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Pet shelters and small animals [Jul. 27th, 2008|07:44 pm]
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I just wrote about this topic in my own journal when I realised that this is a topic for my community, too!

I´ve been visiting two pet shelters this weekend (for their Summer parties / open doors) and one thing I noticed was that they had so many small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, budgies. O.k... there are some shelters that usually have more small animals than others but in summer time the number grows everywhere. 
For there still are folks who want to get rid of their animals before they go on vacation! 
And for there still are kids who get a live "Easter Bunny" in April, find out in May that they´d prefered a Gameboy, which makes the rabbit move over to the pet shelter in June.
And of course for there still are people who believe that it´s natural and cute to let their pet have a litter once (or twice.. if you´re to slow in seperating the parents!) and then find out that all those friends who wanted a pup are now too busy or have an other reason not to take it.

Anyway... what I wanted to say is:
if you´re looking for pets (no matter if it´s a dog, cat or hamster) go check on your local pet shelter first. Here in Germany you´ll in most cases find a lot of animals you´d never expected there. And if there still isn´t a pet you desire they can usually give you adresses of private rescue groups that focus on those pets. 

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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2008|04:21 pm]
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There's a great site called ZooToo.com. It's a social networking site for pet lovers, and a portion of the ad money goes towards animal shelters and animal rescue organizations. So you get to meet awesome pet lovers and help out your local animal organizations at the same time! I definately reccommend checking it out, and while you're at it, add me!

Have an awesome day!

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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2008|02:02 pm]
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[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

 actually I was supposed to take flower pics - but insects crossed my way:-)

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UPDATE: Stubby's surgery scheduled for July 2nd! [Jun. 21st, 2008|03:27 pm]
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Because of the overwhelmingly positive response and generosity of family and friends old and new, and the fact that we are thisclose to reaching our goal, I've scheduled Stubby's surgery for July 2nd!

So, the last day to donate via PayPal will be June 27th! Donations made directly to the vet's office can be made all the way through July 2nd.

If you've already donated, THANK YOU!!
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby

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UPDATE: Reaching out for support... [Jun. 17th, 2008|10:20 pm]
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What a wonderful day today! Not only did Dr. Crocker's office agree to accept donations on Stubby's behalf (see my earlier posts for that info), we raised $250! Much of that $250 came from the support of the LJ communities, so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!

Since the fundraising is going so well (we're only about $250 short of our goal!), I was able to go ahead and schedule Stubby's surgery for July 2nd. He's having his bloodwork done next week, and I'm hopeful that we'll have a reason for why his teeth are in such bad shape.

I'm very grateful for and encouraged by all the positive feedback I've gotten...even the negative feedback has helped me to improve the way I'm doing things, so that's awesome.

So, if you've already donated, THANK YOU!! And if you haven't, please consider it...if you're unable to, prayers and well-wishes are accepted, too :-)

♥ Ria
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby for more info!
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UPDATE: Reaching out for support... [Jun. 17th, 2008|11:21 am]
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I recently posted a fund-raising request for donations to help cover the costs of extensive dental surgery for Stubby, a sweet little guy I'm fostering. Several folks suggested that they'd feel more comfortable donating directly to the vet's office than to me, which I understand completely. I thought that was a great idea, so I contacted my vet's office today, and they've graciously agreed to accept check and/or credit/debit card donations on Stubby's behalf.

Checks can be made payable to Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic. Please be sure to reference 'Account #30919' in the check's memo field.

Credit/debit card donations can be taken over the phone by calling (937) 435-3262. Again, please be sure to reference Account #30919. Their mailing address is:

Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic
5655 Bigger Rd.
Kettering, OH 45440

Thank you so much to those who have already donated!

Ria Kapluck
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Reaching out for support... [Jun. 15th, 2008|02:01 pm]
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My name is Ria, and I've created an LJ on behalf of a sweet little guy named Stubby. A friend asked me to provide a temporary home for Stubby, as well as try to find him a forever home, and I was happy to oblige. I knew that Stubby hadn't been to the vet in a few years, and would need to be caught up on his vaccinations and receive a clean bill of health before I could find a forever home for him.

However, when I took him in for his exam, the doctor determined that his oral health was deteriorated to such an extent that Stubby would need to undergo extensive surgery to extract all of his teeth and repair the damage to his gums and jawbones. As you can imagine, that kind of surgery is very, very expensive, and I if I had the means to pay for it on my own, I would do so in a heartbeat. That's where you come in...

I've created a website called www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby, where you can learn a little more about Stubby as well as make donations in any amount to help cover the cost of the surgery. For every $5 donated, you'll receive an entry in the Thank You Raffle for a chance at the Grand Prize of a $50 SuperCertificate to www.GiftCertificates.com

My fundraising goal is $1,200...any money raised that exceeds the goal amount will be donated to SICSA (The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, which is a wonderful no-kill shelter here in Kettering, Ohio.

I'm asking for your support as I try to improve Stubby's life. Several people have told me to "just put him down, it's not worth it"...as far as I'm concerned, this is not an option. He's only four years old, and with this surgery, will lead a long, happy life. Please consider donating...even $1 will help! Even if all you can do is share the website with your friends and fellow animal lovers, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time, and thank you for all the work you do to help our furry friends! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

I want to make it very clear that my one and only goal in creating the website and corresponding LJ is to raise the funds necessary to get Stubby on the road to health and happiness. I am not affiliated with any shelter or rescue group...I'm just one person trying to make a difference in one animal's life, in any way that I can.

Ria K.

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.. and here´s one for the cat lovers: [Jun. 10th, 2008|10:01 pm]
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It´s just too difficult to take pictures of cats in zoos if there are fences everywhere. So the only decent piece of the lovely black Panthers I could take a photo of was this paw. But actually I think it´s a beautyful paw. :-)

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Wuppertal zoo (Germany) [Jun. 10th, 2008|09:30 pm]
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Hi everyone
I wanted to tell you (and show pics of course) of my trip to Wuppertal zoo today. Haha.. I thought I could make it easy for nyself and find an English entry in wikipedia about the zoo... but this entry actually doesn´t say much more than I can tell myself.  
To cut it short (you´re surely waiting for the pictures): it´s a great zoo.. though there still are some pretty old parts. This zoo actually was founded in the end of the 19th century... but I have to say that they´ve improved a lot  in it. It´s not one of the highly modern zoos but it´s on its way. Well, and after all this zoo is just good fun from my point of view. So if you´ll ever be in the area... ;-)

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Breakfast time in the rabbit hole [May. 22nd, 2008|04:10 pm]
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Hey folks, 
I took some pictures yesterday morning before I finally had to rush off to work...

Well, and I thought I share them with you... :-)

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