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Fresno Bully Rescue: Blaze

IN THE April 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Terese Shaw


It’s time for me to move on. I’m going to write this fancy resume and hope it helps me find a forever home.
Name: Blake aka Blazer Blazy or Big Boy Blaze.
Age: Perfect…Ok, I’m almost four which means I’m out of the puppy stage.

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by Stephanie Cameron


2020 was a difficult year for many people around the world, but even during a pandemic there are animals that need saving. Rattie Ratz Rescue is incredibly grateful that during a time of great difficulty and sorrow the support for our work and our rats never ceased. We are now a year into the pandemic and Rattie Ratz was able to help many rat owners in need thanks to this unending support. Many pet owners had to move or took large financial cuts, so there were a lot of pets needing to be rehomed. Rat owners have fewer resources and for many of these people, Rattie Ratz Rescue was their last hope.

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by Lee Juslin



Fast Eddie was adopted from a Cairn breeder as a puppy by a couple who really wanted him. However, his vet bills eventually became too much for his family, so, sadly, they surrendered him to Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network (CP).

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Mell’s Mutts: Lucky Vita

IN THE March 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Elayne Gonzalez


We would like to tell you a story about a very special, and some will say, very lucky little girl. Vita is only about a year old and weighs maybe seven pounds now. She’s very young and small but oh boy, has she already lived an eventful life.

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by Jackie Dale



Last month I began installing cameras so that I will be able to see the miscreants whose twisted sense of what is the right thing to do leads them to drop off cats on my property. All sides of the property will be covered, so hopefully no one will be tempted to dump their cats on me any longer.

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by Brandi Sherman


A few weeks ago there was a plea on Facebook about an area in downtown behind Fresno City Hall and a colony of kitties that were in need of TNR—trap neuter and return which is best policy for the colony’s health and brings a halt to the reproduction and more homeless cats. I decided to take on the task and headed out to meet with the feeder.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Deborah Blake


Maybe buying a pet shelter – spur of the moment, sight unseen – wasn’t the best idea. But Kari Stuart had recently gotten out of a bad marriage, was about to turn thirty, and oh yes, had just won a five-million-dollar lottery. At a loss what to do next in her life, it took finding a stray kitten and discovering that all of the local pet shelters were overflowing their capacities to propel her into to making such an impulsive decision.

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by Paula Hunsaker


Sweet Tiara was pulled from CCSPCA, a high-kill shelter. Tiara had kittens with her when she came to the shelter. While there, another rescue pulled Tiara’s kittens, but left Tiara behind. When I was at the shelter, I noticed that Tiara had been tagged on her kennel card to be pulled at the end of the day to be euthanized. She was out of time at the shelter because she had been with kittens and would require additional time at the shelter before she could be spayed. A female cat that had been nursing kittens requires a longer time in between being a nursing mother cat and being spayed as her milk needs to dry up before a spay procedure.

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by Wendy Hunter


Well, here we are again folks. Two months into the New Year and we have a new President, more wacky weather, and some yahoo named Gorilla Glue Girl. Yup, here we are. I was hoping for a more glorious and rose-filled start to 2021, but it’s been more like a lousy rain-soaked beginning. In our family, we’ve been hit with some health issues, which came screaming out of the blue like a flock of Wizard of Oz monkeys.

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Mell’s Mutts: Atticus

IN THE February 27 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Mell Garcia


Meet Atticus. This boy is so popular that he won first place in a local calendar contest, he has his own Instagram page, and he has a huge fan following! What makes the amazing boy stand out is not just his handsome smile, but Atticus had to have one of his legs amputated when he was only three weeks old.

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by Jackie Dale



This past month, the cat business has been brisk. At the top of the list of things to do is the installation of security cameras. Two large male cats showed up in my yard about a month ago. I believe them to be male because they have those typical softball-sized heads. I’m not sure they arrived together because they don’t seem to like each other. So far efforts to trap them have proved futile.

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Cat By the Tracks: Smudge & Kittens

IN THE February 20 ISSUE

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andAnimal Rescue Adventures
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by Jeremy Goodrich


Meet Smudge! This sweet adult cat was unfortunately surrendered to our veterinarian in Santa Cruz. Of course, we said yes to putting her in our foster system and finding her a loving home. Her official owner had passed away, and the husband surrendered Smudge because it made him think of his wife who had passed away. Smudge has been in our foster system for about a month, and has been doing great.

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by Stephanie Cameron


This month I’d like to introduce a beautiful love story between two rat brothers and their human mom. The goal of Rattie Ratz Rescue since its inception 22 years ago has always been – and continues to be – finding loving forever homes for domesticated rats, a very misunderstood pet. Many do not understand the attraction of having rats as pets, but for those who have experienced the captivating playfulness and amiable nature there is no other animal companion quite like a rat.

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Three’s the Charm

IN THE February 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin
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by Lee Juslin



Jessica was rescued by Greater New York/New Jersey Scottie Rescue from a New York City shelter. The rescue was just in time as Jessica had been put on the euthanasia list. The shelter had determined that she was a biter.

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