Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Blind, Scrawny Kitten Wasn’t Supposed To Survive, But He Proved Everyone WRONG!

From the Animal Rescue site BY JULIE E.H.

Yuri was found by Max in a garbage bin near a sewer. He was young, scrawny, and covered in filth. His eyes wouldn’t open and he was crawling with fleas. This poor little boy needed a miracle.
Max and Roni, Love Meow
Max and Roni, Love Meow
In spite of his condition, Yuri was determined to live. Max told Love Meow: “It was very obvious that he wanted to keep going. His life was full of a lot of turns for the worse but he somehow had the will to live.”
After a nice warm bath and some food in his belly, Yuri settled in. But he still couldn’t open his eyes. Sadly, after a few trips to the vet, Max and his girlfriend Roni, received some sad news: Yuri wouldn’t EVER open his eyes since it was unlikely he would even survive. How heartbreaking!
Still, the couple was determined to give Yuri a chance. They had to clean his eyes constantly with warm water and antibiotic cream. They also had to feed him around the clock, keep a hot water bottle beneath him, and change his blankets to keep him clean.
Max and Roni, Love Meow
Max and Roni, Love Meow
“My girlfriend had to take him to work every day for two months. Thinking back we had a lot of heart breaking moments when we were sure that he wouldn’t make it. We didn’t know much of taking care of kittens but we did our best,” Max told Love Meow.
Even though Yuri had to endure treatments for his eyes, and obvious discomfort, he still purred up a storm! This tiny kitten had the will of a lion!
NOW 6 MONTHS LATER, With Max and Roni’s constant care, Yuri is still HERE! He has lost one eye and now sports an adorable permanent wink on his face. The once blind, scrawny kitten that wasn’t supposed to survive is proving to everyone that the will to live thrives on hope and love, all thanks to two amazing rescuers and one determined little kitten!


Max and Roni, Love Meow
Max and Roni, Love Meow
FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com




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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. 
FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com

                                               

                                                     
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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.

  


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What to Do if You Suspect an Animal Is Being Abused

A note from SJ Francis: This is an excellent article to share with everyone you know, even an acquaintance. Animals have no voice, which is why we must speak up for them. The only problem I see in this article is what does one do when the local animal control and/or local police don't care or are part of the problem. There are a few counties and cities down South, in Mississippi where animal control is part of the problem. They don't care about animals and don't provide shelters and adequate food and water for the animals they pick up. The animals placed in outside cages with no shade in summer and no shelter in winter. In these instances, what is a person to do? If you suggest calling the Humane Society of the US or the ASPCA, sadly, you're incorrect. They can't or won't do anything. I know. I've called them on numerous occasions. Such instances of animal cruelty do exist in Yazoo county, Mississippi. The Mayor and Board of Alderman there know of the problem and practice of the animal control officer because animal lovers at one time or another brought the cruelty to their attention. Problem is they don't care, even a retired veterinarian who is one of the Alderman doesn't care. Again, what's an animal lover to do? Evidently, not much because no cares. When I find out what to do, I'll pass the word along to you. In the meantime, if you can offer an option as to what to do, I'm sure everyone out there will appreciate it.  I know I would. 

Update: Need to report animal cruelty when your local law enforcement doesn't care?
Read On to the bottom of this post. Look for the boldface with three stars: ***

Originally posted to From One Green Planet.org:


The good news: all fifty states have laws against animal cruelty. The bad news: the law is only as good as the people who report animal cruelty. If you witness an animal being abused or suspect cruelty, it’s imperative you report the abuse. More likely than not, you’re the only hope for the animal to get help, as well as for charges being filed against the abuser.
And animal abuse is not something to take lightly, by any means. Animal abuse typically signifies other types of abuse. For instance, one study found that animal abuse occurred in 88 percent of homes where child abuse had been discovered. Another study found that up to 83 percent of women entering domestic violence shelters report that their abusers also abuse the family pet. In fact, animal abusers are five times more likely to abuse people.
If you do witness animal abuse, what exactly are the steps to take? Who should you call? Seeing an animal be abused is traumatic, but being prepared helps. Here is a handy breakdown of what to do. Remember it’s important to always speak up but please be prepared so you don’t put yourself (or others) in dangers!

First, Call Your Local Animal Control Agency

Always contact a professional first. If you are unfamiliar with local organizations, dial 911. Animal control agencies are required to investigate if a report of alleged animal cruelty is made,according to the Humane Society of the United States. One Green Planet also offers the largest database of local hotlines to help rescue abandoned, injured, stranded, sick, and lost animals in need. It’s important to contact a professional first before you potentially endanger yourself. While it’s hard to see animal abuse, don’t try to steal the animal because then you could be charged with trespassing.

Document the Abuse 

Documenting the abuse in as much detail is crucial. Take note of dates, times, any specific details. Any photos or videos can also be helpful when agencies conduct an investigation. But please don’t put yourself in danger. Don’t enter someone else’s property and use caution when approaching an animal who may be frightened or in pain, according to the ASPCA.

Follow Up

Be persistent! If you’re not getting answers from law-enforcement officers, ask for their supervisor’s contact information. According to PETA, if you have personally witnessed an act of animal cruelty, you can go directly to your local magistrate or police commissioner and ask for a warrant to summon the abuser to court. The animal rights organization also notes that expert witnesses can be helpful, such as a veterinarian signing a statement that in his or her “expert opinion”.

And what exactly is animal cruelty?

The ASPCA also offers a comprehensive list of physical signs, as well as environmental signs of cruelty to be on the look out for. Be sure to review the below lists so you know animal abuse when you see it!
Physical Signs of Cruelty
  • Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck
  • Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated
  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible
  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails, and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
Environmental Signs of Cruelty
  • Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary
  • Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
  • Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
  • Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements

Animal Cruelty Seen on the Internet

The Internet can be a wonderful place for helping dogs find homes, get cat care tips and more but unfortunately, the Internet also always for many dangers for our furry friends.
First, you’ll have to find the background information for the particular website. You can visit WhoIs and perform a search of the site. Then, contact the website’s ISP (Internet service provider) to report the animal abuse. If you believe the animal is an immediate danger, contact the offender’s local FBI branch, based on the WhoIs search.

You Are Their Voice 

Just the thought of animal abuse is enough to bring any animal lover to tears. Tragic stories involving humans abusing animals seem to make headlines on a daily basis. Reading these stories can be difficult and make you feel as if no progress is being made to save and protect all the animals humans interact with or take responsibility for. Without voices to speak up for themselves or proper laws (and enforcement of the laws that do exist) to shield them from neglect or physical abuse, it is up to us to step in and do all we can to end the violence. This involves speaking out and raising awareness for animals who are the victims of abuse and also even working help get laws changed or improved on a state or national level.
Please share this article within your network so others can also learn what to do if they see animal abuse! It’s important to always speak up for those we cannot.
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***UPDATE: Report Animal Cruelty when you can't trust your local law enforcement agency:

Cruelty Found Online like Facebook:

Report Cruelty to Animals at PETA:


Submit a complaint to the FBI and/or the Department of Justice:

Humane Society of the US:

Reporting abuse
If you witness suspected cruelty to animals, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 911 if you’re unfamiliar with local organizations. If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate.
If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency, and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also email or call The HSUS and ask to speak with one of our experts about the suspected abuse.
Be sure to document the case as well as you can, with dates, times, specific details and, if possible, footage and photographs from a cell phone. All of these things can help appropriate agencies during any investigation they may do of the suspected cruelty.

HSUS tip lines
To report illegal dogfighting, call our Dogfighting Tip Line at 877-TIP-HSUS (877-847-4787).
To report cruelty associated with a puppy mill, please call 877-MILL-TIP (877-645-5847).
To report illegal horse soring, please call 855-NO-SORING (855-667-6746).
The HSUS will protect the anonymity of all callers. Verified claims, and/or those leading to arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward.
FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com


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

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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? 

   POTW feature    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...
     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. 
Did U know rabbits are third most abandoned animal after dogs and cats? 
FYI: To find an animal in need of a home; to find an animal shelter near you, check out  https://www.petfinder.com

                                               
                                                     
Together, you and I can make a difference in an animal's life.  I’m one for the animals. All animals. Large and small. Domesticated and wildlife. 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."
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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.

  

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