Mar. 8, 2014
Summer enjoys freedom.
On dairy farms across the country, animals like Summer are crammed, shoved, forced to fit into small worlds of deprivation and sorrow. They are stolen from grieving mothers and spend days, weeks, months searching for that life-nurturing milk. Sucking on themselves, fence posts, chains, hands of humans, hair, shoelaces…desperate acts of senseless nursing masquerading as adorable displays of connection.
Remember this: Summer was not born so you could drink his mother’s milk. Humans infiltrated the natural order and destroyed a beautiful, normal bond between cow and calf, mother and child. Summer exists for himself, sometimes for his friends, sometimes for the unknown and unknowable.
Summer turns five this year. As animals here age, it is hard not to think of those who don’t, whose throats are slashed at young, sensitive ages. On a veal farm, Summer would have been killed at 18-24 weeks. On a feedlot, death would have come at 18-24 months. How bizarre that, compared to farmed bovines, five is ancient. May Summer enjoy another 10-15 years of sanctuary.
The bizarre and senseless acts of violence inflicted on farmed animals are extreme…that the decision to be vegan is a natural response to this intense suffering.
-Marji Beach, Education Director
Photo by Andrea White
Mar. 7, 2014
Despite some rain, there is not much graze for the rescued ruminants like Theo and Murphy to eat. We go through $50 worth of hay A DAY.
A bale of hay is around $15. Please donate today and help feed the cows, sheep, and goats.
Mar. 3, 2014
Have you gotten your tickets for the premiere of our newly extended documentary Turlock?!? It’s March 13 at The Guild Theater in Sacramento. Filmmaker Keegan Kuhn of @First Spark Media will answer questions as will Executive Director Kim Sturla. Tickets are only $10!
Feb. 16, 2014
Astonishing bravery of boy who risked his life to save baby deer in Bangladesh river by holding it above raging floodwaters
- Boy called Belal defiantly held the young fawn in one hand above his head
- Onlookers were unsure whether the boy was going to appear again
- When he made it to the other side the locals cheered
- Teenager jumped into river in Noakhali, Bangladesh to save animal
A brave boy fearlessly risked his own life and showed astonishing bravery to save a helpless baby deer from drowning.
The boy, called Belal and believed to be in his early teens, defiantly held the young fawn in one hand above his head as he plunged through the surging river.
During the ordeal onlookers were unsure whether the boy was going to appear again.
When he finally made it to the other side the locals cheered as the deer was reunited with its family.
The incident took place in Noakhali, Bangladesh, when the young fawn became separated from its family during torrential rain and fast-rising floods.
Wildlife photographer Hasibul Wahab captured the brave act while visiting on a photography trip.
He said the Noakhali locals lose a lot of deer during the rainy season and that they have to do all they can to protect them.
He said: ‘He was such a brave boy - the river was so full of water and it was high tide so we thought he might drown.
'My friend was even ready to jump into the river to save the boy. But he made it, and when he returned, we thanked the boy.
'There were only five to seven people observe this situation but it was a phenomenal sight.'
Feb. 10, 2014
This is Roo, Agility winner for the “All-American” category (aka mixed breeds). At 11 months, she was found in McLaren Park in San Francisco, brought to the SPCA, and given a new home and a great hobby. Fuck breeders, dog shows, and the AKC. Adopt, and teach your mutt all the tricks.
Feb. 8, 2014
Celeste and Tinycomb.
Animal Place, Grass Valley, CA.
© Andrea White 2014
Feb. 2, 2014
I found a wandering pit bull pup crying outside my door and spent about 2 hours asking around the neighborhood about her. She is sweet, chubby, and about… 4-6 months? she has a mixture of puppy and adult teeth a very puppy looking. She is about 25 pounds. She doesnt bark or bite, super duper friendly and gets along with dogs, as she has not bothered my two chihuahuas.
I cant care for her. I have 2 dogs and a rabbit and no money to really feed her on top of them. I need her somewhere tonight as my complex is strict against pit bulls and would have her pounded and I’d be fee’d for it.
Humane society cant take her either :(
Anyone want to hold a baby pit as I post signs around until we can find her a home? It would only be temporary.
I live in Greenville, South Carolina- five minutes from downtown.
If someone can take her for a week or so that would be splendid.
Please, I am desperate. I have work tomorrow as well as my sister and we will be gone for 8 hours. She will probably bark and get me in a lot of trouble :<
Jan. 29, 2014
Food for Thought Shelter of the Month (#foodforthought): WARF - Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation
Make sure to click on the link and meet Graham, one of the dogs in need of a loving home at WARF!
In recognition of their work to help set the humane bar in the sheltering world, Animal Place is please to award Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation with our January 2014 Food for Thought SHELTER OF THE MONTH Award!
Jan. 27, 2014
My incredible friend Amanda Fortino snapped this shot today at Farm Sanctuary, and I couldn’t help but share. This pig and cow were bred to end up on someone’s plate or body, but fortunately were rescued by the heroic Farm Sanctuary team. Billions of others just like them are massacred annually to satisfy human greed and selfishness.
These magnificent animals express tenderness and curiosity just like our beloved cats & dogs. They are intelligent, social, and just as capable of fear, loneliness, and misery as any other being.
Choose compassion over convenience. Choose honor over horror. Choose integrity over insensitivity. Choose progress over pain. Choose truth over tradition. Choose action over ambivalence.
Jan. 26, 2014
The best kind of sleep… at peace, feeling loved, and in safety. Here buddies Patsy and Judy take in a snooze in their home at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary ♡
Jan. 23, 2014
Charlene loved Laura instantly. Together since 2004, Laura and Charlene celebrate birthdays this month - Charlene’s 13 and Laura’s 11th. Charlene was a victim of urban homesteading gone mad. Crammed in a crate, she lived on the deck of a condo until neighbors complained. Laura’s story is tragic - she is the type of goat raised to be slaughtered. Employees at an auction yard dragged Laura by her broken leg, uncaring of her trauma and pain. A woman saved her. Wherever Laura goes, Charlene is close on her hooves. Daily grooming sessions are required. Undoubtedly the two share a special bond, showing people the complex emotions and relationships other species have. Happy Birthday!
Jan. 23, 2014
This is going to be really hard to write so please bear with me.
This is my dog, Sally. I’ve adopted her on 13-07-2012, after working at a shelter for a while where she had been for a long time.
Sally is a tripod dog and pretty big, with some old scars and traumas, hence why such a beautiful creature had such minimal chances of being adopted. I still don’t get it, she’s the happiest and sweetest thing ever, I don’t know why being a tripod would discourage someone from taking her home, but that’s a whole other story…
Since I’ve had her, she’s had multiple anal gland infections and the last one was really, really bad. We had a shit doctor that didn’t take care of it and the only known ointment that works on this cases was sold-out until next year, and even after doing anything I knew and could, she got worse and worse, to the point where her left gland opened a 3 cm hole and wouldn’t close up. She ended up having surgery 3 days ago, to clean and remove most of the gland, and it was a pretty big and invasive surgery, that left her with many stitches and 2 surgical drains. They told me to pick her up on the same day, which I found weird, after such an invasive and hard procedure.
They prescribed oral and topical antibiotics and I should clean the wound every time she used the bathroom, and she’d have to return to the hospital daily to have her drains cleaned. After the first day she ripped the drains out because she is so itchy and uncomfortable the only thing she can do is drag her bottom on the floor. I had talked to the vets about this and they told me there’s was nothing we could do, and that I needed to avoid this - it is completely impossible for me to avoid something like this, and I haven’t been taking her outside for walks because I’m too scared she’ll get an infection from dragging her bottom on the street. Today I woke up and she was restless. I got up and saw the worst scenario… The floor and her bed were full of blood and so was her bottom. She lost a lot of blood. There was no time to cry or clean or think. We rushed her to the hospital where they said she’d have to wait until 6pm to have surgery. Now comes the hardest part… My mom is the only one sustaining our family of 3 + Sally, and both me and my mom have chronic illnesses that make out medical bills already huge and makes it really hard for her to work - she has actually been sick in bed for the last 2 days and so have I.
Sally’s first surgery was 160 euros, plus 36 euros of analysis to make sure she could have surgery, plus the rest we’ve been spending with her in the past months in every medical appointment, I’ve lost the count of money. Now I have no idea how much this other surgery will be, and I’m really scared that she’ll need more expensive treatments and we don’t have money to help her. I’d rather die than not take care of her. So I’m doing something I never did and I’m asking that anyone that can and wants to help us, to donate something, 1 euro/dollar/pound/etc, whatever you can give, or just share this so other people can see and help us somehow. This is really hard for us but this dog has been through a lot, losing one leg and being abandoned, and still she is the sweetest, happiest and mellowest dog I’ve ever known in my life.
This is our Paypal account where you can donate to:
Sally Needs Us firstname.lastname@example.org
I will post updates soon. Please share and thank you so much for your time.
I’ve never talked to anyone who has tried harder to make sure their dog has a great life. Please please donate! I’m going to tomorrow!
Jan. 22, 2014
Animal Place, Grass Valley, CA.
© Andrea White 2014
Jan. 11, 2014
ABANDONED DOG PROTECTS PARALYZED CAT ON THE STREETS - "Ruth, a cat and Idgie a dog were abandoned together and now share an inseparable bond."
A two-year-old Dachshund named Idgie and a seven-month-old cat named Ruth were discovered huddled together on the side of a road in Florida. Idgie was very protective of Ruth, who happened to be paralyzed. They were rescued by the Seminole County Animal Services, and later taken in by Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa where they continue to live together. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel:
In this dog-eat-dog world, we should all be so lucky as to have a friend like Idgie — a friend who refuses to leave our side, even if we’re lame and lying in the dirt by a busy road.
That’s how Seminole County Animal Services found Idgie — a pudgy 2-year-old Dachshund — standing guard over a 7-month-old paraplegic cat. It was early October and still hot, and someone apparently had dumped the animals by a gated driveway outside Geneva, perhaps hoping the homeowner would take pity on them.
Idgie growled and barked protectively whenever anyone approached. The kitty, it turned out, could only move by dragging herself along by her front legs. The back ones were limp and useless, the paws twisted.
So now, Idgie and Ruth have a new home at Hollywood Houndz. They nap in a large pen by the front window, the dog curling her body around the cat, who is moved and fed and bathed daily. Idgie gets regular walks and treats and attention from the entire staff, not to mention a parade of customers. But should another pooch approach, Idgie barks and growls as fiercely as a wiener dog can muster.
Idgie did his best to protect Ruth, and now they are living a new life together. Click here for the full story and a news video, and here for more about Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa.