millions of Americans. These furry companions treat us like every day is our birthday, yet their birthdays mostly pass without notice. According to a survey* conducted by Purina of 1,000 pet-owning Americans, 43 percent do not know the exact birth date of their pet.

In honor of National Pet Month (May) and all pets with no set birthday, Purina is hosting a nationwide “Fur-real Birthday Pawty” Celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2008. On this day, pet owners are encouraged to honor their adopted pets at the same time shelters across the country will celebrate the rescued dogs and cats in their care that may have unknown birth dates.

Up until now, a lot of pet owners, who didn’t know their pet’s real birthday, just celebrated on a day of their choice. Only 17 percent of the pet owners surveyed that celebrate their pet’s birthday do it on the pet’s actual birth date. In comparison, 30 percent said they celebrate their pet’s birthday on the day they adopted their furry companion since they don’t know their actual birth date. And 16 percent of celebrating pet owners just pick a random day to recognize their pet’s birthday.

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Meet Oscar the Naked Cockatiel

April 21, 2008

Profile: Official Roadkill Scraper a Wild Animal Caretaker

April 11, 2008

Scraping roadkill off the asphalt is a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

That someone is Bill Miller.

For the last eight months, Miller has served as supervisor for the Redlands Animal Shelter, where he has had to clean up roadkill and take care of the wild and stray animals within the city limits.

Though the job has its sad moments, Miller said the rewards make the job worth doing. He said he enjoys animal rescues the most.

“Saving the little kittens stuck in the walls or the dog that’s hanging himself on his chain and you get there in time to rescue him – that’s very rewarding,” Miller said. “It’s like what happens on Animal Planet.”

Miller also has to deal with the wild animals around Redlands. He takes on wild cats, skunks, raccoons, mountain lions, snakes and any other wild critter that might be lurking around the city.

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Woman told to give up “halfway house” for soldier’s pets

April 8, 2008

A Lakewood woman caring for the pets of local soldiers while they’re overseas has been told to give up her animals.

Diana VanDusen has taken in stray and unwanted pets for five years. About two-thirds of her animals came from local military families.

Now the city says she’s keeping too many cats and dogs at her house.

“I’m a halfway house for animals,” she said. “Because of deployment to the Iraq war the dogs and cats were abandoned at the shelter.”

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Abused dogs CAN make great pets

April 3, 2008

Life can be hard for pooches with a past.

And things can get even tougher for their new owners.

Dogs and other animals from shelters could have a hard time acclimating to a new home, depending on what their previous lives were like.

But pets with a history of neglect or abuse, such as the 80 dogs recently rescued from an unkempt Jackson County shelter, can end up being loyal pets, animal-care employees say.

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Puppy needs foster/permanent home ASAP! Take the Kitty Mowmow Save the Puppy Challenge!

March 27, 2008

My friend who provides foster care to cats asked me to pass this on to you, loyal reader of Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo.

Do you live within driving distance of Tuscaloosa, AL? Do you know someone who does? And would you or that someone like to give this adorable little puppy, named Galen, a foster or permanent home? Of course you do. 🙂


This is the Kitty Mowmow Save the Puppy Challenge: Let’s all work together to find a home for Galen! Call all your family, friends, and co-workers to see if they want to help her. Email me as soon as possible at kittymowmowsanimalexpo AT gmail DOT com and let me know that you want her.

Here’s some info about the Galen, given to me by the shelter:

galen-2-pix-1.jpgGalen, meaning “festive party” in Gaelic, is called that because she is such a joyful little thing. She’s a rescued puppy who during her very short life was chained to a fence with very little water or food, in all kinds of weather. When the guy who owned her released her, we took her to be kenneled and she has been there since last Friday. The nice woman who runs the place gave very favorable reports about her behavior. She said she placed a very, very large pillow in the kitchen and Galen climbed on it and slept all night without any barking. She also has had no accidents in the house. This has not changed. Her behavior is still stable, and the woman says she will make a wonderful pet. She said If she didn’t have so many dogs of her own she would keep her. Galen’s birthday was November 1, 2007, so she is just a little over 4 mos.old. She has had the complete series of shots, is heartworm free, and on her 1st heartworm medication, and is solid black. She will be spayed probably before 5 months old.

We need a temporary fostering situation, one that will enable her to say inside a house and continue to be socialized. She’s a terrific puppy. We will provide food,etc. Because of my strained finances involving animal rescue, it would be nice if the charge is low. I should mention that the woman keeping her committed to watching four other dogs over spring break, so she can’t keep galen later than Friday. Too little time to find her another place!!!


galen-2-pix-2.jpgThank you, thank you for the follow-through on Galen. I had to keep her with the woman who was kenneling her. Fortunately, a couple of people who had planned to keep their dogs with her during Spring break didn’t go away. I say “fortunate,” but it still is costing me an extra $105.00 for one week!!!!! Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem, but we’ve been involved in lots of rescue lately. You know the story. Galen should be spayed like today–at least not more than five months of age. Anyone who fosters her would have to keep her from running around or rough-housing because of stitches. They’re usually removed at 10 days. I’m thinking of taking her to be spayed the end of this week or the beginning of next week, but I wish she had somewhere to go after that. I like [the place and the woman she’s currently staying with], but the $$$ is the problem. It may delay the spaying, if I don’t get a place for her.

Take the Kitty Mowmow Save the Puppy Challenge! Please help the puppy and the animal shelter!  Email me at kittymowmowsanimalexpo AT gmail DOT com if you are interested or need more info.

Like pets but not the commitment? Foster program may be the cat’s meow

March 25, 2008


For people who really like cats — just not all the time — here’s an opportunity: There’s a big demand this time of year for part-time cat lovers willing to do foster care for litters of kittens, and sometimes their mamas, until adoptive homes can be found or other arrangements can be made through volunteer shelter organizations that can take them in.

Cherie Cahill, vice president of Oregon Fostering and Adoption Network, one of a growing pro-cat network of organizations throughout Lane County, practices what she preaches.

“Right now, I have 14 cats in my home — seven of my own and seven fosters,” Cahill said. “We try to have plenty of foster homes this time of year, because we know the kittens are coming. I’ve already gotten a call from a thrift store and went over and picked up two kittens that had been left there.”

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There are tons of animal shelters out there that would LOVE for you to provide an animal with foster care.  Most shelters pay for food and medical expenses until the animal is adopted.  You provide an animal with a temporary home, you are probably keeping it from being put down for crowding reasons.

Being a foster parent for a pet is an especially good option for college students, or anyone else who may have to move around a lot.  You wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your next apartment will allow you have a pet, or whether your schedule will change in a month or two and you will not have enough time for it. As long as you find a home for the animal before you have to move, you’ll be guilt-free and unburdened.

One of my friends regularly fosters cats and loves it.  Like the article says, its companionship without commitment.  And it offers an animal a good, loving home until someone comes along who can keep it forever.

Pet overpopulation? This guy blames the animal shelters.

March 19, 2008

It’s the breeders’ fault for churning out too many puppies.

It’s the owners’ fault for lacking the moral fiber to provide a forever home.

Heck, maybe it’s the animals’ fault, for their persistent fecundity and reliance on we notoriously unreliable humans.

When it comes to the blame game over animal overpopulation, Nathan Winograd has an unusual – some might argue counterintuitive – target: shelters and humane organizations.

A former attorney and founder of the national No Kill Advocacy Center, Winograd is the author of “Redemption: The Myth of Pet Population and the No Kill Revolution in America” (Almaden, $16.95), which advances an almost unthinkable notion: That shelters and humane organizations are complicit in the overpopulation issue because of an institutional bias – imperative, even – toward killing animals.

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A new future for small-town homeless cats

March 14, 2008

Best Friends Animal Society

Dear Members and Friends,

Future of cats in the balance in small Iowa town
Click Here!What’s to be done with the feral cats of Randolph, Iowa? Kill them … or set up a well-managed trap/neuter/return program? It’s a question that often arises in towns and cities when people don’t know how to care for homeless cats in the neighborhood. We’re working with the town and with other humane groups to provide spay/neuter and continuing care for all the homeless cats.

>>Read the story

Another sign of The Times for Vicktory Dogs?
Click Here!
New York Times sports columnist Bill Rhoden called us to talk about the Vicktory dogs. His interest had been piqued by hearing that the folks at PETA had favored destroying the dogs. “I thought you guys agreed on everything,” he said. After hearing both sides, he came to his own conclusion in his newspaper column. You can read it on the blog.

>>Read the blog.

Desert kitties rediscover trust at Best Friends Feline Finishing School.
Click Here!There’s lots of socializing, a real-life room, even sleepovers. It’s playtime with a purpose for the cats who were rescued from the Nevada desert in The Great Kitty Rescue. And Miss Sherry, the school principal, runs a tight ship.

>>Check it out.

Perky piglet’s double surprise.
Click Here!Buying a baby pig as a surprise gift is not a good idea. For starters, they squeal. Loudly. All night. (Find out why pets don’t make good surprise gifts here.) But then Sprocket the piglet got a new life at Best Friends, complete with sanctuary walkabouts – on a leash, no less!

>>Read Sprocket the Rocket’s story.

Why Harrison Fjord shouldn’t “burro” trouble.
Click Here!Harrison the fjord horse has instant star quality, like his celebrity namesake. Back when this sturdy fellow had a home, Harrison lost an eye, and no one seemed to want him after that. Now he’s here at the sanctuary, and we’ve discovered his secret fear in life. Hmm …

>>More about Harrison, and how you can sponsor him.

Daisy seeks Filet Mignon. Cesars, please. In the purple package.
Click Here!High blood pressure, tick disease, glaucoma. Seems like there are more things wrong with Daisy than right. But at Best Friends, she’s being treated for all her woes … including her finicky eating habits.

>>Catch up on Daisy’s journal.

Lots more on the website at, including

* a “fountain of youth” for homeless pets in North Carolina

* a landmark bill for dogs in Virginia

* and our favorite photo of the week. (What’s that parrot doing on the …?)

You make all these good things possible through your generous donations … so thank you, as always, from the heart of Best Friends.

Have a very good weekend, and a happy first day of spring.

Michael Mountain
Best Friends

New “vicktories” every day

March 9, 2008

Best Friends Animal Society

Dear Members and Friends,

New “vicktories” every day.
Click Here!For the dogs rescued from ex-footballer Michael Vick’s kennels, every day is a new experience. This week, for example, was a breakthrough for Lance. At first, Lance would literally run into the fence as he tried to hide
from everyone. But now he looks forward to his walks, plays with toys, and is beginning to enjoy his life. Check out Lance’s story here, and on the blog you can see
Oliver taking off on a car ride. It’s one step at a time, but what a pleasure to see the dogs enjoying themselves.

>>Read the blog

Horse play.
Click Here!
For abused and abandoned horses, fun and games is how they
learn to interact with each other and with staff and volunteers.
This week, several of them went to a demonstration in natural horsemanship where they got to show off and have yet more
fun. Star of the show was mini-horse Luna, all recovered
from her months in Guardian Angel care. (She’d been run over when she came to Best Friends.) Once fearful, stubborn and ornery, Luna was having a great time strutting her stuff and playing to the crowd.

>>Watch the video.


It’s a pleasure!
Author and veterinarian Dr. Jonathan Balcombe has been answering your questions all week on the subject of how and why non-human animals like to enjoy themselves. He says that pleasure is a key to survival. Catch up on this fascinating conversation here.

Working together to save 150 cats.
When a judge gave the OK for the bulldozers to raze a trailer park in Sacramento, some of the residents panicked … for the cats. But with help through the Best Friends Network, dozens of people came together to rescue the kitties, get them some urgent health care, and start placing them in new homes or feral colonies. (Oh, and they also rescued a turtle!)


Pepper the pig comes through major surgery.
Click Here!She’s still a young girl, but she had a broken leg that had healed badly when she came to Best Friends, and was seriously overweight. This week, the vets gave her the green light for a seven-hour shoulder surgery, and she came through with flying colors.

Raptor rehab.
Click Here!Harrier hawks are speed stars of the sky. But this amazing, handsome fellow had a crash landing and broke a wing. After surgery, he was brought to Best Friends so he can practice flying again in safety at our flight aviary. If all goes well, he should be able to be released quite soon.
Lots more on the home page at You make all these good things possible, and your furry and feathered friends at the sanctuary really appreciate it. Thank you for your generous donations, and have a very good weekend.

Michael Mountain
Best Friends

Rescue groups fight to save sick animals from being euthanized

March 8, 2008

Until recently, Valentine hadn’t seen a whole lot of love.

The emaciated fawn-colored pit bull weighed only 24 pounds on Valentine’s Day, when a Far Rockaway couple spotted the frightened dog crawling on her belly.

But thanks to the efforts of one local rescue group, the once downtrodden dog is on the mend.

“She had no muscle mass and couldn’t walk,” said veterinarian Jean Ferreri of NYC Veterinary Specialists in Manhattan, where the popular pooch has gained a few pounds – and even boasts her own fan club.

But caring for Valentine doesn’t come cheap. The ailing dog’s medical bills, which already exceed $10,000, will be covered by Stray from the Heart, the nonprofit rescue group that saved her and will find her a foster home.

Like most smaller rescue groups, Stray from the Heart relies on public donations, gifts from private foundations, corporate grants, special events and adoption fees to help fund its rescue efforts.

The group, which is part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, rescues about 150 dogs each year, half of which are pulled off the NYC Animal Care and Control shelters’ euthanasia list. The group is among a handful that take animals from the heartbreaking list circulated daily to rescuers.

The group’s Executive Director Toni Bodon, a lawyer by day, says most of the dogs on the euthanasia list are senior animals; harder-to-place canines, such as pit bulls and Rottweillers, and those deemed sick, often because they suffer from upper respiratory infections contracted at the shelter.

“Most are being put down simply because they have a cold, and all they need is medication and a clean and nurturing environment where they can recuperate,” she said.

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Humane Society telethon hopes to find homes for animals

March 7, 2008

Can one shelter raise $100,000, find homes for more than a hundred animals and offer tips to pet owners — all in a mere three hours?

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City intends to try Sunday night at its eighth annual pet telethon.

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County’s paralysis keeps animals in antiquated shelter

March 5, 2008

For at least a quarter century, Orange County has meant to build a new shelter for thousands of lost and abandoned animals that every year end up in its care.

It has been unable to do so.

“One of the most frustrating problems which has avoided solution during my years as supervisor, has been locating an acceptable site for the South County animal shelter,” wrote Supervisor Thomas F. Riley in a letter dated Jan. 18, 1983.

Riley died in 1998, with the issue still unresolved. And despite decades of plans and promises, Orange County still has essentially the same shelter, in the same spot, as it has since World War II.

“I honestly don’t know what’s taken so long,” said Supervisor Bill Campbell, who this week asked county staffers to move forward on this in earnest. “I’ve been to the shelter. I see the need.”

Others have seen the need as well. The shelter has been the subject of two grand jury investigations over the last decade, finding, among other things, mismanagement, conflicts of interest, deficiencies in animal care and a disregard for public safety. Crowding was so bad that animals were euthanized ahead of schedule to gain space for new animals.

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Aaaawww… Eight-year-old forgoes birthday gifts to help shelter animals, animals celebrate birthday instead

March 2, 2008

Anelyse Mowery loves animals so much that she donated her birthday presents to the Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement shelter.

Fortunately for the dogs and cats housed there awaiting the possibility of new homes, Anelyse had asked the guests who helped her celebrate her eighth birthday to bring pet supplies.

“My mom asked me if I wanted to do that, and I said yes,” said Anelyse, who has three fish and a cat. She used to have a dog and wishes she had a hampster.

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