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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Save Flowers From Hungry Rabbits, Valentine the Rescue Dog, No Sweets for 30 Days, and More...

Rabbits eating your flowers?  Last year we spent hundreds of dollars on flowers for our front and back yards only to have rabbits eat every last one within a week.  Larry and I joked that they were telling their friends, "Hey guys, come over to this house…they've got flowers for everyone. And tell your friends and their kids!" Seriously, every day we'd look out and there seemed to be more and more rabbits noshing on our annuals and roses. We tried spraying the flowers with a store-bought deterrent, but you have to spray constantly, especially if it rains.  Before the gardener replaced the flowers, I searched the Internet for a solution. I was not going to let those little buggers win again.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Making a Difference…A Day to Remember

I have to write about yesterday. Not because I'll forget - I'll never forget - but so I'll remember the details.  

Stray Rescue, through a grant from Humane Society of the United States and PetsMart Charities, held a free vaccinations and spay/neuter event at a park in North St. Louis City.  This is the neighborhood where Randy and his team find most of the 500+ stray dogs (and cats) currently available for adoption, some of whom live at the shelter and some in foster homes.

Many people in this neighborhood do NOT spay and neuter their pets, nor do they take great care of them. But they cared enough that 650 dogs and cats got vaccinated, and for that I must celebrate.

I was one of five or six data collectors who went through the line and helped people fill out the forms necessary for their pets' to get distemper and rabies vaccinations.  We also were told to encourage those whose pets weren't already spayed and neutered to accept the offer to sign up for these free services to be done at a later date. 

Hundreds of people were in line.  One form had to be filled out for each dog. Most people had more than one dog, many had four and five dogs.  One lady had six small dogs, including a tiny Yorkie and a one-eyed dachshund in a stroller. 
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