Thursday, September 17, 2009

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue video: Before and After

I maintain the blog for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and am happy to share with you this video of some of the good work done there. The video was created by Sarah a young woman who lives on the reservation and has seen the sad beginnings for these animals.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New cat drink technique

People who live with cats know that they LOVE fresh water. I've seen them drink from the sink, the tub, the faucet, but I had never seen this technique! Made me smile.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lost & Found System


Hi All,

It has been a while since we have talked about the Lost & Found system, long enough that some of you may not even remember that it exists! Some exciting and important changes are being made to provide more services for people and animals in our community. But, first a quick recap of the system and how you can use it on your web sites to help animals:

The Lost & Found provides a shared, open, Internet-based resource for people in Minnesota to post photos and descriptions of animals they have either found or lost. In the last 2 years alone 1,499 lost or found pet records have been added to this system, helping countless pets in our community to be reunited with their families.

The Lost & Found system is designed to be integrated into any web site, so that organizations using it can direct people to their own web sites to make use of this important functionality. Links to PetFinder and to information about where to find impound centers are also provided in the system. Impound center information is provided by Second Chance Animal Rescue.

There are a variety of different ways an organization can incorporate the Lost & Found functionality to their web site, including:

Direct Linking: Simply add a link to the following URL to your web site:!OpenForm

You may also integrate this same URL into a frame or iframe on any web page on your site.

Free customization of the screen is also available to help match colors and fonts of existing web pages.

Now - On to the exciting news!

Beginning sometime today, new features to the system will include:

Email notifications of Lost & Found pets. To assist animal control centers and shelters that accept stray animals, the system will begin sending email notification to key staff at these organizations to be on the lookout for lost pets, or to help cross-reference stray animals they have picked up with notifications of lost pets.

To ensure the correct person within your organization is receiving these notices, please respond to this email with the email of the address to which you would like these notices sent.

Beginning sometime within the next month, people who post lost pets will be able to subscribe to a Twitter feed that will direct emails to them about posted found pets in the system. They will be able to direct these messages to their email address, or have text messages sent directly to their cell phones. They may also opt to have notices sent to both places.

Posting a description of a found pet, or a stray animal taken in, will then automatically notify those people receiving these messages. Eventually, using TwitPix technology, we plan to be able to transmit photos of found pets to the cell phones of people who are looking for their lost pets.

For more information about this system, call Mike Fry at (651) 964-3140.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Abandoned pets

It is the dog days of summer and the cat rescuers are weary. Every pound and shelter and rescue is full of cats. These are friendly cats, so we know they had a home and someone abandoned them. There are cats waiting for homes wherever you live. If you can give one a home, think about doing it now.

I received a note yesterday about the cats pictured here. They are still alive because they are fortunate enough to be at a kind pound. Workers there want to give them every chance to find a home because they are so nice and adoptable, but they’ve been at the pound too long. More cats are coming in and euthanasia is next.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Impounds
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 11:38:30 -0500

We are an impound facility in princeton mn who have a number of cats they
have been here approx month or so. we arent having the best luck finding
homes, and our facility is getting full. If you can help at all let us no

Fe dsh calico approx 1-2 yrs very friendly and easy going

dsh grey m/i friendly and likes other cats

We were contacted about four cats and I am taking in one of them. Can you take another?

U of M med. school to stop using live animals

DENISE SAYS: Too bad we lagged behind 95% of the med schools in the country in doing so...

Updated: 9/3/2009 10:38:25 AM

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota plans to stop using live animals to teach emergency medicine to doctors in training. The Medical School will instead switch to high-tech simulations.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine alleged the university was violating the federal Animal Welfare Act.

A letter from the head of emergency medicine, Dr. Joseph Clinton, says the university significantly reduced the use of live animals on July 1, and will eliminate their use by the end of the year.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says more than 95 percent of U.S. medical schools now use human simulations instead of live animals.

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