Angels of Assisi & Harmony Farm Sanctuary
Last Friday, Loonie got to spend time playing out in our play yard with one of our volunteers, Amanda. Loonie, who has been with us for a couple months now, had plenty of energy to get rid of. Of course, Amanda wanted to play with Loonie, but couldn't figure out what type of toy he liked. She tried different tennis balls and stuffed animals, but Loonie had no interest in them.
As minutes went by, Amanda gave one last attempt at trying to find a toy that Loonie liked and guess what...she found one! It was a yellow football shaped toy that had a squeaker in it. He enjoyed it so much that he'd sit in front of Amanda, waiting for her to throw it.
After running back and forth in the sun, Loonie eventually expelled all his energy. Not truly knowing how big he is, all Loonie wanted to do was sit in Amanda's lap and he most certainly hopped his way up there!
A was a big day for Ajax and a heartwarming day for all of our hearts. Ajax's custom wheelchair, made by Eddie's Wheels for Pets, arrived today and it even had his name written on it. After we assembled it, we introduced Ajax to his new set of wheels and from the look on his face, he knew exactly what it was!
At first, it took a few minutes for Ajax to get used to his new wheelchair. This was expected since it had been a while since Ajax had last been in one. Once he got used to it, he had a grin on his face with his tongue hanging out. Check out the video below to see just how fast Ajax can move!
We received a visit from Otter today! He came into the Community Pet Clinic for his booster shot and we were so excited to see how big he'd gotten. He may have grown some, but he still has the same attitude and silliness from the day he went out to foster with his mom, Rosie.
Both Rosie and Otter came from a hoarding case in South Carolina at the end of June, but now they have a wonderful foster family to take care of them. Their foster mom says they are both doing great and Rosie, who is extremely shy, even came up to her for a pet this morning. We are so happy for Otter and Rosie, and to see the progress they have both made over the past month. We couldn't have asked for a better foster family for them!
One of our staff members, Bobbie, has been coming in the evenings, once the Adoption Center has closed. She works one-on-one with each of the remaining South Carolina dogs that have yet to find their forever home. Each of the dogs has progressed differently, so she has different activities that she does for each of them.
For Jake, with hot dogs in hand, Bobbie sits in front of his cage with the door open. After letting him sniff her hand, she rewards him with a piece of hot dog. Then, she gently touches his paw. He hesitantly allows her and in return, he gets rewarded. Many of the dogs that we received through this rescue never really received any affection before. By gently touching Jake and rewarding him, he knows that it isn't scary to be touched by humans. Our hope is that by doing this, further down the road Jake can receive affection through human touch and not shy away from it.
We made strides today as we met with representatives of Senator Mark Warner to speak in support of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ESA is a key legislation for both domestic and international conservation that aims to provide a framework to conserve and protect endangered and threatened and their habitats. The ESA is our nation’s most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction and has prevented more than 99 percent of listed species from going extinct.
Recently, the attacks on the ESA are reaching a fever pitch in Washington. Last month alone, a draft bill was released that would weaken the ESA, members of the House of Representatives introduced a package of bills that would set conservation back and harm wildlife, and the Administration has proposed massive changes that would undermine this cornerstone law. These only add to the one hundred plus attacks we have already seen out of this Congress and Administration.
THREATS TO THE ESA
1. The Department of Interior’s proposed regulation changes for the Endangered Species Act
Secretary Zinke’s Department of Interior has just proposed new regulations that would weaken the protection given to endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. These changes would
a) potentially allow economics to impact decisions about whether to protect a species or not, b) take away protections for species listed as threatened except on a case by case basis, and c) reduce the size of necessary critical habitat protections of threatened and endangered species.
2. Senator Barrasso’s “Eliminating Species Act”
Senator Barrasso of Wyoming introduced a discussion draft of a bill that would destroy the Endangered Species Act. This bill would a) undermine science, b) give states the ability to veto endangered species restoration projects and c) undermine citizens’ ability to help enforce the law.
3. 2019 Interior Appropriations bill
The House version of the 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill contains poison pill riders that would weaken the Endangered Species Act.
ACTIONS REQUESTED FROM SENATOR WARNER
· Voice opposition to Secretary Zinke’s new regulations
· Release a statement and communicate to Senator Barrasso that he does not support the introduction of his “Eliminating Species Act”
· Let Senate leadership know that we need a clean Interior Appropriations bill free of all poison pill riders
· Fully fund recovery efforts for endangered species.
· Ensure Scientists – not Congress – should be making decisions about which species need protection. The Endangered Species Act is a law of last resort; species are only listed after state management has proven insufficient to protect habitat and prevent extinction.
When Pippy arrived at Angels of Assisi yesterday, you would have been sick from the smell that originated off her fur. Pippy along with Ranger and another dog were all left in crates with no food or water after their owner had moved out. The house where they were left was in terrible shape. The high levels of ammonia were so horrific it was making our rescue team’s eyes burn all day long.
When the dogs arrived at the clinic, we immediately gave them food and water, of which they scarfed down. Because the smell was so bad on Pippy, we took her down to the Adoption Center to give her a nice long bath. As soon as we turned the water on, she would continuously try to drink the water that would puddle at the bottom of the tub. This goes to show you just how thirsty these dogs were. As you can see in the picture below, the water coming off of Pippy was extremely dirty. Pippy ended up having to go through two rounds of being shampooed to make sure all the dirt and smell was out of her fur, but after we were through, Pippy smelled and looked so much better.
It is always heartbreaking to go rescue animals from homes where they have been abandoned by their owner, but for Pippy and Ranger, help is here. They will receive the care they need and an abundance of love while here at Angels of Assisi and it won't be long before they both find their forever home.
It isn't every day that we have a bus full of young kids pull up to Angels of Assisi! The kids from the YMCA Summer Camp stopped by with a ton of cat scratches that they handmade themselves. They did a wonderful job and our cats are going to love scratching their nails on them.
As soon as the kids got off the bus and walked into the Community Pet Clinic, it was immediately the same question of, "Can we see a cat?" Of course, we brought up a kitten from the Adoption Center for them to each meet!
We love when dogs get to play in groups together because not only is it a way for us to see how they get along with other dogs, but its a fun time for the dogs to play with one another and let loose. Yesterday afternoon, Peppa (pictured below), Olive, and a few other small dogs got to play together outside in the play yard. While running around and chasing after each other, they all had giant smiles on their little bodies. Peppa and the rest of the gang were rescued from the cruelty case down in Jones County, Mississippi in July.
After a while of watching them run around in circles, they were tuckered out and ready for a nice, long nap. Of course, Peppa still had some energy in her so she took it out on a yummy bone! Stop by the Adoption Center between noon and 6 pm to come visit Peppa, Olive, and the rest of the gang.
It was bath time for Mattie today which of course can be one of the most dreaded times for dogs. Luckily, even though Mattie was not used to them, she was a trooper. While she was nervous in the beginning, she started to calm down when she realized she was surrounded by people she knew. Mattie even did very well when we were drying her off outside in the sun with noisy cars driving by.
Mattie is one of our South Carolina rescues who our staff and volunteers have been working with lately. She is very shy and is quick to hide from new things, but with the help from people who have worked to gain her trust, she is starting to come out of her shell and be more confident. Even though she is still shy around new things, Mattie has definitely come a long way!
It was a big day for Ajax today. His measurements were taken for his new wheelchair which is being custom made and donated by Eddie's Wheels for Pets. In order to get a wheelchair that would perfectly fit Ajax's size, we needed to take certain measurements of his frame. Although you could tell Ajax was a little nervous, the outcome is definitely going to be worth it.
We made sure he got lots of scratches and hugs throughout the entire process. Once we finalize the measurements today, we will send them off to Eddie's Wheels for Pets for construction. We can't wait till the wheelchair arrives so we can see just how fast Ajax can move. Stay tuned!
There are SO many adjectives to describe Olive...cute, precious, and sweet are just a few. Olive came to us two weeks ago from what the Humane Society's Animal Rescue Team called the "house of horrors". Olive, along with 54 other dogs and 34 cats were rescued from a severe neglect and hoarding situation in Jones County, Mississippi. Despite living in misery during that time and being mistreated by the humans, Olive is willing to open her heart once again and trust.
Today, Carol, one of our volunteers, went to go visit Olive and as soon as Olive saw her, it was instant tail wags! They spent some time outside together where Olive explored her surroundings. In the end, all Olive wanted was to be in Carol's arms. Are you willing to open your heart to Olive and give her the forever home she deserves? Olive is waiting to visit with you.
It has been almost 3 months since Dozer, now known as Bowser, was adopted into his forever home and he couldn't be any happier! Bowser's family brought him into the Community Pet Clinic today for a check-up and Bowser couldn't help but say hello to everyone both two and four-legged. At home, his family says he is doing wonderfully and has settled right in. Bowser is one smart cookie and is the sweetest dog they have ever had. Everyone at Angels of Assisi is so happy that everything has worked out so well for Bowser and his forever family!
We always love it when animals that have been adopted from us come back for a visit! Archer, who was adopted back in May, came into the Community Pet Clinic this week for an exam and staff members were all over him. He, of course, was enjoying all the attention and scratches. If you were to stop, he would look at you with his soulful brown eyes and then nuzzle his nose into the palm of your hand asking for more. His mom had originally adopted Archer for her daughter as a service dog, but fell in love and had to keep him for herself. We don't blame her...just look at that face!
Lil Mama visited us at the Community Pet Clinic this morning to get her DHPP vaccine. This vaccine is very important, especially for puppies, and Lil Mama's dad knew she needed it. After she received her shot, Lil Mama's dad was very proud of her and together, between the burst of energy, they were showing off her tricks like "sit" and "paw". Just by watching them, you could see the bond they shared and could tell Lil Mama was definitely a daddy's girl. We can't wait to see how much Lil Mama has grown when she comes back in a few weeks to get her next round of puppy shots!
Maggie first met her forever family when she was wandering around Hardy Road in Vinton. Since she was a stray, Maggie was taken to the local pound. The family could not stop thinking about her and eventually just had to make her apart of their family so they adopted her.
Today, Maggie stopped by the Community Pet Clinic for a check-up and to get her vaccinations updated. While she was waiting to see the veterinarian, Maggie was flopped over on her back receiving belly scratches from her mom. If at any moment her mom stopped, Maggie would give her a stare and then her mom would proceed! Just by spending a few minutes with Maggie and her mom, you could tell there was so much love between the two of them.
Cookie made a visit to the Community Pet Clinic today with her mom. She wasn't feeling too well, so her mom thought it was best to get a check up. Why in the waiting room, Cookie didn't want to leave the comfort of her mom's lap, especially when she was wrapped up in the warm flannel blanket. When it was her turn to see the vet, she plopped down and trotted alongside her mom. Cookie's mom can't wait till she is feeling herself again!
Remington and Ryder, were made to be brothers! The duo came into the Community Pet Clinic this week to get their vaccinations. Ryder needed to get his vaccines up-to-date, while his baby brother was old enough to start his puppy vaccines! The family said that Ryder needed another playmate as he has lots of energy and was taking it out on the family's older dog. Getting another dog for Ryder to play with was the perfect solution and it has worked out perfectly for the whole family!
Mandy (right) quietly sat in her mom's lap as she took in her surroundings of the Community Pet Clinic this morning. She was a little nervous waiting to be seen by the veterinarian for an exam. Her brother, Kahlua (left), was brought along to provide support. He was by her side until someone came within their vicinity at which point he would persue in search of some scratches! It was almost like Kahlua knew he wasn't the one that was going to be seen by the veterinarian and didn't need to worry. Little did he know, his mom ended up making an appointment for him to have dental work done in the next few weeks. We wonder if when they come back the roles will be reversed and if Kahlua will be the nervous one instead.
Nathan is one happy little boy! He always has a grin on his face when he walks into the Community Pet Clinic each week to get his check up. Sometimes when a dog enters a veterinary office, they walk timidly behind their human, but not Nathan! He was walking proudly in front of his mom and knew exactly where to go. We can't wait to see Nathan next week as he always brings a smile to our faces as we hope he does yours!
It has been about a week since Boss, now Max, was adopted from Angels of Assisi and you could tell it was meant to be for him and his new family! Max came in for a checkup this week to make sure his skin was healing. While in the waiting room, Max tried very hard to patiently sit still by his mom, but he just wanted to make friends with everyone that walked by. Max’s mom shared that even at home, where they live on a farm, Max tries to make friends with all the animals including the cats, alpacas, and the not-so-nice neighborhood squirrels who try to throw nuts at him! How could you not want to be friends with him? He is such a gentleman for just 6 months old. Max knows to sit and even tries to give you his paw. We are so happy for Max and his new family and look forward to who he will be as he grows up!
There are very few things cuter than a box full of puppies! Copper, Bandit, Brownie, Bear, and Smokey all came into the Community Pet Clinic yesterday afternoon to get their first round of shots. At first, they were rambunctious as most puppies are, but when it was time to leave, you could tell it was nap time. Mom and Dad were looking forward to the quiet drive home!
Ruby was a sweetheart when she came into the Community Pet Clinic this week to get all of her vaccinations up-to-date. She was a bit timid but having her dad there was the support she needed. Ruby is a 7-year-old Chihuahua and is the smallest dog that her dad has ever had. He said that he has always had 100 pound dogs, but Ruby is the sweetest one he has ever had!
Princess was such a joy when she came into the clinic…tail wagging and a grin from ear to ear. Her mom brought her in to have her annual 4Dx test which screens for heartworm and tick-transmitted diseases. This test is important because once contracted, it can be fatal. Princess was rescued by her mom a few years ago when she was tied up outside and they have been the perfect duo ever since.
Your pet should be tested once a year to allow your veterinarian to catch any positive detection and prescribe treatment, if necessary. We offer the 4Dx test for $30 and results are provided in less than 10 minutes. Take advantage of this service today and keep your beloved pet healthy and strong!
Angels of Assisi has partnerships across Southwest and Central Virginia and West Virginia to offer affordable spay/neuter services for animals owned by people in need. If eligible, we will come to you! A typical day begins with our transport van meeting pet owners at a designated pick up location like their local animal shelter. The animals are loaded into the van and driven to Angels of Assisi where they will have their spay/neuter surgery. Once the animal is fully awake and gets a clean bill of health, it’s time for the ride home on the van.
Buddy's dad was waiting for us in the parking lot of Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center and knew the van was coming before we turned the corner. He heard Buddy barking from a mile away! Buddy, a 6 year old mix, might have been a little sore, but was so excited to see his dad again he could barely contain himself. Twelve hours apart for Buddy and his dad was truly a long time. Buddy's dad shared that he rescued him from an animal shelter in Florida and that he is one little goofball. Whenever Buddy gets a bath, he has to find the smelliest item he possible can, like a stinky sock, and roll around in it to get all the soap smells off. Buddy's dad had never had a mixed rescue dog before, but says, “He is the smartest dog I have ever had!
Pet owners like to take their pets with them everywhere they go, but leaving them in the car can be dangerous, especially with the temperatures rising outside. Did you know that on a 70 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 90 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and soar to 104 within 30 minutes? Experiments have shown that cracked windows DO NOT have any effects on the inside temperature of a car.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, the Humane Society of the United States provides these steps to follow:
- Take down the car's make, model and license plate number.
- If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner. Many people are unaware of the danger of leaving pets in hot cars and will quickly return to their vehicle once they are alerted to the situation.
- If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive. Do not leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
Another helpful summer tip concerns your walking your pet on pavement. On an 87 degree day, asphalt temperatures can reach 140 degrees. Always test the pavement with your hand before venturing forth. You could also just plan on walking your dog either early in the morning or at dusk when the pavement is the coolest.