Indigo Rescue Summer 2004
Help End Animal Abandonment! Volume 4, Issue 1
Indigo Rescue is
Shelter overpopulation is
an all volunteer 501(c)3
whose mission is to The latest campaign message for Indigo Rescue
end animal abandonment By Heather Hines
Been to one of our shelters lately? Did you ﬁnd yourself walking the rows
of kennels wondering how so many dogs and cats, who had obviously once
been someone’s pets, ended up sitting forlorn in a cage, many of them with-
Heather Hines - President
out hope of leaving the shelter alive? I did.
Claudia Wood - Vice President
Until about a year ago, I guess I didn’t really have a grasp on why those animals were
Fiona Hathaway - Recorder there. Of course, from years working in rescue, I knew rescue groups and shelters prepared
every year for the endless parade of unwanted kittens born during “kitten season.” I was also
Beccy Kirk - Member at Large aware of the animals brought in by county ofﬁcers or private citizens who had found them
as neighborhood strays, but I hadn’t really given much thought to how they ended up stray,
503.626.7222 or who else ended up at our local shelters…until I started volunteering at our local county
The ﬁrst thing I was struck by was the number of young purebreds, even puppies, who
email@example.com had come in stray and never been redeemed by their owners. Why? I couldn’t believe people
had actually gone to the trouble of seeking out a breeder to buy a speciﬁc breed of dog, spent
quite a bit of money so they could boast having a dog with a stellar bloodline, and when their
dog ended up as a “stray,” they never came to the shelter to get them. Weren’t they worried sick
Inside this issue about their missing dog? Then I noticed the number of adult dogs who had been “surrendered”
by their owners. Some were senior dogs, who had been with their families for nine, ten, even
Athena’s Story ......................... 2 Continues on page 4
Tom Cat Special ...................... 3
Francis’ Story .......................... 3 keep making more cats. During our meet-
Too many cats, not ings, we focused on the following areas:
Johnny-on-the-Spot ............... 4 enough homes • Animal abandonment and enforcement of laws
Why are there so many cats being eutha- • Spay/neuter resources and future plans
Senior Pets............................... 5 nized in our shelters? That was just one of • Cat safety
the questions Phyllis Johanson posed dur- • Media and education campaigns
Thomas’ Story......................... 6 ing a series of meetings held from Decem- • Spay/neuter program
ber 2003 through March 2004. Individuals
Hyperthyroidism in Cats ....... 7 from rescue groups, shelters, animal welfare Our work has barely begun, but a small
groups, county employees, and concerned group of people from the summit are pur-
citizens met ﬁve times to identify what the suing the idea of establishing a state-wide
Hot Car Warning .................... 7
problems are and discover if we could start spay/neuter program designed for low-in-
to work on solutions. come people. It’s based on successful pro-
Fireworks & Your Animal....... 8 grams in New Hampshire, Maine, and Cali-
It doesn’t matter if you like cats or you fornia. Contact Claudia at 503-626-7222 if
Flyer Insert (after page 4). Please cut the don’t like cats, our community has a huge you would like to participate in researching
page in half to post and share both ﬂyers overpopulation of cats. This includes do- successful programs and planning how to
with your friends and colleagues. mestic cats and feral cats. And lots and lots implement one in Oregon.
of them are unaltered which means they
Wayward on the Paciﬁc Crest Trail
By Heather Hines
Athena was a young Basset Fauve De When they arrived back at the trailhead,
Bretagne (a wire haired, bearded bas- Athena was still nowhere to be found.
set hound) we rescued from the shelter They realized they were ten miles from
in Washington County. She came in as civilization...if Athena had traveled in the
a stray and languished there for over a right direction. They searched for hours,
month, wasting away until her ribs were but still no sign of her. They waited until
pronounced. Athena thrived at her ﬁrst dark, and ﬁnally left a pile of food at the
foster home and her health improved dra- trailhead and drove home.
matically. Eventually, she came to my house
and stayed for about a month before we As soon as I got the e-mail from Kyra, I
adopted her to a home with a wonderful called the Skamania Sheriff ’s Department
couple who love dogs. Kyra and Peter go for and spoke to John. He was sympathetic, Athena
weekly hikes and frequently take their three but not very hopeful for a dog lost that far
dogs to the beach for long walks on the in the wilderness. He told me there were a
ing people to join WRSAR in their search.
shoreline. It was clear from the numerous lot of cougars and coyote in the area and
They were scheduled to meet Saturday
dog beds strategically placed around their it was fairly common for dogs to fall from
morning. On Friday evening I received a
living room and the happy and friendly way cliffs in the rough terrain. If she had gone
call from Kyra’s daughter. She was hurried
the dogs greeted us, that this was a dog’s north on the PCT, the nearest civilization
and breathless as she told me that she had
dream home. was in Canada. My heart sank. He referred
just received a collect call from Kyra at a pay
me to Don from Wind River Search and
phone in Stevenson, Washington. Athena
Kyra saw my attachment to Athena and Rescue. Don explained that WRSAR
had been found alive! I was shocked, and
was generous about e-mailing pictures and couldn’t conduct an ofﬁcial ‘search and
ﬂooded with emotion. She didn’t have any
updates of how Athena was doing in her new rescue’ mission for a dog, but they did need
details, so I waited to hear from Kyra. When
home. On April 14, I received an e-mail from to get some practice using some of their
they called, Peter sounded exhausted. They
Kyra, alerting me that on the day before, while new equipment, so he was willing to sched-
had arrived at the trailhead that day, and
hiking on the Paciﬁc Crest Trail near Three ule a training mission for that Saturday. I
for the ﬁrst time, the food they had left was
Corner Rock north of Stevenson, Washing- was sleepless and plagued with visions of
gone. They started up the trail, and about
ton, Athena had vanished into thin air. She short legged Athena stumbling over drifts
200 yards up the trail, Athena rushed up
said Athena had been frolicking up ahead in of snow while she frantically tried to ﬁnd
from behind them. She seemed unhurt
the snow with their other dogs, and suddenly, her family. I knew how terriﬁed she must
and excited and in a big hurry to get back
she was no longer with the group. Initially, have been.
to their car! They were able to ﬁnd a small
they assumed Athena must have gone the
Kyra and Peter went back every day. They puncture on her chest and nothing more.
remaining mile up the trail, so they forged
searched a ten-mile radius and stopped every Athena must have traveled North on the
ahead. When they reached the peak, Athena
100 yards to call for her. When they arrived PCT many miles looking for her family (or
was nowhere to be found, so they started
at the trailhead each day, they found the food anyone), and when she didn’t ﬁnd them,
thinking she must have gone the wrong
they had left was uneaten. Kyra and I spoke she must have eventually turned back and
direction back down to the trailhead where
tearfully on Thursday night, three days after made her way back to the trailhead where
they had started their hike. They started back
Athena had disappeared. Athena had a micro- she found her food and decided she had
down the trail, stopping and calling for her
chip implant, and Kyra and Peter had put a better stick around.
every few minutes, but with a nagging con-
cern. Over the past months they had been collar and ID tag on her, but neither would do
Athena gave the expression “lucky dog”
working with Athena on a “come” command any good if she never found any people.
new meaning. Thanks to the commit-
and she had been getting very good about it. ment of Kyra and Peter, who never gave
By the forth day, I had started to accept
Also, Athena had a bit of separation anxiety up searching for her, she was able to safely
that Athena was gone. I had very little hope
and generally if she got separated from them leave the mountain trail that might have
that she would be found alive and I had
on a hike for more than a few minutes, she been the end of her life.
to ﬁght the thoughts that crept into my
began barking furiously with worry. They
mind, imaging how she must have died.
hadn’t heard a peep from Athena on the trail,
Still, I sent an e-mail to the Indigo list, ask-
and they ﬁgured she should have been able to
hear them calling from at least a mile away.
2 Indigo Rescue
Tom Cat and Miss Kitty Special 2004
For the third year in a row, we held the Tom Cat Special in honor of Spay Day USA.
Local rescue volunteers and rescue groups contacted veterinary clinics
to participate in offering $10 neuters for male cats and a Miss Kitty special for the females.
Over 300 cats were spayed or neutered during the last week of February and ﬁrst week of March.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped and for the veterinarians and staff who participated.
Sponsored by: Friends of Shelter Animals • POPPA, Inc. • Cherish the Animals • Indigo Rescue
Aloha Dog and Cat Hospital Companion Pet Clinic – Woodburn North Portland Veterinary Hospital
Arbor Pet Clinic Cornell Center Animal Hospital Paciﬁc Avenue Veterinary Clinic
Ash Creek Animal Clinic Crossroads Veterinary Clinic Paciﬁc Veterinary Hospital
Barclay Hills Animal Clinic Dogwood Pet Hospital Pet Medical Center
Best Friends Veterinary Hospital PC Eagle Fern Veterinary Hospital PC Sherwood Family Pet Clinic
Bethany Family Pet Clinic Family Animal Hospital St. Johns Veterinary Clinic
Capitol Veterinary Clinic Forest Heights Veterinary Clinic Tigard Animal Hospital
Cat Adoption Team Groves Animal Clinic Vista Pet Hospital
Chehelam Animal Clinic Hawthorne Veterinary Clinic Walnut Street Veterinary Clinic
Companion Pet Clinic Hillsdale Veterinary Group Westside Animal Clinic
Companion Pet Clinic – Clackamas Mountain View Veterinary Clinic Willowbrook Veterinary Hospital
Companion Pet Clinic – Tigard Newberg Veterinary Hospital Woodburn Pet Hospital
Companion Pet Clinic – West Linn Wynne Veterinary Clinic
Persistence pays off
By Claudia Wood
Last fall the nuns at Our Lady of Peace encouraged her to contact the nuns. She Cats in par-
Retreat asked us to post two rescued cats said she had lost her cat almost one year ticular can stay lost
on Indigo’s link to the Petﬁnder Web site ago, and swore that Francis was her cat. for a long time.
(www.petﬁnder.com). Luckily for the We marveled at the idea that she might Microchips and
cats—who were found on their property ﬁnd him after all that time. I crossed my identiﬁcation tags
in Beaverton—one of the nuns is a vet- ﬁngers and wished her luck. make it much easier for rescuers and shel-
erinarian, so they got great medical care ters to ﬁnd YOU when your pet is lost. Su-
Christina called me the next week.
and a safe place to live while we searched pervising your cat outdoors or using a cat
On May 27, one year to the day from
for a new home. fencing product keeps your cat safe if he
when he disappeared, Francis (real name
insists on some outdoor time. But should
They named the big orange tabby Tang) returned to his home. Kristina
your pet get lost, don’t give up trying to
male Francis (for St. Francis, of course) and the nuns aren’t sure how he man-
ﬁnd them. Be as persistent as Christina.
and they became quite attached to him. aged to ﬁnd the nuns, nearly ten miles
Keep up the search! Pay special attention
Months and months passed. Occasional- from his home, but everyone is grateful
to searching hardest in the ﬁrst days after
ly, someone would inquire about adopt- for the happy ending to this story. Tang
they disappear, and be sure to search close
ing him, but no permanent home result- was a little bewildered, but kept jumping
to home for missing cats.
ed. Finally, on May 20, a woman named into Christina’s arms. He is getting used
Christina left a message on our voice to his home again and is in the process There are excellent guidelines for
mail about Francis. When I returned her of becoming an exclusively indoor cat. ﬁnding pets on the Cats In the Bag Web
call, she asked if he had “freckles” on his Welcome home, Tang, and please, don’t site at www.catsinthebag.org and Inter-
nose. I told her I’d never met him but try that again. national K-9 Search and Rescue Services
Summer 2004 3
Before and After
Johnny was rescued after we were contacted by an ofﬁcer at a local bank branch. Our rescuer
found him lying in the dirt near the parking lot. He was covered with dried blood. When we
approached him, he didn’t try to run, or even get to
his feet. He gazed up pitifully, but nothing more. We
named him Johnny because he needed a name “John-
2 weeks after rescue ny-on-the-Spot.”
Johnny was extremely thin and dehydrated, and se-
verely anemic. He couldn’t move his back legs very well, and the ﬂesh was torn
away and the bone was exposed in the center section of his tail. X-rays later
showed that Johnny’s pelvis was badly crushed. Our vet felt he had probably
been hit by a car at least a week prior, and somehow survived without food or
water in the parking lot. A few
Update: Johnny is still looking days after his rescue, while still 3 months later
for a new adoptive home at our vet’s ofﬁce, Johnny lapsed into a full arrest, but was quickly revived.
Luckily, his heart was strong and after a blood transfusion he made an
amazing recovery. When he was rescued, he weighed a slight 5 lbs, but after three months of eating and lounging, loung-
ing and eating (as every cat should), Johnny weighs a solid 14 lbs… and is still gaining. Another very lucky boy.
CAMPAIGN, continued from page 1 It’s frustrating to listen to the countless excuses people provide for
twelve years, and were now being left at the shelter with the hope they giving up their pets. And it’s unfair to expect rescue groups or no-kill
would ﬁnd a new home. A new home? At twelve years old? What in shelters to continue enabling the endless number of people who want
the world were these people thinking? The odds of someone coming to relieve their burden of guilt and responsibility by leaving their pets
to the shelter looking to adopt a dog that was facing long term geriatric somewhere they won’t be euthanized. Of course, there are people with
care were painfully obvious. The sadness in the eyes of those dogs was truly legitimate circumstances where they can no longer care for their
more than I could bear. It was also blatantly apparent that the majority pet, but the larger percentage are people who choose not to put forth
of the young mixed breed dogs given up by their families was because the effort. If we consider the number of unwanted pets in our commu-
they were untrained and, shall we say, exuberant. Since the reason I nity, we can’t ignore the fact that leaving them at our shelters is shame-
was there visiting the shelter dogs was to provide them with some fully common. And we certainly can’t blame the overcrowded shelters
exercise and training, I was able to see that these dogs were actually for killing them either. Our society is at fault for most of the death. But
good dogs, who wanted to please their person, but they hadn’t ever how do we change it? We all know someone guilty of giving up their
been provided with any training. I started to get angry as the obvious pet, but have we taken the time to encourage them to keep their pet for
scenario unfolded before my eyes. These dogs were probably adopted its entire life? Do we offer to help them ﬁnd a solution to whatever is-
as adorable little puppies, and when they didn’t get the training or sue is causing them to want to give up their pet? Have we put forth the
attention they needed, they became difﬁcult to manage. When the effort to discourage them from continuing this tragic cycle? Because if
family banished them to the backyard or garage, they developed worse we want to make a difference, we all need to start.
behaviors driven by loneliness and boredom: incessant barking, dig- We feel our community needs to be held accountable for the
ging, or chewing. These habits were not going to correct themselves, tragedy occurring every day in our shelters.
so eventually the family brought the dog to the shelter because they
couldn’t deal with the inconvenience any longer. This was what drove our new campaign message,
seen on the next page’s ﬂyer insert.
This was my epiphany. I suddenly realized the core reason most
of these frightened and bewildered family dogs and cats were surren-
dered to the shelters. I realized that we are a self-absorbed society, who Please cut the next page in half and
“gets rid” of anything in our lives that we consider an inconvenience. post the ﬂyers to help spread
We dispose of our pets when they haven’t trained themselves, when
we’re moving, when our new partners don’t want to deal with them, word about Indigo’s efforts!
and when the doctor says they “might” be the source of our allergies.
4 Indigo Rescue
Consider adopting a senior pet!
By Claudia Wood
Having senior pets myself, I know ﬁrst- 2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, have character and playfulness, although
hand what great companions they are. and won’t chew your shoes and furni- they usually are calm. A cozy napping spot
Keno, my 12-year-old dog has really slowed ture while growing up. is their biggest pleasure. They have little
down the past couple of years, but she still 3. Older dogs can focus well because desire to get into mischief such as climbing
loves going for walks and rides in the car, they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn the curtains or your pants, attacking your
enjoys meeting and greeting people wher- quickly. hands, or hiding around the corner to slap
ever we go, and maintains her happy-go- 4. Older dogs have learned what “no” your ankle when you walk by like silly kit-
lucky temperament. Ms. Pye, my 19-year- means. If they hadn’t learned it, they tens love to do.
old rescued cat is amazing. Although I can wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.
tell she’s aging, she can still race across the 5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve Aging animals need your care
ﬂoor, rebound off the chair, and land in her learned what it takes to get along with Of course, make sure to allow for special
favorite sunning spot. others and become part of a pack.
needs that an older pet might have. Con-
6. Older dogs are good at giving love, sider their dietary and medical needs. Make
During the past year, we met several once they get into their new, loving sure to visit the vet annually and be aware
senior dogs in the shelter and heard about home. They are grateful for the second
of any changes in their feeding and elimi-
others through our voice mail. In each case, chance they’ve been given.
nating patterns. Be prepared for addition-
their human passed away or moved into 7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike ally expenses that geriatric pets can incur.
assisted living where their pets couldn’t puppies, older dogs have grown into
But most of all, make sure you have a plan
accompany them. Imagine losing your hu- their shape and personality. Puppies can
should something happen to you. See the
man and home all in the same day. Your grow up to be quite different from what
they seemed at ﬁrst. article below, “What’s in the future for your
routine and everything you’ve ever known
pet,” for more information.
is taken away, 8. Older dogs are instant companions
and no one —ready for hiking, car trips, and other
seems to have things you like to do. Losing a pet is never easy
an alternate 9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, Many people ask us about adopting a senior
place for you to because they don’t make the kinds of pet, but not looking forward to many years
live. In fact, we demands on your time and attention of their companionship. If you are the type
are currently that puppies and young dogs do. of person who forms strong bonds with
looking for a 10. Older dogs let you get a good night’s your pet, losing them at any age, after any
home for Hay- sleep because they’re accustomed to amount of time can be extremely hard. At
ley, an 11-year- human schedules and don’t generally least when you adopt a senior, you are pro-
need nighttime feedings, comforting, or viding a home for a pet that may otherwise
Hayley is still available old Labrador bathroom breaks. be unnecessarily euthanized, and you will
for adoption mix. Her owner
already accept and prepare for the fact that
died and a
neighbor brought her to the shelter. But Senior cats make great pets you are adopting an animal that may not
For the cat lover, a senior cat can be a per- live that long. You just know you are doing
she’s fabulous. She’s housetrained, knows
fect companion. They still want to bond a good thing.
basic obedience commands, loves her foster
human’s attention, tolerates the other dog, with people and like to snuggle. They still
and does well with the cats.
The Senior Dogs Project Web site at
www.srdogs.com offers great advice for What’s in the future for your pet?
adopting or placing a senior dog. With Too many beloved companion animals end up homeless, abandoned, or brought
their permission, we are reprinting the fol- to shelters when their humans pass away or become too incapacitated to care for
them. This is a reminder of the importance of providing a clear plan for your pet
should something happen to you. Talk to your family and friends and make sure
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt someone will be responsible for providing a home, medical care, and appropriate
a Senior Dog exercise or special care for your pet. Make sure this person is as committed to your
1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won’t pet as you are and impress on them how important it is that your pet is well cared
have to go through the difﬁcult stages
of teaching a puppy house manners and
for. Put this agreement in your will and keep a note about it with your “important
mopping/cleaning up after accidents. papers.” We are lucky in Oregon and Washington; it is possible to legally set up
a pet trust to ensure that your special companion ends up in a safe home. See
www.estateplanningforpets.org for more details.
Summer 2004 5
By D. Fiona Hathaway
Saturday May 1 started out like any other Fortunately for this kitty, Dr. Norman
weekend day for me. On my usual drive answered the clinic phone. ”Oh, thank God
down East Burnside, there was a sudden you’re there, I just picked up a kitty who’s
slowing of trafﬁc and a woman was waving been hit by a car.” I said. “Can you bring
people into the left hand lane. him in right away?” Dr. Norman asked.
“I’m on my way. I’ll see you in ten minutes,”
As the trafﬁc cleared and I approached, I replied.
the emergency became apparent. A black
and white cat had been hit and was at- Every time I got to a stop light, I used the Thomas recovers in the Post-Operative
tempting to drag himself across the road opportunity to put a few drops of Rescue Surgical Recovery Suite (otherwise
out of harm’s way, while the woman was Remedy into the kitty’s mouth in the hopes known as Heather’s bathroom).
directing trafﬁc, trying to help him. She that he would relax a little. He seemed re-
had been out walking her little dog and was signed to his fate, and no longer hissed at
trying to keep him in-check under one arm, me when I tried to touch him. Grateful for To prevent infection at fracture site, needs a
while assisting the poor cat across the street the light Saturday morning trafﬁc, we got to drain implant. Ankle is dislocated and the
before he was hit again. the clinic in record time. I carried him to the ligament is torn so badly, another pin to hold
examination table, where Dr. Norman and that together. Needs a pain patch daily to be
Luckily there was a spot where I could a host of assistants immediately appeared kept comfortable.
pull over quickly to help. My ﬁrst instinct out of nowhere, taking his temperature and
was to race back to the scene of the accident As the days wear on, the staff discovers
other vitals to assess his situation.
to grab the cat…sounded good, but not that Thomas, as we decided to name him,
very practical. I got to the cat and realized Breathing a deep sigh of relief and already is a very sweet and affectionate cat. Dr. Nor-
my gloves and quilted blanket were in my 45 minutes late to work, I shakily left, know- man neutered him during his surgery and
car. By the time I got back, the woman had ing they would call me once they had deter- he is recovering nicely. On May 11, Heather
ushered the cat across the street, right un- mined where he stood. Drama over, crisis took Thomas home to rehabilitate. In about
der a parked car. Safe from the cat’s point intervened, and hopefully, a life saved. a month, Dr. Norman will remove the pins
of view, but it was going to be much more and luckily, Thomas should make a complete
difﬁcult helping him, and my concern was Like a Polaroid developing in super slow recovery. As always, our hope is that our read-
that I would add to his injuries in the pro- motion, over the next several days the picture ers will think twice about allowing their cats
cess of getting him out from under the car. became clear. The patient is an intact adult outside unsupervised and without any iden-
male, about a year and a half old. Someone tiﬁcation. Since Thomas was not wearing any
Then the woman uttered the magic words has been feeding him. FeLV and FIV negative. identiﬁcation or microchip, it will be nearly
we all hope to hear in this situation, “What Anemic. May have some internal bleeding. impossible to ﬁnd his family, and they will
can I do to help? I live in that house right over Compound (bone ends through the skin) never know that he was unfortunate enough
there.” Grateful that someone cared enough fracture of tibia and ﬁbula of the right rear to be hit by a car, yet fortunate enough that
to spend the time to assist me, I instructed leg. Tibia has been dragged on the pavement someone stopped and saved his life on that
her to bring her dog home, while I ran to my and will need surgery and four pins to repair. fateful day.
car for reinforcements. I am not sure how
it happened, but before she made it back, I
managed to get the quilt over him, lifted him U P D AT E
very carefully, and was carrying him to safety. While Thomas was at our vet’s ofﬁce having his hardware and pins in his leg
We met halfway across the street, and she fol-
checked, they discovered a pellet in his head at the base of his right ear. Not
lowed me to my car. We quickly introduced
ourselves, and she suggested I take him to
only had Thomas been run over on East Burnside, he had also been shot at.
her vet right down the street. Knowing that All of us cringed when we learned this sweet boy, who has proven shy but
our vet was open on Saturday, I declined. I very affectionate, had been subjected to all that pain. Someone deﬁnitely
explained that I was from Indigo Rescue and didn’t want him around. Too many people abandon their cats, leaving them
emergency animal rescue is part of what we to survive on their own, but if someone else doesn’t want them hanging
do. Then I jumped in the car and began what around, terrible things could happen to them.
little trauma triage I could do until we could
get to the vet.
Remember: Animal abandonment isn’t just cruel, it’s against the law.
6 Indigo Rescue
INDIGO RESCUE NEEDS YOUR HELP!
As everyone knows, the cost of spays and neuters as well as surgeries on injured animals can take a heavy
toll on animal rescue groups. Indigo Rescue is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from the
community. Luckily, the veterinarians we work with are very kind about discounting us much as they can, but
we often spend well over a thousand dollars just for one injured animal. Please remember that every dollar
you donate helps us continue our work on behalf of rescued animals. It’s 100% tax deductible and makes you
feel good too! We have enclosed a return envelope for your convenience. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Name _____________________________________________________ Cut out form, and
send with your check made to:
Address ___________________________________________________ Indigo Rescue
PO Box 554
City, State, Zip ______________________________________________ Beaverton, OR 97075-0554
Phone _____________________________________________________ www.indigorescue.org
Email______________________________________________________ All donations are tax deductible
as the law allows. Indigo Rescue
I have enclosed $ ______ to help Indigo Rescue end animal abandonment. is an all-volunteer 501(c)3
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Recent Studies Link Hyperthyroidism
Hot cars in Cats with Canned Food
can prove fatal
A study submitted by the American Veterinary Medical Association in
We just wanted to take a minute to March 2004, has shown increased risk of hyperthyroidism in cats that con-
remind everyone how easy it is to sume canned food. Medical records of 169,576 cats, including 3,570 cats
make the mistake of keeping your with hyperthyroidism, evaluated at 9 veterinary school hospitals during
dog in the car on a hot summer a 20-year period, suggest that the increasing prevalence of feline hyper-
day. On a summer’s day of only thyroidism is not solely the result of aging of the cat population and that
85˚ Fahrenheit, the inside tem- canned foods may play a role.
perature of your car will climb to Risk of hyperthyroidism is increased by 3–3.5 times depending on the
102˚ in 10 minutes, and to 120˚ type of cans, tin or pop-top. It seems that a chemical in the lining of the
in 20 minutes. At 107˚–108˚ a cans called bisphenol-A-diglycidyl ether is the contributing factor. We’ll
dog can suffer irreparable brain keep you posted as more studies emerge.
Do your part: Alert your in memory of
friends and family of the dan-
gers of leaving animals in the
car. Whenever you see a parked september 6, 1964 - may 27, 2004
car with animals (or children)
lynda was an administrative assistant in
inside, notify the management
the anti-cruelty division at animal legal defense fund
inside the store. You could save and a dedicated animal activist.
Summer 2004 7
Indigo Rescue PERMIT NO. 470
PO Box 554
Beaverton, OR 97075-0554
Help End Animal
Fireworks can cause pets to panic
Keep pets inside and safe on the 4th of July
By Heather Hines
Everyone loves a good 4th of July party, but every year available speciﬁcally for pets. I feed my dogs an herbal tab-
we learn that too many people haven’t thought through let in a small wedge of cheese and they rest blissfully during
what this summer fun does to our dogs and cats and ﬁreworks, waking just long enough to adjust to a different
their nerves. Did you know the day after the 4th of position and drift away again. Another option is a Bach
July is the highest stray dog intake day at our shelters? Flower Remedy—called Rescue Remedy or Rock Rose—
Countless frantic family dogs, left alone while everyone for terriﬁed animals. A few drops in your pet’s mouth can
is enjoying ﬁreworks, escape their yards, run panicked ease panic and fear without sedating them.
into the streets. Each ﬁrecracker BANG! sends them into
an even more frantic and confused state, often causing You can also help by telling others who may not have
them to run miles from their homes. Of course, not all thought about protecting their pets on the 4th of July and
pets react to ﬁreworks this way, but it’s important to put by hanging a notice at work or in other public places. If
your pets in a safe indoor environment on the Fourth, you’re going to be shooting off ﬁreworks yourself, remem-
and keep an eye on their behavior in the weeks prior as ber to be conscientious about where you are causing all
the festivities are getting under way. that ruckus. The sound and smoke is very disconcerting
to all animals, even our wild friends—and they were here
If you feel your animal is feeling panicked, consider ﬁrst. Remember, sharing your knowledge can prevent an-
mild sedation. There are many calming herbal formulas other tragedy.