I just wanted to let you guys know that Cassie is doing great! She has
adapted to the house well, loves to play at the creek and behaves
beautifully with the horses. She has really come out of her shell, and
considers me her “person”. She is actually a bit anxious anytime I leave
her, and is very protective. When Jake (my husband) came home she actually
tried to bite him when he tried to sit next to us on the couch! They get
along very well now and when we play around she also protects him I
think that she was previously abused by a male, based on her behavior, but
she will be just fine here. She does chase the cats, but if I tell her to
stop she does. We will keep working on that
I will send you pictures as soon as I get some of her. She rarely leaves my
side, and when she does she is so busy playing it is hard to snap a quick
shot! I was able to get one, which I attached. She kept laying all over my
laptop while I was working
Thanks again for waiting for me, I really appreciate it. We love her very
much and are glad that she is a part of our lives.
I just wanted to thank you all again for going out of your way yesterday to match us with a puppy. We are calling her Brindi, although the boys have been discussing other names.
Our car ride home was pretty uneventful. We made one potty stop and she slept most of the way home.
Brindi had a very busy first day and met a lot of people at the baseball park last night. She definately took to her new surroundigs quickly and is not a timid girl at all!
Not sure about her collar, yet. It’s awfully annoying and the tags make a clanking sound when she eats.
She did well sleeping in her crate. She slept for 5 hours last night!
I know there is some uncertainty regarding exactly what breed(s) she is. Do you happen to know what her mother was?
We’ll send pictures as soon as I can get her to stay still enough for a clear photo.
Thank you again!
Christy, Hunter and Parker
Things are going great with my little Chi I got. I named her Princess Jazmen and she already comes when I call her. She has only went poo in the house once, and that was my fault as I didn’t understand that she needed to go.
She is such a little love. When we went to bed, right as I pulled back the covers she scurried under them and got settle for the night.
She is having a bit of a hard time with the colder weather here, shivering at times, so I just left little blankets down so she can cover up when she gets cold. She likes her blankie that I gave her.
I got her a pink colar and a bandanna and she doesn’t mind wither of them.
She was really good when I stopped at my daughters to show her to the kids, all she did was lick them…hehehe
I clipped her nails and she did great, didn’t even mind.
Thank you so much for my new baby, she is quite the little love.
Let me know how it goes getting rid of the rest of them. I am telling people about the shelter and posted something on my Facebook about adopting one if they have a good home and the room.
Finn (aka) Squirt update
This is just a quick update on Squirt, the sweet little Siamese
mix I adopted from the shelter on Memorial Day weekend. He’s renamed Finn
and is fine, funny and doing great. Always curiously sticking his head in
any door/drawer/cabinet the instant it’s opened. I’m fully expecting he’ll
master opening these himself and I’ll hurdle back in time to needing to have
childproof latches on cabinets, etc. He and my big 17 lb cat (not fat,
just BIG) play beautifully and are great together.
I had to take my border collie (he’s more bemused than anything else when
Finn and Bailey whip around) to a vet here in Seattle because he was due for
a rabies shot. The experience, which was not terrific, reminded me
how helpful and friendly your vet was. I had your vet check Finn before I
left Long Beach that weekend, and she retreated his ear mites and was
considerate enough to think through and offer that my other cat should
probably get a dose of Revolution, too. Super professional without feeling
she needed to be unfriendly.
All in all, my experience with your shelter and its vet was terrific. Thanks
again. I just may come back next Memorial Day because the shelter’s garage
sale yielded so many good finds (Finn included) that there’s evidence of the
weekend all around me.
Please let your volunteer who fostered the three Siamese brothers
and their mom know how much Finn is loved. I
have not tried him on a skateboard yet, but he gets lots of exercise
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The animals at our local no-kill shelter, the South Pacific County Humane Society (SPCHS) can be viewed online by millions of prospective pet owners at Petfinder.com, the Internet’s largest searchable directory of homeless pets.
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Morgan is here, still happy as can be.. Its been 2 years since we got her from you and we love her more every day.. She ids finally learning to get along with the cat Cleo. Morgan says.. Run so I can chase you and Cleo says.. I’ll tease you and run under the sofa.
My sister who lives in the Tacoma area just lost her little cat Hagus.. She is thinking that life just isn’t life with a cat.. I told her if she bought a cat in a pet shop I’d shoot her when there are no kill shelters like yours and you have a great selection down there. I’ll try to bring her down soon.
Warren, Robert, Morgan and Cleo
Sometimes it’s just easier not to know the whole story
The man who brought these four sweet pups to us last week told a strange story.
He said that he worked for a utility company, and he had found them abandoned in the woods. The pups were frightened, dirty, and hungry, and one of them had nasty, but not fresh, wounds on his sides and shoulders.
We took the injured pup to the vets right away, and the veterinarian was stumped, just as we were, as to the source of the injuries. The man who brought them in said he thought that probably the pup was attacked by a wild animal…
Regardless, we will never know for sure exactly how these pups were found; who dumped them if they were abandoned; or how little “Toby” as he is now called, was so badly hurt. We all know that there are cruel people in the world, and often it is the innocent animals who suffer.
But, we also know that dogs live in the “here and now”, and are not likely to dwell on the past, as we humans often do. So, knowing this, we at the shelter just try to push aside our imaginations when thinking about what might have happened to these pups, and instead, put our energy into making them happy and well.
The cute little “Four Musketeers” will soon be neutered, and are becoming the happy and fun-loving pups they should be at this age. Toby is healing very well, and is as energetic and affectionate as his brothers.
These little lab mixes are all ready to love themselves into new homes- homes where they will be nurtured and cared for and never again see the darker side of humans. They had a bad start in life, but you can turn their lives around. Timmy, Tyler, Teddy, and Toby have their tails on “hyper wag” and would love to meet you today!
Sweetie is waiting for her owner who will never come
Unfortunately, the owner of this pretty little Tortie Point Siamese kitty passed away, leaving two kitties and a dog to wonder why their world as they knew it had been turned upside down. . The other kitty and the dog both found new homes, but Sweetie is still sitting in the window, looking for someone she once loved but will never see again.
Sweetie is about 5 years old, and has a very quiet and affectionate nature- she was well-named. She would love to find a quiet new home, and would thrive with a kind person of her own again. Lost owners can never truly be replaced, but all us can learn to love again.
Adoptions in March: 64 dogs, 65 cats.
We had a Saturday visit from the Brownies, a whole hour. We have another Girl Scout troop scheduled. The Boys and Girls Club kids will be at the May 5th Volunteers meeting (4:00 pm; all are welcome) to sing, Join us!
Kitten season has begun.
Watch for us at the Children’s Loyalty Day Parade. We’ll be marching along with the Doggie Olympic Games folks. More info: http://funbeach.com/events/doggieolympics/
Grrrrrrage Sale–Donations are coming in. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet at the Shelter. We especially need help with cleanup on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
By Cory McKeown with Photos by Melanie Epping
All in the family- unfortunately…
Recently, a very well-liked and kind woman who had lived in our community for over 25 years, passed away, much too soon.
Her passing left a lot of sadness in the hearts of her family and her many friends. She was, her friends said, “someone you could always count on to help and to be there for you”.
Sadly, she left not only friends, but also her beloved kitties “Smokey” and “Hitchhiker”, and her loyal canine companion”Sweetie”.
All three of these pets are now at the shelter, and it is very obvious that they are grieving for the loss of their owner and the home they loved.
Those of us at the shelter who have pets (and that pretty much covers everyone!) talk frequently about what might happen to our pets if we pass away, because we see this scenario all too often.
We all would like to think that someone in our families or someone among our friends, knowing just how much we loved our pets, would step up to the plate and see that the dogs or cats we leave behind find new homes to help heal the grief of losing us.
This is what we are hoping will happen for Smokey, Hitchhiker, and Sweetie…
If you or someone you know would like to honor this loving woman’s memory by helping to find her pets new homes, please stop by the shelter and let’s talk.
Annie is anxious to be a” lap top ‘’cat
This lovely and very sweet tuxedo girl scores an A-plus in the affection department. She adores people, and her idea of heaven is any time she can spend sitting on someone’s lap, purring.
Annie is young, healthy, and has good manners. She came to the shelter last “kitten season” and went to a foster home to raise her babies.
Her kittens all found good homes, and now she is very much wishing for a home, and most importantly, a lap of her own. She would love a home, maybe with a retired person, where she could give and get a lot of attention and companionship.
Benefit for Humane Society at 42nd St. Café
As a part of the 42nd St Café Community Service program, the Humane Society will receive a percentage of the profits from meals served at the restaurant on Tuesday nights during the month of March.
We will also have a display at the restaurant featuring a raffle we will be having for two fantastic entertainment/lodging packages:
Two nights lodging @ Inn at Spanish Head
Wine tasting at The Flying Dutchman Winery with
winery owner Richard Cutter
Two nights lodging @ Inn at The Breakers
Bottle of Flying Dutchman wine
Tickets for the raffle are a dollar each; 6 for $5.00; 20 for $15.00, and 35 for $20.00, and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society. The drawing for these two packages, valued at $300 each, will be held at the end of March. Come out for a great meal and show your support for the shelter animals!
Remember Mary, the buff cocker with kennel caugh, who I adopted last February? I thought you would be interested in seeing how she looks today.
Click on the link below and it will take you to our Cocker Spaniel Forum, where I posted before and after pictures of her the other day. I think you’ll be surprised at how she looks today.