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by Jackie Dale

On a cold rainy morning staff members arriving at work shortly before dawn discovered fourteen plastic tubs, each one containing a cat, including one young mother and two tiny newborns. Abandoning animals is a crime, but people often choose to dump cats instead of getting help with low-cost spay and neuter options. We are now facing a lot of unplanned expenses to provide food, shelter, vaccinations, and medical care.


by Kathleen Costa

The worst feeling in the world is being helpless when a friend is in trouble. Caitlyn Hart sees the car her best friend, Tara, is in veer off the road to avoid an oncoming car and plunge down a ravine. EMTs arrive to rescue her from the car, but she’s lost a lot of blood, and Tanner, the driver of the car? Dead at the scene. Doctors say Tara needs a blood transfusion, but her rare blood type makes that a difficult task.


Dachshunds: Breed Profile

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,

by Lucille Solomon

Do you know a little dog with a deep bark (fools people all the time), a dog who rarely takes orders, but responds to requests made nicely (well, some of the time), and uses all passages and rooms like a racetrack?
If you said a Dachshund, aka a Dachsi, aka the Teckle, you are absolutely right!


From Hell to a Slice of Heaven

IN THE February 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

One day, Paula of Great Lakes Westie Rescue, received a call about a Westie with health issues that the owners wanted to turn over to rescue. The situation seemed a bit dodgy, but when Paula learned the Westie couldn’t walk and was most likely in pain, she made immediate arrangements to meet the owners and take the Westie.


by Stephanie Cameron

Brittany contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue in October of 2015 after losing her last group of boys. While initially planning to take a break from owning rats, Brittany soon discovered that she missed having them in her life. Though their bodies are small and their time with us is short, the holes they leave in our lives are large.


A Dog’s Purpose: Movie Review

IN THE February 13 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andSheryl Wall

by Sheryl Wall

A Dog’s Purpose is a new movie based on the novel by W. Bruce Cameron. It is about a dog that is trying to find his purpose in life. He is reincarnated several times throughout the movie into various dogs and experiences life with new owners. The movie particularly focuses on his life as Bailey with a young boy named Ethan. He is a devoted dog to his owners in all of his lives and learns the meaning of life through his experiences where he helps his owners learn to love and find happiness.

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by Lee Juslin

Riley, a black Scottie, came into rescue as an owner turn-in but with a worrisome background.
Riley’s owners were an older couple in their mid sixties who both had some health issues. The wife was in a wheelchair and dependent on her husband for care. When the husband went into the hospital, he left Riley at a boarding kennel the couple had used many times. Sadly, the husband died unexpectedly and the wife had to go into a nursing home, leaving Riley’s future uncertain.


by Allix Ollivier

Bo is our beautiful, eight-year-old Labrador/Shepherd mix and one of the cutest new re-additions to our shelter. Bo, originally named Smiley due to his wonderfully contagious smile, was originally adopted out from our shelter six years ago. However, during the time Bo was with his adopted family, some unfortunate incidents occurred. Bo has hip dysplasia, which is when the hip ball and socket don’t develop normally.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Senior Dogs

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures

by Wendy Hunter

You may not know this about me, but I live with my parents. I know, it’s scary. My folks have cute little habits, like turning the TV up loud enough to puncture your ear drums, and dropping crackers on the floor during Happy Hour. My mom never tastes recipes while cooking, and my dad refuses to close snack bags. Stale pita chips anyone? But hey, they’re housetrained, and will even shake your hand.


by Lupe Gore

Valentine’s Day is this month, and there are many, many heart-shaped boxes of chocolate candy on the shelves of stores for people to give to those they love or just eat themselves. I am going to write about another type of candy though—a beautiful long-haired dilute Calico named Candy!


by Cynthia Chow
& Krista Davis

Holly Miller is spending her first summer since childhood in Wagtail, Virginia, where she has taken up her grandmother Oma’s offer to become a partner in the Sugar Maple Inn. Now that the resort town has rebranded itself as a pet-centric and very pet-loving tourist destination, they are hosting Wagtail’s first Animal Attraction matchmaking event. Singles who have been luckier finding love with pets will be bringing them along to hopefully increase the chances of meeting the perfect (human) partner.


by Jackie Dale

This is my final opportunity to remind you of an important upcoming fundraiser for The Cat House on the Kings. On Saturday, February 18, Club One Casino of Fresno is hosting a fundraiser to benefit The Cat House on the Kings. For $40 you buy-in with 3,000 chips. There are unlimited re-buys until the end of the first break. There will be prizes and raffles! Club One is generously matching the proceeds of the fundraiser $1 for $1!! For more info text “clubone” to 95495, call 559-497-3000, or visit www.clubonecasino.com. While you are at your calendar, in the spirit of advance planning, put a big “X” on Saturday, May 6, the date of the Spring Open House.


by Sandra Murphy
& Kathleen Costa

This week we have 3 more fun mysteries from Penguin and Kensington authors-Telling Tails: A Second Chance Cat Mystery by Sofie Ryan, Death on the Patagonian Express: Amy’s Travel Mystery by Hy Conrad, & A Pinch of Poison: A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery series by Alyssa Maxwell.


Rattie Ratz: Rescue Story, From Labs to Love

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andRodent Ramblings

by Alyssa Nader

Patrick was a lab rat, rescued in a group of 53 rats from a biomedical facility. All that the Rattie Ratz volunteers were told about his time there is that he “ran mazes.” Despite his rough beginning, Patrick found a loving home, became the “gentle giant” that he is today and even met his soulmate, thanks to the love and effort of many volunteers.


by Cynthia Chow

When Kate Davidson agreed to train and become her best friend’s doula, Kate thought that witnessing a twenty-one hour labor would be the most disturbing sight of the night. Instead, that honor goes to the vision of the aptly named Doctor Dick making out with a nurse in the hallway of A Better Birth Associates’ birthing center. Kate sees him all too soon in her own Serenity Yoga studio, where she learns that Doctor Richard Jones is the husband of one of her students.


by Lee Juslin

About a year ago, Josie of Westie Rescue of NY received a disturbing call from an area veterinarian. Rory, a senior Westie, had been dropped off by owners who could no longer care for his many health issues. The vet told Josie, “If you can’t help, we’ll have to euthanize him.” Like all dedicated rescue volunteers, Josie couldn’t say no.


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