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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animal behavior, animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, pet fun, We Are All God's Creatures | , | Leave a comment

I Rescued a Human Today

“I rescued a human today!”
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animals, Change Number of Pet Restrictive Laws. Ordinances and Rules, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sacramento Canine Placement Assistance

General Financial Grants for Companion Animals Needing Medical Aid:

  1. Extensive List of various financial aid programs compiled by United Animal Nations
  2. Extensive List of various financial aid programs compiled by Dog Tales
  3. American Animal Hospital Association – Grants for low income/financial hardship cases as well as Good Samaritan cases
  4. United Animal Nations’ Lifeline Grants – Medical grants of approximately $100 to $300
  5. IMOM – Financial Aid Grants for life-threatening emergencies as well as Fundraising Privileges
  6. Care Credit – Credit granted specifically for medical care
  7. The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in need of vet care
  8. Piggers’ Pals, A Foundation of Hope Assists families in need that require financial assistance for advancedmedical and/or surgical care that will extend quantity and quality of life of their pet
  9. Gracie Foundation Provides financial assistance to not-for-profit rescue groups.  Provides immediate responseand crucial supplies to pets in emergency situations
  10. Onyx and Breezy – Medical treatment of animals where hardship is present

Feline-specific Grants:
  1. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program – For low-income California residents
  2. Cats in Crisis – Crisis Care Fund Provides funding for cats currently up for adoption and recently adopted cat with chronic medical conditions.
  3. Cats in Crisis Stripes Fund Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with heart disease or thyroid disease
  4. Cats in Crisis Gillie Fund Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with neurologicalconditions and mobility impairments
  5. Cats in Crisis Mesa Fund Provides funding to financially challenged individuals who have cats with renal disease
  6. Cats in Crisis 9 Lives Emergency Fund – Provides help for cats who have a life-threatening or critical illness or injury that don’t meet the requirements of any of the other Cats in Crisis Funds

Ailment-specific Grants:

  1. Land of Puregold Foundation Grants for working/service dogs with cancer
  2. The Magic Bullet Fund – Provides financial assistance to caretakers of canines with cancer who cannot affordtreatment.
  3. Dog and Cat Cancer Fund – Provides financial assistance to “underpriveleged” owners of dogs and cats with cancer
  4. Deaf Dog Education Action Fund – Provides emergency medical support of owners/fosters of newly placed deafdogs and donates costs to transport deaf dogs to their new “forever” homes.

Canine Breed-specific Grants:

  1. Pit Bull Rescue Central – Medical fund for owned, fostered or sheltered pit bulls meeting certain criteria
  2. Animal Farm Foundation Pit bull-specific grants in the areas of Spay-Neuter programs, CGC incentives, achievement awards and “Perfect Match” awards
  3. Akita Club of America Funds emergency medical needs, including heartworm treatment,  for purebred Akitasthat are abandoned, rescued or at municipal shelters
  4. Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, Inc. – Medical Fund for purebred Australian Cattle Dogs (aka Queensland Heelers)that are in need of medical treatment and have been rescued and are in foster care
  5. BEHAF (Bernese Mountain Dogs) Provides financial assistance to owners of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogsfor medical expenses
  6. Boxer Rescue Foundation Financial grants for the medical care of Boxers in foster care
  7. Chow Chow Club, Inc’s Welfare Committee provides financial assistance to rescue volunteers and includesspaying or neutering, vaccinations, heartworm testing, entropian correction
  8. CorgiAid, Inc. Provides financial funding for the medical care of rescue or foster or adopted Corgis and Corgi mixes
  9. Doberman 911 Offers financial medical aid for Dobermans with special medical needs.  They also aid in thefostering and re-homing of senior Dobermans
  10. The Goldstock Fund Provides funds to rescue organizations or individuals for transportation, boarding,evaluations and medical costs of Golden Retrievers and “golden hearted dogs” taken into rescue
  11. Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation provides financial assistance for medical assistance of rescuedKeeshonden in foster care
  12. Lab Med – Medical Fund for Rescued/Fostered Labrador Retrievers needing emergency care (Dogs must bepurebred Labrador Retrievers or predominantly Labs, exhibiting strong Labrador characteristics & traits)
  13. Labrador Lifeline, Inc. – For owners or rescuers of purebred Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financialassistance.  Assists eligible Lab owners/caretakers with medical assistance, transportation needs, boarding costs, etc.
  14. Labrador Harbor – Provides medical/surgical or training intervention for rescue/foster and owned dogs if caretaker shows financial need.  Dog must be spayed/neutered or sign agreement to be spayed/neutered when health permits.
  15. Pyramedic Trust Provides financial assistance to Great Pyrenese owners and rescuers in need of emergencymedical care
  16. Tibetan Spaniel Trust provides financial assistance to those who rescue Tibetan Spaniels
  17. Dougal’s Fund – provides medical funding when the dog’s caretaker can’t otherwise afford it for short-leggedterriers such as Scotties, Westies, Cairns, Norwich, Norfolk, etc.
  18. Westie Med, Inc. provides financial aid to injured or ill rescue Westies

Grants for Non-Profit and/or Rescue Groups:

  1. PetSmart Charities – Various grants to non-profits for spay-neuter, emergency relief, et cetera
  2. DJ&T Foundation – Canine Spay-Neuter grants to non-profits (sterilizing pets owned by the public)
  3. Animal Farm Foundation Pit bull-specific grants in the areas of Spay-Neuter programs, CGC incentives, achievement awards and “Perfect Match” awards
  4. Pilots N Paws – Flies rescue animals to new homes when transport is otherwise difficult or impossible.
  5. Onyx and Breezy –  Funding of equipment for medical facilities; funding for much needed research; funding for medical treatment where hardship is present; funding of organizations that benefit animals.


April 20, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Rescues, animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Stop Gas Chambers in North Carolina Animal Shelters

iReport —

CNN:  Please do a story about gas chambers in North Carolina animal shelters. More than 20 counties in our state kill lost and abandoned dogs and cats in carbon monoxide chambers, which can endanger government staff while the animals suffer a horrible death.  We need you, CNN.

Lincoln County Animal Control

Lincolnton, NC

The gas chamber exploded in 2009 and injured a worker.  The employee described the incident on the WSOC news: “Kaboom, and here come a ball of flame.”

WSOC-TV video here: Gas Chamber Explodes and Injures Workerhttp://www.wsoctv.com/news/21349513/detail.html

Iredell County Animal Control

Statesville, NC

Despite a widely reported explosion of the gas chamber in 2008, the county continues to defend its use to kill animals.  An employee also described this explosion with the term “Kaboom.”

The county rejected an offer by a local celebrity to raise millions of dollars for a new shelter, with one condition being that no gas chamber would be used.  Unbelieveable.  Why is it worth so much to keep a machine which can hurt government employees or even kill them?


Rowan County Animal Control

Salisbury, NC

Shelter manager Clai Martin angrily defends the gas chamber.  An employee told me that large C-clamps have been used to keep dogs from escaping the gas chamber, because they struggle so hard to get out and break the door latch open.  I asked Clai Martin about this and he said the C-clamps are used but “we don’t need them”.

Brunswick County Animal Services

Supply, NC

Since the old gas chamber would not pass new state regulations in 2009, the county purchased another used gas chamber which also did not comply.  Make sense?  Not to county residents who insist that the gassing stop.

For the three months spent repairing the second faulty gas chamber, the county euthanized all animals humanely by injection.  They have proven that this is possible for all animals but still resumed gassing in January 2010.

Sampson County Animal Control

Clinton, NC

A past inspection of the gas chamber by NC Department of Labor noted that an animal inside the chamber made noise for 10 minutes while gassed during the inspection.  The inspector said,“The animal begins to struggle because it cannot breathe.”


Susan Holder, interim county manager, announced in a 2007 Sampson Independent article, “Once we move, we will abandon the use of the gas chamber.” However, the county has gone back to gassing most animals.

Randolph County Animal Shelter

Randleman, NC

Health director Mimi Cooper lobbied against Davie’s Law, a bill seeking to halt gas chambers in 2009.  She joked that she hoped the bill died by lethal injection.

A former community service worker served time at this shelter. She said she was so upset after seeing the animals gassed that she chose to go to jail instead.

Another former community service worker saw the animals being gassed, complained and was removed from the shelter.

Person County Animal Control

Roxboro, NC

Records show that a gas chamber company owner is a paid consultant for this shelter.  Notice #7 on the contract “providing advice and counseling on the methods and procedures being used.”  So the county is paying $2400 per year to a gas chamber company owner to advise them about using a gas chamber which he sold them? Local residents, who pay for the shelter with their tax money, want the gas chamber gone.  Is there a conflict of interest?  Read the contract here.


Lee County Animal Control
Sanford, NC

County budgets show that a gas chamber company owner is a paid consultant for animal control.  Similar contract to above.

Vance County Animal Control

Henderson NC

The shelter manager called a rescuer and asked her to come and get a sweet dog who had survived the gas chamber.  He did not want to put her back in to be re-gassed.

Cabarrus County Animal Control

Concord, NC

Lieutenant Taylor gave me a tour of the shelter in 2007 and explained how the gas chamber is operated.  He said at the end of the cycle animals are removed from the chamber and placed in the incinerator.  I asked, “How do you know if they’re dead?”  He replied, “We just look at them.” According to experts, these animals could be burned alive if death is not verified.
Davidson County Animal Control

Lexington, NC

An NCDOL inspection of this shelter’s gas chamber revealed that National Welders Supply, which supplies CO gas to the shelter, does not formally inspect its cylinders for leaks.  So not only are leaking chambers a problem but also the cylinders.  Leaking carbon monoxide can be a hazard to staff and can make death slower for the animals.


Wilkes County Animal Shelter

Wilkesboro, NC

Shelter director Junior Simmons defends gas chamber.  He said recently that even friendly, lively animals are gassed.

Johnston County Animal Services

Smithfield, NC

County officials made a public statement that gassing would end for most animals impounded as of January 1, 2006.  But in February 2006, shelter director Ernie Wilkinson (a former small-town mayor) backtracked and said the county was “waiting for guidance from the state” to make that change.
Craven/Pamlico Animal Services Center

New Bern, NC

The head of this county tax-funded animal shelter is a board member for an anti-animal-rights organization.  She and the organization defend the gas chamber, against the wishes of local residents.
Union County Animal Services

Monroe, NC

Sheriff Eddie Cathey and animal control supervisor Michelle Starnes were defendants in a lawsuit filed by NC Coalition for Humane Euthanasia and the local humane society.  The attorney presented proof that puppies and kittens under the age of 16 weeks, and animals with medical problems, were routinely gassed.  The case ended with an agreement that the sheriff and animal control would follow the law.


Local residents have complained that they were not allowed to look for their lost pets in the back of the shelter.  Only a small number of kennels are in the adoption area, while most pets are hidden in back with no hope to be saved.

Gaston County Animal Control

Dallas, NC

Killing classes are presented at this shelter by a gas chamber salesman, Dr. Ralph Houser, who serves with the head of the shelter on the board of NC Animal Rabies Control Association.


Board members


Davie County Animal Control

Mocksville, NC

This shelter still has the old gas chamber, though the county says it is rarely used. The county is home to Davie, a dog who survived the gas chamber and was found in a dumpster by a local citizen.


The namesake of the shelter inspired Davie’s Law, introduced in 2009, which if passed would end gas chambers and require only humane euthanasia by injection in our state’s shelters.

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April 20, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , | 3 Comments