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What to do…Check Animal Shelters
Be certain to check with every animal shelter or humane society in your vicinity daily, or at least every two or three days. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters. You must go in person, as it is very difficult for busy shelter personnel to identify your pet by phone. Take the extra time to visit each shelter to avoid an unfortunate oversight. Stray dogs picked up by animal control are often misidentified as the wrong breed, wrong age, or even the wrong sex. Check every department of the shelter, including the hospital room, holding area, or quarantine area. Don’t think that because your pet is purebred that he or she was stolen. The shelters are full of purebred animals of all ages waiting for their owners to pick them up!
Check the Shelter Websites
Many of the animal shelters now maintain their own websites, posting photos and information about the dogs at their facility. Click here for a list of some of the local shelters and their website addresses. While these can be useful, don’t rely solely on the shelter websites — not every dog in the shelter gets his or her photo and information posted! In some cases, by the time a dog is posted to the website, his or her time at the shelter is almost up!
Keep Checking the Shelters
Continue to check shelters for weeks after your pet has disappeared in case it has been temporarily taken in by someone. Even if your dog was wearing an I.D. tag or microchip, go to the shelter and look for yourself! We’ve seen dogs wearing collars and I.D. tags waiting at shelters for their owners to pick them up. If you have moved or changed your phone number, the shelter may have no way to get in contact with you.
Check with Neighbors
Someone may have taken your pet in with good intentions, especially if it was not wearing I.D. Take a photo of your pet door-to-door, covering several blocks around the area that it was last seen. Be sure to also check with neighborhood kids. If you found a dog, put them on a leash and walk around the neighborhood you found them in. Do this several times. Ask neighbors…”do you know this dog? I found it and I am trying to find it’s home”.
Check Local Parks and Schools
Stray pets are often attracted to areas where there are trash cans filled with discarded food and plenty of water to drink. Check locations near where the pet was lost that might be sources of an easy meal.
Type or print a bold poster containing your pet’s photo, so that it’s easily and quickly legible to passing motorists. Including a photo greatly increases your chance of recovery. Post copies of your poster at local veterinary offices, pet supply stores, animal shelters, groomers, grocery stores, busy intersections, etc. and throughout your neighborhood in highly visible places.
Call Lost & Found Services
In addition to your local animal shelters, some services and organizations take calls regarding lost and found pets, and can assist in recovery. Try these resources:
Call (888) 85FOUND
Call (714) 978-PETS
Place “Lost Dog” Ads in Local Papers
Some publications will run free “lost pet” ads for a few days. If not free, the cost is usually minimal, and well worth increasing the chances of recovering your pet.
Check “Found Dog” Ads
Check “found pet” ads in newspapers daily. Call any ad that remotely resembles the description of your pet, since the people placing the ad might not describe your pet accurately.
Don’t Assume Your Pet was Stolen!
Occasionally, we hear reports of puppies or toy-breed dogs having been stolen from their owners, but it is very uncommon for a large-breed dog such as a German Shepherd to be taken by a stranger. Often, owners assume that the reason their dog is suddenly missing from their yard could only mean that someone entered the premises and took the animal. In every one of these cases, we have found later that the dog either jumped the fence or escaped the yard in some other manner. In one case, the dog had gotten under the house and became trapped. Don’t assume that someone has taken your dog!
Don’t Give Up!
Depending on the circumstances under which your pet was lost, and where it has ended up, it could take several weeks, even months, for your reunion. For your pet’s sake as well as your own, never stop looking. When you do locate your pet, RUN — don’t walk — to the nearest pet supply store and get an I.D. tag on his or her collar IMMEDIATELY. An I.D. tag is the best way to help your pet to find his or her way safely back home. MICROCHIP!!!!!!!
We had so much fun walking in the mini marathon in Los Angeles California. So many wonderful people running and walking for the animals. What a great feeling to know all this money was being raised to help the shelter and rescue animals. A heart felt and passionate issue for me. Please consider rescuing a shelter pet…don’t support breeding. There are so many wonderful pets that need you and your loving care. Feed your dog or cat with food and treats that have never been on recall!
Claudia Hoffmann writes: My friend Eldad Hagar and his wife Audrey Spilker Hagar do such an amazing job helping stray animals. The videos bring awareness of what’s really out there. More abandoned and stray dogs than a lot of people dare to imagine.
You can pick up CAR LOADS of stray animals daily in LA and surrounding areas! PLEASE spay/neuter and micro chip your animals!
did you know if you rescue a black dog or a black cat that they will waive the adoption fee? I was watching one of our local News stations in Long Beach California and they mentioned this topic. They said that black Pets tend to “not photograph well” and people are less likely to be attracted to their photos unless they meet them. One main reason is because they seem more sinister.
Memorial holiday is here and the weather getting hot…be especially Mindful of your Pets needs! FRESH water, please. Do not leave them locked in a hot car or garage.
Success! WOW! I am so grateful to ALL of you who helped make this Happen. It got a little dicey there. I got calls from Arizona, SoCal & NorCal. Had a team of a strong community working their hearts out for this little dog! Thank you and Thank you again!
We found a forever home up in Northern California. Chloe’s new home will be with two women, (a couple) no other animals or kids. One of her new mom’s is intending to teach her the skills she will need to be a companion dog! This is awesome for Chloe! We are so excited and relieved. They meet on Wednesday Nov 30th!!!! Peace at last!
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A warm body next to you on the sofa on movie night. A jogging buddy on cool, damp mornings. An adoring face to greet you after a hard day at work. A constant companion through good times and bad. My dog loves her treats and healthy food.
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Go to your local shelter or to our online adoption center and find a lucky dog to bring into your loving home.
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PROJECT DOG brings out the purebred in rescue dogs
This is an awesome project and I am proud to post this; please comment below on how you feel about getting a dog from a breeder or searching for your next pet at a rescue that helps dogs find a forever home. And did you know that Rescue Dogs can be purebreds if you want that? This is a great project by Kira Stackhouse, excellent work.
“I once split my pants photographing a Finnish spitz on the cliffs above Sutro Baths,” the lovely, energetic Kira Stackhouse laughed over drinks at Blackbird Bar in the Castro last week. She was recounting some very interesting stories about her ambitious Project Dog — an attempt to meticulously photograph woofy representatives of all 170 official American Kennel Club registered breeds next to purebred counterparts from dog rescue agencies.
“A big part of my mission is to photograph as many of these dogs as I can in iconic San Francisco and Bay Area settings, sometimes I’m trying to shoot five or six dogs a day. It’s not like I travel around with a change of clothes –but apparently there’s no lengths I won’t go to! So I just tried to hold my legs together until I got the shot.”
Stackhouse, who left a high profile job in marketing to expand her Nuena Pets photography business, launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month to help fund a full-color coffeetable book that will come out of Project Dog. (The campaign wraps up in three more days.) I asked her to explain the motivations behind the project — which has become a viral hit in the Bay Area and beyond, and has garnered several local accolades — and what she hoped to accomplish.
“It was weird how the idea came about. I love pets, but I always thought of myself as more into cats — until I got a dog of my own a couple years ago and fell completely in love. The dog was a purebred from a breeder, a Boston terrier. And when I would take him out, people would give me such shit about not going to an animal rescue place.
“So I thought, ‘You know, most people don’t know that rescued animals can be purebred — or that almost all official breed groups contain rescue organizations.’ It dawned on me that one way to get this message out would be to start a project that gets these dogs side by side in a format that would be instantly recognizable and appealing to people.
A sample layout from the forthcoming Project Dog book, featuring Basenjis — one from a breeder and one from an animal rescue organization.
“On top of that, I wanted this to be a community effort — so I asked people to submit their purebreds for picture consideration and tell stories about them on the Project Dog site. People really got into that — some of the stories are so funny, and we attracted entries from people like the mayor of Carmel! Then I could see what was out there and choose which dogs to photograph.
“But another community function I wanted to fulfill was building a platform to host the debate about purebred rescue dogs. People feel passionately — some owners are afraid rescue purebreds will diminish the ‘brand’ of the dogs, and some rescue dog fans are really vocal about their opposition to breed fetishization. This is somewhere they can all go at it.
And of course, I get to photograph some really beautiful dogs — and get really creative in a way I feel can benefit the community.”
It’s true, she does — some of the photos and test layouts for the book are stunning. But Project Dog, which is partnered with the SPCA, is also helping to enlarge perceptions of rescue dogs, usually knee-jerked as mangy mutts (not that those aren’t cute!), when in fact any kind of dog can find itself in need of a loving home. The Project Dog motto is, “Every dog is a work of art,” and Stackhouse’s dedication is proving that true.
Preorder the Project Dog book for three more days on the Project Dog Kickstarter.
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Include pets in your evacuation and disaster planning
We live in a short-sighted, fly-by-the-seats-of-our-pants kind of culture where tomorrow is always a little fuzzy. But here in quake country, there’s definitely something to be said for being prepared for the future and looking out for your entire family — including the furred, finned and feathered members. Often when disaster strikes, pets are left to fend for themselves, making them vulnerable to getting lost, injured or killed.
“Many public shelters that are set up for disaster victims don’t accept pets,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, a spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Some people have died because they were ordered to evacuate and did not want to leave their pets behind.”
1. Create a detailed disaster plan that includes your pets – Decide in advance where you will go and how you plan to get there. Map out your primary route and a backup route in case roads are blocked or impassable. Make sure you have a map of the area available. Put together a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians along the evacuation route and outside your area that might be able to shelter your pets in an emergency. Include emergency phone numbers. Find out if any local shelters will accept both people and pets. Make advance arrangements to have a friend or neighbor pick up your pets in the event you are not at home when a disaster strikes. And, plan where you will meet or how you will reach each other. Take the 10-Minute Challenge to seeing how long it would take to get you, your family, your pets and all of your important items out of the house.
2. Make a grab-and-go pet disaster kit – Put the following items in a waterproof container: medication and medical records (including proof of rabies vaccination); pet first aid kit, leashes, harnesses, crates and carriers for transporting pets; a muzzle, if your pet requires one; food and water for at least three days; a manual can opener; cat litter and litter box; comfort toys; an old towel or two; recent photo of your pet in case you become separated; name and phone number of your veterinarian; pet insurance information.
3. If you must evacuate, take your pets! Be prepared to leave early; do not wait for an official evacuation as you might be ordered to leave your pets behind. Keep pets on leashes or in carriers at all times. Make sure your pet is wearing up-to-date identification. Include the phone number of a friend or relative outside your area in case your pet gets lost and you cannot be reached. Mark the crate or carrier with similar information. Birds should be transported in a secure travel cage or carrier. During warm weather, carry a plant mister to mist the bird’s feathers periodically. Do not put water inside the carrier during transport; instead provide a few slices of fresh fruit or vegetables with high water content.
4. Following the disaster – Once you return home, don’t allow your pets to roam free right away. While you assess the damage, keep dogs on a leash and other animals in their carriers. In the absence of familiar landmarks and smells, pets may become disoriented. Give them some time to get used to their “new” surroundings. Try to get your pets back into their normal routines as soon as possible, and be on the lookout for stress-related behavioral problems; if they persist, talk to your veterinarian.
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St. Martin’s Animal Rescue is located in Southern Cal- Northridge California.
This is awesome, check it out. Suzanne is a friend and is incredibly helpful and dedicated with animal rescues! Her heart and friends are dedicated.
Please check this out. Pass it around, especially for people in the Los Angeles area.
Hello dear friends,
For those of you who have been helping me raise money for St Martin’s Animal Sanctuary I wanted to let you see exactly what we are hoping to purchase. This place is perfect! 10 FENCED acres, with a house and air conditioned out buildings. It would mean, no more frantic calls and emails begging for help to assist me in finding a foster for that dog found in the street wandering with no place to call home or help me rescue this dog about to be put down etc. We’d have a place to house our rescues, get them well, find them homes or for those un-adoptables they would have found their forever home.
We are having a fund-raiser this Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Please come.
Or if you care to make a donation please go to the website and see how easy it is to make a tax deductible contribution with pay Pal. Any amount helps and as a community we will raise the money for our beloved animals.
We only need $560,000 to purchase this perfect spot and we’ve raised half of that money already. If you know of any other animal-loving friends that might want to help please send this their way!
Thank you. Can you attend? We would love to see you there!