Help For Pets In Need

December 23, 2010


About a year ago, we started a special section at Itchmo Forums called Pets In Need. We had some lists with where to get help with pet food and vet care, but it was in December of last year that we created a place where this information could be found according to state (US). The Pets In Need section continued to grow, with information like how to get a pet wheelchair free, how to save on prescription medications, and so on. We got curious about how many people had visited us for that information in a year’s time. The count was 161,672 when we checked it December 22. This just includes those looking for either food or vet information in the US and Canada. To all those who visited us, we hope you were able to find the help you needed; we will continue adding to our Pets In Need section whenever new sources of help are available.

Author: Menusux

Thank you, Menusux, for all your hard work and dedication to helping Pets In Need.


3rd Anniversary 2007 Pet Food Recalls: Remembering the victims

March 16, 2010

Vote for Animal Bill of Rights: Ideas for Change In America

March 9, 2010

Urgent! Here’s your chance to vote within the next 3 days only!

Ideas for Change in America is a national competition to select the best ideas from across the country and turn them into reality.

Provide Legal Protections for Animals Through the Animal Bill of Rights

In this country animals are still considered “property” according to the law- in most cases no different than a table or chair. Through the Animal Bill of Rights, the Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to show Congress a groundswell of support for legislation that protects animals and recognizes that, like all sentient beings, animals are entitled to basic legal rights in our society.

The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse.

The Right of laboratory animals not to be used in cruel or unnecessary experiments.

The Right of farm animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.

The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care.

The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population.

The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court and safeguarded by the law of the land.

– Animal Legal Defense Fund Jan 20 @ 01:31PM PST

Don’t Fear Black Cats

October 31, 2009

Actor Dario Deak and his beautiful rescued black cat, Penelope.

North Shore Animal League.

Black cats are near and dear to me, having adopted a number of them.

Thanks to Mickey

Pets In Hard Times

October 7, 2009

Photo by Itchmo Community member. Copyright 2009. Used with permission.

The current time of economic difficulties has created serious problems for many pet owners. What happens when, due to pay cuts or job loss, people can no longer afford to feed their pets, or provide medical care? What happens when pet owners lose their homes, and are forced to move into housing arrangements where some or all of their pets will not be welcome? What can people do? Heartbreaking situations like these are being faced every day.

We have a few suggestions and resources that may provide a little help to those who need economic supports to keep their pets. These are not meant to be all-inclusive, but to serve as a starting point for your own further investigation.

First, our community has compiled a list of pet food pantries (thank you so much, especially to menusux!)

Most of these operate in a way similar to food pantries for humans. If you are having trouble affording pet food, check out one of these pantries in your area. If you are among the lucky people who have a little to spare, consider donating!

For those who are served by Meals on Wheels and similar programs, some of these agencies also have “Kibble-on-Wheels” programs that provide food for cats and dogs. Ask the person who delivers your meals if this is available in your area.

If you are forced to move into a housing situation where you will have to give up some or all of your pets, please be aware that turning them over to a conventional shelter is not likely to result in a new home, but more likely will result in euthanasia. All animal shelters in the United States are severely over-burdened in the best of times, and simply do not have the resources to manage the increasing numbers of homeless pets today. One option might be to find a no-kill shelter or breed rescue organization in your area, who will place the pet in a foster home. A second choice might be to place your pets with friends, neighbors, or relatives who would be willing to take them in. This could be done on a temporary basis, until you are in a better financial situation. Never abandon your pet thinking that the pet will be able to find food and take care of itself! You are more than likely condemning your pet to a short life filled with suffering.

To ease the burden on animal shelters, make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, to avoid adding more unwanted animals. If you have trouble affording the surgery, many local organizations such as humane societies or ASPCAs offer free or very-low-cost spay and neuter programs. Call and check to see if this is available where you live.

For those lucky people who are in a better financial position, please consider donating to a pet food pantry, rescue organization, or animal shelter. In today’s world, this is needed more than ever. If you cannot contribute money, you might still be able to contribute your time to a worthy pet cause. If you have the space and resources, consider fostering a pet for a rescue organization or for someone you know.

Do you know of other resources available to pet parents in need? Have other ideas? Please post them here!

A Sanctuary For Special Animals

March 12, 2007

SpiritWe celebrate dogs when they perform well in an agility competition or they are the perfect model of their breed. How about when a dog is able to overcome being blind or having only 3 legs or being deaf? Most times, a lot of these animals that are disabled (usually caused by abuse and neglect) are euthanized. They are not given the chance to live a normal life and be loved by their owner. Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary located in Montana rescues disabled animals and provides them with a loving and caring home. This non-profit organization was started by two Seattleites in 2000 when they quit their jobs at Boeing and moved to Ovando, Montana to start this sanctuary for animals who deserve a second chance. The ranch is home to about 80 animals and more than half of them are blind, some are deaf, have muscular dystrophy, are paralyzed, and all just want to be loved. (Insert after-school special music here.) One of the animals that just arrived at the ranch is Spirit (pictured here) who was paralyzed due to abuse. Amidst her tragedy, she is a happy and energetic dog. We all could use a little “spirit” in our lives.

Next Time You Can’t Balance Your Checkbook, You Can Blame The Dog

March 8, 2007

Dogs Using ATMsDogs truly amaze me. They’re able to detect cancer, sniff out criminals, and aid the disabled (and steal amazing amount of food while you’re not looking). Now, assistance dogs can now help you with an ATM transaction. These dogs insert and retrieve the card, receipt and money with their mouths and especially are helpful to wheelchair-bound people. Canine Partners, an organization that trains assistance dogs, have included ATM training for their dogs – what’s next? Dogs that drive? Just hope that the dog doesn’t run off with the money and spend it all at the Oberto Factory Outlet.