Help needed to rebuild East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue

East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue's volunteers (there are no paid employees) care for more than 100 animals of many different species every day, including this tiger. “We’re just a small nonprofit that provides a lifelong home for animals — surplus zoo animals, lab monkeys and animals from individuals,” said secretary/treasurer Melissa Bishop. “We promised them a forever home, and that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s a lot of work. We’re kind of in the money pit drowning section now.

East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue’s volunteers (there are no paid employees) care for more than 100 animals of many different species every day, including this tiger. “We’re just a small nonprofit that provides a lifelong home for animals — surplus zoo animals, lab monkeys and animals from individuals,” said secretary/treasurer Melissa Bishop. “We promised them a forever home, and that’s what we’re trying to do. It’s a lot of work. We’re kind of in the money pit drowning section now.”

I recently visited East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Fairfield, Adams County, which has been closed since the rescue’s main building was destroyed by fire in May.

The burned-out building still needs to be torn down, and the rescue has no money to rebuild. Although the building was insured, East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue did not get the insurance money.

The burned-out building still needs to be torn down, and the rescue has no money to rebuild. Although the building was insured, East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue did not get the insurance money.

I had assumed the rescue would be in the process of rebuilding by now, but what I saw and heard on my visit showed otherwise. The burned-out building is still there, and there is no money to rebuild. Although the building was insured, it turns out the rescue did not get the insurance money.

“Right now, we may have enough funds to just do tear-down to get this cleaned up,” said secretary/treasurer Melissa Bishop.

“We have a private mortgage with a family. In 1998, when Sue purchased the property, it was a private agreement,” Bishop said. “We didn’t realize, in the legal terms way back, there was a clause saying that if there was a fire and there was insurance money, they reserved the right to take that money and use it toward the principal. So they did that, they took all of the money from the insurance company. So we are left with no money. It is legally within their right to do that.”

She said the estimate the rescue got for rebuilding the structure is approximately $200,000.

“We’re still pretty much at square one, after the fire.” Bishop said. “We have a lot of birds up in the top building that shouldn’t be there. It’s too loud, they’re too close together. It’s not ideal.” Continue reading “Help needed to rebuild East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue” »

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FDA issues warning for over-the-counter pet tear stain removers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing warning letters to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness.

From the FDA website:

These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs.

Find out more at www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary.

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Pedigree dog food recall expanded

Mars Petcare US announced it is recalling specific lots of its Pedigree Dry Dog Food due to the possible presence of small metal fragments.

The original recall involved bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food sold at Dollar General stores. The recall now has been expanded to include 55-pound bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam’s Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

For more information, visit www.dogfoodadvisor.com.

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Tan dog lost near Queensgate, York Township

TESSIE HAS BEEN FOUND! Tessie, a 2-year-old tan boxer mix, was lost Wednesday, Aug. 20. pShe was last seen in the York Hills Apartment complex behind the
Queensgate shopping plaza in York Township. She is tan with some
white on her chest and belly and a black/brown face.

She is very friendly, likely to play
with anyone. She is not wearing a collar because she slipped out of it, but
she is microchipped.

If seen, call 717-350-0588.

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Orange cat lost in New Freedom area

An orange male cat named Zoey is lost in the New Freedom area. He is 15 years old. If seen, call Andrea at 443-934-6944 or email arapp1015@gmail.com

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How do you honor pets who have passed?

As part of a story I’m working on about end-of-life care for pets, I’d like to include some ways people honor their treasured animal friends, either during the final days, or afterwards.

This was Marcus on the day he came home from the vet after being diagnosed with lung cancer or lymphoma. At this point, he was still basically comfortable, just losing weight. Within  two weeks, he was struggling to breathe. We spent his last day enjoying the grass and sunshine in our yard, one of his favorite places.

This was Marcus on the day he came home from the vet after being diagnosed with lung cancer or lymphoma. At this point, he was still basically comfortable, just losing weight. Within two weeks, he was struggling to breathe. We spent his last day enjoying the grass and sunshine in our yard, one of his favorite places.

For instance, when Marcus (aka “Teddy Bear”), my 12-year-old black cat who was diagnosed with lymphoma or lung cancer, had reached the point where it was a struggle for him to breathe, I knew it was time to say goodbye. He had that look that I knew all too well — the look of “I hurt and I’m so very tired, please make it stop.” It was time for the final visit to the veterinarian.

I set up the appointment, then spent the day with Marcus out in the yard — his favorite place to be — and gave him lots of belly rubs and brushed him, which were also some of his favorite things. I held him and told him how handsome he was, how much I loved him and how lucky I felt to have been friends with him for 12 years. I explained to him that I was going to miss him terribly, but that I knew he was hurting and exhausted, and that I would be OK, that he didn’t need to worry about taking care of me anymore. I explained that the vet would give him some shots to help to end his pain and discomfort, and that I would stay with him until it was over. He passed away in my arms.

After Marcus was gone, I had his body cremated. I opted for communal cremation, which means he was cremated with several other pets belonging to other people, and I didn’t get his ashes back.

There are many options available for end-of-life care for pets, and it’s best to make those decisions ahead of time. That way, when the time comes, you’ll know what you want to do, rather than trying to decide while going through emotional upheaval.

How have you handled the final hours or days of your pet’s life? Afterward, did you set up a memorial garden or grave marker? Did you keep the pet’s ashes or scatter them? One of my friends held a wake for one of his cats, so that his other cats could sniff the body and understand what happened. Have you done something similar?

Share your stories with YDR Pets for possible inclusion with the end-of-life story by commenting on this blog post, by emailing rose@ydr.com or through my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rose.hayes.188.

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Experts offer grooming, photography, behavior tips to help pets find homes

Jackson Galaxy talks about ways to help shelter animals relax and improve behavior, which will improve their chances of being adopted, during a workshop Aug. 3 at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York.

Jackson Galaxy talks about ways to help shelter animals relax and improve behavior, which will improve their chances of being adopted, during a workshop Aug. 3 at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York.


I recently attended a free workshop featuring Jackson Galaxy, Seth Casteel and Jorge Bendersky at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, New York. The event was part of the One Photo Saves A Life project by Seth Casteel, Jorge Bendersky, The Animal Rescue Site, GreaterGood.org, Wahl Home Products and the Cats R Cool tour featuring Jackson Galaxy.

Jackson Galaxy is a cat behavior specialist, star of “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet and author of the book “Cat Daddy.” Seth Casteel is a pet photographer whose work is featured in the book “Underwater Dogs.” He volunteers at animal shelters throughout the country, taking photos of shelter pets to help find them homes, and showing others how to take better pet photos. Jorge Bendersky is a pet groomer in New York and star of Animal Planet’s “Groomer Has It.” He has done pet makeovers for shelters to help give the animals a better chance at finding homes. His book is “DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show.” He also serves as a grooming expert on Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101.”

I had never visited the North Shore Animal League before. The shelter has a beautiful campus, with several buildings on both sides of the street. Find out more at http://www.animalleague.org

I had never visited the North Shore Animal League before. The shelter has a beautiful campus, with several buildings on both sides of the street. Find out more at http://www.animalleague.org


The first half of the day featured all three of these famous animal advocates, each speaking about their particular area of expertise. All attendees were in one large tent, and I believe every seat was filled. The second half of the day included a choice of two more-focused workshops for shelter workers and volunteers — Jackson Galaxy did a presentation on cat behavior, and Seth Casteel and Jorge Bendarsky showed how to make shelter pets look their best through grooming and photography. It was a tough choice, but since I coexist with many cats, I figured I should attend the cat behavior portion.

In between the full session in the morning and the breakout sessions in the afternoon, the three signed copies of their books and posed for photos with fans. The line went through the entire tent and at one point I think the end of the line was somewhere outside the tent’s doorway. Jackson Galaxy was about 20 to 30 minutes late getting started for his afternoon session because he stayed to sign books and pose for photos until the last person in line was through. The other guys did also, but their lines didn’t appear to be quite as long.

In addition to knowing a lot about how cats think and react, Galaxy was very down-to-earth and funny, and if I get another chance to see him at an event I’m definitely going to be there. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak, I highly recommend it.

There were tons of giveaways at the event, including eight or nine Tru-Catch humane traps for cats (I lost count); two large, screened outdoor cat enclosures; and one microchip scanner. The microchip scanner alone has a retail value of $1,000. Also, several shelters received digital SLR camera packages and grooming products to enable them to take better photos of the pets in their care, which in turn helps them to find homes.

This is the food truck where I got my $6 grilled cheese sandwich during the lunch break. The menu included many varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches, with various types of cheese and other ingredients. The most expensive was $13; I think mine was the cheapest.  It was quite tasty, though. The only other food on the menu was hot dogs.

This is the food truck where I got my $6 grilled cheese sandwich during the lunch break. The menu included many varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches, with various types of cheese and other ingredients. The most expensive was $13; I think mine was the cheapest. It was quite tasty, though. The only other food on the menu was hot dogs.

To get there, I drove 3 hours to Bridgewater, New Jersey, took a train to Newark, New Jersey, then another train to Penn Station, New York, and the light rail to Port Washington, New York, then walked four blocks to North Shore Animal League. Unfortunately, my first train was six minutes late, which meant I missed the train I had planned to take in Newark and had to wait for the next one. That meant I got to the event at 9:45 a.m., which wasn’t late (it didn’t start until 10 a.m) but meant I had to sit in the back of the audience where it was harder to hear, and impossible to take photos or video, for the first half of the day. After the lunch break, I got to move up to the second row, so I did get a few photos and a short video of Jackson Galaxy, but unfortunately not of the other two because they were doing a separate breakout session for the afternoon.

In the video below, Galaxy discusses “The Challenge Line.” I apologize for the small size of the video — for some reason, it totally slipped my mind that I need to hold the iPhone horizontally when taking video. (I blame lack of sleep.)

To find out more about Jackson’s theory on “The Challenge Line,” visit jacksongalaxy.com/2014/05/28/cat-mojo-the-challenge-line.

Seth Casteel offered tips on taking better pet photos, especially of animals in shelters who might be frightened in those surroundings.

He recommends using a digital SLR camera with a 50mm lens to capture the best photos (he uses a Canon digital SLR camera), but also provided tips to improve photos taken with point-and-shoot cameras.

Point-and-shoot tips:

  • Don’t use flash. It draws out strange colors in the animal’s eyes.
  • Set it on sports mode or action mode. It allows for the fastest shutter speed, to avoid blur.
  • Use burst mode if it’s available on your camera. It allows you to take several photos in a short time, which ups the chances of getting the best photo.

Digital SLR tips:

  • With 50 mm lens, you can blur out the background, making the pet the focus of the photo.
  • Set it on AV mode
  • Turn aperture, or “F stop,” down to lowest number. The lower the number, the faster the shutter speed, which means sharp pictures and blurrier background.
  • In Autofocus mode, set focus on AI Servo. That way, if the cat moves, it will still be in focus.
  • Make sure the lens is in automatic focus mode.
  • Set focus point; select center point only. Position focus box in viewfinder on cat’s face
  • Snap the photo.

For more detailed instruction, check out Casteel’s training videos on how to take better photos at onepicturesaves.com/learning-videos.

Find out more about Jorge Bendersky at www.planetjorge.com.

To register for an upcoming workshop, visit onepicturesaves.com.

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Shelter dogs get makeovers; vote for your favorite

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Pet grooming company Wahl and GreaterGood.org have launched an online before and after photo gallery of shelter pets, in the hopes of showing the public what these diamonds in the “ruff” look like with a bit of TLC.

The Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery features hundreds of pet transformations, thanks in part to Wahl’s donation of more than 1,000 bottles of pet shampoo to animal shelters nationwide. Visitors can view each animal as they appeared when they arrived at the shelter and then after they were cleaned up. The goal is to get people to visit the gallery, share it with friends and family and, ultimately, adopt these animals.

To promote the gallery and makeovers, Wahl launched the third annual Dirty Dogs Contest. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and award-winning photographer Seth Casteel have selected the 25 best makeovers and invite the public to vote for the top three. The animal shelters or rescue groups affiliated with the winning makeovers will receive cash grants and grooming prize packs.

The Dirty Dogs Contest runs through July 30. To support a shelter and vote for a shelter dog makeover, visit the Wahl Pets Dirty Dogs Contest Facebook page. (If the page doesn’t open because pop-ups are blocked on your page, just go to Wahl Pets Facebook page and click on the link provided there.) The top three vote-getters will receive cash grants for their respective shelters. First place takes home $5,000, second place receives $2,000 and third place earns $1,000. Winners will be announced on August 2.

“We now know that three out of four pet adoptions begin online,” said Noah Norton, director of operations at GreaterGood.org. “This would suggest an animal’s online photo is often the best chance it has for finding a forever home. Unfortunately, due to limited resources, only half of all pets entering shelters today are receiving the proper grooming they need. That’s what makes this gallery and partners like Wahl so important to this cause.”

Adoption is a major component of the new gallery. Those looking to adopt can sort photos by adoptable only or look for the heart icon on the top right corner of each animal’s picture. Once clicked, the image expands to show the before and after transformation along with the pet’s name, story and shelter information. Facebook integration makes it easy for visitors to share a makeover with friends or join the conversation already started.

“The transformations are truly amazing, some even downright unbelievable,” said Shay Moeller, pet product manager for Wahl. “The gallery is a great visual to show the importance of providing resources to shelters and the difference they can make.”

The Dirty Dogs Before & After Gallery is an extension of the One Picture Saves a Life Campaign, a collaboration among pet industry leaders to change public perceptions about rescued animals and provide grooming and photography resources to shelters. It consists of a five-city tour with celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and renowned pet photographer, Seth Casteel.

For information about Wahl’s pet grooming products, visit www.wahlpets.com or follow Wahl Home on Facebook and Twitter.

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Looking for a male kitten? Check out these cute boys

These kittens are available through the York County SPCA and are being fostered at All About the Kitties, a York County SPCA satellite in the Spring Grove area that specializes in kittens and mama cats, and also rehabilitates obese cats.

If you’d like to meet any of these kittens, you must first fill out an adoption application at www.ycspca.org and be approved. All About the Kitties has very flexible hours, you can visit 7 days a week almost any time. The shelter cannot put a hold on kittens; first approved applicant that visits gets first pick, so if interested don’t delay. For more information, email allaboutthekitties@gmail.com or visit allaboutthekitties.org.

Zander was a little nervous for his photo shoot but when he’s with his sister playing there is nothing shy about him.  He is an adorable black kitty with tabby stripes and he has a big personality. His shelter number is, AFS  94605 (Corallo kitty)

Zander was a little nervous for his photo shoot but when he’s with his sister playing there is nothing shy about him. He is an adorable black kitty with tabby stripes and he has a big personality. His shelter number is, AFS 94605 (Corallo kitty)

 Bacchus is a handsome little man, almost identical to his brother Beauregard. They have an Abyssinian-like ticking in their fur and Bacchus has a little more than his brother.  Bacchus is a little shy just coming to the satellite, but within days he will be a loving little man.  His  shelter numbe is AFS  94720 (Corallo kitty)

Bacchus is a handsome little man, almost identical to his brother Beauregard. They have an Abyssinian-like ticking in their fur and Bacchus has a little more than his brother. Bacchus is a little shy just coming to the satellite, but within days he will be a loving little man. His shelter numbe is AFS 94720 (Corallo kitty)

 

Sakima is an adorable young man, he is gray tabby with buff highlights on his face.  He loves running and playing with his siblings and cuddling with his foster mama Darja.  Sakima is an aggressive eater which may be because they had to fend for themselves until they got to us, he may outgrow it but for now we feed them on separate dishes. His shelter number is  AFS  94153 (Corallo kitty)

Sakima is an adorable young man, he is gray tabby with buff highlights on his face. He loves running and playing with his siblings and cuddling with his foster mama Darja. Sakima is an aggressive eater which may be because they had to fend for themselves until they got to us, he may outgrow it but for now we feed them on separate dishes. His shelter number is AFS 94153 (Corallo kitty)

Beauregard is a gorgeous tabby boy but a little shy just having arrived at the satellite shelter.  After a few days he will relax and learn that humans are not bad.  He is very sweet and loves hanging out with his brother Bacchus.  His shelter number is, AFS  94721 (Corallo kitty)

Beauregard is a gorgeous tabby boy but a little shy just having arrived at the satellite shelter. After a few days he will relax and learn that humans are not bad. He is very sweet and loves hanging out with his brother Bacchus. His shelter number is, AFS 94721 (Corallo kitty)

 

Wibawa means authority or power, but this little guy shows no authority right now; he is a laid-back lap kitty who  purrs like crazy.  He has soft gray fur with tabby stripes as you can see on the pictures, from a distance he appears to be solid gray.  Wibawa's shelter number is AFS  94704 (Corallo kitty)

Wibawa means authority or power, but this little guy shows no authority right now; he is a laid-back lap kitty who purrs like crazy. He has soft gray fur with tabby stripes as you can see on the pictures, from a distance he appears to be solid gray. Wibawa’s shelter number is AFS 94704 (Corallo kitty)

 Sipatu had a bad kitty cold for a bit, but has recovered and  is now an energetic little man with a great attitude. Because he was handled so much while being treated for his illness, he is super-friendly. His shelter number is AFS  94151 (Corallo kitty)

Sipatu had a bad kitty cold for a bit, but has recovered and is now an energetic little man with a great attitude. Because he was handled so much while being treated for his illness, he is super-friendly. His shelter number is AFS 94151 (Corallo kitty)

Satanta has fun running and playing with his siblings then after play he enjoys cuddling with his foster mama Darja.  Satanta loves his food and growls at the other when eating so we are feeding all of them separately.  He is very handsome with a cute pink nose that has a splash of gray.  His shelter number is AFS  94149 (Corallo kitty)

Satanta has fun running and playing with his siblings then after play he enjoys cuddling with his foster mama Darja. Satanta loves his food and growls at the other when eating so we are feeding all of them separately. He is very handsome with a cute pink nose that has a splash of gray. His shelter number is AFS 94149 (Corallo kitty)


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Black cat lost in Jefferson (York County, PA)

lost-quinn0714 A black cat named Quinn has been missing from Starlite Drive in Jefferson Borough (south of Spring Grove), since July 5. She is all black except for a few white hairs on her chest, has yellow eyes and a clipped left ear. She is spayed and is microchipped through Home Again. If seen, call 717-479-0580 or email thetuckerclan07@comcast.net.

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