Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thank you Jason Debus Heigl Foundation!

Almost Home would like to thank the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation is for their generosity! The foundation is sponsoring our new arrivals from puppymills. 6 out of 7 of these dogs are pregnant and need extensive medical care and high quality food. We are incredibly honored to receive this donation and also would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Nancy Heigl and her support of our efforts rescuing puppy mill dogs.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cat Hoarder Fundraiser

Yesterday our rescue worked on a very challenging rescue. We are working with a cat hoarder to attempt to rescue the cats and kittens in the home as well as one dog. The conditions in the home are appaulling. The animals are living in severe filth and neglect . Have you ever watched Animal Cops on Animal Planet and watched the officers go into hoarder homes? This is exactly what we are dealing with! We rescued a dog, 10 kittens and 2 adult cats yesterday. But many more kittens and cats need to be rescued. Tonight we rescued 5 newborn kittens, 3 adult cats and 3 kittens.

We need your help in order to help these cats and kittens! Here are ways you can help:

1. Provide foster care for a kitten

2. Adopt a cat or kitten

3. Help us find good farm homes for some of the adult cats (after they are spayed)

4. Donate- we set up a special fundraiser today called Chipin. The Chipin fundraiser is a simple way to donate towards this rescue. You simply click on the icon above and donate through your paypal account!

This rescue is going to be very challenging in terms of money and resources and finding good, quality homes and rescues for the cats and kittens. We desperately need your support. Every cat and kitten needs immediate flea treatments, spaying, feline leukemia testing, vaccinations and deworming. The dog we rescued needs emergency eye surgery on both eyes, spaying, vaccinations, deworming, heartworm testing and a dental cleaning. Would you please consider donating to these rescue efforts?

I am attaching a couple pictures of the kittens and dog. The dog pictures are graphic (warning!) due to her severe, long standing neglect. Her name is Grace and she was tied to kitchen cabinets on a short leash her entire life. Grace suffers from entropion eyelids. This condition is where the lower inside of the eye pops out and continually rubs on the eyes. Grace has suffered from entropion eyelids for so long that the constant rubbing on her eyes has blinded her. Grace is undergoing surgery on her eyes today and will no longer be in pain! Please keep Grace in your thoughts and prayers.

I know this type of thing is hard to hear but unfortunately is all too common. This is why we are here for the animals; they have no voice and without animal welfare advocates providing a voice for the animals, the animals will continue to suffer.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and for caring.

Monday, June 8, 2009

We cannot adopt our way out of this problem!

We cannot adopt our way out of the dog and cat overpopulation problem! The only way to solve the overpopulation problem is to spay and neuter dogs and cats!

We are committed to promoting spaying and neutering cats and dogs. Since January 1, 2009, In addition to every dog brought into our rescue, we spayed and neutered 73 dogs and cats in our area through our Spay and Neuter Assistance Program:

Cat Spay 32
Cat Neuter 11
Dog Spay 16
Dog Neuter 10
Plus spayed 4 cats in the Sisseton, SD area (not included in the statistics below)

Effect on the unwanted dog/cat population

10 dogs neutered + 16 dogs spayed = 26 dogs

The effect of spaying / neutering 26 dogs
Multiplied by the number of puppies per average litter
Multiplied by the average number of litters a dog can produce in 1 year
Multiplied by the average years of canine fertility
Results in the number of unwanted puppies prevented

26x8x2x6=2496 prevented puppies from being born!

Effect on the unwanted cat population

11 cats neutered + 32 cats spayed = 43 cats

The effect of spaying/neutering 49 cats
Multiplied by the number of kittens per average litter
Multiplied by the average number of litters a cat can produce in 1 year
Multiplied by the average years of feline fertility
Results in the number of unwanted kittens prevented

43x5x3x7= 4515 prevented kittens from being born!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

This Boy Needs a Home ASAP!

This nice lab mix boy needs a home! Rocky is in doggie jail because his owner refuses to reclaim him! Rocky is a small lab mix probably weighing 45-50 pounds. He is a calm, sweet dog. Please spread the word about Rocky!

UPDATE: Rocky is going to a rescue in Minneapolis! He is at the vet being neutered and vetted and will leave for the big city soon!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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New Dogs To Rescue

We took in 2 pregnant schnauzers this weekend. These dogs came from a deplorable puppymill. The dogs were living in makeshift pens with dog houses. After 3 days of rain, they were living in standing water and mud.

This precious girl is close to delivering her puppies. She went to see Dr Anna yesterday and was diagnosed with tapeworms and is very, very thin. We purchased 2 cases of canned Chicken Soup puppy food, calcium tablets, puppy milk replacer and Chicken Soup puppy kibble for her. She needs the best nutrition that we can provide!

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Ester is adopted!

Remember Ester, the chihuahua from a puppymill, who was rescued last June? She came into rescue and we knew something was seriously wrong with her. When Dr. Anna did her spay surgery, she saw exactly what was wrong. Ester had a bloated up kidney that needed to be removed as soon as possible. One week later Dr. Bill Ouverson removed the kidney and Ester felt so much better. We were devastated when the lab report came in and it said that the kidney contained cancer. We took Ester to the vet 6 months following her kidney removal for an xray and were thrilled that there was no visible cancer. We took Ester to the vet last Friday for another xray. The xray showed no cancer so Ester is cancer free!

She left on Saturday for her new forever home. She will join her new mom and Cuddles, another Almost Home alumni, in Minnesota. Ester is enjoying her new adoptive mom, Cuddles, a soft dog bed and poached eggs!

You can see Ester here: