UPDATED: Shelter Pet of the Day: Memphis

Dog #272194 at MAS, as depicted in a screengrab from a video on Facebook.

Dog #272194 at MAS, as depicted in a screengrab from a video on Facebook.

I am not a behaviorist but smiling in dogs is generally accepted as an expression of positive emotions and at the very least, a submissive offering.

But at the Memphis pet killing facility, smiling appears to have earned dog #272194 a spot on the kill list.  Memphis shelter pet advocate Jody Fisher inquired about the dog yesterday and a supervisor at MAS responded:

From: <DeKeishia.Tunstall@memphistn.gov>
Date: October 20, 2014, 12:36:03 PM CDT
To: Jody Fisher
Cc: <James.Rogers@memphistn.gov>, <James.Edgeston@memphistn.gov>
Subject: RE: Adoption Event

Good morning Ms. Fisher.

Hope you are doing well.

Animal ID # A272194 was moved from our Adoption floor to a kennel in Stray due to some negative behaviors i.e. growling, snarling, showing teeth exhibited during our adoption event last weekend.

The pet was moved to ensure public safety.

Are you interested in pulling this one? If you are, please be advised the pet exhibiting some behaviors suggestive of aggression. Also, if you are interested, you will need to come in no later than close of business today to process this pet out.

Please let me know if you will be in.

De Keishia

Today, Jody asked for 2 business days to network this dog.  She was advised the dog needs to be out of MAS today.  Based on the number of animals the pound currently has listed on PetHarbor, there appear to be roughly 450 empty cages at the facility today.

Screengrab from PetHarbor showing 110 animals listed by MAS on October 21, 2014.

Screengrab from PetHarbor showing 110 animals listed by MAS on October 21, 2014.

Please share this dog with anyone you know who likes smiley dogs – which is everyone on the earth except staff at MAS I guess.  She is being kept in a cage behind locked doors at the Memphis pound.  The public is barred from seeing her.  If anyone wants to meet her, they’ll have to find a staff member willing to help.  And because MAS chooses to arbitrarily discriminate against certain dogs based on body shape, any potential adopter will have to jump through special hoops in order to save this dog.  [/motivational speech]  The pound is open from 1pm to 7pm today:

Memphis city pound
2350 Appling City Cove
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 636-PAWS (7297)

Dog #272194 at MAS, as depicted in a screengrab from a video on Facebook.

UPDATE, added October 22, 2014: This “suggestive of aggression” dog is no longer behind the iron curtain at MAS. She was saved last night by the irresponsible public. Here she is with her first victim:

Thank you to everyone who helped network this girl and get her away from the pound staff who wrongly labeled her a public safety threat, hid her in the back room and would have killed her. I’m smiling right now too by the way, in case anyone at MAS wants to write me up.

Shelter Pet of the Day – Los Angeles

Costello, as pictured on the PetHarbor listings for West Los Angeles ACC.

Costello, as pictured on the PetHarbor listings for West Los Angeles ACC.

No one sent me this dog and I don’t know anything about him except what West Los Angeles ACC posted:

COSTELLO – ID#A1439877

My name is Costello and I am a neutered male, tricolor Jack (Parson) Russell Terrier.

The shelter thinks I am about 10 years old.
I weigh approximately 14 pounds.

I have been at the shelter since Nov 26, 2013.

I just happened across his listing this morning and felt the need to share him. He looks to be an old fella, probably scared and confused as to why he is in a shelter. Please share him with your contacts who love dogs.

Costello is at:
West Los Angeles Animal Care and Control Center
11361 West Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(888) 452-7381
Hours are 8am to 5pm Tuesday thru Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sunday, closed on Monday

During fiscal year 2012 – 2013, the death rate at Los Angeles Animal Services was approximately 32%

Shelter Pet of the Day: Chance in PA

Chance at the Chester Co SPCA in PA.

Chance at the Chester Co SPCA in PA.

Submitted by Aimee who writes:

Chance is a senior yellow lab who came to us under rather unfortunate circumstances. His caretaker has been admitted to the hospital and can no longer provide for him. We’re trying to network hard for Chance and hope that since it’s adopt a senior month he may be able to find a nice warm home to spend his golden years in.

Chance is at:

Chester County SPCA
1212 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-692-6113
Fax: 610-436-4630

For the period covering January through August 2013, 42% of the animals at Chester Co SPCA were either killed or died on their own.

Shelter Pet of the Day: Kentucky

Added, 10-30-13: Readers Clarice and db have offered to donate to whoever helps Bo.


Bo, as pictured on the Petfinder website.  He is at the Franklin Co Humane Society in Frankfort KY

Bo, as pictured on the Petfinder website. He is at the Franklin Co Humane Society in Frankfort KY.

Today I received a note from a reader, asking me to feature a dog at the Franklin Co Humane Society in Kentucky on the blog as he is going to be killed on Friday and the reader really wanted to help find him an adopter or rescuer.  I needed to verify the information about the dog being scheduled for killing on Friday so I wrote to the contact e-mail address provided.

From: Shirley Thistlethwaite
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Subject: Jeanine
To: rescuebrigade@gmail.com


I am planning to feature this dog on my blog today, per a request from a reader.  Are you affiliated with the facility that is housing this dog?  I am trying to confirm information I was given – that he is on the kill list for Friday.  I only want to include accurate info in my post.

Thank you,

Shirley Thistlethwaite


From: Jeanine <rescuebrigade@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: Jeanine
To: Shirley Thistlethwaite

I am the shelter’s Rescue Coordinator and yes he is on the list however my shelter manager will not allow our animals to be posted online with a euth notice because of the negative feedback the shelter receives.  The staff does not have time for harassing calls and emails.  Please stress the he has been in and out of our shelter for over a year and time is of the essence but do not use the word euthanasia or give a date.  Give my email address as the contact and I’ll expedite any interest in him.  Thanks.


From:Shirley Thistlethwaite
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Subject: Re: Jeanine
To: Jeanine <rescuebrigade@gmail.com>

Thank you for the information Jeanine.  If he’s on the kill list for Friday, I’ll be saying so.  I don’t play fancy dress up with people who kill pets.  Facts are facts.  I get them and I tell them.  I will be happy to include your e-mail address as a contact.


From: Jeanine <rescuebrigade@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: Jeanine
To: Shirley Thistlethwaite

We are a county open admission shelter taking in thousands of animals a year and people don’t understand the lack of resources and shelter space so thanks but no thanks. Do not post our shelter dog.


Shorter:  We’d rather put a dog in the dumpster than have someone tell the truth about the killing we do here at Franklin Co.

In order to get to know the Franklin Co Humane Society a little better, I visited the group’s website.  FCHS has a report posted there indicating its live release rate for January through August 2013 was 75%. The most recent board meeting minutes posted on the site are from July 2013. A few snippets:

This year the shelter alone (without the thrift store) essentially broke even. We have income exceeding expenses by $69,076 for the 12 months ending in June. […] Assets went up from $340,000 to $470,000. Sam noted this was a good turnaround we should be happy about.


August 24 – Microchip and license sales at Petco from 11 ‐ 2. Lauren will attend with a volunteer to help with this endeavor. Normal cost is $25 but will only charge $20 (cost is $10 so there will be a profit).


Upon recommendation by the Evaluation Committee, a motion to approve a 3% raise for [shelter manager] Nancy Benton retroactive to July 1, 2013 was made by Ray Smith, seconded by John Hibbard. Motion approved by all except Linda Thomas opposed. Motion carried.

Shorter:  Income exceeding expenses, selling microchips at a 100% markup, give the manager a raise.

But I guess I don’t understand about “the lack of resources” at this profitable facility where the staff is going to kill Bo instead of doing their jobs.

If you are interested in helping Bo, please read his particulars then contact the Franklin Co HS.  Oh and I wouldn’t mention that you saw him here.  Not that anyone who works in a shelter would kill an animal out of spite but you know, negative feedback and resources and stuff.  Let us know if you need help.

Franklin County Humane Society
1041 Kentucky Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601

Shelter Pet of the Day

maya mas

Submitted by Jody and Ona.

Maya, ID #A252702
Pit Bull (?) Female
7 years old, 50 lbs (at intake, per cage card)
Heartworm Negative
Owner Surrendered on March 27, 2013

Jody asked MAS if Maya was pregnant and was told by a supervisor that the vet staff does “not believe that Maya is pregnant at this time, but without an ultrasound we cannot definitively make this determination.”  Maya weighs 66 pounds today, per MAS, which is a gain of 16 pounds in less than 4 weeks.  Oh and this is what her belly looks like:

maya belly

I don’t have an ultrasound machine either, nor did I got to vet school but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say this dog is pregnant. If you can help share her, that would be great. She has until close of business on Tuesday, April 23.  Anyone wanting to help Maya may leave comments here.

In 2012, MAS killed 69% of the pets in its care.

Memphis Animal Services
2350 Appling City Cove
Memphis, TN 38133

(901) 636-1416

Shelter Pet of the Day

Kayak, a dog picked up by Ewing Township Animal Control in New Jersey.  (photo submitted by Elizabeth)

Kayak, a dog at the Ewing Animal Shelter in New Jersey. (photo submitted by Elizabeth)

Submitted by Elizabeth, who tells the dog’s story:

Meet Kayak! Kayak found himself in a bit of trouble on March 30th when his owner tied him up to a post at Scudders Falls Recreational Park and walked out of his life. Kayak chewed through his leash and hung out at the park throughout the day. When a group of whitewater kayakers came to go paddling he started following them around. He wouldn’t let anyone touch him but allowed them to feed him in a bowl then ran away when they got too close. He never showed any signs of aggression. He even sniffed an aggressive dog on the nose and did nothing but wag his tail in a fast, friendly manner till the other dog started barking and growling at him and he backed away. The aggressive dog was put in his owner’s car and that was the end of that. He really seemed to just want to go home with someone but was too scared to allow anyone to actually touch him.

A man who was at the park finally convinced the dog to let him re-leash him and animal control was called to come pick up the dog as no one could take him home themselves. You would think this would be a happy ending but sadly its not. Kayak was scared by the animal control officer’s mishandling and ended up biting the officer on the hand, drawing blood, in his dog run. The animal control officer and ONLY the animal control officer is saying that this dog is very aggressive and needs to be put down. The shelter staff sees him as scared and not aggressive. All 10-15 people who met the dog at Scudders Falls did not see him as aggressive. He never made an aggressive gesture at anyone or any dog at the park.

Animal control is willing to allow Kayak to go to a person or rescue outside of Ewing Township, NJ. Kayak could use rescue or at least someone willing to come in and analyze his behavior The person or rescue would need to sign waivers and to have him removed from the township. Kayak can be located in the bite quarantine area of the Ewing Animal Shelter. If you call, ask about him as “The Scudders Falls dog” and they will know who you are talking about. They won’t know him as Kayak as they have not named him in the shelter. Kayak could use some help ASAP!!!

Their adoption hours are 1-3 pm Monday through Friday. You can make an appointment to see the animals at other times by calling (609) 771-8076. If you are interested in meeting with the dog I would call that number first and if you get no reply try calling the animal control officer at (609) 883-2900 x7175. I would also email Mark Phillips to let him know you are interested and coming.

Ewing Animal Shelter
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

(609) 771-8076

This shelter’s kill rate is unknown.

Kayak (photo submitted by Elizabeth)

Kayak (photo submitted by Elizabeth)

Shelter Pet of the Day

Submitted by Jody:

Dog #252719 at the Memphis pound is not listed anywhere online as far as I know.  Her cage card states she was confiscated in an eviction case and has already been held for the legally mandated holding period.  The pound will be closed tomorrow, April 4.  If you are interested in helping this pet, please leave a comment here for Jody, who has placed a hold on her at the pound.

In 2012, MAS killed 69% of the pets in its care.

Memphis Animal Services
2350 Appling City Cove
Memphis, TN 38133

(901) 636-1416

Update on a Recent Shelter Pet of the Day

Received this fabulous update on Sarah the endearing black cat recently featured telling off the “Pets with Santa” photographer. This is from the email the Cortland SPCA sends to volunteers every week. Shared with permission:

Sarah – you might remember Sarah’s Santa photo last week. I made a deal with Kitty, our Board President (who happens to love Sarah), that if Sarah wasn’t adopted by Christmas she would officially become our shelter cat. Sarah was not adopted, and keeping to my word…Sarah is now the Cortland Community SPCA’s feline ambassador!!! She spends most of her time quite happily in the office with us. She doesn’t really like other cats…or dogs for that matter. She had poor Wilma (our very sweet pitbull) hiding in a corner until they settled the matter that Sarah was in charge. She also doesn’t like being demoted to the other office when she’s been too bossy with visiting dogs. She does like to share your lunch or snacks, lay on your keyboard or paperwork (smacks you if you try to move her), twitches her tail constantly, purrs occasionally, dials our phones when she walks on them and in general is a great big wonderful nuisance who we all love (some of us more than others). Merry Christmas, Sarah. You did get your forever home for Christmas after all!!

Good for you Sarah.  Keep everyone in line and Merry Christmas (or Bah Humbug, if you prefer).

Shelter Pet of the Day

The Cortland Community SPCA in NY is spotlighting a senior black cat called Sarah on its homepage.  They took her to pose for a photo with Santa recently in order to have an additional way to promote her but things didn’t turn out as planned:

Sarah with Santa (photo submitted by Susan)

Sarah with Santa (photo submitted by Susan)

Although the shelter might not think the photo is great for marketing purposes, I actually like it. I think it’s one of those truth-in-advertising type things.  It makes me laugh and it also makes me feel as if I’ve got a little window to Sarah’s personality.

The website says that Sarah doesn’t like dogs or other cats.  I guess add Jolly Old Souls to that.  If you are interested in adopting Sarah, call the Cortland Community SPCA at 607-753-9386.

Shelter Pet of the Day

Reno (photo submitted by Callie Fitzgerald)

Reno (photo submitted by Callie Fitzgerald)

Submitted by Callie, who writes:

This is Reno. I found him with a brindle female in New Orleans over a month ago. As I had recently kept a dog that had followed me home my husband would not let either stay for any amount of time so I had no choice but to bring him to the shelter. My sister came and picked him up from me so I could get to work and brought them to a shelter for the wrong parish (Jefferson instead of Orleans). I called to make sure they had my information in case no one claimed them and called back 5 days later to check up on them and find out their status. At this time, I was told the dogs were adopted together. I was ecstatic and stopped looking for anything for them because they were safe.

Three days later, I received a call from the shelter director asking if I was coming to pick the dogs back up as they were now in danger of being euthanized. I began frantically making pleas on Facebook to find them a foster. I was then told I could pick them up and bring them to the Orleans Parish shelter, the LASPCA, where they should have gone in the beginning so I immediately went to do this. This was able to buy them 5 more days. I was also told that they would be ok there since a transport was going to take a bunch of dogs up north to be adopted so none would have to be euthanized. Sadly, Superstorm Sandy hit and the transport was cancelled putting these two in immediate danger.

No one was offering to take in either dog so as a last resort I sent a message to a woman who had so amazingly taken in a lab mix and her 7 puppies several months ago. At first she told me she couldn’t but upon finding out they were scheduled to be euthanized in less than 48 hours she stepped up and offered to take them. Lucky for her, one other person stepped up and took the female into foster so she only had to take the male, who was now named Reno.

Animal Rescue New Orleans couldn’t see anything happen to these sweet souls after seeing their faces everywhere they turned so they became ARNO dogs. Reno is not in danger of being euthanized now; however, he is in desperate need of a new foster or adoptive home. We really need a foster so we don’t lose one of the great ones who is willing to step up when a situation arises.

He is sweet and shy. He is approximately 50-60 pounds, neutered and I believe he is heartworm negative. He is good with big and little dogs. His foster mom said she believes he was never in a house before as he was unsure of how to go up the steps to her house and was very grateful for his first milkbone. If anyone is interested in adopting or fostering, they can email ginnie_baumann@hotmail.com. The adoption fee is $150, which includes all shots, a microchip, and heartworm treatment if necessary. Thank you!!!!


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