Archive for March, 2011

You Can Be Your Own Spotlight

When working in Animal Rescue, the most important thing next to the day to day care of the animals is to promote them in the hopes of finding forever homes. This can be done in a number of ways. Newspaper Pet of the Week Ads, Posters, Videos,  Pictures, Kijiji and Petfinder have all come in handy at finding homes for the animals in our care. Our volunteers have been commended on the amount of work they do to get as much information to potential adopters as possible. The amount of hours that goes into taking photos, videos, updating biographies answering questions via phone calls and emails  is extensive! We know that as adopters, that it is hard to decide to adopt a an animal without meeting it first, and considering the majority of our adoptions occur out of Meadow Lake, we do our best to have detailed descriptions, pictures and videos to portray the animals in our care in such a way that the person gets to know the animal before they even meet them.

This recent string of videos started with the following video made to promote adoption of Black Cats.

The ideas snowballed from there and I decided to feature our long term dogs in their own adoption promotion videos, showcasing their photos and videos that volunteers have collected over the months, and brief points about their behaviors and personalities. I plan to do this for all of the dogs in the shelter, but I started with these four as they have been in our shelter between 4-6 months, which is quite a long time for a dog to go without a home!

So without further adieu, let me introduce you to our long term shelter dogs!

Midnight has been at our shelter since October 14, 2010.

Spot has been at our shelter since October 15, 2010.

Sarge has been at our shelter since November 1, 2010.

Hobbes has been at our shelter since December 1, 2010.

Hopefully these videos will be the trick to finally get these great dogs adopted! Please pass them on!

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No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted.

I never cease to be amazed by the kindness of people when it comes to supporting our shelter. MLDHS has the best group of supporters I’ve ever seen. Whether it’s a school group raising money through a bake sale to buy us brooms, a group of friends baking home made treats for our shelter animals for Christmas, or a young children collecting donations for the shelter in lieu of birthday presents, these acts of kindness are greatly appreciated not only by our volunteers, but the animals in the shelter as well.

When a group of supporters in Alberta heard about our break-in at the shelter they went above and beyond the call of duty. They teamed together and bought us a 4 camera security surveillance system in hopes of deterring future acts of vandalism against our shelter, and to keep the shelter animals safe and secure. This act of kindness moved me to tears. It is so touching to know that our little shelter in Northwest Saskatchewan has the support of people across the country. It is amazing how animals can bring people together!

So on behalf of the animals in our shelter and our volunteers I extend a huge Tail Wagging Thank You to Taylor, Joan, Dawn, Cherie, Jordy, Michael & Matt for your generous donation of a surveillance system!

Jeff and Shelter dog Noodles pose alongside the Surveillance System

I would also like to take this time to thank everyone for their continued support of MLDHS. Every single contribution that has been made, whether in time, monetary donations, or supplies has been greatly appreciated and has made a difference in the lives of the animals in our shelter!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Temporary Home Invasion

Each year MLDHS provides a temporary home for over 200 unwanted dogs and cats. We are run by a small but dedicated group of volunteers who work extremely hard to keep the dogs and cats in our care happy and healthy. So much work goes on behind the scenes every day to keep up with the maintenance and daily operations of the shelter, all the while trying to find the animals in our care their forever homes. All of this and more is why it is extremely unfortunate, hurtful and disappointing to have had someone cut the locks on our front gates, open up the outdoor dog kennels and set the dogs free in the middle of the night.

Thankfully all of the dogs have been found and returned to the shelter.  It is a testament to our volunteers at how well we look after our animals. Most of the dogs when given the opportunity to leave the property, stayed put on their Kuranda Beds. They knew where they were safe and felt comfortable and at home. All but two dogs stayed in the industrial park. However, the fact remains that their temporary home that our volunteers work so hard to maintain, has been violated. These dogs have been put at risk at the hands of  a very careless and heartless individual. Our facility is right by the highway and the dogs could have been hit by a car, gotten lost, or much worse. The animals in the shelter are all part of our families. They are not just some random number behind a cage. We genuinely care about their well being and we feel absolutely helpless that someone came along and compromised everything we’ve worked so hard for. It’s not a joke and it’s not funny. It is a crime. I can only hope that the person who did this is found and brought to justice.

The gate latches were specifically cut on the kennels of these 3 dogs.

However, multiple dog kennels were opened, letting many other dogs out, but special attention was paid to these 3 kennels.

Please help spread the word and post the following to your Facebook Status, or forward to your email contacts. Hopefully we can work together to find whoever is responsible.

Between 9:30pm-10:45pm March 15/11 someone broke into the Meadow Lake & District Humane Society’s shelter compound and opened the dog’s outdoor kennels, left the front gates open, and let them loose. Thankfully most of them knew where their temporary home is and stayed in the area. The last 2 dogs were found on the 600 block of 3rd Ave West at 12:18am. The RCMP have been notified. If you have any information about this incident please contact MLDHS at (306)240-8384 or the RCMP at (306)236-2570. Thank you!

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