Animal News (other than cats)


Sunrise Sanctuary, for those of you who don’t know, is an awesome long term home for those animals that normally are considered “food” in our society. Sunrise Sanctuary, however, considers these animals to be their duty to protect and love. They provide them with shelter, food, and a lifelong place to live lives free from the fears these animals normally face in our world.

Therefore, this Thanksgiving, rather than sitting down to a turkey dinner, the kind hearted people at Sunrise Sanctuary will be holding a compassionate Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys and are asking everyone to join them in donating food to keep these lovely birds from going hungry. The turkeys don’t want their friends, the sheep, cows, pigs, horses, chickens, and ducks from going hungry either, so they are also asking for donations of food for their other buddies.

Join the animals and everyone at the Sanctuary on Sunday, November 17, from 1 to 3 pm for a Thanksgiving celebration you will never forget.

For this special event, Sunrise Sanctuary is partnering with ASE Feed & Supply, (who provides the quality food and supplies for the sanctuary animals at discounted price), to fill up the barns and bins with lots of yummy treats for the everyone living at the Sanctuary.

ASE is putting together a truck full of items that Sunrise needs for the animals. The truck will contain food, treats, and other necessities and will be parked at the Sanctuary during the Thanksgiving event. Pricing for the items in the truck will start at just $5. You can purchase food to help keep these wonderful beings happy and fed over the next few months. Credit cards will be accepted at the event. All purchases are also tax deductible!

You can also bring things that Sunrise needs to the event. To pick out items, visit their Wish List HERE.


There will also be lots of great treats from the vegan bakery, Pattycake Bakery. Additionally, there will be other gift items available for the holiday season. Check out book markers, art, and pendants by Tina Lowery. The book “Journey to Gentle Barn” by Natasha McKeon will also be featured for only $14.99. And Sunrise Sanctuary t-shirts will be on sale for $10.

Please RSVP for the Thanksgiving event by November 11 by going HERE.

Make sure you check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. This is a working farm, so wear boots and old clothes to muck around.

And if you can’t make it to the Thanksgiving FOR the Turkeys event, consider adopting a turkey for only $7.50 a month. The Support-A-Buddy Program makes you a hero for the animals all Year long! Find out more HERE.

Sunrise Sanctuary is located just a short distance from Columbus and Plain City at 16730 Martin Welch Road in Marysville, Ohio.  Please consider taking a trip to visit the animals and enjoy a compassionate and gentle Thanksgiving.

And Please LIKE Sunrise Sanctuary on Facebook by going HERE.



I recently had an email from Emily Gates a rescuer and animal lover who regularly pulls dogs from the Franklin County Dog Pound. Emily is also part of a group called Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs.

On Thursday, September 26, at 6 pm, Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs will hold their first annual Remember Me Thursday Candle-Lighting Ceremony.

Here is the information from Emily’s press release:

“The Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs are uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations globally to participate in a Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit at the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home. By uniting in this way, on one very special day, the worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of healthy pets still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year. Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs invite the community to the Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony, Thursday, September 26th, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., taking place outside the Franklin County Dog Shelter, 4340 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio, 43229, (behind Menard’s on Morse Road).

“Remember Me Thursday is a global awareness campaign championed by Mike Arms, President of the Helen Woodard Animal Center. It asks organizations and individuals to dedicate the last Thursday of September, annually, to remembering the millions of healthy orphan pets who lost their lives over the last year without the benefit of a loving home. Last year, at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, 4,739 dogs and puppies, 565 cats and kittens were put to death at the shelter, and 3,144 dogs were adopted. Thus far in 2013, 2,597 dogs, 210 puppies, 118 cats and 41 kittens were euthanized and 2,427 dogs were adopted. 

“Individuals can get involved by attending the candle-lighting ceremony at the shelter, by lighting a virtual candle on-line at; changing their Facebook profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day, September 26th; spreading the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS; and most importantly by always adopting and encouraging friends and family to do the same.

“Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs invite the community to be a part of the movement at this very special Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony. A video will be shown, candles will be lit, and people will honor the lives of those cats and dogs who were thrown away by society and put to death at the shelter. Over 50 people are expected to attend.

“’There are approximately 1 million people in Franklin County, many of whom have pets but only 30% of these pets come from shelters or rescue groups,” said Emily Gates, one of the organizers of the vigil. The rest come from pet stores, puppy mills and breeders,” she said. “Thousands of beautiful, healthy orphan pets die at our shelter every year without the benefit of a loving home, simply because the public is not aware of how truly amazing these animals are. We believe the shelter can do much more to get these dogs seen at events, through the use of social media and radio and TV appearances and get more dogs adopted.’


“’Tragically, the Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs see so many wonderful pets that are simply abandoned because their owners lost their homes, had to move or didn’t understand the time and care that a pet requires,” said Todd Patrick. “The shelter can lower euthanasia numbers by partnering with community groups and working to help the dogs or cats stay in their homes instead of entering the shelter. These pets can be anything from purebred or pit bull mixes, well-behaved or needing some training, very young or entering their senior years, but many of these loving animals don’t get a second chance because the shelter won’t go the extra mile for them.’

“The Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.”

For information on the Remember Me Thursday candle-lighting event call or email Emily Gates at 614-406-9423 or

You can LIKE Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs on Facebook HERE.

You can also let Advocates for Franklin County Dog Shelter Dogs know you will be attending the Remember Me Thursday event, by joining HERE.

Read the official Remember Me Thursday poem HERE.

About Remember Me Thursday:

Animal lovers and organizations across the globe unite on the last Thursday of September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign is championed by Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center, and creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and successful Home 4 the Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed 8.3 million pets in homes since 1999. He is joined in partnership with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, which represents over 150 animal welfare organizations in New York, New York and by animal organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit


On Tuesday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 18The Columbus Foundation will present a 24 hour opportunity to match donations to Central Ohio non-profits that are part of their PowerPhilanthropy–up to 1 million dollars! From 11 am on September 17 to 11 am on September 18, credit card donations of $20 or more will be matched by The Columbus Foundation.

To participate, just visit

Click on the GIVE NOW button.

Select the non-profit of your choice from among 600 organizations that are part of PowerPhilanthropy. There are 21 organizations that are listed under “Animal Welfare and Conservation.” To see all of the groups, go HERE. Click on “Program Area” and select “Animal Welfare and Conservation.”

One of the groups I am recommending that people donate to is Columbus Dog Connection. Columbus Dog Connection has a new Mobile Spay/Neuter Truck and to ease the burden of fundraising for other rescues, they also write for and share grant money to help save more cats and dogs.

The second group I am suggesting is The Ohio Wildlife Center. Any donations that are made to the Ohio Wildlife Center will be used to help wild animals that have been injured and to support their work in the hospital and in their educational programs. They are a great place and I have taken rescued baby birds, bunnies, and other wildlife in need to them on many occasions.

Another group I love is Pet FBI Pets found by Internet. Pet FBI helps to reunite lost pets with their owners by allowing people to post photos and information on pets that have been lost and pets that have been found.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue and the Columbus House Rabbit Society. After fostering a bunny that was dumped at my parent’s house out in the country, I have a special love for Little Bunny Foo Foos and all those special people who save these soft, gentle babies.

We use SOS of Ohio, Shelter Outreach Services for many of our feral kitties. They have a wonderful program where they will allow you to bring a trapped cat in without an appointment from Tuesday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm. They’ll fix the kitty and send it back home with you by 5 pm the same day. Plus, they are one of the few vet hospitals in Columbus that will not declaw. Love that! Our vet, Dr. Kim West and her partner, Dr. Evelyn Tannhof at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital are the only other office besides SOS that I know of that refuses to declaw.

Additionally, you can pick these other great organizations:

1. Friends of the Shelter which provides funding for the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

2. Cat Welfare Association is a shelter dedicated to finding homes for cats and kittens.

3. Cozy Cat Cottage is another wonderful shelter that cares for cats and kittens until they can find permanent, forever homes.

4. Colony Cats also helps numerous kitties in the area. They are also premiere trappers, doing Trap-Neuter-Return projects all over the county.

5. Almost Home Dog Rescue provides homes for homeless Collies and other dogs looking for their families.

6. Capital Area Humane Society fights animal cruelty throughout Columbus and advocates for animals in the county.

And the final two groups I am putting a good word in for are not animal related, but are still favorites:  WCBE, 90.5, our local public radio station, and Friends of the Drexel, supporting the independent movie theater in downtown Bexley.

I am an NPR junkie and my views of the world come directly from WCBE. I don’t watch the news on television (too depressing), so the only real world news I get is from my public radio. I also love seeing the lesser known and usually award-winning films at the Drexel Theater in Bexley.

Pick one of these non-profits or one of the other 600 that are involved in The Big Give on September 17 and 18 and double your donation for many great causes. Believe me, most charities can use the extra help right now!


MARS Adoption Event Flyer

Please mark your calendars for MARS Petcare’s 6th Annual “Adoption on the Lawn” on Sunday, September 15 from noon to 5 pm. The event, which is held on the lawn in front of MARS at 5115 Fisher Road in Columbus, will feature adoptable dogs and cats, music, kids activities, product giveaways, and prizes.

The adoption event will feature 18 local shelters and rescues including several purebred dog rescues (Columbus Cocker Rescue, Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue (MWBTR)Ohio Pug Rescue, and Ohio Rottweiler Rescue). Additionally, there will be two cat only groups (Cat Welfare and Cozy Cat Cottage) and shelters that feature both dogs and cats (Citizens for Humane ActionHumane Society of Madison CountyHumane Society of Clark CountyNew Beginnings Animal Shelter, Pet PromisePets Without ParentsPowell Animal Welfare Society, and Stop the Suffering).

Canine Collective, Faithful Forgotten Best Friends,  His Hands Extended Sanctuary, and Peace for Paws Ohio will also be among the Elite 18!

We hope you will come out and support MARS and all of the local rescues and shelters at this fun event. To make the flyer larger, please click on it and print it out!



For the seventh year, Columbus Dog Connection will be presenting Woofstock 2013 on Saturday, August 24, from 6-10 pm to raise funds to help save animals in the Columbus area and prevent unwanted litters from being born through spay and neuter services.

The event will be held rain or shine at Columbus Commons located at 160 South High Street in the heart of Downtown Columbus. Tickets are $10 with kids 12 and under FREE.

Woofstock will feature bands Musashi, The Get Outs, and Donna Mogavero.

There will be lots of vendors, several rescue groups, tons of food and beer, and great raffle items. Spayed and neutered dogs can enjoy all the fun, too.

So bring your dogs, a blanket, and chairs to enjoy “1 Day of Dogs & Music.” Woofstock is just like the original Woodstock, except there are dogs instead of drugs!

For more information on this fun event to help Central Ohio animals, please go HERE.



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I am so happy to report that all of you have helped to make Black and Orange’s Blog a finalist in The Petties 2013 as “Best Cause Blog.” From July 5 to July 31, you can vote every day, once a day for our blog, which is listed under “Best Cause Blog” and “B and O Cats.”

To Vote for Black and Orange’s Blog as the “Best Cause Blog,” go HERE. Click on “Vote Now.” Remember, we are listed as “B and O Cats” on the ballot.

The winner in each blog category will win a $1,000 donation to the rescue or shelter of choice. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony in September.

The Petties are sponsored by Dogtime Media and are a prestigious award for companion animal bloggers.

After you have voted for B and O’s blog, you can also nominate an “Unsung Hero” by going HERE. You can nominate an “Unsung Hero” between July 5 and July 31. In 2012, Dogtime Media and The Petties introduced the Unsung Hero Award to recognize the thousands of volunteers doing incredible work on behalf of homeless animals. This year, Dogtime Media and The Petties are asking the public to nominate those who have gone above and beyond for shelters and rescue organizations in their area. Dogtime Media will share a few of the most inspiring stories on their site and announce the winner during the 2013 Petties broadcast. The recipient receives a personalized Petties trophy and a $10,000 donation to the shelter or rescue organization of his or her choice.


The HomeAgain® Hero of the Year award will recognize some inspiring people who are making significant contributions to the health and well-being of pets. Worthy individuals could be volunteers at animal rescues or shelters, responders to natural disasters, philanthropists, fund-raisers, animal advocates, or anyone else who might be considered a hero to pets.

On behalf of the winner, HomeAgain will donate $10,000 to a participating charity of his or her choice, as well as $1,000 to participating charities chosen by 4 finalists, including the Foundation.

If you think you know someone who is worthy of the award, you can find more details and complete a nomination form at Nominations must be received by July 31, 2013.

Do you want to know how you can be a hero to your pet? Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to get a HomeAgain microchip for your furry friend. It’s the best way to provide protection if your pet gets lost. For more information, visit



There’s a new veterinary resource available for 24-hour emergency care. The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) at Dublin is affiliated with The Ohio State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Located at 5020 Bradenton Avenue in Dublin, the new OSU satellite office offers the same quality care that you would expect to receive at the main Veterinary Medical Center on the Ohio State campus–only closer to home!

We’ve already tried out the VMC at Dublin for a kitty with pancreatitis and a kitty with a urinary blockage. Both were sent to the Dublin office by our vet, Dr. Kim West of Health and Harmony Animal Hospital in Grandview. Both kitties received excellent care while they were there.

The VMC at Dublin offers outpatient imaging services, as well as outpatient ultrasounds. Our kitty with pancreatitis had an ultrasound done that helped us discover the cause of her problems.

For more information on the VMC at Dublin, go HERE.

While you do not need an appointment for emergencies, it is always a good idea to call ahead and let them know you are on your way. You can call the VMC at Dublin at 614-889-8070.


Once again, PetPromise will be hosting their “5K Walk and Run for Homeless Pets.” The Rescue Run will take place over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, with the race beginning at 10:30 am, rain or shine. Walkers, runners, and friendly dogs are welcome to come out and support PetPromise’s efforts to change the future for homeless pets.

The event kick-off and registration begins at 8 am at McFerson Commons Park (in the Arena District) located on Nationwide Blvd. at 218 West Street in Columbus.

The registration fee is $30. You can also collect pledges and if you raise $30 or more, the registration fee will be waived.

You can print off a pledge tracking form and see how much money has been raised so far by going HERE.

Our friend, Tony Wilson, ran in the Rescue Run when he was around 14-years-old and came in first for his age group. The photos below are ones that I took the day of the race several years ago.

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The FiXiT Foundation recently received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society to spay and neuter pit bulls for FREE in selected states: California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Texas and Utah.

To get the FREE fix, pit bull owners in the qualifying states must register through the web site. Pit bull terrier dogs of all types, including mixes and American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, all qualify for the FREE fix. To find out if you qualify to have your pit bull fixed for FREE, go HERE.

Even if you don’t have a pit bull that needs fixed, you can still help—you can also sponsor a fix on the web site. You can sponsor a fix for a dog or a cat and you can even choose which state the animal lives in. Since I am in Ohio, I try to help locally and sponsor fixes in my state. But you could choose to help anywhere. To sponsor a fix (or to register to get your companion animal fixed), go HERE.

For more information on the Best Friends grant, go HERE and HERE.

Besides the Best Friends grant, the FiXiT Foundation also recently received a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to spay and neuter pit bulls on the site. This grant funds a program called, “Half the Pits–Half the Price.” For every pit bull that is sponsored to be fixed on the site (no matter what state the pit bull resides in), the FiXiT Foundation will refund $50 or pay half the cost! Normally, you would donate $100 toward the surgery. With the Petco grant, the cost is only $50.

For more information on the Petco grant, go HERE and HERE.

The FiXiT Foundation is concentrating on pit bulls, because these lovely dogs have been so vilified in recent years that when they end up in shelters, most are euthanized. According to the FiXiT Foundation web site, one out of every four animals euthanized in shelters is a pit bull. Nearly a million pit bulls each year are killed because of their breed.

If we can stop unwanted pit bulls from being born, we can also stop them from being discarded and euthanized. Most pit bull owners are not breeding their dogs to use for fighting. Most would like to prevent unwanted litters, but do not have the means. The FiXiT Foundation gives these owners and their beloved dogs a chance at a better life.

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