Our Weekend Adoption Center – A Magical Place

Not convinced about volunteering and helping out at your local shelter or rescue?  Please read this story shared by Larry from Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary and you’ll see part of the reason that makes rescues and shelters such a magical places!

“There is one more very important point I would like to make regarding the ‘Passion’  behind what we do here.  For many years we celebrated the number of adoptions we had.  We looked forward to filing the new vacancies with more surrendered cats and kittens.  This was always a measure of our success.
Then it occurred to us one day what was really being accomplished.

During one of our in-store adoption events at the Fayetteville Arkansas Petco Store, a young family entered the store. That Saturday afternoon was obscure and uneventful until the young girl and her parents approached us. The youngster quietly asked if she could hold one of our kittens. Her parents, standing behind her, looked at us and nodded with approval.

We opened the cage door and gently handed the young girl a 12 week old kitten.  It may have been the very first time she had actually held a live, breathing and moving animal.  We watched as her small hands trembled with some uncertainty.  Her shy and somewhat frightened look gradually turned to an innocent but pleasant smile.  She looked to her parents for approval.  They returned the smile and a few minutes later adopted the young kitten.

It was not until that Saturday afternoon several years ago that we realized we were doing so much more than saving lives and finding homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens.  We were playing a role, along with their parents, in teaching children some of the most important values they will carry with them all their lives.  We are taking part in teaching compassion, responsibility, and a love for all of God’s precious creatures.  Sure, we just ‘had another adoption.’
But what did we really accomplish?
We are also impacting families, changing lives, touching the hearts and minds of children and giving them the positive values they will carry with them their entire life.”

BECKETT new family

Beckett with his new family

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Warner needs you NOW and on #GivingTuesday

 

WARNER 11-20-17

Not feeling well, Warner
snuggles warmly in foster mom’s arms.

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Will you join us with your donation to Warner’s medical expenses?

 

This year, #GivingTuesday will take place on November 28, 2017 – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – and harness the power of social media to create a national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping. We invite you to join the movement and share in the spirit of giving this year by showing your support for K-9 Angels Rescue.  Give early and generously for this #GivingTuesday and help us reach our goal of $7,000 for Warner.
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Hi!  My name is Warner, and I sure am lucky K-9 Angels found me.  My foster mom had no idea how sick I was when she first pulled me from the shelter.  I had eye infections, ear infections, gum infections that would require almost half my teeth be removed, skin infections including staph and yeast, a suspected inguinal hernia (which turned out to be a tumor), luxating patella, and possible hip problems from being hit by a car.
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It’s been over 6 weeks since I became an Angel, and I’ve been on more medications than I can count: several different antibiotics, anti-inflammatory meds, anti-fungal medicine, a couple different steroids, and some different pain medications.  Even though I didn’t enjoy getting poked, prodded, bathed and stuffed full of pills every day, I never gave foster mom one ounce of trouble.  She says I’m the sweetest boy ever and so happy to be alive!
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I just recently became healthy enough for my first surgery on my teeth and to remove my tumor.  Luckily, my doctor said there’s nothing to worry about – it was just a huge fatty mass!  Unfortunately, my recovery has been really painful.  My knees and hips are the next issues to be addressed; we’ll find out more about treating those soon.
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I sure am glad the Angels found me when they did.  I know I wouldn’t be alive without the help of a lot of people.  I still have so much love to give, thank you for helping me!
W A R N E R

WARNER 11-19-17

K-9 Angels Rescue is joining #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners — charities and nonprofits, schools, businesses, families and individuals — to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support, and to help create a better world.

Will you join us with your donation to Warner’s medical expenses?
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The Empty Shelter Project – December 9th

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The Empty Shelter Project is having another spay and neuter event on December 9th in La Porte, Texas where roughly 300 dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped at NO cost to their owners.

To make these events happen, we must have veterinarians and veterinary technicians.  If you are a vet or a vet tech interested in helping us combat the issue of pet overpopulation in Houston, please send an e-mail to: miller@theemptyshelterproject.org
and we can get you signed up to help (payment is available for all vets and techs).

Even if you cannot attend this event, send an e-mail so you can be contacted for future events.

If you are not a vet or a vet tech and would like to help,
we still need more volunteers!
There are multiple shifts available both on the day of the event
and on the days leading up to the event.

The link to sign up is: http://signup.com/go/yDFoYPQ

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Foster Homes Desperately Needed

HELP!!!
We are in desperate need of foster homes this week!!!  Many of our our regular fosters are traveling which means these dogs have nowhere to go!!!

If you are in town and really want to teach the value of Thanksgiving, why not open your home to a dog or two?  They will be forever thankful to you. It’s just one week.

We will not be saving any more lives until these dogs have fosters. I t’s just one week.  We provide everything you need if you just provide the home.

Text (713) 894-9825 if you can open your home to a dog in need for just one week.

Please help us.

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What All Dogs Need Daily, yet It’s Widely Ignored

walk your dog

By Dr. Becker

October 1 to 7 is National Walk Your Dog Week, and was started in 2010 to increase awareness of canine obesity (over 50 percent of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese) as well as the behavioral problems that can arise when dogs don’t get enough exercise and mental stimulation. Sadly, the majority of dogs in shelters are surrendered due to behavioral problems.

Dogs are natural athletes, and in addition, most were (and many still are) bred with a specific purpose in mind, for example, sporting, working, hunting or herding. As a result, your canine companion, whether he’s a purebred or a mixed breed, carries genetic traits that drive him to pursue an active lifestyle.

Unfortunately, many family dogs don’t get opportunities to do what their breed instincts tell them to do. In addition, most dogs won’t exercise consistently without an incentive, and most backyards don’t provide enough sensory stimulation to ward off boredom indefinitely.

Bottom line, today’s dogs need regular walks with their humans for both exercise and mental stimulation. They need (and love) to get outdoors, sniff, interact with their environment, exercise and socialize.

Many dog owners are very conscientious about walking their pets, but many others aren’t. Perhaps you’re a dog parent who doesn’t walk your pet at all, or doesn’t do it routinely. Maybe you don’t make the most of your walks, or maybe you avoid the activity altogether because your dog has terrible leash manners.

First Things First: Training Your Dog to Wear a Collar, Harness and Leash

The best way to develop a healthy, positive, consistent dog walking habit is when your pet is a puppy. As soon as her immune system is strong enough to protect her from disease (discuss this with your veterinarian if you’re not sure on the timing), she’s good to go.

Your pup should already have her own secure-fitting collar or harness and ID tag, and she should be comfortable wearing it before you attempt to take her for walks. Some puppies have no problem wearing a collar right from the very beginning; others need a short period of adjustment.

If your dog is fighting her collar, as long as you’re sure it isn’t too tight (you should be able to easily slip your fingers under it) or uncomfortable for some other reason, distract her from fussing with it until she gets used to it. It shouldn’t take more than a day or two for her to forget she’s even wearing it.

If you plan to use a head halter or harness for walks (which I recommend for any dog at risk of injury from pulling against a collar/leash combination), the next step is to get puppy comfortable wearing it. As with the collar, this needs to happen before you attempt to attach a leash and head out the door.

I recently attended the International Association of Canine Professionals conference in St. Louis where I fell in love with the K9 Lifeline Transitional Leash, which I’ve found excellent for dogs that pull or don’t have the best leash manners.

Once wearing her collar and a halter or harness is no longer a big deal, you’re ready for the next step. Attach about 4 feet of light line — cotton awning cord or light cotton rope will do — and let her drag it around the house under your watchful eye. Once she’s used to the 4-foot line, swap it for a 10- to 15-foot line of the same material, and head outdoors.

Teaching Your Dog Good Leash Manners

Initial walks should be short, and primarily for the purpose of getting your dog used to being attached to you by a lead. Find a safe environment and allow puppy to drag the line behind him for a bit, and then pick up the opposite end. Let him lead you around for a few seconds while you hold the line just off the ground. Slow down so he’s forced to slow down, ultimately to a stop. Take a short break for praise and a little playtime.

Next, let him trail the line again, but when you pick up your end this time, call him and stand still. If he pulls, hold your ground without pulling him in your direction. The goal is to teach him to put slack in the line himself by moving toward you. When he puts slack in the line, praise him and call him to you.

If he comes all the way to you, more praise and a tasty treat are in order. If he stops on his way to you, tighten the line just enough to apply a tiny bit of pull to it. Immediately call him to come again. Give praise as he moves toward you and treats when he comes all the way back. Two or three repetitions is all many puppies need to understand lack of tension in the line is what earns praise and treats.

When your pup has learned to come towards you to relieve tension on the line, you can begin backing up as he’s coming towards you to keep him moving.

Next, turn and walk forward so he’s following you. If he passes you, head in another direction so he’s again behind you. The goal is to teach him to follow (not lead) on a loose lead. Once you’ve accomplished the goal, you can continue to use the light line or replace it with a leash.

Depending on your dog’s temperament, five- to 15-minute sessions are sufficient in the beginning. Practice controlling him on the lead for 30-second intervals during each session. Exercise patience and don’t engage in a battle of wills with him. Don’t snap, yank or otherwise use the line for correction or punishment. Stop before either of you gets frustrated or tired.

After each short session on the lead, liberally praise your dog and spend a few minutes playing with him. The goal is to build the foundation for an activity both you and he will enjoy and look forward to throughout his life.

Correcting Bad Habits

Some puppies and untrained dogs naturally fight the pressure of the line rather than create slack. If your puppy freezes on a tight line or habitually pulls against it, my first recommendation is to use a halter or harness rather than a collar attached to the lead. Your dog can create serious neck and cervical disk problems by pulling on a collar/leash combination.

Also insure it’s not you who’s creating the problem. Your natural instinct may be to hold the leash taught, so you must also train yourself to keep slack in the line. Your dog’s natural response to a tight line will be to pull against it. Next, do the following when your dog refuses to create slack or move toward you:

  • Maintain the tension on the line and turn your back on her. Allow time for it to occur to her she can’t win by pulling against you.
  • Remain still with your back to her holding the tension in the line — don’t jerk the line, don’t pull or yank her toward you and don’t put slack in the line yourself, which will teach her the way to get slack is to pull at the line.

The message you want to send your pup is that pulling on the lead doesn’t accomplish a thing. It doesn’t change the scenery and it doesn’t earn praise or treats. Eventually, she’ll stop doing what doesn’t work, especially when she’s rewarded every single time she performs a desirable behavior.

The very first second you begin leash training, make sure your puppy accomplishes nothing by pulling on the line. It takes some dogs longer than others to learn to keep slack in the leash, but with patience and persistence, any puppy can learn to follow on a loose lead.

Changing Up Your Dog Walks

Once your dog has developed good leash manners, I recommend you vary the purpose of your walks with him. For example:

  • Potty walks are purposeful walks, and are usually quick.
  • Mentally stimulating walks allow your dog to stop, explore, sniff and send pee-mail and so on. Most dogs on a leash don’t get to spend as much time sniffing and investigating as they would like. Allowing your canine companion some time to do doggy stuff is good for him mentally. Dogs gain knowledge of the world through their noses.
  • Power walks during which you and your dog move at a pace of 4 to 4.5 miles an hour (about a 15-minute mile), will help him get the aerobic exercise he needs for good cardiovascular health. During these brisk walks there’s no stopping to smell the roses.
  • Training walks can be about improving leash manners, learning basic or advanced obedience commands, ongoing socialization — just about anything you can think of that can be done on a leashed walk.

Our dogs depend on us for their quality of life. Walking your dog every day and taking advantage of different types of walks to stimulate her mentally and physically will help her be well balanced, healthy and happy throughout her life.

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10 ‘Do Not Ignore’ Symptoms in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Becker

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When your cat just Ain’t Doing Right (ADR) or your dog seems a little off his game, it can be difficult to know whether to take a wait-and-see attitude, or tuck your pet into his carrier and head to the nearest veterinary clinic. This is especially true when your furry family member’s symptoms are commonly seen in disorders at both ends of the spectrum, from benign to life-threatening.

To offer you some guidance, I’ve compiled a list of symptoms that fall into the category of “Do Not Ignore.” They may or may not mean your pet is seriously sick, but they should be investigated right away by your veterinarian or an emergency animal clinic.

10 ‘Do Not Ignore’ Symptoms

1.  Fainting, collapsing

When an animal collapses, it means she has suffered a sudden loss of strength that causes her to fall and be unable to get back up. If a collapsed pet also loses consciousness, she has fainted. Either of these situations is an emergency, even if your pet recovers quickly and seems normal again within seconds or minutes of the collapse.

All the reasons for fainting or collapsing are serious and require an immediate visit to your veterinarian. They include a potential problem with the nervous system (brain, spinal cord or nerves), the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, muscles), the circulatory system (heart, blood vessels, blood) or the respiratory system (mouth, nose, throat, lungs).

2. Difficulty breathing

A dog or kitty in respiratory distress will have labored breathing or shortness of breath that can occur when he breathes in or out. Breathing difficulties can mean that not enough oxygen is reaching his tissues. Additionally, pets with heart failure may not be able to pump enough blood to their muscles and other tissues.

Respiratory distress often goes hand-in-hand with a buildup of fluid in the lungs or chest cavity that leads to shortness of breath and coughing. If your pet has sudden undiagnosed breathing problems, he should see a veterinarian immediately.

3. Bloody diarrhea, urine or vomit

Digested blood in your pet’s poop will appear as black tarry stools. Fresh blood in the stool indicates bleeding in the colon or rectum. Either situation is cause for concern and should be investigated as soon as possible. Blood in the urine, called hematuria, can be obvious or microscopic. There are a number of serious disorders that can cause bloody urine, including a blockage in the urinary tract, a bacterial infection and even cancer.

Vomited blood can be either bright red (fresh), or resemble coffee grounds (indicating partially digested blood). There are a variety of reasons your pet might vomit blood, some of which are relatively minor, but others are serious and even life threatening.

4. Trouble urinating

This includes discomfort while urinating, straining to urinate and frequent attempts to urinate with little success. If your pet cries out while relieving himself, seems preoccupied with that area of his body or is excessively licking the area, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian right away. There are several underlying causes of urinary difficulties, some of which can result in death within just a few days.

5. Coughing

Coughing in pets, unless it’s a one-and-done situation, generally indicates an underlying problem. Examples include a possible windpipe obstruction, kennel cough, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, heart failure and tumors of the lung. All causes of coughing require investigation, and in most cases, treatment.

6. Fever

If your pet’s temperature spikes, it usually means his body is fighting an infection. The normal temperature in both dogs and cats is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees F. If your pet feels warm to you and his temp is higher than normal, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

7. Lethargy or extreme fatigue

A lethargic pet will appear drowsy, “lazy” and/or indifferent. She may be slow to respond to sights, sounds and other stimuli in her environment. Lethargy or exhaustion is a non-specific symptom that can signal a number of potential underlying disorders, including some that are serious or life-threatening. If your pet is lethargic for longer than 24 hours, it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

8. Pacing, restlessness or unproductive retching

When a pet paces and seems unable or unwilling to settle down, it can signal that he’s in pain, discomfort or distress. One very serious condition in dogs in which these symptoms are common is gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV), also called bloat. Bloat is a life-threatening condition that most often occurs in large breed dogs and those with deep chests.

9. Loss of appetite and/or weight loss

Often, loss of appetite is the very first sign of an underlying illness in pets. There can be many reasons your dog or cat isn’t hungry or refuses to eat, but not eating can begin to negatively impact his health within 24 hours. And for puppies and kittens 6 months or younger, the issue is even more serious.

Weight loss is the result of a negative caloric balance, and it can be the consequence of anorexia (loss of appetite) or when an animal’s body uses or eliminates essential dietary nutrients faster than they are replenished. Weight loss exceeding 10 percent of your pet’s normal body weight will be a red flag for your vet. There can be several underlying causes, some of which are very serious.

10. Red eye(s)

If the white area of your pet’s eye turns bright red, it’s a sign of inflammation or infection that signals one of several diseases involving the external eyelids, the third eyelid, the conjunctiva, cornea or sclera of the eye. Redness can also point to inflammation of structures inside the eye, eye socket disorders and also glaucoma. Certain disorders of the eye can lead to blindness, so any significant change in the appearance of your pet’s eyes should be investigated.

Some symptoms of illness in cats and dogs are best handled by simply giving them a chance to run their course, for example, a temporary gastrointestinal (GI) upset resulting from indiscriminate snacking. Other symptoms can be so sudden, severe and frightening that you know immediately you need to get your pet to the vet or an emergency animal hospital.

The 10 symptoms I’ve listed above can fall somewhere in the middle, so hopefully I’ve provided you with some good info in the event your four-legged family member develops symptoms that point to a potentially severe or life-threatening illness.

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Karbachtoberfest this Saturday!

The Karbach Brewing Co. has always been a friend and supporter of K-9 Angels Rescue. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey (Aug 2017) Karbach Brewing donated $10,000 to K-9 Angels as well as a percentage of sales on one of their most popular beers, Hopadilla, through the end of 2017!

Join us from 3pm to 5pm THIS Saturday September 23rd to help us show our appreciation and to continue in the celebration of Karbachtoberfest!

Live Performance starts at 6pm with
The Bright Light Social Hour with Gio Chamba

** FREE ADMISSION **

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The Karbach Brewery is a pup-friendly establishment
so bring all your furbabies along for a barking good time!

2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092
Phone: (713) 680-2739

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