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.
We appreciate any donation of any size that you gave on Give to the Max day and at any other time of the year also!
We can’t do it with out you and we have lots of stories to tell. Today I heard back about a kitten who was adopted a few weeks ago. His name is now Rio and he’s fitting in fine.
The 9 yr. old cat and he are running and chasing at night and he is teasing the dog. They had received the vet records we have on him and commented on the care he had been given. Too often the kittens and adult cats we take have had little or no care prior to our getting them. Their first stop is the vet clinic so they can be assessed and we will know best what kind of care they need. This fellow was not eating well, was lethargic and was dehydrated.
This picture of him was taken shortly after he was brought into another rescue group and just prior to him coming to Pet Haven.
The foster home worked with him, offering canned kitten and a smorgasbord of dry kitten food to see what was most appealing. He was finger fed canned for a week or more in addition to what he ate himself. Sub q fluids happened daily and within a couple weeks he was eating well and had enough energy to play. De wormings and treatment for ear mites (which he had plenty of) were part of his general care. When he had recovered he went for neuter surgery and was microchipped.
Sadly his condition was not that unusual so your foster home works hard to support these kids – adults and kittens.
Similar stories happen with the dogs and puppies we take in. Dogs who run loose and have no care, not even fresh water or kibble and the females have their litters under porches, in culverts and on the bare ground. Puppies who drain their underfed mothers who are not receiving food themselves.
Recently a condominium had a supply drive where food, and toys were generously provided! Another young man in a high school tied fleece blankets for dogs and cats. We rely on these creative endeavors to help us add the luxuries of treats, bedding and toys for our felines and canines!
We have many happy stories to tell and it is because of your generosity! Thank you!
Graham was a 5 week old kitten when we were alerted to his need for rescue. Initial assessment of his condition seemed to indicate a broken femur. He was very hissy with people, which could indicate either that he was in pain or that he hadn’t had positive interactions with people before. He was started on pain meds as soon as Pet Haven had custody of him & an x ray confirmed his broken femur. The location of the break required strict cage rest for 3 weeks, being taken out only for some attention & care several times a day. Then he graduated to coming out to sit on his foster’s lap with a harness & leash to control how far he could venture. Within a short time he was walking, climbing & hopping on the couch, then, finally, to play on the floor. He will probably always have a limp, but his leg is strong & he has turned into a busy, playful kitten who purrs readily & seeks out laps for naptime. Your donation keeps us ready to help injured or critically ill animals in need of rescue.
SPAY NEUTER GRANT WORK—–
We all love kittens & puppies, but the sad fact is that there are just too many of them born each year to all find homes. Too many of those adorable babies grow up in a shelter or face the perils of a life on the streets. Expanding spay/neuter efforts across the state is the only way to stem the tide of homeless litters. We hope for a day when each puppy or kitten born will have a safe & loving home.
Our Spay/Neuter Grant Initiative makes grants available to smaller non-profits to increase spay/neuter in their geographic area. These grant projects also include bringing low cost spay/neuter to lower income areas or those on fixed incomes.
This year, 10 groups were awarded spay/neuter grants by Pet Haven, which means hundreds of animals were altered and are no longer adding to the over-population problem. Since we started our grant program, we have altered over 3000 animals. Your donation to the spay/neuter project helps us continue this vital work.
Azzie started out life in a high-kill shelter where she would shortly be euthanaized but we were able to step in to save her.
Azzie spent some time at a vet clinic near the shelter, as she had pneumonia and it wasn’t safe for her to be around the other dogs in her foster home. Unfortunately, Azzie was accidentally overdosed during her time at the vet, causing her to go into kidney failure shortly after Pet Haven took her. Azzie spent 2 days at the eVet and received fluids on a daily basis for the next 3 weeks, but this little trooper never gave up and never lost her amazingly cheerful demeanor. Today Azzie is happy and healthy, but there is an aftermath to her ordeal. Not only was there a very big vet bill, but she will also have a shortened life expectancy and be on a special prescription food.
Rolly has a condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. He will always have some difficulties with movement and control of his body but his condition will never worsen. Rolly ‘quivers’ when he is intent on something, or when he’s moving with purpose. He appears ‘stiff’ & his gait is exaggerated, with his back legs splayed a bit. Each foot must be placed deliberately/jerkily & he falls over frequently. He needs help in & out of the litterbox on a schedule to prevent accidents. He likes some cuddle time on the couch with his foster mom and dad and he enjoys playing with a cat dancer even though his style of play means charging awkwardly, falling over, getting up & trying again. Rolly will need a very special adoptive home, or he will continue to live with his foster. Our foster care system gives cats like Rolly the best quality of life possible and accommodates their limitations. It also enables us to coach an adoptive home about how best to care for the cat, and how best to transition their new pet to another home. Your donations help us with special needs rescue animals like Rolly.
Rex– In 2011 we received an urgent call. After an unexpected death left 3 local dogs homeless, we stepped in to take these dogs into foster care. All 3 were traumatized by what they experienced – but especially Rex. He was an 8 year old Great Pyrenees / Labrador Retriever mix who didn’t appear to have gotten much socialization when he was younger. His toenails were extremely overgrown & he initially had fear aggression, lunging his 95lbs toward his foster mom when she would walk by him. With the assistance of The Canine Coach! trainer, Rex soon came to trust his foster mom more than anyone.
As Rex’s time in foster care continued on, additional issues came up. He had a common ailment called hip dysplasia & arthritis in his left foot. He needed several teeth removed & he had allergies that proved difficult to resolve. In short, this big beautiful boy was a “hot mess”. It took many resources to get Rex to a healthy state; volunteers, veterinarians, and an aggression specialist. But in the end, Rex got to experience a life where he was loved, safe & people truly cared. Through it all, Rex’s foster mom ended up adopting him & they enjoyed 15 wonderful months until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August 2013. A tribute to his life can be seen hereI In honor of Rex & the many fearful & misunderstood local dogs just like him, please consider making a financial contribution to Pet Haven today, so we can continue to work with the more difficult dogs that come our way.
Olive Oyl- Not all special needs animals have suffered abuse or neglect, some are due to birth defects. Little Olive Oyl was born with one eye that had not developed normally, her eyeball simply isn’t there and the eye lid is mostly closed. Our vet determined that she didn’t need to go through surgery to remove the eye as there was no infection or discomfort. With her good eye, she navigates her foster home just fine! She can jump up on things and down off of furniture without hesitation. Olive Oyl doesn’t know that she’s any different from her two brothers who also came to Pet Haven but without any physical deformities. Olive Oyl is one of the “lucky ones” who doesn’t require extraordinary medical care as a result of her birth defects, but plenty of others do. For her, and all the others, please consider including us in your contributions on Give To The Max day! Olive is black and white and is seen sleeping with her best bud, her brother, Minky.
Tosh is a big, handsome boy with one big blue eye. His other eye needed to be surgically removed when he came to Pet Haven due to an old injury that had not been treated & was causing him pain. This poor boy had suffered for over a year. After surgery, he recovered nicely in his foster home & embraced his pain-free 2nd chance at life. The many donors of last year’s Give To The Max day made his second chance possible; will you please be one of the many wonderful people who helps save another life this year?
On 4/22/12 a little Pekingese puppy was born into a MN puppy mill, where his parents were housed outdoors in cages with nearly 150 other dogs for the purpose of continuous breeding, so offspring could be sold for profit to pet stores or online. Poor breeding practices like inbreeding and substandard medical attention/nutrition are often found in puppy mills and could be the reason that this little puppy was born with a host of issues. Unable to sell the puppy to a pet store or consumer, this licensed
breeder turned the puppy over to a local shelter, where he was given the name Bear.
Without the resources to fix this little guy, the shelter partnered with Pet Haven, to get Bear into a foster home that had years of experience caring for dogs with extreme medical issues. Due to the extreme nature of his ailments, Bear was referred by Pet Haven’s veterinarian to the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Clinic to be seen by a Specialist where an MRI confirmed; that Bear suffered from atlantoaxial subluxation.
In short, Bear suffered from a genetic disorder where missing vertebra in his neck was causing balance issues and would result in excessive stumbling, tripping, etc. To see what this looks like, see Bear here.
Due to his age and amazing temperament, Pet Haven proceeded with the life-saving – but costly – surgery to save this guy’s life.
Several months later Bear was adopted and is now living happy and healthy and is even acting as a foster brother to another special needs dog, Bonnie! We would not have been able to right the wrongs that Bear experienced, if it had not been for the many kind donors out there like you. Please consider making a donation of any size, so we can save more dogs and cats who come to us.
Just today, Nov. 13, 2014, Pet Haven took the return of a cat who was adopted in 2008. He’s been a member of a family and his one desire was to sit on the couch next to his owners and be pet. The family felt the need to simplify their life so he is back and will be looking for a new home after the holidays. We’d like him to settle in and feel at home with his foster before he makes what we hope will be the transition to his last forever home. He’s a handsome, long-haired black boy who purred at the vet clinic as he was transferred to one of our carriers. He wasn’t fond of having his teeth checked out but they look great! He had blood drawn – again, not his favorite thing – and had his heart listened to, got his vaccinations and was brushed. By his initial vet records he would be 9 yrs. old but the vet today felt we should bump his age up to 12. He’s been in a home with young children and might do well with another family with children or could be grandma’s cat who would welcome the visit of grandchildren.
Thank you for helping Pet Haven and their volunteers find, rehabilitate, re home and care for the cats and dogs who come into our program. We couldn’t do what we do without your monetary help as well as the volunteers who spend hours loving their charges.