You could help save this life:
The Pet Placement Center, Humane Educational Society and McKamey, along with many other animal organizations are working every day to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats.
On May 4, 5 and 6, there will be a multi-organization pet adoption event at Petsmart on Gunbarrel Road in Chattanooga.
Each day there will be more than 100 animals on location to be adopted. The goal for the weekend is 250 adoptions.
Chattanooga, TN—April 13, 2012 ─ Franklin can only be described as “the little kitty that could.” With his energetic attitude and playful antics, Franklin wouldn’t let something like being positive for both Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) ruin his chances at a good life.
The Pet Placement Center rescued Franklin in mid February from a local animal shelter. One of the first things they do at the Center is test any new cat for FeLV and FIV. Unfortunately, Franklin tested positive for both. The veterinarian confirmed that this handsome, 10 month old, snuggly kitten was infected with both viruses.
FeLV and FIV are contracted from other infected cats, and while not a death sentence, it did mean that finding a suitable home for Franklin would prove daunting. No inquiries came in after being posted on the adoption websites for over a month. Franklin had to be housed separately from other cats and kittens at the Center and the lack of furry friends potentially threatened his mental stability.
An admittance request was submitted to Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in Utah, but knowing BFAS constantly receives similar requests, the Center did not have much hope of acceptance. Imagine the surprise and happiness felt when the acceptance email arrived. Now the hard work would start! How would this rambunctious fur ball get 1,900 miles across the country to his new home?
This is where Mike Fitzgerald enters. Mike visits the Center’s cats weekly. Mike had always wanted to visit BFAS, but had never had the right opportunity. Mike’s employer, Dr. Toumayan at the Cat Clinic, and her staff, were more than helpful in juggling schedules in order for Mike to leave on such short notice. Mike and PPC seized the chance and in three days, the cross-country adventure was arranged. Franklin was on his way!
Mike sent daily trip updates detailing what he and Franklin saw along the way. Mike said, “Franklin sang all the way to Nashville & none of it sounded like country western.” He eventually settled into the car ride and seemed to enjoy it. In Amarillo, TX they saw the Cadillac graveyard. In NM, they were greeted by a fresh dusting of snow. On the morning of day four, they reached their destination, Kanab, UT.
Franklin was met with open arms and lots of petting. According to one of the staff at BFAS, Franklin will eventually move into Casa de Calmar, a building dedicated to FeLV kitties where he’ll have cat friends named Annette and Moses. He’ll have loads of fun with his new feline companions.
It’s hard to say why BFAS accepted Franklin, but Franklin’s human friends know it was due to his endearing spirit and soulful eyes. It really was probably more a situation of lucky timing. Whatever the reason, PPCs staff and volunteers couldn’t be happier! And Mike cannot be thanked enough for helping Franklin’s dreams come true. Franklin will be available for adoption once he settles into his new temporary home at BFAS.
We are the faces
of kitten season.
Every year around April, little ones just like us show up in area shelters.
Sometimes we find homes. Sometimes we don’t.
It’s a sad fact. But you can help change our situation. It’s not our fault someone let our momma have us. And it’s not our fault someone took us to a kill shelter when we were only 5 weeks old.
Luckily for us, someone from the Pet Placement Center knew we needed help and saved us.
Now, here’s the really unfortunate part. We have Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and FIV. In short this means, we won’t live as long as most cats and we can only live with other cats who are also FeLV positive. We may only live to be 3 years old, but that’s 3 years of snuggling, purring, pure devotion we can give to you.
There is no adoption fee to adopt us. And our spay/neuter will be covered by the Pet Placement Center when we are old enough.
Give us a chance, you will not be sorry.
We promise to play with your toes while you’re sleeping and untie your shoes when you’re not looking.
We promise to wake you up each morning with a soft meow and a wet nose. All we ask in return is that you love us and keep us safe. Here’s your chance to make a difference.
Part of the City of Chattanooga’s Spring Fest
Coming Saturday April 21
You are invited to participate
This event is sponsored by the Outdoor Chattanooga agency in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability and Education, Arts and Culture, and Chattanooga Parent Magazine.
Adoptapalooza, a pet adoption and education event, will be held on Saturday, April 21, in Renaissance park on Chattanooga’s North Shore.
All animal-oriented organizations in the area are invited to participate, both profit and non-profit, including animal shelters, rescue organizations, adoption centers, spay/neuter organizations, veterinarians and other animal health groups, businesses, animal trainers, and those who provide services for animal lovers and adopters.
We are hoping to have both dogs and cats available for adoption on the spot.
10′x10′ exhibit spaces are available for $25. To register or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.
You can download a registration form here: http://www.outdoorchattanooga.com/spring_fest_registration_2012.pdf
You may take more than one space, and we recommend that if you plan to offer animals for adoption on the spot. Tents are recommended but not required.
The event will be held on Saturday April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Renaissance Park on Chattanooga’s North Shore, in conjunction with Outdoor Chattanooga’s Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap in nearby Coolidge Park.
This FREE event will be open to the public. Information about pet adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping, dog licensing and other pet-related services will be available. And we hope to feature some doggie-related entertainment, such as disc dog performances and dog training instruction.
This is interesting:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The life of a mutt that’s been on doggy death row for more than a year has been spared by a judge following an outcry from animal lovers and the acceptance of a last-ditch proposal to keep the dog alive.
Now Prada, the 4-year-old pit bull mix that inspired thousands of strangers across the globe to sign a petition to save the dog’s life, could be headed to Animal Planet fame.
The dog was declared vicious and ordered to be euthanized after escaping from her home and attacking several dogs in an upscale Nashville neighborhood in January 2011. It usually doesn’t take long to carry out such an order, but Prada’s owner fought a lengthy legal battle, vowing to never stop until she saved her dog.
Nicole Andree, a 35-year-old real estate agent who rescued Prada when the dog was 4-weeks-old, asked a judge to spare her beloved companion if she agreed to send the animal to the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans. The rescue center is featured in Animal Planet’s reality TV show “Pitt Bulls and Parolees,” which puts ex-convicts and abused dogs together so both man and animal can be rehabilitated.
Andree said she didn’t mind giving her dog up if it meant Prada would be spared. “I just wanted her to live.”
She said her dog would be in good hands with Tia Torres, who runs the Villalobos Rescue center.
While she was relieved for her dog, Andree said the toll of endless legal battles and not knowing whether Prada was going to live or die has proven to be devastating for her own family. Andree’s father died of a massive heart attack on Easter Sunday.
“The stress from everything killed my father,” she said while choking back tears.
Andree has said her dog was being discriminated against because it is part pit bull.
The dog was ordered put down by three different courts after attorneys for the city of Nashville said Prada posed a public safety threat. In court documents, they expressed concerns that the city could be held liable if Prada were to attack another dog or even a human.
Afterward, Andree launched a social media campaign to save Prada, which inspired more than 11,000 people to sign a petition asking Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to pardon Prada. But the governor, through a spokesman, said it was a local matter and he couldn’t pardon a dog.
Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Joe Binkley Jr. signed the order sparing Prada after city attorneys said they would not object to the plan to transfer ownership of the dog to Torres so it could live at the rescue center.
The dog must stay at the rescue center for the rest of its life, Binkley’s order said.