Last day of April. My diet was unsuccessful so, as you read this, know that I’m gearing up for my May diet. Hang on. Let me dunk this donut….I’m kidding. OK, on with Monday’s report:
THE SHOPPING BUGGY DOG: This is Lulu. She was found in a shopping buggy at the Goodwill store in Burleson.
Josie Tucker says her mother-in-law works at the store and found Lulu and “brought her home to me rather than calling animal control.”
Josie is with Town & Country Shelter Rescue (that’s HERE www.tcsr.org).
Lulu moved with a sever limp – something was wrong with her right, rear leg, Josie says. So she took her to a vet who reports that Lulu has “a torn anterior cruciate ligament.” Yep, just like the fellows in the NFL.
The year old dog appears to get along “great with cats, kids, dogs – she is full of joy.”
The problem is she isn’t adoptable as long as she’s not healed, Josie says. The vet priced the surgery at $1,000. [Aside: We have had big dogs with similar problems who recovered after weeks of enforced bed rest. But Lulu’s problem may not match their’s.]
To ask about helping Lulu by donating or adopting or fostering or getting her into a vet program of some kind, email Josie at email@example.com.
TOUGH MONDAY OR TRIUMPH? Dallas Animal Services puts out “Very Special Pets” list nearly every week – the animals are on “the list” because they’ve been at the shelter for 45 days and, though they are healthy, adorable and adoptable, nobody has been moved to take them. Today is the last day for one cat and six dogs if nobody takes them. There are many, many animals in this city-run shelter. There are three ways to get them out of the shelter: adoption, claimed by rescue groups, euthanized. Difficult to think that the most reliable method is the needle.
FYI: That stretched out cats IS NOT on the VSP list -- she's just a pregnant cat awaiting fate at the Dallas shelter.
According to a shelter report, in March, the shelter took in 1,813 dogs and 522 cats. And in that 31-day period, 1,147 dogs and 239 cats were euthanized. This mass slaughter isn’t the shelter’s fault. The shelter isn’t out there encouraging people to let their animals run free, breed vibrantly and become public nuisances. The blame is on residents – the “don’t care element of society.”
You can see how to adopt by going to www.dallasanimalservices.org. The animals on the VSP list have special lower adoption prices.
Just clip this segment and send it to every person you know – someone is bound to have a spot for one dog or one cat. At least.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: This poster obviously has been networked. But here’s how that happened – and Cosmo the deaf Bull Terrier is still missing this morning.
Paws In The City was having its weekend adoption at Pet Supplies Plus on Mockingbird yesterday when Kyle Stewart dropped by to ask people to keep an eye out for 8-year-old Cosmo.
He had been left in the backyard – with a newly repaired fence – for 30 minutes and apparently he found a way out. He’s microchipped and was wearing tags. He was last seen Saturday morning near the intersection of Gaston at Garland Road. If you know Cosmo’s whereabouts, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-497-6789.
SPEAKING OF PAWS IN THE CITY: While the adoption event was being conducted and Kyle Stewart was stopping by to alert people to his missing pal Cosmo, the Paws In The City People were caught up in another drama involving this momma dog and her basket of relatively fresh pups.
You may recall that last week Paws In The City was dealing with an emergency situation – the organization had rescued a mom and her 10 pups from an area shelter. Two of the puppies came down with distemper and died – the remaining 8 and Mom seem to be coping well.
But saving them costs money and Paws In The City needs a little help with the medical fund, according to our longtime Paws In The City contact Becky Haisma. Go to the Paws In The City site HERE to see how to help [You may also email email@example.com.] The family is now in boarding, but that is expensive, so the rescue group is trying to find a foster home.
Fostering puppies takes a special determination – they go every which way and find ways to get into things that you’d never have expected. It’s an adventure and when they leave, your heart breaks just a little but you will remember the rascals every day. [Larry aside: That last sentence is dedicated to foundling dog Seven and the four pups she had in our garage/kennel about a dozen years ago. I’m still picking up the stray packing peanuts that little Larry, Moe, Curly and Mort got into and exploded all over the place with great glee.]
THE NEEDY CALF: The folks at Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake are not just friends of dogs and cats – they’ll help a calf now and then. That’s why we got this note from our Friends tipster, Sydney Busch. As you know, Friends operates the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City.
This time, the need is not for spay or neuter, but for help with a calf. Sydney put us in touch with Pat Townsend who reports, “I have a two week old calf looking for a home. We don't have time to care for it any longer. It is a beautiful little girl calf. Seems to refuse her mother and a bottle. We have been giving it syringes of mother's milk or replacer. Hubby [Garth] has lots of other animals to care for and I'm unable to care for her as it takes a lot of patience and time and I am physically unable to care for it because I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. … We don't want to let her die or take her to slaughter.”
Pat told Readlarrypowell.com that the calf is “a spotted brown and white cutie; Daddy is a registered Beefmaster; Mother a solid black beauty.”
The calf has lost weight since birth and is down to 70 pounds “and not eating enough.”
To offer to give a safe haven to a little calf, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TWO CATS NEED A PLACE: Gerri Hawes is trying to help find a home or homes for a couple of cats who were left behind when a friend died. “Her family is not able to take them and has asked me to try and find homes. So far, I’ve had no success with Facebook, emails, flyers in vets offices, and with two rescue organizations (because they don’t have space due to kittens). One of them suggested I contact you. We only have this week to place these cats.”
So, dear Readers, the pressure is on – is there someone out there who can place or who has a place for these two cats?
Clarissa is the female and Mischa is the male. Torties, perhaps.
And, according to their bios, Clarrissa is “aggressively affectionate.” She’s about 10 and is declawed.
Mischa Koshka is also 10 and declawed. According to the family, the cats’ late human was an avid reader and Mischa is the Russian version of Michael and Koshka is Russian for “cat.”
Da or nyet, I don’t know. Whatever the names, these older, declawed cats need an indoor home.
To ask about helping these cats, e-mail email@example.com.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Since the Huffington Post is good at linking to stories from other news agencies, we’ll link to the HuffPo right HERE because it is a story about police and how animal situations are handled. You may have read about the officer shooting the Frisbee-playing dog in Austin. Not that officers don’t already have enough to worry about with people, but perhaps there is a training method that could help peace officers and pups in crisis situations. … We get notes now and then from PETA about assorted animal situations. The latest has to do with a PETA investigation into pigeon racing and the deaths of the birds. Click HERE. .… Please don’t think this is a political note – if I’m taking sides, it’s the side of animals. But I watched the annual Washington correspondents dinner over the weekend and was completely disgusted by the president’s and comic Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes about eating dogs. I know they’re jokes, but, seriously, it is unsettling to think that our president’s sense of humor has this ugly insensitivity. Mr. Kimmel is simply a modern comic – they’re not always that funny, though he was better than most who headline the dinner. Still, between Mitt Romney’s rooftop dog and President Obama’s jocular dog-eating references, I’ve just about had enough of this presidential campaign.
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