Archive for March, 2012
PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
It will be a busy and crazy day and if you are torn between seeing one dog who is smaller and one a little larger, they will all be there together!
Who might come?
Some of the dogs listed do not have bios up on the website yet so there are no pictures and bios to link to – meet those kids and maybe others in person.
Here’s a link to the adoption application. You can fill it out and be prepared ahead of time!
Tia was adopted from Pet Haven 8 years ago and when her owner died this winter, she came back to Pet Haven. She”s 10 years old now. She enjoys keeping you company and searches out sunny spots in the foster home to have a snooze or a sun bath. She also likes to explore the cat toys and chase them around.
Tia has lived with another cat before but we think she would really like to be someone’s only cat so she could get all of the attention. She’s a great companion!
She’s also loving the screened porch the foster has – bird watching is the greatest from the window or from a ledge on the porch.
Some other new kittens who are now up for adoption are:
Herbie – the lover
McGee (siamese x male) and Tallulah (brown tabby female) – both playful, busy and affectionate kittens.
Betty was adopted in 2011 from Pet Haven. She’s a very cute and affectionate gray tabby. Recently her owner submitted this picture to the Star Tribune for consideration as the Pet of the Week.
Owners Tim and Katie Leverenz of St Paul write: “Betty is a three year-old tabby cat. She loves to cuddle and catch thrown toys using her extra toes. Three thumbs up!”
She was the Pet of the Week in the Star Tribune on February 11, 2012.
The Cat Division will have an adoption this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the PetCo in Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S. Hope you can stop by in this mild weather and visit, find a cat or kitten you might be interested in adopting!
Who do we expect to be there?
Meesha – her first adoption event. She came in last summer very thin and with a poor coat, not having been well taken care of in her previous life. She was dumped on a country road in this condition – 4 paw declawed. Her foster homes and good nutrition have helped her to blossom – she has a beautiful coat and enjoys people so much. She has been fine with another cat. Medium to long hair which will need to be combed or brushed, she is a ‘pointed’ girl – siamese, himalayan but not a pure bred.
Olive – a pretty calico
Amber -amuses herself well with her toys and windows to watch the world while you are gone, she loves to have you come home and follows you around. A playful, young girl.
Garth – a handsome brown tabby and white fellow who enjoys another active cat to romp and wrestle with or does fine by himself. He loves to have you play with him, LOVES to talk to you and have you talk to him and swirls around your legs for attention!
Candy – a medium haired brown tabby torti – she’s a dedicated lap girl and loves her laser light toy!
Chevy- another brown tabby and white, Cheveyo is a big fellow who is pretty laid back but loves to play too.
Max is having a grand time in his new home. He has a doggy friend and family and friends who all love him – and, as you can see from his picture, he loves them too!
Here he is, posing in his new collar.
This is what his owners have to say about him:
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve emailed you (you can always shoot me an email anytime as well). Anyway, all is going good here! I took Max to introduce him to our Vet and staff. They do a free check with any dog that’s adopted through a rescue organization. They all thought he was awesome, the vet said’ “I think he’s part white tailed deer!” He’s eating well and exercising a lot and making sure we are too! =]
The weather has been so great we’ve been spending as much time outside as we can, and Max is loving that! He’s still enjoying scaring the wild turkeys away, but doesn’t seem at all interested in the squirrels. There is this little chipmunk out back that likes to tease Max when I have him hooked to our lead. He hops the rocks until he’s just out of reach of Max, it’s like watching a cartoon!
Oh, and about the turkeys….occasionally they like to peck at the windows downstairs (attacking their reflections) Max has taken over for Scooby in that department and now recognizes the sound and flies down the stairs and even once jumped up on our air hockey table, and scares them away! Angela was laughing so hard the last time because Max was so fast the turkey didn’t even have time to run! It fell backwards!! LOL!!!
I’m sending some pictures of what the smart boy came up with to do when I’m doing other things around the house. He takes HIS rubber tennis ball to the stairway and carefully puts it on the ledge and gently gives it a push with his nose…..then it rolls a ways and falls down the stairs and bounces in the basement until he gets it!! I think he’s pretty amazing! One time it bounced into our piano. Boy, did he whine until I came and got it out!
He has a super soft bed on the floor next to Louis (it’s a comforter all folded and fluffed up). He lays there next to Louis……until…..the lights go off! Then he jumps on the bed! (I think he thinks he’s sneaky).
He tries to play with Louis, but gets going so fast doing circles around him, that Louis eventually jumps up on my chair and acts all smug. They walk well together though. Max is still showing Louis respect as the Alpha. I wondered for a while, but they get along fine now. They even ride together in the back seat when I pick Angela up from school. Max starts wagging his tail and whining as soon as he sees her coming.
We are all doing well…..I think we’re good for each other! It’s super cool to watch/listen to my daughter change from being in pain, to totally caught up in doing something with Max. Tonight she was trying to work with both dogs on staying, and also catching a treat in the air.
Hope you’re still enjoying being a foster mom. We sure appreciate what you and PetHaven do!!!
Diamond is a chihuahua mix who came from the hoarding case in Bemidji, she was rescued by the Animal Humane Society and was one of the dogs that Pet Haven agreed to foster and help her find a home.
This petite cutey has made lots of strides. She’s perfect size for cuddling – one of her favorite activities with you. Although initially shy with new people, once she spends about a half hour with her fosters meeting new folks, she is willing to sit on their laps and snuggle.
Dogs like Diamond who come from a hoarder do not know how to play. This has changed with gentle encouragement from her fosters. She’s learning how to play tug of war and has a favorite stuffed dog she likes to carry around and shake.
She has a couple games too: She steals socks from the bedroom and plays hide and seek by hiding under a blanket or under the couch and gives you little clues as to how to find her – she barks softly!
She is crate trained for when you have to leave her – except a little crying when that happens. She is pad trained to go outside on the deck to do her job and is anxious to perform so she can come back in and join you!
Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend and this Diamond is willing to be best friends with both men and women!
It sounds like a fun job! Darling, cute kittens to cuddle and watch play, learning about developing personalities!
Fostering kittens, whether they have a mother or are orphans is a big job and not for the faint of heart. With Pet Haven you will have experienced kitten fosters backing you up and answering questions, providing you with their best advice and medications prescribed by the vet.
Feeding: Not all moms and not all kittens are fit enough to eat as much as they should. Living on the streets and trying to find food for yourself or extra so you have milk to feed babies is more than a full time job. Females that have been abandoned have often not had vaccinations, no regular source of food and are very thin. We sometimes say that mom gives ‘skim milk’. She is worn out, even before the babies are raised. Because of this some babies do not weigh as much as they should. We do everything we can to get everyone over those hurdles with food, both canned and dry – high in calories and protein or low in fat if that is what works best.
Colds and tummy upsets are common. Mom and kittens with stuffed noses don’t eat because they can’t smell their food. Sometimes hand feeding 4 times a day is necessary for those babies. Sometimes the babies just don’t figure it out and need to be hand fed because mom is becoming thinner and thinner and really needs to have the babies eating on their own. It isn’t unusual that mom or kittens will have soft stools and diarrhea at some point. We provide meds, different kinds of foods to help get through this but each is different and one kitten doesn’t always respond to the same things another does. Kittens who weigh 2# and under can dehydrate quickly if they have diarrhea. Lethargy and lack of appetite are not good signs. We chuckle and listeners react in dismay when we say we like to see ‘tootsie rolls’ in the litterbox! Cleaning that box 2-3 times a day to make sure that is what you are getting is part of the job.
This group of kittens were called ‘Pig Pen’ before they got their own names. Mom was gone, they were starving when they came to us and it took many weeks of adequate food before they finally figured out they didn’t have to absorb it through their skin as well as eat it!
Baths, sometimes more than once a day, are common. Sticky faces lead to hair loss under those chunks of food and sticky feet hold litter and track food everywhere!
Sometimes you need to call on another foster to meet you with your group or one or two and get them to the vet clinic asap. Kittens who are failing can often not wait until the next day if we are to pull them through successfully.
Mom may have been exposed to panleukopena or distemper before we get her. The kittens are exposed because she was and can develop it up to 3 weeks later. Panleuk is similar to parvo in dogs but the survival rate, even with a lot of supportive vet care, is higher in dogs. For whatever reason, cats and kittens rarely survive. Thankfully we do not see this happen very often.
One of the hardest things we do is take that baby in, realizing that we have tried and tried and we aren’t going to pull it through. We’re there for the long haul, to hold it while it grows healthy and also if it must be euthanized. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Again, you’ve a supportive network of experienced people to guide you and step in with extra care in their home if needed.
Soon, however, the kittens will know what a litterbox is for and can be out and about in the house more. It’s lots of fun to introduce them to the rest of the house so they get used to household noises and you walking around. You can play and cuddle to your heart’s content. They’ll learn about the refrigerator and other doors opening and closing, you’ll learn about them chasing after your feet and doing the kitten shuffle for those who insist on walking underfoot. You’ll learn to always put the lid down on the toilet so no one goes swimming and can’t get out. There will be lots of picture taking and we’ll put them up on the website once their vet work is completed.
At 9-10 weeks of age you’ll bring them in to be tested for feline leukemia and fiv and they’ll get their first vaccinations. You’ve already been deworming them and that continues. We hope upper respiratory infections stay away and schedule for spay and neuter and microchipping. Recovery back at your home in familiar and loving arms (they hardly seem to notice they had surgery) and you’ll be bring them to adoption events every 2 weeks so we can find homes!
All of the above is more than we expect or ask from a first-time or inexperienced foster. Not every experienced foster wishes to take on a mom with babies or orphan kittens until they are eating well and we’re all on the right track. As the kittens mature and we get in more kittens who are closer to 3 months of age, they can go to newer fosters or experienced ones who love those babies, just not the infants – you’ll have all the fun and leave the worry to those of us who have been down this well-traveled road before.
This handsome fellow was adopted into a home last fall but has since taken to picking on the other cat in his new home. Garth had been with another cat in a foster home and had done fine. Apparently the owner’s first cat is what we call a ‘victim’ cat. Now this young guy has moved back into a Pet Haven foster home and is looking for a home again – with another active and busy cat who loves to run and wrestle and play or as an only guy.
This brown tabby and white fellow has lots of energy. He loves to romp around the foster home, carries favorite toys in his mouth AND talks to them and enjoys talking to you too. He’s not much of a lap boy but swirls around your feet, loves to be pet and eat too. The cat tree is a favorite place to perch and check out what is going on outside the windows.
Playful – with his own toys and with interactive ones also.
Full of energy
Seeker of people who will talk to him and give him attention!
There will be ‘wearing of the green’!
Small dogs: Chuck and Don’s near Lake Calhoun
Diamond -enjoying her toys and snuggling
Medium and Large dogs: PetCo Richfield at 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Kimi -loves to play with her chew toys, snuggle and go for walks
Sister -a girl who would love some ‘jobs’, part border collie and she thrives in play and exercise with you
Big Mac –
Pumpkin is one of the dogs rescued by the Animal Humane Society from a hoarding situation near Bemidji in February. Her foster mom picked her out at their shelter from among the shy and fearful dogs who needed some extra TLC. Pet Haven took her in and she has been in her foster home for a month now. Pumpkin’s biggest challenge is to get over her fear of people. She was apprehensive at first but is now very bonded to her foster mom. She follows her everywhere and snuggles whenever she can. Her foster dad feeds her all of her meals and treats – which she loves – although she isn’t completely comfortable with him yet. She tolerates human visitors to her home but usually doesn’t relax when they are present.
Pumpkin is spending this weekend at another Pet Haven foster home to see if and how fast she will bond with someone else when her foster mom is not around. So far she is doing OK. She growled a bit at first, but after a nervous couple of hours, she settled down and even rolled over on her back for a belly rub. It is a beautiful weekend as far as the weather goes, and she is spending some of her time sitting on the deck next to her weekend foster mom and exploring the yard. We are pleased to see that she is starting to bond with another person and has been able to fairly quickly settle into a new environment. This will ease the transition to her future adoptive home.
Pumpkin still needs help with her socialization skills, but is coming along. Her foster mom and dad are very understanding of her difficult past and she is rewarding their patience by learning to trust people and be a happy and cherished companion.