Some folks do and some folks don’t.
Some cats and dogs do and some dogs and cats don’t!
Our adoption and meet-and-greet events are kept short for a reason. Some dogs and cats enjoy going on an adventure, visiting a new place, hearing strange noises and sniffing new smells, meeting new people and new cats and dogs.
There will always be companions we rescue who love to ‘strut their stuff’ and others who are very stressed and frightened in new places. Meet some of the cats and dogs Pet Haven currently has who are not fond of adoption events. They are ready and willing to meet you at a park, at a foster home, in a one on one situation where they are not so overwhelmed.
Mikey is one of those guys. He’s very outgoing, enjoys meeting new people in the comfort of his foster home, needs to be an ‘only’ cat because he can be a bully with other cats. Mikey has energy to spare, would love a harness and leash to take excursions around the yard, has a wealth of toys he plays with and enjoys play time with you too. He’s probably best in a home with no or older children as he can be a wild and crazy player when he is wound up. He’s decided that our adoption events are not for him and becomes grumpy when there so you miss out on his great personality!
If you have houseplants you value, Mikey may not be the guy for you! One of his favorite toys is a ‘kick-it’!
Pennington (his foster home calls him “Benny”) is an adorable 9 lb Pomeranian mix who is about 3 years old. He was a stray taken in by a shelter in western MN and transferred to Pet Haven because they thought he needed to be in a foster home. He has settled in and is doing great. Benny is well behaved and gets along well with the 2 adults and 3 small dogs in his foster home. He probably would do fine with cats as well. Benny does have a special need – he has glaucoma and requires eye drops 4 times a day and regular eye pressure checks at the vet. He is very cooperative when it is time for his drops, so it is easy to care for him. Benny’s most endearing trait is that he is a superb cuddler. One minute he is bouncing around and wrestling with one of the other dogs or a toy and the next minute he is melted in your arms – just a squishy, warm, soft little ball of fur.
Benny does great with people and other dogs when he is in his foster home. Unfortunately, adoption events really stress him out. The normally happy, playful little guy gets very agitated with all of those other dogs and strangers and commotion, so he is no longer attending Pet Haven’s dog adoption events.
Rosie is another young girl who does not enjoy our adoption events and she has it timed out to the second!
Getting her into her cat carrier at home is just normally difficult with any cat.
Coming out to her cage at the adoption event elicits a running commentary to her foster and volunteers – “No, you’ve got to be kidding, you know I don’t like this!” But she does come out and we talk about what a fun girl she is at home: she’ll sleep on the bed, loves windows, entertains herself well and plays with toys with you and she’ll come to sit near you and visitors on the couch. She has a sign we hang on her cage. It says, “I’m stressed, PLEASE do not put your fingers up to the cage because I will swipe at them!”
When it is time to go home, Rosie rides in her cage to the car and when it is set in the car she smiles at her foster and says, “See what a good girl I am! No more hard feelings!” When they arrive home and the garage door is shut she walks from her cage right into her carrier and is carried inside, happy to be back in her foster home!
Rosie was adopted from Pet Haven as a kitten and before she was 3 yrs. old she was returned when her owner became so ill she could not care for her.
Rowan is a happy, eager-to-please lady who enjoys people, loves her toys and long walks but needs to be an only dog. She’s learning some new tricks in training and her foster family says she is very smart. She’s house trained and loves neck rubs and cuddling too.
Have you been thinking about fostering? Pet Haven is looking for a ‘no-other-dog’ foster home for Rowan – or her new forever home!
We take dogs and cats without knowing much about their personalities. It is after they are in a foster home that we begin to see their unique personalities and what makes each a wonderful companion.
They come from impound, from small shelters in under-served areas where their chances of adoption are very slim, from the streets in our cities, strays in the countryside and from owners who have had to relinquish their best friend when health or death requires it.
Pet Haven gets to know them and we seek the best home possible for them – that might be you or someone you know! Share this blog and help us find homes for some of our fosters who do not show the best side of their personalities when they are required to attend adoption events!
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IHOP had a response from a surgeon who saw his radiographs on VIN (Veterinary Information Network). This vet feels he can see a small fracture in his femur that is not ‘displaced’ and that, given time, it will heal and no one will ever know he had a broken bone. If the growth plate is damaged his leg will become shorter as he grows, causing potential back pain and arthritis.
IHOP continues to be busy in his foster home. Sometimes he seems to limp more, probably because he has run or jumped too hard, but most of the time he goes about doing his normal kitten play. If you’ve ever had a broken bone you know that healing takes time and that it can still ache afterwards if you do more than you usually do.
IHOP is fortunate – he’s being given time and he’s young and the young heal more quickly. We are cautiously optimistic that he will be able to keep his leg.
These two boys are brothers. Arby is the black, short hair. IHOP is the brown tabby, short hair. Both came to another shelter prior to coming to Pet Haven, IHOP had an injury to his left rear leg when he came to rescue.
IHOP was examined, radiographs (x rays) were taken but little was noted as to a cause. Cage rest was suggested.
On March 4, IHOP went to a Pet Haven partner clinic and was sedated for further x rays. He has no growth plates in the knee – top bone and bottom bone. His leg is already shorter than the other, at 5-6 months. It will not grow as his other back leg will. His radiographs will go online to a veterinary board where specialists and ‘family’ practice vets can chime in with their recommendations. It is hard to imagine what might have happened; perhaps he fell and landed primarily on that leg, damaging the growth plates.
We had been encouraged because he has, in the last week or two, started to be able to put the pad of that left back foot flatter to the floor. However, the x rays are not encouraging us to believe he will be able to keep the leg. He already has significant arthritis in the joint and it is painful.
IHOP has been scheduled for surgery the end of this next week. We will proceed with it or cancel it if that is the recommendation of the doctors who will evaluate his x rays. The positive news for IHOP is that he is with a group who is able to offer extraordinary care to cats and dogs who have health or physical conditions that the vets we work with believe will lead to a better quality of life. The reason Pet Haven can do this is because of donors like you.
IHOP and Arby, who was just neutered, are lucky boys who are enjoying playing and love in their foster home. IHOP says, “Thank you!”
Jump on the love train and help us promote some of our animals who have been with us too long!
From February 1st-15th, each of these animals’s adoption rates are reduced to $14.00.
Or, maybe it is more honest to say her foster and Pet Haven made it for her. If she could open the food cupboard, she would be happy to have an extra serving or snack or two.
Pixel came to Pet Haven in Nov. 2015 when her owner, a friend of several Pet Haven volunteers, died of breast cancer. The other cats in her home had found homes and Pixel needed somewhere to go. When there are health problems in a family it can be easier to just keep the food bowl full and Pixel was willing to take advantage of multiple snacks and meals – it was like Thanksgiving every day!
Pixel was found by her former owner as bottle baby on a rural gravel road so we know she is 8 yrs. old. She is a ‘firm and fully packed’ short-haired gray tabby with a very cute shorter tail. At some point when she was very young she had a viral cold and her tear ducts are blocked so her tears run down either side of her nose. She is most patient and cooperative, despite the fact that she believes she is being starved, and the fur under each eye is dried with a tissue 2x a day and followed by a damp washcloth one of those times!
When she visited the vet on her intake exam she weighed 12.8#. An ideal weight for her is probably closer to 7 or 8 pounds. That’s a lot of extra pounds to carry around – it makes it harder to jump up on things and when she jumps down it hurts her legs. At first, even with a ‘step’ she didn’t jump up onto the low level of the cat tree.
Pixel needed to have most of her teeth removed – she had severe infection in the roots of her teeth. That is over with and she has healed well.
She gets canned food with water added 2 x every day but really enjoys dry kibble so that comes with every meal too – a heaping coffee scoop serving twice a day!
Pixel now weighs 10.81 # – if you look closely you can see she has a hint of a ‘waist’. She jumps up on the cat tree when she wishes to now, not just when she is encouraged to.
Pixel has a friend, Vinnie. He came from the same house and is an ‘old man’ who was feral and is very shy. He is hyper thyroid and takes medication twice a day for that. He has found a home with the foster and will not be up for adoption. Vinnie was an unwanted cat also – he had suffered from frostbite and ear mites for years before he was rescued and has hairless nubs left in place of ears. The good news is that he is warm and snug and being cared for AND still has a friend from his former home. Both Vinnie and Pixel like other cats and he will find a new friend when Pixel finds her forever home.
Don’t ever think that your cat can’t lose weight. Your vet will help you with a meal plan (Pixel eats separately from Vinnie and other cats in her foster home) and amounts to feed. You can bring your cat back into the vet every month to have its weight put on the record so you will be able to note progress. Pixel will have a whole new life when she is trimmer and enjoy playing with more toys instead of being out of breath and tired. She loves to watch the birds, on tv or out the window, and will be doing more of that soon too!
She hopes to be coming to adoptions in April!
Pretty Daphne is back – shortly after Xmas – and is settling in at her foster home again. She’s been treated for fleas and is being dewormed as a precaution and is getting to know her former housecat, Yonchie. She’s thinner but in good shape, ready for some lap time and brushing.
Many people helped to find her: making fliers, posting fliers (several times as we heard how she was moving), talking to people in neighborhoods, asking if a live trap could be set up in someone’s yard. Her adopter posted her on AHS’s lost pet site and was in touch with animal control locally. Fliers went up Thanksgiving weekend and continued several times. She was posted on a neighborhood website.
Some of those who had hands or feet-on-the-ground were: Sandra, Mary Ann, Kim, Anne, Becky, Serene and Terri. And all of the neighbors who saw a notice of her being lost and kept an eye out for her and called when they thought she was coming to their yard.
She was first seen and an attempt was made to live trap her the end of Nov., Peter and his wife monitored the trap but she did not go in and kept moving.
Weeks went by and John called reporting a sighting and Kristen and Michael monitored a trap as well as Scott and Cynthia who had the successful live trap! On 12/28 at 7 a.m. we received the call there was a cat in the trap and Terri retrieved her to hold her for the day while her foster was at work.
Then came taking down fliers and notifying businesses who had agreed to post notice of her.
She was scanned at a vet clinic to confirm this was Pet Haven’s Daphne and she has the same microchip we had recorded.
It really is impossible to thank everyone who helped but Daphne now has new friends and Pet Haven friends and volunteers met many very kind-hearted people who have been overjoyed to learn that we did find her!
If you lose your cat or dog, most will stay close to home. Search under decks, shrubs, in sheds and garages. Put out water and food. Provide a carrier as shelter with a warm blanket inside and consider a live trap if the pet is too shy to come to you when outside. Flier for at least 12 blocks around the area. Continue to support the pet for months – most stay close to home and linger for months as they try to survive and be found.
Daphne says THANK YOU!
Daphne found a new home last month. In early Nov. she slipped out the door and hasn’t returned. We’ve had hard rains and now it has turned cold!
Please help us find this beautiful girl who raised 6 kittens with the help of her foster mom and who is loved by many.
Daphne is a friendly girl but may be spooked by people she doesn’t know when she is outside in an area she is unfamiliar with. Please report any sightings to us on Facebook or to a volunteer’s home phone number: 763-559-3976
Below you will find the contents to a flier we have made to help find her. It will be posted on our Facebook page also. If you can print it out and post it in the area AND share with any friends and family, we’d really appreciate your help!
Daphne was recently adopted from Pet Haven and slipped out the door.
Will you help us find her?
Bloomington in the vicinity of 98th and Normandale Blvd
Please contact Pet Haven at 763-559-3976 so we can reunite her with her owner.
Daphne is friendly but may be timid with people she doesn’t know and being outside in the hard rain and cold.
Places to look: under bushes & shrubs, in window wells, unused dog houses, under decks and sheds. If you have had a shed open in the last 15 days, check to see if she darted inside and might be trapped there now. If you have snow on the ground, check for small paw prints around your yard.
The flier, below, will download for you if you click on it. THAN YOU for your help!
Do you know what SNI stands for? Spay Neuter Initiative!
Every year Pet Haven carves money out of their budget, from donations and fund raisers, to award as grant money to other groups to help them manage the overpopulation problem in their community.
It is an ordinary name for a most important effort to ease the suffering of cats and dogs by getting them spayed and neutered. Too many dogs and cats breed endlessly. This is incredibly hard on the females and their physical condition deteriorates as they have litter after litter and the babies are born to mothers searching for food to keep themselves alive AND provide milk for the kittens and puppies. In the end, all of them suffer – most never knowing love from humans nor feeling full after a good meal. Intact males fight and roam and also struggle to survive and be the top male so they can breed that female in heat. Fights can cause an abscess, infections and even the loss of an eye. Untreated these wounds can cause death and do cause untold pain and suffering.
These are the goals of the groups who applied for and were granted funds from Pet Haven this year:
People for Pets plans to use funds to alter the increasing number of cats and dogs who come to them not spayed or neutered so they can place all animals into new homes already spayed.
Precious Paws, located in Chisholm, will use their funds to ensure all sheltered animals are spayed or neutered before going into new homes. They have raised additional funds to cover vaccinations. Their surgery days are booked out a couple of months in advance. Northland Spay and Neuter out of Duluth manages their transport days. Local vets provide services when timing is critical. Publicity includes local veterinarians speaking on the importance of spay/neuter surgery; advertising on the radio, their website and Facebook page; articles submitted to local newspapers, educating our young volunteers and word of mouth which continues to be the post successful part of the mission.
Headwater Animal Shelter is the only animal shelter in Hubbard County. Due to lack of animal shelter facilities there in rural Northwest Minnesota, they also serve portions of the four surrounding counties. Aggressive spay/neuter programs are the only effective long term solution to the pet over-population in the community. Funds granted will be used for their Cat colony (feral, farm, other) Sterilization Program. This group has been particularly successful in using SNI funds and other grants and fund raisers to increase the numbers of cats they can alter.
Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue The Red Lake Chippewa Reservation and surrounding area is an economically depressed area where residents will not allocate appropriate funds to neuter or spay their companion animals. Without the help of Red Lake Rosie’s rescue and their supporters the overpopulation of companion animals would worsen. After operating 10 years, they have made great progress and must sustain that progress to keep population under control. “This is the first year we asked the Red Lake residents for a suggested donation of $10 for services received. Nearly 80% of the residents were able to donate, many offering more if they were able.”
Leech Lake Legacy will use Pet Haven SNI grant money to help them fund spay/neuter services for 350-400 companion animals a year. In addition they transport surrendered animals to other areas of the state for adoption.
Martin County Humane Society’s target population is to spay and neuter all cats in the shelter before adoption as well as cats of low income owners and outside cat colonies as far as funds reach.
Morrison County Humane Society will use their funds to insure all cats and dogs are altered before adoption.
Pet Fixers works hard in a large area of low income clients in NW MN. They alter many cats and dogs through several spay/neuter options, spread the word about their clinics by word of mouth and local media and are improving the lives of many owners and their companion animals through their efforts.
Watonwan County Humane Society offers reduced rates through this grant and fund-raise to be able to continue these rates. The program is aimed at cats and dogs, with a particular emphasis on pit bulls.
In 2014 $17,000 was granted to 10 groups who, together, spayed and neutered 428 companion animals.
We look forward to hearing the report of the grants offered this year!
Pet Haven also funds a spay/neuter program for the companion animals of low income clients who qualify. They apply from across Minnesota.
Because you care and donate, Pet Haven continues to fund raise and make spay and neuter a priority to help all the under-served cats and dogs to be healthier and lead easier lives which enables their owners to take better care of them.
These funds are entirely separate from the spay/neuter, ordinary and extra-ordinary vet care that Pet Haven allocates to the dogs and cats we place for adoption.
Daphne and her litter of 6 kittens and Rudy thank you for your volunteer efforts and financial donations which helped them grow, thrive, heal and find homes!