Cinder came to Pet Haven from Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue. She’s about 8 months old and has a badly damaged foot because she doesn’t walk on the pad but the top of the foot drags on the ground – ouch!
No broken bones were seen on x ray, she may have nerve damage. This week she’ll go for another consult to determine if her leg can be saved or if it will need to be amputated. In all other ways she is a normal, friendly, playful young lady!
She’s just beginning her road to adoption.
Here is a litter of 5 kittens. They were found outside, mom was no longer around and they came to rescue on the White Earth Reservation. By the time they came to Pet Haven they were at least 6 weeks old and had had minimal contact with people. In addition to trying to disappear into the floor when their foster approached, they were badly underweight and needed a series of de-wormings to take care of all the parasites living inside of them. After several weeks and some force feeding of canned food they began to gain weight – up to 1 pound. The littlest girl, the ‘runt’, Winky, refused to be fed OR eat canned food. She continues to have strong opinions about canned food – ish, yuk, NO thank you! She has gone from 10 ounces at 6 weeks to 1# 1 ounce!
Winky is a brown tabby.
Now that the kittens have gained weight and are on their 2nd round of dewormings and diarrhea has lessened, they wear a harness and leash and come downstairs to the 4 season porch to gain confidence in a larger space and to hear more noises in the house and see people moving around. Being picked up from the floor is still a frightening experience and it will take lots of practice to help them overcome this fear. Each one is held multiple times a day in the lap. All readily purr now and have their tails up high when their foster goes into their bathroom to feed them, except one!
Winnie is the most reluctant to trust but she has begun purring when held in the last few days! A small thing but a real milestone for her. She is a brown tabby also and has hair that resembles a rabbit’s fur, we say it is ‘ticked’.
Here are pictures of the others:
Waldo is the only boy and will have medium or long hair. He’s a ‘pretty’ boy!
Wicket is a dilute torti, gray with a little peach in her fur.
Wiggles – a good name for her as she is a busy lady! She’s squinting with one eye which might mean it is sore, that will have to be watched. She is a brown tabby with white paws.
Graduating from a harness and leash, visits to the vet for testing and vaccinations and spay and neuter surgery are all in their futures.
Pet Haven fosters are patient, willing to work to help the dog or cat they take in recover and become healthy physically and emotionally, and then to search for the best home that will match their personality. Being patient can be hard and we can use your encouragement and support to help us heal the ones who need extra care!
There are all levels of cruelty – much of it centers around neglect or ignorance rather than outright acts of violence.
Some folks do set fire to, beat, put in cages or crates and drown in a river. We are horrified, do not understand and feel unable to help. If rescued, this animal should be taken to a humane society or other rescue group at once. Sometimes there is no hope, but often you are the beginning of healing.
YOU are able to help in many other ways.
Spay and neuter. If your pets have been altered, help a friend, neighbor or co-worker understand the overpopulation problem for animals and find a low cost place to have that surgery performed. There are groups, like Pet Haven, who fully subsidize spay and neuter for owned animals with income qualifications. Offer to drive the person, fill out the necessary forms, call around for the resources they need. You will be showing compassion for the person who is ‘in over their head’ as well as helping the pet lead a healthier life.
Feed, provide water and shelter and befriend or trap and find a place for that cat to go. Occasionally a dog needs this kind of assistance too but most often it is a cat – or more than one! Do you have a stray in the neighborhood? in the alley? Did it manage, somehow, to survive the winter? Female cats have been coming into heat since early March. They have kittens 9 weeks after being bred. You don’t really want more strays in your neighborhood, do you?
Do these cats belong to you? No. Do they belong to your neighbor? Maybe, maybe not, but at some point someone put outside a cat, or dog, without spaying and neutering.
If the pet is not altered, and some of the offspring do survive, there is the beginning of more kittens or puppies who will bring more babies into the world who will continue to suffer without shelter, food and water and socialization. Kittens and puppies who are not handled, pet, picked up, kissed while infants will be more and more difficult to socialize as they grow.
You can help support colony cats. Call a rescue or limited admission group, contact the Animal Humane Society, go on-line and search for information. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of cats and dogs in these situations.
You found an injured dog or cat. Try to move the animal out of danger. Scoop it into a box, wearing gloves and a sweatshirt, so you are not injured if it tries to bite in pain. Have a landing net for fishing? Scoop it up into one of those. Put it in a secure place and immediately call or stop at a shelter organization; the Animal Humane Society and city pounds, animal control, have the ability to get the animal seen asap and provide pain medication as it is evaluated and rescue is searched for. Limited admission groups, like Pet Haven, also take on the challenge of bringing cats and dogs in these dire points of their life.
In 2014 Graham came to an impound. He had a broken femur (back leg) and Pet Haven took him. How did it happen? We don’t know. He received pain medication and a vet visit and was prescribed strict cage rest. This little tyke did not like people, had they been mean to him? Or was he unsocialized? He was held and pet, graduated to a harness and leash to play on the couch with his foster and when his leg had healed enough, to playing on the floor with other buddies.
About a year later, Graham found his home – he’s a very handsome fellow, loves laps and playing with another cat or kitten.
Redby was accidentally hit by a car when it backed up and no one was aware he was behind the car. Both back legs were broken. His owner realized she couldn’t provide the care he would need and he was surrendered. He had to have surgery and lots of quiet time as he began to recover and graduated to brief play sessions, full activity and soon, on to adoption.
You can help with pets who are left out in the yard, chained or in a fenced in area. Does the animal have fresh water? Food? Shelter? Can you advocate for that pet with your neighbor with an offer of help to scoop-the-poop, bring over a fresh bowl or pail for water, help by purchasing food? You can intervene in other ways by talking to your local humane society or impound officer.
You can make a difference! Will you volunteer with a limited admission group like Pet Haven or a humane society? Will you ask for donations to a group to support spay and neuter for your birthday? Will you hold a supply drive or garage sale? We all need your help – the felines and canines AND the people who work everyday as volunteers or in full time jobs to bring the best outcomes possible for each animal that comes to them. Be the person who touches the life of a pet intimately.
It’s been a year since Comma came to Pet Haven. She had two baby boys last Easter and here it is, Easter time again!
The boys were adopted – together! They were black and white like she is.
Comma was surrendered at Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue so she had known people before but she is a cautious girl who hopes to find a quieter home with a woman to love her.
She has frostbite damage to her ear tips – they are white and the skin is thicker. She had been an outside cat much of the time and had hunted for food, water and shelter – sometimes more successfully than others, undoubtedly.
Comma has another cat and a dog in her foster home. They all get along fine and she loves to tease the pooch by sleeping in her bed! She remains shy of the man in the foster home but loves the woman. It took her awhile but she loves to snuggle, LOVES to eat (her weight is being watched for her!) and enjoys the safety and security of being an inside girl. She would probably have a hard time adjusting to an apartment where there were noises in the halls, upstairs and downstairs.
We’re hoping this loving girl will soon get the chance to have a safe and secure home! Tell others about Comma, please!
Spring brings felines having litters. Once the days start to lengthen, more daylight, the females go into heat. Gestation is 9 weeks.
Do you have a stray in your neighborhood? in your alley? under a deck near-by? What about under a shed? under the cover of a boat that has been idle all winter? It’s possible that kittens like these will be born in one of those places.
Where was mom? Was she killed crossing a road in search of food? We never knew.
Anja had her kittens by a garage, right on an alley. The person who called put a fence that was 12 inches high around her and said she was well protected! A foster went within the hour to pick them up.
More often than not these mothers were put outside to fend for themselves last fall or sometime during the winter. It is hard to find shelter, food and water when it is freezing. Mom is at risk herself – dangers from dogs, people, antifreeze, no secure and warm shelter, a lack of food. She has parasites from eating mice and birds. When we are lucky enough to find her, she will probably be very thin with ribs protruding and a backbone too easily felt – we try to feed her with high quality and high calorie food but it is next to impossible to make up for the deficit she is under. Sometimes we bottle feed the babies to supplement her small quantity of milk, we finger feed the babies canned food multiple times, trying to get much needed calories into them. At times we pull the kittens from mom sooner than we would like because she becomes dehydrated and loses strength as her body tries to produce the milk their growing bodies demand.
You can be the rescue hero who helps stop this.
If you have a stray in the alley, in the neighborhood, at work or in your garage efforts need to be made to capture it. Humane societies, impounds and limited admission groups will take these unfortunates. Help us get them off the streets. Only with your help will we be able to spay and neuter to control the number of cats and dogs being born who are not cared for. Have a stray? Call and make plans to help that cat! Don’t wait until there are babies needing help too!
Pet Haven dedicates money from our budget every year to subsidize spay and neuter to low income owners, we give grants to other organizations to help them bring overpopulation under control in their communities. You can help by donating.
You can help by getting that stray cat – friendly or feral – picked up and surrendered where it can get care.
We named this group after the character PigPen in the Snoopy-Charlie Brown comic strip. They were pretty funny and needed baths after each meal of canned food we fed (4 times a day). They had been without mom for an untold length of time and they were voracious! It was funny – but also very sad. They grew up, learned they would have full tummies and were all happily adopted.
Help us break the cycle – we can all do it together!
Perhaps you saw on our Facebook page a little note about Miss Tibbles coming to Pet Haven.
She’s working on healing – it is a big job when you’ve been an outside girl for most of the 9 months of your life and have received food on an irregular basis.
We’re learning things about her everyday. She loves dogs with no reservations or caution! 3 grand-dogs come to visit her foster home periodically – two medium sized adults, one of them having very long legs and a large voice he enjoys using, AND a 4 month old puppy. Tibs is right at their legs or face as soon as they are in the door. It’s good they are respectful and enjoy cats.
Next to a dog she probably loves a lap best. She is still working on balancing the ‘e collar’ she has to wear and getting around with one back leg so playing isn’t a skill that has been mastered yet.
This afternoon she was on the couch with her foster with her cone off – enjoying a busy bath time all over. She is feeling twinges yet after her partial tail amputation and she bites it if she can reach it so she has to be closely supervised. She’s on some medication to help with those phantom pains and the e collar takes care of the rest of the job of protecting the tail.
Her lower side and tummy were shaved when she had her badly injured leg amputated and she was spayed at that time. It wasn’t noticed that her tail was frozen and ‘dead’ about 1/3 of the way up from the tip and that was amputated a little while ago, after she came to Pet Haven.
Here’s a friend of hers in the same foster home: Emmy
Emmy had a badly infected eye removed and will be spayed tomorrow. She’s a ‘zippy’ girl who doesn’t like dogs as well as Tibbles but she certainly loves another cat and a lap. She’s a very playful young lady.
Sunny’s been neutered now! He progressing in his path to adoption too.
This puppy is full of energy, loves to play and is learning all about living with a loving family and receiving lots of attention! Love to walk or run? He’ll need that kind of exercise every day!
And, h-e-r-e’s Henry!
This boy was found outside, thin and dirty, trying to survive on his own and taken to impound. The vet has guestimated he is 13 yrs. old. In rescue he had to have one eye removed due to an infection that had gone on too long, causing him pain for an unknown period of time. He’s found a spot in a Pet Haven foster home and loves to be brushed and combed which is a good thing! He’s happy to have a shoulder or head to sleep near or curved around all night and is co existing with the other cats in his foster home.
Two different pictures of rescue – one from a home where breeding is uncontrolled – one where an owner made a poor choice when they no longer wanted Henry nor were able to care for him.
2nd chances all around.
Chip and Cisco are boys we think are brothers. They came into another shelter together and have been fostered in the same Pet Haven foster home for a number of months now. When they came to us they were underweight and had rough coats. Time passed with more dewormings, and all the other vet care, and trials with several different foods and now they are a couple of really handsome young guys – right around a year old!
Recently their foster became concerned when normally smelly kitty breath became down-right stinky! A quick exam by a vet indicated that it was time for a dental that would involve extractions even though they are young. Soon that procedure will be behind them and their mouths will heal and they will be ready for a new home! Cats who have multiple extractions do very well and eat both dry kibble and canned, just like any other cat who has all their teeth!
Lest you think the boys are mopey, hear on some pictures to show you they have lots of crazieness and good times too!
Bonnie is a petite miss who came from a breeder. She has been undersocialized and had many dental issues too. She’s beginning to feel better about her life but finds lots of things still very frightening.
Here she is with Colette. Below she is seen with Bea! She also has a small dog in her home who helps her learn her way around the home and yard.
Bonnie’s making strides and is attending a shy dog class to help her learn to meet new people and get more comfortable in different situations. She is still too frightened to have her foster dad put on her winter coat but has begun to scooch closer to him on the couch and has even gotten onto his lap for a little gentle patting! Bonnie is hoping that s-o-o-n it will be warmer as she finds that potty breaks in this frigid weather not to her liking!
Don’t you love her ears? One is always up and the other is always down.
If you are able to make a donation to help us with the expenses of cats with extraordinary needs as well as those who need classes with a trainer to help them become better canine citizens and more comfortable in their lives, we’d really appreciate it! Becoming a monthly donor, even at a small amount, means we have funds coming in on a regular basis. You, too, can be a rescue hero!
Because of donors like you, Pet Haven is able to take in cats and dogs who need to have extensive vet work done.
Sunny is a case in point. This fellow has a ‘sunny’ disposition and has been in foster care since the end of December 2014 and has recently begun his journey towards a healthy life. He’s begun treatment to rid himself of heartworm. So far he has received repeat doses to kill the microfilaria that are present in his blood stream. Having received the final dose in this treatment, he will soon be neutered.
A few weeks after that he will begun the most difficult part of the treatment – to kill the worms that live in his heart and pulmonary arteries. These are periodic, painful injections to kill the parasites. Pain medication is given with these injections. After injections it is critically important that he remain calm and quiet. Trips out to potty are done on a leash and he will not be allowed to bounce around playfully inside or out and he has to be at strict cage rest when in the house also. The danger is that the dying worms will create clots that prevent normal blood flow. The good news to this harsh treatment is that: snuggles, brushing, combing and lap time on the floor are allowed!
When Sunny finishes his heartworm treatment he will have a front leg amputated. He’s been shot in the right front leg. Here is the report from his veterinarian about his leg:
The X-rays show that he was hit in the right front elbow by a bullet that broke both the fibia and tibia bones, and fragmented leaving shrapnel throughout the bone and muscle tissue. It is an old injury.
There will be updates on Sunny here on the blog and on Facebook as he continues his recovery. Sunny has a fan club – more members are always welcome!
If you are able to help financially with Sunny’s care and other special needs dogs and cats, you can make a donation here. If you are able to make a recurring donation, that helps us manage our costs more easily! Network for Good manages our online donations and you can pay with a credit card or through paypal. There is information about making one time or recurring donations and you can donate by check and in other ways too!
Sunny, Chip and Cisco thank you! We’ll learn more about Chip and Cisco soon.
What does that mean to you? Merriam Webster dictionary provides this:
What does it mean for Pet Haven and our companion animals?
To rest, recover, become stronger and learn to play? That’s what it means for many of the cats and dogs who come to Pet Haven.
Sometimes rehabilitation is simply time, good nutrition, rest, a loving home (foster), TLC, the usual medical tests, vaccinations, spay or neuter, microchipping.
At other times the process takes many months, depending on the condition of the pooch or cat when it comes to us.
Flash is a case in point!
Surrendered at a wellness clinic to Leech Lake Legacy, he was first a project right away, that day! There was no waiting to see a vet, he was off to a clinic. A matted, bloody, filthy wound extended 4 inches on the underside of his tail, down around his anus and a little ways further. He was shaved, cleaned, medicated, given antibiotics and wore a cone to prevent him from trying to clean this open, hamburger like area.
He went into a loving, caring foster home who introduced him to some of his first experiences inside a home. He received medical care for his wound as it began to heal. So did Flash. He became more used to the noises in a home, he began to feel better, he learned to play and be loved! We’re not sure who became more tired in those play sessions – Tom or Flash. Nancy wins the prize for loving. There isn’t a dog or cat who has met her who hasn’t learned about all the love she has for each one.
By mid January there was a space in a foster home for him with Pet Haven. Before he left the ‘north’, he was tested, neutered and dewormed. His vaccinations were completed with Pet Haven and he went through more deworming. The wound on the underside of his tail was beginning to grow hair except for one dime sized area that still had roughened and thickened skin. Soon another foster home opened up and Flash is enjoying the delights of being a part of another family and we are learning more about him!
He has a dog to snuggle with and groom. He has a mom and dad who will hold him and give him play sessions or lap time and receive his kisses when he wishes. AND he has a 13 month old little guy to rub against and listen to him chortle and laugh at all of Flash’s antics.
His initial injury could have caused him to lose his tail or die of infection but it was minor in what we see in some of our dogs or cats – time, love, good food, great care – did we mention love? Flash has a lot he wants to share and we want him to receive even more back.
If you would like to support Pet Haven as it cares for the many needs we see you can make a donation here. Thank you, we couldn’t do it without your help!
Who will be next to appear in rehab?
The Cat Division and the Dog Division frequently take in kittens and puppies.
How do those babies come to us?
Sometimes they come with mom and have been nursing successfully and are ready to be weaned. Then we begin the process of introducing nourishing canned and dry food to encourage them to grow independently of mom.
At other times mom was so depleted when she was bred, just struggling to feed herself, that even though she is willing to be a good mom she simply does not have enough milk to offer so these babies can grow. We sometimes say, “This mom was giving skim milk.”
Maybe the litter was exceptionally large.
Other times we have no idea where mom is. How long have the kittens or puppies been away from a steady source of food? When we pick one up to cuddle, its body might be limp, there can be muscle wasting, ribs and the spine are prominent. Mak and his siblings were in such tough shape.
Just as people who become ill can have a difficult recovering – they are weak, they catch a cold, food doesn’t taste good, they don’t want to eat much at any one time and we see this in the infants we take in also. And some of our older kittens and pups and adult cats and dogs are in the same situation – recovery is difficult. It is slow, special care and additional trips to the vet are often required.
River isn’t just looking cute and fetching on the left – he simply didn’t have enough energy to bounce around. Sub q fluids and encouragement and monitoring of the amount he was eating were important in his recovery.
Ruger, on the right, has several siblings who all came in very thin. It isn’t unusual for colds and diarrhea as well as lack of appetite and the need for deworming to hit puppies too.
Hokey Pokey, on the left, is one of a litter of 8 – bottle fed, no one knows what happened to mom. He and Polka, on the right, were lethargic when they arrived. At 5-6 weeks they weighed only a little over a pound and had little energy and were finger fed several times a day for over 2 weeks before their foster felt they were eating enough on their own to keep growing well, if slowly. Sub q fluids are given as needed and after that canned is served with water added and syringes of water may be given throughout the day too.
By the time these kittens and puppies have recovered enough to begin growing smooth, shiny coats and be spayed and neutered, they are almost ready for adoption. Their eyes are bright and they are full of energy and mischief! Had they been healthy when Pet Haven took them, they might have gone to their new home by 9-10 weeks but may wait until 14-16 weeks as they completely recover.
The good news is that they do recover! They go on to lead normal, healthy lives even though the first weeks or months were a struggle.