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The answer is by using this blog to remind everyone to donate to shelters and rescues now - and it does not have to be with a personal check.
In the coming days, why not start a tradition of your own by donating to a local animal shelter or rescue? Make it a family event or your own personal cause. Writing a check for that end-of-the-year donation is always welcome, but you can also donate in other (easy) ways. Nearly all shelters and rescues, including bird/parrot rescues, have websites that include a “wish list”. Such “wish lists” generally request quality moist and dry pet food, gently used cloth towels, blankets and sheets (especially this time of year in the colder states), leashes/collars, white paper towels and LOTS OF TOYS – yes, shelters and rescues have a real need for food and TOYS (big and small for dogs, cats and birds) to keep sheltered pets waiting for adoption relaxed, engaged and as comfortable as possible. So, look around your home for the gently used items, extra food items and maybe pick up a new TOY or two – then drive to your local shelter or rescue and feel great about it! Shelters readily welcome these donations and the pets NEED THEM.
As always, we here at Lost and Found Pets America (http://lostandfoundpetsamerica.com/ ) give our most sincere thanks to our website, Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/lostandfoundpetsamerica ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/findlostpets) network members who together, are bringing lost and found pets home nationwide! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best in the New Year! Thanks again for your support!
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The short answer is, by using this blog to share information about a terrific website and it’s founder dedicated to doing just that.
The mere term “pit bull” stirs negative emotion, not because of the breed itself but because of what an inhumane element of society has done to the reputation of the breed and how they have used them. This is a post of hope for the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Michael Mountain is the founder of StubbyDog.org. His website reads as follows:
StubbyDog is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), focused on changing public perceptions of pit bulls. Our vision is a world where every pit bull has the right to a good life.
Our mission is to help people rediscover pit bulls as lifelong friends.
Recently, Michael and his website were featured in the September 2011 issue of Dog Fancy Magazine (yes, it’s an early edition; no, this is not an affiliate link). According to the article titled “Website Goes To Work For Pit Bulls”, Michael reports roughly one million “pit bull-type” dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. To put that in perspective, that’s the total estimated human population of Tampa, FL, Atlanta, GA and Scottsdale, AZ combined. If the number is just a tad low, you can add all the residents of Sunnyvale, CA to the mix. That is as heartbreaking as it is shocking…but there is good news.
Michael makes an excellent point that until people realize there’s so much great about the breed, “…all the rescues in the world aren’t going to make that much difference.” His next move is fascinating and may just change the “pit-bull type” dog’s image in a massive and amazing way. He envisions enlisting the T.V. world to make these dogs T.V. stars, thereby changing how we view these breeds. His point in the article is excellent, when he reminds us “Rin Tin Tin changed the whole perception of German Shepherd Dogs in the 1960′s…Everyone saw this wonderful, loving, heroic dog.”
So why should you be helping Michael and his .org? Click here to read about Michael or just read the following excerpt from his website:
Michael Mountain: Editor-in-chief – One of the founders and past President of Best Friends Animal Society – the largest sanctuary for companion animals and flagship of the successful campaign to bring an end to the killing of millions of homeless pets in shelters every year. After the arrest of Michael Vick, Best Friends led the drive to save the dogs from being killed, and all but one of them were indeed saved, with Best Friends taking most of those. Several were featured on the Best Friends show Dogtown on the National Geographic Channel and have appeared around the country. Today, nonetheless, due to public fears and misperceptions, pit bulls remain the single most intractable challenge for shelters around the country. More than a million are still being killed every year – hence Michael’s new focus through StubbyDog.
Click here to read about the impressive advocates he has assembled, coast-to-coast, to mount this life-saving effort. This list is beyond impressive. Also, be sure to visit the site to learn what you never knew about these great pets. The site features news, stories, a blog and information on the breed(s).
We salute Michael Mountain, his website and his team for rescuing these pets and believing, on such a large-scale, that their lives can be better and for also believing that we are all capable of seeing them as the wonderful pets they can be. We hope in some small way, this blog post helps the cause to change public perception and showcase these dogs as “new friends” that need loving homes. Join us in saluting Michael and helping his cause!
As always, we thank our Facebook Fans and Lost & Found Pets America Network for not only helping lost pets get back home, but for also helping pets like these find loving homes!
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The short answer is, by using this blog to share information about a sea captain and a society he founded – both dedicated to saving our planet’s marine wildlife.
We thank Sandy Cole, a site supporter and pet lover from Virginia who mentioned Captain Paul Watson on her Facebook Wall. Captain Watson is Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (“SSCS”). According to the society’s website, he is “…at the helm of the world’s most active marine non-profit organization…” You may have seen the captain and his crew on Animal Planet’s Whale Wars. Click here to see a short video clip of Captain Watson on Animal Planet as he explains, in his own words and through images, what the society’s work means to our planet. The society was established in 1977 and describes itself as an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their stated mission is in part, to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Since 1977, the society’s vessels have patrolled the planet’s oceans to protect and defend the world’s marine wildlife, including the planet’s majestic whales. The society also protects, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, sea birds, fish, and every living thing in the world’s ocean, from the greed of hunters pursuing them. Right now, according to New York Magazine (.com), Captain Smith and his crew are steaming to the coastal waters off Libya to save blue fin tuna. In 2010 and 2011, the society also responded to the Gulf Oil Spill crisis, which quite arguably still exists today. Click here to see more information about their Operation Gulf Rescue.
You may have heard last year about the addition of the Bob Barker vessel to the society’s fleet. In January 2010 the acquisition of this large anti-whaling ship was made possible by a $5,000,000.00 contribution from American television personality and icon Bob Barker. In the years 2009 – 2010, the Bob Barker supported the society’s Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. This ship joined two other society vessels, the Steve Irwin and Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean. Bob Barker also donated funds for the purchase of a helicopter to accompany society vessels. The Steve Irwin, a ship renamed for one of the most beloved and well-known animal loving, animal conserving Animal Planet personalities of our time, was made possible in part, by Steve’s wife Terri Irwin. In 2007, Terri and Captain Watson participated in the public name change of an existing vessel in the Australian Melbourne Docklands, just before that ship’s departure to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. Terri in her own right is also a beloved personality and renowned animal conservationist dedicated to helping our planet’s wildlife. And as far as celebrity goes, the society has renamed one its fleet the Bridgitte Bardot given its many-year history with the Bridgitte Bardot Foundation. That vessel is now headed to Libya as well.
M/Y Steve Irwin
Keep in mind, the planet is 71% water and contains five oceans. For years only four oceans were recognized. They were the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. In the year 2000, the International Hydrographic Association established the Southern Ocean and its borders as the planet’s fifth ocean. Beneath this 71% of our planet, is wildlife that needs our collective help to survive. Click here to access the SSCS site’s Get Involved section and learn ways to get involved and save our ocean’s wildlife, from being an active “crew” member to supporting the SSCS from the safety of land (sign up for their newsletter and take that first easy step). You too can become a Sea Shepherd and start making a difference today!
We salute Captain Smith, his entire crew, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their supporters for their amazing and incredibly important work in helping to preserve our oceans’ wildlife. On a smaller, yet very important scale, we salute Amy Smith-Velthouse another of our site’s supporters and a true pet lover in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Click here to see her Facebook Wall, read her story and see the lost pets and strays she rescues on a weekly basis. She recently posted on our site’s Facebook Wall and we thought you should know more about her cause.
To our site supporters, thank you again for your support and help in bringing lost pets home, nationwide!
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Janice Lloyd, of USA Today, published a recent update on lost and found pets in Joplin, Missouri. Click here to see her article: Joplin Humane Society Rescues Pets. At the time the article was published, the Joplin Humane Society (JHS) had taken in over 300 lost pets after a devastating tornado ripped through that region. The pets were found in storm drains, along roadsides and under debris; some badly injured. In one day, the JHS sent 50 lost pets back home with their families. The article tells the story of one young family who lost their chocolate Lab, Samson, when the storm hit. Each day the family returned to their damaged home after the storm, looking for him. A family member put Samson’s ad on Craigslist; that led to the JHS finding the family after JHS workers found Samson in a storm drain. Following is a photo, published in the article, showing the happy reunion between family members and Samson. According to the article, the Executive Director for the shelter contacted both the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association for help; both sent emergency response personnel to assist. In doing so, the shelter’s work crew grew from 21 to 120 people.
In another USA Today article by Janice Lloyd, published today, Ms. Lloyd tells how the Executive Director of JHS is still “on-the-job”, even though she lost her 31-year-old step daughter in the tornado that devastated Joplin. In today’s article, Rescuer Loses Family Member, Soldiers On , we learn the JHS has received a $100,000.00 grant from the ASPCA. We salute the Joplin Humane Society, its Executive Director and staff, the ASPCA and the American Humane Association for helping lost and found pets reunite with their families! This is extraordinary work by extraordinary people.
For other helpful links related to helping Joplin’s lost pets and their families, click here to see our Blog post titled What’s Happening with Lost and Found Pets in Joplin, MO After Devastating Tornado? ; it’s filled with helpful links.
We also take time to announce our Month of May Contest winner, Marcea Barton of Oklahoma. Marcea listed her three favorite pets sites as: Surf Dog Richochet, The Puppy Rescue Mission and Binks & Yoda. And with that, she wins a $25.00 month of May prize. Please visit these pet advocacy sites and show your support! They are great sites. Thank you Marcea for being a true pet lover and supporter of our site! We greatly appreciate both.
To all of our site supporters, we thank you for your support and help in bringing lost pets home, nationwide!
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The pet’s name is Mason and he is an absolute story of inspiration for anyone currently searching for a lost pet. Erin Skarda covered Mason’s amazing story which appears on TIME’s Online NewsFeed. Click here to read about Mason and to view a short video clip telling his story: Dog with Two Broken Legs Survives Tornado, Crawls Home to Find Family. Click here also to see an ABC News update If you shy away from difficult pet news don’t shy away from this; it’s great pet news!
After nearly three weeks, Mason returned to his family’s tornado-damaged home in Alabama. Incredibly, he did so with two broken legs. Mason was swept away from the family’s garage during a tornado; his family had nearly lost hope of finding him. Mason’s family kept returning to their home looking for Mason and one day, there he was, on the family’s front porch! Like many families following the series of recent tornado strikes, the family turned to their local shelter for the best way to help Mason. He was in need of immediate and extensive medical care. In this case, Mason’s family was assisted by the Birmingham/Jefferson County Animal Control Shelter who in turn, contacted the pet heroes at Vulcan Park Animal Care clinic. This extraordinary clinic is providing the necessary care for Mason at no cost. See more terrific coverage of the story and an interview with hero veterinarian Dr. William Lamb on MyFoxAlabama. Dr. Lamb, of Vulcan Park Animal Care, worked with two other pet orthopedic surgeons in Alabama to rebuild Mason’s legs. These two Vet.’s are Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas. Right now, Mason is recovering from surgery and doing well. He will return to his family once he is released!
Following are the Mason updates from Vulcan Park Animal Care‘s website:
Thursday 05:00 P.M. ——–Mason is doing great at the clinic. He is eating like a champ in preparation for surgery tomorrow. He is a very sweet dog with a great personality and really likes to have his ears rubbed. This morning Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas, 2 orthopedic specialist in Birmingham offered their services in addition to Dr. Lambs for Mason’s surgery. The plan is to transport Mason to Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas facility tomorrow where they and Dr. Lamb will perform his operations. After surgery he will return back to Vulcan Park Animal Care to begin his recovery process. Check back tomorrow for more updates.
Friday 11:00 A.M. ——–Mason was transported to Dr. Milton and Dr. Ballagas facility around 9:00 this morning to begin prepping him for surgery. Surgery should be starting around noon. As soon as I hear from Dr. Lamb I will post a progress report here.
Friday 03:00 P.M. ——–Here is the latest update on Mason. He is now out of surgery and in recovery. The doctors said the surgery went well and have high hopes for a great recovery. I will post more as it comes to me.
Saturday 11:15 A.M. ——–Mason is eating well and was able to swap over to oral meds this morning. He is having an adjustment period to the large wraps and splints on his front legs but that is to be expected. I will try to post an update tomorrow but if not I will have one first thing Monday morning. Also, someone mentioned making a facebook page for Mason so keep an eye out for that Monday morning.
While you’re reading this, click here to see a video clip of Judy Pugh in Tuscaloosa, Alabama being reunited with her lost cat Katie, following tornado devastation in that area. Katie walks out from the rubble during a CNN interview, to Judy’s surprise. Turn up the volume to hear Katie purr after three weeks with no visible supply of food or water. Judy never gave up searching and returned to the rubble nearly every day looking for Katie!
We salute Mason, Katie, the families of these lost pets and the shelters, vet centers and veterinarians providing urgent care for them! Your collective story inspires us all and spreads great hope to pet owners looking to find their lost pets, nationwide. We thank you for the message to keep searching and never give up hope!
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As we know, a monstrous tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people, families, pets and rescue workers in Joplin.
Penny Eims, a Dog News Examiner for Examiner.com (National) posted a lost and found pets update just hours ago. Click here to see her article about helping Joplin pets following the tornado. She reports many pets need temporary housing and others are lost, searching for their families. She also shares the link to the newly created Facebook page Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, MO Tornado. She reports the Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption & Resource Center also has their own Facebook page to help pets and their families. Right now, this group is having some difficulty with telephone access, so rely on their Facebook page if you need to reach them. All lost and found pets in Joplin should be posted on both Facebook pages for maximum exposure. At present, there appears to be an immediate need to find shelter for all pets impacted in Joplin, perhaps even temporary foster housing. Take a minute to visit both sites to learn more about how you can help. Please also visit a third, yet equally important site - Winter Paws Artic Breed Rescue. They’re a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of endangered, purebred Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes in southwest Missouri. The following message is posted on their site:
We are requesting anyone who can temporarily foster a displaced dog please contact us at 417-773-6014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the specifics on what type of animal you can take and all your contact information. We would like to give Joplin Humane Society a list of available foster that can help in the coming days. Officials in Joplin are asking that individuals do not self-deploy to volunteer right now. We are also gathering supplies to take to the JHS. They are in need of pet food, cat litter, bedding, crates and cardboard soda flat boxes for litter pans. You can also visit their Facebook page for updates on their needs. For monetary donations, please visit the Joplin Humane Society’s website.
If you need to email Winter Paws, the director of that organization has provided her personal email address: email@example.com. Let her know specifics as to how many animals you can foster, what kind, gender, size, address, phone, etc. Be sure to let her know your city and state. Some organizations wisely limit foster efforts to certain geographic areas so they can ensure a pet’s safety and check-in on pets as needed.
On the people front, click here to see this new U.S.A. Today article on how you can help. According to their article, the Red Cross estimates 75% of the town is gone. They also mention the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center is indicating the Joplin twister was one of 68 reported tornadoes across seven Midwestern states over the weekend, stretching from Oklahoma to Wisconsin. Following is a listing of ways to help, as suggested in the article:
The Community Foundation of Kansas City has created two funds to pool donations, which you can make donations to online – the Joplin Missouri Disaster Relief Fund and the Reading Kansas Disaster Relief Fund. Community Foundation staff will perform the due diligence to ensure that grants from both funds are awarded to organizations addressing the immediate needs of the victims of the tornadoes, such as providing food, shelter and medical care/supplies. If you would like to donate with your credit card, please call 816-842-7444.
Convoy of Hope’s disaster response team has been in contact with emergency management officials to determine how best they can assist with responding to the disaster. The first truckload of essential supplies such as water, snacks and ready-to-eat meals was transported this morning to the Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. More supplies will be following as Convoy of Hope works with local emergency officials to determine what locations and products will best serve the response. Those wanting to help can make a secure online donation at www.convoyofhope.org or can make a $10 text donation by texting the word, CONVOY to 50555. Standard message and date rates apply.
The Salvation Army is providing emergency relief services to survivors and first responders of the Joplin tornado. The Army has mobilized four feeding units in impacted areas of the city and are offering food and beverages. The organization is also providing relief services in other impacted cities that were hit by tornadoes over the weekend, including: Minneapolis, MN; Reading, KS; and Grove and Ketchum, OK. There are four ways to help:
- Text the word “Joplin” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
- By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Joplin Tornado Relief
- On-line at: www.donate.salvationarmyusa.org
- By mail: Send your check to:
Joplin Tornado Relief
The Salvation Army
Kansas City, MO 64111
Please let us know if we can help lost pets and their families in Joplin with our website: www.lostandfoundpetsamerica.com. Thank you for supporting our site and those sites now helping lost and found pets in Joplin. I know together, we salute them!
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The short answer is, by using this site to share information about them.
In 1782, the Bald Eagle was chosen as the emblem for the United States. It was revered for its great strength, majestic looks and long life, according to the folks at American Bald Eagle Information.
Today, we salute the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska. This center is now Alaska’s primary bald eagle hospital. It’s also an educational center and one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. Their amazing 17-acre campus borders the Indian River and the Tongass National Forest, which they describe as a temperate coastal rainforest.
The center has more than 36,000 visitors each year and that’s in addition to the 15,000 schoolchildren they reach annually through their Adopt-A-Raptor program and their Air Warriors educational program in classrooms around the country. The center provides urgent medical care to 100 – 200 bald eagles and other birds annually. Most of their rescues are released back into the wild, but those too injured become permanent residents of this beautiful facility. Click here to see their 19 Raptors-in-Residence. The center’s Contributions Wish List includes a need for medical and surgical supplies. They also request basic office supplies (e.g., stamps, envelopes, print cartridges, etc.) and certain books for their on site educational library.
We also take time to salute the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Check out their Eagle Cam at Duke Farms or Duke Farms’ own link to the same Eagle Cam. The camera has been placed to provide researchers with an opportunity to monitor nesting Bald Eagles without any disturbance to the birds. The Eagle Cam is being shared with the public to provide a rare look into the nesting habits of these extraordinary birds of prey. If you’re an educator, you can download lesson plans that provide activities to work with the Eagle Cam and don’t miss the Eagle Cam Highlights section! You can also donate, sign up for emails, etc.
The Foundation stresses: Bald Eagles are extremely sensitive to human disturbance. At no time should anyone approach nesting eagles. People who want to observe or photograph eagles and who come too close may actually cause the birds to abandon a nest. They also want everyone to know: Bald eagle numbers have soared from only one breeding pair in 1973 to over 90 today because of New Jersey’s conservation efforts. That’s absolutely incredible work!
Thank you for checking out these sites and for supporting our own lost and found pet site! We greatly appreciate your support!
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The North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York gets a huge salute from our site. They are the world’s largest no-kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Organization. They proudly represent they have saved over 1,000,000 pets. In a strong move to help sheltered pets in Alabama, they dispatched mobile vans to that state. As of this morning, 78 Alabama pets had been transported to their rescue. These pets were already in shelters before tornadoes struck. Some of the pets are adult pets, surrendered to the league following the storms. Today, another of their mobile vans arrived at their rescue from Alabama. They now have hundreds of Alabama pets ready for adoption. Click here to see Good Morning America‘s morning broadcast showcasing their extraordinary efforts and some of the rescued pets. This is simply amazing and wonderful work! Also, click here to see The Humane Society of the United States‘s video of their rescue efforts in Alabama; their efforts are equally moving and amazing. The video is excellent and shows actual search efforts, as volunteers comb the Alabama rubble to rescue cats who survived the tornadoes and now need to be saved before bulldozers level the rubble.
Right now, the Mississippi River has created massive floods into parts of Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. We know the crest has moved through Memphis and is now firmly in New Orleans’ path and in the path of pets, creating a resulting wave of lost and found pets throughout these states. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people, families and pets in the affected areas. Here is an excerpt from iPetBlog.net discussing Memphis Flood Relief and pets:
And, everywhere during this difficult time, there are stories of the kindness of people helping people—and their pets. Last Saturday, volunteers rescued two very scared and pregnant cats stranded in the floodwaters and brought them to safety. The ASPCA disaster response team has worked with Memphis Animal Services and the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County to establish an emergency shelter. The emergency shelter has provided temporary housing for a large number of animals, where they will be cared for until they are reunited with their owners. Agencies assisting on the ground include American Humane Association, Code 3, and International Fund for Animal Welfare. The ASPCA is also partnering with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to establish a distribution center in Memphis, Tenn., where pet food, sheltering supplies, and crates can be distributed throughout the region to various local agencies in need. I’m sure the Memphis/Shelby County Humane Society would welcome your donations. And, the American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter is a good way to help the people of the region.
Also, see the following outstanding Facebook Pages for additional postings of lost and found pets in impacted areas:
- Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11.
- Greater Memphis Area Found Pets – Where Lost Pets are Found! . Postings for lost and found pets due to flooding in Memphis specifically should also use this site.
- Lost & Found Pets from the Tornadoes in Mississippi 2011. Postings for lost and found pets due to flooding in Mississippi should also use this site.
- Lost & Found Pets from TN & GA Tornadoes. Postings for lost and found pets due to the flooding in Tennessee should also use this site.
We take time to thank Too Kool Doggies blog for naming us their website of the week! We greatly appreciate their support and wonderful comments about the site. Please visit their site and show your support!
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We had an early question and it’s very good. Are photographs required in found pet ad postings for the May contest? The answer is “yes”. Shelters, rescues, vet centers and other animal advocacy groups are in an excellent position to determine whether someone claiming a FOUND PET is indeed the pet’s owner. We trust them to do so as this is part of what they do on a daily basis. Thanks for the great question. We appreciate the opportunity to answer it. If anyone has any other questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!
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We hope so – we’re giving them away in our month of May contest! The contest begins Thursday, May 5th at noon, EST and ends May 31st, 11:00 p.m. EST. ALL winners will be announced the first week of June on this blog.
1) The first animal shelter, rescue, vet center or any other animal advocacy group to post 5 free FOUND pet ads on our site wins a $100.00 gift card to the online pet supply or vet supply site of their choice. Please try for a mixture of pets – we want to help all pets (e.g., cats, dogs, etc.). You must email us a.s.a.p. when the postings are made; we will go by the date and time on the email. Our email address is: email@example.com.
2) The first pet bird/parrot rescue to post 5 FOUND pet ads on our site wins a $100.00 gift card to the online pet supply or vet supply site of their choice. You must email us a.s.a.p. when the postings are made; we will go by the date and time on the email. Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Lastly, but by no means least, we want to hear from our site fans and Facebook Fans! What are your top 3 pet-related websites? Email them to us! They can be animal advocacy sites or just fun-loving pet sites. We want to know. We will have a small panel of judges look at the sites at the end of the month. The two people who submit the most pet-helping and/or animal-loving sites, according to our judges, each win a $25.00 Amazon gift card/certificate. Our email address is:
We sincerely thank Kay of Glenmoore Small Animal Rescue in Pennsylvania and Janet of Fight 4 Flight Parrot Rescue in Oklahoma for discussing ideas for this contest, to help lost and found pets nationwide. Their willingness to do so is greatly appreciated as are their fantastic ideas (not all of which appear here)! Our site made small donations to each in recognition of their help. We call these BearBear donations after the little Pomeranian who continues to inspire this site! (see the About tab on our Homepage for photo’s of BearBear)
If you would like to donate to either terrific organization, here are the mailing addresses. Even a donation as small as $5.00 can make a big difference to these pet-saving rescues.
- Glenmoore Small Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 135, Downingtown, PA 19335
- Fight 4 Flight Parrot Rescue, c/o J.S., 702 E. 6th Street, Claremore, OK 74017-6336
A big thanks to all of our site supporters and Facebook Fans for helping us, help lost pets – you’re the best! Good luck with the contest!
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We have a contest winner! During the month of April, we held a contest. The first person to bring five-hundred new Facebook Fans to the site would win a Nook Color E-Reader with WiFi. This e-reader lets users download and read up to 6,000 books, full-color magazines, newspapers, songs, photo’s while also offering internet access in Wi-Fi spots so users can browse the web and check email. That’s lots of hand-held ability to read one’s favorite pet books, pet magazines, etc. and to check in on our website, Facebook Wall, Twitter homepage and other favorite pet sites.
The winner is Ellen O’Neill Wolfe, a strong site supporter and animal lover! We thank Ellen so very much for believing in this site and promoting it to her strong network of animal supporters. In our opinion, we now have the most wonderful animal-loving Facebook supporters any new site could hope for. We have asked Ellen to describe the work she and her family do with military families and their pets, throughout the world. We will be publishing her story later this week. Please look for it.
Also, later this week, we will be announcing our May contest. There’s something for everyone, so please look for that too!
Welcome to our site and our community! The pets thank you and we thank you!
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We don’t know a great deal, but we do know a Facebook Page has been created to help reunite lots pets with their families in Alabama. The site is called, Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11. The real story on the page right now is the outpouring of support from so many and the list of lost pets growing on that site. We salute this page, its founder and supporters! Please SHARE the site with anyone you think may need it or want to see it. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people, families and pets of Alabama, and all those in the impacted states. They are also with the rescue workers, shelters and vet centers who are still moving quickly to help, following the devastation. For those interested in passing the actual link, it is: http://www.facebook.com/ALTornadoAnimals .
Following are some of the pets listed on that site. Their photo’s appear on the Facebook page. We felt it best not to copy the photo’s and post them here, as we expect the Facebook site wants folks to visit the site directly to view any other pets posted and to see first-hand, ways to help. If you do not have access to Facebook and think you might have one of these pets, please contact us and we will immediately contact the Facebook site’s administrator for you. Please spread the word!
CATS: Four cats are listed as lost in the McCULLEY MILL area of ATHENS, AL — Daisy, calico, 12 yrs. old; Buzz, grey/black/white, one eye, 10 yrs. old; Furball, tan/black, 8 yrs. old; Sir Porkchop, grey/black, 1 yr. old. One cat is listed as missing in TUSCALOOSA, AL. The cat was lost in the CHARLESTON SQUARE APARTMENTS area - mostly black, calico/tortoise shell, has extra toes (the paws look like big thumbs).
DOGS: A FEMALE PUPPY has been FOUND in HOMEWOOD, AL near the ABC Daycare. She is tan/creme spotted with a pink rhinestone collar. There is a MALE MINI AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD, LOST in TUSCALOOSA, AL mostly black with white. He has some brown on his legs and paws. He is wearing a houndstooth collar.
All FOUND pets post to our site at no cost. There is a small fee to post a LOST PET, which helps fund the cost of the free FOUND PET ads. The small fees also help with donations to animal causes and with improving our site. This LOST PET ad fee is absolutely waived for anyone in any of the impacted Southern States who has LOST a pet. Please email us for a special coupon code to post your LOST PET ad at no cost: email@example.com. We are here to help! Again, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your pets. We will stay positive for you and focus on the prospect of many happy reunions!
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This week, we received an unexpected and terrific call! One of our Facebook fans and a strong site supporter said kids at a local high school were “adopting” our site and were adding their names to our Facebook Fan page. The kids love that the sole focus of this site is reuniting lost and found pets with their families! We couldn’t be prouder of these kids! It really opened our eyes that kids could be a real force for helping pets and shelters across the country. Think about it. We’re use to thinking of fund-raising for shelters and animal causes in very “adult” terms. We seek ”adult” donations and “adult” grants. We’re so very “adult-focused” in our fund-raising models. It’s serious business, right? But what if we harnessed the power of kids and college students to generate funds for shelters and animal causes across the county? How big could that be? What kind of creativity and energy could kids bring to saving these pets and helping shelters nationwide? The short answer is “lots”. In recent years, we know college students have mobilized into powerful “online” political fundraisers; they’ve been credited with impacting more than a few highly publicized elections in this country. Based on this, we went looking for kids who “financially” rescued a shelter and we found them in Columbia, Missouri. Inside Columbia Magazine dubbed them, The Million-Dollar Girls and here’s their story.
Amanda Huhman and Libby Burks were volunteers at the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, Missouri. Reportedly, the shelter was in bad financial straits. The kids loved this place! One of the girls remembered seeing a contest offering a shelter makeover worth up to $1M million and together, they decided to win the contest. Pause here and seriously consider, how many adults would even think they had a chance at winning such a dream? The contest was sponsored by the terrific folks at ZooToo.com. The short story is, the girls signed on more than 11,000 people to support their contest efforts and they won! In the process, they were first over 850 other competing shelters. So which is more significant? The fact these kids dreamed big, moved mountains and won or the fact only 850 shelters competed, given there are thousands and thousands of shelters across the country? Kids are imaginative, fearless and hopeful, that’s why they can achieve such great things for these pets! So how did they do it? They handed out treat bags with contest information outside stores, they spoke at local groups and schools to ignite a passion, they visited nursing homes and helped folks register in the contest and they got the local media – print and radio – completely behind them. They started a grassroots movement that took off. The shelter completely mobilized with them as the kids lead the way. The entire shelter staff, the girls and their supporters carried the passion home. These girls and the shelter deserve the biggest praise we can give them. Today, the girls have a pet series on YouTube. Reportedly, the girls will also head a new Junior Board at the shelter. So how old were these girls when they achieved this feat? They were seventh-graders! We give our heart-felt congratulations to Amanda, Libby, the CMHS staff/volunteers and their wonderful supporters! We specifically salute CMHS for strongly promoting the involvement of kids, to change things for pets on such a large scale.
This site is a big believer in contests and we will continue to sponsor them. We greatly appreciate our site members and supporters! Keep sharing those great ideas with us. We are a nationwide community, thanks to you!
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We salute World Vets, International Aid to Animals. They recently posted an April 13, 2011 update to their efforts in Japan. For those new to the organization’s name, they are very similar to Doctors Without Borders in that they readily aid those in need, where in need, throughout the world. They report, World Vets Veterinarians continue to work 12-hours daily providing veterinary care to animals living in shelters and outside evacuation centers. They have also sent a large shipment of food, cages, kennels and vet supplies to support their efforts in Japan. Importantly, they are working closely with Japanese Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (JEARS) which is one of the leading rescue and support groups providing urgent care to all animals in Japan, including lost and found pets. This is simply amazing work by wonderful people!
World Vets takes time in their update to thank the Foundation Brigitte Bardot, the Maria Norbury Foundation and Abbott Animal Health who provided immediate financial assistance to them, to help the animals in Japan. We salute their supporters as well!
For a quick look at World Vets scene photo’s, click here.
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Today, a major disaster was declared in the State of North Carolina and Federal Aid has been ordered to assist state and local recovery efforts, due to tornadoes and severe storms that ripped through the central and eastern part of the state this past Saturday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, residents and pets impacted by these events.
The information we have related to lost and found pets is limited, but Nacarla Webb, of Eyewitness News 9, WNCT in Greene County, North Carolina just updated her post Greene County: Connecting Pet Owners and Lost Pets. Greene County is located in the eastern part of the state. According to the post, the Greene County Animal Shelter was at full capacity the night a tornado came through that area. The shelter posted an ad on their Facebook page asking for help and it worked! Supporters took pets already “sheltered” to make room for those newly lost and recovered. At present, the news is the shelter is serving as a place to board pets for those who lost their home in the storm. Our salute to this shelter (and we know others) dedicated to helping these lost pets and their families!
For further information contact the Greene County Animal Shelter or visit their Facebook page. We offer our ready assistance and welcome any news regarding other lost and found pet efforts in North Carolina. For a listing of pet shelters in North Carolina see Muttcats.com. As always, it is best to appear in person at your local shelter to see if your lost pet has been found.
Other Notes, per Nacarla Webb: Green County officials need your help connecting lost animals and owners after the weekend storms. If you lost your pet in the tornado, make sure to check for them at the Greene County Animal Shelter at 252-747-8184. They are open Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can also contact Officer Randy Hawkins at 252-714-2885 or Officer Ray Johnson 252-939-2037.
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Okay! Here are the contest rules. The first person or organization to do the following, wins:
1) bring 500 animal lovers to our site by midnight EST, Saturday, April 30, 2011 - animal lovers includes individuals, organizations, shelters, rescues, vet centers, any group or business friendly to animals, etc.;
2) these 500 animal lovers MUST “Like” the site and their photo/avatar MUST appear in our “Facebook window on the site” by midnight EST, Saturday, April 30, 2011;
3) the person recruiting the 500 new “Liker’s” to the site MUST keep track of their “Liker’s”; once the recruiter has recruited “500 Liker’s” they MUST email us a.s.a.p with their LIST of 500 individual names/organization names that resulted in posted “Likes” to the site – our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org;
4) the first name of the winner (and we really hope there’s a winner!) will be announced Monday, May 2, 2011 on this blog, Facebook and Twitter (Twitter name: findlostpets); the e-reader will be express shipped/insured on Tuesday, May 2, 2011 to the winner!
Our contest in May will largely focus on shelters, rescues etc. thanks to some great ideas from our new site friend Kay who runs a very special shelter in Pennsylvania. More on that and her great work in May. Ellen we extend our sincere appreciation for your ideas regarding this contest. Everyone, thanks again for your support – lost pets thank you too! Good luck!
Questions? Feel free to contact us. We want you to win!
1-866-580-PETS (7387), email@example.com
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