Saturday, August 30, 2008

Making Progress

We are happy to share with you some health-related progress. Our little friend Shadow is healing quite nicely. As some of you may remember, Shadow was pulled from Heard county animal control for another group.


While awaiting transport, last week Shadow's toe swelled many times it's normal size and erupted with infection on the way to the Emergency Vet. Here's what his foot looked like the day after the ER visit.



Our vet inserted a drain in his foot to help with the healing process, and he has been lavished with TLC from his foster home.



Shadow had the drain removed today and is healing quite nicely, all that remains is his vet bills currently close to $750.

Colleen was pulled from the shelter very emaciated, covered in feces and mats so thick, they had to be removed with the clippers.



She is now on a controlled diet plan of many small meals throughout the day to safely help her build back the muscle mass she lost through months of neglect.





Colleen is lucky enough to have a great foster home looking after her instead of boarding. Colleen's tab is $200.



About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Friday, August 29, 2008

It is not all rainbows and puppy kisses-- a week in the life of SSP's Transport Committee

We had so much to tell everyone but with all that was going on we did not have an extra minute to post every single thing that has happened in the past week or so. To begin, we are not sure if everyone knows or not but every single member of SSP on the BOD and the Transport Committee are volunteers. Some of the members work 50+ hours a week and then spend many hours diligently working to get: the SSP Transports on the road, the Spay and Neuter Clinics organized, the Puppy Promises Moms and other pets spayed and neutered. On top of this there are children to feed and to run to activities, there are pets to feed and love, husbands, and parents who need care. There are also illnesses, injuries and other issues life throws in the way but the Transport Committee perseveres, works together, and covers for each other to save as many lives as possible.

Recently, it seems every email we open and every call we answer is bad news, sad news or horrible news. After a while it would crush even the strongest of spirits. The TC is just amazing, they mourn, they cry (even rant a bit) but then for the sake of all the pets they get back to the business of saving lives.

We are not sure where to begin, except to say the highlight of the week was the rescue of Blue and the arrival of Transport #56 in the Northeast. YA GOOD NEWS!!! When Blue was being pulled the volunteer saw Colleen, a horribly emaciated Collie/Golden Mix. She is supposed to weigh 55-60lbs but she clocked in at 32.4lbs. The volunteer broke the rules and pulled Colleen out of the shelter. So far she is doing well but she needs money for her vet care. These were the good things this past week.




It has been a horrible, horrible week of loss for SSP. Someone purposely poisoned two of the Puppy Promises Puppies, six puppies from another litter mysteriously disappeared, an owner gave away two of his litter and another owner gave away one of his, the Rottie Pup did not survive his ordeal and finally a mom, Hazel and her five puppies were pulled from a shelter on their last moment YAY! Great news! But then the ENTIRE!! Family is positive for parvo. Four of the five puppies are surviving but one wee one lost his battle against the deadly disease.

Then the news that is so incredibly heartbreaking that it can not be said without crying, SSP lost our little Hanson. The only saving grace is that Hanson did not die alone; he died in his foster mom�s arms as she told him how much he was loved. The poor little guy was only two of a litter of 8 to survive parvo. His brother went to his rescue but Hanson just was not strong enough. He was under constant vet care to try to figure out what was ailing him. It is so heart breaking to know that all the love in the world and all the medical attention could not save this young life. The entire TC is beyond devastated at his loss. We will not even discuss the mounting medical bills. We are very concerned that we will not be able to do another van after the Sept 9th one due to lack of funds.



And these are just a few stories, there are quite a few more instances of bad news but we feel that these incidents are more than enough to truly explain exactly what the SSP Transport Committee deals with every day.

We want you to know how much we appreciate your support, be it emotional, technical or financial. Knowing there are caring people out there who understand what we do and the toll it takes on every one of us, means more than words can say. You help us to stay strong and to keep going through the tears and the loss.





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pretty Pitty needs our help!



A Saving Shelter Pets volunteer went to Dekalb County Animal Control a couple days ago.  She finds it very hard to walk past the pit bulls knowing that it is very hard to find rescues for them.   We can only save who we can find a place to go.  

A small voice caught her attention.   It was coming from the prettiest and wiggliest pit bull she had ever seen.  She made little noises seeming to say, "Please come Pet Me!"   And so she did.   

And this Pit Bull girl, just 6-8 months old was so kissy, the volunteer let her son hang out in the cage with her. The Pittie girl gave her son a face wash.  She was so happy to have a visitor.  She took this beauty outside to get some good pictures.

She knew it was a long shot, but she just had to ask if there was any way we could help this beauty. You see, what is extra tragic is that the Animal Control is not allowed to adopt Pit Bulls out to local residents.    We truly are this girl's only chance.  There is no chance of adoption.  That being so, she would be euthanized.     We convinced them to give us a chance to take her away from the shelter and give her a chance to live.



Help me please...An SSP rescue said "yes" to me...now can you help me make life possible?

GOAL: $250  
RECEIVED:  $0
NEEDED: $250

DEADLINE (LITERALLY!!)  WEDNESDAY, 4:00 PM





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

One shelter, three endings

On Thursday, three puppies left Heard County Animal Shelter:

The little injured rottie puppy was given away to another group and forced to travel across the state for medical care. We have just learned that the poor pup was deemed too far gone by his vet and caretaker, and was sent across the rainbow bridge.

Unable to leave the shelter empty handed, our volunteer sprung the cocker spaniel pup, and gave a lift to a little black pup headed to another rescue who was slated to die the following day.

Our puppy - Pepper - the cocker spaniel, arrived to foster care happy and healthy with the exception of a wormy belly. Very loving and wiggly, this pup is a good example of everything going right.



The little lab pup is another story...

Listed by the shelter as a 10 week old black lab puppy, Shadow has had a case of mistaken identity as he is truly a 5 month old spaniel mix. Shadow was supposed to be healthy upon arrival and wait for the week to finish out in foster care before moving to his own rescue. But things did not go as planned.




Friday morning during Shadow's walk, our foster mom noticed a limp. Shadow was also running a fever and was rushed to the vet where we discovered a foot infection was causing the limp. Sent home with antibiotics, meds for pain, and a $110 vet bill, we thought Shadow was good to go on to his rescue.

Saturday, Shadow's toe started to swell and change color despite his medications, and Shadow was rushed to the ER vet. In route, his toe erupted with the infection. $470 and 3.5 hours later, Shadow was allowed to go home with his foster mom.



In rescue, things don't always go as planned. The poor rottie pup had us on pins and needles with our vets on standby, and was given to someone else. Shadow only asked for a ride to his rescue, but has become SSP's responsibility as he is too sick to travel and has accumulated over $500 in vet bills.



Not every organization has such steadfast supporters as SSP. Our volunteers go above and beyond for our pets. Left at the shelter, Shadow would not have made it. Even in an experienced and loving foster home, his condition went from mild to emergency over night.

We can only continue forward with your support. Please help us help Shadow, this sweet puppy has come out of his shell despite the obvious pain he is in. All donations are appreciated, and will go toward Shadow's unexpected vet bill.



About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Puppy Promises Pups, All Aboard!

Puppies are coming out of the woodwork in Georgia this summer! Look at all the hopeful furkids looking for a ride on the transport. We have 17 puppies hoping to raise enough funds so that they can pay the bus driver and the vet so they can go to their rescues. We originally had 26 puppies but 2 were poisoned with anti freeze and 7 others have disappeared from the families' yards. So it is very urgent that we get all the surviving puppies on their way to safety.

Please paypal your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations to fundraising@savingshelterpets.com or simply click the link at the bottom of this message.

Every donation is tremendously appreciated and every single dollar helps the puppies and spays their moms AND ALL UNALTERED PETS in the home are spayed or neutered(yes, that includes cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs etc etc)

PLease help us to help these puppies THANK-YOU!





















About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

We are so sorry it has taken us a bit to update everyone on the abused Rottie Pup.
Here is the latest update :-(

We were the first people to have our name on him, our 501(c)3 document is on file but because of politics and grand standing the dog was given to another rescue. We will be keeping tabs on him and our offer to help him stands until we know he is in his forever home.
We are so very concerned for his well being

The volunteers were in their cars to get the pup to the vet ,we had standing by for his emergency surgery and examination, and one was at the shelter when he was told that the Rottie Puppy went to another rescue.
We are still not sure hpw that happened :-(

The volunteer at the shelter said he could not leave empty handed knowing that tomorrow everyone will be euthanized so he pulled the Time Up Cocker Pup and a puppy who needed a ride to another rescue because they could not get the pup until Saturday morning and they were told he would "no longer be available :-( ""

To everyone who donated for the abused Rottie Pup we thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for your outpouring of generosity. You will each be receiving a personal thank-you. Also please if anyone who donated would like their funds applied to May, Maggie, Ramona, Pearl or the Cocker Puppy please let us know. As always if you want to have your donation returned to you it will be done immediately with out any hard feelings whatsoever.


Here is the Cocker Pup




About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.


SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide.
Please see our FAQs for more information.


NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


EMERGANCY: Injured pup needs immediate help!

This baby Rottie is in trouble, and Saving Shelter Pets is going to come to his aid. A family had a litter of pups, and they brought this one to be euthanized because he has an injured eye.

We think someone hurt this poor baby. We need to raise $650 for his care and surgery. He will be going into foster care to save his life until he is well enough to start his new life. PLEASE HELP THIS SWEET ONE!





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pet Abandonment Law Passed in California! Yay!! :)

Great news for pets in California!!! The state just passed a first-of-its-kind pet abandonment law, designed to protect pets that are victims of housing foreclosures. Read on...

ASPCA Victory: First-of-Its-Kind Animal Abandonment Law Passed!

The subprime mortgage crisis that has devastated homeowners and the economy has brought with it a troubling trend: pets abandoned after home foreclosures. Those who assess deserted homes are often directed to leave property—including pets—untouched until the foreclosure process is completed. As a result, many pets have been left to die...

The ASPCA would like to congratulate the California Legislature for addressing this issue with the swift passage of Assembly Bill 2949, which amends California’s Civil Code to require property owners—including banks or other corporate entities—to immediately notify animal control officials when animals are abandoned at foreclosed properties...

AB 2949 was born out of California State Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier’s annual “There Ought to Be a Law ” cont est. Contest winner Sheri Kuticka recognized this tragic consequence of the housing market downturn, and suggested that something be done to help abandoned animals. She, along with the ASPCA and the California Animal Association, cosponsored the legislation, which was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on August 4...

“While pets are mere ‘property’ in the eyes of the law, the difference between a cat and a stereo is self-evident,” says Californian Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations. “Before this law, a lot of well-meaning people’s hands were tied when they found pets in empty homes. Of course, the most important thing is for folks not to abandon their pets in the first place—but at least now, these unlucky animals will have a chance to get the life-saving care they need...

If you might be facing foreclosure, please plan ahead to find suitable solutions for your pets.
And if you live in California, visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to send Governor Schwarzenegger an email thanking him for approving AB 2949 so quickly...






About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Transport #56: And so it begins

It is that time again! Transport #56 is right on the heels of Transport #55, there are many dogs clamoring for a place to call home. Our rescues have already started picking their favorite candidates, but first we have to raise the funds before they can head out. Please consider helping these furkids make the bus on-time.

Pearl

Hurray for hounds! Pearl would love to become a loved family member, and she has the chance to hitch a ride north on the transport, but she will need your help.




Junie

Junie is a lot of dog in a little package. This sweet submissive girl is waiting for a ticket to ride, can you help her?



Maggie & May



Maggie and May are BIG puppies! These girls were the last two pups from a household who surrenered 22 puppies. All they want is a loving home, please help them get there!




About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.


Ditched at the Vet

Ramona thought she had a home that wanted her and would take care of her. At least, they took her to the vet's office, but her "owner" ducked out when it came time to pay and Ramona was looking at a one way ticket to the heart-stick shelter.



Our volunteers mobilized to find this girl a safe place to stay until transport and take care of her medical needs. She has a place to go, she just needs an allowance to cover her stay in boarding, spay, and ticket home.

Spay: $60
Accommodations: $85
Bus Fare to Safety: $75

Total for Ramona: $220





About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.

SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

NOTE: The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.