GIMME SHELTER/Cathy Fugler
Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
Can an animal be a stray when no one ever comes looking for it? How committed is a pet owner who doesn’t protect their animal from all kinds of harm and danger? How is it possible to simply abandon an animal that is completely dependent on you? We are seeing more animals coming in to the shelter as “strays,”,but there are markedly fewer people coming in or calling to look for them.
Reggie is a terrier/Chinese crested mixed breed. Who knows his story? He is approximately three years old and is a sweet, cuddly little fellow. Tacoma is a boxer mix, we estimate his age at five or six years. He is sweet natured and full of energy. Again, no one knows his history.
Kramer is a four-year-old black lab mixed breed. He was a “stray” and was found to be heartworm positive. After a long period of treatment, he is healthy and ready to be adopted. He has been at the shelter for too many months and needs to go home. Linda has come to know him well and observes:
“Kramer is a big boy with a gentle disposition. He is a wonderful, nice-looking lab that is full of beans. He would be a great companion for someone who would spend time training him and giving him the exercise he needs. Kramer is the life of the party, a typical lab with the exuberance of life they all seem to have. He has a beautiful black coat, warm brown eyes and a happy-go-lucky personality. I’ve spent a long time with Kramer and you couldn’t ask for a more trustworthy, loving dog. He just wants to please; all he asks is for an owner who will spend time with him, teach him and give him lots of love. Kramer has it all, he just needs a chance to show everyone what a great dog he can be.”
Remember, when you ask us questions about many of the dogs and cats in our care, we simply can’t answer because we don’t know. Because of the way so many animals come in to the shelter, we don’t know anything about them – their true age, their medical history, their temperament, their fears and preferences – all this information is unknown and makes the animals all the more vulnerable.
I urge you to take good care of your animals as summer temperatures climb. The shelter receives hundreds of reports of pets being left in cars every year. Parked cars can quickly reach absolutely deadly temperatures, even on days that don’t seem that hot, and even with the windows slightly open. Irreparable brain damage or even death can occur in a very short time. If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, please leave them at home, safe. Leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things a pet owner can do.
We are looking for people to bring their dogs and walk with us in this year’s Canada Day Parade. The parade begins at 11 a.m., so we’d like you to be there at least 10 minutes beforehand. Please remember all dogs must be on a leash and you must clean up after your dog. We will be at spot No. 48 on Jepson Street. We will also be serving our Sour Puss Lemonade on Queen Street across from Coffee Culture after the parade. It’s going to be a great day, so come join us.
On July 14, join us for the Kustom Kars Show at Lions Park in St Davids. The Lions Club will be serving breakfast and burgers and hotdogs for lunch. Enjoy the 50/50, penny sale and music by Cruise Control. The first 100 people registered get goody bag and dash plaque proceeds go to the Niagara Falls Humane Society. Motorcycles are welcome at this show. For information, visit the website KustomKarzClub.org.
If you think you might have a talent or skill that would help the shelter, please call or email me. Are you good at fixing things? Gardening? Desktop publishing? Are you crafty? We could use your help. Call me so I can fill you in. The number at the shelter is 905-356-4404, or visit our website at www.nfhs.ca.