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animal rescue

by Stephanie Cameron


Johnny and Cassie[/caption]Below is the story of Johnny, a big rat with an even larger personality, whose antics both entertained and exasperated his human mother Cassie Columbus. Cassie describes how a few summers ago, she reached out to Rattie Ratz Rescue with the intent to foster, but quickly discovered that Johnny and his three brothers were just too special to give up. Cassie’s recount of her heartwarming relationship with trouble child Johnny from his first moments with her, to his last, will leave you feeling both heartened and wistful.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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by Arianna Padilla


Bambi is a lovable eight-year-old Chihuahua/Dachshund mix available for adoption at our Dog Adoption Center. Bambi came to Valley Animal Center in January of this year from the local animal control facility where she was surrendered due to the passing of her owner. Nearly seven months later, Bambi is still waiting to find her forever home.

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by Jackie Dale




The only the thing in July that was more unrelenting than the heat, was the flow of cats and kittens needing help. You have to learn to say “no” if you want to retain any semblance of your sanity. You also have to learn that you just can’t save them all. There just isn’t enough time, money, and room to do that. Well, technically, if more people stepped up we would have enough of all those things. But most of the time, it’s the same old song and dance.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cate Conte


It’s off season on Daybreak Island, a time to repair, update, and plan for the next tourist season. Some businesses remain open, at least on a limited basis, for islanders. Maddie’s business, JJ’s House of Purrs is no exception. If you can stand the noise of the carpenters working to redo the layout of the old house, then the cat café is open, serving pastries and drinks, and furnishing a cat or ten to keep you company. If you should fall in love with one of them, no worries, they’re all available for adoption.

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Kritter Kids Kountry Korner

IN THE August 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
SECTIONS

by Ron & Angie Van Herwyn



Kritter Kids was the original name of the company when I began it in August of 2005, after I retired from the military. I was a disabled veteran and my life was about to change. At the end of August, a friend handed me two handicapped raccoons. That is how it started.

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by Harvie Schreiber



July has been a month of rescues for The Cat House on the Kings with cats and kittens coming in from near and far, through water and fire, to be rescued and safe at our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River.

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by Lee Juslin




A beautiful wheaten Scottie, Bailee, is a big boy at about thirty pounds. He has had a rough time, but has a lot of love and companionship to give to the right forever home. His original owner was an older man who had an accident and could no longer take care of Bailee. Instead of calling Scottie Rescue, Bailee was sent to a North Carolina shelter. He became stressed at losing his home and being dragged off by a stranger, so he bit the animal control officer.

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by Arianna Padilla


Pringle is a male two-year-old Siberian husky available for adoption at our Dog Adoption Center. Pringle first arrived at Valley Animal Center as a puppy in May of 2017 from animal control services. He was quickly adopted within days of being at our shelter. Unfortunately, a month later Pringle was brought back to us. He was adopted out yet again at the end of June 2017, and we had hoped this was his forever home.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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by Lee Juslin



Encino came to Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue from a hoarding situation where he was in a yard with a total of ninety dogs. Terrified of being crated, he was not easy to rescue. However, surprisingly given the hoarding conditions, he is not aggressive; no growling or barking.

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by Harvie Schreiber




So far this year, we’ve rescued almost 750 cats and kittens, and we’ve still got half the year to go. Summer is when The Cat House on the Kings is overrun with rescued kittens, and staff are overwhelmed by phone calls asking us to take in more. It’s also the time of year when, because of graduations, vacations and other distractions, giving tends to fall off, leaving The Cat House with more need and fewer resources.

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by Jackie Dale



This is an incredibly frenzied time of the year for those of us involved in freelance rescue. That is because it is full-blown kitten season, and it’s really bad this year. I spend a good portion of my day answering emails, texts, and phone calls as well as responding to Facebook tags. The shelter is hovering at around 70 kittens and a handful of adults, mainly mothers of kittens.

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by Lee Juslin



Donna is a nine-year-old purebred Scottie who has lived in the same home with her daughter, Bunny, all her life. Bunny is eight-years-old and a mix of Scottie and Affenpinscher with rather remarkable ears. Both are a bit overweight and had not been vetted since 2011.

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