"I would like to tell you a story about an 8 month old boxer/Ridgeback mix puppy. We don’t know what her name was because she was found as a stray, so we have named her in memory of a lost loved one – her name is now Crowley. Crowley was shot in the leg and left alone to fend for herself. Unfortunately by the time she was found and spent time in the shelter where they could only provide pain meds her leg became infected to the point that it had to be amputated. WOFAR made a commitment to her and we will support her fully. This means we are facing about $1,700.00 in vet costs for the amputation and follow up care. She will be at the vets for at least 4 or 5 more days. We understand that at this time of year people are focused on the holidays so we are not making this request lightly, please help us help Crowley. Any help you provide will in turn help us help other dogs in need.”
Crowley is going to be our next foster dog and she is in dire need of help. The rescue my mom and I are a part of committed to this dog and we are going to find her a good home, but her vet bills were more than expected. WOFAR is a not for profit organization run by volunteers and dependent on donations.
I know it’s Christmas and money is always tight, but if you have the extra moolah and you want to help you can donate HEREthat link is specifically for Crowley and her vetting.
Let’s make this little sugarbutt the happiest dog ever.
This girl is scheduled to be euthanised TODAY, Tuesday 3rd December. She is located in O.C.A.S. in Orlando, Florida. PLEASE consider adopting or even fostering this lady to save her from being killed. Florida is a large state. There has to be somebody out there willing to take this dog into their home, even if it’s just for a short while until she finds her forever home. If you are interested in saving her then call O.C.A.S. on 407-836-3111, or email Jacqueline.Nanni@ocfl.net. If nobody shows ANY interest in her then he will be killed. If people show interest but can’t adopt or foster her straight away then they will give her some extra time!
Animal ID: A305406 Room No.: WD16… Hi, the Shelter named me Butterball. I am an approximately 6 year old brown and white female. I am friendly and I tested heartworm negative. I weigh approximately 69 pounds
This year has been full of new endeavor and exciting challenges. "The Wound and the Gift" is one of the hardest yet most rewarding projects among all. This is my first time getting involved in a movie production. From making key-frame storyboards to thinking in a four dimensional way, from creating animatable illustrations to working with the team as an animation art director, there were much to be learnt on the job.
"The Wound and the Gift" is a documentary which explores the relationship between animals and humans. An animated ancient fable about a wounded crane weaves together real life stories footages of rescued animals and their caretakers. When directorLinda Hoaglund emailed me about the project almost two years ago, I got very excited immediately as animals and animation are two of my absolutely favorites things.
It was clear that the project would be a very special one, as it’s pushing the boundaries of documentaries and exploring uncharted territories in film making. But it was also clear that the challenges would be just as great. Many great conversations were had on how the animation could be seamlessly tied into the life footages. Many late night oil was burnt to figure out the perfect metaphors and imageries. Many happy dances were done when Venessa Redgrave agreed to be our narrator…
2 year fast forward, “The Wound and the Gift” has just returned in glory from the Vancouver International Film Festival world premier. We’re thrilled that our New York Premiere will take place at theDOC NYCViewfinder film competition on Saturday, November 15th at 4:45PM at the SVA Theatre. Tickets are available now! There will be a Q&A with the director and myself afterward.
Tickets available online now, tell your friends! Looking forward to seeing you at the screening.
This is Mama. We got Mama eight years ago for my grandma during a time when she was having a mouse problem in her apartment. My grandma has always been a cat person and didn’t want a kitten this time around. So when we went to the shelter to pick up a cat for her we were shocked to find that the shelter currently didn’t have any adult cats. They told us about a vet that had a stray that had just had a litter and though all of the kittens had been picked up they still hadn’t found a home for the cat they were calling Mama. We picked her up and took her to my grandmas place and she stayed there for six years. Mama remained mostly feral when she lived with my grandma. She never really came near anyone but would sleep at the foot of my grandmas bed at night.
Mama was a godsend to us. She woke my grandma up when the furnace had gone on fire and she had chased a big sewer rat back down the toilet (I know terrifying).
Two years ago however my grandma got to sick to care for her so we took Mama home with us. Mama had lived in a high stress environment at my grandmas and it was evident by her lack of hair on her hind regions, the fact that she was under weight, and that she was still very skittish of everything and everyone. It took me about six months to calm her down enough that she would let me pet her to the point where she would purr like crazy (that’s when I found out she is a drooler). In these two years she has been living with us she is now at a healthy weight and all of her hair has grown in. She loves being petted so much sometimes she is a little too aggressive about it when we don’t pet her. And I can now carry her around the house petting her as she purrs herself to sleep.
She is a purr-fect example of what time and caring can do to a pet.
SIGNAL BOOST: First Ever Farm Animal Sanctuary in Slovenia Needs Funding
Koki is a non-profit farm animal rescue organization, based in Slovenia (Europe). We receive no government funding, our operations are entirely dependent on donations. We care for chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, pig and other animals rescued from commercial farms, farm animals who got lost, or have been found suffering from neglect or direct abuse on private properties.
Our mission is to provide physical care for the rescued animals, restore their psychological wellbeing and their dignity, and enable them to live the rest of their lives in freedom and peace. Through the stories of individual rescued animals we educate the public on the lives and being of these magnificent creatures whom the society usually perceives as mere commodities.
To learn more about this wonderful nonprofit please visit their website HERE.
“As I walked up, they all just kind of looked at me and I guess my moose hunt was over. I just said, ‘OK, come on,’ and as soon as I said that, they all come running to me,” he said.
He counted 20 puppies left in the field.
"I saw two puppy heads sticking out and the rest of them had their heads buried in each other," he said.
Zubiak says he knew some of the 20 puppies, who range in age from approximately 3 to 6 weeks old, apparently needed some extra warmth after being left out in the field, apparently left with just a blanket.
"Male goats like Emmett are considered a by-product of the dairy goat industry as they do not produce milk. They are pulled from their mothers and sold for cheap kid meat. Luckily, Emmett was rescued and lives happily at the Sanctuary!" —- Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
"This is a photo posted by the Miami Dade animal control shelter. The dogs you see in this photo are all owner surrenders taken in as people prepared for their holiday vacations. This shelter has over 500 animals and no available runs. The dogs were tied up as they came in until something could be figured out.
I post this because every single shelter is experiencing the same thing. Every year at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas the shelters are overflowing with owner turn in as people go on vacation and do not want to board their dogs or cats.
This is a REAL problem! Adopting a pet is adopting a life. So when you talk to someone that’s thinking about buying a dog, tell them to first take a stroll through their local shelter before making that decision. Millions of animals will die this year because their owners were irresponsible. Most of those could be saved if people would stop buying from pet stores and stop breeding until no more lives are lost. Please do everything you can to convince your friends and family to rescue a dog from a rescue organization or from a local shelter. And also try to educate everyone that you can on being a responsible pet owner. Dropping your pet at a kill shelter should not even be a consideration.
What will shelters like Miami Dade and shelters just like it all in the country have to do to make space? Well we all know the answer to that. Most of the dogs that you see in this photo will never make it out alive.”
Linus is a 1-yr old from Forever Paws in Fall River, Massachusetts. He lives with a middle-aged man and his grumpy old cat, and serves notice that neither of them may be grumpy while he is in the room, because life is full of cute things and laughter and he is happy to be here. When he’s not sleeping or watching the birds from his perch in our 3rd floor (attic conversion) apartment, he’s dreaming up new and cunning ways to sneak up on grumpy old kitty and get her to wrestle. Some day, grumpy cat, some day. Til then, he defers, planning, scheming, but mostly purring and sleeping.
This week on directaction.info: 12 rabbits bred for meat were rescued from a farm by activists in France. “They received all necessary care and are safe. All equal, all are free,” the activists reported.
But things haven’t always been so good for the sweet little marsupial. Kenny was saved from certain death last September after his mother was struck and killed by a car. A kind couple, who stopped to help, discovered the furry baby still nestled inside his mom’s pouch. They then drove him more than 100 miles to the Australian Reptile Park sanctuary in New South Wales where the wee wombat could get the care he needed…
Important reminder that cats and dogs are not meant to be given as gifts for Christmas. They are living, breathing animals that require a tremendous amount of love and care. Please remember that hundreds of dogs and cats are sent to the pound because their owners got bored after the initial excitement wears off.
If you do want to get a dog or cat - adopt from your local shelter. There is nothing more rewarding.
About a month ago my college’s Student Education Team (known as SET) held a “build your own fishtank” activity. I did not know about it ahead of time, but a classmate told me about it as we left class and suggested I come along because “I love goldfish”. I admittedly was curious and went with them. Once we got there about two hundred or more students were all standing in line to catch their own fish out of a 55gal that was a quarter of the way full. As I stood in line I spoke to as many people as I could informing them that this should not be the fishes permanent home and offering advice. As I got closer I was given a tiny kritter keeper and could choose what color gravel I’d like. When I finally reached the fish I was told I could keep as many fish as I could catch; I proceeded to catch six in one scoop, and then was told I could only take three. I received these three small fish, fins torn and clamped. I moved them into an appropriately sized QT tub as soon as I finished taking the photos.
The smallest one that can be seen in the last picture did not survive the night, however the other two are doing fantastically. Their fins have healed mostly and they will move out into the pond this week. Still, a month later, they have black marks from the ammonia burns healing. I will take pictures of them once they are ready to go into the pond so you can see the difference a month makes with proper care.
If you see something like this going on at your school or in your town, speak up! This is something that is not going to change if everyone stays silent. I contacted the head of SET via email and got no reply, even after a few attempts to contact them. I’ll probably bring it up with the assistant dean of students next time I see him. I made a post about proper fish care right after the event on my facebook as well which was received positively. Only together can we eliminate the idea that fish are throw away pets.