We passed by a few Halloween displays set up at the park today:
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Posted by YesBiscuit on October 25, 2015
Pets make great gifts and I’m glad to see many shelters are finally coming around to that view, even if some only embrace the concept once a year. Christmas deliveries of adopted shelter pets to their new families has grown in popularity and along with it, some long overdue myth-busting.
Staff from the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals dressed up as elves and delivered six kittens to adopters on Christmas Day:
“Studies show that animals given as gifts are much less likely to be surrendered or given up because of the emotional attachment they give to the owner,” [director Jen] Corbin said.
Dressed as Santa and his helpers, staff from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey delivered adopted pets in wrapped boxes to adopters on Christmas:
The holidays can be a great time to adopt, [CEO Heather] Camissa says, because families are often at home and have time to spend with the pets and to acclimate them to their new home.
Also delivering pets to their new homes on Christmas morning were the Fairfax Co shelter in VA, volunteers from the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, the Charleston Animal Society in SC, and the Franklin Co shelter and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Maine. And an adorable 9 year old girl in New Jersey got a pair of pitbull puppies delivered to her home on Christmas morning, courtesy of the Cumberland Co SPCA. The pictures will cure what ails ya.
Did your local shelter deliver pets on Christmas?
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 26, 2014
Celebrating the human-animal bond with photos and captions submitted by readers:
Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this post. It was a pleasure putting these pictures together. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope everyone is having a happy day celebrating the bond we share with our animals. Pets are family.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 25, 2014
This is just for fun and the only rule is: no researching. Looking for actual names here, not the type of animal like we usually do. Post your best guesses in the comments. Reading other people’s answers before posting your own
gets you coal in your stocking is optional. Answers will be posted later today.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 24, 2014
What is the best animal-related thing that happened in your life in 2013?
For me, it was adding Wendy to the family. It was a bumpy start dealing with her myriad medical issues and her repeated escapes though. The vet knocked out all her medical problems one at a time and she’s been in good health ever since. Project Runaway was a horse of a different color. It’s not something I’ve dealt with before and at first it was perplexing. She would be out in the yard, seemingly fine and then POOF – she was gone. We added additional fencing but that was just a little exercise for Billy apparently. What ended up working for us was a combination of limiting her outside time to direct supervision in a small portion of the yard and taking her for leashed walks. When she needs to go out for a potty break or wants to have a bone, we put her on a tie-out (only when we are home and can see her out the window if we are indoors). She loves her tie-out and took to it like a duck to water. My vet guessed that perhaps she had been on one previously and it represented something familiar for her. Whatever the explanation for why it works, I am just happy that it does. We haven’t had an escape since we started using this system and she seems very content.
The trigger for Wendy that causes her to run away is gunshots. We did not realize this for quite awhile. We were aware she was afraid of gunshots (and firecrackers and thunderstorms) but had no idea this was what was putting her into a state of panic. Then one day Billy was outside with her in the small portion of the yard where she gets her freedom under direct supervision and she happened to be on the back deck when a gunshot was fired in the area. Being on the back deck, she could have either come to the back door and scratched to be let in or gone down the stairs to get down to the yard. Instead she immediately began attempting to hurl herself over the side of the deck. This would have resulted in a fall down to the back yard and accomplished nothing from a practical point of view. In other words, she still would have been outside and within the small fenced portion of the yard. Billy intervened quickly and brought her inside. But the behavior was revealing. Apparently hearing a gunshot outdoors sends her into such a state that all she can think is to hurl herself over the nearest barrier, without rhyme or reason. I guess this would be described as an extreme fear response and it would explain why and how she escaped several times in her first weeks with us. We live in a rural area where gunshots are common and it’s possible that she exhibited this same extreme response then, which resulted in repeated yard escapes.
Now that we have the routines in place to keep her safe and know that if we hear a gunshot when she is outside we need to run, not walk, to carry her indoors – it’s all good. The only problem now is that Billy has stolen her from me – just like he did with Graham. The man is obviously not to be trusted.
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 1, 2014
Celebrating the human-animal bond with photos and captions submitted by readers:
Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this post. It was a pleasure to put all these pictures together. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope everyone is having a happy day celebrating the bond we share with our four-pawed family members.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 25, 2013
Posted by YesBiscuit on September 2, 2013
And thanks for all you guys do. All of you – your activism, your compassion and your love for animals – are my inspiration. Merry Christmas everyone.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 25, 2012
Here are a few events being offered this month by no kill shelters in conjunction with the holiday season:
UPAWS in Marquette, MI is inviting the public to come to an open house on December 15 for a shelter tour, refreshments, and discounted adoptions.
The Allegany Co shelter in MD is holding its annual Presents for Paws event on Christmas Eve where the community is invited to meet the pets and donate items from the wish list. This is their flyer promoting the event (click to enlarge):
Every year some parents are going to give the kids the pet they’ve been asking for as a Christmas gift. If shelters and rescues refuse to allow adoptions of pets as holiday gifts, they are driving parents to alternate sources to buy the pet – and probably turning them off shelter adoption permanently. In NY, Pets Alive Middletown and Pets Alive Westchester are employing their normal screening practices to ensure a good potential match between pet and family and making it easy for the parent to save a life while giving the kids the present of their dreams. The shelters are offering to have Santa’s helpers deliver the adopted pet to his new home on Christmas morning. No pet store salesman or flea market vendor is going to hold your pet for you until Christmas morning and then show up in a Santa hat – but Pets Alive will!
What is your local shelter doing to promote lifesaving and community involvement this holiday season?
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 8, 2012
I have a story for you! It would be called “A shelter who got it right!”
The shelter is Randolph County Humane Society animal shelter and it is located in Elkins, WV. The manager of this shelter is Kelly Scheideggar and she has been here for 11 years. This shelter is a very very low kill shelter, with low operating budget, in a fairly rural setting. The shelter manager has turned this place into a safe haven for lost pets, whereas before her arrival, it was a pet killing facility…(90% kill rate in the past – NOW less than 10%!!!)
This weekend we had an incident that reinforced my respect for her and I want to share this story with you.
What happens when the early morning worker at a small local shelter (humane capacity probably around 90-100 dogs and cats both) comes to work before the sun is up and finds approximately 30 cats abandoned in the parking lot? Finds cats crammed inside of boxes together? Finds cat running loose in the parking lot?
What does the manager of this shelter do after she and other staff rush to work early, and capture these cats? What does she do after evaluating and checking these animals in? After she takes account of how many cats are already in the shelter? After she realizes how far over humane holding capacity these 30 cats will put the shelter?
If your answer is to do what many large, more well funded shelters would do – to start looking over the list of cats who are already in the shelter, and determine who has been there the longest and decide who gets killed to make room for the new comers, then the answer is WRONG!
What this manager did as soon as she was able, was to go to the internet and make a plea for help via Facebook. Yes, Shirley, a plea to the public (gasp -yes I said public) for help was made – asking for what? Funds to buy Fatal Plus? NOPE. A plea went out for food, litter, crates, and yep – foster homes, and adopters!
(Here is a copy of that plea from Facebook) ——-
ATTENTION FACEBOOK FANS – WE ARE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION!
When we arrived at the shelter this morning, we found that over 30 cats and kittens had been dumped in the shelter parking lot by a heartless individual during the night. We have captured most of these precious babies, but are still in the process of seeing if there are any more out there.
Right now, we desperately need crates, food and litter to take care of these little ones. Once they are checked in and evaluated, we are asking for foster homes and adopters.
Please facebook fans, if you can help in any manner, call the shelter at 304-636-7844!
And guess what went into motion? Was the plea ignored? Was it a demand that cats be killed ? (After all, many say the public is not able to think of things to do to help and some even say that, all people are evil cat haters who should never have a pet or know how to take care of one) Nope – here’s what happened in brief –
Within literally minutes, phone calls to the shelter started coming in, and Facebook messages with offers of help were received. People wanted to know what time the shelter would open so they can come out, help, and perhaps adopt.
People (yes Shirley, the irresponsible public) start coming to the shelter with food, litter, crates, bedding and more. Within the hour of the plea going out!
Cars rolled in – handing the staff food and supplies. Bags of cat food, kitty litter and more. Crates….
People drove up and handed the staff checks…
A little girl took her birthday present money and bought cat food!
A statewide cat rescue (PURR WV) came on the scene within two hours to assess the situation and offer assistance, taking 12 cats.
A national disaster organization (IFAW) was alerted via PURRWV to help if needed.
Throughout the weekend, the public continued to bring in food, litter, and other cat necessities.
By Sunday, other offers of help from other cat rescues are coming in from as far away as New Jersey. Donations are coming from Amazon.com from places like VA!
2 cats were adopted and 1 cat was reclaimed over the weekend. Others went into foster care. The shelter is down closer to its usual capacity. There is food, litter, and more available with promise of more on the way.
At no time ever over this long weekend, was killing the cats – any cat, long term or “new comer” – an option or even mentioned. NEVER… not one time…. ever… it was not even in anyone’s thought processes. EVER. Instead it was team work between the shelter manager, her direct care staff, rescue workers, AND the PUBLIC (yes – the public that OTHER shelters call evil and irresponsible).
I know these things to be fact. I was there, as rep of the statewide group, PURR. I saw it happen with my own eyes. I am proud of our local shelter for doing what they did. They got it right. Today as I write, cats have been adopted. Yes, other cats are at the local shelter still needing homes, but still very much protected (as a shelter should!) and cared for. Other cats have gone home to new families, some are at the rescue, others in foster care. But they are all alive…. thanks to a shelter manager, who gets it right!
Here is the follow up Facebook message from the manager – this was just 9 hours after the initial plea went out:
Wow, what a great, caring and compassionate community we have. The out pouring of help today was nothing short of awesome. To all of you who brought food and supplies up, saying Thank You just doesn’t seem like enough. Please know that we are so grateful for the kindness you showed to the abandoned cats and kittens. To the familes who came up and adopted and fostered, you truly made a difference. To Dan and Vicki Aucremanne and our Friends at PURR WV, you ROCK ! Thank you so very much for your assistance. As far as we know, there is only one cat left that we have not been able to catch, we have left food, water, and shelter out for her, hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to coax her in. All of the others are safe, warm, and have have full bellies. God Bless All of You !!! ~Kelly~
And another follow up. The search is now on for the child who gave her birthday money – if only we could find her. All the help is deeply appreciated, but this selfless act by a child needs a hug!
Good morning facebook friends. The ‘dust is slowly settling’ after this weekends emergency situation involving the many cats who were abandoned at our door step. In the midst of the hectic activity that was going on Saturday morning and afternoon, we failed to get the name of someone who made a very special donation to help these homeless and abandoned kitties. We were told that a little girl had used her birthday present money to buy food to bring to the shelter for these cats. We want to send you a very special thank you for doing this! And we would love for you to contact us – we would love to give you a hug for doing such a kind thing. Your act of kindness has helped us to be able to help these formerly abandoned kitties.
Here is the link to the shelter’s Facebook page:
Their number is 304-636-7844
The manager is Kelly Scheideggar. She deserves a hug and more. She is the true leader of the “Little Shelter who got it right”
Thanks so much for reading this. I thought a good shelter story would bring us all some happiness – and since it is Thanksgiving. I will say, thankfulness, that there are folks who are doing sheltering well and doing it right!
Thank you for sending in this story Vicki. It’s a good reminder of the things all no kill advocates can be thankful for today and every day – shelters that shelter, leaders who lead, rescuers who rescue and of course the so-called irresponsible public.
Posted by YesBiscuit on November 22, 2012