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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 3/8/13

Today I’m going to do something a bit different. Instead of featuring dogs and cats available for adoption, I’m going to feature horses, cows, and other farm animals. Sometimes we forget that these animals often end up in shelters and need great homes, too.

The first two animals I am featuring today are horses, Shila and Aspen from Pets Come First, Inc. in Centre Hall, PA. Shila and Aspen are blind and were rescued from a cruelty case. They are unable to be ridden, but, would still make great companions. Aspen is a 10 year old female and Shila is a 9 year old Paint / Pinto female.

Shila

Aspen

 

Next is Zelda, a llama from Southeast Llama Rescue in Lancaster, PA. Her post states that there is not much known about her at this time, but, once she is evaluated there will be more information. She was surrendered along with two other llamas, Ebony and Montana. They would like to keep the three together, if possible.

Zelda

Mr. Bubbles is an adult, male, farm pig from Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, NY.

Marley is a sheep from the Humane Society of Ohio Valley, in Marietta, Ohio. She is a  two year old Navajo Churro Sheep with an awesome dread-lock hairstyle.

Marley

 

Norman

 

The next animal is Norman, who is a Holstein Steer. He is one-and-a-half years old and as sweet as can be. He is well-socialized and would love a home with other animals. He walks well on a lead and loves his chin rubbed and scratched. Please visit his post or MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm website for more details.

The last animal for this edition of Furry Friday is Petunia. She is a farm pig available for adoption from The Humane Society of Wichita County, TX. Visit the shelter’s web page for more information on sweet Petunia.

Petunia smelling a flower!

I hope you enjoyed this farm-friendly edition of Furry Friday! As always, Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the shelters or rescues featured or Petfinder. It is simply my way of showing my readers the many animals available for adoption.

 

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 5/25/12

Here is another edition of Furry Friday. Since I am helping a friend find a small dog to adopt, I decided to dedicate this edition to small dogs across the country looking for their forever home.

The first little furry friend for today is Angel from Delaware County SPCA in Media, PA. Angel is a 1-2 year old, pure bred, female,  Shih Tzu up for adoption.  She deserves a great home who will give her all the love and attention she deserves. For more information on Angel, please visit her post or the link for Delaware County SPCA above.

The next dog is Louie from For Pets Sake Inc. in Reno, NV. Louie is a 1 and a half year old, male, Wheaten Terrier / Lhasa Mix. His post states “he is a little shy at first, good with other dogs”. For more information, visit Louie’s post or For Pets Sake, Inc.

May is another 1-2 year old. She is a Maltese / Poodle mix from Friends of Animals, Inc. in Junction City, KS. She loves to play and is full of energy. If you want more information on May, please visit her post or click the Friends of Animals link above.

Aubrey is a Chihuahua, from Hardee Animal Rescue Team in Wauchula, FL. who is looking for a home. There is not much information given, but ,visit her post or Hardee Animal Rescue site to get info. on Aubrey.

The last dog for this edition of Furry Friday is Danyel, a senior, Poodle from Old Dog Haven in Fall City, WA.  She is a very mellow and sweet dog and is estimated to be over ten years old. For more information on Danyel, please visit her post or Old Dog Haven’s website.

Reminder: Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the shelters or rescues featured, or Petfinder.com. It is simply my way of showcasing the many animals in need of adopting homes.

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 4/20/12

After a week break, I am back and here is Furry Friday!

This week I’m featuring dogs in PA. The first dog is Zapper, a wheaten terrier from In Home Rescue in Shenandoah, PA. Zapper was adopted and returned due to a flood in the previous owner’s home. He is neutered, utd on shots, crate trained, good with kids, cats, and other dogs. What more can you ask for? Oh, and he recently got his summer hair cut. So, he is ready to go. For more information on Zapper, visit his post here.

Our second dog is Charlie, a young, male, Collie mix who was also adopted and returned to Hillside SPCA, Pottsville, PA. Yes, I mention Hillside SPCA a lot because they are truly a great shelter (in my opinion)! Charlie deserves the best home. He is currently on medication for seizures. If it’s the normal seizure meds, they are not expensive and are easy to give. Visit Charlie’s post for more information on this cuddly guy.

Here is another guy from Hillside. Bo is a red bone coon hound looking for his forever home. I fostered a red bone coon hound, Red. They are truly beautiful dogs. Visit Bo’s post for more information.

Our last featured dog for the day is, Carla, from Paws Crossroads Rescue in Berwick, PA. Visit Carla’s post for her heartbreaking story. She is blind in one eye from an old injury and just gave birth to a litter 5 weeks ago. This sweet girl really needs a great home!

Just my weekly reminder that Furry Friday is in no way sponsored by any of the shelters or rescues I feature or Petfinder.com. Simply my way of helping animals in need get forever homes.