Thursday, February 17, 2011

Abe (formerly known as Damian)

This handsome guy is Damian. He's a resident of AniMeals, a no-kill shelter in Missoula, Montana and, although he's not going to be euthanized, one of the volunteers believes he may very well die there from a broken heart ... and his past ... if someone doesn't adopt him soon. Here is what that volunteer had to say.

"Yesterday was photo shoot day at the shelter where I volunteer as a photographer. Today is edit and recovery day. It’s a long drive home from the shelter and it snowed all the way, but I was glad for the delay. It gave me time to cry hard and still get a grip on myself before I walk in the door at home and start selling my story that the purex seems to be burning my eyes more than usual.

The girls that work at the shelter are young, sweet, and full of ideas they’re going to try and programs they dream of implementing. It’s a no-kill cat shelter and there is some wiggle room there, but not near as much as the public pretends to believe. I don’t go and take pictures as often as I feel I should. I don’t want those vibrant girls to know that I don’t have enough heart left to manage it. There’s only a little piece left and it’s important to keep it beating though sometimes I wonder just what for, exactly.

At every shoot, there’s 3 or 4 cats that threaten to destroy the little thread of control I try to hang on to while still walking the floor at the warehouse. Yesterday it came down to one male tabby named Damien. He was terrified, destroyed. He had come in a group of 3 cats a woman had to relinquish. One had been 20 years old, and already succumbed to the horrors and confusion of the vast land of fear and misunderstanding that they are bombarded with. Damien, was supposedly the closest....her soulmate. He hides behind some posts, but I managed to pet him. I could feel all the points of his backbone. They say he won’t eat. I pray he is adopted soon. I pray my pictures will help him. I mostly pray he doesn't die there. Sometimes I’m selfish and pray that I don’t die there either.

There’s a world of Damiens out there. They are the broken, betrayed, scared and confused victims of our lack of morality. I wonder how much heart they have left, and how long they will be able to keep beating."
If you live in Missoula, consider adopting him or one of the other needy cats.
If you don't live in Missoula, RUN don't walk, to the nearest shelter and save the life of one of Damian's counterparts all over this country.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Have You Heard of
According to their website, they are "a small, non-profit animal rescue organization located in central Florida that provides sanctuary for and specializes in caring for largely non-adoptable stray cats and dogs. Most are either old, have medical problems, are feral, or have behavior problems that has precluded them from being adopted."

Their mission:
  • To provide long-term care for the aged, infirm, and non-adoptable animals.
  • To promote low-cost spay/neuter programs.
  • To participate in feral cat fix-release programs where appropriate

Contact Info:
     PetRescue.Com, Inc.
     P.O. Box 531057
     Debary, FL 32753-1057



Do you know an animal shelter or pet rescue in your area that you'd like to have us spotlight? Just send us an e-mail!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

160 Cats Rescued from a Home in Virginia

160 cats were rescued recently from a home in Ammandale, Virginia. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is asking for donations of towels, flat sheets, bleach, newspapers, Avoderm wet and dry cat food, and Royal Canin baby cat food.

Kitty from Fairfax County Animal Shelter
Detais of the story appear here in the FairfaxCityPatch and indicate the animals lived in the house of two women whom neighbors claim were hoarders trying to unofficially rescue the cats.

Many thanks to mystery writer Sandra Pearshall for mentioning this matter. Feel free to spread the word so these cats can be returned to good health and find new homes.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pet Toxins

Sammy, the Moluccan Cockatoo

The ASPCA reports the top 10 pet poisons of the year: and, YES, some people food is on the list!