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Moving On

Two of the dogs I’ve adopted were simply abandoned when their people moved out. The first was one t of a litter of puppies left when the people were evicted, and over half the litter died before someone finally came to inspect the house.  She suffers from medical problems because of that miserable beginning to this day.
The second was a loyal dog that was left at a farm when her people moved.  Presumably they thought whoever would buy the property would take her, but the sale wasn’t scheduled for months!
Now, in the past two weeks I have received four calls from people simply abandoning their animals at their old property and/or asking us to re home animals that have been loyal to them for however long because they are “moving,” “got new carpeting,” or some similar reason! Worse still, they’re expecting us to do so within the next twenty-four hours!
Excuse me if I sound harsh, but how would it be if your boyfriend, husband or wife decided to leave you behind because the new place they were moving to didn’t “match” your look?  Repulsive, right?  And we don’t kick our kids out because we’re moving and they’ll be inconvenient.  That would be called abuse and abandonment. 
Well, it’s no less repugnant to leave an animal you’ve adopted behind because you don’t want your new floors dirtied or didn’t plan for a yard to hold them.
When you take on a pet, it’s no different than having a child.  They have every reason to believe that you will be their life-long companion, pack leader and protector.  And in return they give you their unconditional love, devotion and attention.
So please, when you plan a move, think ahead and consider the needs of your pet. Yes, it may take paying a deposit or getting a different place, but it’s what you agreed to do when you chose your kitty or pup.
If it is indeed impossible to take your pet, don’t wait until the last minute to address this. Start early to find a good and loving home in which to place your pet. Because when you call us and tell us you’re moving in 24 hours and the animal has to go — there are precious few resources to place that animal, but even more so, it’s a huge betrayal to an animal who has considered you his or her best friend.

Your Cats & Dogs feel the Cold too.

We’re now officially entering colder weather, and while you’re cozy inside, remember that all of your outdoor companion animals, feral kitties and dogs, and even your chickens and other poultry need help to stay warm too.  Sadly, over the last several winters we here at Four Legs and Fur have received too many reports of animals literally freezing to death.

Most regular dog houses and outdoor cat condos are not insulated, so they provide little in the way of shelter from biting winds, freezing rain or snow.  It’s relatively inexpensive to fix this.  Hermitage Lumber and farm stores sell bales of straw, which have an amazing insulating value if stacked against the walls and even over the ceiling of the house.  And a warm four-inch layer of straw inside keeps your pet from being exposed to as much of the cold coming from the ground.

If that doesn’t suit you, and especially if you’re dealing with feral cats you want to try to help, here’s a great link for instructions on building a variety of feral cat cold and all-weather shelters:  http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/feral-cat-health-shelter-cats-how-to-build-diy

Also keep in mind that it benefits outside animals to have a bit more flesh on them during the winter months than you would want during the summer.  You can accomplish this by feeding them a bit extra and adding more fat to their rations.  Doing so helps them generate more heat.

Lastly, please remember that your outside companions continue to need water (not ice) to keep them hydrated.  If they have to resort to eating snow, it often results in their getting hypothermia.  A stock tank heater, or a metal water bowl put up on a brick, with a heat lamp below it can provide water in the coldest of temps.
And if you’re wondering whether or not your animal HAS hypothermia, here’s how that is defined:  There are three phases of hypothermia: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild hypothermia is classified as a body temp of 101.3°F-97.7°F, moderate is 97.7°F-93.2°F, and severe is a body temperature under 93.2°F.
Because animals have a higher normal temperature, they can suffer the results of hypothermia that much earlier.  If you suspect your companion has become too cold, supplemental heat can be provided through the use of warm IV fluids, a fluid line warmer, insulation on the feet, circulating warm water blankets, and/or warm air circulation systems.  If it seems severe, an immediate trip to the vet may be the only solution.  Better to prevent the problem if you can.

PURSES FOR PAWS PRIME RIB DINNER IS COMING

Any of you who have lived very long in Hickory County have probably enjoyed the succulent prime rib dinners that Dick Rose and friends cook.  Well, Four Legs and Fur is hosting one of those just before Valentine’s day.  We’ll be enjoying great food, good music and a fun evening auctioning off beautiful purses and tackle and tool boxes for the gents with super surprise gifts inside.  See Details Below:

Four Legs and Fur Animal Society cordially invites you to our pre-Valentine’s Purses for Paws Auction & Prime Rib DinnerDog - Mini Valentine

Tickets: $25 per person

Come out for a fun evening! Over 30 beautiful purses, tool and tackle boxes with special prizes inside will be up for auction. One lucky winner is guaranteed to receive $100 cash!

Proceeds provide low-cost spay and neuter services and to help those in need to feed their companion animals.

January 29th
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
McCarty Senior Center, Wheatland
Tickets available until 12:00pm, Monday, January 25
at the following locations:

  • Terry’s Designs (Galmey)
  • The Index (Hermitage)
  • Hickory County Library (Hermitage)
  • Gynemia’s Floral and Gifts (Wheatland)
  • from Jan Gerstlauer, Berta Bryner, Jo Rose or Traci Brown
  • By sending a check to PO Box 173, Hermitage, MO 65668,
  • or by calling (660) 553-1980 and leaving a message.

 

 

Are You Part of the Problem Or Why to Spay or Neuter Your Pets

  • If you like male cats yowling around your house every 10 days, then don’t spay your female.
  • If you love both sexes marking everything with their urine, inside and out, then keep your male and female intact.
  • If you think having male dogs come from literally miles around to sniff out your female in heat is a good thing, then don’t spay her either.
  • And if you think that killing over 141,000 animals in Missouri every single year is what you want to be part of, then keep your animals fertile and reproducing.

My grandmother drilled into my head the saying, “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution.” In the case of companion animals, the myth that allowing them to become pregnant because it’s “natural” and/or keeping a male dog intact because he’ll be happier are just that, and contribute to thousands of animals EACH DAY being put down because no one wants them.

Ask any mother you know if going through pregnancy was easy and blissful, and you’ll probably get an earful. Your female cat or dog doesn’t “enjoy” being pregnant. It strains her body, makes her more apt to have joint problems when older.  One of my rescued dogs is a puppy mill survivor.  She’s as sweet as can be, but you can see her pushed out hips and bowed legs from having litter after litter.  I’m sure she would have preferred a different life.

And every time you place the pups or kitties your pet produced, you are contributing to over-population. Why? Because every free kitten you place with friends is one less home that can take an animal already in a shelter.

As for keeping a male dog intact, doing so just contributes to their roaming away from home in search of love, being much more aggressive (can we spell liability issues?) and having bone and cancer problems later on down the road.

Spaying or neutering your animals just before they come into their first heat (in the case of females), or around 6 months to a year (for males) allows their bones to grow at the correct rate, prevents many cancers, and gives you a calmer and happier pet.

Four Legs and Fur has a limited number of vouchers for low-cost spay and neutering of both dogs and cats. Apply now and do your best friend the best favor you can.

A Big Thank You to Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation!

We are deeply grateful to the folks at Hickory County Community Wellness Foundation for choosing Four Legs and Fur Animal Society to be the recipient of one of their grants, which was awarded this past Saturday.

Every dime we raise is spent on helping animals to be spayed or neutered or people to receive the pet foods they need so they can keep their pets in their home.  We all know that especially for those with a disability and/or who are seniors living alone, often having a companion animal is the way they avoid loneliness and isolation.

So this grant is a huge help, and since a single spay or neuter can cost up to $85, I’m sure it will be quickly consumed.  Remember that without your continued support and donations, we won’t be able to keep helping as we now are.  You can send anything you like to PO Box 173, Hermitage, MO, and the animals will thank you if you do.

Seniors Getting the Help They Need

As we all know, one of the best ways to ensure that seniors avoid the isolation that is so common is for them to enjoy a companion animal.  But living on a fixed income often places them in the position of having to choose Rescue-Food for Srs 2whether they get to eat or their pets do.

So Four Legs and Fur has been proud to volunteer at the McCarty Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program to provide their participants with pet food as well as meals.  To-date, over 800 pounds of food have been bagged by our members and distributed to those with animals in need.

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Be MY Angel

Rescue - AngelMy name’s Angel and I’m a laid-back cuddly sort of Himalayan that survived a difficult illness when little.  The only effect is that I sometimes walk off the ends of things because I don’t see well there, but it never hurts me, just makes my humans laugh.  I get along well with all sorts of dogs and cats, and would just like someone to cuddle with.  Is it you?

I was sent to the Polk County Humane Society so that I could be seen by more people, which was scary, but within a week a loving family adopted me and I’m a happy kitty now!

We’ve Only Just Begun

All of us old Luddite ladies at Four Legs and Fur are excited about the idea of becoming bloggers and letting you know the great things we’ve been doing to help Hickory County’s companion animals.

In the last three moLogo with Shading but no wordsnths, we’ve helped get over thirty cats and dogs spayed or neutered; distributed nearly 1,000 pounds of cat and dog food to seniors and others who would otherwise not be able to keep their pets; and found loving forever homes for thirteen cats and dogs.  Whew!  A lot of work, but so totally worth it!

The only way we can keep doing what we do is when great people like you donate.  Every dollar helps.  So please send your donations to PO Box 173, Hermitage, Missouri 65668.  We are a 501 (3) c organization and you will get a tax-deductible receipt from us at the end of the year, and a LOT of thanks from the animals right away!