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Free Pets at Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon this weekend!

*** DEAR READERS: I’M OFF ON VACATION AFTER TODAY. BE BACK HERE WRITING & SHOWING YOU NEAT PHOTOS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26. TAKE CARE! SEE YOU! /Gary

Now read on … more info below on how you can get a free pet this weekend …

2010 Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies, anyone for a latte

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is Saturday and Sunday

You can get a FREE PET & the animal shelter or rescue group where you adopt it will STILL make some money! Read on to find out how.

Thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs will be available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

Here is lots more information: http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet

For a complete list of locations near you (and a map) where you can adopt a free pet on Saturday and Sunday, visit http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org/e/Partners_%26_Locations.html

Need a pet? Go for it! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund, Pets | 1 Comment »

Free pets at Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon, June 9-10

Rupert the cat needs a home (Hayward Animal Shelter photo)
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One more week to go until Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon!

This exciting FREE PETS event is the weekend of June 9 and June 10

There will be thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

For more details plus a list of participating organizations, adoption locations and times, and lots more information, visit http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet

Pictured above is just one of the pets you can adopt FREE on June 9-10:
“Rupert” is a 7-year-old neutered male tuxedo kitty who is waiting for you at the Hayward Animal Shelter, 16 Barnes Court, Hayward. You can find out more about Rupert and his other adoptable buddies at http://www.haywardanimals.org

For a complete list of other locations (and a map) where you can adopt a free pet on June 9-10, visit http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org/e/Partners_%26_Locations.html

Get ready, everyone! This is going to be a FUN weekend! /Gary

Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund | 1 Comment »

Looking for a free pet? Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon, June 9-10

Gus the gentle giant (Oakland Animal Services photo)
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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is the weekend of June 9 and June 10

There will be thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties. For more details plus a list of participating organizations, adoption locations and times, and lots more information, visit http://www.ibabuzz.com/garybogue/2012/05/08/maddies-matchmaker-adoptathon-june-9-10-looking-for-a-free-pet/

Here are just two of the pets you can adopt FREE on June 9-10:
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Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund | No Comments »

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon, June 9-10. Looking for a free pet?

2010 Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies, anyone for a latte

Maddie’s Fund Aims To Find Homes for All Shelter Dogs and Cats in Three Bay Area Counties on June 9 & 10

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon Expands into San Francisco County

Maddie’s Fund will hold its third annual Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon on June 9 and 10.  Due to the success of previous Adoptathons*, Maddie’s Fund has decided to grow the event – both geographically and financially.  This year, 13 shelters and rescue organizations from San Francisco County have been added to the roster.  A total of 62 groups will hold adoptions in more than 80 locations throughout Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Counties**.  In addition, Maddie’s Fund has set aside $3 million for this year’s Adoptathon to meet its goal of finding loving homes for 3,000 dogs and cats in all three participating counties.

Free adoptions of dogs and cats will be offered to qualified adopters.  In return, Maddie’s Fund will pay each shelter or rescue group from $500 to $2,000 per adoption***.

Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton and Bay Street Emeryville have partnered with Maddie’s Fund to host pet adoptions.  The San Francisco SPCA and Animal Care & Control will host a street fair event for San Francisco-based shelters during the Adoptathon located on the corner of Alabama and 16th Streets.  PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express stores throughout the three counties have also offered to provide additional adoption locations.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund | 2 Comments »

Tony La Russa & Baxter … can you help?

Tony La Russa and Baxter. (ARF photo)
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Gary:
Two weeks ago, I met the ARF rescue truck and help unload the dogs.  One stood out from the others, with his squatty little bulldog legs and chocolate brown fur.

Baxter was nearly 2 years old and had been housed in the county animal shelter since he was 6 months old as evidence in a criminal case. Alone, no toys and no grass for 18 months on a cold concrete floor, night after night.  Each time the rescue team inquired whether this amazingly good-natured little brown bull dog mix could join the others in the truck … and trip after trip, he had to stand there all alone and watch the others leave.

Finally Baxter was able to join the others in the ARF rescue truck.   He’s been up for adoption here now and we would love to have him find a “real” family who can show him what “fun” means.  Can you help get the word out?
Elena Bicker, Executive Director, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation,
2890 Mitchell Drive, P.O. Box 30215, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 … 925-256-1ARF

Elena:
My pleasure! Hey, everybody! Baxter needs a loving home so he can learn what life is REALLY all about. Give them a call, or drop by ARF and meet Baxter in person so you can see what a great dog he is. You can find out more about ARF at http://www.arf.net

Thanks for caring! /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
Under: ARF, dogs, Tony La Russa's Animal rescue Foundation | 1 Comment »

California State Humane Scorecard

Feral kitten: “Please let me in!” (Bogue)
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Check out the information below before election time. It may help you make up your mind on who to vote for … or not. /Gary

The Humane Society Legislative Fund Releases California State Humane Scorecard

Scorecard evaluates elected officials on work for animals for the 2011 state legislative session

SACRAMENTO — The Humane Society Legislative Fund is releasing its California State Humane Scorecard (http://www.hslf.org/humanescorecard/HSLF-California-Scorecard.pdf) for the 2011 state legislative session. The scorecard provides a snapshot of California state lawmakers’ records on animal welfare policies. Lawmakers are scored based on their floor votes on bills addressing such issues as animal fighting, microchipping shelter dogs, the road-side sales of animals, vaccinations, shark finning, spaying and neutering, animal cruelty and licensing.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Humane Laws | 1 Comment »

Big Adopt-a-Thon Weekend coming up: rabbits, pit bulls, lots of other pets

Lots of bunnies to adopt at Oakland Animal Services! Photo by Ian Elwood, Oakland, CA
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Lots of things to do (and adopt) this weekend!

1. Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Ave., Oakland, is OVERLOADED with beautiful rabbits that need homes. Been looking for a bunny for your family? Drop by and adopt one! Visit their website at http://oaklandanimalservices.org for information on their hours and a peek at all the bunnies and other animals that are available for adoption.

2. Contra Costa Animal Services is holding their “St. Pitty’s Day Adopt-a-thon, Noon-3 p.m. Saturday (March 10), at Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill. Plenty of loveable pitbulls to adopt. Website: http://www.ccasd.org You can also join them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ccasd

3. Petco and Hill’s Science Diet are hosting a National Pet Adoption Weekend, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (March 10 & 11) at all Petco locations. Check with local stores for exact times and details of specific adoption events. Visit http://www.petco.com/adoption for locations.

Have fun … and I hope you find yourself a new family pet in the process! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, pit bull, Rabbits | No Comments »

Feb. 28 is World Spay Day. Please spay/neuter your pets

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**** Scroll down to find special dogs & cats that need loving homes ****

 

Tuesday, Feb. 28, is World Spay Day.

The Nine Lives Foundation and Humanimal Connection are celebrating by having special spay/neuter pricing for CATS through Tuesday (Feb. 28). Spays are $35 and neuters are $25. All surgeries will be done at their No-Kill Shelter & Spay Neuter Clinic, 3016 Rolison Road, Redwood City. More details at http://www.ninelivesfoundation.org

If your cats haven’t been spayed or neutered and you can’t make it to the Nine Lives Foundation clinic in Redwood City, please make an appointment with your own vet to have it done. Same with your dogs. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Spay/Neuter | No Comments »

These animals REALLY need your help

“Cece” needs a loving home! (Berkeley Animal Care Services)
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Dear readers: These special animals REALLY need friends. Can you help? Thanks for caring. /Gary

Can you please help “Cece” find her forever home?
Cece is an affectionate, middle-aged pit bull type dog who is looking to finally have a place she can call home.

Cece arrived at Berkeley Animal Care Services in August, 2010, and stayed at the shelter for about eight months. This long stay actually did her quite a bit of good. She was dumped at the shelter, clearly having just been bred, and she was an untrained, unsocialized dog. Her time at the shelter gave her a chance to learn basic commands, attend training classes, and improve her behavior around other dogs.

Cece has a misaligned kneecap which will require surgery to fix, and she did not do well on the concrete floors at the shelter. She is now with Anydog Rescue, and BACS volunteers have raised the money for the surgery. However, she needs a foster or adoptive home before the surgery can take place, because her current situation is not ideal for her recuperation. She will be on pain medication as she recovers, will be restricted to short walks at first, and needs a home that can make sure to give her the attention she needs as she recovers.

Cece is about 5 or 6 years old. She would prefer to be the only dog in a house, but she would be OK with a well-matched mate (though she doesn’t do well with smaller dogs). Her energy level is average at best – she does not require a great deal of exercise. She currently lives in Vallejo.

*** For more info, contact: Marta Wolfe at Anydog Rescue. E-mail: anydogrescue@yahoo.com, or 707-567-2560. More about Anydog Rescue at http://anydogrescue.com
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Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs | No Comments »

Gov. Brown asked to not make homeless animals victims of budget crisis

Feral kitten (Bogue)
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Please read the information below and then visit this site and tell Governor Jerry Brown what you think about his proposals: http://www.gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

Thanks for caring. /Gary

Humane Leaders Urge Calif. Governor to Spare Abandoned and Lost Pets

Groups Ask Brown Not to Make Homeless Animals Victims of Budget Crisis

SACRAMENTO — National and local humane organizations are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to rescind his proposal to repeal a state requirement that municipal animal shelters hold stray dogs and cats for more than 72 hours before euthanizing them. In his budget proposal, the Governor has also called for eliminating the requirement for shelters to provide necessary and prompt veterinary care and would allow shelters to legally euthanize rabbits, reptiles and other animals immediately. These modest sheltering requirements – first enacted in 1998 as part of what is often referred to as the “Hayden Law” (named for the legislation’s author, former state senator Tom Hayden) – have been suspended for the past three years, but the Governor is now proposing wholesale repeal.
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Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2012
Under: Animal Shelters, Animal welfare, Cats, dogs, Hayden Bill | 1 Comment »