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To every animal lover out there with a spare 5 second on his/her paws.

Please go here:
http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/cgi-b......ites.woa

And click the big purple button.
....Do it every day.

Make it your homepage!!!

Every time the purple button is clicked some money (the value of half a bowl of food) will be donated to animal rescues.

Did I mention you can click every day?

Tell it to everyone you know!!!!

Kaj Smile
ps. In case I forgot to mention....you can click it every day!
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Hi Kaj,

Thanks for passing along this info and I hope that others will follow suit.

C
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I am kind of disappointed with animal rescue shelters....(at least locally). I recently adopted a dog....and they made me pay over 100 dollars to do so.

I thought the purpose of these NON-PROFIT organizations were to find good homes for pets...

well, not all good homes can afford over one hundred dollars.
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I disagree unfortunately Astinus.
Animal shelters run the risk of having animals back on the street if they can not be provided for and that(the 100 dollars) is almost a tester for lack of a better word.
The cost of sterilization and necessary injections plus the average cost of food, shelter and staffing is included in that amount.
If more people volunteered at these shelters or donated food and money it would be cheaper so click the site everyday.
I shall do that for sure.
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Hi Astinus,

ABC is correct.

There's a couple of reasons why shelters charge and all of them with the best intentions.

When shelters (way back when) used to provide free animals, before the time when they realized they had to spay and neuter them, people didn't place as much value on the animal. After all it was free, worth nothing. Sadly, studies show that if you are given something free you don't place as much care and attention than if you had to save up or shell out your hard earned cash.

The 100 dollar fee covers a vet visit and neutering and spaying your pet. In fact it almost assures that you will do this having shelled out the 100 bucks. In reality you still have paid nothing for the animal as the 100 dollars covers those fees I've mentioned, you just pay for it beforehand. Experience showed that people weren't getting it done on their own.The shelters still subsidize the cost of the operations as the average cost is 25 for a vet visit and 75 for spay or neutering. Add the cost of the food, innoculations and you are getting a bargin.

I've adopted 25 animals from shelters over the years, the majority sickly and old and still paid full price. Some only lived for a few months but spent the remainder of that time in a home of their own. Although the fees are less if the animal has already been spayed or neutered as the cost to the shelter is less.

On average an animal may stay at a shelter for a few days or months all depending on the room available. Monies are needed for the upkeep and care of the animals.

I used to foster for the local shelter (was terrible at it as I ended up adopting every single animal I was "temporarily fostering". As a result I've ended up with 3 dogs and 4 cats. Only one is from a breeder and the rest are all shelter animals.

One day I was in the back room which isn't accessible to the public and was dismayed at how many animals were sickly and couldn't be in the general population. For some unknown reason that month only 1500 dollars revenue was left over that particular month.(Remember even tho shelters are usually subsidized by the government, they still have to pay staff, electricity bills, food, rent, medicine, and other expenses) The revenue was brought in by adoptions of the cats, dogs and rabbits. Yet in the back were cages of animals that needed medicine and one dog that had a broken leg. The cost to help these animals far exceeded what was left over. The alternative would probably be to euthenize the animals as they couldn't afford the expenses. The dog alone would have taken half of the revenue. It was too heartbreaking to be in that room. Our newspaper recently had a story about 7 dogs that were euthenized for having Kennel Cough an easily treated disease (like the flu) by giving antibiotics. They just didn't have the funds. Stories like that make me shudder but sadly it happens all over.

So in a nutshell most would willingly pay the 100 bucks if they knew where and how the money is spent.You also have to think that as a responsible owner you will be financially responsible for that pets annual innoculations, vet checkup, etc..it's a responsiblity that shouldn't be taken lightly. No dog should be left on a chain and forgotten about. I personally think they should be charging more. :O)

Arg!!As always I'm opinionated and long winded when it comes to animals so please forgive my rant it's not directed at you Astinus, and I do hope it didn't come across that way. I just always try to use every opportunity to educate people regarding responsibilty of pet ownership.

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Chrystal,
Beautifully said.
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I understand that point of view. But this prohibits the poor families (some, who are the most caring and best homes for pets) from obtaining a great friend and pet.

I paid 100 dollars for my best friend, and it was the best 100 dollars I ever paid. I just worry about the more unfortunate folks out there who can't afford their friend.
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It is very unfortunate but the flip side is also true where most animals that become stray are from poorer neighborhoods because the people cannot afford to have them neutered.
There is just no better way at the moment.
They also run high risk of not being able to care for the pet when it has a disease that requires expensive treatment and very often these animals are not fed the correct and good food.
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I'll be sure I click everyday! Also, if you go here . That is my Science teacher's portion of the school website which has many links similar to this for different causes. I also make sure these are clicked every day. The first thing she mentions is a relay to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. I recently participated in this relay as well. Good luck!
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On 2004-06-11 09:26, abc wrote:
It is very unfortunate but the flip side is also true where most animals that become stray are from poorer neighborhoods because the people cannot afford to have them neutered.
There is just no better way at the moment.
They also run high risk of not being able to care for the pet when it has a disease that requires expensive treatment and very often these animals are not fed the correct and good food.


I understand that point. I recently had to take my dog to the vet because he was hit hard by a big cowboy truck (I wept like a school girl). It cost me quite a bit...but worth every penny as he will make it.
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Thanks for that comment ABC.

Astinus, I'm so happy to hear your dog will be okay. Sounds like he has a good home and best of luck on his/her recovery.
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Yeah, Good luck on the recovery they are expensive sometimes but worth it. I am sure he has a great home.
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I'm glad to hear that your dog will be okay. You are a very caring person to not give up on the recovery of your dog because of the price.
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People should learn about their pets before committing their lives to another being. It is the sad fact that many people have no idea about the animal they 'want' and this causes much of the present situation.
Don't get me started on breeders and other leeches of the animal world. But the end users are the one's who cause the problems.

You would not have animal shelters if humans were more responsible about their actions.
Also I think the domestic pet gene-pool is way over diverse, neutering it would be the ideal.
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I have two schnauzers. These little animals have been a part of my life for the past six years. We purchased them when our first schnauzer died.

When we went schnauzer hunting, we looked in the newspapers, and found a place about 70 miles from here that had a litter of schnauzer puppies. I called them and asked about the dogs, and they said, "Come over Sunday. We will interview you, and decide whether you can have one of our dogs." Right then, I knew I had called the right people.

We went over and looked at the puppies. To make a very long story short, we bought two of them. They have been with us ever since. Each year, we are required by our agreement with the people who bred them to send a photo of both of the dogs. So, we do this with our Holiday cards.
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Breeders can be money-grubbers....and they can also be kind people. It just depends on which one you find.

When my dog first got hit I couldn't find my vet (where I usually go), and so I called down to an emergency vet 50 miles away, and the first thing they said was "before we can do anything, we have to discuss which form of payment you will be using." They were going to charge 3-4 times more my vet would charge.

Luckily, we found my vet before I had to resort to the Money grubbing emergency vet. My vet said nothing of the payment, and took care of everything righ then. After all was said and done, he asked for a very humble amount for his time.

I thank whatever power is up there for this great Vet, and feel that all vets should be similar.
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On 2004-06-12 00:25, Chrystal wrote:
Thanks for that comment ABC.

Astinus, I'm so happy to hear your dog will be okay. Sounds like he has a good home and best of luck on his/her recovery.


Thank you for the kind words. Champ's staples come out on Thursday and he gets the pin in his leg bone out in a month. He is doing great!
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Hi Bill,

I'm glad that you went with a reputable breeder and liked what you had to say. Like the other posters I can rant about puppy mills. The breeder I chose for one of my dogs did the same, recommended by the American Kennel Society - she interviewed me several times via phone as she lived in the US, while I was in Canada. She even checked out my references..I knew too that I had found the right one. When I picked up my puppy, she spent more time chatting to me and has since kept in contact. She cared about whom her puppies went to and it wasn't all about profit.

On another note my newest dog Panda was rescued only 2 months ago from a disreptuable breeder all the way from Hong Kong. I wrote a few weeks ago about this wonderful Old English Sheepdog. In a nutshell, the couple that had originally adopted him could no longer keep him after more than a year and returned him to the breeder/puppy mill. He was kept in a 4 by 4 metal cage the last six months of his life, only let out once a week for 20 mins. He was deemed useless by the puppy mill as he had been neutered along the way. Of course he never wanted to go back to his cage so the three kennel people beat him regularly in order to make him do this. Two lawyers that viewed this were so outraged they offered to pay his flight anywhere in the world if someone would take him. I wasn't planning on another dog but with encouragement from people all over the world that were following the story ..well I ended up with him. Panda flew all the way from Hong Kong to Canada to a forever home. :O)
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At this point I would like to thank Sony (no I have not gone mad), for their efforts to create robotic pets. This move, when it becomes cheap enough and smart enough will at least offer people 'who want an animal NOW!' an alternative to getting an animal they cant handle or wont want.

I would like to keep dogs, 4 dogs would be perfect. But I am not in a position to offer even one dog a good home. When I am in the situation that I could have dogs, I would start looking straight away.
I am lucky that I have deep interest in animals in nature. I do prefer to see animals in their own habitat and am adept at blending into and observing. My other big interest is insects, you can find them all over the place and don't need to keep them.
Saying that, I keep bumble-bees. even though I don't interact with them directly, I feel more like a good benefactor than a keeper/owner.
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Have you guys ever seen the Animal Cops show?

Man, it is sad.
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