Adopt or Rescue: Philly Felines

ACCT Philly, Philadelphia PA
🆘 Euthanasia Timestamp Sunday 10/24 10am
***Feral/afraid of people. If you have a barn or shop, then email lifesaving@acctphilly.org if you are willing to adopt***
⚠️ADOPTION or RESCUE⚠️
❤️PLEASE SHARE❤️

💰To pledge on Instagram the link is on my main page. On Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/ACCTPhillyPledgeForm

🔺🔺ADOPTERS & FOSTERS NEEDED🔺🔺
If you can ADOPT or FOSTER this cat, then email lifesaving@acctphilly.org

😿Charmed ACCT-A-92480
😿Ulysses ACCT-A-92476
🎥https://youtu.be/xzQWwF7adVY
🎥https://youtube.com/shorts/elAFOZ_GqJE?feature=share
▪️ Charmed and Ulysses are the last two remaining from a larger group of under-socialized cats who came to the shelter originally in June. A home was being remodeled & they were accidentally closed in the walls. They could be heard & the worker took hours to break away at the wall & free them all. They were all not aggressive, but found to be very sick with panleukopenia from which they have fully recovered. At ACCT they’ve provided a variety of housing options, including low stress cage-less housing, Charmed and Ulysses have not made any progress demonstrating comfort interacting with humans. They do enjoy exploring their surroundings and lounging but are extremely stressed by human interaction, something which cannot be avoided in the shelter. They were found indoors and are unfortunately not candidates for return to field and previous attempts to locate working cat placements have not been fruitful. They would ideally be placed together, but it is not necessary if that is a barrier.

📩Put the Cat’s name & id in the subject line of your email along with ADOPT or FOSTER. Email your name, telephone number, address & whether you are interested to foster for rescue or ACCT Philly or both. Additionally, give permission for ACCT Philly to share your info with rescues.
Understand you must be near a rescue to foster. You can reside farther to adopt, but understand that sick timestamped cats cannot travel far. ACCT only has volunteer transport for rescue up to 90 minutes one way.
⏲️ACCT Philly is open for walk-ins 10-6PM 7 days a week. It’s recommended to arrive no later than 4PM for adoption.
Any questions, ask. Thank you

More information is below👇
https://www.shelterluv.com/publish_animal/ACCT-A-92480
https://www.shelterluv.com/publish_animal/ACCT-A-92476
https://www.facebook.com/763661037349594/posts/1519319695117054/

Serious inquiries only. Again Euth date is set for Sunday 10/24. Please share everywhere.

Cats Need Forever Home: Perkiomenville shelter

We need YOUR help Facebook friends! Our Perkiomenville shelter recently took in 22 cats when their owner realized they couldn’t provide the care that they required. This situation got out of control because the family didn’t have their cat spayed and before they knew it their feline population was out of control. These cats were all kept inside and they are reportedly litterbox trained and good with children. Many of them are very friendly & sweet and they range in age from 4 months to about a year of age. They will be spayed/neutered, FELV/FIV tested, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption. If you have been considering adding a cat to your home now is a great time to consider adoption. If you’re not in a position to adopt please share this post to help us find loving homes for these felines in need. This collage of pictures is just a few of many great cats that are in need of a home.
If you’re interested in meeting and potentially adopting one or two 🙂 , please fill out an application located on our website http://www.montgomerycountyspca.org If you’re not in a position to adopt please share their post to help us find them a great home. They are currently housed at our Perkiomenville facility.

More information and adoptable companions can be located here: https://www.facebook.com/montgomerycountyspca/

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us – The Washington Post

Kitty Block, 56, is president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, an affiliate. Trained as a lawyer, Block has spent decades advocating on behalf of animal welfare, domestically and around the world.

During the pandemic, there’s been a huge surge in adopting pets. What do you think are the benefits of that trend, and also, maybe, the potential perils?
In a time of crisis, when people feel things are uncertain and people feel isolated or scared, to be able to bond with an animal is so important. For so many people, it wasn’t just: Oh, it’s convenient. I’m working from home. It’s: I need to have this kind of connection, this unconditional love. And [animals] provide that. That’s who they are. That’s what they do.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/humane-society-president-discusses-the-surge-of-pet-ownership-during-the-pandemic–and-what-animals-can-teach-us/2021/04/27/198f5bcc-9269-11eb-a74e-1f4cf89fd948_story.html

Ethical Rescuing Ethical Organisations

There are several codes of conduct for Ethical Rescuing, while running an Ethical Organisation. If a founder or CEO or even a Volunteer cannot adhere to the codes of conduct enacted to make the ship sale straight. Well, then you have people who poke, prod and dig into the situation to expose the corruption. Organisations and Rescues like businesses place a code of ethics to ensure the quality of life for the animals while ensuring that all funds collected is used appropriately, such as used for the intended beneficiary. These codes of ethics help improve relationships between donor and rescue or organisation.

Not only this yet those who are fully registered and compliant with the IRS, USDA or their Gift Aid Certificate agent, are obliged to follow the handbook and contract given to them upon finalization of their paperwork.
Ethical Organisations Are always required to show their financial status when it is requested by the populace either through posting receipts and yearly statements publicly or privately. This in a way shows good faith to those whom are donating, if you ask for proof of where money has gone and all the organisation can do is give you a backhanded response while blocking you. Then there is seriously something wrong.

They are also responsible for the financials obtained through donations, are responsible for their paperwork and the ethics their accountant may hold. Organisations are completely liable if something should go awry. That includes the responsibility and liability of a volunteers muck up in public forum.

Organisations are solely responsible for maintaining a sound environment for their volunteers and or animals in their care. They are responsible to VET their volunteers, meaning are supposed to do background checks before allowing any volunteer to be a part of their organisation.
After all, you wouldn’t want an animal abuser working with an organisation or even shelter.

Rescue Organisations: Are required to have any companion animal spayed and neutered upon intake and or before adopting out. An Ethical Rescue Organisation SHOULD NOT take in more animals if said Rescue Organisation cannot afford to fix, feed or maintain the animals care.
All potential adopters and or fosters should be thoroughly screened by way of applications, veterinarian references and most definite must – Home Checks. This includes speaking with property owners if said potential foster/adopter is renting. Doing so will ensure that the particular companion animal in question is allowed in the apartment or housing development.

All adopters and or fosters should be handed a contract to sign, insuring pet safety and care. For legal purposes; if said foster or adopter should fail to uphold these rules, than the rescue organisation can obtain the animal back if such issues occur. This is called Rescue Etiquette and Responsibility for the code of ethics (Common Sense).

Rescues need to know their financial and emotional limits so they do not take on more than they can handle. It is unethical to take on an animal you do not have the funds to provide proper veterinary care, even in the case of an emergency. Reputable rescues should have a reserve fund and/or a relationship with a veterinarian that will allow them to hold a balance for an emergency. Balances should be paid off in a timely matter, so that the rescue does not lose their relationship with their veterinarian.

A rescue license should be used for the rescue listed on the license only. In most states, including GA, it is illegal to allow an individual or unlicensed group to use your rescue license to pull an animal from a county shelter. The practice of allowing people to use your license defeats the purpose of a licensing system.

Rescues should not be run for profit. All rescues should be incorporated and it’s ideal if they obtain non-profit 501(c)3 status so that donations are tax deductible. It is very unethical to lie about being a 501(c)3. Seeing as if your are NOT fully 501c3 the donors cannot claim TAX DEDUCTIBLE status.
However, if you are a pending 501c3 you are required to give the donor said information.

Animals should be kept in clean, comfortable conditions with ample room to move around and access to fresh water and food. Animals should be provided with human interaction and dogs given potty breaks. The conditions should be better than animal control, which is only a temporary holding facility. It is important those animals’ emotional needs are met and that they get plenty of human interaction so that the rescue can give useful information to adopters about the animals’ temperament.
Animals should not be living in a cage/kennel 24/7 as this can cause distress and aggression.

Disease outbreaks should be taken very seriously and reported to a licensed veterinarian for the proper protocol. All animals exposed or in the same home, need to be quarantined. Intake of new animals should be stopped until the outbreak is completely cleared and until the veterinarian deems safe to bring in new animals.
(After All, we would not want another Fort Worth Texas shelter episode. Would we?

Links: http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/texas/2014/07/22/11844088/
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/07/26/100-dogs-stay-at-shelter-diagnosed-with-distemper/
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Rescues need to know when an animal is better off being humanely put down. Every rescuer needs to understand we cannot save them all in order to be a responsible rescuer. No one wants to have an animal euthanized, but sometimes it has to be done. If an animal is suffering for medical reasons and cannot be treated, a veterinarian should humanely euthanize said animal. If the animal seems human aggressive then there should be steps taken to retrain/rehabilitate the animal. Otherwise if said animal cannot be retrained/rehabilitated then and only then should euthanasia be considered, if all routes have been taken. Euthanasia is a LAST resort.

Rescues need to evaluate animals before taking them in to make sure they are a good candidate for adoption. Taking in non-adoptable animals leads to warehousing and/or hoarding of animals, which is no life for the animals. They also need to examine the animal and take in to account any possible health issues and determine if they have appropriate funds to care for the animal. Pulling animal’s sight unseen is irresponsible.

Rescues should always be honest and upfront to adopters about an animal’s temperament, health, and if they have any issues. This will help prevent returned animals. Rescues should also be honest about common issues with certain breeds. Breed specific rescues should provide even more honest information about their breed. A rescue is better off talking someone out of adopting a dog rather than talking them into it in order to prevent an animal being returned.

A rescue should always respond to adopters if they have questions about the dog they adopted. The rescue should offer guidance and resources to help the adopter if they are having difficulties with their new pet. If the adopter no longer wants the pet, the rescue should take the pet back. If they do not have room for the pet, they need to stop taking in more animals until they can take the returned animal back.

Rescues should not rely on boarding to house the pets in their care. It is understandable if a rescue has to board animals every once in awhile because of unforeseen circumstances, but in the meantime, they should not be taking on anymore animals until they no longer have animals in boarding. Even with a discount, boarding fees can add up quickly and drain a rescues fund. Also, animals kept in boarding for long periods of time tend to decline emotionally and develop temperament and even health issues.
Rescues need to keep organized records of each animal they take in. These records should include their intake paperwork, spay/neuter record, rabies certificate, vaccine history, any other medical records, adoption application, and adoption contract.

Most rescues rely on foster homes. Foster homes should be screened through an application and a home inspection. They need to be near the rescue because it’s vital that the rescue be able to check in on them regularly. Rescues should offer full support for their foster homes, including providing all supplies, vetting, and advice. Foster homes should also foster for only one rescue at a time.

Puppies and kittens should not be adopted out until they spayed/neutered and are at least 8 weeks old. It is illegal in most states to adopt out or sell a puppy or kitten before this age.

If a rescue has to suddenly get rid of the majority of animals in their care and/or has to reach out to the rescue community to take the animals in their care, it is irresponsible and unethical for them to continue to take on more animals. After they have adopted and/or transferred out all the animals in their care, they should respectfully shut their doors.

All in All if rescues or organisations are not keeping up to code, protocol or following specific guidelines set forth for them. Then most likely they’re a dirty corrupt organisation and FAIL to uphold common sense standards.

Meet Ada and Drake, FOX8’s Pets of the Week | myfox8.com

Ada and Drake are our Pets of the Week! These two adorable kittens were left at the animal shelter in a box. Now, they’re looking for a family to grow up with. For more information, contact the Happy Hills Animal Foundation at (336) 622-3620.
— Read on myfox8.com/2019/10/01/meet-ada-and-drake-fox8s-pets-of-the-week/

Meet Jasmine and Violet, FOX8’s Pet of the Week — myfox8.com

Jasmine and Violet are our Pets of the Week. This pair likes spending time together and with other cats and even dogs. Contact Red Dog Farm at (336) 288-7006.

Meet Jasmine and Violet, FOX8’s Pet of the Week — myfox8.com

Cats and Eye Contact

Why do cats avoid direct eye contact?
I have been asked this many times, during my time watching other people’s cats or while helping with hand raising kittens. Direct eye contact with any cat as I learned from veterinarians and cat specialists, is a dominance or sense of threat issue. Most cats if not all dislike direct eye contact.

Cats in some aspect are a solitary species, in most cases they are the dominant thinking animal in a household. There are techniques that can be used to win over your cat, one of which, many know since the show “My Cat From Hell” came out on Animal Planet. Is blinking very slowly, if the cat should return your stare with the exact same slow blink, then they love you.

However, as I have written previously – Cats show their affection in other ways, such as head bunting or nibbling your nose, ears and or toes. Avoiding direct eye contact is a normal behaviour for many cats.

Yet, there are other quirky things about cats. You ever notice when a friend or family member who dislikes cats is staying over and your cat automatically seems attracted to this. Generally, it is because those that dislike cats will not make eye contact, so the cats see this as non-threatening and non-dominant behaviour.

Cats love being dominant in their own way.

Yet cats, like with any companion animal are there as a friend. They may not be as loyal as a dog, yet they can sense when things are going awry in your life and will comfort you. When many people take cats for granted by disregarding them as nothing but pests, it breaks my heart to see or even hear how some humans just abandoned them at shelters.

Companions or any animal are not something you give as a “present” during holidays or birthdays. Remember this next time you go out to buy or even adopt a companion animal for someone else.

However, as an advocate I am more for ADOPTING than buying a companion, especially when there are shelter animals dying on a daily basis.

Adopt don’t shop.

MoMo: Owner Gave Alleged false surrender claim

Momo could die if not adopted soon. Upon surrendering Momo to the shelter the owner lied on the surrender form. Claiming Momo is aggressive and has two previous bite history.

Yet upon behavioral examination, Momo did not seem aggressive.

Momo

Hello, my name is Momo. My animal id is #70412. I am a desexed male white dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 6 months old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 7/26/2019, with the surrender reason stated as animal behavior – aggressive towards people.

Behavior during intake: Momo had a soft and relaxed body during intake. He approached the counselor right away and began to lick the counselors hand and jump on the counselors lap. Counselor was able to scan for a microchip, collar and take a picture without any issues.

Date of Intake: 7/26/2019

Spay/Neuter Status: Neutered

Basic Information:: Momo is a 1 and a half year old neutered male that has no known current or previous medical concerns that the owner is aware of. Owner had Momo in the home since he was 2 months old but had to surrender due to Momo biting family members in the home

More information: https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/Profile/Index/fe735719-ebbb-4b94-91ca-0bf9a0655f38

There are many people out there who lie on the intake form. Just so they don’t have to care for their companion anymore. Those that lie on the form need to realize that they are setting their companion up for the death penalty.

When surrendering an animal please be honest, with the receptionists. You will be surprised that more often than not people can be sympathetic to you. Knowing the difficulties of giving up a companion because of falling on hard times, forced to move and unable to care for due to failing health.

If you are in the New Hope area, and can adopt Momo, please help him out.

Don’t Dump Animals On The Street

There are advocates out there driven by emotions instead of logic. These advocates are a danger for animal kind. A friend of ours encountered such a person on a public forum. While defending responsible owners for surrendering their beloved companions to a shelter, because they fell on hard times. Losing a job and forced to move out of state, to a place that has restrictions, is all too familiar to our friend.

The moment that our friend defended the owner was the very moment an irrational advocate lunged at her verbally.

Stating: ” I would rather go hungry and die before placing my fur kids in the shelter. I would even rather see them running free on the streets” among other hateful words.

Okay, let’s make some things very clear here about dumping your animals on the streets.

First Your animals are domesticated, they have no clue how to survive without human intervention.

Second, not everyone is kind to strays or homeless beings. Rocks are thrown, people put poison in food or water. Dog fighters pick up strays to use as baiting. Some people even shoot to kill.

Third, if cruel people don’t get a hold of the now new stray that you just casually dumped. The elements will, by which we mean your dumped companion can die from exposure. Heat, cold, other animals and or cars. Not to mention the slow painful way to die by way of starvation.

Fourth, on top of all that if your companion isn’t spayed or neutered, what do you think happens? The stray population grows, and the majority of the time it causes a FERAL colony. Which is not only dangerous for the general public yet also dangerous for the animals.

Yes, most shelters kill to make room. Others use a fostering program to make room. And about a third are a pet store affiliated facility that makes room for new animals by giving animals to pet stores, such as PetSmart and Petco.

People have options when it comes to surrendering their animals for any legitimate reasoning.

Dumping them on the street IS NOT and SHOULD NOT be one of those options.

Those who advocate for dumping on the street are those who have no true compassion for animal life. Streetlife is full of suffrage and it’s no place for any living beings.

So please, use the shelters, or find a home for your companions. Just don’t dump them on the streets.