i immediately think of the elliott smith song, “between the bars“. this is crystal. she’s a little shy, but coming around. i love her tiger marking because they are very light colored. crystal was found on the streets and is approximately 4 months old.
peek a boo. bella sees you. she’s a 1 year old tri-tiger with glowing green eyes. tri-tigers are always born girls. yay for us!
here is the face of neglect. this poor animal was placed in our surrender office when no one was looking (it has outside access) and left there in a tiny crate while the owner ran away. when an animal comes in looking this terrible, we immediately document their current state. the dreadlocks are feces and urine covered and the poor pup was missing most of it’s back fur. after this was taken, we brought her to the vet for a check up, sedation and shaving of all the mats. there might be neurological issues since the dog seems to do a lot of funny head movements. however, this might also be caused by living in a small confined crate.
we are having a big anniversary party at the shelter this year. we hit a milestone! i am designing some creative materials in celebration of that. my creative goal was to photograph shelter animals looking up. here is the best kitty one – angel. he is such a HAM! he will sit in his condo with his paws draped over his S bed. he looks like he needs a martini in his little hands.
then i photoed the dogs.
i think we’re done here.
blue is a great kitten. unfortunately this little man is FIV+. he is only 8 weeks old and we’re looking for a very responsible household to adopt him. with modern medicine, he can live a great life but he will need regular checkups. he was a little startled by the sound of the camera, but i think this pictures captures his complete innocence. i love him. he is a shmitten!
here is our shelter holiday card we sent out to donors. doesn’t she look like a comic book character? or something out of a cartoon? the whippets name is “sissy” and she was just a delight! sissy was brought to us last year, and has since been adopted.
izzy was a stray found locally. she had one very infected ear when she came into our shelter. this is called cauliflower ear which is caused by a hematoma. Izzy is a funny cat. she will wince in fear when you approach her condo, but as soon as you start baby talking her – she opens up like a flower. she will roll around and drool for you. i love her because she’s so roly-poly. everything about her is round and short. bless her little heart.
this is cindy, the last hold-out from the brady bunch. she is the most suspicious of humans. as you can see from her gaze, she’s giving me the ‘stink eye’.
marsha is part of our Brady Bunch litter. her and her siblings came in somewhat feral. we have this wonderful volunteer who coaxes the kittens into realizing that humans are pretty awesome. her secret ingredient is baby food on the finger tips!
obviously marsha was named because of her perfect and beautiful hair. 😉
i pretty much hate craigslist. so many animals are bought and sold through that website without care or worry for the animal’s welfare. ‘unnamed puppy’ is just another case in a long line of maltreatment. this puppy was brought to us because the daughter bought it on craigslist. CLEARLY the puppy is too young and never should have been taken from it’s mom. we guessed the puppy’s age to be around 3 to 4 weeks. puppy’s should stay with mom, ideally, until 8 weeks of age. next they lied. they said, “it was 1 of 15 puppies in a litter from a chihuahua mix mom.” no chihuahua mix has EVER birthed 15 puppies – it would die. at this age, it is difficult to tell but our suspicion is that it is a pitbull mix. it will be easier to confirm/deny as it ages.
this little girl was only with us for 8 hours before we got her directly into foster care. i managed to snap a bottle feeding picture. she’s does have big bright beautiful eyes, and looks very healthy.
please do not ever purchase animals or try and sell animals on craigslist. it is such a red flag for so many reasons. peace.