Daily Life of a Rescuer


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 www.remembermethursday.org; 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 affcds@gmail.com.

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 www.remembermethursday.org.

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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.


It is time to nominate favorite pet blogs for the 2013 Petties Awards.  These awards are sponsored by Dogtime Media and are a prestigious award for pet bloggers. Petties are awarded to the top pet blogs in ten categories and each of the winners receive a $1,000 donation to the animal-related charity of their choice.

This year, each time you nominate a blog, you can also enter your favorite shelter or rescue for a chance to win $10,000.

Please nominate Black and Orange’s blog for Best Cat Blog and Best Rescue/Cause Blog

To nominate B and O, go HERE.

Our URL: www.bandocats.org/blog

Shelter Nomination for $10K Petties Grant: Black and Orange Cat Foundation

You can enter a nomination once a day every day between now and Friday, June 28. The shelter or rescue with the most nominations will win a $10,000 Petties grant donation and the blogs with the most nominations will go to the final round of voting. The winners will be announced in July!

Thank you so much for your nominations!





As many of you may remember, last year, the blog for Black and Orange was nominated and was a finalist in the Best Rescue/Cause Blog category in The Petties 2012. Nominations are just about to open for The Petties 2013, DogTime Media’s awards for the best in pet blogging. In addition to their previous ten categories, this year, there are two new categories including Best Active Living Blog and Best Pet Mobile App.

The nomination period for the 2013 Petties opens on June 3 and closes on June 28. During that time, you can also submit nominations for a shelter or rescue to receive the Petties Grant of $10,000. We hope you will consider nominating Black and Orange Cat Foundation for the grant and our blog to win a Pettie. The Petties are a very big deal for pet bloggers.

We’ll have more information on June 3 when nominations open. We hope you will consider nominating Black and Orange’s blog in one of the following categories 1) Best Overall Pet Blog, 2) Best Cat Blog, 3) Best Cause Related Blog.

And thank you in advance. We only made it in to the finals last year, because of all of you!

On Saturday, April 6, author Cathy Unruh will be participating in a book signing and fundraising dinner for Colony Cats. Cathy Unruh is the author of the book, Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat. The book recounts the story of Lucy Miracle, a formerly feral kitty who narrates the adventure. Besides offering the perspective of a feral cat who must learn to trust people, the book also educates on the importance of Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in reducing the feline overpopulation problem.

Cathy Unruh will be at a book signing at Colony Cat’s Kit & Kaboodle Boutique from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 6. The Boutique is located at 2736 Festival Lane in Dublin (in front of Joanne’s Fabrics). You can pre-purchase a copy of the book for $15 on Colony Cat’s web site HERE. The Boutique will also have a special sale the day of the book signing with most items discounted 25%. Cat toys and cat-themed items will be featured. There will also be a bake sale.

Following the book signing, Colony Cats will host a fundraising dinner from 6-8 pm at Camelot Cellars Winery, 958 North High Street in Columbus. You can meet Cathy and Lucy at the dinner and hear Cathy speak about TNR in the United States and the Bahamas (where Lucy Miracle was tamed). The event is $65 per person and includes wine from Camelot Cellars, dinner and dessert from A Catered Event, and an autographed copy of Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat. Currently, there are only 14 seats still remaining for this event. So if you want to attend, get moving. You can purchase tickets online HERE.

For more information on Cathy Unruh and Lucy Miracle, visit Cathy’s web page HERE.

You can also follow Cathy’s Facebook page HERE.

From an abandoned, abused baby who was left at a bus stop with two broken ankles to Super Star–such is the path a rescue dog can take. And this is the journey that Fruit Bat West traversed to begin her acting career this March in the Grandview Heights High School production of Legally Blonde, The Musical!

In case you don’t know Fruit Bat’s sorrowful story, you can read it HERE and see photos of her in her little leg casts.

But just a quick summary. Fruit Bat was found off of West Broad Street several years ago with both back ankles fractured so that she was unable to move. She laid immobilized for hours until a kind good samaritan from Colony Cats took her to Dr. Kim West. Dr. West saved her life and christened her with her quirkily appropriate name–Fruit Bat, because she did look like a Fruit Bat (and Dr. West had been naming rescue cats over several months following the alphabet and had reached “F” in her naming schedule).

The rest of Fruit Bat’s story unfolded like a tear jerker Hollywood movie. Dr. West adopted her. She healed. She went from homeless and helpless in the blink of an eye.

Now loved and spoiled in the West household and the reigning Queen, along with her sister, Tupelo, at her mom’s vet clinic, Health and Harmony Animal Hospital, Fruit Bat had a fairy tale ending–something all rescue pups dream of finding.

Even when she was broken and homeless, however, this sweet chihuahua had star quality. She always seemed to be smiling and happy. She never lost hope.

Fruit Bat’s celebrity personality is apparent to everyone and she will soon be the star attraction in Legally Blonde, The Musical! playing the role of Bruiser, Elle’s beloved canine friend in the law school comedy.

Legally Blonde, The Musical! will be performed on Thursday, March 7 at 8 pm, Friday, March 8 at 8 pm, and Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $8 or $10, depending on the location in the auditorium.

Pick a day and come see this plucky pup perform!

Fruit Bat is even included in the cast list. Look for her name beside Bruiser’s character on the cast list HERE.

For more information on the show dates and times, go HERE.  Grandview Heights High School is located at 1587 West Third Avenue in Grandview Heights.

Fruit Bat will also be having a red carpet event…to be announced by her proud stage mom.

We would wish Fruit Bat the normal theater congrats on her opening night: “Break a leg.” But in this case, knowing her history, we don’t think that is appropriate. Instead we will tell her to have a “doggone” good time and show everyone the power of rescue and of love.

Tigger, submitted by Jennifer

Voting for the “luckiest pet” runs from February 21 to March 18. We had four people enter their kitties in the “Luckiest Pet Contest” sponsored by Petfinder.com, Petco, and Animal Planet. Thank you to Debbie, Jennifer, Cynthia, and Jessica for entering Grayson, Tigger, Susan, and Cali in the contest as the luckiest pets around!

If Grayson, Tigger, Susan, or Cali’s photos win, their moms will win a $500 gift card to Petco and Black and Orange will receive a $5,000 donation!

You can vote once a day for either Grayson, Tigger, Susan, or Cali from February 21 to March 18!

To vote, go HERE and put in “Black and Orange” under “See the Lucky Pets.” The four photos included in this blog posting are the photos you will see of Tigger, Grayson, Susan, and Cali when you go to vote. Choose one of them and vote for your favorite to help B and O win!

Just a note on Susan. She is Cynthia’s foster kitty and is available for adoption. This sweet older gal is deaf and declawed. She was found wandering at a local farmer’s market, starving and alone. To read more about Susan and see other photos, go HERE. And if you are interested in adopting Susan, download an application on our web site, www.bandocats.org, under “How you can help” and “Adopt.” Once you have filled it out, either email it back to bandocats@gmail.com or fax it to 614-873-0972.

Again, vote once a day until March 18 for your favorite kitty!

Grayson, submitted by Debbie

Cali, submitted by Jessica

Susan, submitted by Cynthia

If you have never heard of this, I’d like to encourage you to participate in a really neat project that Dogs Deserve Better does each Valentine’s Day. For the Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Valentine Campaign, Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) sends out Valentines to chained and penned dogs. Mailed along with the Valentine is a brochure about bringing dogs into the home and freeing them from their chained existence, as well as a coupon for a dog treat. This is the 11th year that Dogs Deserve Better has been sending out Valentines to neglected canines.

Last year, Dogs Deserve Better, whose mission focuses on freeing dogs from chained and penned lives, sent almost 19,000 Valentines. The goal for 2013 is 20,000 Valentines. In order to do that, DDB needs you!

First of all, they need you to make Valentines for the dogs. If you are a teacher, a student, a group leader (4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) or someone homeschooling their children, this is a great service project to teach kindness to animals. The Valentines should be no larger than 4″ by 8″ so they can fit into an envelope to be mailed. DDB is stressing Quality over Quantity–they want really neat Valentines that will make people think. You can visit their web site to see some of the cool Valentines people made in previous years and also to download high resolution chained dog images to use on your own Valentines. All Valentines must be mailed to Dogs Deserve Better, 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430 by February 5–yes, we are running out of time.

Secondly, DDB needs coupons for free or reduced cost treats or dog food. They are aiming at having a coupon to go with every Valentine, so 20,000 coupons. You can mail coupons to the same address: 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430.

And finally, DDB needs to know who to send these Valentines to. If you know of a chained or penned dog in your area (we have all seen them–the poor dogs that look miserable in summer heat and bring tears to our eyes when they are covered in drifts of snow), please find the addresses for those dogs and either email them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org, call the info in at 757-357-9292, or go online and fill out the information via a form on the web site: HERE. YOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!

You can also sponsor the cost of sending 20,000 Valentines by making a donation to Dogs Deserve Better online or by mailing a check to the address listed above. You can also purchase really neat Valentine merchandise when you visit the site to learn how to participate in the 2013 Valentine Campaign.

To read the official press release, go HERE.

Like DDB on Facebook HERE.

We should all have a heart for chained dogs!


On January 9, volunteers from SOS of Ohio, (Shelter Outreach Services) will be traveling to New Providence Island in the Bahamas to begin “Operation Potcake and The Bahamas 5 Year Spay and Neuter Initiative.”

Operation Potcake is a ten-day intensive spay and neuter campaign that runs from January 10 through January 21. The goal is to sterilize 2,000 animals during that 10 day time frame.

Operation Potcake will spay and neuter feral and stray dogs and cats who will probably never see another vet during their lifetimes.

The 5 Year Initiative plans to help dog and cat owners who need low cost vet care for their pets. The surgeries are being offered for FREE to owners.

All of the clinics during Operation Potcake are being run by volunteers. People are coming from around the world to help with this intensive 10 day spay and neuter campaign.

It is estimated that there are 20,000 dogs on New Providence alone! If there are 20,000 dogs, I can only imagine how many cats there probably are!

So where does the word “Potcake” come from in Operation Potcake?

Potcakes are local dogs, usually mixes of several different breeds. In the Bahamas, a “potcake” is the leftover food on the bottom of a pot of rice. These unwanted food remains were traditionally fed to stray dogs and, thus, the name potcake came to be associated with the dogs.

For more information on this huge initiative, visit the Animal Balance web site HERE.

Follow this link to a YouTube public service announcement about Operation Potcake: YouTube Link

Here is a brief list of items the SOS volunteer team would like to take with them as they head to the Bahamas. You can drop off items to SOS before January 9th. They are located at 691 E. Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus.

1. Shipping tags (the old fashioned brown card with string type–often found at Office Depot).

2. Cotton Balls

3. Q-tips

4. Nutrical

5. Spray bottles

6. Tupperware containers–assorted sizes with lids

7. Old socks (without holes) to cover the hot water bottles (recycled bottles)

8. Brushes and Combs

9. Triple Antibiotic Ointment

10. Monetary donations–which can be sent to SOS of Ohio, 691 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229

Please take the time to see if you can round up any of these items to help out the volunteer team from SOS. Many of these items we all have around our homes in abundance or we can purchase at low cost to help the animals.

To find out more about SOS’s ongoing efforts, visit their Facebook page HERE.

Click on the flyer in the upper righthand corner to enlarge and read!

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