EDITION OF FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 17, 2017) Hello, Friday, you big ol’ wonderful day. How about a good news photo to kick off the weekend?
Tomi Ortiz sent an email with a touching subject line: “This brought a tear and a smile to me this morning!”
The report was from the Furbabies of Lancaster, the folks who try to safely hustle animals out of the city shelter in Lancaster, just across I-20 from Dallas. We’d mentioned this dog Betsy earlier in the week and used this photo to demonstrate how some mean-witted, lackluster human had mutilated this beautiful girl. Lord knows why, probably so she could look like a “fighting dog.” But, here demeanor was so sweet that she’d more than likely wind up as an abused bait dog.
Honestly, what is wrong with people. Mercifully, she was rescued by Peaceful Animals Adoption Shelter /rescue in Vinita, Okla. So, we something is right with some people.
The Furbabies note explains that first photograph: “Betsy arrived at her foster home. She is settling in nicely after a romp in the yard and lots of love. Thanks again to Peaceful Animals Adoption Shelter Rescue, her loving foster, the transporters, those that financially supported her and to the Furbabies Family that shared and tagged Betsy until she was safe. Please continue to honor your pledges and donate to this rescue by clicking on this link: http://paasvinita.com.”
While Betsy is safe, there are still plenty of animals in need at the Lancaster Animal Shelter, including this girl Shelly. Stop buy, check her out and she could be yours. See the Facebook site HERE. The shelter is at 690 E. Main in Lancaster. Call 972-218-1210.
MEANWHILE IN GARLAND
Bad turn for this guy Willis. Our tipster Patty Turner reports, “This sweet boy has come down with a URI. He is 2-3 years old and a total lovebug!! Please help him! The sick bay is FULL at Garland!”
Tag for rescue at firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter is at 600 Tower St. Call 972-205-3570.
TERRIFIED IN DENTON
Norman was a stray picked up in Denton County and delivered to the city shelter.
“This precious boy is terrified at the shelter and it’s just heartbreaking,” reports Amy Poskey, the Denton Animal Shelter monitor.
“We don’t think Norman has ever been on a leash or had much positive interaction with people, but some volunteers have been working with him and he’s making small strides. He would benefit from a rescue group/foster home to continue working with him and boost his confidence. Poor baby was so frightened when he arrived at the shelter that they couldn’t get his weight so they have been letting him decompress.
"At first, Norman was doing lots of alligator rolling and biting at the leash but he has already improved (see video link). As you can see, this sweet angel is willing and trying so hard to be a good boy on the leash. ... Bless his heart, Norman is doing the best he can and he deserves our best efforts to help him find the perfect, loving home!”
To offer to help this 2-to-5-year-old German Shepherd mix, email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AN ALARM FROM WINNSBORO
Monica Collins sent an appeal Thursday ab out dogs in the shelter at the East Texas town of Winnsboro --not a distant drive from the Metrosprawl or the Ark-La-Tex.
She wrote, “I have an urgent request. If you could please mention the Winnsboro, Texas, shelter. They have no traffic...adoptions or rescues! They are full and will have to euthanize Monday. I'm working to get a few out, but more help is needed.
They currently have Lab mixes, a couple of Border Collies, a couple of Akitas, & several puppies. They didn't have 1 pit or pit mix in the place, so surely someone can help!” The photos are of some of the animals awaiting either a Lone Star Rescue or an East Texas Needle. The shelter is at 835 Hope Lane, Winnsboro. Call 903-342-3400.
MEANWHILE AT DAS
You can go online at Dallas Animal Services and see many many animals at peril because big shelter population and a city population of big idiots. We got several “DAS IS OVER CAPACITY” notes from animal advocate Kimberly Jones. One of the fellow she sent is this Harrier mix, Shadow (ID#A0979929).
All of these animals are waiting. One includes a momma dog who had 10 puppies in the shelter, one is the “saddest faced dog” (Boxer mix) and....well, there are so many. They’re all depending on a human to help them SURVIVE.
About 8 p.m. Thursday we got an update from KJones about the "saddest faced dog. She wrote, "This sweet sad baby was euthanized today. I loved him. His face was so precious. My heart is broken." [LARRY ASIDE: DEAR READERS, you should know this. The City of Dallas euthanizes animals. They are killed, many times, to make room for the next animal that will be on the clock. It's the sick, sad policy of the city combined with the sick, sad disrespect many of our residents have for animals. This has to change. We're better humans than that. Honestly.]
CONTEMPLATIONS: We’re always on the lookout for Earhounds and we found one in the care of the SPCA of Texas adoption site at the PetSmart in Cedar Hill. This is Harry (152052), a “Domestic Shorthair Mix.” And what makes Harry an Earhound? Check out the artsy color pattern at the base of each of his extraordinarily cute ears. A cat with a set of ears like that is absolutely a Certifiable North American Lone Star Quaintly Accessorized Earhound. And available. I almost can’t pass him up. But, I’m stepping back to let others have an opportunity to adore and be adored by a cat. ... Remember that story earlier in the week about the dog with its head stuck in a basket? (There’s the photo.) No news about the dog’s fate. We’ve been monitoring the Fido Oak Cliff Community Forum Facebook page. Surely someone was able to corral the terrified dog before it hurt itself or wound up on death row because it was labeled too crazed for human companionship. Patience works, just an experienced FYI. ... A QUESTION FOR BABY BOOMERS: Y'all remember this period in the '50s, right? Where the heck are all the flying saucer sightings? Have the aliens abandoned hope for this planet? Que the tune, Klaatu.
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