Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category

Sign cat petition: http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2013/01/cats-wildlife-hsus-perspective.html

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

List of Do-Not-Adopt, Do-Not-Rescue, Do-Not-Transport dealers

Do-not-adopt / Do-not-rescue / do-not-transport Class B dealers-by-state:  www.dnapets.org

Horses in Texas

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.

Get pet transport-related advice from expert: TomAndJudy3015@ATT.Net & 573-683-2052 & 573-380-1189

 Transport coordinator  Judy Kirkpatrick  TomAndJudy3015@ATT.Net 573-683-2052573-380-1189   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 FLAGGoogle 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.

Responsible animal rescue: Code of Ethics

www.facebook.com/notes/coalition-for-animal-rescue-reform/responsible-animal-rescue-code-of-ethics/479033015471445?comment_id=5128613&notif_t=note_comment

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.

Texas Tech Feral Cat Program & additional, successful campus feral-cat programs

Feral Cats & the Public:  A Healthy Relationship:  www.AlleyCat.org/page.aspx?pid=937   In Middle River, MDDonate 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

Stanford University, CAhttp://catnet.stanford.edu/  Thanks to Dr. Maggie.Durham@TTU.edu

Stony Brook University, NY:    https://www.facebook.com/SBU  thanks to Shelley.Kemp@TTU.edu at Texas Tech University Independent School District; 806-834-3716 & 1-800-692-6877

Texas Tech University / Student Government Association’s Feral Cat Programhttps://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 [7387]; 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 campushelp 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, TXwww.kstanley.com/ASUCats/index.html  Relocation of TTU feral cats beginning June ’13:   MWilkinson@MHBG.commaggie.durham@ttu.edu; MaryVHatfield@SuddenLink.Netlauren.sanderson@ttu.edurachel.marcum@ttu.eduTimmerJ3@Gmail.comemily.marler@ttu.edu

kirk.robinson@ttu.edumichael.galyean@ttu.edu; GTorres@Mail.Ci.Lubbock.TX.US;

gtorres@mylubbock.uslonnie.evans@ttu.edumike.quartaro@ttu.eduCLIFF.HARRIS@ttu.edu

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:

Save feral cats on the Texas Tech University campus & in your yard/neighborhood

Contact TTU Feral Cat Program / Student Organization:  https://TechFeral.WordPress.com thanks to Kristen.T.Roberts@TTU.edu & Student Pres. Lauren.Sanderson@TTU.edu about

  • 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 & 13thwww.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 & 13thwww.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 & SundaysAlso, 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.comJaykob.Emanuel@TTU.eduKatrina.Keilman@TTU.eduLauren.Raynes@TTU.eduSarah.J.Jackson@TTU.eduCarissa.Garcia@TTU.edu; Katlynn.Leonard@TTU.eduDavid.de-Luna@TTU.edu;  Kristina.Mayer@TTU.edu; Melissa.Rafferty@TTU.eduAthena.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.

Requirements

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 (lauren.sanderson@ttu.edu) 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!

Sign petition to save lives of feral & stray catshttp://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50710/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6911

Memorial donation$ to Newtown, CT Animal Center

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

Adoptable special-needs Pets

Rescues for blind dogs & some blind cats: www.Blind.PetFinder.com

www.SpecialNeedsPets.org/misclink.htm

Handicapped Pets:  www.HandicappedPets.com & 603-673-8854 & email:  hpphoto@HandicappedPets.com to post adoptable-pet announcements

Blind Dogswww.BlindDogs.com/blind_dogs.htm  email / join: Blinddogs-subscribe@YahooGroups.com  & www.BlindDogs.net & http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blinddogs

How Waco, TX, Animal Shelter & Animal-Rescue groups collaborate to save animals

How Waco, TX, Animal Shelter & Animal-Rescue groups collaborate to save animals:

1) Waived Fees For Rescue Groups – We were told Rescue Groups will NOT have to “pay to pull.” (This was probably the loudest – but still civil – part of the meeting, “Animal rescues don’t buy animals!”) Therefore, the City of Waco agreed to waive the proposed vaccination fee for rescues: $5 for cat & $15 for dog. WAIVED!

2) Access to D Building – MARC still pushed for Kennel Walkers to have access to D Building. Mr. Groth explained that the City wants to get things up and running, but that he would be open to this idea.

3) Humane Society will continue to send rescue groups the Aging List of Animals (animals on the adoption floor at the facility whom are nearing their 30-day stay), but instead of 27 days, they will date it to 25 days (giving rescue groups two (2) extra days to work on saving).

4) Humane Society will post intake animals to their HSCT Facebook page so MARC-KW and other rescue groups can look, and “tag if no reclaim.” This will be done on Day 1. This will be for all animals, unless the animal is truly in a devastating state (most likely to be humanely euthanized).

5) Rescue Coordinator – There are still no plans to have a City staff rescue coordinator, but we did discuss the seriousness of the rescue coordinator’s role to this entire process. Critical!

6) Rescue List – Mr. Groth is encouraging information sharing, so our rescue groups will compile a comprehensive, collective list of rescue groups for the Humane Society, and will submit to Larry Groth (and for ourselves!).

7) Rescue Guidelines – Humane Society has released a 1-page “Rescue Guidelines.” It’s pretty routine, and I’m sure will be readily available to anyone.

8 ) We will all meet back with the City in about two months (Feb. 2013), and will schedule quarterly meetings after that to discuss progress, accomplishments, concerns, etc. At some point, the Waco Animal Welfare Advisory Board may take over the City’s role of meeting quarterly with our animal welfare/rescue groups.

9) Additionally, the Waco Animal Alliance made an invitation to the Humane Society to join in our No-Kill efforts. Our goal is to have a meeting in January 2013.

10) Spay/neuter of all shelter animals prior to adoption was addressed, and Happy Endings offered to help the City in this area with their own vet, as well as with after-hours emergency cases. Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats was also mentioned. However, since today’s focus was mostly on the rescue aspect, those issues will be addressed in more detail at a future meeting.

11) Gloria, the (City) kennel manager, was recognized for her efforts to improve the shelter’s cleaning and disease-control protocols.

Our mutual goal is to decrease the number of animals entering the shelter (spay/neuter, TNR, PASS, Lost & Found, etc) as well as getting them out alive once they’re there (owner reclaims, adoption, rescue, etc).

Every animal welfare/rescue group, to include the Waco Animal Alliance members and all the other rescue groups in the McLennan County area, AND the volunteers, fosters, donors and supporters of these groups, have a vital role in the success of these efforts.

Donate to feline-leukemia Cat Sanctuary in Catskills, NY

ASLAN’S CATS SANCTUARY     486 WEST MAIN STREET   Catskills, NY 12414:   http://aslanscats.org/cms/

Aslan’s Cat Sanctuary is a HOME for cats who have been diagnosed with Feline Leukemia. Historically most cats diagnosed with this dreaded disease were euthanized on the spot.  With education, new treatments & further understanding of this condition, some people have come to be willing to give these innocent & often healthy cats a chance for a great life.

Sanctuaries have popped up over the years but securing a coveted spot in one of the great sanctuaries, is practically like winning LOTTO!!!

 

One such sanctuary is ASLAN’S in Upstate New York.  Aslan’s was decimated by Hurricane Irene. Through the kindness of MANY, Aslan’s was rebuilt.  It was a miracle via the generosity of so many who gave both monetarily & physically while working there  to rebuild the flooded HOME that was the only HOME to these animals.

 

Aong comes Hurricane Sandy & although Aslan’s was extremely fortunate to escape the wrath of Sandy, many other people & places were NOT.  Aslans has stepped up to HELP displaced cats with feline leukemia.  Aslans is NOW  HOME to 80 cats.  Homing & caring for 80 cats with feline leukemia is a loving, lofty goal, & it will take lot$ & lot$ of money to keep these cats healthy and vetted regularly as needed. We know it CAN BE DONE…with your HELP.

Please review Aslan’s most recent newsletter featuring their beautiful HOME & delightful residents. Pictures are worth a 1000 words:  http://aslanscats.org/cms/

This sanctuary is a Work of Heart…it WILL take funding to serve the additional cats that Aslan’s WOULD NOT turn their back on. Desperate times mean desperate measures.  Thank you for your kind consideration on behalf of The Aslans Cats!!!   Trudy Schilder

Donate*by sending check or money order to 

ASLAN’S CATS SANCTUARY at 486 WEST MAIN STREET; Catskills, NY 12414 OR

Aslan’s Cats; P.O. Box 221; Catskill, NY 12414 OR 

via PayPal at  www.AslansCats.org

annually Click “CARE Colorado” to help animals

www.CareTransport.org & annually click “Colorado Gives Day 2012” to pre-schedule your on-line donation for Dec. 4 (click on www.GivingFirst.org at the bottom of that page & designate your donation to “Colorado Gives Day 2012” to pre-schedule your on-line donation every Dec. 4);  100% of all donations made through www.GivingFirst.org will go to C.A.R.E. to help homeless pets.  FirstBank & Community First Foundation will absorb all processing fees.  In addition, FirstBank’s Incentive Fund will be proportionately allocated across all donations received, increasing the value of each donation.   CARE has transported 16,000 homeless pets to safety, provided veterinary care to 1,600 animals, & neutered 4,200 dogs & cats in communities with crisis-level, pet-overpopulation.  C.A.R.E. is participating again this year in Colorado Gives Day every Dec. 4.   We hope to raise $30,000+ to help fund our ’13 services.  Last year, we raised $20,000+ & won an additional prize of $5,000 from FirstBank for being the smallest charity with the largest number of donors.  

Labor & supplies needed at Freeport, LI, NY shelter to repair Hurricane Sandy damages

In NY: Donate for NY animal rescue: www.humane.Pro  We delivered 50,000+ lbs. of supplies, two large trucks full filled with urgently needed food & supplies.  With your help, we can provide an end-of-year boost that is so desperately needed. – helped 20+ separate rescues.  Pictures taken during Phase I:   www.humane.pro/ny.php  All donations will be allocated “For the Animals in New York” that will get every cent.  We will issue IRS donation letters to all donors & because we are a recognized 501C3, you may deduct your donation to the full extent of the tax laws.  For more information:  703.568.3600 or Chris.Haslam@Humane.Pro or Info@humane.Pro

 

In Freeport (2 Rider Place in Freeport), Long Island, NYContact Laura@BobbiCares.org & 718-845-0779or917-213-9840 asap to donate heaters to warm & dry out the shelter; &/or a plumber or Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning expert to turn on the heat.     from Shelter Manager:  I’ve been at the shelter for the past 3 days,

& the amount of damage is unreal. Almost everything is ruined & needs to be replaced. Clean-up is still a disaster

because the heat needs to be fixed to dry everything, & the part that is needed is out-of-stock everywhere. All

of the cat trees are GONE, as well as all of the dog beds. All the sheetrock walls need to be cut out to the level

where the water rose so they can dry out the walls & replace the insulation. The doors are warped & cannot

close properly. Bobbi REALLY needs as much help as possible in terms of labor:  all kinds of contractors, handymen, 

cleanup, new supplies for the animals & of course monetary donations. If you can help IN ANY WAY, please do!

Thank you to all who have already contributed,volunteered or helped in any way, but much more help is needed. The

animals cannot return to the shelter until the heat & contracting work can be done.  Please share with all

your friends & animal lovers. The shelter is at 2 Rider Place in Freeport. The phone isn’t working, but the shelter 

will be open for help & donations from 10a-5p. The animals are currently at other shelters or in foster.

Thank you.    Myra, a Bobbi volunteer

Help me e-publicize animals needing rescue, foster, adoption, donations

I will gladly e-forward your pet information to 4,000+ recipients & post your pet info onto www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com that receives 40+ daily visit – whenever your pet information is summarized (a) in the “Subject” line & (b) at the very top of your e-message:1: town/state/location; 2: animal species;3.contact information.  Thanks for understanding.  With sorrow, I delete dozens of pet e-messages daily because they’re not 1-2-3 ready to e-forward.

Help yourself to pet resources at www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com & select “Animal Welfare” from right-hand menu & then scroll downward through entries (or use upper, right-hand Search engine) to discover towns / states / breeds / needs that you might be able to help with or to discover life-saving, pet-related resources & strategies that might be helpful to your animal-welfare organization / efforts / goals.  — including breed- & location-specific e-lists (both pages).

Don’t buy while shelter pets die!!! Saving one rescue dog [or cat] may not change The World, but It will change The World for that one rescued dog [or cat]!  Pulling just one dog [cat] can save two lives, the dog [cat] you pull, & the one who takes its open kennel.

fyi, heading at the top of my pet-related e-messages:

[Sent “bcc.” Help #-#, below; &/or e-forward (check your address book for your friends who love pets -- to see whether they can help in these geographical areas). Thanks!  To unsubscribe, please e-“Reply.”  Also, (aClick www.genevahistorycenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=148&Itemid=547:  scroll down to the Finally Home Rescue tree #3 down on the list: $1 donation = 1 vote & click-to-vote daily for your favorite animal-rescue group: www.citybankonline.com/community-rewards/community-rewards.html(b) Contribute to Best Friends Emergency Response Fund:  https://secure.bluehost.com/~bestfri8/tinac/Files/110412_sandy.html to help many animals affected by Hurricane Sandy (shelters, rescue groups flooded, some animals in evacuation shelters with their people; others homeless; rescue groups & shelters in the region working tirelessly under difficult circumstances); assisting groups in their lifesaving efforts for four-legged flood victims: your money from will be distributed where it’s needed most -- including grants to rescue groups & shelters throughout the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region suffering from the flood; also providing for transportation of animals who need to leave the area & find safety in distant rescue groups; many BF No More Homeless Pets partners across the nation have offered to take these animals in; your  contributions will be used exclusively for relief work to help animals during this & other disasters. BF New York team on the ground gathering volunteers to bring to the Sussex County, New Jersey evacuation shelter to cover weekend & midnight shifts; organizing shipments of pet food & cat litter to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, Jersey City Humane Society & the Bergen County Animal Shelter (to feed the pets in their care & to deliver to the hardest-hit members of the community); delivering pet supplies, leashes, toys & more to the Woodbridge, NJ shelter, which was flooded, & is now re-opened; (c) Use easy-to-copy-&-paste pet-rescue e-lists – by state, by breed; transports, etc.: www.AliceWhite.WordPress.com & select “Animal Welfare” from the right-hand menu & then scroll downward to “Animal-rescue … page 1 of 2; & page 2 of 2;” (d) Click-to-pay for food & care for some of the 8M companion animals relinquished to US shelters annually & watch for the next voting opportunity to vote 1 x/day for your favorite, local animal shelter:  www.AnimalRescueSite.com; (e) Vote every 24 hrs. for a dog-of-your-choice & Kuranda dog beds will donate 5 beds to the winning, designated shelter & the winning shelter’s 5 dog beds will “matched” by Kuranda – donating 5 more beds to another dog shelter of the winner’s choicehttp://kuranda.com/blog/dog-of-the-month?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=vote-link&utm_campaign=1336; (f)Vote for your  favorite pet photographer (e.g., Petraits Pet Photography); & (g) “Help Us Help Them” for every “Like” Muenster Natural Gets RPAL Rescue Food Bank will receive another FREE Pound of Dog Food: www.facebook.com/pages/Muenster-Natural-Pet-Foods/121065454577723]

Help Hurricane Sandy pets: https://secure.bluehost.com/~bestfri8/tinac/Files/110412_sandy.html

Visit https://secure.bluehost.com/~bestfri8/tinac/Files/110412_sandy.html to help animals of Hurricane Sandy:

Many animals have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some were in shelters or rescue groups that have now been flooded. Some are in evacuation shelters with their people. And others have been made homeless by the storm.    Rescue groups and shelters in the region are working tirelessly & under difficult circumstances to help them, & Best Friends, in turn, will assist groups in their lifesaving efforts for these four-legged flood victims.

Money from the Best Friends Emergency Response Fund will be distributed where it’s needed most — including grants to rescue groups & shelters throughout the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region who are suffering from the flood. We’re also providing for transportation of animals who need to leave the area & find safety in distant rescue groups. Many of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets partners across the nation have offered to take these animals in.

If you would like to make a contribution toward our disaster relief work, please click here.

Your gift will be used exclusively for our relief work to help animals during this & other disasters. Thank you.

In addition, Best Friends has a New York team on the ground that is:

  • Gathering volunteers to bring to the Sussex County, New Jersey evacuation shelter to cover weekend & midnight shifts.
  • Organizing shipments of pet food & cat litter to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Long Island, Jersey City Humane Society & the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The groups will use it not only to feed the pets in their care, but to deliver to the hardest-hit members of the community. (A big thanks to wag.com for these food & litter shipments.)
  • Delivering pet supplies, leashes, toys & more to the Woodbridge, NJ shelter, which was flooded, & is now re-opened.
  • More & we’ll keep you posted!

We really want to thank all of you out there for keeping these animals in your hearts at a time when so many – both two-legged & four-legged – need our compassion. Many of you have already donated to our disaster relief efforts, & for that, we are grateful. You can visit our website for continuing updates on these rescue efforts.

And in the meantime, thank you for being a part of this work of love.

 

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