Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lessons to share…

Sharing this from a FB Friend…good thoughts!

Isn’t he precious? This sweet little boy was found outside. His eyes are shut not because he’s so young, but because they were full of pus. He could barely breathe because of all the mucus caked around his tiny nose. But the good news is that his luck has changed! He’s on medicine, getting bottle fed and should grow up in to a handsome kitty.

There’s three lessons this little guy has to teach us…:

Lesson #1: Spay and neuter of outdoor cats is critical. Estimates range, but we’ve heard 80% of the kittens going into shelters come from outdoor cats. 50% of outdoor kittens die. The other 50% either end up in a shelter/rescue, taking homes away from other homeless cats or they grow up on the street and reproduce – causing a vicious cycle. If you’ve never looked into Trap Neuter Return find out why it’s so important here: http:// www.allaboutanimalsrescue.org/ stray-cats/

Lesson #2: Caring people make a difference! The Good Samaritan that found him didn’t keep walking, they picked him up and searched diligently to find help. Once someone was willing to help him, they made a donation for his care because they knew the rescue was going to incur costs.

Lesson #3: When we all work together we save lives! His new momma is with another rescue. As soon as she heard about this kitten’s need she volunteered to take on the major responsibility of feeding every 2 hours and getting him well so he can go up for adoption.

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Gas chambers…

This is the gas chamber that was used as recently as two years ago at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter in SC. Paws and Claws rallied the community and, as a result, the gas chamber at Chesterfield was removed.

It is impossible to look a the photo and not feel sick to your stomach. To think about all that is wrong with our society and the horrible path we have taken as humans…

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Interesting article…

The below was shared by a shelter that I volunteer with. Interesting article…

Some interesting research on the factors important to people when they adopt. It varies from dogs to cats, cats to kittens. Good stuff to think about when we write up our descriptions of our foster cats. I know I have some descriptions to work on this week and sure many of you do as well!

June 11th…One special day.

This was shared on FB today by Paws for Life Animal Rescue in MI. Their website is http://www.pawsforliferescue.org.

What do you think? WONDERFUL IDEA FOR US ALL!!

Just One Day. What is a day? There are many ways to answer that question. A day is 24 hours. A day is how we measure how much time we spend at work. A day can be something we look forward to, a celebration of some kind.

In U.S. animal shelters, a day represents 10,411 lives needlessly lost. In just one …day. In Michigan, it is 274 cats and dogs being put to death in shelters. In just one day. To most people, June 11 is just one day. But, this year, June 11 is a day that could change everything for 10,411 pets in the U.S. and 274 in Michigan, and a day that can change the world.

On June 11, 2012, we could be a No Kill state and a No Kill nation. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook and/or on Twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups and the media, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours and they will ask their communities to help them empty the shelter the good way. Michigan can be a No Kill state and the USA can become a no kill nation for Just One Day. And, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And if we can do it that day, we can also do it on June 12th for Just Another Day …

Ask your shelter if they are participating in Just One Day. Then, ask how you can help too. Spread the word!
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We need your help:

1. If you are a rescue group, even if you are already No Kill, take the pledge at www.justoneday.ws and do an event or adoption campaign on that day to increase the number of adoptions you normally do and pull those extra animals from the pound;
2. If you are a shelter, take the pledge as well. To help you succeed, we’ll provide you a model press release and promotion plan, a guide to adopt your way out of killing, adoption promotion posters, and more.
3. Everyone, please contact at least one rescue group and one shelter in your community and ask them to take the pledge;
4. Ask your city council/county commission to pass a resolution naming June 11 a day of No Kill in your community.

More info, including a list of participating groups, at www.justoneday.ws

Why June 11: http://bit.ly/kinJqY

A map of participating shelters: http://on.fb.me/KMBVrB

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Here’s the email to send to the local shelter/rescue:

Dear Director,

Animal shelters and rescue groups across the USA have taken a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours, and they will ask their communities to help. At the end of the day, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And, no one will have had to die in order to make that happen.

To help them succeed, the “Just One Day” campaign is offering shelters that take the pledge the tools they need to be successful: a model press release and promotion plan, a guide to adopt your way out of killing, adoption promotion posters, and more—all sent free of charge to those organizations that take the pledge.

On June 11, the USA can become a No Kill nation, even if it is for Just One Day. And if we can do it then, we can also do it on June 12 for Just Another Day…

Will you please take the pledge on www.justoneday.ws?

Thank you.

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Here’s the email to send to your local city council/county commission (with a sample resolution):

Dear Council Member (Commissioner, Supervisor, etc.),

Animal shelters and rescue groups across the USA have taken a pledge not to kill any savable animals on June 11, 2012. For Just One Day, “Euthanasia Technicians” will put down their syringes and pick up cameras. Instead of injecting animals with lethal doses of sodium pentobarbital, they will photograph them and post them on the Internet, on Facebook, on twitter. On June 11, 2012, they will market their animals to the public, they will reach out to rescue groups, they will host adoption events with discounted rates, they will stay open for extended hours, and they will ask their communities to help. At the end of the day, the shelters will be emptier than when the day started. And, no one will have had to die in order to make that happen. On June 11, the USA can become a No Kill nation, even if it is for Just One Day. And if we can do it then, we can also do it on June 12 for Just Another Day…

Will you please join your colleagues across the country by introducing a resolution in Council officially declaration June 11 a day of No Kill in our community? A sample proclamation is available at http://bit.ly/Jihmh3.

To learn more about the Just One Day campaign, visit www.justoneday.ws.

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