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Day one in her “foster” home, with a healthy snack of kale and blueberries.

I have been contemplating adding another bird to my flock for a long time, but by telling myself “you can’t force these things, when the right bird comes along you’ll know it” I’ve been able to successfully delay a new addition for the last eighteen months.

And then, I saw Sunny listed in the volunteer newsletter. After giving Lydia approximately thirty seconds’ notice, I zoomed down to the shelter and picked her up, ostensibly to foster. I took her to my avian vet, Dr Jenny, at the excellent Animal House a couple days after bringing her home, and with a clean bill of health I introduced her to Bean, Wilson, and Birdy.

Birds are a lot like people (and not just because they walk upright, have a rich social structure, and can solve complex problems); sometimes it’s love at first sight, and sometimes it can take awhile for them to warm up to each other. We’re still in the warming up phase with Sunny and Birdy (my green cheek conure), but as Sunny gets more comfortable with her surroundings she gets better at enforcing her boundaries (because Birdy can be rather overwhelming in her forthright conure-ness). And Sunny is at a bit of a disadvantage because she has wonky arthritic feet and weak flight muscles, so she’s not as maneuverable as the other birds.

But in the two weeks I’ve had Sunny in the house, she’s gotten a new cage with wonky foot-friendly perches, has tripled her flight distance, and will actively seek out head scritches whenever she’s near me. We hit a big milestone the other day when she flew all the way across the room to land [somewhat ungracefully] on my shoulder.

So I’m happy to announce that Sunny is officially a foster failure, because sometimes birds and people fall in love at first sight, too. ūüôā

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Sure, I don’t get much work done with the constant demand for head scritches, but who can resist that face?

 

 

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If you haven’t heard, Mumba is a rising star with his new found internet¬†fame. He recently received the royal treatment with¬†a professional photo shoot, new wardrobe of bowties, and feature on¬†popular Instagram, cheese.the.cat.

This new found fame is nice and all, but what Mumba really hopes to get out of it is a home to call his own. This young boy is now one of our longer-term cats despite being the full-package of looks, brains, and personality.

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If you would like to know more about Mumba, please email foster@anticruelty.org.

Also be sure to check him out on Instagram! https://instagram.com/cheese.the.cat/

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20141202_073046Queen is one special dog who has stolen the hearts of staff and volunteers alike here at The Anti-Cruelty Society!

A member of our Foster to Forever program, she is currently available for adoption while enjoying life out on the town with her foster family.

Queen is a special needs dog as she has grade 3/4 luxating patella on both hind legs – which is something her adopter should keep in mind before making her a part of their family. Learn more about Queen on her official adoption profile here.

We recently received a wonderful update on Queen’s progress in her foster home – here’s what her current caretaker had to share:

“I began fostering Queen November 17 and what a delight she has been.

She was nervous at first but Rooster, my other dog, helped calm her down.  She has been great with Rooster and my cats (they show a passing interest in her but not much).

With encouragement and tasty snacks, Queen has settled well into routine, including walking with myself and my dog walker. Despite her initial hesitancy, she now goes up and down the stairs quite well. Her¬†luxating patella does not slow her down. ¬†She is housebroken, so the first thing she does when she gets outside is go to the bathroom. Then she has time to sniff around. We go farther each time we walk. ¬†She follows Rooster’s lead, and even likes to run a little bit. She lets me know she wants to run because she stretches her legs and then begins to walk similar to a trotting horse.¬†Then she will do a short burst run and then stop. ¬†Rooster and I join her.She wags her tail when other people walk by. She is interested in other dogs she sees and remains calm, even if they bark at her.

Rooster and QueenShe also likes hanging out with the animals and people inside the house. She enjoys watching the activity, being petted, or chewing on her bone. She also plays tug of war with one of many stuffed animals I have.

I know that she will be a wonderful addition to whomever adopts her. She has a sweet personality, is playful, and gets along well with other people and animals. She shows zero aggression. I hope she finds her forever home soon.” – Rosemary (foster mom)

If you’d be interested in meeting this sweet special pup in person, contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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