EDITION OF FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017 (PetPowellPress) Some picture, huh? Wonder what that little pup is thinking about Pitura (A0983693), the momma of all these puppies? Mom’s 2 years old, the kids are much younger, born in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter.
We got the note with this photo from Kimberly Jones, who monitors moms and puppies at DAS.
You want to help these babies, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You want to help the town improve its reputation as a place that loves its animals? Here are some ways: Spay and neuter your animals. Make sure your animals are all properly restrained -- best way is to make them house critters. You’ll enjoy them when they’re part of the family, not just the animals you put off feeding until the last minute or who run off or who wind up mortally inflicted by disease, parasites or people with bad souls.
SPEAKING OF SPAY/NEUTER...
CONGRATULATIONS! The Spay Neuter Network is hosting a grand opening at its newest clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday -- that clinic is the Spay Neuter Network Community Pet Care Clinic, 2223 S. Buckner Blvd., Suite 103, Dallas. The 9 a.m. ribbon cutting will be presided over by Dallas District 5 City Council Member Rick Callahan. How about that artwork? Neat, huh? Visit spayneuternet.org to see how you can help the network or the network can help you. Oh, at the grand opening, the first 150 pets get free vaccines: Rabies, Parvo/Distemper (Dogs) & FVRCP (Cats). There’ll be “other affordable vaccines and wellness” items available, too.
‘OH, SWEET BABY,' WROTE
THE SOFT-HEARTED GUY
This one will really get to anybody who loves animals. The note, forwarded by Dinesha Schmidt of A Different Breed, was an appeal from Jessica Romero who really, really needs some help.
Here’s the story: “I picked up a stray Corgi/Basset mix yesterday, took him to the vet and found out he has sarcoptic mange, is heartworm positive and will need to be quarantined from 4-6 weeks.
"I live in an apartment with a large dog, and two rabbits the stray really wants to eat. I have him in my bathroom temporarily but I need to find a safer, more stable place to recover. I simply do not have the means and resources to make this happen myself. ...
"We've been rejected by several local rescues and I'm beginning to run out of options.
“The stray is a very sweet, 7-year-old intact male, black and tan. He gets along with dogs, but not small critters. He's also not housebroken, but seems to be handling kenneling ok. He's very eager to please, he just needs a chance.”
Here’s the contact info: email@example.com.
[LARRY ASIDE: Maybe someone recognize the dog they lost. Or dumped. Or maybe you know who might be looking or not looking for this dog -- either help the person who’s looking or order our 2017 Sweet Swing Readlarrypowell.com Two-by-Four of Enlightenment and try it out on someone who needs a bit of illumination. That would be wrong, of course. Feel right but be wrong.]
WAIT! YOU WANT ONE MORE REASON TO DESPISE SOMEONE? Jessica writes, “I can tell the former owner tethered him outside, he's missing fur all around his neck and has lumps from badly healed wounds. He's also underweight, though his fur hides his skinniness. Any and all help is appreciated. I'm getting turned away from every rescue I've contacted because he's in poor condition.”
The folks at Denton’s McNatt Animal Shelter have approved Amanda for “early release to rescue,” according to our tipster Amy Poskey. Why? Because the 4-year-old “very pregnant terrier mix about to pop with puppies” needs to be somewhere else to have her puppies.
The note Amy sent reads that the very pregnant, “sweet girl seems to be a little shut down. Gosh, I might be shut down, too, if I was in a strange, scary place and about to pop with puppies. Poor baby is also HW positive.”
Rescues should email Gayla.Nelsen@cityofdenton.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
CONTEMPLATIONS AND CATTLE: Maybe you’ve been keeping up with the fires in the Texas Panhandle. Awful, tragic. There’s an effort to help the animals in the paths of the fires. (Here’s a CBS STORY about the fires.) Our pal Patricia Barrington, veteran animal shelter manager and who lives in the middle of a cattle ranch, says her “friend and landlord” Lena Morris of Paddack Farms “is collecting items to help the animals (mostly livestock) that have been injured and displaced in the fires in taking over the Panhandle. Many animal lives have been lost and many are scared and on the run and many are in need. So far, Lena has managed to get 500 round bales of hay and the trucks to transport them ready to roll out to those in need. She is still on a mission and is now in need of fencing supplies (mostly t-posts, wire and panels), water troughs and cattle cubes.” To join in with this effort, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-368-4067. Here’s a story from The Amarillo Globe-News that has a most heartbreaking photo. ... You’ve probably seen those Hank the Cowdog books in bookstores and online. One of the homes destroyed in the Panhandle Fires belongs to Hank’s author, John Erickson and his wife Kris. They fled safely, but many animals died. Here's a news story about that. ... One of the great things about animal people is that you can count on them to rally when there are natural disasters. Prairie fires, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes -- and of course, man-man problems such as oil spills. We do, of course, acknowledge that one naturally occurring disaster animal people have trouble handling is the Plague of Free-Roaming Village Idiots -- you know what I mean. Kind of good to know there are good hearts, isn’t it?
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