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|Saturday, November 28th, 2009|
So I'm sure all of you are aware of all Internet traditions and you know what Serious Cat is. Thing is, I've seen this particular...deformity I guess you'd call it in other cats before, and my partner's mother even has a cat with that particular facial structure. Anyone know what it is or if it's genetic or how it's caused? Current Mood: curious
|Thursday, August 13th, 2009|
So my husband and I have two dogs. One is great. He just kinda exists and what not. However, the other is really in need of some work. Both were abused and abandoned so both are really attention needy and cry whenever you leave them. However, Rancher is severely fearful of people, extremely hyper, jumpy and constantly wants you attention. Both dogs do not like having their nails cut which is a problem since we have all wood floors. So another question would be, claw caps? How well do they work? We walk our dogs all the time since we do not have a fenced in yard. I don't think they'd last long with the cement.
I know how to do basic obedience but Rancher's problems I have not dealt with before. Also, any other tips would be greatly appreciated! Any information you need, just ask!
|Friday, July 17th, 2009|
Background: we have a male 5 year old lab and doberman or rottie mix named Shadow. He was adopted earlier this year from the local SPCA, before that he was with one other family (who had issues with their kid) and before that he was a stray.
We went to the vet's office that my mate's mother uses, and they want to charge us $105 a year, or $13 a pill for heartworm medication. To me, that's highway robbery and since my mate is now out of work and I'm facing an uncertain future in a month or two at my job—if the expense is not justified we can't do it.
I grew up around dogs—there was one in my parents' household from the day I was born. We always got heartworm pills, but then again for most of my life my parents' have been fairly well off and it was affordable. However, to listen to my father (who is now retired and thus handles some things he didn't before) the vet that they have gone to for 20 years is also highway robbery—even more so since their dog needs prescription diet food.
But my question to you folks is this—just what are
the heartworm risk factors? Shadow is an indoor pup, and rarely-if-ever around other dogs. He doesn't get table scraps and we feed him good dog food. My father told me I can get these same pills online at a more reasonable price (e.g. up to a 50% difference) but they require a prescription, something that our vet charges $11 for. I asked for one but this clearly didn't please the vet and I was given a lecture about online fraud. In the constant stress environment that was my last semester at school, I never filled the prescription and it got lost. Now that our income looks shakier than ever I can't shell out $13 a month if it's not absolutely necessary.
I love our dog and I don't want to see anything bad happen to him; however, I just have a sneaking suspicion that I'm being taken to the cleaners here. Thoughts? Current Mood: curious
|Wednesday, January 21st, 2009|
|Monday, January 19th, 2009|
A Letter from a Shelter Owner
a letter from a shelter manager
Date: 2008-12-16, 9:27PM CST
A Letter from a Shelter Manager
I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will.
First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know.
That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog".
Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.
Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".
First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.
I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!
Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT
|Tuesday, December 16th, 2008|
|Friday, October 31st, 2008|
*/Katie Hansen <firstname.lastname@example.org>/* wrote:
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:58:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Katie Hansen <email@example.com>
I am looking for four dogs that were dropped off at a shelter (
supposedly a no-kill shelter) in at least a three hour radius around
Park and Teller County on Oct. 28. There are two 4 year old pointer
lab mixes (about 45-55lbs), one black NM (Raven) and one brownish
SF (Mariah) and may be without collars, and two 7 year old larger
lab mixes (about 90-100lbs), one brindle NM (BooBoo) and one
redish/tan SF (Sasha) with a thyroid condition and may not currently
be on medication. There is a possibility they were separated and
dropped off at different shelters. Two of them are mine and two are
my mothers. They were with my dad who agreed to watch them at his
home in Florissant until the end of Febuary while we saved money and
looked for places with enough room for all of them. Without any
notice whatsoever he took them to a pound and refuses to tell me
where. These dogs mean the world to me and my mom, they have pulled
us through very hard times and we have been working very hard to
find places of our own were we can watch them romp and play. I will
do anything in my power to get them back. Please help. I am
currently in Fort Collins. I can be reached at 719-271-5897. I
would drop everthing to come get these dogs. I have attached
pictures of the dogs. Please contact me if you recognize any of
them, we love these dogs very much and the past few months without
them have been very hard. The thought of them in a shelter is
unbearable to me. I Have e-mailed this to as many shelters between
Pueblo and Denver as I can, any help in forwarding this to more
shelters and/or adoption centers would be appreciated, thank you.
I have the picture of all for of them, supposed they are in Wyoming somewhere.
if anyone can help and needs the photo, please email me and I'll send it to you.
|Monday, October 6th, 2008|
I'm new to the group. I am Kat. The creator of Halloween Cat Arts and Productions. Sada Aoko and Pumpkin Spicer are my two of three fursona's and are the "halloween cats". Sada I tend to roleplay more and is my more dominant fursona. She is a black and lime green Lybica (close ancestor to the European/Sicilian Wildcat). Pumpkin is her brother. He is black and orange. I'm also a novice fursuit crafter and anthro artist (any tips is well appreciated if you browse my fa page *plug* in my links section *end shameless plug*).
I have 2 sons. Lips and Tesaki. They are both black and white medium hair domestics tom cats. They are brothers of the same lil from my dearly departed Aiko.. Lips is very husky and silent and Tesaki is a slender, noisy boy.. Once I get decent pics of them or even video Ill definitely upload them on here :3
Hope to enjoy all of the posts :3
|Monday, September 1st, 2008|
this rescue I help, they rescue more than just Basset's and they could use any help. Current Mood: chipper
|Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008|
Alex says HI
A happy sheltie. We took the boys to a furmeet with a group of fellow local furs and they had a ball. My husband and I being vegetarians, the boys don't often get a chance for real meat and they LOVED it,hotdogs and burgers. He was a happy smiling boy.
*note- the dogs are NOT on a veg diet. I feed them Purina Salmon Beneful(for the time being, hoping to get better food for them soon)
|Wednesday, February 27th, 2008|
Rat friendly fabric?
My mom suggested (due to the fact I fursuit) that I start making little rat clothings! I googled and could not find anything so I thought this might be a cute thing to get involved in. The only issue is, what kind of cloth is 'rat friendly' meaning that a ratter won't get sick if he gets too embarrassed by his cute get-up and decides to chew it off.
Also, I got another rat, one of MoMo's old cage mates since Jui, my female, is being a mean little girly. He's an albino rat who is currently nameless.
|Tuesday, February 26th, 2008|
Basset Rescue of Montana Winter Raffle
I've been trying to help Leslie at Basset Rescue of Montana with the Winter Raffle, and I figured I'd ask all the Furre Pet Parents if they'd be willing to buy tickets or maybe post the flier of the raffle, if you are willing to post the flier, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll email you the flier. the link for the online version of the flier is at http://bassetrescueofmt.tripod.com/raffle.html
. I would be so grateful to any of the Furres if they'd post the flier and help with raising money for the kids at the rescue. She runs it by herself, and helps all kids find homes, not just basset's.
|Sunday, February 24th, 2008|
So, my garter snake recently died which freed up a tank. I figured, why not get a new rat? We went to the store and I saw this little boy and his odd markings and fell in love. He is still a little shy and unsure and I will get more pictures soon but for now, I only have this one.
He is nameless but I am thinking about calling him MoMo. Any ideas or suggestions? Also, what kinda rat do ya think he is? Is he a dalmatian?
|Sunday, February 10th, 2008|
|Tuesday, December 18th, 2007|
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our furry family to you and yours.
|Sunday, December 2nd, 2007|
Alex being OCD
This is my fiance and Is Sheltie,Alex. This is a typical outing. Each time we take him out he does this, looking for cars, when he spots one he goes faster. I have counted up to 200 of these circles before he potties.
This is NOTHING compared to the display he does when a train passes by. Vid of that later.
|Sunday, November 25th, 2007|
My boy is now 5yrs old. I dont know his real birthday so I count it when I got him and the vet thought he was about 2 in 2004.
Poor boy is already getting greyfaced.
Happy birthday Sunny boy. I love you.
|Friday, November 23rd, 2007|
|Sunday, November 4th, 2007|
I am a volunteer for Basset rescue of Montana, the wonderful woman who runs it and has been doing so for many years recently suffered a heart attack and could use any help. i do what i can with what limited resources and funds I have. I am posting this if anyone can donate time, or money to help her and the rescue, please contact her via the website.
here's the rescue's main page.http://bassetrescueofmt.tripod.com/
here's the listing on Petfindershttp://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MT11.html
and finally the listing on The Daily Droolhttp://www.dailydrool.com/rescue.html
her name is Leslie Ames, she rescues not only Basset's, and has to sweet German Shepherds that are deaf, but are the biggest loveys you'll ever meet.
I do what i can, but hope there's others that would be willing to help as well. Please pass this along, and anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. The wildfire called "The Black Cat" was across the street from the shelter and she was and is still trying to get the shelter back onto it's feet, sicne the federal government did not help out anyone that was affected by the wildfires, unlike all the help they've given california.