It's Remember Me Thursday, a global day of remembrance for the millions of animals who have died in animal shelters. Each year, 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized in animal shelters in the U.S. alone, according to the ASPCA.
While those numbers are staggering, for many people they remain fairly abstract. They were for me, too, until I experienced the loss of Melba, the first shelter dog I fell in love with. She was up for adoption but no one ever came and she succumbed to kennel stress which ultimately cost Melba her life. You can read the story in the tribute I wrote for this fine creature here.
But this is also a day to honor and help the living, so let's revisit some of the wiggle butts and fabulous felines I've featured recently with updates on who needs homes. There are stories here to make you smile (do NOT miss the Soxy & Lee Lee video below) and, yes, some that will make you sad. ALL these animals could use our help.
Share if you care, my babies, share if you care. It. Makes. a. Difference.
ADOPTABLE DOGS THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH RECENTLY (and I'll bet you will to):
When I'm not blogging and coaching, you can often find me pet sitting and dog walking. Here are two wonderful dogs I've gotten to have at my home recently. Both of these pups are available through PACT Humane Society in Bloomingdale, IL.
Is your lifestyle on the more 'snuggle up with a good book and a dog' end of the continuum except that you don't have a dog yet? Then by all means, please consider sweet, gentle, ragamuffin Pearl, who would be perfect for a mellow person with a soft spot for seniors. She just wants love and a peaceful life. Really a special girl.
Or, do you tend more toward the 'heck yeah, I'll play fetch with you!" end of things? My man, Freedom, is a straight up doll. He's a big ball of oversized lap dog who is the perfect mix of joyful play and 'let's just snuggle and watch tv'. Crate-trained, housebroken, knows his commands, has a timid side but getting more confident all the time. Would love a canine buddy.
PHILANTHROPIST GONE WILD!
Not only did Christy Cirino team up with Spay Illinois as their first business partner to sponsor a Spay Day, but she has been hard at work helping dogs at Aurora Animal Care & Control get safely to rescue by pledging money (along with other donors who get inspired by her efforts) to the pulling rescues. (What that means is explained further here if you don't know how the system works.)
What that means for you rescue folks reading this is that if you pull Roxy here, your rescue will also get $1500 in support paid directly to you by the donors.
That ain't chump change, pal.
Go keep an eye on the AACC Transfer Team Facebook page for updates on Roxy and more (and to find out how to put a rescue hold on her.)
Roxy is ALSO available for adoption (but pledges only go to rescues, of course).
Don't know what a 'transfer team' is? I tell you all about it right here. It's pretty much the life's blood of many local shelters so a good thing to know.
AND, let's not forget Lucy, the pittie who lost her foster home due to retroactive breed discrimination policies and who is now having to be boarded by her rescue ($$$). Here's what Christy has to say about this girl, who started out in Aurora before Indiana-based Lucky Mutts Rescue pulled her.
"Folks, why adopt or foster Lucy instead of the other thousands of dogs that need the exact same help? I will tell you why. Lucy represents a journey that a lot of you took during one part of your life. You started against all odds. So did Lucy. You were rejected for no reason. So was Lucy. Your well being really wasn't top priority. Neither was Lucy's. You didn't give up though. You became stronger, more compassionate and loving. And so did Lucy. A very special dog waiting for their special person who understands what it means to really finish well."
(I'll be interviewing Christy about philanthropy and animal welfare in the future so subscribe if you want to be sure to see that post.)
HAPPY ADOPTIONS WITH NEW DOGS ABOUT TO ARRIVE:
Have you read about the Spanish Galgos? Believe me, you won't soon forget their incredible story, once you have. Our friends at Love, Hope, Believe Galgo Rescue in Crystal Lake have two wonderful adoptions to report! Kahlessi and Kisko , whom you met in this post, now have homes. Jordan, Iset and Carlos, pictured above, still need homes, however. LHB will be heading to Spain in October to bring four more Galgos to the U.S. They are planning some Periscope broadcasts while there with interviews of rescue workers in Spain.
And word is, Whitaker (formerly Damaris), whose story has been the runaway favorite at To the Rescue! so far is still in prison.
Readers second favorite post? Korean Lassie.
POSTER CHILDREN FOR WHY LONG TERM PET PLANNING IS A MUST:
These two sweet cats cannot get a break. First we featured Cocoa Puffs, one of a pair of felines left homeless after the death of an owner. While Cocoa Puffs, separated from his companion Fruitloops, for reasons explained here, remains without a forever home over a year later, Fruitloops' story broke everyone's hearts this week when she was returned to rescue after being subjected to mind-boggling mistreatment by her adopter.
PACT Humane Society is considering their options regarding this enraging breach of the adoption contract, but in the meantime what the rest of us can do is help sweet Fruitloops find a much needed a foster home.
AND SPEAKING OF BONDED PAIRS...
The young narrator of this video below...ooooohhhhh I can't handle the cute. I really can't. Soxy and Lee Lee are STILL at DuPage County Animal Care & Control in Wheaton. Go get 'em.
MORE BELLIES TO RUB AT BUFA!
Belly Up for Adoptions, a rescue definitely worth supporting for all the work they do well beyond their own organization, has added Lucy and MJ to their adoptables. Lucy's story deserves a post of its own so watch for a full write up on her in the days ahead.
THE AUBURN 18 BEGIN TO FIND HAPPINESS (AND A FEW HOMES!):
The Rottweilers and Labs rescued in this multi-state effort and dubbed "The Auburn 18" are now well on their way to healing as you can see in this photo of shy guy, Dash. He is really starting to blossom with the TLC he is getting from his foster mom through Mountain Rottie Rescue in Albany, NY!
Adoptions have already happened for some of the Labs through Chicagoland Lab Rescue, with one girl still in foster while she undergoes heartworm treatment. A Rotta Love Plus in Minnesota, a marvelous rescue organization who took the majority of the Rotties, tells me they will begin to be offered to foster-to-adopt homes in the next few weeks so watch for a post on that here when the time comes.
Cuteness Alert! In a strange twist of fate, the Auburn 18 really DID become 18 (in the mad dash to get the page up for help when the dogs were first rescued, 16 dogs were accidentally dubbed 18). Two 4 week old Rott pups were found as strays along a roadway. Adoption applications are being accepted for the little boy (the girl pictured here is spoken for but still, look at that face).
THE SEARCH CONTINUES:
Sully, the French Bulldog who was also lost but the same transport company, is missing as well. That transporter claimed Sully died en route but couldn't quite say what vet he took the dog to, and no body was returned, leading many to suspect that this intact male may have been diverted to a breeder.
To date, the mind-blowingly dangerous transportation policies at uShip has not been changed in the least.
Buyer PLEASE beware.
Hot new rescue on the scene, Fetching Tails Foundation (who you will see again soon in a story that may blow your mind), had a great inaugural Dash4Dogs event. While the 'dash' part ended up being walkers rather than runners, they had over 60 participants, several vendors and some souper muddy fields for the dogs (see what I did there?) to have a ton of fun in. They got to see several FTF alumni dogs and basically had a blast and raised a nice bit of money for a first time event. Fido-loving foodies will want to check out their next event, a cooking class hosted by local chefs. Fetching Cuisine will be held on Nov 7.
WHO IS WHO AND WHAT THEY DO:
One of the missions of this blog is to provide education (and maybe a secret decoder ring) on the shelters and rescues in our area. This foundation article which will help you understand how homeless animals flow through the animal control system. Much more to come on the topic, so be sure to subscribe if you want to learn more.
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