Schuster is looking
This sweet, 12-year-old beagle came to Animal Rescue, Inc. in 2007 and has never found his forever home. Four years ago, a rescue worker at an open-admission shelter called us to ask if we could take this gentleman as he was scheduled to be euthanized that day. We agreed and since then, Schuster has enjoyed snoozing in his favorite bed, snacking on treats and following his beagle nose.
Schuster would love a home with a fenced-in yard and a family with older or no children. He doesn't always appreciate male company, but does well with proper introduction. If you're interested in learning more about Schuster, please call the rescue at
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ARI has hundreds of dogs and cats just waiting for loving homes. Our adoption prices include spaying or neutering, vaccines, testing and microchipping.
Our visiting hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit us at animalrescueinc.org.
Dog/Puppies: $190Senior Dogs/Cats: $40 (for approved adopters 65+ years of age)
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Roses, candy and teddy bears are nice, but they're short-lived. The roses wilt, the candy packs on pounds and the dog tears the head off the teddy bear. So why not give a meaningful gift by purchasing a Valentine's card from Animal Rescue, Inc. to give to your sweetheart, coworker or friend?
Click the links below to see cards for resident cats and dogs at our Sanctuary. For a minimum $5 donation, you can print out one or more of these meaningful cards featuring some of the rescue's resident dogs and cats. To view the cards, click the phrase beneath each picture. To make your donation, click the PayPal button below. Then click the links below and pick your card(s). Having trouble viewing the cards? You may need to download an updated version of Adobe Reader. You can download the reader for free by clicking here.
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Wishing you the Sweetest of Days,
Your Friends at Animal Rescue, Inc.
|Schmeagle: A Memorial|
In a perfect world, every animal who comes through the gates here at Animal Rescue, Inc. would find his forever home. Unfortunately, this isn't a perfect world. Many animals find their way to us and never leave. Some are here for years; some are only here for a few, short months, weeks, or days. We lavish them with the love and attention they deserve until they cross the Rainbow Bridge.
In early May 2009, we received a call from a police officer saying a bedraggled
was found in a creek. Not knowing what to do with the dog, the officer called ARI and asked if we could take the her. We said yes, and he brought a sad-looking dog to us. She was in desperate need of help.
Schmeagle was a black and white beagle mix, estimated at 18-years-old. When she came to us, she was nothing but skin and bones, as she probably had not eaten a decent meal in weeks. She had horrendous diarrhea and was loaded with fleas. Despite this, her spirits were high. When petted, she would always offer a wag of her tail and look up at us with those sad eyes, almost as if she was saying, "Thank you. I haven't been loved in so long."
We immediately treated her for fleas and dewormed her for any intestinal parasites. However, the diarrhea persisted. She went through our arsenal of anti-diarrheal medications, but nothing was doing the trick. She was dehydrated and losing weight.
We took her to Main Street Veterinary Hospital where the staff did bloodwork and found she had pancreatitis, an infection of the pancreas which will often cause diarrhea, among other symptoms. The veterinary hospital kept her for a few weeks, keeping her on IV fluids and antibiotics and nursing her back to health. Once better, she came back to Animal Rescue, Inc.!
Schmeagle spent the next few months here being cared for by the wonderful volunteers and staff at Animal Rescue, Inc. She was such an easy-going soul, content to cuddle up in one of the many dog beds by herself or with a doggie friend or two. She loved going outside in the yard, and doing what a beagle does best - slowly making the rounds, sniffing everything she could, following invisible trails only a dog's nose could detect.
One day her caretakers noticed she was staggering while she walked. By the next day, Schmeagle could no longer use her back legs and seemed dazed. Later that night she slipped into a catatonic state. Weighing our options, we felt it kindest to humanely euthanize her. She passed away in the arms of the Director and another employee, telling her all the while what a sweet, beautiful girl she was, and that she would not be forgotten.
Schmeagle was a special old girl. She went through a lot while she was here for that short period of time, but she dealt with everything in such a patient, majestic way.
|February is Dental Health Month!
Just as it is for humans, dental health is important for your pets! Animals should have their mouths checked once a year by a veterinarian and, as your pet ages, cleanings and extractions should be done as necessary. Even young pets can have mouth issues so it's good to schedule wellness visits for them, too!
Both cats and dogs can get gingivitis, an infection of the gums, just like humans.This is caused by plaque build-up on the
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teeth.The bacteria in the plaque can cause an infection of the gums. This can be seen as a thin red line on the gums around your pet's teeth. After enough plaque builds up, tartar is formed.Tartar is most often seen on the back teeth, but can be seen anywhere in the mouth.
Another common problem in both cats and dogs is stomatitis. This is also an inflammation in the mouth, though more specifically it is an inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth.So, as opposed to gingivitis which only causes a thin line of inflammation around a pet's teeth, stomatitis can cause swelling anywhere in an animal's mouth - under the tongue, the back of the mouth, around the teeth. Stomatitis is still somewhat of a mystery to veterinarians, but common
causes are thought to be food allergies, immune-mediated responses (such as FIV/FeLV in cats), and different bacterial or yeast infections. Stomatitis is seen in varying degrees, but at its worst can cause an animal's gums to bleed and be extremely painful.
If left untreated, these things can lead to periodontal disease which is a more severe infection of the teeth, roots, and bone in an animal's mouth. Periodontal disease can be severely painful to an
animal and can cause
This feral barn cat had to be humanely euthanized after an infection had eaten away a large part of his mouth.
In a treatable cat, this sad story could have been avoidable with routine care.
life-threatening heart, kidney and liver disease.
Signs of dental disease can be bad breath,
increased drooling, matted or unkempt coat, decreased appetite, yowling or pawing at mouth when eating, or redness of the gums. If you notice any of these things, your pet needs a check-up!
February is dental health month and many veterinarian clinics are offering discounts on pet dentals, so call your veterinarian today (they fill up quickly!) and make a dental health appointment for your pet! They'll be grateful!