Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Here's Another Reason to SHUT DOWN Puppy Mills: A Dying Kitten Was Rescued and Almost Put down...

From the Animal Rescue Site: 

A Dying Kitten Was Rescued From A Puppy Mill. Vets Said She Should Be Put Down, But They Refused

You hear many horrific stories about dog rescues from puppy mills, but it’s not often you hear ones about cats. This cat, named Athena, was also born at a puppy mill in North Carolina.
She spent her days confined to a house packed with neglected dogs and filthy cages. Sadly, no North Carolina laws were regulating puppy mills, so the owner was able to operate it, despite having been arrested and convicted of animal cruelty ten years prior.
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Thankfully, the owner was caught again, and the Humane Society of the United States came to rescue all of the poor animals there in October 2014. Of all the animals was poor Athena, sick with a severe upper respiratory infection because of overbreeding. It was so bad that she could barely breathe.
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She was adopted into her forever home, but her journey from here would not be an easy one. Athena’s new human took her to the vet, where she was told that she may have to be put down. Of course she took her to another vet to get a second opinion. They second vet said if they took her nose off, she’d be able to live a normal life.

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Her human decided to get her the surgery, and now, despite not having a nose, Athena lives a happy and healthy life! Athena hasn’t had another URI since then, and since she’s missing her nose, she breathes through her mouth.
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She may look somewhat strange compared to other cats, but she doesn’t know she’s any different. And she sure doesn’t act like it! She’s very loving and friendly and loves spending time with her family.
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She also spends time raising awareness of the plight of animals in puppy mills. Listen to more of her story in the video below:
                            https://youtu.be/9VRjm5zFqBE
A note from S.J. Francis: I abhor puppy mills. With so many homeless animals being put down, murdered every day across the world, how could anyone support puppy mills. People do, though. The American Kennel Club for one, which I no longer support. One would think that since one's income comes from selling puppies and kittens from your puppy mills that these animals would be cherished and treated like gold, humanely. Instead, they're kept in unhealthy, unsanitary crowded conditions without access to natural light, love, affection, proper food and medical care. This is puppy mills. This post is just one reason why we must SHUT down puppy mills. The people that run them obviously don't care about the animals. 

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Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. 
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward. If you like what you see here, please consider signing up to become a follower. Please feel free to share this post with others. 
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And now for some legal stuff: Copyright 2017 by S.J. Francis. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, S. J. Francis and are meant to entertain, inform and enlighten, and intend to offend no one.

"When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." ~ANTHONY DOUGLAS WILLIAMS

- Read more at: http://emilysquotes.com/when-i-look-into-the-eyes-of-an-animal-i-do-not-see-an-animal-i-see-a-living-being-i-see-a-friend-i-feel-a-soul/


  Remember: Animals don't have voices. We must be their voice. Always. Forever. Wherever. Whenever. I'm one for the animals. Are you?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Black Dog Syndrome: Black animals are the last to be adopted, if ever.....




From Petfinder.com

Black Dog Syndrome


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This article first appeared on the Petfinder blog.
While working at the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in Washington, DC, I was thrilled when I found out that King, a large and handsome black Labrador mix was finally adopted after spending many months at WHS.  King had been at the shelter for so long, everyone knew and loved him.
King is a black adoptable dog at Washington Humane Society.
King, like so many other black dogs in shelters, spent more time waiting for his new home than his lighter-colored kennelmates. In the sheltering world this is known as Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). When I left WHS to pursue graduate work in anthropology at The George Washington University I conducted research into BDS.
BDS is observed by shelters and rescue groups throughout America and affects black dogs, as well as cats. It is possible that there may simply be more black pets in the shelter and rescue population. However reports from across the country seem to illustrate the problem, and  multiple national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.
What is Black Dog Syndrome?
In a survey, Petfinder member shelter and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for 12.5 weeks on Petfinder, whereas, less-adoptable pets (such as black, senior, and special needs pets) spend almost four times as long on Petfinder. (See what else the survey showed on our Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week page!)
Through my research I learned that Black Dog Syndrome may be caused by a combination of:
  • Size
  • Unclear facial features
  • Dimly lit kennels
  • The “genericness” of black pets
  • Negative portrayals of black pets in books, movies and other popular media
    • A big, frightening black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series, both movie versions of The Omen, and even on the common “Beware of Dog” sign.
    • Black cats are readily associated with witches, superstition, and bad luck.
What you can do
Whether or not you’re currently looking to adopt, you can do a lot to help pets who suffer from BDS!
  • Display your love of black pets proudly to demonstrate that there is nothing wrong with them. Share ourBlack Fur Badge on your website (see it below)!
  • Encourage friends to look past their first impressions of a black pet.
  • Tell people about BDS! It’s generally an unconscious prejudice and most people will move past it once they’re aware.
  • Remind people that their parents were right: personality is more important than appearance. It’s just as true for pets as for people!
     FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com



Remember, all types, ages, breeds, even purebreds are waiting to be adopted. 


Thanks for visiting my blog for the animals. It's always great to connect with another animal lover. If you and I don't speak up for them, who will? 

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Is your coin jar overflowing? Turn that loose change into cash that helps animals by donating to The HSUS at participating Coinstar machines nationwide. Where to go» Find a Kiosk near you...

     https://www.coinstar.com/kioskfinder?element=Charity&parmName=HumaneSocietyofUS

                                             
Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad.
                                     
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward. If you like what you see here, please consider signing up to become a follower. Please feel free to share this post with others.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Man Risks Jail-Time To Save A Dying Baby Bear That He Came Across While Hiking

A Note from S.J. Francis: How could anyone leave an animal to die alone, especially a baby one? Despite a chance of being fined or jailed, one hiker helped a dying baby dear despite the risks. Bravo! The world needs more human beings like this man. Thank you to Corey for saving this obviously abandoned bear whose mother was probably killed by some hunter. No one should ever have to choose between being fined and jailed by choosing to save an innocent life. Do the right thing and deal with the legal consequences later on. I don't know about you, but I couldn't have just walked by without doing something either. That's why I'm one for the animals. Always. Forever.

From the Animal Rescue Site:
Photographer Corey Hancock was hiking a scenic trail in Oregon when he came across a 3-month-old baby bear Monday night.
The bear was in such bad shape that Hancock thought he was dying. He was hardly moving at first when he walked up on him, and he seemed to have been abandoned.
Corey Hancock
Corey Hancock
Hancock knew he couldn’t leave the bear to die there. He decided to rescue him and carried him for more than two miles, unsure if he’d even survive. He tried to give him CPR and he took one breath. He was struggling just to survive.
He brought the bear to Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center near Salem, Oregon, where he’s currently recovering from dehydration and starvation and is now doing much better.
Corey Hancock
Corey Hancock
Many animal experts disagree with Hancock’s rescue and don’t think he should have touched the bear. According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hancock could have been fined $6,000 or even been sent to jail for a year.
But Oregon State Police say that Hancock won’t be punished in any way for saving the bear.
Corey Hancock
Corey Hancock
Hancock posted his story on his Facebook page. Watch more in the video below:

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Want to help out shelter animals without spending a dime?

Answer a question daily for dogs and cats and kibble is donated to feed them. Right or wrong, the answer doesn't matter. 

Click on   www.freekibble.com/litter    and help give litter for cats.

Another way to help feed shelter animals without spending a dime is to visit and click the big purple box at:






Thanks for visiting my blog for the animals. It's always great to connect with another animal lover. If you and I don't speak up for them, who will? 

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Coins That Count: 
Is your coin jar overflowing? Turn that loose change into cash that helps animals by donating to The HSUS at participating Coinstar machines nationwide. Where to go» Find a Kiosk near you...
                                             
Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad.
    FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com



Remember, all types, ages, breeds, even purebreds are waiting to be adopted.
                                     
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward. If you like what you see here, please consider signing up to become a follower. Please feel free to share this post with others.
    Regards,
    S.J. Francis
    In Shattered Lies: "Good and bad, it's All About Family."  Available now from Black Opal Books and for sale at on-line retailers and independent booksellers.
   “Some secrets should remain that way.” 
      My Black Opal Books Author Page:
            http://www.blackopalbooks.com/author-bios/bio-sj-francis
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FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out www.petfinder.com
                                     0r   www.savearescue.org

Remember, all types, ages, breeds, even purebreds are waiting to be adopted.

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And now for some legal stuff: Copyright 2017 by S.J. Francis. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, S. J. Francis and are meant to entertain, inform and enlighten, and intend to offend no one.
                                                        
 FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com



Remember, all types, ages, breeds, even purebreds are waiting to be adopted.
                                                            
Make spare change make a difference for the wild. Join @CaringCent & purchases will be rounded & change 
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Remember: Animals don't have voices. We must be their voice. Always. Forever. Wherever. whenever. I'm one for the animals. Are you?