EDITION OF TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2017 (PetPowellPress) -- The world is an odd place, isn’t it. For example, Monday was a brainbender of a day. And back in October, I caught this cat online shopping for a costume of Jabba the Hut from Star Wars.
No wonder we haven’t had space aliens visiting us -- the Intergalactic Vacation Guides probably have a “not worth the risk” asterisk on the listing for Planet Earth and this warning: “If your species looks the slightest bit like an Earth dog or an Earth cat, you may be at peril on the planet.” And that leads us to some shelter challenges in Texas.’
THE CHALLENGE OF SMALLER SHELTERS
I wouldn’t pretend to know exactly what the challenge of smaller shelters in Texas is but I’m betting money runs a close race with space and population.
That brings us to two smaller shelters on the southern side of Dallas -- everything on the southern side of Dallas is a challenge. Call up a city and ask the mayor’s office.
Here we go discussing dogs in the Wilmer Shelter and the Red Oak Shelter:
We’ve been writing about them for a while now, ever since Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden teamed up to bring the spotlight to attempts to help save animals on the clock. We’ve featured Gabriel before and now we’re mentioning Noah, two dogs on the clock at the Wilmer shelter -- Laura reports that “there is a $200 to an approved 501c3 rescue for either of these dogs.”
Gabriel’s a neutered Blue Bully who is ready to go to a new home. And Noah is a Boxer/Bully mix described as a “very loving and gentle and lovable” dog.
To help, email email@example.com or CALL or TEXT 214-949-2726. Use the same contact points to help any or all of these three dogs currently in the Red Oak Animal Shelter, which also holds animals for nearby Glenn Heights.
The latest appeal has three dogs that are close to the needle. Lacy (right) is a Hound mix who “recently had puppies” but no puppies came in with her.
Then there’s Dancer, a Lab mix who is a “beautiful, sweet girl. Very loving and sweet.” And then we get to Amelia, an already spayed Pittie mix who, according to her bio, “has a microchip tying her to an owner and when that owner was contacted they were at first very excited saying Amelia was stolen from them and they were so happy she was okay. Interestingly, Amelia's recent owner was contacted since she was recognized as coming from a certain home. Now, neither owner has come through. The original owner made the decision to not pursue getting the dog back due to their living situation changing from since they had her. And the most recent owners when contacted never contacted anyone back. So now Amelia has no owners and is in desperate need of a new home."
[LARRY ASIDE: Wonder if the cities of Wilmer, Red Oak and Glenn Heights could cough up enough money to create and build a new shelter aimed at saving animals in all three cities? If you could pull that off, heck, you might be enough of a political talent to represent the area in Washington. Not that helping animals AND people is a good place to start.]
ON MONDAY, A HEARTBREAKING APPEAL
It’s not easy reading these appeals day after day and trying to figure out how to write them so they touch hearts. We had only a little bit of info on this situation in Mount Pleasant, about 2 hours northeast of Dallas on I-30. We got a desperate note just before 11 a.m. Monday from Monica Collins who is with “the Shelter Friends group that works to get animals out of the shelter.” The appeal read, “Could you please share these babies for me? They will be euthanizing today at 4 p.m. for space.” These are two of the 9 dog photos that accompanied the note. Maybe there was a hold issued. Just in case, I’m posting these two dogs for inspiration. Here's the shelter link. It’ll lead you to the Facebook page, too. [LARRY ASIDE: Nick, that black dog with all the toys, has the look of someone who has just been told that the toys are a prop and he's on the clock. How can humans do this to these beings?]
TWO CATS WITH MUSICAL NAMES
While looking at the SPCA of Texas website and the organization’s available cats, I ran across these two with musical names:
That 4-year-old medium hair mix on the left is Johnny Cash (157819). And the other cat (154863) is a 2-year-old girl named Jigglypuff. [LARRY ASIDE: I don’t know this for sure, but I think that may have been one of the names rejected by Sean Combs early in his career.]
Got to spca.org to see how to adopt these animals and a bunch more, too.
CONTEMPLATIONS: ANIMALS AND THEIR INFLUENCE
This great photo of a Straydog Inc. dog on a cat tree was posted on Facebook by David Bonski after last weekend’s off-site Straydog adoption event. Cracked me up. His caption reads, “While at Straydog's Adoption Day, Cecilia wonders what to be today. A cat or dog?” You see, also a more conventional photo of Cecilia. And one of her fans, Stormy Whiddon commented, “She is the best. She is very smart! I taught her how to shake, stay, leave it (where she doesn't grab the treat), and I am sure if she got adopted into an amazing family they could train her to do so much more. She is a really smart dog.” The Straydog link is straydog.com. ... Our Eastern Seaboard Bureau Chief Andy Fisher reports: “Wag more. Bark less." He says that was the "sign on the back of a car in front of me waiting for the light this morning at U.S. 46 and Mountain Lakes Blvd.” That’s in New Jersey, where they also love rescued animals -- Andy and Annie have two of ‘em, the dog Maxie and the cat Chloe. Neither is fond of snowy weather. ... Spotted in a United Kingdom newspaper, a report on bringing back an extinct species, the Tasmanian Tiger. [LARRY ASIDE: The last one was seen in 1936 near Nacogdoches trying to swat an Ivory Billed Woodpecker out of a pine tree. I’m kidding. I’m kidding. Here’s the Tiger story LINK. Thanks to Cornell University, you can read about the Ivory Billed challenge HERE.]
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