Thursday, October 30, 2008


...Shaws stepped forward and gave the shelter mentioned in the article below $1000 to cover the losses from the burglary. I also sent them a check, and I know a variety of other people and groups got involved to help out. It's just amazing to me that someone could steal from a place that is struggling to do good and save animals in need.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

From the Cape Cod Times

Money stolen from Wareham animal shelter
Funds were to be used for veterinary care

EAST WAREHAM - Nearly $1,000 reportedly was stolen Saturday evening or early Sunday morning in a break-in at A Helping Paw, a private animal shelter in East Wareham.

Shelter president Chrissy Tomkiewicz said most of the money, about $800, was to have been used to pay for veterinary care to get eight animals ready for adoption.

"They took the raffle money, the adoption money, the sales money, the donation jar, they took it all," Tomkiewicz said Sunday afternoon. "This is a terrible blow."

"They took the raffle money, the adoption money, the sales money, the donation jar, they took it all. This is a terrible blow."
- Chrissy Tomkiewicz
She said the theft has been reported to the Wareham Police Department, which is investigating.

Tomkiewicz said the thief or thieves apparently got into the building at 3166 Cranberry Highway, just across the Buzzards Bay line in East Wareham, by opening a storm window outside the cat adoption room.

She said a couple of volunteers who were scheduled to come in to clean the shelter Sunday morning noticed the storm window was slightly askew, and then discovered that the money had been stolen.

A Helping Paw is a private animal shelter unaffiliated with the town. The organization, which was founded by Tomkiewicz, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Helping Paw officials already are concerned whether the shelter will be able to raise $30,000 by December to fund its operation for another year. With the slump in the economy, Tomkiewicz said, donations are down.

At present, A Helping Paw is sheltering a couple of dogs and 20 cats, as well as rats, hamsters and ferrets.

Tomkiewicz said the overnight theft is the worst but not the first theft to befall the shelter. Over the years, people have stolen donated Beanie Babies, the coin donation jar, and, a few weeks ago, checks left in the shelter's street mailbox. As a result of the last, the shelter now has obtained a post office box.

People who wish to help A Helping Paw may send donations to Box 387, Buzzards Bay MA, 02532.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pets in trouble during tough economic times

The New York Times recently printed this story:

In Hard Times for Humans, Hardships for Pets, Too

With all the talk of bulls and bears lately, what’s happening to cats and dogs?

At New York City’s main animal shelter, monthly calls to the volunteers who can help people keep their pets through tough financial times doubled, to 225 from 115, between January and September. Read More Here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

One of the cutest videos I've seen and a "Best of YouTube" winner.

The man singing the puppies to sleep:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Halloween Can Be a Scary Holiday ... for Pets

Ghosts and goblins walk the streets, approaching homes collecting treats. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) cautions people about keeping their pets safe and preventing dog bite injuries this Halloween.

While some dogs may understand that costumes and excited children are all part of the holiday fun, many dogs are fearful of common Halloween activities. This creates an increased potential for dog bites. Read more HERE.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Just a quick note to let you know we've added some new content to the site for fall. Check in at for the following new articles:

Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, contributed our feature article this month: Why Feral Cats Don't Belong in Shelters. Read all about it on our HOME PAGE.

Just in time for Halloween we have a new Kid's Corner project: How to Make Your Own Animal Trick Or Treat Bags!

Lacey White from Nebraska wrote a story about her cat, Simba, and won a T-shirt for our Cats vs. Dogs contest!

We have some beautiful cat photos submitted by readers this month, and the winning photo by Mike in Cambridge is gorgeous and is posted on our Animal Photos page.

If you've ever thought about hiring a pet sitter, you might be interested in learning about the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Read more about the organization on our Pet Care page.

Have fun!