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10/25/2013

Cutie Chihuahua up for adoption in Bay Area!  »

Winnie is currently being fostered in Oakland but would like a forever home of her own! I love her big ol’ ears! Details:

I am fostering a little 4-pd chihuahua through A Leg Up Rescue, a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from life-threatening situations. All of these companion animals were either in danger of being euthanized in animal shelters, neglected or abused, or taken from the public (when space permits) so they are not bounced around to different homes or collected and sold to research labs by “bunchers.”

The dogs name is Winnie and she is a very sweet, loving 1 year old puppy who was abandoned in a cardboard box outside a shelter in Monterey. I am fostering her in Oakland and hoping to find her a forever home! She loves walks outside just as much as snuggling deep in the covers. She is great with my other dog, so she would definitely be OK in a multipet home.

Contact Kate if you want to know more/adopt Winnie!

11/15/2012

Got a heart? Foster some bunnies for Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary!  »


Things your Vegansaurus loves: Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary; bunnies.

Things your Vegansaurus advises you do: Foster some bunnies for Harvest Home!

As our pal Anne Martin says, “Opening your home to a single or bonded pair of bunnies for the holidays is a great way for them to get special TLC, and help them get ready to find their forever homes!”

We ask for a fostering commitment of at least one month.  You can specify a fostering end date, but we are particularly appreciative of foster homes that can keep their foster rabbit until they are adopted, which can be anywhere from two to nine months.


Harvest Home needs fosters for lots of different bunnies, in the following four categories:

Adoptable Rabbit Fosters: These rabbits have no special needs, they just need a foster home where they can get daily hop time, fresh salads, and love! These fosters will take their foster bunny to a monthly adoption event.

Special Foster: Rabbit Behavior: These fosters specialize in rabbits that need extra TLC because of their personality or past experiences that have left them shy, fearful, or protective. We would love fosters who have time to spend some one-on-one time with their foster bunny each day, to help them become more comfortable in a home environment. … These fosters will take their foster bunny to a monthly adoption event.

Special Foster: Rabbit Medical Care: These fosters have experience with rabbits, would like to specialize in special needs bunnies, and would be happy to foster a bunny with limited mobility (like a healed, formerly broken leg), congenital problems (like splay-leg), a rabbit that needs a daily oral medication, or a rabbit that needs to visit our vet occasionally for conditions like overgrown teeth, or a weepy eye. Harvest Home pays for all approved vet care, including medications. These rabbits would not be shown at adoption events until they receive a clean bill of health from the vet—they could be returned to Harvest Home at that time.  We can match the medical care foster rabbit to your level of experience.

Special Foster: Sanctuary Foster: These fosters take home a single or pair of rabbits who are in sanctuary care. Similar to adopting, these rabbits can live out the rest of their lives in their foster home, however, Harvest Home will pay all approved medical expenses for the life of the rabbits. People interested in becoming sanctuary fosters can meet the available sanctuary singles & pairs and select the rabbits that best fit their lifestyle.  We have many older bunnies who would love to spend their golden years in a home.


Harvest Home provides all the startup materials necessary for keeping a happy, healthy bun in your home, including a pen or cage, litterbox, dishes, and initial food. You feed your foster rabbit, and give him or her daily out-of-cage fun time.

If you’re interesting in fostering one (or more!) bunnies for Harvest Home, contact Anne. To see some of the bunnies available for adoption right now, including the three cutiepies in this post (Bugsy, Flower, and Dudley), check out Harvest Home’s Petfinder.

[Photos by Ian Elwood via Petfinder]

11/06/2012

Emergency dog foster home needed in California! Please help!  »

On Sunday, this dog was found on a lonely country road near Stockton. She was half-starved and covered in fleas; swimming in a muddy irrigation canal. She was rescued by the kind-hearted folks at Harvest Home Sanctuary, where they cleaned her up and named her Lydia. They’d keep her and adopt her out but the issue is, she’s not great with small animals, and they’ve got a lot of small animals. Plus, they are just overwhelmed and need our help. Lydia’s in need of training but she’s receptive and already knows how to sit. Smart girl!

They need a foster home or adoption miracle right now like never before! These are the people who step up to rescue animals ALL THE TIME, animals that society has neglected and thrown out, and they need our help! There has to be SOMEONE out there who can take Lydia in and show her some love?  

If you think you’re up to task, please please please email info@harvesthomesanctuary.org TODAY! She only has a couple days and they are desperate for a good home. Save Lydia!!!

And if you do foster her but can’t adopt, I can promise you that we will feature her on Vegansaurus EVERY WEEK until she has a new home. Seriously, we will get her forever home in no time! She just needs a safe house until then! Or maybe you are that forever home? LOOK AT THAT FACE LET”S GIVE HER ALL THE KISSES.

04/12/2012

Say hello to the Kitten Cam!  »

[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]

Holy crap that video is cute! That mom is cray, carrying the kitten like that! She was all, “OK, that’s enough, give me my damn baby.” How cute is that? So awesome. I was like, why’s she putting it on the table? But she was just trying to get to the crate. It would be funny if she just put them on the table though, right? Haaa. Kittens on a table. 

But wait, there’s more! These kittens and their pretty mom (she’s so pretty!) are being fostered until the kittens are old enough to adopt, but in the meantime, their foster mom set up a kitten cam for us! I love it! These guys are so rascally. I know what I’ll be watching all the dang time. 

01/21/2012

Hella cats and dogs need your help in Oakland!  »

There about 80 cats and two dogs in Oakland that desperately need your help, whether by being able to foster, provide placement or donate cash-money.
The OAS seized these animals about two months ago (the person with the animals has been charged with a crime of which I do not know) and until this last week, all the animals have been in legal limbo. They are now available for placement! All of the cats have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and tested for FIV/FeLV, etc but may need dental work. Some of the the cats are tame, but many are feral or semi-tame (perfect if you live on a farm or have a large backyard).

Susan Hoffman of Bright Haven explains what is needed:

1.)Placements, especially yard or barn homes for ferals and experienced fosters for shy cats.

2.)Transport assistance: I anticipate transports to South Bay and North Bay and possibly up to the Sacramento area.

3.)Donations: I’m expecting a lot of these cats will need dental care and that’s  going to be expensive.

If you are able to help, she asks that you contact her immediately at @susanh@brighthaven.org or her cell 415-359-4113.

On a final note, Susan urges,”I am begging everyone who reads this to forward it along, talk to friends, see if you can find any way to help some of these cats find a place to go. Easily 40 of these cats are sufficiently unsocialized, they will need yard or barn homes or even inside sanctuary”.


Cats are the best! Here is a picture of Indie Bradley, smiling on top of her new comforter. Because, you know, whatever I own is actually hers.

09/02/2011

On Cropped Ears & Adopting These Cute-Ass Puppies!  »

First off: People who crop puppies ears are total idiot assholes. Secondly: People who crop puppies ears at home with box cutters and no anesthesia are like, OMG LET ME AT THEM. I know it’s our fucked society that treats people like garbage and so they in turn treat animals, kids, and the elderly like garbage, and I waiver back and forth between being mad at individuals and being mad at society and mainly, I’m just hella pissed off all the time. Mainly at society. A society that would let these two sweet puppies get their ears cut off with box cutters! Ugh!

ANYWAY, San Francisco-based Rocket Dog Rescue just got these two sweet three month old puppies in and they are SO DAMN CUTE and need foster or adoptive homes STAT! If you don’t know what fostering is, it’s the greatest and I’m too pressed for time to explain it right now (not doing anything special, just gotta eat lunch) but read this thing I wrote for the Bold Italic about it. If you don’t know what adoption is, you are… I don’t even know what you are but I’m impressed you can read this blog post!

So anyway, these two sweet loving wonderful pups are named Mack (darker guy) and Jack (lighter guy) and they need your help! If you know anyone in the SF Bay Area who might want to foster or adopt, please text Pali from Rocket Dog Rescue at 415 756 8188. Be persistent! She gets a million billion calls, emails, and texts a day and she needs to be harassed to make sure she prioritizes you and your need to cuddle one of these cute-ass puppies!

Pali says of the pups:

These pups are coming to rocket dog rescue TODAY, the pups are 3 months old, came into the shelter with a horrible home “crop job” ears cut off with box cutters, duck tapped to cardboard. poor little guys. they need extra special homes that will love and protect them. Adoptions have slowed down and we really want to get these pups into the safe and happy homes they so deserve. They are nice boys… happy, playful, and have a natural sweetness that just glows from them. This is the best day ever (so far) and every day will get only better. 

I love you, Mack and Jack! May you get the best homes ever that are deserving of your wonderful selves and may you never not know a day filled with cuddles and scratches and long walks in the sunshine and many cookies, both of the canine and human variety!

06/16/2011

Guest post: “I FELL INTO A K-HOLE OF ADORABLE.” Fostering kittens for the SF SPCA RULES!  »


It’s kitten season! And when I heard the San Francisco SPCA was hurting for foster homes, I realized that duh, I need KITTENS in my FACE! I’m still sort of in the rebound period after losing my ridiculously amazing ferret six months ago (you know, where you want to borrow everyone else’s animals but aren’t ready to commit?) so a perpetual cycle of kittens and loss sounded like an awesome fix. I signed up for the next kitten-fostering class at the SPCA.

The two-hour class was taught by Alison Lane, the SPCA Foster Coordinator, who is super nice and helpful. In it, we learned:

  • Fostering saves lives. Because of foster homes, the SF SPCA is able to take in about 1,000 more kittens a year! BAM!
  • It is a lot of work. Fostering kittens requires a minimum time-commitment of two hours a day. You have to be available to take them to the SPCA for regular vaccinations and in case of emergency.
  • You need a safe, easy-to-clean kitten room away from resident animals. A bathroom is recommended for good reason (more on this later) but I’m poor and share my bathroom with five people—so my bedroom it is.
  • You keep the kittens until they weigh two pounds and can be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption. So you basically get them at the height of preciousness and socialize them to be awesome pets.
  • The SPCA gives you a surprisingly thick volunteer manual [.pdf], which conveniently doubles as a kitten calendar minus the white squares.
  • They also provide dry and wet food (Fancy Feast! These bitches eat better than me!), plus a “vegetable” scale to weigh them every day. You buy the litter box, scoop, litter and scratching post (for a total of $15.23 at the SPCA).
  • I also got my kittens blankets and snazzy toys, but you can use old towels and make your own toys. Kitten badger don’t give a fuck.

For you losers out there who can’t cut it as a freelance writer or artist and have to go to your square JOB that pays you a boring SALARY or whatever from 9 to 5, you can foster kittens, too! You just have to feed them and change their litter before you leave for work, when you first come home, and before bed. Plus they will probably liberate your employed soul, so you should totally do it!

When I got home, I emailed Alison and made an appointment to pick up my antidepressant kittens the following Saturday. I DID NOT get wasteyface the night before, but NESTED like a neurotic mama-goose cat-lady—and magically got up before noon on a Saturday to pick up my kitten babies. After a brief run-down with Alison, she brought out my kittens; Clover and Stars were two tiny, mewling, black amaze-balls, one longhair and one shorthair. I was a little bummed that if all went well, I’d only have the little bros for a week (they start you off easy), but OHMYGOSH KITTENS!

DAY ONE
THE CUTENESS IS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. I’m serious. Because like, there’s nothing to do about it. UGH! You basically get blue-balled by cuteness.

Clover and Stars are exceptionally badass cats — they’re both super playful, curious and affectionate, but I’m quickly learning their individual quirks. Like that Stars FUCKING OWNS the feather toy. And Clover asks to be picked up. AWWW!

DAY TWO
I wake up to two black kitten noses pressed against my face. I remember that Alison specifically said not to take kittens on your bed, but they jump up themselves and won’t listen to me! Besides, I love feeling LOVED!
It’s over. I’m hooked on cuteness contact high.

DAY THREE
I have officially fallen into a K-HOLE OF ADORABLE. I thought the kittens would make me more productive by keeping me in my room and on a schedule, but it’s hard to get anything done when you are anchored to a chair by an impossibly adorable purr-bomb all up in your lap and you can’t even reach your computer.

DAY FOUR

I (metaphorically) stop showering and delete my Facebook (metaphorically). Kittens are all I need now. Kittens make me happy. An anonymous kitten has a little accident on my brand-new duvet, but whatever! Kittens!
I bought them a scratching post, but they prefer my yoga matt (now destroyed). Eye shadows are hockey pucks, curtains a rock-climbing wall. I leave Stars and Clover alone longer than a few hours for the first time and return to find my beloved person-sized trout pillow soaked in urine on the floor.

But whatever, right? Kittens! Anyway, it seems they will definitely reach their goal weight by day seven, so I make an appointment to drop them off soon. Sadness.

DAY FIVE:
WHY ARE YOU PEEING ON MY BED WHEN I HAVE GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING I LOVE YOU SO MUCH WHY???!!!!?!

DAY SIX
I wake up to discover the kittens have officially started using my bed as a litter box (AKA KITTEN POOP ON MY DUVET WTF). I call Alison, who explains that I should have contacted her immediately when the kittens were having litter box issues, so they won’t learn bad habits and be returned by their families when adopted. Of course I feel shoot-me-now HORRIBLE (even though she assures me it’s fine).

I decide to cut my losses and return them a day early. I was SUPER sad to say goodbye but I think my shame softened the blow a little.

Fostering kittens is seriously effing amazing and IT SAVES LIVES and you should do it! Just don’t fuck up like me! If you have to use your bedroom, get a kitten corral or large cage for when they are unsupervised. I already got mine. BAM! That’s right; this kitten mama is coming back for more! That’s how good this shit is, man.
If you are interested in fostering kittens, please contact your local SPCA or rescue group. For information on fostering with the SF SPCA, click here. To sign up for the next foster class, email the Foster Coordinator Alison Lane at foster@sfspca.org. Do it!

UPDATE: Clover and Stars have found their forever homes! If you are interested in adopting a kitten or cat from the SPCA, click here.

Aurora Wells is a writer and artist living in San Francisco with persistent dreams and borrowed kittens. While working on her first graphic novel, she writes about death and pours shots at a dive bar. Art, animals and alliteration are some of Aurora’s favorite things. She will do pretty much anything for that vegan cookie.

06/11/2011

Adorable deaf pit bull needs a (SF Bay Area) foster home (or forever home!) by MONDAY  »

Her name is Jane and she is so fucking cute and sweet and awesome and if I wasn’t headed out of the country for a couple weeks, I’d totally foster her!! HOWEVER, you can save her! Details copied and pasted below because I got a plane to catch, fools!

Can you help this little girl? Here’s the scoop on this dog, who needs to be out of SF Animal Care & Control by Monday—or she will not get out alive.

Perhaps you can foster, or you know someone who can foster, or if not, please forward this as widely as possible to anyone who might be
interested in rescuing Betty/Jane. Fostering is easy, fun, and best part: no commitment! You just take care of this sweet girl like she’s your own until she’s adopted. EASY PEASY.

Pali Boucher of Rocket Dog Rescue has a CIP/hold on Betty/Jane but the hold is only good until Monday. Though Pali has posted on Facebook (see below for more details), so far no one has come forward to foster Betty.

This wonderful sweet pit bull was “declined” because she failed part of her test because the tester didn’t know she was partly deaf. She needs a miracle to get her out of ACC alive by Monday. For more info please contact SF/ACC or text Pali at (415) 756.8188. If you can’t reach Pali, you can always contact SFACC directly about her at (415) 554.6364. Ask for information about animal ID number A302563, a.k.a. Jane.

Thanks so much for anything you can do.

03/22/2011

Another squirrel rescue! This is from reader Rebeka P.:

His name is Ax, or Axeman. (An Amebix song named “Axeman” inspired that: lock up your acorns, the  Axeman is coming!) I kept him in my shirt for a  week or two straight when he wasn’t sleeping in his nest. He was very  small, eyes just barely opened, and we woke up at all hours of the night  to feed him.
We released him before the winter since he seemed ready to  go, more eager to get outside. After a few trial runs of him being  outside for three hours while I sat and watched him in the trees crying  because I was scared he was too high up or that he would never come  back, we brought his cage and his nest and lots of nuts outside for him  and let him do his thing. We have a squirrel food basket hanging in a  tree in the woods full of goodies for him, and other squirrels, so he  would have a steady flow of food through the winter since he didn’t have  all spring and summer to collect nuts and stash them away.
We see him  sometimes up in the trees. I miss him so very much but am so happy to  have had his company. He enjoyed cleaning me, digging in my hair, laying  on his belly on my head and spinning around in my hair, hiding acorns  in my clothes, and playing with stuffed animals. He was the cutest and loveliest creature I’ve ever had the  pleasure of caring for.”

Rebeka also says that the Squirrel Board has good resources on how to raise a squirrel adding, “squirrels are not pets, they do ‘wild up’ and are a LOT of work even  just to raise them! Lots and lots of work and time with them. They’re  cute, cuddly and awesome but they belong in the trees.”
I didn’t realize everyone and their mom was rescuing squirrels! I’m so jealous! What’s up with these squirrel parents though? We need a squirrel social services. Or maybe people just need to stop hitting squirrels with their stupid cars. Vegansaurus friend and super squirrel foster mom, Livia, is taking care of these two adorable critters:
The furless guy is a storm victim; his nest was blown down. The older one’s mom was dead in the street and he fell out of the nest looking for her. Now please excuse me while I go punch a bunch of people and then cry forever.

Another squirrel rescue! This is from reader Rebeka P.:

His name is Ax, or Axeman. (An Amebix song named “Axeman” inspired that: lock up your acorns, the Axeman is coming!) I kept him in my shirt for a week or two straight when he wasn’t sleeping in his nest. He was very small, eyes just barely opened, and we woke up at all hours of the night to feed him.

We released him before the winter since he seemed ready to go, more eager to get outside. After a few trial runs of him being outside for three hours while I sat and watched him in the trees crying because I was scared he was too high up or that he would never come back, we brought his cage and his nest and lots of nuts outside for him and let him do his thing. We have a squirrel food basket hanging in a tree in the woods full of goodies for him, and other squirrels, so he would have a steady flow of food through the winter since he didn’t have all spring and summer to collect nuts and stash them away.

We see him sometimes up in the trees. I miss him so very much but am so happy to have had his company. He enjoyed cleaning me, digging in my hair, laying on his belly on my head and spinning around in my hair, hiding acorns in my clothes, and playing with stuffed animals. He was the cutest and loveliest creature I’ve ever had the pleasure of caring for.”

Rebeka also says that the Squirrel Board has good resources on how to raise a squirrel adding, “squirrels are not pets, they do ‘wild up’ and are a LOT of work even just to raise them! Lots and lots of work and time with them. They’re cute, cuddly and awesome but they belong in the trees.”

I didn’t realize everyone and their mom was rescuing squirrels! I’m so jealous! What’s up with these squirrel parents though? We need a squirrel social services. Or maybe people just need to stop hitting squirrels with their stupid cars. Vegansaurus friend and super squirrel foster mom, Livia, is taking care of these two adorable critters:

The furless guy is a storm victim; his nest was blown down. The older one’s mom was dead in the street and he fell out of the nest looking for her. Now please excuse me while I go punch a bunch of people and then cry forever.

02/01/2011

Bunnies need homes STAT!  »

Bay Area! Marcy from Save A Bunny let us know that 28 rabbits were dumped at a North Bay shelter and they need homes! It’s super-urgent so if you can open your heart to share your life with a bun-bun—or even just foster one!—let Marcy know at 415/ 388-2790. 


[That’s Lokelani! She’s in a foster home looking for adoption! There are many, many other adorable bunnies who need you TODAY!]

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