Blogs from April 2017
The Furkids' 15th Birthday Party was an out of this world success! We are proud to announce that we raised $150,000! We are so grateful to our sponsors, our auction donors, our guests and donors for making our party such a successful evening! A special thank you to our special celebrity guest, Jackson Galaxy, our honoree, Paul Preston and our emcee, Kaedy Kiely! This was a celebration we will cherish forever!
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We also want to congratulate our volunteers that achieved 10 years of service this year and were honored at the party. The 2017 class is Elizabeth Colvin, Laurie Deemer, Beth Erwin, Martha Camp, Belinda Kach, Suzanne Patterson, Judy Hall, Beth Reeves, Karen & Larry Getze, Jennifer Graham, Barbara Orloff, Judy Dickson, Monica Laguaite, Susan Waisner, Lorie Flacker, Pat & Barry Ryan, Mary Davis, Donna Reich, Nanci Hayward, Marjorie Reilly, Debbie Granger, Renee Palmer, Nancy Shevitz, Lisa McGregor, Bonnie Davidson, Kim Mitchell, Jan Price, John Doyle, Suzy Berliner.
Our tails are wagging so hard - we're excited to tell you about the big plans for our Dog Program! Furkids staff and volunteers will soon be learning the latest canine training techniques with Alex Andes, owner of Peach on a Leash Dog Training & Behavior Services. Before pursuing her dream of starting her own business, Alex worked for and learned from celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”
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Alex will help us become even better at assessing and serving dogs at intake, in the shelter, and after adoption. Some planned programs include puppy classes, manners classes, and follow-up classes for adopters; as well as "Save the Adoption" classes for dogs and adopters who might have headed down the wrong path.
She'll organize trainings for everyone at the shelter to learn dog body language, prevent dog bites, and teach our residents social skills to make them more adoptable. We'll also soak up tips and tricks to highlight our adoptable dogs...
Mostly-toothless Khatleesi was not having an easy time with what was surely her umpteenth pregnancy. As an 8-year old, she was, technically, a pregnant senior. But she soldiered on, and delivered The Meowtain, Jon Snow, Arya Stalk, and Tyrion Lannispurr. (Don't judge, she'd used up all those cute kitten names with other litters. This time she had to think outside of the litter box.)
As Khatleesi was cleaning them up, which was surely challenging without teeth, she began to feel nauseous. Although she was hungry, she couldn't eat. Pain made it nearly impossible for her to nurse her littles. But, luckily, this pregnancy and delivery was very different from those before. Khatleesi was now a Furkid, and her loving foster mom saw her distress.
Her babies were shuttled to a member of our brilliant bottle brigade, and Khatleesi was rushed into emergency surgery. Her seriously infected uterus was removed - likely just in time to save her life. She was sore, but she felt so much better when...
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Samson and his forever family know that the feline immunodeficiency virus is spread by deep bites typical of un-altered tom cats in territorial battles, or from mom to baby in the birth process. It is not passed among house cats using the same litter boxes or food dishes; or by communal grooming. It's just fine for FIV cats to live with people, dogs, and other cats.
Kitties who test positive for FIV CAN have reduced immune function, and MIGHT be at greater risk for respiratory infections and dental issues; but those conditions are easily treated. With normal veterinary care, cats with FIV live long and healthy lives. Just like other cats.
Furkids has always championed the FIV+ cat. Until recently cats who tested positive were euthanized. Fortunately, the word is out, that FIV is not a death sentence; and we hear every day about our Furkids FIV alums like Samson thriving in their Forever Homes! So we're celebrating our PAWSitive kitties this month, with our "Accentuate the...