Posts Tagged 'animal rescue'

So twee!

Chihuahua adopts kittens in Surrey.

A two-year-old chihuahua named Buttercup has adopted two separate litters of kittens and is nursing them back to health.

Her owner, Lisa Scribner, 37, said Buttercup feeds and cleans them just as though they were her own puppies. Scribner is a veterinarian assistant at the Angel Animal Hospital.

The bittersweet tale began two weeks ago when Buttercup gave birth to a puppy who died four hours after birth. Scribner said it broke her heart to see her beloved Buttercup looking so forlorn.

Along that line

Sweet Nothing gets a prosthetic limb.

Saved first from the slaughterhouse, then from a devastating leg injury that veterinarians said called for euthanasia, the small bay mare is now one of a handful of horses in the world to sport a customized prosthetic limb after her bad hind leg was amputated below the hock.

“When you save a person’s life that person becomes your responsibility until the end of his days,” said Roger Brincker, the 74-year-old Alberta man who has spent the last three decades rescuing animals and, nine years ago, added Sweet Nothing to his brood.

“I look at my animals along that line. Once I’ve saved animals from being slaughtered or mistreated, this animal is now in my care and I can’t abandon it.”

Rights they deserve

At Francine Peeler’s farm in Moncrieff.

At 58, Peeler estimates she has taken in close to 75 horses, 70 dogs, 350 cats and a number of other critters. With nearly 50 years of experience rescuing abused and neglected animals, Peeler continues to be driven by the need to give animals the rights they deserve.
“The main thing that frustrates me is that animals aren’t toys, they aren’t disposable items,” she said. “So many people get them and realize they can’t handle them, and they end up being dumped.”

Horse healing

At the Rocking Horse Ranch and Rehabilitation Centre.

Stone adopted Breagh 15 years ago when she was just a six-month-old horse. She was thin, neglected and distrustful of humans. The two connected, because she was trying to rid herself of an abusive partner, she says.

“Within the next year, I managed to get myself clear of this fella,” she says. “It took every bit of strength that I had . . . to do it, (and) at the end of it, I just felt like I was going to crawl in to bed and die. I was just drained.

“And only for this little horse, I had to get up and look after it and try to heal it. Within a year of healing the horse, I realized I healed myself.”

Cat ladies

Profile of Orillia’s Comfie Cat Shelter.

Nothing about Maureen, her spotless house, or visitors Barb and Anne suggests the stereotypical eccentric cat lady living in a decaying ruin, overrun by cats. Yet they are often labelled “cat ladies,” sometimes unkindly, and on occasion clearly despised and even threatened by those who perceive them to be aiding and abetting homeless cats.

The neuter/release program the volunteers undertake is only gradually being embraced, gradually being understood as a solution to controlling the burgeoning number of free-roaming cats. Cats have been multiplying, largely due to the failure of owners to fulfil their obligation to their pets. Kittens procured to amuse children over the summer are left behind at cottages; people on the move leave cats to starve in empty houses and apartments. Overwhelmed by broken marriages, lost jobs, the fast pace of life, the expense of veterinary care, humans force cats to fend for themselves — then persecute them for doing so.

But thanks to a devoted few, change is on the way. In Israel, fee-less neutering is now available and the killing of cats has been deemed illegal. Other countries and communities are also taking a more enlightened approach, Orillia among them. Even those less fond of cats can see the wisdom of supporting the Comfie Cat Shelter’s endeavour to humanely deter the cat population and to find responsible homes for needy kittens.

Big change

A profile of DeWinton’s Rescue and Sanctuary for Threatened Animals.

The RASTA grounds are like Old MacDonald’s farm, with big and small animals walking around like family. Chickens take methodical steps scanning for snacks while potbelly pigs root around with the same goal in mind. Rabbits hop by. A dog sleeps in the sun. Guinea fowl, with their elegant spotted feathers, strut around as the cat and the horses overlook the scene.

In the paddock, miniature donkeys, llamas, goats and horses hang about.

It’s an interspecies lounge area, everyone living free-range style.

That’s a big change for the RASTA residents. The chickens, for example, were rescued from a factory farm where they had laid eggs in a tight cage, suffering constant pecking from other chickens and were unable to stand or stretch their wings. When chickens’ egg production drops they are no longer valuable and are often destined to be tossed alive in a wood chipper Cerny said.



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