|Donkey grinning after being rescued from flood; Dog keeps watch over trapped friend|
|Baby Goat Found Wandering Near A Busy Street Is Saved by Good Samaritan|
|Orangutans orphaned due to deforestation and palm oil production released back into wild|
The Seaside Heights Animal Welfare Organization has cared for the majestic cats of the Seaside Boardwalk by creating a colony system, which provides well maintained shelters and feeding stations since 2012. Through grants and individual donations, over 300 cats have been trapped, neutered and released at no cost to the tax payers. We all love to see the cats under the Boardwalk but the way they control the rodent population in this tourist hot spot is of huge importance. Recently, the board members who work tirelessly each day to feed and maintain the colonies, have been stripped of their positions leaving the cats without the care they are used to or supportive people who would do anything to protect them. Please sign this petition to help the Mayor of Seaside Heights understand how important these cats are to the public who visit this town regularly and love seeing them. Further, to see how the team leading SSHAWO need to be reinstated to their established place helping the cats in a hands in way. With the upcoming camp outs on the beaches-the cats are of critical importance against rodents that might move in. TNR works and this group is a wonderful part of the town of Seaside Heights. Please sign and share with anyone who comes to the Jersey Shore.
This petition will be delivered to:
State Senator, James Holzapfel
State Representative, Gregory McGuckin
State Representative, David Wolfe
Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie
Mayor of Seaside Heights NJ, Anthony Vaz
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As she was driving in the countryside to take a hike in the Utah mountains, this college student met an unexpected friend.
“She was by a cattle looking gate that looked like it lead to someone’s house in the distance,” the poster wrote on Imgur.
“I felt absolutely awful when I saw her in my rear view mirror because she started to run after my car once she was done with the carrots, but had realized I had left. My heart broke when I saw her slow down and she just sat in the middle of the road staring at my car as I drove away.”
When the Imgur user drove back by an hour later, the Golden girl was still there, as if she was waiting for her friend to return. That’s when she realized that the dog may not belong to the nearby house, after all.
The hiker figured that the dog, who loved attention and was in good shape, must belong to a loving family who had lost her. She inspected the pup’s tags and discovered that she was registered, then called the accompanying phone number. The hiker learned that the dog lived somewhere in the area, and they were going to try to contact the owners.
“I couldn’t bear to leave her again so I just decided to chill with her until I got a call back.”
“While sitting on me she saw that I had some rice cakes in the passenger seat and reached over and started snarfing through the package!”
“She went on to tell me about how their family had lost their young pup 3 WEEKS ago and still had no sign of her, ultimately thinking she had passed away. She also told me about how they had an older dog who was best friends with this younger pup and since this one had gotten lost, the older one began to show symptoms of depression and stopped eating,” the hiker wrote.
The dog’s owners–a mom and littler girl–rushed to reunite with their long-lost pup! When they saw each other, EVERYONE was all smiles!
“I have never seen someone so happy.”
Said hilarious Imgur commenter bawjaws2000: “Golden Retrieved.”
Hooray for happy endings! Thanks to Imgur user hrousr for doing the right thing by locating this dog’s rightful owners. Good thing for ID tags, and although they didn’t need to scan for a microchip, here’s another example of why your dog should have one! Original story: hrousr via Imgur.
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As ever, things have been busy here at the shelter, but I just wanted to take a few minutes to update you on the latest happenings.
Firstly, I’m sure that you will be as touched as I was by the story of the puppy who had never been cuddled, and the difference people like you have made for him. I also couldn’t be happier that one of our long-term residents has finally found his forever home, after years of waiting.
On that note, I’d like to introduce you to a very special girl who has also been waiting years to be adopted – 6½ to be precise. Perhaps you’re the very special person who will give her a chance?
Finally, I’d like to tell you about two schools we recently worked with, helping to educate the next generation on animal welfare and responsible pet ownership. I believe that the needless suffering of animals can only end through education and I’m very grateful to these schools for their participation.
The difference you can
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Three Horses Saved From Starvation
Last month, In Defense of Animals' Hope Animal Sanctuary received a call concerning three horses who were so thin that the caller feared they would soon die of starvation. From the description, our sanctuary Operations Manager Sharon Stone realized the horses' "guardians" were a family that had been previously investigated for horse neglect.
Aided by concerned citizens who were willing to testify in court and because of the history of prior abuse, a seizure order was obtained and all three horses have now been removed from the property. The horses have been given proper veterinary attention and are in the care and custody of the same concerned citizens who were willing to speak up for them.
Their poor condition means it will take many months for them to gain weight and begin to be healthy once again, but their new guardians are committed to helping them be the happy, healthy horses they should be. The original "guardian" made an agreement with the judge which stated, in exchange for not appealing the seizure of the horses, he would not be charged with neglect.
If you see animals in distress, please speak out for them.
How We’re Saving the Stray Dogs Left Behind in the Wake of Sierra Leone’s Civil War. Sierra Leone’s eleven-year civil war left the country devastated. As people were forced out of their homes to seek refuge from the violence, their dogs were left behind.
Just as the country started to get back on its feet, the 2014 Ebola epidemic hit. And again, dogs were the forgotten victims. Myths circulated that dogs could transmit the disease, meaning people threw their dogs out onto the streets to fend for themselves.
The civil war and Ebola epidemic have left Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, with one of the densest stray dog populations in Africa.
Rabies Has Become Rife Among Dogs and People
Estimates suggest that there are over three human rabies cases for every 100,000 people – one of the highest rates on the entire globe. It seems everyone in Freetown knows someone who has been affected by this horrific – yet preventable – disease.
And with this density of dogs comes other community conflicts: feces on the streets, dogs scrapping over food, traffic accidents, and dogs biting people and livestock. The situation is reaching boiling point. The risk of communities putting pressure on local authorities to eliminate dogs through inhumane culling is higher than ever.
Culling is Never the Right Answer
Not only are the culling methods often inherently cruel, but it also does nothing to address where the stray dog population is coming from in the first place. As well as the spiraling number of stray dogs on the streets, unwanted puppies are often dumped by owners, and some let their dogs out to scavenge for food in the local area during the day. These kinds of actions mean problems will arise again … and again … and again.
Right now, stray dogs are high on politicians’ agendas. Our team is getting in there and making sure politicians know we have the solutions they need.
We Must End Rabies
After the rabies threat is reduced, we will support authorities in introducing a dog population management program to address the number of dogs on the streets. This will target dog guardians to stop the dumping of puppies, and that dogs are looked after properly so they don’t come into conflict with the local community.
We want to show that our approach works. We’re a planning a pilot project which will include vaccinating dogs in a part of Freetown in collaboration with local authorities and our friends at the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society. Together we can create better for lives Freetown’s 100,000 dogs, and ultimately for all dogs in Sierra Leone.
Help us protect Sierra Leone’s dogs and communities today by clicking here.
This post was previously published on World Animal Protection’s blog.
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