Renee Robins, ACO,
Owen Sound Animal Shelter
The Heat Continues;
Run Baby, Run!;
Cats and Kittens;
Surprise - After 13 surgeries, two stray dogs, and a full day of work, it was a surprise we were not really psyched for.
The last alter for the day became quickly complicated as a huge growth was discovered in the nasal passage near the back of her throat of our last cat.
It had to be removed through her mouth. This was the first I had ever seen and hopefully the last, as it was truly gross. Luckily the doc knew what to do!
Please keep this kitty in your thoughts as we hope for a good recovery.
Dear Sir - I am sorry to hear that you are being evicted from your home. I am sorry to hear that you had three days to find a home. It is very unfortunate that you have waited until now to call the Shelter.
I am saddened to learn that your 17 year old cat cannot go to your new home with you. I understand you are frustrated by this, and understand this is an emotional time for you. It was suggested that you try to find a family member or a friend to take in your cat. It was also suggested that you try a foster home alternative. Please know that these suggestions were not without compassion, and had your cat's best interest at heart.
Your cat is old and will be miserable in the Shelter environment. She will go off her food and potentially end her life under the stress of the Shelter environment, as well as distressed missing you. I cannot stress enough I would never want an animal to suffer and know that by coming to the Shelter at the age of 17 years there is a great risk of this.
was inappropriate for you to swear at us when these suggestions were made
and it was not right for you to tell us what you thought you may now do to
this cat. You threatened to go to the papers over this and tell everyone
how mean and cruel we have been. It seems perhaps you have misunderstood.
Here's hoping you have reconsidered and find a more suitable environment
for your elderly cat.
Cats and Kittens - Hooray for a great adoption day! Saturday must have been a full moon or a lucky day somehow, as with it brought homes for six homeless cats hooray! We have a little breathing space and this makes us all smile.
It has been what feels like forever since so many moved all at once and we were sure needing it. Perhaps all my begging and pleading is now paying off? Many removed from the site, but this does not, however, mean we are running out, as new cats will be posted again soon, there are still many others waiting. Shorthaired, longhaired, young and old we have them all. They are all fixed and many vaccinated, all litter trained, and all checked by the veterinarian.
If you are looking for something in particular, i.e., a kitten, please know we have them in waiting and nothing would make me happier than seeing them adopted as soon as they are ready to go.
As we clean shuffle and post the new ones, we are excited, and hopeful. Hopeful the rest will move as quickly too. I am hoping for yet another full moon, or another lucky day, as it sure would be nice to have even more breathing room.
It seems there is never a shortage, I have yet to run out of kittens and
cats, and that would be a great day if I did!
Surprise - I was in pursuit of a lost dog, patrolling the village of Saugeen First Nation for a wandering pooch I knew was there somewhere, and was pretty certain I could find him perhaps if I wandered a little on foot, and wandered into the forest, and was in for a big surprise.
If you go out in the woods today
I heard the bushes rustling, and was sure I was close to him. I called him, "hey pup, here boy, want a treat? car ride? cookie? wanna go for a walk" I shook the treat bag, and called for him a little more" ...
If you go out in the woods today,
I moved a little closer calling. Then I saw him. He was not who I was seeking.
Beneath the trees, where nobody sees
For the residents of Saugeen First
Nation, particularly those near French Bay Road, make a note... you have a bear in your backyard!!
I now know too!!
Beware of Cattle Rustlers
My Mom and Dad got married June 12th!
I got to go with them to Pelee Island on their honeymoon.
We had a great time camping and exploring.
Bruno - There were many days I thought the time would never come. With his day to be altered, and ready to go home soon, I must admit I was a little nervous. Bruno who was so close to death weeks ago has improved incredibly, and now well, fat, and so close to going home had one more hurdle to cross before that day would come, and it was decided that today he would take it.
Secretly, I was on edge and afraid that after coming so far I would be devastated to have an anesthetic reaction. Bruno a cryptorchid (having only one testicle descended) needed a greater surgery which would involve some digging, and the thoughts of this being too much for him was adding some pressure on all of us. It was not spoken, and all that was said was "I am sure he will be fine" but I know there was concern from all of us. No one wanted to have any troubles with this boy we loved so much.
When all was done, and neuter complete, tattoo added, he was laid to recover with Miss Mable, there was a sigh of relief.
He in Mable's hands was going to be just fine.
I am pleased to say that within the next few days we will begin the process of finding our boy a loving home.
My heart happy to be able to say it, and with pride I can thank my team, it is almost time my friends we have done it.
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The Heat Continues - The people were cranky, hot and bothered, and their pets are feeling the heat too! With the reports of dog bite incidents way up in the last few days, and reports of animals acting funny and not themselves I now need to remind everyone to be safe.
Fido is unhappy. He, like you, is hot and agitated by the heat, but cannot tell you. Lap dogs are wanting to be left alone, and those who are normally underfoot are keeping their distance. This helps them cool. Please do not force them to be with you. Please tell your children now is the best time to back off, and stay out of their dog's face.
As my priorities are keeping people and pets safe, I can't stress enough that your pet must come to you on their terms throughout these hot days, they must be allowed to stay cool and quiet, and now is not the time to have company over, push or prod them, dress them in clothes, or tell them what they should or should not be doing.
beloved pets are a big part of our family, but they are still animals by
nature, and they will still bite when hot and bothered. This bite is bad
for both them and you. Please help a bad situation be avoided by thinking
of them in this heat. Remember that personalities change when under distress
and duress, and that the heat can do that. Remind your children, and keep
your pets under care and control.
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The F-Word - The heat is still turned way up! People are now getting very cranky. People who are often pleasant and reasonable are unfortunately now getting way past cranky. Today, I had the pleasure of being yelled at by an 82 year old woman. This yelling and ranting continued for over forty minutes. She clearly was distraught and even used the f-word, which I think may have been the first time someone so elderly has cursed at me.
Last fall a stray cat wandered onto this elderly lady's property; this cat stayed. Her area with no cat by-law could not help her, and unable to drive, and with limited resources she had found herself in a predicament. She offered it shelter over the winter, and fed it. Early spring this cat gave birth to five kittens. These kittens are now five months old, are feral and are living at her home. To make things more stressful, weeks ago, mom has since had five more. There are now ten and mom living in her yard. Babes from early spring soon to be of reproducing age she recognizes she is soon in a crisis. She has contacted any and all rescues she could manage, and as I listed off places and names, she confirmed connecting with them. She has contacted all veterinarians, and all animal control facilities, she has really tried everything. I recognize her frustration, I am empathetic to her stress, and understand she is up against a wall, as even to alter them, she is facing not only costs, but the challenges of gathering them at 82 years of age. She was angry with the threat of euthanasia of all of the cats, and threatened by the neighbour to do it. So, she yelled and ranted while I listened.
Thankfully, I was able to keep my cool. After we chatted, and we discussed potential options, and she recognized my desire to help, but merely limited abilities - I believe we came to a reasonable solution.
Hours passed, and the temp cooled a little too, I
again saw her name come up on the phone ID. I braced myself as I answered. Thankfully her call was to thank me, and tell me there was a plan now in place.
Unfortunately, she is not the first person I have spoken to in this predicament, but
fortunately I have learned it's manageable. More manageable, in fact, than it is to find homes for so many cats.
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Holy Hot Dog - It was so very warm today with a temp reported to me at 39!! While we kept all the runs doors and windows closed, walked the dogs only briefly and gave each a dip in the pool we did what we could to keep those poor pooches cool. Each pant releasing more heat and moisture it was a sticky day in the dog room. The cats laid quietly and just an extra water refill kept them comfortable. My thoughts today, of course, are for those on the streets or worse yet those left in cars, kennels, yards, tied to poles, etc., without things to help keep them cool and I hope they are well.
think of your four-legged friends when thinking about how you will stay
cool. Everyone needs lots of water, a way out of the sun and a place they
can get cool. Know the signs of heat stroke, agitation, salivation,
confusion, vomiting, diarrhea, heavy panting, change in colour of the gums
or tongue, change in dilation or redness in the eyes. Know what to do if
your pet begins to overheat, gradual cooling with warm to cool water, not
cold, wrap them in a wet towel and immediately seek a cooler location and
offer water to drink. Again cool to warm water not cold and call your
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