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Every Pet Deserves A Good Home…

Very sad – RIP

Okay, vet said might be good idea to attach a ‘dog play pen’ to Baby Bums crate and keep him in it when I am not home.  He mentioned a ‘large large playpen’.  So being the type of person who researches everything, I did a google search and wound up on a dog rescue site in Ireland.  Since I was there, I poked around to see what was going on in dog rescue.  Apparently about 16,000 dogs are euthanized a year, and this group rescues from pounds.  So I looked at available dogs, then at dogs that were found homes, then, at RIP.

This was the dogs that did not make it – some were so damaged they passed because of their illness, but and this brought the tears flowing – there were pix of little pups,  large male Rottie, border collie cross, and so on and so on…these were the dollies that were not rescued.  It would tell about the dog like ‘Large Male Rottie, one year old’ and then say “RIP Max”.

Wow, did the tears flow for those dogs….now why don’t we do that in the States to show people what happens to the unwanted dogs and cats?  I wonder if people would care if they could see a photo of Max the Rottie of Teacup the Kittie with the words RIP next to their profile.  Would those people who breed for the heck of it even care?   Probably not, gotta show the kiddos how life begins.  Or, as an ad in my paper said this morning (ad for a pet store) “get your honey a pup”.

So very sad…we are indeed a disposable society – the elderly, the kids, the dogs, the cats, and on and on…..I always say it helps if we rescue just one, but this really hit me like a ton of bricks.

Had to share with my animal loving group, not to get you down, but just to share the enormity of this subject.

Carol

Comments:

WillyNilly: Long LONG ago when my son Dave was a stupid kid–he had unpaid traffic violations and the county wanted WORK weekends from him—little smart aleck said NO PROBLEM  well they sent him to Orange County Animal Control to stack the BODIES…he came home SOBBING and said I’ll clean out the toilets at the beaches —MOM–I can’t go back!!! and that is exactly what he did—a VERY NASTY JOB—but far better then the one day he experienced.

AZ Rebel: I used to go absolutely ballistic when families would come to adopt from my rescue and were upset that ALL the animals were spayed/neutered or if too young the adopters had to sign a contract that specifying they would be spayed/neutered when old enough.  Since I took 5 at a time to Best Friends in Kanab to the clinic, I made sure all of them got fixed – if there was a person who refused, then I got the law, showed them a copy of the signed contract and we took the animal back into rescue.  And, no – the adopter did not get the adoption fee returned.

One father said “We want our children to see the miracle of birth” and I totally lost it.  I replied, “Why not take your kids to the shelter on ‘kill day’ and let them see all the puppies and kittens and dogs and cats that have to be killed since there are not enough homes for them?’  Then I none-too-politely asked them to leave and NOT COME BACK until they did some research to see how many animals are killed daily in the shelters.

Some people are so darned ignorant that being nice and explaining how many animals are “put to sleep”, “euthanized” does not get through their thick heads.  The word is KILLED!  No sugar-coating can make it any different for the shelter animals.

Thank you so much for this sad post.  It is good to be reminded that we are not doing enough to save enough!!

MA:  It really is time for things to change.

One of the things that makes me furious is communities who restrict to one or even two pets for no reason. Nobody condones hording and I can understand communities where people are allowed no pets for people who really don’t like or want animals (or kids).  But if you can have one… you should able to have 2 or 3 or even 4.

I think fighting those ridiculous ordinances is a good place to start.  In Leisure World, near where I live, they have restricted people to a total of one cat or dog… period.  Why?  Old people generally love pets and need the company and not too long after they changed their rules a read an article in the local throw about an elderly woman in LW who had promised her friend that she would take her dog, if she should pass before him.  But because of this ordinance, the woman had to move, and rent her place, to keep her promise because she already had a dog herself.  Most people would not do that and more than likely her friend’s older dog would have been euthanized.

Animals lovers should all be encouraged to adopt just one… not be legislated out of helping a friend or saving a pets life.

I think the idea of showing some of the results of our irresponsibility and the horror of places like the OC animal shelter is a great idea because it might wake some people up!!  No healthy pet should ever be put to sleep in my opinion.  We need to take care of them, just like we need to take care of seniors… as long as they can be live and kids.  I used to work at the children’s facility near that OC shelter and we don’t so such good for them either in far too many instances!!

Havyn:  I’m always torn between wanting to know about such things and not being able to stand it. I lose sleep over abuse and mistreatment stories & realize there’s little I can do to help. I did join a website called www.dogsindanger.com that gives info. and updates on dogs scheduled to be euthanized – in the hopes that seeing how close some of them are – people will be encouraged to adopt them. Apparently it’s worked out quite well, and helped to save many.

I appreciate your post – I wish I didn’t hide my head in the sand as much as I do.

Source: AARP Pet Blog

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February 12, 2010 Posted by | Adopt Just One More Pet, Animal Abandonement, animal abuse, Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pet Adoption, Pet Friendship and Love, Pets, Stop Animal Cruelty, Stop Euthenization | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Burnt Offering: Leo Grillo Defines What Makes America Great

I would like to take a few moments of your time dear readers, away from the fray of politics, and give some awareness to what makes our country great. Our citizens.

Yes, it is not the Congress or the Senate or the President who make America great, it’s the people — people from all over this great land who give of themselves and make a difference. I used to love listening to the late Paul Harvey. He would take an individual or incident and then surprise us with “the rest of the story” — something we didn’t know about or pay attention to but that had made a difference in our lives…

leo-pitLeo Grillo and friend

I would like to speak of an actor, an actor who most do not know, and not because of a lack of talent. Thirty years ago he made a decision, or should I say, a decision was thrust on him, and his life took a different path.

Leo Grillo had always wanted to act. He majored in theater at Emerson College and came out West to study with the legendary acting coach Charles Conrad before starting work as an actor. He lived in a small apartment with his three cats and his dog Delta, who he had rescued in the mountains of Los Angeles.

One afternoon, wanting to take Delta for a run, Leo drove to a forested area and what would happen next changed the course of his life, and many others. While Leo and Delta jogged along a trail, 35 abandoned and starving dogs came out and approached them. Realizing these dogs had not eaten in weeks, Leo came back with food, and a strange thing happened when he saw the love and thanks these helpless and unwanted animals gave him.

That night Leo went home, but the outpouring of love and gratitude these dogs gave him weighed on his soul and he could do nothing less than come back every day to feed and care for them. He also called every municipal, state and national organization that supposedly assisted abandoned animals but met a dead end. Finally, without financial help from any governmental agency, Leo was able to continue caring for the dogs himself, even buying antibiotics to put in their food during an outbreak of distemper – and if one of the animals got real sick, he took them to a vet.

Before he knew it, Leo had 250 dogs he was caring for.

Acting took a back seat. He had found another calling.

This happened 30 years ago this week and today these animals are known as Leo’s children, because he views them as such. Today, Leo is the founder and President of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the first and largest no–kill, care-for-life sanctuary of its kind in the world, with over 1000 dogs and over 500 cats!

While he may not be a household name as an actor, he is known, loved, and respected by all true animal lovers. He may also be feared because Leo will take on any one or any agency when it comes to the welfare of animals – and believe me, he has, I know this for a fact. I also know that this is an authentic person who walks the walk. I have personally witnessed the care and empathy he has for these animals, which can best be described as a St. Francis kind of zeal and sincerity.

Leo and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue can be proud of many accomplishments above and beyond the caring of the unwanted. Their dedication to animal care has resulted in the first kidney dialysis program for dogs and cats at the University of California-UC Davis; a program which led to advances in medical care for humans. Leo invented the straw bale doghouse, a doghouse that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter (I know because I went in one to check it out). Today this innovation is promoted by the African Congress of Nations, Maneka Gandhi of India, and is used in Bosnia in their very first animal shelter.

Leo and D.E.L.T.A. sponsor the only wartime animal haven in Afghanistan for injured dogs and cats, and another of his projects is “Animals on the Edge,” which allows animals across the globe to receive Leo’s help. During the Reagan years Leo was responsible for saving 1,000 mustang horses when he put an ad in Variety asking if anyone could help him get in touch with the president (Reagan was a horse lover). Well, Washington responded and “Horse Rescue of America” was founded.

Today, Leo assists Peter Goin with his photographic survey of the Santa Clara River, which runs over a hundred miles. This survey has helped fight the devastating wildfires that endanger California. Always in the thick of it, at times one may even mistake Leo for a firefighter on the evening news.

Leo has even produced a film called “Magic,” where Christopher Lloyd plays the voice of a dog — an angel come to help a father and daughter in distress. This film should help to create a culture change in how animals are perceived.

This is just a taste of what Leo and D.E.L.T.A. have done for both people and animals. A full accounting would be too numerous to list because he is one of those Americans with the passion to act and not wait for the government to do something. He also inspires others to act.

When Leo brought the idea of a pet tax exemption to my attention, I took the idea to Congressman McCotter. Today “The Happy Act,” HR 3501, is a bill currently making its way through Congress that will allow for owners to deduct their pets (www.petexemption.org) from their taxes.

The greatness of our country comes from the will, know-how and passion of our people. So join me in congratulating Leo Grillo and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue for their 30 years of outstanding accomplishments.

Happy anniversary to Leo, a great American and devoted father to 10 year old Meguire…

And now you know the rest of the story.

by Robert Davi –  Big Hollywood

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September 15, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Fostering and Rescue, Just One More Pet, Pets, Political Change, Stop Animal Cruelty, Success Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saved! ASPCA Vets Rescue Puppy Who Ate Loaf of Raisin Bread

Early last week, New York City resident Jeremy Sigall discovered his mischievous six-month-old puppy, Winnie, had snatched a loaf of raisin bread from the kitchen counter and completely devoured it, crumbs and all. The Welsh springer spaniel was at grave risk for kidney failure—a common reaction in dogs who’ve eaten grapes or raisins. Horrified and worried, Jeremy immediately called the Urbana, IL-based ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s (APCC) 24-hour hotline.

The veterinary toxicologists who handled the call—Dr. Michael Knight and Dr. Susanna Hawkins—determined the loaf of bread may have contained three tablespoons of raisins, a sufficient amount to be toxic to most dogs. As luck would have it, Jeremy and his wife live within blocks of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan. After consulting with the APCC, they rushed Winnie to the hospital for emergency care.

“Winnie’s parents had already called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center—which was so smart—so we already had a case number when we called to talk again,” says Dr. Emmy Pointer, the ASPCA veterinarian who treated the pup. “We immediately induced vomiting and got a good portion of the raisin bread up, then started IV fluids right away to prevent kidney failure.” After three days of monitoring, Winnie’s test results showed no subsequent signs of renal problems.

Nearly 20 years ago, APCC toxicologists started noticing a disturbing trend in their data involving dogs who’d eaten grapes and raisins—nearly all developed acute kidney failure. The chemical that causes this reaction hasn’t been identified, but it can be treated successfully if pet parents are proactive like the Sigalls. Thanks to quick-thinking parents and the seamless communication between the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and hospital staff, Winnie is now home and healthy, enjoying a diet of strictly “pooch-appropriate” treats.

Since the toxic potential of grapes and raisins is still an enigma, it’s best to avoid feeding them to your pet in any amount or any form. Furthermore, never underestimate your dog’s ability to raid the kitchen—keep all people food tucked away in hard-to-reach cabinets. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, call your vet or the APCC’s hotline at (888) 426-4435. Worried about remembering all those digits? Order our free APCC magnet—a cool way to keep the hotline close!

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October 14, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment