Monday, May 19, 2008

Katrina Rescue Film to Premiere on Anniversary of Hurricane

Left Behind Without a Choice, a film by Kim Walsh, reveals the untold story of animal rescue in the wake of our nation's largest natural disaster. The story is told through the eyes, ears and hearts of volunteers working to save animals' lives in the midst of the crisis.

On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina turned the golf coast region into a sea of loss and despair. Animals desperately searched and pleaded for help as they were left behind with no choice but to endure a hurricane, floods and a fight to survive the streets on their own. The physical and emotional conditions of these animals are revealed in this ground-breaking, feature-length documentary that is told from the perspective of volunteers working with Animal Ark and Best Friends Animal Society.This is the Katrina rescue story that has yet to be told.

The world premiere of the film will be a red-carpet event, featuring guest appearances by the filmmaker, Katrina volunteers, animal Katrina survivors and surprise celebrities.It will be both a time to pay tribute to the victims of Katrina, and to celebrate the power of compassion, that resulted in unprecedented action to save the animals that were left behind.

The film also serves as a reminder that rescue efforts are ongoing three years later. In the words of Sherry Woodard from Best Friends Animal Society, "The entire country shouldn't forget. It isn't better. It isn't done. It was big."

Reserve your tickets by visiting the trailer

World Premiere

August 29, 2008 - 7 PM

Carmike Cinemas, Oakdale

201188 Helmo Ave. N.

Oakdale, Minnesota 55128

More details coming soon!
In the meanwhile, mark your calendar for August 29, the anniversary of Katrina, and reserve your tickets.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Calliope & company

I'm going to pick up a new foster family tonight. My friend S. picked them up and has been keeping them for me for the since Friday. She took this photo of the kittens first venturing from the carrier. The kittens are 1-2 weeks old. Momma Calliope is taking good care of them and they are too fat to even waddle.

Calicos often have a variety of kittens, but this is a particularly interesting-looking bunch. One is a tuxedo (I have a weakness for tuxedo cats), one has unusual black spots on white making him or her look more like a Holstein cow or a Dalmation dog, and the third one is Siamese! The darker markings on her face and ears are becoming more apparent every day. At first we couldn't figure out her dirty white color.

While I generally foster for Feline Rescue, this group is from the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN. I help out there when I can because they do euthanize animals when they are full. When a third e-mail notice went out on this group to the fostercaregivers on last Friday afternoon, I couldn't take a chance with their lives. I moved Vanna and the Vanalikes to a giant kennel in the basement and this little family will move into my bathroom.

Monday, May 5, 2008

8th Annual Plant Sale: Cans for Sam Benefit

8th Annual Plant Sale
Cans for Sam Benefit
Saturday May 17, 2008 - 8 am - 2 pm
3608 - 38th Avenue
South Minneapolis

A note from Vickie:

Some of you have asked me to remind you when the "Cans for Sam Benefit 8th Annual Plant Sale" will be.

As you may or may not know, our good animal friends, Frank Forkins and Linda Featherstone, host this every year in memory of their dog, Sam. It started as collecting aluminum cans. Then they got into a yearly plant sale and the proceeds go into helping cats and some dogs and an occasional bunny here and there. Last year they helped 229 animals on their own.

I still say, "that Frank is the best (cat) live trapper I know...." Frank and Linda are both wonderful people. Always a great event and fun to meet others we know there and there is a great assortment of flowers and plants, You won't go home empty handed..

Bring those aluminum pop cans and cat food cans if you go to this or you can also drop them off anytime in their garage and if you can volunteer some time for this call Linda at 612-722-1886.