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OUR ADOPTABLE PETS

Sunday, April 13, 2008

ADORABLE COLLIE MIX PUPS FOR ADOPTION!

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 AT ARNOLD PETCO ON JEFFCO BLVD.

NOON - 4 P.M.

MEET ANNIE, CHESTER, GILLIGAN AND LEROY

READY FOR YOUR LOVE!

Annie Annie

Chester Chester

Gilligan Leroy

Leroy Gilligan

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Dogs Soul

Every dog must have a soul somewhere deep inside
Where all his hurts and grievances are buried with his pride.
Where he decides the good and bad. The wrong way from the right.
And where his judgment carefully is hidden from our sight.
A dog must have a secret place where every thought abides.
A sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides.
And when accused unjustly for himself he cannot speak.
Rebuked, he finds within his soul the comfort he must seek.
He'll love, though he is unloved. And he'll serve though badly used.
And one kind word will wipe away the times when he's abused.
Although his heart may break in two his love will still be whole;
Because God gave to every dog an understanding Soul!


Author Unknown

Another Happy Tail -- Petey


From the Cannons of Festus, MO:

My husband works nights and our daughter went away to college. I wanted a dog for a
companion in the evenings and started searching Petfinder.com. After weeks of
looking and sharing the photos with my husband Mark finally agreed to getting new
pet. We found a dog we were interested in and he was already taken when we called,
however they had a Fox terrier available. We went to see very shy Petey and he has
turned out to an energetic, bundle of joy. He's my husband's buddy and they are
inseparable and go everywhere together. Petey is so friendly, he has turned my whole
family into dog lovers.

Friday, March 21, 2008

PIEDMONT - SUPPLY DROPOFF LOCATION

PIEDMONT SUPPLY DROP-OFF LOCATION

10 GRANDVIEW PARK DR. ARNOLD MO 63010

IT IS A WAREHOUSE LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF RICHARDSON ROAD ON JEFFCO BOULEVARD IN ARNOLD, MO

DIRECTIONS ARE BELOW:


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DROPOFFS WILL BE ACCEPTED THIS EVENING, MARCH 21, 2008
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
SUNDAY MARCH 23

WAREHOUSE CONTACT: KAYLEE 314-954-9999

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPLY DONATIONS!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

PETSMART WILL NOT COME TO PIEDMONT

The town is too small! The PetSmart truck will not deploy.

We have contacted ASPCA to see if they can help.

PIEDMONT ANIMAL CONTROL UPDATE IV

We are in need of a place to store supplies. A large empty area in a garage or other type of building would be helpful.

Please email info@actnowrescue.org if you know of a place to store donated supplies. A central location would help us direct donators and transporters, too!

Thanks for all of your offers of help!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

PIEDMONT ANIMAL CONTROL UPDATE III

All dogs and cats saved are safe. HSUS truck arrived and dropped off some really scared kitties, 3 puppies, and 3 larger dogs. All are getting bathed, dried off, and cuddled tonight!

More updates as we get them...still waiting for the okay to go into Piedmont and help set up a temporary shelter through Petsmart Charities truck ready to leave Kansas City when the site is picked out.

PIEDMONT ANIMAL CONTROL UPDATE II

HUMANE SOCIETY TRUCK COMING W/RESCUED DOGS AND CATS IN THE NEXT 1/2 HOUR TO 55 & BAYLESS IN THE SCHNUCKS PLAZA. WE STILL NEED FOSTERS FOR 6 TO 7 CATS AND POSSIBLY 2 DOGS.

IF ANYONE CAN SQUEEZE IN ANOTHER CAT OR DOG, PLEASE CALL JAN SIENER AT 314-605-1497.

PIEDMONT ANIMAL CONTROL UPDATE

Piedmont Animal Control building has been flooded by rain. 8 dogs drowned and a number of cats. Humane Society is transporting 9 dogs and 13 cats to Macklind facility for Act Now! Rescue to pick up. We need foster homes!

Tax deductible donations can be sent via Paypal- info@actnowrescue.org please put "Piedmont Disaster Fund" in the shipping instructions. Piedmont is not a 501c.

Checks can be mailed to:

Piedmont Animal Control
115 W Green St
Piedmont, MO 63957

The contents of the building are a total loss. They need to replace computer, fax, cordless phone, file cabinets, desk, and chair, and other standard office supplies. A number of monitors have been offered, but the real need is for the desktop computer itself.

Anything you can do to help would be much appreciated. At this time, supplies are being rounded up for transport to Piedmont. Among the supplies in most need are:

Slip leads, latex gloves, bleach, paper towels, work gloves, antibacterial soap, liquid antibiotics for dogs and cats, liquid wormer for dogs and cats, shavings for puppies and kittens, crates, blankets, towels, scrub brushes, dog and cat shampoo, flea and tick prevention, heartworm medication.

If you have any supplies to offer, please contact info@actnowrescue.org and we will arrange pickup.

Petsmart Charities is loading up their truck in Kansas City to send supplies!

Anything you can contribute would be much appreciated! Updates to come...thank you!

Sue Rhoades, Michelle Losh, & Jan Siener
Terri Archer -- Terri's Pet Rescue

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Voice of a Dog in a "Shelter"

I was brought here and I don't know why. They put me in this cage and they are pretty nice to me, they feed me and water me every day. Sometimes I get treats.

A nice lady used to come and take our pictures. She told us she was going to send the pictures to everyone she knew at rescue groups and help me find a home. She used to come in every week.

I heard today that she can't take pictures of me anymore. The boss lady told the nice lady that it was a liability for her to take my picture. They said she could slip and fall with her camera. The nice lady told the boss lady that she could slip and fall anywhere with her camera. The boss lady said yes, but the city doesn't want to have to replace her camera. This doesn't make sense because I thought I was here because I needed a home. Why won't the boss lady let the nice lady help find me a home?

The boss lady says that SHE will take my picture and give it to the nice lady from now on. But the nice lady takes all of our pictures. The guys next to me need homes, too. What if the boss lady doesn't take their pictures too?

I hear that we will go to another shelter to get a home. I hear that shelter kills a lot of the dogs there when they don't find homes. I thought that's why the nice lady was there to take our picture, so we didn't have to go to the other shelter. I'm afraid if I go to the other shelter I will die. I think I was better off running loose without a home. At least I would be able to stay alive. The nice lady can go to the shelter where they kill dogs and take my picture. Nobody tells her it's a liability. Not yet.

I hear at Stray Rescue, The Humane Society, and the ASPCA let kids come in and play with us and take us for walks. The boss lady says that can't happen here because it's a liability. The rescue group ladies can't take us out of the shelter to attend adoption events so we can find a home. The boss lady says it's a liability.

I wonder who says everything is a liability? I want to run, I want to find a home, and I want someone to care for me. I'm afraid if I stay here, they will put me in the truck and take me to the other place where I will die.

The nice lady asked the boss lady if she and other rescue groups could have more than 3 dogs so we could stay with them until we found a home. The boss lady said no. The nice lady said why, and the boss lady said because of rabies. And noise. And a lot of other things, and the limit ordinance will never allow rescues to foster if they have more than 3 dogs. I'm getting scared. I'm beginning to think I am not going to live very long. Rescue groups don't see dogs with rabies anymore. Not since we all had to get vaccinated every year. And if they did, they wouldn't bring them into their home, would they? They'd take the sick dog to the doctor first.

Who is this "liability?" Why does he hate us so much? Does he want us to die? What did we do to him? I wish he liked me. Then I would have a chance to live, the nice lady could come and take my pictures, and we could find a home.

I am getting scared. I can't go outside and I can't go for walks with people. All I can do is stand here in my cage and hope somebody will adopt me. If nobody does, I don't know what will happen to me. Where is the nice lady? Why won't she come back? She was helping us find homes.

I am so, so scared. I want to get out of here. If I don't find a home, they will kill me.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The (True) Story of Riddick

I met Riddick for the first and last time on Jan 25, 2007. It was a cold 13 degrees, clear, starry night. I looked up at the sky, seeing the all familiar constellation Orion. I was thinking how cold the night air was. I walked down a gently sloping lawn towards a dark and lifeless trailer. There, not ten feet from the front door was a makeshift dog house painted a bright blue. The first thing the beam from my flashlight caught was a huge heavy gauged chain leading into the dog house. The chain was on a stake at one end and the other was wrapped around Riddick’s neck. This was my first encounter with this boy. He did not greet me with a wagging tail nor did his soft brown eyes look at me pleadingly for help to escape this man made hell. He had a soft white coat sprinkled with tan. His pads on his feet were pink. He was young, less than a year old. He had committed a crime through no fault of his own, he was born. He did not choose his owners, they chose him. Why? Did they fall in love with a cute puppy? Was it their intention to make him a family member? Riddick’s demise came when his owners could no longer commit to each other, much less him, and both left the trailer and him behind. These two people were at the residence sporadically picking up belonging they thought to be important to them. Passing within two feet of a dog wagging his tail, begging for attention and yet unseen. How does this happen? Riddick will never know the warmth of a home on a cold night, nor the love of a family, or what a full tummy feels like after a meal. His lifeless body lay there. Frozen to the ground, inside the small, blue, makeshift dog house. Emaciated to the point you could count every rib and notch on his backbone.

How insignificant he had become in the lives of his owners. To walk by a starving dog to pick up personal belongings makes me wonder if these two people even feel remorse. Tears came to my eyes for Riddick. His life should have been so much more than what it was. I thought of my own dogs. How loved they are and how they bring me so much joy. Riddick was never given that chance. As I walked away from the site of his death, I vowed that he would never be forgotten and everyone I know would know Riddick

Jan Siener

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

jan#1

since i was a small child , i have loved animals. all kinds and any variety. now at 57,i believe my dreams are coming to light. if i could save them all i certainly would. each one we save is the feeling of a great accomplishment. anyone who has ever placed a foster into the "forever home" knows what the meaning of love really is.i have much to say but i am running out of time. next time i will tell the story of riddick.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Citizen Speaks Out About Abusive Employee

Steve S. of Imperial, MO found a dog loose in his subdivision over the weekend. He decided he would keep the dog if the owner didn't come forward, and for all he knew, the dog had been dumped by someone. She was a white female pit bull and, unfortunately, many are dumped by their owners for one reason or another.

He was in his yard with the dog yesterday when an animal control officer ran up to him and grabbed the dog as he yelled something at Steve, put the dog in an animal crate in the back of his truck and sped away. Needless to say, Steve was absolutely astounded at the behavior of the man.

Steve has since obtained the name of the officer and will file a complaint with the Dept. of Agriculture and with the shelter manager. Steve also contacted the president of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association here in St. Louis, who forwarded the information to Act Now! Rescue. We contacted Steve and after receiving the story from him, contacted other rescues in the area for help. An Arnold councilman contacted the Jefferson County Commissioner's office for assistance as well.

Steve is not going to stop there. We commend Steve for being proactive in pursuing justice for himself and for the dog he rescued. Not only was he concerned about this dog, he went to the shelter this morning, checkbook in hand, ready to adopt the dog if the owner could not be found.

Thanks, Steve, for voicing your concerns, contacting officials and rescue groups, and making your story known. The more people who speak up against this type of behavior, the better for the animals!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Act Now! Gets Active Against Animal Abuse

On Thursday, January 24, Act Now! Rescue was called to investigate a case of animal abuse in Potosi, MO. The anonymous caller reported they had made four calls to the sheriff's department about a dog the witness saw chained up near a doghouse, and appeared dead. The caller reported a concern that there was another dog locked in the trailer on the property.

The witness took pictures of the young dog chained up and dead. Apparently the dog had been dead for at least four days.

The caller told us they had called numerous times to report the animal abuse and the sheriff's department did come out one time, but left and never came back. That's when the caller contacted Act Now! Rescue. We brought reporters from CW 11 with us.

Another dog was found in the trailer, malnourished looking but alive. Both dogs were put into the custody of a local veterinarian, who will do an autopsy on the dead dog, and examine the other dog, who will be treated at Act Now! Rescue's expense, if necessary.

We oppose the return of this dog to its owner, especially after one dog was lying dead for at least four days on the property, numerous calls were made to officials, and nothing was done until the rescue arrived with news cameras in tow. This is clearly animal abuse!

RESCUES CAN'T SAVE LIVES WITH PET LIMIT LAWS

Pet Limit Laws Limit Rescue Organizations and other Responsible Pet Owners, Not Irresponsible Pet Owners
An irresponsible pet owner will be irresponsible with one -- or 20 -- pets! Until a city can write an ordinance that forces people to CARE about their animals, a few irresponsible pet owners will continue to indirectly help in the killing of healthy, adoptable animals at kill shelters everywhere.
A rescue organization member is trained in how to handle more than 3 dogs, is responsible enough to say, "I can't handle any more dogs right now," pays to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and put pets on heartworm and flea prevention, and gives much needed additional time for the pet to find its forever home.

We have asked the City of Arnold to allow rescue organizations the opportunity to save more lives by going over the pet limit every now and then to save a life. Our many requests are falling on deaf ears.

If you believe the City of Arnold could -- and should -- tolerate rescue groups enough to make an exception to the dog limit every now and then to save a life, please contact Mary Holden at mholden@arnoldmo.org and Matt Unrein at munrein@arnoldmo.org, and contact your city council representatives and tell them there is such a thing as COOPERATION between government and citizens! We're doing it for the New JCAC Shelter Fund!