Pet Adoption Tips
If you haven’t done so already, get to a vet!
You must have shots and a clean bill of health for your animal. This is a must today. A new family doesn’t want to fall in love with a pet only to suffer the heartbreak of his dying of some common preventable disease. Not to mention if you already have a pet – you don’t want to infect them by association.
Is the animal lost or abandoned?
Place a paid classified ad in your area newspaper. “Your area” is defined as your immediate geographic surroundings, with a total population of at least 100,000. There is usually at least one major newspaper in each area of that size. Your area may be a few square miles in a major city or many square miles in the country.
The pet adoption tips we offer are a set of guidelines to help you find a home for a rescued animal.
If you’ve just rescued a poor little dog or cat… then congratulations!! You are one of the few willing to put yourself out and give him a second chance.
The “humane societies” are filled and will most likely put your rescue “to sleep” (kill him) if you take him there. You must know this already or you wouldn’t be doing this adoption yourself.
If you don’t have much time or a place to keep the animal, board him in a kennel for a couple of weeks until you find him that new home. You can find kennels listed under “Dog Boarding” or “Dog Kennels” in the yellow pages. Visit the kennel first and be sure it is well run; inspect all the dog and cat areas to be sure they look OK. And don’t forget to visit the animal!
Why you must do this yourself. . .
Unfortunately, you can’t just call someone “animal group” and think it will take over your problem. Legitimate organizations have many animals and don’t have the money – or the time either to take an extra one.
Nationally only 5% of all pets given to a shelter are adopted to a new home.
You must decide if your rescue is just “lost” or actually “abandoned. If he looks healthy, happy and fat, place “FOUND” ads in your local newspaper and put up signs on trees and sign posts in the area where you found him. Look through back issues of your local newspapers for “LOST” ads that might fit his description. If he is in poor shape – thin, worn, etc. – he has probably been abandoned. More tips to follow.
DELTA Rescue depends entirely on donations from individuals like yourself. We rescue dogs and cats who are abandoned in the wilderness, left to starve to death. We currently have over 1500 animals at our 115- acre no-kill super sanctuary. Won’t you please join this mission of mercy today. Click here to contribute to DELTA Rescue
Rattlesnake season is here, and the veterinarian of the 501(c)(3) non-profit D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the world’s largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary, is offering critical advice on rattlesnake bite prevention — and what to do in the event a pet tangles with a rattlesnake.
“As the temperature warms and days get longer, accidental encounters with rattlesnakes increase in the Southwest,” explained D.E.L.T.A. Rescue veterinarian Gaylord Brown, D.V.M., who in his former private practice saw countless rattlesnake bites. “Dogs, due to their inquisitive nature, are more at risk of being bitten. However, people may not know that cats are also at risk.”
Typically, a dog will blunder into a rattlesnake, causing the snake to strike in self-defense. As a result, most rattlesnake bites in dogs occur on the nose. Cats, being naturally more cautious and prone to striking at a threat with their claws, are more likely to be bitten on the front paw or leg.
The prospect of a beloved pet getting in a dust-up with a rattler can be terrifying. The good news: People can protect cats and dogs from being bitten in the first place. According to Dr. Brown, who answers questions on the “Ask the Vet” section of DeltaRescue.org, avoidance is the best way to prevent a rattlesnake bite.
Dr. Brown cautions people to keep their dogs close when hiking, stay on well-marked trails and to make their presence known. If the snakes are closer to home, Dr. Brown advises homeowners to consider installing snake wire on the bottom two or three feet of fence around their yards — as D.E.L.T.A. Rescue does at its sanctuary — and to be particularly watchful at dusk and dawn, when rattlesnakes are most active.
But what if an encounter between a pet and a rattlesnake is unavoidable? Signs of a rattlesnake bite, says Dr. Brown, include acute swelling, pain, and dark, bloody drainage from the fang sites. A bite to the pet’s face will almost always cause excessive drooling; with any rattlesnake bite, the pet will likely be depressed and begin panting. Once bitten by a rattlesnake, a pet must be kept quiet and still. Dr. Brown discourages tourniquets and says lancing or suction at the fang marks should only be done with mechanical suction devices by those trained in the technique.
“A person whose pet shows signs of having been bitten by a rattlesnake should seek medical attention with a veterinarian immediately,” said Dr. Brown. “With treatment, survival rates are high, and most veterinarians in endemic snake areas have antivenin.”
Those with further questions about snake bites or any other questions about veterinary health can register for free and post their questions directly to Dr. Brown at http://www.deltarescue.org/ask-the-vet.
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I’m have to put my cat down this Saturday 11th, 2012
do to the tumor he has on his ankle (tarsal) bone, but in the mean time is there any type of pain pills I could give him, maybe (tramadol 50 mg) ?
Please advise as soon as you can,
Heather & Spaz
My 11 month old mini dachshund was neutered yesterday. He wants to stay outside because he’s an outside dog. I’m scared he’ll get an infection and the collar given to us doesn’t allow him to walk. He needs to wear it because he licks but it makes his life very difficult. What should I do?
Richard, a 20 lb Rescue Rat Terrier’s skin is bright-pink from his chin, down his chest, to his underbelly, and down to his little toes. Richard doesn’t seem to be losing hair, but he does scratch his underbelly, and ‘clean his boots’ a lot. He doesn’t seem to scratch his face or need to scratch is back much. He just looks to be uncomfortable.
Richard is on his 3rd adoption in 5 years from the Whidbey Island Animal Shelter. Richard is thought to be 6 years old. He is black & white, with all white legs and underside. Richard lives with my 92 year old father on a remote island in the San Juans (WA state). A trip to the vet is a all-day excursion.
Richard was on limited ingredient Salmon – Sweet potato for about 4 months, with additional fish oil. We didn’t see much difference with his skin. We switched to another limited ingredient food, Duck – Potato about 3 months, ago with not much difference in his skin.
Other than a few apple slices, and blue berries, Richard is not to have any table scraps, or treats.
Richard has been on “Revolution” for about 6 months.
There is no Wool in the house that Richard he would be sitting on.
Richard is walked a couple times a day for a couple miles at a time through woods and over grasses, and along the beach.
Richard is washed with “Buddy Wash”. He seems better after bathing, but any relief doesn’t seem to last very long. His bedding is washed with mild soaps, and always has an extra rinse.
Richard has no visible bumps, scabs or bleeding.
Any suggestions what to try next ?
We just got a new Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. She is three months old, but she won’t leave the carpeted area rug in our front room. She has to be carried to go outside or into another room. She has always lived outside until we adopted her. She is very loving and likes attention, but she acts frightened and piddles on the floor even after she goes to the restroom. She sometimes steps to the edge of the rug when we walk away and will cry.How can we get her to transition from the rug to other rooms instead of sleeping on the rug all day?
Hi, my question is about cat behavior. Smokey, my shorthair male cat, is 4 yrs. He has a tendency to twitch back legs, appearing as if he just stepped in water or something sticky, and he’s shaking it off his toes. It’s usually after he finishes eating and walks away from his bowl. It does not look like a pain response. My concern is as follows: Smokey had kidney injury early in life from trauma in the wild – lack of food/water, exposure to freezing temps. For a couple years his rehab included IV fluids to assist kidney function, though we have discontinued those, experimentally; our vet regularly monitors his creatinine & BUN. And his diet is formulated for kidney health. Question: Could something associated with compromised kidney function cause his legs to tingle or fall asleep when he sits in one place to eat? I’m speculating about the nervous system in his rear quarters. I notice that in the winter, on cold linoleum, he’s more likely to ‘shake a leg’. To clarify, the behaviour is not constant or chronic. I see it once or twice every couple of days. There seems to be a mild level of discomfort or distraction, but no pain. I really appreciate what you do for animals, doctor, and for all of us who love them. Thank you.
Hi Dr. Brown,
My dog Rhett is a 14+ year old lasa poodle mix. He gets cyclosporine 2% eye drops and cyclosporine modified 50mg for his skin allergies. In the last year he sometimes starts shaking all over like he is freezing. It lasts a few minutes than stops. I bring it up now because it seems to be happening more often. Do you have any advice for me about this problem.
My indoor cat has a tendency to sleep for a couple of days and then be active for a couple of days after. I am very attentive to him and play with him when he wants to. But, is this type of sleep cycle normal? Should I be worried that he is bored?
NOTE: Thanks to all who wrote and called LOS ANGELES COUNTY officials. . . from your letters I can see that the lies abound!
In one instance, Animal Control put out a “chart” full of lies. Our lawyer responded with a time line of actual events and demanded that the County cease its libel and slander against us.
Let me tell you a story . . . .
In 1983 when we got our first shelter in El Monte, the director of Animal Control, Brian Berger, and I met on a radio show. George Putnam’s Talk Back. We became fast friends and remained so until he left the area. Brian was also the boyhood friend of Supervisor Antonovich.
In 1984 during the Olympic Games which were held in Los Angeles, we teamed up with Animal Control to help visiting animals. We bought 10,000 temporary collars and tags which were given out FREE at all L.A. County Animal Shelters . . . for visitors who were staying in Los Angeles and who had pets who might get lost while they were here.
Over the next two decades, whenever Animal Control needed something for THEIR animals, they would call upon us for help. I would then call some of our donors and get the money we needed to buy whatever the pound animals needed. In one case it was chain link fence to cover all their dog runs in all their shelters . . .
. . . dogs were jumping over their fences and attacking other dogs. Supervisor Antonovich wanted to give me an award at a public hearing but I refused . . . I don’t do this for accolades, but for the animals. Over the years the Lancaster shelter manager asked for help numerous times and we provided it. Whatever they needed for the animals, we provided when times were tough for the County.
Eventually Brian Berger left Animal Control. The next director, Frank Andrews, met with us and gave us a permanent license in 1997.
Under Andrews, the Castaic shelter asked for horse corrals and shade covers. We provided them. By “provided” I mean we had them delivered the NEXT DAY and we paid the bill. Volunteers erected them.
The manager at Castaic wanted to build a large cattery like ours, where cats could roam freely. This enabled them to be adopted more easily, and allowed them a more positive atmosphere while in the pound. We provided the entire list of building materials for the volunteers to assemble.
Supervisor Antonovich opened the new cattery to much fanfare. It was in all the newspapers. What he didn’t mention — or perhaps didn’t even know — is that WE PAID FOR THAT CATTERY!
In 2003 Marcia Mayeda became the new and most controversial director of Animal Control. She was going to visit us and continue our relationship, but she changed her mind at the last minute.
The next year I exposed D&D Services for the rendering of dead pets and providing them as feed additives for animals WE EAT! Our suit against D&D was served and the very next day Mayeda said we needed a license again. She said she “was the new sheriff in town” and we had to get relicensed.
Because of the tremendous expense involved, as well as the retaliatory nature of her demands, we fought back in court. Eventually I dropped the suit with a promise from the County that we could have a license within 30 days. THAT was a lie! And the war is now escalating.
Rather than waste paper here, if you are interested, we can send you the letter we just sent to the Supervisors and Animal Control demanding that the lies stop. It contains the timeline of this controversy. Interestingly, we had a good relationship with the County before Mayeda and the rendering case. I will let you know what happens next.
Note to Mike Antonovich: if you really love animals as you say you do, then get rid of Mayeda (and her cohort Diane Regan) and let’s get back on sold ground! This is a giant waste of time and money. If you are going to remain in office for your term limit, we will have known each other for 32 years! Why spend the next six years at war? Come out and visit us, bring the kids, play with our animals, and end this thing. WE BOTH HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO!
She rarely stops moving. Full of energy, she adores everyone around her and is always up for an adventure.
The only clue that her life has not always been so easy is her missing leg. Her name is Anna, and she has quickly become an inspiration to her caretakers at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, the world’s largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary — and the only rescue organization focused on saving pets abandoned in the wilderness.
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Though the winsome brown dog can’t actually tell anyone what she’s been through in her life, D.E.L.T.A. Rescue veterinarians have pieced together enough of Anna’s history to understand just how remarkable she is. When rescuers found Anna in the desert, she was dragging a badly injured leg. But she was friendly, making it easy for them to bring her back to one of the two fully staffed veterinary hospitals at the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue sanctuary outside Los Angeles.
“Anna must have been someone’s pet for a while, because she’s too friendly and trusting to have been born in the desert,” said D.E.L.T.A. Rescue founder and animal welfare activist Leo Grillo. “She also has been a mother. We don’t know whether she had her puppies in the desert after being abandoned, or in her former home, which nonetheless took her for a drive and tossed her away.”
Anna already had one strike against her when she arrived in the desert: She was born with vision in only one eye. The wounds on Anna’s leg indicate she probably became caught in an illegal coyote leg-hold trap before eventually chewing off her own foot to escape. Her ordeal must have been horrifying, yet the day after her surgery at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, Anna enthusiastically pulled her veterinary nurse into the facility’s grassy yard for some play time.
“Anna is showing us we can take hits and carry on our work here at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue with passion, in spite of a drop in donations in 2010,” Grillo explained. “She hasn’t let anything get her down. This special dog is inspiring me to work even harder to ensure our work here at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue continues, no matter what curve balls the economy is throwing us.”
For the rest of her life, Anna will remain at the 115-acre D.E.L.T.A. Rescue SuperSanctuary, where staff dedicate their time to providing loving care to Anna and 1,500 abandoned cats and dogs just like her. Once a cast-off, Anna now gives her caretakers the energy and stamina to keep going when things get tough.
To learn more about Anna and the work the 501(c)3 D.E.L.T.A. Rescue has been doing to help animals for over three decades, visit the nonprofit organization’s Web site at http://www.deltarescue.org. Those interested in supporting D.E.L.T.A. Rescue’s ongoing mission can donate directly from the Web site, over the phone or via postal mail.
The number one priority at the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue SuperSanctuary is to provide the best possible care and comfort for our animals. Our founder, Leo Grillo, has invented the perfect solution to providing our dogs relief from the heat of the summer, and the cold temperatures of the winter by designing a stuccoed straw-bale adobe doghouse.
The stuccoed straw-bale doghouse provides our dogs with exactly the right comfort and cover from the elements. In an effort to help dogs all over the world Leo has created a video that provides step-by-step instructions from the materials needed to complete the project, and a how-to demonstration of building a stuccoed straw-bale doghouse from the ground up.
To receive a copy of the straw-bale doghouse DVD, we do ask for a $10.00 donation to cover the duplication costs and first-class mail postage for each DVD. If you are interested in ordering a DVD please call us at:1-661-269-4010 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a 5 yr old german shepard, he was diagnosed with dysplasia in his hips, and arthritis in his elbows when he was 8 mos old. can I give him robaxin? He is ocassionally stiff, but not in a great deal a pain. He chases horses all day long, and is in really good shape. Lately though, he has been sore. thank you for your time
My 8 month old, male Golden Retreiver has a growth on the inside of his bottom lip. It looks like a small white pill. On the bottom of the ‘pill’ where it’s attached to the lip looks pinkish. What do you think it is? I’m very concerned. Thank you very much
At one time i had a vet med called transvet to calm my dogs during thunderstorms, is it alright to use 2 to 4 mg of valium on a 100 lb dog as i cant get any regular pet tranqualizers where i now live and i am trying to control there anixety, if not that are any human meds useable, thanks for you help, i am a regular supporter of leos and have been for 20 years, Regards Fred
Our vet says that our dog does not have Cushings, may have adrenal tumor in the sense that this is not eliminated, but this is very rare in dogs – feels as if it is looking for needle in haystack to do further tests. Continuation of recent heat and our other dog being euthanized may have pulled her down temporarily. Vet says they have extraordinary number of odd-case animals, possibly a consequence of having rescue cases from many different regions.
I don’t agree…I don’t think adrenal tumors are so rare in dog and from what I understand in dogs who have Cushings disease, 85% have pituitary tumors and 15% have adrenal tumors. Among the adrenal tumors, 50% are benign and 50% are malignant. Removal of an adrenal tumor may provide a cure for the dog’s Cushings. This is in all the books. What do you think?????????