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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Soldier Stomps on and Kills Newly Adopted Dog and Breaks Puppy's Leg Before Bringing Him Back to Shelter

Pet Guardian Angel staff members says a Fort Bliss soldier was arrested for killing one dog and hurting another after just adopting them from the facility two weeks before.

"It's hard to believe people can do that to an animal," said Sheila Smith, an administrative assistant at PGA.

Staff members at the nonprofit animal shelter couldn't believe what they heard when a Fort Bliss official arrived at the facility.

"That's very upsetting. We trust these people. We try to screen them as best we can to see if they can be responsible pet owners," said Smith.

Smith, who helps get animals at PGA adopted, said a young military couple adopted two dogs from PGA two weeks ago. Now, they hear the one named Tinkerbelle is dead. And a puppy named Wrigley has a broken leg and was returned to PGA. PGA staff said Wrigley was taken to Eastwood Animal Clinic for a broken leg at the expense of their organization.

The staff said the Fort Bliss soldier, Frank Zimmerman, beat the dogs.

KFOX spoke to the soldier's wife over the phone and she said Zimmerman didn't mean to hurt the animals. She said when the dogs weren't listening he would take his anger out on them. She said, "Frank beat Tinkerbelle with a leash and he stomped on her until she died."

"Not all military people are like that. Again, it's the way they're raised," said Smith, who was active military for years.

It is unclear what charges, if any, were brought against Zimmerman, but PGA staff says animal cruelty needs to be prosecuted better in El Paso.

"They need to be more strict. If someone is willing to harm an animal he's willing to kill a person. That's our concept," said Smith said.

Click here for video.


Man Killed His Dog and Five-Month-Old Daughter Because Dog Defecated on Floor

Police say a Pennsylvania man, irate because the family dog defecated on the floor, kicked the animal to death, then killed his five-month-old daughter by shaking her when she cried.

Twenty-four-year-old Vincent Davis of Erie has been charged with homicide in the death of Savonnia Davis. He's also charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and cruelty to animals.

Police say Davis initially told them the girl slipped from his hands as he was changing her diaper, but later admitted shaking her.

The bady died at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Thursday, two days after the incident. Doctors say she also had broken ribs, fluid on the brain, and cuts and bruises.

Police found the dog's body in a trash bag on Davis' girlfriend's porch.

Davis is being held without bail.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Couple who left 64 animals to die inside their foreclosed home will not go to jail!

In April of 2008, police charged Matthew, 29, and Amanda Teymant, owners of the house at 21 Potomac Court, Barnegat, NJ, where the bodies of 64 dead animal were found, with animal cruelty.

SPCA Sgt. Thomas Yanisko reported that 64 animals were found dead throughout the home, in different stages of decomposition, according to Barnegat police.

Cats, dogs, ferrets, turtles and guinea pigs were among the dead animals found when the Fannie Mae mortgage company came to foreclose on the vacant house said Barnegat Police Chief Arthur Drexler.

"It was a disturbing scene in there," said Drexler, "anywhere from 50 to 100 animals" were found inside "in varying degrees of composition."

"Some were in cages. Some weren't," Drexler said.

The explanation from Teymant as to why 64 dead animals were found in his home was that he was running a rescue operation, authorities said.

"During an interrogation, Matthew Teymant basically said they were ...(rescuing) ... and adopting them out," Stanton said. "This is your typical case of a person who thinks they are a rescue operation and tries to do the right thing and goes crazy."

Stanton said police raised the question to Matthew Teymant that if he thought things were getting out of control, why did he not ask for help.

"He said he was scared," Stanton said.

Perhaps he was scared of his father who is a retired K-9 police officer, Stanton said.

Matthew Teymant was sentenced to five years' probation and 250 hours of community service. Amanda Teymant was admitted into a pre-trial intervention program that will drop the charges against her in 18 months. She must perform 100 hours of community service.

Their attorney says the couple became overwhelmed caring for the animals once their two young children were born.


New Mexico Bans Gas Chambers for Animals!

Gas chambers cause horrific, painful and slow deaths.  They are used for the convenience of animal control workers, with no compassion for the animals.  They are often terrified and crammed into the chamber with other terrified animals.  Those animals scratch, fight, and try to claw their way out of this "death box".  They vomit, defecate and urinate on themselves and the other animals in there with them. If we were a no kill nation, this wouldn't be happening, ever.  For more on the concept of no kill, please click here .  Click here to read a first hand account of killing animals in a gas chamber-the language may be considered graphic by some.

H.B. 265, a bill introduced by Rep. W. Ken Martinez, which previously passed the New Mexico House of Representatives by a vote of 62-3, has now been approved unanimously by the state Senate with a vote of 38-0.  The bill would ban use of gas chambers to euthanize dogs and cats. Currently, four localities, Portales, Tucumcari, Jal and Clovis use gas chambers. All other shelters use lethal injection.  The bill now goes to the House again for approval of Senate amendments which basically clarified that a supervising veterinarian is not required to be on the premises for a euthanasia and a euthanasia instructor need not be certified. 

There is similar bill to ban the usage of gas chambers in Georgia.
To read the text of the bill in Georgia, click here.

The West Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a ban on the use of gas chambers by public animal shelters. An amendment would limit the ban to apply only to new gas chambers, allowing use of existing chambers to continue.  I guess it's a start...
Click here to read the text of the bill.

Only thirteen states currently ban the use of carbon monoxide to euthanize animals, according to the Humane Society of the United States. 


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Low Cost Vaccinations in Grandview, Missouri-April 4

GRANDVIEW, Mo. - An annual program meant to help provide low-cost vaccinations for pets will take place Saturday, April 4 in Grandview.

The "Pets Helping People" event provides rabies vaccination for cats and dogs for $5 per pet and 2 canned good items. The event will also provide spay and neuter vouchers and microchips at a reasonable cost.

More than 400 pets were vaccinated last year and they are expecting a larger crowd this year. "The rabies vaccine is such a small part of what we are able to do. The pet needs the vaccine but the owner needs good information about health and wellness. It is a valuable opportunity to have face-to-face communication about the importance of spaying and neutering," says Dr. Abby Snyder from Grandview Animal Hospital.

"We know Pets Helping People has a positive impact on those of us who participate, the pets that are vaccinated that day and on those in the community helped by GAP." she adds.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Conn West Elementary, 1100 High Grove Rd. in Grandview. The City of Grandview is one of the sponsors, but you do not have to be a Grandview resident to participate.

Did Flo Rida brutally kill a rabbit?

Flo Rida is being sought by police after he and his entourage allegedly brutally killed a rabbit beside his bus in Kentucky. Lexington police aren't sure if Flo was directly involved, but they are searching for his tour bus after witnesses saw a group of men walk off the bus with a rabbit in hand, kill it, and then leave. Police are expected to catch up with Flo Rida in Columbus, OH, as he is currently on tour behind his upcoming album, R.O.O.T.S.


Friday, March 27, 2009

Low cost spay/neuter in Ohio

The Citizens for Humane Animal Practices and Summit County Division of Animal Control will offer a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats at 8:30 a.m. April 4 at the NEFCO Building, 180 E. South St.
All spay/neuter services will be provided at the rate of $35 for male cats and $50 for female cats.
Pet owners must register in advance by calling 330-724-6181.

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Low cost spay/neuter in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama!

Serving the Chattanooga area and areas of Georgia and Alabama!


Special assistance is always available to those in need!
Neuter — $30
Spay — $35

Neuter — $40
Spay — $45

Additional $10 for dogs 50 pounds and over.
If male animal is monorchid or cryptorchid,
or female animal is in heat add $10 to $20.
Rabies — $10
DHPP (Dog) — $10
FVRCP/C — $12
Special assistance is always available to those in need!

Click here for more information!

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kitten who had his face reattached (graphic pic)-please consider donating for his treatment

I am posting on behalf of Harley.  Harley is a a 4 month old Grey tabby kitten who was rescued from a large TNR project in the KC metro area.  Harley was found severely injured and sick.  The vet thinks he was attacked by a another animal (perhaps a raccoon).  The skin on his right side of his face was ripped away exposing the bone and tissue underneath.  The skin had to be stretched and reattached to his little face. He had to recover from a severe upper respiratory infection which delayed his surgeries.  His right right eye is ruptured, causing pressure and will probably have to be removed at some point.  Today, Harley is scheduled at the vet clinic and needs to have $280 to pay off his most current vet bill.  If you can make a contribution of even $5, it would really help Harley!  His rescuer is an independent, on a fixed income and she has already spent well over $200.  Per Dana the clinic:  Contributions can be made directly to the vet's office either by:  Calling the clinic at 913-268-3797...just  ask for Dana and tell her your contribution is for:  Harley on Barb's account or you can mail a check payable to:  Quivira Road ANimal Clinic to the address below.  Please, put in the memo section of your check:  'For:  Barb D's account for Harley' 

Address is:
Dr Luke Fry
Attention:  Dana
Quivira Road Animal Clinic
7856 Quivira Road
Lenexa, KS  66216

Harley is a very loving, friendly boy who could really use our help right right now.  Barbara does not have a computer or access to one.  I f you would like to be kept updated on Harley's progress or know more about Harley...Please, contact Cindy Jacobs at: Cindy.Jacobs@USONCOLOGY.COM  

Click here to donate online!

Thank you for anything you can give!!

Low cost spay/neuter in Phoenix area

Low cost, affordable, convenient, Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic now operating in the Metro-Phoenix area. We also offer low cost Vaccines, I.D. microchips and nail trims for your companion pet. 

Be part of the pet overpopulation solution, not the problem, have your pet sterilized today.

Call 480-580-8666 or go to our website at for a date and location near you.

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Back to the vet...

I took Jonathon to the vet today.  He gained a little more than 1/2 a pound.  His blood sugar was 323, which is the highest it has been since last Monday (the 16th), when it started getting higher.

He was eating Science Diet Adult when he got here and I continued that food because the vet did not want to change his diet.  Last week, after his blood sugar rose, I changed him over a few days to a high protein, low carb diet.  This diet, some say, can help control and even "cure" diabetes in cats.

I was really surprised that he gained weight because I thought that a high protein, low carb diet would cause him to lose weight.

He went in for a fructosamine test, we should get the results of that tomorrow.  He will need to be back on insulin but we are waiting for the results of the test. Depending on the results of the test, the dosage of insulin will be different.

The vet also gave me a different food to feed him, Purina DM.  I would rather keep him on the food I have him on now, but I am not a vet.  So, I am following the vet's advice.  She claims that this is a very low carb food, as low or lower than what I am feeding him.

Formerly Chained Rottweiler Saves Family from Fire

A rescued Rottweiler saved a sleeping Livonia family from dying in a fire house Tuesday morning, Livonia Fire Marshal Don Donnelley said.
The dog kept nudging his owner until he got up and saw the smoke in the living room. The home did not have a functioning smoke detector.
Ironically, the family had just adopted the dog from a family in Detroit that no longer wanted it.  The family took Boomer in about a week before Christmas. The dog had been living outside, tied to a chain.
“They rescued him, and now he rescued them,” Donnelley said.
The fire started in a living room wall in the home on Rayburn between Merriman and Middlebelt. The family had had a fire in the fireplace the evening before, and the fire may have spread to the wall space through a hole in the brickwork, Donnelley said.
The 2-year-old Rottweiler, Boomer, alerted owner John Bates at about 5:15 a.m.
“He kept putting his cold nose right into my face. He was bouncing around,” Bates said, adding that that was unusual behavior for Boomer. The family’s other dog, a 1-year-old bull mastiff named Princess, was right behind Boomer.

Fixing my ferals

Here are three of my seven ferals that I feed.  April 5, I am taking them to get fixed at No More Homeless Pets KC .  Click here to be taken to their website for more information.

There are four more out there that didn't want their pictures taken.  They live in the sewer and drainage pipes and in some heavy brush near a creek.

I don't know how many I will be able to trap for the 5th but those I miss will get trapped for May 17th.  I am a college student and I am worried about the cost coming out of my budget.  I have 7 cats at $15 (for spay/neuter and vaccinations) each which equals $105.  Even if you could give $5, it would help me out.  I am probably going to get 3 or 4 (depending on how many I can catch) done this month and 3 or 4 done next month.

If you would like to donate to help me with the cost, please click the donate button below.  Thanks in advance!  I really appreciate it!

DNA Links Teens to Fatally Burning Cat

NEW YORK -- Two Brooklyn teenagers could spend up to 25 years in jail for setting a cat aflame in October, causing the severely injured tabby to eventually be euthanized.
Angelo Monderoy, 18, and Mathew Cooper, 17, were indicted last week by the King's County District's Attorney's Office; they now face multiple charges, including arson in the second degree, burglary in the second degree, aggravated animal cruelty and animal cruelty. In New York, aggravated animal cruelty is classified as a felony.
The 5-month-old case may well have remained unsolved had the New York ASPCA not utilized advanced forensics, one of its investigators says.
It's the first time the New York City cruelty investigative team relied on DNA testing, which is commonly used in human cases, but not animal-related incidents.
"This type of testing is becoming more and more accessible for our field," said Joseph Pentangelo, a special agent for humane law enforcement at the ASPCA. "In this case, what was done to the cat certainly cried out for a resolution. We figured that it was certainly an appropriate case to try it on."
Cooper and Monderoy are being charged for stalking Scruffy, a young male tabby, inside one of the men's Crown Heights apartment building. The cat was technically a stray, but had befriended some of the building's tenants, who would regularly supply him with food and care.
After catching the cat, the pair allegedly broke into a vacant apartment unit on Oct. 7, 2008, doused him with a flammable liquid and set him on fire. One person appeared to hold the cat down on his left side, as the right portion ofScruffy's body showed the most severe burns.
Later that morning, according to the King County's District Attorney's Office, "the cat was found outside crying, unable to move, but still alive. It was taken to an animal hospital, where it was euthanized, due to the severe burns it had suffered."
Identifying a culprit in an animal abuse case is frequently challenging, according to Deputy District Attorney Carol Moran, since "animals, much like a victim in a young child abuse case, cannot identify the attacker."
"Even if this cat had lived, it couldn't identify its attacker, even if it did know who did it," Moran said. "That means that we are always going to rely on some combination of investigative work, and in this case, forensics."
Elements of the crime were sloppy, Pentangelo said, and revealed several clues.
"The flames not only damaged the cat, but the floor and part of the walls of the apartment as well," he said. "This was a reckless act, which could have resulted in people being harmed, as well."
Investigators' survey of the area led them to the defendants, "who made some admissions to their involvement in burning a cat," Moran said.
Yet questions of Scruffy being the actual cat who was burned remained unanswered. Hoping to connect the pieces, the ASPCA investigative team looked to DNA testing as a viable option.
"To make sure we could prove that the animal, whose horrible injuries had caused this death, was the same animal these young men set on fire, the ASPCA really did something unique here," Moran said. "They used the scrapings of charred flesh from the apartment and then samples from the cat's body and sent it away."
The DNA matched.

Free spay/neuter in San Antonio!

The City of San Antonio is taking another big step towards controlling the pet population.

Tuesday, the city announced a new partnership with "SPAY SA."

Once a month, the city will sponsor a free spay and neuter clinic. Spay SA says it will enable them to do an additional 1000 surgeries each month. That will help bring San Antonio closer to being a "no kill" community, and it will also help save the city money.

"In the long run, if we can reduce the number of stray animals, we can reduce the number of Animal Care Services, 10 years down the line," explained Kathleen McGowan of Spay SA. "So, our budget can reduce. Therefore, have a big impact on the city."

The city estimates it costs $3.00 per taxpayer to put down an animal. To sterilize the animal, it only costs 40-cents.

For more on getting your animal spayed or neutered, CLICK HERE.

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Low cost spay/neuter in Illinois

Tree House is offering free spay/neuter surgeries for low-income pet owners and rescued strays in Chicagoland for a limited time. This service is in recognition of spay/neuter month. Tree House has always offered a low-cost spay/neuter program but we realized that in order to reach our goal of no more stray animals, we needed to do even more.

Tree House has been able to expand its subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for rescued strays and for low-income pet owners in Chicagoland, thanks to a generous grant from the Brach Foundation. The Brach Foundation Grant has given us the opportunity to increase our veterinary staff time and dedicate more hours to performing these life-saving procedures.

If you are interested in registering for our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program, please call 773-784-5488 ext. 229 and leave a detailed message with your name and phone number. Appointments must be made in advance. Our program coordinator will get back to you to schedule an appointment.
The usual cost of a spay surgery is $45 for a rescued stray and $20 for *low-income pet guardians. The cost of a neuter surgery is $25 for a rescued stray and $10 for low-income pet guardians.
*low-income pet guardians are people receiving Public Aid or Disability (annual Social Security letter or medical card will be required as proof)
In addition to the Spay/Neuter surgery Tree House also offers the following services for Spay/Neuter clients only:
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) testing ($15)
Topical Flea Treatment ($10)
PCR vaccinations ($5)
Rabies vaccinations ($10)

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Walk for animals in 2009!

Minnesota, May 2- 
Boston, Methuen and Hyannis, Sept. 

San Diego, May 
Atlanta, May 2- 
Seattle, Sept. 27- 
Philadelphia, May 2- 
Nebraska, Sept. 
Virginia, May 9- 
Ohio, May 9- 
Missouri, May 16- 
Indiana, Oct 11- 
North Carolina, May 16 - 
Maryland, April 26  - 

Jonathon is diabetic again?

I just got off the phone with the vet.  She thinks that Jonathon is becoming diabetic again.  *Sigh*  Last night, his blood sugar was 314. That was the highest it has been since last Monday, when his blood sugar unexpectedly shot up.  Tomorrow, I am going to take him to have a Fructosamine test.  This is a blood test that is used to measure the average level of glucose control over the past few weeks.  

"Feline diabetes is not the natural fate of hundreds of thousands of pet cats world-wide. It is, rather, a human-created disease that is reaching epidemic proportions because of the highly artificial foods that we have been feeding our feline companions for the past few decades. Without the constant feeding of highly processed, high carbohydrate dry foods, better suited to cattle than cats, adult-onset feline diabetes would be a rare disease, if it occured at all."

Elizabeth Hodgkins DVM, JD

Free spay/neuter in Atlanta!

The Atlanta Humane Society will spay or neuter 100 pit bulls or pit mixes free. The shelter received a $5,000 grant from the Holland M. Ware Foundation to do the free surgeries. Owners must call 404-875-6420 for an appointment, available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Dogs must be dropped off at 8:15 a.m. and picked up at 4 p.m. Dogs without proof of a rabies shot also will be given the vaccination free.

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Monday, March 23, 2009

Police officer charged with beating his two dogs-judge returns dogs to him!

A Newport News police officer has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty following complaints that he beat his two dogs.

According to a criminal complaint filed at General District Court, Rashad I. Brown, 32, a Newport News police officer since June 2005, admitted that he beat his dogs — a black Labrador retriever and a Boston terrier — with a hard plastic stick.

"He stated ... that it is not against the law to beat your dogs or kids in Virginia, (and that) he knows this because he is a cop," said the complaint, filed by Newport News Animal Control Officer Angie Gromlich.

William S. Wise, the superintendent of animal services, said in a statement that a call came into the city's animal control division on March 8. The caller said he or she witnessed a man kicking one of his dogs and heard him beating another at his apartment on St. Thomas Drive, in the Oyster Point area.

Upon responding to the scene, Brown encouraged his Lab, "Lilly," to act aggressively toward her, Gromlich wrote in the complaint.

First, she said, he commanded his dog in Spanish to come out of the apartment and get near the animal control officer. The dog obeyed, growling aggressively, the complaint said.

The animal control officer said she then asked Brown "several times" to confine the dog inside.

Instead, with the dog's nose only two or three inches from the animal control officer, Brown "was laughing and reinforced (the dog's) aggressive behavior" by telling her 'Good girl, good girl," in English, the complaint said.

"Mr. Brown stated that she was doing what she was supposed to do, that he had trained her to be aggressive, and this is what he wanted her to do," Gromlich wrote.

The animal control officer said in the complaint that she felt cornered and feared the dog would attack her.

Brown finally placed the dog inside, the complaint said. Gromlich and another animal control officer seized both animals from the property, and took them to a veterinarian.

Fresh abrasions and bruises on the dogs were "consistent with being struck by an object and kicked," Gromlich wrote.

Brown, who is a patrol officer for the Newport News Police Department, has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. He is scheduled to appear in General District Court on March 26.

A woman living in the apartment, Crystal Brown, was charged with one count each of having no license for a dog and no rabies vaccination, Wise said. Police spokesman Lou Thurston said that Brown, who patrols in the city's north precinct, is still on duty.

Brown now faces two counts of animal cruelty, according to court records. Those are Class 1 misdemeanors, carrying a maximum of 12 months in jail and a fine up to $2,500.

In addition to those penalties, the court might require someone convicted of animal cruelty to "attend an anger management or other appropriate treatment program or obtain psychiatric or psychological counseling," according to state code.

Brown was at Thursday's General District Court hearing, during which Judge Alfred O. Masters, Jr. determined to return the dogs.

"The law requires a hearing after a short period of time after the seizure (of the dogs)," Chief Deputy City Attorney Allen Jackson said. "The judge made the decision."

The charges are state code violations but could become city code violations, instead.

"We expect we will become involved," Jackson said.

After the incident, the two dogs were removed and taken to a veterinarian, who found "fresh abrasions and bruising consistent with being struck with an object and kicked," according to the complaint.

Brown, who's been with the Police Department since 2005, is scheduled to appear in General District Court on March 26. He's the sixth Newport News police officer since August to face criminal charges.


A month after Karma's second surgery-she is now able to jump!

A little more than a month after Karma had her second Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO), she is beginning to jump!  Since we brought her home, she has been using her "arms" to pull herself up onto things.  Now, she is beginning to jump.  I wasn't sure if she would ever be able to jump because we have had her for a few months now and we had never seen her jump.

After she gets her last checkup in a week or two, she will be available for adoption.

Puppy mill raided - some dead, dismembered, skulls hanging from trees

Animal Service officers confiscated 38 dogs and puppies Saturday afternoon in Boulder Creek, CA after finding "more dead dogs than we could count" and dog heads hanging from trees.

Inside the residence, officers found dead dogs at the foot of the bed and "feces everywhere."

Geisreiter said most of the dogs were in "pretty bad condition" and were scared and not friendly.

Officers found 38 dogs who were alive and an unknown number of dead dogs and decomposing carcasses. Only one full carcass was found, the rest were body parts, including skulls hanging from trees, Geisreiter said.

"There were decapitated dogs heads all over the property, hanging from trees," she said. "We don't know how the dogs died or why their heads were cut off. We are investigating him for crimes against animals."

Robert Brunette will reportedly be representing himself at his trial which is scheduled to begin on March 23, 2009.

Court dates are subject to change. To check the status of a court date, call:
Clerk of the Court, Criminal Division
Superior Court of Santa Cruz County
Phone: 831-420-2200
Case # F-16961

Additionally, you may mail or fax polite letters to:
Bob Lee, District Attorney
Santa Cruz County
701 Ocean Street, Room 200
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Fax: 831-454-2227


Low-cost cat spay/neuter in California (discount for seniors)

Low-cost cat spay/neuter services available to seniors
For a limited time, the H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic will offer a discounted price to seniors 61 years and older on cat spay and neuter services.
Pet owners must show picture ID at the time of check-in. Limit two pets per person. The clinic is at 5490 W. Spruce Ave. The cost will be $25 for one cat.
Details: (559) 271-0209 for appointment.
Surgery is performed Monday – Thursday, and pets are dropped off at 8:00am. Pick-up for surgeries performed Monday – Wednesday is at 7:30am the following morning. Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and weigh at least 2 pounds in order to be eligible for surgery. Call (559) 271-0209 to make an appointment!

Vaccine Clinic (offered to everyone)
Monday - Thursday 12:30pm to 3:00pm
Vaccines are $12 each 

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dog eats $400, but woman recovers some of it

A North Carolina family's dog didn't eat the children's homework, he ate mom's money.
Kelley Davis said she had an extra $400 in cash to deposit after working extra hours as a physical therapist. She told the News & Observer of Raleigh that on Friday she planned to deposit the money, but it wasn't in her pocket.

No More Homeless Pets Spay/Neuter Clinic April 5

The NMHP FixKC clinics are offered for people who are financially disadvantaged and/or individuals who are dealing with feral or stray cats, or large populations of cats. Individuals must qualify for the FixKC Cat Clinics and appointments are required.
The clinics are in high demand and our appointment books fill quickly. In 2007 we fixed close to 2000 cats!

Interested in learning more? Watch our FixKC Clinic video!
(Please note, there are some graphic images in our video)

Please call for more information at 816.333.PETS or email us at
(Appointments are required.)

KITTENS? Yes, kittens weighing at least 2 pounds, and in-heat or pregnant females, are welcome!

DOGS? Call us. We offer low cost dog spay/neuter programs, too.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE? Yes, financial assistance programs are available. Contact us for more info.

VOLUNTEER? Volunteer Veterinarians, Vet Techs, and clinic helpers's gratifying, interesting, and fun! Email us at to sign up.

DONATE? If you'd like to offer financial support and help those who cannot afford to have their pets fixed, please 
Sponsor a Spay.

**If you read this after the date listed, contact the organization/clinic.  Often times, they offer these services on a regular basis.  If not, these clinics may offer the low cost clinics once a month.  You can use the same contact information listed above.**

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Miami-Dade county passes anti-tethering law

Miami-Dade County, in Florida, has passed a law that now makes it a crime for owners to leave their pets chained when they are not present.  The law, which is an amendment to Chapter V of the Miami-Dade County Code, will go into effect in April.

Pet owners will be warned for the first violation.  For the second violation, the owners will face civil penalties of $100 for cruelty and $500 for additional offenses.

Benefits of giving your pets fish oil

I have a black cat and periodically, I have black foster cats. I notice that they look like they have dandruff sometimes. It is common in cats of all colors but it is more noticeable in black kitties. I have "cured" this dandruff by using a supplement containing fish oilflaxseed oil and borage oil. (You can also use a supplement of only fish oil) According to the bottle, this pill contains Omega 3 fatty acids (EPADHAALA), omega 6 fatty acids (CLAGLAALA), and omega 9 fatty acids (OA). Surprisingly, fish oil has many benefits for our pets.
Most commercially available fish oils are derived from coldwater fish, primarily menhaden, but also salmon and trout. Fish, in turn, obtain EPA and DHA from algae, making super green foods such as marine micro-algae an alternate source of EPA and DHA. Algae may become the dominant source of omega-3 fatty acids as fish populations continue to decline in the world’s oceans.

Fish oil supplementation may be helpful for pets with inflammatory diseases including allergies, arthritis, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancers. These oils are rich in the Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Fish oil does not appear to raise blood sugar levels in pets with diabetes despite earlier concerns about this.

Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA,) an omega-3 fatty acid that is ultimately converted to EPA and DHA. In fact, flax seed oil contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) than fish oil. It also contains omega-6 fatty acids. Unlike the case for fish oil, there is little evidence that flaxseed oil is effective for any specific therapeutic purpose with the following exceptions. Flax seed oil can improve the coat and skin of pets. Also, the lignans contained in flax seed oil may have anti-cancer benefits.
In pets with some types of cancer, fish oil appears to slow down the growth of the cancer. While more studies are needed on other types of cancer, the general recommendation is to add fish oil to the diets of all pets with cancer.
Higher-end pet food brands may state on their label that their food has omega 3 fatty acids in it, often in the form of fish meal. Even if the proper fish were used to make fish meal, EPA and DHA are too fragile to survive the shelf life of commercial pet food. The only reliable source of EPA and DHA is salmon oil in capsules.
I use capsules sold for humans.  They are of the same quality (maybe better) than the pet capsules and they are much cheaper. I put one capsule in about 3 oz. of wet food (you can also put it over dry food). I give it 2 or 3 times a week. It is cheaper for me to give it only a few days a week and I still get the same result as I did when I gave it everyday. To release the oil, I poke the capsule with a safety pin or thumb tack. Be sure to rinse off the thumb tack or whatever you use. The fish oil tends to stay on it and will pool underneath it and become a sticky mess after awhile. Don't use a pen! It won't work after you use it.