Animal Shelter Presentation March 2010

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By: GeorgeWaters (105 month(s) ago)

I'd like to give recognition to this wonderful animal rescue company in Raleigh NC http://www.animalsbegone.com

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SAVE A LIFE – ADOPT FROM A LOCAL SHELTER : 

Provided courtesy of the “Faces of King George Animal Control” SAVE A LIFE – ADOPT FROM A LOCAL SHELTER King George Animal Control 11220 Henry Griffin Road King George, VA 22485 540-775-2120 http://www.petfinder.com

Shelter Dogs and Cats : 

Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year. Often these animals are the offspring of cherished family pets. Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them. To help stop pet overpopulationfurther, consider adopting yournext pet from an animal shelter. Shelter Dogs and Cats

“Why Am I Here?” : 

Most animals that are in shelters, arethere by no fault of their own: Owner surrender Owner no longer able to care for pet County seizures Abuse/Neglect Strays Crowded rescues Overpopulation Pets are not being neutered/spayed “All we need is understanding and lots of TLC!” “Why Am I Here?”

Overpopulation : 

Pets are not being neutered/spayed Millions of pet deaths each year are a needless tragedy. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100% effective birth control for dogs and cats. Improves pets’ health; Increases pets’ lifespan; Is the first step towardpreventing homelessness; and Allows a pet more opportunities to be amember of the family - unconditional benefit for everyone. Overpopulation

Pets in Heat Facts : 

Female dogs’ heats occur twice a year and last about 3 weeks. Female cats may come into heat every 2-3 weeks. Female cats will howl and rub excessively. During heat, both dogs and cats will: Be more irritable and nervous than usual May become aggressive, damage furniture, or attack strangers Pets in Heat Facts

Spaying – Health Benefits : 

Spaying permanently eliminates: Physical stress for female animals, including birthing complications Spotting during the heat period Numerous males in abundance while the female is in heat False pregnancies (increasingly common with age) Mammary tumors Less than 1% in animals spayed before first heat Higher than 50% incidence in female dogs over 5 years of age that haven’t been spayed Spaying – Health Benefits

Spaying – Health Benefits (cont’d) : 

Spaying permanently eliminates (cont’d): Uterine infections (increasingly common with age) Often life-threatening Tumors of the ovaries or uterus Stress, leading to increased susceptibility to disease Need for extra food during pregnancy and nursing Spaying – Health Benefits (cont’d)

Neutering – Health Benefits : 

Less testosterone, less trouble In terms of behavior, the benefits of neutering male dogs are even greater: Decreases roaming by 90% Responding to the overwhelming urge to reproduce, he will: Often become nervous and irritable; May pick fights with other dogs; Become lethargic; Become less responsive to his owner; and/or Stop eating, or act ill or depressed. Neutering – Health Benefits

Neutering – Health Benefits (cont’d) : 

Among the problems reduced or eliminated by neutering male pets are: Territoriality and aggression Urinating to mark territory Fighting to defend territory Wandering or escaping Possible automobile injuries Becoming lost and ending up in a shelter; possible euthanasia "Riding" inappropriate objects Neutering – Health Benefits (cont’d)

Neutering – Health Benefits (cont’d) : 

Among the problems reduced or eliminated by neutering male pets are: Prostate enlargement Occurs in at least 60% of unneutered male dogs 5+ years Prostate tumors and infections Tumors of the genitals/anal area Perineal hernia (rupture of theposterior abdominal wall) Stress, leading to increasedsusceptibility to disease Need for extra food Neutering – Health Benefits (cont’d)

Animal Rescues and Shelters : 

Animal Rescues Play a Very ImportantPart in Saving Lives: Although most animal rescues are overcrowded, many area rescues work closely with shelters to help place animals in loving homes. Rescues rely on donations and fundraisers for their financial resources to pull “unadoptable” animals from shelters and turn them into “adoptable” animals. Animal Rescues and Shelters Animal Rescues Help Save Lives Too!

Animal Rescues and Shelters (cont’d) : 

Rescues often spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars to turn less desirable animals into more desirable, adoptable animals: Behavioral and emotional rehabilitation Medical expenses for health, abuse, neglect, injury, and parasite issues Spay/neutering, vaccines, and rabiesinoculation expenses Nutritional and grooming expenses Animal Rescues and Shelters (cont’d) Animal Rescues Help Save Lives Too! (See Oliver’s story on “Happy Tails– Before and After”)

KG Animal Control & Area RescuesHappy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area RescuesHappy Tails – Before and After. . . . This is Dusty, he was found walking alongRt. 301 with a large tumor hanging from his leg.  King George Animal Rescue League (KGARL) raised the money for Dusty to have the surgery necessary to remove his tumor. Dusty stayed in a local King George foster care after his successful surgery. After a complete recovery, he went to Burlington County Animal Alliance (BCAA) in New Jersey where he found a new FOREVER HOME!

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . Chester was found in a woman's yard.  It is believed he was hit by a car and pulled himself off the road.  He was in bad shape but his spirit was strong.  Chester had a fractured jaw, broken femur, as well as some buck shot in his side. KGARL raised money for his medical care and he went to a rescue where he continues to enjoy all the love and attention he now receives and deserves.

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . This sad boy is Max, an American Staffordshire Terrier. Although he was a very good boy, he was surrendered to KGAC after his owner left him with the parents and the parents no longer wanted to care for him. A dog obedience trainer who volunteers and has a soft spot for this breed, found someone to adopt Max.  He is doing great in his new forever home, loves to play, and his new family simply adore him!

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . This scared little Hound girl, was picked up as a stray, and was extremely thin and under nourished. It was obvious that she had recently given birth, but no one knows what happened to the pups. Her owner never came to take her back home. An area rescue provided her with lots of yummy meals and TLC then found her a loving home. Her new name is now Belle. Here she is with one of her new “buds”, and her new forever “Mom” feeling very warm and happy and no longer afraid.

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . This extremely neglected Shepherd was one of numerous neglected and abused animals seized by KGAC. She was barely just skin and bones. Rather than giving up on her, the volunteers at KGAC worked with her and a rescue came to her aid. This beautiful Shepherd is now named Lexi (center) and is very happy with her new forever friends in her new forever home! Lexi’s friend Peanut (bottom right) was at KGAC for a long time but was adopted just before being euthanized.

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . When this extremely frightened Pointer was picked up as a stray, he had a "hunting style" collar on. It was thought that he wasn’t a very good “hunter” so he was dumped. It was obvious that he had been severely mistreated, and was even afraid to be walked on a leash. Volunteers at KGAC worked with him every day to gain his trust.  A rescue stepped in to save him, named him George, and found him a new forever home. He is still very shy, but continues to make progress and is really happy at home with his new best friend!

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . This very frightened Poodle mix was picked up as a stray , and no one claimed him. The shelter volunteers lovingly nicknamed him “Cousin It” (Adams Family). He was so frightened, he remained difficult to handle right up to the day he was rescued. Fortunately, a local rescue could see a lot of love through all that fur and fright and rescued him – the rescue found him a “forever home”. Renamed Oliver, he is doing great with his new “Mom”, and buddy Mesa, who helped Oliver learn all about being a Poodle again!

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . : 

KG Animal Control & Area Rescues Happy Tails – Before and After. . . . This very frightened Sheltie/Rotti mix was surrendered by his owner. When he arrived, he had a severe ear infection and was Heartworm/Lyme positive. He was at the shelter for a long time and it didn’t look good for this really sweet, loving dog. An area shelter rescued this good boy, and brought him back to health. They found him a new forever home with a wonderful family that lost one of their dogs, and their young daughter was devastated. Samson is now her best bud , and very happy in his forever home!

King George Animal Control : 

King George Animal Control More Happy Tails! More Happy Tails! Save a Life – Adopt From a Shelter

King George Animal Control : 

King George Animal Control More Happy Tails! More Happy Tails! Save a Life – Adopt From a Shelter

King George Animal Control : 

King George Animal Control More Happy Tails! More Happy Tails! Save a Life – Adopt From a Shelter

“I Rescued a Human Today. . .” : 

Her eyes met mine as she walked toward my kennel. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her, so I wagged my tail. As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past, ‘cause I only have the future to look forward to. She knelt down and made little kissy sounds. I rubbed my head against the bars to comfort her. Her fingertips rubbed my neck – I knew she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek so I raised my paw to reassure her. The kennel door opened and I jumped into her arms. I promised to always be by her side. She was fortunate today, but there are so many more to save. At least I could save one - I rescued a human today. “I Rescued a Human Today. . .”

King George Animal Control : 

We are a county operated Animal Control/Pound facility, proudly serving KING GEORGE, VA. We strive to provide professional, efficient service to everyone, while operating under realistic conditions, under the laws of Virginia. We continue to work with individuals and organizationsthat are truly interested in unwanted, adoptable, animals. We appreciate the tremendous support and cooperation received from the citizens of King George County. King George Animal Control

King George Animal Control : 

ADOPTING AN ANIMAL: All adopted animals must be spayed or neutered. Unsterilized animals may only be adopted by residents within King George, Westmoreland, Essex, Caroline, Spotsylvania, or Stafford Counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. Sterilized animals may be adopted by anyone. Residents of King George have first option on all available animals. Animals may be transferred to other agencies & certified Companion Animal Rescue Groups per state law. King George Animal Control

King George Animal Control : 

ADOPTING AN ANIMAL: We are a small busy facility, and have many adoptable animals coming through, therefore, holding adoptable animals is very limited. If you are interested in an animal please contact us IMMEIDATELY! Our adoption fee is only $10.00. All adoptions of unsterilized animals, requires a $50.00 CASH deposit. Deposit will be refunded upon presentation of written proof of sterilization, rabies vaccination, and licensing (if required). King George Animal Control

King George Animal Control : 

COME VISIT US: Our Location: 11220 Henry Griffin Road (Rt. 704 passed the landfill) in beautiful/historic King George, VA Our Days/Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Closed Sunday and Holidays Contact Us: Phone: 540-775-2120 Fax: 540-775-5770 King George Animal Control

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