Monthly Archives: January 2010
Since we don’t usually have dogs in our care with Black and Orange, I thought I would post for the Humane Society of Madison County and a few of their dogs that are still in need of homes. While I know most of you out there probably do have cats, these three dogs cannot be adopted into a home with cats. So pass this along to your friends or family who only have other dogs or no pets at all. These three dogs have been waiting for their families to find them since 2008 when they first entered the shelter. I had an email from Betty Peyton, executive director of the humane society which is located in London, extolling the virtues of each of these wonderful animals. I am also going to tell you about one of their kitties, as well, at the end of this post.
Here is what Betty said about Jerry and his good buddy, Ben:
“Ben and Jerry were found on New Year’s Eve 2008 and brought into the shelter. They are medium sized dogs, weighing about 35 pounds. They are nothing more than mutts (but who doesn’t love a mutt?). We have them listed as sheltie mixed with maybe spaniel. However, they are older, maybe 8 years old. To some folks, they think this is really old. But to be honest, if well cared for, they could live for another 8 or 10 years. Who honestly knows how long a dog will live? We want them to live forever, but in reality, that does not happen.
Ben is black with brown markings and Jerry is salt and pepper. Both boys like other dogs, but need a home with no cats. They entered the prison program on March 17th, 2009. This program is where inmates foster some of our dogs, teach them basic commands, and work on housebreaking. Both boys did great in this program. However, Ben recently got kicked out for starting to guard his ‘home’ when he growled at an officer. (Guard dogs are not allowed in the prison.) So Ben is now back at the shelter. Jerry is still in prison (yes, we need to break him out and send him to his family!).
The boys’ adoption fee has been discounted to $75.00 for each. The normal adoption fee for a dog is $105.00, which includes heartworm testing, vaccines, deworming, neuter, and a Home Again Microchip.”
The boys do not have to be adopted together as they had not been together since arriving. They just need a good home with a loving person to take care of them.”
The next dog looking for a home is Diesel.
Here is what Betty said about Diesel:
“Diesel came to our shelter back in 2008 and went to prison for 5 months. He was adopted, but then returned at the beginning of 2009 after several months in a home. Diesel is a rott/lab mix. He needs a home with a family who can remember that he is a pet and is not to be treated like an equal. When you do this with some dogs, they then start to think, ‘Well if nobody else is going to be top of the pack, I will be.’ Which is what Diesel did. He would not listen to the kids or mom in the family. He only viewed the dad as top and Diesel as second in the pack. So Diesel was returned to the shelter.
Diesel needs a home without small kids because of his dominance issue. He also needs folks who understand large dogs (he is 80 lbs) and we would love to find somebody who understand Rotts. He does like other dogs, but can be dominate over male dogs and he does not like cats. Diesel’s adoption fee is now $75.00.”
Finally, we have Oro, a beautiful orange and white male cat.
Betty wrote: “Oro came to our shelter in 2008. He is orange and white and is now about 2 to 2 1/2 years old. Oro loves to play with other cats and even likes dogs. He loves attention and being held. We believe the reason Oro has been over looked time and again is because he has ‘weepy eyes.’ This means his eyes always look watery and ‘dirty’ or stained. This cleared up when he went into foster care. But now that he is at the PetSmart Store in the Westpointe Plaza in Columbus off Hilliard Rome Road, his eyes are back to weeping again. The weeping starts because he lives in a cage too close to the litter box. The dust from the litter, we believe, is what causes the ‘weepy eyes.’ After all, in foster care, he had the run of the whole place.
Oro’s adoption fee is now discounted to $40.00 instead of the usual $60.00. He is current on his vaccines, deworming, has tested neg for Feline Leuk/FIV, and is neutered.”
If you are interested in any of these wonderful animals who have been waiting for their forever families for way too long, please visit the Humane Society of Madison County’s web site, www.hsmcohio.com or email Betty for more information at email@example.com
This was a gift from my good friend, Mary, whose mother cat and kittens were some of the first cats I helped find homes for long before the existence of Black and Orange. Mary knows my mantra on spaying and neutering stray and feral kitties, so this pillow is quite appropriate.
I tried to get one of the cats to pose in front of the pillow, but since they are all fixed, they refused to be subjected to another of my humiliating photos.
One of our major goals as we start the New Year is to concentrate on finding homes for some of our “long term” kitties–the ones who have been with us for a greater length of time either because they are shy or have health issues or are older.
One of those kitties is Stewie, aka: “The Food Bandit.” Whenever I get updates on Stewie and his sweet sis, Maggie, from foster moms, Kristin and Christina, they usually tell me a new story about Stewie’s “thievery.” Stewie watches for dinner to approach the table and then he dashes in and swipes whatever happens to be on the menu for the evening–chicken wings, pieces of bread, slices of pizza–anything you can cook or bake, Stewie will nab.
Thinking that I must not believe some of the more outrageous “Stewie the feline Robin Hood” stories (Stewie’s motto is “I take from the rich and give to the poor–poor, little Stewie”), Kristin and Christina decided to catch “Stewie Hood” in the act. Christina hid around the corner as Kristin placed pizza on the table. Stewie, in Stewie fashion, leapt into action and Kristin sent me this super photo.
And now, Stewie is ready to steal your heart.
Stewie and Maggie have been in foster care since the end of 2008. They came to us as young kittens, in the 4 month old range, but they were extremely shy. The man who contacted me about them had not really worked with them. In fact, he let their feral mother back outside before we could get her fixed and I am sure she has gone on to repopulate his neighborhood. I hated to subject her kittens to the same life of fear and hunger that she had lived with, so I asked Kristin and Christina if they would be willing to take on a tougher foster project–to which they readily agreed.
Stewie and Maggie also had a sister, Cassie, who was the most outgoing of the three kittens. With just a little bit of work, she was ready for a trip to PetSmart and got adopted this past February. We had high hopes for Stewie and Maggie, as well, but when their shyness made it impossible to take them to the adoption center at PetSmart, we began to look for other ways to find them their forever home.
I know there are people out there who are not necessarily looking for a lap cat, who may want the cat (or cats) that no one else has chosen. I asked Kristin to give me a listing of all of Stewie and Maggie’s good qualities, as well as those that only a very special person would shrug their shoulders at and say, “that’s just the way they are”–namely their shyness and fear of new situations. Someone in Siamese Rescue once told me that aggression kept cats out of their foster program, but shyness never did. There were always people willing to love the shy kitties.
Here is what Kristin said about her two shy babies:
“Maggie is very sweet and loves to play with the other cats. She also loves to sit on the cat tower and watch the outside critters. Stewie is Maggie’s best friend and she cries whenever they are separated. One of her favorite activities is playing chase–with the other kitties and with little pieces of paper that you crumple into balls for her. Maggie loves tuna and soft canned food. She does well with the dogs and she knows her name.
“Maggie does have anxiety issues. She does not like to be picked up and usually only lets me pet her in the early morning or late evening. She will run if she thinks you are going to try to pick her up or pet her when she does not want you to. I am the only one she will let near her. I use Feliway and that helps a bit with her anxiety, but she is still scared of new situations.”
About Stewie, Kristin wrote: “Stewie is very sweet. Food is definitely the way to his heart. He loves to play with the other cats and he also likes to ‘drown’ the toy mice in the water bowl. Stewie loves his big sister Maggie and they like to cuddle on the cat tower together. Stewie has a favorite bed which he loves to nap in. Unfortunately, his favorite bed is pink. Even though the color might not be suitable, we call it his ‘big boy bed.’ Stewie is the more outgoing one and loves to play.
“Stewie is not a big fan of dogs and likes to chase and swat at them. I usually have to tell him to leave the dogs alone. Stewie likes to hunt and prey on food…..usually the food on your plate. Even when you think he is not around, he will swoop up and take what you have. Stewie knows his name and also the words, ‘No, Stewie, not the pizza!’
“Stewie is afraid of people. He will only let me pet him and pick him up. He runs and hides when people come over. However, Stewie greets me at the door when I come home and follows me around like one of the dogs. Both Stewie and Maggie have eyes that run, but they do not have an infection. I just wipe their eyes out each day.
“It is going to take a very patient person with both Stewie and Maggie. They are not really lap cats. Someone will really have to continue to work with both of them. Stewie has really taken to me, so I know it is possible for him to love his future mommy or daddy.”
Now we just have to find that perfect Mommy or Daddy who will love Stewie and Maggie and not mind that they are not the clingy, cuddly, hang out in your lap sorts. Rather, they are the pizza stealing, independent, gain my trust types. And we know there is someone out there who will love them just as they are–even when pizza is on the menu.