Vets use stem cells to manage pets' pain

By Carol McGraw • THE GAZETTE • January 20, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Macha is one of those once-in-a-lifetime pets - a tall, lean, savvy dog who lives to hunt pheasant.

Out in the field, the Labrador retriever is so focused that she shuns pats from her owner, Tom Bulloch. "She doesn't want her line of vision obstructed," he explains.

Macha, who can run like the wind, was named after a mythological Irish goddess who was faster than any man or beast.

But four years ago Macha slowed dramatically. Stairs became difficult. After outings she was sore and had trouble getting out of her bed.

"She was only 6 years old but seemed like an elderly lady," Bulloch recalls.

His veterinarian diagnosed her problem as severe arthritis and suggested Macha be examined by Colorado Springs veterinarian James Gaynor.

Gaynor specializes in pain management and is one of only about 300 veterinarians certified nationwide to use animals' own stem cells in treatment for a variety of ailments.

"At the time I thought, 'Aren't stem cells illegal or a political problem?' " Bulloch says.

In fact, they can be used for treatment of animals. The procedure does not use the controversial embryonic stem cells that have not gotten FDA approval for humans.

Gaynor, who taught at Colorado State University veterinary school for 14 years, notes: "The procedure is no silver bullet. But we are way ahead of use in humans."

Research has shown that stem cell treatment can help an animal's range of motion and alleviate certain pain. The animal's stem cells migrate to where they are needed to repair an injury, Gaynor says. The stem cells are, in essence, anti-inflammatory and can help regenerate tissue, bone, cartilage, liver cells, heart muscle and some nerve cells and blood vessels.

Bulloch gladly paid the $1,700 medical bill.

"She loves the outdoors so much, and it was a matter of the pain and mobility."

Quality of life counts
Gaynor anesthetized Macha and extracted 30 to 90cq grams of fatty tissue from behind the shoulder, where it is plentiful and where she could not later lick the incision.

The tissue was sent to Vet-Stem, a pioneering company in San Diego, where the stem cells were extracted and sent back to Gaynor.

He injected them into the sedated Macha's joints less than 36 hours after it all began. (It also can be administered intravenously.) Macha had to take it easy for about a month.

"We could see a difference in 10 days," Bulloch says. "After recuperation, I told her, 'Let's go hunting!' And it was truly miraculous to see her out there like she used to be."

Some dogs need only one treatment. But Macha has never been completely structurally sound. Her arthritis is severe, and like human athletes, there has been some joint stress, Bulloch notes. She seemed pain-free for 18 months.

About two years ago, she received a second treatment. This time surgery was not needed because some of the stem cells initially harvested had been banked.

Macha was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, usually a rapidly fatal disease. Labs and other large dogs are predisposed to it.

Stem cell therapy cannot be used to treat it. While such therapy does not cause cancer growth, Gaynor notes, it can contribute to it because it increases blood vessel growth.

Bulloch is thankful that the therapy added so much to Macha's quality of life. Without it, she would have been incapacitated at 6 years old.

"In dog years, she has had 28 additional years of being free from pain and enjoying what she loves to do," Bulloch says.
So while they could, they recently went hunting.

"Macha had her game face on. I missed a few times, and she looked back at me as if to say: 'Get with it.' "

Research is promising
Stem cell research is a hot topic because it is so promising, says Jessica Quimby, a Morris Animal Foundation fellow at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Quimby is conducting preliminary research to see how stem cells can be used to treat the chronic kidney disease that often kills elderly cats. So far, short of kidney transplants, there are no good treatments. But researchers believe stem cells can be used to counter the inflammation that leads to scarring and end-stage disease.

They take stem cells from the fat of healthy young cats and inject them in other cats; the body does not reject the cells. The extraction does not hurt the young cats, she says.

Last summer, the university created Frankie's Fund to support such research. Frankie was one of Quimby's patients, a Siamese cat that became ill with acute kidney failure and participated in a clinical trial in 2009. After the cat's death from other causes, the owner donated money to create the fund.

Horses also are receiving stem cell therapy.

Laurie Goodrich, a veterinary equine surgeon, and John Kisiday, a bioengineer, are using stem cells from the bone marrow of horses to heal injuries.

A classic example is Rio, a barrel-racing horse that received stem cells for torn knee cartilage. Rio and her owner are back barrel racing and recently won a big competition.

The cost of treatment runs about $2,400.

In work with horses, stem cells are harvested and grown from bone marrow rather than fat-derived stem cells. The marrow does not have a lot of stem cells, so after extraction they are treated in a lab so they multiply. Advanced Regenerative Therapies, a Fort Collins, Colo., company, does that portion of the work.

After expansion, the cells can be injected into tendons, ligaments and joints.

"The field is vast. Researchers are looking at everything, including healing of spinal cord and brain injuries," Goodrich said. "For every tissue, there is a stem cell that the body utilizes to heal it."

Burned Puppy Has a New Home and New Purpose

Burned Puppy Has a New Home and New Purpose

For months, concerned North Carolina citizens and animal lovers across the nation have been following the saga of Susie, a puppy found in a Greensboro park with burns on 60 percent of her body. An employee at the shelter where animal control brought the dog said she had severe burns over her back, belly, and head, plus some broken bones, and wounds that were infected with maggots, reports the WFMY News in Greensboro.

At first no one knew who had set the 3-month-old pup on fire, but a Crimestoppers tip led to the arrest of Lashawn Demaro Whitehead, 20.

Over the course of Susie's recovery, volunteers at the Guilford Animal Shelter used Twitter to keep her growing community of fans up to date on her progress. Hundreds of people came forward to try to adopt her, but the shelter wanted to make absolutely sure that the dog, who has obviously already been through a lot, would go to just the right home.

Now, finally, Susie has a new family. According to WFMY News,
she has been adopted by Donna Lawrence, owner of Greensboro's Kutting Edge Hair Salon. Lawrence, who was attacked by a pit bull last year, said, "I think my story compared to her story, being attacked by a human. We both had to overcome our fears so that kind of attracted me to her."

"She's doing good, she is happy, she's energetic, she loves being in my back yard, she plays with my other dog, my cat -- so she's doing great," Lawrence said. She brings Susie to work with her at the salon, in part to socialize the dog with people. As she explained, "I want to use her for a therapy dog eventually to help with burn victims or cancer."

Marsha Williams, the owner of Guilford Animal Shelter, told Paw Nation that many people had volunteered to take Susie after reading about her story, but that their goal was to find someone who really wanted her for who she was. She went on to say, "We talk to Donna [Susie's new owner] almost every day. We had to send over a trainer to teach Donna how to interact with Susie so that she would respect Donna as leader in the house. When Susie decided it was her house she wanted to be dominant. You can't feel sorry for her and baby her. You have to treat her like any other dog."

Susie's new owner and the shelter plan to work together to use Susie as an advocate for animal cruelty prevention and education programs, and as a therapy dog.


'Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle'

When Maj. Brian Dennis of the United States Marine Corps met a wild stray dog with shorn ears while serving in Iraq, he had no idea of the bond they would form, leading to seismic changes in both their lives. "The general theme of the story of Nubs is that if you're kind to someone, they'll never forget you -- whether it be person or animal," Dennis tells Paw Nation.

In October 2007, Dennis and his team of 11 men were in Iraq patrolling the Syrian border. One day, as his team arrived at a border fort, they encountered a pack of stray dogs -- not uncommon in the barren, rocky desert that was home to wolves and wild dogs.

"We all got out of the Humvee and I started working when this dog came running up," recalls Dennis. "I said, 'Hey buddy' and bent down to pet him." Dennis noticed the dog's ears had been cut. "I said, 'You got little nubs for ears.'" The name stuck. The dog whose ears had been shorn off as a puppy by an Iraqi soldier (to make the dog "look tougher," Dennis says) became known as Nubs.

Dennis fed Nubs scraps from his field rations, including bits of ham and frosted strawberry Pop Tarts. "I didn't think he'd eat the Pop Tart, but he did," says Dennis.

At night, Nubs accompanied the men on night patrols. "I'd get up in the middle of the night to walk the perimeter with my weapon and Nubs would get up and walk next to me like he was doing guard duty," says Dennis.

The next day, Dennis said goodbye to Nubs, but he didn't forget about the dog. He began mentioning Nubs in emails he wrote to friends and family back home. "I found a dog in the desert," Dennis wrote in an email in October 2007. "I call him Nubs. We clicked right away. He flips on his back and makes me rub his stomach."

"Every couple of weeks, we'd go back to the border fort and I'd see Nubs every time," says Dennis. "Each time, he followed us around a little more." And every time the men rumbled away in their Humvees, Nubs would run after them. "We're going forty miles an hour and he'd be right next to the Humvee," says Dennis. "He's a crazy fast dog. Eventually, he'd wear out, fall behind and disappear in the dust."

On one trip to the border fort in December 2007, Dennis found Nubs was badly wounded in his left side where he'd been stabbed with a screwdriver. "The wound was infected and full of pus," Dennis recalls. "We pulled out our battle kits and poured antiseptic on his wound and force fed him some antibiotics wrapped in peanut butter." That night, Nubs was in so much pain that he refused food and water and slept standing up because he couldn't lay down. The next morning, Nubs seemed better. Dennis and his team left again, but he thought about Nubs the entire time, hoping the dog was still alive.

Excerpt, "Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle,"
Little, Brown for Young Readers

Two weeks later, when Dennis and his team returned, he found Nubs alive and well. "I had patched him up and that seemed to be a turning point in how he viewed me," says Dennis. This time, when Dennis and his team left the fort, Nubs followed. Though the dog lost sight of the Humvees, he never gave up. For two days, Nubs endured freezing temperatures and packs of wild dogs and wolves, eventually finding his way to Dennis at a camp an incredible 70 miles south near the Jordanian border.

"There he was, all beaten and chewed up," says Dennis. "I knew immediately that Nubs had crossed through several dog territories and fought and ran, and fought and ran," says Dennis. The dog jumped on Dennis, licking his face.

Most of the 80 men at the camp welcomed Nubs, even building him a doghouse. But a couple of soldiers complained, leading Dennis' superiors to order him to get rid of the dog. With his hand forced, Dennis decided that the only thing to do was bring Nubs to America. He began coordinating Nubs' rescue effort. Friends and family in the States helped, raising the $5,000 it would cost to transport Nubs overseas.

Finally, it was all arranged. Nubs was handed over to volunteers in Jordan, who looked after the dog and sent him onto to Chicago, then San Diego, where Dennis' friends waited to pick him up. Nubs lived with Dennis' friends and began getting trained by local dog trainer Graham Bloem of the Snug Pet Resort. "I focused on basic obedience and socializing him with dogs, people and the environment," says Bloem.

A month later, Dennis finished his deployment in Iraq and returned home to San Diego, where he immediately boarded a bus to Camp Pendleton to be reunited with Nubs. "I was worried he wouldn't remember me," says Dennis. But he needn't have worried. "Nubs went crazy," recalls Dennis. "He was jumping up on me, licking my head."

Dennis' experience with Nubs led to a children's picture book, called "Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle," published by Little, Brown for Young Readers. They have appeared on the Today Show and will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on Monday.

Was it destiny that Dennis met Nubs and brought him to America? "I don't know about that," says Dennis. "It's been a strange phenomenon. It's been a blessing. I get drawings mailed to me that children have drawn of Nubs with his ears cut off. It makes me laugh."

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what's inside this issue
  • Tipper and Kurt: A Cross-Country Rescue Story
  • Dear Labby: Who Should Stop Rough Dog Play?
  • From the DogTime Blog Network: AKC Recognizes Top Dogs
  • Road to Rescue Series: Animal Friends Rescue Organization

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Tipper and Kurt: A Cross-Country Rescue Story

Tipper has been homeless for five years. Kurt Peters has been rescuing dogs for most of his life.

When a friend told him about Tipper, Peters located him on Dogtime's Facebook application, Save a Dog, and began virtually fostering him. In the meantime, he'd contacted Robin Hood Animal Rescue. Five years was too long for anyone to wait for a permanent home--Peters would adopt Tipper himself. More...

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Dear Labby: Who Should Stop Rough Dog Play?

There's a great dog park around the corner from my house and I take my Maltipoo there everyday. Her favorite doggy friend is a huge Labrador who doesn't know his own strength. Sometimes my baby gets knocked around when they play. Is it my place or the other owner's place to step in when this happens? I don't want to come across as an overprotective pet parent, but I also don't want my dog to get injured. More...

From the DogTime Blog Network: AKC Recognizes Top Dogs

All our dogs have special meaning to us, but this week the American Kennel Club recognized five that can be called very, very special. They're the winners of the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE), which recognizes loyal, hard-working dogs that serve and assist their owners and/or their communities. More...

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Road to Rescue Series: Animal Friends Rescue Organization

Dogtime salutes Pittsburgh's Animal Friends

Sixty-six years ago, at the height of World War II, a small group of Pittsburgh citizens came together in an effort to find homes for soldiers' pets when they left to serve in the war. After the war, still faced with the need for ongoing compassionate control of the pet overpopulation and placement problem, the group opened a shelter and incorporated. They took a name that clearly articulated their mission: to serve as friends to unwanted animals. More...

ChiChi the Chihuahua-Mix Named Hero Pet of the Year

Categories: Dogs, Pets in the News, Small Pets, Hero Pets

Photo: Mary Lane / Reader's Digest

As a puppy, ChiChi was rescued from abusive owners. Years later, at the ripe old age of 13, the Chihuahua-mix returned the favor by saving the lives of two elderly women in danger of drowning at a beach. This month, ChiChi was voted Reader's Digest Hero Pet of the Year.

Before he became a hero, ChiChi had been living with cruel owners who thought it entertaining to beat, kick, and throw the little dog out of a moving car. Mary and Rick Lane's niece Heather saved the pup and soon moved in with her aunt and uncle in Greensboro, North Carolina, while attending a nearby college. Aunt Mary wasn't looking to bring a dog into her home, but when ChiChi came into the picture, something all too common happened.

"I fell head over heels in love with him," Mary told Paw Nation. "He's so smart and expressive," she said. "His ears perk up and do one of about 50 different things. He has so many ways of telling me what he wants to do, exactly how he wants to do it, and when he wants to do it." She fell so hard for the guy that when Heather eventually moved out, her niece graciously allowed ChiChi to stay with the Lanes.

And now, Mary and Rick have even more reason to love little ChiChi: he is a literal life saver.

Last October, Mary, Rick, and ChiChi were enjoying a day at Indian Beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The Lanes set up a blanket and umbrella for their dog, tying his leash to the beach chair they brought for him because, "He doesn't like to lie on the sand," explains Mary. The three sat in a row on their beach chairs, the Lanes reading and ChiChi dozing.

It was late morning when the Lanes heard a little boy in the water shouting, "Help! Help!" Alarmed, the Lanes looked up, but the boy was only joking. The boy played this frightening trick several more times, and each time, the Lanes looked up worriedly. But ChiChi didn't stir.

As the day turned to dusk, the beach emptied. Deeply engrossed in their books, they didn't notice two women in the water.

Suddenly, ChiChi leapt out of his chair and started barking furiously. "He was whirling in circles, dragging the chair behind him and making a sound we'd never heard before," Mary recalls to Paw Nation. "It was very sharp, loud, and fast. He seemed panicked and was almost twirling on his leash."

Startled, Mary looked up. "A hundred yards down the beach, in the surf, I could see two women," she says. "They were struggling. One was on her back with her head in the surf and the other woman was trying to support her head."

Rick and Mary took off running down the beach. "We're coming! Hold on," they screamed.

"When we got there, the one woman was about ten feet in the surf on her back," Mary says. "There had been such a terrific storm that weekend and the night before that the waves were really loud. There was a three-foot wall of sand then the beach sloped down."

The women appeared to be in their nineties. Mary grabbed the frail-looking woman who was desperately trying to keep her friend's head above water and helped her to shore. Rick went to the woman struggling on her back and dragged her up. She was disoriented and said she had fallen in the water when she lost her balance bending over to roll up her pants.

"Thank you for rescuing us," the woman gasped, explaining that she had just had knee surgery and would not have been able to right herself and crawl up the sloping wall of sand to shore.

"It wasn't us, it was the dog," Mary replied. "He's the one who told us you were in trouble." Had ChiChi not alerted them, the women would likely have washed out to sea. "There was a riptide," Mary says. "And as far as you could see in either direction, there wasn't one human being on the whole beach."

Mary cannot explain how ChiChi knew something was wrong -- remember, the pup didn't look up earlier in the day when the little boy cried wolf -- but he sounded an alarm when the two elderly women, who hadn't made a sound, were struggling in the surf.

"I think ChiChi has some sort of sense that we don't have. It's the only answer," says Mary. "In all the pet stories I've ever read, the animals were always saving someone they know, like their family or friend. ChiChi wasn't. He was saving strangers. I didn't know I had a dog who could do such a thing."

ChiChi meanwhile, had jumped back onto his beach chair and fallen asleep during the dramatic rescue. When the elderly women tried to pet him, he growled. "He's a funny little dog," says Mary, laughing. "He'll save your life, but you can't pet him."


This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 3 legs -

2 healthy hind legs and 1 abnormal front leg which had to be amputated.

He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.


His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.

But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.

She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.

She named him 'Faith'.


In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement.

Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward

for him for standing up and jumping around.

Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.

Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle,

Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward.

After further training in the snow, he couldnow walk like a human being.


Faith loves to walk around now.

No matter where he goes,he attracts people to him.

He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and

has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.

There is now a book entitled'With a Little Faith'being published about him.

He was even considered to appear in one of the Harry Potter movies.


His present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world

to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul'.







In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better

you just need to look at life from another direction.

I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone

and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day.

Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life.

A small request: All you are asked to do is keep this story circulating


July 7, 2009 : 9:06 AM ET

The sea of rolling green at any respectable golf course must look like a virtual heaven-on-earth for rabbits. Maybe they enjoy the buffet bar growing as far as the eye can see, but it’s not a safe place for them. Not one bit. Predators, the elements, and the occasional three-wood tossed by an angry golfer all take their toll. Domestic rabbits need to live in a home environment, period. It’s a good thing there are folks who help.

Brandy Hill of Las Vegas, Nevada is part of an informal group of friends that call themselves Rabbit Rescue. Working with the Nevada SPCA, they are always on the lookout for domestic rabbits dumped at golf courses or city parks. Sad to say, that happens more often than you might think. At least this small group is making a difference. One local golf course, for example, used to be crawling with domestic rabbits. Now there is only one left. He’s a sneaky little guy, but they’re determined to grab him soon! All the rabbits are fixed, treated medically, and then placed in foster homes or rescues until adoption.

A year and a half ago, on that same golf course, there were four special baby bunnies who needed help. When Brandy first found them underneath a shed, they didn’t want anything to do with her. A little persistence paid off, though. Well, that and a handful of greens! Soon she trapped all four of the babies by hand and they were ready for a new life ahead. A life that, thank goodness, didn’t involve circling hawks or irate golfers.

The rescue group’s foster network at the time was nearly maxed and as it turns out, space had just become available at Best Friends. So the four bunnies came to live at the sanctuary. You might remember them, in fact. At the time there was a big naming contest with a whole bunch of suggestions sent in as ideas. The winning names were Bogie, Putter, Tiger, and Pebbles. Needless to say, these four were very popular from the beginning.

Time marched on and the rabbits settled into their new life at the sanctuary, but Brandy never forgot about them. Rabbits came and went through her rescue, yet these four stayed in her thoughts even though she had barely gotten to know them earlier. After a year and a half of daydreaming constantly about them, she finally wondered if maybe they were meant to live with her. As luck would have it, the friendly four were still available. Brandy decided to adopt.

After the eighteen-month absence, Brandy cried when she was reunited with her four castaways. She says they are all doing great in her home, and she’s thrilled to have them back in her life—this time for good. The four siblings are bonded closely, and Brandy is thrilled they will now always be together. You know, sometimes when things are meant to be, they just have a way of working out. Congrats!

Story by David Dickson
Photo by Molly Wald

A golf course is obviously no place for a bunny to live. See the online Best Friends pet library for information about the proper care and behavior of rabbits.


July 6, 2009 : 8:35 AM ET

There’s a good reason Jack’s first order of business after climbing the beanstalk wasn’t to tap the giant on the shoulder and scowl him down. Giants are big! Probably best that Jack wasn’t a Chihuahua or the story may have turned out quite differently. …

At Best Friends, there hasn’t really been a place for small dogs before, other than one small laundry room. It’s not always a great idea to mix large and small dogs together if they don’t already know each other. For one thing, yes, the big dogs can pick on the smaller dogs. That’s the obvious part of the equation. But the other side of the coin can also turn up: small dogs picking on bigger dogs. Many of those pint-sized pups seem to believe they’re great Danes just waiting for their growth spurt to kick in.

Since they never really had a landing place at the sanctuary, most small dogs in the past who’ve come to Best Friends have gone straight into foster homes or other rescues. Now, however, that’s all starting to change. An entire octagon is going to be set aside for the, um, vertically challenged. And guess where they are taking up residence? Right next door to the Vicktory dogs! Aside from an obvious difference in size, these new neighbors have a lot more in common than you might expect.



Many of the small dogs coming to Best Friends are puppy mill rescue dogs. These are dogs who haven’t had much in the way of friendly human contact. They’re dogs who have lived in horrible conditions and have had little or no health care. Dogs who have had to struggle just to stay alive. Sound familiar?

Truth be told, the big dogs and little dogs don’t even seem to notice each other all that often, especially the little dogs. They’re way too busy exploring this vast, uncharted wilderness stretching out in front of them. On those short little legs, a "normal" sized play area for bigger dogs sure seems like an endless stretch of ground. Some of the areas have been cut in half in order to more easily catch the really shy dogs when needed. Even those smaller areas are plenty huge to this crew, affectionately dubbed "The Littles" by the caregivers.

Guess there’s just one thing left to sort out. What size lounge chairs should the two groups of neighbors set out for their first block party?

Story by David Dickson
Photo by Gary Kalpakoff

Big or small, there are plenty of dogs at Best Friends who would like nothing more than a loving home. Please see the Adorable Adoptables to learn more.

And learn more about puppy mill rescues by visiting the Puppies Aren’t Products website.

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If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him and never say its not quite as good as his mother's


If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour,for as long and wherever you want ...


If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies


If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores


If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually ..


BUT, on the other hand, if you want someone who will never come when you call, ignores you totally when you come home, leaves hair all over the place, walks all over you, runs around all night and only comes home to eat and sleep, and acts as if your entire existence is solely to ensure his happiness .,


Now be honest, you thought I was gonna say... marry a man, didn't you?
Send this to all the women you know to brighten their day. Send this to all the men just to annoy them!



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Dear Friends and Family,
Most of you already know my personal rescue efforts of thoroughbred horses that are coming out of a racing career to transition into wonderful show horses and find good homes. As a matter of fact most of you might have met my three(Anatolia, Zilla's Luna and Truffles) who came from very bad situations and turned into wonderful pets in our Zilla's Dream Farm.
The reason I am writing this e-mail is; a dear friend of mine Kim Clark that has a beautiful farm very close to mine just started her amazing rescue. She placed over 150 horses last year with her own efforts and funding and is doing amazing things helping these horses find new homes and jobs. This year she got her non profit status and I personally would love to help her with re-training of these wonderful horses, to be able to find good loving homes. I am hoping with added help she may be able to help more this year.
As a horsewoman myself, I also know too well that these horses will need to be fed, shod and will have veterinary expenses while we try to make this transition possible. The rescue will also need funds to be able to reach the owners and the trainers at the race tracks and extending them a hand in finding good homes for their retiring horses. In this effort, even giving them cameras to take pictures of their horses to be retired would make the biggest difference for these beautiful horses.
With all these in mind, I would love to start Zilla's Dream Fund to assist Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue, Inc. with all their efforts. What I ask of you is, please visit TPR website at and if you can (at all )make a donation to the Zilla's Dream Fund. Please know that every donation counts and there is no donation that is too small. $12 pays for a 50lbs bag of feed that will feed a horse for about 7-10 days. Every penny truly counts.
Please support Zilla's Dream and Vet Taxi to be able to help TPR and thoroughbreds in need of a helping hand. Kim has done an amazing job so far with her own funds and this rescue is for REAL.
Thanks for all your support of me and my dreams over the years.
ilkim Boyle

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Dear Friend of PetSmart Charities®,

Even as you read this issue of PetsAlert, our efforts in North Dakota and Minnesota continue. Thanks to your generous support, our Emergency Relief Waggin® vehicle remains in the region providing vital resources to care for companion animals in need.

But the danger is not over. The Associated Press reports that the Sheyenne River, which feeds into the Red River, is rising. When the Red River crested last month it was just short of 41 feet above normal. The second crest is projected to reach 38 to 39 feet.

This poses a tremendous threat to residents of the area and their beloved pets. That is why PetSmart Charities has vowed to stay as long as we are needed...and to provide additional life saving resources should the situation become more serious.

No one knows what the coming days will bring. But with
generous support of our emergency relief efforts, PetSmart Charities will care for the displaced pets of North Dakota and Minnesota until they can be reunited with their loving families.

And while our rescue efforts go on, we also continue to address another dire situation… but sadly, one that often doesn’t make headline news.

Homeless pet overpopulation is one of the reasons why so many homeless pets end up at animal shelters every year — and why millions of lives are lost to euthanasia.

At PetSmart Charities, we know that the most effective way to prevent this tragic loss of life is through spay/neuter programs. And over the last two years, we have launched major new spay/neuter initiatives in areas where pet overpopulation is the greatest.

I hope you will 
take a moment to read about these initiatives in this issue’s Focus On – and learn how PetSmart Charities is helping put an end to unnecessary euthanasia one pet at a time.

Once again, thank you for helping our efforts in North Dakota and Minnesota, and for supporting ALL of our life saving programs.

Susana M. Della Maddalena
Executive Director
PetSmart Charities, Inc.

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Thought you would like to see Miss Jessie, She has made it safely into her new quardians care.   Her guardian recently lost her wheelchair dog and really felt the need to help another.   She is an extraordinary person!
 I think Jessie will be spending some time in Yellowstone, before she gets back to LA.  There were tears in this womens face when she met Jessie,  great story and wonderful ending for Jessie!  Thanks to all that helped get Jessie to us and helped with transport donations.   Jessie is an awesome dog! 

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Please save this for the next time you hear someone say: They have to get rid of their pet when they have a baby.

Have A Great Day

Within the heart of every stray

Lies the singular desire to be loved.

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Just 10 years old, Laura* had been the victim of sexual and emotional abuse. Her difficult road to healing would take time and support, as well as the help of another specialist trained in such matters -- a dog!
After being removed from her unsafe home, Laura was placed in foster care, but the emotional scars from her ordeal were taking a toll. Her behavior suffered, and she was unable to function in a regular school, so she wound up in a mental health program. It was there that she met a therapy dog named Rigo and his handler, Diana -- a trained Pet Partners® team that would help Laura take her first step toward healing.
Animal-assisted therapy can provide the spark that helps children and adults recover from physical and emotional injury.

Your gift to American Humane will help us provide these services to those in need.

When Laura first saw the big, black dog, her eyes lit up. She was thrilled to make a new, furry friend. Over the weeks and months of Laura’s counseling, her trust in Rigo and Diana grew steadily. And one day, a breakthrough occurred. With her arms wrapped around Rigo for comfort and security, Laura whispered in his ear, describing in graphic detail her horror of abuse.

Opening up about her experience opened the door to Laura’s healing. During her year of working with her therapist and Pet Partners team, she learned how to build a healthy relationship with another being, how to feel safe and how to stay safe. Laura was able to re-enter public school and lead the type of life every child deserves. Soon after, she began preparing for adoption into a loving family.

The value of the human-animal bond is perhaps no more evident than in situations like Laura’s. That’s why American Humane has joined forces with Denver Pet Partners to provide direct services in animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities.

Since 2001, Denver Pet Partners has been enhancing the life of people and promoting the human-animal bond through animal-assisted activities and therapy. The program currently consists of 140 trained and registered handler/animal teams serving 35 facilities.

Please help us build on this well-established program’s success and get it off to a strong start as a new program of American Humane!

Your gift will help many more children and adults -- in hospitals, schools, hospices and mental health centers -- benefit like Laura did, from the comfort and healing that only animals can provide.

Thank you for caring.

(*This is a true story. The child’s name was changed to protect her privacy.)