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.
It's fascinating to find out that this owl had done well, and had survived for eight years -- well beyond the average lifespan of a Barn Owl. But her long and successful life was cut short when she ate a poisoned rodent. This happens a lot.
We've talked about the lives of privation and misery that animals on factory farms endure, and also about defending Missouri's anti-puppy mill ballot measure from attacks in the Legislature, and about blocking ag-gag bills that try to silence our undercover investigations.
Each pet adoption experience has been different -- we've worked with a variety of foster families and shelters. But with each dog, the end result has been the same: we've been truly amazed by the amount of love and affection each has to give.
An owl will see the inviting opening of the chimney and, not realizing how far down a chimney goes, will drop in and keep falling. Other wildlife will also investigate a chimney opening, especially at this time of year when animals are starting to look for available den sites.
Loving families adopted many of the dogs within a matter of days. After many months on the road filming and interviewing, we are finally ready to show the world what great work the Rescue Waggin' program is doing, all over the country.
In February of 2011, Austin Texas became the largest US city to reach "No-Kill" status (90 percent or higher save rate at the city's animal shelter). It was a goal the staff and volunteers of Austin Pets Alive! had been helping the city work toward for many years.
The easiest blog post for me to write is the one I do each year around Valentine's Day. Yes, of course, we deal with a great deal of sadness and real drama in the world of animal shelters, but love is quite literally here in the air.
Most aren't aware and even I wasn't before joining Little Shelter, most ice melt is toxic to animals. I've seen my dogs and others on walks this winte...
In animal rescue, we're always praying for miracles. But I'm beginning to think that even when we don't get the miracles we hope for, we sometimes still receive reasons to rejoice... although we may not realize it at the time.
While driving three friends, four counting Chip, I listened and recognized a beautifully shared teaching for me and an invitation to humanity. Chip i...
When you bring a dog home from a shelter or adopt one from a rescue, you're doing a noble thing. You're taking a dog whose days might be numbered, a...
The time Pepé spent with us gave us the unexpected gift of wonder. Watching this little dog who was abandoned at the end of his life adapt to new surroundings was wondrous in itself. But every day with him was a gift.
Twenty years ago I knew no one with any answers; today it hardly matters, as the feral hundreds have grown into hundreds of thousands.
The end of summer brought the public declaration that I was going to open myself up to dog ownership and curious minds asked a ton of unsolicited questions.
http://www.littleshelter.com On, October 29, 2013, Long Island was bracing itself for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. For us, it all started with e...