Dakin Humane Society 10/27/2014

This week “inventory” was low which is a very good thing. No dogs to photograph, just cats and bunnies.

Mama, 10-years-old

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Wobee

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Nin, (unsure if this is a reference to Nine Inch Nails?)

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Big Kitty, 13-years-old and very friendly

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Sylvia, also 13-years-old

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I made Sylvia into the poster kitty for a black cat on Halloween.

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How stinkin’ cute are these 1-month-old mini rex rabbits?

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IMG_9006You can find these animals and more at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

A taste of autumn in New Hampshire

As promised, a bit of color before it’s back to our furry friends.

These images were taken over Columbus Day weekend in New Hampshire.

Lake Winnipesaukee

Red Shed

Bow Town Pond

Autumn bokeh

glow

touch the sky

Back soon with the weekly fluff.

Kitten fix (not to be confused with a kitten being fixed)

On the morning of the $5 feline event at Dakin my kids and I represented Dakin at local pet supply store. The store requested that we bring along a few adoptable animals, lucky for us we were in charge of 4 adorable kittens.

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When our two furry boys were kittens I used to place them in my hood and they loved it. They would relax, take a look around and eventually fall asleep. I guess it’s like swaddling a baby. These kittens thought it was pretty great too.

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All the attention was exhausting.

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A foster mom brought Luigi to the store and there he met his new family.

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Kalia the calico received a lot of attention.

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All five of the animals (including Luigi) have since found a forever home. <3

You're probably getting sick and tired of all this cuteness I keep posting. I'll try to follow this up with a little color that's happening right outside here in New England.

Dakin Humane Society 10/20/2014

137 adoptions resulted in the previous mentioned $5 feline event! Not all were cats, kittens and dogs too. People were lined up before 8 a.m. and the shelter didn’t open until noon.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Photographed this week:

Happy

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Fifi

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Tank, purebred Lab

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Gremlin

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Liney

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Tic, Tac, Randy?

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You can find these animals and more at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Dakin Humane Society 10/14/2014

This Saturday Dakin is hosting a $5 feline adoption event, all cats over 6 months are only $5! It’s a national event sponsored and promoted by the ASPCA called the 2014 Mega Match-a-thon. If you’re not local check out the ASPCA website for a participating shelter near you.

Muttley

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Jeb

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And it’s not all cats and dogs at Dakin there are birds and rodents too.

Starburst, Skittles and Peeps

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Casper the chinchilla

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Kelly Clarkson

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Daniel

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Jarod

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Lion, 10 years

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Aanan, 15 years

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Bauer, an extremely friendly 10-year-old

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All of these animals are available at Dakin Humane Society.

Dakin Humane Society 10/6/14

Fluffy

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Garth

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Boca

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Boo

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Fireball

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Yula

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Sassy

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Tiger, de-clawed

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All animals available at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Serendipity

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Serendipity 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.

When we visited the previously mentioned Best Friends Animal Sanctuary I purchased two charms with the intention of making some kind of adornment for myself, one charm with the Best Friends logo and the other a dog paw. Fast forward a week or so into September and one of my good friends gives me this Chavez for Charity bracelet (seen above) for my birthday. Chavez for Charity contributes to many charitable causes including Best Friends Animal Society. With the purchase of the brown bracelets in their collection they donate 25% of the gross profits to Best Friends. Unbeknownst to my friend we had visited Best Friends just over a month prior (serendipity). I added the Best Friends charm to the bracelet above. And to the bracelet I made below, the dog paw.

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

This blog is rapidly going to the dogs. Since I’ve been on an animal theme as of late it’s a good time to continue with one more from our summer travels. On the last full day of our Grand Canyon vacation we left the North Rim and drove through Utah and Zion National Park before arriving in Vegas for the night. On route to Zion we abruptly came upon Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, I didn’t know a lot about the facility and recalled receiving requests in the mail for donations as well as a brief mention in my research of Grand Canyon travels but I had no idea where the sanctuary was located.

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Being the animal lovers that we are there was no hesitation, yeah it’s not just me it’s a family affair, we turned off the main road and followed the signs to the visitor’s center. Best Friends is home to 1,700 animals spread throughout the beautiful red rocked Angel Canyon. Outside the the visitor’s center we saw a van loading up with people and thought that perhaps we were right on time for a tour, turns out you have to book the tours well in advance since they are so popular, we were very disappointed to say the least. I pleaded with them to let us tour the facility because it was very likely that we’d never make it back, they took pity on us and said that we could drive through but wouldn’t be able to get out of the car.

According to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary they are the pioneer in the no-kill movement. Thirty years ago 17 million animals were dying each year in shelters. Their focus was to bring attention to spaying and neutering nationally and increase adoptions which they’ve promoted with success. Now there are 4 million dying each year, 9,000/day which is still too many, their goal is 0 deaths. The fate of cats is the most alarming, 70% who enter shelters are killed.

Best Friends took in 22 of the most traumatized dogs from that despicable football player whose name I won’t even type, these dogs are called the Vicktory Dogs. Many of them have been placed in loving homes, one, who I found out later, was transported and adopted though our local shelter. At Best Friends where the dogs are housed it’s called Dogtown and for four years there was a National Geographic program called DogTown which followed the lives of the animals and caregivers, in the final season there were episodes about the Vicktory Dogs. I challenge you to watch this and not be sickened by what human beings are capable of inflicting on man’s best friend, it’s unforgivable.

We drove around the Sanctuary for about 1/2 hour. I put my 100-400mm zoom lens on my camera and was able to capture a few of the animals.

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I left Best Friends Animal Sanctuary wishing I lived closer and was able to volunteer.

Dakin Humane Society 9/29/14

Dixie

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Riddick

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Mercy, beagle puppy. Sorry, I can’t post just one.

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Zoe, 10 years old

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Garfield

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Rufus, an 11-year-old extremely friendly cat who responds to his name.

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Screech, 15 years old :(

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All animals available at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

Dakin Humane Society 9/22/2014

China, a sweet, submissive pitty

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Winnie

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Baby

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Hero, 14 years old

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Lucky

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Lady Guinness, 8 years old with a heart shaped nose

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All of these animals can found at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society.

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