Abandoned Foreclosure Pets: The Unsuspecting Victims

The surge of housing foreclosures is taking a heavy toll on families across the country, and our pets are paying the biggest price of all.

Last summer one family in northern California lost their home. They hurriedly packed what they'd decided to take with them, and drove to the dump with the rest. There they dropped off an old tired couch, and a brown pit bull mix. For several days the dog waited for her family to return. Tied to the couch she had no choice.When she was finally discovered, she was dehydrated and very tired.

Debbie Eaglebarger, caretaker of the local Corning, California shelter and the one who untied her, gave her something to eat and drink, and named her Summer.

There will always be people like Summer's former owners, who get rid of their dogs thoughtlessly. But Eaglebarger says the number of dogs who've been hastily abandoned due to an eviction or loss of a home is on the rise. "The foreclosure crisis is hitting very hard here," she says.

Summer arrives, Summer turned out to be among the lucky ones. Eaglebarger was able to find the once fearful dog a new home. The pit mix, who has blossomed into a wag-friendly dog, now lives permanently with her new family, a couple, in San Francisco.

Eaglebarger tries to help people on the verge of losing their homes find new ones, and there are options. But she also recommends bring your dog to a shelter if all else fails. "It's much better than leaving your dog on the side of the road to starve, get into a fight, or be hit by a car," she says, "or be thrown in a dump."




Second Chance Pet Rescue
Corning Animal Shelter
4312 Rawson Rd.
Corning, CA 96021
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Humane Society Northwest Montana, Jack Hanna

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Jack Hanna
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Humane Society of Northwest Montana gets a visit from Jack Hanna (Into the Wild) and his wife, Suzi. Jack says this is "the most magnificent Humane Society shelter he has ever seen in the country". We couldn't agree more and we invite you to visit our website and see the wonderful work we do to provide care and shelter to homeless pets.
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Jack Hanna, TV star of Into the Wild, visits our Humane Society facility and talks about the work we do for homeless dogs & cats.
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Footloose Montana

After hearing too many stories about dogs being horribly injured or killed by legal traps on public lands, in the winter of 2007 a group of Montanans who enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, boating and recreating on Montana’s public lands and waterways gathered to discuss how we could help keep those lands safe for people and their pets. Contact Us >>



Every year, thousands of steel-jawed leghold traps, body-crushing Conibear traps and throat-choking snares are legally set on Montana’s public lands—all year long. Hundreds of pets, endangered species and other non-target animals are injured or killed in traps.


Footloose Montana provides information about the threat of trapping to public safety on public lands, and its impact on our natural resources.




Footloose Montana
P.O. Box 1089
Florence, MT 59833

Villalobos Rescue Center for Pit Bulls

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A rescue, rehabilitation and placement facility
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On any given day, VRC has between 150-200 Pit Bulls here at our 10 acre facility. As you can imagine, the costs for running an operation of this magnitude are overwhelming. Our monthly operating expenses have now increased to $15,000.00 and our vet bills stay at an average of $5,000.00.
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Here nestled in the hills of the high desert, those who have suffered in silence will never hear another gun shot or the siren of a pursuing police car. Every night they will fall asleep to the yipping of coyotes and the soothing hoot of the owl. They are safe and content. The only thing missing is a home of their own. Please help us to help them.
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Dogs for Adoption
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Villalobos Rescue Center
P.O. Box 1544
Canyon Country, CA 91386
(661) 268-0555
Tia Maria Torres


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Wild Horse Rescue

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We are dedicated to the preservation of the spirit of the west by saving America's wild heritage, the Mustang. At the center, Mustangs rescued from abuse or neglect are rehabilitated and adopted out to qualifying homes. We have recently acquired 501(c) nonprofit status and will be expanding our facilities and training center.
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We also assist the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) as a safe holding center for reassignment cases.
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Since it's inception six years ago, over sixty Mustangs have been rescued, gentled or owner-mentored. We educate the public to the plight of these magnificent creatures by providing workshops, clinics and lectures. Groups, such as the 4H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts come to learn about the history of Mustangs and observe a horse gentling demonstration. We promote the breed at Bureau of Land Management adoptions, schools, county fairs and wild life festivals.
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Wyomie was the first Mustang to be rescued by WHR. Wyomie is a very special wild horse that was returned back to the wild. She is located at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
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Diane Delano
4970 International Avenue
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Family Dogs New Life ~ No Kill Shelter ~ Portland


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Family Dogs New Life is a no kill dog shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehoming needy dogs regardless of age, breed or history. We take in dogs from Animal Control Agencies and Humane Societies located within the state of Oregon as well as Washington. We also work with many smaller Rescue Groups across the country, as well as a small number of owner surrendered dogs. We specialize in helping dogs that have no other options. This includes dogs that other shelters do not have space for, long term residents who have run out of time and dogs that other shelters may consider ‘unadoptable’.
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Since Family Dogs New Life Shelter began in 2004 we have placed over 6000 dogs into permanent homes and could very possibly have the pet you have been longing for, so come on in and meet some of our furry kids! With your help we hope to continue reducing the number of dogs being euthanized each year by taking in needy dogs, providing them a fun and healthy environment until we are able to find them the perfect forever home. We have high hopes of expanding in the future, one day moving to a new larger facility that better fits our dogs needs and eventually starting a sanctuary in the country to provide refuge for ‘un adoptable’ dogs who have no place else to go….Family Dogs believes in community, and we hope that with your support we can reach these goals. Together we can make a difference.


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We’ve got lots of cool stuff for sale, your purchase of these items helps give our dogs a safe, happy place to live while they’re waiting for their forever home.
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2010 Family Dogs New Life Calendar.
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12 months of beautiful photographs. 12 months of beautiful dogs.
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As always, all proceeds from the sale of this calendar go directly to our shelter. So you can feel great about supporting a wonderful cause, month after month. Order yours Here







These Family Dogs T-Shirts are super cool.
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Click Here to visit our cafepress storefront where we have lots of great Family Dogs New Life products available for purchase online. And once again, all the proceeds from the sale of any of these items help support our shelter.




Would You Like More Information?


We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information about us and our services.
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Family Dogs New Life
9101 SE Stanley Ave
Portland, Oregon
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Noah's Friends Animal Sanctuary



Noah's Friends
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A no-kill shelter located east of Reedley, CA at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.


Although our primary focus is to rescue and re-home dogs, we have been known to also care for more than a few cats too!
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We are an all-volunteer organization open by appointment only.
If you are interested in adopting a dog, please browse our Petfinders listings and contact us by email, or by phone at (559) 626-0738.
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A non-profit animal rescue organization composed exclusively of volunteers, with an office on the grounds of the Alameda County Fairmont Animal Shelter in San Leandro, Ca (located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area)




Volunteer & Donation Opportunities at FOFAS

If you love animals, FOFAS has the volunteer opportunity that's just right for you! Below is one example of a way you can help by filling currently open volunteer positions:

Dog Fosters We need dog fosters, so more shelter dogs can make it safely to new adoptive homes.
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Cat and Kitten Fosters: Spring and Summer are a busy time for the shelter. Kitten season is upon us and we need people to help care for and socialize the kittens to get them ready for adoption.
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Cat Photographers: Love animals? Love photography? Why not combine the two? FOFAS is looking for someone to take pictures and write bios of incoming cats for our website. Flexible schedule, requiring approximately 2-4 hours a week.

Dog Photographer: If you enjoy the antics of doggies hamming it up for the camera, here's a great way to spend a few hours every other Sunday. Dog photographers work with another (experienced!) volunteer to photograph incoming dogs for publicity/web site posting, then crop and/or edit the photos at home and email them to other volunteers for posting.
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Monetary donations of any amount are always gratefully accepted, or consider donating some wet kitten food to help us feed the many kittens coming through the shelter this summer. FOFAS gratefully accepts donations of UNOPENED cans or bags of food (our shelter veterinarian requests that we not accept opened bags of food). You may drop the food off at the shelter or consider a Petsmart gift card.



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2700 Fairmont Drive
San Leandro, California
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(Located next to the Animal Shelter. Follow the green paw prints down to the volunteer office.)
Please call prior to going to the volunteer office to make sure a volunteer is present to help you.
Phone Number: (510) 352-0598 or (510) 667-7736
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The Shelter Pet Project

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The Shelter Pet Project (SPP), a PSA campaign aimed at increasing the rate of shelter pet adoption in the US by dispelling myths about these lovable animals - which keep many from finding homes.
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In addition, the interactive Shelter Pet Project website has some great adoption resources that you can check out, like a Pet Personals matching questionnaire and e-cards to send to friends and family.TheShelterPetProject.org
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Ben's Place is a No Kill Animal Shelter

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Ben's Place is a No Kill animal shelter & pet rescue organization. We are located in Holmes County, Florida. We are always in need of volunteers, donations and families that are willing to adopt these beautiful animals and give them loving, caring homes.
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Ben's Place is a No Kill dog shelter & rescue organization that specializes in canine adoptions. We offer a safe environment for abandoned, stray and unwanted dogs.
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Our 80 acre no kill shelter in Holmes County Florida gives the dogs plenty of room to run, play, socialize and just be dogs. We are currently the only dog shelter and rescue group in Holmes County Florida.
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All donations to Ben's Place go to the care of the dogs living at our shelter and for the upkeep and/or any improvements needed to the shelter itself. All money donated by sponsors go to supporting the individual animal the sponsor chose when making his or her donation.

All money donated to Ben's Place is invested in the welfare and health of the stray, lost and abandoned dogs in our community. Ben's Place is a Not For Profit dog rescue shelter.
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Animal Shelters

The AnimalShelter.org

web site was created in an effort to place homeless animals throughout the United States.


These animals are often located in one of thousands of animal shelters and rescue’s throughout the Country which offer a temporary placement while a loving family is found.


At the AnimalShelter.org we provide a database of animals which will allow you to search for your next pet based on animal type, breed, size, gender and location.

You can also search through our growing directory which now includes, animal shelters, lost, found or adoptable pets, pet meds, dog parks, and hundreds of frequently asked questions. If you would like to make a gift or support our cause please purchase a ribbon from our animal shelter support page.


Remember adopting a pet is saving a life.

Animal Rescue Team

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"What is a man without the beasts?
If all the beasts were gone, man would die of a great lonlieness of the spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man."



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Animal Rescue Team is entirely commited to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orpahned abused and neglected animals and wildlife. Your gift allows us to better serve the community and to provide medical care for animals in need.
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All A.R.T. Inc. rescues are treated by Dr. Sheri Macveigh D.V.M. and Dr. Leticia Obledo D.V.M. of Solvang Veterinary Hospital. 2025 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463. (805) 688-6484.

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kinshipcircle.org

dogsindanger.com

resqcats.org

allforanimals.com

pet-abuse.com

solvangveterinaryhospital.com

returntofreedom.com

ifaw.org

bigcatrescue.org

worldwildlife.org

wspa-international.org

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Wild Horses Montana ~ Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Refuge


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In September, 1968, Secretary of State Stewart Udall announced the creation of the Wild Horse Refuge in the Pryor mountains. Through the diligent efforts of the Lovell, Wyoming Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Association, and many other concerned citizens, this area was set aside to help preserve the unique breed of American mustang found here. Spotted by Native Americans long before the arrival of European settlers, wild horses can still be seen by visitors.
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A group of wild stallions might be a stubborn bunch, but no moreso than a lone wild stallion protecting his harem of mares.
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Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary ~ Montana

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The Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Montana rescues and shelters disabled animals. Every animal who arrives at the sanctuary gets another chance to have a safe and loving home.
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The sanctuary is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that is supported entirely by private contributions. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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Animal Rescue Inc. A Sanctuary for Life

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Pet of the Week

"Muffin"

Look at that face!Age: 5 yrs
Hello I'm Muffin!

I was just sprung from a puppymill. This is nice not being in a small cage. I kinda like it here but I am sure from what they tell me about a "real" home, I will like it there even better. I am 5 yrs old and have had umpteen puppies. (yeah, that is the life of a puppymill girl). I would love for someone to dote their time and love on me. Please come meet me!!!






A forever home for the homeless

Animal Rescue Inc.
2 Heritage Farm Drive
New Freedom, PA 17349


Visit our website: www.AnimalRescueInc.org
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717-993-3232


Animal Rescue was founded in 1976, by Grace Froelich as a result of being given the alternative to either give up her beloved cat or face eviction. Grace's philosophy is that an animal is a companion pet that is a member of the family, and deserves the same respect and considerations.

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Animal Rescue, Inc is set up to a forever home for the homeless. Grace stands by her initial mission that they will never be homeless again. There will always be a home at the farm for them. Hopefully, they will find a conventional home to be a part of a loving family but if they never find a home, they can live as part of the Animal Rescue family.
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Animal Rescue is dedicated to these animals that are waiting for a home or never find a home.
Animal Rescue, Inc. consists of two locations: A cattery in the Putty Hill area of Baltimore MD, and a 33 acre farm located in PA at the MD border just off route I-83.
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Public Safety,Dogs,Cats,Companion Animals,and Pets. Beware of the Trap

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P.O. Box 1089
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Footloose Montana provides information about the threat of trapping to public safety on public lands, and its impact on natural resources.

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Every year, thousands of steel-jawed leghold traps, body-crushing Conibear traps and throat-choking snares are legally set on Montana’s public lands—all year long. Hundreds of pets, endangered species and other non-target animals are injured or killed in traps.

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After hearing too many stories about dogs being horribly injured or killed by legal traps on public lands, in the winter of 2007 a group of Montanans who enjoy hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, boating and recreating on Montana’s public lands and waterways gathered to discuss how we could help keep those lands safe for people and their pets. Contact Us >>
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Whitefish Montana dog park

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Hugh Rogers Wag Park
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Brought to you by Whitefish Animal Group


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This Dog Park is the northwest part of Armory Park, behind the skateboard park.
It’s free and open to all dogs in the Flathead Valley and their owners. Bring current rabies vaccinations and a license, which is a city requirement for dogs to play within the park.

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The proposed area, which includes an existing pond, will be completely fenced , with access gates, bag dispensers, waste disposal receptacles, accessible pathways, benches, and two-part drinking fountain for dogs and their human companions. The plan also includes temporary fencing within the circumference of the enclosed Dog Park, designed to separate a larger portion for active, well-socialized dogs from a smaller section for small, less-active or shy animals. This feature will also allow field restoration and maintenance.

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The Whitefish Animal Group would greatly appreciate any help that you can give.
Donations of both time and money are needed and would be very much appreciated.

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Thank you for your support.

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If you would like to donate using a check or money order,
please make your payment payable to:

W.A.G. Inc
PO Box 1690
Whitefish, Montana 59937

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Speak Up - Super Snacks Flax, Peach and Blueberry.

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Speak Up! Super Snacks!
Brought to you by Traci Suzanne Marvel

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Dogs steal my heart.

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I love them all, and if I could, I would bring home every abandoned, caged and abused dog in the world!

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But since that is impossible, I do what I can for my local animal Shelter in Eureka, MT which happens to be in desperate need of a new shelter.

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Thankfully, a local couple in our community donated the land, but it appears that to erect the facility will cost another $100,000. I donate both my time and artwork when I can to The Friends of the Shelter.

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Speak Up! Super Snacks are made with
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Ingredients: Love, Whole Wheat Flour, Flax Seed, Peaches, Blueberries, Honey, Canola Oil, Egg, Vanilla, Cinnamon

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I will donate all profits that come from the sale of these biscuits to
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I sell them in my Etsy store and all sales go to help the shelter.

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Click here to learn more about the Friends of the Shelter

Friends of the Shelter
PO Box 1815,
Eureka MT, 59917-1815

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(406) 297-PETS (7387)

Thank you Traci Suzanne Marvel For your contributions to life.
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SpokAnimal, Spokane Washington, 509-534-8133

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WHO WE ARE & WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.
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SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. is non-profit organization dedicated to the placement, protection and health of animals through legislation, education and programs.
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Click below to view a beautiful promotional videocreated by Kristen & Jeff Faulkner, music by Kathy Hussey
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SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. was incorporated in 1983 and has operated an adoption center and contracted for Animal Control for the City of Spokane since that time.
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SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supported by the generosity of our members.You can help us help the animals through:
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Donate pet food/supplies, blankets, towels
Fundraising projects
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We currently handle over 700 animals per month. The animals in our Adoption Center are a combination of strays and owner turn-ins. Animals may be turned in for a variety of reasons, but national statistics show that the #1 reason for owner release or euthanasia is behavior, usually caused by lack of training, supervision and socialization. Our officers investigate reports of cruelty and neglect.
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Our shelter staff are dedicated to helping people better understand their pets and encourage all families to attend obedience classes following the adoption of their new dog. Spokane Dog Training Club and Diamonds in the Ruff have generously contributed certificates for reduce cost training classes.
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Spay or Neuter your Pet. Stop the Littering

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Last year five million unwanted pets were put to death in U.S. shelters.
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That’s 13,000 every day, 575 dogs and cats killed every hour.Spay, Neuter, Adopt .... Be part of the solution.
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Spay Washington is a statewide referral network for low cost spay/neuter services. Participating veterinarians or clinics lower their prices an average of 15-50% for our clients.
Many people in Washington are unable to afford to spay or neuter their pets, even though they want to do the right thing for their pets and their communities.
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Cats and dogs can't drive to the clinic -- they need a little help getting spayed and neutered. Music video created by Alliance for Humane Action (AHA!)
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Animal Rescue "Click Here to Give - it's FREE"

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The Animal Rescue Site focuses the power of the Internet on a specific need — providing food for some of the 27 million unwanted animals given to shelters in the U.S. every year. Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the U.S. alone because they are abandoned and unwanted.



Each click on the purple "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button at The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for a rescued animal living in a shelter or sanctuary.


Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need at the Fund for Animals' renowned animal sanctuaries (including Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in California), pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation , North Shore Animal League , and other worthy animal care facilities supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation.



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4 Crazy Dogs advocates the adoption of shelter and rescue pets.

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4 Crazy Dogs advocates the adoption of shelter and rescue pets (cats and dogs) and the proper care and treatment of pets through designs aimed at promoting awareness.
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Major pet welfare issues such as spaying and neutering, the banning of puppymills, and the importance of senior and special needs pet adoption are covered. Speak out without making a sound!
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4 Crazy Dogs is the home of the exclusive Prayer of Cage #275 shirt sought by shelter and rescue workers and volunteers nationwide. Also, visit our online store for the cat version, called Prayer of Cage #367.

"God bless the dogs and cats who wait in cages for an end...to life or to waiting, but an end nonetheless... for they are the embodiment of our carelessness, our self-centered nature, our greed, our irresponsibility... our cruelty. They are the spoils of war. And they are better people than most of us will ever be."

(Jill Cape, copyright 2004)




How to save a Life

Spay or Neuter your Pet. Prevent over population.

Stop the Madness

Save A Life, Adopt a Shelter Dog or Cat

Sarah McLachlan SPCA Commercial

wwwBeTheAnswer.ca or 1-800-605-4375 for more info
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Even if you can't donate money, at least make an effort to Voulenteer at your local humane society, walking dogs...ANYTHING! $18.00 a month is not asking much. People need to stop being so selfish .
Animal abusers become human abusers. Unfortunately, in our society, it takes a celebrity to bring horrendous incidents to the forefront. Thanks, Sarah, for your time. You are my heroine, and you are preventing animal suffering, more than you will ever know.
End the Madness

Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center





Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center,

one of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy.

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Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes. Located in Huntington, Little Shelter is the only animal organization outside New York City that is a member of the Mayor's Alliance.








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33 Warner Road

Huntington, NY 11743



631-368-8770



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Little Shelter recently began the long process that will establish a one hundred acre animal sanctuary in Upstate New York. This state-of-the-art facility will provide lifetime care for unwanted pets that, for medical or behavioral reasons, are more difficult to adopt into a regular home situation.

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The first residents of the sanctuary are dogs that have been in residence at our Huntington facility for a long period of time. Many of these dogs have been passed over for adoption or were adopted and returned for behavioral or medical reasons. These animals -- some as young as two years old -- cannot be expected to live out their lives in a shelter environment with limited space.

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At the sanctuary, our dogs will have more room, less stress, and will undergo continual training, socialization, and rehabilitation with the hope they will someday find an adoptive home. No kennels or cages will be used to house animals and a resident staff will provide 24-hour care. The dogs will reside in apartment style rooms with a home-like atmosphere. Each dog's needs will be met daily through exercise, training, and love.

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Funding and corporate sponsorship is still being sought for completion of the facility's construction.

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The sanctuary provides needed space for animals that may never be adopted or are not suited for the shelter environment at the Long Island location. This allows Little Shelter-Huntington to focus its resources and operate more as an adoption center rather than a lifetime holding facility for difficult-to-adopt animals.

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Our sanctuary is very small, housing 11 dogs, which enables us to give these dogs individualized daily attention. We are filled to capacity and not taking in any dogs. The dogs that do go to the sanctuary are dogs that have resided at Little Shelter Adoption Center and are deemed "no longer adoptable" due to behavior issues.

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Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center

33 Warner Road,
Huntington, NY 11743,



631-368-8770


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Petfinder.com Partners with friends of the shelter

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Petfinder is working with Friends of the Shelter and the Tobacco Valley Animal Shelter to help find forever homes for the dogs and cats and other animals.




PetFinder.com has a good record for online pet adoptions. Enjoy this article by Marti Attoun


PetFinder.com

by Marti Attoun


Maisey's green eyes beckon in the photo of her online profile. She likes quiet conversation, has a charming personality and enjoys cuddling. She's even housebroken.



The gray tabby cat is among 200,000 homeless pets seeking human companions at Petfinder.com, a searchable database of cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, horses, hamsters, pigs, iguanas, llamas and more at 9,000 animal shelters nationwide.



Thanks to Betsy and Jared Saul of Pittstown, N.J., founders of Petfinder.com, these animals have a face and a voice. The matchmakers have been responsible for more than 7 million pet adoptions in the past decade.



"They're pioneers and innovators," says Rich Avanzino, an animal-welfare advocate in Alameda, Calif. "The beauty of Petfinder is that it levels the playing field for grassroots shelters in small towns with the big metropolitan shelters."



This means that Clinker, a congenial bluetick coonhound in off-the-beaten-path Mountainburg, Ark. (pop. 682), gets the same exposure and chance of finding a home as a big-city hound when more than 6 million people visit Petfinder.com each month.



Online adoptions
The Sauls started Petfinder.com in December 1995 as a New Year's resolution to help homeless animals. They were driving to dinner and discussing ways to use the Internet.



"I said, 'You know this could be huge for animal shelters,'" says Betsy, 37, who always has had a tender heart for animals. At age 12, she spent her weekends volunteering with an animal-rescue group in Joplin, Mo. (pop. 45,504).



The Sauls envisioned a free online database where people could find and adopt pets from shelters and animal rescue groups. Jared, a radiologist at Herndon Medical Center in Flemington, N.J. (pop. 4,200), was in medical school at the time. He had been teaching himself computer languages since age 13 and was up to speed on the technology.



Betsy had goose bumps when they vowed to create their matchmaking website, imagining how many people could find loving companions. That weekend, Jared wrote a computer program for the service and Betsy started contacting shelters in New Jersey. They didn't have a fax machine, but a neighbor lent his so that 13 shelters in the state could provide information on animals available for adoption. Betsy typed in the information and scanned photos to post on the website.



"We began receiving testimonials from the shelters and adopters right away," says Jared, 36. By the end of the year, a thousand people were visiting the site daily and shelters reported that adoptions were skyrocketing because of Petfinder.com. More and more shelters were becoming members.



In August 1998, the Sauls decided to expand the service to animal shelters nationwide. Betsy gave up her job as an urban forester to run Petfinder.com full time.



The couple set a lofty goal: to arrange 5 million animal adoptions within five years.



Happy Tales



Tales of happy matches abound from adopters like Tyler Harnish, 12, of Dansville, N.Y. (pop. 4,832).



"One of my friends had a ferret, so I already knew they were cute and adorable," says Tyler, who with his brother, Zachary, 9, checked Petfinder.com for about a month before adopting a ferret from the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in Fairport, N.Y. (pop. 5,740). The boys named their pet Timone.



"You hold Timone up to your face and he kisses you," Tyler says. "I put him on a leash and take him to soccer games. He's our mascot."



People can search for a pet by kind, breed, size, age or location. Each animal has a snapshot and background story, if known, with a personality description. Some animals end up in shelters as a result of the owner's lifestyle change, such as a divorce, relocation or move to a nursing home. Others have been abused or abandoned.



Adoption fees vary with each shelter and may cover medical treatment and other expenses. Petfinder.com doesn't charge adopters or shelters, but is supported by advertisers including Purina and PETCO.



"For the service to be free, it's just fabulous," says Bambi Haywood, president of the King George Animal Rescue League in King George, Va. "We could not exist without Petfinder." Volunteer rescuers in the village of 450 organized in 1998 and foster animals in their homes until they are adopted.



"We get a lot of puppies and we post them online, and we get calls from as far south as Florida and as north as Vermont," Haywood says.



Natasha Kemp of Cookeville, Tenn. (pop. 23,923), planned to spend several hundred dollars for a pricey purebred pup until she heard about Petfinder.com. "I hadn't even thought about a shelter dog," Kemp says. Then she clicked and stared into the eyes of a fluffy white dog at the Humane Association of Wilson County in Lebanon, Tenn. (pop. 20,235).



"I found myself going back to his picture over and over again," says Kemp, 24. "Here was this little dog who just wanted one person to want him." Two hours before the shelter closed, she drove an hour to see him.



"He's absolutely adorable," Kemp says about Charley, the wheaten-terrier mix she adopted for $75. "He loves swimming in the lake and walking in the park. Life without Charley is unthinkable."



Perfect match
The number of miles between the adopter and the adored pet usually isn't a problem. Sharon Shadduck of Vestal, N.Y. (pop. 26,535), and her daughter, Olivia, 11, searched for a dog after their Labrador retriever, Jake, died of cancer. They set their hearts on finding a Great Pyrenees and even settled on his name, Luca.



A few months into their search, Sharon opened an e-mail from Petfinder.com and couldn't believe her eyes.



"There he was—a 5-month-old pure Pyrenees already named Luca," Shadduck says. The puppy was 850 miles away at Jennifer's Rescues in Chattanooga, Tenn., but Shadduck made the 15-hour drive to pick up the family's new pet.



"I knew the minute I saw him that he was the one," she says.
The Sauls are heartened that so many homeless animals are getting the attention and affection they deserve. "All these animals are waiting to enrich our lives," Jared says. "They're good companions. Kids who have a hard time bonding get help with a pet. People heal faster with pets."



Like millions of other pet lovers, the Sauls have opened their own hearts and home to animals whose profiles were posted on Petfinder.com. The couple's 65-acre farm is home to a menagerie, including four elderly horses, Dot, Harper, Mort and Tina; a blind pony, Pony Baloney; two goats, Biscuit and Macy; a sheep, Angus; and two dogs, Kobie and Sophie.



Caring for the pets is a welcome break for Betsy after directing 25 employees across the United States from her home-based office. Petfinder.com, which has grown into a multimillion-dollar business through the sale of online advertising and merchandising, now employs computer programmers and Web designers, help-desk people and staff members who work with animal shelters, corporate sponsors and the media.



After a long day at the computer, Betsy leads a 36-year-old crippled horse named Dot from the barn to a spacious pasture. "Look how straight this girl is walking," she brags.



When Betsy finishes feeding the animals, she plops on the floor to rest and Kobie scrambles onto her lap where he gets smothered with kisses. The dog gazes at Betsy with adoring eyes.
It's another perfect match, courtesy of Petfinder.com.



Visit http://www.petfinder.com/ to find a pet of your own.



by Marti Attoun