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Isis - sweet SPECIAL kitty needs a home!

Our shelter cat room is in transition, until we have better facilities we are not supposed to take cats. But I couldn't let Isis return to the tough life she must have had. So she's at home with me, in 'foster care' until we can find her a forever home.

Isis is special because her front paws grew 'crooked' due to a condition called Tendon Contracture. This is probably due to malnutrition. She gets around fine, but needs to be indoors because she can't defend herself. She looks a little funny, but she's never known any different.

Isis is INCREDIBLY loving. She has been starved, and wolfs down everything I give her. She's adjusting great to being around people and in a home. She does ok with dogs but is cautious of them. Needs a home with a dog who is laid back and leaves her alone or separated from her. She is scared of other cats too - but is learning to like them as long as they are friendly, or leave her alone!

This little girl has had to fight to survive her whole life. She is a black cat, which means she is harder to adopt than coloured cats, and she has her special need which also makes her harder to adopt.

Because I want to give her the same chance at a forever home every other animal gets with us - Please spread the word about this little kitty. She has huge soulful green eyes, and loves to be in your lap.

Pictures coming ASAP- her petfinder listing is HERE: http://www.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=14949017
Please people get ANGRY about this. Call the mayor. Write letters. GET OFF YOUR ASSES and HELP. THIS IS WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO. If we were not here, our city animal shelter would probably be in a similar state. PLEASE DO SOMETHING to help change the fate of these poor dogs. SHAME on forrest city animal control. SHAME.



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Winners will also be notified by phone and/or email.
"I Want to Quit"

This was written by the woman who founded PyrAngels, the Great Pyrenees rescue network, who died at home over the weekend. She was a huge resource, a source of inspiration for many, and a very tough act to follow.

I Want to Quit (This Is What Animal Rescue Is Like) By Joan C. Fremo

I want to quit! My health is bad. There are days I feel so terrible that I can barely move. My phone bills are outrageous, and I could have replaced my van with the funds I have spent these last 3 years---on animals that were not my own.

I want to quit! I spend hours and hours emailing about dogs. There may be 500 messages when I start---and at 4 AM, when I finally shut down the computer, there are still 500 emails to be read.

I want to quit! Gosh, I haven't the time left to email my friends. I can't remember the last book I read, and I gave up my subscription to my local newspaper--- I used to enjoy reading it, cover to cover, but now it often ends up in the bottom of the squirrel's cage---unread.

I want to quit! I've spent days emailing what seems like everyone---trying to find a foster home, help for a dog languishing in a shelter---but his time has run out, and the shelter has had to euthanize to make room for the next sad soul.

I want to quit! I swear, I walk away from my computer to stretch my legs---let the dogs out---and come back to find another dog in desperate need. There are times I really dread checking my email. How will I find the funds, the help, to save yet another dog?

I want to quit! I save one dog, and two more take its place. Now an owner who doesn't want his dog---it won't stay in his unfenced yard. An intact male wanders... This bitch got pregnant by a stray... This
3-month-old pup killed baby chicks.. The dog got too big... This person's moving and needs to give up his pet. I ask you, friends---what town, what city, what state doesn't allow you to own a pet?

I want to quit! I just received another picture, another sad soul with tormented eyes that peer out of a malnourished body. I hear whimpering in my sleep, have nightmares for days...

I want to quit! Many of the "Breed People" don't seem to want to hear about these dogs. Breeders either don't realize, or just don't care, how many dogs of their breed are dying in shelters.

I want to quit! I just got off the phone. "Are you Pyr Rescue? We want to adopt a male to breed to our female." How many times do I have to explain? I have tried to explain about genetics, about health and
pedigrees. I explain that rescues NEUTER! I usually end up sobbing, as I explain about the vast numbers of animals dying in shelters across the country, as I describe the condition many of these animals are found in. I wonder if they really heard me...

I want to quit! It is not like I don't have enough rescues of my own to worry about---but others have placed dogs improperly and aren't there to advise the new owners.

I want to quit! There ARE some unscrupulous rescues out there---hoarders, collectors, and folks who will short change the care of the animals to make a dollar. They save them all, regardless of temperament, putting fellow rescuer's and adopters at risk by not being truthful.

I want to quit! I have trusted the wrong people--- had faith and heart broken...

I want to quit! AND THEN... My dog, Magnus, lays his head in my lap, he comforts me with his gentle presence---and the thought of his cousins suffering stirs my heart.

I want to quit! AND THEN... One of those 500 emails is from an adopter. They are thanking me for the most wonderful dog on earth---they cannot imagine life with out their friend---their life is changed, and they are so grateful.

I want to quit! AND THEN... One of my adopted Rescues has visited a nursing home. A patient that has spent the last few years unable to communicate, not connecting-- -Lifts his hand to pat the huge head in his lap, softly speaks his first words in ages--- to this gentle furchild.

I want to quit! AND THEN... A Good Samaritan has found and vetted a lost baby, "I can't keep him, but I'll take care of him until you find his forever home."

I want to quit! AND THEN... "Jamie took his first steps holding on to our Pyr." "Joan, you should see this dog nursing this hurt kitten!" "I was so sick, Joan, and he never left my side..."

I want to quit! AND THEN... I get an email from a fellow rescuer, "Haven't heard from you in a while---you OK? You know I think of you..."

I want to quit! AND THEN... A dozen rescuers step up to help, to transport, to pull, and to offer encouragement. I have friends I have never seen, but we share tears, joys, and everything in between. I am
not alone I am blessed with family of the heart, my fellow Rescuers. Just days ago it was a friend who shared her wit and wisdom, whose late night email lifted my heart. Sometimes it is friends who only have time to forward you a smile.

Often, it is my friends who forward me the notices of dogs in need. There are Rescuers who see a flailing transport and do everything they can do find folks to pull it together for you. Rescuers who'll overnight or foster your Dog while you seek transport. There are Rescuers not used to or comfortable with your breed, but who put aside their discomfort to help.

There are Rescuers whose words play the music of our hearts. Foster homes that love your Rescue, and help to make them whole again---body and spirit.

Foster homes that fit your baby in, though it may not be their breed. Rescuers whose talents and determination give us tools to help us. Rescuers we call on for help in a thousand ways, who answer us, who hear our pleas. Rescuers who are our family, our strength, our comrades in battle.

I know I cannot save every Pyr in need. I know my efforts are a mere drop in a sea. I know that if I take on just one more---those I have will suffer.

I want to quit! But I won't. When I feel overwhelmed, I'll stroke my Magnus's head while reading my fellow Rescuers emails. I'll cry with them, I'll laugh with them---and they will help me find the strength to go on.

I want to quit! But not today. There's another email, another dog needing Rescue.

This piece is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to all my fellow Rescuers.


This week at the shelter

We have four dogs leaving for rescue up north this week. Including two dogs which have been with us since they were babies, who have grown up in our shelter and who are "Big Black Dogs". You can read more about Big Black Dog Syndrome here: http://www.blackpearldogs.com

These are some of the hardest dogs to adopt, and we are SO happy they have finally found their forever homes.

Tiptoe & Mr Magoo make the long trip home, finally tomorrow!!!

Please send prayers for our litter of baby golden retrievers. They are sick right now, two of them worse than the others. We have them on every medicine we are able to, in order to hit them from every angle and have been administering subQ fluids to the two who are dehydrated. It is awful to see baby puppies sick - their immune systems are just so unable to cope like the bigger dogs are. Please send prayers and thoughts toward them, and I will keep everyone posted on their progress. We know they'll all come through ok!

Animal control has been steadily filling their city kennels this week and we are hoping to be able to bring some of the dogs over there into our shelter finally. There are some STUNNING dogs over there. On the bright side, more dogs than usual that have been picked up have had collars with Rabies tags on them. We are able to trace the tag to the owner through calling the vet office where the tag was given. We were able to contact an owner of two dogs yesterday, and another today. It always stuns me how many people never come looking for their dogs, however this week has been good for that! Love to see dogs reunited with their owners. Remember to ALWAYS have your dog wear its tags. A rabies tag is not really enough, it's just a start. Have a tag with your name and phone number on it. Also consider microchipping your dog. We check every dog for a microchip, and all our shelter dogs are chipped. This is a tag that no theif can remove, and no dog can loose!

Tomorrow we'll send 4 dogs to their forever homes up north. And we are working on an adoption which may work out really well... everybody cross your fingers for little Roofus T. He got big quick and we have a family interseted who sounds good so far!

Oh and P.S.
We're not the only blog around here about daily life at an animal shelter. Check out this one: http://animalshelterdays.blogspot.com/

Recognizing Breeds

Little Sporty Spice is all grown up. We love getting updates, especially about this litter. 5 fluffy female pups. They were almost euthanized, and while looking at them in the pound I wondered if they were newfoundlands. I really had no idea what a newfoundland puppy should look like, but I went online and took a few minutes to search and everything I found confirmed that thats what these pups were (at least mostly!). We decided we had to try and save them, no matter how full our shelter was. We called them the "Spice Girls" and we listed them as Newfoundland Pups and the reaction was incredible. Daily phone calls from all over the country and 3 rescue groups were interested in placing them. We finally chose a wonderful rescue group to take the litter - Big Dogs Huge Paws Rescue
This is Dora (aka Sporty Spice) in her new forever home, all grown up.
Isn't she gorgeous?

Somebody in our area has an unspayed Newfoundland who they are not taking proper care of. In retrospect, almost exactly a year before when we got the Spice Girls, a litter of large breed fluffy pups arrived also. Knowing what I know now, I realize they were probably Newfoundland Mix pups. I expect from the same dog. Both litters were abandoned in the country at around the same age. All of this previous litter were adopted, but it took a while. Had we realized what they were, we would have been able to get them to breed specific rescues much faster.

We try and do as much research into the breeds of our dogs as possible. However sometimes they are just simply 'Mutts" and we love them for that. And sometimes we get surprises.

We guessed Black Lab Rottie Mix for Sweet Beulah. When she was adopted to an awesome home in Maine, the owners opted to do a DNA test to find out exactly what their new family member was. Sure enough, we were right about the Rottie/Lab mix. There was also some Australian Shepherd in there. But the real surprise came back 12.5% Shih-tzu.

That big 80lb black dog is part Shih-tzu. Wow! I wish we could DNA test every dog in our shelter. I bet it would be so interesting.

In other news - this week is a good week for adoptions! we have 7 dogs total going on transport tomorrow to homes in the Northern States.
Colt, Weta, Kookie, Hercules, Solitaire, Kibbles & Bits all have found their forever homes. We are so happy! Also little Poppie found his forever home this week. Lets keep those adoptions going and keep our pound empty!


We are revved up and ready to go! Last 2 times we have won #1 in state (with $1000 prize!) and last time we were ranked #18 in the USA. We are going for the grand prize this time, (20,000) and I know we can stay in the top 10. Not only is the prize money great, but the publicity and recognition we recieve from this is huge. We have had several large donations "because I saw you were #1 in AR on Petfinder".

All you have to do is bookmark the link, and click to vote for us everyday. Please also email any animal loving friends!! You can vote once per computer.

The link is on our website: www.wynnefoa.com
Click the purple 'click to give' button, and it will load a new page. At the top of that page, there will be a long button "help your favourite animal shelter win a prize" and it says VOTE TODAY! Click there. Type "Wynne Friends of Animals" and enter AR, and it will pop up for you to vote!!

Please do this everyday. We so need your support, and its only minutes of your time each day.



Cats are difficult to adopt. I have heard statistics (don't quote me on this I don't remember where I heard them) that in average kill shelters, 50% of dogs never who enter the shelter never leave, but 70% of cats never leave. This is so sad.

We find it especially difficult to adopt cats in our area, because there is no animal control presence for cats. This means that many places in the city are teeming with stray and feral cats that no one wants to take responsibity for. Animal control in our town really only deals with dogs. Many people in our community are so busy saving as many strays as happen to come up, that they don't visit shelters to adopt. But there are still cats in need in our community.

For this reason, we have opened a small room in our shelter to cats. It's not nearly big enough to help every cat in town, and there are many strays we don't reach. The ones we take are so far down, they have no hope left. Sometimes, if one of the shelter workers can fit it into their schedule, we will bottle feed orphaned kittens, taking them back and forth from the shelter and feeding every 4 hrs.

Often times, we get cats and kittens who have been found injured, and whom many shelters would put to sleep. We feel like that for all they've suffered and been through, if they have the strength to recover then we owe it especially to them to give them a safe place to play and call home until we can find them a forever home.

Here are some of our kitties enjoying the view from the top of the cages in our cat room. The cages are used to separate nursing mothers, small kittens, or cats that have difficulty getting along with the others. Most of the cats get to roam freely all day :)

On the kitty Column (from top to bottom) Dasha (Adopted last week! YAY!) Salvadore, our siamese mix who likes to climb people like they are furniture, Rolly Poly (finally adopted after 6 months several weeks ago)

Then the grey cat on the cage is Melio who was brought in having been hit by a car. He had no bowel function, scrapes and sores all over his butt and a broken tail. He's recovered completely, except for a shorter tail and is so friendly.

The orange one squishing the kitty cube is Bo came in as a kitten, badly hurt with a broken front leg. He recovered very well, and has limited use of his front leg but it no longer gives him any pain and he acts like it never happened. He is a very special friendly cat.

These are just some of the awesome cats we have... one day we would love to have a trailer or seperate building that would just rescue cats. And to be able to run some kind of trap, neuter and release program for stray and feral cat populations in our area. One day!!!

If you are local please come and spend some time playing in our cat room with our cats. The more socialization they get, the better their chance of making a great impression on an adopter. We have a lovely volunteer named Linda who comes every week or so lately. She is not a fan of dogs, but says that getting in the cat room and playing with the cats, grooming them, cuddling - is her 'therapy'. She deals with people all day, and this is her wind down time.

If you're not local - go visit your local shelter and play with their cats! You'll get just as much out of it as the cats do. Promise :)

Tuesdays are Wellness Clinic Days

At the shelter, Tuesday is one of our busiest days! And yesterday was no exception. We operate a private animal wellness clinic every tuesday - we do spays, neuters and other operations and in the afternoons we do appointments. Appointments can be anything from yearly check up, heartworm tests and shots to more complex issues requiring bloodwork, biopsies and other such fun things. Our vet Dr L. Dacus comes from over an hr away and we keep her busy!


see his petfinder page here: Jumper's Page

Yesterday was no exception. After a busy clinic day Mike pulled Jumper in to the exam room for Dr. Dacus to have a look at his foot. Yesterday he had managed to cut it badly - we are not sure how. It looked like he'd sliced it on something but we coudln't find anything in the yard or kennels that really seemed to have done it. Jumper was acting like nothing had happened! But it was cut almost to the bone, and without sewing it back together would be ripe for infection. So we sedated him, hooked him up to our anaesthesia machine, and she did a great job of sitching it back together, in a very VERY awkard place.

Then, because he was already under anesthesia we decided to go ahead an neuter him. No point in putting him through the ordeal twice huh? Then she looks down and "oh - his back legs have detatched du-claws" These just hang loosely from the sides of his ankles, and are just waiting to catch and get ripped. So she removed those too. We thought we were through. Two back legs bandaged, the front leg bandaged and a neuter incision!!! But of course we weren't. I went to pull the tube from his mouth and looked at his teeth. I realized he had no front teeth. All four middle teeth, on his upper jaw were knocked out, with one bit of broken tooth remaing. Poor Jumper has been in the *wars*!!! So she had to try to extract bits of this broken tooth as well.

By the time we were done, and Jumper was awake and recovering it was almost 7pm. Jumper is doing really well, his hurt front foot will have to be re-bandaged daily but should heal up well. His lack of front teeth will give him an endearing smile, and certainly do not stop him from eating well!


As we headed out the door, a police vehicle pulled into the city kennels behind the shelter. The police will usually leave any animal situation that can wait until animal control is available the next morning, so we had to go and see what had happened. What had happened was 6.2 pounds of baby brindle pitbull who we named Roofus T. So named because he was rescued from a Roof on a house where someone had put him and left him to die??? He was hot, very hungry and fleabitten but otherwise appears to be healthy. He is recovering with a big bowl of food and water in our isolation unit. Pictures were taken late last night and I'll put them up here as soon as they make their way to me!

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