Wednesday, February 26, 2014
When you take your car to get fixed do you tell the mechanic how to fix it?
When you get your haircut do you tell they stylist the technique and scissors in which to cut it?
When you have an electrical or plumbing problem in your home and you call the electrician or plumber to fix it do you tell them how to do it?
NO. If you knew how to do it you wouldn't need to call them right?!
So why do we spend so much time teaching, guiding, educating, and informing people on how to integrate dogs peacefully into multi dog households and they still don't listen? They don't follow instructions, heed advice, or read the handouts we prepare, and then they are surprised when something goes wrong! Folks, this is the single reason I am no longer a dog trainer because guess what..IT'S NEVER THE DOGS FAULT, BUT IT'S ALMOST ALWAYS THE OWNER/GUARDIANS FAULT. I say almost because sometimes there are legitimate medical issues that can drive a dogs behavior that we cannot control.
Ring Dog Rescue has been around for 10 years and our founders have been doing rescue longer than that. We've had hundreds of dogs in our homes, we all have multi dog households, and we've all made mistakes. The key is that most of us have learned from those mistakes and it's made us better equipped to help you not make the same mistakes. So when we advise you to do something a certain way please understand it is what is best for the dog! We want our dogs to live peacefully in their forever home FOREVER. If that means laying a foundation over a a 2-4 week time period that results in a lifetime of happiness for you and your pet don't you think it's worth it?
For more information on introducing a new dog into an existing dog home or living peacefully in a multi dog household please visit: http://www.badrap.org/training-resources
Our only request is that you follow the instructions ;)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
It never ceases to amaze me at how uneducated the general public is about basic animal welfare issues. One of those issues is feral cats. Although we are Ring Dog Rescue are dedicated to pit bull type dogs, we are all animal lovers and one of our most recent ventures has been to help a few feral cat colonies that have been brought to our attention. So lets start with the basics...
What is a feral cat? Alley Cat Allies (alleycat.org) gives us a great definition:
A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people has diminished over time. She is not socialized to people and survives on her own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors.
Outdoor cats have existed alongside humans for 10,000 years. They are not a new phenomenon. Feral cats are members of the same species as pet cats—and are therefore protected under state animal anti-cruelty laws. The difference between feral cats and your pet cat is that they have had little or no contact with people, and so they are wary of us, and cannot be adopted. They have a home—outdoors. They live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland. Since feral cats are not adoptable, they should not be brought to animal pounds and shelters, because there they will likely be killed.
Just this week we learned of a man that had trapped 68 feral cats and turned them over to his local animal control for eating his bird food! The citizen had no idea the cats were being euthanized. He thought he was doing the right thing which is what prompted this blog. FERAL CATS ARE EUTHANIZED AT ANIMAL SHELTERS because they are not adoptable.
How can you help feral cats?
First start with shelter and food. Ring Dog Rescue has been making cheap and simple feral cat shelters for the last few months using Styrofoam coolers, plastic tubs, and straw. They cost less than $10 to build. Here is how to build one:
Cheap cat food, canned and hard, works just fine. Try to be consistent with feeding so the cats are fed on a regular basis. Our friends at Alley Cat Allies have given us some excellent info on this found here: http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=295
Finally and most importantly Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most crucial part of the process. Think about this...
The average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year is 3.
The average number of kittens in a feline litter is 4–6.
In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats!!!
The key is eliminate the possibility of more feral cats in the colony! Again Alley Cat Allies does a great job at explaining TNR:
Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home. Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony’s population stabilizes—no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.
There are local low cost spay/neuter clinics that will help you TNR and even perform the surgery at no or low-cost to the caretaker. Here in Richmond, VA the Richmond Animal Leagues Loving Spay/Neuter clinic, Prevent-A-Litter, Barron Surgery and the Richmond SPCA provides this extremely important service.
If you know of a feral cat colony and want to help them please visit the Alley Cat Allies website (www.alleycat.org) for a wealth of useful information or feel free to contact us at RDR and we can point you in the right direction. At first the task may seem daunting and overwhelming but one cat/colony at a time makes all the difference! Please do not assume someone else will do it! Take matters into your own hands and DO SOMETHING!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Virginia: Stand Up for Statewide Spay/Neuter!
Your state senator will soon consider a groundbreaking bill that would
save the lives of countless animals across Virginia—and he or she
needs to hear from you!
The proposed law would create a fund that would greatly increase
the availability of spay/neuter where it is needed most. It’s a
clear-cut way to save animals’ lives and improve the lives of individual animals.
Contact your Virginia State Senator today and ask her or him to support the spay/neuter bill, SB 622!
This bill would fund spay/neuter surgeries for community
cats, animals adopted from pounds and shelters, and pets of
low-income residents. Alley Cat Allies’ research shows that
these categories of animals have the greatest need for spay/neuter
services. Funding would be provided by a small surcharge
paid by wholesale distributors and manufacturers of pet food.
Protect cats’ lives—speak up today!
President and Founder
P.S. Please forward this email to your compassionate friends in Virginia.
Together, we can create lifesaving policies for animals!
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Sunday, January 26, 2014
On Sunday, three nuns from Pomona, N.Y., walked into Hi Tor Animal Care Center with one intention: to adopt a dog that no one else wanted.
When the women met Remy, a 9-year-old pit bull who'd been at the shelter since October, they knew she was the animal for them.
"I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn't take her," Sister Veronica Mendez told News 12. "And when I noticed the sign said '9 years,' I said, 'Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.'"
West Artope, executive director at Hi Tor, told The Huffington Post that he was surprised that the nuns -- all over 70 years old -- weren't deterred by the thought of owning a pit bull.
"Most people have a pretty bad understanding of pits," Artope told HuffPost. "But Remy was sensitive to the sisters, especially to Sister Virginia, who walks with a cane. She kept up with her and was so attentive."
Remy now lives with the nuns at Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine. Artope told HuffPost that the sisters didn't have to pay for the adoption -- Pauline Jarney, a Hi Tor volunteer, and Roberta Bangs, a Hi Tor board member, were so moved by the nuns' actions that they covered the bill.