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Animal Rescue Adventures

A Sweet, Cuddly Boy Needs a Home

IN THE September 18 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



SoBear Blackie is a Shih Tzu mix. When his parents, who were volunteers with Col. Potter Cairn Rescue, both died, SoBear came back to the caring arms of Col. Potter.

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by Paula Hunsaker


Mathew is a very sweet loving seven-month-old Tabby kitty. Mathew found himself at CCSPCA, a high-kill shelter on August 27, 2021. He was in the shelter clinic just waiting out his holding time as a stray before being euthanized. Mathew’s time was going to run out at 4 p.m. on September 2, 2021.

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by Jackie Dale



Shortly after last month’s column, I had my foot surgery. I tried to empty out my kittens rooms beforehand, but alas, that didn’t happen. So I had to hobble around starting the day after surgery, and it wasn’t easy. I am not going to sugar coat it. It was really hard caring for thirteen kittens, and the new mom and her three babies while literally hopping around on one foot. I used crutches for the first week, but it was cumbersome. I would prepare the food bowls for each room and then carry them in on a large tray.

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by Elayne Gonzalez


In the last two weeks, Mell’s Mutts has saved four doggies from our local high kill city shelter (animal control). Three of the four were scheduled to be euthanized because they had some type of medical issue. Sadly, when our city shelter is full the first dogs to be euthanized are those that have medical issues, injuries, or kennel cough.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Electra

IN THE August 21 ISSUE

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by Terese Shaw


Let’s face it, most of us are average looking. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but most of us will never be famous models or actors. Where we can be above average and even experts, is our “inside.” Most of us “average” looking people do above average things that positively affect our friends, family, and community and can possess above average strength, intelligence, compassion, and heart. It’s not only humans that fall into this category.

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Snoopy: A Lover, Not a Fighter

IN THE August 14 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Snoopy is an eight-year-old Westie that was turned in by his owners and is now safely with Lone Star Westie Rescue. Taller and leaner than the Westie standard and weighing about twenty pounds, his foster mom, Kim, nevertheless feels he is a purebred Westie. She does think he was taken from his mom too soon as he suckles on his toys.

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ARF: Animal Rescuers

IN THE August 7 ISSUE

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by Wendy Hunter


Wow, am I tired. I’m as tired as a marathon runner in the Tokyo Olympics. I’m as tired as a lumberjack in a log rolling contest. It’s been Termite Central at our place recently, as we had our casa tented for the little buggers. Trust me when I say I wouldn’t wish that exhausting experience on my worst enemy. If you’ve had the circus visit your house, then you know what I mean. The drudgery of double-bagging every freaking thing in your refrigerator and freezer, spices, baking goods, and open food containers lurking on top shelves. You don’t know how much expired stuff you have, until you come across three different cinnamon bottles from 2014. And don’t get me started on the frostbitten pork chops from my high school days.

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by Sandra Murphy


Mace Reid lives with four dogs, trained to find dead bodies, aka cadaver dogs. And then there’s Billie Joe, a bloodhound pup with a habit of finding poop to roll in, no matter where he is. He only has to be out of sight for a minute.

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Mell’s Mutts: Sue

IN THE July 31 ISSUE

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by Elayne Gonzalez


One Friday afternoon I decided to go into our local city animal control shelter. I was there taking pictures of a couple of dogs that needed rescue. I finished up and was walking towards my car when something in my heart pulled me in a different direction. I found myself knocking on the door of the rescue coordinator’s office. I peaked in and asked if there were any urgent doggies that needed help.

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by Jackie Dale



June ended with me still having nineteen kittens and one mother cat. The amount of work required to maintain all these cats and still have a nice smelling house is staggering. Up at 6 a.m. to feed and scoop, which takes about two hours. I generally hit the sack around midnight. Why so late? Because in addition to taking care of the kittens, I have a ton of other things to do each day. I have several “side hustles” to pick up some extra cash, a home and yard to maintain, and ongoing TNR projects. You know, a life, lol! But I take my rescue efforts very seriously. I am aware that some people may think I’m “crazy” to do so much work “for nothing.”

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by Lee Juslin



Miri Meadow, called Mayzee by her foster mom Sheron, is about twelve years old and is a petite girl at about ten pounds.
Sherron says Mayzee is very sweet. She follows Sherron everywhere, always looking up at her. Although Col. Potter Rescue doesn’t know a lot about her background, Sherron guesses she was picked up on the street either having gotten lost or discarded by previous owners. She is afraid of loud noises and suffers from separation anxiety.

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No Kisses, Please

IN THE July 10 ISSUE

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by Lee Juslin



Gerard is a mixed breed Col. Potter rescue that his foster mom, Eilene, thinks is part terrier and part Golden Retriever. But, she says he’s too silly to be a Gerard, so Eilene calls him Ratty.
Ratty loves attention. He is very sweet, has no problem with other dogs, and enjoys greeting visitors.

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Mell’s Mutts: Petunia

IN THE June 26 ISSUE

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by Elayne Gonzalez


About a month ago, we were told of a little bulldog sitting alone in a back room at our local city shelter. She was in the kennel all alone, possibly blind and hours away from being euthanized. See this sweet girl had such a bad infection in her eyes that we weren’t even sure she had eyeballs! Somehow she ended up at the shelter and was never claimed and was too sick to be placed for adoption, so she sat quietly waiting for her time to end.

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by Jackie Dale



The end of May was both uplifting and encouraging even with a hiccup or two. The day after I finished last month’s column, I stopped to feed my small colony and was perturbed to see a kitten. I had not seen any pregnant cats out there. One kitten turned out to be four kittens. They were scared, but it was clear that they were not feral. If they were born feral, there would be no way I would have been able to grab them by hand. Granted, I did have to crawl through some bushes, but I was not leaving any behind. Plus, they were flea-free, very unusual with cats born in the wild.

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