EDITION OF MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018 (PetPowellPress) -- Let me get this straight in my brain. We are at the point in the year when traditional Puppy & Kitten Season collides with “Dump The Dogs and Cats -- We’re Going on Vacation Season” and people are stunned to find local animal shelters overloaded with dogs and cats?
Humans, what are we going to do with them?
OK, in the meantime, consider helping animals. A June 1 story in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram began succinctly, “Fort Worth's Animal Shelter is so overcrowded that it's dropped its adoption fee to $10 in an effort to boost the number of pets going out the door.” [FW’s shelter, a couple of days later, announced, “Approximately 105 pets were adopted Friday and Saturday .... Amazing!”]
Dallas Animal Services dropped adoption fees to ZERO. The Dallas Animal Services Facebook post read, “We are completely full, and with more animals coming in daily, adoption fees are being waived. In addition to DAS’ dog capacity being at 100%, kitten season has brought the shelter’s cat capacity to 134%.” And the post quoted DAS Director Ed Jamison painting the desperate picture: “With record intake this season, we are reaching out to the community to help us find homes for all the deserving animals waiting to be adopted. Even for those who can’t adopt, they can temporarily help by fostering kittens during this spring season will be helping save lives.” As of the posting there were more than 700 animals at DAS -- and this sentence is upsetting: “Nearly 3,000 animals have come into DAS this month; with over 106 arriving on Tuesday, May 29th.”
You see here a photo of a dog with some kittens. On Sunday DAS posted this photo and explained, “It's Pirate again! Last year we posted her helping foster Nebula, a kitten. Pirate is helping us again by taking wonderful care of her new foster kittens! Pirate loves helping out and we can't thank her enough.” Visit both shelters and remember that when people don’t help correct the dumping and spay/neuter mistakes of others, animals pay with their lives.
A MESQUITE STORY: THUNDER
PUTS A DOG ON DEATH ROW
This beautiful dog is Oso, 5, a German Shepherd surrendered on June 1 “due to behavioral issues,” reports our volunteer Mesquite Animal Services tipster Judi Brown. What was the “issue”? “The issue was that Oso is terrified of thunder. He was an outside dog only and would claw at the door to come in during a storm.”
[LARRY ASIDE: Please, forgive my response, but, really, you poor, sad human, in Texas with it’s awful weather swings and awful temperature highs, no dog should be an “outside dog” -- unless you’ve got a dome over your property. Heck, go outside with your dog and when you get ready to come in really quickly, bring the dog in. It’s good for your heart to have a dog in your home.]
Oso is “sweet” but unaccustomed to receiving attention. To ask about adopting this 74-pound “sweet, gentle, well-mannered boy,” use his number (38724608) when you call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email rescues@ cityofmesquite.com.
But that’s not an example of the only goofy human action in Mesquite. This 6-month-old Pittie mix Neema (38722984), 25 pounds of friendly and sweet pup who is ALREADY FIXED, was surrendered on June 1 “due to landlord issues.” Yeah, right. Use her ID number when you get in touch with the shelter.
And someone, on the 29th, surrendered six Chihuahua mixes -- four were tagged, but two entered the weekend with the clock ticking: Monserat (38710189), a 10-year-old girl who dances for treats, and timid Guesito (38710235), a 10-year-old boy Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. They were still on the city’s website Sunday. You can see the scores and scores of Mesquite adoptables online HERE.
[LARRY ASIDE: Six Chihuahua mixes surrendered at the same time? Surely there was a human tragedy involved in this mass gamble of dog lives -- seriously, what are the chances in this “overloaded-shelter climate” that all six would manage to be save?]
A GOOD NOTE
FROM BURNS FLAT
Whew. How about a bit of good news? We have to leave town and travel to the western edge of Oklahoma for a report from the diligent animal advocate Terry Lynn Fisher in Burns Flat. You want to now about the kitten? Read on. She writes, “Last week, I posted about a little baby that was found in the middle of the road. It had been storming bad and we were not sure if it had been hit by a car or what happened. I took this baby to my vet. X-rays were taken and while there are no broken bones, he has a very bad tear in the back leg. It will heal with time, so, for now, he is on a mild pain med and in a home. He is feral, but young enough to be tamed. ... Luckily, he will be fine.” [To ask about adopting or helping this baby, email Terry Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
OH, MY GOODNESS,
THE RED OAK CHALLENGE
Laura Macias, Leighann Hayden and other small shelter supporters have been hustling for Red Oak’s shelter animals for quite some time. As we told you a couple of weeks ago, the shelter was shutting down for maintenance work. A note from Laura and Leighann reads, “Now that they have reopened, they are beyond full.” We’re going to highlight several of them, thanks to the team providing the info. For any of these animals, email Laura at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726.
First up is Batman -- we’ve mentioned him before -- he was the only dog who wasn’t tagged or adopted when the shelter closed for maintenance, but he is so loved and so adorable that he was housed temporarily at another shelter. Now he’s back and available via Red Oak again (Call Laura.) Remember, he’s the only one left of several “pits” who was abandoned in their kennels without food and water for a week in a local motel. He’s not one to harbor resentment, but apparently prefers “love” as a proper emotion for the human/animal relationship. And he’s handsome, too.
The kitten is Chaplin, maybe two months old, and an affectionate and adorable kitten.
Also among the many cats and kittens cramping the population at the shelter are Prince and King, two neutered males. “Someone unable to care for them had to give them up,” according to the Red Oak folks.
Then there are three mixed puppies, Emmie and Eric arrived together while Evan was a singular arrival. They’re all about 4 months old and “baby sweet and so very lovable.”
Bear is the fellow with the “Teddy Bear Face” who came in because his owner died and he was “sent to the shelter. He is such a good boy. He tries so very hard to please.”
Matt is the Belgian Malinois mix who is house-trained, smart, sweet and “over all the puppy stuff and very well behaved.” He came in as a stray.
Now we get to “CRITICALLY URGENT!!!!” Sarah, a senior Cocker Spaniel who “was found as a stray and it looks like she has had a hard time surviving - she is missing some fur on her back end and that will need to be checked.” This is an early intake photo, but the Red Oak shelter says “she is clearly a Spaniel. Has the cute little stump tail, too. So sorry - pics are still pending - this was best we could do in order to have something to post - we can tell you right now she is very sweet and very precious ... She needs someone right away.”
Again, email Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726.
A REMINDER FROM
OUT AT THE LAKE
The Friends of the Animals at Cedar Creek Lake host a low-cost vaccination/micropchip clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. (Call 903-451-4701 for info. Or go to friendsoftheanimals.org or visit the Facebook site HERE.
The site of the vaccination/chip clinic? Why, where else? It’s at the Friends’ Spay/Neuter Clinic, the world’s most successful spay/neuter clinic in Gun Barrel City, Texas.
KURT BARKER: A LITTLE DOG
AND A CHALLENGE
We got this story from our frequent Houston contributor, the animal advocate Alexandra Kelsey. The background on this white, fluffy dog begins with this paragraph on his gofundme.com page: “Kurt Barker was a small, sickly and flea-infested dog next in line to be euthanized at our local shelter. Animal control found him wandering in traffic and rescued him. It became apparent he was thrown away. Identified by chip, the prior owners didn't respond to over a dozen calls. Time was running out.”
Kurt was, of course, saved. Then, earlier in the week word went out that Kurt needed expensive surgery just to be able to move around --- a “Femoral Head Ostctomy (FHO).” His gofundme.com page explains, “We had just finished a long walk when he jumped from the curb to the street. His legs collapsed and he cried out in pain, we scooped him up and carried him home.” The visit to the vet revealed that Kurt’s “femur was torn out of his hip socket.” After that, everything aimed toward surgery. The pre-surgery note from Daryl Lerner cited a friend “who knows “Kurt’s mom” and read that the dog is “well-loved and cared for and he and his mom need help getting him back to full mobility.”
The rescued dog’s Mom is known for “her tireless work with rescued cats, and this lady is retired and has limited means.” She took a chance on getting financial help from the rescue community and, in a leap of faith, set the surgery for the 29th. There were some nervous moments, then, word arrived: “Kurt’s surgery ... went well. He will have to do some PT, and his stitches should come out in 10-14 days. Kurt’s mom appreciates the donations, I know, and if anyone is still interested in donating, she is about $800 short of the total cost of this orthopedic surgery for her boy.” You can see how the donations are going at this page:
[LARRY ASIDE: You can’t really say this stuff happens “all the time,” but you can say that this instance demonstrates faith in the rescue community on behalf of a small dog who has plenty of love left.]
A DALLAS SHOOTING; WHEN HUMANS SNAP; A BETTER SONG FOR THE DAY
You’ve probably seen the tragic story of the Dallas domestic situation that led to the fatal shooting of a husband and a murder charge being filed against the wife. And the wife told the police she shot the husband because he was beating the cat. What happened to the cat? We asked a reporter pal who was dealing with the story and the police have no comment on the cat’s state, he tells us. Perhaps the cat is “evidence” now in the care of the city. Maybe in the custody of relatives. If anyone knows, let us know (email me at email@example.com). This cat is likely to need a place to live. No need to make life awful -- or shorter -- for an animal because of human behavior. ... When I was a young journalist, before I became a youngish editor and columnist for decades, I covered a lot of police beat stories and criminal trials. What always struck me was how odd it was that some of the nicest people were defendants in murder and mayhem cases. For a bad minute the worst of humanity boiled up from within them and that was that -- criminals for life. One of the nicest guys I ever met was a hired killer -- could have been an illusion. Humans -- hard to figure. .... As we end our contemplations of the human condition and how it affects more than one being, this is a good time for a song by the great, late Don Williams, rest in peace. Click HERE. And may your day be good.
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