Sunday, May 30, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Dear Animal Welfare Advocates,
Please see attached photos. These pictures were taken January 10 when ambient temperatures dipped to single digits. An animal welfare advocate stopped by the Jackson County Animal Shelter to check on the horses. The horses were standing in snow, without proper nourishment or shelter. (Please see the photo of small goat shed). As the visitor passed the dumpster, she opened it and found it completely full of dead dogs that had been stuffed into garbage bags!!! This was the beginning of a battle that continues. The battle we fight is for the lives of the animals.
ANIMALS ARE NOT RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE assist us in our campaign to bring aboutshelter reform, in Jackson County, WV.CLAWS (Citizens Loving Animals Within Shelters) has saved countless dogs (almost 200 within the four months our group has existed), including three horses and a number of cats. Pilots have donated their time to flying Jackson County animals to safety and we have transported by SUV, horse trailers and rented vans. BUT we have fought battles every step of the way, due to the road blocks/sabotagewe have been forced to overcome.
Dog wardens Cynthia Katris and Pat Chamberscontinue to sabotage animal rescue and our attempts at shelter reform. They “operate”without supervision of the commissioners or the sheriff. Katris said,“It is easier to kill.” (See dumpster).
The time has come to show Jackson County, West Virginia that ANIMALS’ lives matter.
We call for compassionate leadership in Jackson County, West Virginia. Please assist us in this honorable quest. The following is an outline of requests we respectfully ask you to courteously make, either by e-mail, fax or phone. Note:Please include photos with all e-mails.
CLAWS, Inc (Citizens Loving Animals Within Shelters)
1) We call for an audit of the Jackson County Animal Shelter, by an auditor from outside this state. (No supervision or checks and balances exist).
2) An investigation of the Jackson County Animal Shelter by the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy
3) The hiring of a responsible and compassionate individual to act as Director of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Applicants must have expertise in dog handling/evaluation, horse welfare/rehabilitation and RESCUE.
PLEASE CALL, E-MAIL,FAX THE FOLLOWING AND ASK THAT THE ABOVE REQUESTS BE MET.
*** Joe Pitts, Jackson County Commissioner –
* Tommy Nutter, Commissioner (in charge of Jackson County Animal Shelter) 304-273-4092
* Don Stephens, Jackson County Commissioner – 304-273-3477,DStephens@hotmail.com
*** Jackson CountyCommissioners – 304-373-2222
*** Governor Joe Manchin:
Toll Free 1-888-438-2731
Prosecuting Attorney: James P. McHugh
304-373-2270 FAX: 304-372-3096
WV Attorney General:800-368-8808
Phone: (304) 558-2021
Karen Facemyer: Capitol Phone (304) 357-7855
usiness Phone: (304) 428-1622
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito: Washington -Phone:(202)225-2711
ax: (202) 225-7856
Senator Robert Byrd:Charleston Office
300 Virginia Street, East
Charleston, WV 25301
Telephone: (304) 342-5855
Fax: (304) 343-7144
Senator Jay Rockefeller:531 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-7665 Main Fax
Congressman Nick Rahall: WashingtonOffice
2307 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Scott Varner: Phone – 304-340-3187
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Videos of the babies:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This is a dire plea for help. As most of you know, part of rescue is not giving up on an animal-especially ones that you have made a commitment to. That is what we do. We do not give up. The photos below are of our latest rescues that have come to us from Georgia. They are very sick right now, and honestly it's touch and go. These puppies have been named Alley, Abraham, and Solomon -strong biblical names to give them the strength they need to pull through. Little did we know when they were transported to us, that they would have SEVERE, life threatening pneumonia. We had 5 puppies, and 2 of these angels unfortunately did not make it. One passed away on the transport to us, and the other one passed this morning. We need to raise money to help the 3 remaining babies to help save their lives. They are currently at the Metropolitan Emergency Vet where they are in an oxygen chamber (photos below) to help them breathe. We are doing everything to save them, but we need your help. Our bill is in the thousands right now, and we are running low on funds.
PLEASE, help us save our puppies and give them a chance at the life they deserve! They have come this far and to lose them now would be heartbreaking.
They are continuing to fight and improve. Please allow them a chance at the life they deserve.
Here's how you can help us if you can-
Call Metropolitan Animal Hospital at 301-770-5225 and tell them you want to help pay towards the bill for the Mutts Matter Rescue
Contribute via Pay Pal on our website:
Thank you so much for your help.
Melanie Samet and Julie Futrovsky
These are our babies in their oxygen chambers. Please pray for them.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
"It was a very emotional photo," Amanda Green said. The one-year-old, American Pit Bull Terrier named Mary Jane arrived in Lubbock, excited to meet her new family. (Photo below)
The new surroundings made her a little timid, though not nearly as shy as she appeared in the photo that led to her adoption. It showed Mary Jane sitting in the corner of her kennel at the Lovington, New Mexico animal shelter.
"I thought, well nobody is going to notice her, because they can't see her face," Green said. Green is the Hobbs, New Mexico representative for the animal rescue group Dogs Deserve Better.
Green fostered Mary Jane, after the dog was removed from a home in Lovington, where she was left chained and abandoned in a backyard. Green says the owners left Mary Jane when they moved away.
"I initially just helped her cross post it," Green explained. Animal rescue groups and others who just want to help, post pictures of animals in need on different Internet sites, and Mary Jane's picture caught a lot of attention.
"She got hundreds of emails," Green said. The photo was so powerful, that a Connecticut man created a Facebook page just for Mary Jane. "Last time I checked, she has about 360 friends," Green said.
That's how Janet Jackson, from Jackson, Mississippi fell in love with a dog she'd never met. "Mary Jane stole my heart," Jackson said.
"This picture of this girl in the corner with a broken spirit, it prompted me to fall in love and drive 15 hours to get her," Jackson continued.
"She (Jackson) brought her dog Bob with her, because Mary Jane needs to be in a home where there is another dog, because she looks to other dogs as her role model," Green said.
Everyone met up Wednesday morning. The dogs got along like old friends, and Jackson says the decision has forged a life-long friendship with Green and other animal lovers across the globe.
"I keep getting so many friend requests on my Facebook now, because everyone knows I'm adopting Mary Jane and adores her," Jackson said.
Jackson did have to go through an adoption process before she got to make Mary Jane a part of her family. Green says she expects Mary Jane will continue to grow out of her timidness with the help of her new family.
This is the dog now. Happy!!