EDITION OF THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015 (PetPowellPress) -- We’re going to talk Tyler cats, other critters, rescues and opportunities today. And we’ll mention the Dallas Zoo and Tom Brady in contemplations.
Right now we’ll explain why my hands are shaking over the keys. Has to do with exercise. Was in Kiest Park walking for 40 minutes on Wednesday afternoon and the bottom line is it felt just like Texas -- not the one we saw in May with all that -- what was that stuff? oh, yeah, rain -- but the one we usually get this time of year. It felt good. But my attitude was assisted by the fact that I knew there’d be air-conditioning at the end of the hike.
No, that is not a photograph of me as I finished the walk in 100-degree temp. I was looking for evidence of an outbreak of Canine Summer Tongue Syndrome at Dallas Animal Services and clicked onto the adoptables at the DAS website. There I found this dog Bonnie giving it the ol’ “My dish is empty; feed me; look how cute I am upside down” effort to get some grub. And maybe we can even use that look to get someone to adopt her. She ‘s A846624 at DAS. Half off in July. Said to be a “spayed female, and and white Collie-Smooth mix.” Whatever she is, “cute” fits.
THE SPCA GETS THE ANIMALS IN COURT, NEEDS FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE EFFORT
That headline is a simplification of things, but, basically, that’s the story.
You remember that on July 23, the SPCA and the Ellis County Sheriff combined to confiscate 72 animals from a cruelty situation in Ellis County. In court Wednesday in Waxahachie, the SPCA was awarded the animals AND $18,309 in restitution from the person who’d let this happen to the animals. The SPCA kindly says it “does not actually expect to receive any of this money to help offset costs.” [LARRY ASIDE: Yeah, the SPCA will start getting restitutions the day Sports Illustrated puts me in a swimsuit on its cover.]
See how to support the SPCA’s rescue efforts at spca.org.
Interesting sentence in the news release: “Seven dogs have already been reunited with their owners and the SPCA of Texas will work to facilitate any other reunions between pets and their owners.” Sixty-eight dogs, three cat and a bird were recovered. Twenty dead dogs were found on the property.
This big dog is Hope -- she’s missing, last seen in the 1600 block of Tantor Road in northeast Dallas, west of I-35E. Heather Jones wrote, “I’m almost crying too hard to post this. During a walk this evening (Tuesday), Hope slipped out of her harness and took off.”
Hope has a history of being hard to catch. Won’t fall for traps. Had to be DARTED!"
If you know her whereabouts, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817-703-4079. Read her story and see video and photos HERE. Heather has it posted NOT to collect money, she says, but so people can read Hope's story and see the video of the dog's challenges before she escaped. And Heather urges that anyone who sees her should take a phone photo and contact her immediately. “Do not chase her...she will not come to you even if you have a steak in your lap. If we see her, we will get a professional to help us.”
THE TYLER CATS
Earlier in the week we focused on a three-legged, one-eyed cat in Tyler named Stanford. He’s in need of a home and while we described him as being in the care of the SPCA of East Texas, we oversimplified things and, thankfully, Heather Nash was able to help us straighten things out AND let us know about other animals that need some rescuing.
Heather’s a volunteer for the O’Malley Alley Cat Organization in Tyler. And she linked us to O’Malley Director Judith Carnes who tipped us to some more animals besides the enchanting Stanford.
The SPCA of East Texas and O’Malley Alley Cat are partners with the SPCA focusing on dogs mostly and O’Malley being a cat rescue, describing itself as “the only rescue dedicated to cats in Tyler.” [LARRY DISCLOSURE: I was once a feature writer for the Tyler Morning Telegraph and the afternoon Courier-Times which vanished in 1995 -- yeah I worked in the era of PM papers. But that stint in the late 1960s is why I fell in love with Tyler and its roses.]
Back to Judith who explained, “A couple of months ago, one of our O’Malley Alley Cat – Tyler fosters agreed to take in a semi-feral mom and her 3 kittens, when the kittens were about a week old. Mama was a long haired black and white beauty who made little progress while in a home environment, so she was fixed and released into a controlled setting. She tested FIV+, as did her 3 offspring. We lost the little male kitten at about 8 weeks. His intestines were not fully formed or were formed incorrectly and he had severe, horrible problems. The two young girls have flourished in their foster home and are loving, silly, playful girls. They do tend to have goopy eyes at times and have been on antibiotics off and on, which seems to help.
“Here’s the deal: We are in Tyler, Smith County, Texas, with a population of 260,000+ people and one city “temporary” shelter with housing for maybe 20 cats and we are the only cat rescue in town. We have very few adoptions for our beautiful “normal” cats, and these two girls have little to no chance of finding homes here. They are about 13 weeks now and current on vaccines. We can send a donation to help with spays and send HomeAgain microchips, if another rescue can take them. Our foster is having ‘semi-permanent company’ arriving on August 14 and will need the room that is now occupied by the girls.”
To help these two kittens or to help Sanford or any other O’Malley cat, email Judith at
LOOKING FOR A HOME FOR BUDDY
Karen Lee, the noted animal advocate who created barkleyworld.com, forwarded this story of older guy Buddy from Tammy Geisler.
Buddy needs “a new foster or adoptive home ASAP. He is a super sweet 12.5 years old and believed to be a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd mix. He is approximately 50 pounds. He loves attention and to be loved. He is a very calm dog. He is house trained and crate trained although current foster puts him up in bed to sleep with her. He likes toys and chew treats. Buddy does okay with other dogs and cats but is elderly so does not love the rambunctious nature of young puppies trying to play with him. He tolerates it but is a little grumpy. He has some joint pain and is on glucosamine so would prefer a home where he does not have a lot of stairs.
Buddy is current on all shots. He is heartworm positive but on Heartguard preventative. Vet does not recommend treatment as Buddy does not exhibit any symptoms. He also has several lipomas (fatty tissue tumors which are benign). Vet has indicated that there is no need to remove these.”
Yes, there is a real heartbreaking explanation for why this dog needs a new home: “Buddy has lived with his mom most of his life. She recently had to move to an old person facility that only allows dogs up to 20 pounds.”
Offer to help Buddy by emailing email@example.com.
AVAILABLE MANGE DOGS IN OKLAHOMA
Remember those mangy puppies Burns Flat, Okla., rescuer Terry Lynn Fisher pulled out of the weeds on the side of a road in a rural area of the western section of the Sooner State? Ugly photos.
Here they are now. Active, not sickly.
“This week, they are done,” Terry Lynn says. “They are no longer contagious. They are healing and trusting people. They are playing like little puppies should be. So now, I am looking for rescue so these little ones can have a chance at finding a good and loving forever home. ... They appear to be little terrier mix babies, will be medium size.
“ I have no place for 6 dogs, so they will continue to be boarded... that alone has already cost over $2000, and adds up $84 a day.”
Help these pups by emailing Terry Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org .
LOTS AND LOTS OF CATS AND DOGS ON THE URGENT LIST AT CARROLLTON
You can see the “urgents” in the Carrollton Shelter by going HERE. Offer to help by calling Carrolton Animal Rescue Enterprise at 972-466-3420 or emailing email@example.com.
That’s Sissy the Dog on the left and Precious the Cat on the right.
Two great faces on the urgents list.
CONTEMPLATIONS: We can't be anything but upset about the death of the Dallas Zoo's baby giraffe, Kipenzi (Swahili for "Loved one," the zoo announced in April. Kipenzi died by running into a wall. FIVE YEARS AGO THIS MONTH AT THE DALLAS ZOO A ZEBRA DIED by running into a wall. You may remember it. Here’s a quote from the Big Paper Downtown’s July 14, 2010, story: "On Saturday morning, something, we don't know what, startled the zebra and it broke its neck running into a wall of the holding area," said Lynn Kramer, deputy zoo director. Channel 5 (KXAS) examines the Zoo’s record HERE. Don't know anything about designing a zoo, but could wall design be a problem? ... Is it conceivable that New England quarterback Tom Brady didn’t destroy his cell phone to hide his exchanges from the NFL but to hide other exchanges that he didn’t want seen by someone who might be kin to him by marriage? ... Time is moving so swiftly this year that you’d think Congress, with all the wisdom it shows in changing the time twice a year, would simply declare that we’ll have two Julys in 2015. The electric company would probably enjoy that.
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