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.
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."
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.
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."
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
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
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
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
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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Tipper and Kurt: A Cross-Country
Dear Labby: Who Should Stop Rough
From the DogTime Blog Network:
AKC Recognizes Top Dogs
Road to Rescue Series:
Animal Friends Rescue Organization
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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."
A LITTLE FAITH !!!
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 ofthe Harry Pottermovies.
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.
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.
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?
by David Dickson Photo by Gary Kalpakoff
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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!
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 www.helpfortbs.org 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Once again, thank you for helping our efforts in North Dakota and Minnesota, and for supporting
ALL of our life saving programs.
Sincerely, Susana M. Della
Maddalena Executive Director PetSmart Charities, Inc.
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
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!
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.
A BIG DOG HELPS A LITTLE GIRL
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
help us build on this well-established program’s success and get it off to a strong start as a new program of American
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
you for caring.
(*This is a true story. The child’s name was changed to protect her privacy.)
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