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Hey everyone, me again, with yet another dog from my school that needs a home. This is Isaac.

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He's been in our program since March. Is currently being treated for heartworm. His original foster home could no longer keep him and is now back at the school's kennel. Isaac does NOT do well in a kennel environment and needs a home to at the very least be fostered at. Due to his issues in the kennel and his heartworm positive status he will be euthanized if he does not receive a home by the end of this week. If you have any further questions ask me or contact my school. Contact information should be on their adoption page.

Again we're in the Chicago area. Sorry for the cross-posting

Dog up for adoption

Anyone in IL looking for a lovable 45lb, approximately 2-3 year old mixed breed? My school has animals on site, and Samara's been up for adoption for the past month. She's the dog I've been put in charge with training and she's reached the 6-7 month mark, ready to be sent to a forever home.

She's a sweetheart but VERY energetic and would do well to go to a home where she'll have boundaries and rules set up. She also would do well with someone who's looking for an exercise buddy, or would be interested in doing agility/frisbee/etc. She's very smart, catches onto commands very quickly. If you want more information on her feel free to contact myself or visit my school's adoption page. There will be contact info where you'll be able to talk to staff about setting up an appointment.

I've been training her since March. She knows sit, down, wait, stay, leave it, and her name. We're working on walking nicely on leash, and recently started using a gentle leader on her. Again feel free to message me or comment if you have more questions on her.

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Tats for Cats

Hey all, if you were ever thinking about getting a tattoo or piercing, this weekend would be the time! Insight Studios is donating 100% of their profits to Tree House Humane Society. This is starting Saturday, January 23rd through January 24th. They will not take appointments during this time, walk-ins only. More info on the event can be found on the Yelp event page.

I stumbled across this while looking for interesting things to do this weekend, hope some take advantage of this!

Dog Winter Coats

Chicago winter is now in full effect, and while its recently warmed up, the past few days have shown me we're in for a bitter winter. My dog, Zepplin, tolerates the weather okay, but his house training begins to get shaky once we hit the below zero wind chill. I'm already looking into getting Muttluck boots for his feet, but was at a loss for coats. Anyone have recommendations for coast that will keep him warm and are not too expensive?

Dairyland greyhounds need homes!

Dairyland Greyhound Park is closing at the end of 2009, and this means that up to 900 greyhounds need to find homes! Contact Joanne Kehoe, Operations Director (312) 559-0887 or Dairyland Race Track Adoption Center direct at (262) 612-8256.

Don't let the muzzles in the pictures fool you - that's just part of the gear they wear in the dog racing world. Many if not most greyhounds get along great with other dogs, cats, other animals, and kids; and they are friendly, laid-back dogs. They are a gentle, affectionate and intelligent breed. They also tend to bark very little!

From wikipedia:
At the race track, greyhounds are housed in crates for upwards of 20 hours per day, and most know of no other way of life than to remain in a crate the majority of the day. Retired racers therefore make excellent pets, because crating them (even in small apartments) is usually quite easy.

Greyhound adoption groups generally require owners to keep their greyhounds on-leash at all times (outside), except in fully enclosed areas. This is due to their prey-drive, their speed, and the assertion that greyhounds have no road sense. Due to their strength, adoption groups recommend that fences be between 4 and 6 feet, to prevent them being able to jump.

Greyhounds do shed but do not have undercoats and therefore are less likely to trigger people's dog allergies (they are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "hypoallergenic"). The lack of an undercoat, coupled with a general lack of body fat, also makes greyhounds more susceptible to extreme temperatures, and most sources recommend that greyhounds be housed inside.

Fish? Goldfish?

Hello!

My family has a shiny new aquarium just waiting for some fish. We've had the filter going and everything, so the water should be fine for fish we hope.

The question I have for you is, where are the best places to buy fish? We're concerned that maybe PetsMart is not the best place?

Thank you!

Success after heartbreak

The power of second chances - this is just one of the many positive stories that have come about as a result of the Michael Vicks case: some of Michael Vicks' dogs are working as therapy dogs.

Not just any animal can be a therapy animal; they must pass training and tests. The fact that not just one but multiple dogs rescued from Vicks' dog fighting facility have come so far as to be therapy dogs shows the remarkable capacity that animals have for love and recovery, even when they have been badly abused.

I admit I was scared of pit bulls before getting to know somebody who works in pit bull rescue. She changed my views. Any abused, poorly trained animal will react badly to the world around it. It breaks my heart when I see the stories out there - survival tales from ASPCA and local shelters and national news stories. As human beings, we're supposedly the ones with a conscience; the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil. And yet every day, around the country, around the world, people abuse animals - because the animals usually can't fight back, and there are fewer laws to protect animals vs. people.

Second-chance animals seem to really know it when they've been saved, too. I'll give as an example my two cats, Simon and Kaylee, were both rescue kitties. Kaylee was born feral and I got her after she had been living in a shelter for five or six months. She's the biggest attention hog on the planet and she loves people. The shelter I got Simon (pictured, icon) from didn't know his full history; he had been at another shelter before them. He was placed in a pet store and was there five and a half months before I adopted him. When I got him, he was clearly stressed from living in a high-traffic environment; he was scared of feet, and would rarely let you hold him for any more than a few brief seconds. My mom first saw him just a couple weeks after I first adopted him, and then again eight months later - she said the difference in his personality was "huge". He, too, is now an attention-seeking, loving cat, and although it took a bit of time and patience to get him to realize that his new home was okay and that he wasn't going to end up someplace new a few months down the block, it's worth it.

Petition against the UP cat killer

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/102/Justice-for-Tengteng

Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.

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Tengteng at play


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/102/Justice-for-Tengteng
Hi, everyone!
I'm new here... my name is Gia, and I have 3 cats, a lizard, and I work at the Chicago Canine Rescue.

Every so often, Care2.com offers contests to shelters all around the country and gives them a chance to win a lot of money so that they can better help the animals they take in.

So, we're asking you to PLEASE vote for Chicago Canine Rescue as your favorite rescue! We're a non-profit, small and personal shelter who has adopted out over 400 dogs this year, many of them being special needs, and winning 10,000$ would benefit the shelter and it's furry occupants greatly! We take in all of the dogs that other shelters don't want to even attempt to find homes for because they're not considered adoptable due to various reasons, such as age, illnesses, breed, etc. Our dogs range in size and breed (we don't discriminate against breeds ever), and some of them are as old as seniors and as young as puppies. A lot of the time, they come in completely filthy, covered in fleas, and terrified.They also come in with untreated medical issues, behavioral issues, and are always just in need of some intense TLC. The guys we house, feed, socialize and care about greatly usually have received the short end of the stick and it's our desire to help them find the happy lives they deserve

This is Bertie, a Pitt Bull mix who arrived at CCR in October. He is probably one of our greatest success stories of the year! He was in total shock and covered in infected, awful wounds and punctures when he came in. He didn't know what petting was and would jump every time someone touched him, and he was so, so thin. We believe he was used as bait for dog fighting. However, Bertie proved us all wrong and flourished into a fantastic dog who stole the hearts of all the staff and volunteers. Today, and thanks to CCR, he's healthy (he gained like 25 pounds in a month! he's a very food motivated dog :D), happy, and couldn't be sweeter-- there isn't an aggressive bone in his body. He even found a foster home!


So please, help us save more of the poor guys no one else has the time for--- please vote and tell your friends!!

Voting takes about 3 minutes, if even. You are not required to do anything else-- just merely supply your name, email and zipcode! Its for a very good cause, and it could make a huge difference in the lives of some dogs that would otherwise go unnoticed and probably be put to sleep. So please, help us help them by voting! And pass it along to your friends! The more people who find out about CCR and vote, the better!

To vote, please go here: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/73228/?refer=10499.11.1229091309.7871

This is Eric, a cute Lab/ Manchester terrier puppy who is currently at CCRF with his 6 remaining siblings. He was rescued from a hoarder-- someone who has way too many animals to provide a sanitary or good life for themselves or their pets-- and he came in a mess!


Thanks for your help! The staff, volunteers and dogs at CCR appreciate it sincerely!

Happy Holidays and many thanks,
Gia and everyone else at CCR.

 

A Pet's 10 Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You, too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me, please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

 The Chicago City Council is set to vote on an ordinance that will require all pet owners to spay or neuter their cats and dogs. This is a copy of the e-mail I received from PAWS Chicago regarding the ordinance: 



I do believe that people should spay or neuter their pets. I do NOT believe that it should be required by law.

This is the e-mail I sent to the alderman sponsoring the ordinance, as well as to the alderman for my ward:  


 
 
I'm aware that my opinion is extremely unpopular in certain circles, but I feel the need to make my thoughts known. Please make your own opinions, either for or against the ordinance, known by contacting your alderman!

Human foods are not for pets - reminders

The following is a bit of older information but remains valid and is worth re-circulating on a regular basis; links are provided by Snopes.com.

- Info about cocoa mulch

- Info about grapes, raisins, and renal (kidney) failure in dogs

Other food / food-related items you should keep an eye on around your pets:

-- Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide posioning)
-- Potato peelings and green-looking potatoes
-- Rhubarb leaves
-- Mouldy/spoiled foods
-- Alcohol
-- Yeast dough
-- Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
-- Hops (used in home brewing)
-- Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)
-- Broccoli (in large amounts)
-- Raisins and grapes
-- Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars
-- Chocolate and cocoa
-- Onions
-- Garlic
-- Macadamia nuts

This listing, while probably not complete, is at least a starting list of items to keep away from your beloved cat, dog or other animals. Humans are omnivores and our diet has adapted to eating a much wider variety of foods than our beloved companions can stomach.


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PAWS makes national news!

From a letter sent out to PAWS volunteers today:
Tonight, Thursday, March 13th PAWS Chicago will be on national television. Be
sure to watch ABC World News at 5:30 pm and ABC Nightline at 10:30 pm. The PAWS
website will have a link on the abcnews.com website.


This media story will feature how PAWS Chicago is responding to families who are
undergoing foreclosures on their homes. As part of our commitment to help in
times of national crisis, PAWS Chicago launched a new effort to help families
who are undergoing foreclosure on their homes and have no alternative for their
pets. As foreclosures increase across the country, many families who are losing
their homes will be unable to keep their pets. PAWS Chicago is committed to
assisting families in this time of personal crisis and will provide two
alternatives:

1. PAWS Chicago Safe-Haven Program

PAWS Chicago will provide a wonderful temporary home for pets of families in
crisis through our dedicated network of foster homes. Families in crisis can
focus on rebuilding their lives, knowing that their pets are safe and cared for
until thy are able to stabilize their living situation.

2. PAWS Chicago Emergency Admissions

For those families who do not see foresee to keep their pets(s), PAWS Chicago
will prioritize their admission into the adoption program and will guarantee the
life of their pet(s) finding them a new forever home.

We don' t how many minutes of news coverage we will have, but the ABC News team
spent many hours filming at our intake facility at 26th Street and at our
Adoption Center. We are very excited to receive this kind of national news
coverage--please watch and spread the news to your family and friends.

North Shore Pet Sitters

Recently, due to changes in my pet's health care needs, I had to find a reliable pet sitter who would be able to administer medications while I was away for a few days.

My vet¹ recommended North Shore Pet Sitters (http://www.northshorepetsits.com/). NSPS is owner-operated, bonded, licensed and insured, and has been in business for ten years. They can provide services from single daily pet visits (starting at $13/day, which is less expensive than most kennels) to fully customized sitting plans. They can even handle pet care for other animals beyond just cats and dogs. Single daily pet visits last for 1/2 hour and including feeding and socialization with your pet; for dogs, this would of course including walking them.

The staff is really great, and before you have your first scheduled service, they will come to your home to meet you and your pets, and to get a clear view of your pet(s) personality and care needs, and to understand any training requests/style that you have. Their staff is trained in animal CPR and first aid, and are able to administer any kind of daily medical needs, including shots and subcutaneous fluids. They can accommodate last-minute travel needs, and even handle special requests, such as picking up pet medications or pet food if necessary; and they can even do things like take your mail in or water your plants as part of your services.

As part of their care, they include a daily pet report, so that when you arrive home, you can see a record of the daily visits, including notations about behavior or medication/health care administered. They can hold onto your keys, so that if you know that you travel on a regular basis, it makes it easy to schedule new appointments even on short notice.

As a pet owner, you get the peace of mind of having your pet(s) at home in a safe, secure, healthy, stress-free familiar environment while you are away.

Their primary service area is from W. Montrose north to the Rogers Park/Evanston line, including Rogers Park; and from Western Avenue to the lake, although they are looking to expand into Evanston and a little further west than they currently serve. You can also get service outside of this area for a small extra fee per day.



¹ Cat Hospital of Chicago on W. Irving Park Rd (www.cathospitalofchicago.com), who I would also happily endorse

Military dogs

Found this links thanks to eeknight:
A special bond between soldiers in Iraq - about the canine teams currently working in the war zone

And due to that article, I looked up the "ode to military and police dogs" and found tribute to a police dog.

Feline chronic renal failure

I'm x-posting this from my own journal in hopes that it will be informative to other folks in this group. My beloved kitty, who is 14 years old, has just being diagnosed with the renal (kidney) failure (which needless to say has me upset to no end), and in doing research about her health condition online, particularly about what I can expect as it progresses and what I should be doing about her diet, I found two very good websites:

Feeding your cat - know the basics
Good site written by a veterinarian that explains why you ought to be feeding your cat(s) more wet food and less dry.

Feline CRF Information Center
A well-researched site about feline chronic renal failure. Of particular interest should be the page on "What is CRF?" because it lists a lot of symptoms for the disease, and notes that since cats have a tendency to hide when they are feeling poorly, that: "Only 30% of kidney capacity is needed for normal functioning. Therefore, no symptoms will be seen until approximately 70% of renal function is lost. It is important to begin treatment as soon as the first symptoms appear."


My cat had blood tests done early this year and things looked normal, and then her blood tests this week were just slightly above normal, therefore it has been caught "early", but the prognosis is still the same - CRF is irreversible, so it comes down to a combination of how quickly her kidneys shut down, and how well I take care of her along the way. I am trying to do all I can to make her comfortable, but since she has always hidden/tolerated her own discomfort when she has been sick, I cannot possibly guess how far she is along. The blood tests, after all, only measure the amount of waste in the blood, not what level the kidneys are functioning at.

So, hopefully, some of you will benefit by reading these websites and being better armed with the knowledge about this issue. It is apparently a very common issue in cats, particularly since the dry kibble diet puts extra strain on their kidneys throughout their life.


Note from PAWS Chicago

I got this email from PAWS Chicago today -

It is with deep sadness and much pride that I am writing to let you know that after three and a half years of Community Outreach service PAWS Chicago Canine Ambassador Barnabus, lover to all, has passed. He went without pain last Monday running on the beach - very poetic for a dog that started out his life on a chain.

Barnabus touched so many lives in his short time with us here at PAWS Chicago: he loved and allowed himself to be loved by kittens, puppies, staff, volunteers, and thousands and thousands of school children. At each presentation the children worked up the courage to pet him and found out that dogs can be your best friend and that they are very soft.

Please join with us to celebrate his life at a small get together in his honor on Wed. Nov. 7 at 7:00PM at the New Adoption Center at 1997 N. Clybourn. Barnie's favorite cupcakes will be served and Barnie stories are welcome.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

- Author unknown


Run free Barnabus - you are much loved and greatly missed.

Vote for Chicago's most beautiful dog!

The Tribune's Red Eye is holding a "Chicago's most beautiful dog" competition - place your votes here!

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Have you heard about the woman in Rochelle, IL, who was found to be hoarding some 300 live animals (not to mention the dead ones)? It is amazing that some people think they're "rescuing" animals, and they instead end up putting them in a far worse - and in this case, horrifying - conditions.

The TAILS Humane Society of DeKalb, IL, has stepped in to rescue these poor animals. They've received a lot of general care supplies (food, bedding, etc) but the animals still need medical attention and they are not allowed to adopt the animals out until next week.

Can you spare the cost of a coffee? Or maybe a little more? $10, $20? Then make a donation to Tails, and help this shelter care for these poor cats, dogs and birds until they can find genuinely loving, caring homes.

elcewa posted this info on chicago_adopts:
Account from director/rescuer: http://www.tailshumanesociety.org/main.asp?id=27

Video from area station: http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/10541367.html



I Need Some Help

My daughter and I met a stray cat sitting at our back gate this afternoon... a gorgeous, long-haired smoke-gray female with bright, golden eyes... terribly thin, but very trusting and affectionate, and very clearly (i.e. declawed both front and back) someone's long-lost pet. Lord knows how long ago she lost her human family.

If you - or someone you know - can can adopt her, I will gladly contribute $100 to any needed vet bills. Please e-mail me at jblaque@gmail.com... and thanks.

Cat's prayer / Dog's prayer

A Cat's Prayer, author unknown

Although I am too proud to beg, and may appear to be a very independent creature, I ask for your loving care and attention. I rely on you for my well being much more than you may realize.

This I promise you, my benefactor, that I will not be a burden on you nor will I demand more of you than you care to give. I will be a quiet peaceful island of serenity for you to gaze upon; a soft soothing body to caress, and I shall purr with pleasure to rest your weary ears.

Since I am a gourmet who appreciates different taste sensations, I pray you will give me a variety of nutritious foods and fresh water daily. You know dear friend, how I love to go. Allow me, I pray, a warm sheltered place where I can rest peacefully and feel secure.

If I am wounded in battle or suffering from disease, please tend me gently, and see that loving and competent hands treat me. Please protect me from the inhuman humans who would hurt and torture me for their own amusement. I am accustomed to your gentle touch and am neither always suspicious nor swift enough to avoid such malicious acts.

In my later years when my senses fail me and my infirmities become too great to bear, allow me the comfort and dignity that I desire for my closing days, and help me gently in my pain or passing. Hear this prayer, my dear friend, my fate depends on you.

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A Dog's Prayer, by Beth Norman Harris

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest - and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.


Cat Ultrasound?

I dunno how many people are on this list, but I want to get my cat an ultrasound to more precisely diagnose a mass in her abdomen. I don't particularly like the vet who found the mass, though, so I'd like to take her to a different place for the ultrasound.

Any recommendations? (I'm not going to say the name of the place I went because they're not bad, I just want a new place, so I don't want to besmirch them) Places that specialize in cats preferred.

I live downtown, but am willing to travel pretty much anywhere within an hours drive of downtown. And cheaper is always better, but it's not the primary consideration.

Finding a reputable dog trainer

No matter what state or city you live in, if you own a dog, and have considered paying for the services of a professional trainer, you should read this article: The arrest of “dog whisperer” Ami Moore for cruelty to animals raises questions about an unregulated industry by Tasneem Paghdiwala - published April 6, 2007 in the Chicago Reader.

The American Dog Trainers Network gives good suggestions on how to find a reputable trainer.

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Free Iam's Dog/Cat Food

Get a coupon for a free 4 pound bag of Iams dog or cat food for your pet or your favorite shelter. Limit one (1) voucher per household.

http://www.iamspromise.com/captureAddress.iphtml

Rabbits as pets, and Easter giving

Just a brief reminder at Easter time:

Rabbits as pets take a lot of work, and don't return much socially. They're cute but they don't like to cuddle much, and are nowhere near as sociable an animal as cats and dogs are. There's a good article in the Tribune today about what to expect if you adopt a rabbit.

If you feel your child is ready for a pet, it would teach them much more about responsibility and the joy of pet companionship if you went to your local shelter and rescued an animal (whether cat, dog, rabbit or other) in need of a loving 'forever home'.



But all that being said, have a safe and happy Easter weekend. :)

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Free Dog & Cat Food (Coupon)

For you or (better yet) your favorite shelter:

http://www.goodliferecipe.com/offer.aspx

Spay Day USA 2007

What: A national campaign to promote spay/neuter as a simple, humane and effective way to end the tragedy of euthanizing homeless pets.

When: Feb. 27, 2007, but events and activities will take place throughout the month of February.

Where: Across the United States and U.S. territories.

Why: Thousands of kittens and puppies are born every hour in the United States. While these baby animals are adorable, the fate of most of them is tragic. Spaying or neutering our pets and feral cats is the most effective way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them.

For more information, visit the Humane Society webpage.

Find a Spay Day USA Event Near You

x-posted to chicago_adopts and my own Lj.

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If you haven't seen this: Vandals kill animals at Roosevelt (WA) pet shelter ...

How to help

For more information or to make a donation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit Animal Talk Rescue may be reached at 206-526-1558. Its Web site is www.animaltalkrescue.org and it is located at 6514 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115.

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