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Furry Friday 3/15/13

In today’s issue of Furry Friday I’m going to talk about fostering a dog or cat. Many rescues advertise “fosters needed”. People unfamiliar with the animal rescue process may not know what this means.

Foster homes are temporary homes that a rescue ,which does not have a physical shelter building, utilizes to be able to rescue more dogs or cats. Foster homes are the gateway between danger and a forever home. Foster parents provide an amazing service to a shelter or rescue. Without foster homes, the amount of animals saved would be greatly reduced.

Some people may think it’s cruel to house an animal and get it used to your home and family and then give it up. No, I don’t believe it’s cruel. What is cruel is unnecessary euthanization of healthy animals. Yes, the dog must adjust, but if there were no foster homes, the dog or cat would not have had a chance at all.

I’ve fostered a few times and no, it’s not easy. You get extremely attached and it is hard to see the dogs  (or cats) get adopted. However, it is extremely rewarding knowing that you helped a dog or cat get a new home.

My first foster

My first foster, Sosi!

I’m a big advocate for foster homes. It allows rescues to serve many more animals. If you are interested in fostering, contact your local shelter or rescue. They should have more information. You can even search the internet for rescue groups in your area needing fosters and complete the application right on their site.

Every rescue is different but all the ones I’ve fostered for covered all vet bills and provided crates, leashes, bowls, medication, and toys for the dog. One rescue even provided a stipend for food for the foster dog. Even though I’ve never fostered a cat, I’m sure most rules are the same. Visit Foster Dogs for more information on fostering.

So, if you’d like to help a rescue by housing a dog or cat temporarily…  do it! Become a dog or cat foster parent. It’s very rewarding!

 

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Furry Friday 3/1/13

As promised, this week’s Furry Friday will include cats available for adoption in each of the 50 states. I haven’t really been featuring cats a lot lately, so hopefully this will make up for the lack of cat posts.Tony the Tiger

Tony the Tiger is a male Bengal Mix available for adoption from BJC Animal Control Service in Birminghan, Alabama. He is 1-2 years of age. Visit his post for information.

Alaska- Daisy, Calico

Arizona- Bunny, Domestic Long Hair

Arkansas- The General, Domestic Short Hair

California- Pippa, Domestic Long Hair / Tabby Mix

Delaware – Lulu, Calico

Allie is a female Domestic Short Hair cat available for adoption from Polk County Animal Services in Winter Haven, Florida. She has a very striking, distinctive pattern.

Allie

Georgia- Sweetness, Domestic Long Hair / Maine Coon Mix

Hawaii- Cameo, Calico

Idaho- Casper, Domestic Medium Hair

Illinois- Mollie, Calico

Indiana- Ashes, Russian Blue Mix

Pumpkin is a male Domestic Medium Hair cat from Animal Rescue League in Marshalltown, Iowa.  He looks like a cute, friendly, kitty.

Pumpkin

Kansas- Wine, Domestic Long Hair

Kentucky- Comet, Domestic Short Hair

Louisiana- Lucky Girl, Tabby Mix

Maine- Tao, Siamese

Maryland- Sea, Dilute Tortoiseshell / Manx

Massachusetts- Ollie, Domestic Long Hair

Michigan-Frida, Tortoiseshell

Grace is a female Domestic Short Hair cat from Lucky’s Place in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. She is super friendly and loves attention as stated in her post. She just had kittens and will be ready for adoption once the kittens  are weaned.Grace

Mississippi- Dagwood, Bobtail

Missouri- Possum, Domestic Short Hair

Montana- Merlot, Domestic Short Hair

Nebraska- Millie, Domestic Long Hair

Nevada-  Addie, Calico

New Hampshire-  Mick, Domestic Medium Hair

Duke is a Domestic Short Hair / Tabby Mix available for adoption from Animal Welfare Committee in Hightstown, New Jersey. He is about seven months old and his post says he has a soft coat due to his mother being a Turkish Angora Mix.

Duke

New Mexico- Isabella, Himalayan Mix

New York-Sockens, Calico

North Carolina- Copper, Tabby Mix

North Dakota- Grayson, Siamese

Ohio- Mariah, Calico

Oklahoma- Ivy, Domestic Short Hair

Rayne is a Domestic Short Hair kitten available from Cat, Inc. in Sweet Home, Oregon. She is seven months old and spayed. Rayne was rescued from an abusive situation and will need lots of love and care. Visit Cats, Inc. site for more information.

Rayne

Pennsylvania- Apollo, Domestic Short Hair

Rhode Island- Boo, Domestic Long Hair

South Carolina- Sugar, Domestic Short Hair

South Dakota- Fresca, Calico

Tennessee- Merida, Tabby

Texas- Lux, Domestic Short Hair

Sparkles is a Domestic Long Hair cat available for adoption from South Utah Valley Animal Shelter in Spanish Fork, Utah. There is not much information on his post so visit the shelter site for more information on this sweet kitty.

Vermont- Kitten Little, Domestic Short Hair

Virginia- Ophelia, Calico

Washington- Double Take, Bobtail

West Virginia- Brenda Leigh, Calico Mix

Wisconsin- Blanca, Domestic Short Hair

Blossom is a Domestic Long Hair kitten available for adoption in from The Casper Humane Society in Casper, Wyoming. Visit the shelter site for more information.

Blossom

District of Columbia- Bonnie, Calico

As always, Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the shelters, rescues  or Petfinder. It is simply my way of showcasing some of the many, many, dogs and cats available for adoption throughout the country. If you are a shelter or rescue and would like one of your animals featured on Furry Friday, please contact me at laurabellesboutique@hotmail.com

Furry Friday 5/11/12

It’s time for another edition of Furry Friday! We are going to stay in PA this week and highlight both dogs and cats.

The first animal is a sweet kitty named Perdie. She is located in Jim Thorpe, PA at Carbon County Friends of Animals Shelter. For more information on Perdie please visit her post.

The next kitty is Genie from Petmatchmaker in Trevorton, PA. Genie is munchkin cat. I’ve never heard of this breed, but her post says she has “short legs”. She is absolutely beautiful with distinct markings. Please visit her post for more information.

The third, and last kitty for the week is, Jinxie. She is another beautiful cat with some unique marks. She is located in Bloomsburg, PA at Animal Resource Center. Jinxie is a young cat with personality! Please visit her post for more information.

Now, onto the puppies. The first dog I’m going to feature today is X’s Nickolas. He is a retired racing greyhound located at Monica’s Heart Greyhound Rescue. I had the pleasure of meeting Nick at a dog walk where I was selling dog treats to benefit the Relay for Life. The handler asked me if we could test Nick with my dog, Buddy Boy, to see if he got along with medium sized dogs. Nick passed with flying colors. He loves other dogs and is such a sweet boy. I was thinking about adding him to our household BUT he does not get along with cats. So, if you are a cat free house and would love to have a greyhound check out Nick’s post. He is such a sweet boy!

The next dog is Abby. She is located at HIllside SPCA, Pottsville. Abby is a 7 year old poodle looking for a home. Please visit her post or contact Hillside for more information.

The last dog for this week is Weatherby. He is a black lab from Haven to Home Rescue in Winfield, PA. He is five years old and good with dogs, cats, and kids. He is a little overweight due to lack of attention and exercise but will slim down with proper nutrition and exercise. For more information on Weatherby, visit his post.

Reminder: Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the shelters, rescues or Petfinder.com. It is simply my way of showcasing some of the many animals looking for their forever home.

Furry Friday on a Wednesday!

Since I’ve been slacking on the Furry Friday posts, I decided to post some animals today! I will be featuring both dogs and cats from around the United States. The first dog is Screetch a senior, female, Australian Shepherd from Casper, Wyoming. Screetch is visually impaired as stated in her post. She deserves the best home. For more information on Screetch, please visit her post. 

The next puppy is Mario a young, male, Great Dane from Jefferson City, Mo. Mario is about 10 months old and is enrolled in the prison program. These types of programs pair dogs with an inmate who trains them and gives them the basic skills needed to become adopted. For more information on Mario, visit his post.

Shelby is a senior, male, husky / lab mix from Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, NY.  He has been at the shelter since 2008. He deserves the best home to live out his golden years.Visit his post here.

The last dog for this week is Amber, a female greyhound from Macon, GA. For more information on Amber visit her post. Due to her high prey drive, she should not go to a home with small animals or cats. She is a beautiful brindle Greyhound and has a lot of personality as stated in her post.

Now, onto the cats. This is Boomer. She is a female, domestic long haired kitty from Penacook, NH. She  is looking for a quiet home without dogs, according to her post.

The next cat is Kaitlyn, a tortoiseshell / domestic medium hair kitty from South Carolina. She is a spunky, adorable, little kitten looking for a great home. Visit her post for more information.

Our last kitty cat for the week is Snowflake, a pretty white cat from Killeen, Texas. She is at Killeen Animal Control. Visit their site for more information since her post doesn’t have anything listed.

If you are interested in any of the animals listed, visit their posts or any shelter listed. Reminder, Furry Friday is not in any way sponsored by any of the shelters, rescues, or Petfinder. It is my way of showcasing the many animals in need of adoption.

Furry Friday 2/24

Hope you’re ready for another addition of Furry Friday. This week I’m featuring animals in Alaska and Hawaii.

 

This is George from Maui Humane Society in Puuene, HI. George is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/ Cattle Dog mix. He is about four years old and “an affectionate boy who loves to give kisses”. Check out George’s post for more information on this sweet boy.

 

 

 

Now for a kitty from Animal Care Foundation in Honolulu, HI. Oz is a black and white kitty with special needs. He has chronic gingivitis and is on a special diet, as well as medication. His condition has left him without any teeth.  He has such a sad story. I really hope he finds a great home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, on to Alaska ,which has no shortage of Siberian Huskies. So, it was very difficult for me to narrow it down to a few dogs. Spanky,  from Alaska Animal Friends Rescue in Anchorage, caught my attention right away. He is the featured pet of the month for this rescue so, he must have everyone else’s attention, too. He is a Klee Kai mix and looks like a miniature Siberian Husky. He only has one eye but that doesn’t seem to stop him. “He’s a really sweet little guy, he just needs a home that thinks so, too.” Check out his post for more info.

 

 

Hansel is another dog from AAFR. He is a sweet husky with a sad story. Visit his post for the story as well as a few more pictures of this 5 year old Husky. He was on a chain outside before coming into rescue. So, it is remarkable that he is doing well as an indoor dog. (Sometimes this transition can be difficult if the dog had little human contact). He looks like such a sweet boy. I hope he gets a great home that treats him like a member of the family.

 

One more Husky from Alaska SPCA, Anchorage AK. Dew’s story is so similar to my Buddy Boy’s that I had to feature her. Not to mention, they look as if they could be twins. Dew is five years old and is learning to trust humans. Her post does not state anything about her past but it must have been traumatic. It does state that she is “making tremendous progress” and is “associating people with positive things”.

 

Suki is the last animal for Alaska this week. She is a black and white domestic medium hair cat from Alaska Humane Society (Adopt-a-cat) in Anchorage.  “She is very pretty, personable, playful, and will be your best friend” Visit her post for more information.

Next week, on Furry Friday, I will be updating everyone on the animals I’ve posted so far. So, come back for the next Furry Friday to see who found their forever home and who is still looking for that special place to call “home”.

Just a reminder that Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the rescues, shelters, or PetFinder. It is simply my way of showing the many animals available for adoption and hopefully inspiring my readers to adopt a pet in need.

Debut of Furry Friday

Sweet Toby from Echo Dogs White Shepard Rescue, Haines City, FL (currently in GA)

It’s here! The debut of my new series, Furry Friday. I am so excited to be able to feature dogs and cats throughout the country awaiting their forever home. Hopefully, I will inspire my readers to look into adopting a furry friend or volunteering at some of the amazing shelters and rescues that dedicate their time to saving animals.

Our first feature  is Toby from White Shepard Rescue in FL. He is currently in GA, at his vet’s, where he was dropped off to be euthanized. The vet persuaded the owner to surrender him and he has been at the vet’s office being cared for ever since. Thank goodness for the compassion of his veterinarian. Toby is heart worm positive, but currently receiving treatment. His story struck me because he is a 10 year old dog, that from his description, seems to have never been loved. Despite that, he has a sweet temperament and trusts humans. It never ceases to amaze me, the forgiving nature of animals. This dog was trained as a guard dog. Who knows what he went through in his life, but to trust humans again, and have a gentle nature, is simply amazing. This guy deserves the best home he can get. To read about Toby, or get more information, please visit his profile on Petfinder.

This little kitty caught my attention. She is another inspiring story. She is currently at Second Chance Animal Shelter in Killeen, TX. Melissa is a 6-7 year old  domestic short-hair female. She looks to me to be at least part, Tortoiseshell.  Her post describes her as “one of the friendliest cats you’ll ever meet”.  She had one eye surgically removed due to damage before arriving at the shelter, but this doesn’t stop her. For all that she has been through, it amazes me that she is described in her post as super friendly. She had damage to her eye but remains sweet, playful, and loving. Please visit Melissa’s profile on Petfinder for more info on this sweet kitty.

Look at that sweet puppy face.

Roscoe looks like such a sweetheart. I can’t get enough of his adorable face. His post says that he is less than 2 years old but has already had 3 or 4 homes. Poor buddy. Being bounced around so much, at such a young age, can be devastating. Despite moving frequently, he “has really thrived and his confidence has grown by leaps and bounds”. For more information on Roscoe look at his Petfinder profile or contact Pacific NW JRT Rescue in Snohomish, WA.

There are thousands and thousands of dogs and cats throughout the country who are looking for homes. It is impossible to feature each dog. Here is list of a few other furry friends: Tyson from North Dakota, Princess from Maine, Taffy from South Carolina, Simba from Tennessee, and Taz from Mississippi (URGENT).

I use petfinder.com to search shelters and rescues throughout the country for participants in Furry Friday.  This is my go-to resource for finding animals available for adoption throughout the country. We used this tool in many of the rescues I worked with to find good candidates to come into rescue. I’ll do a post about Petfinder next week.

If you are a shelter or rescue and would like to be featured, please contact me at: laurabellesboutique@hotmail.com Again, Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by petfinder or any shelter or rescue, it is simply my opinion and my way of showing support to all the thousands of pets awaiting their forever homes.