EDITION OF VALENTINE’S DAY, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 (PetPowellPress) What better time to focus on acts of love than Valentine’s Day.
And, heck, exercise some love by helping dogs and cats find homes and help. Cheaper than diamonds -- sometimes.
Some of you even have a long-standing romance with animal rescue. I got lucky -- my funspouse Martha is a rescue person. Takes in cats, dogs and an old guy found wandering deliriously on the Texas Highway of Loveless Despair. [That’s a photo of my funspouse Martha having a happy moment with one of our foundlings, the brownish Border Collie/Chocolate Lab mix Dudley while a feral-borne cat, Deputy Chief Kittie Leigh Johnson, frames the scene with her ears.]
Romantic desperation aside, let’s focus on shelter and critter desperation today.
THOUGHTS ON RED OAK’S SHELTER:
A PLACE WITH A POPULATION PROBLEM
In Red Oak, south of Dallas, the heart is there to help animals; the traffic is not. And intake swells the Red Oak shelter to full not only because of people who dump animals, but because of a contract for sheltering with a nearby city that has no shelter. In other words: the odds against animals in Red Oak can be pretty lousy.
[LARRY ASIDE: Readlarrypowell.com would like to suggest that because of the human population explosion in the area, maybe one of the cities could show some leadership and build a coalition to create a large regional shelter. Share the burden of finance and unwanted animals but especially, together, develop a reputation for saving animals from the needle. Be good for quality of life discussions in meetings with business looking for a happy place to land.]
As Valentine’s Day arrives, we’re offering this appeal from Laura Macias, who with Leighann Hayden, has been working diligently to get more attention paid to the shelter’s growing population.
“This small-spaced shelter is EXTREMELY FULL,” Laura wrote. “Full in a space-based shelter means not much time. ... Please, you will save a life if you rescue or adopt.” Among the animals is a litter of puppies -- not little puppies, but growing up puppies -- the kind that people walk past while looking for hand-sized cuddlers. These are two of the variety pack of 4 1/2-month-old Lab mix puppies (3 girls: Kacie, Kensie,Kaylie; 2 boys: Kyle, Kaden) surrendered by, the bio reads, someone who apparently didn’t have time to look for potential adoptors.”
[LARRY LOVING ASIDE ON VALENTINE’S DAY: And how hard is it to find a vet who can spay or neuter -- why, you don’t need to call in the missing persons team from the Texas Rangers, do you, knuckleheaded puppy dumper? Sorry, that wasn’t loving was it.]
Oh, and one of the dogs on the clock at Red Oak is Mike, who we also mentioned in an earlier edition. Mike is the young guy who was seen being tossed from a truck.
To help any animal in Red Oak, email Laura at email@example.com or CALL OR TEXT 214-949-2726. And, if you saw the dimwit toss Mike from a truck, call a peace officer -- that behavior is against the law in the State of Texas.
DALLAS ANIMAL SERVICES’
$10 DOG & CAT VALENTINE’S DEAL
This week (during Spay/Neuter Awareness Month), Dallas Animal Services has $10 adoption fees for dogs and cats that are already spayed or neutered.
This might help get animals out of the shelter. Why do they need to be out of the shelter?
Remember Monday’s edition? We cited the card for the Sunday the 4th and noted that the shelter killed 22 dogs and a cat that day. Now comes the card for Sunday the 11th -- 23 dogs, 2 cats and 1 “other.”
That’s why you need to help rescue groups and shelter personnel remind the millions of people in North Texas that they can help save lives of innocent animals. Gee, it sounds so simple. Go to the shelter at I-30 and Westmoreland or go to the online adoptables list at dallasanimalservices.org.
MEANWHILE, THESE TWO TO GO
AND MORE IN FILLED-UP MESQUITE
Awwww. Look at these babies. We got the photos and the bios from the volunteer monitor of animals in the Mesquite shelter, Judi Brown. She says the shelter is approaching “full.”
The first girl is Berry Blossom. Not kidding. Judi writes that “BB” is a 3-year-old Pit mix “surrendered on February 10 because she required too much attention.” [LARRY ASIDE: You hope those people haven’t produced a human baby -- those things REALLY require attention.]
Judi writes that 45-pound, house-trained “BB is a pretty girl with alluring brown eyes and a shiny black coat. She is affectionate and would come to me to be petted. She would get so excited at getting attention that her whole body would wiggle. She is really sweet and somewhat timid. She seemed to enjoy running in the yard. She checked out everything with her nose. She didn’t have a problem meeting other dogs in the bay.” (BB’s number is 37818772.)
Then there’s Jake (37635695), a 4-year-old, 53-pound Shepherd and Lab mix in isolation since January 18 -- nearly a month. Kennel cough. “He seems to be fine now,” Judi writes. “The best word to describe Jake would be exuberant! He’s a fun loving, energetic guy with a mischievous sparkle in his eyes. He will keep his new owners entertained with his antics. He is strong willed so will need an owner that will be the alpha. He would do best with an active family. Jake does want to please and is highly motivated by treats.” [LARRY ASIDE: And aren’t we all on Valentine’s Day!]
For these dogs and others in the Mesquite shelter, call 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the ID numbers in all communication.
JUST IN CASE THERE’S A CHANCE....
Oh, for crying out loud, shouted the veteran animal and human writer. Never been disappointed in an animal, he declared, but humans are another case.
Here’s a chance to keep a human from disappointing us and, at the same time, saving a litter of puppies.
The appeal came from Kelly C. Herman. It’s about a situation in Columbus, Texas (population around 3,700). The little town is 75 miles west of Houston on I-10 and south of La Grange by a half-hour on Texas 71. [LARRY ASIDE: In my native Northeast Texas we’d call that the “big middle of nowhere.” But, we’ll also point out that Texas’ laws regarding animal cruelty and killin’ are still in effect no matter how rural you are.]
Kelly’s note reads, “My 16-year-old daughter has a friend who's grandfather has 6-7 puppies approximately 6-9 months old. He plans to kill them if he is unable to find them homes by this weekend.”
Contact Kelly at email@example.com or call 832-612-0587.
[LARRY ASIDE: And, if anyone knows a legal authority in Colorado County, make ‘em hip to this “animal management plan” the grandpa may be about to execute. The time to be nice about killing animals has expired. Get authorities and get authoritative. Be nice but firm and save the animals. And tell Grandpa Lunkhead that there's a way to keep Momma from having babies without having to kill her, too.]
On Valentine’s day our selections are a LOVE CLASSIC FROM WILLIE NELSON or A TRUE LOVE SONG FROM THE BEATLES. And, for those of you who believe in The King, here’s a genuine, sizzling love song. ... In the meantime, our Eastern Seaboard Bureau Chief Andy Fisher sent this report on the cat in the household he and wife Annie share with Maxie the Dog. This is the cat who actually owns the place, Chloe. On an evening with both a dog show and the Olympics, Chloe is quoted as saying, “Dogs on one channel, humans on the other channels...I am sooooo excited.” ... MIND GAMES: Martha gave me Alexa’s Echo a while back and earlier this week I asked Alexa to play Lucy in Disguise by John Fred & His Playboy Band. Alexa insisted that she didn’t have that song. In frustration I demanded, “Alexa, play John Fred” and she replied, “Shuffling songs by John Fred & His Playboy Band” and the first song up was “Judy in Disguise.” Naturally, I apologized to Alexa and promised I’d do better with remembering the names of songs. I then asked for Judy in the Sky with Diamonds -- I’m kidding. That joke reminds me that I wish 21st century radio stations would announce the names of songs and the artists. How are we supposed to learn anything about our American culture without names and titles? It’s like going to the library and asking for a copy of that “book about the big fish.” What? Oh. Sorry. Library -- that’s where civilization keeps its books. Books? OK, ask Alexa. And wish her Happy Valentine's Day!
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