As Naja settles in, I start to see how the abuse has hurt him. Any quick movements make him jump; any attempts to pet his head cause him to flinch. I have my work cut out for me, as I want him to trust and feel secure.
Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to 88-year-old Bessie Elliott. In July, after noticing many of the same pets, still needing homes on the Multnomah County Adoptable Pets page, Elliott decided to action.
The plan was to adopt a rescue dog for my dad, one that would serve as a loving companion for him as he grappled with Alzheimer's disease. Something that would ground him as his world fell apart. The trouble was that I needed grounding, too.
One part of the adoption process needs to be educating people- on the specific animal they want to adopt, on what kind of medical care will be needed, on keeping the dog safe, on the importance of basic obedience training, and the list goes on.
Shelters should not fear being honest with their volunteers, adopters, and even their staff about the grim realities of not being there yet with respect to No Kill. An increasingly educated public will increasingly demand that they do so anyway.
I love dogs, so I was thrilled last month when my town's animal shelter hosted the Bow Wow Film Festival. My husband and I had a fun date that involved popcorn, beer and watching about two hours of short films celebrating dogs.
The solution for ending euthanasia, which Emmylou Harris considers genocide, is simple enough, but unfortunately implementing it isn't. Spaying and neutering would virtually eliminate millions of needless animal deaths, but convincing entrenched dog owners remains a monumental obstacle.
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While this wasn't a happy ending, the story of the last seven months of Gizmo's life IS a triumph for many reasons.
I read an interesting post today on my social media page. It said: "I continue to see rescues treat people in a way that will sadly keep irresponsible breeders and pet stores in business."
Did you know that black dogs are often among the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized in animal shelters?
I listened as the shelter staff explained her story. She was the product of one of the largest cruelty cases in recent history. I couldn't leave her like this. She wouldn't get adopted in this condition. I texted my husband and he responded, "Pick the dog that needs us the most."
Remy @myhigherstandard wearing a WILDEBEEST collar and a RUGGED WRIST leash with Mom Jane Larkworthy @wmagjane in YSL heels and a vintage dress by Ja...
This conjures up a whole new level of pooch-spoiling in most people's minds and I am never entirely sure the question is meant as a compliment. No matter, they are here because someone else couldn't meet their obligation to them or worse. Each one of them is adopted.
Right now, I have six applications on my desk from animal rescue organizations in desperate need of help. Each one of them is unique -- yet, the urgency is the same. Their facilities are on the verge of collapse or closure. And, without the buildings -- what happens to the animals they rescue and save?