FRIDAYEXTRA EDITION, AUGUST 10, 2018 [PetPowellPress] This Readlarrypowell.com FRIDAYEXTRA focuses on animals in three shelters.
While Garland is navigating a rough sea with a distemper outbreak, overloaded Mesquite and Wilmer have animals on the clock not because of disease, but because of space and human failure.
GARLAND’S DISTEMPER CHALLENGE
This is the latest statement posted on the City of Garland website. “As of Aug. 9, Garland Animal Services confirms 15 new cases of canine distemper. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 25. Shelter veterinarian Dr. Autumn Paul says, ‘This is a good sign because 79 dogs were tested in all. We were anticipating higher numbers. But we are not out of the woods yet.’ Many of these animals have already been adopted by rescue groups and are out of the shelter. Staff is working on identifying the location of all the dogs that tested positive and isolating them from the dogs that tested negative. If anyone has any questions please contact AnimalServices@GarlandTX.gov.”
[LARRY ASIDE: As you can see by checking assorted online Garland shelter social media sites, this has been a cooperative effort -- shelter workers, rescuers, volunteers, etc.]
THE 4 P.M. NEEDLE CALL IN MESQUITE
The Mesquite Animal Shelter has a number of animals that aren’t threatened by distemper but are threatened by human failure and are on the clock for 4 p.m. Friday.
The volunteer biographer Judi Brown has provided us with bios of several dogs that are listed as “next’ at 4 p.m.
Samson is the 2-year-old German Shepherd mix -- in the shelter since July 23. “Samson is very smart,” Judi writes. “He knows how to operate doorhandles. He’s also very alert and inquisitive.” He also doesn’t like hot weather and prefers to be an inside dog. He’s 39199085 at the shelter.
Tiger (39207897), a 5-year-old Pittie/Lab mix surrendered July 25 “because his owner said they could no longer afford him” is named for his markings. In the sun he is a beautiful reddish color,” Judi says.Initially timid, he warms up and “sticks to you like Velcro.”
Gypsy (39181789), a 3-year-old Pittie mix, is a former stray who, Judi says, “is very affectionate and gives kisses. She’s also gentle and well-mannered....See the way she tilts her head? She’s very in tune with her human friends.”
Twilight (39062673), a 2-year-old Pittie/Lab mix was a stray who arrived on July 7, has been afraid in the shelter. “At first she hid under the bench for security but was bribed to come out for treats.” Now, with some work, she wags her tail and appears to “crave closeness and a loving touch. She’s calm and gentle.”
To help these dogs or any other animals in the shelter, cal 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. FOUR PM. And they’re not convicted of anything expect being in custody.
THE BROWN EYES OF WILMER
Here’s the whole subject line on Leighann Hayden’s email about a small shelter south of Dallas: “BIG BROWN EYES PLEADING - AT CAPACITY TX.WILMER SHELTER.” We’re highlighting Gabe, the Aussie Shepherd Mix because of the way he wound up on death row. He’s a young guy. Leighann wrote, “Our hearts break for this cute boy. He was brought to the shelter by someone in Dallas County who said they were ‘donating' him along with some bags of food. Just so sad - look at this face. They apparently had gotten a new puppy.”
There are more in need. To help them survive being “sheltered,” email Laura Macias at email@example.com or call or text 214-949-2726 and Facebook Carrie Moody or Laura Macias.
[LARRY ASIDE: And, for crying out loud, save some cats, too. All shelters have a healthy inventory of adoptable cats.]
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