EDITION OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 [PetPowellPress] Welcome to Monday. As the foreman of the Great Wall of China Construction and Employment Project once said, “Let’s get started.”
Remember, nearly every shelter and rescue group in the known universe has a website or a Facebook page -- don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors and the “don’t-care-yet” people. Spread the word. Relentlessly. Only way to bore the message into the heads of earthlings -- be relentless.
For example, we’re relentless about Earhounds, an official designation long championed by Readlarrypowell.com. That dog? An Earhound of the Diminished Presentation -- his name is Jagger, he’s about 3, a NEUTERED blonde and white Labrador Retriever who has been in the Dallas Animal Services Shelter and Adoption Center since September 6. I chose his photo from the DAS site dallasanimalservices.org because he’s clearly a dog who knows something bad is up if nobody pulls him out of the shelter. Geez, he looks as if he’s taking a police mugshot after a bank robbery and, good grief, he’s innocent. Somebody go get that dog.
That little boy kitten with the VM monogram on the forehead is Gemini. We’re posting him to show you that all cats are not the same. So, first look at Gemini, then look at the 4-eyed cat Cheezy, a fabulous face on an available cat at DAS. See how to get them at dallasanimalservices.org.
ANOTHER SET OF CHALLENGES
IN BURNS FLAT, OKLAHOMA
During the noon hour Sunday, we got this desperate email from the resilient rescuer Terry Lynn fisher in the western outpost of Burns Flat, Okla. First, this cat is NOT YET SAFE and needs some human help.
Terry Lynn wrote, “I just received this text message. What the hell is wrong with people?
I honestly do not even know what to do."
And here’s that text message she got: “We have a stray cat that's been hanging around so I bought a bag of cat food. He looks bad. My daughter came in the house and said the neighbor came outside and got the cat, wrapped it in a towel and said bye bye kitty! Threw it in their house and their cats attacked it.” Offer to help this cat by emailing Terry Lynn at email@example.com.
Same address to help this little dog. He’s been in and out of homes because he’s sick with coronavirus, an awful intestinal problem. Terry Lynn finally just arranged to take the dog and get him into her vet’s care. And that’s where the story stands after about two weeks of people making the wrong moves with the dog.. Terry Lynn made the right move. Terry Lynn says. “Yesterday [Saturday], they called me again and said I need to come get the dog -- it is sick again.”
Terry Lynn then made arrangements to get the dog signed-over to her and he’s at the vet’s and being treated again. “He is a sweetheart and wants love. I need help: With vetting, with a place to go, with him.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org to help Terry Lynn keep this dog healthy and safe.
[LARRY ASIDE: Seems like big city or small town, rescuing can get to be an adventure. It all looked so simple at the start...right? Pick up the dog, get it to the vet, find it a home. Sometimes you think nobody follows the Simple Route Roadmap Atlas To Sane Solutions anymore.]
CRATES AND A NEW LOOK:
WHAT’S UP AT THE SFCA!
We’ve been writing about the Society For Companion Animals since it was a pup being nurtured and raised to successful maturity by the veteran rescuer Tawana Couch. [LARRY ASIDE: I couldn’t find a start date for the non-profit SFCA, but Tawana’s been doing rescue and relocate for more than a quarter-century.]
Never mind the past right now, we’re looking at the future. On September 22 and 29, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., SFCA has scheduled Crate Assembly Day! Donate crates if you want to -- that'll help!
You can’t fly dogs out of Texas to safety in other states without the right crate. These two days are assigned to “Extra-Large Crates.” Or as, Tawana writes, “You are welcome to come and go as you need to, and/or stay as little or as long as you can.” The crate assembly is at 6019 Woolsey Drive in Dallas -- that’s in Zip Code 75224 in Oak Cliff. Contact Tawana at email@example.com.
And that artwork? That’s part of the whole new website for SFCA at societyforcompanionanimals.org.
Go there and see how much money it costs to save 500 dogs a year from nearly certain death in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
TAKE A QUICK LOOK
AT CINDY LOU’S TONGUE
Yeah, when I took at glance at that photo I thought, “How odd is that dog’s tongue!” Turns out, that’s the neckerchief masquerading at as tongue. Cindy Lou is one of many animals needing rescue or adoption at the Mesquite Animal Services Shelter. Shes 3 and, our tipster Judi Brown writes, a “gorgeous blue Pit with hazel eyes that came in to Mesquite Animal Shelter as a stray on 9/10. To meet this girl is to love her! You have only to be around her for a few minutes to see that she’s a well mannered gentle southern lady that wants nothing more than to please. She stays close and just looks at you with adoring eyes that will melt your heart.” The 50-pound dog is 39631291 at Mesquite. Call the shelter at 972-216-6283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Navigate to the Mesquite shelter animals HERE.
A RESCUE; A CONSIDERATION OF LAWS
Before you read Part II of today’s Contemplations. Please take a minute to look at Part I:
Our pal Jeff Crilley, founder and president of Real News PR, sent a LINK TO A HURRICANE FLORENCE REPORTER saving a Service Dog. Watch it HERE before you read Part II. You have to know that there are GOOD PEOPLE in the world.
I read a news story over the weekend about alleged disgusting human behavior in Galveston. You may have seen it. If you haven’t, I apologize for bringing it up such ugliness on your Monday, but, you know, it’s time to take action in Texas. This story is an example of why Texas needs stronger animals cruelty laws with sentences that are extraordinarily and constitutionally -- words fail me, but what’s a synonym for “earthly punishment beyond hell?”
This guy is accused of killing the family cat -- stabbed it 12 times, the cop say -- as the result of a disagreement with his girlfriend. And, oh, yeah, he is said to have threatened to kill her, too. And there’s a kid involved. This guy has been charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animals, tampering with physical evidence and making a terroristic threat to a family member. My theory is you can have the death penalty attached to killing dogs and cats and it still won’t matter to people trying to make a crazy romantic point or get revenge or kill just for the hell of it. Read the headlines: People still kill people and animals because they have an opportunity. Innocent until proven guilty, but when that happens, make the prison door clank shut with an echo of finality.
That sounds harsh. Yes, it is. And you may be saving lives of humans as well as animals. You’ve read about the link between animal cruelty and cruelty to humans.
Write to your Texas Legislator about making the penalty for violating animal cruelty laws tougher. Get involved with the Texas Humane Legislation Network HERE. The Texas Legislature convenes on Tuesday, January 8. Make some pro-animal noise.
I’ve written a lot of stories about abused animals. Martha and I have seen these victims, picked up a few, adopted some and loved every one of them. Wept over some, too.
I’m still disturbed by the case of Pablo, a Lab mix who belonged to someone’s girlfriend. I wrote this in 2009: “Back on Valentine's Day, after a lover's spat, a man was suspected of throwing that Lab mix off the 50-foot high Spur 408 bridge across Interstate 20. No arrests.” There’s no update on that story. But there have been, since then, positive developments in stronger investigation and prosecution in Dallas County. It’s time to give investigators and prosecutors even stronger laws to hammer the villains. In a “nation of laws,” use justice to protect all lives.
[LARRY ASIDE: Somebody help me down off this soapbox before the wood starts to snap and the crash wakes the dogs and cats. But, before you help me down, remember that it is the responsibility of citizens to guide the elected officials who draw their salaries right out of your pockets. You’re the boss. Tell them what to do. And God bless the animals of Texas -- and the people, too. Stop all the killing.]
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