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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.🙂

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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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Tanner continues to impress everyone he meets! We have had several people come over to the apartment who fall in love when they meet this charming cat. He is incrediblly social and has proven that he will come out and say hi to just about anyone. He is also still trying his hardest to convince our cat, Keiko, that she should play with him. Every time she walks past the door to his room you will see his little white paws pop out from under the door in a desperate attempt to win her love and affection. Unfortunately, he has been unsuccessful as Keiko continues to ignore him.

 

Last week the crew from Pup Pals came all the way from New York to film adoption videos for foster pets. (Thank you Pup Pals!) WeScared.jpg found out that Tanner is going to be one of their first cat videos! The crew had a blast filming him on Sunday morning. He, of course, was just happy that he got to play all day and meet new people. We are looking forward to Tanner’s video and will be sure to share it once it is finished. In the mean time, check out some of Pup Pals other videos! Here is a photo of Tanner waiting for the crew to arrive. He clearly has no idea he is about to get his big-break! We are convinced that Tanner will be a star some day now that we have seen his very impressive acting skills. He really knows how to put on a show for the camera!

 

Cute.jpgTanner is waiting patiently for a new best friend and a forever home. We believe he will do well in a variety of households because he is great with people, other cats, and even dogs. Since he is still very young and playful, we recommend him to go to a home where children are 6 years or older, or to a home with young children that has an experienced cat own to help him finish his training.  We have no doubt that Tanner will make the perfect family cat one day. If you are interested in learning more about Tanner, click here, or e-mail foster@anticruelty.org to set up a time to have a meet and greet with this handsome man.

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“She did a bad bad thing”

I snuck out the door, but I was happy to go right back in after I explored the ‘gardens’

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Blizzard or no blizzard The Anti-Cruelty Society’s foster program is hopping! We’re continuing to send out animals left and right and are receiving wonderful updates about animals out in care. Like the one below from foster mom Erika about her current charge Butterscotch, the adorable Pekingese Chihuahua Mix.

Princess Butterscotch (fka Butterscotch) came to stay with me because she was very stressed at the shelter and wasn’t eating.  She needed to gain some weight before her spay surgery so a shelter vacation was requested.  I brought Princess B in to the house and she made herself right at home running over to the cats dish and helping herself to some kibble and grabbing one of his mouse toys.  This made me laugh since she had rejected even high value treats at the shelter and was so willing to eat kibble in a new environment.

Her previous family let her on the furniture (she claimed her spot on the couch that first evening) and I have continued letting her sleep on the furniture although she does sometimes choose to sleep on the various dog/cat beds throughout the house.  Although Princess B is a little slow to trust, she is an absolute cuddle bug once home.  She wants to be with me at all times and will wake up from a nap to follow me in to another room.  Her favorite is to cuddle on the couch while I’m working or in the evenings.  If I leave the apartment for a few minutes she stays right at the baby gate waiting for me to come back.  She does whine a bit, but doesn’t bark.  She is crate trained and, although not always happily, goes in the crate and sleeps through the night.

Princess B is a protective little girl and does bark when she hears people outside the building, but is easily redirected.  As she gets used to the noises this seems to be getting better.

She loves to go for walks and enjoys sniffing everything!  She is a little leash reactive and has a tendency to bark at strangers, but this is something we are working on.  She is both potty trained and pee pad trained.

Princess B is a very picky eater, but loves some of the chicken stew type canned dog foods and I’ve been mixing in boiled chicken to help her gain the needed weight.  Unfortunately she had a touch of kennel cough from the shelter and she is now on medication to resolve that.  Hopefully she’ll be back to gaining weight when she is feeling a bit better.

This little Princess is so tolerant and doesn’t react to being handled at all.  She allows me to give her pills or medicine with a syringe.  I have cleaned her ears, paws and trimmed her tail fur.  When she’s back to 100% we’ll take a bath as well.

Princess B is living with an older cat and is probably the most relaxed foster I’ve had around him.  She will run up next to him and egg him on to play (he wants no part of that), but she is accepting of his choice and then leaves him alone.  She is not a hard chewer so loves her Nylabones and her Kong Wubba.  Her Kong Knot toy and small stuffed toys are favorites for fetch.

This beautiful girl would be a great and easy addition in to homes without small children and, ideally, a family where she wouldn’t be alone more than 8 hours a day as she does value her together time.

Interested in learning more about the foster program? Great! Click here for details on how you can get involved.

If you’re looking to connect regarding Butterscotch or another foster animal, email us at foster@anticruelty.org

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IMG_1678London is a beautiful 1 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix who came to the Society shortly after giving birth to five tiny puppies. London and her pups lived with us until the babes were old enough to be weaned and adopted. Now that her puppies have found their forever homes – London’s next!

This super social gal loves greeting new people. She is very affectionate, food motivated and loves pets. Her love of food will be helpful in basic manners training which is recommended to brush up on the basics and teach her new cues.

London is currently a part of our Foster to Forever program. Her foster mom Megan will be caring for her for 4 weeks while we all work together to recruit this lovely lady an adopter. Here’s the most recent update sent to us by Megan about London:

IMG_1676London walks great with the easy walk harness!  Ripley hated it and we are in luck that it fit London. She gets excited when the harness and leashes come out and has helped Ripley overcome her recent dislikes of walks.

We definitely have the “sit” command down.  We are working on  the commands to lay down and go in her crate (unfortunately, Ripley tries to follow her in most times).  Her play bite is hard but we are getting her to be more gentle with like accepting treats.  She definitely isn’t food aggressive.

IMG_1674She is getting better at not having accidents in the house, but we are have to be very diligent.  She drinks a ton of water and we have to make sure that she is taken out within 45-60 minutes after a big drink from the bowl.  She’s never had an accident in the crate and outside of over night can at least last 6 hours in the crate without any messes.

She definitely prefers to be the center of attention and bulldozes her way into getting pets and giving licks first.  And she is much better than Ripley with separation anxiety.  She’ll bark a little, but settles down quickly.

Hoping to get her out and about more this weekend and introduce her to people.

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If you’d be interested in setting up a meeting to meet London in person – please contact our Foster Coordinator, Stephanie Bruno, at sbruno@anticruelty.org. We’d love to have you meet this beautiful gal in person!

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We received another delightful update on our favorite foster kitty Pishtachio!

pish 2Pishstachio has really flourished in the past couple months! She is playful, talkative, and very sweet. She loves climbing and exploring new spaces, but spends most of her time in a cozy little spot (wherever her pet bed is). She’s a great companion kitty! Look at those green eyes!

If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with Pishtachio and his foster mom – please contact our foster team at foster@anticruelty.org

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Harry and Hermoine are doing magically in foster care with Anne Vopat! She has provided us with some adorable pictures of the kittens and an update on how they are doing.

“The kitties are doing WONDERFULLY; they are eating, drinking & playing and having a wonderful time…..they currently are weighing in at 1.7 & 1.8 lbs.”

P9210948 P9210952  P9211039 P9211058 If you would like more information on Harry and Hermoine please contact us at sbruno@anticruelty.org or lkrupinski@anticruelty.org.You can also send us an email if you are interested in becoming a foster parent. More information can be found at anticruelty.org.

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