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Lucky Kitty Cat Picked the Right Door
Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO) gets dozens of daily emails, beaucoup phone calls on our rescue line, and even emergency texts for help throughout the night. Often help is needed for a pet that has been abandoned and is injured. It is horrible for us to be in the position that funds are so tight that we have to say 'no.' Mostly we say 'yes,' praying that we come up with the funds to pay the vet before the end of the month and hoping that the injuries are not so severe that we add another thousand bucks to our bill.
One of those middle of the night phone texts came from a wonderful young lady living in St. Bernard Parish. She heard the cries from her backdoor... it was the first chilly night of the season... the kitty cat was begging for help. Being an animal lover she could not resist opening the door and putting out a small bowl of food and water. Yet the cat kept crying. She leaned down to pet the sweet orange tabby and to her horror she saw that his tail had been ripped off leaving a necrotic wound that was obviously causing him great pain. That's when ARNO got a frantic call... she could not afford to help the cat, and had no where else to turn to but ARNO. Because of funds being so low, we have prepared ourselves to say 'no.' There is only so much we can do and unfortunately funds are needed to pay the vet bills. This time, we just could not say 'no,' and felt we had to help with the agreement that the Good Samaritan would foster the cat if we took care of the medical issues for the sweet boy.
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ARNO Volunteer Honored
Abigail Loupe, long-time ARNO volunteer and senior at Mt. Carmel Academy, has been honored with a Points of Light award for her service. Points of Light has honored nearly 5000 individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to various volunteer organizations.
Planning Where to Go Key When Evacuating
Hurricane season might start on June 1, but this is the time of year when the threat is highest for a storm to make landfall. Last week we talked about planning for an evacuation with your pet and making sure you have proper transportation to get you, your family and your pets out of harm’s way safely. This week, we will talk about finding a place to evacuate to once you get out of town.
I cannot stress enough that early evacuation is key. When you are leaving with children and pets, you are encouraged to leave early before conditions become severe, and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. If you wait for a mandatory evacuation and require the assistance of emergency personnel, there is no guarantee that your pets will be assisted as well.
Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar with up-to-date identification. Your cell phone number should be on your pets’ tags and an alternate phone number as well. Having your pet microchipped with a chip that is registered and up to date will increase your chances of being reunited in the unlikely event that you become separated.
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Introducing Pets to New Family Members
Your dog is your baby, the center of your world — that is, until you have a baby.
However, bringing a new baby into the family does not have to mean your dog is left out in the cold.
Your dog has had your undivided attention and is used to being pampered, so when you bring home a baby, it is natural that some jealously will occur. Setting aside even a few minutes a day to spend quality time with your pet can go a long way.
Just like babies, dogs are creatures of habit; therefore, keeping the routine as normal as possible will eliminate acting out after the baby is home. Also, allowing your dog to explore the baby’s nursery, and exposing him to the smells of baby items such as powders, lotions and diapers will help your dog become familiar with the new smells and surroundings that come with a new baby.
Once your child is mobile, it is crucial to supervise all interactions between your child and the dog. This is a great opportunity to teach your child boundaries and the importance of being gentle with your dog.
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Cat or Dog: Which One Makes the Best Pet
Dog vs Cat: an age-old question and has been battled out by strictly canine lovers and hissed at by the feline fanciers. The truth is, they both make great pets. The real question is: which one is the right pet for you?
First on the list, rule out allergies.
Lots of people are allergic to cats, and some people have allergic reactions to some dogs. There are 'hypo-allergenic' dogs that have hair (like us), and not fur and do not shed, or shed incrementally. Poodles, ShihTzus, Cockers, etc. are examples of pets who need to be 'groomed' and much less a problem to humans with allergies.
The undercoat on dogs that have 'fur' (that do not need grooming, but do shed) usually have at least two coats to their fur. The top coat contains guard hairs, coarser and longer than the undercoat, but does not insulate the pet like the flyaway undercoat that sheds with the seasons. The undercoat is lost during the warmer months, but unfortunately not all at once, needing regular brushing or combing. Anyone who has a Northern breed dog, i.e. Malamute, Husky, German Shepherd, etc. knows that you can practically knit a half dozen sweaters if you saved all the undercoat these dogs molt each year.
As far as hypo-allergenic cats the Cornish Rex would qualify being hairless, except for down. Most breeds of cats have three different types of fur in their coats. The outer fur or guard hairs, a middle layer called the awn hair, and the down hair undercoat, which is very fine and only 1 cm long. Cornish Rexes only have the down undercoat. The Sphinx cat is totally hairless.
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Feral Cats: Love Them and Leave Them (Neutered)
‘Community’ cats provide a very valuable service. After Katrina, in many areas, the feral [wild] cats were all dead or temporarily gone. Neighborhoods were barely being rebuilt and at the same time inundated with snakes coming to feed on the rodent population. Feral cats continue to be the most effective control of rodents and insects, pests that are endemic in a sub-tropic port city.
What is necessary is that the cats be spayed/neutered to prevent continued population growth. Once sterilized the cats do not give off pheromones that attract more cats into their area. While they are territorial and remain in the area, after sterilization cats will not fight, yowl or mate. They will hunt even when well fed and neutered.
Removal of cats is always unsuccessful, as a ‘vacuum effect’ occurs and new cats will replace the ones removed within four to six months. Relocating feral cats is a long and laborious process. There are not enough barns existing to house all the ferals that exist or that people want ‘gone.’ (Plus they still must be spayed/neutered before being relocated and vaccinated.) Relocation does not always work either. Cats are territorial and have a built in ‘compass’ and they will return to their original safe neighborhood if at all possible. We have all heard stories of cats going hundreds, even thousands, of miles to return to their home.
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Keep Pets Safe from Dangerous Plants
(12/27/12) — By Traci D. Howerton, Social Media Editor, as published in The Advocate, New Orleans edition
We all want to keep our pets happy and healthy. While we may do a great job at feeding them and keeping them groomed and up-to-date on vaccinations and preventive medicines, we can sometimes overlook a less-than-obvious danger: plants.
But they’re there, sometimes as close as our own backyards, such as the sago palm, or in the holiday decorations, such as poinsettias.
The following is a list of some of the plants most toxic to pets.
Sago palm: Also known as the Palm Sunday palm, the entire plant and the seeds in particular contain a potent toxin called cycasin that can be fatal, even if the dog only eats a single seed. Ingestion of any part or amount of this plant warrants immediate emergency treatment.
Azalea: Ingesting even just a few leaves can cause serious issues such as upset stomach, drooling, loss of appetite, weakness and leg paralysis, and in some cases, coma or death.
Daffodils: They contain poisonous alkaloids that can cause vomiting, excessive salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, tremors and heart problems. The bulbs are the most dangerous part of the plant.
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane): This plant is often recommended as an ideal houseplant for natural air purification. When eaten, it not only burns the mouth and throat, but causes the esophagus to swell, potentially blocking the dog’s airway.
Hibiscus: Signs of ingestion include vomiting and diarrhea.
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Keeping the Cold Out Warms Even the Heart
(12/11/12) — By Lise McComiskey, Feral Dog Coordinator
This morning, as I walked around the shelter, still quite cozy from the eight patio heaters disbursed throughout, and watched the pups as they stayed snuggled up on their blankets, I thought about where I was four years ago this morning.... I was sad that Amelia was shivering in an abandoned house. I and ARNO took care of Amelia the rottie for nine months on the streets until we could bring her to safety (read Amelia’s story), but it broke my heart that morning that I pulled up and it was snowing, yes snowing, in New Orleans, and Amelia was huddled inside on the bare floors of the abandoned house. By late morning, the bottom half of dog houses, stuffed with straw, were tucked under the house and blankets now covered the bare floors of the abandoned house. On any given day for the rest of that winter, that is usually where I could find Amelia, snuggled in her straw or on her blankets.
Since that day, Amelia is no longer on the street and she has a wonderful home and family of her own which she shares with two other dogs, one of them her daughter from a litter we rescued before her. (picture of Amelia, on the left, with her sister Pangea) Amelia will never be cold again. ARNO has helped many, many dogs since Amelia -- up to 7100 currently -- and we continue to help as many as we can and sometimes that means blankets in dog houses for dogs who live outdoors, propane to the tune of eight or nine tanks a night at the shelter, and of course, the blankets our own shelter dogs and love so much.
Please help ARNO out this winter, stop by and donate some old blankets, quilts, towels, comforters or take a bag or two offsite to launder so that we ALWAYS have clean blankets to share with our pups. Donate to ARNO because it really does take a community to keep all of our efforts on track.
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NEW Shelter Hours:
Shelter Open Every Day
If you are interested in adopting a pet, we ask that you contact an adoption counselor at AdoptFromArno@yahoo.com for an adoption application and an appt. to interact with the pet(s) of your choice. No pets are adopted/released until a completed application is approved.
ARNO is running CRITICALLY low on donations and more specifically, CAT FOOD, please help us feed these animals. We have a few volunteers to go out in the field to feed, but without any food, their help will be seriously hindered. Please donate so we can buy some food.
PLEASE CONSIDER FOSTERING AN ANIMAL.
ARNO has an ongoing need for foster homes to provide animals a safe and loving environment until transport, reunion and adoption arrangements can be made.
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Donations Urgently Needed to Repair Shelter
We sheltered in place running on two generators, and three of us were there 24 hours a day from Tuesday thru Friday night. Friday night our power was restored. All the animals are fine. Twenty dogs were put in foster homes and a few cats to give us the room to keep all animals under the main warehouse roof. Animals remained calm through the storm, as they all saw us every five minutes and we think the 'white noise' of the generators kept them from hearing the roaring winds and rain.
First Isaac rescue
Right now we need to get our house back in order... we need donations, no matter how small, to rebuild our back kennels (roofs are gone), and part of our back fence (60 ft long 6 ft high wooden fence) with a driveway gate we have been needing for another exit in case of fire, and to pay for our electrical problems which has 1/3 of our shelter down... We can also use Purina Cat Chow and Kitten Chow... litter, dawn detergent, paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, etc.
Damaged roofs in back of shelter
We have a critical dog we had to place at the only emergency room open at Metairie Small Animal Hospital, Tango, who was suffering from late stages heartworm disease. Please help us even with a little donation to help us with that medical bill.
We know most in our region have undergone much worse that our shelter has, and lots are still without power in Jefferson Parish, including some of our fosters who took dogs for the storm... until we get our electrical fixed we cannot be fully operational and the fosters need to bring back the animals they have sheltered. People are coming to us with found animals that we cannot take, so please consider helping us get back up so we can continue helping the homeless animals from the street and the storms.
More shelter roof damage
If you or your friends can spare $10 we would have enough to do all and get back to being the only no-kill shelter in the region.
We do understand if you cannot give, times are tough everywhere. Please consider please passing this message on to friends and associates. Thank you so much, and God bless and keep everyone safe. Say special prayers for our friend and foster, Tina Bernard, who lost everything in Braithwaite, Plaquemines Parish, as well as Jerry and Cheryl Trigo, who lost everything in Laplace, St. John the Baptist Parish. Jerry and Cheryl are living at the animal shelter in Laplace where they were employed, along with their six dogs who made it in the unexpected flooding of their parish. We send prayers for both Tina's and Jerry's pets who did not make it. So very sad.
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent the law allows. You can donate online at www.animalrescueneworleans.org/donate.html
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes... our internet is sketchy, as is our phone service, so please forgive us if we have not returned your call or email.
(3/22/12) — By Lise McComiskey, from her blog Sheltered Lives
Kelly's short life was spent on the end of a very short chain until a rescuer stepped in.
By Sheila Stroup, The Times-Picayune, October 27, 2011 | Reprinted
The book "Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself," is laugh-out-loud funny, as well as being heartfelt and inspiring.
(June 2, 2011)
Rescuers go to great lengths to find suitable forever homes for pets.
(August 12, 2011) By Patty Meehan, Best Friends outreach and Network volunteer
Animal rescue isn't a solitary effort. The coordinated efforts of animal rescue groups and volunteers across the area and the country are making a difference in the lives of pets and their owners every day.
(July 22 , 2010)
Disasters test the limits of devotion as large numbers of affected owners have been surrendering their pets. Learn how you can help.