Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's Pet Week at I Heart Faces

I believe this little one is still waiting to be adopted at Friendswood Animal Control, and since it is a pet theme for the contest at I Heart Faces this week, I thought I would enter her photo.  After someone on Facebook asked if one of these kittens was green, I did a color correction layer and think I fixed that problem!  No wonder she wasn't snapped up immediately, green kittens are not as appealing as gray ones I guess.

Friday, April 15, 2011

More Kittens, and More, and More

These first two are brothers and they are so sweet and affectionate.


The younger kittens are all siblings too, we think the black and white ones are female and the tabbies are male.  All of them need homes and can be adopted from Friendswood Animal Control.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Brings Breezes, Blooms and ... Kittens

These 5 gray kittens (yes, these are all different kittens) and their mama recently came in to Friendswood Animal Control and are now being weaned and are almost available for adoption.  They are being fostered in a great home right now but will soon have to go back to the pound.  That is not good for kittens especially as there are so many contagious diseases that come in with impounded animals and kittens do not have a strong immune system yet so if you know anyone who would love one of these furballs, let them know they will be available very soon, as well as their mother --- she is a wonderful sweet loving calm and beautiful cat. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rescue Road Trip

I was able to drive Pendleton to Bay Area Pet Adoptions (formerly the SPCA) in Dickinson to meet the trailer that would take him to another rescue in Tennessee, and through them to his new home. When I first got involved in rescue I became aware of trucks that made passes periodically through some Southern states to pick up adoptable animals and transport them up north to areas that had gotten a handle on their homeless pet population and had empty shelters as a result --- incredible.  I wanted to see how the operation worked and since I knew I was going to an unfamiliar area at dusk, I made sure I took my camera home...never thinking I would want to document it!  So, these are Droid photos, but they do  the job.

I think the transport picked up about 20 dogs with Pendleton, and there were already animals on board.  The kennels were stacked but secured well and clean, and the trailer was airconditioned...but still it must have been a scary trip for those animals.  It is pretty sad that we must send our homeless dogs hundreds of miles and to other states to find forever homes for them but how wonderful that there are homes for them at all and people willing to get them there.  That is why it is so important to spay and neuter your animals and to adopt rather than buy from breeders or puppy mills.

Q: Why does the North
      import Southern     

A:#1: Southerners have excellent taste in dogs - they just don’t spay  and neuter or keep them on their property. Some northerners have figured this out and are acquiring first-rate dogs at bargain basement prices.

A: #2: Spay and neuter activism combined with breeder regulation in the North have generated restricted supply and thus high prices for adoptable dogs. The lack of spay/neuter facilities and breeder regulation and the prevalence of warm winters in the South have created excessive supply of adoptable  dogs and thus low prices. Enterprising souls on both sides are making this market work. In doing so they are not only improving the lives of Northern Families but also saving the lives of southern dogs. These are not any dogs mind you, These are High grade, Southern-mannered and styled dogs. Thus the name for this market: “Southern Comfort”.
The drawl is free.

Monday, April 4, 2011

There's One Day at a Time....

But for me lately it is "One Dog at a Time".  Pendleton is the latest example of that ---- he was impounded at Friendswood Animal Control with horrible infected cuts on his face and back and he stayed that way for several days until he was there long enough to become "city property" and thus we (the volunteers) could have access to him.  He was immediately taken to Dr. Pickle, our hero of a veterinarian, and all the staff fell in love with him too.  Even though he had to be in so much pain, he was a happy friendly guy.  They would not let him go back to animal control and he became their latest rescue.  After some cleaning and antibiotics, neutering, and a little time to heal he went to get his video made by Tom English, another rescuer who has contacts all over the east coast.  He too fell for Pendleton's charm and it was not long before Pendleton was off on the Rescue Transport to Tennessee, to A New Leash On Life rescue there.  In one week he had a new forever home with a family with a 13 year old boy, perfect for Pendleton!