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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lily

February 4th, 2011 3:25 pm by Kelly


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Lily, a medium-sized, tan Shar-pei/Hound Mix, smothers her human friend with kisses.
Photos courtesy AthensPets.net.

When I saw Lily posted on a Facebook friend’s page, I knew at once that she’d be this week’s Friend in need. Lily is located not in the Kansas City area, but rather in Athens, Georgia, at the Athens–Clarke County Animal Control shelter. A special needs dog – Lily is missing on eye and, at seven years old, is considered “elderly” – Lily would have trouble finding an adoptive family even under the best of circumstances. However, at a kill shelter, her fate is is much worse: dear Lily is at high risk of “euthanasia” – being killed for no reason other than simple lack of a home. A human-created problem for which three to four millions dogs and cats pay with their lives, every year in the U.S. alone.

Here’s what the folks at AthensPets.net – a volunteer-run website that’s not officially associated with ACCAC – have to say about Lily:

32132 – Lily
Available Dog!

Please use the ledger number, not the name, when calling about a dog.

* Breed: Shar-pei/Hound Mix
* Gender: Female
* Age: 7 years
* Weight: 37 lbs
* Impound Date: 2/2/11
* Ledger Number: 32132

Lily is my absolute favorite dog at the pound right now. Despite the all the hardships Lily has gone through in her short life and continues to suffer from, Lily is the sweetest dog at the pound right now who couldn’t be happier to give people constant love and attention through the sweetest sloppy, wet kisses. Any dog who can look so rough around the edges yet be so affectionate makes her so deserving of a chance at a life of luxury because she will be eternally grateful knowing where she came from. Lily needs a guardian angel to save her from the life she’s been forced to live and show her how great life can actually be – show her that people can love her as much as she loves complete strangers.

AthensPets.net stresses that an animal’s stay at ACCAC is both short and tenuous:

Dogs are held for a minimum of 5 days if they are strays. This 5-day holding period does not include the day the dog is impounded or any day the pound is closed. During this period, if the animal is of good health and temperament, Animal Control will accept applications for adoption on a first-come, first serve basis if the application is approved. After this 5-day period, any day could be the last for ANY dog at the shelter. Owner surrenders do not have a minimum holding period at the shelter; they are available for adoption immediately. If you are interested in adopting or rescuing a dog, PLEASE don’t wait until a certain day to call. You should be organizing the rescue throughout the dog’s stay at animal control. If you wait until the last minute, the dog you want may no longer be available. Euthanasias occur everyday…not just on one particular day.

ACCAC also works with rescue groups who wish to pull animals from the shelter – so please, even if you’re not looking to adopt a dog yourself, please pass Lily’s information along to a group or individual who may be able to help. You can find additional details, including contact information, on AthensPets.net.

Perhaps it’s because Lily so reminds me of my dear Ralphie – who’s missing his right eye as well – or maybe I just have an extra-soft spot for the extra-sad cases – but I really, truly hope that a rescue angel is able to come through for this sweet, lovely lady. She deserves a home and family to call her own. They all do.

Lily’s profile was just posted by AthensPets.net today, so please hurry. T minus five days and counting…and then Lily’s time may be up.

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Lily gazes into the camera with her one good eye. That sound?
It’s my heart, shattering into a million pieces.
Photos courtesy AthensPets.net.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Norman

January 28th, 2011 11:04 am by Kelly


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Norman, a brown Swiss steer, relaxes in a bed of hay. Legs tucked under his person,
he oh-so-adorably flashes his little pink tongue at the camera.
Photo courtesy K.I.S.S.(Kitties In-need-of Someone Special, Inc.).

TOMORROW IS VEGAN PIZZA DAY, Y’ALL! Did you hear me? VEGAN. PIZZA. DAY. It ranks among the most awesomest days of the year, second only to my birthday!

Norman here *hearts* vegan pizza day too, ’cause it involves NOMing not on the dead flesh and stolen secretions of his beloved bovine, porcine and avian friends, but rather on gooey slices of goodness covered with melty, stretchy Daiya cheese and crispy Lightlife pepperoni. And veggies: bushels and bushels of vegetables, of every shape, size and color. Poor Norman is drooling just thinking about it! So do this gorgeous boy a favor and share a vegan pizza with a friend tomorrow; preferably one of the omni persuasion. Conversion by vegan food, amiriteppl?

Oh, and while we’re granting wishes, Norman could really use a home to call his own!

Norman
Cow: An adoptable cow in Hopatcong, NJ
Extra Large • Baby • Male

This is a courtesy posting for Antler Ridge (www.antler-ridge.com). Meet “NORMIE”, he is just 3 weeks old(1/1/11) and will grow up to be 2000 lbs! He was a rescue, (call Antler Ridge for details) and he is up for adoption. He is a BROWN SWISS STEER. As you can see, he is just a friendly little guy, we enjoyed the day sitting with him, feeding him and talking pictures! We’d love to see him in a nice farm setting where he can grow up and bring pleasure and enjoyment to a nice family!

More about Norman
Spayed/Neutered • Primary color: Tan

Norman is currently located in or around Hopatcong, NJ. (What can I say? there are precious few cows listed on Petfinder, probably because most are laid out in the packaged meat section of your local grocer at the moment!) Kitties In-need-of Someone Special, Inc. (K.I.S.S.) submitted Norman’s listing on behalf of Antler Ridge, which you should contact to inquire about him. Please do, okay? Norman needs a family of cows or other formerly farmed animals to call his own.

(Also: VEGAN PIZZA!)

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

January 21st, 2011 5:43 pm by Kelly


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Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a pair of green, orange and gray Poicephalus/Senegal Parrots,
gaze at the camera with curiosity.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

I very rarely feature birds on Find-a-Friend Friday, due not to a lack of availability, but because they don’t photograph well! Or rather, their foster humans are not known to take good photographs of them in captive settings. (Cages make for such cluttered and depressing backdrops, don’t you think?) A few of the larger local bird rescue groups don’t even include personalized photos of the birds in their Petfinder listings, relying instead on stock photos. But if you’re looking to bring a feathered friend (or two!) into your life, rest assured that you have plenty of options for adoption! See, for example, Burge Bird Rescue and Beak N’ Wings, Inc., both located in the Kansas City area.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, pictured above, come from the former. The pair were breeding birds until an accident rendered Mrs. Smith disposable. I’ll let Burge Bird Rescue take it from there:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Poicephalus/Senegal: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are former breeding birds of unknown age that were surrendered to another rescue after Mrs. Smith lost her lower beak in an accident and was not able to raise chicks. They were transferred to our rescue after two years because we specialize in special needs birds. They are not tame, but we are sure that someone out there is going to love them and provide them a safe happy home together for as long as they live.

Our birds are not available for breeding. All applicants must pass a screening interview, and may be required to wait 48 hours before taking home the bird if adoption is approved.

Adoption fee negotiable
More about Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Special Needs • Primary colors: Green, Orange

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are only two of hundreds of adoptable birds in need of forever home in the Kansas City area; for a comprehensive list, please hop on over to Petfinder.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Alabama & Indiana

January 14th, 2011 5:18 pm by Kelly


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Alabama and Indiana – two big, beautiful tuxedo boy-cats – lazily lounge in a two-tiered window seat of some kind, staring off behind and to the right of the camera. They’re wearing complementary blue (Alabama) and red (Indiana) colored collars – so cute!
Photos courtesy Assisi Safe Haven for Cats.

It’s been several weeks since we’ve featured cats, so today we’re all about the felines here at the PPP! Two felines in particular: namely, Alabama and Indiana, a bonded pair of brothers who are currently staying with Assisi Safe Haven for Cats in Lansing, Kansas.

Just for poops and giggles, I refined my initial Petfinder search for adoptable cats to include “extra large” felines only, and these guys were two of the sixteen cats who came up. Just sixteen! I wonder what size and weight is considered “extra large” in the feline world? There’s definitely a little more to love on these guys, but neither of them look especially leopard-like.

Anyhow, here’s the listing for Alabama; both read the same, so there’s no point in crossposting each. You can click on each guy’s photo to go to his respective Petfinder listing, if you’re so inclined:

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Alabama!

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Indiana!

Indiana and Alabama are two tuxedo brothers returned to rescue after a home foreclosure. These are two exquisite big lovable boys that have never been apart a day in their lives, so we will not separate them now. They are the ultimate in handsome big cats, at the same time gentle and soft. Want that lover boy cat to curl up and keep you warm on a cold night think this pair. Contact catwomanofkansas [at] aol.com for an adoption application or call Lynn at 913-683-0686 after 7:00 PM

Bring them home, they’ll keep your feetsies nice and toasty! Ditto: your heart.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Jakers

January 7th, 2011 12:26 pm by Kelly


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Jakers, a gorgeous white goat with a white and tan “beard,” gazes off into the distance.
Photo courtesy Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

Jakers is a guy after my own heart. As is plainly obvious in the photo above, Jakers is a goat.

GOAT!?! DID SOMEONE SAY GOAT?!? I LOVE GOATS!

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One of the many goats I met during a recent trip to Cracker Box Palace in Alton, NY.

So curious and playful, goats are. I can’t wait to adopt a few myself. All in good time…

Anyhow, Jakers is currently staying with a newish animal rescue group in Dixon, MO. Just a short (!) three and a half hour drive from Kansas City, Dixon is located about 60 miles south of Jefferson City. But hey, seven hours round-trip is a small sacrifice to make when we’re talking furry friends, am I right folks?

Jakers’ Petfinder listing is rather sparse on the details:

Jakers
Goat: An adoptable goat in Dixon, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Jakers is an easygoing guy once he gets to know you. He enjoys belly rubs and getting pets.

More about Jakers
Primary color: White

…but I’m sure his rescue people will talk your ear off about Jakers and his crazy antics, should you give them a ring. (Pssst! The number is 573-759-3400.) C’mon, he’s a goat! Goats are awesome!

Part of the reason I chose Jakers as this week’s Friend in need is because I also wanted to highlight Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. Before this week, I’d never heard of the place. Judging from its website, the group looks to be somewhat new, having expanded its original mission of wildlife rescue and rehab to include companion and farmed animals as well:

About Us

We started out helping injured & orphaned wildlife, as Autumn Winds Wildlife Rehab, a non profit tax exempt organization based near Dixon, MO.

But we knew that there were other animals that needed our help as well. So, we decided to become Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary to become available to all animals.

We have gotten some of the paperwork back and are now up and running while waiting for the rest of it to come in.

Because we have a very small area set up right now to work with, we can only help dog and cats that are in the shelters right now and a few other animals, besides the wildlife.

In the future we hope to make larger areas for holding the animals until they can be adopted out, then we can help individual people’s animals as well as continuing to help the shelter animals.

Our Mission

As a no kill shelter and sanctuary, our mission is to rescue and offer care and rehabilitation for neglected, abandoned or unwanted companion and exotic animals.

Through proper medical care, socialization and love, many of these animals will find a loving home through our adoption program.

We still rescue and rehabilitate ill, injured and orphaned wildlife. Providing care and medical treatment until they are ready to be released back ito the wilderness.

Some animals, due to medical or behavioral problems, cannot be placed and will live out their lives here at the sanctuary.

Our mission also includes educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering and the humane treatment of the animals around them.

Given that there are so few nontraditional animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries in the Midwest – particularly those dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of farmed animal species – the possibility of a new group has me giddy. The only established sanctuary I know of around these parts is HSMO’s Long Meadow Rescue Ranch (located just outside of St. Louis); there are also a few smaller groups, the names of which escape me (and the googles) at the moment. On occasion, groups dedicated to companion animal rescue may take in the rare pig, horse or donkey – but more farmed animal rescue groups are most definitely needed, especially in the so-called “Steak Capital of the World.”

If you’d like to get involved, go to www.autumnwinds.org to learn more about the group and how you can help.

They also have a number of dogs, cats, birds and goats available for adoption!

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