Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Animal Friends' Home-to-Home Adoption Program presents: Sidney

Unfortunately, we need to re-home this beautiful cat, Sidney. He cam to our family when my Mother-in-Law passed away suddenly in September 2013.  She raised him as an only cat with a Golden Retriever mix so he is too rough for our kitties.  He gets along great with our 3-year-old daughter, (who can also be a little rough sometimes!)

Sidney is 5-years-old, neutered, has perfect litter box manners and is in good health. We flea treated him and gave him a "lion" haircut for his comfort.

We tried to wait so the kitties could work out their differences, but they cannot.  He deserves to be happy again. We will wait for his perfect family as an only kitty with an indoor only situation.

If you can help Sidney find a forever home, please contact Danielle at

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Animal Friends' Home-to-Home Adoptions Program presents: Olivia and Tucker!

Olivia is 9-10 years old, weighs 70 lbs and is a Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix. Olivia is spayed.

Tucker is 6 years old, weighs 70 lbs and is a Shepherd/Boxer mix. Tucker is neutered.

Olivia has had quite the troubled past, but as we say "has nine lives." By the time she came into the home at the age of 2, she had been adopted and surrendered back to the shelter twice. We believe that she was abused by an older gentleman and those memories still haunt her today. She still cowers when a hand is lifted and still is leery of older men. It was decided she needed a friend, so Tucker was adopted. She still holds on to her submissive personality. As if her puppyhood wasn't traumatic enough, she started suffering with anal gland problems. The vet had tried everything he could think of, medicine, injections and exhausted all treatments. The only option left was to put Olivia down. The papers were signed and goodbyes said... then the vet offered one last experimental option. He offered no promises and had no experience with the surgery, but offered to try to remove her anal glands. There was nothing to lose, so the go-ahead was given. She has since recovered and is no longer under treatment. She licks obsessively, your hand, a part of your back exposed from a lifted shirt, the air, anything and everything. Olivia is happy to go for a ride in the car, doesn't have the energy of her brother, but keeps up on walks, loves to chew a good bone or lounge in the shade.  She doesn't pay too much attention to toys unless she is trying to steal it from her brother and taunt him with it. She will do anything for food, but knows better than to beg for food from us. She has struggled to contain her excitement and often jumps on us and guests. While she is 9-10 and has slowed down, she is absolutely determined and can keep up when she wants to.

Tucker was added to the house to keep Olivia company. He was adopted as a puppy. His pretty eyes and big ears made it impossible to leave him at the shelter. Tucker is the energizer bunny, you can walk him for 4 miles, bring him home and he still wants to run and play. This energy hasn't always been his friend... while wrestling with his new sister, she jumped on him and he broke his leg. He didn't let the huge cast slow him down. Six years later, he still is as active as ever...clumsy too. Somehow he cut his tail and he couldn't stop wagging it long enough for it to heal. As soon as it looked like it was improving, he would whack it off of something else and split it back open. It got to the point where he needed surgery to cut a few inches off. Still to this day, he can't seem to stop his tail from wagging uncontrollably. Tucker is very high energy and very anxious. It takes awhile to convince him to sit still or relax and he is always worried that he might miss out on some of the action. He always has a toy hanging from his mouth... it seems to serve as his security blanket. He loves catching ball, but struggles with the concept of bringing it back.  He is happiest riding in the car, chewing on bones, running around and playing. He is quite known to pick on his sister and will whack her in the face when she is minding her own business... no worries, she always retaliates. He is less motivated by food and easily distracted. While it is very rare to hear him bark, he is very well known for talking. He whines and huffs and puffs and grumbles like an old man when he doesn't get his way or wants your attention. He also suffers from "selective hearing" even with his enormous ears. 

We are looking to find a new home where they can stay together. They both take Prozac daily to help with their anxiety and high energy. In the right home, with room to run/play and enough exercise, we believe they could be taken off of Prozac. 

So why do they need a new home? Up until recently, the dogs were able to go to a relative’s house during the day, but that relative is no longer physically able to watch them anymore. My allergies prevent them from having access to the majority of the house.  They have limited access to the game room which has to be vacuumed daily to keep the allergens at a minimum.  With the loss of day time care and my inability to be around them, my boyfriend has ended up being their sole caregiver.  The dogs end up spending the majority of their days in "their room" aka part of the garage. Their lifestyle has changed drastically and it is to the point where it isn't really fair to anybody to keep them. They don't get the time, exercise or attention that they need and we haven’t been able to find a way to make my allergies tolerable with them in the house. 

If you can help Olivia and Tucker find a new home, please contact Katie at

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteering at Animal Friends: Rebecca

Guest Blogger: Rebecca Torchia

When I was 13, the only present I wanted for my birthday was to volunteer at Animal Friends.  By the time I was 17, I was only signing up to volunteer because I needed hours for National Honors Society.  Once I finished training and started to collect my desperately needed hours, I began to remember why I’d wanted to volunteer so badly as a 13 year old. You get to sit in a room full of cats and call it community service. To me, it’s more like therapy.

Many people today live very stress-filled lives.  There is a lot of pressure to do many different things, and be successful at all of them. We have different stressors in our lives.  They may come from school, work or even our personal lives.  The stress itself is not always the problem, but rather the way in which we handle it.  While some people spend hours staring at a computer or television screen to forget their stress, it is not always the healthiest coping method.  Some people go to the gym. Some people go to a therapist.  I play with cats.

Animals are renowned for being therapeutic.  For many years, dogs and cats have been taken to hospitals in order to help patients relax and recover.  The good news is that you don’t need to be hospitalized in order to receive a little TLC from a furry friend.  By volunteering at Animal Friends, you can find all the relaxation you need.  

Now that I’m in college, I no longer need to do community service.  No one is keeping track of how many hours I spend petting cats, however I still find myself making the trip down to Camp Horne Road whenever I have the time.  Volunteering with the cats there – petting them, playing with them, even cleaning up after them – allows me to relax and helps me deal with whatever may be stressing me out.  My 17 year old self may be shocked at my willingness to volunteer so often, but 13 year old me would be proud.