By Jackie Kellum
In the summer months Anita had an increase of adult dogs & cats being turned-in to her. The months of October and November was a period of prolonged “puppy season”. In just a two week period alone, Anita accepted a nursing mother dog with her 10 puppies, another mother and 7 pups, a litter of 9 puppies rescued by a worker at a construction site after two had been already found dead near the side of the road, several more litters of nine, seven and eight, etc. The question seems to pop up periodically in some people’s mind: why does she take them all in? The more obvious questions should be: where else will they go and be taken in and cared for? A kitten or puppy should not be penalized and killed by any means – abuse, neglect, “the needle”, starvation, etc. because humans have failed to take responsibility for spaying & neutering.
The safety of your dog as he/she rides in your car needs to be considered. Ever see a dog riding along with its “parent” at the wheel and the dog has his head all the way out the window to sniff the air? It looks so invigorating, but this “open window” policy might need your reconsideration. This action might be an accident waiting to happen. Consider this—if a flying rock coming out of no-where can break or crack a car windshield in an instant, imagine what it can do to your dog’s head or eye. What would happen to your pet if you suddenly have to slam on the breaks, and your dog is in your lap or hanging out the window—you have just created a “projectile missile” flying through the windshield or out of the window , possibly onto the road to be hit by a car. Another possible risk – you might have impulsive behavior. It might not have happened in the past, but dogs like people are sometimes unpredictable at times, and you will have to deal with a dog trying to leap out the open window as you are zipping along the road. Something to think about.
Anita’s Animals wishes to thank the LFA/Lakeside Friends of the Animals for the last seven years of their support. They provided for a time some spay- neutering surgeries when their funding and donation volumes allowed for this particular assistance. The last two years LFA provided Anita with a pet food “credit” of 3,000 pesos / month, which was to be utilized exclusively at the Animal Shelter Pet food store. At this time, effective January 1st, 2012, LFA will be unable to support Anita any longer, due to their own organization’s financial circumstances. LFA, Thank you again!
The holidays are fast approaching and many people have already started to worry about finding the ideal gift for that special person, either near or far away. You can eliminate the concern that you may not have bought the right size, color, style, or get it wrapped and mailed in time for the holidays. Think about making a donation to a charity you like or prefer, and make that donation to that organization in that person’s name. You will have honored that person, and done a good thing as well. www.anitasanimals.com – has a PayPal account for donations. Happy Holidays!