Dogs Seeking New Homes

I received a thank you card in the mail featuring a chihuahua in a sombrero and the message “Muchas Gracias.” The dog on the front was adorable, but I was also intrigued to read the back of the card and find out that the pup “pin-up” was an “Underdog” named Maggie who had been in a shelter seeking a home. Maggie was the last of a litter that was left in a “cardboard box in a grocery store parking lot.”  Maggie’s “Special Power” was that she was a “Rottweiler wannabe and part time desperado.” The card continued, “If you need a fearless guard dog, she’s your hombre.”

The card, part of a line called Hooray for the Underdog!, was sent to me by a dear lady, Caroline, who knows a lot about rescued dogs needing a home. She adopted a formerly penned and heart worm positive dog named Maggie Moo (or just “The Moo”), who Bobbie, Dr. West, and I worked for months to help. So, of course, Caroline would be sending cards featuring other pets looking for a home.

Hooray for the Underdog! cards are made by husband and wife photographers, Janet Healey and Joe Grisham. The dogs and cats in the pictures are up for adoption in shelters or have been rescued and adopted. Ten percent of all proceeds from the card sales are donated to shelters and animal welfare organizations. The cards have been featured on Oprah as a “gift that gives back.”

The motto for Hooray for the Underdog! cards is: “Celebrate the power and spirit of rescued animals everywhere.” And the card line is defined by this: “Great stationary with exceptional images and inspiring profiles of pets that were abandoned and then given a second chance at life.”

Since I am somewhat of a “card junkie,” this may soon be my favorite place to visit online. But beyond cards, they also offer journals, notepads, prints, folders, place mats, and pet tags. A little bit of something for everyone–especially ME (I’m a journal junkie, too…sigh).

To see the Oprah story, go HERE.

To browse the line of cards, go HERE.

Although our mission statement says we focus upon helping cats in Madison and Union Counties, I have to admit that we sometimes overstep county boundaries when a cat needs us. Since I also grew up in Champaign County, in the small town of Mechanicsburg, I know quite a few people in that adjoining county. I also know that it is a very, very rural area (even more so than the sweeping fields of Plain City) with few resources for spaying and neutering stray and feral cats; few resources for finding homes for pets. So, yes, we have helped many, many cats in Champaign County who otherwise would have had no one looking out for them.

You can therefore understand why I was distressed to get an email back in December saying that the PAWS shelter in Urbana was closing and they did not know what would happen to the animals that were currently with the organization. PAWS is the only animal shelter in Champaign County and it is a “no kill” facility, adhering to the philosophy that every animal is valuable and deserves the chance to live.

I subscribe to the web site and on there I read a blog posting about the shelter’s lack of funding. Sadly, this loss of revenue has happened to many, many non-profits over the past few years. Declining donations lead to a giant loss for the animals when charitable organizations can no longer function.

Black and Orange actually worked with PAWS in the past. One of their board members contacted us about using our weekly low cost spay and neuter clinics to sterilize some of their cats. They did bring about a dozen cats to Marysville for vet care, but when funds ran low and the drive proved a bit far, they had to discontinue their efforts.

I was reminded about PAWS again on Saturday when a banker friend from Urbana mentioned the organization (he was worried how B and O was faring in these economic times). Happily, my friend told me, kind donors had raised enough money to keep PAWS going for the next few months. But the shelter, which is now housed in an actual building you can visit (previously, it had been functioning out of volunteers’ homes and garages), is still in danger–as are the animals PAWS is trying to help. My banker friend worried what would happen to the animals if the shelter did close. Where would that many animals go? Who would take them in? Would they have to be euthanized (even though PAWS is a “no kill” shelter)?

Champaign County has many, many animal lovers. I know. Black and Orange has worked with a large portion of them when we’ve had money to help. I’d like to ask all of my friends in Champaign County to make a small donation to the PAWS Animal Shelter. I’d ask the same of anyone who is looking for an underdog to support. PAWS needs any help you can give them, no matter what county you live in.

You can send a donation to: PAWS Animal Shelter, 1535 West US Hwy 36, Urbana, OH 43078

As they are a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible!

Please visit the PAWS web site HERE. You can also visit them on FACEBOOK.

You can read the blog HERE.

I had an email today from the staff at Noah’s Ark Vet Hospital and when I first saw the photo in the message, I was horrified. What appeared to be some type of unidentifiable dead animal at the bottom of a metal trash can was, in fact, a living puppy. 

Tova, a six-month-old Pit Bull/Great Dane mix, was found in a trash can suffering from severe demondex and skin infection (thus, the horrible loss of hair and red coloring to the skin). Tova is safe now at Noah’s Ark and is being fostered by two of the vet hospital’s staff members. 

Who can put animals in trash cans and act as if they are garbage? We had the same type of thing happen with the two kittens, Tiny and Fat Boy, that Emma Davies rescued from her apartment complex’s trash dumpster. The two survived while their other siblings did not. If Emma had not found them in time, the four-week-old boys would have also died.

I just do not understand this mentality. How can someone treat living, breathing creatures as if they are old coffee grounds or used tissues?

Tova will be staying with her fosters at Noah’s Ark until she is better. However, her vet care is being taken care of by Measle’s Animal Haven in Dublin. Measle’s is a charitable organization that focuses upon helping pit bulls. They could definitely use your help with a donation for Tova’s vet care. To make a donation, visit their web site and donate online: Donate for Tova

Or you can also mail a donation to Measle’s Animal Haven, Inc. at P. O. Box 4142, Dublin, Ohio 43016

We’ll keep you updated on Tova’s progress. Please keep this sweet puppy in your thoughts. 

In case you didn’t hear, our little Fruit Bat is a starlet! She was featured on Channel 6 News last night with Mona from Colony Cats and Ferrell Santacroce, who rescued her from the side of West Broad Street and saved her life.

No, autographs, please, it has been a long day. But powder my nose. I think I have a bit of a shine.

Here is the link to the story on the “ABC 6 On Your Side” web site: Fruit Bat’s Story on Channel 6

They did not post the video, but if anyone does find a copy of the video online, let us know and we’ll share the link.

Our girl is recovering from surgery and wearing bandages with hearts on them because she is loved.

Miss Fruit Bat had her surgeries just over a week ago and is recovering well from them. She had pins put in both ankles to provide stability from the bones that were shattered. The pins were very small and it required a specialist to do the intense surgeries. Thus, Fruit Bat’s stay at Ohio State to get her legs fixed.

We have joked that she will not be able to go through airport security in a purse, like Paris Hilton’s little dogs, because she’d set off the security systems with her artificial, bionic legs. 

We are happy to say that our girl is now hopping around in her casts. The staff at Noah’s Ark says she sometimes bounces around as if she is walking on something hot. But she is all sweetness, rushing to greet everyone who comes to the front counter from her safe spot in the back. Fruit Bat does have some problems on slick surfaces, but other than that, she is doing amazingly well for having had such difficult repairs done to her tiny toothpick legs.

Still smiling and happy even after all she has been through and getting a helping hand from Christy as she stands on the slick counter for a photo op.


Fruit Bat goes home each night with Dr. West and comes to Noah’s Ark for doggie daycare with her friends each day. Dr. West reports that Fruit Bat likes to burrow under the covers at night to sleep (which her cats do not like), and perhaps she has some “mole” tendencies as well as her batty ones.

Still Standing..and walking and playing. Our Fruit Bat is a survivor.


We have had around $300 in donations come into our PayPal account. Dr. West has also collected some checks. We are planning to do a mailer and Colony Cats is also collecting donations, so we should be able to pay off the surgery debt very soon. In fact, the good news is that OSU ended up only charging around $1200 for the surgeries!! Thank you to OSU.

We’ll keep everyone posted as Miss Fruit Bat continues her journey to good health and, eventually, a new home and life.

I've got lots of friends supporting me.

Fruit Bat needs both of her ankles repaired. They were fractured from her sad adventures on a busy highway.

Fruit Bat was found lying in the median of a very busy road. No one slowed down to check on the little dog as she cowered in pain, back legs unable to move, on the hot pavement. Cars whizzed by for twelve hours before a good samaritan from Colony Cats stopped to investigate and found the tiny chihuahua. The kind hearted volunteer quickly rushed Fruit Bat to Noah’s Ark Vet Hospital in Dublin, where Dr. Kim West proceeded to do a physical exam.

Fruit Bat’s back ankles were both fractured, causing the little dog’s immobility. Other than that, however, the chihuahua with the big eyes and perpetual smile, was in good shape. Dr. West discovered that Fruit Bat was only two years old and had not been spayed. On further investigation, it also became clear that Fruit Bat had an old fracture to the bone of her front leg, a fracture which had healed without medical care. Wherever this sweet girl came from, it was not the best place.

Forever smiling--even in pain, Fruit Bat has a happy face. Who couldn't love her?

It was Dr. West who named Fruit Bat and, to be honest, she does look like a bat with her big ears and skinny face. But looking like a bat is not a bad thing when you are that cute!

Because the volunteer who found Fruit Bat was with Colony Cats, the group was more than willing to help the little girl. Only there was one problem. A problem that often occurs in rescue–the little problem of money. Fruit Bat’s surgeries to repair her broken ankle bones must be done at Ohio State–Dr. West cannot do that herself. And so, the cost for Fruit Bat to walk again is between $1500-2000 and Colony Cats just cannot afford to pay that much.

Please help me get my legs fixed.

Dr. West took it upon herself to raise the money for Fruit Bat’s surgeries and she asked us if we would help.  Dr. West is also going to act as Fruit Bat’s foster after the surgeries, taking care of her dressings and helping her with rehabilitative therapy.

And so all of us, Black and Orange Cat Foundation, Colony Cats, The Forgotten Persian Rescue and Friends, which is Renee Kelly’s charitable group (Renee is the owner of Noah’s Ark), are going to work together with Dr. West to help Fruit Bat.

Big things can happen when lots of people work together! Big things for a little dog.

That is where we need your help. If you would like to help Fruit Bat walk again, please mail your tax deductible donation to Noah’s Ark Veterinary Hospital, 6001 Memorial Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017. Please put, “Attention: Dr. Kim West, Fruit Bat’s Fund” on the front of the envelope. You can contact Noah’s Ark for more information by calling 614-761-8400. You can also learn more at their web site:

Checks can be made out to Colony Cats. You can also make credit card donations at their web site:

Please make sure to indicate that this donation is for Fruit Bat’s Fund.

Additionally, Black and Orange Cat Foundation is also accepting donations for Fruit Bat. You can mail a donation to us at P. O. Box 126, Plain City, Ohio 43064. Please make sure to write on the check that this is for Fruit Bat’s Fund. You can also donate through our PayPal link on our web site:

Please email us if you do make a PayPal donation and let us know that the funds are for Fruit Bat. Unfortunately, our PayPal site does not have a memo section set up to allow us to write what the donation is for.

All of the organizations involved are 501 (c) 3 charities, so any donation you make for Fruit Bat is tax deductible.

Dr. West and Fruit Bat--we will get this girl walking again.

Just as soon as Fruit Bat has her surgeries, she will also need a forever home, so if you are interested in adopting the sweetest chihuahua north of Mexico, contact us or Noah’s Ark. Fruit Bat does well with other dogs and with cats and she LOVES people.

The only other solution for Fruit Bat if she cannot have these surgeries is euthanasia and none of us will allow that to happen!!

Where would I be without my friends? Probably still stretched out on the road! You can't see it, but I am shivering just thinking about that!

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