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Nico is a little guy who came to us from another shelter where he was having diarrhea. Some continued deworming, meds to calm his intestines and a diet of a higher protein, commercially prepared food, has helped him turn the corner.
Nico thinks great thoughts in the sunshine but mostly likes to play, gets along with another cat and hopes to find a forever, loving home soon. He’s between 5 and 6 months old and has a lot of loving and lap time from his family on his wish list!
When he came to us he was missing fur all around his neck as well as quite a patch under his chin. It’s growing back nicely and he loves people, despite the treatment he had at an earlier time in his life. It is easy to blame people for mistreatment but until folks learn to love and respect themselves as well as treat their family and friends with respect, we will all, animals and people, continue to suffer.
Reach out, be a mentor, volunteer to help animals as well as the people you meet every day. Find a program and make a commitment of time and money, too, if you are able. The rewards are forever.
Most of the cats and dogs Pet Haven takes in have been strays or neglected. Many have not have had regular, if any, vet care and take time to recuperate in a foster home or have extra vet attention given to them, or just need time to feel warm and safe and become the wonderful companion each has the potential to be.
Some of the newer cats and dogs are shown here:
Mokiki was found at the dump. He was a very thin fellow, about 6 months old, who had been trying to survive on his own for an unknown period of time. We noticed that one ear had a ’tilt’ to it and after his vet visit, plans were made to have part of it removed in a few weeks when he’d had time to recover a little. He’s eating well and gaining weight and has even started to play!
One day he surprised his fosters by showing himself with half his ear ‘dangling’! A little snip with the scissors and now that frostbitten tip is a thing of the past. He’s still a little crunchy around the edges of both ears and may lose a little of the rims on both and he has a peculiar spot on the tip of his tail that may be frostbitten too – we’ll see what happens there by the end of the month when he goes in for his neuter.
Bristol is a longer haired female, declawed, who was abandoned by her previous owner. She was coaxed into a home after being seen huddled under a deck where a drier exhaust came out of the house. Somehow, Bristol’s tail became damaged. In the middle of it there was a several inch wound and she could not lift her tail, it swept along behind her. At her vet visit, the damaged area peeled off in the vet’s hands! There was infection under the scabbed area. Because she could not longer lift her tail, the decision was made to amputate it and she now has a little stub and will have the stitches out soon. She doesn’t bother her tail much and is let out of her ‘cone of shame’ several times a day for extra attention and scratches.
She’ll be up on the adoptable list before long! She’s very people friendly and enjoys being combed with a ‘rake’ – a short tined utensil that looks like a short handled garden rake.
Trinity came to Pet Haven from another rescue group. She was seen being hit by a car by some bystanders, rushed to a vet clinic and, unfortunately, had to have that leg amputated. Trinity isn’t sure what the problem is, now that she has recuperated from her surgery.
She loves to play, loves people, loves games and appears to get along well with both cats and dogs. Trinity is an enthusiastic young lady and will need time and training to learn to move more slowly and not bowl over toddlers with her energy! She’ll be a great companion for many years to come.
Mia came to rescue as a tiny stray kitten with a really bad cold and, as you can see in the picture, she still has it! A traditional antibiotic helped for awhile but we have ordered in the high power helpers and she is now on an antiviral oral medication and a different antibiotic.. Her infection has slowed down her weight gain and her foster is ‘topping’ her off in order to get her to eat more and gain weight. She is a wild and crazy young lady and loves to interact with another cat, no matter the size, when she isn’t napping. It takes lots of naps to recover from a bad cold - don’t you wish you had a cozy hammock to nap in?
Addy, formerly know as Anna, has also struggled. She was underweight with a very thin coat when she came to rescue and has suffered from earmites for her whole, young life. She’s a very affectionate little lady and will gain strength and weight given time, regular meals and good food and getting rid of those ear mites will definitely help also! She’s going to have a beautiful sleek coat soon and will be ready for adoption when her energy returns. She loves her foster family and to play with another kitten or cat.
Stop by Chuck and Don’s in Highland Park, St Paul to see Buddy. He’s another success story, having come in very thin and has turned into a relaxed, laid-back young guy who has a healthy body weight, enjoys cheek scritches and neck rubs and LOVES the life of an inside cat.
Soon another Pet Haven cat will appear there: Maude. She, too, came into rescue with multiple problems and is now a healthy, active, vocal, friendly young lady!
Both the cat and dog division have been fortunate to have found homes for some of their charges which opens up a foster home to take another one or two.
These 4 kittens came in the latter part of last week.
and Tait, we think they are brothers.
Pepin came in separately, having been found by the DNR
And Mokiki was found at the dump. All 4 are between 4 and 5 months.
AND – drum roll – if you like itty bitty puppies. These chi’s came in too!
Bristol is a ‘stray’. She was left behind when her family moved from the neighborhood. She’s been trying to stay warm and has huddled near a clothes drier vent under a deck. She was seen and coaxed into a home with pieces of food where she spent several days in the basement being fed small meals every 4 hours until her tummy got used to food again and she didn’t think she had to gobble everything in site. Her finders tried to find the owners, spoke with neighbors and began calling limited admission groups, like Pet Haven, to try to find a space for her.
Her tail may have become wet from the condensation coming from the drier vent and then froze, she will be into the vet this week for testing, an exam and will probably have to have part of her tail removed since she is unable to raise it.
Dogs – more ‘older’ dogs and puppies are in or coming soon.
For the cat there is always a time of segregation so we get through dewormings, make sure there isn’t a cold coming on, give the cat a chance to get to know the people in the foster home and see what kind of food is preferred. Once that has happened it is time for introductions!
Many of the owned cats and dogs in our foster homes are used to having a new cat appear. Some handle that with just a few hisses as they get to know each other. Sometimes it depends on the demeanor of the cat who comes in. Some are slower moving and respectful and others are more anxious to explore and make friends and act like a bull in a china shop!
Below you will see the reaction of Big Red and Spencer when they had a new foster come out to explore.
The boys decided that maybe they didn’t want to be nose-to-nose with this rambunctious new fellow right away!
Eddie has arrived at Chuck and Don’s, he’s not the boldest boy until he is comfortable with you and his surroundings so we aren’t sure how he will adjust to his stay there.
In the meantime, stop by to see him and spread the word about this fellow.
Eddie loves to play, by himself with a towel or bathmat to kick and wrestle with or with another cat to rough and tumble with or snooze with, and, of course, there are other kinds of cat toys he likes too. He’d love to have you play with fishing pole type toys, a cat dancer, etc. with him also.
He’ll be a little shy in his new home initially too, and will need to be started in a room so he can adjust to a smaller space at first. He’ll get to know you so much faster if he doesn’t have access to the whole house to hide in. Within a few days to a week or two (remember, you’re adopting him for life – so a few weeks aren’t very long in the years you will enjoy him) he’ll be greeting you at the door and ready to come out to explore more new-to-him parts of his home.
The dog division has been adding new dogs over this last week-end. Be sure to watch our facebook page so you can catch up on those new kids too!
Ella was taken with some other animals in a neglect case through the Animal Humane Society. This very friendly lady, about 10 yrs. old, was found to be in the early stages of kidney disease.
Pet Haven has taken some other cats and dogs that could not find homes through them. They were shy, they were suspicious of people, they simply couldn’t adjust to shelter life or, as in the case of Ella, they didn’t feel they would have adopters who would choose her. Pet Haven is able to find fosters for these unique situations when there is room and 2 foster homes, who have a heart for older cats, were willing to consider her.
She’s been to the vet and has had the worst of her matts removed. Those electric clippers certainly made the job easier. When you have long hair and aren’t being well taken care of, it’s hard to keep up and keep yourself tidy. She also had a number of teeth removed. One was a broken canine but several others caused her to ‘chatter’ when probed, even though she was under anaesthesia. Ouch!
Ella now lives with her foster mom who will adopt her, 2 cats older than she is and one shyer fellow, Yonchie, who is 2-3 yrs. old. AND a twerp – a foster kitten who has more energy than Ella thinks he should have and she’s been known to give him a smack if he dances too close to her. Most of the time Francis plays and bounces around with his buddy, Yonchie.
Ella has had her mom running to the pet food store in search of canned food she likes. It’s been a struggle but, as all owners of cats know, they love to be waited on! And, finally, several varieties and flavors have been approved and she’s even gained a little weight. She was just over 6# when she came to Pet Haven and didn’t have much appetite – perhaps because of the condition of her teeth.
Pet Haven, the Animal Humane Society, A Rotta Love Plus and so many other groups are offering 2nd chances and more so that homeless animals can find a loving family to live out their lives. None of us could do it without your help – you provide the homes, support, donations and volunteer hours. Working together we are making progress.
Stop by Chuck and Don’s in Highland, St Paul. If you haven’t met Bob, the resident cat, you should! This highly outgoing, busy fellow has been selling himself most of this week and will be there through the weekend and into next week a few days. Bob is very curious, busy, highly interactive and prefers to be an only cat!
Saturday, Sept. 15, 11-1 p.m. Adoptions in 3, that’s THREE, locations!
Cat Adoption: PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S.
Olive, Anja, Harold, KITTENS (most of Monique’s litter), Francis, Aria and others.
Dog Adoption, medium and large: PetCo Richfield, 66th and Lyndale Ave. S
Stop by this adoption to see which dogs will be there – it will be a surprise!
Dog Adoption, small dogs: Chuck and Don’s near Lake Calhoun.
Buddy, Charlie, Doyle and Rumor – maybe more – will be in attendance!
Check out bios and pictures of cats and dogs available for adoption here. Hope to see you there.
Pet Haven has many kittens up for adoption – all cute, mostly short hairs, different personalities. You’ll be sure to be able to pick and choose if you look over our group!
Lani - petite, brown tabby female, full of energy!
And there are more!!!
Beanie came to Pet Haven recently. She was surrendered awhile ago at Red Lake and was picked on by the larger dogs but was not always willing to go into a kennel where the door could be shut and she would be safe. Now she’s finding out what city life is all about and we’re finding out a lot about her too.
Beanie is a little people shy at first but warms up quickly and the more nice people she meets, the easier it is for her to meet new folks.
We’ve learned she had badly infected upper front teeth and they have been removed and she’s feeling much better. She had a sinus infection and getting rid of those teeth and roots should help keep that from happening again.
She also has heartworm and starts treatment this week. Lots of rest and short strolls on a leash for Beanie over the next 6 weeks, along with periodic injections. Heartworm treatment is expensive, if you’re able to help with care for Beanie, you can go to our home page and click here to make an online donation or mail a check to our address:
Pet Haven, Inc. of Minnesota
PO Box 19105
Minneapolis MN 55419
In the memo line write: helping Beanie
We’re guessing that Beanie is a cattle dog and pit mix. All she knows is she’s in a home, safe, getting good care and living life in the lap of luxury!
Update on the female cat with the knife wound. Check out this blog to see a picture of her. She is at the clinic that is treating her and where Beanie will go for treatment too. She’s healing well but slowly, and she has a BIG name for a not so big girl. Addy might be a good nickname.
Working together we can all help more animals.
Ella came to the Animal Humane Society in a cruelty case. She is judged to be 10 yrs. old and is in the very early stages of kidney disease. It isn’t a problem for her now, except that she can’t concentrate her urine, but it will progress.
She’s a cute girl – and will be even prettier once all of her matted-to-the-skin, long hair is removed. The worst mats have been shaved off. Now her new mom, a Pet Haven foster with a fondness for older cats, is working on combing out the rest, removing more dead hair and getting rid of her dandruff. Skin doesn’t like to have hair matted down tight to it. A bath is in her future too. By the holiday season she will have regrown much of her coat and she will look at least like a medium haired lady.
Ella will be having a dental too – she has one broken canine and at least one more that will be removed but since her back teeth are encased in tartar it is hard to tell how many will be pulled until she is sedated. Most cats are not cooperative at ‘opening wide’ so the dentist can do a thorough check!
So far her mom has found her to be a confident, comfortable lady.
She may be deaf. When she is sleeping, if you touch her, she startles. Mom has started tapping her feet when she is a little ways away so she senses she is there and wakes up on her own.
Pet Haven has taken other difficult to place cats and dogs from AHS when they are able to. Some companion animals do not deal well in a shelter or are not very adoptable for one reason or another. Few adopters are looking for the very shy who would benefit from a one on one experience in a home before they find their forever home or for those who come in with a shortened life span.
Working together, we can find homes for more of these cats and dogs and bunnies who really need the unusual adopter – one who is willing to have and love a pet for 6 months or 4 years. We hold special memories in our hearts for the ones we adopt or foster, sometimes for a long period of time and others more briefly.
Ella is going to create all sorts of special memories as her mom gets to know her.