Monday, May 14, 2012
Several ladies went above and beyond to make one Shar Pei named Rosie's final passage one of comfort and love.
Rosie, a Bearcoat Shar Pei believed to be 5 years old, was in dire shape when she was dropped off at Animal Control. Her owners decided they no longer wanted her. A woman named Judy Labadie circulated Rosie's picture, and got the attention of Mary Schacherbaur of New York and Betsy Meek. Judy immediately took her to a vet in Altamonte Springs, where she was told that Rosie was heartworm positive, had a respiratory infection, had a a skin condition caused by a flea allergy, was in renal failure and was blind and deaf. Her condition was more like that of a 10-year-old dog, the vet said. The vet thought that Rosie was in stage three of heartworm disease and was going to write her off. But all of these wonderful ladies had a different idea. …
Monday, April 30, 2012
Hillsborough County is taking steps to drastically reduce euthanasia of shelter animals. Let's continue this movement in Pinellas!
Hillsborough County took a huge step forward in the animal community a couple of weeks ago by moving toward making its animal shelter a no-kill zone. Hillsborough County Animal Services has been trying to get its euthanasia number down. It has gone down from 30,000 in 2005 to 14,000 last year. What a great feat! Now, the county is trying for even fewer. Now, there are always going to be some exceptions to the rule, such as very sick dogs that cannot be saved, but those things cannot be helped. Animal Services employees are being redirected in how to maintain operations while saving most animals from euthanasia. Some of the steps that they are working on are: This is a huge thing, and I hope that it will come to Pinellas County. A group …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Rescues are careful to place pets into loving homes for the animal's own protection.
Some say it is easier to adopt a child than it is to adopt a dog from a rescue. Now whether you believe this or not, I have to say, there is a good reason for it. The rescue I volunteer with checks references, does a house check, and does home trials before anyone is allowed to officially adopt a dog. You may be asking why a rescue would go through all of that. Isn’t the point to get the dogs adopted into a home? Well, that is partially true. Yes, the rescues want to get the dogs adopted, but they want the dogs adopted into a good home. After reading an article a couple days ago, I became furious! I read an article about a woman in New Port Richey that saw a dachshund in her neighbor’s yard, whimpering with blood coming from its mouth. …
Monday, April 9, 2012
This sweet young dog was deemed unworthy of veterinary treatment, for nothing more than her appearance.
When this little girl went to Animal Control, she was not even given a chance. No one took a picture of her, fed her, removed her fleas or helped with her pain. She had no name, and her cage was labeled "E." That means euthanasia. Luckily for this girl and another, someone who volunteered in this facility felt she was worth it. The volunteer says her cage care had been turned around, and she knew that if this dog was going to get out it was going to have to be right then. She had to go back to work, but first she spoke with the person working there. The person working immediately got this little girl straight to the vet. The vet said she had Demodex Mange, a yeast infection and was heartworm negative (a huge plus). She was about 10 …
Monday, April 2, 2012
I learned more about love and devotion from my battered little dog than anyone or anything else in my whole life.
Last week, I brought you a story about Murphy, a dog who was going to be put to sleep because of aggression. Luckily for Murphy, a gentleman was there, and he saw something in Murphy's eyes. Years later, the gentleman needed Murphy as much as Murphy needed him the years before. The gentleman was nice enough to share the story of how he acquired Murphy, and how Murphy stood by his side during his time of need. This is their story. One fateful Christmas holiday weekend day, I was assisting with a tragic bird rescue at the SPCA Tampa Bay. They busted a bird breeder and seized over a hundred parrots that had been starved, abused and stuffed into small cages with no perches, food or water. We spent hours cleaning, rehabilitating, feeding and …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A little something for merchants, dog owners and parents.
1) What's the weather? Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 81, according to the National Weather Service. Also, a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Tonight's low is 65. 2) Need a cheap fill-up? The lowest reported gas price in Dunedin is $3.81 (cash, regular) at the Super Shop, 1001 Broadway, on TampaGasPrices.com. 3) Merchants: A reminder that today is the Chamber of Commerce After Hours mixer at Dunedin Golf Club (5 p.m.) 4) Dog owners: those of you planning on going to the next Dunedin Doggie Rescue Suds on Sunday dog wash (April 1) will want to take note of a venue change. It is now at The Pinehurst Pub and Grill from noon to 4:30 p.m. 5) Does your child's ingenuity amaze you? Producers from the Discovery Channel's "…
Monday, March 5, 2012
An animal lover steps forward to save a dog suffering from scabies and about to be euthanized.
It all started with a plea from Pasco County Animal Shelter. Please help this sweet girl; she is going to be put down. She has a severe skin condition and needs care. The next step was a post put out on Facebook by the rescue, for a foster. Within ONE MINUTE an angel named Christine replied. Christine owns Pupperazi Pet Spa and had never fostered for the rescue before, but wanted so bad to help this poor baby. She said, “In the picture, she was scared, small, and covered in wounds and blood. The picture and situation made me cry and I emailed saying that I would take her and get her well.” What is even more amazing is that Christine has seven rescue dogs of her own, and she felt helping this girl was something she needed to do. …
Monday, February 6, 2012
A young animal lover is immortalized in a St. Petersburg mural memorializing pets.
If you drive along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, you may see the mural of dogs painted by Anna Hamilton of Murals for Mutts. Anna and Dawn Carney are co-founders of Murals for Mutts, and it is a great way to immortalize your pet for everyone to view. Recently, there is an addition on the mural – a human. This is a special case and a special human. On Jan. 8, 2012, Lila Nissenbaum's life suddenly ended from an illness. She was just 7 years old. Yet this little girl touched so many lives, especially the lives of animals. She adored animals so much that, in lieu of flowers, it was asked that donations be made to a local animal rescue organization. Wellcare Pharmacy and Health Services donated a large amount in Lila’s name. With…
Friday, February 3, 2012
In these five things, you'll see how Dunedin is making it really easy to de-clutter your house before Super Bowl Sunday.
1) Need to fill up on the cheap? The lowest reported gas price in Dunedin is $3.44 (cash, regular) at the Super Shop, 1001 Broadway (TampaGasPrices.com). 2) The library is making it really convenient to donate your gently used books, DVDs, music CDs and puzzles on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just pull up to the entrance and a teen volunteer will take your donations for the Friends of the Library Book Sale next week Feb. 9, 10 and 11 (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). (Note: Feb. 9 is for "Friends" members only, but you'll be allowed to join on the spot.) 3) Saturday is the last day that the Dunedin Fine Art Center is accepting gently used art supplies and artwork for its "Trashy Treasures" event next weekend. 4) Now that all those old books, DVDs…
Monday, October 31, 2011
Chico and Mandy led the royal court to a Barkoween win.
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- Katie Dolac
Monday, October 31, 2011
Kids weren't the only ones having fun this Halloween. Dunedin's dogs also got to dress up in costume. Dunedin Doggie Rescue volunteers brought their best four-legged friends to the Fluffy Puppies Barkoween costume contest at O'Keefe's Family Tavern and Grill in Clearwater on Oct. 27. Dunedin Doggie Rescue reports that the Berlage family's dog Chico and Mandy won the group theme category for their "royal court" at the fifth annual event. The contest also had categories for child and dog, dog team, dog-owner look-alike, scariest and most original. Photos in this gallery were taken by Shelly Maslak and co-founder Cathy Schulz. For the full gallery, visit Dunedin Doggie Rescue's album.