Tuesday, October 30, 2007

In honor of the Boston Red Sox, World Series Champions, the Boston Globe has published these pics of some of the team's furry fans:


Monday, October 29, 2007

Animal/Pet info from SignOnSanDiego.com

San Diego County Department of Animal Services; Central Shelter in Mission Valley: (619) 236-4250; North Shelter in Carlsbad: (760) 438-2312; South Shelter in Bonita: (619) 263-7741
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, (619) 299-7012
North County Humane Society & SPCA, (760) 757-4357
El Cajon Animal Shelter, (619) 441-1580
Chula Vista Animal Shelter, (619) 691-5123
Escondido Humane Society, (760) 888-2275
Helen Woodward Animal Center, (858) 756-4117
Wildlife can be taken to the Project Wildlife Care Center at 8871/2 Sherman St., San Diego. For more information, call (619) 225-9202.

Keep pets indoors and avoid unnecessary outdoor exertion.
See a veterinarian if your pets have a difficult time breathing or are experiencing any illness.
Wash ash off your pets and their toys.
Provide clean drinking water. If water is unsafe for people, it is unsafe for pets.

Sightings on Mount Washington this weekend

We hiked up the Tuckerman Ravine trail at Mount Washington, New Hampshire this weekend, to the base of the ravine. J. saw a red fox just a few feet away, which we didn't get a picture of, unfortunately. The fox was checking out a backpack that had been left behind briefly on a picnic table at the base of the ravine.

We did snap quick photos of a woodpecker and a red squirrel on the trail, below. The photos didn't come out too well because we had to snap quickly. If you click on the woodpecker photo to enlarge it and look for the little fellow, you can see how well he was camouflaged by the tree.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fire Assistance: Lost Animals

Reprinted from SignOnSanDiego.com

San Diego County Department of Animal Services;

Central Shelter in Mission Valley (619) 236-4250;

North Shelter in Carlsbad: (760) 438-2312;

South Shelter in Bonita: (619) 263-7741

San Diego Humane Society & SPCA, (619) 299-7012

North County Humane Society & SPCA, (760) 757-4357

El Cajon Animal Shelter, (619) 441-1580

Chula Vista Animal Shelter, (619) 691-5123

Escondido Humane Society, (760) 888-2275

Helen Woodward Animal Center, (858) 756-4117

If you have animals or livestock that you cannot evacuate yourself or that need to be rescued, call (619) 236-4250 and press 1 for emergency services.

Many large animals and evacuated livestock were taken to the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds at 12584 Mapleview St. and the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Wildlife can be taken to the Project Wildlife Care Center at 887 1/2 Sherman St., San Diego. For more information, call (619) 225-9202.

Foster homes are available for pets through the San Diego Animal Support Foundation. Space for livestock, horses, burros, sheep and similar animals is available on private land. Call (619) 847-8755.

Birds fly in from fire

by Kristopher Hanson, Staff Writer

SAN PEDRO - Local wildlife rescuers are making room for injured and distressed animals displaced by fires ravaging the Southland.

In recent days, a few dozen aquatic birds and waterfowl forced from their Malibu home by smoke and flames have landed temporary shelter at the International Bird Rescue Research Center here, with more expected in coming days.

The center opened its doors to both wildlife and domesticated housepets on Sunday, when it began accepting ducks, coots and other winged creatures from a devastated wildlife center in Malibu's fire-ravaged canyons.
Full Text at PressTelegram.com

On a much sadder note, two animals at the Wild Animal Park have died, possibly from effects of the fire:

Endangered species die at zoo

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Local Effort To Help Pets Affected By California Wildfires

Ohio says it's entering its peak time for forest fires, and can't spare a single firefighter if California asks for help fighting its raging wildfires. Another emerging emergency is with pets and large animals effected by the fire.

Cincinnati is 2,200 miles from San Diego, but here they are already looking to help animals left homeless by the fires. Read more here.

Wildfires: Evacuating Man's Best Friends
Some Animals Moved To Beaches; Pets In Parking Lots With Owners

Rescuers race flames to save pets, livestock

Story Highlights
Animal services: "We're doing the best we can to keep ahead of the flames"
Officers looking for animals left in evacuated areas
Many shelters taking in animals along with people
Humane Society: Not a repeat of Katrina

CNN Video of pets, horses, "Zorse" evacuated from California fires


CNN: "Qualcomm Stadium is accepting animals."

Nearly One Million Forced To Flee California Fires

SAN DIEGO, California (CNN) - Relentless wildfires roared through Southern California for a third day Tuesday, sending more than half a million residents fleeing with family members, pets and whatever prize possessions they could fit in their vehicles. Read the rest here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Straight from Defenders of Wildlife

Dear Faye,

Everybody needs a home -- especially grizzly bears and other wildlife that depend on habitat in our National Forests to survive.

But a proposal introduced in August by the Bush/Cheney Administration would dismantle vital protections for our National Forests and grasslands and eliminate key federal protections for all wildlife in those areas… including the still-struggling grizzly bear.

We have just a short time to stop this awful plan.
Send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service right now, and urge federal officials to abandon their latest regulatory assault on the National Forest Management Act.

Earlier this year, the grizzlies in the Yellowstone region were removed from the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, these beloved bears could be right back on the fast-track to extinction if federal officials move forward with their proposed changes to the rules implementing the National Forest Management Act.

These changes would do away with essential wildlife viability standards that have protected grizzlies, wolves and other forest animals for more than 20 years, limit public input on forest planning decisions and exempt forest plans from meaningful environmental review.

The result: more destructive logging and other activities on our National Forests and grasslands and fewer grizzlies and other wildlife.

The public comment period on this awful proposal ends Monday, October 22nd, so please take action now to stop this terrible plan and protect our forest wildlife.

The grizzly isn’t the only animal threatened by this proposal. Unless we prevail, wolves, wolverines, elk, salmon and many other species could all suffer.

Please take action right now. We owe it to tomorrow’s conservationists to protect our grizzlies and other wildlife today.


Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife

News from the World Wildlife Fund

Press Release: The World Wildlife Fund announced on Oct. 16 that it has named Dr. K. Ullas Karanth as the winner of the 2007 J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership. The annual award honors outstanding contributions to international conservation and carries with it a $200,000 prize. Karanth, a scientist with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is the first tiger expert to win the award.

Karanth, an active conservationist in southern India for the past 25 years, was honored for a career devoted to the science of endangered species and their habitats, WWF officials said.

"The Wildlife Conservation Society is justifiably proud that Ullas Karanth has been honored by the World Wildlife Fund's J. Paul Getty Award for Conservation Leadership," said Dr. John G. Robinson, WCS Executive Vice President and Director for Global Conservation Programs. "Dr. Karanth has been a tireless fighter for tiger conservation for more than two decades, and has helped show the world that there is hope for these emblematic big cats."

As part of WCS's efforts to save India's critically endangered tiger, Karanth has conducted India-wide surveys of tigers to better determine their numbers and habitat needs. Using camera traps to capture their unique stripe pattern on film, Karanth has improved accuracy in assessing the number of tigers in India's Nagarahole National Park and his efforts have facilitated the creation of three protected areas in the Western Ghats. He has also done innovative work on voluntary resettlement, benefiting people and wildlife. He is currently working through WCS's "Tigers Forever" program to conserve tigers throughout Asia.

(Photo credit: World Widlife Fund)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

One of the cats we're currently caring for, Fiona the Scottish Fold, has been blinking her eyes a lot and acting as if they're uncomfortable. She was treated for an eye infection at one point, but this time the vet said that he thinks it's just allergies. He said it wasn't a comment on our home at all, especially since the other four cats currently here don't have any allergies, and he prescribed some eye medication and suggested a .5 ml dose of children's Benadryl twice a day for three days.

Unfortunately, Fiona is not a fan of Benadryl. I bought the children's liquid version and tried to give her a dose, and she, well, freaked out. Maybe the bubble gum flavoring wasn't to her taste. She started running around the house, dripping white, frothy foam from her mouth in every room, stopping only long enough to glare at me accusingly before running off to foam some more.

Needless to say this was rather alarming to watch, but I was assured by a friend, Peggy Dey of Dey by Dey Studio, that this is a pretty normal reaction. One of her cats runs around frothing at the mouth also when dosed with unwanted medicine. Her suggestion was to buy the meds in pill form and try it that way.

I can just imagine what a success that will be!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hamilton has been doing great since he got home from the hospital and his experience with the radioactive iodine shot. For the first few days he was a little quiet and shy, but recently he's gone back to being himself. He runs around after the feather toy the way he used to, meows loudly for his food and tries to herd me around the room or bat at my legs when a noise startles him.

It's so great to have our little guy back. While he was on the medication, he never seemed to be quite himself, and he obviously hated having to take it. It was an expensive decision to give him the shot, but we're really glad we did it. Here he is, sitting right next to me as I type, on a folded blue towel that I set out for him. He's really not as mad as he looks!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

This morning I have to take one of the Scottish Folds, Fiona, to the vet. She's had drippy eyes for a while, and two attempts at "gooping" her eyes with medicine haven't fixed the problem. Thankfully, Fiona's vet is just around the corner so it won't be a long ride in the car with a wailing cat.

Usually when I bring a carrier upstairs, the cats scatter and disappear. This time, Tribbs did the opposite: he walked right into the carrier and tried to claim it as his own. I guess he knew it wasn't for him!

By the way, I'm desperate for some dog photos for Our Place to Paws. We have five cats in this house at the moment, and we have a lot of cat-loving readers who send in photos for our Monthly Photo Contest. But we hardly ever get any dogs. Are there any dog lovers out there? If so, we need your contributions to our Monthly Photo Contest and our Cats vs. Dogs essay/photo page! Winners get a $10 gift certificate to PetCo!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Animals in the news

As I was surfing the net this morning looking for some animal news, I came across a few great links.

First, I received an email recently about the sighting of a pink -- actually albino -- dolphin calf. Snopes.com confirmed that the sighting is real. You can see pictures of this beautiful creature here:


I also discovered that the San Diego zoo has released a video of their new giant panda cub's first visit with a veterinarian. The cute little thing obviously didn't enjoy the experience very much, but she made it and was whisked away to her mom right afterward.


Here's a very cute picture of her from another news story:


This next video of a mother cat caring for some chicks along with her kittens has been circulating via email. It's very cute. Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hamilton update

Just a quick update to let you know how Hamilton has been doing since he got home. He looks great, and he seems calm and happy. His coat is thicker than it used to be, and he no longer has that half-starved, scrawny look about him.

The next steps in his treatment will be to check his thyroid and kidney levels at one month after the shot, and at three months. There is some slight concern that the radioactive iodine treatment might negatively impact his kidneys, but the vet was very confident that he would be alright. His kidneys were a little small and irregular on the initial x-rays.

For now he is home and happy!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Our new issue is out

Our new e-newsletter went out today, featuring some interesting letters from readers and other updates. If you'd like to subscribe to future issues, send an email to faye@ourplacetopaws.com.

You can also check online for some of our updated content on the Web, including a new feature story about pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Dean, the winning reader photo for October and the winning reader's essay for our Cats vs. Dogs page.

Visit www.ourplacetopaws.com.