Prairie Dogs Kissing at the Minnesota Zoo
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Minnesota Zoo to be new home for wolf pups rescued from Alaska wildfire
An Alaska Zoo official in Anchorage says five wolf pups rescued by firefighters from the Funny River wildfire this week will have a new home at the Minnesota Zoo once they’re healthy enough to travel.
KTUU-TV reported that Alaska Zoo executive director Pat Lampi said the zoo in Anchorage has worked previously with the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.
Fish and Game Department spokesman Ken Marsh said the two females and three males will remain at the Alaska Zoo infirmary for now. Zoo officials said the pups were left without food and water for several days during the fire and were injured in an encounter with a porcupine. The pups’ parents abandoned the den due to the disturbance of the firefighting.
They will be kept together.
"It’s the companionship," Lampi said. "They were born together in the wild and now they can grow up together. As long as they remain together, wherever they go is home."
Minnesota 1st state with law assuring adoption option for research dogs, cats
Minnesota is the first state – and first political body in the world – to mandate that dogs and cats used in research must be put up for adoption when research is over, instead of being euthanized.
Gov. Mark Dayton made animal rights history when he signed the Omnibus Supplemental Budget Bill, which contains the Beagle Freedom Law. The law says that taxpayer-funded research facilities will place healthy dogs and cats up for adoption with registered nonprofit animal rescues when they’re no longer needed for research.
The Beagle Freedom Project was named after beagles because it says 95 percent of dogs in lab testing are beagles. Their docile nature and people-pleasing personality make them good test subjects, but also popular family pets – they’re one of the top five most popular family dogs in America, the nonprofit notes.
"Special" Needs A Home
Sweet Special was found by neighbors after being abandoned in a backyard. Thanks to our partners at Compassion Without Borders, she made her way to AHS for a second chance! Special has just three legs, her front right is missing, but she doesn’t let that slow her down.
Despite her bum luck in the past, this sweet dog remains hopeful that a brighter future is just around the corner! Visit her today at our Golden Valley location. http://www.animalhumanesociety.org/
Grace amid a snowy world
The Star Tribune put out a beautiful photo gallery this morning of life in northern Minnesota, click the link to see the rest.
A team comes together to save a deformed puppy dumped in a snowbank and left in the ditch.
On Feb 13th we received word that there was a 3 month old puppy in a local impound who needed help. He was there because someone found him in a snowbank in the ditch and brought him in. We were told he might have “rickets” which is a vitamin D deficiency which can cause limb deformities. Otherwise a birth defect, or carpel hyperflextion syndrome. We just dont know but this little guys front legs don’t work :( His feet are both curled in and he cannot walk on them. He hobbles around on the ouside of his legs. He also has a facial deformity where his nose is crooked a little bit. We are not sure what he has been through until we found him, but we decided we are going to save him and name him Cupid! (Fitting right, since we saved him on Valentines Day ;))
The first day his stray hold was up (Feb 14th 2014) we sprung him from the impound and got him into a foster home. As soon as he left the pound and came to our rescue office he couldn’t get enough attention from people! He absolutely loves everyone and is the sweetest dog ever. He has a lot of energy and despite his deformity he hobbles and jumps around just fine!
However, it will just be a matter of time before his legs are sore and the hair wares off his arms from walking this way.
We need to get him seen by a specialist asap and get xrays, blood work, and therapy done ASAP. The sooner we can get him in and have him evaluated to see if he has rickets or what the underlying problem is, the sooner we can start his therapy/surgery/recovery. (We are not sure yet what the diagnosis will be or treatment).
We are hoping we can save him and turn his life around. We are all hoping he will walk someday. Maybe he was born this way and he has never walked on his feet to this day? This could very well be a possibility. However, we want to try and change this for him. We are asking for the public’s help to contribute to his care and vet bills or other special requests that might come up once we learn what his needs will be.
That is a lot of sad faces in reference to this post about Jarvis the abused/abandoned pit bull pup.
It wasn’t meant to be just a sad post, this is the information I wanted people to take away from it…
Jarvis is a reminder for people to not only care for their pets, but report those that show signs of abuse and neglect.
“If you see an animal that’s unattended or sick or injured or it looks like it needs help, please call 311.”
It’s not all Spoonbridge and Cherrys posts here, watch out for our animal friends as well, if you see a dog/cat wandering loose, make a call to 311, it could save a life.
Puppy Endures After Abuse, Subzero-Temps
A puppy is being nursed back to health after being abused and abandoned in the cold.
Someone found a 4-month-old puppy roaming the streets of Minneapolis during last week’s subzero temperatures.
Minneapolis Animal Care and Control picked up the tiny pit bull while it was minus 25 degree outside. Officer Jacob Young says the dog had cigar wounds all over his body.
“These are injuries that are not consistent with dog fighting,” Young said.”They’re injuries consistent with human abuse to a dog.”
The puppy, later named Jarvis by MACC staff, also had a large infection on the side of his face and was severely emaciated.
Young says Jarvis wouldn’t have survived if he remained outside for just a few more hours.
“It absolutely is hard to see,” he said. “But he’s still a just a very loveable, playful pup.”
While Jarvis’ condition is severe, abused and abandoned puppies aren’t a rare sight at the center.
MACC takes in an abused dog about once a week. Jarvis is a reminder for people to not only care for their pets, but report those that show signs of abuse and neglect.
“If you see an animal that’s unattended or sick or injured or it looks like it needs help, please call 311,” Young said.
Jarvis has a long road to recovery ahead. His infection is healing, and he will struggle with walking until he can regain muscle strength.
“He’ll probably go into a home and make a very good pet for somebody,” Young said.
Jarvis will be placed into a rescue group later this week, where he’ll find a foster home and eventually be up for adoption in the coming weeks.
Lost Dog “Bonnie”, Robbinsdale/North Mpls
My friend’s dog Bonnie just got out the front door last night when someone was helping her move into her new place on the border of Robbinsdale/N Mpls. Please please keep and eye out and call immediately if you see her. 612 644 6789 her name is Bonnie and she is spayed. her owner has contacted every shelter and filed many missing dog reports and she is microchipped, but with this weather we have to use every method available to get her back asap!
UPDATE: Good news, Bonnie was found tonight!