|Renee Leger - ANML-RESQ||Sep 30/09|
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I am still trying to catch up on last week's rescues, but today, I want to tell you about a rescue that is near and dear to my heart.
We received news last week about a Rottweiler in a bad situation. He needed help, and he needed help quickly. We were told of his situation and when I heard about his living condition, I knew he needed our help. In fact, his story is not too much different than our beloved boy Carter. This boy was also banished to the basement. The reason for this upheaval in his life was that his family welcomed a new baby into their lives and no longer had the time for their dog.
I was horrified to hear this. Those of us that know Rottweilers, know that they NEED to be part of a family. They NEED human contact and need to feel like they are part of the family. Shutting them away from their family is heartbreaking for them and depression can set in quickly. I immediately thought about our Carter and prayed that this surrender wouldn't break my heart as Carter's did.
Thankfully, when we got him, I was thrilled to see that he was well fed and seemingly well adjusted, considering his circumstances. I also knew we were in trouble. This handsome boy is the spitting image of my dearly departed Bud. The moment I laid eyes on him, all I could see was Bud. I knew that by bringing him home, my husband would also see the strong resemblance.
When I arrived home, late Friday night, I took Dodge out of the vehicle and my husband was there to meet us. He took one look at Dodge, looked at me and said "it's Bud!!!" Uh-ohhhhhhh, I thought, we're in trouble!
Dodge is here and doing very well. He's a good, good boy... he gets along well with other dogs and he LOVES people. He has already met our "dog selective" girl Sassy and it seems that she likes him too.
It will take time to see what this fellow is all about, but I know that my husband and I look forward to having this boy in our lives and getting to know him better in the coming weeks.
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Our volunteer Beth, did as we all do when we hear of a dog in urgent need of help. She cross-posted his urgent plea far and wide, praying that someone would see Copper and he would capture their heart. And her prayers were answered when someone offered their heart and home to this sweet boy.
Here is an update from Beth. Copper went to his new home on Saturday and is loving every minute of his new life.
Copper's mom has a little doggie named Molly but she is afraid of cats and with Judy rehabilitating many small birds at a time, she really needed a hand with keeping the unwanted out of her yard, insert Copper here!
So off to the rescue our big man is, he is now protecting her yard of all security threats to the birds and keeps the squirrels off her bird feeders and Molly couldn't be happier having a big brother again. Judy's big dog passed away some time ago and no one managed to find their way to her until yesterday when this gentle giant found a new home to call his own for the rest of his days protecting all his new feathered friends, even Gabby the African Grey! Congratulations Copper and family!!! Way to go Beth!!!
Mark your calendars everyone! October 17th will be our Halloween Party in Stouffville and boy is it going to be a GREAT time!! Lots of fun things planned... games, best dressed and much more. Stay tuned for more details.
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First was a young boy, destined to die after being picked up as a stray. He didn't do anything wrong to deserve a "death sentence" ... he unfortunately was born in a province that has a great deal of prejudice against certain "types" of dogs. So much so, that they have sentenced them to death. Rufus, unfortunately, fit the description of being substantially similar to a banned breed. Thankfully, the shelter staff were smitten with this handsome little boy and reached out for help.
We heard about Rufus on Wednesday and although we had so many other pleas before us, Rufus was given priority.
He was stressing terribly at the shelter, yearning for human contact. The staff feared this little boy was beginning to shut down. We were asked if we could help and, of course, we knew we had to do everything in our power to try and help this innocent victim of Bill 132 find safety.
We were blessed with another miracle. An application from another province, wanting to help a bully in need. We began the application process immediately and were thrilled that this wonderful family checked out. Coincidentally, although they had applied to help our girl Haille, we felt that Rufus would be a better fit in their home. They already had two female dogs, so we sent pictures of Rufus and asked if they would be interested in him. They immediately replied back that they would love to share their home with this handsome young boy - WOOHOOOOOO!!!!
Our volunteer Jen was completely smitten with pictures of Rufus and while we were trying to work out something for transport, getting a crate, flight booked, etc., which would take some time [with Rufus stressing so badly] Jen couldn't bear the thought of him waiting a week or so. She immediately got on the phone, booked a flight and donated the cost of the flight for Rufus ...THANK YOU JEN! Now, we had to worry about the airline approved crate. The crate was quickly donated to Rufus by another rescue friend, Deanna at AARF - THANK YOU DEANNA! All was set and little Rufus was picked up on Saturday by Jen and delivered to the airport where he was flown to Nova Scotia and into the arms of his loving family.
We already received an update and Rufus is SO happy to finally be in a home where he is now a cherished member of the family. He has met his furry sisters and everyone is doing well, in fact, he is getting a chance to burn off some pent-up energy with his youngest fur-sister. They are having a blast!!
Congratulations Rufus! You deserve this second chance at life and we know you will be happy, running and playing, muzzle- free in a province without prejudice. Be happy, and don't forget to send pictures!
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In Need of a Hand
As is the case with most rescue organizations, the daily pleas for help can sometimes be overwhelming. We hear so many sad stories, sad situations and animals in urgent need of help. It breaks our hearts when we can't help them all. We pass along the urgent calls for help and pray that someone out there will be the answer to their prayers.
We have been working feverishly to help two dogs in urgent need. Both cases are extremely different, but both equally urgent in nature. One of the cases is particularly heart wrenching, but I cannot go into any details as of yet.
I want to take this opportunity, once again, to remind everyone to keep an eye out for your neighbours and their pets. If you sense, in any way, that they are not capable of properly caring for their beloved pet, please offer a helping hand or contact a local rescue.
We, as a rescue have also taken donated food to local food banks. The donations are very much appreciated and provide the necessary help so that more people can afford to feed their pets until they are back on their feet. It is a wonderful way of helping and we hope more people will do the same.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Sam is good with most dogs, however, due to the stress of being in the kennel, he is starting to react to other dogs at times. This is probably due to pent up frustration.
Sam was recently adopted, but returned because he was chasing the horses, so he is back and even more depressed than ever.
We would very much like to help Sam but cannot help without a foster home. If you are interested in helping us help Sam, please fill in our on-line application on the left to foster.
Cookie is good with other dogs (except dominant females), good with cats and kids.
Cookie is looking for her forever home and ANML-RESQ would like to help her find that special home.
If you are looking for a nice Rotti girl and are experienced with the breed, please contact us and ask about Cookie.
This little girl, although diagnosed with grade 1 hip dysplasia, does not seem to slow her down a bit.
She is a real dynamo and would excel in a sport such as fly-ball. She is very focused on whatever task is at hand.
If you know of anyone outside the province of Ontario, looking for a high-energy doggy, then Haille is the girl they are looking for.
I also wanted to share a couple of videos that Smokey's foster family made of him. He sure is a happy boy, running free and having lots of room to run.
Here are a couple of videos:
It's started again...Please help by voting for us!
The contest is set up so everyday you vote on their web site [The Animal Rescue Site] for your favourite animal rescue. There are many choices and I would believe the most popular are in the US and Canada. This is how it works:
As ANML-RESQ is always helping animals, we could really use one of the weekly prizes... but, we would love to win the grand prize and I know with your help we can get there .... vote everyday for us and tell your friends.
Remember, you can also click on a link and fill a bowl of food [free] for the US animals in shelters...> Click everyday for the animals. And check out the other exciting events that the Animalrescuesite.com has going.
Little Ben has lived in a barn for the better part of his life. He was rescued by a kind samaritan who was able to talk the owner into giving her this precious boy. We believe his sibling is still there and hope to get him sprung as well, but in the meantime we are very happy that Benji was relinquished into our care.
Benji has been to the groomer and also the vet. He has been vaccinated and will soon be neutered. The vet estimates Benji to be 2 years old and in excellent health.
Benji is having a blast in foster care, playing with the resident cat. The cat is a tad bigger than he is, but Benji and Soprano play for hours on end with each other. Benji also loves other dogs as well...big or small, he loves them all (-:
Benji is not used to being handled and cuddled. He has never had this kind of interaction with humans. Benji has been very good though... no nipping or trying to escape. We feel that in no time, Benji will be soliciting affection and cuddles. Right now though, he doesn't jump on couches or your lap... very unlike a small dog, but in time, he will be someone's cling-on, we are sure. Benji is great with kids as well. He loves to play ball, run and chase with the boys.
We are thrilled to have little Ben with us and we will be looking for the perfect home for this special boy. He truly deserves to live his life as a valued member of a family.
A very kind samaritan has taken these two to safety and really wants to help them find a home. Here is their story from their rescuer.
If you are interested in adopting these two beautiful girls, please contact Anne firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also received some great pictures of two of our Cocker Spaniels. First, here are a couple of pictures of our stunning girl Iris.
As you can see, Iris enjoys a beautiful day in the sun, lying amongst the flowers (-: Iris is now ready to find her forever home, so if you know of someone that would love a beautiful Cocker Spaniel girl, have them contact us at email@example.com!
And, here is a picture of Casey who has undergone his double cherry-eye surgery and is well on the way to a full recovery.
Casey is now happily living in his forever home. Congratulations Casey!
We also had a bit of a strange "rescue" situation this weekend. One of our volunteers was going to mow her lawn and something horrible happened. She started up the lawn-tractor and a bunch of stuff flew out of the exhaust. The flying debris was the remnants of a nest - a field mouse nest. Sadly, mama mouse did not survive [she was killed along with several of the babies]. However, two little ones escaped unharmed.
I received a frantic call on Friday from our volunteer, asking what she can do for the babies. They were very, very young and their eyes weren't open yet. We couldn't allow them to suffer by starvation, so we put our heads together and hoped we were doing the right thing [we know NOTHING about nurturing newborn mice].
That night, they were fed every 3 hours with soy milk. The following day, the volunteer [Jen] called on Denise at Spoil Me Pets to see if she had anything available for these little orphans. Denise immediately gave Jen some "kitty's milk" [which is used for newborn kittens]. The little orphans LOVED this nutritious mixture and gobbled back all of their meals.
By Saturday evening, Jen noticed the babies were much more active, therefore, we knew they were thriving on this precious milk. But how could Jen possibly nurture them while she was at work? This was REALLY turning into a dilemma!! We remembered that Karl's mom [Debbie] was a real rodent lover! Maybe she could give some advise/help?
Debbie was contacted on Sunday and this incredibly amazing lady, who rescued our boy Karl and Buddy without hesitation, has also taken in these two defenseless babies into her care. What an amazing lady! Who would have EVER thought? Debbie has named the two little babes John and Deer - we are all hoping they are both the same sex! lol Thank you Debbie for taking these precious little lives into your care! We know that these particular field mice will be SO spoiled!
ANML-RESQ is having a great contest for all our young rescuers. WE want to hear about your rescued pet and how it has changed your life. The contest has two age categories: 6-8 and 9-13 years of age. The contest starts October 15th, 2009. For more information, click here...>. Good luck everyone!! We can't wait to read all your stories.
Tammy a Hand Up
This sweet girl sits patiently in the stray department, eagerly waiting for her family to save her from the noise and confusion of other lost souls. She sits dignified at the front of her cage and watches people pass without acknowledgement, without a kind word or even an attempt to know who she is. She is not lost by any means. She was dumped.
Like so many others that are discarded she is deserving of a home that will commit to her until her end of days. She is not trash. She is not nameless. She is NOT ready for the bridge but her days are numbered at the shelter. Tammy is gentle, tender and has a wonderful soft temperament.
She has a few lumps, bumps and clouding of the eyes with gentle white frosting that indicates wisdom, but doesn't deserve death. She is an older girl in appearance but still has that passion and zest for life. At this point, all she needs is a place to feel secure, comfortable and loved.
There is no urgency for biopsies, surgeries or the like. She just needs love, commitment and devotion and it’s never too late to re-new her faith in mankind as she shows daily that she still holds out for that one special person to tell her that she is in fact worthy and is valued for being just who she is. This would be Tammy - otherwise known as young at heart.
If you think you can give Tammy a compassionate placement and let her live out her days in a home where she will feel loved and cherished, please contact us, or fill out the adoption application and send it along.
Great news for Nackawic residents!! It's good to know that council actually listened to people and made an informed decision to change their controversial dog bylaw. Good decision made by the Mayor and council members!!! Congratulations!
Many thanks to Dr. Mary Ann Bramstrup for taking this matter on and fighting for the rights of those that cannot speak for themselves. See additional references at end of blog*.
Town backtracks on controversial dog bylaw
Nackawic [New Brunswick] - The issue has dogged the town all summer, but Nackawic has finally leashed its controversial dog bylaw.
On Tuesday evening, after public consultation and revision, council introduced and enacted its amendments with the third and final reading.
Council removed pit bull terriers, Rottweilers and mixed breeds of either from the vicious dog classification and based the bylaw on if a dog bites, attacks or aggressively chases a person or another animal.
Council also removed the $250 fee for owning a vicious dog.
The issue came to light earlier this year after the town decided to enforce the dog bylaw after an incident involving a troublesome pit bull in the community.
Dr. Mary Ann Bramstrup was informed she would have to pay $250 to keep her threeyear- old Rottweiler mix in town even though her dog isn’t vicious.
It came as a shock to her, but she was told the bylaw had been in place for several years.
She called it racial profiling for dogs and was determined to see the bylaw changed.
The outcry prompted council to review the bylaw and make the amendments, which were presented last month.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting, several residents were pleased to see council enact the changes.
Don Degagne, who supported Bramstrup, said the town did the right thing. It puts the responsibility back on the owner and not the dog, he said.
Owners must take steps to ensure their dogs don’t bite, and, if they do, they will be held accountable.
“If a dog bites, something is going to be done,” Degagne said. “They (council) are covering the town. If you have a dog and it bites somebody, there are going to be things done.
“So you can expect you may have to put your dog down, that is the way I understand it.”
While it may not please every resident, Degagne said, it takes the breed aspect out of the equation.
Murray McEwen is also pleased to see the breed restriction removed and the onus of a dog attack put back on the owner.
“I think that is where the responsibility lies,” McEwen said.
“It sounds as if they (council) have addressed pretty well the concerns that we had.”
Mayor Rowena Simpson said she’s pleased to see council reach a fair decision on the controversial issue.
“We worked really long and hard on this, and I can’t see any area where people can find fault with this,” Simpson said.
“I still have gotten a couple of calls from residents not wanting those breeds removed, but that is just not the way people are going today. I believe we covered everything, and I think it is a good bylaw.”
Simpson said the town has a threeperson committee — the town animal control officer, a provincial SPCA officer and another independent individual — to investigate an allegation of a vicious dog, so as not to leave the power in one person’s hands.
“I don’t want one person saying your dog is vicious. I would like to have the three people look at it and decide.”
But ultimately, she said, the vicious dog classification would be determined by a provincial court judge.
Under the changes, a person with a dog deemed vicious may still keep the animal under strict guidelines.
Simpson said owners of a vicious dog must keep the animal confined and under control at all times on their premises.
When off premises, the animal must be leashed and muzzled.
Anyone who violates this bylaw will be fined, and she said the rules will be enforced.
Roxy and Charly Update
We received a great update from Roxy's family. It seems she has met her extended family this weekend and Roxy was a hit!!! Yeah!!! She has a new best friend called Charly and the two have hit it off.
Another happy doggy that gets to play in the water - woo hoo!!! Here is an update from Roxy's family. (-:
Although the roads were very busy this weekend, our volunteers were still transporting dogs to safety. Many thanks to Beth G., Jen and Beth C. for getting 4 very special furkids to safety, arriving at the Owen Sound Animal Shelter after hours. Please be sure to check their website and check out Mutt and Jeff (a bonded pair), a beautiful fox terrier and the cutest little poodle pup you have ever laid eyes on. Thanks to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter these very worthy lives will be safe and soon on their way to their forever homes. Many thanks to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter and everyone there for making a difference in these very special lives.
A very special fellow came into our rescue this weekend, thanks to a caring foster family that offered their hearts and home to this boy. His name is Champ and he has waited a very long time for someone to give him a chance. A chance to be loved, cherished and a part of a family. A chance to make friends and a chance to show someone that he truly is a good boy. Champ arrived into foster care on Saturday and after a very long journey, he was finally able to run freely in a fenced in yard and play, play, play!!! And best of all, for Champ, is a little girl that now shares a part of his life with him. It seems that Champ and Hannah have really struck up a friendship and the proof is in the pictures.
Hannah has given Champ a new name, to go along with his new life. She has named him Sir Smokey the Bear...Smokey for short and we think that name suits him to a tee (-: Good choice Hannah!!
It seems that Smokey has gone from a shelter to the beach - all in less than 24 hrs. What a lucky, lucky boy!!
From all the updates so far, I think Smokey is having the time of his life. And it seems that he has already made a pretty big impression on his foster family. I think we will hold off placing Smokey on the website for adoption because there is a good possibility that he is already home. (-:
The family created a video of Smokey's first "official" day of freedom. They absolutely made my day when I saw it!!!
We decided we couldn't allow that to happen, so Brutus (his name will probably change) was whisked to a local vet and put on intravenous IV fluids and medication. Brutus is now feeling much better and will be traveling to his new foster home this weekend. We can't wait for pictures and updates, now that he is on the mend. Keep checking the website for further details on this boy.
We also heard about a very sweet young German Shepherd/ Husky mix boy. He has been at the shelter for a very long time and was overlooked time and time again for only one reason - he is black. Black dogs can often sit for a very long time, but unfortunately for Champ, his time was also soon coming to an end. Rescue was called upon time and again, but because he probably wouldn't move too quickly, other more adoptable dogs were chosen. Poor Champ....
As luck would have it, we received an application to foster an urgent dog in need. The foster did not care that he was black and probably not the most "desirable" dog. They just wanted to help a dog in need ... and Champ truly needs someone to look at him from the inside, not just for colour. He needs someone to see that all he wants is love and affection.
So, thanks to our new foster home, Champ will get this second chance. Champ is approximately 2 years old, good with cats, dogs and children. He is a little thin and bedraggled right now, but we think he will be looking great in a very short time.
Please keep checking the blog and website for details on Champ as they become available.
As this is the last long weekend of the summer. We, at ANML-RESQ, wish you all a safe and happy holiday!!!
We also received another GREAT update on our boy Charlie. I cannot believe how lucky this boy is.
It looks like swimming is a regular activity for him.
I guess it doesn't hurt to have a "hot" little Portuguese Water Dog to persuade you to like swimming.
And check it out ...
Charlie is swimming with a
Charlie will soon be going to puppy classes.
Way to go Charlie!! All of us at ANML-RESQ wish you and your family continued happiness and good times (-:
I had a chance to talk to Roxy's people yesterday. It seems that Roxy has improved substantially in the first 24 hours of being in her new home and her people would like to give it a little time and try to work through some minor issues with her. The first day home was apparently a whirlwind of activity and Roxy was definitely not herself. It is completely understandable. She has gone from a foster home to a brand new environment with LOTS of activity and dogs. Her people will be buying her a gentle leader and hope to improve their walks with her. They find she is very puppy-like in her mannerisms and felt they had given up on her too quickly. With some help and advice, they would like to give it a little time and hopefully resolve any issues they might have with Roxy. We will take it one day at a time and see how our beautiful girl does. So, for now, Roxy is still with her adoptive home and we hope for Roxy's sake that she will be able to stay.
Bringing a dog into your home is always a stressful time for people AND the dogs. There is an adjustment period where dog and owners must get to know each other, new routines to learn and establishing each other in their new pack. We are sending positive thoughts for a successful transition.
Last night, our big baby boy Tazz has gone to his forever home. We cannot be happier for our boy. He deserves this second chance at life and we think Tazz will be extremely happy in his new home.
Tazz has a very nice family, two fantastic parents, 4 teenagers to keep him busy, but I suspect that his brother Bennie will keep him the busiest LOL!!
It was heartwarming to see Tazz jump into their vehicle without being asked as he was READY TO GO!!!! Tazz remembered them from the previous night and it was as though he KNEW they were here to bring him home. No hesitations ... and thank God ... no sad eyes, giving us the guilt trip. Tazz was not looking back - he was moving forward!!
My husband and I will miss this boy very much, but knowing he is going to be so loved and a cherished member of a family makes everything worthwhile.
Congratulations to Tazz and his new family from all of us at ANML-RESQ!!! Don't forget to write and send pictures Tazz!!!!!
Roxy, Taz, Senta and Iris & Friends
We had a little bit of bad news today, as well as some good news.
First with the bad. Our girl Roxy will be returning to her previous foster home. It seems Roxy is not doing well in her new surroundings. There are a lot of doggies in the complex and Roxy seems a little overwhelmed. Roxy has been good in foster care with other dogs. She does play hard and rough, but she plays extremely well with two boxer boy pups and she plays with them almost daily as well as some of the neighbourhood dogs, but it seems in her new surroundings, she is not being as friendly to the dogs she has met. Perhaps it's the stress of a new environment as well as the move from her foster home, who knows. But it means our girl is still looking for her forever home. We don't think an apartment environment is right for this high-energy girl, she will be looking for a home with a fenced-in backyard and a doggy friend or two.
Now, for the good news. First, our boy Casey has undergone his surgery for double cherry-eye and is recovering beautifully. He will be officially adopted by his new home, as soon as he recovers from his surgery. And, our new girl Iris has also been to the vet. She was in for blood work and a complete check up. We will find out what the test results show in the next few days. One thing we did find out, she is NOT pregnant - YEAH!!!
Here is a picture of Iris with her foster brothers (one of them being Casey).
I also received some good news for our sweetheart Senta. She has an adoption pending - woo hoo!! She is in her new home now and everything is going very well for her. She is very loved and she even has another Rottweiler sister. Both girls are getting along well and Senta is following Gypsy around everywhere. We cannot be happier for Senta, and I know that foster mom had a very difficult time letting Senta go as they have been through so much together. But, I am sure that knowing how much Senta is loved will ease foster moms sadness.
Last, but certainly not least, we did an in-home last night for Taz and I think our boy would be very, very happy living with this family.
It seemed like "love at first sight" for the ENTIRE family, including Bennie, the cutest little Staffy boy.
My only worry about the in-home was how Taz and Bennie would get along. It was soon apparent that there was nothing to worry about in that department.
The boyz hit it off immediately. We were laughing so hard, watching them zoom around the yard, chasing each other. Bennie couldn't get enough of Taz.
We left the in-home with a good feeling. I'm sure they would have welcomed Taz that evening, but I wanted the family to sleep on it, discuss the adoption amongst themselves and give me a call. I have no doubt that Taz will soon be going home. I will keep you posted.
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