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Posted by squeakyramone on 2010.02.22 at 15:50
Must Love Dogs Rescue of Maryland rescued 4 heartworm positive dogs... Treatment costs $300-$400 per dog... so if you could donate ANYTHING, that would be completely awesome, just follow the link and click on the CHIP IN button in the little box. You can donate through PayPal or... credit card. I donated $20 cause that's all I can give, but yeah, anything helps. They've only gotten 5 contributors so far and only $200 out of $1000 needed... Please help if you can!

Must Love Dogs Rescue of Maryland

please help us save so many more animals in need just by voting on facebook.


HOPE FOR PAWS is the ONLY pet rescue organization in the Chase Community GIving competition on Facebook.  We are saving all animals from both the streets and shelters, fostering them, getting them medical care, and finding them loving homes.

 Below is one video of CHASE, a Maltese/Chihuahua we just rescued this week who the shelter was going to euthanize for being vicious


 Here is a video of Eldad Hagar (founder) rescuing Ace, the injured Pit Bull off the streets in Downtown LA. 


this is the link  to VOTE


Country Road

Greetings From Northeast Tennessee

Posted by lizamartz on 2009.11.19 at 16:55
Hey All,

I'm with the Claiborne County Animal Shelter in Northeast Tennessee (USA). We are in the process of building a shelter. We're 501c3 (non-profit) and the shelter is being built from donations. I'm the PR person (among other things but if ya'll work for shelters you know what I mean!) We've been at it since February 2008.

So, I wanted to share a song that was written for our shelter called, "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" and the video we made to try to let people know the shelter is coming. You can check it out on my livejournal blog, A City Slicker on a Country Road or through the photo album page on our website, ClaiborneAnimalShelter.com on the photo album page.

Once our shelter is up and running, I'm sure we'll need lots of ideas about how to run it, who to run it, and, most important, how to cut down on euthanasia. All suggestions are welcome and needed. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

Liza Martz, Secretary
Claiborne Animal Shelter Board


Posted by cinnamongirl_x on 2009.10.03 at 20:24
Hi there, this is my first time posting. I wanted to share my new community: fosterkittens. I work at an SPCA in New Zealand. I've volunteered there since I was 15, and started working there a couple of years ago. (I'm 20 now.) Me and my job have a love/hate relationship. :-)

I'm looking forward to meeting other people who work in shelters. :-)

I'm curious about adoption processes at the SPCA's y'all work at??

Here for dogs, rabbits, mice, birds and rats we do inspections of the cages. (Our Welfare Inspectors go out and have a look.) Everyone is put onto our computer system, and we only rehome to cages our requirement or bigger.

With cats you must have landlord permission (we have to see it written, or speak to the landlord personally.) We rehome two kittens together unless someone can guarantee they will be home enough for them. We were getting unsocialised cats returned to us because people were adopting kittens by themselves, and then working 7-7 or ridiculous hours so of course the kitten becomes lonely, bored and unosocialsed.

Posted by death_ismygift on 2009.07.07 at 09:44
Now that the dogs have stopped barking:: The Scene Aesthetic - Love Story | Powered by Last.fm
I don't know what states/countries anyone else here is from, but I want you all to imagine for a minute what it's like to be a small Connecticut shelter.

See, the director of the SPCA of Connecticut said a few months ago, and this is a direct quote, "There's a real shortage of adoptable dogs in Connecticut." And his response to his imagined shortage of adoptable dogs? He's holding "Super Adoption" events, where he brings 400 dogs from southern states and Puerto Rico. The first batch flew in on a private jet. He has ten events planned, which is 4,000 new animals in a state where shelters are bursting at the seams.

I look around my own shelter and we literally do not have room to take in a single animal right now, but we still get them dumped at the door overnight and hundreds of calls every single day with animals who need to be surrendered. It is so insulting to have the SPCA prancing around like this isn't happening, talking about how there aren't enough animals in Connecticut. There are so many animals here. The state cannot handle any more animals, but we're being forced to. Those 400 animals he's bringing up this weekend are taking homes away from all the animals who have been waiting here for months and years for a home.

Petition against the UP cat killer

Posted by heart5 on 2009.05.04 at 00:44

Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play

Posted by death_ismygift on 2009.03.03 at 11:24
Anyone who's ever worked with the BAAC knows what I'm talking about here. I had just this huge, very intimidating man come in to see the cats a while ago, and while we were in the cat room he suddenly turned to me and said 'You know those commercials with the singer and the sad animals? I saw it this morning and cried so hard my girlfriend had to hug me'.
It was the cutest thing ever.  


Pit Bull Mix Needs Adopted/Rescued URGENT!

Posted by gigi_bobbsey on 2009.01.24 at 17:40

I am posting this here because this dog is desperate. He could be euthanized at any time now, so everyone that knows about him is doing anything we can to find him a way out of the shelter.
This is Scarface. What an unfit name for such a sweet dog! Scarface is a 1 year old brindle and white male Pit Bull mix. According to workers, he's so happy and full of life! He seems to LOVE everyone! He walks very well on a leash and would make a great companion for anyone, including single people or families! He was originally listed as fearful and seemed somewhat shy, but once he was able to come out and play, he was literally bouncing and prancing around the yard, enjoying play time with humans and other dogs. He is housebroken.
Scarface's last day was supposed to be Thursday, January 22; however, because a rescue worker likes him so much, they managed to extend his time to January 24th. Miraculously, he has made it past this date and is still alive. If not adopted or pulled by a rescue group by immediately, he will be euthanized.
$200 has been donated to cover the cost of his heartworm treatment, because he unfortunately tested positive. This can and will be fixed with the treatment this donation will provide, if only someone will save him from death first.

This is not a sympathy post. Please only consider helping this dog if you have the room in your home, heart, and wallets!

Scarface is located at the Orange County Animal Services in Orlando, FL. TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE FOR THE DOG MIGHT BE AVAILABLE! Please contact the below email addresses as well as Debra.Villella@ocfl.net if you are not from the immediate area and would like to save this boy. Contact me at afurryfriend@gmail.com for help finding transport.

If you are interested in adopting or rescuing Scarface, please contact ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

Remember, even if you cannot physically help Scarface, you can help by passing this on to someone else.

hateville. population: me

Pet Peeves

Posted by schatze on 2009.01.11 at 14:21
(I posted this to my journal today, thought some of you might share my pain.)

Excuse my pun-indulgent title. This is one of my favorite things at the shelter:

"Would you like to make a donation to help with your pet's care?"

"Well I have his food and stuff in the car can you take that?"

Oh abso-LUTELY, I'm sure we can pay our overhead with the 1/3 bag of Bil-Jac or the filthy, shredded scratching post you won't be needing any more because your pet is no longer in your care. That's not making a donation, that's cleaning house.

Say, do you have any cum-riddled, torn up mattresses you'd like to "donate," while you're purging yourselves of junk you don't want laying around your own residence? How about something rusty and huge? Surely you can find us something RUSTY AND HUGE that your own trash company won't take without additional payment.

Often the nicest donations, or the donations we can actually use, come from people who haven't also brought in their animal. I find this abominable.

We had a donation drive (for money, not for dirty, disemboweled chew toys) last month and I parlayed my anger into success: being the number one "fundraiser" and winning a $50 visa gift card.

"Would you like to donate anything beyond the minimum of $30?"

"No the $30 is fine."

"Great, and any additional donations can go on that cart over there."

Posted by death_ismygift on 2009.01.10 at 19:00
As I'm sure many of us know, sometimes people who don't work in a shelter enviornment just can't understand how it makes us feel.

This has been a particularly difficult year for the shelter I work for. We were broken into and had a puppy stolen, we took a hoarder case of forty-eight cats, took a hoarder case of sixty-seven cats, and have fallen on extremely difficult financial times. I've seen animals come in with shattered jaws from where they got kicked in the face, with tumors the size of melons hanging off emaciated bodies, with nails stuck through their skulls. I was given the task of making a cat that was found in a box in a field comfortable, a cat that had been starved for two weeks and had no teeth, had matted fur and whose claws had broken off as it attempted to free itself from the carrier it was trapped in.

Every shelter sees terrible things like that. Some of those stories get happy endings, the cat with a nail through her skull survived and was adopted by a woman who runs a sanctuary for special needs cats out of her home, and those are the kind of stories I'd like to hear.

So if anyone has any really happy endings stories from their shelters they'd like to share, I could use to hear them right about now and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I run a blog called A Furry Friend. It's dedicated to highlighting animals in need and to keep people informed on general animals news, stories, and events! I have helped many dogs and other animals through my blog.
I invite anyone to please submit any animals, stories, or events they'd like me to feature. You can contact me with information at afurryfriend@gmail.com.
If you know an animal  that is in immediate need of a rescue, adoption, foster, transportation, etc., please contact me as well!

I also have links to several animal rescue/welfare resources I've compiled, including: 

  • Rescue transportation services
  • Shelter/rescue directories
  • General animal welfare/rescue resources
  • A guide on how to report and stop internet animal abuse
  • A guide on how to help both domestic & wild animals in need
  • A guide to prepare your own animal rescue kit
These resources can be found by going to my blog and clicking on any of links under "A Furry Friend Resources" on the left-hand side.


Is there anybody out there?

Posted by laren on 2008.07.26 at 15:28
I notice this community hasn't been updated in weeks, so I wanted to send out a virtual poke to any members who might still be watching.

I'm a kennel attendant at a shelter in southern California. KA is actually one of very few paying positions available at this volunteer-run facility, so I feel lucky to be where I am. I'm fairly new to the animal industry, with only a few weeks of zoo volunteer service behind me (and a lifetime of experience as a pet owner, but that really doesn't prepare you for this).

I feel like there's a lot I can learn from you guys, so please come back and post when you can!

UPDATE: Stubby's surgery scheduled for July 2nd!

Posted by surgery4stubby on 2008.06.21 at 15:27
I'm feeling: thankfulthankful
Because of the overwhelmingly positive response and generosity of family and friends old and new, and the fact that we are thisclose to reaching our goal, I've scheduled Stubby's surgery for July 2nd!

So, the last day to donate via PayPal will be June 27th! Donations made directly to the vet's office can be made all the way through July 2nd.

If you've already donated, THANK YOU!!
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby

UPDATE: Reaching out for support...

Posted by surgery4stubby on 2008.06.17 at 22:20
I'm feeling: gratefulgrateful
What a wonderful day today! Not only did Dr. Crocker's office agree to accept donations on Stubby's behalf (see my earlier posts for that info), we raised $250! Much of that $250 came from the support of the LJ communities, so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!

Since the fundraising is going so well (we're only about $250 short of our goal!), I was able to go ahead and schedule Stubby's surgery for July 2nd. He's having his bloodwork done next week, and I'm hopeful that we'll have a reason for why his teeth are in such bad shape.

I'm very grateful for and encouraged by all the positive feedback I've gotten...even the negative feedback has helped me to improve the way I'm doing things, so that's awesome.

So, if you've already donated, THANK YOU!! And if you haven't, please consider it...if you're unable to, prayers and well-wishes are accepted, too :-)

♥ Ria
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby for more info!

UPDATE: Reaching out for support...

Posted by surgery4stubby on 2008.06.17 at 11:47
I recently posted a fund-raising request for donations to help cover the costs of extensive dental surgery for Stubby, a sweet little guy I'm fostering. Several folks suggested that they'd feel more comfortable donating directly to the vet's office than to me, which I understand completely. I thought that was a great idea, so I contacted my vet's office today, and they've graciously agreed to accept check and/or credit/debit card donations on Stubby's behalf.

Checks can be made payable to Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic. Please be sure to reference 'Account #30919' in the check's memo field.

Credit/debit card donations can be taken over the phone by calling (937) 435-3262. Again, please be sure to reference Account #30919. Their mailing address is:

Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic
5655 Bigger Rd.
Kettering, OH 45440

Thank you so much to those who have already donated!

Ria Kapluck

Reaching out for support...

Posted by surgery4stubby on 2008.06.15 at 14:11
My name is Ria, and I've created an LJ on behalf of a sweet little guy named Stubby. A friend asked me to provide a temporary home for Stubby, as well as try to find him a forever home, and I was happy to oblige. I knew that Stubby hadn't been to the vet in a few years, and would need to be caught up on his vaccinations and receive a clean bill of health before I could find a forever home for him.

However, when I took him in for his exam, the doctor determined that his oral health was deteriorated to such an extent that Stubby would need to undergo extensive surgery to extract all of his teeth and repair the damage to his gums and jawbones. As you can imagine, that kind of surgery is very, very expensive, and I if I had the means to pay for it on my own, I would do so in a heartbeat. That's where you come in...

I've created a website called www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby, where you can learn a little more about Stubby as well as make donations in any amount to help cover the cost of the surgery. For every $5 donated, you'll receive an entry in the Thank You Raffle for a chance at the Grand Prize of a $50 SuperCertificate to www.GiftCertificates.com

My fundraising goal is $1,200...any money raised that exceeds the goal amount will be donated to SICSA (The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, which is a wonderful no-kill shelter here in Kettering, Ohio.

I'm asking for your support as I try to improve Stubby's life. Several people have told me to "just put him down, it's not worth it"...as far as I'm concerned, this is not an option. He's only four years old, and with this surgery, will lead a long, happy life. Please consider donating...even $1 will help! Even if all you can do is share the website with your friends and fellow animal lovers, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time, and thank you for all the work you do to help our furry friends! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

I want to make it very clear that my one and only goal in creating the website and corresponding LJ is to raise the funds necessary to get Stubby on the road to health and happiness. I am not affiliated with any shelter or rescue group...I'm just one person trying to make a difference in one animal's life, in any way that I can.

Ria K.

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New Animal Welfare Blog!

Posted by gigi_bobbsey on 2008.05.16 at 13:12
I want to let everyone know that I've recently started an animal welfare blog, highlighting animals in need all over the US. The needs range from rescues, medical treatment, forever homes, monetary donations, etc. If you know of an animal(s) in need of help, please see the contact page on my site and e-mail me the info. I also help in facilitating adoptions of animals out-of-state, if you are interested in saving an animal that is not in your area.

Please check it out; maybe you can save a life, such as these:


French Mustache

Anybody else?

Posted by secret_fly on 2008.04.27 at 20:24
Current Location: Home
I'm feeling: mellowmellow
 Is anybody else going to the Shelter Operations Seminar in Boise, ID this next week?


Animal rescue in need of help ASAP

Posted by ilovemygoats on 2008.04.16 at 15:43
 Please help our cause. I recently lost my job and the rescue needs some financial help to continue feeding and caring for the animals. We need bales of hay and bags of feed for the goats. Lots of food for the feral cats. Two geriatric indoor kitties need expensive prescription formula food for renal failure. One cat needs dental work as she is not eating. One goat also needs to see a vet. If you can donate, even if it is just a dollar, please click the banner. THANK YOU

French Mustache

I'm new here....looking for...

Posted by secret_fly on 2008.03.11 at 11:35
Current Location: Home
I'm feeling: tiredtired
...emotional support.  I have worked at my Animal Shelter for nearly a year now and have never run across this community.

Sometimes after a hard day, there just isn't anyone who *gets* it.  They listen and have compassion, but they don't *understand* what it is like.

Long story short...the shelter I work at has an AMAZING save rate for the canines, 99%!  These last 2 weeks has been the roughest since I have been there.

PARVO.  I hate it.  We hadn't had it since a year before I started (read as 2 years ago).  All of a sudden, we have now had 3 casses in the last 2 weeks.  My favorite dog; the one I have been caring for...got it.  He died yesterday.  He was the third dog to get PARVO, the second to die from it.  Sometimes I wonder if these emotions will drive me out of the job....

I have more I am sure I can share, but don't want to fill your friends page.

It doesn't appear that this is a very active community, but I figured that even if I had the option to write to people who would *get* it....that is sometimes all I need.

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