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Cool at the zoo

July
27

What to do when it’s really hot, and you live in a zoo? Well, let’s the experts show you themselves!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm
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Rescued dogs ready for homes

July
27

This just in from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Welcome to New York pups! Included here are pics of three of the dogs needing homes. (sorry for the coding problem…:)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) rescued 36 dogs from a “dog shoot” in Northern Canada that was scheduled to control the local dog population. IFAW worked with rescues and shelters across Eastern Canada to find homes for twenty-nine of the dogs. The remaining seven dogs will arrive at North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) in Port Washington, N.Y. today, where they will have a second chance at permanent homes in the United States.

IFAW’s Northern Dogs Project team was in a remote Canadian community providing vital veterinary care and humane education when concerned community members alerted IFAW’s team that due to concerns about the number of roaming dogs, unwanted dogs would soon be rounded up and shot. In many remote communities without access to regular veterinary care, this is often considered the only means of controlling the dog population.

“Once we heard about the dog shoot, we immediately collaborated with a vocal minority of community members who wanted to find a humane solution for these unwanted dogs,” said IFAW’s Canadian project manager, Jan Hannah. “It is a mark of tremendous progress for the community to move from dog shooting to considering transport as a humane alternative.”

This community is one of eight in which IFAW has been working with since 2002, providing veterinary services, animal welfare education and outreach, assistance with animal control regulations and, in some cases, finding homes for unwanted dogs.

North Shore Animal League America’s Joanne Yohannan said, “The seven dogs that are being humanely relocated represent the hope for all of the roaming dogs in this area. It is an example that you do not have to shoot animals to combat an overpopulation problem.”

In 2005, IFAW and NSALA teamed up during IFAW’s Chinese dog rescue to find new homes for 30 homeless dogs from an overcrowded shelter in China, which could not be legally re-homed in Beijing due to local size and breed restrictions and strict dog ownership regulations. These high profile dogs helped raise awareness about shelter pets and led to increased shelter adoptions. To adopt a dog or cat, contact North Shore Animal League America at 516-883-7575.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 at 11:44 am
Category: Animal care, Animal laws, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs

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Great egret

July
26

Got these lovely shots this morning from P&C’s southern outpost. What a wonderful way to start a day, with this view.

Hope he’s keeping his eyes out for the gator!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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Rock star pig rescue

July
23

The joy of being in this is business is you never know what’s going to come across the transom on any given day. Today’s gift was this story about Kim Gordon, a 6-week-old piglet. I got this from the New York Shelter Farm Sanctuary based in Watkins Glen, NY.
It seems this fragile little piglet fell off the back of a transport truck in South Dakota in mid-July, and no one noticed, or cared or went back for her — that is, until Lanore Hahn and her rock ‘n’ roll boyfriend’s concert tour took an unexpected turn. Thanks to Hahn, late last night the tiny piglet, named “Kim Gordon” in honor of the legendary Sonic Youth vocalist and bass player, arrived to a rock star’s reception at her new home at the sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization. Here’s Kim Gordon!

So, Hahn had been on the road for a long time touring with her boyfriend’s band (whose signature image, which she designed, and appears on all of their CDs, posters and shirts, is coincidentally a pig) when they strayed off course onto a backcountry highway on their way back to Wisconsin and spotted the little piglet running around in the middle of the road in Mitchell, S.D. Confused to see a piglet all alone in the middle of prairieland, with no buildings or farmhouses around, they stopped the car and attempted to catch her. Once she was caught, the compassionate couple placed the baby animal in their vehicle, where she promptly fell into a 10-hour deep sleep.

While the piglet slept, the couple attempted to locate the origins of the exhausted animal. They spoke with people from three different farms farther down the highway, all of whom informed them that there were no pig facilities in the area and they didn’t know where the piglet could have come from. Perplexed even further at this point, Hahn phoned the local animal control authority, which sent an officer to speak with her. Given the condition of the piglet, who had a severe sunburn over many of the exposed parts of her body and painful road rash on her belly, chin, and back, the animal control officer was the first to surmise that she had fallen off the back of a transport truck. The officer then informed Hahn that if she handed the baby pig over to authorities, they would most likely shoot the animal. At that moment, Hahn knew she had no other choice but to bring the piglet back with her to Wisconsin.

Back at home, Lanore did everything she could for her new friend — gradually introducing her to more solid foods, treating her wounds with antiseptic lotion daily, and giving her some much-needed T.L.C. While the piglet’s health remains somewhat shaky, she has been improving steadily.

“Her future looks bright: she is well on her way to recovery and will become an ambassador for other factory farm pigs who suffer every day in hot, overcrowded transport trucks on their way to finishing facilities and slaughterhouses across the country,” said the Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director, Susie Coston. “Her life on the road is over, but here, she will always be a rock star.”

Kim Gordon the piglet joins other famous rescued pigs at the New York Shelter who came to Farm Sanctuary under similar circumstances — including Truffles and Terrin, both found wandering interstate highways after falling off transport trucks in Indiana and Ohio respectively.

From me: Congrats little piggie! Long may you oink!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Category: Animal care, Animal laws, Animal rescue, Animal safety, piglet, Pigs

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Two-footers: ARGH!

July
22

Don’t know how many readers I have from Milford, Conn., but please read this. If you don’t live there, maybe you just want to contribute to the reward. This just from In Defense of Animals:

Milford, Conn. (July 22, 2010) – On July 11, 2010 a two-year-old female Staffordshire Terrier, dubbed “Ginger” in the media, was found roaming the streets of Milford, Conn., with third degree burns all over her head and upper body. The international animal protection organization In Defense of Animals (IDA) has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for scalding her.

According to Ginger’s guardian, Ginger had been missing since July 9, after she was tied up in front of the house to get her ready for a trip to the vet along with her pups. Days later, Milford Animal Control Services received reports about an injured dog and was able to retrieve her and provide medical care. It is unknown the exact cause or agent that was used to burn and potentially kill her, and the perpetrator(s) are still roaming the streets, possibly harming other animals.

“It is unconscionable that someone would commit such acts of depraved cruelty upon any animal,” said IDA president Scotlund Haisley. Citing the connection between violence to non-human animals and violence to people, Haisley added “someone who would commit such acts against animals is a threat to society and belongs behind bars. As scientific studies and the FBI concluded long ago, anyone who would be cruel to a dog is probably just warming up, and a spouse or girlfriend or child is in danger.”

Despite an outpouring of outrage, and generous donations to help cover her extensive medical costs, the individual(s) responsible have yet to be apprehended. IDA hopes its $2,500 reward offer will produce information leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the person(s) who burned Ginger.

Linda Marino, an attorney who lives in the Milford area and is working with IDA on this matter, said “The person who did this despicable act must be identified and brought to justice. Such cruelty to one of our fellow beings cannot be tolerated and must be severely punished. As an attorney who seeks to defend those who cannot defend themselves, I hope that the reward offered by In Defense of Animals will assist in bringing the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.”

Without casting blame on Ginger’s guardian, Haisley also noted that dogs should never be left tied up outside unattended. “There are numerous bad things that can happen when a dog is left tied up outside,” he said, “including choking, theft, escape, and acts of cruelty like what happened to Ginger.”

Anyone with information about how Ginger was injured should call the Milford Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 203-877-1465.

For more information, visit www.idausa.org.

P.S. For an antidote to this story, visit previous post 🙂 Thank heavens at least poor Ginger was found and cared for.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 5:39 pm
Category: Animal care, Animal laws, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs, Staffordshire Terrier

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Stanley will sleep anywhere

July
22

Stanley has her numerous favorite sleeping spots, but today she found a new one. This blanket is on my bed not because it’s needed or particularly decorative but because — yes — the cats like it and adopted it from the day I first used it, um, 3 years ago.
It fell halfway to the floor last night, and I obviously haven’t made the bed today. But when I went to straighten up a little, I found this:

So, things will remain unchanged until nap time is over 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats, Stanley

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Talk about needing a bigger boat

July
21

OK, this isn’t the usual warm and fluffy pet tale, but holy moly! First, this picture says it all:

And this was no close call. It was full contact. This happened off Cape Town, South Africa. Yet I found it in the New York Post. Go figure. You can also see what happened to the boat here.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 3:25 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal weirdness

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P&C friends’ pets

July
21

Two sent in today, lucky me! The first lovely portrait subject you may know, the adorable yipster known as Casey, who belongs to good P&C friend ilb. I think here Casey may be thinking, “OK, I’ll let you take my picture, then can I go outside?”

This one is from Denise, whose lucky dogs get to Jetski every Sunday on Long Island Sound. Pictured here are Yogi, left, an 18-month-old poodle/wheaton terrier mix, and Buddy, a 9-year wheaton terrier zooming off Glen Island in New Rochelle (NY).

Oh yeah, the four-footers have names, too. Welcome to P&C Chris Ciotti and Kelly Soares. 🙂

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Dogs, Uncategorized

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Cats and mouse (pads)

July
21

I found this picture pretty amusing because Stanley does the exact same thing in my home office. Is it because cats somehow respond to the word “mouse” and therefore determine they must take ownership? Darned if I know.
Anyway, this is Jasmine, the personal office cat of recent P&C reader Shari Peyser. Shari says, “I actually put down a towel on her beach so that she wouldn’t land on the mousepad — although when she sprawls, we have little push backs on whose work is more important!”

As I told Shari, I bet she loses. I know I usually do. Here is Jasmine, hard at work.

I should also note, I’m so jealous. Wish I could have a desk cat!

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Category: Animal behavior, Animal weirdness, Cats

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Maine, Sweeney and Todd: part 2

July
20

Yesterday I shared some photos of Sweeney and Todd during my weekend trip to P&C’s northern outpost. Well, the boys’ staff (that would be my mom) also sent me these photos from the trip.
We spent Saturday with my glorious niece Lula, so of course Grandmom (my mom) had lots of toys all over the place. Well, Todd must have decided to take this break either because 1) he was exhausted from playing with Lula all day or 2) figured he’d get more attention if he went to her play area. Regardless, I just love these shots.

Nothing left to say but, adorableness.

Posted by Laurel Babcock on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 7:00 am
Category: Animal behavior, Animal care, Animal rescue, Animal safety, Cats, Uncategorized

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For most animal lovers, pets are members of the family. They carry around pictures in their wallets and schedule vacations with pets in mind. This blog takes a look into the world of a pet owner: the good, the bad and the just plain obsessive.









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Laurel Babcock is the Community Life editor for The Journal News, Express Publications and LoHud.com. She grew up with a beloved mutt and was surrounded by dogs into young adulthood. She liked cats enough, but didn't really think of them as true pets. That changed when her brother brought an abandoned 4-week-old kitty into the family, dooming us all. Laurel currently serves as staff for two completely adored cats, Stanley and Cup, both girls.


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