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Butler County Animal Rescue needs your help

Posted Sunday, September 21, 2008, at 5:02 PM

Poor Dog Rescued in June is doing well
On The Other Side Of The Fence, a non profit animal rescue needs your help, tell your friends to check us out.

A PEEK AT WHAT WE DO! Grab a napkin (or hide your gun) before you read!

In June we rescued "Poor dog" from the KK highway. He had almost no hair on him, he was almost starved to death and extremely dehydrated. This poor dog had no time left. He was on the verge of death. For the last 3 months, he has been recuperating and doing well. His previous abuse shows in how he reacts towards men, he is submissive towards our male volunteers. Not to mention his "Elvis Presley" lip curl --some"one" has kicked him in his poor little mouth so hard, they broke the upper portion of his mouth. His teeth sit in at a very odd angle on one side. He was in pretty bad condition when he came here, some one may have thought he looked too gross and kicked him away from them. We saw the wonderful temperament this approximately 6 month old puppy has and wonder how anyone can neglect and abuse such a sweet little baby like this. The sad truth is we have seen worse, and I am sure we will see worse in the future. To see more pictures go to our website http://www.theothersideofthefence.org/

We need your help building a Fenced in Dog Park, if you have time, fencing, or money you can donate please contact 573-686-7551

To help us feed our animals please donate your scrap metal and aluminum cans. We go through 40 pounds of dog food a day.

We also offer the following services, which are provided by volunteers: obedience training, pet sitting, nail trimming, house sitting, dog walking...and more please visit our website for more information


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Yours is a heart-breaking job! I work with a group out of Bollinger County, and those people are ANGELS! Stoddard County has no place like this that I know of - except for Sun Dog at Bloomfield, which is a shelter for cats.

Butler County has had quite a few problems like this, and I'm glad to know someone is trying to help.

I'll call you.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 9:10 PM

A shelter for cats with the word dog in it??? Isn't that ironic.

I'd love to open a shelter here in Stoddard County, but I wouldn't even know where to begin, and I sure don't have the funds alone to get started. Then it would give our dog catcher a place to take his strays if they aren't claimed, instead of driving all the way to Sikeston to the SPCA. You know doing that two days a week has got to run into some hefty gas money.

-- Posted by mrsdolphin on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 7:43 AM

Ruff Ruff

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 10:56 AM

Watch out, hoon, you may get deleted from this blog, too! Hee, hee!

Dolphin, most of those dogs are euthanized. The adoption rate is something like one in seven for the Sikeston shelter.

Still, I feel that euthanization is better than the alternative - which involves mange, heartworms, starving and abuse. The dog in the photo obviously had mange when they rescued it. People will dump their dogs because they have mange - and the condition is so easy and cheap to cure!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 4:46 PM

goat lady, you are absolutely right, a dog can suffer a long time before it dies. Why don't these careless owners euthanize their own unwanted pets, instead of making it others responsibilty. We are fortunate at this point to not euthanize many animals, but it is only because we are not an open door shelter like most humane societies.

I wonder why Sun Dog Sanctuary chose their name? Maybe they chose their name and then decided to work with cats after they got immediatly bombarded with dogs. It does cost more to feed and care for several dogs than several cats. It is also easier and less expensive to house them. All of our cats are free to roam the property and have their own bedroom with lots of toys they can go to when they want. The dogs on the other hand have several rooms, tons of kennels, dog houses, fenced in dog run....

mrsdolphin, it takes a lot of work to open a shelter, you don't get to go home at 5pm. If you do have the time and energy, I bet lots of people feel the same way and would like to be involved. You could try posting ads and posters around town asking for anytype of volunteers and help. Alot of rescues don't even have a shelter, they work from foster homes. This is by far the cheaper way to go. Of coarse it has its problems too, such as your foster homes using the flea meds on their personal dogs and letting their foster animals scratch their hair off, which we just recently had to deal with. If you are interested I could give you some advice on the paperwork involved and sample applications/contracts/flyers, etc...I am currently working with a lady in Greeneville who is getting a small cat rescue going. Just a few foster homes to care for a few animals at a time really helps take a load off the big shelters. Showing the animals can be done by posting flyers around town and asking local stores if you can show them in front of their business' on the weekends. Petfinder.com is where most of our adoptions come from. Something intersting is most of our animals have been adopted to other states, Montana, Illinios, Kentucky, Minnesota, and several up to St. Louis. For the most part this area would rather get free animals from places, allow them to breed, then dump them off on the highway or at shelters than to pay an adoption fee for an animal that has been spayed/neutered. Thanks to all who has posted. P.S. To see what Poor dog looks like now, you can go to our website http://www.theothersideofthefence.org/

For lack of any other name to call him but Poor dog for the last several months, the name has kind of stuck.

-- Posted by jaymeeyh on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 6:55 PM

One reason so many people dump dogs/cats instead of having them euthanized is because such people are cowards. The dumpers don't want to have to live with the "guilt" of knowing they killed the animal, even though dumping the animal is usually a far worse fate (and even though that person probably ate an animal for lunch the same day, and the means by which that animal died may have been horrifyingly cruel). Secondly, dumpers don't want to pay the thirty or so bucks a decent vet would probably charge an indigent person to euthanize an animal (many vets will do this for free if you can't afford it and there are organizations who will pay euthanasia costs if you can't). Third, all too often dumpers aren't brought to justice. Abandoning animals without making provisions for their care is illegal and prosecutable but many law enforcement agencies don't have the training and/or inclination to charge people for abandonment--especially in areas where it's so common.

Southeast Missouri desperately needs more open-admission shelters (ones who do not turn animals away). If more people had a place to take their unwanted animals without fear of being judged or charged a fee, there would be less dumping. Kudos to groups like On the Other Side of the Fence for doing what they can to help, but we also need places that will take the ones rescue groups can't/won't take.

-- Posted by Youngest Child on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 11:33 PM

Ruff Ruff

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 11:52 PM

Thanks for that information, YC. Yesterday, I called someone at "The Other Side of the Fence," and I'm sending them a donation today. Maybe one day we'll have a place for Stoddard County dogs.

If people would just spay or neuter their dogs, the county wouldn't be so swamped with unwanted animals!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 5:57 AM

And while we are at it, we should also Spay and Neuter the poor and the dumb like Layne Staley preaches. Then we wouldn't be swamped with unwanted crime, drug use/abuse, and a huge bill footed by the decent folk.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 9:32 AM

Hoon, I hope it doesn't bug you too bad that the Nazis beat you to that idea. Germans considered mentally disabled were forcibly sterilized, and Germans who couldn't support themselves were considered "Unfit For Life" and systematically euthanized. Fredric Wertham wrote about these policies in "A Sign For Cain: An Exploration of Human Violence."

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 3:26 PM

And, if the Nazis did it to the mentally disabled, it was just another step to do it with anyone else! No one was safe! Basic disrespect for human life.

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 3:57 PM

Youngest Child did you just equate people who eat meat with dog dumpers?

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 9:10 PM

IB, no, I did not equate the two. I'm saying there's a discrepancy when someone would rather dump a dog (a cruel act) than have him euthanized (not a cruel act), while that same person has no problem killing an animal for his/her lunch. I realize that plenty of decent people eat meat and would never dump a dog.

-- Posted by Youngest Child on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 10:43 PM

You all need to read Layne Staley's initiative before you start going crazy. It is not about limiting the breeding of the mentally disabled or mentally retarded or special needs or even the lower to lower middle class. It is about limiting the breeding of the poor and the dumb: those who don't work and are able, those who use illegal drugs repeatedly, those who are arrested repeatedly, those who sit on their front porch all day every day and let you and I foot the bill.

Layne isn't a nazi....he is a northwestern progressive. I say cut the nut on the poor and dumb.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 11:01 PM

That's great. Adopting a dog. Wow! I mean, forget about the orphan boys and girls, let's hear about that dog one more time. Good Job!! Awesome!! Dogs really do matter. Can we get a welfare program for them?!? That would be AWESOME!! Seriously! I think this goes into the category of: Dumb breeding with Dumb equals Dumb.

Prove me wrong...I dare you.

-- Posted by Jim Morrison on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 1:29 AM

Hey Jim, there's really nothing to prove. Just take a look at the uneducated masses of the world today and you're last statement stands alone.

-- Posted by ct on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 12:22 PM

Looks like ct might be interested in Layne's dumb and poor breeding limitation initiative! Cool!

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 4:32 PM

We've talked about this issue before on Corey's October 07 blog about the dogfighting issue at Dudley. One of the participants in that discussion said this:

"I think that this is a terrible thing...BUT, I am much more concerned over all these Mothers killing their babies. People get on issues that are not as important as other things. Why do people care more for dogs than humans. Lets take all the tax payers money to be spent on these and other things and SAVE OUR CHILDREN............."

Funny how some people think that if we focus on the animal issue, we're necessarily neglecting children. Very little taxpayer money goes to animal shelters; they're mostly financed by donations.

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 5:38 PM

One of the problems associated with treating dogs in a humane manner is the obscene cost of veterinary care. Have you taken a pet to the vet lately? You would think these people are brain surgeons.

Mainly the medication is cost prohibitive I guess since a little bitty tube of flea control medecine that lasts for one month is $12,00. You know the tube cost more to make than the medecine. It is crazy.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 10:00 PM

Vet care is expensive. My husband And I are in pre veterinary school. After 2 years of community college you go to a four year pre veterinary college at $20,000.00 a year, then move up to the Veterinary Medicine College for an additional 4 years. I plan on going in Gainesville, Florida to be close to immediate family and to attend the Chi Institute to study acupuncture, homeopathy, and holistic Veterinary Medicine. Each Semester at the Veterinary Medicne school cost 20,000.00 if you live in the state. The Chi Institute will be more, but that is optional.

I was friends with my vet in Washington. It seemed as if almost every customer felt they should get a discount or free service. When every one takes a look at what they buy themselves every month, does the price of having your pet really all that much.

I do agree with you, Vet's do charge too much for a lot of services. Getting a dog that is dying treated for parvo is almost impossible without a couple of hundred dollars payed before the dog is seen. That is 300% profit. A lot of the services are quite rediculous.

The cost of flea control can be cut if you do some searching on the web for the cheapest price of REVOLUTION. I buy large tubes for extra large dogs. You can do the calculations easily for how much a dog weighs per cc. We get 2 40 pound doses out of one tube making the cost $6.00 for flea tick and heartworm medication. Or even 4 twenty pound puppies each tube for $3.00 each. Very short version of a lot of math.

If you would like some tips about how often you should really vaccinate your animals according to a Large number of Holistic Veterinarians, including Cornell University studies, just ask.

-- Posted by jaymeeyh on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 11:00 PM

I think what we're seeing here is that people are using to paying high health care costs for themselves, but usually they have insurance to help. Many people are unwilling - or unable - to spend that much on their companion animals. (Okay, see how good I am, YC? I didn't call them "pets"!) I'm taking my three dogs to the vet this afternoon, and I shutter to think what it's gonna cost, but they're my companions - and whatever it costs, it's worth it! When I come home, they're always there to greet me. And when the coyotes get too close, my dogs are on the forefront of defense!!

I'm so glad you gave that information on what it takes to become a vet. Sounds as if that's every bit as much a commitment as becoming a doctor. I applaud you and your husband for making that commitment! I'm sure you could make a lot more money as a doctor.

This blog is a great idea, by the way! Now we get to discuss the issue with some people who can give us accurate information!

I notice that you updated the photo of Poor Dog. She looks like a sweetheart!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 8:13 AM

They are pets.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 8:35 AM

Says you!

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 4:37 PM

Hey, guess what's on Oprah today???

-- Posted by goat lady on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 4:40 PM

Yes Mam, I say pet and have never watched Oprah.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 12:05 AM

Aw, I.B., you're so far right that it's a wonder you don't fall off the earth into the jaws of the sea monsters!! Heehee!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 8:31 AM

Does anyone know if niacin will hurt a cat? When I got home today, one of my cats had scattered out a bottle of niacin and had bitten about 12 of the capsules. Didn't look as if he'd actually eaten any of it, but he had to have gotten some in his mouth.

I think he was looking for fish oil pills...

-- Posted by goat lady on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 9:24 PM

Well, I might be rght.

-- Posted by I.B. Le Truth on Fri, Sep 26, 2008, at 11:32 PM

Niacin is okay for cats, they actually need it, they get it naturally by eating other animals, as long as he did not eat a few whole pills he should be fine. If he is over dosing, he will be unable to move very much and feel like his body is on fire, although you will not know about the latter of the two.

If he is acting fine, he proably did not eat much and it will be a healthy benefit. It is a good supplement for cats with cancer.

Becautious as I am not a veterinarian.

-- Posted by jaymeeyh on Sun, Sep 28, 2008, at 1:21 AM

Okay, good. Thanks! It's great to have some advice here. What about glucosamine for dogs and cats? My brother really believed in it for his dogs, but, of course, the whole issue was irrelevant - since he smoked like a locomotive and his favorite dog came down with cancer, anyway...

By the way, when my daughter is here, she gives a Melatonin tablet to one of my barky, nervous dogs, so it won't bark under her window all night!

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Sep 28, 2008, at 8:46 AM

The glucosamine dosages would differ, I have really seen it work wonders. My older german shepherd has hip problems. She would roll aroung on the floor like a fish about once a day, when her hips would give out. I started giving her 3000 mg of chondroiton, msg, glucosamine, and she only flops occasionally. This high of a dosage should only be used on dogs that are going to be suffereing, not as a long term program(years) as it may have long term effect on the liver/kidney. Omega 3 fish oil WITH vitamin E {they can not use it without the vitamin E} is really good for them. You can feed your dogs carrots as a treat. Alot of dogs like them.

This is a very beneficial advice here: In the wild your dog eats 70% of their water.In dry dog food, they only get about 13% water. Eventually the toxins build up in their kidneys after 6 years +- and gives then problems.

A way to deter this health problem is by adding water to the diet. They will not drink their normal 30% plus the 70% they get from the food. So it has to be substituted.

You can feed them canned food for lunch/breakfast, or like I said add water to the food. They need that water to flush their kidneys and livers.

Melatonin is okay. That is a good mild sedative, you can even use a benedryl, say if you were traveling and your dog gets anxious. Half of a pill for a dog 24pounds under or a whole pill for 25 pounds +.

-- Posted by jaymeeyh on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 12:28 AM

Thanks for the advice: I need the advice on the Benadryl dose right now!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 1:06 PM

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