Animal Shelters – Christ Yoder http://christ-yoder.org/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:05:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://christ-yoder.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Animal Shelters – Christ Yoder http://christ-yoder.org/ 32 32 New canine lab is looking for four-legged research participants https://christ-yoder.org/new-canine-lab-is-looking-for-four-legged-research-participants/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:40:30 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/new-canine-lab-is-looking-for-four-legged-research-participants/

The research aims to study canine cognition and canine therapy programs

A new lab on UBC’s Vancouver campus is looking for research participants, and not just anyone. The criterion? Must be furry and on all fours. Do you like belly rubs and delicious treats? It’s also a bonus.

UBC’s new Human-Animal Interaction Lab has officially opened and will soon be inviting companion dogs and their owners to participate in research on canine cognition. Researchers hope to uncover new knowledge that will improve animal shelter practices and the welfare of pets in shelters and homes with pets. They will also conduct studies of animal-assisted interventions using trained therapy dogs for the welfare of dogs working in assistance roles, as well as to refine methods for using therapy dogs in educational contexts for the benefit of the child and the dog.

“The goal is to uncover knowledge about why dogs do what they do and how do we determine individual differences in specific dogs,” says Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Protopopova, lab director and assistant professor. in the Animal Welfare program at UBC in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

The lab, which was renovated with federal and provincial funding through the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the BC Knowledge Development Fund, was recently inspected by UBC veterinarians for ensure it is safe for puppies and their humans. The room is equipped with specialized flooring for easy cleaning, high-tech 360-degree cameras and a one-way mirror with an adjacent observation room where researchers can observe the dogs unnoticed.

Although the room is a laboratory, the researchers worked to make it warm and inviting with the careful placement of silly artwork, fake plants (to conceal the cameras) and dog toys, so that pets and their companions feel safe and comforted. .

“Animal comfort is a priority,” says Dr. Protopopova, who also holds the NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare. “Our work is totally non-invasive, and we take that very seriously. All research is done to benefit the welfare of animals and dogs entering.

UBC PhD student Bailey Eagan and her dog Rupert demonstrate the new human-animal interaction lab at UBC. Credit: Lexis Ly/UBC

UBC PhD student Bailey Eagan and her dog Rupert demonstrate the new human-animal interaction lab at UBC. Credit: Lexis Ly/UBC

Although there are a variety of different studies going on in the lab, the overarching goal of research is to understand individual differences in dog cognition, both in terms of breed differences and individual differences. in dogs, says Dr. Protopopova.

“We take a behavioral angle in our research and look for differences between dogs on a small scale,” she explains. “For example, we’ll be looking at how dogs interact with the world and what kinds of differences we might see in fundamental aspects of their learning, like how fast they learn and how fast or slow the dog can learn. engage with a new element.”

An example of a simple cognitive experiment the lab could perform involves the “touch” command, where the puppy learns to touch its nose to the palm of the owner’s hand. Researchers could then modify the rules by having the dog learn to touch both palms of the owner’s hand. They would then monitor to determine how long it takes for the dog to learn the task and adapt to the new rules.

The lab will also serve educational purposes to help students understand how dogs learn, see the world and navigate their environment. Ultimately, the research will also help inform behavioral rehabilitation practices for dogs and cats and improve the resources and knowledge of animal shelters to meet the behavioral needs of the animals in their care.

From the moment a dog arrives at the lab for their appointment, Dr. Protopopova says they are continually assessed to determine their willingness to participate. After obtaining consent from the dog’s owner, the dog must also demonstrate an active willingness to participate throughout the research process.

“It’s important for us to ask dogs if they would like to participate in the same way that we would invite children to participate in studies,” she says. “Although we have consent forms for the owner, we also have assent procedures for the dog, just like we would have for children. Dogs always have the opportunity to engage and re-engage in the experience. If the dog does not want to move forward, or if we observe signs of stress, we inform the owner and immediately stop the experiment.

Whether they finish or not, all puppies earn a certificate for their participation, along with a photo of them wearing a dog graduation cap and belt, if they choose.

“We like to think it’s like earning their Ph-Dog,” says Dr. Protopopova with a laugh.

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Local brewery makes a difference for homeless animals https://christ-yoder.org/local-brewery-makes-a-difference-for-homeless-animals/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/local-brewery-makes-a-difference-for-homeless-animals/

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Animal shelters across the Suncoast are running out of space. A Bradenton brewery is trying to make a difference by adopting these animals.

Motorworks Brewery hosts an event they call “Yappy Hour” every third Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For each event, the brewery chooses a new animal charity to sponsor.

The charity this Sunday was the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC).

ARC clinic manager Kayla Murphy said the best part of her job is seeing the animals she cares for go to their forever homes.

“Anything we can do to make that pet a bigger part of someone’s family or help that pet owner feel like they’re doing that pet a favor is really rewarding for us at ARC,” she said.

According to Motorworks Brewery marketing director Amanda Scott, Yappy Hour was born out of the company’s love for dogs.

“Our owner is a big dog lover. We have a dog in the office every day. ‘Summer’ is our mascot. We’re just a really big company that loves dogs, that’s why we decided to start Yappy Hour,” she said.

While live music is playing at Yappy Hour, people can purchase raffle tickets. All of that money goes straight to the nonprofit at the end of the night.

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Subaru, Michigan Humane offers pet adoptions at the Detroit Auto Show https://christ-yoder.org/subaru-michigan-humane-offers-pet-adoptions-at-the-detroit-auto-show/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 06:10:02 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/subaru-michigan-humane-offers-pet-adoptions-at-the-detroit-auto-show/

David Kim

The North American International Auto Show officially opens to the public today at Huntington Place in downtown Detroit, the first since January 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees may notice that things are a little different from previous editions, but one returning item isn’t even related to the car: it’s adoptable dogs.

Subaru of America is teaming up with Michigan Humane to offer dogs for adoption at the auto show. The promotion is part of the automaker’s nationwide Subaru Loves Pets campaign to promote pet adoption. Subaru and Michigan Humane first brought adoptable dogs to the auto show in 2019. I would know first hand because I used to work at Michigan Humane and was part of that initial promotion .

Dogs will be available for adoption at the Subaru booth inside Huntington Place each day the auto show is open. Potential adopters won’t have to worry about making a decision right away if they’re not ready. Michigan Humane will return the dogs to their Detroit shelter to complete the adoption process at a later date.

“So dogs that come to the auto show with us are actually eligible to be put on hold,” says Anna Chrisman, media manager for Michigan Humane. “So they are available for adoption. But we use a queuing system at the auto show, just to give us a chance to chat more fully with adopters outside of the chaos and sometimes frenetic nature of the auto show. We will therefore process adoptions from our Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit, once they have had the opportunity to meet the potential adopter.

Subaru has become one of the most pet-friendly automotive brands in the United States through its Subaru Loves Pets initiative, which helps animal shelters across the country. Of course, several years of producing memorable TV commercials featuring dogs haven’t hurt either.

Kerry Ann Nolan, manager of auto shows and events at Subaru of America, says her company’s brand aligns so well with pets because the majority of their customers owned at least one dog.

“A high percentage [of Subaru owners], nearly 97%, had owned a dog at some point,” Nolan shares. “And animal welfare is extremely important to them. Animals need our help, especially those with disabilities or who are outsiders. That’s why we have made it our mission at Subaru to support all of our pillars over the years.



Subaru has had a huge impact on animal welfare, both financially and through its partnerships with shelters and rescues like Michigan Humane.

“We’ve donated approximately $48 million since we launched our Subaru Loves Pets program and, before that, our Adopt a Pet program,” says Nolan. “And I think last year the number was over 230,000 pets adopted through all of our collective efforts through the Subaru Loves Pets initiative.”

The Detroit Auto Shows now run through Sunday, September 25.

Photo credit: Dave Kim, WDET

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Maxell: Wisconsin Humane Society introduced its pet on September 15 https://christ-yoder.org/maxell-wisconsin-humane-society-introduced-its-pet-on-september-15/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 14:12:21 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/maxell-wisconsin-humane-society-introduced-its-pet-on-september-15/

This week’s featured pet from the Wisconsin Humane Society is Maxell: this 4.5-year-old pup is the true definition of a gentle giant, weighing in at 150 pounds. Although Maxell can be nervous when he first meets people, once he warms up he never wants the petting to stop.

This shy but gentle dog is available for adoption at the Racine campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society. If you have room in your heart and home for a loving big boy, please visit The Humane Society’s adoption page today to meet Maxell!

Our featured pet, Maxell

The Racine campus is open for animal adoptions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

About the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), which offers the Featured Pet segment, is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people appreciate animals and treat them with respect and kindness.

Founded in 1879, the WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need for nearly 140 years. WHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and operates animal shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door, and Brown counties, as well as a spaying clinic in West Allis. WHS serves 40,000 animals annually. WHS receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella organization. WHS is the largest shelter in the state of Wisconsin.


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Cirrus supports pilots performing animal rescue missions – Reuters https://christ-yoder.org/cirrus-supports-pilots-performing-animal-rescue-missions-reuters/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/cirrus-supports-pilots-performing-animal-rescue-missions-reuters/

DULUTH — In aviation circles, the term “air combat” usually conjures up images of pilots engaged in close and often deadly dogfights. But Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft encourages its customers to consider another form of dogfighting, in the sense of fighting for the survival of dogs by transporting animals destined for euthanasia from one place to another where loving homes are waiting for them.

Cirrus recently supplied a new SR22 G6 turboprop to model and actor Aaron O’Connell, star of “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “Love Accidentally,” to help him fly a dog safely in California. O’Connell has now completed more than 50 assignments as a volunteer for a non-profit organization called Pilots N Paws.

About 6,000 private pilots across the country have pledged to help the 14-year-old organization, which has rescued more than 200,000 animals to date, and counting.

“It’s amazing. Yet we receive many emails every week from new pilots who have just heard of Pilots N Paws,” said Kate Quinn, the organization’s executive director.

She noted that volunteer pilots engaged in flight training while performing a rescue mission have benefited from the tax-deductible status of the work they do as they learn.

“It also really enriches the whole learning experience because they’re flying with their instructor and they’re getting real-world experience with weights and ballast,” Quinn said, explaining that maximizing an aircraft’s payload to get as much of animals on an airplane is “almost like finishing a puzzle”.

O’Connell, who got his pilot’s license in 2013, said he had been flying for Pilots N Paws for seven years.

“It was just one of those things where, as a pilot, it was great to have the opportunity to fly. But there’s really no greater feeling than saving a life while doing something. something you like,” he said.

Actor and Cirrus aircraft owner Aaron O’Connell has now completed more than 50 animal rescue missions for Pilots N Paws.

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“It’s a small thing for a pilot to do. But in the big project, if you can add a new member to a family and change the life of an animal, it’s just a nice rewarding experience,” said O’Connell.

Quinn noted that many general aviation pilots, like O’Connell, became enthusiastic volunteers.

“You always hear the saying of the $100 burger because pilots are looking for good reasons to fly. And pilots were eager to join the cause,” she said.

O’Connell bought a Cirrus plane in 2014 and said his wife was particularly keen on its safety features, including an emergency parachute system for the entire plane. He’s been a dedicated customer ever since and said he’s been following the business closely.

On August 26, a date designated as National Dog Day, Cirrus and O’Connell teamed up to rescue an 11-year-old dog, Delilah, who was to be euthanized the next day at a shelter in Santa Monica, California, and the take them to a new home in Paso Robles, California.

Each year, more than 1.5 million animals are killed in overcrowded shelters, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But in other parts of the country, where there are fewer animals, these animals can often find loving homes.

Delilah had been microchipped, but attempts to find her former owner were unsuccessful. O’Connell said the abandoned dog was severely underweight but had a loving demeanor. “She’s going to be an incredibly adorable family member in her new home,” he predicted.

O’Connell praised Cirrus as a partner in promoting Pilots N Paws’ efforts to save animals. “They’ve been nothing but support,” he said. “They covered the cost of fuel and everything that needed to be done to make this mission happen.”

Quinn also expressed her gratitude.

“Cirrus helps us shine a light on our accomplishments, and I think that’s going to bring more pilots to our cause who want to get involved,” she said, noting that Pilots N Paws hopes to grow into a network of 10,000. volunteer pilots in the future.

“The more pilots we can attract, the more animals we will save,” Quinn said.
Nadia Haidar, public relations manager for Cirrus, said the company has tried to show its support for the organization in several ways. “Over the years, Cirrus Aircraft employees have voluntarily donated their time, aircraft and fuel costs to rescue animals through Pilots N Paws. The company has also provided financial donations to the organization,” she said.

Some of the longer Pilots N Paws missions involve multiple pilots passing animals to each other to complete the journey.

Quinn said the organization uses an online forum, where members of the animal rescue community can communicate directly with area pilots who may be on support missions.

“It takes a lot of people working together,” Quinn said. “There is a lot of coordination. The pilots play a central role, but it takes a lot of people to save the lives of these animals. And a lot of people who adopt these animals keep in touch afterwards. They will send Christmas cards . to pilots and follow up by other means.”

O’Connell said participating in rescues is rewarding and also helps pilots hone their skills.

“It gives us the opportunity to fly into new airports that we wouldn’t have flown into, to continue to work on pre-flights, weight and balance and weather and everything that you need to continually work on to be a safe pilot. At the end of the day, the number 1 thing is to be safe, to fly these animals to new homes and to make sure that everyone goes to bed safely that night.”

For more information about this animal rescue nonprofit or to sign up as a volunteer, visit pilotsnpaws.org.

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🌱 Beer tourism index + rent continues to rise https://christ-yoder.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-beer-tourism-index-rent-continues-to-rise/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 21:55:00 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-beer-tourism-index-rent-continues-to-rise/

Hello everyone. I’m back in your inbox this morning to tell you about the most important events unfolding in Charleston today. Here we are.


First, today’s weather forecast:

A shower and a thunderstorm; wet. High: 85 Low: 72.


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Here are the top three stories from today in Charleston:

  1. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra launches its new Project Aurora initiative. The project aims to increase musical diversity in Charleston while making the organization more inclusive. The project is a multi-season celebration of music and art. The Aurora Project will begin on September 15 at the Sottile Theater with a 6 p.m. program. Click for more information. (Charleston Post Courier)
  2. HomeToGo’s “Beer Tourism Index” ranked Charleston as a beer lover’s paradise. According to the index, Charleston is ranked 13th in the nation. The other destination for beer lovers in South Carolina is Myrtle Beach at number 10. The first destination is Chicago. Click to consult the complete index. (WCBD News 2)
  3. Rent in Charleston continues to rise. The annual average for rent in Charleston increased by 17.4% in 2022. Last year, it increased by 14.7%. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Charleston is $1,504. A 2 bedroom is $1,716. The national average is up 10% in 2022. (Charleston Post Courier)

Today in Charleston:

  • Public Safety Committee With the City of Charleston (2:00 p.m.)
  • real estate commission With the City of Charleston (3:30 p.m.)
  • master gardeners At the Daniel Island Library (4:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • The Charleston County Public Library reports that the Hutchinson House exhibit will remain at the Edisto Island branch until September 1. Then the exhibit will move to the Hollywood branch. Click to learn more about the exhibition. (Charleston County Public Library via Facebook)
  • The Charleston Fire Department reminds the community to plan ahead for a fire. Keep smoke alarms working. Plan your escape route. Close the doors to your bedroom. (Charleston Fire Department via Facebook)
  • Animal shelters in South Carolina continue to struggle with enough space. Consider adopting your new best friend today. Click to see pets ready for adoption with the Charleston Animal Society. (Count on 2 news)

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Greater Good Charities celebrates its 15th anniversary and https://christ-yoder.org/greater-good-charities-celebrates-its-15th-anniversary-and/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 14:20:04 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/greater-good-charities-celebrates-its-15th-anniversary-and/

Seattle, Washington, Sept. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Greater Good Charities is celebrating its 15th anniversary and investing more than $475 million in its mission, including cash grants, in-kind supplies and direct programmatic support in 121 countries around the world. Throughout September, to commemorate this milestone, Greater Good Charities will show how the global nonprofit is mobilizing to meet need and amplify good in the world, with activities on the ground.

“We are proud to celebrate this 15 year milestone and the work we have done globally. In the face of unprecedented natural disasters, a global pandemic and war in Ukraine, we continue to stand firm in our efforts to help those in need,” said Liz Baker, CEO of Greater Good Charities. “For the past 15 years, Greater Good Charities has remained true to its mission of helping people, pets and the planet by stepping up in response to need and amplifying good.”

Throughout September, Greater Good Charities will work to amplify good around the world, including distributing food to displaced people in Ukraine, providing survival backpacks to unprotected populations, transportation aerial rescue of pets at risk, by renovating an animal shelter. , distributing pet food and supplies to those in need, and hosting high-quality, high-volume free spaying clinics to help control pet overpopulation. Also in September, the nonprofit will launch a national companion animal advocacy effort to help solve the overcrowding crisis in animal shelters across the United States.

In 2007, Greater Good Charities was established as a grantmaking organization that raised funds online for nonprofit partner projects around the world. In 2012 the organization began running its own programs and today Greater Good Charities has grown into a global non-profit organization with 12 ongoing programs to help people, pets and the planet. Over the past 15 years, Greater Good Charities’ programs have included everything from funding the education of young women and leading biodiversity expeditions to transporting thousands of at-risk animals to new homes and renovating domestic violence shelters, neutering thousands of pets, and responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine crisis, and catastrophic natural disasters.

In addition to reaching this 15-year milestone of $475 million invested in its mission, Greater Good Charities has proudly led and joined coalitions of blue-chip nonprofit partners and expanded corporate partnerships to amplify the much more efficiently. Awards for the nonprofit include a Platinum rating on GuideStar and a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator.

To learn more about the history of Greater Good Charities and on-the-ground activities to celebrate the nonprofit’s 15th anniversary, please visit: https://greatergood.org/15-years-of- ggc

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Greater Good Charities is a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to help people, pets, and the planet by stepping up in response to need and amplifying good. Greater Good Charities, with a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator, has provided more than $475 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies and programmatic support, to charitable partners in 121 countries since 2007. To learn more about how Greater Good Charities amplifies good around the world, please visit Greatergood.org or follow Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.

        
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		With shelters at full capacity, adopting a senior animal is a great reward
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Milwaukee’s short summer season brings out our best assets, from live music festivals to a beautiful network of parks offering summer activities like tennis, golf and hiking.

But summer is also peak season for the city’s animal shelters. Warmer months bring new litters of animals, often filling shelters beyond capacity and forcing them to find short-term foster care. At any given time, according to the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), between 10 and 15 percent of its animals eligible for adoption are senior animals — a group that is also the hardest to place.

Potential adopters tend to gravitate towards younger animals and ignore older animals because of their age or possible medical expenses, says Angela Speed, vice president of communications for WHS.

“So far this calendar year in 2022, we’ve adopted somewhere between 400 and 500 senior pets. That includes cats and dogs, and that senior age is usually around seven years or older,” he said. she said, “It’s so rewarding to have a pet in its golden years and to be able to give it the best possible life. And you save a life.”


In this week’s “Uniquely Milwaukee” episode, we continue our conversation with Speed ​​to understand the breadth of need, the distinct and rewarding opportunities senior pets provide, and how you can join the WHS Foster Program. to provide temporary homes for animals in need.

Next, we speak with Bjorn Nasett, who you might know as Miss BJ Daniels – an iconic Milwaukee drag performer who opened his home to over 20 dogs in as many years. He invites us to Riverwest to meet his family of five dogs – each in their golden years – and shares his experience in partnership with Albert’s Dog Lounge Dog Rescue.

Listen to “Adopting and Fostering Senior Animals Offers a Particularly Pleasant Reward” on Spreaker.


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Find a four-legged friend in the Labor Day weekend free adoption event 🐾 https://christ-yoder.org/find-a-four-legged-friend-in-the-labor-day-weekend-free-adoption-event-%f0%9f%90%be/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 17:43:04 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/find-a-four-legged-friend-in-the-labor-day-weekend-free-adoption-event-%f0%9f%90%be/

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Hundreds of animals in Duval County are looking for their furry homes.

The Jacksonville Humane Society and Animal Care and Protection Services hope to make it a reality this Labor Day weekend.

Tracey Hughes and her grandson, Kingston, found their newest member of the family – 2-month-old kitten Caviar – in less than five minutes on Saturday.

“We’ve been coming here for three weeks straight just to find an orange and white cat,” Tracey said.

Caviar is one of more than 100 cats and dogs available for adoption this Labor Day weekend – the largest selection this year.

Olivia Spiecker of the Jacksonville Humane Society said the free adoption events help local shelters and across the country struggle to find space for these pets.

“These adoption events really help us, help move animals so we can also move animals so we can do a ton of general rescue,” Spiecker said.

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SEE: Adoptable Animals at Humane Society | Adoptable Pets at ACPS

Shelters are facing maximum capacity as more and more people abandon their animals.

Spiecker said some of the factors include inflation, rising rental costs, evictions and rising pet care costs.

“Unfortunately, with the housing crisis right now, it’s more difficult for people to keep their pets, but we have resources for people who may be facing financial hardship,” Spiecker said.

A typical stay at the shelter lasts around 13 days, but some animals, such as fish, stay longer. Fish has been at the shelter since July.

Spiecker said from January to June of this year: JHS and ACPS combined took in 7,688 cats and dogs. Of these, 5,006 were strays and 1,386 were returned by their owners.

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This is why there is pressure to consider adopting or fostering.

“They need a home. I wish I could take them all, but I can’t. But at least we’re going home with one,” Spiecker said.

“A lot of these dogs have really amazing personalities. A lot of these cats have really amazing personalities. It’s a great way to add a new member to the family and it’s a great way to get involved in your community. “said Tracey Hughes.

Free adoptions continue Sunday at the Humane Society and CSPA headquarters, and again Monday at JHS.

You can visit the Humane Society from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Labor Day.

CSPA adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. CSPA is closed Monday for Labor Day.

All pets are modified, microchipped and vaccinated before adoption. Additional fees such as city rabies license fees, leash and collar or cat carrier may apply.

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Maine volunteers rescue over 300 cats and dogs from Puerto Rico https://christ-yoder.org/maine-volunteers-rescue-over-300-cats-and-dogs-from-puerto-rico/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://christ-yoder.org/maine-volunteers-rescue-over-300-cats-and-dogs-from-puerto-rico/ Volunteers from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland took part in a “Freedom Flight” with the non-profit organization Wings of Rescue.

WESTBROOK, Maine – The Greater Portland Animal Rescue League has more cats and dogs for adoption, thanks to a rescue effort over the weekend.

Last week, the ARLGP sent a handful of volunteers to Puerto Rico to help with a “freedom flight” through the non-profit organization Wings of Rescue. Together, they brought over 300 cats and dogs to shelters in Maine and New York. Jeana Roth, director of community engagement for the ARLGP, told the NEWS CENTER Maine that this was one of the biggest expeditions to date.

“A lot of these animals have lived in shelters or sanctuaries for years,” Roth said. “To give them this fresh start in Maine, it’s really great.”

The ARLGP received 61 cats and dogs in total. Canine team leader Faith Paglierani was one of the volunteers in Puerto Rico, visiting animal sanctuaries and shelters before transporting the animals to the mainland. She said Hurricane Maria damaged many of these places, making it difficult for them to accommodate animals. She added that there are around 500,000 stray dogs on the island at the moment as most are unfixed.

“I think seeing where they come from only reinforces that drive to get them into homes, to be able to be that resource and that safe place to land for dogs that started off on the wrong foot. [and] didn’t have the best chance of living,” Paglierani said.

“Saturday we saw a lot of scared animals, a lot of animals that didn’t know what was going on,” Roth said. “We’ve seen them blossom in just two days. We’ve seen them play with toys, run around, cuddle, ask for attention. Knowing they’ll [soon] hanging out with families is really the best thing for us.”

Roth said there are more rescue missions on the horizon since shelters in Maine have such high placements.

To learn more about the Greater Portland Animal Rescue League, click here.

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