Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category
Grant$ for your pet-related endeavor$: www.maddiesfund.org/Grant_Giving.html
Please contact Britt7Britt2005@Aol.com if you can coordinate a dog transport from GA to Shreveport, LA.
www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57581800/non-profit-provides-food-stamps-for-pets/ about pet-food stamps: www.PetFoodStamps.org Provides free, home delivery of pet food to food-stamp recipients & low-income people & families across the United States. If you own a pet, are receiving food stamps or are in a low-income bracket, sign up to receive free monthly home delivery of your pet food www.PetFoodStamps.org. Donate to support the US’ only Pet Food Stamps program: www.PetFoodStamps.org & https://petfoodstamps.org/
Provides free, home delivery of pet food to food-stamp recipients &
Camden, DE: Contact 302-698-3006, x. 133 & R.Agnew@KCSPCA.org to rescue, foster, adopt one or more of the dogs &/or cats.
In Lubbock (northwest TX-area): $ave money when you get your beloved pet spayed / neutered: contact 806-763-0092 & HavenACS@GMail.com to request a referral form for $50 spay / neuter voucher program through veterinarians, other animal service organizations & from pet owners. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by Dr. Brenda Wilbanks & Haven staff. www.HavenACS.org
Navasota (Houston / southeast TX-area): Contact 936-825-6641 to rescue, foster, adopt one or more of the beautiful cat(s) &/or dog(s); adoption $10 with a signed spay/neuter contract; open 8a-5p daily & by appointment on weekends. Navasota Animal Shelter 1607 Nolan St.
Tell the Smithsonian to stop spreading junk science that will kill cats (the Humane Society of the United States & Alley Cat Allies have denounced the new study): http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2013/01/cats-wildlife-hsus-perspective.html
Do-not-adopt / Do-not-rescue / do-not-transport Class B dealers-by-state: www.dnapets.org
In Amarillo (northwest TX-area): Contact 806-336-1063 to rescue, foster, adopt &/or donate for horses’ welfare: e.g., two retired, working horses: 33-yr.-old gelding & 32-yr.-old mare. They depend upon each other & are still great pets for humans, dogs, etc.
Transport coordinator Judy Kirkpatrick TomAndJudy3015@ATT.Net & 573-683-2052 & 573-380-1189 All legs are F~L~E~X~I~B~L~E! 10 minutes added to each leg for transfer and potty breaks. All legs will be monitored. If you would like to volunteer only as BACKUP if the leg doesn’t fill, please indicate clearly on the email that you are volunteering only for BACKUP. We also appreciate offers for BACKUP if a leg is filled should an emergency occur. Please return leg being offered along with the information requested below. (If you’ve driven for me before, only update changed items.) Your NAME: Your PRIMARY EMAIL: ADDRESS: HOME CITY/STATE:
HOME PHONE: CELL PHONE: VEHICLE COLOR/MAKE/MODEL/TAG#: EMERGENCY CONTACT (NAME/PHONE NUMBER): REFERENCES (i.e. VET/RESCUE/PERSONAL/TRANSPORT COORDINATOR, ETC.): PREFERRED MEETING PLACE (beginning of leg): PREFERRED MEETING PLACE (end of leg):
IMPORTANT — ALL TRANSPORT DRIVERS
Please read everything to find out WHY we need to know who we are driving for and exactly what rescue organization all dogs are being sent to.
Drivers, don’t just sign up to help on a transport without doing your homework first. Click on the link below to see the tragic outcome of blindly signing up to drive a transport. Gone are the days where you can volunteer to drive (in blind faith) on any transport that just happens to land in your inbox.
If you are considering driving on a transport, make sure you know who the coordinator is. If you don’t recognize their name, ask around. Dig up information. Google their name and email address. You want to make sure you are driving for a reputable coordinator – one with integrity. Not some fly by night person posing as a coordinator who is going to use you to line her pockets as you unwittingly help send dogs into unthinkable situations.
Find out who this “coordinator” is – the rescue world is a small world – everybody knows everyone or at least knows about them. ASK AROUND before signing up to drive.
Another thing to look for….. if the name of the receiving rescue AND their website isn’t provided on the transport sheet for you to see, **RED FLAG**! Ask questions of the “coordinator” and do not let them off the hook without being provided with all the information you need to check into the receiving rescue. If the receiving rescue does not have a web page, that’s another RED FLAG! Google the name of the receiving rescue. Ask other people in rescue (and other coordinators whom you trust) about the receiving rescue.
Go to the receiving rescue’s web page. Read about their adoption policies, etc. Do they spay/neuter BEFORE they adopt out? Do they interview and do background & reference checks on potential adopters? Or is it simply “cash and carry”? Do they seem genuinely in it for the dogs….or do you get the impression they are more interested in the adoption fee? Where are the rescued dogs living as they wait to be adopted–in foster homes or in a barn or a shed on their property? Look at the pictures of the dogs on their site. Do they look happy and in good shape? Look at the images in the background of the pictures – do you see things like crates stacked on top of crates – or tons of clutter and crap?
You could even take it a step further and email the receiving rescue and ask them to provide the name, address and phone number of the vet they use. Then, contact the clinic and ask them if they would recommend this rescue group? You’d be surprised what you can find out when you do this.
Finally, ask yourself….WOULD I SEND A DOG I LOVE TO THIS RESCUE?
If the receiving rescue is simply the name of a person – RED FLAG!! Don’t drive the transport!! ONLY DRIVE TRANSPORTS FOR ESTABLISHED RESCUE GROUPS WITH UPSTANDING REPUTATIONS. PERIOD!
Also, please don’t automatically cross post transport run sheets unless you have deemed it a safe and worthy transport. In other words, read through the run sheet first paying attention to the name of the coordinator and the receiving rescue. Don’t pass it along if you see any red flags. If you’re not sure whether something is a red flag, contact a coordinator you trust and find out.
If anything makes you uneasy about the transport – DO NOT VOLUNTEER TO DRIVE and speak up!
There are evil people out there just waiting to get their hands on FREE DOGS! Especially when the dogs can now be delivered right to their door step!
Please know who you are driving for and where the pups are going.
Please, please, please critically evaluate transports that you volunteer to drive for by looking at clues in the transport request/run sheet. There was an unaltered dog being moved across I-40 (west to east) recently that was destined for a “private adopter.” There is no evidence that the receiving party has been screened and there is no local rescue organization involved in the destination city 2,000 miles away. In addition, the dog has not been spayed.
These red flags should lead you to ask more questions of those organizing the run and find out why these details haven’t been addressed. Everyone wants to help a shelter dog, but please ask yourself if such a move is truly in the best interest of the animal. As cruel as it sounds, there really is a fate much worse than euthanasia in a shelter.
All the details of a responsible transport should be transparent to the volunteer drivers to protect them from helping a dog into a fate worse than death. Feel free to share this note or message me with any questions you may have.
The purpose of this document is to help rescues with guidelines to run their rescues responsibly & ethically for the benefit of the animals in their care.
1. All cats, dogs & male rabbits are spayed / neutered before adoption.
2. Potential adopters are screened through applications & home visits. If they are renting, the landlord is also contacted to insure the pet is allowed (we recommend getting the approval in writing.)
3. Adopters sign a contract insuring the pet will be properly taken care of & never abused or used for illegal purposes.
4. Rescues need to know their financial & emotional limits so they do not take on more than they can handle. It is unethical to take on an animal you do not have the funds to provide proper veterinary care, even in the case of an emergency. Reputable rescues should have a reserve fund &/or a relationship with a veterinarian that will allow them to hold a balance for an emergency situation. Balances should be paid off in a timely matter, so that the rescue does not lose their relationship with their veterinarian.
5. A rescue license should be used for the rescue listed on the license only. In most states, including GA, it is illegal to allow an individual or unlicensed group to use your rescue license to pull an animal from a county shelter. The practice of allowing people to use your license defeats the purpose of a licensing system.
6. Rescues should not be run for profit. All rescues should be incorporated, & it’s ideal if they obtain nonprofit 501(c)3 status so that donations are tax deductible. It is very unethical to lie about being a 501(c)3.
7. Animals should be kept in clean, comfortable conditions with ample room to move around & access to fresh water & food. Animals should be provided with human interaction & dogs given potty breaks. The conditions should be better than animal control which is only a temporary holding facility. It is important that animals’ emotional needs are met & that they get plenty of human interaction so that the rescue can give useful information to adopters about the animals temperament.
8. Disease outbreaks should be taken very seriously & reported to a licensed veterinarian for the proper protocol. All animals exposed or in the same home, need to be quarantined. Intake of new animals should be stopped until the outbreak is completely cleared, & the veterinarian deems it safe to bring in new animals.
9. Rescues need to know when an animal is better off being humanely euthanized. Every rescuer needs to understand we cannot save them all in order to be a responsible rescuer. No one wants to have an animal euthanized, but sometimes it has to be done. If an animal is suffering for medical reasons & cannot be treated, that animal should be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian. Unadoptable, human aggressive dogs need to be humanely euthanized, not warehoused or adopted out.
10. Rescues need to evaluate animals before taking them in to make sure they are a good candidate for adoption. Taking in unadoptable animals leads to warehousing &/or hoarding of animals, which is no life for the animals. They also need to examine the animal & take in to account any possible health issues & determine if they have appropriate funds to care for the animal. Pulling animals sight unseen is irresponsible.
11. Rescues should always be honest & upfront to adopters about an animal’s temperament, health, & if they have any issues. This will help prevent returned animals. Rescues should also be honest about common issues with certain breeds. Breed-specific rescues should provide even more honest information about their breed. A rescue is better off talking someone out of adopting a dog rather than talking them into it in order to prevent an animal being returned.
12. A rescue should always respond to adopters if they have questions about the dog they adopted. The rescue should offer guidance & resources to help the adopter if they are having difficulties with their new pet. If the adopter no longer wants the pet, the rescue should take the pet back. If they do not have room for the pet, they need to stop taking in more animals until they can take the returned animal back.
13. Rescues should not rely on boarding to house the pets in their care. It is understandable if a rescue has to board animals every once in awhile because of unforeseen circumstances, but in the meantime, they should not be taking on anymore animals until they no longer have animals in boarding. Even with a discount, boarding fees can add up quickly & drain a rescue’s fund. Also, animals kept in boarding for long periods of time tend to decline emotionally & develop temperament & even health issues.
14. Rescues need to keep organized records of each animal they take in. These records should include their intake paperwork, spay / neuter record, rabies certificate, vaccine history, any other medical records, adoption application & adoption contract.
15. Most rescues rely on foster homes. Foster homes should be screened through an application & a home inspection. They need to be near the rescue because it’s vital that the rescue be able to check in on them regularly. Rescues should offer full support for their foster homes, including providing all supplies, vetting & advice. Foster homes should also foster for only one rescue at a time.
16. If a rescue has to suddenly get rid of the majority of dogs in their care &/or has to reach out to the rescue community to take the dogs in their care, it is irresponsible & unethical for them to continue to take on more dogs. After they have adopted &/or transferred out all the dogs in their care, they should respectfully shut their doors.
Feral Cats & the Public: A Healthy Relationship: www.AlleyCat.org/page.aspx?pid=937 In Middle River, MD: Donate via https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7SlGa to help a feral-cat colony, that has been the target of uncaring property manager who has hired a company to trap & kill all feral cats. We need to relocate them to a farm but the farm requires $100 per cat (to pay for food & vet updates). All cats are being vetted at our expense, but we don’t have enough money to cover the costs of the farm fee. from CHERYL.L.JANISZEWSKI@usace.army.mil
Texas Tech University / Student Government Association’s Feral Cat Program: https://TechFeral.WordPress.com thanks to Kristen.T.Roberts@TTU.edu & Student Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu or text 281-782-9073 if you are willing to volunteer with the Texas Tech University Student Government Association-approved organization (6-’12) in Lubbock / northwest TX-area to oversee the on-campus feral-cat colony, that is in need of upkeep. ‘The Humane Society of West Texas (www.HumaneSocietyOfWestTexas.org & HSWT.org@GMail.com or 806-799-PETS ; P.O. Box 67645 or 5106 Ave. T; Lubbock 79424)partners with devoted TTU students in order to trap, neuter /spay & release TTU cats, as well as maintain feeding stations throughout campus. Opportunities to be of service to feline Red Raider residents on campus: help with the daily or weekly refreshing of feral-cat feeding stations across campus; also, on-campus, feral-cat program within the TTU System at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX: www.kstanley.com/ASUCats/index.html Relocation of TTU feral cats beginning June ’13: MWilkinson@MHBG.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; MaryVHatfield@SuddenLink.Net; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; TimmerJ3@Gmail.com; email@example.com;
TTU weekly-feeding volunteers are encouraged to negotiate their own volunteer schedule & feeding-station assignments. Volunteers will be provided with no-charge, start-up supplies, on-site training & sacks of cat food (upon request). Semester- or summer-long volunteers are preferred (due to start-up costs & flexibility of scheduling). Benefits to volunteers: Independent, systematic work experience to add to your resume; Resume & job-search related consultancy services, upon request; Letters of recommendation for career &/or graduate/professional-school admissions, upon request; Opportunities to recruit friends, classmates or organizations to join you in this activity; & quiet gratitude from Texas Tech’s feline residents who help control the disease-carrying rodent population. To volunteer-feeders for figuring out their preferred ways to organize their feeding/watering/cleaning supplies: 11, one-gallon jugs of fresh water – to empty, clean & replenish cats’ drinking water; two plastic containers with handles for cats’ crunchy food (converted from cat-litter containers into crunchy-food containers) – to replenish stale, bug-ridden or dirty food supply; bug spray – to repel insects such as mosquitoes & fire ants — while tending feeding stations; window cleaner & paper towels/rags/broom/wide-sweep brush: to clean feeding & watering containers &/or weather-proof covering; cat- & bird-friendly bug spray to squirt around the station to keep bugs out of food & water & to keep them from biting cats eating or drinking there; one plastic sack for trash, stale cat food or litter around the feeding/watering stations. Providing (for those who are willing & financially able to do so) for new volunteers: a set of starter supplies: window cleaner, broom, paper towels, plastic bags, insect repellant, sack of cat food, a three-page document (through Luaren.Sanderson@TTU.edu from Alice.White@TTU.edu & Alice.V.White@GMail.com) with How-To e-document with suggestions:
- Volunteering to trap, neuter & return (TNR) feral cats on the Texas Tech University campusin Lubbock, Texas — at no cost to Texas Tech. Texas Tech’s managed (TNR), non-producing feral cat colonies eliminate rodents, yowling, fighting, & spraying; eliminate incoming, reproducing, unvaccinated stray cats; & eliminate the expense of trapping & euthanizing Texas Tech’s long-time feline residents. Alice will provide you with low-cost Humane Society spay/neuter/vaccination/vouchers @$67 so that when you trap TTU cats/kittens
- Taking trapped cat(s) directly to Acres North (5205 13th St.: SW corner of Slide & 13th: www.LubbockMap.com & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd.: SW corner of Slide & 79th & 806-794-4543);
- Dropping off cat(s) for spay-neuer surgery, rabies vaccination & ear-tip notch (to alert folks that the cat is healthy)
- Picking up cat(s) the next day &
- Releasing cat(s) back
- Borrowing a cat trap & providing you with no-charge Humane Society vouchers so that you may help cats in your yard/neighborhood. When you trap cats/kittens
- Taking them directly to Acres North (5205 13th St.: SW corner of Slide & 13th: www.LubbockMap.com & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd.: SW corner of Slide & 79th St. & 806-794-4543);
- Dropping them off
- Picking them up the next day &
- Releasing them back (or work with Alice to get kittens into the Humane Society foster/adoption system). Cats/kittens released to become barn cats must be kept securely & exclusively … & fed & watered daily inside of the barn for 4 full weeks. Only barns with donkeys will be safe for cats/kittens (because donkeys kill predators).
- Low-cost vouchers @$67 from the Humane Society include the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/vaccinated). Contact 806-799-PETS or HWST.org@GMail.com for HSWT pet-wellness appointments: 5106 Ave. T (www.LubbockMap.com). Donations to HSWT (to pay for the cost of vouchers) are welcomed.
Order live traps @$65: Tomahawk Live Traps, www.LiveTrap.com or 800 272-8727
300+ cats on campus have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated & then re-released. Maintenance of feeding stations allows volunteers to identify newcomers or ill cats. Feral kittens that are caught on campus are socialized & then adopted into loving homes. Helpful TTU Feral Cat Program partners: Human & Environmental Health & Safety: Timmy.Riojas@TTU.edu or 806-742-3876; Cliff.Harris@TTU.edu; Paul.Cotter@TTU.edu (806-742-3876 or 806-281-4780); TTU Housing facilities: Mark.McVay@TTU.edu; TTU Plant & Facilities VP Sam.Bennett@TTU.edu is TTU/feral-cat champion & his helpful team members: Charles.Leatherwood@TTU.edu & Gene.Gibson@TTU.edu or 806-742-3801 for arranging for trimming of West Hall bushes – to allow easy, comfortable access for volunteers; TTU Plumbing Gary.Green@TTU.edu (806-742-3308 or 742-1308) for rescuing kittens on campus; Joel.Perez@TTU.edu or 806-742-3470; Shannon Hutchinson & Douglas Haynes/TTU Civil Engineering shop: 806-789-7454 to cut openings in the plastics tubs that cover the feeding stations & to help with live-trapping Holden Hall cats/kittens; Bonnie.Morris@TTU.edu at Walls-Gates Residence Hall – to post notices for volunteers; & Emily.Marler@TTU.edu or 314-496-7916 for Sigma Alpha/TTU Sisters in Agriculture volunteer(s); or call 806-785-2331 for recruiting day-a-week/student- & other-volunteer caretakers for feral-cat feeding stations.
- Feral cat feeding-station(s) volunteers for Feeding Stations: Volunteers neededfor Mondays, Tuesdays,Wednesdays, Thursdays; MWilkinson@MHBG.com & Michael.Grainge@TTU.edu or 713-254-9145 (Fridays: Mary Ann, 9 feeding stations & Michael: Wall/Gates; Saturdays & Sundays. Also, Art Bldg. Mondays & Wednesdays; & Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2 @ West Hall & Holden Hall during the fall ’12 semester: Sarah.McKeown@TTU.edu or 903-675-1230. Beverley Nichols (Jake.Beverley@SBCGlobal.Net & 806-792-1983) the go-to person for kittens & appreciates donations. She gives excellent care to baby cats. And Nancy McCutchen & her sister feed/rescue TTUHSC feral cats @ S. Quaker & Loop 289: 806-632-0527 or 806-281-9953. More, helpful cat-lovers: Robin Bingham (RN.Bingham@TTU.edu & 806-742-2976; Krista at 806-549-8807; Kathryn.Terrell@TTU.edu has cat trap to help with Trap/Neuter/Release. Gail Anderson (former 3-1-1 call center for City of Lubbock): Lubbock_Gail@Yahoo.com or 806-252-4382 weekly donating jug of feral cat food.
*www.HSWT.WordPress.com & HSWT.org@GMail.com or 806-799-PETS. Humane Society of West Texas’ Wellness Clinic by appointment (J.Rudine@TTU.edu) on Tuesdays / 5106 Ave. T.; Lubbock (www.LubbockMap.com), 6p.
4-8-’13 from TX Tech Feral Cat Program Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu to Dominique.de-Haro@TTU.edu; MargoYoung@Becknell.com; Jaykob.Emanuel@TTU.edu; Katrina.Keilman@TTU.edu; Lauren.Raynes@TTU.edu; Sarah.J.Jackson@TTU.edu; Carissa.Garcia@TTU.edu; Katlynn.Leonard@TTU.edu; David.de-Luna@TTU.edu; Kristina.Mayer@TTU.edu; Melissa.Rafferty@TTU.edu; Athena.Baumann@TTU.edu
Thank you for expressing interest in participating in the upkeep of our feral cat colony at Texas Tech. A few of you have asked for more information on this organization.
The organization requires you participate in feedings or trapping in order to stay an active member. Feedings are on a preferred weekly schedule, but if you would like to form a group that feeds biweekly this is fine – as long as the stations are refreshed as promised. We have eleven feeding stations. Feeders must be trained before they can participate.
Training periods are on Friday. It should last until around 7:30p. Meet at the TTU Student Union Building near the staff parking lot – close to the side where the SUB is next to the library at the metal book man sculpture. You will visit all of the stations & learn about the safety involved with feral cats. At the end of this meeting, you will be able to sign up for a station. Melanie is leaving at the end of the semester, & we are looking for a highly dedicated volunteer to take over her position as feeding chair.
Trapping requirements are that trappers TNR at least one cat per month, more preferred. I will provide the traps & vouchers, all you need to do is set the trap up at night, come back in the morning to pick up & deliver to a participating veterinarian, pick up the next day & drop off in original location! I will provide training when you receive the first trap – it should only take a few minutes. If you want to know more about the TNR process, feel free to ask me questions.
We have other various volunteer opportunities that can be substituted through the Humane Society of West Texas. These include bringing fosters to adoption events or health clinics or fostering kittens yourself.
If you would like a leadership opportunity, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly. Some various positions that are open : Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Webmaster, Feeding Chair. If you have any ideas on how to raise money or help the cats in any way, we are always open to ideas!
Our most needed volunteers are in fundraising/pr. We would like to set a booth up at the sub, perhaps alongside the Humane Society to raise funds for both organization. Food costs $2,600+ a year, & we are running low.
We are on orgsync – please request membership. https://orgsync.com/54555/chapter
If you would like to be apart of the facebook group, add me on facebook, & I’ll send you an invite. NOTE: if you are not using a ttu email address, it will not let me invite you until you verify you are from Tech. You can change your email in settings. www.facebook.com/lauren.sanderson.100
Thank you again for your willingness to help the feral colony! Feel free to ask me any questions at all. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Also, Sign petition to save lives of feral & stray cats: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50710/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6911
Sign petition to save lives of feral & stray cats: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50710/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6911
Donate to The Animal Center in memory of the deceased children & adults: www.theanimalcenter.org/donate.htm from HART volunteer & foster, Courtney (thank you, Courtney!): I was just watching this clip, & Anderson Cooper mentions that one of the little girls who died in Newtown, Catherine Hubbard, loved animals & her family has asked that donations be made to the local animal shelter in lieu of flowers (skip to 2:50 for the bit on Catherine): www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#/video/bestoftv/2012/12/17/ac-remembers-sandy-hook-victims.cnn
Rescues for blind dogs & some blind cats: www.Blind.PetFinder.com