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HEADWATERS ANIMAL SHELTER: Cat Sale Lasts Through End of December – Park Rapids Enterprise


We hold our annual Home for the Holiday Cat Sale, which runs from November 1st to December 31st.

Available cats and kittens 6 months and older are eligible for this sale and are only $75. We have gift certificates available through January for those traveling during the holidays.

The purpose of this sale, in our eyes, is to help find homes for our oldest residents before the end of the year.

This sale allows us to adopt more cats frequently, so we can start working on our very long waiting list.

Our oldest resident to date is Tak, an orange and white domestic shorthaired male. He has been in and out of the shelter for a large majority of his life. His last entry into the shelter was in August 2021. This was through no fault of his own. He was abandoned by his adopter, who adopted him in 2019.

Tak is a very sweet and affectionate boy. He handles the shelter environment incredibly well. In fact, when we have visitors, he sits by the lobby doors and watches the families come in and out.

Tak gets along well with other cats here, and there have only been a few incidents where he doesn’t particularly like cat company. Tak would most likely do well in any family home and is ready for his next adventure.

If you are interested in adopting one of our cats or kittens, please call us at 218-237-7100.

MPs urged to remove vicious cat from home


The following list includes recent reports from the Midland County Sheriff’s Office and the Midland Police Department. Compiled by journalist Tereasa Nims.

Monday November 21

11:31 p.m. – A deputy struck a deer in Hope Township. An accident report has been completed.

10:38 p.m. – Police were called to East Carpenter and Fournie streets to a drug complaint.

7:54 p.m. – Deputies responded to a residence in Mills Township for a wellness check. Deputies spoke to the 42-year-old owner, who was the only person at home, and said he didn’t need any help.

9:46 p.m. – A deputy assisted the Midland Police Department in notifying the death of a Lincoln Township woman.

8:09 p.m. – Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Greendale Township to assist with EMS. The deputies were told by paramedics that they were no longer needed before arriving at the scene.

3:31 p.m. – A deputy was dispatched to a location in Larkin Township for a report of property found on the roadway. The deputy took possession of the property and secured it at the law enforcement center.

3:00 p.m. – A deputy was dispatched to the S. Dickenson Road area near W. Fike Road in Warren Township for a report of an abandoned black Pontiac G6 causing a road hazard. The vehicle was confiscated from Cole’s Towing.

2:22 p.m. – Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Jasper Township to assist EMS. Deputies were told they were no longer needed before they arrived.

1:09 p.m. – A deputy was sent to a dead end road in Mills Township for a trailer parked on the roadway. The deputy spoke with the owner, who advised him that the trailer would be moved when his son returned.

11:55 a.m. – Police responded to Avalon Drive and Woodview Pass for a property damage crash.

11:51 a.m. – Police were called to W. Buttles and Jerome streets for a property damage accident.

11:22 a.m. – A deputy was dispatched to a residence in Porter Township for a wellness check. The deputy contacted a 29-year-old man, who informed him that he was fine and did not require any assistance. The deputy cleared the scene without incident.

11:27 a.m. – Deputies were called to Lee Township for an accident involving two vehicles. An accident report has been completed.

9.30am – Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash. An accident report completed.

8:02 a.m. – An animal control assistant has been dispatched to a home in Larkin Township regarding a vicious cat. The deputy helped the owner remove the cat from the residence.

04:34 – A 53-year-old man reports that a dog bite has occurred in his home. Once the deputies arrived at the house, the man said they were not needed as no one else was home.

12:21 a.m. – A deputy carried out a traffic check at a location in the township of Jérôme. The deputy spoke to the 35-year-old driver, who was later arrested for drunk driving and jailed in Midland County Jail. A report is sent to the prosecutor.

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These turkeys got a second chance at the Sonoma Wildlife Sanctuary


It was not going well for the bird. He was a marked man, destined to be the main course of a wedding feast. But a bridesmaid took pity on him and asked the bride and groom to spare his life. Now the turkey called “Hombre” (Spanish for “man”) watches over “a misfit crew” of two goats and a rooster at a Sonoma farm animal sanctuary where even the oft-maligned gobbler gets a second chance.

Hombre is one of six rescued turkeys that reside at Charlie’s Acres, home to 150 farm animals, each with a story of bad luck. The menagerie of rescued animals includes goats, sheep, horses, cows, ducks, pigs and chickens, which are treated royally for the rest of their lives. And at Thanksgiving, turkeys get special attention.

Over the weekend, Hombre, a large-breasted white turkey raised for meat, was treated to a feast of sweet potatoes and pomegranates served with a sprig of rosemary. The party was shared not so willingly ― with his grazing companions, for whom he acts as a fierce protector. Hombre is not so friendly to humans, puffing out his large white body and spreading his feathers to warn anyone who comes near that it is better not to play with his friends. Too large and ungainly to be safely entrusted to females, Hombre sleeps with other animals with special needs such as Esperanza, a goat born without hooves who is now fitted with prosthetics to protect her tender feet.

Lee Barron, tour guide at the shrine, said she admired Hombre’s loyalty and courage.

“It’s a pretty impressive thing about him, approaching something at least double or even triple his size, and just taking it,” she said.

Barron and other staff and volunteers were on hand over the weekend marking the holidays early with tours of the farm followed by a vegan Thanksgiving dinner with the usual trimmings, except the main course was not from the real turkey.

It was a new addition to what has become a tradition at Charlie’s Acres. As millions of Americans carve up their stuffed birds on Thursday, the sanctuary’s live turkeys will be pampered with their own sweet potato feast. The shrine will also be open that day for tours. And as the holidays approached, the sanctuary sold out special sponsorships. For $100, a sponsor can adopt a turkey. In exchange, they receive thank you cards with profiles of their turkey as well as a goody bag of vegan sauce, spices, recipes and other goodies.

“It costs us about $2,000 a year to care for a turkey in terms of its food and habitat, regular health checkups and veterinary care,” said Kaleigh Rhoads, operations manager at the sanctuary. “Twenty of these sponsorships take care of a whole turkey for a year. It is enormous.

Tailored to the season, tours around Thanksgiving place a little more emphasis on the unique personalities and quirky characteristics of the turkeys that live there. The flock includes Tim, a blue slate heritage turkey who was listed on Craigslist for breeding or eating and his number one daughter Otis, a wild turkey who was abandoned by his flock. Tim, according to the staff, has a “huge crush” on Otis and always shows his feathers to impress him.

The farm is also home to Franklin, who was rescued by a local family who wanted to spare him some future on a Thanksgiving platter, and the dainty ladies Mei Li and Sapphire. Beakless, toeless and forced to live in cramped conditions with thousands of other turkeys, they were among 100 turkeys rescued during a Thanksgiving Mercy project by actor James Cromwell, who became a well-being campaigner. being an animal after starring in the 1995 film “Babe.” about a pig who wants to become a shepherd. Charlie’s Acres was among many sanctuaries that adopted the birds, Rhoads said.

They had another female who fell in love with a wild turkey and took off over the fence, although she was occasionally spotted among her new family in the area.

In the past, Rhoads has worked with rescued chimpanzees, orangutans, bears and big cats. But she said she was drawn four years ago to Charlie’s Acres.

“I wanted to be with these underrepresented animals. Even in the rescue world they don’t get much attention and probably even at farm sanctuaries, turkeys are one of the least common rescued animals. Especially the males. Like a rooster, a male turkey can be difficult to keep, so usually rescue locations will only have one or two. They all have special needs. But they are so amazing that I love them so much.

The turkeys trotted towards her when she called them by name. They can become fussy and annoyed by certain colors and patterns. On a recent day, many were annoyed by his bright red boots. But that’s part of what makes them fascinating. They can be fickle in their affections. Some staff they inexplicably dislike and may attack them with their beaks and talons. But they will make others shine. When Rhoads makes gobbling sounds at someone, he gobbles back. When satisfied, the turkeys vocalize soft happy trills.

“Mei Li is a very cuddly woman who likes to sit on people’s laps and fall asleep while you caress her,” said Gustavo Perez, guide and multimedia coordinator at the farm. “She makes soft purrs while you do it, to show she likes it.”

Their head can change color with a change in mood, and they can retract the fleshy protrusion above their beak called a snood if they feel agitated or threatened.

Staff say it’s nice to show off their turkey friends, so people can see them through different eyes. Curious creatures, turkeys spend their days building nests, foraging, dust bathing, preening and caring for their young.

“When we take them in, we try not to just keep them alive. We try to give them the kind of care these types of animals almost never get,” said Jenny Filak, office administrator, tour guide and animal educator. “We just want to go above and beyond and spoil these animals and give them the life they deserve.”

You can contact editor Meg McConahey at 707-521-5204 or [email protected]

Fairview Park kicks off the holiday season with the ninth annual Winterfest: A Place in the Sun


FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio – It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Fairview Park and elsewhere.

The Sunday after Thanksgiving – November 27 of this year – means winter party, a favorite holiday tradition, is coming back to town. This is the ninth year of the celebration, which is presented by Fairview Park Recreation Department and the town of fairview park.

Thanks to Danielle Danburg, FP Recreation Department Programs Coordinator, for sharing the details of the festivities.

Parking is available at Fairview High School and on neighborhood streets, where permitted, a free shuttle will run beginning at 4:15 p.m. from the FHS parking lot at 4507 W. 213th St. The shuttle will run continuously throughout Winterfest.

There will be entertainment, food, tree lighting and more. The highlight of the event will be when Santa Claus arrives on a fire truck at 4:45 p.m. He will meet children of all ages inside Bain Park Cabin.

The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. at Bain Park, 21077 North Park Drive, Fairview Park with Fairview resident and Fox 8 TV personality Todd Meany.

There will be entertainment from the Fine Arts Association and Fairview Park Theater from 4:45-6 p.m. on the Raising Cane Entertainment Stage at the Gazebo. Performers will include FHS Scarlet Singers, Gilles Sweet Golden Singers and New Hope Ensemble.

Inside the cabin there will be cartoonists, balloon animals created by the Magic Man, encounters with Belle, Mirabel and Moana, and hot chocolate provided by Fairview Park APEs.

The Swensons food truck, bRaised in the CLE and CLE Cookie Dough food trucks will be on site.

At 5:10 p.m., the hut and the surroundings will be illuminated for the holidays. The New Hope Ensemble will perform at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities will end at 6 p.m.

The parade along Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood is one of the highlights of LakewoodAlive’s annual Light Up Lakewood festivities. (Carol Kovach/special at cleveland.com)

Turn on Lakewood: Another popular holiday event – Light Up Lakewood – returns for the 16th time on December 3 in downtown Lakewood. The festivities will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sponsored by First Federal Lakewood and presented by lakewoodliving, Light Up Lakewood celebrates the season and the vibrancy of the city. This free, family-friendly event takes place on Detroit Avenue in downtown Lakewood. Included will be a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, the Roundstone Beer Garden, Holiday Train, live music, ice sculptures, hot chocolate, food trucks, games for children, the domestic holiday market and more.

Attendees are invited to stroll through the downtown Lakewood neighborhood and visit local shops and restaurants while taking in the sights and sounds of one of Northeast’s largest holiday celebrations. Ohio. LakewoodAlive officials said Light Up Lakewood serves as the flagship event for the entire region.

The Holiday Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Belle and Detroit Avenues and heads west along Detroit to Arthur Avenue.

The lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. in City Center Park, followed by a fireworks display at 7 p.m. over Kauffman Park.

For more information, to register a group or organization for the parade, to register for the Holiday Market, as an outside vendor or more, visit lakewoodalive.org and look for the Light Up Lakewood tab.

Here is an overview of the event schedule: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., performances in progress at Lakewood Baptist Church with a surprise visitor; 3 p.m., royal scholarship award ceremony at Avenue Home; the festival starts at 4 a.m.; 4-8, Santa’s visit in front Lakewood Public Library; 5, the holiday parade begins on Belle and Detroit avenues; From 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., live music by The Sellouts on the main stage in the city center; 6:30 p.m., illumination ceremony on the main stage of City Center Park (in front of Marc’s Plaza); 7, fireworks sponsored by First Federal Lakewood on Kauffman Park and 7:45 p.m., final pour at the Roundstone Beer Garden.

West Bank Lions

Lion Linda Krasienko, right, a certificate of appreciation to Allison Martzoff after her presentation. Photo provided by Kevin Barrett, Westshore Lions Club.

Lions lend a hand: The Westshore Lions Club welcomed Allison Martzolf to their meeting on November 16 to discuss the importance of reading for young people.

Martzoff, a fifth-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Lakewood, spoke about her efforts to assemble a classroom library with age-appropriate books for her students to encourage them to read regularly. She has been a teacher for 20 years.

Many students may not have access to good reading materials outside of school, Martzoff said. Research shows that when students can read more frequently, they are more likely to become competent and fully engaged readers. Additionally, she said research shows that classrooms with libraries are correlated with gains in statewide reading, writing, and science scores.

Supporting young people in a variety of ways is a key goal of Lions. The group donated $200 to Martzoff to help with his efforts. She also received a certificate of appreciation.

For more information on the Westshore Lions Club, call 440 250-5564.

Help animals in need: North Olmsted Aged Center partners with the North Olmsted Junior Women’s Club to collect donations for the Animal Rescue Fund in Berea. A collection box is located in the lobby of the Senior Center, 28114 Lorain Road, North Olmsted. Donations will be accepted until November 30.

Wish list items include laundry detergent, cat and dog treats and toys, litter, cat or dog food, and many cleaning items.

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Three new stores in West Park are welcoming shoppers just in time for the festive season. (Carol Kovach/special at cleveland.com)

New purchasing possibilities: The corner of West 150th Street and Lorain Avenue in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood is experiencing a resurgence.

According to the West Park Historical Society’s 2022 calendar, Kmart opened in 1982 at this location. After the store closed a few years ago, plans were made to redevelop the prime location with multiple stores. Three – Big Lots, Burlington and Ross Dress for Less – are open and filled with holiday gift ideas. Work continues at Starbucks, which is on the northwest corner of the parking lot, and at the new ALDI grocery store east of Big Lots.

Information, please: Readers are invited to share information about themselves, their families and friends, organizations, religious events, etc. at Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and West Park for the A Place in the Sun column, which I write as a freelancer. Awards, honors, milestone anniversaries or birthdays and other items are welcome. Submit information at least 10 days before the requested publication date to [email protected]

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Launch of the first animal shelter of its kind at CMR University


A first-of-its-kind animal shelter on a college campus was launched today at CMR University. The shelter is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to assist in animal rescue.

Speaking after the launch of the facility, Karnataka’s Minister of Health Dr K Sudhakar said: “Studies have shown that animals reduce feelings of loneliness and increase feelings of social support. In this regard, CMR University will be a pioneer in promoting concern for other living beings on campus. I hope that other universities will imitate such a measure.

Speaking about this initiative, Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy, Provost, CMR University, said “We are very passionate about animal welfare and we want to make a difference in the world, which is the key objective of the CMR group. We hope our children learn to be passionate and kind and also have fun playing with animals.”

The day was also celebrated by awarding 169 scholarships and 20 leadership awards to students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

DV Sadananda Gowda, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha inaugurated CMR University hostel block, SR Vishwanath, Member of Legislative Assembly distributed CMR Memorial Merit Scholarships, K Govindaraj, Member of Legislative Council and Padma Shri award winner Harry Boniface Prabhu handed out sports scholarships and leadership awards. The total scholarship amount for the 2022-23 academic year is Rs 5.7 crore. CMR University President KC Ramamurthy and Dr. Sabitha Ramamurthy, Chancellor of CMR University were also present.

Dogs, rabbits, cats and goats in need of homes in Dorset


Dorset-based animal rescue center Margaret Green is looking to rehome a number of animals in its care.

Full details can be found below.

Echo of Bournemouth: ChanelChanel (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Chanel is an eight-month-old Pug X Jack Russell Terrier. She is a playful girl who can be a bit shy at first, so she is looking for a quiet home. She likes to play with toys and walk with her four-legged friends. She would like to continue her training with her new owners and she has lived with cats before, so she might be able to live with a canine good cat again.

Echo of Bournemouth: DiddyDidi (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Diddy is a five month old American Bulldog x Irish Wolfhound who is full of energy and fun. She is looking for new owners who are used to large breeds as she could potentially grow to around 45kg. She loves her workouts and she would like to continue them in her new home. She could live with older children, as long as they are comfortable with her size.

Echo of Bournemouth: MildredMildred (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Mildred is an eight year old Terrier. In her true Terrier form, she loves her toys, especially if they squeak! She loves being with her human friends, so she would really like to have someone around for most of the day. She loves her walks and adventures, but she also loves having good knees to cuddle up to.

To register an interest in adopting Chanel, Diddy or Mildred, please contact the Lincoln Farm team: [email protected]

Echo of Bournemouth: SandySandy (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Sandy is a handsome 10 year old boy. He is a very affectionate guy who likes to be around people. He would like to find a rural house, where he will have unlimited access so that he can come and go as he pleases. He might be able to live with older children, but he would rather be the only pet in the house.

Echo of Bournemouth: pepper and splashPepper and splash (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Pepper is a five-year-old Anglo-Nubian goat looking for a home with her mate, Splash. They would like to find a house with lots of space, very high fences and a hard surface to keep their feet dry in the winter. They are curious boys who like to be around people, so they would like a home where they have lots of interaction with their owners.

Echo of Bournemouth: Lucy and FinLucy and Fin (Picture: Margaret Green Animal Rescue)

Six-year-old Lucy is looking for a new home with her best friend, Fin. She is a loving girl who always adores Fin and her caregivers. They are very bonded and love nothing more than to have a hug. They would really like to find their forever home soon because they are the cutest couple of rabbits who would bring a lot of happiness to their new family.

To register an interest in relocating Sandy, Pepper and Splash or Lucy and Fin, please contact the Church Knowle team: [email protected]

Visit www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk

Scottish SPCA seeks homes for three-legged cats


The Scottish SPCA is desperate to find homes for two three-legged cats currently in the care of their Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Repatriation Centre.

Jack is sure to be a great addition to a new family.

Caleb and Jack seek separate homes after unfortunately showing little interest.

Center director Louise Griese said: “Grey-furred Caleb is a sweetheart and is very confident. He loves to rub against you and likes to tell you little stories.

“However, in typical cat style, he can be quick to tell you when he’s had enough, so we’re looking for an owner with previous experience with cats.

Grey-furred Caleb is a sweetheart and is very confident.

“Being on three legs doesn’t hold him back and he can move very quickly when he knows the treats are out!” Caleb would really like to feel the wind in his fur again and be king of the castle in his new garden because he often likes to tell the other cats in the cattery who’s boss!

“Jack is a black and white feline who was very nervous when he came in and preferred to hide under his blankets. As he recovers from his amputation he has come out of his shell and you can tell he will continue to s thrive in a quiet home.

“He would appreciate having understanding owners who can take it slow as he continues to build his trust around people.”

“Both boys are looking for experienced cat owners with access to the outdoors as that is what they have been used to in the past.”

If you would like to give Caleb or Jack their forever homes, please apply via the Scottish SPCA website: http://bit.ly/3URd4Yk or http://bit.ly/3UPoU5c

Volunteer During the Holidays, Giving Opportunities Abound – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News


Maren Faye of Phoenix helps prepare community meals at Uncle Food’s restaurant in Ashland. [Mail Tribune file photo by Jamie Lusch]

Residents of Rogue Valley have plenty of ways to get that warm, fuzzy feeling by volunteering or donating during the holidays.

The local Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bells outside various shops to encourage shoppers to deposit money into red kettles. Other volunteers can help as Angel Tree helpers, handing out tags to shoppers at the Rogue Valley Mall who want to buy gifts for children in need, or wrapping up donated toys in the tree’s warehouse. of Christmas.

Visit Volunteer.usawest.org and enter your zip code to browse Salvation Army volunteer opportunities near you.

The Salvation Army is just one of many local groups that collect gifts for families. In Rogue Valley stores, keep an eye out for Christmas trees decorated with tags listing gifts the kids would like for the holidays.

Jackson County court-appointed special advocates, who help abused and neglected children, have tags in nearly 100 locations. Take a tag, then return purchased items to the CASA location or office at 409 N. Front St., Medford between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Medford Police help transport community-donated toys for abused and neglected children served by CASA in Jackson County. [File photo by Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune]

Children and teens greatly appreciate the gifts they receive, said Erin Carpenter, development and media manager for CASA of Jackson County.

“It shows that the community cares about them. It goes beyond toys to include things like warm socks, clothes and coats. It’s an opportunity to make sure the kids are taken care of,” Carpenter said.

She said people who want to go further can organize their own gift drives with friends, relatives, neighbors or colleagues and then bring the donations to CASA. Some people choose a theme, like teenage hoodies, sports gear, or art supplies.

The Jackson County Foster Parents Association also offers a Christmas tree gift tag program, which brings gifts to hundreds of foster children. Tree locations include Walmart and Rogue Valley Mall.

To learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities to help homeless youth and their families through The Maslow Project, visit maslowproject.com.

The ACCESS social service agency offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year, from helping out at a food bank to presenting information to potential buyers.

The long-running ACCESS Senior Shoebox project is back this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Donors and volunteers can help fill shoeboxes with gifts for seniors, people with disabilities and housebound residents. Shoe boxes are hand-delivered the week before Christmas.

For more information on volunteering, donating, or to see a list of most needed items for the ACCESS Senior Shoebox program, visit accesshelps.org.

Peace House in Ashland operates the Uncle Food’s Diner community meal program. Volunteers can sign up to cook or serve food, or volunteer at another event or in the office. See peacehouse.net.

Other organizations like churches also offer meals, including holiday dinners. Check with your local church about events.

To help the animals, consider volunteering or donating through Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter. You can walk dogs, pet cats, foster an animal for adoption, do office work, help with fundraisers and more. Call 541-774-6651 or visit fotas.org.

Southern Oregon Humane Society has similar volunteer opportunities. See sohumane.org or call 541-779-3215.

Contact Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

Help sterilize stray cats for only €25


As Malta continues to suffer from an increasing number of stray animals, an animal sanctuary has pledged to do something to change this. However, they cannot do it alone.

Kitty Guardians For Strays is launching its ‘Neuter A Stray’ campaign, where you can sponsor a stray cat to be neutered for just €25, preventing the stray cat population from growing.

Most animal shelters typically spay animals before they are placed for adoption, but with the growing number of strays, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for sanctuaries to keep up.

With this in mind, the Maltese NGO is stepping up and taking matters into its own hands.

They offer several ways to donate if you have the means to contribute and help, including cash, BOV mobile payment, Revolut, Paypal as well as regular bank transfer – find the information in the poster below -above.

Animal shelters continually need the help of individuals so they can continue to fight the good fight. Animals are unable to defend themselves, they are voiceless and therefore need animal shelters to protect them and give them a voice.

Help Kitty Guardians For Strays reach their goal of neutering 1,000 stray cats by 2023!

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Foxboro man says his cat, Garfield, may have saved his life – NBC Boston


A Massachusetts man credits his cat with saving his leg and possibly his life.

Garfield, a 17-month-old rescue cat, is bravely adjusting to his new life in Foxboro with his owner, 69-year-old Thomas Williams.

Williams says Garfield was severely abused by his previous owners.

He still remembers the day he took in Garfield.

“The woman who picked it up for me, she opened the top of the cat carrier and it stuck its head out like a prairie dog,” Williams said. “I said, ‘Oh my God, he’s cute!'”

Thanks to the adoption, Garfield got a second chance. And it wasn’t long before the cat returned the favor.

“He kept sniffing my legs and I said, ‘What is he doing? ‘” Williams said. “And he got under my wheelchair, and he kept grabbing his paw, just pushing me.”

Williams, an amputee, said last month that Garfield spent days hovering around his leg.

“I called my visiting nurse, she came out and she said, ‘Animals can detect infections,'” he recalled.

After the sneaky suspicion, Williams says her doctor found a blood clot in her artery.

“If I hadn’t paid attention to what the cat was doing, I probably could have died,” he said. “Because I got the infection with it.”

He says he kept his leg and his life because of Garfield.

“Like a guardian angel from heaven,” he said. “God put him in my life, and I’m glad he did.”

The Food-Themed Cat and Dog Names of 2022 Are Deliciously Unbalanced

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Photo: chendongshan (Shutterstock)

Rover, founder of the popular pet sitting and dog walking app, recently released his list of the best cat and dog names of 2022 – and with pop culture references like Zoom, Bellatrix and Bowser, it’s no surprise people like to name their newly adopted furry companions after food. These downright edible pet names range from cutesy to hilarious, and it never ceases to amaze us what people are willing to name their companions.

Top Food Cat Names of 2022

Coming from someone who named their two horribly mischievous cats Scorpion and Sub-Zero (and yes, they fight every day), of course, I find absolute joy in some of these names. Based on Rover’s comparison to their popularity in 2021, here are the trending greedy cat names of 2022:

  • Roll (up 182%)
  • green bean (up 162%)
  • Pan (up to 102%)
  • S’More (up to 102%)
  • Tamale (up to 102%)
  • Morel (up 82%)
  • Parsley (up 72%)
  • Sauce (up 51%)
  • Chili (up 49%)
  • Leaven (up 49%)

I’m actually quite surprised that “Roll” is the best, but I’ve seen quite a few roly-poly cats in my day, so it might fit a few little ones. And while it’s perfectly fitting for the pandemic era, I’m surprised that so many people have chosen the name “Levain” because if you try to call your cat by name, this one doesn’t quite roll. the tongue as gently as, say, “sauce.” As for “chili”, I wonder if pet owners mean the stew or the pepper. (Or maybe the mother of Bluey.)

New names based on cat food in 2022 include:

  • Of meat
  • Baked beans
  • bacon bits
  • baklava
  • clam chowder
  • Focaccia
  • frittata
  • Funnel Cake
  • Ham sandwich

There are many serious contenders in this list, but my favorite name by far is “Ham Sandwich”. It would be hard enough to yell at a cat named Ham Sandwich for chewing a hole in the bread you accidentally left on the counter. “Clam Chowder” and “Funnel Cake” are also top cat names, earning bonus points for specificity.

Top Food Dog Names of 2022

I’m not a dog owner, so it’s hard to say if these names are weirder than the cat picks. I try to imagine myself introducing a new pup named “Cauliflower” to a complete stranger on the street and wonder if I’d be able to do it with a straight face. The four most greedy dog ​​names this year with a big jump in popularity from last year are:

  • hot pot (up 1,085%)
  • sashimi (up to 785%)
  • Pastrami (up to 485%)
  • Yerba (up to 485%)

Other foods such as mushrooms (“Morel” and “Chanterelle”) were also of particular interest, as well as meat (“Bologna”), cheese (“Paneer”) and Italian cuisine (“Calzone”). Apparently, there are also people who named their dog “Maple Syrup”, because that name also climbed up the list.

The newcomers to the list of food-based dog names are also very good:

  • Doritos
  • cheddar cheese
  • Cheeto Puff
  • gazpacho
  • stroopwafel
  • Taco Bella
  • spicy nugget
  • Mcriblet
  • McGriddle

I’m particularly tickled by “Taco Bella” and “Mcriblet”, but you know, I’m a fan of both Taco Bell and McRibs, so this is to be expected. The best alcoholic dog name was, of all things, “Vodka”, with “Truly”, “Gin” and “Mai Tai” at the end of the list.

And on a completely unrelated but important note, COVID-19 inspired dog names are generally trending down. That means fewer puppies in the world named Rona and Fauci. Thank God.

4-H Council Hosts Success Banquet


On Sunday, November 6, the Box Butte County 4-H Board held its annual 4-H Achievement Banquet at 4:30 p.m. at the Hemingford Community Hall. This event is meant to bring family and friends together and recognize the accomplishments of our 4-H members, Clover Kids, leaders, volunteers and friends.

The Box Butte County 4-H Council held its annual meeting to elect two 4-H Council members. Voting will remain open for any parent, youth member, leader or 4-H volunteer until Friday, November 18 at 4:00 p.m.

After the annual meeting, we started our rewards party by recognizing our young Clover Kid and presenting pins to first-year 4-H members. This year, Clover Kid participates: Dani Bixby, Brextyn Bolek, Eli Bryner, Caden Dubs, Mara Foster, Logan Furman, Charleigh Grobler, Kinslee Hansenm, Slade Harris, Autumn Hartman, Olivis Harwood, Wyatt Harwood, Brecken Helms, Cydnie Herian, Joeie Kresl, Amber Mazanec, Marshall Moseman, Grady Mracek, Gracelyn Pritchard, Victoria Pryor, Ethan Robbins, Wyatt Schumacher, Clara Seeley, Madelyn Seeley, Bristol Underwood, Gwen Wimmer and Augustus Woltman.

Then, all 4-H members were recognized for membership in a club or as an independent member, and the 2022 4-H graduate members were then recognized. These youngsters include: Rasine Bolek, Shelbee Burke, Michaela Cardinal, Braden Connor, Macala Hood, Keyra Klein, Emmerae Korte, Donna LeMunyan, Daren McConville, RJ Riggs, Wade Sanders, Braelyn Shrewsbury, Bayden Solberg, Daniel Steele, Logan Thompson and Wyatt Walker. Special recognition went to our first, fifth, tenth and fifteenth year volunteers, Chelsie Herian and Susan Banks.

Young people who completed a record book were then recognized. Two registers were completed this year, an application file and a career file. At the senior level, Ashley Carr received a meat goat pin and a sports shooting pin. Sierra Banks received a pin in Dog and Photography.

The Little Critters 4-H Club received the Club of Excellence award and Teresa Sanders received the Outstanding Leader Award.

Our Small Animal Herdsmanship winners were Ayla Foster-Rabbit and Overall Little Red Barn Herdsman and Emily Johnston-Poultry. In the cattle barn, Rasine Bolek was given the title of sheep and goat herder, pig herder was Tierney Heupel, and beef herder was Wyatt Walker. Tierney Heupel was the general shepherd of the cattle barn. Thank you to all of our donors who sponsor Herdsmanship: John and Debbie Thomas, SC Party Productions, John and Carolyn Annen, Antioch Machine, Alliance Animal Clinic, Chester Ranch and Ackerman Ag.

Then we gave out our All-Around Awards. Young people apply for these awards and get points for their participation. Sierra Banks was the winner of the FCS small animal all-around and Shelby Carr was the recipient of the livestock all-around. Thanks to our sponsors, Sandhills State Bank, Larry & Barb Grant and the Ida and Lyle Fodnes Memorial.

Box Butte County Junior Leaders recognized Ashley Fenning, with the Heart of 4-H award. Ashley is the Box Butte County 4-H Assistant.

This year, members of the 4-H Council presented the Friend of 4-H Award to Bryan Collins. Bryan continued his support of the Box Butte County 4-H program by helping teach young people the importance of owning beef and owning a branded paper or bill of sale for their animals. He takes the time to attend the beef weighing in winter and summer, and the carcass competition. Thanks again for volunteering your time!

The last two awards presented include the “I Dare You” award and the Outstanding 4-H award. Sierra Banks received the “I Dare You” award for demonstrating high personal integrity, kindness, responsibility and leadership. Outstanding 4-H Member was awarded to Ashley Carr. This award is based on information in the Career Record or Achievement Application that 4-H members complete in October. Judges look for leadership skills, community service, and project accomplishments inside and outside of 4-H.

Congratulations to all our winners, 4-H participates and volunteers for an excellent 4-H year 2021-2022!

Nebraska Expansion Hosts Connecting the Dots Event

On November 2, Nebraska Extension hosted a Connecting the Dots event at Alliance High School for Box Butte County sophomores. This event puts young people in a simulation where they must navigate being high school dropouts, running out of funding to pay for their education, make a full commute to their college of choice, or anything in between. They meet with community professionals to explore jobs in each of the career hubs. The morning was spent asking youth to rate what makes a good resume, practicing interview questions, and learning their motivational skills. This program was funded by Platte Valley Bank, Sandhills State Bank, Bank of the West, First Interstate Bank and Westco. The event would not have been possible without all of the community members who helped with the simulation. These members included Lee Fritzler, Shane Homan, Nick Paradeis, Jared Mracek, Dawn Butcher, Zach Jelinek, Chelsie Herian, Kyren Gibson, Colleen Hood, Jessica Kaiser, Trevor Rasmussen, Pasha Korber, Olivia Hasenauer, Chris Stine, Sean Ridgeway, Jeff Harris , Trish Johnston, Charles Miles, Allie Tyree and Cassandra Wood. The event would also not be possible without the help of Western Nebraska Community College, Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Nebraska Extension is grateful for the assistance of Alliance Public Schools for helping to organize this event. One student commented, “…you have taught me a lot about my future career path. I can’t thank you enough for supporting me in my understanding of my future career!”.

Brighten Your Sweater Workshop

Box Butte 4-H is hosting a Light Up Your Shirt workshop on Tuesday, November 29 starting at 4 p.m. at the Hemingford Multipurpose Hall. Youth will take a sweater and style it with wearable lights. The workshop will cost $10 and is limited to 10 young people over the age of 8. Please register with the extension office at (308) 762-5616 by November 21.

December Maker Day

Do you know young people who are interested in doing this month of December? Box Butte County 4-H has the workshop for them! On December 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westside Event Center, young people will be able to participate in four different workshops. There are a variety of activities to choose from, some for 5-7 year olds, 8-18 year olds and others for all ages. Some activities have different costs and some are free. Young people must register in advance. To register, visit https://go.unl.edu/3q6t or contact the extension office at (308) 762-5616 for more information.

The Benefits of Adopting an Older Cat – Marin Independent Journal


Now that kitten season is winding down, older cats patiently waiting in shelters for forever homes can now bask in the spotlight a bit more. While few things are cuter than kittens, we think there’s plenty to purr about when it comes to older cats, especially older ones.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, so it’s the perfect time to consider adopting a mature feline. Older shelter cats are just as affectionate, loyal and charming as younger ones, but usually the last to be adopted. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.2 million cats end up in animal shelters each year. Some – about 90,000 or so – are happily reunited with their owners, and 1.6 million lucky cats are adopted. Unfortunately, that leaves 860,000 unlucky cats that end up being euthanized every year. Many of them are over 10 years old and are tragically overlooked by potential adopters simply because of their age.

What age is considered “senior” in cat years? Opinions vary slightly, but, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, a 10-year-old cat is similar in age to a 53-year-old, a 12-year-old cat to a 61-year-old cat. elderly person and a 15-year-old cat to a 73-year-old man. Cats are known to live into their early twenties. According to the “Guinness World Records 2010”, Cream Puff, from Austin, Texas, lived to be 38 years old.

Older cats may need a little extra attention to live a comfortable life. Regular wellness checkups, medication if needed, proper food, warm places to sleep, gentle grooming, easy access to the things she loves, and lots of love will help your cat enjoy her golden years. .

There are many reasons to consider adopting a senior cat. What you see is what you get. Their personalities are well established, so you’ll know if they’re a good fit for your family, while a kitten changes as it ages. An older cat has been exposed to many sights, sounds and smells, so it will often settle into a new home more quickly. They need less supervision than a kitten and thrive on routine.

The fourteen-year-old Kona, a handsome kitten in a tuxedo, ended up at Marin Humane after his owner left and quickly became a favorite with volunteers. One of the volunteer cats wrote, “Kona is a love sponge, soaking up all the attention he can get. In return, he gives FaceTime a whole new meaning by rubbing his face against mine and blowing kisses while purring loudly. He finally settled into my lap, kneading and purring, content to stay there forever.

In honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, consider adopting an older pet. Kittens and puppies don’t stay in shelters long, so by adopting a senior, you really know you’re saving a life.

To see animals available for adoption, visit marinhumane.org/adopt and for advice on cat or dog behavior, visit marinhumane.org/oh-behave.

Nancy Weiler is a volunteer and Lisa Bloch is Director of Marketing and Communications at Marin Humane, which contributes Tails of Marin articles and welcomes animal-related issues to our community. Visit marinhumane.org, email [email protected] or find us on social media @marinhumane.

Sesame Cafe makes food-themed cat toys for pet owners


Longtime friends and Evanston residents Theresa Robinson and Skye O’Connor adopted two rescue cats at the end of August 2020. They co-founded their small business Sesame Cafe on Etsy two months later, after losing their jobs during the pandemic.

“We noticed there weren’t a lot of colorful cat toys,” O’Connor said. “The cat toy section in stores was really small, (but) there are a lot of dog toy products.”

Sesame Cafe uses a kawaii pastel aesthetic in its Asian food-inspired felt cat toys, which are infused with catnip. Their shapes range from tempura shrimp to mochi donuts and sell human-friendly creations including tote bags, earrings, key chains and clothing.

The name “Sesame Cafe” is inspired by O’Connor’s cat, Sesame.

O’Connor and Robinson said their goal was to create products that would bring joy to people. O’Connor, who is Korean, added that it was important for her to share her culture through her designs.

“To see your culture represented in a traditional or major way is really important,” O’Connor said. “It really brings a lot of joy to people to be able to have food that represents their culture or comfort and share it with their pets.”

Robinson said she frequently receives packages from BarkBox — a monthly subscription that ships dog toys and treats to people’s doorsteps — featuring imaginative and adorable toys before she opens the store. One in the shape of a dumpling caught her eye, which inspired her to make similar stuffed animals for cats.

Customer Liz Daley Khan found the store through the Uchi-Con anime convention, where she was delighted to see the store’s range of items.

Since then, they’ve been on the lookout for Sesame Cafe’s table at every convention they attend.

“I really, really like their aesthetic, it matches mine really well,” Daley Khan said. “They have a really pretty pastel but also an interesting aesthetic…I buy a lot of kawaii jewelry and accessories and I feel like it might start to look the same, but theirs has a really unique take. “

O’Connor said she and Robinson regularly attended conventions before opening their business. She said she thinks conventions are good venues for non-traditional art and their host communities are perfect for growing their clientele.

Robinson said the duo try to connect with customers as much as possible, displaying the pictures of animals people send them via social media on the company’s table at events. They also prioritize making their store a welcoming space, she said.

“We also want to include sizing, which we’ve done with our sweaters,” Robinson said.

Robinson said they enjoy looking at photos of dishes, blogging, and trying dishes in restaurants to get inspiration for their posts.

Last year, the owners made ornaments for fun – based on random pictures of cats. O’Connor said that because customers really liked them, they decided to make them commissionable and personalized for people’s pets.

O’Connor and Robinson said they hope to expand their business and social media presence and one day have a physical cat cafe. O’Connor added that they want to show people they can embrace the unconventional.

“A lot of people lose touch with their inner child or their inner youth,” O’Connor said. “It’s such a powerful thing to embrace the fun side of life and not let things be so heavy all the time…We ultimately want to do things that make people happy.”

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Save your furniture from cat claws


Rachel Kurzius

THE WASHINGTON POST – First, the bad news: you won’t completely stop your cat from scratching. This is a natural behavior for felines, and they do it for several reasons.

It’s a way of keeping their claws in top condition and marking their territory, both with the visual cue of the scratches and with the pheromones they deposit through their paws. Plus, as you’ve probably seen, scratching provides an opportunity to stretch well. You have to let your cat be a cat, after all!

But don’t despair. There are ways to protect your couch or rug. The main thing is to redirect your adorable little destroyer to another target. Here’s how.


Declawing your cat is a 1990s trend that should never be resurrected. Turns out the procedure is pretty cruel. This involves amputating the knuckle of the tip of the cat’s paw, and it can cause long-lasting pain, said Zazie Todd, author of The Science of Making Your Cat Happy and animal behavior expert. “There’s no benefit to the cat,” she said. “If you think scratching is normal behavior, you don’t want to prevent cats from being able to do something that’s normal for them.”

A growing number of veterinary practices are refusing to declaw cats, said Sara Everett, clinical assistant professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Others only do so in extreme cases (as if the owner might otherwise abandon the animal).

More than a dozen cities in the United States (USA), as well as New York and Maryland, have banned the procedure.


The ideal place for your cat to use its claws is on a scratching post. But not all are created equal, and it may take some trial and error to find a message your cat likes.

A critical factor to consider is texture. Some cats like the gnarly feel of a carpet-covered scratching post, while others prefer cardboard or sisal. “You might just have to offer them a little cafeteria or a scratch buffet and see what they choose,” said owner of the Animal Behavior Wellness Center in Fairfax and veterinary behaviorist Amy Pike.

There is also the matter of vertical versus horizontal. Most felines like tall scratching posts, but some prefer a low surface. If you’re going vertical, make sure you have something sturdy. Jackson Galaxy, author of Total Cat Mojo and feline behaviorist, said part of the appeal of furniture is that it doesn’t tip over when cats tug for a long time. If you’re looking to replace a couch or chair, you’ll need to find a stable scratching post with some weight at the base.


Finding the perfect scratching post won’t matter if you hide it. Your cat didn’t go to town on your favorite chair for revenge, but because you’re spending a lot of quality time there.

Occupied areas of the home tend to be “areas where they get good attention from their owners, like petting, cuddling and playing,” Everett said, so cats want to mark these places as their territory. . (When you say it that way, it’s kind of nice.)

That means placing a scratching post in a rarely used space won’t work: “They don’t care about scratching areas of the house that aren’t valuable to them,” Everett said. Instead, place the post near the furniture your cat is ruining so it’s easier to see it as a substitute. You can add catnip to the post to make it even more appealing.


This section looks like it was written by a cat, but it’s true: punishment doesn’t work very well for our feline friends. Your cat probably won’t connect your harsh words or tone with scratching, so the only thing you’ll accomplish is to make him anxious.

Instead, try rewarding your cat for the behavior you want. “If you see them using their scratching post and you wait until they’re done and you offer them a treat very quickly, that will make them more likely to use that scratching post in the future,” Todd said.


There are several ways to protect the sofa, although some methods are more aesthetic than others.

You can wrap your furniture with a product like Sticky Paws – basically double-sided tape that makes scratching less satisfying for many cats.

Galaxy uses these types of products as a training tool: “That doesn’t mean for the rest of your life with that couch or that cat, you’re going to have to keep those things there – they’re going to learn.”

He also pointed out that this tactic only works if you provide another outlet for the scratching.

Other options include adding blankets to protect an area prone to scratches or wrapping a material like sisal around the underside of a chair or sofa to protect it.

If you’re buying new furniture, consider what textures your cat likes to scratch on. If she likes bumpy fabrics, choose pieces covered in smoother materials, like velvet or leather.

New furniture also provides a new opportunity to train your cat, Todd said, because he doesn’t have your pheromones on him yet. “If you bring home something new, it’s going to smell different, and that would be a good point to make sure your scratching post is lined up and in the right place,” she said.


Some cats are more tenacious and destructive than others. If you regularly come home with crumbling furniture, you might want to consider a product like Soft Paws – little caps that you put over a cat’s natural nails.

These allow your cat to scratch normally without causing as much destruction.

They last about a month to six weeks, and while they can be a little fiddly to apply, Everett said some veterinary practices will put them in place for owners. As a fun bonus, they come in a range of colors, so your cat will look like it’s had a brilliant manicure.


Occasionally, just surrender. Pike, for example, has a chair in her house that has become a scratching post for her cat “and we leave it that way,” she said. When cats express such a preference for a piece of furniture, it’s better to leave it as an option than to get rid of it altogether, she said. (This is also the case with a scratching post that you may think has reached the end of its life). By giving away the chair, Pike essentially protected the rest of his furniture.

“When we have company, we take it out and move it around so it doesn’t look so gross,” she said, but otherwise the chair now belongs to the cat. “It’s become a cat scratching post that someone can sit on occasionally.”

Leadership Los Alamos Holds First Session on Community Organizations – Los Alamos Reporter


LLA students clean and sanitize toys at the Family Strengths Network, hosted by FSN Executive Director Carie Fanning. Photo by Marisol Padilla

LLA students assemble charity bags for local residents in need. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students participate in an activity led by Bernadette Lauritzen. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students check out the LA County Animal Shelter and play with the new dogs that have arrived. The tour was led by Paul Sena, LAC Animal Shelter Manager. Photo by Kateri Morris

Bernadette Lauritzen and the class participate in a discussion about the book Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. Photo by Kateri Morris

LLA students encounter a variety of nonprofit organizations at the Community Organizations Fair at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Marisol Padilla

Direction Los Alamos

Leadership Los Alamos, Class of 2023, held its first session in October. They discovered the heart of the community’s non-profit organizations. Bernadette Lauritzen, executive director of the Los Alamos Retirees and Seniors Organization and champion of youth ambitions, led the class at the Better Ehart Senior Center. Guest speakers included Kathy Keith, Director of LANL’s Office of Community Programs; Kyle Wheeler, president of Living Treasures of Los Alamos; Diane Smogor Executive Director of Self Help, Inc.; Todd Nichols, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society; Steve Laurent, executive director of the Los Alamos Community Foundation; and Dr. Donald Cobb, co-founder of the Los Alamos Community Foundation. These community leaders helped inform the class of the purpose and value of their organizations, the variety of volunteer opportunities in the county, and were able to leave the class with some tips for improving their philanthropy. Collaboration, networking, hub services, successes and challenges were other areas of focus.

The class continued the day with hands-on activities at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, Family Strengths Network, and Senior Center; and met with local community organizations at a mini-fair at Fuller Lodge. Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify current and emerging leaders in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the community faces. Each class covers a variety of topics such as community organizations, culture and history, youth, education, local government, economic development, and environmental issues. For more information, visit: Leadership Los Alamos – An Educational Organization Dedicated to the Future of Los Alamos

23 animals available for adoption from Long Island shelters


There are a plethora of loving animals waiting in Long Island shelters to be adopted and brought home. Can one of them become your new favorite pet?

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats

Hampton and Montauk

Gorgeous 8-month-old Hampton is such an adorable cat…always sharing the limelight with her sister, Montauk. Hampton is a little more shy but still needs attention and affection! She really will make the perfect pet as all she really asks of humans is a good rub every once in a while.

Montauk 1

Montauk lives up to its name of being adventurous and beautiful. She has soulful golden eyes and sports small patches of auburn hues in her tabby coat. Montauk is so happy that she always makes air cookies even standing up! She enjoys spending time with other cats of all ages.

To adopt Hampton and/or Montauk, complete an adoption application here: tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.html.

Available for adoption through One at a Time Cat Rescue


Three-year-old Queenie needs a foster family and eventually an adopter. This beautiful short-haired black and white cat with the most amazing green eyes and a small nose likes to hunt, chase a wand toy, sit on his lap, rub his belly and get brushed. Queenie would like to have her own house; maybe this house could be yours?


Gorgeous Fiona is looking for a home without young children. She is sweet and laid back, and would really like a quiet home to thrive in.

To adopt Queenie or Fiona, email [email protected] for more information.

Available for adoption at Smithtown Animal Shelter


**Senior Alert** Boo is an 8-year-old male Maine Coon and domestic medium-haired mix who was brought to the animal shelter after his former owner discovered they were allergic to him. Boo is a sweet boy who is as handsome on the inside as he is on the outside. He is outgoing, affectionate and very fond of attracting attention and love. Boo can be a bit dominant when around other cats, so he’s better off being the only pet in the house or with other calm cats who will give him his space.

If you are interested in adopting Boo or any of the adorable cats and kittens currently at the shelter, please call 631-360-7575 for more information.

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America


Two-year-old Cassie (Adoption #H211398) is tart cute, plain and simple! Give her a chin scratch and watch her melt away in your hands. This local rescue was extremely grateful for the loving care she received from Animal League America’s veterinary team who created a successful plan to take care of her minor heart condition and flare-ups of EGC (allergies) – medical conditions covered by pet health centers! No doubt you’ll be cooing Cassie’s praises when she joins your family!

Buttercup and Genie
Buttercup and Genie

**Double Adoption** Buttercup and Genie were nurtured by their rescuer before being delivered to Furry Friends feline adoption center in Bianca for the opportunity to find a forever family. These amazing 8 month old boys have leaned on each other through good times and bad. While Buttercup can be a bit shy, Genie has been a great cheerleader, showing that her brother’s life is definitely better in the vault inside. You will find in their balanced energy everything they need to transition to permanent home life. A household with experienced cat parents (and children over 12) will ensure their success.

Tikka and Masala
Tikka and Masala

**Double adoption** Six-month-old babies Tikka (adoption #NCR7229) and Masala (adoption #NCR7230) found their long journey from North Carolina overwhelming, but reuniting during these new experiences is exactly what they’re about. need to warm their hearts at the thought of finding a loving forever family. Who could resist such a tasty serving of kitten cuteness? If you’ve got a gentle hand ready to reassure a pair of shy siblings that they’re where they’re meant to be, that’s all they’ll need to settle into their first real home.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

Our friend Tom Brady (Adoption #NCI3196) has a whole record-breaking career ahead of him. All he needs is home advantage! Want to make this magnificent 5-month-old rescue from upstate New York your MVP? All Tom needs are treats and ear rubs to start a winning streak with your family!

Streaks and freckles
Streaks and freckles

**Double adoption** Four-month-old Streak (adoption #NCI3236) and his brother Freckle (adoption #NCI3237) are so ready to race in your living room! This adorable pair of kittens came to Long Island via Animal League America’s sister shelter in upstate New York, and they’re super excited to find their way to your heart and into a home. permanently with you. If you were hoping for a pair of adorable soulmates, introduce yourself to Streak and Freckle; you won’t be able to resist them!

daisy and rose
daisy and rose

**Double adoption** When 7-year-old Daisy (adoption #H206976) and Rose (adoption #H206977) lost their beloved owner, their grief was compounded by the loss of their home as well. Tucked away safely in a quiet, sunny room, these sweet sisters show us how resilient they are to adversity, and how open and hopeful they are that their time at the Furry Friends feline adoption center in Bianca will lead them to a new beginning. Although Daisy is a little hesitant to jump into new situations, a pinch of catnip is all she needs to have fun. Rose feels at home in any tour that will have her! Wouldn’t you like to meet a pair of grateful sisters and create new and beautiful memories with them?

Calli and Carlisle
Calli and Carlisle

**Double Adoption** A long trip from a crowded city shelter in Georgia didn’t dampen the spirits of 9-month-old Calli (adoption #G28767) and Carlisle (adoption #G28770). These siblings are ready for their next big adventure. Here’s hoping their gorgeous mustaches and wide-eyed curiosity capture your heart, because these two tuxedos are ready to share all of life’s wonders with your family!


After coping with her kittens outside, mom Vanya (adoption #BF4451) was offered a better life for herself and her offspring. This very grateful lady is ready to settle down, and we are looking to find her a home worthy of her devotion. She has a big ass waiting for whoever claims her as a new member of his family. This mom deserves all the love and affection she gave herself…now you can give it to her.

If you would like to adopt one of these fabulous felines, send an e-mail [email protected] and/or visit Animal League America’s Port Washington campus.

Available for adoption by Lend-a-Paw Inc.


KJ is a friendly, affectionate, sweet friend who loves to play! Kj was rescued after being handed over to a high level shelter while simultaneously suffering from euthanasia. KJ is 5 years old and his house is broken. He would like to have a dog close to his size or be the only pet in your house. Kj is just looking for a loving person and a big yard for him to run around and play!


Marty was saved from a list of risks in a killing shelter. At first Marty was very scared and not very friendly (which is 1000% to be expected), but he has made great progress and is such a loving companion! This fun 2-year-old loves to be brushed and cuddled and gets along great with other cats. He loves his current foster family and is looking for his forever home!


Meredith was found on the street by a fellow volunteer. She loves to play and gets along very well with the other kittens in her litter, so she would like to have a brother to play with, whether he is in her litter or not. Three-month-old Meredith is just looking for an owner to give her lots of love and playtime!


A breeder abandoned sweet daughter Beth in Louisiana. She gave birth to 11 puppies, 8 of which survived. Beth is 3 years old and prefers a home without other dogs. All of her puppies have been adopted but Beth is still waiting for her to be home forever! Maybe it’s yours??


**Senior Alert** Eight-year-old Kasper was rescued from the Animal Care Center in New York with his brother. They were both terribly ill and unfortunately his brother did not survive. Kasper is extremely affectionate and loves to be held and cuddled! He developed symptoms of kidney disease early on, so you need to see a vet every year. But Kapser would be a great addition to any home and he gets along great with other cats, dogs and children!

To adopt or foster one of these friendly and lovable doggie cats, visit lendapawinc.com adoption or text 516-405-0065 today!

As always, thanks for reading and remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!

‘We will rebuild,’ owners say after fire destroys West Michigan Animal Rescue Shelter


OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Pet lovers are uniting across the state and around the world to support a well-known animal rescue shelter, Phaedra & Phriends, as its owners try to recover from a a massive fire.

These owners, Marty and Fred Hoewe, are staying positive – in every way possible – after their world was turned upside down about a week ago when a fire completely destroyed the couple’s home and emergency shelter.

The Hoewes own and operate the Ottawa County Animal Rescue Shelter in West Olive since April 2012 at 9521 160th Ave. Phaedra and friends specializes in caring for disabled animals.

The couple spoke with MLive/The Grand Rapids Press about the fire which happened early Saturday, November 5.

It was a typical night for the couple and their pets. A knock on the front glass, however, changed everything. That shot came from a close neighbor who was trying to let the couple know their porch was on fire, the couple recalled.

Marty Hoewe said she quickly grabbed her cat, Rico, to see what was going on.

She glanced over and, “I said, ‘We need to get out. “”

Hoewe said she started screaming to get the attention of dogs and cats throughout the house. Meanwhile, Rico slipped from his hands and took off and his whereabouts are still unknown.

The couple continued to search for other animals as their house burned down. Firefighters rushed to the scene to fight the blaze and get the couple to safety.

“They wouldn’t let us near the house,” Hoewe said. “The fire was too hot and there was too much smoke in the area.”

As a result, 14 cats and two dogs perished in the fire. Lifelong items and memories were also lost and damaged in the rubble.

Pictured are the aftermath of Phaedra & Phriends, an animal shelter in West Olive, after a fire on November 5, 2022 completely destroyed the house/shelter. The shelter was considered a total loss. (Photo courtesy of Marty Hoewe)

Like any typical animal lover, the Hoewes were heartbroken, but there was a support system waiting for them.

A GoFundMe page was created in the days following the fire. A Goal $5,000 was almost immediately hit and a second GoFundMe page was created – this time with a goal of $10,000.

“We’re not forgotten because people showed up,” Hoewe said. “We’ve had neighbors we don’t even know give us donations.”

These neighbors are near and far as donations poured in from Michigan and other countries, including Australia, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

With the money raised from the two campaigns, the couple plans to rebuild and reopen the animal sanctuary.

“We’re going to rebuild and we’ll be better than before,” Hoewe said, noting that a timeline is still unclear. “…We try to think of all the good things animals have done and taught people.

Since the fire, the Hoewes have been staying at a local hotel as their insurance company works to place them in an alternate living situation.

Another couple, living in the basement of the Hoewe home, also lost everything in the fire. Although they weren’t home when the fire happened, they were also affected, Hoewe said.

The couple remain hopeful.

“We’re still here,” Marty Hoewe said.

“And we have each other,” Marty’s husband Fred Hoewe said, completing his sentence.

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Wendy Chamberlain and Tamlyn and Tirran


The Lib Dem Chief Whip and MP for North East Fife introduces us to Tamlyn and Tirran.

Which is which?

Tamlyn the dog and Tirran the cat


Tamlyn is a chocolate roan Show Cocker Spaniel and Tirran is a tabby British Shorthair.


four and four months

How long have you had them?

Tamlyn since he was a puppy and we only had Tirran eight weeks ago.

Where did you get them?

Tamlyn came from a breeder in Tillicoultry and Tirran from a breeder in Falkirk.

What can they do?

Tamlyn does the basic dog paw tricks, turning around and laying down when there’s a treat to offer – usually all at the same time, regardless of the command given! Tirran has already managed to find a way to access the kitchen counters.

What do you like about them?

Tamlyn is basically a big sook – desperate to sit or lay across from you. Tirran, between two episodes of mad dash, is already a trick cat.

What special talents do they have?

Tamlyn has a very impressive howl when prompted by YouTube videos of dog noises.

What is their best tip?

Our old cat, Hobbes, who we sadly lost earlier this year, was a bit of a legend in the village – he would visit the local cafe and ring the bell at the ice cream trap to get attention.

What are their most annoying habits?

Tamlyn is a typical food-oriented spaniel, which means it’s hard not to continually bump into him in the kitchen.

What’s the worst thing they’ve done?

Tirran has already destroyed a set of leather bar stools in his effort to gain access to the countertops.

Do you consider yourself a parent or owner of animals?

They are definitely part of the family, but overall I own.

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve bought or done for your pet?

Tirran has taken to sleeping on my pillow at night when I’m there. My husband isn’t impressed but I try to convince myself that despite spending half the week away from home, it shows that I’m Tirran’s favourite.

What is your earliest pet or animal-related memory?

My policeman dad took my sister and I to see a lost collie puppy at the station, followed by unsuccessful lobbying for him to come home with us.

What was the first pet you ever had?

A cat called Pixie when I was little. I had a bad habit of hugging her at the top of the stairs and then letting her go… We visited my grandparents in Argyll and she stayed there, probably to her relief!

What would be your dream pet?

I’m pretty happy with the two we have.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I’m pretty obsessed with red pandas, they look pretty cool.

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Critical Need for Adoptive Volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society


The San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) said it was desperately short of space in its shelters. It is asking the community to open their homes and become volunteer foster families.

“We have so many animals on our campuses. We have over 1,500 animals in our care. We have over 600 available for adoption and we’re running out of space,” said Nina Thompson, director of public relations for SDHS.

SDHS is looking for at least 50 adoptive volunteers to make room for incoming animals.

The foster program offers support to animals awaiting adoption, but also to pets whose owners are facing temporary difficulties, such as eviction, domestic violence and other difficult situations.

It is abnormal to have so many stray animals infiltrating the shelter at this time of year.

“Some of the reasons have to do with the economy. People are moving, maybe not being able to afford to take care of their pets,” Thompson said.

Thompson said there aren’t many requirements to favor with SDHS. The organization provides food, medical care and advice on caring for a foster animal.

Foster volunteers can provide vital information to help an animal be adopted.

“They get to know the animal on a whole new level. A pet in a shelter is not the same as a pet at home. They act completely differently and we learn so much about the pet in a house,” Thompson said. “We learn if they’re barking at the postman, or if they’re very active, or if they’re meek. There’s just no way of knowing their personality in the shelter.

Chris Queen has been a foster family volunteer for almost five years. She specializes in raising mother cats and their kittens.

“You make a difference. You help animals. You help the shelter and you help yourself too because it fills your heart with so much joy and love when you adopt into foster care,” Queen said. “It really is a win-win situation for everyone.”

Foster care is also for people who cannot have a long-term pet, but still want to help an animal.

“Foster care is the best possible option because it’s temporary, but you make a huge difference,” Queen said.

There is no specific time frame required to be a host volunteer. It can be a month, a few weeks or the weekend.

There are a wide variety of pets that need foster homes, including animals that get along with other resident pets.

“We have a lot of pets that get along well with other pets. We have cats that are good with dogs, dogs that are good with cats, maybe rabbits,” he said. Thompson said “So you don’t have to be a petless family to help us right now.”

Thompson said it’s also a great option for people who are considering getting a pet.

“You learn a lot about what it’s like to have a pet in your home and then you can make that decision more forever if you want to adopt,” she said.

Applications and photos of animals available for adoption are online.

Biz Buzz: Local Woman Opens Dog Leash Business After Adopting Puppy From Animal Shelter


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Idaho Falls woman raises awareness for pet adoption through dog leash business

Hayley’s dog Chani, center, and some of the leashes available from White Pine & Paws. | Courtesy of Hayley Rook

IDAHO FALLS – Hayley Rook was smitten with the Irish Greyhound puppy she saw at the Idaho Falls animal shelter.

The 28-year-old mother-of-three adopted the dog, who is named Chani, in August after she and her one-year-old daughter spent an hour with her at the shelter. The interaction inspired her to do something to give back.

Since last month, she has owned an online business called White pine and legswhich provides handcrafted cotton leashes to dog owners.

Rook makes all the leashes herself. There are six different colors and 10% of the profits go directly to the animal shelter.

“They are super strong. You can use them to drive horses if you want. So if your dog pulls hard, he’s not going to snap or break,” Rook told EastIdahoNews.com.

The store already has a five-star review after several weeks of operation.

“I’ve had a few orders from people out of state, which I’m very excited about,” says Rook.

Rook and her husband, Garrett, moved to Idaho Falls in 2019 when Garrett took a job in cybersecurity at Melaleuca. He now works at Idahoan Foods.

They were looking for a family dog ​​when Hayley saw a Facebook post from the animal shelter about five new puppies.

There was a waiting list for Chani, and the Rooks were fourth in line, so it was fortuitous that they ended up with her.

“When we brought her home she was terrified of all of us. She was trying to hide under our table, trying to hide in our bedroom. She was really scared of our baby because she’s loud and Chani never had any experience with children,” Hayley says.

Rook Family
Hayley, right, with her husband, Garrett, left, three children and Chani. | Courtesy of Hayley Rook

Chani is particularly afraid of men. Hayley says Chani’s previous owner was a bit of a rough guy.

After several months, Hayley says Chani is starting to open up and is a great addition to the family.

“You can tell she wants to be friendly, but there’s kind of a barrier there,” she says. “But with my husband and my brother-in-law, she is very welcoming and loves them. It didn’t take him long to recover. »

Chani’s personality draws attention to the company PageInstagram and many people notice her in public.

“She has a lot of expressions and she’s so silly at times,” Hayley says. “A lot of people stopped us at the Greenbelt, or wherever we (Chani) walk, and said, ‘Is this one of those Irish Greyhound puppies? “”

Since having Chani, Hayley’s goal has been to raise awareness of the animal shelter as an alternative to abandoning the dogs. Many dogs that end up at the shelter are abandoned by their owners.

Hayley is pleased with the response to the business and she would like to raise enough money to sponsor dog adoptions from animal shelters in eastern Idaho.

Local customers have the option of contacting Hayley directly so they can pick up their leash instead of paying shipping. His email address is [email protected]

personalized leashes
Custom leashes available from White Pine & Paws. | Courtesy of Hayley Rook


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Girls Find An Abandoned Box With The Cutest Babies Inside


A group of girls were riding horses through their Northern California neighborhood when they noticed a box on the side of the road. Curious, one of the girls peeked inside – and saw a small face staring back at her. She immediately sprang into action.

“I was in my garden nearby and she was screaming for help,” Alison Kempkey, the girls’ neighbor, told The Dodo. “I took to the streets and immediately started filming. I was praying for everything to be okay as I walked. When I opened the box there were FOUR kittens, not just one.

Alison Kempkey

Kempkey was shocked to see the four little kittens curled up together, waiting for someone to help them. She had no idea where they were from or how long they had been there. She quickly called on other nearby children to help her cuddle the kittens and warm them up, physically and emotionally, as she tried to figure out next steps.

“I checked them all as I pulled them out of the box,” Kempkey said. “I saw no evidence of any health issues, and once they were in the hands of the children exposed to aggressive hugs, they calmed down and knew they were safe. You could feel the change in their attitudes. We were literally getting ready to leave for the weekend, so we quickly put a plan in place to have them watched by the neighbor’s kids, and we changed the catio of our rescue cat that we built to be a kitten condo.

Alison Kempkey

They decided to name the kittens Bowie, Moomoo, Spicy and Spooky. Kempkey returned from her trip to find that all four kittens were doing well despite everything they had been through. They were so happy to be safe and loved, and Kempkey was so excited to finally find them their forever home.

“I knew we’d keep them like barn cats if we couldn’t find homes for them, but my ultimate goal was to find safe, loving and responsible indoor homes for them,” Kempkey said.

Alison Kempkey

Moomoo and Bowie have since been adopted into a loving family together, while Spicy and Spooky are still waiting. Fortunately, Kempkey and his family will welcome them until they find their perfect match. Both kittens are full of personality and would make the best additions to any lucky family.

Alison Kempkey

“They’re almost entirely black cats, but when they stand in the sun they have the most beautiful hidden gray stripes on their bodies and polka dots on their bellies,” Kempkey said. “They’re both incredibly smart. They’re co-conspirators, they’re feline criminals, and whoever adopts [them] must be prepared for shenanigans.

Everyone knows that the perfect pair of kittens exists somewhere. Until then, they are enjoying life in their foster home thanks to all the kind neighbors who have come together to rescue them.

The owner of the animal is shocked because a cat missing for 2 years enters by chance: “surreal”


A Pennsylvania woman has shared her joy after her missing cat returned home after two years.

Eris shared her excitement on Reddit’s r/MadeMeSmile forum where she posted photos of her 10-year-old cat, Q-tip, finally finding her way home.

“She disappeared in November 2020,” Eris said Newsweek. “So this month has been exactly two years since she disappeared.”

After two years of adventures, Q-tip arrived home as if nothing had happened, and simply walked through the door one morning.

Photos of Q-tip the cat who returned to his family in Pennsylvania after being missing for 2 years. Sharing the story online, owner Eris said she “hasn’t stopped smiling since.”

“My brother was opening the door to turn off the porch light and they turned to me and said ‘you’re not going to believe who just walked into the house,'” Eris said.

“Wow, that was quite an adventure,” said one commenter on the Reddit post that received over 40,000 upvotes.

Another commenter joked: “You have explanations for doing kitty.”

In photos shared by her loving owners, the fluffy ginger kitten seems to have settled into her home again quite quickly.

“My immediate reaction was to grab it and start screaming for my family,” Eris said. “People were already in bed but I didn’t care.”

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since, although after a few hours and everything calmed down, I cried,” the elated owner said.

“I’m so happy for you all,” said another Redditor. “It’s amazing.”

“It’s very strange to have him at home,” Eris said. “Two years ago she was lying on my bed as I fell asleep and she hasn’t been there since and here she is. It’s surreal.”

“Oh my god. I can’t imagine the heartache and then the joy. Hope she’s strong and healthy,” read another comment on the viral post.

Another Redditor said, “Poor baby. I bet it’s been a tough two years. I’m so glad she’s home and can be taken care of.”

The family is thrilled to have their feline friend back in her place, and Eris was quick to share the good news online.

“Since we lost her in 2020, we didn’t really have much hope of her coming back. Then another year passed, and we really thought she was gone,” Eris said. . “Part of me always hoped someone would take him in instead.”

“I shared my story on Reddit because I was happy and wanted other people to be happy because my baby came home,” the elated cat owner said.

Q-tip is also not the first cat to return home unexpectedly. Earlier this year, a cat returned home after six months away “as if nothing had happened”. While another feline explorer has been found in Florida seven years after disappearing from his family home.

Concerned Citizens Speak About Dog Issues at PC Council – Franklin County Times


“Today would have been his birthday. My wife would have been 45,” Wesley Sheeks said while addressing Phil Campbell City Council at its Nov. 1 meeting. He spoke about the threat of violent dogs in the Franklin County, recounting how his wife, Michelle Sheeks, died of injuries sustained in an unprovoked attack by dogs while on an early morning walk near Red Bay on April 28, half a mile from their lodge.

Sheeks said they spent the next two and a half months traveling from Red Bay to Tupelo and finally to a hospital in Jackson as doctors tried to save her life before she finally succumbed to the infection. she had, passing away on July 12.

“It was one of the hardest things for our family. I lost my wife, my best friend, my soul mate,” Sheeks said. “We were married for almost 18 years. a son-in-law – he lost his mother – and a sister-in-law now without a sister. She was loved by everyone.”

Sharing the story was part of a campaign by some citizens to urge local councils to take animal control issues more seriously, from tackling strays and roaming animals to tackling issues of abuse and neglect .

“The laws are in place, I’m sure,” Sheeks said. “Just please do your part here to try not to let something like this happen again. My wife was just a victim… I just don’t want anyone else to have to go through this. That’s all I ask.

Save Our Strays volunteer Sandy Fortner also spoke with the SOS Mission Board and reported 861 dogs “through September of this year that we have personally removed from Franklin County.”


“We are here to offer the resources, but we need you to step up like Mayor Fancher has decided to do,” added Fortner, who noted that SOS spoke with the Mayor of Red Bay during the meeting. of Red Bay City Council on October 19. “The following Monday, she called, and she came on board. They pay half the initial vetting fee for dogs picked up in Red Bay, and that’s a huge step forward.

Fortner explained that everything SOS does is done through donations, noting that SOS has paid more than $40,000 in Franklin County veterinary bills this year strictly through donations.

Fortner said SOS had “the dog that was shot in the throat by Phil Campbell this week”, noting that the dog had water pouring from its throat as it tried to drink water.

“Unfortunately when we had him checked they said his esophagus was so damaged they couldn’t fix it and he had to be put to sleep,” she added.

“We never say no. We have a network throughout the department. We just need help with funding.


Phil Campbell has Ordinance No. 101 – An ordinance regulating the keeping of animals and pets within company boundaries, which includes stipulations about loud or vicious dogs, as well as requirements for dogs that are confined to an enclosure or on a leash. It also calls it illegal “the abandonment or release of any person with the intent to avoid responsibility for the custody or care of any domestic animal within the city limits.”


Fortner said Russellville indicated he would help if Red Bay and Phil Campbell did.

“Since Red Bay stepped up, I’m here today to ask all of you to pledge to help in some way,” she said. “I will say that Mayor Fancher is actually going to house six dogs at the Red Bay pound. Alan Bostick of Sunshine Mills, bless his heart, donated seven pallets of cat and dog food,” Fortner added.

She said it had a huge impact on what SOS is able to accomplish to have other participants.

Phil Campbell Councilor Phillip King asked what the specific funding requested would be used for. Fortner explained that Save Our Strays is not asking for money for their organization but specifically for Franklin County veterinarians for SOS.

“Our dogs are health checked and certified in order to transport them out of state,” she explained. “A lot of them go to the New England area, and a lot of them go out west. We have many transports.

“We don’t expect one council to do everything,” she added. “We need help so badly that everything is a godsend.”

Phil Campbell Mayor Michael McQuary asked what it costs to neuter or neuter a dog, and Fortner said the cheapest is currently in Red Bay at $125, but she is pursuing a possibility for $90 at Golden, Miss.

“It is time for county government officials to help us,” she reiterated. “We are not asking for everything. We just need your help with law enforcement training. Educate the public because until they are held accountable they will continue to do so.

Phil Campbell Councilman Lynn Landers said she was “all for” the training, and King asked if the group went to the Franklin County commission. Fortner said they were on the agenda to speak at the commission’s next meeting on Nov. 7.


In other business, the board approved a request from the Little League football team to demolish the old block building and construct a new building on the old ball diamond to store equipment, to provided they clean up the resulting mess. McQuary said the building is owned by the city but is falling apart. He said the group intended to construct a 16×20 foot metal building.

Phil Campbell’s next town council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15, with the business session at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at Phil Campbell’s Town Hall.

Dog shelter license maintained, new restrictions added


Adam Rollins, Editor

The Warren County Commission has confirmed a permit for No Time To Spare Animal Rescue in Pendleton, but adds additional restrictions on dogs at the facility.

Commissioners Joe Gildehaus and Matt Flake voted Oct. 25 to authorize the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the nonprofit shelter. Commissioner Tom Meyer was absent.

The ruling primarily upholds a CUP that was granted No Time To Spare by the county’s planning and zoning board in July. The CUP was the subject of a call by nearby neighbours, who claimed that the noise and other alleged problems caused by the shelter were a nuisance.

Despite the positive decision for the shelter, the committee’s vote came with additional restrictions on how No Time To Spare is allowed to operate. Specifically, the commission only permits the shelter to house dogs from Warren County or any adjacent county, but excluding St. Charles County.

Commissioner Flake noted that the need for an animal shelter in Warren County is clear, but the shelter should remain explicitly focused on meeting that local need.

“I think if allowed…dogs should be restricted to Warren County and adjacent counties only. No out-of-state dogs and no statewide dogs,” Flake commented. “It was part of the testimony how badly Warren County needed it. I think there is a lot of rescue (dogs) to be had in Warren County and neighboring counties.

To ensure compliance with the rule, No Time To Spare will need to keep track of information about each dog the shelter brings in and provide that information to the county in monthly reports.

The commissioners also opted to dramatically increase the amount of liability insurance coverage the nonprofit is required to carry for the shelter. The planning board had previously demanded $100,000 in liability insurance; the commission is demanding $1 million.

Gildehaus and Flake also opted to reduce the hours dogs are allowed outside by two hours, in response to concerns from neighbors about noise pollution. Outdoor hours have been reduced to 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The commissioners also set an upper limit on the number of adult dogs in the facility.

Here is a full list of the new restrictions enacted by the commission:

• Dogs from Warren County and surrounding counties only, excluding St. Charles County.
• No out of state animals or exotic animals.
• Liability insurance of at least $1 million.
• Maximum of 50 dogs with the exception of a pregnant/lactating female and her puppies.
• No animals outside before 9 a.m. or after 8 p.m.
• Monthly report provided to the P&Z administrator tracking dogs fostered and adopted, as well as the point of origin of each dog.
• The Planning and Zoning Administrator may inspect the Shelter to ensure compliance any day during normal business hours.

Additionally, the county’s planning and zoning board in July had set requirements that the refuge would address issues related to a building setback violation, unpaid county fees and sewage runoff control. All three of those issues were quickly remedied before the matter even reached the county commission, noted planning and zoning administrator Bill Roemer.

Writer John Rohlf contributed to this report.

Covington’s Purrfect Day Cat Café celebrates its second anniversary


The Purrfect Day Cat Café in Covington is celebrating two years of kitten and cat adoption over the weekend of Nov. 11-13.

Purrfect Day is Northern Kentucky’s premier cat cafe, allowing customers to grab a Pawfee, Meowcohol or Pawstrie, then step into the cat lounge to play and socialize with feline friends.

Since its opening on November 13, 2020, the cat café has adopted more than 1,700 cats and kittens, including 1,000 adopted this year alone. The coffee has reached its 1,000 adoption steps in March of this year.

Purrfect Day Cat Cafe in Covington. Picture by | Haley Parnell

Playing with cats and spending time with them before deciding to adopt promotes higher adoption rates, co-owner Chuck Patton said.

The cafe’s mission is to find good homes for all the kittens and cats they have received from area partners, including Kenton County Animal Services, Paws Rescue in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Cincinnati Animal Care, and the League of Animal Welfare.

The weekend celebration will include specialty coffees, giveaways, a photo booth and activities for kids. All former adopters are invited to share photos of their adopted kittens. All attendees will receive a free keychain.

“The support of the tri-state community has humbled us over the past two years, even during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Patton said. “If it wasn’t for this community that embraces us, we wouldn’t have reached our goal of 1,000 adoptions this year and over 1,700 since the start.

“Purrfect Day Cafe is now one of the most adoptive cat cafes in the country. We pride ourselves on being a happy place where animal lovers come to make an impact, even if that means drinking a beer and talking friends We see this success as a start for even more adoptions and impact on shelters. We have a lot of work and opportunities ahead of us.

While Cats Cafe serves the area, it has drawn people from 37 states to its Covington location. Over the past four months, adoptions have tripled, with the average kitten staying less than two days before being adopted. Adult cats stay there for less than six days on average.

The cafe has donated more than $25,000 to its shelter partners and general shelters in need of support, which reaches more than 15 counties in the tri-state area of ​​Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Join the celebration at the Purrfect Day Cat Café located at 25 West 8th St. in Covington on the following days and times:

  • Friday, Nov. 11, from noon to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a raffle for two gift baskets, $2 off all apparel, and $2 off “Happy Meower” specials on Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m.

Budgeting for Your Bulldog or Parakeet


Why It Makes Sense to Have a Financial Plan for Your Pet and 9 Ways to Keep Your Budget on a Leash

Animals are endearing and a source of comfort to humans. They can make us laugh, share our tears, and slow down to cuddle us. Whether you have a fish, a dog, a cat, a horse or an exotic animal, there is no doubt that pets are an important part of your life.

Jameson (left) and Hennessy | Credit: Lance Ladue

Many owners say their animal companions are priceless, but they do come at a cost: $50 billion for food and treats alone in 2021.

No doubt pets are popular. In the United States, 90.5 million households, or almost 70% of the total, have at least one. Many owners say their animal companions are priceless, but they do come at a cost: $50 billion for food and treats alone in 2021; $123.6 billion after adding veterinary bills, crates and pet services such as grooming, dog walkers and pet sitters.

On average, the cost for a family is between $700 and $1,200 per year depending on the size of the animal — the larger the animal, the higher the bills.

With inflation accelerating, it’s important for your own financial well-being to pay more attention to pet expenses. Reducing certain expenses is possible while preserving your pet’s health and quality of life.

9 Ways to Master Your Pet’s Budget

1. Start a local pet sitting exchange. Professional pet sitters hate the idea, but you can save a lot of money by arranging friends and neighbors to take turns caring for pets when their owners are away from home. Track how much time each member contributes to ensure the work is shared fairly.

2. Ditch dog daycare. Take your dog for a run at a local dog park before heading out to work. When dogs get enough exercise and companionship, they’re better off while you’re in the office or running errands – and you can save the cost of care. Are you gone for the day? Ask someone from the pet exchange to come in and let them out, even if it’s just for a short walk or a visit to your yard. No need for a long walk.

3. Don’t forget to brush. Most pets need their teeth cleaned as much as humans. This process helps clean their mouths and prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Dental chews work, but you’ll still need to brush your teeth regularly. Plus, there are all kinds of mouth sprays for your cat and dog. Taking the time to take good care of your teeth will avoid larger veterinary bills. Besides, who wants a pet with bad breath?

4. Buy in bulk. Reduce the cost of store-bought foods by buying in bulk. Storing food is easy. You don’t have the room? Consider splitting a purchase with another pet owner.

5. make their food. A friend of mine used to cook a healthy concoction for her dog once a week. Not only did it cost less, but it also meant fewer trips to the pet store for factory-made food. Before consulting recipes online, educate yourself on the importance of a balanced diet.

6. Create a Custom Pet Bed. Time to buy a new pet bed? Before you go out shopping, consider making one with what you have on hand. Cover old pillows with flannel or one of your favorite old shirts. Your pet would be comforted by your scent and would be more restful, too. Recycled bedding is also more environmentally friendly.

seven. Look for discounts on health services. Veterinary schools are generally less expensive than veterinary clinics and veterinary hospitals. While students perform procedures, they are supervised by an experienced veterinarian. To find a veterinary school near you, the American Veterinary Medical Association has an online directory of accredited institutions. Alternatively, you might consider joining a veterinary rebate program. The largest, Pet Assure, offers members 25% discounts at participating veterinarians in exchange for a monthly fee.

8. Insure your pet. Nearly 2.5% of the 160 million pets in the United States are covered by pet health insurance, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. Dogs represent 81.7% of insured pets; cats are second, at 18.3%. Average annual premiums range from $350 for cats to just under $600 for dogs. Like human health insurance, pet plans don’t cover all expenses, so understand the plan you’re buying.

Planning for unavoidable events, such as vet bills, can help reduce financial anxiety.

9. Create a pet account. Planning for unavoidable events, such as vet bills, can help reduce financial anxiety. Saving some of the savings from the tips shared above is one way to prepare for an emergency — and the ensuing vet bill. In the heat of the moment, people can decide to pay whatever it takes to keep a pet alive. But unless they have the cash, they could be left short in other critical areas. A financial layaway will provide some perspective and help keep emotions from getting the better of you. and your wallet.

Each year, approximately 6.3 million pets enter shelters and approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized. The number of deaths fell by about 2.6 million in 2011, which the ASPCA attributes to more adoptions and more success in returning stray dogs to their owners.

However, research suggests that people adopt fewer shelter animals during an economic crisis and fewer strays are welcome, especially if the strays are old or in need of expensive veterinary care.

With that in mind, these uncertain economic times — with the stock market nearly 30% below its recent peak and inflation near 40-year highs — warrant careful consideration of your financial choices.

Whether it’s a mammal, bird, or reptile, an animal companion that brings you joy is important. Understanding the cost of pet care and keeping the cost under control will help your pet’s future – and yours.

Christine D. Moriarty
Christine D. Moriarty

Christine D. Moriarty, CFP, has over twenty-five years of experience coaching individuals, couples and business owners on their finances. She focused on the intersection of emotions, behavior and money. She’s living her dream in Vermont and loves to sit down with a cup of Irish tea and a good book. Learn more about Moneypeace.

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Volunteer Opportunities Near You in Acadiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans | Inspired by Louisiana


Louisiana Inspired highlights volunteer opportunities in South Louisiana. If your organization has specific volunteer opportunities, please email us at [email protected] with details of the volunteer opportunity, organization, and contact/registration information volunteers would need.

Acadian: Located in the heart of Lafayette, Moncus Park impacts the fiscal, social, economic, environmental, cultural, physical and mental health of Lafayette and its people. The nonprofit Park Conservancy is dedicated to maintaining green spaces and providing Acadiana residents with a place of respite and renewal through the seasons with events and programming. Volunteers can help with park maintenance, provide event support, help with weekly programming, or join the dog park ambassador program.

Red Stick: The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has served the aging population, now numbering more than 85,000, since 1973 through nutrition and social services. Its mission is simple: To support independence — to serve seniors. The organization welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities to help with various services, including office work, serving meals, calling bingo, serving as a meals-on-wheels delivery driver or creating a running club for seniors.

New Orleans: Animal Rescue New Orleans, a voluntary non-profit organization founded by Jane Garrison, was established in October 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. Garrison worked to put together a team of volunteers and staff to help displaced animals and their families during the hurricane. Now the group rescues dogs and cats across the region. This is a fundraiser to build a new updated shelter building. Volunteers can help with all areas of the shelter, including dog walking, housekeeping and serving as bottle mothers for the kittens.

Give Me Shelter: Brazoria County animal shelters are packed, but why? | New


By the summer of 2020, pet adoptions had reached record highs as many people wanted companionship during the enforced isolation caused by the COVID pandemic.

While the rise in animal adoptions could be seen around the world, nowhere was it more prevalent than in the United States, according to Frontiers in Veterinary Science, a peer-reviewed open-access journal. It found that internet search volume for pet adoption had skyrocketed compared to the previous five-year average, including a 250% increase worldwide.

This left Brazoria County animal shelters in a position they weren’t used to — nearly empty.

“We had more adoptions, it seemed, but we were also sending them out to the Pacific Northwest through rescues,” said Brenda Majors, supervisor of the Angleton Animal Control Adoption Center.

By the end of 2020, however, the trend had begun to decline and adoptions returned to more normalized volumes. Over the next two years, shelters reverted to the painfully familiar problem of being at full capacity.

Part of the reason for this no doubt comes down to simple math. If a certain percentage of pet owners are guaranteed to be irresponsible, then increasing the number of pet owners in general will automatically increase the number of pet owners who will abandon or mistreat their animals.

However, there are broader themes behind the trends, according to local shelters and animal control specialists. Overcrowding at local shelters has reached a fever pitch as many residents seek to voluntarily hand over animals, especially dogs, that they can no longer care for.

“During COVID everyone was home so they had time to spend with a dog or a cat and it kept them busy I guess so we had a real flurry of adoptions and at some point , we were down to 160 total animals in our care, which is very few animals,” said Brazoria County SPCA Shelter Director Nicole Hardesty. “But now that we’re on the other side, really, of the pandemic and the economy has evolved the way it has with the price of gas — with the price of everything going up — a lot of people are making dogs or adopt dogs because they lost their house, they lost their apartment, they lost their job.

Hardesty, who has worked at the SPCA for four years, said the change has been gradual over the past year, but really started to come together in the early summer. That’s when transportation to the Pacific Northwest, where several shelters such as the SPCA and Angleton were delivering animals due to demand, began to dwindle due to saturation. Other places where shelters said they sent animals included Illinois and New England.

“Ordinarily, even at this time of year, we’re still inundated with cats and we have room in the back kennels,” Hardesty said. “We are never at the point of being satisfied. However, this year I’m doubled there. We had to set up temporary kennels and interestingly we are not as inundated with cats as we have been.

This would go hand in hand with figures that show cat adoption has remained high while dog adoptions have slowed to normal levels. At Brazoria County Animal Control, only a handful of cats are currently in residence while dogs are largely lined up in kennels.

It also helps, according to Hardesty, that the cat spaying and neutering campaign was very successful.

Several shelter managers said that while a small part of the reason they’re full is that people underestimate the needs of a pet left unattended, the #1 reason they’ve heard is the economy and inflation.

The cost of food and medical care for pets causes some owners to turn animals over for the purpose of rehousing them.

“We’ve probably been full for the past four or five months and get daily calls from people wanting to hand over their pets by owner,” Majors said.

Hardesty said the SPCA has a program to help people in need feed their pets, but some owners aren’t aware of the help. Instead, they said some were leaving animals in shelters overnight without checking to see if help was available to keep them.

“I think there’s probably more stress taking care of animals than not really treating them as part of the family. A lot of people cry when they come to drop off, try to drop off or abandon an animal,” Hardesty said.

Angleton Animal Control also has programs to help people with the costs of caring for their pets, Majors said.

“I can confirm the animal shelters are full and they are flooded,” said Capt. Donald Patterson of Brazoria County Animal Control. “Can you blame the economy? Yes. I think it’s also a lack of education on the part of the public, when it comes to their animals.

While he can’t speak for any of the local municipalities, Patterson said, county animal control has a 26-kennel facility and has passed nearly 800 animals this year.

In some cases, saving involves downsizing or changing residences, such as houses to apartments. This can be especially tricky when dealing with large breeds, which often have extra space requirements, require more obedience training, and cost more to feed.

Hardesty said large dogs take up much of the shelter.

“I can give you 10 now and I will always be overcrowded. The big dogs keep coming and coming and coming,” she said.

Many apartment complexes don’t allow breeds over 25 pounds, and small dogs, through adoption or through rescue services, are usually out much faster, Hardesy said.

“The second their wandering hold is up, someone comes in and adopts the little dogs,” Hardesty said.

“Pit bulls and German Shepherds,” Patterson said when asked if he’s noticed any patterns in animals showing up in their kennels. “A lot of the dogs that come to our facility are usually from other counties.”

Many of the dogs they pick up come from Fort Bend County and are heading to Brazoria County subdivisions, he said.

There is, of course, an ebb and flow in the situation, with the majors saying they have seen an increase in adoptions in recent weeks due to rescues slowing their acquisition of animals – because they have also become full – leaving more than one variety for those looking to bring home a new pet.

“The rescues do so much for us, but they’ve also been overwhelmed,” Majors said.

She also said they see everything from puppies to senior dogs.

The shelters themselves try to keep as many dogs as long as they can, with the SPCA, Brazoria County and Angleton all talking about their successes in keeping euthanasia to a minimum and confined to seriously ill, injured or violent animals. .

“We are at 6.2%, which is very good. If you’re below 10%, you’re doing just fine. Most installs are between 20 and 30 percent,” Patterson said.

Other local shelters echoed similar or even lower numbers. The SPCA shelter is a no-kill facility, which means it will not put down any healthy dogs.

Patterson explained that the county ordinance states that Animal Control must detain the animals for three days, but they sent out a notice as soon as they took control of them and gave them preventative vaccinations. After five days, if they receive a response from a rescue, they hold the animal until it can be retrieved.

“We don’t cull animals just because we’re overcrowded,” Patterson said.

He said that although their facility does not actually facilitate adoptions because it is not open to the public, but they have allowed county employees and first responders to adopt them when possible.

Solutions to overcrowding might come, although they might take some time.

Animal Control Officer Sherri Jones said another building for Brazoria County may be under construction. Patterson said the department is working with county administrators to try to turn this proposed facility into one where the public can adopt directly.

Lake Jackson is working on an animal control facility next to the SPCA that will be able to house more animals.

Due to contracts with Lake Jackson, Clute and Freeport, the SPCA had to forgo accepting some animals from outside of those cities because it was at or near capacity. The new Lake Jackson facility could help alleviate that and allow them to forge new bonds.

“We are looking to build relationships with other towns in the county so we can help all of the dogs in Brazoria County,” Hardesty said. “We have plans to modernize this building and make it better than it is – it was built as a detention facility. It was not built as a lodging facility so we have things to change as they would keep the dogs for 10 days and that’s it.

Renovations are set to begin next year, with the group feeling secure in a 20-year lease of Lake Jackson.

Patterson said Animal Control also works with a shelter in Alvin that voluntarily neuters and neuters dogs in an effort to help reduce the population, as it has done with cats. He also said that if a county employee adopted one of his animals, he had to have it repaired within three weeks.

For those looking to adopt, local shelters work hard to promote their available pets on their websites and social media pages. Some also organize events to educate their potential adoptees.

“Jordan’s Way is a group that comes in and helps fundraise for medical care and animals, and it’s going to be here live and on Facebook Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Majors said. “They will be there to do a live fundraiser for our shelter.”

Adopt one of the many Cutie Pie pets at Long Island animal shelters


It’s really raining cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies at Long Island animal shelters, so if you’re looking for a new best friend, we’ve got the litter pick for you here.

Two very special requests from For Our Friends Rescue


Through no fault of his own, 14-year-old Columbo hasn’t had the best life. Colombo is currently boarding, but would absolutely love and thrive in a home he could call his own.


Senior Artie was found wandering, probably just abandoned by ‘family’. He’s sweet and kind, and he probably only has a few months left to live. He appears to be suffering from kidney failure, liver elevations and possible liver disease. Nobody wants to see this darling die in a shelter. For our friends, Rescue is looking for a committed and caring host family to keep it as comfortable as possible. They will do whatever they can to help, including supplements, special foods, etc. Must have a car to and from the vet in Great Neck.

For more information on saving Colombo or Artie, call 917-864-2443 or E-mail [email protected].

Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America

Rhodes and Delphi
Rhodes and Delphi

**Double Adoption** A local rescuer brought in 5 month old kittens Rhodes (male) (Adoption #BF4165) and Delphi (female) (Adoption #BF4166) in need of attention and familiarization with human hands. Time spent in a quiet, cohesive space showed them how wonderful being part of a family could be, and Animal League America hid them in a sunny room at Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center to complete their education under the tutelage of a few dedicated feline mentors.

Success in a new home will depend on adults with experience raising fearful kittens, and any quiet, calm children in the home over the age of 12 who are equipped to provide a consistent and predictable environment in which to live. these cats can enjoy the rest of their lives. This cat combo could play all day once it feels comfortable in its environment. If you wish to offer them a life of love and security, please request to meet Rhodes and Delphi today.


Everyone Loves Cheddar (Adoption #NCR7220)! This 2-year-old orange boy is having fun in his Bianca’s Furry Friends bedroom. He can’t forget how lucky he is now that he’s left a crowded southern municipal shelter in his past. Who’s going to tell him that life will get better once he’s found his forever family? ! Don’t hesitate – visit Cheddar on the Port Washington campus. It’s beyond perfect – and ready to go home with you.

Despite a long journey from North Carolina, the heart of 6-month-old Pure (Adoption #NCR7223) is pure love! This sleek mini domestic panther would rather be the only pet in your household, so if you get enough of it, you’ll find that she’s completely in love with humans – she can’t get enough of those ear rubs! Don’t miss a pure love story with Pure.


Two-year-old mermaid (Adoption #NCR7226) wishes she could be part of your world! This beautiful gem came from North Carolina and is causing a stir with visitors. She’s ready to experience the wonders of family life (she’d rather be the only pet in your house) where we spend all day in the sun… Go ahead and adopt the girl!


Two-year-old Jenny (Adoption #NCR7232) is one smart cookie! While her housemates wander around, Jenny settles into a cozy spot in the center, happy to step out for a sweet hello to visitors. She has quickly become a staff favorite and is a wonderful cat for new adopters. If Jenny seems like a best friend to you, please ask her to take her home!


Pretty Perego (Adoption #NCR7235) purrs of her good fortune when she landed safely at Bianca’s Furry Friends cat adoption center after traveling from a North Carolina shelter. This 2-year-old’s intuition tells her she’s always safe – and she’s right! All that takes this lovely, loving lady away from a permanent home is a car ride home… with you.


When 4-year-old Bug (Adoption #BF4450) was found wandering outside, his local rescuer drove him to the adoption center for a safe new start. Now enjoying the cozy comforts of indoor living, this gorgeous boy is looking for a family worthy of all his gratitude. Bug is a delicious choice for new cat adopters – he’s perfect in every way! Don’t miss the opportunity to be the lifetime recipient of Bug’s headbutts!

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist

One-year-old Oliver Twist (Adoption NCI2256) recently lost his first home, a tragic story that we hope will lead to a happy new beginning. This wonderful tabby shows his gratitude to those who make him feel safe and cared for. His very easy-going and loving purrsonality makes Oliver Twist a fantastic choice for first-time adopters. Visit Bianca’s Furry Friends Adoption Center to meet your new pal, Oliver; it won’t be long before he considers himself at home in your heart!

If you would like to adopt one of these fabulous felines, send an e-mail [email protected] and/or visit Animal League America’s Port Washington campus.

Available for adoption through Tender Loving Cats


Montauk lives up to its name of being adventurous and beautiful. She has soulful golden eyes and sports small patches of auburn hues in her tabby coat. Montauk is so happy that she always makes air cookies even standing up! She enjoys spending time with other cats of all ages. To adopt Montauk, complete an adoption application here: tenderlovingcats.org/adoption-application.html.

Available for adoption at Smithtown Animal Shelter

Chester and Rocky
Chester and Rocky

Rocky and Chester are two friends who have lived together for over six years. Rocky is a 6 year old Orange Tabby Domestic Short Hair, while Chester is an 8 year old Tuxedo Domestic Medium Hair. The two were left homeless after a divorce but continued their very close bond at the animal shelter. So far they’ve been a little shy because of the new surroundings, but when you show them some love, they start to open up. Rocky seems to be the more outgoing of the two, while Chester will follow him to see how he reacts to people. It would be wonderful if they were adopted together, but they can be separated for the right owners.

Currently, there are a variety of male and female cats and kittens available for adoption or adoption. If you’re looking for a fun loving love ball, stop by the Kitten Nursery or the Cat Condos at the Smithtown Animal Shelter and find a PURR-fect soul mate or two!

If you are interested in adopting Rocky, Chester or one of the cute cats from the shelter, please call 631-360-7575 for more information.

Available for adoption by Lend-a-Paw Inc.

Angelica Pickles
Angelica Pickles

Angelica Pickles is part of a litter known as Rugrats, all of whom are doing very well in their foster homes and are ready for their forever homes! They can be adopted separately or together, but these little munchkins would love to have at least one sibling to play with. Her sisters Lil Deville and Susie Carmichael are also available for adoption!


Penelope was found wandering the streets by a volunteer who immediately saw how adorable she was. This handsome tuxedo is such a mush and was so grateful for a warm blanket to sleep on. She would like an eternal family that likes to snuggle up as much as she does. Penelope is about 2 to 4 years old.


Eugene was found outside in the pouring rain in a friendly stranger’s yard and has been a favorite of the rescue ever since. He is very vocal and won’t hesitate to tell you he wants attention. He loves other cats and people. Eugene is looking for a family who would like to spend quality time with him and play with him. It is estimated between 2 and 3 years.


Colby was rescued from Louisiana and loves the free life! Colby is about 3 years old, up to date and neutered. Colby would be better off in an adult-only home because he likes to play like a puppy. If you’re looking for a companion dog to help you get plenty of exercise, Colby is your boy!


Rue is your friend! Rue was recently rescued from a killing shelter in Louisiana. This handsome boy loves to play. He is only 2 years old and would like a family that can give him plenty of time to go for walks and play outside. He would be the perfect addition to any family as he is good with cats, dogs and children.


This darling pie named Rocco suffered a twisted paw after being rescued from a horrific breeding situation, but that’s not holding him back one bit. Rocco plays hard but snuggles harder. He loves being held like a baby by his foster family. He likes walks with his human as well as road trips. He is just 8 months old and already such a gentleman!

To adopt or foster one of these cool and lovable doggie cats, visit lendapawinc.com/adoption or text 516-405-0065 today!

As always, thanks for reading and remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!

5 Questions With The Enemy: Walker Clement, Cat’s Claw Reader


The Cincinnati Bengals have a good chance to go 5-4 before the break and tie their standings at the same point as last year. The struggling, but pesky Carolina Panthers, who come to Paycor Stadium this Sunday, stand in their way to that achievement.

We caught up with Walker Clement on SB Nation’s Cat Scratch Reader (great blog name, by the way) to discuss a number of items ahead of the Week 9 clash.

1.) AC: I live in Southern California and have watched a ton of Sam Darnold. I never thought he was shaken fairly throughout his NFL career for a variety of reasons. Baker Mayfield was benched for PJ Walker, who impressed, as Darnold is on IR. The former USC Trojan could return to the roster in the near future. Is Walker a guy they want to develop long-term, or could they try Darnold again and rebuild around the former top-five pick?

There isn’t a quarterback on this list that Steve Wilks or any other capable head coach would gladly build right now. PJ has the best chance to change that opinion in the coming season, but Darnold’s wildly inconsistent performance under good attacking training last season effectively sealed his fate.

To be clear, the good practice I was referring to came from quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan and former offensive coordinator Joe Brady. Brady is now the quarterbacks coach for the Buffalo Bills.

Even Walker’s chances of establishing a career for himself as a cornerstone of the franchise are increasingly slim with the Panthers. Walker has a one-year contract and the Panthers are in a tight cap situation heading into 2023.

Either he works his way into the conversation as a starting journeyman, how badly the Panthers can’t afford him on a rookie contract/first draft pick, or he gives us mediocre and chaotic results for the rest of the season, at which point the Panthers would only see him as a backup.

Bet on Bengals – Panthers and other NFL games at DraftKings Sportsbook.

2.) WC: Carolina recently sold a number of its major assets (Christian McCaffrey, Robby Anderson), committing to a long-term plan. Who are some of the guys who could break out this week with the slew of new faces introduced to the team?

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo loves his tight ends, so look for some featured targets for guys like Ian Thomas and Tommy Tremble. The coach is doing more to get the ball in the hands of those guys in space than real threats like DJ Moore or Laviska Shenault.

Shenault and Terrace Marshall Jr are the two wide receivers you’ll want to keep an eye on. He’s a weirdly sneaky big guy who threatens to turn small wins into big plays.

Marshall is a third-year, former second-round pick who Panthers fans gave up for dead under former head coach Matt Rhule. Now, however, he has emerged over the past three weeks as a truly constant threat to pick up big chunks when the team needs them most. There’s a chance he plays his way into long-term talk No. 2 next to Moore.

3.) AC: The inside of the Panthers defense was a good complement to Brian Burns on the outside. Matt Ioannidis and Derrick Brown brought an inside presence. Cincinnati revamped its offensive line — particularly the interior — in an effort to ban stunts and twists to derail drives. Are those patterns the ones these two have benefited the most from on defense, or are they just gaining more one-on-one?

TOILET: It’s a small A-column, a small B-column. Brown is becoming a force to be reckoned with and the Panthers are thrilled not to have to do the math. A piece last week, especially, gives you an idea of ​​who Brown is becoming. On a quick option play, Brown beat the center one-on-one, forcing Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota to hold the ball and try to dive a right.

Brown tackled the running back who was taking on the diving/blocking responsibilities on the play, then tackled Mariota as well. He effectively tackled both options on the play for a yardage loss and did it all single-handedly. It would have been the Panthers’ best play of Week 8 if not for Moore’s insane 62-yard touchdown.

4.) CA: What is the long term vision for the Panthers? Is Wilks auditioning for the head coach position? Is Darnold in the running for the starting quarterback position, or is Matt Corral the long-term project? In a way, I admire their collection of draft picks in a frenetic trade deadline, but they also seem to have had some talent lately and haven’t capitalized.

TOILET: Wilks is operating under the public belief that he’s auditioning for the job and I hope he’s right. Owner David Tepper said Wilks would have to do “an amazing job” to even be considered for the role, but I think he’s met that standard so far, even with a 1-2 record.

The long-term vision for this team is to find a way to sign one of the best rookie quarterbacks next season and bring their supposed success back to relevance. The current Panthers are the closest thing I’ve seen to a team that’s ‘just a quarterback away’, but we’ll have to see if that holds true when a new head coach brings in his systems. and try to apply them to these guys. .

They’ve had some talent lately, as you cleverly pointed out. They didn’t capitalize for two reasons, which are actually just one reason to wear two hats. One is that former head coach Matt Rhule dragged out piles of excuses and platitudes that, by all accounts, had no idea what he was actually doing professionally. The amount of “used car salesman” that oozed out of him at press conferences makes it seem impossible that he held the job for as long as he did.

The second reason is that the team never found a viable replacement for Cam Newton at quarterback. They’ve gone through three “guys” at quarterback, each handpicked by Rhule and sold to fans as the savior they’ve been waiting for. Each of them has been a most disappointing Captain Check Down or mayhem generator.

5.) CA: That line is unexpectedly at 7.5, in favor of the Bengals, per DraftKings. Cincinnati is wildly inconsistent, but Carolina is showing signs of being in rebuilding mode. Is this a straight line? What’s your prediction in this one?

TOILET: Honestly, I have no idea. I wouldn’t bet money on this Panthers team if it was free. in the first place. The only thing I would consider putting money on is that they’re going to play off the top three in the draft and leave themselves in a sticky spot for next season.

As for this season, this game? Toss a coin, then ignore the results and follow your instincts. The actual outcome will depend on how quickly Walker gets under center – last year it took a full half – and how resilient the Bengals offensive line is to a Panthers defense that is finally starting to recover. health.

Our thanks to Walker Clement from Cat Scratch Reader! Check out their site for more information this week, including our five questions with them!

Franklin Tomorrow Announces Nominees for 16th Annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards | Community


Franklin Tomorrow has announced the nominees for the 16th annual Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards to be held November 15.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Community Church and doors will open at 5 p.m., for which attendees can RSVP here.

According to a press release, more than 20 nonprofits, other organizations and individuals have submitted nominees for the awards, with the nominees to be announced on Monday, November 7.

These category nominees include:

Corporate Volunteer Award

  • Tractor Supply Company, nominated by Saddle Up!

  • Weifield Group, nominated by Poplar Grove Elementary

Corporate Individual Achievement Award

  • Teade Tagaloa, nominated for her work with Hard Bargain Association

  • Julia Kaehr, nominated for Little Red Wagon food drive, benefiting GraceWorks Ministries

Volunteer Spirit Award

  • Al Adams, Mercy Community Health Care Advisory Council

  • Glynn Riddle, United Way/VITA

  • Richard Youngs, GraceWorks

  • Grayling Pruitt, Habitat for Humanity-Williamson-Maury

  • Christine McCann, Saddle Up!

  • Jill and Tim McNeese, Backlight Productions

  • Jeff Brasher, OneGen Away

  • Paul Bonner, Gentry Education Foundation

  • Allena Bell, Franklin Special Schools, Smart Women Advisory Board and Franklin Tomorrow

  • Jaclyn Ledbetter, Downtown Franklin Rotary, Heritage Foundation, My Friend’s House, Davis House, Friends of Franklin Parks

  • Walter Green Downtown Neighborhood Association

  • Revida Rahman and Jennifer Cortez, One WillCo; Katherine Swafford, Freedom PTO Middle School

  • Claudia Parker, Williamson County Animal Center and Franklin Sister Cities

  • Tom Powell, Franklin Manager

  • Theresa R. Victory, Friends of Williamson County Public Library

  • Page High School Alumni Mentor Chris Wharton

  • Bob Steele, Franklin Theater
    Kelly Fortner, FrankTown Open Hearts and Franklin Scholars
    Jerome Whitehead, Williamson Medical Center

Emerging Leader Award

  • Rebekah Zeitlin, Waves Inc., Congregation Micah, & Make-A-Wish; Chase Harper, Williamson Inc., Heritage Foundation Next Gen, City of Franklin Sustainability Commission

  • Stacey Downs, a vintage affair

  • Emily Valadez, Franklin Specialty Schools

  • Nicole Brooks, Habitat for Humanity, Williamson-Maury; and Mauri Riesenberg, A Vintage Affair and Franklin Tomorrow

Youth Initiative Award

  • Addie Grace Leggett, GraceWorks, CRAYON and Best Friends

  • Audrey Oxford, Freedom Reigns Ranch; Jena Farris, Independence Habitat for Humanity, JROTC

  • Estefani Alatorre & Gabriela Sanchez, Path United

  • Elizabeth Schmitz, Shower Up Nashville

Neighbor-to-neighbor price

  • Franklin Rotary Club at Noon BBQ Company

  • Mariana Gutierrez, Path United & Poplar Grove Volunteer

  • Brentwood Noon Rotary for Miles Together Playground Project

  • Katie Creighton, Erika’s hideaway

  • Franklin Special School District School Health Nurses

Franklin Tomorrow will also present additional awards, including the Anne T. Rutherford Exemplary Community Volunteer Award and the Charles M. Sargent Leadership Award. Franklin Tomorrow Chairman of the Board, Patrick Baggett, will also receive awards, as well as a special In Memoriam program to honor community leaders, volunteers and those who have died over the past year.

Each award carries a cash prize to the nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice.

Getting the cat out of the bag: a look at animal services in Milpitas


Need to find a home for that stray cat? Worried about your neighbor’s aggressive dog? Are you looking to adopt a four-legged friend? Who are you gonna call?

For local residents, the answer to this question is not so simple. That’s because in 2001, the town of Milpitas began contracting with the San Jose Animal Care Center (SJACC), which opened its new facility in south San Jose near the county fairgrounds of Santa Clara in 2004 as part of San Jose’s new Animal Services Division.

Under the terms of the contract, SJACC is responsible for all hosting services and field calls for the town of Milpitas. This is a common solution for cities that do not have their own hosting center. SJACC also provides service in Los Gatos, Saratoga and Cupertino. As one of the largest facilities around, the 45,000 square foot campus serves approximately 2/3 of Santa Clara County’s total population, which equates to 1.2 million residents.

Photo by David Newman.

What about the Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV), you might ask, located at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas? In fact, the city of Milpitas had a contract with HSSV (formerly the Santa Clara Humane Society) for the same services that are now provided by SJACC. This contract, which entered into force in 1993, ended in 2001 due to a change in mission of HSSV; they have disbanded their field services in favor of higher quality accommodation services. This change resulted in the opening of a new state-of-the-art accommodation center in 2009.

So while HSSV is technically located within the city limits of Milpitas, its services are limited to non-field related activities including adoptions, training, vaccinations, microchipping, handing over of pets, euthanasia, etc. They also offer animal loss support groups and a pet pantry, available to all family residents of Santa Clara County experiencing financial instability.


Photo courtesy of Humane Society Silicon Valley.

To say that the SJACC has faced challenges over the past few years would be an understatement. The center has recently made headlines as staff turnover has crippled its ability to provide much-needed services to the community. According to Deputy Director Jay Terrado, who has worked for SJACC since 2001, “We do what we can, but when you don’t have the staff, it’s difficult. We sometimes have to turn away healthy animals because we simply don’t have the capacity to house them at the moment.

Photo courtesy of Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Staff shortages have plagued virtually every department of SJACC. The management unit, which primarily responds to calls about aggressive, injured, sick, stray or dead animals, has two vacancies on its roster of 22, with others absent for medical reasons. Two full-time veterinarian positions and 3 full-time animal health technician positions also remain vacant.

Finding qualified candidates to fill these gaps has been the number one priority, but hiring takes time. Terrado says, “We’ve focused a lot on recruiting people, but we can’t force people to apply. And even when we hire someone new, it usually takes about 6 months to train them.

The SJACC medical team was particularly affected. Shelter vets are a rare breed and can be hard to find. Terrado laments the fact that often qualified candidates choose a private practice rather than a position in town because the salary is much higher. To attract new candidates in an increasingly competitive market, the City of San Jose increased the pay scale for veterinarians by nearly 50% this year, increasing their base salary from approximately $100,000 to $150,000, with a signing bonus of $20,000.

With only one school in the state offering a degree in the veterinary specialty of shelter medicine (UC Davis) and only about 30 nationally, the number of graduates is limited. Add to that the incredible increase in adoptions during the pandemic, and you’re left with too many pets and not enough vets.

According to Sandy Mallalieu, Senior Director of Marketing at HSSV, “There is definitely a shortage in the areas of private veterinary care and residential medicine. There is so much demand right now. We try to swell the ranks by encouraging young people interested in animals to spend time in our establishment. We currently have two UC Davis students volunteering here. By investing in their future, we hope we can resolve this crisis.

Terrado also points out that working in a shelter can be a very emotional experience that can often lead to employee burnout. “It’s hard on the staff. It’s a very stressful environment. People work here because they care, and seeing some of these animals being returned to us is heartbreaking. You must have blinders.

When the pandemic first hit in 2020, adoptions soared. Terrado recounts how the shelter was reduced to 28 animals, a historic low. But over the past year, as more people have returned to work, animals have been sent back to shelters. Terrado attributes this to lifestyle changes. In June, the number of animals at SJACC was over 650. By the end of August, they were at 430. Their ideal capacity is 300.

Another contributing factor to the shelters that are currently overflowing with animals is “kitten season,” when cats across the country go wild from April through September. SJACC normally runs a trap/neuter/release program to stem the tide of baby hairballs, but this has been put on hold due to their staff shortages. The result: an explosion of feline creatures that flooded shelters across the county, like an endless wave of triples.


Of course, the worst is over. Nearly 50 new staff members, including several key leadership positions, have been hired at SJACC in the past six months as part of an ongoing campaign by the City of San Jose to strengthen their animal services. This brings their current staff to around 120. Terrado admits there are many areas where there is room for improvement, but in the meantime they are committed to serving the community as best they can.

Partnerships with HSSV and other rescue operations have certainly lightened the load quite literally. HSSV took in animals when SJACC was just too overwhelmed, in addition to helping with medical procedures. In 2021, SJACC sent over 5,000 animals to other rescue operations and transferred over 4,500 animals to other organizations. The total ingestion was approximately 15,500 animals. According to Mallalieu, “We are both part of the WeCARE Alliance, a group of local shelters that support each other however we can. The goal is to save more animal lives together. Other members of the WeCARE Alliance include the City of Palo Alto Animal Services, Santa Clara County Animal Shelter, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority, and Town Cats.


So what does all this mean for the people of Milpitas? Good question. And a question Mayor Tran and the City Council sought to answer not too long ago when they considered the possibility of the City of Milpitas providing animal services itself. After all, the annual contract with SJACC is not cheap. According to Bill Tott, building manager for Milpitas Building and Housing Safety, “The contract is $520,000 per year. That’s a lot of money for animal control, but what they do is so much more than that. I can’t imagine trying to replicate what they have in San Jose.

Indeed, the scope of services offered by SJACC is breathtaking. Their field services division responded to over 20,000 calls for service in fiscal year 2021-22. Of those calls, about 2,000 were about Milpitas. Field services respond to the following types of calls: aggressive animals; injured, sick and stray pets; collection of dead animals; noise complaints; vicious animal regulation; pet store inspections; injured or sick wild animals; and animal crime investigations.

Currently, when residents of Milpitas call the City about an animal problem, they are usually referred to SJACC. Tott says, “When we get a call, we forward them to SJACC. In the event of a code violation, such as a dangerous dog biting someone, or a noise complaint, SJACC will investigate and send us a report. The code enforcement will then issue a fine or citation based on the report.

Service calls are grouped into three categories: Priority 1 (emergency), Priority 2 (urgent) and Priority 3 (non-emergency). According to Terrado, the majority of field service calls in Milpitas are non-emergency calls. Under their contract, response times for SJACC were set at one hour or less for Priority 1, six hours or less for Priority 2, and twelve hours or less for Priority 3. For example, there were 62 calls for service in January 2022. and 11 infractions. Only two of the response deadlines were missed.

SJACC shelter operations include adoptions, licensing, animal enrichment, animal feeding, owner surrender, rabies testing, microchipping, cage/kennel cleaning and animal euthanasia . Medical personnel perform advanced procedures such as X-rays, blood tests, dental procedures/extractions, major surgeries, orthopedic procedures, and forensic analysis for criminal investigations. Normally they offer free or low cost sterilization surgeries, but this has been suspended due to a lack of staff (this also applies to HSSV).

Tott acknowledges the confusion residents sometimes have when visiting HSSV expecting to find their lost dog: “I can understand the frustration if I was a Milpitan and my dog ​​was impounded and I go to the HSSV and they’re like, ‘No, no, it’s not here, it’s in San Jose. I mean, you’re here in our city and I can’t get service from you?! “

Fortunately, to help you, we have compiled our own handy list of services provided by HSSV and SJACC. So the next time you’re wondering who to call, check it out. HSSV and SJACC are also encouraging the public to consider adopting to help empty shelters. Or why not become a host family? Mallalieu says it’s a great way for kids to practice having their own pet, and all medical, training and food expenses are paid for.

Graphic by David Newman.

For more information, please contact:

Silicon Valley Humane Society

901 Ames Ave, Milpitas

(408) 262-2133

San Jose Animal Care Center

2750 Monterey Road, San Jose

(408) 794-7297

Milpitas Neighborhood Services

(408) 586-3286

Dawn O’Porter on the secret to a long marriage


Best-selling author Dawn O’Porter (Toby Madden/PA)

Dawn O’Porter confesses that she could not have fallen in love with her husband, Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, if he hadn’t been an animal lover, as she reveals what she believes to be the secret to a long marriage.

When she started dating Bridesmaids star, after meeting on her 30th birthday, her Siamese cat Lilu was her top priority, the author and podcast host says.

“I had met the man I thought I was going to marry, but there was no way I was still with him if he hated my cat. At that time in my life, she was my priority.

“At the beginning, it was very difficult, continues O’Porter, 43 years old. “After the first night he stayed at my house, she threw up on his side of the bed. It was absolutely a puke of protest.

“She just knew this guy was a serious problem. He was livid and I had to put her outside the bedroom, which was perfectly fair. But being Siamese, she was screaming at the door, and it sounded like someone was being murdered in the hallway. Eventually she slid into her back and over time they bonded. He loved her, but he always joked about what a horrible person she was.

Today, the couple live in Los Angeles with their two sons, Art, seven and five, Valentine, and four rescue animals – two dogs and two cats – and it was never thought that O’Dowd would occupy a pet. free zone, she laughs.

When Lilu dies in 2020 at the age of 16, O’Porter, bestselling author of The cows and So lucky, was devastated. It was this loss that sparked her latest novel, Cat Lady.

“I had one of the most important relationships of my life with my 16 year old cat. I had her from 24 until 41, and when she died I was heartbroken It made me realize how important the grief of a pet is to people and how it can be just as painful as losing someone, and I wanted to write a book that would honor that.

cat lady begins as businesswoman Mia joins a pet bereavement group even though her cat, Pigeon, is alive and well. She does this as a release from her less than cheerful life, and it soon becomes clear that she loves her cat more than her husband, Tristan – a man whose bitchy ex-wife Belinda is constantly invading their space, and who doesn’t care about her. don’t share. penchant for felines.

As the human relationships around his shard and his work crumble, the only constant is his faithful, beloved moggie, as well as his new friends from the pet bereavement group.

The idea came about 14 years ago when O’Porter was in New York, didn’t have a lot of work, and started going to different self-help groups with the idea of ​​blogging about them. One of those she met was a pet bereavement group.

“I think my intention at first was to make fun of it, but then I sat in the band and it was one of the most devastating circles I’ve ever sat in. I thought: ‘ I could never write negatively about these people” and I clung to this group all this time, knowing that it would end up somewhere in my work. You can find support from people in the most unusual places. .

She didn’t seek bereavement counseling when Lilu passed away, but it was during the pandemic that the world turned upside down.

“Everything was horrible anyway, so it was a case of, ‘Where do I even start with which therapy group do I need?'” she laughs. When the lockdown eased slightly Los Angelesher friends gathered, delivering flowers and gifts, which meant a lot, she says now.

“My husband was sad too, and we just sat and stared at the walls for a week or two, and tried to carry on.”

Her cat’s death felt like she was mourning the end of an era, O’Porter recalls.

“She represented my entire single life. I had this very nostalgic reaction and thought back to the last 16 years and all the things I had done. It made me suddenly realize that I was in 40s and Dawn wasn’t 26 anymore, couch surfing with my cat in London. It was as if an era of my life had been defined and closed. It was actually a kind of warm grief, even though I was desperately sad.

They also lost their dog, Potatoearlier this year.

“I can barely say his name without crying. This takes lots of time. New pets help because it brings joy into the house, but that doesn’t mean you stop missing the pet that’s gone.

She believes it is possible to love animals more than people. “I think the relationship people have with their pets is so intimate, when something is completely dependent on you to survive and you’re completely dependent on it for all the pleasurable things it gives you, it’s a pure Completely simple love exchange – and it’s hard to find that with people.

Now she has two rescue tabby cats, her sister and brother Myrtle and Boo, whom she had as kittens after Lilu’s death.

“When you have two cats, they are much less dependent on you. Lilu was an emotional wreck every time I left the house. These two are very strong on their own because they know each other.

“When we saw how wonderful it was, we rescued two dogs last month – Chris was very insistent that we got two dogs. [Meatloaf and Puffin] for the same reason.”

The animal-loving couple recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, which they both recorded on Instagram.

“I guess the secret to a good marriage is not to expect it to be perfect all the time. It took me a long time to learn. Sometimes it will be stressful and difficult, but so that most of the time it’s not, I think you’re doing pretty well.

They’ve lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade but misses London terribly, she admits.

“I always call London home, even if I’m out of Guernsey [where she grew up] and LA has been my home for a very short time. We take huge trips all the time. We could very well go back at some point, but it depends on the job and if Chris is touring America all year. Our life can change from day to day with the work coming.

She tends to base her books in the UK, although she will be writing another novel next year, which will be set in Los Angeles for the first time.

“My life is calmer and much slower here [than it was in London]. It’s a different city, laid back and relaxed. There is no metro to speak of, you drive everywhere, everything feels more relaxing.”

While her actor husband is widely recognized, O’Porter, who also has a vintage clothing line with Joanie Clothing, is happy to stay away from showbiz.

“One of the things I love about living in Los Angeles is that nobody knows who I am. It’s fun to come back to London and people say, ‘I love your books. “, but I also appreciate that it’s not. It’s only when I’m with Chris that he gets a lot of attention – but it’s the kind of attention that’s relaxed and manageable. He doesn’t There’s nobody yelling. He’s not in One Direction. That’s very nice.”

She’s hosting a new series of her Get It On podcast this fall, interviewing celebrity guests about why they dress the way they do, and has another novel in the works.

As for pets, she wants more, she enthuses.

“I want more animals,” she laughs. “I was feeding a stray cat outside last year and was hoping he would be brave enough to come in and join the family one day. I will absolutely add more rescue animals to the situation.

‘Cat Lady’ by Dawn O’Porter is published by HarperCollins. Available now.

Man asks for help finding stolen van and cat in Olympia


A white van stolen from Olympia with the owner’s cat still inside (photo courtesy of Nick Saviers)

A man is asking for the public’s help, heartbroken after his van was stolen in Olympia with his cat ‘Precious’ still inside.

Nick Saviers said he was at the Capital Mall in Olympia on October 26 when his van was stolen with her all-black pussy in the back. Saviers said “Precious” remained in her soft gray-colored crate wearing a gold, white and black body harness.

Precious is microchipped, says Saviers.

“I was at the Capital Mall in Olympia for about half an hour. I’m disabled and I live in my van with my cat Precious,” Saviers explained. “I was parked in the disabled plaza. When I got out, my van was gone.”

The victim says he had a tracker on his van – a white 2006 Ford Econoline Cargo Van – but the thieves found it and dumped it on S. 49th St near the Tacoma Mall.

Lacey Police spotted the van but said the driver refused to pull over.

Officers said they cannot pursue the van due to 2021 changes to state law limiting their ability to pursue and arrest criminal suspects unless they have developed a case. likely to do so. Until the law changes, they say they could prosecute and detain the suspects, as long as they had a reasonable suspicion that they had stolen the van or knew the van had been stolen.

“I stayed with my friend at Olympia but spent all my disability money on this van. I have insurance but am now without a vehicle and lost everything I owned. More importantly Still, my cat Precious is missing, and I don’t know where she might be or if those horrible people are treating her badly,” Saviers said.

The van is described as having a large Badland winch up front with no overhead racks or storage unit as pictured. It has a black stripe on both sides and no rear side windows, and also has side-by-side doors instead of a sliding door. The brake lights are new with no tint as pictured and the van had a beige square safe bolted inside. The van also has new tires, not shown.

The van has Washington license plates, #CDE9995.

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If you find Precious, you can take her to any veterinarian who can use the microchip to confirm her identity and owner details.

Please call 911 if you see the van and refer to Olympia Police Department file #22-06889.

Creative costumes rule at the annual Zombie Run


Soccer players, bunnies, butterflies, skeletons, lions and more lined up at Buchanan Fields on Oct. 30 for the seventh annual Zombie Run, and they were just dogs.

Their human counterparts – nearly 500 of them – also dressed up for the annual 5K run/walk through Buchanan Park to benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League. Participants enjoyed the sunny fall weather as they mingled on the ball diamond before the walk began – letting their dogs make friends.

They agreed that EAPL was a great organization and they wanted to help. Many had their own rescue dogs.

Cathleen Timmons, an EAPL volunteer who helped organize the Zombie Run, called the turnout incredible, saying there were far more than the 300 people who registered in advance. She watched the attendees walk the trails in Buchanan Park, delighted with the number of runners and walkers.

“It’s really grown from the little community run seven years ago,” Timmons said. “Without our sponsors and the community, this event could not take place.”

She thanked the event sponsors starting with Chow Down Pet Supplies and a few others who had booths at the event for their support.

Frances Perez of Evergreen and her sister, Regina Palke of Tampa, Florida brought Daisy, a 4 1/2 year old sheep/cattle dog that Perez rescued. The sisters liked to wear their witch costumes, while Daisy sported a wreath of daisies around her neck.

Perez explained that she was too busy with work commitments to volunteer with EAPL, but she could at least attend events and donate to such a worthy cause. They agreed they wanted to support EAPL and enjoyed spending time together.

Hunter Wilde, 18 months, raced through the Buchanan fields as his parents, Taylor and Chris, followed, with yellow lab JJ in tow. JJ, sporting a lion’s mane, is “the best,” according to Taylor. The family opted for an animal theme for their costumes – Chris a moose, Taylor a llama and Hunter a bear.

Chris said Hunter was now at an age where he could appreciate Halloween more, and they pushed him in a stroller during the 5K. The family enjoys outdoor activities together.

Christopher Short and Lucy, a rescued 11-year-old shepherd mix, were at the event to support EAPL and have fun.

If creativity counted with costumes, Lydia Brown and Heather Harshfield ranked pretty high with their dogs, Sheyenne, 8 months, and Champ, 11. The two work at Mountain Park Animal Hospital and Brown dressed as a dog with a plastic collar around her neck – sometimes called the cone of shame although she calls it a party hat. Sheyenne was dressed as a vet named Dr. E. Setter since Sheyenne is an English setter who is, as Brown said, certified fearless and cute.

Harshfield, suitably dressed as a zombie for the Zombie Run, dressed Champ as a hunter.

Friends Gwyn Browning, Allison Guyton, Diane Ferguson and Barb Schmidt – all dressed as Raggedy Ann – have decided not to bring their dogs to the event. They were happy to be together.

“Our kids are adults, so they don’t want to play tricks with us,” Ferguson said.

Schmidt added, “As adults, we wear costumes here and support EAPL.”

Thurston pilots new trap and release program for feral cats


Mowgli, a 10.6-pound black cat, sits in his cage at the start of a trail behind the Joint Animal Services shelter in Olympia on October 20.  The feral cat had been spayed, vaccinated and released through the shelter's

Mowgli, a 10.6-pound black cat, sits in his cage at the start of a trail behind the Joint Animal Services shelter in Olympia on October 20. The feral cat had been spayed, vaccinated and released through the shelter’s “community cat program”.

The Olympian

Mowgli, a stray black cat, got out of his cage and scurried down a wooded path behind the Joint Animal Services shelter on Martin Way East. It was not a daring escape, but an intentional and successful release.

Mowgli and other feral cats are getting a second chance in Thurston County with the implementation of a new trap and release program.

Those who pass the program return to their territory, not as mere strays, but as newly labeled “community cats”. Although still wild, these cats come back castrated or sterilized as well as vaccinated.

Joint animal services began slowly implementing the community cat program in August as it sought to control stray cat populations and spare more of them from ineffective catch-and-kill policies, the executive director said Sarah Hock.

“It’s been noted a lot here in our area that loose cats have become a problem due to the lack of neutering resources,” Hock said.

“This is a proven program that reduces the number of free-roaming cats in any given area, as well as the number of cats we have to euthanize each year.”

As of Tuesday, six cats had completed the program and a few more were waiting at the shelter for their clinic appointments, according to operations manager Andrew Toledo.

Animal Services estimates it can save the lives of up to 150 cats a year if it can fully implement this program, Hock said. Cats are selected for the program if deemed unsuitable for adoption.

Ideally, these cats are paired with a “community cat caregiver” – someone who is not an owner but still provides food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. Cats are also given an ear tip so people know they have already been treated.


Although the program was widely recognized, it took a while to get started in Thurston County. To get started, Animal Services has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.

Hock said the nonprofit organization provided an $18,000 grant and training for its staff. That support has provided the boost he needs at this point, she said.

“It’s great seed capital to get us started on this program,” Hock said. “Especially until we can do our own surgeries in-house.”

The shelter currently lacks a medical care area and an in-house veterinarian. For now, staff are sending cats to clinics such as Northwest Sterilization and Neutralization Center in Tacoma.

Construction of a medical zone has begun, however, thanks to donations from other nonprofits, Hock said. The shelter aims to start performing some medical treatments in-house next year, she added.

A feral cat rests in its cage at the Joint Animal Services shelter in Olympia on Friday, October 14, 2022. This cat was trapped in unincorporated Thurston County and placed in the shelter’s “community cat program.” Martin Bilbao The Olympian

To fully implement the program, Hock said Animal Services needs local jurisdictions to include definitions of “community cat” and “community cat caregiver” in their codes.

“The way prescriptions were written before, anyone who fed a cat for 14 days was considered the owner,” Hock said. “Community cat sitters really aren’t owners. So we wanted to make sure that people who tried to do the right thing weren’t punished either.

In August, the Animal Services Commission sent letters to Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County requesting these code changes. Pending approval, Hock said the shelter may be able to trap and release more cats before the end of the year.

“We seek to work with members of our community who are interested in helping,” Hock said. “It’s just step by step, building as we can, what we have the capacity for and what the community has the capacity for.”

Current codes haven’t stopped animal services staff from releasing the few cats they already have, Toledo said. However, he said changing the codes should help county communities better understand the program as it expands.

Recently, Hock said staff gave out vouchers for spaying clinics to people who come with feral cats. Staff also come up with plans on how to manage and deter these cats, if necessary, she added.

“Sometimes people start doing the right thing and they get overwhelmed,” Hock said. “It really helps to resolve issues with everyone in the neighborhood so that everyone can live harmoniously without it leading to the removal and death of these cats.”

Getting rid of the cats doesn’t solve the problem, Hock said. She compared it to a vacuum effect, where if one cat leaves, another finds the food and resources left behind.

“If you can manage the cats in the area, that is, targeting neutering, neutering and vaccinations on the cats so that they cannot breed, but are happy and healthy. health… then they will also prevent other cats from entering the area”. Hock said.

A cat looks out of its cage in the feral cat room at the Joint Animal Services shelter in Olympia on Friday, October 14, 2022. The cages are specially designed with two sections each so staff can clean them without disturbing the cats, Operations said Director Andrew Toledo. Martin Bilbao The Olympian

Mowgli’s story

The shelter has a small room that can accommodate a few feral cats, but Toledo said that room was full last week. As a result, Mowgli and another cat waited in larger enclosures down the hall.

Prior to this program, Toledo said shelter staff should consider euthanizing feral cats once the facility reaches capacity. By releasing them, he said staff could free up space and save their lives.

Animal Services trapped Mowgli on a footpath near the shelter’s side parking lot, according to his documentation. “The Coffee Stand Cat,” as Toledo called him, had occasionally been taken care of by those who worked at the Coffee Bar.

Business owner Renee Taylor, 64, said she had volunteered to be Mowgli’s carer. She said her family started providing food to the cat about seven months ago.

“All the girls in the family love animals,” Taylor said. “So we all want to do whatever we can to help.”

Taylor said they named the cat Mowgli after Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.” She said her family also cared for other stray cats that frequented the area.

“It’s always good to see animals taken care of by the community,” Taylor said. “It’s not their fault that they end up in the situations they encounter.”

With Mowgli released on Thursday, she said her family would be happy to see him roam free again.

She said she hopes the program will grow.

“I feel like there’s a need for what they’re doing because there’s a lot of homeless cats out there,” Taylor said. “If we can make sure there aren’t more creations all the time, I think that’s a really good program.”

National Cat Day 2022: Where can I adopt a cat in Yorkshire? Here are 12 local cat rescue centers where you can save a cat’s life.


Awareness Day was founded by Colleen Paige, pet and family lifestyle expert, author, artist, conservationist and animal welfare advocate. She has also set up many other national awareness days to save the animals whose national dog dayNational Puppy Day, National Pet Day and National Wildlife Day.

The following cat rescue centers are mostly independently owned and cater to a variety of cat breeds.

A rescue kitten. (Photo credit: Frank Reid)

Cat rescue centers in Yorkshire

This rescue cat has 4.7 stars on Google with 242 reviews.

Address: Lower Pierce Close, Cross Roads, Keighley, BD22 9AQ.

Telephone number: 01535 647184

It has a 4.6 star rating on Google with 23 reviews.

Address: 14 Nydd Vale Road, Nydd Vale Terrace, Harrogate, HG1 5HA.

It has a 3.7 star rating on Google with 71 reviews.

Address: Shipley, BD18 3QN.

Telephone number: 0113 486 9770

Blue Cross Visitor Centre, Thirsk

It has a 4.5 star rating on Google with 139 reviews.

Address: Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe, Thirsk, YO7 3SE.

Telephone number: 0300 777 1540

Cat Protection – York Adoption Center

It has a 4.7 star rating on Google with 34 reviews.

Address: 582 Huntington Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9QA.

Telephone number: 01904 760 356

It has a 4.5 star rating on Google with 172 reviews.

Address: 258 Allerton Road, Allerton, Bradford, BD15 7QX.

It has a 4.8 star rating on Google with 75 reviews.

Address: Summerfield Lodge, Moat Lane, Wickersley, Rotherham, S66 1DZ.

Telephone number: 01709 247777

Caring for Yorkshire and Humber Cats

It has a 4.7 star rating on Google with 58 reviews.

Address: York Road, Market Weighton, York, YO43 3EE.

Telephone number: 01430 872612

It has a 4.6 star rating on Google with 407 reviews.

Address: Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6QJ.

Telephone number: 01302 711330

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary

It has a 4.6 star rating on Google with 496 reviews.

Address: The Stables, Todwick Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 3SE.

Telephone number: 01909 564399

It has a 4.9 star rating on Google with 59 reviews.

Address: 27 Deneside Mount, Bradford, BD5 9QF.

It has a 4.6 star rating on Google with 26 reviews.

Address: Gatehouse Business Centre, Unit 24 Albert Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, HD1 3QD.

Telephone number: 07421 082182

These 5 Cats From The History Of Science Go From Space To Schrödinger’s Box


You don’t see many headline cats in science news. Anonymous Lab Mice, Pavlov’s Dogs, and even Dolly the Sheep are more recognized than most of the cats on this list. Yet each of the pioneering kitties listed here deserves to bask in their own ray of sunshine on the big bed of science. In honor of National Cat Day, we recognize these 5 cats in science.

1. Schrödinger’s Cat

(Credit: Sonsedska Yuliia/Shutterstock)

It’s practically a natural law that if you write anything about science and cats, you have to mention Schrödinger’s cat. What is not a real cat – indeed, there is a doubt if Erwin Schrödinger ever possesses a cat. But the physicist and Nobel laureate invented this thought experiment in 1935, which places a hypothetical cat in a hypothetical box in a hypothetical death trap situation where the cat could be said to be both dead and alive until directly observed.

When you think about it, it’s a pretty awful scenario to throw out there. (It must be said, however, that history has revealed that Schrödinger was pretty awful himself.) In the interest of historical accuracy, it should be noted that Schrödinger did not intend for people to take his live/dead cat scenario seriously. He offered it as nonsense, a critique of then-current thinking regarding quantum theory. But that critique has taken on a life (and death) of its own ever since. The important thing to remember is that no real cats died while performing this particular scenario.

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2. Félicette, the space cat

Félicette, the first and only cat to have arrived in space. (Credit: RonFrazier/CC BY-SA 2.0/Wikimedia Commons)

Since the dawn of rocket travel, various countries have sent just over 600 human beings into space, as well as more than 30 monkeys, a dozen dogs, dozens of mice and fruit flies, and even a couple of turtles. But only one cat has ever been to space and returned.

Snatched from the streets of Paris, this stray tuxedo cat was among 14 feline recruits being trained for spaceflight by CNES (National Center for Space Studies), the French equivalent of NASA. These cat astronauts underwent many of the same rigorous tests as the human candidates, but the Parisian stray made the difference.

On October 18, 1963, C 341 (the cat’s official designation) made its fateful journey into space, enduring 9.5g – more than enough to knock out a human – and about five minutes of weightlessness.

But she returned to earth safely and was for a time a star in the French press, which nicknamed the cat “Félix”, after the famous cartoon. discuss. The French authorities feminized it into Félicette and formalized the name. Unfortunately, and to the shame of CNES, Félicette’s caretakers euthanized the intrepid kitty a few months later, to further study the physical and neurological effects of her flight. In 2019, Félicette is finally commemorated with a bronze statue, which is now at the International Space University in Strasbourg.

3. CC, the cloned cat

CC with its owner, in 2003. (Credit: Pschemp/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons)

Long at the forefront of animal cloning, Texas A&M’s The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has produced genetic replicas of horses, pigs, goats, and other creatures. But in 2001, they made history by bringing forth a literal impersonator.

The well named CC, the world’s first cloned cat, was the darling of the researchers there. Created by nuclear transfer from the cells of Rainbow, a female short-haired cat who served as a donor, CC was herself a healthy genetic copy of Rainbow, although the two cats are not perfect look-alikes: the variances of development gave the cat clone a slightly different coloring and pattern on its coat.

A faculty member adopted CC, who had a luxury life in a custom-built cat condo in her owner’s backyard. She even had a family of her own when she later gave birth (through natural methods) to three kittens. But CC’s extraordinary origins have given him no particular longevity and in 2020 she died kidney failure at the respectable age of 18.

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4. Mr. Green Genes and Other Bioluminescent Cats

Anyone who’s ever taken a picture of a cat or seen one in dim light knows that their eyes glow with a certain brightness that makes them look almost unearthly. But thanks to the intervention of science, it turns out that some rare cats can, under the right circumstances, produce a real glow-up. We’re talking full bioluminescence, the kind of thing you see in fireflies and jellyfish.

The first glow-in-the-dark cat is aptly named Mr. Green Genes (a cry to a now obscure kids tv companion). In 2008, the New Orleans ginger cat had its genetic structure altered in an attempt to determine if a foreign gene could be added to its biological makeup. The easiest way to test this, the researchers decided, was to introduce green fluorescent protein (GFP), a gene associated with jellyfish that could be detected under ultraviolet light. It worked – and without harming the cat.

A few years later, the prestigious Mayo Clinic used a similar procedure to study feline AIDS, also hoping to shed light on human AIDS and other diseases. Researchers inserted a gene known to block feline AIDS infection into cat eggs. This came along with the jellyfish gene – not for any therapeutic benefit, but to confirm that the gene transfer was successful. If the cats born from these eggs glowed when subjected to UV light, the researchers knew the transfer was working. Again, the procedure did no harm to the cats. However, it has created a generation of aspiring pet owners, including some members of the Discover Personalwho wanted to know how to get their own glowing cat.

5. Oscar the Bionic Cat

Oscar fame included a charming book published by its owner. (Credit: Amazon)

In 2009, a black cat named Oscar was extremely unlucky. His idyllic life on the Channel Island of Jersey was cut short in the most gruesome way when he lost both of his hind legs in a farming accident. That might have been the end for most pets, but Oscar’s luck changed when he was cared for by Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinarian who specializes in orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Fitzpatrick performed a one-of-a-kind operation, implanting two custom-made devices known as Transcutaneous Intraosseous Amputation Prostheses (ITAPs). As Discover and other media reported at the timethe ITAP technology meant that “skin from Oscar’s amputated legs can actually grow into the prostheses, like a deer’s skin grows into its antlers”.

Read more: Meet Oscar, the bionic cat

Other animals have since benefited from this successful surgery and ITAP has been explored as an option for human amputees. During this time, Oscar rose to fame, featured in TV shows, documentaries and as the subject of a 2013 book. Oscar, always vigorous and warm, celebrated his 15th anniversary in July 2022.

Things to do in Long Beach for Halloween – pet edition • Long Beach Post News


Over the centuries, Halloween has seen a cultural transformation from belief in cuteness, much like Grimm’s fairy tales. Today, the cat, the owl and the bat join Frankenstein’s monsters, ghosts, vampires, werewolves and political figures in a mishmash of horror.

In its most commercial form, adults and children throw costume parties and children go door to door asking for candy. As for pets, they too deserve good times, good results, and delicious treats. Dogs have the most fun, if dressing up in a tutu and wearing a halo counts as fun. For the most part, they love to show off, get attention and especially treats. But cats and rabbits also benefit, as long as you don’t put a costume on the cat. Here’s The Scratching Post’s list of puppy crawls for your little furry spirit animal and opportunities for your pet to find you.

Long Beach Animal Care Services Howl-o-ween Event: Saturday, October 29, 5-7 p.m., Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St. (at the entrance to El Dorado Park), Long Beach, free event, free parking to shelter visitors

Long Beach Animal Care Services is throwing a Halloween party, and that’s it for the pets! RSVP here for LBACS’ first-ever Howl-o-ween event, then don a costume, grab an unopened goody bag for the Bark or Treat, and come to our very own House of Howl for adoption specials (yes! ), fun family activities, costume contests and raffles. There will even be a Best Cat Room contest! A Day of the Dead Pet Memorial will bring comfort to anyone who has memories of a best friend forever. Note: For safety reasons, please do not bring your own pets to the shelter.

Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, Sunday, October 30, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Marina Vista Park, 5355 E Eliot St., Long Beach, $5 to reserve a chair, otherwise free to watch; free for costumed humans on parade; $10 for dogs paid before the event; $20 for dogs that day

Halloween in Long Beach wouldn’t be so Halloween in Long Beach without the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade. Community organizer Justin Rudd has been hosting the event for 21 years and has continually improved it. This year’s award-winning categories include Best Costume, Best Tank, Best Band, Best Dog/Human Combo, and Dog Knows What Else. Apply here to participate, you still can. If you’ve never been to a Howl’oween parade – if not, where did you keep? – check out photos from last year for ideas. More than 400 people are expected. Event sponsors include Red Barn Premium Pet Products, Bark! bark! Doggie Daycare, Board Member Suzie Price, Port of Long Beach and EDCO Recycling and Transfer. Culturally insensitive or appropriate costumes will not be permitted. See the event page for more details.

Zazzy Cats Cat Adoption Costume Party: see chart for details

Zazzy volunteers promise treats for human children and adoptable cats in disguise, which might not be such a treat for cats. Therefore, get down to see them before they take them down. I hope you find a kitten or two to pounce on and free yourself from the spell. Then you can take them home for bliss forever. The Zazzy Cats are so… zazzy!

Trick or Treat on 2nd Street, Belmont Shore: Designated shops, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The stores on Second Street offer a safer and happier choice for cheater youngsters – hey, did I say “treat”? Down, Ginger! Doggies deserve treats just like kids, so if you bring your dog, the Dog Bakery and the all-new Pet Food Express will also fill their bag with treats, if the treat gets past the pink, hanging tongue. Make sure your dog can behave well and is calm in a crowd of children and other excited dogs, and watch others’ footsteps so they don’t land on one leg or tail. Learn more about Trick or Treat on Second Street on the Hi-lo.

Practically pets

Here are some of the pets that will be waiting at our refuge for the ultimate pleasure: a forever home. To meet them, come to the Howl’oween Saturday event (see article) or meet Wednesday through Sunday at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Adoption fees for large dogs are waived until October 31, and you can expedite the process of adopting or fostering any pet by emailing [email protected] Where [email protected]. You can also call 562-570-4925.

Pit bull's white face peeks out of an Elvis Presley costume

Atlas (ID#A669744) is more than just a dog. He wandered into the shelter in January and he doesn’t want to find himself in a situation where he has to say, “It’s now or never. He’s 2 years old, has a tail that’s all bobbed around, and just wants to be your teddy bear with all that affection he has to give. He zooms around the playground like the king himself. Please can you love her dearly? Ricky Yim shelter volunteer costume.

kiki (ID#A679034) is only one year old and already absorbed in her studies. Her worrying expression is more than torture – she’s only telling you that she doesn’t want her reading interrupted until she’s good and ready. Then she’ll be all purrs, rubs, and good love spells. Costume effects by LB Post creative designer Joon Alvarado, because Kiki swore to get our attention if we dressed her up.

Pretty eyes, pirate smile – young Cat (ID#A681499) covers her big ears with a pirate toque – isn’t she cute? As for the treasure, bring home this brown tabby heartthrob, and you’ll instantly know she is! Effects of Joon Alvarado for the reasons stated above.

A helping paw

Pet license amnesty extended until December 31

The City of Long Beach has extended fee and penalty waivers for pet licenses through Dec. 31. , by applying by mail at 7700 E. Spring St., or in person at the shelter. The waiver program is not available online. Visit this link for licensing requirements. Call 562-570-7387 for more information.

Foster for a while or forever!

National Adoption Week event, featuring Zazzy Cats: Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., see chart for PetSmart locations

Zazzy cats are, well, just zazzy! The Zazzy team would be thrilled if you would spice up your home with one of their fabulous felines!

a woman with gray hair and wearing a light shirt and a green apron cuddles a fat pit bull sitting on a bench.

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Long Beach Animal Care Services has expanded adoption hours as follows: Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Customers are encouraged to browse until closing time. To expedite any adoption process, email [email protected]. To encourage, send an e-mail [email protected].

If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifelong commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more kittens appearing during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!

These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list. Keep in mind that rescues are self-sustaining and need donations and volunteer help. Most of them cannot accept found or unwanted animals. Contact Long Beach Animal Care Services for options.

Criminal charges dismissed against the president of the Rockland animal shelter


Criminal charges against the president of a Rockland County animal shelter were dismissed, as jury selection was set to begin Thursday.

The prosecution ultimately decided to dismiss the charges against Hi-Tor president Debbie DiBernardo.

As News 12 reported in January, a Rockland grand jury indicted DiBernardo on 17 counts of falsifying business documents and one count of offering a false instrument of deposit while he was president of the animal shelter.

The prosecution decided on Wednesday to dismiss the charges and keep the case sealed until DiBernardo is arrested for six months.

While Damiani says prosecutors haven’t said why they made the move, he argued in court that his client didn’t violate the county’s contract when the facility took in kittens. from New Jersey.

“The contract didn’t stop Hi-Tor from bringing animals from New Jersey or anywhere else out of the area. In fact, they’re a compassionate group and that’s what their job was all about” , said Gerard Damiani, DiBernardo’s attorney.

He says his client intends to continue helping the animals at the Pomona facility.

“Ultimately, it gives her the opportunity to move on with her life personally and get back to work at Hi-Tor. I mean she’s a volunteer. All of these board members are volunteers. They don’t don’t get a dime for all the time they spend,” Damiani said.

News 12 did not receive a response from the Rockland County District Attorney’s office for comment.

Smart Cat Silences Owner’s Morning Alarms


A cat landlord wondered why her alarms weren’t ringing in the morning, so her roommate put her to the test.

While posting on TikTok, designer @eyeveesoup recorded proof that her roommate cat turned off its alarms almost instantly after they went off.

She looked in amazement at the cat not only turned off the alarm, but somehow unlocked the phone, pawing frantically.

In another recording, the roommate tried different alarm sounds, but it seems the cat hated them even more, even going so far as to suppress a few alarms while digging the phone.

Watch the video above.

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The smart cat’s antics amazed viewers. (ICT Tac)

Commenters found the cat’s antics hilarious.

“She tried to DELETE them, not just turn them off,” one commenter wrote.

“This cat had a job at a company in a past life. He’s done with it,” said another.

“Okay, but that might explain why my alarms aren’t going off. I have two cats. Coincidence? I don’t think so,” another speculated.

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“My cat loves the alarm (because) it means we get up and feed him,” one commenter said.

“Imagine having to explain to your boss that you were late for work because your cat had turned off your alarm,” one commenter wrote.

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“Giant raffle” this weekend in Batavia to benefit the efforts of VFA


This month may be October, but many people are looking forward to OctoFUR this weekend.

It’s a Volunteers For Animals (ahem, Furaiser) fundraiser, with loads of baskets with a wide variety of items just waiting to be won. This event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pudgie’s Lawn and Garden, 3646 West Main St., Batavia.

Volunteer Shelley Falitico is part of the event committee, which also includes Angie Knisley, Marcy Colantonio and Becca Walters, who have been “committed and dedicated volunteers for several years,” she says.

Falitico was impressed with all that the nonprofit organization does to help the animals at the Genesee County Animal Shelter, from providing much-needed medical care, vaccinations, foster care , walking, helping with adoptions or, of course, spraying them with lots of TLC. All or at least some of these services made the temporary transition to shelter life easier for dogs, cats and even a bird, Falitico said.

digger194.jpeg“I am a new volunteer and have met so many long-time and dedicated volunteers since my introduction to the Volunteers for Animals mission,” she said. “They do a few fundraisers every year.”

This event promises to be a great one and includes an “additional special raffle” this year with a grand prize of two tickets to the Buffalo Bills game. The game will pit the local favorites Buffalo Bills against the New York Jets on December 11. Prepare to watch from section 118, row 6 if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $10 each.

There’s free entry and multiple baskets in the “giant” basket raffle event, and all proceeds support animal care. Winners don’t need to be present to win. Pudgie’s is also offering 10% off all pet-safe plants.

For those who want to help the cause in another way, donations of new items or themed baskets can be dropped off at the shelter during regular hours: 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 1-3 p.m. Friday at 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia.

JJ, Top, and Digger are just two of the shelter residents waiting to go to a loving forever home. Photos courtesy of VFA website.

Sugar Land’s Animal Services temporary shelter housing 138 cats found unattended and malnourished in hoarder’s house


SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) — Sugar Land’s Animal Services Shelter has set up a temporary shelter in Duhacsek Park for more than 100 new animals that were discovered in a Sugar Land home last week.

After a family member of a Lakeside Subdivision homeowner called the city, animal control officers said they found 138 cats and a few dogs unattended and in desperate need of help.

The shelter found many malnourished animals, and some were suspected of contagious medical conditions including ringworm, parasites and other miscellaneous injuries.

For the shelter, it was not the best time for them to see a crisis. The shelter is struggling to contain a deadly cat virus called panleukopenia, in addition to a staff shortage.

The shelter said it would be a lot for them normally, but it comes just a month after several employees were terminated or resigned after an investigation discovered that dozens of animals had been improperly euthanized at the shelter.

“Even during normal times, 138 cats would have overwhelmed us, but given that we were understaffed and running shelter operations with volunteers, we were facing what amounted to a crisis,” Doug said. Adolph, the communications manager for the town of Sugar Land. , said.

The city’s Whiskerville shelter and temporary shelter are closed for quarantine in an effort to contain the outbreak.

They say that once the quarantine is lifted, the animals will be up for adoption or fostering until they find forever homes.

Until then, the refuge will be accept donations.

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Woman Who Runs Syd Cat Rescue Says She Regularly Hates Cops and I’m Losing My Faith in Humanity


A woman who runs a voluntary cat shelter in Sydney has spoken out about the despicable threats and harassment she receives at work. When I find these bastards, they’ll be dealt with. Period.

Amy Field short The kitten sanctuary, an organization dedicated to saving orphaned and newborn kittens across Sydney from euthanasia. The work of God, I say.

Unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way. Field says 9Honey all about the nasty things that filthy people did to her and, let me tell you, it broke my heart.

Field told the publication that people threatened her (!), even found her address and showed up at the front door without warning (!!).

“I had people threaten me. I’ve had people send me my own address and say, “I know where you live,” she said.

“It’s really disturbing when an unknown number just sends you your address and says, ‘I want [a specific kitten]’. And it’s happened so, so many times.

“Impatient, rude or aggressive people will find my address and knock on the door saying, ‘I’d like to see kittens.’ That’s not how it works.

I really can’t inhabit the mental space of someone who thinks it’s okay to do this? The law is stunning and, pardon my French, absolutely disgusting.

Field also told 9Honey that she’s received “really concerning messages” from people who weren’t able to adopt the kitten they wanted.

The Kitten Sanctuary website clearly explains how its adoption process works, and it seems pretty darn simple and self-explanatory to me. But Field said people always found a way to get in on her – like this woman who repeatedly called her because she wanted to adopt a kitten (who had already been adopted) and then decided to get aggy via Facebook.

Photo credit: provided via 9Honey.

Queen of having literally zero self-awareness.

Field even said that people who really have a chip on their shoulder contacted the people who alerted The Kitten Sanctuary to an orphaned or sick little bub they found. It’s true, some negative Nancys have actually tried to prevent at-risk kittens from being rescued.

“It’s so weird trying to stop me from saving kittens just because you have a personal grievance. If you can’t separate that, it’s really, really weird,” she said.

It’s honestly disappointing to see people behaving in such an appalling way, especially since The Kitten Sanctuary is a volunteer-run organization. Field told 9Honey that she has two other jobs and the other volunteers have careers as well.

It’s just a bunch of beautiful people volunteering their time to save seriously ill and orphaned kittens – how on earth could you find anything to get mad at them?

And while the tiny chewy candies are adorable, it’s heartbreaking that people obviously don’t understand how taxing it would be to lead a volunteer cat rescue. If you take a look at The Kitten Sanctuary’s Instagram, you’ll see devastating updates about the kittens that didn’t make it.

Despite the online hate Field has fought and the waste of humans in space she has unfortunately had to deal with, she and The Kitten Sanctuary have done an incredible job since their debut in 2018.

Field told 9Honey she estimates she’s saved around 600 kittens, and heaps of adopters are sharing updates on how the little babies are doing in their forever homes.

Nothing but respect for Field and the angels behind The Kitten Rescue.

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‘Coffee & Purrs’ Brings Uniqueness to Downtown Sioux City


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – This is a one-of-a-kind business moving to downtown Sioux City.

A “cat cafe” will give coffee lovers the opportunity to have a cup of coffee and cuddle up with adorable adoptable feline friends.

“Coffee & Purrs” was Megan Thompson’s dream, and the old Subway on the corner of Fifth and Nebraska is where her dream will come true.

“I’ve always been really determined, and when I’m really stuck on something, I just go for it and make it happen,” said Thompson, owner of Coffee & Purrs.

The store’s concept grew out of the 19-year-old entrepreneur’s travels to other cat cafes across the United States. Thompson hopes to help the Siouxland Humane Society get her cats adopted while also giving Siouxlanders a comforting place to grab coffee.

“One of my main goals for Coffee & Purrs is to help get more cats into Sioux City for adoption and also provide them with a safe and caring environment,” Thompson said.

The Siouxland Humane Society will provide 10 cafe cats.

“Also, to just have a nice place where people can come and sit here in the cafe and work if they want or talk with friends,” Thompson said.

Thompson hopes to open the cat cafe in December, but there’s still a lot of work to do before the first cup of coffee can be “purred.”

When the store opens, customers will be able to come in and have a cup of coffee.

They can also get a “ticket” to spend time with the cats in an adjoining building.

Mark Blake named Citizen of the Year


October 24, 2022 | by Ted Craft

The Police Commission’s annual Citizen of the Year award was posthumously awarded this year to the late Mark Blake, who died on September 20.

Mr. Blake was a member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and the Weston Volunteer EMS. He was also a Westport EMS supervisor.

WVFD chief John Pokorny told the Selectmen on October 6 that in Mr Blake’s 31 years of service, “Mark has done so much for the fire service. Being a firefighter was one of them. There was so much behind the scenes that Mark did for us. We are really trying to understand all of this.

“We are now compiling a list of all the wonderful things Mark has done and trying to break them down,” Mr Pokorny said. “It will probably take ten people to do the things he did.”

Chief Pokorny said child car seats were a particular passion for Mr Blake, who established Weston’s Child Passenger Safety Program and the Fairfield County chapter of Safe Kids.

The car seat program exemplified Mr. Blake’s character, said Weston EMS chief Michael Schlechter.

“We live in a commentary world,” Schlechter said. “Mark wasn’t a commentator. He was a doer. He was in a car accident, and there was an improperly fitted car seat. It affected him, and rather than worrying about it, he went to become an installer.

“We will all miss him personally,” said Chief Schlechter, “and as community members and leaders of these organizations. He’s the kind of guy who left a really big mark.

Chief Pokorny said: “The support we and his family have received has been overwhelming and incredible. We really appreciate what everyone has done.

The Police Commission will present the Citizen of the Year award to Mr. Blake’s family at a ceremony to be held shortly.

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Castrating female dogs, cats can prevent tumors

  • By Li Yeh and Liu Tzu-hsuan/staff reporter, with a staff writer

Pet owners should have their cats or dogs spayed for the sake of the animals, as mammary tumors are mostly detected in unspayed cats and female dogs between the ages of 6 and 10, the Office of Welfare says. and Animal Health of New Taipei City over the weekend.

People who fail to sterilize their pets could face fines of NT$50,000 to NT$250,000 under the Animal Welfare Law (動物保護法), the office said.

Pet owners whose animals cannot be spayed due to a health condition should notify the office, he said, urging pet owners to complete the procedure as soon as possible.

Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare Inspection

The New Taipei City Government Animal Shelter in Banciao District (板橋) has received reports from pet owners that they have found tumors in the abdomens of female dogs and female cats they were guarding, the office said.

Vets found that many animals were unneutered and had multiple lump-forming tumors near the mammary glands, he said.

A seven- or eight-year-old dog with mammary tumors would have a high survival rate if neutered immediately, said Hsu Ai-ming (徐愛明), a veterinarian at the shelter.

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Animal Welfare Bureau

However, if the animal was 10 years old or older, its mammary tumors would be more likely to develop into malignant tumors, Hsu said.

In most cases, when mammary tumors are detected in a cat, the animal can only receive palliative care because its tumors are more likely to be malignant, she said.

The chances of a dog developing mammary tumors would be less than 1% if they were neutered before their first estrus, the office said.

The risk would increase to 10% if the animal is neutered after its first estrus, 25% after the second or third estrus and more than 80% after the fourth estrus, the office said.

Cats should be neutered earlier than dogs, he said.

The chances of a cat developing mammary tumors would be less than 10% if neutered before the age of six months, but the risk would be over 70% if neutered after reaching the age of two. years, the office said.

Removing reproductive organs from female pets at any stage of life could prevent them from developing common reproductive diseases such as pyometra, he said.

Separately, the Taipei City Animal Welfare Bureau said it rescued eight masked palm civets from October 1 to 16.

Masked palm civets, which are omnivorous nocturnal animals, can often be seen in low- and mid-altitude mountainous areas, the office said.

The Board of Agriculture in 2019 changed their designation from “protected species” to “general wildlife” after their population stabilized, he said.

People who spot young masked palm civets near residential areas should refrain from approaching them and wait for the mother to return before hunting the animals if necessary, he said.

They must not frighten the mother with noise or movement, or the animal could abandon its young and run away, the office said.

Residents of Taipei can call the 24-hour Animal Rescue Hotline (02) 8791-3064 (extension 5), Citizen’s Hotline 1999 (extension 4020) or visit the office’s website (https://tcapo.gov .taipei/) if they don’t know how to treat a wild animal, he added.

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Watford Animal Rescue Center seeks home for friendly cat


Hi everyone, my name is Hera and I am a two year old girl looking for my perfect new home. I arrived at the National Animal Welfare Trust three months ago heavily pregnant. The NAWT has found homes for all my kittens and is now looking for a home for me.

I am a very friendly girl who likes to be pampered and loved. I don’t like playing too much at the moment but I’ve been a bit busy lately, just saying goodbye to my reach. I am now neutered so there are no more kittens on the horizon for me!

I can live in a house with children of any age as long as they give me my space and I can enjoy some peace and quiet. It would be great to have lots of hidden holes, like an igloo bed, to show off when I want to be alone.

Watford Observer: Hera has now been sterilized after giving birthHera has now been sterilized after giving birth (Image: National Animal Welfare Trust)

I could even live with a calm, cat-savvy dog ​​who would leave me alone. We would need to be introduced slowly and carefully to make sure our relationship starts off on the right foot.

Once I’m settled I will need access to the outdoors to explore and a cat flap would be great so I can come and go as I please.

Watford Observer: Hera could live with a dog if they get along firstHera could live with a dog if they got along first (Image: National Animal Welfare Trust)

I can’t wait to find a wonderful new home with a beautiful family to love. Call 0208 950 0177 (option 2) or email [email protected] to meet me.

What makes cats do the “Halloween cat” pose?


If you have a cat, you probably already know that your four-legged friend is capable of strange behavior. Whether it’s knocking cups off your counters with reckless abandon or striding around the house at 3 a.m., feline activities are often downright bizarre. But one of the weirdest (and sometimes most alarming) things they do is do the “Halloween cat” pose: arched back, spiky fur, stiff tail. What does this mysterious pose mean, anyway? We spoke to pet experts to find out.

What is the “Halloween Cat” pose?

You’ve seen that classic Halloween decoration pasted on windows and walls: a black cat, often next to a witch, stands upright with its back arched and fur on its head. The image has long been a spooky holiday staple, and it’s based on real-life cat behavior: This pose indicates a phenomenon known as piloerection, a temporary elevation of hair that resembles goosebumps in cats. man.

The coloration of the creatures you typically see in Halloween decor is driven by historical superstitions surrounding black cats, says Dr. Audrey Wystrach, a North Carolina-based veterinarian and founder and CEO of Petfolk Veterinary Clinic. “In the Middle Ages, people started associating cats with witchcraft,” she explains. “In folklore, black cats were believed to be able to transform into humans and act as spies. When Europeans settled in America, they brought with them many of these superstitions, including those about cats.

Some Americans may no longer believe in these superstitions, but others still associate black cats with bad luck. “This superstition is so entrenched in our culture that black cats are less likely to be adopted from shelters,” Dr. Wystrach points out. Since the long-standing connection between these kittens and spooky legend is still a part of the holiday, Dr. Wystrach suggests that we feline lovers use Halloween as an opportunity to “celebrate black cats” whenever possible.

Why do cats do the “Halloween” pose?

Fittingly, the Halloween cat pose is often associated with fear. “It’s a cat’s way of making itself appear larger and more adversarial when faced with danger,” says Dr. Wystrach. “When a cat feels threatened, it will adopt this ‘bigger’ appearance to ward off any threat…the ‘puffy’ appearance is primarily a defense mechanism.” It makes sense that this primal urge to look intimidating is part of cats’ instincts, though any cat owner will tell you that posing can sometimes be downright adorable. (I may have a personal bias, because my own black cat does this quite frequently, and it never fails to entertain).

However, if you see your cat suddenly bend its body like it’s practicing yoga, there’s no need to panic: in some cases, the Halloween cat pose is actually a sign of playfulness. “It’s quite common to see kittens jumping in and out of the pose, using it to propel themselves from jump to jump,” says California-based veterinarian Dr. Sabrina Kong. “Adult cats that have very playful personalities also repeat this behavior.”

Should I be worried if my cat does this?

If your cat goes into Halloween mode, how do you know if he’s really scared or just having fun? “Kittens often strike a Halloween pose when playing a chasing game,” notes Dr. Chyrle Bonk, an Idaho-based veterinarian and consultant for ExcitedCats.com. “During the game, the pose will not be accompanied by hissing or growling.”

Dr. Wystrach also points out that when cats are scared, they bare their teeth and push back their ears. Conversely, if they are playful, they are more likely to bounce back, inviting their owners to chase after them. If your cat reacts with fear during the Halloween pose, the cause could be anything from a loud noise, to a sudden change in the environment, to the presence of a perceived enemy (like a dog ). Avoid playing with them if you hear hissing or see bared teeth. As for how you should handle an aggressive pet, cat food brand Hill’s suggests identifying the source and trying to remedy it if possible, try to distract your cat by redirecting its attention towards a toy and make sure you avoid punishment. Many pets have their naughty moment from time to time, but if your cat is constantly combative, it may be worth taking her to the vet to make sure there aren’t any underlying health issues that are causing it. pushes him to act.

So the next time your cat adopts this distinctive, seasonally appropriate position, watch for any signs of aggression. If they just seem to be bouncing and puffing up without any warning sounds or baring teeth, chances are they’re just having fun.

How a Hamden Rescue Prepares Dogs for New Homes


HAMDEN — When a new human visitor entered the kennel at Where the Love Is on a recent Tuesday, a dog jumped up and barked, delighted to come out of its crate.

Storm, a gray pit bull in the animal shelter’s care for over a year, was a little exuberant, jumping up at the visitor. She finally settles down, curling up on a bench next to her new friend.

The dog would need to be adopted by someone who knows how to train him and can handle a strong, spirited animal, volunteer Lisa Maloney said. But Storm had come a long way in the past year, going from a dog that frightened many volunteers to a favorite among them.

“She made me realize that, you know, you can’t give up on dogs too quickly,” Maloney said.

The dogs that come to Where the Love Is often require a great deal of care, whether due to health issues, behavioral issues, or limited exposure to humans. The rescue and its many volunteers strive to meet the needs of each dog, bringing the animal to a point where it can go to a new home.

“Once I commit to a dog, that dog is where the love is. And that’s it,” Scirocco said. “Whatever it takes, we’ll do it.”

“Storm is a perfect example of that,” she said.

The shelter was started about 10 years ago, when founder Gabrielle Scirocco started noticing Facebook posts about dogs that were going to be euthanized if not transferred, Scirocco said.

“A dog caught my eye and was going to be put down the next day,” she said.

Scirocco ended up rescuing the dog at the last minute – and opened his home to 14 other people.

Once Scirocco made her first rescue and people got her number, she said, her phone didn’t stop ringing.

Before long, Scirocco applied for nonprofit status. She bought a house in South Hamden and turned it into a shelter.

Rescue at home

Many dogs at the shelter are from out of state, especially Texas,

Kit-Kat, one of the newest additions to the state’s shelter, arrived this month, according to Scirocco.

“She’s super shy but super, super sweet,” Maloney said.

A medium-sized dog with pointy ears and a beautiful black and red coat, Kit-Kat was hesitant to accept treats on Tuesday, when Maloney led her outside to the shelter’s fenced porch.

Peanut butter finally did the trick. Maloney brushed it on a spoon, and finally Kit-Kat stuck her head forward to indulge, then tentatively explored the porch.

But dog care costs money. Two volunteers who spoke to the New Haven Register highlighted the importance of donations, and Scirocco said it had been a particularly difficult year.

“This year has been the toughest year ever,” she said. “People don’t donate. Adoptions are slowing like crazy and shelters have never been so full.

Where the Love Is has treated dogs with ringworm, dogs that needed amputations, and dogs with parvovirus, which has a 90% mortality rate when left untreated.

Raine, a German Shepherd and Chihuahua mix, now lives in the loving home of Michael Kowalski and Jenna Black.

The New Jersey couple discovered Where the Love Is through Kowalski’s cousin, a shelter volunteer.

As Black said, it was “love at first sight” when she and Kowalski came to the rescue to meet Raine.

Now Raine has her own Instagram. She’s been to six different states, Kowalski and Black said, because they take her with them when they travel. And Black says she often takes Raine on hikes.

“I loved it (Where the Love Is),” Black said. “To this day I always try to donate and help as much as I can from afar. They were great. The whole process was fabulous.

Storm’s story

Meanwhile, Storm is still waiting to find a new home.

She had behavioral issues when she arrived at Where the Love Is, having bounced between foster homes, according to Scirocco, who said a trainer initially deemed her “unadoptable”.

But the shelter has a knack for bringing out the best in dogs.

“It’s so gratifying to watch them go from being those little scared things or those mean things to just, you know, so loving,” Scirocco said.

Although Storm has no history of being bitten, Scirocco said, she snapped at rescue volunteers when she arrived, scaring even Scirocco, who initially kept Storm at home so she wouldn’t pose a risk to her. the volunteers.

The behavior appeared to be based on “fear and uncertainty”, according to Scirocco.

Scirocco decided she needed to trust Storm. “As long as I showed her that I was, you know, in control, she respected that,” she said.

After a night at Scirocco’s house, Storm was “already a new dog,” Scirocco said.

“She needed rules and regulations,” Scirocco said. “She’s great now. She loves everyone at the shelter. She’s like the favorite there. She’s so cute, so funny—lots of energy—and she’s awesome.

What caused Storm’s turnaround?

“I really think it’s just about working with her and showing her that we’re not here to hurt her, and we’re here to feed her and walk her,” said volunteer Janice Murphy-Wallace. who knows Storm well.

Even though Murphy-Wallace loves Storm, she hopes to be adopted, she said.

She can just imagine him lounging on a couch, in a loving home.

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Animal Foundation volunteers strive to get pets adopted despite ongoing challenges


LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Animal Foundation volunteers are working hard to get animals adopted despite ongoing issues plaguing the shelter over the past few weeks.

Animal Foundation training and enrichment specialist James Phillip works from home with dogs like Tigger.

“He’s been with us for a while, how are you, big guy!” said Philip. “He’s a lover, a big companion dog, he carries a few extra pounds.”

Phillip’s love and compassion shine through, exactly what brought him to the shelter four years ago.

“It’s probably the Animal Foundation’s best work ever,” Phillip said.

The organization houses much more than dogs and cats. From bunnies to adorable kittens to piggies, they’re all here with the space they need to be themselves.

“He’s my favorite pig, he’s been here since November last year,” said Kaleigh O’Neill. She has been here for two years, one as a volunteer and most recently promoted to Animal Welfare Manager.

“The animals that are here don’t have anyone else, so we’re here as a family and we’re able to provide them with that love that they desperately need,” O’Neill said. But working with animal care doesn’t always mean rainbows and sunshine.

More recently, the Animal Foundation took center stage as dozens of dogs were infected with canine pneumovirus, a fast-spreading virus.

“The emotional stress of work, wonderful highs, terrible lows and constantly every day, it’s very hard for a lot of people,” Phillip said.

The shelter is understaffed, and that hasn’t helped, but workers are trying to get everything back up and running.

“The animals that are here don’t have anyone else, so we’re here as a family and we’re able to provide them with that love that they desperately need,” O’Neill said.

Another ordeal is seeing a friend you bonded with go through neglect. At almost 10 years old, little Faye is a Labrador awaiting adoption, the love she receives here may be all she sees

“It’s so important that these animals are treated with dignity and respect when they have no one around,” O’Neill said.

Animal abuse investigation leads to rescue of 32 animals – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News


Rescuers load an African gray parrot into a van during an animal abuse investigation north of the town of Rogue River. [Photo courtesy Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]

Dogs, cats and birds rescued from Jackson County home

A call about a sick dog in the front yard of a Jackson County home led to the discovery of dead animals and the rescue of 32 still-living animals, including dogs, cats and birds, the office said. from the Jackson County Sheriff.

The sheriff’s office and animal control officers from Jackson County Animal Services attended a home in the 6600 block of East Evans Creek Road, north of the town of Rogue River, on Wednesday to investigate the ‘call. They found another sick and neglected dog in the yard as well as two nearby dead dogs that also showed signs of illness and neglect, the sheriff’s office said.

An animal rescuer wears protective gear while investigating animal abuse at a home north of the town of Rogue River. [Photo courtesy Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]

Due to the serious condition of the dogs, a search warrant was requested and granted for the property. When they entered the home, deputies and animal control officers discovered 10 other sick, malnourished and near-death dogs. The house also contained 10 caged exotic birds and at least six cats. Outside the home, investigators found a dead cat and a cage containing six pigeons, the sheriff’s office said.

A total of 32 animals were rescued from the property by deputies, animal control officers, Jackson County search and rescue volunteers, a community services assistant and a local veterinary employee, the office said. sheriff.

Animal rescuers in protective gear carry a crate during an animal abuse investigation at a home north of the town of Rogue River. [Photo courtesy Jackson County Sheriff’s Office]

The suspects, Michael Lee Hamilton, 71, and Debbie Lee Hamilton, 61, both of Rogue River, have been charged with three counts of first-degree animal abuse and 10 counts of second-degree animal abuse. They returned all animals to the scene. The case is under further investigation. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will pursue the case, the sheriff’s office said.

The exotic birds were housed overnight at the Jackson County Animal Sanctuary and then transferred Thursday to several local bird sanctuaries. The Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in Central Point examined all dogs on Thursday and a treatment plan was initiated for each dog. All living dogs will be transferred to the Oregon Humane Society, where they will receive extensive medical care and rehabilitation, the sheriff’s office said.

Jackson County Animal Services thanked the rescue community for stepping in to help the animals get a quick start on their journey of recovery.

In this appallingly expensive market, would you buy a haunted house?


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There is a house near Flag Pole Hill. It’s beautiful, spacious and close to a much-loved primary school. The owners, when we last spoke (almost a decade ago), would love to live there, but it took some getting used to, as the house is totally haunted, they say.

Owner Stephanie Canada told us that the TV sometimes turns on in the middle of the night, changes channels and refuses to turn off.

A previous owner said he didn’t stay in the house long, due to the spooky spirits, but Stephanie said she intended to hold on, despite the property’s violent history.

News clipping about the 1985 murder near Flag Pole Hill.

The most notorious event in the 7800 block of Blackbird Lane took place on February 27, 1985, when Koby Sandovsky and Lesia Kahl, a Playboy model, were killed in a drug deal gone wrong.

A woman murdered her unfaithful husband there, Canada said while researching the house’s history, and the man who built the house in 1963 committed suicide.

Many looking to buy in this seller’s market would consider a haunted house, according to recent research by Clever, a real estate data analytics firm — about 58% of Americans, they report. (Yes, it’s that time of year for silly spooky investigations).

The same study found that about a quarter of Americans (24%) think they’ve ever lived in a real haunted house.

Researchers found that 69% of Americans believe in the paranormal – up from 76% in 2021 and 70% in 2020. Believers’ belief stems from first-hand experience, they report. About 60% of respondents say they have personally experienced a supernatural event.

However, around 1 in 4 respondents (26%) say they have experienced paranormal activity less often in the past year.

“It is possible that as Americans resume their pre-pandemic activities, they may not be as well positioned to observe mysterious events at home,” the authors note.

Some other highlights from the Halloween-themed real estate study (full report and methodology available here): 76% of cat owners believe in the supernatural and they are 53% more likely than non-cat owners to say that they lived in a haunted place. lodge.

Nearly half of Americans (47%) would rather buy a haunted house than live in an old meth lab.

Unsurprisingly, buying a haunted house is the least of a buyer’s worry. The most frightening aspects of homeownership are unexpected costs (54%), nightmarish neighbors (44%) and inability to pay their mortgage (39%).

In Texas, sellers are not required to disclose suicide or accidental deaths in the home unless they relate to the condition of the property.

They are, however, required to disclose any murders that occurred on the property, which is how Canada says it learned of the 1985 case.

The reasoning has little to do with ghosts hanging around but rather that a violent death, especially one that makes the news, can stigmatize a property.

The average selling price of a home in Dallas was $400,000 last month, up 6.5% from last year, according to Redfin.

Several Colorado animal shelters are at capacity as owners abandon their pets


SOUTH COLORADO — The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) basement emergency shelter is lined with cats in kennels, after an abnormal number of animals showed up in one day.

On October 13, HSPPR saw 132 animals come through the gates. Of these 132 animals, 92 of them were cats.

“Cats whose owner is abandoned by their families, stray cats and cats that also come back from foster families, so a lot of cats have just turned up on our doorstep and we are looking for homes for all these cats at the moment. ,” said Cody Costra, who works at the Humane Society, listing a number of reasons why this happened.

HSPPR used the emergency shelter to house a number of cats. Some of the cats are up for adoption and can be found on the HSPPR website.

Costra says this area of ​​this shelter is “rarely” used.

“These kennels are usually used for emergency situations, you know, that we have fires here during the summer in Colorado, that’s a big thing that can happen where sometimes, if we see additional animals coming into our doors, we’ll use them, but it’s not very common,” Costra said.

HSPPR hopes to get these cats adopted, and through October 30, all cats 1 year and older are 50% off.

In Pueblo, PAWS for Life is also at capacity for its dogs and cats.

“There’s always an ongoing need but we’ve seen I think an increase and I think other organizations have also recently… It could be a variety of reasons. Certainly the economy, inflation , everything goes up in cost, whether it’s pet food or veterinary care,” said PAWS for Life volunteer and board member Vickie Torres.

PAWS for Life offers resources for pet owners who may be struggling, such as providing dog or cat food to owners who may not be able to afford it.

“It’s a pleasure for us to help the community. It’s also a win-win for the animals. Obviously our goal is to try to keep the animals out of the shelter.”

PAWS for Life is running out of supplies they need. The nonprofit has set up an Amazon page with items it hopes people will donate.


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Cat adoption event was a success (for all but 1 kitten): Bloomfield Shelter


BLOOMFIELD, NJ — A recent adoption event was a huge success, finding forever homes for a host of cats — with the notable exception of one adult kitten, the Bloomfield Animal Shelter said.

The shelter held a cat adoption event on October 16 at the Bloomfield Civic Center, 84 Broad Street. Adoption fees were waived at the event.

It was a resounding success, the shelter reported:

“Thank you to everyone who came to our cat adoption event this weekend. We are thrilled to report that all but 3 of the 21 cats and kittens who were up for adoption have found their forever homes. !!!!We couldn’t have done it without our amazing community, followers and of course SOBAS 501c3 – Supporters of Bloomfield Animal Shelter.

But while the adoption event had a happy ending for many kittens, there was one “unlucky” feline that went unnoticed, the shelter said:

“Yesterday’s adoption event was a huge success, but we still feel so sad for those unlucky ones who go unnoticed. Fern was the only adult cat not adopted at the adoption event. from yesterday. This poor girl put on her bravest face at her first event and watched everyone else go home. We know she’s a bit more reserved than other young cats her age, but we would like to think that she is waiting to feel safe and loved in her own Furever home before showing her true self. Please consider adopting Fern and let her settle in at her own pace. Contact us at [email protected] com”

Learn more about shelter and adoptions here.

The Top Four Cat Breeds a Vet Would Never Choose


Ben Simpson-Vernon, a vet in England, went viral recently with two TikTok videos. The first listed the five dog breeds he would never choose (sorry, pugs), and the second listed five dog breeds he would choose (yay for the bastards!). So of course he eventually had to turn to our feline friends.

Simpson-Vernon most recent video explains the four breeds of cats that he, as a veterinarian, would never choose. Three are due to health reasons, but one is pure personal preference. He also pointed out that these are breeds he would never have to buy, because he would consider giving these cats homes if they were in a rescue situation where they needed to be adopted.

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bengal cats

Simpson-Vernon praises the beautiful coat of the Bengal cat, but points out that it is a hybrid between a domestic cat and a type of wild cat called the Asian leopard cat.

“So they’re still pretty wild in terms of behavior and temperament,” he says, noting that at the vet this breed has earned a reputation for being “quite aggressive.” He also notes that this intelligent breed needs a lot of stimulation and isn’t suitable for some families.

Sphynx cats

The Sphynx is a hairless cat, and certainly one of the most atypical of the feline family. And that’s where Simpson-Vernon stops being a veterinarian and just becomes a person with opinions.

“They are sweet cats, I just prefer to cuddle a soft cat,” he says.

Scottish fold cats

Scottish fold cats certainly meet the Simpson-Vernon “fluffy” criteria, but it’s a health issue that gives them their distinctive ears. These “folded” ears are caused by a disorder of the cartilage, he says, and this same disorder is found in all of the cat’s joints. This usually gives them painful arthritis at a young age. Simpson-Vernon even displays x-rays of a Scottish fold compared to a normal cat, indicating the difference.

“To me, it’s just cruel and unfair, and I could never support their breeding,” he says.

Persian cats

His first choice is the elegant Persian cat.

“It’s because of the flatness of their faces and the number of problems it causes in their health and their daily lives,” Simpson-Vernon says. “People don’t realize they can have trouble breathing as badly as some of the flat faced dog breeds.

The poor Persian is also prone to eye and heart, kidney and dental problems.

“So they’re a bit of a health disaster overall,” he says.

Hawaiʻi Animal Rescue Foundation received $2,000 from Wailea Golf Club: Maui Now


On the 4th Annual Women’s Golf Day, the Wailea Golf Club donated $2,000 to the Maui-based Hawaiʻi Animal Rescue Foundation. Photo courtesy

The Wailea Golf Club has donated $2,000 to the Maui-based Hawaiʻi Animal Rescue Foundation from funds raised at its 4th Annual Women’s Golf Day.

The animal rescue foundation offers educational and therapeutic programs for people and humane care and adoptions for animals.

Founded in 2011, the nonprofit organization works to end animal abuse, neglect, and homelessness on Maui; strengthen the human-animal bond; and provide a place where people help animals and animals help people.


The organization operates a 10-acre no-kill facility where it provides shelter and care for its animals and provides a range of services, including pet adoption, out-of-state relocation services island, neutering and neutering clinics and related services, including livestock rescue and rehabilitation. . Since its inception, the foundation has rescued over 2,114 animals and facilitates hundreds of animal adoptions each year.

Women’s Golf Day is a fun social and learning experience for women hosted annually by the Wailea Golf Club to celebrate Women’s Golf Month in June. The special event is part of a larger PGA industry initiative that works to promote and encourage women’s participation in golf. Since 2018, Women’s Golf Day has raised over $8,000 for HARF.

“We are so grateful for the Wailea Golf Club’s continued support of Maui’s orphaned pets in need,” said Dawn Pfendler, co-founder and CEO of HARF. “HARF relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions and volunteer support to continue our rescue mission.”


For more information about HARF, visit www.hawaiianimalrescue.org or call 808-876-0022. For more information about the Wailea Golf Club, visit www.waileagolf.com.

US shelters see surge in abandonments – and one animal ‘has returned en masse’ | Pets


JAccording to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the big boom in pet adoption peaked in April and May 2020 with nearly one in five American households – 23 million in total – giving animals a new focus during the pandemic. But as our return to a sense of normalcy has coincided with historic inflation rates, pet owners have been forced to reevaluate their priorities.

Pet food prices have outpaced headline inflation by 0.6%, and one surprise vet bill can send 42% of pet owners into debt, according to a recent Forbes study. As a result, shelters in the United States are seeing an increase in owner abandonments and a sharp drop in adoptions with no signs of improvement.

“We are packed right now. We put animals in cages in the hallways,” says Katy Hansen, director of marketing and communications at Animal Care Centers (ACC) in New York, a no-kill shelter that has seen a 25% increase in abandonments this year compared to last year. “It’s really sad, people cry, it’s part of their family. But if you’re choosing between feeding your family and feeding your pet, your choices are limited.

Some have argued that the rise in buyouts can be blamed on some kind of “buyers’ remorse” following the adoption boom, though shelter professionals disagree, saying instead that owners of animals are desperate to cut costs. Most people who adopted during the pandemic kept their pet – 90% of dog owners and 85% of cat owners, to be exact (from 2021). There is, however, one animal with less resistance.

“Guinea pigs purchased during the pandemic have been returning en masse,” Hansen says. “On average, at this stage of the year, we have collected 200 guinea pigs. This year, we are more than 650.

There are several culprits for the sudden influx of guinea pigs, but almost all roads lead to pet stores. Pet chains and mom and dad stores stock a revolving door of these – furry rodents are easy to breed and sell for around $40.

Unlike animal shelters, pet stores do not vet potential buyers who likely think that a smaller animal that is content to spend its life in a confined space would require less work, energy and money than a dog or a cat.

But guinea pigs need a decent-sized enclosure as well as daily changes of their bedding and hay. Veterinary bills can also be more expensive as it is difficult to find a supplier with the appropriate expertise. Many potential buyers or adopters view guinea pigs as a temporary hobby rather than a substantial investment of time and money (they can live up to 10 years). The problem is that the owners are bored with them.

ACC is the only shelter in New York that accepts guinea pigs. Last year, he worked with the Voters for Animal Rights organization to gain support for a bill banning the sale of guinea pigs in New York pet stores. So far, the hard work is done – the bill has received the necessary supermajority vote – but the city council is stalling in the final stage of the approval process. The ACC is desperate for a hearing soon. Overall, shelters are themselves in need, experiencing staffing shortages, shortages of veterinary care, reduced adoptions and reduced interest in foster families.

Even if the ACC weren’t plagued by guinea pig returns, it would still be overwhelmed with the most anticipated cats and dogs. “All these abandonments happen and it’s really difficult for the staff. When someone walks in with their pet and you see the animal’s gaze, not knowing what’s going on but you knowing what’s going on – it’s heartbreaking,” says Hansen.

Although redemptions are up, the overall inflow is not higher than pre-pandemic figures. But there has been a substantial drop in adoptions, compounding the overcrowding problem. “We have a high population at all times,” says Hansen. This is partly due to the backlog of animals needing sterilization across the country after services were slowed down or stopped altogether during pandemic shutdowns.

“I’m not sure there’s any light at the end of the tunnel,” Hansen admits. But she says there are ways, even small acts of kindness, to make a contribution. “We need community support. We need volunteers, we need people to share the profiles of our animals. If you have a neighbor struggling with their pet, help them! If you have an elderly neighbor, walk his dog, offer him pet food.

And all is not gloomy. Most shelters around New York have remarkably high success rates when placing pets in forever homes. The ACC boasts a placement rate of 93% for cats and dogs and 96% for guinea pigs – numbers worth working hard for. Before getting into animal care, Hansen worked on Wall Street for 26 years — but today, choosing the shelter over the stock market is a no-brainer. She says, “I have never felt more fulfilled than working in animal welfare. It really makes you feel good about your life journey.

Changes to Iredell County Animal Services Ordinance Raises Questions


As the Iredell County Board of Commissioners is set to vote on proposed changes to the animal control ordinance, there is support for updates to the rules, but also questions from some people so more needs to be done.

Kristian Hernandez of Iredell County Animal Services said the goal was to balance the concerns of pet owners, animal rescue organizations and the general public.

“Our goal is to stay in the middle, trying to do what’s best for the community and the animals,” Hernandez said. “The public is ultimately who will go for it or not and weigh in before the vote. Whether it passes or not, we are open to feedback.

Hernandez said the proposed changes are intended to keep the department up to state standards, but the changes aren’t meant to be drastic.

Some of the comments come from Amy Marie Miller, who said the changes are a step in the right direction, but still hopes to see more detail on the rules for the benefit of animals and the people around them.

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Among the changes she says might need some tweaking are those to the Dangerous Dogs Ordinance, particularly the part defining a potentially dangerous dog.

Some of the proposed changes help to better clarify what happens if a dog bites someone outside the owner’s property.

However, Miller is concerned that the rule that a dog that has no reported violations for 36 consecutive months could have the potentially dangerous dog tag removed at the request of the owner. She said dogs kept on the owner’s property during this time can all but guarantee that the dog will be removed from the potentially dangerous dog tag, but with no other way of proving that the dog’s behavior has changed.

Miller suggests a stricter evaluation by Animal Services or if an underlying medical issue with the dog that caused it is resolved, a note from a veterinarian detailing the problem has been resolved. She also said that if a dog is given the potentially dangerous dog tag, owners should be required to carry liability insurance as part of the process.

“To me, that’s a fair way to do it because if that dog is potentially dangerous, he acted in a way to prove it. Has something changed that or is the dog still potentially dangerous? But if you can show that something has changed, I’m fine with the possibility of removing it,” Miller said.

Other proposals

Some of the other proposed changes are:

Shelter: Animal shelters are any structure with standard building materials (wood, concrete or similar materials) with bedding, blankets, cedar shavings or their equivalent provided for the animal. Areas under exterior steps, decks and stoops, inside vehicles, under vehicles, buildings without adequate ventilation, and metal barrels will not provide adequate shelter.

Similarly, no pet should be tied up and left unattended without adequate shelter for more than 30 minutes at a time, under the proposed changes.

Community Cats: One of the other notable changes is the Community Cat program, for cats that are abandoned, stray or lost or feral and cared for by a community caregiver. The cat colony’s community caregiver must provide care, including food, shelter, or medical attention. Although the caregiver is not considered the owner or custodian of the animal, there are responsibilities that come with it.

Apart from feeding and watering, the most important might be the trap-neuter-return rules, intended to prevent the cat population from exploding. Hernandez said the program, as well as the community cat program, was modeled after programs in other municipalities.

Miller said she also has concerns about this and hopes more notifications will be sent to nearby residents of the presence of a community chat.

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Ultimately, however, she said that despite often speaking out on animal issues at public meetings, she wanted to support Hernandez but hopes the county will reject the proposed changes as written. Miller said that with everything on both Animal Services and the commissioners’ faceplates, a committee of residents and affected stakeholders can help work out some of the finer details.

“With the nature of dogs, it’s a personal thing, and with that in mind, they could use a little more detail.”

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Want to help the pika population in Colorado? There is an application for that.


Above 8,000 feet in Colorado, pikas — a small, furry animal with large, mouse-like ears — can be seen and heard on hiking and climbing trails.

“When I’m in the mountains, one of my favorite things is to hear a pika squeal or see one,” said Andrew Wells, co-director of the Colorado Pika Project and community conservation coordinator at the Denver Zoo. . “It’s like a burst of excitement.”

But the pika may be in danger from climate change.

The Colorado Pika Project last month launched an app called “Pika Patrol” that lets people help wildlife researchers study pika populations. The app allows casual outdoor enthusiasts to send data on sightings, calls, droppings and other signs of pika life in the mountains.

“The pika app allows me to turn that burst of excitement into data that helps with pika conservation. It’s like a scavenger hunt for the cutest thing,” says Wells.

Pikas tend to live in colder, higher altitude habitats. As temperatures begin to rise and snowfall changes, the Colorado Pika Project wants to know how pikas are surviving and how they can be protected. For now, pika populations appear to be stable in Colorado, but their presence in Nevada and Oregon is declining, according to the pika project website.

“This is a unique opportunity for people to make observations about how the world is changing around us,” said Johanna Varner, a professor at the University of Colorado Mesa and one of the project leaders. “One of the goals of the app is to involve more people in observing mountain habitats. Another is to be able to expand our data collection. You can’t be everywhere all the time. Involving the community for her to be the eyes, ears and boots in the field could be very powerful in collecting useful data.”

Participants do not need training in pika finding. The new app opens up the study to anyone with a smartphone, Varner said. All training materials are on the app and can be viewed without cell phone service.

“Often with community science projects, people had to live in certain areas and do a lot of volunteer work. The cool thing about the app is that no matter where you live, you can insert data,” Varner said. “There is no time requirement for training.”

Data collected from the app is displayed on the Colorado Pika Project website, including information on the number of sightings, location of pikas, and number of pikas in one location.

The Rocky Mountains have been home to pikas for 12,000 years, according to the National Wildlife Federation. In 2010, the US Fish and Wildlife Service declined to extend Endangered Species Act protections to the animal, even though some populations are in decline.

Megan Mueller, with Rocky Mountain Wild and co-director of the Colorado Pika Project, saw her first pika when she was 6 years old. She hopes the project will help the animal survive.

“I grew up in Colorado. I remember the first time I saw a pika and the excitement I felt. They are part of what makes alpine here in Colorado special. They are also great indicators of the health of our alpine ecosystem,” Mueller said. “They’re just really cool animals.”

Zeus owners traveled to Elk Grove Animal Shelter to save their dog


Zeus, the German Shepherd who was detained for months at the Elk Grove Animal Shelter, was alive and remained confined to the city facility on Friday despite requests from the dog’s owner and her lawyer for the pup to be returned to them. handed over.

Just after 4 p.m. on Friday, Faryal Kabir, his lawyer Andrew Shalaby and a handful of family members, friends and supporters went to the counter of the city shelter at Union Park Drive.

They wanted Zeus released, they told a shelter worker at the counter.

“We will not be able to accommodate this request,” was the response.

They wanted to see Zeus.

“We will not be able to accommodate this request,” the staff repeated. The staff member referred Kabir and the group to the office of Elk Grove City Attorney Jonathan Hobbs.

A tearful Kabir then led the group down the hall to the kennel, shouting Zeus’ name as dozens of dogs waiting for their own homes barked, howled and whined in response.

Saying he was concerned Elk Grove officials were planning to euthanize Zeus the German Shepherd pup over the weekend, Shalaby said he and the dog’s owners would go to the Elk Grove Animal Shelter on Friday to demand that the dog be returned to them. They did just that Friday afternoon and were turned down.

Shalaby said he was anticipating the outcome, but that didn’t make it any less painful for Kabir. The Elk Grove woman said she had not seen Zeus since he was taken away by Elk Grove agents in July; the dog now in a legal tussle to determine if he lives or dies.

“They say he will be ‘humanely euthanized’? It’s killing a puppy,” Kabir said before heading to the counter. “I don’t even know if he’s dead or alive. What kind of cruelty is that?

Zeus was deemed a dangerous animal after biting a passerby walking near Faryal Kabir and the dog, and the city seized the animal after determining that Kabir failed to meet city requirements to keep an “animal dangerous”.

During this process, Zeus choked an Elk Grove police officer as Kabir drove the dog into a van in town.

Shalaby argues that the seizure of the dog took place before the deadline for Kabir to comply and that the seizure is illegal.

He also argued that killing Zeus would amount to destroying evidence and last week asked city officials to hand over the dog and requested the intervention of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.

An animal rescue group in Oakland has offered to take Zeus, but city officials have not budged in their stance that he must be destroyed, and this week the city filed a motion in federal court. aimed at dismissing part of a case filed by Faryal Kabir.

Shalaby, who represents Ghesal Kabir, who co-owns the dog with his sister, Faryal, said the family intends to demand the release of the dog before he can be killed, insisting that city authorities illegally seized it.

Shalaby said the Elk Grove woman has moved past the dark thoughts that led Elk Grove police to hold her for suicide and is ready to get her dog back.

Spokespersons for the city and Elk Grove police did not respond to an earlier request for comment on the suicide and did not immediately respond to messages Friday from The Bee requesting a response on whether they planned to kill Zeus and when; or why the owners of Zeus weren’t allowed to see it.

Zeus would stay in the family, Shalaby said. Sister Ghesal’s house is near Faryal Kabir’s Elk Grove residence.

“We want to check if we will be allowed to enter a public facility to see this dog,” Shalaby said. “Our intention is to have the dog in (Faryal’s) sister’s house. The dog will stay with the sister.

Kabir finally managed to see her dog, with her group following her down a hallway to a glass door at the end of the hall. She pressed her face against the glass.

“Zeus!” she cried, then again, and cried in the arms of her friend Aimie McIrvin.

Shalaby said Friday that Kabir sees her fighting to save Zeus as a person to save his life as well.

“She’s committed to doing whatever she can in her life to get this dog out,” Shalaby said. “In a way, she is fighting for her own life.”

Faryal Kabir cries as he hugs his friend Aimie McIrvin after he was denied a visit from his dog Zeus at the Elk Grove Animal Shelter in Elk Grove on Friday. Elk Grove Fearing authorities could euthanize the German Shepherd pup over the weekend, a lawyer said he and the dog’s owners plan to seek Zeus’ release before he can be killed. Paul Kitagaki Jr. [email protected]

This story was originally published October 14, 2022 9:27 a.m.

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Woman Shows How She Gets Her 15-Year-Old ‘Best Friend’ On Asthma Medication


A senior cat diagnosed with asthma has melted hearts on Reddit this week after his owner opened up about how he’s coping with his condition.

Vancouver resident Cara, who uses the handle u/thisisjustatributeee, posted a video on the r/blackcats subreddit on Thursday of her 15-year-old black cat, Danzig, using her new inhaler.

“I’ve had it since I was 21, I’m 36 now,” Cara said in the comments on the Reddit post. “He is my best friend.”

Feline asthma, much like the condition in humans, affects the lower airways of the lungs. Diagnosed in 1-5% of cats, most clinicians and researchers agree that it is usually caused by an allergic reaction.

These images show Danzig, a 15-year-old asthmatic cat, receiving medication for his condition via an inhaler. Her owner Cara shared the footage online to ‘show that caring for a senior cat is easy’.
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cara said Newsweek that Danzig began experiencing asthma symptoms on October 9. Clinical signs indicating that a cat may have asthma include signs of difficulty breathing, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing, open mouth breathing and vomiting.

She took Danzig to see their local vet.

“He was coughing and retching. I had never noticed that before,” Cara said. “He had to have a chest x-ray and the radiologist called to let us know. [the diagnosis].”

To treat feline asthma, veterinarians will prescribe medications available in oral, inhaled, and injectable forms to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Danzig has adapted well to his new inhaler as Cara administers it twice a day.

“I posted the video because I wanted to show how easy it is to take care of a senior cat,” Cara said. “The prognosis is good, he is doing well so far.”

Redditors shared their well wishes with Cara and Danzig in the comments to her post.

I didn’t know a cat could have asthma. Hope he’s okay,” one person commented.

Another Redditor wrote: “One of my black cats has asthma too, he takes his inhaler at night then takes greenies. He even jumps on the counter for that, we don’t have to pick him up or hold him down . “

“What a champion,” said another animal lover.

One commenter wrote, “Love you for doing this for him. Love your soul. Thank you. Give Kitty a big hug for me.”

Another pet owner shared his unusual tactic for giving asthmatic cats the medication they need in the comments.

“I had a cat with asthma. I put my inhaler in my mouth and blew it into her mouth. It worked every time. Good luck with your cat,” they wrote.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine says that although feline asthma is a progressive disease, it can be well managed.

“While cats can never be truly cured of asthma, by carefully monitoring their breathing effort, watching for coughing, and intervening with medication when they need help, owners can help their asthmatic cats to live happily ever after,” the university explained.

“He’s the best boi,” said another commenter on the Reddit post. “I’m so glad you can take such good care of him.”

Do you have funny and adorable videos or photos of your pet that you want to share? Send them to [email protected] with some details about your best friend and they could appear in our Pet of the Week range.

News from October 13, 2022


Bus Rerouting, FAAS Ball, Museum Seeks Board Members, Filipino Community Celebration, Microenterprise Grants, and Library Needs Volunteers.

Diverted line 19 bus

A sign directs passengers to the temporary Lincoln Avenue stop on the east side of Paru Street. Photo by Amanda Laird.

Due to long-term construction on Buena Vista Avenue, the AC Transit Line 19 bus is now being diverted to run on Lincoln Avenue between Sherman and Grand streets. These detours will be in place until December 4. Stay up to date and check out more alerts on the City of Alameda website.

Stops closed on line 19 to Fruitvale BART:

  • Buena Vista Ave. at Sherman St. (stop ID 51525)
  • Buena Vista Ave. at Stanton St. (stop ID 51723)

Alternatives for Line 19 at Fruitvale BART:

  • Sherman St. on the north side of Eagle St. (New stop)
  • Lincoln Ave. on the east side of Paru St. (New stop)

Stop closed on line 19 to downtown Oakland:

  • Buena Vista Ave. at Stanton St. (stop ID 51725)

Alternative for line 19 to downtown Oakland:

  • Lincoln Ave. on the west side of Paru St. (New stop)

FAAS throws a ball

Alameda Post- FAAS After Prom

Dust off your best shoes and join the Friends of Alameda Animal Sanctuary (FAAS) for their After the Ball 2022 fundraising dinner on October 14, 6-9 p.m., in the domed ballroom of Tiffany style and home to the historic Alameda Elks Lodge (2255 Santa Clara Ave). Book a seat and enjoy an evening with appetizers, a three-course meal, drinks, music, and a live auction. This year’s costume theme is The Roaring Twenties, but business attire dressed in any ‘twenties’ will do.

Tickets for the fundraiser start at $300 and include offers from Blue Heron Catering, a pioneer in the sustainable food movement. Mingle and enjoy appetizers before sitting down to a three-course gourmet meal including a starter of roasted butternut squash salad with bread, a choice of starter (tenderloin of beef, grilled salmon or Portabella mushroom gratin), followed by a warm gingerbread cake for dessert. Wine, tea and coffee will be available throughout the evening, and a cash bar will offer special 20s-themed cocktails.

Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy a nostalgic mix of music from the roaring 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and more with DJ Tanoa Stewart. The evening will be filled with ‘tails’ to inspire, a video tribute to FAAS adopters, the presentation of the 2022 Noah Prize to Team Kelly Lux and a live auction with professional auctioneer Lenny Broberg . The Online Silent Auction is also live until October 16 with a wide variety of experiences and goods.

Friends of Alameda Animal Sanctuary (FAAS) have been caring for homeless animals in Alameda since 2012. Proceeds from the ball will help feed, care for, train and find new homes for the more than 800 animals that cross the doors of the refuge each year.

Alameda Museum Seeks Board Members

Alameda Post - Alameda Museum logoThe Alameda Museum is the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the city of Alameda, located at 2324 Alameda Ave., near Park Street. Council members are elected for two years. This is a volunteer opportunity for community members to create a vibrant and functional board that will keep the collection interesting, educational and enjoyable for our diverse population.

Please send a letter of interest to [email protected] by October 28, 2022. The Museum Elections Committee will then interview applicants to verify their interest, ability and willingness to serve. New board members will be elected by a vote of the Museum membership.

Filipino Community Celebration

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Celebrate Filipino American History Month at the Deeply Rooted community event with food, speakers, performers, activities, art and games. The free and popular event invites the Filipino community to come together, celebrate their roots on the island, and continue to build a future with a strong community. RSVP online to join in the festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 15 at Encinal High School.

Alameda has a rich history of Filipinos, stemming from the mass migration to the US Navy base. Due to the high cost of living and lack of public housing, many members of the Filipino community have relocated. This event invites Filipino Americans from Alameda and beyond to learn about Filipino history, find joy in culture, and elevate local businesses and community organizations.

COVID Micro-Business Relief Grants

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The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has now awarded funding to the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, making $2,500 grants available for microbusinesses in Alameda County that have been impacted by related public health restrictions. to COVID-19. The Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will provide the grants to businesses in Alameda County, as well as Amador, Contra Costa, and El Dorado counties. The deadline to submit an application is October 19 at 5 p.m.

Non-profit and for-profit businesses that operate or are located in all four counties are eligible. For-profit businesses can include freelancers, independent contractors, sole proprietors, and corporations with no more than five employees or full-time equivalents (in 2019 and currently) with gross revenue under $50,000 (such as reported in 2019).

Nonprofits with revenues between $1,000 and $50,000 (as reported in 2019) that are still in operation with 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), or 501( (c)(19) and who are currently registered with the California Secretary of State may apply.

Any business that has received a California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant (administered by Lendistry) is not eligible. See full details online.

The sale of books at the library needs volunteers

Alameda Post - Friends of the Alameda Free LibraryThe Friends of the Alameda Free Library are in dire need of volunteers to help with the big used book sale next weekend, October 21-23, at the O’Club at Alameda Point (641 W. Red Line Ave.). All kinds of jobs and shifts are available for the popular biannual sale, which helps fund docent art conferences, the purchase of new equipment, Alameda Reads, and other reading programs offered by the library.

Organizers especially need people who can lift 25 pounds, book-sitters to watch the bags and boxes of customers still shopping, and hand truck operators, but don’t despair if lifting heavy objects doesn’t work. is not your forte. There are plenty of places for table monitors, pre-counters and cashiers.

New volunteers are encouraged to complete an online volunteer profile. Those who already have a volunteer profile should email Susan Schonberg for an assignment. If you’re having trouble filling out the profile or registering for a job, email Susan and she’ll be happy to help.

All volunteers get a first pick of books to buy at the pre-selection event on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The sale will be open to the public on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Friends of the Alameda Free Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

A new animal shelter is approaching


The Evanston Land Use Commission voted 6-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to recommend that city officials request the demolition of the existing one-story animal shelter at 2222-2310 Oakton St. and the construction of a new one-story shelter with approximately 8,810 square feet of ground floor space.

The current Evanston Animal Sanctuary, at 2310 Oakton St.

The proposal is then submitted to the full municipal council.

Shane Cary, an architect with the city’s public works department, represented the project during the deliberations.

The site, located on the northwest corner of James Park, was set up as a dog pound in the 1980s but ended up being home to dogs and cats. It is currently operated by the Evanston Animal Shelter Association.

The shelter has four staff and, before the pandemic, had about 175 volunteers. The site houses approximately 300 dogs and 275 cats per year. It hosts about two dozen public visitors a week.

The current animal shelter is not up to code with many safety specifications, hence the City’s interest in replacing it. The site is made up of two lots, the other of which is the location of the Recycling Center. No changes are planned for this batch.

The new site would combine the lanes of the shelter and the recycling center, which would reduce the number of curbs along Oakton Street. A red light would be located at the driveway.

“It’s usually a very crowded site,” Cary said of the location, noting that it would require a lot of environmental remediation. Poor soils and weedy trees are some of the issues that site developers have to deal with.

Commissioners widely encouraged the proposal.

Commission Chairman Matt Rodgers said the old shelter was “several decades old and no longer serves the purpose for which it was created”.

Commissioner Jeanne Lindwall added: “This is long overdue.

Schuylkill County Obituaries for October 12, 2022


Obituaries posted in the Schuylkill County area.

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Edward H. Davis Jr.65, Pottsville, died peacefully Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, E. Norwegian Street, Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville, he was the son of the late Edward and Emily Martin Davis. He had worked for Tension Envelope, St. Clair, as a machine setter since 1993.

Ed enjoyed working on cars, fishing with his dog Simba, racing, riding motorcycles and was an avid Phillies and Eagles fan. Ed also enjoyed playing the daily number with the PA Lottery.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Debra A. Schuler Davis, his four daughters; Angie wife of Daniel Morgan, Amy Heck, Alea Davis and Beth wife of Jason Moran, his eight grandchildren; Tevin, Lilly, Nicho, Quade, Manny, Sean, Emily and Madeline. He is also survived by two brothers; James and Michael Davis.

Services and burial will be private.

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Donna L. Delcamp72 of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be made on Donna’s behalf to a local cat shelter of her choice.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is making arrangements.

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Marvin L Deitrich79, of Klingerstown, died Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on Tuesday December 1, 1942 in Pitman, the son of the late Thomas Deitrich and the late Blanche I (Wetzel) Deitrich.

He graduated in 1960 from Tri-Valley High School.

Marvin was a welder at Quaker Alloy, Myerstown and retired as a docker at Carolina Freight, Carlisle.

He was a member of Salem Church of Rough and Ready.

He was also a member of the Klingerstown Fire Company.

Marvin enjoyed working in his garden and orchard.

His parents predeceased him; and by three brothers, Thomas Deitrich, Robert Deitrich and Lamar Deitrich.

He is survived by his wife Romaine D (Knorr) Deitrich, to whom he was married for 51 years.

He is also survived by one sister, Delores Godlewski of Etters; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Salem Church of Rough and Ready, Monday, October 17, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., with Reverend Mark E Mantz officiating.

Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays at the church.

Interment will be at Salem, Rough and Ready Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Church of Rough and Ready Memorial Fund, 11 Church Road, Klingerstown PA 17941.

Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Inc., Valley View, is responsible for arrangements.

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These obituaries are provided by Anthony Urban Law Offices. computer


People Are Obsessed With This Cat That Looks Like WALL-E


A cat that seriously resembles an iconic Disney character has been melting hearts online this week.

Wally the Ragdoll cat has become an internet favorite after his photo was shared on Reddit’s r/aww caption on Saturday by owner Brittany Birk.

Wally is now 4 years old and lives with his owners in St. Louis, Missouri. Aptly named, the adorable cat markings mean he looks just like the title character from the 2008 Disney Pixar movie. WALL E.

A photo of Wally the Ragdoll cat who lives in Missouri with his owner Brittany Birk, left, and Disney PIXAR’s WALL E (2008), right. The feline’s stunning resemblance to the animated character has melted hearts online.

With over 54,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments, the adorable likeness has animal lovers thrilled.

Birk said Newsweek“It wasn’t named after WALL·E, we just liked the name. We made jokes about it as a family over the years, referencing the movie.”

Not the only feline to share a famous lookalike, earlier this year heads turned online when an overweight orange cat was dubbed the real-life version of Garfield.

Wally’s markings are fairly typical of his breed. Purina says the Ragdoll cat is a large, impressive breed with a luxurious coat. Their silky, dense coat comes in different color patterns, but often features a distinctive white and cream coat with tints of darker brown, usually around the eyes and ears.

The Ragdoll is an artificial cat breed, created in the 1960s by Ann Baker using an Angora cat with white gloves and boots and a solid black male cat.

Now a breed highly regarded around the world, Baker’s goal was to produce a glamorous cat with a laid back nature – the perfect pet. Although Ragdolls are curious, they are renowned for their relaxed, affectionate and languid natures and are often the happiest curled up on the couch.

Birk had the idea to share Wally’s photo online when she realized how much the resemblance was between her feline friend and the adorable robot WALL·E.

“I played Disney’s new video game Dream Light Valley and I realized how much Wally really looked like WALL·E,” she explained, “I love that he grabbed attention. He’s a beautiful, sweet cat and we’re glad people can share that with us.”

Online, viewers of the Reddit post raved about the likeness. One Redditor said, “Wally has some meme potential,” while another wrote, “I think my heart just melted.”

“This cat deserves everything he could want and more,” another Wally fan said, while another Redditor commented, “A perfect comparison! How sweet!”

“I’m supposed to study, but I can’t stop staring at your cat! It’s melting,” one cat lover wrote.

Public meeting held to discuss the future of the animal shelter in Hardin County


SAVANNAH, Tenn. – A public meeting was held at the Hardin County Courthouse to discuss the recent conditions and status of the Hardin County Animal Services Center.

Chris Sikes, director of the shelter, gave a brief overview of the state of the shelter.

Over the past year, hundreds of stray dogs have been brought to the shelter, 90 have been picked up by officers and 81 have been returned by their owners.

There were at least 20 people in attendance all present to voice their thoughts on the current conditions of the shelter and the way it is run.

“We will say at tonight’s meeting, we don’t want to discuss staffing issues in public forums, but this is your animal shelter and we want it to be the best it can be for our citizens,” the mayor says. of Hardin County, Kevin Davis. .

A resident says she has taken in cats herself and had them neutered due to the shelter’s conditions for animals other than dogs…

“The problem is unspayed cats in the county who have their kittens every summer and the population of cats in the shelter is growing to over a hundred and the only way we can even out is because our vets are so limited in the area, in terms of being able to sterilize them, we can’t get them out,” says Patricia Cox, a concerned resident.

Other animal shelters are also affected due to the influx of calls and messages they are receiving from disgruntled pet owners.

“I would really like it to get better because it hits us when we get the phone calls we get all the flack we hear all the people screaming and screaming because they’re calling the shelter and the shelter doesn’t tell them. didn’t answer they called the shelter and they left a message and they were never called back,” said a woman who works at another shelter.

Since there was no quorum for the meeting, a final decision could not be made on the future of the shelter. The next meeting will be October 24 at the Hardin County Courthouse at 5 p.m.

Camel goes through the In-N-Out drive-thru in Las Vegas


A Nevada man goes viral after bringing a rescue camel via an In-N-Out drive-thru Vegas Last week.

Video recorded by Key News Network shows 12-year-old Fergie the camel patiently waiting in line with her handler Brandon Nobles. The scene made customers and restaurant employees laugh. Many can be seen taking photos of Fergie as the two walk down the lane.

The fries “are Fergie’s favorite,” Nobles said as the service window approached.

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After the couple secured their order of fries and continued into the parking lot, a crowd gathered to admire Fergie and ask Nobles questions.

Fergie came from Colorado, Nobles said, to an animal shelter called Jeffry’s Farm, after not getting along well at her old home. “She’s acclimated to the heat very well” in Las Vegas, Nobles said.

Last week’s antics weren’t Fergie’s first time visiting local businesses. On Nobles’ Instagram account, @jeffrys_farm, Fergie can be seen visiting a Bass Pro Shop, Wendy’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Priceless Cat Surprises Owner With Neighbour’s Pet: ‘Betrayed’


A jealous cat has quit the internet in anger after catching its owner petting the neighbor’s cat, giving it the “stare of death” through the window.

The viral video shared by the cat’s owner on TikTok under the username Zarza786 shows the black cat staring at its owner from the window as she strokes the neighbour’s cat, looking at her with a ‘look of betrayal’

Just like humans, cats can also become jealous when they feel left out or their environment has changed drastically or suddenly, according to The Spruce Pets. It can be triggered when you pay more attention to another object, person or animal.

Typical signs of cat jealousy, according to Pet WebMD, include the cat physically coming between you and the object it’s jealous of, or hissing and growling, hitting an object, scratching, biting, or urinating/marking its territory.

This image shows an angry cat meowing at the camera. The internet has been left in turmoil after a jealous cat gave its owner the ‘look of betrayal’ after petting the neighbour’s cat.
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Other signs also include blocking access to furniture or doors, making aggressive eye contact with a person, rubbing or spraying anything a person has touched, seeking attention but then biting or scratching while stroking, and bite or scratch when a person tries to reposition themselves or move them.

If your cat is showing aggressive behavior you should try to walk away and ignore the situation until he loses interest, or you can distract him with a toy, you should also avoid catnip and practice positive reinforcement, giving him a treat when he is well.

The video, which was first shared on the platform on Friday, has so far been viewed more than 1.5 million times and liked around 278,600 times. However, the internet fears for the cat owner’s safety after he “cheated” and “betrayed” his cat.

One user, Burrelsi90, commented, “The look of betrayal.”

And Caitlins 0.4 said, “Yeah, I’m looking at mom.”

Casssiedaniella added, “I’m crying.”

Another user, ekaterina64046, joked, “Probably your stuff was already packed and left in a suitcase by the door when you got home.”

Petyalawrenceungun suggested the cat’s owner “sleep with one eye open”, while Nightthawk11 said, “Death stare. Check if you’re still alive.”

Another user, Bondisaurus commented: “Deception, betrayal….”

And T (not Tina) Turner said, “oooh you’re in trouble.”

Shawn Lynch added, “Don’t be [surprised] when you come home from work and the locks are changed! “

On the other hand, a user named Dave pointed out, “Your cat is probably also going to the neighbors for cuddles. What happens, comes back!”

Sonya said: “It’s like catching a naughty child… [were you] grounded when [you] Returned to?!?”

The cat’s owner assured commenters that the cat “got a lot of treats afterwards!! and I’m alive”.

Newsweek has contacted Zarza786 for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.

Do you have funny and adorable videos or photos of your pet that you want to share? Send them to [email protected] with some details about your best friend and they could appear in our Pet of the Week range.

Point Defiance Zoo finds a way to use expired fire hoses.


Charlotte the Muskox from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium got a new enrichment tool thanks to a local donation.

In May, Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One make a donation more than a dozen expired fire hoses at the zoo for animal use.

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Old fire hoses that were donated to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium by the Gig Harbor Fire Department are being stored until staff can turn them into enrichment devices for animals in the Tacoma Zoo, Wash., Oct. 3, 2022. Enrichment devices, such as braided feeders and hammocks, help challenge the animals and add variety to their daily lives. Cheyenne Boon Cheyenne Boone/The News Tribune

“Animal enrichment is the process of provide animals in human care with a form of stimulation to encourage the natural behaviors they would display in the wild,” said Tessa Miller, media relations and communications coordinator at the zoo.

Enrichment can help improve or maintain animal physical and mental health, Miller said.

The zoo’s Animal Enrichment Committee meets monthly and includes staff biologists who determine the best use of different enrichment items, Miller said.

“Even though firefighters can no longer use the hoses, they are still very strong and durable that we can create something with,” Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium biologist Russell Pharr told Gateway.

Animals can play with scents (hide treats inside the hose), experiment with different textures (braided hose to rub or drag against), and stimulation options that could replace activities found in nature.

“We try to give them different things, like they would in the wild, that challenge them to find food or things to play with,” Pharr said.

Suki the elephant loves to rub and play with the braided hose when she’s not looking for food hidden inside. Otters and lynx bask in woven hammocks.

“When Jasper the lynx loses his winter coat, the fire hose hammock looks very fuzzy because of all his loose fur,” Miller said.

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Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium staff biologist Russell Pharr places willow branches in a braided feeder, which is made from old fire hoses that were donated by the Point Defiance Fire Department Gig Harbor, for Charlotte the Muskox to eat later, at the Tacoma Zoo, Wash. Oct. 3, 2022. The fire hose donation will be turned into enrichment devices for many animals to help challenge them and vary their daily life. Cheyenne Boon Cheyenne Boone/The News Tribune

While enrichment items may look playful and fun, they are not toys.

“We’re careful not to use the word toys, because these items are so much more — and are an essential part of providing high-quality pet care,” Miller said.

Other local fire departments have donated fire hoses to the zoo for many years. The donation in May was the first time Gig Harbor Fire has donated pipes to the zoo.

Thanks to the donation from Gig Harbor Fire, biologists have improved a feeder for Charlotte the musk ox. She now has a woven feeder made from the expired fire hoses.

A graze feeder is what zookeepers stick tree branches into for the animals to eat.

“It’s funny because muskoxen really like willow branches, so they eat the leaves and the bark.” Phar said.

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Charlotte the Muskox eats willow branches from a braided feeder made from old fire hoses that were donated by the Gig Harbor Fire Department to her habitat at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma , Washington, October 3, 2022. The fire hose donation will be turned into enrichment devices for many animals to help challenge them and add variation to their daily lives. Cheyenne Boon Cheyenne Boone/The News Tribune

The department’s fire hoses go through a “hose testing” process.

“If the hose fails, it is deemed unusable and available for recycling or donation,” Tina Curran, prevention specialist at Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, told Gateway.

When the department realized they had a surplus of expired hoses, they contacted Hose2Habitat. The nonprofit helps locate expired fire hoses from local fire departments for local zoos to use.

The creators of Hose2Habitat volunteered together at the same fire department in Maryland, where they saw dumpsters of expired fire hoses being taken to landfills. They thought there was another way to use the expired pipes and thought it might be at their local zoo, according to their website.

Now the organization connects fire departments and zoos around the world.

Hose2Habitat is “the only non-profit organization in the world whose mission is to improve the physical and psychological well-being of wild animals in the care of humans by providing and enhancing the enrichment of these animals through the donation recycled and other materials, workshops, and other services,” according to the nonprofit organization’s website.

“Hose2Habitat is 100% voluntary and its enrichment materials, workshops and other services are free to sitters and animal care facilities, so the cost for a facility doesn’t deter animals,” according to its site. website.

The zoo does not accept donations from the general public, but people can help by donating to The Zoo Society, a non-profit fundraising organization whose aim is to provide financial support to the zoo and aquarium of Point Defiance.

During a donation, the public can choose their donation to go towards the “enrichment” fund.

The enrichment fund allows the zoo to provide materials to keep animals and staff happy, according to the zoo’s website.

This story was originally published October 9, 2022 7:05 a.m.

More dog walks, mediation for volunteers: Koretz calls for overhaul of LA Animal Services


Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz on Friday called for sweeping changes to the city’s Department of Animal Services, including regular dog walks, better management of sick animals facing euthanasia and a process mediation for volunteers.

Koretz, candidate for the position of municipal comptroller, published a 46-page report which he called a “road map” of recommendations to help the thousands of dogs, cats and other animals that pass through the city’s six shelters each year.

The report, which was sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council, followed articles in The Times about inadequate care for animals in shelters. Volunteers and staff have accused the department of understaffing and mismanagement, describing long waits for dogs to be taken out of kennels and shelters running out of rabbit and guinea pig food.

Volunteers the city relies on for basic animal care were also fired after speaking to the media and criticizing the department.

“What’s clear is that Animal Services needs a lot more staff and a drastic increase in funding,” Koretz said, adding that the lack of money was a “chronic budget issue” that can be resolved by the mayor and the city council. . Koretz chairs the committee that oversees animal issues.

His opponent in the race for controllers, Kenneth Mejia, hammered Koretz on Twitter. On Thursday, Mejia tweeted a new online ad featuring a former volunteer criticizing Koretz about the state of the shelters.

Koretz followed Mejia by almost 20 points in the June 7 primary.

During a press conference at City Hall, Koretz repeatedly defended himself, saying that as a city councilman he had “no ability to direct the department to do anything. that is”. That power rests with the mayor and others, he said.

Asked about Garcetti’s role, Koretz said he couldn’t criticize the mayor.

“But I can’t say he was really active or that his department oversaw animal services,” Koretz added. “It’s primarily his responsibility and the responsibility of the mayor’s office.”

Garcetti spokesman Harrison Wollman said the mayor’s office is working with Animal Services on dog-walking and staffing issues. The budget proposal for next fiscal year contains new funds for additional staff, Wollman said.

Koretz said his report was based on comments and suggestions provided by the public, stakeholders and volunteers and animal services staff.

The report covered more than 30 issues, including dogs confined to their kennels for long periods without walks, long-standing friction between staff and volunteers, and a lack of staff and funds to properly run the six shelters.

Evidence dogs, which include dogs that have been abused or neglected or are accused of aggressive behavior, were more likely to be confined to their kennels for weeks and sometimes months at a time, according to a Times review. .

In the report, Koretz questions whether the department may be acting “too reluctantly” in seeking solutions to handle evidence dogs.

Evidence that animals left in kennels for months will likely “exacerbate the behavioral problems that got them into the situation in the first place,” the report says.

Koretz suggested in the report that the department contract dog handlers experienced with dangerous dogs and evidence to increase the frequency with which they are out.

The report also suggests the ministry make grassroots playgroups a requirement for every shelter. Playgroups allow volunteers and staff to take multiple dogs out of their kennels and interact and play with other dogs. The report notes that exercise yards at four shelters need to be modified to ensure they are safe for dog playgroups.

The South Los Angeles shelter recently went through a pilot program to promote playgroups, and Koretz suggested in the report that the department consider expanding the program to all animal shelters. The report also suggests the department expand a program that matches state prison inmates with shelter dogs.

The report also details criticism of cats and small animals at the shelter. Community cat rooms are underused, according to the report, and the difference in behavior between cats in community rooms and those in cages is “striking”.

And although small mammals, including hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits, require less care than cats and dogs, “they deserve first-class care and treatment like any other animal in the department’s care.” “, says the report.

The report addresses decades-long tensions between staff and volunteers, which can negatively impact the volunteer program. Koretz said the department is establishing a volunteer relations committee as a tool to improve the volunteer program and the relationship between the two groups.

The report also addresses the issue of volunteers being suspended or fired from their duties after speaking to the media about the conditions at the shelter. Koretz recommended that the department consider a “reset” with the suspended volunteers and engage in a dispute resolution process to get them reinstated.

The report details recommendations to improve spaying and sterilization efforts, which many members of the public said the ministry was not implementing.

The report suggests that Garcetti and the city council allocate funds to the Animal Neutering Fund each year and consider citing dog owners who do not spay or neuter their pets and have not been licensed by the city. .

He also recommended that the department do a better job of notifying groups that partner with the city about animals that have “serious medical or health conditions” and may need veterinary care that the department cannot provide.

He said one volunteer reported that rescuers and partner agencies are not always alerted to these animals, “potentially leading to them being euthanized unnecessarily.”

Justin Khosrowabadi, a spokesperson for Animal Services, said Friday that Koretz’s report would be reviewed and that “as a municipal shelter, there is always an opportunity to do more.”

“LA Animal Services is committed to serving our community by providing programs and resources to keep pets and their families together, and ensuring the safety and well-being of animals, both inside our shelters and outside our communities, and the people who love them. said Khosrowabadi.

Koretz said Friday that he had visited a city shelter the previous week, but had not been there for two and a half to three years prior.

However, he said he didn’t think he needed to visit the shelters to see the problems there. He also said he had addressed some issues in the past.

Several former and current volunteers said at recent town hall meetings that problems had existed for years at shelters and questioned Koretz’s new focus on them.

Koretz also made several motions on Friday, including a request to transfer $3 million in emergency funding from the city’s reserve fund to Animal Services.

Jaguar Cub at East San Diego County Sanctuary after 2 charged with trafficking – NBC 7 San Diego


More than a year ago, a month-old baby jaguar in a kennel was abandoned outside the gates of the East San Diego County Lions, Tigers and Bears. In its short life, the jaguar – named Eddie by the establishment – had already had three owners, crossed state lines and was in poor condition when dumped outside the animal sanctuary in the middle of the night.

“He was quite a mess. He was completely covered in his own feces. He was skinny. He had parasites and ringworm. He had a lot of missing hair on his ears and back,” said Bobbi Brink, founder from the Alpine rescue. establishment that rehabilitates exotic animals. “We just, of course, immediately cleaned him up and called the vet and got him, you know, gave him his first medical and started feeding him properly.”

The sanctuary reported the jaguar to the US Department of Fish and Wildlife. Security footage that captured the abandonment on September 17, 2021 has been turned over to law enforcement and an investigation has been launched.

On Wednesday, a Texas woman who allegedly sold the endangered cub, Trisha Denise “Mimi” Meyer, and a Riverside County man who bought and resold him, Abdul Rahman, aka “Manny Rahman,” were both charged with violation of the law. Endangered Species Act, which protects any endangered animal like the jaguar from being delivered, received, sold, or transported into the United States; and the Lacey Act, which prohibits wildlife trafficking.

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, jaguars are the third largest cat in the world and can weigh over 300 pounds. The species, listed as endangered by the Secretary of the Interior in 1972, is not native to the United States but is found in South America and parts of Central America.

Eddie was likely bred to satisfy a demand for exotic pets in the United States. As a cub, he was used for photo ops and entertainment. Eventually it was sold and resold before being abandoned outside the salvage facility.

It was “probably bought by this woman from a breeder and then, you know, carried from hotel room to hotel room or wherever she might charge people to hold the baby and do sessions photos,” Brink said.

An indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California allegedly shows photos of the woman promoting reservations with the baby jaguar. Investigators said a jaguar scientist at the San Diego Zoo helped match the patterns of the spots and whiskers to identify the jaguar in Meyer’s photos as the abandoned jaguar at Lions, Tigers and Bears.

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Screenshots of a federal indictment show a woman charged with violating endangered species law who allegedly posed with a baby jaguar believed to be Eddie, who is now at Lions, Tigers and Bears at Alpine.

“It is illegal to sell an endangered species. It is illegal to [Meyer] to have endangered species. And it’s definitely illegal for her to sell it across state lines and illegal for her to cross state lines with the animal,” Brink said.

According to the indictment, Meyer sold the live jaguar cub to Rahman in the spring of 2021. Federal prosecutors said Meyer sold the cub for about $30,000 and was transported from Texas to California for a fee. additional fee of $1,000. Rahman kept the jaguar for one to two months before selling it for $20,000 to another buyer, identified in court papers as HG According to prosecutors, HG was living with his pregnant wife or girlfriend and someone got caught. is said concerned that the jaguar was in the same house a child.

“After the jaguar outgrew, HG planned to kill it but a friend of HG’s named RA convinced him to turn it over to a sanctuary,” the indictment reads. “RA and another person drove the jaguar to Lions, Tigers and Bears on September 17, 2021, after the facility was closed and staff had left for the day and left it outside the facility door. ”

HG claims the jaguar was a “friend of a friend” and was sometimes brought to his home in Corona, according to the indictment.

Photos: Once-trafficked Eddie the jaguar thrives at the Alpine Animal Sanctuary

Rahman faces up to seven years in federal prison and a $600,000 fine if convicted on all counts. He is expected in court in Riverside on November 9. Meyer, who has a warrant for her arrest, faces up to eight years and a $700,000 fine. Meyer had already been billed with children in danger when Houston police found several wild animals wandering around her home. The charges were dropped in a plea deal and she pleaded guilty to a theft charge.

Eddie, according to Brink, is one of the lucky ones. Other big cats bred for similar purposes are abandoned at a young age and will never reach a facility where they will be cared for for life. Lions, Tigers and Bears are working to create a permanent enclosure at the facility for their first jaguar.

“It’s going to have a really nice habitat. Jaguars like to climb, so we had to make this one a bit — just make it a little taller — and then we build it like a tree to climb,” Brink said. And of course we’ll have his pond and grass and dirt and rocks

The mischievous cub is now just over a year old and loves the people and the attention customers can bestow on him when visiting the establishment, which is open Wednesday through Saturday. Proceeds from visits and donations help the animal sanctuary care for the approximately 60 exotic animals that have been taken in by the facility.

“He still has some growth to do, but he’s super happy.”

Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Ohanian Makes Taming Mistakes For Cat Toy


The children will be children, and 5 years old Olympia Ohanian has imagination! In a new TikTok video posted on Wednesday, October 5, Mom Serena Williams gave fans a sneak peek at her daughter’s latest cat toy invention. Spoiler alert: it’s the cotton string of a tampon applicator. I’m not going to lie, maybe Olympia is onto something here. After all, ladies, don’t kill me for saying that but… it kinda looks like a mouse!

The 23-time Grand Slam winner had all of her and her daughter’s interaction on camera and luckily for us, she was keen to share with the class.

“What is that?” Williams asks Olympia after encountering her daughter unpacking a tampon in the bathroom. While pushing the cotton ball out of the applicator, Olympia casually replies, “A cat toy for Karma.”

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Confused but riddled with laughter, Williams repeats, “Is that a cat toy for our cat?” Olympia is now playing with the tied cotton, which she has completely removed from the applicator.

As any cat owner knows, one toy just won’t do. Your furry friend needs more than just one toy to play with. So, Olympia begins to open another tampon for their family cat.

“Do you have any other cat toys?” OK, no, no, let’s not mess with too many of those,” Williams, who is obviously trying not to laugh, says to his mini-me.

Alongside the video, Williams wrote, “Who am I to steal her joy, she’s a cat toy!” Someone offers Olympia a toy, maybe she’s onto something here.

Watch the full TikTok video below.

Go pat your dog – your brain will thank you


It’s long been said that dogs are man’s best friend, helping us fight stress and depression, and that couldn’t be more true. Now, a new study from Switzerland suggests that petting dogs may actually be good for our brains. Researchers have found that interacting with dogs can activate the prefrontal cortex, an area of ​​the brain commonly associated with emotional and social processing.

Image credit: Hippo PX.

The researchers used a functional, non-invasive near-infrared spectroscopy (fNRIS) device to measure activity in the prefrontal cortex of 19 study participants, by placing electrodes in their foreheads. Greater brain activity was observed during dog petting, suggesting participants were more attentive and emotionally engaged during the interaction.

“Prefrontal brain activity in healthy subjects increased with increased interactional proximity to a dog or stuffed animal, but especially when in contact with the dog, the activation is stronger,” the researchers wrote. “This indicates that interactions with a dog might activate more attentional processes and elicit stronger emotional arousal.”

Dogs and brain activity

The device used for the study is essentially a portable brain scanner. It offers flexibility because it is functional in a natural setting and not limited to a closed room in a laboratory. The device measures brain activity by blood oxygen saturation in the brain. The researchers fitted the 19 volunteer participants with the scanner.

The participants, none of whom suffered from canine phobias or allergies, had to observe and interact with three live dogs: a Golden Retriever, a Goldendoodle and a Jack Russel terrier. First they just looked at the dog from across the room. Then the dog sat near the dogs. Finally, everyone was allowed to pet the dog. This process occurred twice more at later dates.

But it didn’t stop there. Participants also did the same sequence but with a stuffed lion that contained a hot water bottle to simulate the body temperature of a live dog. The results showed that brain activity increased significantly during the progressive phases of the experiment, both with the dog and the stuffed animal, and even after the dog left.

However, the human brain reacted differently to a real dog compared to a stuffed toy. Activity in the prefrontal cortex was significantly higher when interacting with the real dog instead of the stuffed animal, especially when petting. The difference between the two became more significant as participants returned for more sessions.

“We believe emotional involvement may be a central underlying mechanism of brain activation in human-animal interactions,” said study lead author Rahel Marti, a doctoral student in the psychology division. clinic and animal-assisted interventions at the University of Basel in Switzerland. CNN. “The results mirror findings in other animals.”

The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Animal sanctuary seeks to prevent ‘cat astrophy’ with wild and stray animals


Ventura County continues to have a critical overpopulation of stray and feral cats, many of whom end up in the county’s already overwhelmed shelter system.

Cats make up a significant portion of the estimated 16 to 20 animals Ventura County Animal Services sees daily. So far in 2022, animal services have taken in 1,500 kittens. Another 200 cats are in the shelter’s foster care program.

Shelter officials say they are overwhelmed by the numbers. Animal advocates say not enough is being done to prevent the situation.

The cats in question largely belong to two not exactly distinct categories. Stray cats, more formally known as “community cats”, are described as being outdoors, ownerless, or free-roaming. They may be friendly or feral, adult or kitten, and may or may not have a caregiver. Feral cats had little or no human contact; they tend to be afraid of people and are unlikely to be domesticated by humans.

Debbie Shaver, who runs the rescue group Feral Cat Support, said in a letter to The Acorn that when the pet store became a “no-kill” shelter in 2012, “there was no foresight as to how to prevent. . . hundreds of kittens to enter the shelter in the first place.

Shaver said preventative measures, such as allowing the public to spay and neuter community cats for free, would have helped reduce overcrowding, as most stray or feral kittens are born outdoors in areas low-income, in large apartment complexes or in industrial settings. and commercial areas where animals are not under anyone’s responsibility.

Instead, Shaver said, “reckless” policies were put in place. For example, she says, friendly cats in the community who should be put up for adoption are instead trapped, neutered and then released, sometimes in places where they are not wanted. The practice is known as TNR (trap, sterilize, release).

“Their solution to reducing the number of cats entering the shelter is to indiscriminately TNR all possible cats,” Shaver said. “Even worse, (they tell) the public to leave the kittens (outside), which will end up producing more kittens.”

Shaver said community cats are often denied entry to the shelter and the public is urged to stop feeding them, spraying them with hose and not offering them up for adoption on Craigslist.

Shelter officials said it was an oversimplification of their cat policies. What both parties agree on is that there is an overpopulation of stray and feral cats in the community.

Jackie Rose, director of VCAS, said the agency estimates there are 1 million feral and community cats living in the area. This does not include indoor cats.

People are surprised when they hear that number, she said.

“But that doesn’t mean there are a million cats in need,” Rose said. “That means they’re in various stages of need, and some are doing very well and we just have to leave them alone.”

Shelters, like VCAS, have adopted a science-based “community cat” program intended to reduce the number of free-roaming cats over time through TNR.

“It really is the #1 way to help with cat overpopulation,” Rose said.

If you notice a cat outside, the animal service says on its website, don’t automatically assume it’s lost. If he looks healthy and well-fed, don’t disturb him and he’ll probably find his way home. Only about 9% of cats brought to the shelter are reunited with their families, which is slightly higher than the national average of 5%.

“The best practice literature (says you shouldn’t) bring a healthy cat to the shelter. Sixty-five percent of them are cared for by people from the community. They are fine. They belong to someone,” Rose said, adding that cats can also get sick from stress at the shelter.

If no one in the neighborhood wants a cat, or if it looks sick, the animal should be taken to the shelter, Rose said.

“Maybe it really is a lost indoor cat. We want to know about that. But there are a lot of cats out there that are exactly where they’re supposed to be. You’ll do more damage if you pick them up and move them,” she said.

People should also wait to intervene if they see kittens that seem lost as they may be waiting for their mother to return with food.

Rose said the kittens need their mother to survive and need to be fed every two hours. And with thousands of kittens entering the shelter each season, it can overwhelm the staff and those who care for the kittens.

The shelter offers Kitten-to-Go kits with supplies and formula for community members who find a kitten and want to help.

“But if they can stay with mum for six weeks instead of six weeks in foster care and someone has to get up every two hours to feed them, they have a much better chance of survival,” he said. Rose said.

VCAS has two full-time veterinarians who not only perform some 7,000 TNR surgeries per year, but also look after the medical care of the animals in the shelter.

Rose said Animal Services pays for TNR surgeries at the Simi Valley Spay and Spay Mobile Clinic, and has written grant proposals asking for more funding to provide additional services.

No private veterinarians offer feral cat services, so resources are limited, she said.

Rose said Animal Services staff members are doing their best to educate residents on the best ways to care for stray or feral cats.

“Some people can hear that we say no, and we don’t say no,” she said.

“Not every conversation is perfect, but overall the staff are really good at coming up with solutions and alternatives,” she added.

Rose said the shelter wants to work with animal rights groups to find a solution to the cat overpopulation problem.

Animal Services offers information and resources for people who have found a cat or kitten on vcas.us/catprograms.

Defends vocal support for Attleboro proposal to stop pet stores from selling animals | Local News


ATTLEBORO — A public hearing regarding Mayor Paul Héroux’s request to ban the sale of animals in pet stores has led a number of animal advocates to back the proposal.

The hearing was held before the city council on Tuesday evening and no one spoke out against the draft ordinance.

George W Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.

Former Fairfield official charged with animal cruelty and domestic violence


Raymond Neuberger, 38, a former member of the municipal representative assembly, is also accused of assaulting his girlfriend before allegedly beating the cat, Gem, and spraying him with bleach.

He is charged with animal cruelty, third degree assault and disorderly conduct. He is free on a $30,000 bond.

During a brief hearing, Neuberger’s attorney John Gulash told Superior Court Judge Maureen Dennis that his client had agreed to hand over the firearms he owns and would comply with an order protection and would leave the home he shares in Fairfield with his girlfriend. family house.

Deputy Senior State’s Attorney Pamela Esposito told the judge she was concerned there was a pet at Neuberger’s new residence and the judge ordered Neuberger to have no unsupervised contact. with animals.

The judge then continued the case until November 8.

In 2018, Neuberger was granted accelerated rehabilitation, a temporary probation program for allegedly pouring boiling water on one dog and breaking the ribs of another after a confrontation with a girlfriend. He was placed on probation for two years.

In the new case, police said Aug. 7, officers were contacted by a local veterinary hospital after they said a cat was brought in by its owner covered in bleach. The cat subsequently died.

Police say an autopsy showed the cat died from blunt force trauma and had collapsed lungs, a ruptured liver, head trauma and a broken fang.

Police say the landlady told officers she lived with Neuberger and that he had previously assaulted her.

She said she left Neuberger at their home with the cat while visiting a family member and when she returned she found the cat in poor condition.

Neuberger initially claimed he cleaned the bed with bleach after the cat defecated there and speculated the cat may have gotten into the bleach, police said .

More than 100 cats removed from animal breeding property on Edgewood


In early September, authorities and a handful of volunteers rescued a large number of malnourished and neglected cats that were suffering from flea infestations and disease from a property in Whitefish.

The Whitefish Police Department, Flathead Sheriff’s Office and County Animal Control executed a search warrant at a home on East Edgewood Drive on September 7 and initiated the removal of more than 130 cats and two dogs , all in poor condition.

Currently, the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force is caring for 93 of the cats, KittyMOM’s rescue organization has 28, and the county shelter is home to six cats and two dogs. The owner signed a letter renouncing animals.

Several of the cats that have returned to good health, thanks to the hard work of animal organizations and volunteers, will be adopted this weekend from the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force in Columbia Falls.

Charges have yet to be filed, but the case has been referred to the Flathead County District Attorney for review, according to Whitefish Police Chief Bridger Kelch.

The Flathead Valley has not seen such a serious case of animal hoarding since the Criswell case 12 years ago, when 120 cats were seized from a trailer in Marion.

BEFORE authorities recovered the animals in early September, Chelsea Hilbun contacted several agencies for help with the growing problem. Hilbun’s father has lived next door to the cat-infested property for almost four years, and she described the deplorable conditions.

His best guess is that there were litters born every two weeks at the home on East Edgewood Drive. She took in a five week old kitten and a seven week old kitten and bathed them several times to get rid of the fleas.

She also buried young kittens more than once and said the cats weren’t wormed, never checked and barely fed. She and her children saw horribly injured animals, at least one case of cannibalism among cats, and other nightmarish scenes.

“I was walking in the woods and saw this kitten playing with something and thought it was a dead mouse,” Hilbun recalled. “It was a dead kitten.”

The numbers are astonishing. Cats are able to reproduce when they are about five months old and without neutering or neutering they can have three litters a year. At last count, 143 cats had been removed from the property.

“In the evening, when it’s warm… you can walk in this field and find (several) piles of five to ten cats,” Hilbun said.

She said they were all over the driveway, on the porch, under every vehicle, in the woods. Once, as she stood on the property line and sprinkled food on the ground, more than 30 cats emerged from everywhere to eat the food.

“I was shocked. I know there are a lot of cats there, but to see so many cats out there was absolutely crazy,” she said.

The yard offered several places where the cats could nest. Hilbun describes the property as having a mattress sitting flat on a “pile of junk”, an overturned hot tub and another large pile of trash, wood and possibly furniture, which the cats were using. all as shelter.

Many cats are hit by cars traveling on East Edgewood Drive and often several can be seen in the ditch. Hilbun said many of the dead were dumped in the woods near his father’s house.

“You can’t stand on that part of the property most of the time because it absolutely reeks of death – it smells so bad,” she said.

DARCY ALBERT, founder of KittyMOM’s Rescue Organization, said when officials go to a reported location and see some food and water nearby, their hands are tied. They can’t do anything about it unless they can prove that they were cruel or negligent.

“When Chelsea called (late August) and said she was burying kittens and they were covered in fleas,” Albert recalled. “That’s where I said, this is direct evidence and you need to call animal control and dig your heels in. This is a public safety hazard. None of them has been vaccinated against rabies This is animal cruelty and neglect and needs to be addressed.

Once the Flathead Spay and Neuter task force agreed to take over the cats, the wait for the warrant was short. After being removed from the property, the animals were transported to the working group where the organization’s chief executive, Mimi Beadles, and her team weighed, vaccinated, sex-sorted and photographed the cats. They treated the cats for fleas, mites and worms and neutered or neutered each one.

Beadles said it took days for animals to realize what cat food was, and almost all cats were underweight. The task force’s cat veterinarian, Dr. Kristin Hollemans, found that all of the cats had adult teeth, indicating that they were all over five months old.

In general, cats should weigh a pound per month of age until about six months old, but many of these cats are so small that they were mistaken for very young kittens before being examined, Beadles said.

“Most of the kittens never survived,” Beadles explained. “They were all infested with fleas.”

Each cat was tested for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and four were found positive for feline leukemia. The national average for FIV is less than 4% of all cats, but nearly half of the cats at the Edgewood property tested positive for FIV.

“Their life expectancy should still be almost that of a regular cat, around 10 years,” Beadles said. “It’s just to keep them healthy and away from other cats.”

The Spay and Neuter Working Group is hosting an adoption event this weekend and will offer a special price for couple adoptions, since these cats have so far lived in groups.

“What would help these cats the most right now is getting them adopted,” Beadles said.

The county shelter provided much of the supplies to the Spay and Neuter task force, so the only thing they need now is more clumping litter.

“Litter is number one and cash donations would be great,” Beadles said, adding that they would also appreciate help emptying litter boxes.

The cats appear to be mostly Russian Blues, a breed known for their steel gray coat and green eyes. Beadles describes them as “beautiful” and they are all exceptionally friendly. They are so cute that she chose one to take home and another to be adopted by KittyMOM volunteer Bonnie Hodges, who has spent over 100 hours trapping cats on the property.

KittyMOM’s has already adopted 11 of the cats.

“We hope the community will step up and do adoptions,” Albert said. “We are looking for good responsible owners who can afford veterinary care and keep them indoors. They’ve had their fill of trying to survive on the outside.

HILBUN SAID that every Whitefish officer and most members of the Sheriff’s Department as well as all relief organizations and humane societies were aware of this house.

“Police have been to the scene several times,” Hilbun said. “My father tried to shake things up. It’s been going on for three or four years. »

While law enforcement and animal advocates may have known about this property for years, the lack of manpower, lack of space for animals, and lack of other support systems in Flathead Valley slowed the action in this case.

The excessive time it took to obtain and successfully execute the search warrant is also a source of frustration for everyone involved.

“It drives me crazy that it took so long because 30 cats entered the shelter a year ago from this location,” Beadles said, pointing to the dozens of cats currently in her care. “None of these cats should have been born.”

Albert added: ‘There are no ordinances, no law enforcement for cats. Whenever someone calls animal control, their response is “we don’t answer calls from cats”.

Although there are no cat ordinances, Beadles pointed out that there are Montana laws about how dogs and cats should be cared for. She said local shelters take in both animals, in accordance with their mission statements, and taxpayers pay for them to care for the dogs and cats.

“People need to be responsible for these cats,” Beadles said. “We’ve had discussions with dispatch, the sheriff’s department and even the shelter about (the attitude), ‘Oh, they’re free spirits’. No. No, they’re not.

Chief Kelch said the resources needed to deal with this situation are continually dwindling due, in part, to increased demand for services and a lack of resources to meet the demand.

“I will…have a post-surgery discussion, with the right partners across the county, (and) social services. Why is it taking so long? It’s ridiculous,” Chief Kelch said. “We can’t continue on the road we’ve been on…it’s just, (it) has been too long.”

Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force will be hosting an adoption event on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. The task force is at 3491 Trumble Creek Road in Columbia Falls.

The adoption fee is $50 and new adopters must bring a carrier.



80s style promises a totally tubular era


It’s time to break out those parachute pants and put the collar on a polo shirt or two or maybe dust off that sweater dress so you can head to Sandite Team Animal Rescue’s Fifth Annual Rock ‘n Rescue: ’80s Style.

The October 14 event will feature an excellent silent auction and best-dressed contest, and totally tubular music will be provided by the Jennifer Marriott Band.

The COVID-19 pandemic prevented STAR from hosting fundraising events in 2019 and 2020, but the organization was able to “surf the waters,” thanks to the generosity of its many supporters, said Lisa Riggs, president. of STAR’s Board of Directors.

Last fall’s Rock ‘n Rescue was also a big hit, she said, but “the flip side is that everything is more expensive and we’re seeing an increase in need.”

“I think part of the rise in abandoned, neglected, and abandoned pets is also due to COVID,” Riggs said. “People adopted pets during the pandemic while at home and have now returned to work; people are worried about the hit the economy has taken from COVID and need to tighten their budgets.

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Without continued financial support, STAR’s ability to rescue and care for abused, neglected and homeless pets is in jeopardy, she said.

STAR is a 501©(3) charity that works directly with Sand Springs Animal Welfare – the town’s animal shelter – to take many of the seemingly less promising cases and ultimately place them in suitable adoptive homes.

Over the past year, STAR has been able to provide veterinary care to more than 100 animals, according to Tammy Ervin, STAR’s adoption coordinator.

STAR covers x-rays and surgical repair of wounds, treatment for scabies and other skin conditions, antibiotics for infections, treatment for fleas and ticks, testing and treatment for heartworm and parvo , and spaying surgeries, as well as vaccinations and health certificates that are required for animals leaving Oklahoma in transport for adoption in other states.

STAR held a Betty White Challenge fundraiser on January 17 – which would have been the 100th birthday of the beloved actress and animal rights activist who died on New Year’s Eve – raising $2,676, specifically to buy items requested by Sand Springs Animal Welfare.

Items purchased included slow-feeding bowls, kennel erasers and markers, Kong dog toys, Kuranda chew-resistant PVC dog beds, and five-nest PVC cat towers.

Riggs said financial contributions are the best way to help STAR, and all donations to the all-volunteer organization are tax-deductible. Donations can be made from the group’s Facebook page.

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Candy and Tibby Trust rescue a frightened kitten from the hood of a car


A North Wales cat rescue has given advice to drivers after rescuing a kitten stuck in the bonnet of a car for more than 24 hours.

Candy and Tibby Trust were alerted to the trapped kitten, now named Netty, in Chester on Monday afternoon around 3pm.

The Wrexham-based rescue was called in after rescues in Chester did not have the tools to rescue the kitten.

Paul Conway, founder of Candy and Tibby Trust, arrived to find members of the public banging on the bonnet of the car, which unfortunately scared the kitten further into the engine of the car.

He said: “People had the best intentions, but because the kitten was scared it was harder to get him out.”

According to Mr Conway, residents had become aware of the kitten in the car more than 24 hours prior and a member of the public had left a note for the driver on the windshield.

Fortunately, the driver did not return during the two day period.

The rescue took over six hours as the kitten was very frightened and unresponsive to the traps.

However, when the residents left, Mr Conway was able to entice the kitten with a trail of food and playing “Mom calling the kitten” sounds.

Mr Conway believes the kitten may have been abandoned as it was obviously domesticated.

Mr Conway has seen an increase in the number of abandoned cats and kittens after rescuing five domesticated kittens last week.

He said: “Our rescue is at capacity, and a lot of rescues are at capacity across the country, so if nobody takes them, some people are giving them up.”

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Last week the rescue was alerted to reports of four kittens being abandoned on Kinnerton Road just yards from the busy A483.

The rescue managed to secure three of the kittens, but despite repeated searches the fourth was not located.

As the months get colder, these cats will seek refuge in warm places.

Mr Conway said: ‘I recommend people bang on the bonnet of their car before driving to try to scare a cat away and check under their wheel arches for any sleeping cats.’

He continued: “If scared or lost, a cat may stay under a hot car or climb inside.”

Mr Conway said if a cat wouldn’t come out to call for help in the first place.

Recently Candy and Tibby Trust were called to a car garage in Wrexham after mechanics had a surprise opening the bonnet of a car in Stockport to find a missing cat.

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Mr Conway said: ‘Drivers have to be so careful.

Mr Conway also warned drivers to be careful when putting antifreeze in their cars so as not to spill any on the ground.

“Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet to a cat, but it’s very toxic.”

Mr Conway advised residents to contact rescue if they see young kittens out and post on local lost and found pages.

The main advice the rescue had to offer was for owners to have their cats microchipped.

Mr Conway said: “A cat can be out and an owner can be frantically searching for the cat, or if it got into a car and drove for miles without a microchip, there’s no way to find the cat. owner.”

Netty is believed to be between 10 and 12 weeks old and does not have a microchip, she is currently living in a foster home and will be up for adoption in a few weeks.

More information can be found at Candy and Tibby Trust’s Facebook page.

Video of Buffalo dancing and imitating woman’s Bhangra steps goes viral


The internet is filled with countless funny animal videos that can leave netizens wide open. Now joining the bandwagon is a viral clip of a water buffalo who can be seen dancing with a woman. It is customary to watch a pet dog or cat dance with its owner, but now a buffalo dance performance has become a rare scenario for netizens. While many can’t believe the pet is actually dancing, a section of the internet is praising the woman for turning an unusual thing into reality.

In the viral clip, the woman who appears to be the owner of the buffalo can be seen standing in the backyard of a house. She begins to take a few bhangra steps while apparently feeding her pet buffaloes. As she dances, the woman also orders the animal to join her. In a surprising twist, the pet tries to follow the woman. The animal jumps and tries to groove. The woman and the buffalo are not alone in the clip, they are joined by children.

Although the children are not clearly visible in the viral video, their laughter can obviously be heard. The buffalo mimicking its owner served as a bizarre yet entertaining site for the children. Watch the video below:

The buffalo’s unusual behavior has drawn massive attention from animal lovers on the photo-sharing app. With over 30,000 views and over 2,000 likes, netizens flooded the post’s comments section with hilarious comments. One user joked: “Aurat kuch bhi Kara sakti hai Babu bhaiya (women can do anything)”, another commented: “Yahi sab dekhne ke liye to maine 2 GB/day wala data plan liya hai (I opted for 2 GB/daily data plan to watch this content online).

Another wrote: “Woh stree hai, woh kuchh bhi kar sakti hai! (She’s a woman, she can do anything). Meanwhile, a netizen used the famous Hindi phrase “Bhains ke aaje been bajana” to articulate: “People have been saying for centuries that playing in front of the buffalo makes no difference to the buffalo, but this woman made the buffalo dance with her, nothing is impossible on this earth. The location of the viral clip remains unclear at this time.

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September 2022: animal law updates that made the world a better place for animals this month


Each month, One Green Planet tracks major legal developments that improve (or, in some cases, threaten) the lives and welfare of animals. Legislation and litigation sometimes protect animals directly, for example by closing a zoo or a slaughterhouse. But since the law severely underprotects animals, legal advocacy often needs to be more creative.

One of the most effective ways for lawyers to support animals is to support free speech activists and vegan businesses. In that vein, animal lawyers have had a successful month and One Green Planet is pleased to report two major wins in court. First, animal rights groups successfully challenged a Fourth “Ag-Gag” law in Iowa, which would have deterred activists from registering cruel farming practices. Second, Rawesome, a Canadian company that makes vegan cheese, won a four-year legal battle against the City of Montreal, after the city sued Rawesome over its use of the word “cheese” on product labels.

1. Court hits Iowa Fourth Ag-Gag Law

An important way for activists to defend animals is to share information with the public, specific information about what is happening in factory farms and slaughterhouses. As the meat and dairy industries spread messages that animals are humanely handled (or even…pampered), images from activists show the cruel reality inherent in using animals for food. That’s why the meat and dairy industry — and states that support the meat and dairy industry — are imposing laws to prevent activists from recording these videos and photographs. Laws that seek to “gag” activists are known as “ag-gag” laws.

Historically, animal rights groups have successfully challenged ag-gag laws because these laws violate activists’ constitutional right to free speech under the First Amendment. But as the courts strike down these ag-gag laws, states have responded by passing new (and more subtle) iterations. In 2021, Iowa passed its Fourth version of an ag-gag law. In version 4.0, Iowa created stiff penalties for anyone using a recording device during an intrusion.

Although the Iowa Ag-Gag 4.0 seems somewhat neutral at first glance, it was a not-so-subtle attack on animal activists. Why? Well, abusing recording devices (that’s to say, invading someone’s privacy) is already a crime in Iowa. For example, recording through someone’s window or in their home would be a crime. Since improper recording is already a crime, the new Iowa law targeted recording – such as recording cruelty to animals or inhumane working conditions inside a slaughterhouse – which would otherwise be legal and protected by the First Amendment, simply because it relates to trespass. As animal rights groups have explained, trespassing and speaking (that’s to say, registration) are separate issues. For example, trespassing on train tracks may be a minor violation of the law. But, it makes no sense to severely penalize an intruder because the intruder lay down on the train tracks to take pictures of the stars (that’s to sayused a recording device).

Making these arguments (and more), several activist groups—Animal Legal Defense Fund, PETA, Bailing out Benji, Food & Water Watch, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, with Public Justice as legal counsel—challenged the fourth ag law. -gag from Iowa. And on September 26, 2022, a federal judge declared the law unconstitutional and struck it down. The ruling marks another major victory in the nationwide legal battle against ag-gag laws.

2. Rawesome wins labeling battle in Canada

Over the past decade, vegan companies have fought to use words like “meat” and “dairy” – words traditionally associated with animal products – on product labels, to clarify, for consumers, whether the products are “meat” or “dairy” alternatives. Using words like “meat” and “dairy” conveys the taste, texture and function of cruelty-free products, making them more marketable as new consumer goods. And use these words done not confuse consumers, especially since companies label them as “vegan” or “dairy-free”.

The animal agriculture industry – as well as various government entities that support the industry – have nonetheless attempted to censor vegan labeling to make vegan products less marketable. Many US states have passed laws that prohibit the use of words like “meat” or “milk” on vegan products, and vegan companies have successfully challenged these laws in court. But the most recent victory in the labeling wars has been in Canada.

In 2018, the City of Montreal sued Rawesome, a vegan company that manufactures and sells plant-based dairy products in Canada. Montreal argued that calling the products “cashew cream cheese” violates Canada’s federal food regulations. Animal Justice, as Rawesome’s legal counsel, argued that Canada’s “cheese” and “cream cheese” laws deal with the composition of dairy products and do not apply to products like cheese from Rawesome, which is clearly labeled “non-dairy”.

Initially, in October 2021, a municipal court sided with Montreal and demanded that Rawesome pay a fine for violating Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations. This month, however, Superior Court Judge Gregory Moore overturned the ruling. This victory sets an important precedent for vegan businesses in Canada.

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Firefighters rescue baby, dogs and cats from Hurricane Ian floodwaters in Seminole County


A baby and several pets were among those rescued in Seminole County from flooding caused by Hurricane Ian on Saturday morning.

The Seminole County Fire Department and Florida Army National Guard were rescuing families and pets on Whitcomb Road in Geneva, where water levels are waist-deep in some regions. Among those rescued was a family of seven, including a baby, three dogs and two cats.

The department posted photos of firefighters Kyle Pantalo and Jackson Flynn on Facebook bringing families to safety.

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On Friday, Seminole County leaders said they expected post-Hurricane Ian flooding to worsen. Oviedo Mayor Megan Sladek said more communities could be submerged and roads blocked.

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“The water first soaks in as best it can. Then it starts heading out to the ocean. Where it’s headed right now is mostly the Econ River. Eventually it will reach the lake Jessup and it will have its own surge, but whatever starts inland, it’s just going to work its way out to the ocean.”

Winter Springs – Hacienda Village

Sanford – Saint John River

The county is setting up new operations command in the Geneva area to help deal with any further flooding that may occur there. Seminole County leaders say residents in low-lying areas of the county need to prepare.

“Much of the water and rain around the state is going to cross the St. Johns River,” Seminole County Fire Chief Matt Kinley said, “It’s going to flow through central Florida and enter Seminole County.”

Sandbag locations in Seminole County

  • The former Geneva fire station at 217 2e rue
  • Wayside Park along the St. Johns River in Sanford
  • Westmonte Park in Altamonte Springs

These three sandbag locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 1.

Dogs, cats and rabbits in need of homes in Dorset


A FOUR-month-old puppy is among a number of animals seeking forever homes in Dorset this week.

Dorset Animal Rescue Center Margaret Green hopes to find homes for dogs, cats, rabbits and a guinea pig.

Can you help ? All the details are below.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is looking to rehome a number of animals in her careCute

Dinky is a four-month-old cross between Wolfhound and American Bulldog. He is a “typical puppy” and she would like to find a home where she can continue her education and socialization. She could live with older children, another dog and maybe a cat too. When she is an adult, she will be the same height and weight as a Bull Mastiff.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is looking to rehome a number of animals in her careNose

Snoot is a three-year-old German Shepherd crossbreed. He can be a little nervous at first but with a little time and patience he will quickly become your friend. He likes to go for walks and meet other four-legged friends. He is looking for a family who can continue his training, because he can be strong in the lead. He would prefer to be the only pet in an adult-only household.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is looking to rehome a number of animals in her careduke

Duke is an adorable four-year-old Greyhound. He is an excitable boy who is always ready for his next adventure. He likes to go out and explore new places. He loves his toys, especially the squeaky ones, and he could play with them for hours. He seeks to be the only pet in a household with teenagers, so he can have all the cuddles all to himself.

To register an interest in hosting Dinky, Snoot or Duke, please contact the Lincoln Farm team: [email protected]

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is looking to rehome a number of animals in her careRiley

Riley is a handsome nine-year-old boy looking for his forever home. He’s a nice guy but he can be a little nervous when he first meets you. He would prefer to be the only pet in the house, but he could live with older children.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue is looking to rehome a number of animals in her carePixie and Bo

Pixie is four years old and she is looking for a forever home with her daughter, Bo, who is about two years old. They are friendly girls who love to jump and sit on your feet! They appreciate the occasional bump, but they don’t like to be picked up.

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Sully is a very talkative boy who is one year old. His coat is quite long, so his new owners will have to give him regular trimmings. He came to the center with many other males but they didn’t particularly get along, so he is looking for a permanent home with one or more females. He will need a single level home, but he can use a cat flap, so a converted shed is a possibility.

To register an interest in relocating Riley, Pixie and Bo or Sully, please contact the Church Knowle team: [email protected]

Heartbroken cat owner offers reward for safe return of stolen Bella


A heartbroken Aberdeen woman has offered a reward after her cat was removed from her garden.

Linda Haylett desperately wants black and white Moggy Bella returned.

She says she was at home with her husband, who has dementia, when a couple searched their garden on Provost Fraser Drive for the cat.

A passer-by spotted the man – described as tall with red hair – then putting his orange jacket over the cat as he and the woman made their way to Quarryhill School.

The incident, which was reported to the police, happened around 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11.

Ms Haylett is now offering up to £150 for the safe return of her cat.

She said: ‘It was around 9pm a few Sundays ago, I would have been in the house because my husband has dementia and his carers came at that time.

Bella’s Return Reward Poster

‘I can’t bear to think how she is now’

Ms Haylett described her pet as “friendly” but “anxious” and said she hated to think how stressed Bella would be away from home.

She said: ‘She’s also kind of a nervous cat, I get stuff from the vet to make her a little calmer because she gets so anxious.

“I think she would be very anxious with the people who took her away – I mean they put a jacket on her.

“I just can’t bear to think about how she is now.

“They don’t know all these different things about him. She’s my cat, it’s just awful without her, I really miss her, I’m heartbroken.

The woman is described as being of average height, with long blonde hair. Both she and the man are thought to be in their thirties.

Speaking directly to the culprits, Ms Haylett said: ‘If you are the couple who took her, please reflect on how your actions have broken us. We’ve taken care of her for many years, spent thousands of dollars on her well-being, and know all of her quirks.

“She deserves to be sent back to the most loving home a cat can have.”

A police spokeswoman said: ‘Officers received a report of a cat being stolen from a property on Provost Fraser Drive at approximately 9.30am on Tuesday September 13, 2022.

“Investigations are ongoing.”

Anyone with information about Bella’s whereabouts should call 101, or Ms Haylett can be contacted on 07572 416654.

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Mayfield woman must pay to shelter seized animals


MAYFIELD — A Mayfield woman has been ordered to post $235,583 bail to cover the cost of caring for three dozen animals seized by police from her animal shelter in July.

Mayfield City Judge John Papa ruled on Thursday that Susan Kelly must pay the costs of housing animals at three local animal shelters after Kelly was arrested on August 10 and charged with 55 misdemeanors for allegedly tortured or injured animals and failed to provide food.

If Kelly is unable to pay the amount of the deposit in five days, the three dozen animals in question will be confiscated for the benefit of various humane societies.

With criminal charges against Kelly still pending, a petition by the Fulton County Regional Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the James A. Brennan Humane Society in civil court sought to hold Kelly responsible for the cost of covering the cost of sheltering the animals at Defendant’s Kelly’s Haven Animal Sanctuary.

The petitioners also requested that 35 dogs that Papa had previously declared confiscated by the defendant should now be available for adoption, a request that Papa granted on Thursday.

“I’m very relieved,” Fulton County Regional SPCA Chairperson Renee Earl said after the hearing. “There are a portion of the dogs that are now available for adoption and the rest, if the bond is not paid, will then be released for adoption. Our main focus is just to do what is best for the dogs, i.e. getting them out of a shelter environment and into homes.

Police searched the property at 587 State Highway 349 on July 25 and seized more than 60 animals from the site in allegedly uninhabitable conditions.

Three local shelters house the animals, with the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers having so far incurred costs of $66,054 to house some of the animals, with future costs estimated at $36,000 for any subsequent 30-day period.

The Fulton County Regional SPCA said the organization incurred $53,613 for accommodation costs, with an estimate of $15,000 for future care for each additional 30 days. The Brennan Humane Society has accrued actual expenses of $60,425 for pension costs, with estimated future costs of $4,500 for each future 30-day period. The combined costs of the three shelters totaled $235,583, with the bond set to cover past and future costs incurred by the three animal shelters.

During the Thursday morning hearing, the plaintiffs called witness Marissa Christman from the Ayres shelter to testify about the conditions of the animals seized from Kelly’s property. The Ayres shelter currently houses 24 of Kelly’s animals on its site, with 17 ducks, three hens, three dogs and a horse in its care.

Christman testified that when she went to Kelly’s property in July to pick up the animals, the dogs reeked of feces and urine, with the animals requiring several washes before they could be clean.

Defense witness Carol Seeley later testified in court that she and Kelly provided extensive care for Pretty Lady, the horse that lived on Kelly’s property.

In his summary at the end of the hearing, defense attorney Allen Day argued that the plaintiffs had failed to provide sufficient evidence that the horse, goats, ducks and chickens seized from the property of Kelly had been neglected.

“The question here is whether, by the preponderance of evidence, people have shown that there was a failure to provide necessary food, shelter, and sustenance for animals,” Day noted in his summary.

In his summons, plaintiffs’ attorney Jonathan Schopf described the conditions found at the Kelly property during the police seizure in July.

“The attorney argued at length that there was proper food and water, there just isn’t,” he said. “As to the goats themselves, it is clear from photographic evidence and the testimony of shelter officers and workers that on the day in question [July 25], the water was contaminated and dirty. There was no food for these animals. Same for horses, rabbits and other farm animals. There were reports that the property was infested with rats, including the area where the ducks were kept.

Schopf noted that the ubiquitous presence of animal feces on the property had led to an outbreak of hookworm among the animals.

In his decision on Thursday, Dad sided with the petitioners on all counts.

“After reviewing everything presented to this court, I have determined that plaintiffs have easily satisfied their burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence,” Papa noted in his decision.

Day declined to comment after the hearing, citing pending criminal charges against his client.

“I’m very happy,” Schopf said after the hearing. “This is the highest bond amount I have ever secured in an animal cruelty case and I represent a number of humane societies and rescue agencies in this type of work.”

How a Florida rescue is helping animals after Hurricane Ian


As Hurricane Ian’s path of destruction becomes clearer, videos are surfacing of pets and other animals that have been displaced and unable to fend for themselves.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Florida, the largest no-kill dog rescue in the United States, has begun to mobilize in an effort to help animal shelters and rescues in areas of Florida, such as Lee and Collier counties , which were affected by the storm.

“Right now we’re loading our bus with crates for animals that may need to be evacuated from West Coast shelters,” said Laurie Simmons, founder and president of the South Florida-based rescue. “We have also put out a call for donations for pet supplies, dry and wet food for dogs and cats, and crates for people who need to move into shelters.”

Simmons says the organization is filling a 45-foot-long bus with supplies and the team hopes to be on its way to Florida’s west coast as early as tomorrow, provided driving conditions are safe.

Big Dog Ranch is located in Palm Beach County on Florida’s east coast, which was spared the storm’s most severe impacts.

The loss of service and power made it particularly difficult to reach shelters in need, Simmons says, but the organization remained persistent.

“We are trying to get in touch with all the shelters on the west coast that have been affected and find out what their needs are. We have already spoken to two who are in need of pet supplies to distribute to the public,” said she explained. “We know that the two hardest hit shelters have no cell service and no electricity right now, so we are trying to get someone there to find out how many animals need to be evacuated. We’re just getting our bus and crew ready and ready to go as soon as we have the information.”

Big Dog Ranch plans to bring endangered dogs back to its land in Loxahatchee Groves while distributing supplies to shelters and pet families in need.

The Ranch’s 33-acre campus (funded by private contributions and sponsors) is immaculately designed – cage-free with large areas to run around, a “Puppy Land” (a stress-free area for pregnant female dogs to give birth to their puppies), several play areas and even a dog pool.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue has conducted rescue missions in the past to rescue pets displaced by Hurricane Ida, Dorian and Maria.

Simmons says his team has prepared for the storm over the past week and cleared areas of the ranch to bring back animals in need.

“We’re always ready to go after the animals because they end up being the ones who suffer the most, because they can’t fend for themselves,” she says. “So we just want to be the necessary support for people and their animals who have been affected by the storm. We’ve seen this devastation too many times. And we’re just here to help.”

Unfortunately, pets are often left behind during big storms.

A study 2021 by the ASPCA showed that 83% of pet owners lived in an area facing natural disasters and that of those owners, 47% who had to evacuate left at least one pet behind.

Simmons noted that lodging space in the country is at an all-time low due to a host of factors, and it’s even affected the ranch.

“We are extremely full here because due to inflation, owner buyouts are at an all time high across the country. People are being forced to give up their pets due to the high cost of housing, the fuel, groceries and veterinary care,” Simmons said. “What we’re seeing is that owner abandonment is up 50% and sadly adoptions are down 40%. So the combination of the two unnecessarily means that millions of animals will be euthanized in overcrowded shelters that aren’t normally kill shelters, especially throughout the South.”

In an effort to combat the crisis, Big Dog Ranch Rescue will open a second location in Alabama (at a former greyhound race track now off-limits) that will seek to serve and house animals from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and even Texas.

The facility currently has five buildings and a temporary veterinary clinic being renovated which the organization hopes to open by the end of October. When completed, the new Alabama shelter will have 16 buildings.

“We are inundated with requests from shelters that are so overcrowded they have to be euthanized, [so] I can’t do it fast enough,” Simmons said. “I’ll put it this way.”

Yet there is still hope, thanks to donors and volunteers who have been willing to give their time and money. It’s what keeps Simmons and Big Dog Ranch Rescue glued to the mission, despite the difficult situations at hand.

“What I love the most is knowing that these animals will end up in loving homes,” Simmons says. “To see these dogs arrive injured or in total depression from the loss of their families and to see them heal emotionally and physically with our phenomenal veterinary team and wonderful employees who love them every day and watch them emerge into the arms of a loving family, and knowing that they had this chance to be loved in life? That’s why we keep going.”

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is accepting donations online (and on social media), or, if you’re in the Palm Beach County area, you can drop off supplies and donations at the ranch in person.

Whiskers and Wine offers adoptable food, drink and cats


SAN DIEGO – Whiskers & Wine has been billed as America’s first full-service cat lounge, bar and restaurant.

Owner Nicole Smith said her vision was to build a place for the community to gather, while eating and drinking, surrounded by adoptable cats. With specialty cocktails like Jaz’s Pearfect Meowtini, Nick’s Whiskey Meower and Peach Pussycat, the space is dedicated to felines right down to the decor and rooftop lounge where cats can soak up some sun.

A career in the corporate world gave Smith the courage to plan his first restaurant and rescue in the midst of a global pandemic.

“I just realized life was way too short and my passion has always been animals, especially cats,” Smith said.

The cats come from Saving One Life, an animal rescue group dedicated to providing shelter and medical care to stray, abandoned, and abandoned felines until they find forever adoptive homes.

Brianne Youngberg helped establish the San Diego chapter of the rescue and says there’s demand for adoption so people can’t get tipsy and bring home a kitten the same day. She believes Whiskers and Wine will help save countless lives.

“The opportunity for us to save more lives because it’s potentially – with the kittens we have here right now – it’s five foster homes that now have new kittens that we can helping out on the street, so we can save even more,” Youngberg said.

All food and drink is prepared behind glass, and there’s a separate area where guests can watch the cats separately, but almost everyone enjoys the close company of the cats.

Nick and Vanessa Brock escaped from their cats home for a date night.

“We just can’t stop staring at these adorable cats that are tucked away in every nook and cranny of this building!” said Vanessa.

“Hanging out with cats and having a few drinks is what I love to do at home, so being able to do that here and feel like I’m stepping out of the house,” Nick said.

Smith believes the cats help her clients while they wait for their new home, which is why she calls their bookings “cat therapy sessions.”

“We would love to save the lives of thousands of cats,” she said. “I mean, we are pulling many high mortality cat shelters so we can help support and save all the babies and make sure they are spayed, spayed, microchipped and taken care of and find their forever home. .”

It costs $30 to book your cat therapy session and you can spend 90 minutes hanging out with the cats while enjoying food and drink.

Lowcountry Animal Shelters are making final preparations and welcoming displaced animals ahead of Ian’s arrival


MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) – Animal shelters across the Lowcountry are making their final preparations before Ian brings wind and rain to the region later this week.

Charleston Animal Society volunteers unloaded about 70 cats and kittens from southwest Florida around 6 a.m., hours before Hurricane Ian made landfall.

“You have water coming in and you literally have nowhere to put the animals,” said vice president of operations and strategy Aldwin Roman. “We don’t want a situation like the one that happened in the Bahamas where a lot of their animals drowned because they had nowhere to put them, so if we can help we will. “

Officials said Naples-area animal shelters contacted them as they attempted to relocate the cats before the area was flooded and overwhelmed by storm surge.

The shelter has placed these cats in a training room and is looking to distribute them statewide. Officials said they felt lucky to be able to help other shelters ahead of the storm.

“We brought in two organizations; we have two more committed,” Roman said. “They just need us to bring them to them, so we have volunteer drivers who come in for transportation, I think it’s almost 30 cats, upstate South Carolina, so we will probably end up with maybe a dozen who will absorb with our host families to place them in homes, as we also try to weather the storm, Friday and Saturday.

As the animal society took in these cats from out of state, Dorchester Paws asked for help from the community to help find foster families for dozens of their dogs in Summerville.

The community responded with a long line of cars that backed up to Highway 78, with some people waiting about an hour to be greeted.

“We don’t do this often,” Dorchester Paws spokeswoman Danielle Zuck said. “It’s not normal, but our shelter gets flooded whenever the rain falls more than 3 inches, so our kennels are indoor/outdoor and were built 50 years ago.”

Zuck said they needed to find homes for about 80 dogs in their care when the storm hit. By mid-afternoon, the shelter said more than 70 dogs had been able to find accommodation.

“We are absolutely thrilled, and right now I have goosebumps knowing how much the community wants to support an animal sanctuary,” Zuck said.

At the Berkeley Animal Center, officials are also looking for temporary foster homes for dozens of large dogs to weather the storm.

They will be open Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone wishing to sponsor.

“We give you everything – from food to medicine to crate and litter – everything,” shelter manager Tiffany Hoffman said. “You just give them love, and it’s only a weekend, and it’s a great way to make a new furry friend.”

Animal shelters said there was no fee to encourage animals while the storm affects the Lowcountry.

Pearland awards $6 million contract to contractor despite problem with work on new animal shelter


After reconsideration and renegotiation, Pearland City Council awarded the firm Durotech two construction contracts totaling just over $6 million to repurpose a former fire station and renovate a public safety building.

However, the council only did so after adding a written stipulation that the company would extend the warranty on the new town animal shelter it is building to reflect the eventual move-in date. . A drainage problem in the kennels delayed the opening of the shelter.

The Board voted 6 to 1 on September 26 to award the new contracts, with Alex Kamkar casting the dissenting vote.

The first contract is for $4.78 million to convert the former Fire Station 4 into a public safety training and education center for police and firefighters. The second, totaling $1.26 million, is to renovate part of the Public Safety Building to create additional space for the Pearland Emergency Operations Center and accommodate more staff.

Plans also include changes to the first floor of the building to improve security.

Although these contracts were submitted to the council a few weeks ago, their approval has been delayed due to the ongoing drainage problem with another Durotech project, the new animal shelter. Poor drainage of liquid from the kennels forced shelter officials to remove the animals from the space and return them to the old city shelter.

The nearly $10 million, 21,000 square foot new shelter was funded by the 2019 bond referendum vote. It was previously scheduled to open in the spring and then August.

Durotech is fixing the drainage problem, and according to David Rowe, founder and managing director of Durotech, the shelter should reopen no later than mid-November. He said the corrections did not cost Pearland or taxpayers anything.

Rowe also assured the board that if any issues arise with the new contracts, they will be resolved.

“We’ll deliver the product to you, and if it’s not right, we’ll make the necessary corrections to make it right,” he told the council.

But Kamkar wasn’t buying it and said the city was being too lenient.

He said Durotech’s mistake at the animal shelter was minimal and wondered how the city could trust the company not to make bigger mistakes, especially on the fire station project.

“Rehab is actually harder than starting from scratch,” Kamkar said. “I have no confidence that this vendor will be able to resolve any issues until it is clearly visible that there is a problem.”

Kamkar said he was in favor of transferring Durotech and finding another contractor.

But his colleagues disagreed. Board member Jeff Barry, a former director of Pearland ISD, said the company was a valuable partner in school projects with that district and he trusted them to do a good job.

Trent Epperson, deputy city manager, previously said the drainage issue was related to grading issues at a subcontractor’s work in the kennel area.

“Grading is subtle to get all the water in the right place,” Epperson said.

He said the city is confident the drainage problem will be resolved.

Calgary cat owner uses online pet contest to support animal rescue efforts – Calgary


A Calgary woman asks for help as she and her little cat team up for a big competition.

A win would be a big boost to local animal rescue efforts.

Linda Gerow has entered her cat Mischie in an online contest titled “America’s Favorite Pet.”

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She’s been giving Mischie lots of love ever since she took him in three years ago, when he was just a feral kitten struggling to survive.

“Somewhere in the Foothills, on some guy’s property,” Gerow said. “They are smarter than house cats because only the smartest survive – they are in the wild.”

Participating in the online competition puts Mischie up against animals from across North America.

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“We didn’t think we would have a hope and now we’re No. 5, so the contest is getting intense,” Gerow said.

“You have to say why your pet should be chosen as America’s Favorite Pet, and what I said is because Mischie represents feral cats everywhere who need homes, d love and attention. So worth saving.

Voting closes in the contest’s cat category on Thursday, September 29.

If Mischie comes out on top in this split, he moves on to take on all kinds of creatures.

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“Reptiles, llamas – anyone (who) has a pet, can enter this contest,” Gerow said. “If we win, against all the other animals, we get $10,000.”

She knows exactly what she would do with that money.

“I wish I had a good camera so I could start photographing pets, and the rest I will donate to one of the Calgary-area animal shelters,” Gerow said.

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She is now appealing for support, asking people to vote at https://americasfavpet.com/2022/mischie.

“He was fifth, so we have to push him up,” Gerow said. “Please vote for Mischie.”

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Hurricane Ian hits Cuba and Florida braces for Category 4 damage


HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian devastated western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to keep it from escalating into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before crashing ashore Wednesday. in Florida, where authorities have ordered 2.5 million people to evacuate.

Ian made landfall at 4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where authorities set up 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people, dispatched emergency personnel and took steps to protect crops in the area. main tobacco producing region of the country.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said “significant wind and storm surge impacts” occurred Tuesday morning in western Cuba. Ian hit with sustained top winds of 125 mph (205 km/h). Up to 14 feet (4.3 meters) of storm surge has been predicted along the Cuban coast.

Ian was forecast to strengthen even further over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, reaching peak winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) as it approached the southwest coast of Florida. Tropical storm-force winds were expected over the southern peninsula on Tuesday evening, reaching hurricane-force strength by Wednesday morning.

“Right now, we’re focusing on west-central Florida as the primary impact area,” hurricane specialist Andy Latto told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

With tropical storm-force winds extending 115 miles (185 kilometers) from Ian’s center, damage was expected across a wide area of ​​Florida regardless of where Ian makes landfall. The hurricane center extended its storm surge warning to the Atlantic coast of the peninsula and extended its tropical storm warning from Boca Raton to Brunswick, Georgia, a distance of about 375 miles (603 kilometers).

Gil Gonzalez covered his windows with plywood on Tuesday and had sandbags ready to protect his Tampa home from flooding. He and his wife had stocked up on bottled water and packaged flashlights, batteries for their cell phones and a camp stove with a large propane burner as they prepared to evacuate.

“All the most valuable possessions, we put them upstairs in a friend’s house and nearby, and we loaded up the car,” Gonzalez said. He added: “I think we are ready.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said about 2.5 million people were under evacuation orders. He urged people to be prepared for power outages and to get out of his way.

“When you have a five to 10 foot storm surge, that’s not something you want to be a part of,” DeSantis said Tuesday. “And Mother Nature is a very formidable adversary.”

The hurricane center expanded its hurricane warning to include Bonita Beach north across Tampa Bay to the Anclote River. Fort Myers is in the hurricane zone, and Tampa and St. Petersburg could be hit directly by a major hurricane for the first time since 1921.

“Barrier Islanders who decide not to go do so at their own peril,” Lee County Executive Roger Desjarlais, where Fort Myers is located, said early Tuesday. “The best thing they can do is leave.”

The county issued mandatory evacuations for low-lying areas, including Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Bonita Beach, where about 250,000 people live.

As the center of the storm moved into the Gulf, scenes of destruction emerged in Cuba’s famous tobacco belt. The owner of leading cigar producer Finca Robaina posted photos on social media showing broken wooden and thatched roofs on the ground, rubble greenhouses and overturned wagons.

“It was apocalyptic, a real disaster,” wrote Hirochi Robaina, grandson of the operation’s founder.

State media published photos showing wide floodwaters flowing through the city of San Juan y Martinez and more than a million Cubans were without power Tuesday morning, including all of the western provinces of Pinar del Rio and Artemisa. No deaths have been reported.

Ian’s forward movement was expected to slow over the Gulf, allowing the hurricane to widen and strengthen before it brought winds and water violent on the west coast of Florida. Forecasters said the rise in ocean waters could reach 10 feet (3 meters) if it peaks at high tide. Rainfall could total 16 inches (41 centimeters) with up to 24 inches (61 centimeters) in isolated areas. Coastal communities could be flooded.

In Key West, the airport closed on Tuesday as squalls of rain from the storm added to a royal tide to flood the streets, prompting animal rescuers to delay their exit until Ian passed. In Orlando, Disney World closed four hotels as a precaution while pushing back on any decision to close its theme parks. Busch Gardens in Tampa has closed until at least Thursday. In the northeast corner of Florida, the US Navy said it plans to move ships and planes from its base outside Jacksonville.

Playing it safe, NASA was rolling its moon rocket from the launch pad to its hangar at Kennedy Space Center, adding weeks of delay to the test flight. Tampa and St. Petersburg airports announced their closures Tuesday afternoon.

President Joe Biden also declared an emergency, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance to protect lives and property. FEMA has strategically positioned generators, millions of meals and millions of gallons of water, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Damaging winds and flooding are expected across the peninsula as Ian moves north, reaching Georgia, South Carolina and other parts of the southeastern United States between Friday and Sunday, it said. the hurricane center.


Anderson reported from St. Petersburg, Florida. Associated Press contributors include Cody Jackson in Tampa, Fla., Freida Frisaro in Miami, Anthony Izaguirre in Tallahassee, Fla., and Julie Walker in New York.

Animal shelters and economic hardship


The grain-living pit bull mix was neglected, signified by its lack of fur. He suffered from skin allergies and desperately needed antibiotics. The owner, a gentle, quiet man known to staff as Mr. Conrad, was referred to the Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank at its former location in Bethlehem by a local pantry. Due to financial difficulties and mental health issues, Mr. Conrad simply did not have the funds or the knowledge to help his pet.

The dog was examined with funds and donations from No Kill Lehigh Valley and brought to the Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank to begin a proper diet.

Now, when Mr Conrad comes to the food bank’s monthly fundraiser at his new Emmaus location each month, he eagerly shows Chief Executive Amy Kocis a picture of the dog on his flip phone.

Kocis said that although the photo is often the same each month, over time she has noticed a huge difference in the health and well-being of the dog – in addition to that of Mr Conrad – since his arrival at the food bank.

Animal organizations across the country have recently struggled and had success providing shelter, offering veterinary care, finding homes, and raising funds to better care for animals in need.

According to national statistics, there is currently an animal shelter crisis, with over 100,000 dogs and cats in the United States awaiting adoption or at risk of being killed.

The Lehigh Valley faces similar issues, but a plethora of organizations help owners and their pets with financial aid and medical assistance in an effort to allow pets to live full lives.

The Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank sits between a sprawl of warehouses and local businesses. The primary goal of the food bank is to keep animals out of shelters and in homes with their owners.

Inside, visitors are greeted by the office dog, a Shih Tzyour name is MoMo. Shelves and cabinets are stocked with food for dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, fish and more. A bulletin board is filled with postcards, Christmas cards and photos of animals the food bank has helped over the past few years.

The food bank holds bimonthly distribution days and serves over 200 clients each time. Kocis said the service lines often meander around the block. To register, customers must present proof of residence, proof of income and a certificate of sterilization and vaccination to receive an identity card. Customers then present their ID card and receive food and other necessary accessories for their pets.

“I think everyone deserves to be able to have a pet and sometimes it’s just out of people’s reach, whether it’s the food or the medical aspect,” Kocis said. “I don’t think the answer is to keep animals away from people.”

The Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank office dog, a Shih Tzu named MoMo, poses in front of the storefront in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. The primary goal of the food bank is to keep animals out of shelters and home with their owners. (Courtesy of Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank)

Food bank volunteer Ashley Schaffer was a client for two years. She said she attended giveaway days to feed her three dogs at the time.

“When I was a client, it was definitely a means of financial security in a sense,” Schaffer said. “It is known that for at least a week or two the animal will have food even if the owner is going through a difficult time.”

During the pandemic, Kocis said the Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank has seen a 30% increase in customers. As they often rely on food donations from various vendors, due to nationwide labor and supply shortages, food donations have declined.

“I’m still networking every day trying to introduce ourselves to new people,” Kocis said. “Sometimes it’s just cold calls or cold emails and you never know what kind of connection you’re going to get.”

Animal organizations in the Lehigh Valley rely primarily on fundraising and donations to support their work and help animals and owners.

No Kill Lehigh Valley, a fundraising operation for shelters, founded in 2008 by director Diane Davison, provides $50,000 in donations annually to support veterinary care. Davison said only about 3% of his clients have health insurance for their pets due to high costs.

“The calls we’re getting are so heartbreaking,” Davison said. “People are so upset, often hysterical, because they have a sick animal and they go to an emergency clinic, but the costs are so high.”

No Kill Lehigh Valley provides financial support for cat neutering and neutering operations since the majority of animals killed in shelters are cats.

Davidson said they bridge the gap between what doctors charge and what people can afford.

Despite the needs, most welfare organizations have a small staff. Davison works from home. Kocis is the only paid person in his organization.

The Williams Township Animal Health and Welfare Center, however, has 20 staff and supports 230 active volunteers through significant fundraising and donations.

Kelly Bauer, the center’s executive director, said the organization offers low-cost vaccinations, supports a “meet your match” program for adoptions, and hosts a humane education program for students. It also offers Project Paw, a community outreach center in Easton where patrons can temporarily snuggle up with a resident cat while shopping at the center’s thrift store or drinking coffee at Betty’s Corner cafe. It also plans to open an emergency reception program.

Bauer said being homeless at a young age instilled in him the value of caring for others, especially animals.

“Animals are so good for our souls,” Bauer said. “Your financial situation, your state of mental health – none of those things should matter.”

Bauer said she found honesty and transparency to be the two most important things in building relationships with donors and other community organizations.

“When you connect with people, it’s not just about asking someone to send a check,” Bauer said. “All of our thank you notes are written by me.”

For anyone who is afraid to seek help, Kocis said no one should feel ashamed or worried. She said it gives visitors a sense of security and eases their anxiety knowing that these organizations are there to help.

Regardless of the different resources provided, each organization expressed a similar sentiment: animals are as much part of a family as anyone else.

Whether it’s the lady with $20 to her name who gets on the bus twice a month to get food for her fish from the food bank, or the husband and wife who took in a stray cat after his leg had to be amputated using funds from No Kill Lehigh Valley everyone has a story. For Bauer, it was a pit bull named Jackson, in danger of being fired or killed, whom she took in until he died of cancer.

“That dog was my kindred spirit,” Bauer said. “Animals make us better people. They teach us care. They teach us respect. They teach us responsibility. They teach us to make decisions. They teach us unconditional love.

Animal Foundation staff walk out amid reports of poor conditions


The sudden and unexpected resignation of eight Animal Foundation staff on Sunday has led to temporary disruption at the East Valley shelter, according to the nonprofit.

Those who quit were part of the admissions team – half of whom were due to work this Sunday – preventing the shelter from accepting pets, the foundation said, adding that admissions resumed on Monday with the help of a force of volunteers.

The Foundation’s management, accompanied by elected officials at a press conference on Monday, addressed the issues, including resignations and animal overpopulation.

They have repeatedly called the current state of the shelter a “crisis” and called on community members to volunteer and temporarily take in animals.

“I was devastated, personally,” the foundation’s CEO, Hilarie Gray, said of the resignations. “It broke my heart that our team members felt like they had no other way but to make the choice to leave.”

Employees who quit said they decided to leave due to understaffing, high turnover, low pay, “fighting for space” and “the number of times we were left without any help despite our requests,” according to a resignation email that named the eight staff members. .

They wrote that they felt “belittled” and that Gray had not made the changes she had promised.

When asked if the foundation expected any additional walkouts, she said only that she was in daily contact with the team to express the foundation’s mission and reassure them “that they work hard”.

Gray said she reached out to those who had quit to try to figure out what was wrong and hoped they would consider coming back.

More animals are coming

Gray said animal inflows this month were up nearly 50% from the previous two years, a “historic” trend nationwide, which has been exasperated by the pandemic and a slowdown in the economy. ‘economy. In September alone, she said, the shelter had taken in more than 2,000 animals.

If some of the roughly 150 animals taken in by the shelter on Saturday, for example, had been scanned for fleas by animal control, they likely could have been brought straight home, said Gray, who supports measures like a county of Clark recently passed. Ordinance prohibiting the sale of animals in pet stores to alleviate some of the contributions.

The development came as the City of Las Vegas was set to discuss the state of the shelter at 655 N. Mojave Road on October 19 amid reports of unrest and ‘disgusting’ conditions in the area. dog welcome. Councilor Victoria Seaman raised concerns after making a surprise visit which she described as an inspection earlier this month.

Gray previously told the Review-Journal that Seaman’s visit was a “political stunt.”

Seaman beat Gray for his seat on the board in 2019.

Review of “Inspection”

At the last town council meeting, two other council members criticized Seaman’s visit to the shelter, with councilor Michele Fiore decrying the so-called inspection.

“I want to urge anyone in our city, in our council, if they feel there’s a problem, maybe volunteer, put on sneakers, gloves and volunteer,” he said. she told the board Wednesday without naming Seaman. “Rather than doing stuff, I think we need to focus more on volunteering.”

Fiore said Monday that she and her staff helped clean and disinfect kennels in the intake area.

“When we talk about volunteering,” she said, “instead of complaining and being part of the problem, come here with us and be part of the solution. These animals need you.

Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, whose neighborhood includes the shelter, had criticized Seaman for bypassing city staff and unexpectedly visiting the shelter earlier this month.

She said Monday she wanted the best outcome for the foundation, which in 2020 received $4.7 million in fees and government contracts with Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County, according to Financial Reporting. The foundation said the funds cover about a third of its overall budget, noting that the contracts cover legal holdbacks for animals found or taken from people.

“We’re coming together,” Diaz said, noting that there is help out there for pet owners who are considering surrendering their pets. “We come together as a community to overcome these challenges,” she added.

North Las Vegas City Councilman Richard Cherchio called on both sides to put their differences aside while lawmakers seek longer-term solutions.

“We can agree to disagree on how things should be done in the future,” he said. “But right now we should all agree that the most important thing is to take care of our animals.”

The foundation said it is waiving guidance and other requirements for those who wish to temporarily foster some of the less needy animals. More information may be available at animalfoundation.com or 702-384-3333.

Contact Ricardo Torres-Cortez at [email protected] Follow @rickytwrites on Twitter.

In Brief: Fall Festivals, Fundraisers, and More in the South Hills


autumn festival

The Baldwin Township Fall Festival will be held October 1 from noon to 3 p.m. in Armstrong Park. There will be food, games, bouncy houses, a pumpkin patch and other activities for the kids. The Castle Shannon Fire Department will be there to offer advice on touch trucks and fire safety, and the Baldwin Township Police Department will offer information on safe tips or treatments. For more information, visit www.baldwintownship.com.

FosterCat Fundraiser

FosterCat Inc.’s Catnip Bingo fundraiser is even being held at Salvatore’s, 5001 Curry Road in Baldwin on October 16th. Doors open at noon. All proceeds from the event go directly to support cat rescue, cat care, foster care and adoption.

With your ticket purchase, you will be eligible to win cash prizes and bingo game door prizes. Other fun activities include a 50/50 raffle, strip tickets and a Chinese auction for truly cat-tastic prizes! Earn local restaurant gift cards and other great items. Fresh baked goods (including cat-themed cookies and more) will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $45 each and include 10 bingo games (six cards per game) and a full hot buffet lunch including dessert and a drink. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. There are three ways to buy tickets: visit Fostercat.org to buy tickets online; call 412-481-9144 to purchase tickets; or email [email protected] to request tickets. If you call or email, please provide your name, address, phone number and ticket number.


LifeSpan, a non-profit serving the 60+ population in southwestern Allegheny County, is sponsoring its eighth annual Ca$htoberfest, an evening of fun, entertainment and lots of ways to win a lot of money !

The event takes place October 14 at Salvatore’s, 5001 Curry Road in Baldwin, for a buffet dinner, beer, dancing, karaoke and plenty of chances to win. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person with two chances to win per ticket. Dial 412-464-1300 ext. 152 for ticket information or more information.

Homeownership Education Forum

Allegheny County Comptroller Corey O’Connor will host a community town hall to share information and resources with residents about the property appeals process in Brentwood. The event is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. on October 18 at the Brentwood Civic Center on Park Drive.

autumn festival

The Baldwin Borough Fall Festival will be held from 3-7 p.m. on October 8 at the Borough Building on Churchview Avenue. The second annual event will feature music from DJ Marky Mark 412, a hanging scavenger, cookie decorating, pumpkin patch, henna tattoos, hot apple cider and more. Penn Brewery will be on hand with beers, cider and food. For more information about the free event, visit baldwinborough.org.

shoe training

Beth El Congregation of the South Hills is holding a shoe drive through October 6th. Donations of lightly worn, new and used shoes will be collected at 1900 Cochran Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All donated shoes will be redistributed to partner microenterprises through Funds2Orgs. , a for-profit social enterprise, and used in developing countries to enable poor people to start their own businesses. For more information, visit bethencong.org.

Business Women’s Network

Members of the Women’s Business Network can take advantage of networking with other businesswomen in the region, continuing professional education and leadership opportunities. All professional women are invited to visit a local meeting as guests; learn more at wbninc.com

The next Pittsburgh West chapter meetings are at 1 p.m. October 4 and 18 at Creative DIY Workshop, LLC, 535 Clever Road, McKees Rocks. For more information, contact Lori Altmeyer at 412-403-2600.

The South Hills Chapter will meet at 8 a.m. on October 6 and 20, at Panera Bread, The Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon. For more information, contact Serena King at 412-841-3007.

The next Mount Lebanon chapter meetings will be at 8:30 a.m. on October 11 and 25 at Panera Bread, The Galleria, 1500 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon. For more information, contact Sarann ​​Fisher at 412-571-5714 ext. 226.

The McMurray Chapter will meet at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 5 and 19 at King’s Family Restaurant, Route 19, Canonsburg. For more information, contact Nina McKnight at 724-747-4260.

The virtual chapter is holding meetings via Zoom at 7 p.m. on October 5 and 19. For more information, contact Jennifer Pasquale at 412-908-1663.

Problem in cat heaven? – Campus hours


Istanbul: a city of mosques, churches, cobblestone roads, steep hills and narrow streets, ferry crossings and seagulls, a bridge between new and old, ancient and modern. Sitting atop the throne of this preserved realm is the street cat. Part spotted and striped, part black and white, lean and positively chubby, the mighty street cat’s beauty is subtle, consistent, and reassuringly distinct. No two cats look like another, but together they create the vast ecosystem of fuzzy little troublemakers intertwined in the city’s landscape – an irreplaceable gem, a pleasant nuisance.

Due to the slippery nature of government regulations, one cannot really be sure of the population of street animals in the city – estimates range from 400,000 to 900,000. The majority of these street animals are cats, which is not at all surprising to anyone who has set foot in Istanbul for as little as a few hours. Cats are, without exaggeration, everywhere. At the bazaar, rested on the traditional carpets in a majestic spectacle of royalty; circling the terraces of quaint restaurants, playing their charm in exchange for leftover meals from tourists; huddled in store shelves with the beloved store owner stroking their fur; sleeping on metro turnstiles and public bus seats; and sometimes, with a stroke of luck, you’ll find one purring in your lap.

Suffice it to say, when I first moved to Turkey from the United States, I couldn’t help but stare at this inconceivable phenomenon. How can they occupy this whole city with such freedom and confidence, as if Istanbul belonged to them and we humans were only guests? Additionally, I found great fascination in how the townspeople coexisted with these furry friends. Feeding and sheltering these animals is not only banal, it is an undisputed duty. Cats and dogs live among us and are citizens of the city just as much as we are. Therefore, the fluffy ottoman blanket you’re trying to sell is also the ginger kitten’s birth bed. The butcher offers meat, the café owner offers slices of cheese and chicken, and the well-meaning old lady offers bread soaked in milk.

The municipality also participates in the care of these street animals. The “collect, vaccinate, feed, release” policy is implemented in the hope of not only ensuring good health for the animals, but also regulating their ever-growing population, although the success of this method is questionable, as street animals are reproducing as quickly as ever . VetBus is a free ambulance service that, when called, picks up street animals in need and transports them to veterinary clinics in Istanbul. Other times, animals in need of care will be kept in shelters.

In comparison, here in the United States, pets are privately owned and given a much more personal level of care. Rarely are our mercy and compassion extended so often to the thin, ragged cat we see stalking away from us in the dark. Animals on the street, near sewers, hidden behind bushes or trees – these creatures escape our white picket fences. If one wishes to provide care or shelter, they most often adopt the animal and make it part of their home, their family.

The ordinary Turkish citizen prioritizes the “freedom” of the street animal over its potential to receive more tightly regulated care as an owner. It’s ironic, given that it’s usually Americans who preach individual freedom, while Turks value close family ties and nagging, almost suffocating care. Here the roles seem to change as the Turks take on a collective and general responsibility to provide general food and shelter for the beloved and respected street animal without “disturbing its freedom by confining it within four walls”. As a result, animals are loved by many but only have relatively satisfactory means of subsistence which may be insufficient for a high quality of life. During this time, the American must form a closer personal bond with the animal before he can fully offer his time, care, and compassion. In return, the animal is pampered in the warmth and safety of home – not quite a member of the family but not quite a form of property.

The problem with Istanbul’s street animals is that there are far too many of them, and the by-products of street life such as disease and malnutrition are difficult to prevent on a large scale by the municipality. However, a Turk would find slaughtering an animal that cannot be cared for absolutely barbaric (and I agree)! The American, on the other hand, might argue that it’s bad treatment to keep an unfortunate animal alive, especially with raw shelter resources. But what determines an animal’s happiness? I believe the divide falls close to this question. For the Turks, a purring cat having its belly rubbed on the park bench is happy, regardless of the quality of its food or the potential mites in its fur. For the American, a cat is happy with Hill’s Science Diet in his stainless steel food bowl, and a four-story scratching post to mimic the naturally sought-after outdoor environment he can’t have. But hey, this cat will live 15 years on average. An Istanbul cat leads a hectic life that can end with just one momentarily reckless handler.

Small mammals neglected in LA shelters, volunteers say


When the Harbor Animal Care Center faced a food crisis in August, volunteer Jan Bunker logged on to Nextdoor to ask for donations.

“Hi, animal lovers! At Harbor Shelter in San Pedro, we are totally out of rabbit food and hay for rabbits and guinea pigs,” Bunker wrote.

His message received an outpouring of responses and strangers delivered hay – a necessity for rabbits and guinea pigs, which can quickly die if they go without food.

For Bunker and other critics, the food shortage was an example of how the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services neglects the smaller creatures it cares for.

Volunteers do most of the work of feeding and cleaning the cages of the thousands of rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters that pass through LA’s shelter system, several said.

With the city’s staffing shortages, the small mammals are struggling, volunteers and advocates say.

Bunker and seven other harbor shelter volunteers asked for help in a letter in August to Annette Ramirez, acting general manager of animal services.

“It seems that volunteers are exclusively used to clean the rabbit room and [city staff] are unassigned,” the letter read. “If no volunteers come in, the animals don’t seem to be checked for water, pellets or hay. Most mornings the volunteers are the first to ask for the door to be unlocked and the lights to be on to that hungry animals can be fed.

Jan Bunker monitors rabbits and guinea pigs at San Pedro Port Shelter.

(Dakota Smith/Los Angeles Times)

The letter also noted an “out of control” hamster situation, including “frequent escapes” and “impregnations due to difficulty in distinguishing the sexes.”

Volunteers at three other Los Angeles shelters also said caring for small mammals is largely their responsibility. They described spending their own money on lettuce and cilantro for animals and going to Petco for last-minute supplies. Other times they had to rely on animal rescue groups and donors for necessities such as cages.

“I’m furious,” said Bunker, 74, an artist and piano and voice teacher who volunteered for four years at the Harbor shelter. “We are the only ones taking care of them.”

Animal Services spokeswoman Agnes Sibal said the department does not ask volunteers to purchase items for the animals. Staff, she said, have the ability to order food through vendors.

Asked about the staff’s role with small mammals, Sibal said they were involved.

“LA Animal Services staff provide animal care throughout the day, during feedings, cage cleaning and daily animal monitoring,” she said.

Bunker disagreed with Sibal’s assertion, saying Harbor did not have employees assigned to monitor small mammals.

Bunker said city staff told her on Friday that she couldn’t return to the shelter until she re-signed a form outlining the rules for volunteers.

Department officials did not immediately respond to questions about Bunker.

With approximately 300 employees, the department relies heavily on volunteers to feed animals, walk dogs, oversee adoptions, do laundry and more.

Staff absences hamper this system. On September 17, Juan Rivera, Director of Volunteer Programs, asked volunteers to come in following an outbreak of COVID-19 at Harbor and West Valley shelters.

“We have reduced staff from both sites by 20 for at least six days and up to 9 more days until [staff] are starting to test negative,” Rivera wrote in an email to the volunteers.

City protocol allows employees to self-quarantine for 10 days if exposed in the workplace to someone with COVID-19. The policy states that employees are not required to be tested during the quarantine period.

At some animal shelters, staff may be tasked with supervising small mammal rooms, but volunteers said employees are rarely seen in these areas.

There’s “a feeling that, well, if you don’t, they won’t be taken care of,” said a small mammals volunteer, who like others, requested anonymity to speak freely. conditions in shelters. “Without us, without volunteers there…the animals would definitely die.”

Sibal, the Animal Services spokesperson, said that when “volunteers tell staff of a problem, it is resolved by supervisors and staff”.

At the harbor shelter, the hamsters were moved to a separate room after volunteers sent their letter to Ramirez.

On a recent morning, screams greeted Bunker as she ducked into cages with guinea pigs. She was there to clean the cages.

She threw away the soiled newspaper and used water and vinegar to wipe down the floors and walls of a rabbit hutch. She replaced the cardboard and the straw mats, filled the water bottle and slipped some lettuce into the cage.

A guinea pig sits in a cage at an animal shelter.

A guinea pig at the Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center in South Los Angeles.

(Melissa Gomez/Los Angeles Times)

For the year ending August, the department received nearly 700 rabbits in all of its shelters, an increase of 52% over the same period last year. Statistics on the guinea pigs aren’t available on the city’s website, but rescue groups estimate there are more than 80 at shelters – significantly more than in previous years and an indication that people are returning animals that were adopted at the start of the pandemic.

“All animals housed under the city’s protective cloak should have their basic needs met,” said LA Guinea Pig Rescue volunteer Claire Badener, who visits city shelters about once a week. “The training of staff in the care of small animals is insufficient.”

She said she saw accidental breeding — males and females mistakenly put in the same cage — in the small mammal room. She shared a photo, taken in August by a West Valley shelter volunteer, of what appeared to be maggots in a guinea pig cage.

Volunteer Queenie Chen, who runs an Instagram page that highlights small animals, claimed in a post that four litters of hamsters were euthanized shortly after birth.

In one case, according to Chen’s Instagram page, volunteers found a “forgotten” hamster in a trash can under a box in a storage room at the West Valley shelter.

Chen declined to be interviewed. Sibal did not respond to a question about the allegations.

On a recent morning, a Times reporter visiting the small mammal room at the Chesterfield Square shelter in South Los Angeles found the lime-green ceiling and walls covered in a visible layer of dust and fur.

Cages of rabbits and guinea pigs lined the walls; other cages rested on the ground for lack of space. Notes posted on the cages by volunteers indicated when they were last cleaned.

Dr Gayle Roberts, a private practice veterinarian in Irvine, said animal services have a reputation for being ‘resource constrained’ and understaffed.

Roberts sees about 10 rabbits a week who have been transferred from animal services to be neutered. She also sees shelter animals that need medical attention.

Two male Animal Services rabbits who were put in the same cage – a mistake, as they will fight to the death – arrived recently. One had a shredded ear; the other’s eye was badly gouged out, she said.

“It takes an experienced person to handle a rabbit,” she said. “You really have to know what you’re doing.”

Alison Simard, spokesperson for Council Member Paul Koretz, who chairs a committee on animal issues, said Koretz’s office is working on a report that will address small mammals in shelters.

The councilman, a candidate for city comptroller, held two meetings this summer following a Times article about the conditions of dogs in city shelters.

Harrison Wollman, spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti, said the mayor’s office is working with Animal Services to recruit new staff and develop a budget request for additional staff next year.

Wollman said this summer that the city’s COVID-19 sick leave policies are being reviewed. He said on Friday he had no update on the policy changes.

Berkeley County adoption event draws attention to forgotten dogs


MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) — For the fourth year in a row, the Friends of Berkeley Animal Center hosted an adoption event and invited the public to see which dogs need homes at Cypress Gardens.

The event brought together dog lovers and community members to meet dogs, listen to music, grab food or drinks from vending stations, and learn more about what groups in the area are up to. to help animals.

Olivia Whitehurst, president of Friends of the Berkeley Animal Center, said the main goal of Saturday’s event was to bring together as many foster dogs from different organizations to hopefully be adopted.

“It’s a way of giving back to them,” Whitehurst said. “It’s about saying, bring your animals, let’s get them adopted. Berkeley Animal Center is also here with their dogs for adoption today. So we hope many animals will be saved here today.

Berkeley Animal Shelter Kennel Technician Thomas Hootman said they brought 15 dogs to the event for adoption and as of 2 p.m. Saturday, six dogs had been adopted.

“Sassy has been with us since June and when she left I had tears in my eyes,” Hootman said. “She’s been with us a long time and seeing this kind of dog, who is so great and has been here for so long? We’re not sure why she was ultimately adopted, but it warms the heart.

The event also saw city council members participate in the dunk tank, with proceeds going directly to the shelter. Whitehurst said after raising funds on Saturday, $1,000 can go directly to buying animal supplies.

“We have been in a state of emergency for a long time; we just have too many dogs,” Hootman said. “To have an event like this where we can actually be exposed, especially with you know, Cypress Gardens being free for the county. There are plenty of opportunities to find great families for great dogs.

Friends of Berkeley Animal Center said they are raising funds to make our Berkeley animal shelter the best it can be.

“This event continues long after me, we’re saving more animals every year and we’re becoming more aware,” Whitehurst said.