Sad day at the shelter

Today we had a sudden, unexpected death among our shelter residents.

Janus, our wonderful orange tabby boy, was happy and affectionate and playful at about 1:00, when a pair of volunteers were visiting his cat room. When they left, he was his usual, content self.

When I arrived to visit the cats at 2:00, I found Janus dead. He was lying peacefully, but he was no longer with us. I hope there are lots of cuddles for him at the Rainbow Bridge, and am glad he knew the comforts of a safe haven, soft bedding, a couple of “goddess” kitty playmates (Hera and Maia) that made him feel like a real “ladies’ man” cat, and many volunteers who adored him. Had he not made it to the shelter last month, he would have been outside in the cold and mud, all alone, when his time came.

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Underweight Pets

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Underfed Oatmeal at her January 15, 2011, arrival at the shelter.

If your pet looks like this, make sure that you’re feeding them enough; check the package on their food and make sure that you’re meeting or exceeding the feeding recommendations. If you are, check with your veterinarian: weight loss can be caused by parasites, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and other serious but treatable conditions.

Oatmeal on January 23, 2011, after gaining weight from proper feeding at the shelter.

Since her arrival at the shelter, Oatmeal has filled out nicely and has been adopted!

 

Volunteer to help dogs

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter now has both cat buildings and dog buildings open and accepting adoptable pets – YAY!

Unfortunately, the only way we can continue accepting dogs into the adoption program is if more people sign up to volunteer as dog caregivers. We are losing two of our primary dog caregivers, and will no longer have enough volunteers to provide the necessary daily care for us to safely and humanely house dogs. Please do not make the mistake of thinking “someone else will do it” – so far, Someone Else has not stepped up, leaving us in danger of closing just when we finally got going. We need your help!

There are 14 caregiver shifts per week: 7 morning shifts, generally starting around 8:30 (although a bit earlier or later is OK), and 7 evening shifts, generally starting 5:30-6:30.

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Ringworm

Ringworm

Note: This blog was mistakenly blogged before the blog was to be blogged in our blog. If you read this blog before 5:30 PM PST on November 15, 2010, note that some information in this blog was changed at that time and reblogged.

You’ll sometimes hear people talking about pets – or themselves – contracting “ringworm.” With such an ominous-sounding name, it must be bad, right?

Here’s a little quiz. Don’t worry, it won’t count toward your final grade. Which of these is ringworm most closely related to? A. Common cold B. Tapeworm C. Mushroom D. Earthworm

If you answered A, understand that ringworm isn’t a virus, and it can be treated in many ways, unlike the common cold, to which the only remedy is chicken-noodle soup. If you answered B, you’re on the right track, but ringworm isn’t a parasite in the usual sense, and it isn’t deadly. . . . → Read More: Ringworm