EDITION OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- We’ve got updates on Squid the Cat, a happy report on a dog that was shot in Lamar County, some opportunities in shelters, a Kitten Bowl connection and a Chihuahua crisis. All this on Groundhog Day. Keep reading.
In celebration of Groundhog Day, what is the connection between the Wisconsin Woodchucks (synonym for groundhog) and the Texas Rangers? FYI: pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Surprise, Ariz., on Valentine’s Day. That’s the Rangers’ spring training logo. There are no arms on it -- that could be an indicator.
Back to the connection question: The Rangers/Woodchucks connection is Mark Lowe, a right-handed pitcher who is a former Woodchuck and a former Ranger -- he threw the pitch St. Louis Cardinal David Freese hit for a homer that ended Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. The Cards thumped Texas in Game 7 to win the Series. In that sixth game, the Rangers had been within one pitch of winning the Series TWICE. Oh, and I think there’s a football game this weekend.
More on that and a connection to Operation Kindness in a minute.
A CHIHUAHUA CRISIS
AND SOME JAIL TIME
Our pal Karen Lee, the devoted supporter of GAP Rescue sent an urgent note Thursday afternoon about “seven Chi’s who were abandoned in Lake Worth area when owner went to jail---below is ALL I know about the situation—and I have no pix—but if you can help, please contact Jimmy at phone number below.
The note reads: “The man who has the abandoned 7 Chihuahuas name is Jimmy at 817 -264-8267. He does not want to take them to Samson or Lake Worth shelter bc they will be put down. One is a nursing mom with two puppies and four adults. Poor dogs. Owner went to jail for a while.”
FORT WORTH IN CRISIS,
ADOPTION RATE DECLINING
The City of Fort Worth’s Animal Care and Control issued an appeal Thursday for help with adoptions. The note, targeting rescue groups and other partners, reads, “Adoptions and rescues are significantly down from this time last year. We've had 130 fewer adoptions and 30 percent fewer transfers to rescues than we had in January 2017. We're overcapacity now.”
The shelter is also asking for the partners’ suggestons for making “the rescue process easier for you to get some of our dogs out of the shelter today, tomorrow and over the weekend?” The contact with your answers is longtime shelter worker Ginger Leach at 817-392-7087.
We’re showing a couple of the Fort Worth dogs who need some help. They’re extra special cases.
That Shepherd mix (35913234) is -- get this, Dallas -- Big Tex (so named as Cowtown hosts the Fort Worth Livestock Show & Rodeo). This Big Tex is 8 years old and neutered but his drawback is he’s heartworm positive. It’s curable but it costs money.
Miss Glory, clearly an adorable Earhound, has a history with the shelter. The bio reads, “Owner surrender July 2017 - cannot afford - adopted in August 2017 and returned December 2017 due to being destructive inside when left alone.” That’s fixable by not leaving her alone unless she’s happily crated or, heck, spending some money to help her cope. She’s a 5-year-old Pitty mix with some fixable health problems (except for the arthritis and it can be "handled."). She’s been in the shelter since December 28. Call Ginger at that 817-392-7087 number and she can tell you how to help these two and all the other animals in the Fort Worth shelter.
RED OAK POSTER DOG?
AND REMEMBER WILMER, TOO
We’ve been trying to help Laura Macias and Leighann Hayden get some attention for the two crowded, small, municipal shelters in Red Oak and Wilmer, on the southern edge of Dallas. Lots of animals, Few visitors -- so how’s a dog or cat supposed to get adopted? Against great odds. So, as we enter the weekend, we’re featuring just this one dog in Red Oak to represent the plight in both shelters. This dog, though labeled “Ryan,” is actually a young female hound mix named Carrie. The note about her reads, “Carrie is just awesome and we are serious - she is loving and sweet and extremely well behaved. GORGEOUS Dog. She would be perfect for someone looking for the most amazing dog every - super cute and lovable and fun. Please help save her! She would so much love to have a home.”
For animals in both the Red Oak and the Wilmer shelters, contact Laura at email@example.com or CALL OR TEXT 214-949-2726.
GET READY FOR THE SU-PURR BOWL
AND AN OK CAT OPPORTUNITY
The renowned no-kill shelter in Carrollton, Operation Kindness, is “teaming up” on Super Sunday weekend with the North Shore Animal League and a hundred other partners “to celebrate Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl V.” You can see it at 11 a.m. Sunday on the Hallmark Channel -- that NFL championship football game that featured the Dallas Cowboys back in the 20th Century starts later in the day. (FYI: At this LINK, you can find the player profile which lists a trio of Texas kittens rescued from Hurricane Harvey.) So, go to OK on Saturday and Sunday and adopt cats and kittens and get a Cat Care Starter Kit -- lots of treats and toys designed by Mosaic, the Dallas non-profit. Go to operationkindness.org and you can see cats (and dogs) and how to adopt them and how to get to the shelter at 3201 Earhart Drive.
In case you want an adult cat, that fellow is Sir Williams (he’s listed both as Sir William and Sir Williams -- could be either, or both). Just over 11 years old, he’s #36503252 and a “red domestic longhair.” The bio on the website says he weighs “9 grams.” I’m not good at math, but I figure there’s a description problem in his bio -- if he really did weigh just 9 grams, that means he weighs 0.0198416 pounds. [LARRY CONFESSION: I've mentioned before that during my quarter-century as a columnist at The Big Paper Downtown I once omitted a key punctuation mark from a story about a dog and wound up declaring that a home was need for a 78-pound Chihuahua. Yes, 7.8 pound was closer to accurate.] I’m betting Sir William/Williams weighs 9 pounds and a lot of it is dignified, handsome cat hair. He loves being cuddled and brushed and gives headbutts. He also participates in OK’s Sleepover Program --[LARRY EXPLAINS: That way you and the cat can figure out if you’re a good match before anybody signs any paperwork or the cat hires a lawyer.]
FOLLOWUP ON SQUID
We posted a story Wednesday about the Friends of Rowlett Animals helping an injured young cat named Squid -- she’d suffered terrible injuries to both back legs and was found hiding in a drainage outlet on a bridge. Her injuries required some intense, corrective surgery. We heard from Dawna Carabajal, president of the FRA, who said, “We raised about $900 of the $2,400 needed.” They went ahead with the surgery and got good news late Thursday afternoon. About 6 p.m., Dawna reported, “We just got an update from Dr. [Josh] Cope at Premier [Vet Care] and he said Squid did very well during her surgery came through like a champ. She will be ready to go home to her new Foster either tomorrow afternoon or Saturday morning.”
And, the organization will will need help with donations. “We couldn't just leave him at the shelter suffering. Here’s the DONATE LINK to help pay for the surgery.
BETTY BULLET, A KITTEN THIEF
& THE MYSTERY OF CHICKEN WINGS
Our connection with Lamar County Humane Association, Stephanie Ann, sent this photo Thursday with this report: “One of those adoptions that makes you want to cry! I’ve been so worried about Betty Bullet! She’s got scars from being shot at, she’s a black dog and a Pit. Had the best temperament but her looks have made everyone pass her over. Not today! She’s going to live on 60 acres and mentor her new little brother! #blackdogsrock #pittielove.” [LARRY ASIDE: Geez, look at that pellet-pattern -- probably a shotgun -- on to of her head. Thank heavens the clown with the gun missed her eyes. Now, we need a chorus of “Amens!” from the Deacons of the First Church of Joyous Adoptions. I'd go ahead and found that church but I can't afford offering plates.] ... On the other side of the coin of joy, did you see the story in The Big Paper Downtown about the clown who stole a kitten from an Arlington pet store by hiding it in his jacket? If you know a felon who suddenly has a new kitten, make a call to the authorities. Here’s the STORY . Seriously, this guy needs professional help -- first a professional arrest, then a professional trial, then a professional prison counselor. ... Thanks to our pal Jeff Crilley, the former TV newsman who is president of Real News Public Relations, we learned of writer Molly Priesmeyer’s Super Bowl snacks round-up in the online Minneapolis Star Tribune. You can READ IT HERE. One thing you’ll note is the tremendous amount of chicken wings consumed. And this strikes me as a definite change in the American appetite due to an amazing, deft redirection of the American appetite by some marketing genius. Back when I was a Southern Baptist kid dining with the family on fried chicken after church on Sundays, the wing was what was left over. Nobody wanted the wing. Who knew wings would become an economic gold mine? Oh, and one more Super Bowl note: Go Cowboys. At some point, this year, please, Go Cowboys.
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