Category: Rescue

Fast-Tracking Greyhound Adoption

by Martha Michael Most of us know what greyhounds look like. After all, we’ve seen buses with their sleek, silvery bodies stretched across them for about 100 years. (Greyhound Lines was established in 1914, though it didn’t take the Greyhound name until 1930.) The animals themselves are natural sprinters and a greyhound is a “gentle, […] Read more

Meet the Family of Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman

by Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman Lucky: My name is perfect for me, because I’m a very lucky little girl. I was dumped down the street by my previous owner and my mommy and daddy scooped me up and saved me! I’m pretty sure they thought they were in Oz (I’m a Cairn Terrier and look […] Read more

A Very Special Feline Foster Parent Program

By Martha Michael >>> Most people are aware of the dire need for more individuals to save abandoned and abused pets, some of them stuck in shelters with conditions that are worse than the homes that surrendered them. But how often do you hear about the animals with special needs that need adoption and foster […] Read more

Kitten Season: When Intervention Does More Harm Than Good

By Larissa Barnes >>>   Spring has sprung and with it the pitter patter of tiny feet … well, tiny little paws, at least. March marks the official welcome of kitten season, which for many sounds like a cute and fluffy time of the year. To those in animal rescue or others who have seen […] Read more

Giving the Gift of Life: A Foster’s Perspective

By Larissa Barnes >>> As a shelter volunteer, I tend to gravitate toward the sick, the injured, the old and those that are just a little bit more needy. These are the animals that, for one reason or another, are not suitable for immediate adoption. They tend to be overlooked in the shelter and people […] Read more

Saved from Slaughter

By Martha Michael >>> As animal lovers, we spend a lot of time concerning ourselves with the brands we feed our dogs. Is it grain free? What meat is included in this brand or that one? We care about saving dogs from the unhealthy contents in dog food, but do we ever think about delivering […] Read more

Pet Peeves from the Rescue Perspective

There are areas where cats can live indoor/outdoor and have a long healthy life. Santa Clarita is not one of those places. Almost daily I encounter people who claim they are unable to keep their cat indoors. Because the cat is insistent on going outdoors, it’s a given – and the cat is allowed outdoors. […] Read more

National Feral Cat Day is October 16

You may have seen them over your lifetime, peering around corners or running from you down alleys or into drainage pipes. But every year, there is a day set aside to celebrate them: National Feral Cat Day. Pet Me! Magazine turned to Cathy Hosford of Forgotten Angels Cat Rescue in Palmdale to educate us about […] Read more

The Underserved Blemish on Black Cats

According to rescue centers, black cats are undeniably the least likely to be adopted. Regardless of whether the cat is an adult or a kitten, black felines are often left for months – if not years – in shelters. Professionals aren’t sure why, but they’ve got a few ideas. The first is simply that a […] Read more

Exit Stage Left: Shining the Spotlight on Shelter Animals

By Larissa Barnes >>> More and more, people are starting to reevaluate the prejudices associated with shelter animals. Mangy, mutt, unwanted, ill, aggressive, old. Thankfully, those images are becoming a thing of the past, as shelter workers strive to change perceptions and shine the light on homeless or abandoned pets. Animal advocates relish the opportunity […] Read more