Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Current Status

Project Slumdogs is not doing anything currently.  Basically, the funds dried up.  Sometimes that happens.  While we were active we were able to get some good things done.  Look at the post below of Annie; that girl went from rags to riches!  

I'm leaving the blog up so anyone who stumbles upon it can see what can be done.  It starts with an idea.  Get a couple buddies, get busy, put up a blog or web site and spread the word.  Good deeds get people's attention very fast.

We may be back; you never know.  In the meantime, anyone is free to take this idea and run with in in their community.   

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Annie's Christmas

I've been meaning to post this fabulous photo of Annie with her new family.  It doesn't get any better!
This is why we in rescue do what we do.  It's a passion; a calling.  And we'll keep on doing it as long as there's one more dog or cat needing rescue. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Guess who was finally adopted.....Annie!!!

We knew the day would arrive when the perfect home would come along for Annie.  Today was that day!

It's a well known fact that black dogs don't have the easiest time getting adopted.  Far too many don't even make it out of the shelters.   

Annie spent the better part of this year waiting in the most wonderful foster home.  She learned her manners and basic commands, was never ignored and always had enough food to eat.  This was a far cry from the life we rescued her from; at the end of a rope attached to a chain, in a garbage strewn dirty yard with barely a blade of grass in sight.  When we first saw her, back on Feb 25th, she had rope burns on the underside of her neck!  How well I remember our shock when we first saw this sweet dog, so utterly neglected. 

Back in February, the first step was getting Annie surrendered into rescue.  We couldn't find an available foster home so she had to go to the kennel.  But it's a nice kennel and at least she was safe & sound until a foster home was found. Then along came Kathy! Annie made the transition to being an inside dog, living in a home.  

Now, in her forever home there's a fenced back yard, children, loving parents and even a dog buddy.  Congratulations to Annie.  She deserves the best and from all accounts, she's got it! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Monroe's Proposed Animal Ordinance

A golden opportunity.........wasted. 

This is not the county, it's for the city of Monroe. Just published:
http://www.monroenc.org/uploads/Draft%20Animal%20Ordinance.pdf

From the city's site: (my comments in red)
The City of Monroe Public Safety Committee will host an informational meeting regarding the proposed Dog Nuisance/Animal Abuse Ordinance on Wednesday, June 20, at 8 a.m. in the Monroe City Hall Council Chambers at 300 West Crowell Street.  AT 8am!!!  IS THIS A TYPO?  WHO HAS A MEETING AT 8AM???

The public will have the opportunity  to share any comments or concerns regarding the proposed ordinance during the meeting.
For more information regarding the meeting, or if special assistance is needed, please contact Pete Hovanec at (704) 282-4542.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to comment on the ordinance, please send comments via e-mail to nmiller@monroenc.org, or by mail to: Nancy Miller, P.O. Box 69, Monroe, NC 28111.

About that 8am meeting on June 20th.  Was this a typo or done by design figuring nobody will show up?  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Are Things Too Quiet?

I think so.  I haven't heard any news about new animal ordinances for the city of Monroe or even about any proposed changes.  Has anyone heard anything?

Personally I think anyone who would chain their dog 24/7 is lacking in either basic knowledge or compassion.  It's one or the other.  Some people truly don't know how cruel it is to chain a dog.  With others, it's definitely a lack of compassion.   Changes to the ordinances would take care of both.  The vast majority of people will obey the law.  For those who won't, well, there are laws to deal with them.

We need to stay on this.  The work we did was good, but if it ends there with no changes in the outdated ordinances, then what was the point?  

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Davidson BANS Tethering !!!!

Read all about it:
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/12/3168199/davidson-bans-tethering-of-dogs.html#storylink=cpy

Here's a link to their animal control ordinances, all 46 pages!!!
http://nc-davidson2.civicplus.com/archives/52/Exhibit%20M%20Animal%20Control%20Ordinance-BofC-03272012.pdf

I only did a quick read of the ordinances but they're well thought out.  Someone put some time into this.  If they can do it, so can Monroe.   All you need to do is copy theirs. 

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lucky Pit Puppy

Remember the "air conditioner" puppies back when we first started? You can scroll back to the initial posts and see them.  It was horrible.  One pup made it into foster care and was adopted into a fabulous home.  Here she is today, in puppy class at Petsmart.  She's happy, healthy and a total sweetheart, just like all Pits would be if given a chance.

This little girl is learning her basic commands and is very social with other dogs and people.  There's not a mean bone in her body.  But then, she's not chained, not being used to fight, has been spayed and gets vet care when needed, lives inside the home, is fed good food and is truly loved.  Some might say it's amazing but it's not.  Treat a dog well and this is what you get.   

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Time for Local Gov to Step Up to the Plate

As volunteers we've done about all we can do.  We've gotten over 30 dogs off their chains and into roomy kennels with proper doghouses.  
Many more are needed but unless the City of Monroe changes some laws, we're spinning our wheels.  The cycle will just continue.

Here's one area where help is needed:

Tarps are needed for the back of some of the kennels to give the dogs a way to get out of the sun when it gets too hot.  Many phone calls have done into Lowes about setting up an account for Project Slum Dogs so people can donate for these.  So far......crickets from Lowes.  They sure were there to take the estimated $30,000 for the kennels when our donor had a handy credit card.  But now when we need a little help from them.......silence.  This is not okay.

Suggestions for the City Council:
1. Pass a mandatory spay/neuter law.
2. Anyone breeding dogs having over 10 puppies/yearly should register with the City and pay a stiff fee for this "privilege".  
3. Pass a no tethering law.  Other cities have done it.  Why can't Monroe?
4. Keep the $26,000 you send to the county every year, for decades now, and use it to support your own Animal Control. 
5. Send Code Enforcement out and start citing the slumlords who are allowing their properties to look like something out of a third world country, unless this how you want Monroe to look. A lot of us are starting to wonder on this point. 

Over & out.  It's time for the city to do something! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

An Interesting Update

1. Did you know that 80 - 100 dogs & cats are taken every month from the city of Monroe to the county shelter?  That's a staggering number.  In fact, it looks like a vicious cycle: breed a litter, sell them or give them away in the community and finally the dog ends up at the county shelter.

2. While we're on the subject of the Union County shelter, the latest figures published by the state, for 2010, are very interesting. (A link to the full report is located in the sidebar)
Here are the numbers:
a.  Total number of cats & dogs taken in: 6208
                         Returned to owner       Adopted      Killed 
     Dogs: 2980        288                            610           1949 = 65%
     Cats:  3222          21                            241           2904 = > 90%


The combined kill rate at our county shelter is a staggering 78%.  I bet you wouldn't think it takes much money to kill so many pets, would you? Lets take a look at how much the county spent in 2010.  Again, this is per state records. 
Total operating expenses for the year: $1,060,747. 
That's a whopping $168.85 per pet.   
It doesn't cost that much to kill a pet.  Only about 10 counties in the entire state have a higher cost/pet.   What does this mean to the city of Monroe?  Considering that most of the dogs going from the city to the shelter are large dogs and many are Pits, it's safe to say that most are not being adopted.  They're being killed.  

What can Monroe do about this?  If the following were done the numbers of pets going from the city to the county shelter would decrease.  In the end, the city would save money.
1.  Revamp the city animal ordinances NOW.
2. Mandatory spay/neuter laws within the city.  When you have a local Humane Society willing to use grant money to do much of the spay/neutering for free, why is there no spay/neuter law?
3. If a household is going to have more then 15 puppies per year they must register as a breeder at a stiff cost paid to the city.
4. Pass a ban on tethering; other communities have done it. 
5. Enforce all animal ordinances.  When AC goes to any household for any reason, ask to see a current Rabies certificate.  Issue citations with fines for violations of any of the ordinances.
6. Work with local rescues on a TNR program for feral cats: trap them, spay/neuter and then release them back. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bill in Massachusetts Legislature re: Chaining

No, it's not in North Carolina.  I wish it were.  But it's still good to know that the anti-chaining movement is alive & well and growing.  Here's a link to the info:
http://www.care2.com/causes/support-a-bill-to-help-chained-dogs-in-massachusetts.html

It's interesting to see the groups that oppose the bill.  Bizarre is more like it.   They sure can't be opposing it out of concern for the chained dogs.  So why would any person or group oppose such a law?  Money? 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Foster Home Needed

This is Annie, currently being boarded at a kennel because there haven't been any foster homes available. 

She's 18 months old, has had her vaccines and will be getting spayed this Wednesday.  


Annie is a happy girl and needs to be in a home.  Until her owners surrendered her, she'd spent her days 24/7 at the end of a chain. 

She weighs 52 pounds and still acts like a puppy.  I guess she's making up for lost time.   

Please pass the word. Contact:furever_angels@yahoo.com







 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Can Anybody Help Foster Annie?

Annie is a 18 month old girl taken off the chain and owner surrendered last week.  She looks like a Lab/mix, is very sweet and weighs 52 pounds.

We had a rescue group for her but not a foster home.  She's currently being boarded at a kennel.  She's safe but she needs more than she can get at a kennel.

Annie needs someone to spend some time with her, take her for walks, teach her the basic commands and interact with her.

Perhaps someone could at least take Annie out of the kennel for a weekend?  If you can help in any way please email: 
furever_angels@yahoo.com

It's okay to post and cross-post this plea.  There has to be someone out there with a little room in their home & heart for this girl.

RIP Romeo ♥

You all remember Romeo from when we first saw him living in the "air conditioner enclosure", utterly neglected.  His sister Valentina made it out to rescue.  At that time we didn't have a foster home available for Romeo but we starting looking.  Then the owner said he'd found Romeo a home.  We didn't know if he was sold, given away or what.  A week or so later we found Romeo, chained next door.  A chained puppy!  Fortunately this time we had a rescue group with a foster home available and off he went.

Over the weekend Romeo came down with Parvo, the dreaded disease that can strike with lightening speed.  And it did.  Within 3 hours of showing symptoms Romeo was at the vet's office.  Everything was done for him.  Sometimes despite everyone's best efforts, there's a higher power at work.  Romeo passed away this morning. 

He wasn't in foster care long, only about a week.  In that time though, Romeo got to experience all the things a puppy needs; good food, a warm bed, fresh clean water, toys and the freedom to run & play.  But best of all Romeo got to experience love and lots of it.  Romeo was truly loved by the lady who rescued him and his foster mom.   

This sweet boy will be missed.  We send our prayers as he crosses the bridge. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Few Thoughts

I read all the comments before posting them.  So long as they're not crude, foul or in some way deranged, I post them. From the comments, I'm aware of people's frustrations with the conditions of many of the dogs in Monroe.  Some people get mad at the dog owners, some get mad at law enforcement, and some get mad at the dogs!  What's the solution?  
I decided it was time for a fresh look at the AC Ordinances.  Problems abound. 

The AC Ordinances were last updated in 1999.  
In the year 2000 the population of Monroe was roughly 24,000.  
In the year 2009 the population was 33,400. 
Let's take a look at some ordinances.

1. "It shall be unlawful for any person to locate, keep or maintain on any lot or parcel of land within the corporate limits more than two dogs over four months of age......."
Some people have complained because kennels were placed at homes with more than 2 dogs.  Would anyone like to be the one picking which dogs should be taken and killed?  No.

I have an idea on how this could be handled.  It's called "grandfathering".  It means those pets owners would be allowed to keep their dogs BUT they'd have to agree to spay/neuter all of them.  Remember, the Humane Society will do this for free. 
What do you think of this idea?  I'd like your feedback.

2. "Female dogs in heat shall be confined in such a manner as to prevent them from attracting other dogs." 
This is a good law but what do you do about a pet owner who doesn't let his unspayed female run loose but still breeds her? Hmm.  Perhaps a mandatory spay/neuter law is the way to go.  Any breeders would have to register with the city.  It's a thought. 

3. "It shall be unlawful for any person to allow an animal enclosure of any nature to become unsanitary or allow mosquitoes, flies or other insects and vermin to breed therein." 
I look at this law and get visions of the bug man coming out to count mosquitoes or look for rats.   

4.  "No owner or keeper of any dog shall permit such dog to run at large or cause a nuisance to any other person."
This is a good law.  Barking dogs would fall under this one. 

In reading through the AC Ordinances three times, there's really not much else worth mentioning.  There's not!  These ordinances are so pitiful and so lacking that it dawned on me what's happened. Not only are there dogs on chains, we've got law enforcement in chains because they don't have the ordinances they need to help the dogs. 

It's time to rewrite the ordinances.  The police and/or AC go out when we call them.  But they can only enforce the laws that are on the books.  It's past time to write new ordinances.  Opinions?