Tuesday, December 29, 2009
WARNING to people posting FREE pets (Anywhere in San Antonio)
Date: 2009-12-29, 9:33AM CST
Reply to: email@example.com [Errors when replying to ads?]
PLEASE ask a fee for your pet and have your pet spayed or neutered BEFORE you post them on CL.
Why, you ask?
Because here are TWO situations that happened recently:
A friend posted a poodle that she found, free to a good home. A woman came to her home and took the poodle, claiming she loved her and would take good care of her. Two days later the poodle was back on CL for sale!! She was able to get her back, the the poodle was anxious and upset. God knows what happened to her in those two days. She did NOT have a loving home that was promised.
A friend found a golden retriever, thin and with a broken hip, dumped at a gas station in San Antonio. He had been laying there for days, and people were leaving him crackers, but NO ONE stopped to help him. She took him to the vet to be put down, because he could no longer walk and was in bad shape. He just happened to have a microchip! His "previous" owners had given him away FREE on Craigslist to a woman with two daughters! They too, thought he had a good home!!
PLEASE rethink what you are doing before you send your pets off to the world of unknown adopters! SCREEN people, ask questions, charge a fee, visit their home! DO NOT send your pets off to be abused, bred or injured. Their innocent lives are in YOUR hands. DO RIGHT BY THEM!!
•Location: Anywhere in San Antonio
•it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It an old cliche but is so true in so many instances. Especially when it comes to our lost babies.
Sometimes, dogs get out and there is nothing that could have been done. But many lost pet situations can be prevented:
An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure - Lost Dogs
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So I go to Office Depot and get this T shirt transfer stuff for less than 2 dollars per transfer http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/825464/Avery-Personal-Creations-Light-T-Shirt/
Then I go to the Dollar store and buy Hanes 100% cotton white undershirts - a 3 pack costs around 5 dollars or so.
I make up some graphics using Word or Publisher. See attached. Using my inkjet printer, I print the graphics in mirror image right onto the transfer stuff as if it were paper. Then I iron on the transfer stuff onto the T shirt. You have to press hard and have the iron really hot and it works. I've washed my T shirts twice and they are still holding up.
Something you might want to use to advertise the seniors - including Arnie. Volunteers can walk around wearing the special shirts. I guess you can compare the cost of making the shirts yourself vs paying someone to make them - and figure in the time it take to print and iron, etc..
If that's not cheap enough for you - I bought some freezer paper at the grocery store. I cut a sheet into the size of regular paper. Took an old pair of baggy shorts, cut out a square the size of paper and ironed the freezer paper onto the cloth. This made the cloth sturdy enough to go through the inkjet printer. Printed directly onto the cloth then pulled off the freezer paper. Then sewed the cloth onto a crotched bandana. Could also print directly onto the bandana. Probably can't do this with a laser printer.
I also purchased post card stock and made handouts for Rodney. See attached. The attached documents could come through kind of weird because I made them using Word 2007 and saved them down to Word 2003.
When I go to events, I can hand out stuff on Arnie if you have something to give me. Can't do it this Saturday because I'm working with another group instead of on my own.
Also you can get gift items with animal pics on them. But those normally take about 3 weeks to get made walgreens does it, kodak http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/category.jsp?parentCatId=Products&catId=Home_Decor_and_Games
At Home Depot they have magnetic business cards that you can print on.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
http://www.missingpetpartnership.org/index.php launched in 2001 - nonprofit
Website mentioned on PetsmartCharities webinar
We use dogs to find humans, drugs, etc.. but don't use them to search for pets. So she started doing that.
Training folks in a 6 day class to be certified in search but just in seattle area.
No estimates on how many cats are lost.
No agencies to help look for lost cats
Most animal agencies won't rent traps
Flyers, phone calls to shelters aren't enough.
Must know temperment. Tactics searching for cats is different than searching for dogs.
Displaced cats will hide and not resond. Will need to crawl under houses and desks, Will need to trap. Don't give up hope if cats doesn't go into trap right way. One cat took 22 days before he went into a trap
Motion activated wildlife camera
Moltry brand - infrared doesn't flash, doesn't make a sound - less likely to get stolen - Use to confirm presence of a cat.
Grieving people give up to quickly. Assume cat is killd by coyota.
Most displaced cats (normal indoor cats that get out) usually don't travel far
Outdoor cats - search the cats normal area plus 3 to 4 houses. Check hiding places
Cats that are hurt will hide and not meow
Cats don't "go off to die" they hide when they are sick and hurt and the die for lack of care
Once example - people gave up on finding their lost cat and got a kitten. Then found their lost cat in the the chimney.
8X11 flyes aren't big enough - people are driving by on cell phone, texting, etc..
missingpetpartnership.org - icon that says social network (organe in color). click on that and click on Youtube and the two videos one is titled buddy and the other is titled rusty. Two diff pet cats that were humanely trapped by a neighbor because the assumption was they were feral because they here hissing and spitting in the trap.
Hissing cat could just mean terrified trap - not always feral.
Looks for clues - clumps of hair
Listen for wildlife. Chirps could be alerting about cats
Searching for lost cats instead of giving up are a part of reducing the stray pat population.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Please see this website for addditional info on saving strays. The document is a work in progress:
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Pet Care for Kids $FREE (1 hour)
Have a new fuzzy companion at your house and want the kids
to help with her or his care? Do you want your children to
learn about pet care before you adopt? Bring your child to the
Pet Care class so they can learn how to take care of their
special family members. Adults will learn too. In addition to
proper animal care, adults can learn about adoption
resources, free or reduced price spay/neuter resources, and
Note: Children and adults of all ages are invited; however,
children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. This is
an information only class. Please do not bring pets to class.
No textbook required.
Oct 31 (S) 2:00 - 3:00 pm NLIB 130 Walker, L.
Dec 5 (S) 2:00 - 3:00 pm NLIB 130 Walker, L.
main blog http://latrenda.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Thursday, September 3, 2009
If you really want your cat to go outside, take him/her outside on a harness. Kitty won't like it at first, but puppies don't like leashes at first either. They will adjust.
Or build your cat a nice outdoor enclosure. Something with a top so they can't climb out. If you want to get really fancy, build the enclosure around a window or a door and put in a little cat door so you cat can go in and out at will and stay safe.
Think you can't afford an enclosure? Then either keep the cat inside all the time or find way to come up with the money at http://fuzzychildren.blogspot.com/2009/08/if-you-cant-afford-vet-care.html
References, pictures, ideas
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Think you can't afford boarding, look at ways to save money at "If You Can't Afford Vet Care" Or looking into putting together a neighbor or friend boarding coop such as in "If you don't have time for your pets"
Don't know about boarding?
Board you dog or cat at your vet. If you don't have a regular vet, then get one. See why at "If You Can't Afford Vet Care"
Ask friends and family which boarding facilities they like and use one of them
Go to http://www.yellowpages.com/ and do a distance search for "boarding" or just pull up all the boarding facilities in San Antonio and visit ones to find which one you like. You should have a boading facility in mind before you need one.
Don't want your pet in a kennel all day? Then look into the doggie play and stays such as Lucy's , Camp Bow Wow, Pawderose, Otto's Doggi Day Camp, etc..
If your dog is not social then look at paying a reputable family to keep your pet at their house. If you think you can't afford to pay somone, then refer to "If You Can't Afford Vet Care"
List of boarding facilities in San Antonio
If you don't have time for your pets
Hire a dog walker or pet sitter to visit your pets while you are at work
Drop your dog off at a doggie play and stay before work and pick him or her up after work
i.e. Camp Bow Wow, Lucy's, Pawderosa, etc.
Many of the doggie play and stay places provide pet taxis for drop off and pick up - which could be an option if you can't find a place close to work or home.
Can't afford any of the above
Get with neighbors and or friends and create a pet care coop. Just like a carpool, neighbors can take turns watching each others pets. Example - Say you have 4 people in the coop. On Mondays, Sam can watch all 4 neighbors pets, On Tuesday, Susie can watch all neighbor's pets, etc..
Don't have good neighbors or friends or have pets who are social? Then start looking at ways you can cut back to have money for pet sitting or play and stay
Refer to If you can't afford vet care for ideas for saving money
Do you really not have time for your pets or is it that you are not "making" time?
Working extra hours sometimes can not be avoided. But look at other ways ou can make time
A good walk only takes about 30 minutes (or an hour if you have an energetic dog) - get up earlier in the morning before work or stay up later at night to take your pet for a walk
Get a laster pointer - you can sit and relax while your doggie or kittie does all the work
Watch your favorite TV Show or read a book while you stroke your doggie or kitty
If live close enough, come home at lunch to visit your doggie or kitty
Cut back on non work related social activities. Is that date at the movie more important than you fuzzy companion?
Make social engagement around your pets.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The first thing to do is to get to the closest vet right away. Do not spend time calling around to get the cheapest prices. The few dollars saved is not worth your pet's health. After initial treatment, then you can call around looking for the cheapest follow up care.
The more time you spend making phone calls, searching the Internet, asking for money, etc..the sicker your pet will get. Not only does the pet suffer needlessly, but your vet bill is going to be even higher when you go in because the pet is going to be sicker
Never try any home treatments. Never use anyone else's medications. You will wind up making your pet sicker and then vet treatment is going to be more expensive.
Unless you are a vet, you don't have the expertise to treat your pet yourself. Treatments are different for every animal. A medication prescribed for one dog or cat will make another one sick.
If you don't have any money to go to the vet, stop by the pawn shop on the way to the vet. Pawn anything that isn't more valuable than your pet. Which is anything and everything - your television, jewelry, computer, etc..
Or get a pay day loan or a car title loan. After the pet is taken care of, you can pay back the loan by cutting back on expenses:
- Turn off cable TV
- Turn off your cell phone service or at least get a cheaper service. You can get a pay-as-you-go plan from Virgin Mobile for 5 dollars a month. Only talk on the phone for emergencies
- Give up beer and any other type of alcohol
- Give up cigarettes
- Give up any consumption that is not necessary - you don't need potato chips, cakes, pies, etc..
- Eat less food
- Give up meat. A meal of beans and rice is full of protein, fiber and vitamins and you can eat for a few cents
- Don't eat out
- Give up illegal drugs
- Give up prescription drugs if if giving them up isn't a detriment to your health
- Give up over the counter pain killers - the pet's well being is more important than your pain.
- Take on a second or third job
No one can diagnose your pet over the phone or over the Internet (not even a vet) you have to physically take your pet to the vet to get examined.
Before your pet gets sick or hurt
Buy pet insurance just in case your pet gets sick or hurt
Keep a saving account just for pet care (if you don't have money for a saving account, see ways to cut back above)
Never let your pet run loose if you know you can't afford vet care when he gets hit. Even if you can afford vet care, never let your pet run loose.
Keep your pet up to date on shots. The shots are a lot cheaper than paying for the illness that will result from not getting shots.
Keep your pet on Heartworm Preventative. HW preventative also will prevent other parasites. And the preventative is a lot cheaper than treating your pet for parasites
Establish a relationship with a regular vet. If something major happens to your pet, a vet who knows you and your pet is more likely to work with you on a payment plan.
Before you get a pet.
Look at your income and budget. Do you have an extra 2000 a year to spare after paying bills and putting away money for retirement and putting away money for the kids education and for rainy day savings? If so, then it's probably okay to get a new fuzzy companion.
If you don't have the extra money, then do not get a pet. It's not fair to the pet. And it's not fair to your friends, family and strangers who will wind up caring for your pet when you cannot.
Don't have a lot of money but you still want to get a pet?
Are you willing to go hungry to pay vet bills so that you pet won't suffer?
Are you willing to work extra hours or take on a second job to pay vet bills so your pet won't suffer ?
Are you willing to give up non essential things like cable TV, Internet, cell phone, air conditioning, cigarettes, etc.. so your pet won't suffer?
If you can't answer yes to all of the above, please don't get a pet.
If you have a pet that you can't afford, are you willing to try to find a good home with excellent vet records and enough money to care for a pet?
If you can't afford Vet Care:
Low Cost Spay Neuter/VaccinationsMan and Beast
Animal Defense League
Windcrest Animal Hospital
San Antonio Animal Control
More info here: http://fuzzychildren.blogspot.com/2010/03/low-cost-spay-neuter-vaccinations-in.html
Low Cost Pet Meds1800petmeds.com
Shelters/Rescue Groups/Contacts, etc..
Friday, July 24, 2009
My first response to that is: "How much do you weigh?" If a 180 pound human can live in a house, why not a 50 pound lab?
I met some people a couple of months ago who had turned in a very small dog because they were moving into a condo. I bet they took their sofa and their big screen TV to that condo, but somehow a 10 pound dog won't fit.
I understand their are people out there who don't feel like I do about dogs and I respect that. But if your sofa is more important than your dog, then obviously, you don't like dogs. If you don't like dogs, then why did you get one?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Travelers to unknown regions would be well-advised to take along the family
dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least, it happened
that way once—in a mountainous area of the Twilight Zone"
Check out the episode by clicking here:
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Prepare and PreventNon-routine veterinary care is almost always an unexpected expense and a financial burden. Though not all situations are preventable, there are a few simple things animal guardians can do to minimize risk of finding oneself in the desperate situation of being unable to pay for emergency care.
Spay and neuter all animals. Many health problems are prevented by spay or neuter.
Keep cats indoors. Keep dogs on leash when not in a secure area. Use caution when leaving animals unattended, and only leave them unattended in a secure area.
Practice good routine care. Give necessary vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention where needed, feed a good quality diet, and provide ample fresh water.
Contribute to a special savings account for veterinary care. Even $5 per month can add up to a significant amount.
Keep the number of animals you are responsible for within your means.
Research the benefits of purchasing a pet health insurance policy.
General Information and Advice on FundraisingWhen a loved animal member of your family is sick and the treatment is difficult to afford, the situation can seem helpless. Financial assistance programs are few and far between, and a situation can rarely be paid for entirely by grants.
Below are some suggestions from previous LifeLine applicants. If you have a successful fundraising strategy to share, please e-mail us.
Be upfront with your veterinarian about your financial restrictions.
Discuss with your veterinarian the minimum treatment to save your animal's life. For example, amputation can be a more financially attainable option than reconstructive surgery; or purchasing a wheelchair for an animal can be more attainable than a full hip replacement. Your veterinarian can help you evaluate what is most attainable for your situation, keeping your animal's quality of life in mind.
Ask other area clinics how much they normally charge for a similar treatment on a similar animal. Costs can vary widely from clinic to clinic.
Find a quick way to earn money, such as having a bake sale, yard sale or car wash.
Create a funding page using your social network site or other funding tool, like ChipIn, Dropcash orFundable.
Contact local animal shelters and rescue organizations for leads to low-cost clinics and/or help with fundraising. Petfinder.com has a comprehensive list of rescue organizations from all over the country. Visit Petfinder.com and click on “Shelters” at the top of the page.
Post fliers or collection jars with a description of the situation and a picture of the animal at local dog parks, vet clinics, pet stores and other community gathering places.
Contact church or community organizations and explain your situation. They may be willing to help you fundraise or to raise awareness.
Local restaurants may offer a fundraising opportunity in which a portion of a day's sales is donated to an organization.
Offer to wash floors or do other labor at the veterinary clinic in exchange for lowering the treatment cost.
Ask for loans from your family and friends.
Ask family and friends to help spread the word about your situation.
If you have family or friends who smoke, ask them to take a break from smoking and give their cigarette money to your animal.
If the animal is a purebred, contact that breed's enthusiast club in your area.
Explain the situation to your landlord or mortgage company and try to arrange a payment option to free up rent money for veterinary treatment.
Check out some more ideas
Help for Pet Health Care Costs
Many pet owners, at one point or another, are faced with unexpected veterinary bills. Veterinary medicine has advanced to such a degree that caregivers have new, and often expensive, options for the care of their ailing pets. Although the cost of veterinary care is actually very reasonable in comparison with the much higher cost of human health care, an unexpected medical emergency can present a major financial dilemma for an unprepared pet owner.
Having TroubleAffording Your Pet?
There are groups that can help.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends that, in addition to preparing for routine pet-care costs, you regularly set aside money to cover for unexpected veterinary bills or consider pet health insurance. For example, create a special "pet savings account" and contribute money to it on a regular basis. Another great option is to purchase a pet health insurance policy. The HSUS has partnered with Petplan USA, to offer great saving to our members. Petplan USA is affiliated with Petplan UK—the world's largest and most trusted pet insurance company. It's recommended by more pet owners and veterinarians than any other. Use whichever option works best for you. The important thing is to have a plan and stick to it.If, despite your planning, your pet incurs major veterinary expenses that you have trouble affording, consider these suggestions:
• Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front.• Contact your local shelter. Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs. You can find the name and number of your local shelter in the Yellow Pages of your phone book under "animal shelter," "animal control" or "humane society," or by calling Information. You can also go to Pets911.com and enter your zip code to find a list of animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community.• If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the National Club for that breed. (The American Kennel Club, akc.org, has a list of the national dog clubs.) In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund. Additionally, The HSUS has a list of breed-specific assistance groups.• There are some organizations that offer assistance locally (by state or community). See our state-by-state (including Canada) listing.• The HSUS also has a list of organizations that provide assistance to senior, disabled or ill pet owners.• Ask your veterinarian to submit an assistance request to the American Animal Hospital Association's (AAHA) "Helping Pets Fund." In order to qualify, your animal hospital must be AAHA accredited. To learn more about the program visit the AAHA web site. To find an AAHA accredited hospital in your area, search online at Pets911.com.• If you bought your dog from a reputable breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet's ailment.• Check with veterinary schools in your state to see if they offer discount services to the public. You can find a list of veterinary schools in the Education section of the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) website, avma.org.• Use your credit card. Ask for a higher credit limit or a cash advance.• Call your bank. Ask about loan programs or other options they can suggest that might be helpful in your situation.• Ask your employer for a salary advance.• Alert family and friends and ask them each for a $25 loan.• Consider taking on a part-time job or temping.• Contact Care Credit at www.carecredit.com
• Apply for a Citi Healthcard at www.healthcard.citicards.com
• Start your own fundraising collection at www.fundable.com
Given the current state of the economy, many pet caregivers are in need of basic necessities such as pet food. If you find yourself in this position, be sure to contact your local humane societies as some organizations have started their own pet food bank program. In addition, you can visit petsofhomeless.com/members.htm to view a state-by-state listing of food banks that are offering pet food for the pets of the homeless and disadvantaged.
The following is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
IMOM Inc., IMOM.org
The Pet Fund, thepetfund.com
Good Sam Fund, goodsamfund.org
United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund, uan.org
Angels for Animals, angels4animals.org
Brown Dog Foundation, browndogfoundation.org/home
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program, fveap.org
Feline Outreach, felineoutreach.org
Cats In Crisis, catsincrisis.org
The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific), PerseusFoundation.org
Canine Cancer Awareness, caninecancerawareness.org
Cody's Club (Radiation treatments), codysclub.bravehost.com/
Diabetic Pets Fund, petdiabetes.net/fund/
The Mosby Foundation, themosbyfoundation.org
Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific), themagicbulletfund.org
The Binky Foundation, binkyfoundation.org
God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity, http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html
Please remember that, depending on the severity of your pet's illness or injury, you might still lose your pet even after great expense. Discuss the prognosis and treatment options thoroughly with your veterinarian, including whether surgery or treatment would just cause your animal discomfort without preserving a life of good quality.Also remember that a little preventive care can go a long way. Having your pet spayed or neutered, keeping her shots up to date, and keeping your pet safely confined can prevent serious and costly health problems. If you have trouble affording the cost to spay or neuter your pet, contact your local animal shelter. They might operate a clinic or know of a local clinic that offers subsidized services.Unfortunately, due to our limited resources as a nonprofit animal protection organization, The HSUS does not provide direct financial assistance to pet owners for veterinary or other expenses. If you know of any veterinary assistance programs or services that we have not included here, please let us know by calling 202-452-1100. Breed Specific Assistance ProgramsThe Boston Terrier Rescue Net, bostonrescue.netCorgiAid, corgiaid.org Special Needs Dobermans, doberman911.org Disabled Dachshund Society, ourdds.org Dougal's Helping Paw (Scottish Terriers, West Highland White Terriers and other small, short legged terriers), http://www.welcome.to/dougalsfundLabrador Harbor, labradorharbor.org/Labmed, labmed.orgLabrador Lifeline, labradorlifeline.orgWestimed (West Highland White Terriers), westiemed.orgPyramedic Trust (Great Pyrenees), http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html
Working/Service DogsHelping Harley Cancer Treatment Grant, http://grants.landofpuregold.com Assistance Dogs Special Allowance (ADSA) Program, http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/PG82.htm
State-Specific ProgramsCANADAAnimal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund, actssalberta.org/lucky/lmmf.asp (Alberta Canada Only)The Farley Foundation, farleyfoundation.org (Ontario Canada Only)
CALIFORNIAActors and Others for Animals, actorsandothers.comSF/SPCA Animal Hospital, sfspca.org/hospital/index.shtml Animal Health Foundation, http://animalhealthfoundation.net/Peninsula CatWorks (cats only), www.peninsulacatworks.org
COLORADOMax Fund, maxfund.orgHarrison Memorial Animal Hospital, www.hmah.org
CONNECTICUTConnecticut Humane Society Fox Veterinary Clinic, cthumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=About_Fox
MARYLAND/WASHINGTON, D.C.Washington Animal Rescue League, warl.org
MASSACHUSETTSAlliance For Animals Metro Action Clinic, afaboston.org/clinic.htm Massachusettes SPCA (Provides financial assistance for pet owners receiving services at one of its three medical centers, mspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=AAMC_Boston_Financial_Assistance):
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Boston350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130617-522-7282
Angell Animal Medical Center-Nantucket21 Crooked LaneNantucket, MA 02554508-228-1491
Angell Animal Medical Center-Western New England171 Union St.Springfield, MA 01105413-785-1221
The Sampson FundPO Box 1756Orleans, MA 02653sampsonfund.orgThe fund is to benefit companion animals of Cape Cod and the adjacent Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
MICHIGANMichigan Humane Society maintains three veterinary clinics:michiganhumane.org
DetroitMHS Detroit Center for Animal CareVeterinary Center:7401 Chrysler DriveDetroit, MI 48211313-872-0004
Rochester HillsMHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal CareVeterinary Center:3600 W. Auburn RoadRochester Hills, MI 48309248-852-7424
WestlandMHS Berman Center for Animal CareVeterinary Center:900 N. Newburgh RoadWestland, MI 48185734-721-4195
NEVADAShakespeare Animal, shakespeareanimalfund.org
NEW JERSEYSave U.S. Pets Foundation (Veterinarian must apply on behalf of pet owner), www.saveuspets.org
NEW YORKNY S.A.V.E Inc., nysave.org/index_2.html ALL 4 PETS, all4petswny.org (Limited to Western New York)
NORTH CAROLINAAshley's Angel Fund, ashleyfund.org/
OREGONThe Bearen Foundation, bearenfoundation.org/funding.htm
PENNSYLVANIAAnimal Care & Assistance Fund, http://www.animalcarefund.orgThe Animal Rescue of Western PA, animalrescue.org/Clinic.htm The Humane Society of Berks County Veterinary Hospital, berkshumane.org/vets/vets_services.asp RHODE ISLANDRIVMA Companion Animal Foundation, companionanimalfoundation.org
TEXASTexas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine "The Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund," cvm.tamu.edu/capperchris/index.shtml
Organizations Offering Assistance Programs for Senior, Disabled or Ill Pet OwnersCALIFORNIAVoice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends Program, http://vftafoundation.orgAniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center, animalcenter.org/animeals/ SF SPCA Animal Hospital, sfspca.org/hospital/index.shtml SHARE Marin Humane Society, marinhumanesociety.org/ProgramsServices/SHARE.htmlPAWS San Diego, pawssdc.org/PALS - Pets Are Loving Support, http://sonic.net/~pals/index.htmlPAWS Los Angeles, pawsla.org/PAWS San Francisco, pawssf.org
CONNECTICUTManchester Area Network on AIDS AID-A-PET, mana-ct.net/Aid-A-Pet.html
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAPETS-DC, petsdc.org/
GEORGIAPALS - Pets Are Loving Support, palsatlanta.org
HAWAIIHawaiian Humane Society: PALS Program, hawaiianhumane.org/programs/pals/
MASSACHUSETTSPhinney's Friends (MSPCA), mspca.org/phinneysfriends
MICHIGANPet Support Services, petsupportmi.org/
NEVADAShakespeare Animal, shakespeareanimalfund.org.
NEW JERSEYPetPALS of Southern New Jersey, petfinder.com/shelters/NJ151.html
NEW YORKHumane Society of Lollypop Farm, lollypop.org/orgMain.asp?ssid=&storyID=105&orgID=14&sid
PENNSYLVANIAPittsburgh PAWS (Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force), andrew.cmu.edu/user/natashat/PAWS/
TEXAS SPCA of Texas, spca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=programs_socialservices_2004#petomeals UTAHPet Samaritan Fund, www.petsamaritan.org
WASHINGTONPet Project: Seattle-King County Humane Society, seattlehumane.org/petproject.shtml and seattlehumane.org/foodbank.shtml Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Good Samaritan Fund, www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-prd/GoodSam
CANADAPet Program (Toronto PWA Foundation), pwatoronto.org/what.htm#pets
For more information, visit cdc.gov/healthypets/resources/local_organizations.htm.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Won't help with routine care.
Won't help pay bills that are paid off or due.
Will only help if can't afford to pay and pet will die if vet is not paid.
One or two of them are very strict - won't help animals that are not fixed. Won't help with medical bills that are the owner's fault (like if your pet runs loose and gets run over)
Financial Assistance for Companion Animals
This one lists several agencies:
Here are others:
For routine care - there is an abundance in financial assistance
Check with Windcrest Animal Hospital, Man and Beast, SNAP, Animal Care Services, Animal Defense League, etc..
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:35:26 -0000
Subject: [AAPAW] Special Spay/Neuter clinics @ACS in July
Animal Care Services is hosting eight low cost cat spay/neuter clinics in the month of July. Both cats and dogs can be scheduled for low cost surgery in the ACS Veterinary clinic and residents will be able to get their pets sterilized, vaccinated and micro-chipped for a special rate of just $10. Clinic dates are as follows:
July 6th- cat neuter day
July 7th- cat spay day
July 8th- dog neuter day (in honor of Dog Awareness Week)
July 13th-cat spay day
July 14th- cat neuter day
July 20th- cat neuter day
July 21st- cat spay day
July 27th cat spay day
All clinics will be held at the ACS shelter located at 4710 State Highway 151 and are open to Bexar County residents only. Ferals and owned cats will be accepted on cat clinic days but each clinic is limited to three animals per household in order to offer these services to as many residents as possible. Space is limited and some restrictions apply so residents should call ACS at 207-6652 to reserve a spot today!
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Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 06:08:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [AAPAW] ....
.... Also, a few tricks of the trade I've used when trying to track down lost dogs for those who contact us with stolen/lost pets... go to cl, oodle, backpage, kijiji and post a want to buy ad, people who steal dogs often sell them... also I found a stolen dog, nearly a YEAR after the fact at a flea market near Austin... flea markets are a good place to check often for lost/stolen pets... it's quick cash and no paper trail sort of thing. That's why people still "in demand " breeds... I hope this helps your Tech....let me know if I can assist you any further!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Other things to keep away from your fuzzy children:
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
A couple saw a starving dog in a humane trap out in the country. They were concerned about her so they kept checking on her. They saw her in the trap for 3 days straight. On the 3rd day, she had 7 puppies in the trap. They couple then brought the whole thing (the trap containing all 8 animals) into the ADL on a Friday after hours. The following Saturday I was asked to foster her and her babies. The plan was that while the puppies were growing up, the adult dog would get some socialization then I could return all to the shelter. I said hello to the mama dog Saturday afternoon – went home and got my house ready and picked up everyone to take home on Sunday (March 19th, 2006). Lupe didn't know how to walk on a leash and she was so afraid of me that she urinated and defecated on me when I picked her up. She was frightened but very docile.
I set up Lupe and her puppies in my spare hallway bathroom. Although the door was left wide open, Lupe was too afraid to leave the room. Whenever I left the house, or went to sleep, she would come out and potty in the dining room (the furthest point from the bathroom). Not only did she stay in the bathroom, but whenever she wasn't feeding her puppies, she would stay in the bathtub.
Her socialization was slow. I had to carry her outside. She was so frightened, she either sat in a corner of the yard or ran back into the house. She would only go potty inside the house. Never outside. Like I said, the first time I picked her up, she urinated and deficated on me. The 2nd time I picked her up, she only urinated on me. The third time I carried her, I didn't get soiled. But for months afterwards, whenever she met someone new, she would defecate.
It took her about 2 months to come out of the bathroom and she slowly started moving out of the bathroom and into the bedroom with me over the course of a couple of months. She kept all her toys in the bathtub. When she decided to start moving into the bedroom with me, every morning when I awoke, I would find a new toy in my bedroom. After another month or two, all her toys were in the bedroom and she was sleeping in the bed with me.
After about 4 months, she finally started going potty outside but only in select places. In the beginning, I had to drive her to the shelter or to the vet to get her to go potty.
After about another month, she would also potty if I walked her all the way outside the subdivision – only to the left – not the right side of the subdivision.
After about anther month, she finally started going potty in the neighborhood but at the far end of the neighborhood so finally after 6 months, she stopped going potty in the house.
She wouldn't potty in the back yard until Matt-Matt moved in with us. Matt-Matt is another story.
After about 8 months or so, she finally stopped defacating when she would meet someone new but she still is very afraid of new people.
All of her puppies came back to the shelter at 6 weeks old and were quickly adopted. I felt that Lupe would probably always be a special needs dog so I adopted her. I couldn't bring myself to put her in the kennel were she would cowering in a corner.
All her babies would be adults now. I think about them all the time.
See Lupe pictures and videos here
"Lupe's Story" slide show chronology
"Free Range Puppies" – video of Lupe's puppies
Lupe's Puppies 24 April 2006" – video of Lupe's puppies
I was found as a stray and brought to a shelter back in March 2003. I was about 2 years old back then. I was nervous and scared and found solace within the confines of my kennel. Because I was so scared, I began lashing out at anyone who tried to enter my personal space (my kennel). I soon gained a reputation of being aggressive. Nevertheless, some kennel workers didn’t let that deter them. They looked past my aggressive reputation and saw a sweet, scared dog. One kennel worker helped a volunteer realize that if people got to know Matt outside of his kennel first, he would quickly warm up and allow those folks into his kennel later. One volunteer made friends with Matt and introduced him to other volunteers. Although Matt still has an “aggressive” reputation, he has made friends with several volunteers at the shelter who are able to easily enter his kennel. That first volunteer who got to know Matt later became a staff member and thought that after 3 and half years in the kennel barking at people Matt could use a little break. So she introduced Matt to her dog Lupe (another special needs dog who came from the same shelter). They both got along, so Matt started spending nights at home with the staff member and Lupe.
Matt was very nervous at first, but he quickly settled in to the house environment. He loves to sleep on the bed and hang out on piles of blankets and towels. He tries very hard to be a good boy. He has already learned sit and lay down (who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks) and he always comes running when his name is called. He walks very well on the leash whenever he goes away from the house. One the way back to the house, he pulls hard because he is nervous. But he is getting some help with that
Matt’s foster Mom tried hard to find Matt a permanent home. But no one came in asking about the cute little red heeler. So after 6 months, Matt made his foster home a permanent home.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Please see my YouTube videos on how to make a slip leash. This information is also linked to my money blog
You can make these yourself, purchase them online or at a store or you can purchase from me.
My no-frills leash goes for 10 dollars and my crocheted leash sells for 20 dollars. Any money made will go back to the shelter where I volunteer - in the form of treats, collars, leashes, etc... for the dogs and cats at the shelter.
YouTube will only allow videos of 10 minutes max so I broke this down into segments.
To view the videos, click on one of the little arrows. To view a full size video, click on the little square at the bottom right.
Caution - never leave a dog unattended wearing a slip leash. Be careful not to damage a dog's trachea while using a slip leash. Be careful not to injure yourself or others when using sharp objects such as the scissors and needles you will be using to make your slip leash.
The first segment is mostly cautions and introductions.
This second section finishes up making what I call a "no-frills" slip leash. Coming later, how to make a fancier leash and other slip leash resources if you don't want to make your own or purchase one of mine.
Other Slip Leash Resources
Next are some videos on making a fancier slip leash - with crochet and more details. The instructions are more detailed and take much longer. It will take me a few days to get all the video loaded. I'm posting here as the video is uploaded to Youtube. I'm going to look into sharing playlist.
How to make a slip leash with crochet - part one
How to make a slip leash with crochet - part two
For part three of how to make a slip leash with crochet, I'm going to attempt to make a playlist in Youtube (the slideshow in photbucket didn't work out)and share it here. I have about 50 more clips to load so it might take a few days. Hopefully, they will become viewable here as I load them onto YouTube. Please note that there will be a delay between each video clip.
To return to my main blog, go to http://latrenda.blogspot.com/
This post will also be linked in my Money Matters Blog at http://latrenda-money.blogspot.com/
Saturday, June 6, 2009
(These tips also apply to well-adjusted, happy, friendly dogs)
Applies to your own shy dog, a shy dog you meet on the street or volunteering at a shelter.
* Caution - although a shy dog's first response is mostly likely to run away when frightened, a shy dog can and will bite if she or he feels cornered or trapped. Give yourself and the dog an escape route when socializing.
How do you recognize an unsocialized dog? One, some or all of the below:
Eyes darting and/or wide open
Backing away from you
When the kennel worker takes me out of my kennel and hands me to you, please just let me walk. The first thing I want to do is go potty. Then I want to smell where everyone else has pottied, then I want to stretch my legs and get used to the idea that a stranger is walking me. If you try to pet me as soon as I come out of the kennel, you will probably frighten me; I will feel trapped and forced into getting petted. Also if you try to comfort me when I’m scared you only reinforce my timid behavior.
Please realize that we don’t have to do anything when we are together. I’m just happy to get out and about. Don’t feel bad if I don’t want to play fetch or jump in the pool or talk to you right away.
If we are in a play area together or a kennel or a house, please give me plenty of space and allow me to come up to you when I’m ready. I’m much more comfortable meeting you on my own terms. I will warm up to you much faster if our meeting isn’t forced. Let me come to you when I’m ready.
Please don’t make any sudden movements. All movements should be slow, flowing and deliberate. Let me know what you are doing at all times.
I feel much more comfortable when we are on the same level. I would really appreciate it if you would sit on the ground or floor for me. Then you don’t look so big and you look much less frightening.
Please don’t look directly at me. Use your peripheral vision if possible. In doggie language, a direct stare means that you are challenging me and looking for a confrontation. Try to keep your side to my side.
Please don’t try to pet me on my head. This can be frightening to me. Once I’m ready to get petted, I will approach you. When I do this, then slowly raise your cupped hand (no straight fingers) towards my chest or shoulder and give me a little scritch. If I don’t cower, then you can try scratching my back. If I try to run off while you are petting me, please let me. I’ll come back when I feel more comfortable.
If I'm frightened, it's best to leave my leash on at all time when we are outside. Even in an enclosed area like a yard. If not, you might have a hard time releashing me or getting me back inside.
What happens if you can’t pick up my leash or get my leash back on?
Please don’t chase or corner me. This will only frighten me more and I might try to bite you
You might want to try hiding the leash and just petting me first; then slip the leash on when I’m not expecting it (slow and deliberate movements)
Since I’m so timid, I might try to escape the first chance I get. If I get loose, please don’t chase me or corner me. This will only frighten me more. Call softly if it doesn't seem to bother. Try walking or crawling backwards towards me. This make me more comfortable.
Spend 5 dollars a month on Heartworm preventative and avoid a 400- 1,000 dollar bill for treating heartworms. Can't afford 5 dollas a month you say? I think most people could. Look at where you can cut back? Do you really need those 100 cable channels? That McDonald's breatkfast before work? Even if you never eat out, could you eat little less? Give up meat for a day or two. A bean and brown rice dinners if pack full of protein, fiber, and vitamins.
Another way to save on vet bills is to keep your fuzzy companion safe. Can't afford a super expensive emergency vet bill? Never ever let you dog or cat run loose where he or she could get run over by a car, attacked by another animals or shot or injured by another human.
Flexi leads are probably quite fun for your dog but humans have sustained serious digit injuries from these things (causing human emergency room bills) and dogs are also in serious danger because humans can't maintain control or gain quick control in an emergency situation. What if your dog is 20 feet in front of you and an aggressive dog runs out of nowhere (it happens!). How long will it take you to regain control?
Check out this posting: http://www.dogforums.com/2-general-dog-forum/52327-i-hit-dog-flexi.html
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Also watch out for tails that stand straight up. If two dogs meet and both their tails are high and tight, watch out! A fight might just be imminent.