[EDITION OF FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015 (PetPowellPress)] -- Friday’s edition is always difficult to write. People send thousands of animal-related emails ricocheting through the cyberuniverse starting Thursday afternoon --it is a genuine pre-weekend tsunami of pleas for help. These pleas are desperate. They tug at the tender heart.
And many times there may be almost no way to help.
You start to think, “There’s got to be a better system than this,” but then you remember, this IS the better system everybody always hoped we’d have. Computers -- email, Facebook, etc. --- have saved Lord knows how many lives after they replaced phone calls and luck. Still it’s a hustle to save lives and it tears the nerves to shreds.
As this is being written, we have two Thursday afternoon notes that fit into the wretched pressure category.
[LARRY ASIDE: Not the fault of the email senders, I hasten to add. These people didn’t put the animals in a tough spot. Somebody else did. Someone else who chose to find a solution other than keeping the dog or cat and giving it a good home. Sometimes I think that if a good lawyer can get me into Heaven, I’ll see what amounts to a big dog park and a bunch of angelic rescuers -- and I’ll hear a lot of people banging on the Pearly Gates and desperately yelling, “Ask that dog, he knows me!” Well, enough judgment from this heathen, let’s talk helping cats and dogs. You see the photo there of two cats cuddling.]
People have been working for weeks to find a home for these two guys. The first email went around in early December. Leticia Beauchamp has been trying to help this family place the cats since then. Max and Jinx are 12-year-old siblings, lifelong companions, and like to snuggle with their mom, but she -- in only her early 50s -- has developed dementia.
On Thursday, Leticia reported, “I received an e-mail today from the owner's family, and they are going to take Max and Jinx to the vet on Saturday if they do not find a home or rescue group.”
They’re not going to the vet for a checkup. To offer to help these two cats -- they need one home -- email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-724-2393.
As rush hour was revving up in Dallas, Readlarrypowell.com got a note about this dog, Chiquito.
The message had been moved on into more hands than a pin-up photo in a junior high boys’ study hall. And the message in the subject line was unsettling: “A197630 LAST DAY FOR CHIQUITO!! $125 DONATIONS !SENIOR CHI NEEDS RESCUE...AND A DENTAL.” That was sent at 11:23 a.m. As the evening progress the messages got more desperate.
Chiquito had an hour left. Then a half-hour left. This is being written way after that last deadline. At some point he’s either saved or he isn’t. Just in case there’s been a reprieve, we’ll finish this note.
Chiquito had been on the volunteer-run Garland Urgents Facebook page since before noon. age unknown, unfixed male ... Call the shelter at 972-205-3570 or email email@example.com.”
He came off stray hold on January 7 and nobody has claimed him. There’s a video, too. Click HERE.
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Hugo Espinoza of the Garland shelter told our tipster Jennifer Sellers Friday morning that Chiquito has been adopted. We're trying to find out whether an individual or a rescue group pulled the boy to safety. If it's a rescue group, we'll you know where to adopt him. If it's someone who has a new best friend, why, congratulations and hallelujah, right?
[LARRY NOTE: Not to repeat myself, but there's got to be a better way to keep animals out of a fix like this-- oh, wait, there is. Convince people who own animals to treat them as valuable members of the family, not just road trash or tossable unfeeling pieces of garbage.]
A RESCUED DOG NEEDING ANOTHER RESCUE
Gabriela Pataro,, who has focused her rescue efforts on the Red Bird area of Dallas, is trying to hustle a guy named Buddy out of Dallas Animal Services.
She explains, “He wandered into our trap because of hunger. We believe he and another dog were dumped because of their sweet nature. Buddy has quite a few healable wounds on his nose and around his neck. He is incredibly docile and NOT aggressive. He is intimidated by bigger dogs barking at him yet his demeanor is so curious and grateful. He is about 3...originally from the Fort Worth shelter. There are no humans registered as his owners. His original owners claim they gave him away years ago and don't want him back.His days are numbered at DAS.
"His adoption fee is FREE. He has the classic rags to riches potential because he knows gratitude and loyalty to people that treat him humanely.His A# is 872049.”
And there you have it. A free dog. A free darned dog rejected by two different sets of humans and, now,in a situation where his reward for being a “good dog” is the death needle.
You know how to get in touch with Dallas Animal Services -- email firstname.lastname@example.org . Go to the shelter. Save the dog that has been rescued only to become an inmate on death row.
MEANWHILE IN IRVING
Ten dogs, still, on the urgents list at Irving Animal Services, we learn from the photo-shootin’ shelterwalker Russell Posch. See them HERE. See adoptable Irving cats HERE. There’s a rescue hotline -- 972-721-3597 and follow up with emails to Rescueapet@cityofirving.org or Adoptapet@cityofirving.org. Call the shelter at 972-721-2256 or 972-721-2257. Duke -- going stir crazy in a shelter -- is still on the list.
REMINDER: The SPCA of Texas has a low-cost pet vaccination clinic set up for Sunday -- it’s scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. at the Mary Spencer Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at Village Fair in Dallas -- it’s right off I-35 south at Ledbetter. You can see it from the freeway if you look west. Also you’ll be able to sign up for spay/neuter if you live in Dallas -- that’s through www.bigfixforbigd. Free. Free spay/neuter. For crying out loud! Oh, yes, Super Bowl Actual Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central Time. Should be finished with the clinic by then. Just in time to catch the Dallas Cowboys tee it up -- what? Oh, sorry. Seattle and New England.
And those two critters are among the SPCA adorable adoptables. The Readlarrypowell.com theory is Kobe the Cat had just scene Notorious Pig for the first time. Name cracks me up.
CONTEMPLATIONS: Pick a Super Bowl winner? Seattle by two touchdowns. Maybe more. But what do I know? I expected Peyton Manning to be leading the Broncos against the Seahawks. ... What’s the worst thing about the absolute end of the National Football League 2014 season? Nothing. ... Just saw the note about Rod McKuen's passing. My pal Phyl was a fan -- way back in a time when newsrooms had a different sound -- typewriters, not electronics. A more poetic time, I think. Different than today wherever you look. Someday, maybe, I'll write the book. ... Here’s a fun idea my pal Lee Zethraus forwarded -- if you click HERE you’ll see a Park Cities People story revealing that this year Highland Park Village, instead of celebrating Groundhog Day will be celebrating Found Dog Day. If people from Dallas can cross the city limits into Highland Park, the shopping center may not have enough parking.
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