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November 2008 NEWS TO KNOW ● November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. At animal shelters and rescue groups Furry across the nation, there are an abundance of healthy senior pets looking for a special home to cherish them for the rest of their lives. Although shaping the life of youngster a youngster sounds appealing, giving a second chance to an older companion can be equally rewarding. They like to share quiet moments, are already trained and usually do not chew or scratch everything in sight. 8 ● November 2-8 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. This campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services. t nd ● The Animal Shelter Advisory Committee meetings are held the 2 Thursday of Friends each month. The next meeting is November 13th at 10:00 at City Hall. The Hall meetings are open to the public. Two additional individuals were appointed to the committee: Frank James and Janice Taylor Vaughn. Newsletter of n ● Our bi-weekly appearance on Fox 13’s Good Morning Memphis has been moved to Memphis Animal Services Thursdays. Be sure to tune in during the eight o’clock hour! If you are interested in Volunteers appearing on TV with a featured pet, please contact Kathryn at Shelter Location: Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org. ve ● Since Wild Oats is an outdoor adoption site, we are looking to find venues during 3456 Tchulahoma Rd to the colder months t allow us to have adoption events. If you would like to find an Memphis, TN 38118 adoption site for events or you think your workplace would be a great place to host (901) 362-5310 Alexander, one, please contact Ernie Alexander, email@example.com. www.memphisanimalshelter.org ● Collierville Animal Shelter's adoption site at The Avenue of Carriage Crossing Shelter Hours: opened. It is located in store #616 between Kay Jewelers and College Station. 4-8pm, 1 Regular adoption hours will then be held every Friday 4 8pm, Saturday 1-8pm, and Monday- 10:00 to 3:00 4pm. Sunday from 11-4pm. We wish them much success with this location and hope that Tuesday—Friday- 10:00 to 5:00 MAS will be able to have adoption sites like this in the future. Saturday- 10:00 to 3:00 Sunday- Closed Adoption Fees: Mark Your Calendars Dogs/puppies- $75 Nov. 8: Home 4 the Holidays Petco Adoption Event Cats/kittens- $70 (includes shots, spay/neuter, & micro-chipping) 11 Poplar & Highland 11-4 Nov. 9: Home 4 the Holidays Petco Adoption Event 11 Poplar & Highland 11-4 Nov. 15: Petco Adoption Day 11 Poplar & Highland 11-3 Dec. 6: Petco Adoption Day 11 Poplar & Highland 11-3 Take a moment to be thankful for your pets. Dec. 20: Petco Adoption Day Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without our four-legged critters! 11 Poplar & Highland 11-3 Adoption Sharing Shelter Snapshots We’ve created a photo album from adoption events to share with volunteers Aftermath and staff as well as to show the public the wonderful things MAS is doing for If you’ve adopted a pet from MAS, we’d love the pets in the community. to hear from you! Whether it’s a funny quirk http://community.webshots.com/user/MemphisAnimalServices or a special bond, we would love to feature Or click on the “MAS Photo Gallery” link on our your pet’s success story in our newsletter. Petfinder website: Please send your pet’s picture(s) and www.memphisanimalservices.petfinder.com adoption story to: Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org. Send any pictures that you have from events to Kathryn It’s these stories that are our rewards! to upload: Kathryn.email@example.com Donate to the Dogs! Memphis Animal Services’ volunteers are striving to update and improve the conditions for all animals housed within the facility. One of the volunteers’ concerns has been animal comfort levels within the dog kennels. The metal floors of the kennels are designed for easy cleaning and sanitation, but are uncomfortable for puppies or dogs with small paws, older dogs or those with thin hair. Kuranda dog beds are the only beds made to give soft off-the-floor comfort and yet be able to withstand daily shelter use. These unique, cot-style dog beds are durable, chew-proof and easily cleaned, making them perfect for shelters where deserving dogs need a comfortable place to rest. They are economical, have replaceable parts, and last for years, so your donation will benefit many dogs for years to come. Kuranda has offered special wholesale pricing to shelters and animal control facilities and they have made it easy for you to donate to MAS. If you would like to give a shelter dog a more comfortable and relaxing stay at Animal Control, please consider donating a bed to us by clicking on the link on our website: www.memphisanimalservices.petfinder.com. Please spread the word and encourage your friends and employers to donate a bed to the Shelter. The donation is tax-deductible and we will send a receipt of your donation for tax purposes. The bed will be sent directly to the shelter in your name. For those wishing to donate in someone's name as a gift or in honor of a loved one, please type your short message in the "Comments" field of the online order form. 6 beds donated as of November 1st Our dogs say THANK YOU to the following special friends who have already donated beds: Ona Tierney-Cooper: “Every dog deserves a nice bed.” Rose Ann Keen Cory Lowery: “Making donation in the name of Megan Kelly” Amanda Baker (donated 3 beds!) Look at these dogs enjoying a soft place to rest! Staff Spotlight Name: Stacy Anderson Hometown: Manchester, Tennessee Pets: Herbie, a Great Dane, and Angel, a Beagle/Sheltie mix Kids: Myles (age 10) and Hailey (age 8) Job title: Animal Care Technician How long I have worked for MAS: One year as a temp and now one year full-time Favorite Food: Mexican Favorite Color: Blue What do I enjoy doing during my free time: Spending time with my kids Thing I want to do before I die: Help as many others as I can & see my grandkids Place I would like to visit: Africa Something many people don't know about me: I worked in the travel industry prior to being a stay at home mom for 9 years. What people might not know about my job: It is very rewarding while at the same time emotionally difficult. What I like most about working with the animals: It gives me a chance to make a difference every day. Worthwhile Website Click for MAS www.petsfortheelderly.org Until Dec. 14, The Animal Rescue Site The Pets for the Elderly Foundation mission is to give both a (www.theanimalrescuesite.com) is giving away $100,000 in lonely, elderly person and an innocent, unwanted animal the grants to participating Petfinder member shelter and gift of life, health and happiness. They donate money to animal rescue groups. MAS is encouraging friends to click to help shelters across the country, saving the lives of pets that need rescued animals on The Animal Rescue Site and then to homes. The program enables elderly people who cannot pay vote every day for their favorite participating rescue the adoption cost to acquire a pet. Since 1996, they have been organization in the $100,000 Shelter Challenge. Clicking responsible for the adoption of nearly 29,000 pets. Last year and voting is free for site visitors, but the right number of alone they made donations to 59 shelters and were votes can mean as much as $25,000 for the winning responsible for over 5,500 adoptions. Currently, there are shelter. Weekly prizes of $1,000 are also available. Vote 80 shelters on their waiting list. Conservatively 6-8 million tallies will be updated regularly and visitors to The Animal Shelter Animals are euthanized annually by Shelters simply Rescue Site can check on their favorite shelter’s tallies for lack of funds or space. The throughout the Challenge. most serious disease for older Look for the link on our Petfinder website: persons is not cancer or heart www.memphisanimalservices.petfinder.com disease – it’s loneliness. Pets offer affection, unconditional love, fight loneliness, and can help ease the loss of a loved one. Santa Paws Party Jump start your Holiday shopping Great gifts for pets and pet parents All proceeds benefit the Animal Protection Association Spay/Neuter Clinic "Fixing" pet homelessness through affordable prices Silent Auction, Drawings, Door Prizes, Appetizers and Desserts included Cash Bar - and loads of fun! Puppy Painting Sunday, November 23rd The adoption rooms at the Shelter are receiving 2 pm - 5 pm a much needed make-over but we need your Holiday Casual help. If you have any leftover paint and/or Location: Stop 345 • 345 Madison Avenue • Memphis, TN 38103 painting supplies that you are no longer using, Tickets: $20 per person please drop them off at the Shelter. There is a Send checks to: APA/Santa Paws Party • P.O. Box 11471 • Memphis, TN 38111 donation box behind the volunteer desk. Any (include phone number and/or email address and return mail address) colors and amounts are appreciated! Questions: Call 901-324-3202 The Animal Protection Association He is your friend, your 854 Goodman Street • Memphis, TN 38111 • 901-324-3202 partner...your dog. You are www.spaymemphis.com his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours... faithful and true to the last beat of Reason to Rant his heart! You owe it to him In response to posts by people giving up their pets for various reasons. to be worthy of such by Elliot Cantor about his dog, Kohl, posted on Craigslist 10.14.08 devotion! -Anonymous I love my dog. I have paid enormous fees for replacing carpets, chewed up pieces of houses. I have been hated by my neighbors. Had to sweet talk cops due to noise ordinances. Had to get down & clean up ungodly Political amounts of crap from other people’s lawn. Had to teach children how to act around my animal. Had to teach my animal how to act around other Pander people & animals. Have to come home every night to take care of him. • I love a dog. He does nothing for political Have to spend over an hour walking him every day. Had to eat crappy reasons. -Will Rogers cheap food while he eats his Science Diet. Had to pay vet bills 8 times • My dog can bark like a Congressman, fetch more than it cost me to get him. Had to replace clothes, couches, like an aide, beg like a press secretary, and play furniture, anything he resembles as fluffy. I have paid for a fence in a dead like a receptionist when the phone rings. rental home more than once so he could run around outside. I have been -Gerold Solomon, US Congressman broke, I have been tired, I have been pissed & I have been upset. I had to • Children and dogs are as necessary to the switch home owners insurance after he accidentally knocked a child down welfare of the country as Wall Street and the that could barely walk in the first place. I do not let him roam. I have taken railroads. -Harry S. Truman him through training classes. I can walk with him off leash without him • Every year the State will be the dog that going 5 feet away from me but he's always on leash when outside & not in chases its own tail... engaging in a futile attempt the backyard. I have to vacuum twice to close a perpetual budget gap. a week or my house looks like I shave -Richard J. Codey dogs for a living. All this for a “stupid” • I am in favor of animal rights as well as dog who happens to be my best friend. human rights. That is the way of a whole human I would not give him away for the world being. -Abraham Lincoln & he would not give me away for the • You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. world. -Harry S. Truman Offsite Adoption Numbers Take a look at the number of pets that are in their forever homes as a result of our offsite adoption events! MAS could not do any of this without their volunteers’ dedication and hard work. With your help, the Paws-N-Whiskers Mobile Adoption Unit will become the most successful and well-known event in the area. DOGS CATS DATE LOCATION Brought Adopted Brought Adopted Jan. 3 Petco 8 6 2 0 Jan. 17 Petco 8 7 1 0 Feb. 2 Petco 8 8 2 2 Feb. 16 Petco 8 8 2 0 March 1 Petco 8 7 2 1 March 15 Petco 8 7 2 2 April 5 Petco 9 7 3 0 April 12 Wild Oats 9 7 5 0 April 19 Petco 9 7 3 2 April 26 Wild Oats 9 4 3 1 May 3 Petco 9 8 1 1 May 10 Wild Oats 7 3 2 0 May 17 Petco 6 2 6 5 May 24 Wild Oats 8 4 8 0 June 7 Petco 10 4 2 0 June 14 Centenary Church 9 4 - - June 21 Petco 13 9 2 0 June 28 Wild Oats 7 2 2 2 June 28 Majestic Theatre 7 3 - - July 5 Petco 8 4 2 0 July 12 Wild Oats 9 4 - - July 19 Petco 9 1 2 2 August 2 Petco 8 3 4 0 August 9 Wild Oats 9 1 - - August 9 Home Builders Assoc. 9 4 8 0 August 16 Petco 13 6 6 0 August 23 Wild Oats 8 2 2 2 Sept. 6 Petco 9 6 1 0 Sept. 13 Wild Oats 8 5 2 1 Sept. 20 PLU Festival @ Shelby Farms 30 26 3 2 Sept. 27 Wild Oats 2 0 6 2 Sept. 28 Woofstock @ Overton Park 16 13 2 1 Oct. 4 Petco 10 7 1 1 Oct. 11 Wild Oats 8 3 6 1 Oct. 18 Petco 10 7 3 2 Oct. 25 Wild Oats 8 2 2 0 Oct. 31 City Hall Downtown 26 20 8 3 TOTAL 360 221 106 33 Howl at the Hall A BIG thank you goes to all the volunteers and staff that helped with the City Hall adoption event on October 31. We adopted out 20 dogs and 3 cats to employees who work downtown in City Hall and other offices. Mayor Willie Herenton came and had his picture taken in front of our tents and banner with Mr. Alexander. Both the Mayor and Division Director wanted us to pass along a BIG THANK YOU to the staff and volunteers that made this event possible. Also, a big thank you to Jim Donahue for taking the great pictures! Helping You Stay Healthy! • Pets Help to Lower Blood Pressure. A recent study found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than did those who did not own a pet. • Pets Help to Reduce Stress. Walking with a pet helps to sooth nerves and offers instant relaxation. Studies conducted worldwide have shown that the impact of a stressful situation is lesser on pet owners, especially males, than on those who do not own a pet. • Pets Help to Prevent Heart Disease. Because pets provide people with faithful companionship, research shows they may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, thus a measure of protection from heart disease. • Pets Help to Lower Health Care Costs. People with pets actually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions. • Pets Help to Fight Depression. Pets help fight depression and loneliness, promoting an interest in life. When seniors face adversity or trauma, affection from pets takes on great meaning. Their bonding behavior can foster a sense of security. Source: http://americanpetproducts.org/press_industrytrends.asp Something that someone wouldn't know Good Dogs make Great Pets about a rescue/yourself: That we are unpaid MAS is grateful for rescues that support the Shelter & we wanted to volunteers with full time "day jobs” doing very take a look inside the workings of rescue groups. Good Dog Rescue expensive work. A rescue group has no steady regularly takes dogs from the Shelter, so I interviewed the founder, source of funding such as tax dollars. All our Lisa Trenthem, to learn more about their wonderful effort to save as expenses are incurred from the minute you take many dogs as possible! www.gdrescue.petfinder.com responsibility for a dog. The adoption fee will never cover the cost of rescue. We must rely How & why you started GD Rescue? The Memphis Animal Shelter dogs on the kindness of strangers. I receive a few have always been a big concern to me. There are just so many more dogs donations here & there but the largest part of than there are good homes. I'm a native Memphian. When I was a child, we our funding comes from my own salary. I work used to ride the bus downtown to shop. The animal shelter was a frequent a full time & a part time job. I have some very stop for us. The building still sits there on the corner of Front & Auction. We dedicated volunteers who will sometimes incur always asked to get dogs out but my mom said, “No.” The image of all those the expense of a special needs foster dog. captive dogs who had nowhere to go really stuck with me. I pulled my first dog from the Memphis Animal Shelter when I was 18 years old. I also worked What do you look for in a dog at a shelter with West TN Border Collie rescue & made frequent visits to the shelter. I you want to rescue? I feel that if the dog could not see all those eager friendly faces (most were not border collies) & appeals to me it will appeal to others. I look for do nothing. Working with Border collie rescue gave me the confidence that I a Disney quality of mutt. I love scruffy dogs, could find a home for a dog. and mixes of herding breeds. I just look. What How many "permanent" pets do you happens after that is up to the dog. It is have? 4 dogs, all rescued, two from MAS. important to make a conscious choice of what dog I can actually live with because I never What it takes to be a foster? Same know how long this dog will be in foster care. I qualifications as to adopt: rapport with the am ultimately responsible for housing the dog; dog, safe environment, compatible mix of also dogs are sometimes returned. family members & other pets, history of good vet care with previous pets. For me to Amount of dogs you pull from MAS: Varies on feel comfortable with a foster or adopter, available foster space but on average 10-12/mo. the dog has to want to go with them. Typical problems you encounter when you get a dog from MAS: My biggest How many foster people work with you? I concern when getting a dog from MAS is the health of the dog. Almost all will have 8-10 people who will foster a dog. This suffer some sort of respiratory illness. About 10% of the time this is fatal. I is the backbone of this operation. I can't will incur vet expenses with every dog no matter how minor this illness is. This thank them enough. We could use at least is due to lack of preventive vaccines for distemper, parvo & kennel cough prior 20 foster homes with a strong commitment to exposure to shelter borne illness. Our community needs to understand how to see their foster dog placed permanently. important these vaccines are when they get puppies. Things that anyone could donate that could Things you like about getting a dog from MAS: 1) I know I have saved a life. help GD Rescue: Adjustable collars in 9-13" These are the neediest animals in our geographic area. There is no doubt in size or 10-16" size • 4 & 5 foot leashes • my mind what that dog's outcome would have been. Many adopters cannot Heartgard Plus or similar preventive product, believe that the excellent pet they adopted was on death row at MAS. 2) Unlike any size • Frontline plus any size • Antibiotics a puppy mill dog, these have been pets in someone's home. They love people. (Clavamox, Doxycycline, Keflex) • Good quality Many are housetrained and well socialized. 3) I enjoy working with these dry dog food (Iams green mini chunks, employees who genuinely seem to love animals: Archie, Shauna, Kirby, John Science diet, Pedigree canned traditional Cox, Jonathan, Rhonda, Ralph. I greatly appreciate the efforts of Ernie and ground formula) • Dollars & foster space Tracy to work with rescue. Plenty of Homes at Petco We want to thank everyone who continues to support our adoption events at Petco at Poplar & Highland. This location has been a great success!
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