Angels of Assisi & Harmony Farm Sanctuary
Every day we see animals come into the Community Pet Clinic in all sorts of different carriers. We see your typical pet carrier, laundry baskets, cardboard boxes and more, but yesterday we saw one of the coolest cat carriers ever. Stella and Jack arrived in style for their annual check-up in their own "cat bag", of which their mom made just for them.
These bags had a hole for their head to poke out so they could see the world and another hole for their tail. Their mom even designed it to have holes that would open up for their paws to stick out when trimming their nails. How cool is that? We think Stella and Jack's mom should go into business making these bags. Don't you?
This morning, Chet came to visit us for his Therapy Laser treatment. On his lower leg, Chet has a lick granuloma that was made as a result of licking repeatedly. Chet's mom has been bringing him into the Community Pet Clinic three days a week for his laser treatment that has been showing positive results.
Chet walked into the clinic with a festive collar on and knew exactly where to go. He rolled right over for his treatment and received lots of belly rubs in return. His mom says he has been on a diet recently, but don't worry as Chet LOVES his green beans!
It is always heartwarming when we receive updates on animals that we've adopted out. Maggie (formally Annabelle) arrived at Angels of Assisi back in July when she was rescued by the Humane Society of the United States from a severe cruelty situation down in Jones County, Mississippi.
Although Maggie is an older dog, she doesn't act like it. She loves to meet and play with other dogs. She met her match with her new family in August and it was forever. Her mom says that Maggie's favorite activities include: going for walks around the neighborhood, begging for treats, and snoozing on the couch. We are so happy that everything worked out so well for Maggie and her new family!
We had a visit from Rosie this week who's new family brought her into the Community Pet Clinic to get her vaccines updated. If you don't remember, Rosie first arrived at Angels of Assisi on October 1st when Animal Control brought her to us. She had been picked up as a stray and was very malnourished. Weighing about 19 pounds at the time, Rosie was skin and bones.
Today, Rosie looks so much healthier and has already gained 10 pounds. She gets excited and wiggly whenever someone comes to meet her and if you do, you better be prepared to receive lots of kisses and licks. Her dad says that she has a tendency to be clumsy, but we say that just adds to the cuteness! We are so ecstatic to see how far Rosie has come from the day we first met her to know, and we can't wait to see her as she grows up with her family.
Gertrude came to Angels of Assisi through a transport with the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection who is the municipal pound facility for Botetourt County, Roanoke County, the City of Roanoke and the Town of Vinton. They receive all lost/found and stray animals for our community. At the time, they were overflowing with cats and Gertrude, who was picked up as a stray, was one of about thirty cats that arrived at Angels.
A few days later, after going through our intake process, Gertrude found her new mom. Just 24 hours together, and Gertrude's new mother says they were already completely in love with each other. "She is so sweet and cuddly. I wish there was more on her past because she definitely has the ability to pick up on anxiety attacks. I struggle with sleeping due to, sometimes, severe nightmares. Last night was no exception, and Gertrude immediately just knew what to do. She climbed up onto my chest, purring into my ear until I woke up and calmed down. She prevented what would have been a full blown attack and a very sleepless night. I am so thankful to have found her and cannot wait to enjoy kitty seniority with her!" We are so happy that Gertrude and her new mom found each other as it seems like it was meant to be.
We have some incredible kids in our community, doing good stuff every day. This past weekend at the Craig County Fall Festival, Cammie, Kallie, and Natalie braved the chilly air and held a 50/50 raffle and took donations for the animals at Angels of Assisi. In the end, they raised almost $400!
Yesterday, all three girls stopped by the Adoption Center, not only with the money they raised, but with towels, harnesses, and lunch for the staff. We truly have incredibly thoughtful and generous youth in our community and we at Angels of Assisi are lucky to call Cammie, Kallie, and Natalie our friends.
Brought to Angels of Assisi by the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke, Lady Di, a domestic rabbit, was found dragging herself along Route 311. We don't know what happened to her, but it's possible that she was hit by a car.
When she arrived at Angels of Assisi, we took an x-ray that showed multiple hip and transverse processes of lumbar vertebrae fractures. She was in pain. We immediately started her on medicine and fed her lots of good nutrients including hay, fruit, and veggies to help her heal. Lady Di's favorites are kale and blueberries.
Lady Di has been with us for three weeks now and while she still has recovery time ahead of her, she has come a long way. Before, she could not use her back legs as it was too painful and would crawl around on her front feet. Now, she has slowly started hopping around again using her back legs. This is such an improvement and we are so ecstatic for Lady Di.
This morning we welcomed a new face to Angels of Assisi, whom we are calling Rosie. She was picked up as a stray and brought to us by Animal Control. We may not know Rosie's history, but we can tell she is very malnourished. Rosie has recovery time ahead of her and we have designed a feeding plan to help get her back to a healthy weight. Although she is very timid, Rosie loves to give the occasional tail wag and body wiggle. We can't wait to get to know her better as she heals.
Rosie will benefit from the Biscuit Fund, which helps ensures that animals seized in cruelty cases are provided the best medical care and diagnoses available, a safe haven for rehabilitation, and expert medical staff on hand to testify in court to prevent neglect and cruelty from happening to another animal. If you would like to donate to help cover Rosie's medical costs, please click here
Both Shadow and Jade visited the Community Vet Clinic this week to get their vaccines updated and to receive a wellness exam too. They both came from a husky rescue and even though they look like twins, they are of different ages.
While at the clinic, they both behaved well, but didn't want to leave each other. It is always special to see the bond that has formed between two animals. We will see Shadow and Jade in a year when it's time to get their vaccines updated again!
Do you remember Bahama from when she was available for adoption back in March? Bahama, now known as Luna, stopped by the Community Pet Clinic today with her dad for a wellness exam and vaccines. Her dad told us that Luna spends time with her furry friends at the dog park three times a week and hangs out with the roommate daily.
We also found out that she LOVES peanut butter! We ended up giving her a little treat after her exam for being such a good girl. We are so happy that everything turned out so well for Luna and her dad. Happy tails all around!
Habibi, which his dad says means "my baby", stopped by the Community Pet Clinic today to get his first round of puppy vaccines. He was such a good little boy and was very curious of his surroundings. We are so happy to have met Habibi and his dad, and can't wait to see him soon for his next round of vaccines!
As we move away from the rainy weekend, it was time for some fun in the sun. Daisy, Benji, Toby, and Hickory all had lots of fun playing and socializing with our volunteers yesterday. These dogs were just 4 of the 190 animals that we recently took in from Lenoir County SPCA who's shelter took on severe damage from Hurricane Florence. We were fortunate enough to have cleared the shelter of all the animals and brought them to safety before the storm hit.
Yesterday consisted of lots of belly rubs, tug of war, tennis balls, and of course treats! Check out some of the photos below showing just how much fun they all had. Stop by the Adoption Center any day of the week between noon and 6 pm to visit them.
Meet Telly and Tubby. These two pups along with 188 of their buddies were almost left behind and in severe danger at a North Carolina animal shelter directly in the path of Hurricane Florence. The employees there were advised by Emergency Management to evacuate the animal shelter due to the potential for structural damage from Hurricane Florence.
We received a call yesterday morning from the shelter staff begging for help and we had to respond. The Angels of Assisi team headed down to Lenoir County SPCA with our rescue truck and were able to clear the shelter to bring the 70 dogs and 120 cats on their way to safety. They arrived back yesterday evening and after receiving a good meal, they all settled in for the night.
While many of these animals will stay at Angels of Assisi where they will become available for adoption, the Humane Society of the United States will visit Roanoke today to help some of the animals continue northward to find their forever homes.
It was a day of training for Rocky as he learned clicker training, an easy method of positive reinforcement. One of our staff members, Bobbie, who is an ABC Certified Dog Trainer and an ABC Certified Shelter Dog Trainer was teaching a fellow staff member clicker training to use with Rocky, a 5 year old Shepherd/Terrier/Pitbull mix.
Although Rocky is a goofball, he is one smart cookie. It wasn't long before he started to understand that the clicking noise meant that he did something good. After the training session, Rocky was very excited to receive belly rubs for a job well done! Rocky is available for adoption at our Adoption Center so come visit him today between noon and 6 pm.
Oh my, how they grow up so fast! The last time we saw Piper, she was a little pup, but now she is a young lady. She even looks just like her mom too. Piper stopped by the Community Pet Clinic this week to get her vaccinations updated. We were excited to see just how much she had grown and of course to get all of the puppy kisses we possibly could.
Piper and her family came from a puppy mill in West Virginia that Angels of Assisi assisted the Randolph County Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, and another animal shelter with last June. In total, Angels of Assisi took in 22 dogs and 13 cats from the rescue. These animals were not only living in inhumane conditions, but they were very under socialized.
We can happily say that almost all of the cats and dogs have found their forever home since arriving at Angels of Assisi. Soon we will be able to say all the animals from the WV puppy mill have been adopted!
Ziggy and Louie are enjoying time in their foster home! Their fosters have been hard at work trying to find them their forever home but couldn’t help spoil them in the meantime.
Ziggy and Louie are a bonded pair which means they need to be adopted together. They have been together since they were pups and have been inseparable ever since! At 7 years young, both boys still have a playful side. Ziggy tends to be more of the leader with Louie following him wherever he goes. When they aren’t playing, both are very calm and love to lay around, especially curled up together. These guys enjoy the little things in life…being outdoors, laying in the sun, and taking walks. They are both house and leashed trained and their foster says they are well behaved out in public.
If you are interested in meeting Ziggy and Louie, contact Angels of Assisi at (540) 344-8707 to set up a meet and greet with them. Please take a chance on meeting these two charming boys because you will fall in love with them the moment you meet them!
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!