Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Animal Friends' 31 Days of Compassion presents: Magic

Magic, formerly Mulligan, first became a member of the Animal Friend’s family in March 2012 after he was confiscated from his previous owner.  Although the transition to a shelter environment can be difficult for a lot of our furry friends, Magic never let that get him down.  In a short time, his good looks and wonderful personality had helped him find what everyone hoped would be his forever home.

He lived happily with his new adopter for a few years, before life threw Magic another curve ball.  His owner, a citizen of the United Kingdom, faced deportation.  She would have to move back to the UK and remain there for a minimum of two years.  Unfortunately for Magic, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed not welcome in the UK, and all efforts to make him exempt by having him registered as a “service animal” failed.  Magic’s safest option was to return to Animal Friends.  

Since his return, Magic has been doing what he does best—catching up with his old buddies and making new ones.  He loves car rides, long walks and playing with his four footed friends (of the canine persuasion).  He continues to be a great ambassador for his breed, and he is waiting patiently for his next opportunity in a loving home.

To help animals just like Magic, donate to Animal Friends' 31 Days of Compassion here: Without your support, important programs like Humane Investigations would not exist. Because of your donations, Magic has a second chance. 

Animal Friends' 31 Days of Compassion presents: Comet

Comet came to Animal Friends in January 2014 as part of a Humane Investigation case.  She and five other dogs had been chained outside during one of the coldest winters in recent history.  When her rescuers arrived, they found unsanitary conditions and six helpless animals without food or water. Although she had a bitterly cold and dismal start, Comet’s luck was about to take a dramatic turn.  Her new family at Animal Friends was anxiously awaiting her arrival.

As a result of Comet’s history, she came to Animal Friends a very fearful little girl.  Simple things that responsible pet guardians provide for their animals everyday—exercise, play, socialization—were foreign to Comet, so she had to start from square one.  Since her anxiety and clever nature made her an excellent escape artist (Harry Houdini would have been proud), she was initially walked by two people at the same time and she was limited to indoor play only.  She was very shy with all people, even other dogs, which made any interaction a struggle for her.   

Today, thanks to the love and patience of Animal Friends staff and volunteers, Comet seems to have turned the corner.  She now plays with toys, begs for attention from her handlers and walks with growing confidence.  She has even been used as a demonstration dog in the Animal Friends Training Class “Fearful Fido” which helps dogs with similar behavioral issues.  Comet has been given the tools and foundation for a successful rehabilitation.  She just needs a forever home to complete the process.    

To help animals just like Comet, donate to Animal Friends' 31 Days of Compassion here: Without your support, important programs like our Animal Friends University classes and Animal Friends' Humane Investigations would not exist. Because of your donations, Comet has a second chance.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Catnip Pinatas

Guest Blogger: Suzanne Denk, Animal Enrichment Specialist

Who can resist the lure of a colorful, swinging piñata?  A piñata appeals to all of a cat’s senses and gets the kitty up and moving. 

•    Origami paper ball. (Click here for step-by-step instructions.
•    Tissue paper
•    String
•    Catnip
•    Non-toxic school glue

•    Make a paper ball according to origami instructions.  When folding the paper ball, sprinkle catnip in the folds. 
•    Cut thin strips of tissue paper.  Glue the strips into the folds of ball.
•    Glue string in a loop on the opposite side of the ball from the tissue strips. 
•    Let glue on the piñata dry thoroughly.
•    Hang piñata and let the cat play! 

Multiple piñatas can be made and stored in a bag with catnip to marinate. 

Play with piñata must be supervised and string removed when the cat pulls down the piñata.