Uggie, the star of the Academy Award winning film The Artist, is now helping shelter pets! I didn’t see that movie (in fact I hadn’t heard of it until it won the award, I’m so out of the loop!) but I can tell Uggie is adorbs.
Before capturing the hearts of people, Uggie was just another shelter dog looking for a loving family and a warm home. After two families gave him up, Uggie was finally adopted permanently. His story has ignited concern over the amount of animals abandoned, and now with his help he can save other unwanted pets.
Aw, poor Uggie. How sweet that he is a star now!
I think about dog actors a lot. I’m completely opposed to chimp actors and elephant actors but dog actors seem a bit different? Especially if the dog actor was adopted. If you are breeding 101 dalmatian puppies that will just be thrown away after the movie, that’s one thing, but saving a pup from a shelter is very different. So I’m like, maybe it’s OK? Because a lot of dogs actually thrive on and even need little “jobs” to do in order to be happy, but does that mean a literal job is good for them?
I hope so. But I’m just waiting for a scary undercover dog actor expose to come out. Thoughts?
Bay Area: Bunny adoption event this Saturday! »
This is Dudley, can he stop being ridiculously cute for like a minute? Jeez louise!
Here are the details, friend:
Join us Saturday, May 5th from 11am-3pm at our rabbit adoption event at the East Bay SPCA in Dublin with rabbits and bunnies from 5 different rescue groups and shelters from all over the Bay Area. Rabbit experts will be on hand!
- Bring your family to pet the rabbits and enjoy interacting with them
- Learn about rabbits, what they eat, and how to take care of them
- Bring your rabbit questions
- Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him/her a bunny friend (bunny speed dating!)
- Free nail trims for rabbits
- Meet and adopt the rabbit of your dreams
- Check out our great bunny blankets & bunny toys for sale!
A Rabbit Education & Adoption Event!
Saturday, May 5th
East Bay SPCA
4651 Gleason Drive, Dublin, CA
Oskar the blind kitten has some Christmas fun!
If you haven’t heard of Oskar, you’ve been missing out! He’s just about the cutest blind kitty in the world. You must watch this video now of Oskar and his first toys. Don’t cry! Crying is for babies! JK, let it out. You’ll feel cleansed. If you need more, this vid of Oskar and his roommate Klaus is pretty great.
Prince Charles and Camilla adopt a dog! »
Say what you will about Camilla*, but girlfriend is a pal to animals! According to CNN,
Last fall, Camilla opened [Battersea Dogs and Cats Home]’s new cattery, and mentioned to staff that she’d love another Jack Russell since her beloved Freddy had died. (Freddy was such a part of the family that Camilla’s son Tom named his own child after the dog!)
When a Jack Russell was left at the shelter, the staff emailed photos to the Duchess.“I just couldn’t resist her, she is gorgeous,” Camilla told Britain’s Daily Mail of seeing the pup’s pictures. “It is so exciting. I can’t wait for her to meet the family.
First off, A CATTERY!! And secondly, her son named his kid after a dog! My kinda family! Because don’t think for a minute that if I ever make the mistake of bringing a child into this godforsaken world that it won’t be named Hazel. And finally, awww! The British royal family knows to rescue! Which makes them better than our royal family, what with the accepting of gifts of dogs bred for sale and complete inability to successfully govern and shit. GET IT TOGETHER, OBAMA! Jesus.
Here is a picture of a Jack Russell that is not Camilla’s Jack Russell, but they all look kinda the same, which is to say: CRAZY. This guy is named Russell (creative!) and he’s up for adoption at the Oakland Animal Shelter! Adopt his adorable ass, why don’t you!
*Man, she had it rough for awhile. British gossips be gossiping! But you know what? They need to recognize that she did not break up Charles and Diana (RIP)—he was ALWAYS gonna be with Camilla! I mean, I was like four years old when all that shit went down and even I knew that!
This is Barley, an adult shepherd mix who needs a home! How cute is he? My friend’s family is fostering him and looking for a great person to adopt him, so let’s spread word!
From his foster family:
Barley is a friendly companion and a good dog, as simple as that. He’s laid-back, sweet, obedient, quiet, and a real pleasure to be with. He appreciates every pet, cuddle and walk. Barley loves exploring the outdoors—if you want a hiking or hunting companion, he’s your boy, though he’ll be just as happy as a casual walking buddy. Barley knows basic commands, is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and is housebroken. He could live well with a calm, socialized dog, but needs a cat-free home.
Barley’s a downright good dog that’s constantly passed by for one who’s just a bit younger or a bit smaller. Even though most of us would love a dog as laid-back as Barley, he is overshadowed time and time again by shelter mates who are more vocal, energetic, or pleading as an adopter walks through the shelter. His manners are misperceived as complacency.
As well, Barley has a common condition called DLE, a mild form of lupus that means he just needs a few meds every day and sunscreen on his nose. So his health is great, his nose just looks a little funny, so he’s not getting the attention such a beautiful dog normally would! BONUS: the shelter working with him has promised to pay for his lupus meds for his entire life!
Please help spread the word and let’s find this cutie a home!!!
Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: Clyde! »
Clyde is currently being fostered in Queens, N.Y., but I think that still counts because he’s being fostered from the shelter. Plus, look how cute! From his foster-mom Karen:
I’ve been fostering him since December when his owner decided to get a dog who was always biting Clyde. The owner then decided to take Clyde to Animal Care and Control, an almost sure death sentence for this two year old sweetie.
Clyde can be shy at first (he spent most of his time hiding when he first came to me) but he’s an affectionate cat who enjoys being petted. Since he’s been here so long I’ve seen him come out of his shell. He loves treats and loves playing with fish pole toys. He gets along with my three other cats and has gotten along with the seven other cats I’ve fostered or cat sat during his stay here.
I’d love to keep him but since I already have three of my own and foster once in a while and TNR* here and there AND feed myself (being vegan can be a bit expensive), I can’t :(
I’d love for Clyde to find his forever home!
What do you say? Got room in your life for Clyde?! He’s so cute! Look at this ridiculousness:
Plus, how much do I want that bedspread?
Another pic for good measure and because you can never have too many cute cat pics:
If you want to adopt Clyde or if you know of a nice shelter kitty looking for a home, send me an email!
*trap, neuter, release—I had to ask Laura. She didn’t laugh at me.
Adopt a Shelter Cat Month: Marcel! »
Take a look at Marcel! He is from Brooklyn and he’s a real looker! From his foster-mom Rebecca:
I’d like you to meet Marcel, a kitty in serious need of a foster or permanent home. He is a very cute little cat, with a tuxedo coat and charming white mustache. Marcel and I met a couple weeks ago in front of the automotive high school in Williamsburg. He was hiding next to the steps, watching the cars go by, and as soon as I started talking to him, he jumped up and began to meow, roll around, and play in the grass. He was very excited to have the attention. I was hopeful that he was a lost cat I’d seen posted about in the neighborhood, but sadly that is not the case. Right now he is at the recovery space/shelter I help out at, which is mainly used for trap-neuter-return projects. It is a busy place, with lots of other cats, and Marcel is overwhelmed. He is very, very frightened by all the activity and spends almost all of his time in the corner of his cage. Still, even though he is nervous, he immediately responds to affection by purring and kneading. He’s a really sweet cat.
Because the shelter space is causing him so much stress, Marcel needs a foster or permanent home as soon as possible. He is approximately 1 year old, neutered, and healthy. If you or anyone you know would be interested in fostering or adopting him, or just meeting him to start, please let me know! I meet lots and lots of cats, and I have to say Marcel is an exceptionally good one.
I love his white mustache! And I love the name Marcel! Jeez, everybody is giving their rescue cats such great names these days! But, I should tell you, if you don’t like your adopted cat’s name, you can totally change it. I wasn’t sure about that when I was adopting, like I was like, that’s kind of rude to change the cat’s name! But my dog trainer at the time was like, “they don’t know it’s their NAME, they think it’s an attention command” and I was like, OMG totally! So you’re really just changing the attention command. But I’m actually not as gallant as I’m pretending—Mitsy’s original name was Maisy, which I thought was frumpy, but I chose the name Mitsy because it wasn’t that much of an adjustment. I like the name though because you can call her Mitzerella! Ooooo you know what?! You could call Marcell “Mars!” Awesome!
Um, where was I? This handsome devil needs a home. Somebody take him in! You could just foster him for a bit, and then I’ll do ANOTHER post for you saying he’s now being fostered! I promise. And like I said before, if any of you know of a nice shelter kitty looking for a home, send me a pic during June and I’ll post it! Also email me if you are interested in adopting or fostering Marcel!
Big June: Dairy Month AND Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! Guess which one we’re not celebrating »
Yes, it’s Dairy Month. Eff that noise, dairy-eating jerks! It’s also Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Yay! I have a shelter cat who is the most perfect little cat you’ve ever met. Oh, little Mits! You’re the cutest! Please stop scratching up the furniture!
Above is Lilac, who is at a shelter here in Brooklyn. You should adopt her! Look at those eyes! Hey, if any of you know of a nice shelter kitty looking for a home, send me a pic during June and I’ll post it! Let’s get some cats adopted!
Here’s some kitty stats for you from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy:
Data from shelters participating in the survey done by the NCPPSP for four years, 24.9 percent of the dogs and 23.4 percent of the cats were adopted into new homes. The percentage of dogs euthanized averaged 56.5 percent. The cats did not fair so well as an average of 71.1 percent were destroyed. It is not possible to use these statistics to estimate the numbers of animals adopted or euthanized on an annual basis. The reporting shelters may not represent a random sampling of U.S. shelters.
Dang, 71 percent? That sucks. It’s probably higher now; that study was done in the ’90s, pre-mortgage-meltdown. I hear a lot more pets are being surrendered these days because people are forced to move. The site was also saying that the majority of people get cats from other people they know and not from a shelter—you know what that means? Everybody knows some jerks who can’t spay or neuter their cats or think it’s cute to have a litter. It’s not fucking cute. Get your cat fixed!
I remember when I got Mitsy spayed, she didn’t even care. But she’s a total thug. The day I brought her home after surgery, they told me she might hide for a bit but she didn’t hide or act any different or anything; she was just like, “nbd, just got my kitten-machine clipped.” They shaved a little bit of her hair and put a pain-killer patch on her—kind of cool! I didn’t know they had patches for that. I was supposed to leave the patch on her for four days, but like 10 minutes after she got home, she ripped that thing off! I tried to stick the corners back down but then she was just like, “blammo!” and ripped it off, pulling out fur and whatnot. She didn’t even care! She’s like, “I don’t feel no stinking pain! Pain is for suckers!” See what I’m saying? THUG.
Care2.com has a nice list of things to consider before adopting a cat, check it out! One such thing: adopt two! Then they can keep each other company, so you won’t feel guilty when you’re working late, leaving poor Lilac* home alone all night. Read the list and then go out and get your cat!
One last thing: I’d love to hear some adoption stories in the comments! Happy adoption stories are the best!
*Or the cat of your choice!
It’s Adopt the Internet Day! »
I think this is my new favorite holiday! On this the holiest of days, Petfinder wants you to spread the word online: Adopt! You can get a cool badge like me if you want and add it to your own blog or website.
I’m glad we’re talking about adopting because people buying dogs has really gotten to me lately. Listen to this: my friend’s family had a really skittish dog; they said he was skittish because he was SHIPPED FROM AUSTRALIA when he was too old. This dog was shipped at 10 weeks instead of eight weeks or whatever. I guess the idea is that if you ship the puppy when it’s young enough, they aren’t conscious enough to remember the ordeal. The dog was a special Australian “doodle” of some sort and I guess they just had to have one of these dogs even though that’s completely insane. But what would you have them do?! Get an AMERICAN doodle?! Rubbish!
Oh and get this: the breeder doesn’t even live in a major city so the puppies have a five-hour truck ride before they even get to the airport. Nice. This dog was super-duper permanently skittish and jumpy because of this ridiculous trip. Sadly, the dog was hit by a car a few months ago and died. He was a good dog and it was very sad. But then IMMEDIATELY my friend’s parents go to contact the Australian breeder so they can get one of their deceased dog’s family members! I couldn’t believe! You see firsthand how this insane journey emotionally scars your dog and you want to do that to another puppy? People are crazy!
Meanwhile, millions of dogs are put to sleep every year here in the U.S. because there are still nut-ass people buying dogs instead of adopting. Go figure.
Bay Area pit bull lovers: NOW is the time to adopt! »
I don’t know if any of you saw this San Francisco Chronicle story about the terrified and emaciated and covered-in-blood-and-bruises pit bulls who were found in the back of an East Oakland home? It’s really fucking sad and upsetting and we should all be heartbroken and pissed. If you’ve ever known and loved a pit bull (and to know a pit bull is to love a pit bull because these mofos are the BEST), this is especially devastating. Bullies thrive on love and really crave human attention and affection and so to be so abused and neglected, UGH FUCK YOU WORLD. However, one of the greatest things about pit bulls is how resilient they are. Not many other breeds (or say, humans) can be abused to the brink of destruction and then bounce back and choose to love again. They are so trusting and loving, these cute-ass little tail-waggers OMG I LOVE PIT BULLS SO MUCH. When I first started volunteering at shelters, I was kinda scared of them without any real basis, except for OMG PIT BULLS. The more I walked and fostered the breed, the more I saw how fucking awesome they are. They are so fucking awesome. I’ve fostered hundreds (literally hundreds) of pit bulls since 2000, and I’ve never had anything but fantastic experiences with all of them. So the next time someone is talking any shit on the breed, send their asses to me and we will tussle. Or I will rationally explain to them why they’re racist. DONE and DONE.
ADOPT A PIT BULL! They make the absolute best dog friends ever and you do your own small form of activism every time you walk down the street with your pal. People can meet and talk to a real life pit bull and see that they aren’t the scary monsters from the 10 o’clock news. Plus, they are excellent at cleaning the floor, and make terrific supplemental heaters in the winter. OH, and they snore SO CUTE. When a human snores, I want to throw them out a window, but when Hazel snores, MY HEART I CAN’T TAKE IT.
So adopt a pit bull today, already! Or a pit mix! You will not regret this decision, trust me. And if adopting seems too scary, contact a rescue group about fostering. All the love without all the commitment! I get it; commitment is scary and dying alone is a more pleasurable option. Anyway, DO IT.
[photos via Oakland Animal Services; Fifi by Sarah Atkins Photography]