Archive for September 2013

Trio Animal Foundation: Giving happy endings to Less Adoptable Pets

Trio Animal Foundation: Giving happy endings to Less Adoptable Pets
When you enter open admission shelters, the sheer number of pets left behind is overwhelming (see Five Minutes to Heartbreak). Some pets have little chance at rescue – seniors, FIV cats, black cats and dogs, pit bulls, Chihuahuas, sick, shy, injured and disabled. These pets lose a second shot at a happy ending because they... Read more »

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open

How do you shut down puppy mills: Don't let them open
How do you shut down puppy mills? Try not letting them open to begin with. Hats off this morning to the town board in Canajoharie, New York. When members of the community found out an Amish farmer wanted to open a puppy mill in their community, they were outraged and took action. Thanks to their... Read more »

Less Adoptable Pets: From the Island of Misfit Pets to super stardom

<b>Homer</b> - He was the kitten that nobody wanted. At four weeks, the little black stray lost his eyes to infection and was rejected by person after person at the vet’s office that rescued him. Then, along came Gwen Cooper. She fell in love with Homer and added him to her family of two other cats. <br>
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For the next sixteen years, Homer lived quite the life – catching flies better than a lizard, going attack cat on a burglar, making a dramatic move to Manhattan and starring in a book about his life – <i>Homer’s Odyssey</i>. When you read about him, it was hard to believe Homer was blind. He certainly didn’t let that little thing slow him down a bit. <br>
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By the time <a href="http://huff.to/188Bor0">Homer died </a>a few weeks ago at the age of 16, millions of people around the globe had read his story. The little black kitten that nobody wanted inspired people to adopt blind, special needs and black cats – all groups that have a hard time finding families and often run out of time before they get that chance.<i>Gwen Cooper will be the guest of honor at <a href="http://bit.ly/189XycB">Tree House’s Black Cat Ball</a>
on October 17. <br>
<br><i>Photo Courtesy of Homer's Facebook page.</i>
Every year, millions of pets are left behind at animal controls, shelters and rescues. As the clock ticks for animals waiting for a new family, the kittens, puppies and outgoing cats and dogs have the best shot at finding homes. However, if a pet is a senior, a black cat or dog, pit bull or... Read more »
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Eight tips to be prepared if your pet suddenly becomes ill

Eight tips to be prepared if your pet suddenly becomes ill
After publishing Friday’s post about the sudden illness and death of a suburban Chicago dog, I’ve heard from several people with similar stories. In these cases, dogs that appeared to be healthy overall quickly became sick and died from similar symptoms to those mentioned in the post. I’d like to point out that canine circovirus... Read more »

Reach Out Rescue looks for answers for dog found on 90/94

Reach Out Rescue looks for answers for dog found on 90/94
The question of the week at Reach Out Rescue is – who is Ariel and how did she end up on a busy highway this past weekend? A volunteer rescued the dog after she was found wandering on 90/94 near 95th street. Now the organization is getting out the word to see if anyone recognizes... Read more »

Holly: Search continues for North Shore lost dog

Holly: Search continues for North Shore lost dog
Holly was so close to a happy ending. The German Shepherd mix had been rescued from Chicago’s Animal Care and Control and eventually adopted to someone who lived in Wilmette. For most dogs, this should have been the ticket to the good life. But that hasn’t been the story for Holly a North Shore lost... Read more »
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Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long

Iowa shutters Pratt puppy mill, but what took so long
It’s finally the end of the road for one of Iowa’s most notorious puppy mills. Thanks to an agreement with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Debra Pratt has lost her state permit to operate her puppy mill. After years of USDA violations and an auction where most of her stock was sold to the highest... Read more »

Chicago pet events through September 22

Chicago pet events through September 22
Fall is in full swing with lots of fun Chicago pet events to support animal rescue. A week that includes Martinis, Cupcakes, Trace & Pace, Art Shows, the DCACC Fall Festival and Adopt-A-Thon, Shop & Play and Puppy Mill Awareness day has a little something for everyone. Check out the Chicago pet events below and... Read more »

Money can buy you happiness at the Certified, Pre-Owned Cat Sale

Money can buy you happiness at the Certified, Pre-Owned Cat Sale
There’s a meme making the rounds these days that says – Anyone who tells you money can’t buy happiness has never paid an adoption fee. Throughout September, that fee to buy you a lifetime of happiness is a mere $25 a cat at the West Suburban Humane Society’s Certified, Pre-Owned Cat Sale. The Downers Grove shelter... Read more »
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Has the new canine circovirus killed a Chicago area dog?

A suburban Chicago woman who lost her dog to a raging virus strongly suspects her dog may have succumbed to a new deadly dog virus – canine circovirus. Now, Shawna Steiner is on a mission to warn other dog owners to be on the look out for signs of the disease while she searches for... Read more »
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