Tag: rescue

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

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

Is Adoption for You?

By Bridget Alves >>> We’ve all seen those commercials where they show the sad-looking kittens and puppies juxtaposed with horrifying facts about animal abuse, and we’ve all had the feeling we’d like to save some of these precious creatures by adopting one. For some of us, that feeling fades as soon as the next commercial […] Read more

Willie, Tux and One-Eyed Jack

By Dr. Kari Walsh >>> Huddled in the corner of a dark box with my mother and four siblings, I tried to keep my grip on the cardboard as we were shuffled from side to side. It was too smooth of a surface for my little claws to grip, but my cries were ignored by […] Read more