Zoning laws often lack logic, but this one, in Davidson County, N.C., seems especially bone-headed.
A rescue organization in Thomasville that shelters dogs while trying to find them homes has been told that county ordinances allow kennels to have no more than 10 animals per five acres.
Exceptions to the rule are made for those who keep show dogs, those who keep hunting dogs, and those who keep or train guard dogs.
But for an organization like Ruff Love Rescue that saves dog’s lives and tries to find them adoptive homes? Sorry. Up to now, no exceptions have been made, and the county has threatened to shut them down.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported yesterday on the rescue, the problems it is facing, and how it is attempting to surmount them.
While the nonprofit rescue has been operating for nearly 20 years, the county issued it a zoning violation in 2015, saying, as a kennel, it is subject to rules limiting the number of animals to 10 for every five acres.
The notice followed an investigation that was prompted by a neighbor’s complaint.
The rescue’s owner, Sue Rogers, appeared before the county’s planning and zoning committee last week to again seek an exception. The committee voted in favor of allowing the rescue to have more than 10 animals as long as Rogers adds trees or other sound barriers.
That still requires approval from the Davidson County Commissioners. They are scheduled to discuss the proposal on April 11.
Rogers has argued that the rescue should receive the same exception that owners of household pets, and trainers of guard animals, show dogs and hunting dogs receive.
“So you can have 71 hunting dogs or 71 show dogs or 71 pets, but because we are a rescue, that’s a problem?” Rogers said. “What are those ‘exceptions’ doing for Davidson County? I’ll tell you what we’re doing, saving a heck of a lot of lives.”
She has a point. Shouldn’t a rescue get at least the same break that the county has granted to the owners of show dogs, guard dogs and hunting dogs? Since when is grooming dogs for beauty contests, or training them to hunt, or teaching them to get aggressive with intruders more important than saving their lives?
Given all the shortcomings over the years at the Davidson County Animal Shelter, shouldn’t the county be appreciating Rogers efforts, instead of punishing her?
The county shelter was one of the last in the state to stop euthanizing animals in a gas chamber. It has had traditionally low adoption numbers. Even after it’s operation was turned over to a nonprofit group, it had its license revoked in 2015 when investigators found, among other things, that sick and injured animals were going untreated.
Rogers started her independent rescue in her 5-acre backyard in the late 1990s. In 2015 she took in about 400 dogs. Last year, she took in 220 dogs, most of which were adopted.
The rescue regularly pulls dogs from the Davidson County shelter and other county shelters.
“I take the dogs that don’t have a chance because no one wants to invest the time and money to get them better,” Rogers said. “A lot of the dogs I take in have medical issues, like broken femurs or fractured pelvis, and would be euthanized otherwise.”
She estimates she has spent $50,000 on legal fees to keep the shelter open.
“It’s been a hard fight, but I’m not giving up,” she said. “This is my passion, this is my life, this is what I do.”
An online petition to keep the rescue open has received 1,400 signatures in a week.
(Photos: At top, Ruff Love Director Sue Rogers loads toys, treats and food donated at an adoption fair Saturday; lower photo, one of Ruff Love’s dogs is greeted at an adoption fair in Greensboro; by Allison Lee Isley, Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 14th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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Monks in the Franciscan monastery of Cochabamba, Bolivia, are being anything but silent about the newest member of their order — a schnauzer named Carmelo.
Since the arrival of Carmelo — or, to use his formal name and title, Friar Bigotón (Spanish for mustache) — they’ve plastered his mug all over Facebook, where the proud papas are singing his praises nearly daily.
Before they took him in, Friar Bigotón lived as a stray. They adopted him through a local animal rescue group, Proyecto Narices Frías, or Cold Nose Project.
Now he romps around the monastery, sometimes in the monk’s robe custom tailored for him.
“His life is all about playing and running,” Friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. “Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God.”
The monastery’s Facebook page is laden with photos — and there are some pretty delightful ones — of the new dog.
“Brother Carmelo preaching to the fish,” reads the caption under one.
Friar Bigotón’s biggest role is in helping other pups like him, the monks say.
“If only all the churches of our country adopt a dog and care for him like Friar Bigotón,” the group wrote in a post on Facebook, “we are sure that the parishioners would follow his example.”
(Photos: Kasper Mariusz Kaproń / Facebook)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 9th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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Like the subjects of his namesake’s paintings, Picasso the dog has a face that seems to exist on separate planes.
The lower half of his snout lines up just perfectly under his hopeful brown eyes, but the upper half, due to a facial deformity, veers drastically to the right, making his drooping nose look like it’s about to slide off.
Picasso, due to his lopsided appearance, was put on the euthanize list.
Last month, an Oregon rescue group pulled Picasso and Pablo from the shelter in hopes of finding them homes.
And not long after the first photo of Picasso hit the Internet, he became a celebrity of viral proportions.
Since their Feb. 11 arrival, Picasso and his brother, 10-month-old pit bull-terrier mixes, have become the stars of the rescue’s social media feeds — and hundreds of people have inquired about adopting them in the last few days.
The rescue is insisting that, because of their bond, they be adopted as a pair.
For now, the brothers are staying with several other dogs in a communal living-style cabin operated by Luvable Dog Rescue.
The rescue says that, while they’re accepting applications, they’re still working to address Picasso’s medical needs, including removing a tooth that’s digging into gums.
That’s not going to alter his unusual appearance, but judging from the response his lopsided mug has received, that’s not going to matter.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 6th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animals, appearance, california, crooked, deformed, deformity, dog, dogs, eugene, facebook pinterest, luvable dog rescue, oregon, pets, photos, picasso, picasso the dog, porterville, porterville animal shelter, rescue, shelter, snout, social media, twitter, viral
Video stores and libraries aren’t the only places where you’ll find “night drops.”
Some animal shelters have them, too — areas where dogs and cats in need of homes can be dropped off after hours, anonymously, and under the cover of night.
A few weeks ago, a veterinary technician who was the first to arrive for work at the Animal Friends of the Valleys shelter in Riverside County, California, found two boxers — one pink, one brown, both nearly hairless.
Both of the dogs, who were abandoned without a note identifying their previous owner, had a skin condition called demodex mange.
“I felt so badly for Artie and Asia when I first saw them,” said Jennifer Glover, a vet tech for the shelter in Wildomar. “But I was encouraged by the fact that we would be able to start helping them.”
“They were very sweet when they arrived but they were depressed,” Glover added. “Within just one day of having someone care for them here, they were so much happier and more outgoing.”
The skin condition is a treatable one.
The dogs have been responding well to treatment and both have been sent on to Last Chance at Life Rescue to be put up for adoption, according to People.com.
Asia, the pink one is believed to be about 10 months old, and Artie about 2 years old.
On top of the skin condition, caused by mites, Asia has a heart murmur, and Artie has some eye issues, but they otherwise seem healthy and playful.
“I assure you they were both unsettled with being dumped but they know very quickly that the staff at Animal Friends of the Valleys and the volunteers at LCAL are their ‘friends,’ and there to help them,” said Lisa Hamilton, founder and president of Last Chance At Life. “They are with us until we find their perfect home.”
Hamilton says people have already inquired about adopting the pair, and that anyone interested should contact them through the organization’s website.
(Photos: Last Chance at Life Rescue)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 28th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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Rhino — the dog who was reluctantly surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah along with a 15-page instruction manual written by an eight-year-old family member — has moved on to a new home.
Rhino, a boxer, was returned to the shelter earlier this month with a small spiral notebook attached to his neck.
The family explained he was too rambunctious and they were worried about their youngest child.
The owner’s manual he was returned with was written by their older daughter.
Its handwritten pages were filled with advice aimed at whoever became his new owner, like “His cheeks make lots of slobber,” “He likes sleeping under blankets,” and “Please take him on two to three runs a day. The more he gets out the more he is well behaved in the house.”
Reading between the lines of swirly script, it’s clear that parting with Rhino wasn’t easy for her.
Rhino went home last week with a new owner, who took the time to study the notebook, including the advice that “His full name is Rhino Lightening then your last name.”
Rhino was adopted by Melanie Hill, who has another dog and plenty of land to romp on.
She told FOX 13 she’ll be taking the spiral notebook home with her too, and will follow all the instructions and stay in touch with Rhino’s previous family.
Hill said she already has a connection with Rhino. She was put up for adoption by her mother. “She dropped me off at an orphanage,” she told FOX 13.
She said she a saw story on TV about the dog and the notebook, and decided she had to meet him.
“That just broke my heart. I just kept replaying it on the DVR over and over again and I was like I want this dog. Instantly I fell in love with him.”
(Photo: Humane Society of Utah)
Posted by John Woestendiek February 27th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 8 year old, adopt, adopted, adoption, animals, boxer, dog, dogs, girl, humane society of utah, instruction manual, melanie hill, notebook note, pets, rescues, shelter, shelters, surrender
I was visiting the Forsyth Humane Society yesterday when word came back to the administrative offices that “Magdalene was back for a visit.”
Everyone rushed out to the lobby to see the dog who, before she was adopted about four months ago, had become a staff favorite (at least among those who admit to having a favorite).
The name rang a bell, and when I saw her I remembered that I was among those she had impressed — to the point where I was considering adopting her.
About the time I became the humane society’s volunteer archivist, Magdalene had entered the shelter. And I — who took the position partly so I could visit dogs — must have gone back to see her four or five times, each time leaning a little closer to taking the big step.
Big and gangly, she’s a classic mutt, who, while playful, seems to have the peaceful temperament that often goes along with a mix.
Alas, I (as I’ve done once or twice before in life) spent too much time thinking about it.
My dog, Ace, died last spring, and by the time fall came around, I was just about there, but apparently not quite.
One day, Magdalene wasn’t around anymore.
I adopted my new dog, Jinjja, about a month later from the Watauga Humane Society.
Magdalene went home with Amber Fuller, of Mocksville, who renamed her Dixie and, judging from her Facebook posts, couldn’t be happier about the dog she ended up with.
She was visiting Winston-Salem with Dixie yesterday and stopped by the shelter, where the staff seemed thrilled for a chance to see her again. And vice versa.
Fuller reports Dixie is doing great. If the video below is any indication– the humane society posted it on its Facebook page — Dixie is pretty relaxed in her new setting.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 24th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopt, adopted, adopting, adoption, amber fuller, animal shelters, animals, dixie, dogs, forsyth humane society, magdalene, mocksville, north carolina, pets, rescues, shelter, winston-salem
A New Mexico animal shelter has produced a pretty brilliant two-minute parody of “The Bachelor” with women vying for the attention of a handsome cur named Stewart.
“… With Valentine’s Day it just seemed like the perfect time to do that,” said Jamie Merideth, a former TV news videographer who went to work last year as a videographer for the Santa Fe Humane Society.
“We’re trying to find these animal forever homes and it just seemed like a good platform to do that,” she added.
The video’s message, of course, is that the love of your life may be waiting for adoption in an animal shelter.
But the video’s beauty also lies in its highly professional, and highly hilarious, execution.
Most of the “actresses” work at the humane society.
They play the roles of a hair stylist, an art therapist, a professional dog walker and an attorney — all oozing drama and reflecting the kind of cattiness the program is known for as they compete for Stewart’s affections.
Stewart, the ever so hunky bachelor, was a shelter dog in real life. His owner (who’s also in the video) adopted him from the Washington Humane Society before moving from Maryland to Santa Fe.
He represents the 100 or so dogs available for adoption at the Santa Fe shelter on any given day.
“He’s an amazing bachelor. He has the look, just very handsome,” Merideth told KRQE.
The video was posted Friday on the humane society’s Facebook page.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society, located on a four-building campus on a 100-acre lot, has long been regarded as one of the most progressive in the country.
Now we know it’s packed with some pretty talented humans, too.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 13th, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: adopt, adopting, adoption, affections, animal shelter, animals, bachelor, date, dates, dogs, facebook, new mexico, parody, pets, rose, santa fe humane society, shelter, television, the bachelor, valentine, valentines day, video, women