Me and My Shadow recently made the Sanford Herald! Check out the story of how Julie founded the rescue and how MAMS got its Shadow name, thanks to Mr. Shadow Bear. Click the PDF link below the image for the full story and thank you to Susan Wenner for spreading the good word about MAMS!
We are so excited to announce that we are now participating with AmazonSmile! We are so excited about this opportunity! It is SO easy for you to help us raise money, while shopping at Amazon like you normally would, with no additional cost to you!
What is AmazonSmile you ask? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, and we hope you'll choose to help Me and My Shadow Dog Rescue! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to us!
To select us as your non-profit of choice you can follow this link , and it will walk you through selecting us as your non-profit!!
Thank you for helping us help doggies!
by: Gabrielle Cash
Summer is here and along with vacations, beaches, and fun in the sun come some safety concerns for our doggy best friends. The summer brings uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous temperatures for both people and pets. We live in an area with high humidity and temps that can reach well above 100 degrees.
Here are some great tips to make the summer fun and safe for you and your fur babies.
Never leave your pets in a parked car!
On a warm day(above 80 degree), the temperature inside your car can reach over 100 degrees in just ten minutes. That is even with the windows down. Temperatures in a car can rise quickly and your pet could suffer organ damage or even die.
Limit exercise on hot days
Adjust the intensity and duration of exercise on hotter days. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with short-noses, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
Provide ample shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
Beat the bugs
As summer nears, it's important to provide your pet with proper treatment for the prevention of heartworms, ticks and fleas. In our Florida climate the summer brings out all the bugs, big and small. Make sure your baby is protected!
Doggy sun block
As with people, overexposure to UV rays can give your dog a nasty case of sunburn, peeling skin, painful inflammation and also increase the risk of skin cancer. Because dogs have fur, people often assume they are not in danger of getting sunburned. This isn't true. While fur does provide some level of sun protection, the bridge of the nose, ear tips, skins around the lips and other areas are highly susceptible to sun damage. There are specially formulated sunscreens available for dogs or check with your vet to find the best solution for your pet.
Swimming with your dog is great exercise and can also provide relief from summer heat. Despite popular belief, not all dogs were born to swim. Theoretically all dogs can swim, however, some breeds such as Bulldogs, Basset hounds and Pugs have more difficulty than others. When encouraging your dog to swim it's important to know their physical ability, stamina, body shape, condition and breathing ability. If you plan on boating with your dog, life jackets made for dogs keep their head above water and have a handle on the back to make it easier to grab them out of the water. The most important thing is to remember to never force your dog, take is slow, have reasonable expectations and have fun. The key to water safety is to be aware of your surroundings, make sure your pet is wearing a floatation device, never let your pet drink the water in which it is swimming, and always hose off your pet after swimming.
Who remembers Pepper and her adorable spice rack puppies. Mom and nine puppies were rescued earlier this year.
Good News! Seven of the nine puppies have loving homes or at least an adoption application submitted.
We still have two of these little love bugs looking for their forever homes! Nutmeg and Sage are still waiting...
How about adding a little spice to your life and adopting a spice rack puppy!
By Dawn Marie Calo (Photos courtesy of Pawsitive Shelter Photography)
Orange County Animal Shelter is about to get a new advertising by-line ... The Shelter is Full! And any of us who have volunteered there for a couple years know this is going to last until Fall. According to Diane Summers, OCAS Program Manager, the weekend of April 18-19 there were 13 Owner surrenders and 23 stray intakes. The following weekend there were 18 owner surrenders and 23 stray intakes. The number of intakes can possibly double during the summer! The good news is the shelter is now open 7 days a week which allows for maximum foot traffic to potential adopters. The bad news with OVER 200 dogs a month coming in, there is no space to offer extensions. And that means not even HIGHLY adoptable dogs are safe! In March, 60 dogs were euthanized from the general viewing or Medical General area (across from the small dog/puppy area, formerly the quarantine area).
Not only is the shelter full, its mosquito season which means the number of Heartworm Positive (HW) dogs is going to increase – as if that even seems possible! Summers reports the lowest number of HW positive dogs to enter the shelter in the past 12 months was 21 , with an average being around 45 HW positive dogs a month. In April 2015, the shelter took in 71 HW positive dogs - a record for the past 12 months!
The shelter is HOT ... the dogs are overcrowded in their kennels ... and rescues are full as well! Summer is unofficially here in Central Florida ...
Gorgeous Bailey is already spayed, heartworm negative, microchipped, vetted and waiting on her new family. This gorgeous girl has been sitting in a kennel with 3 other dogs since Monday, April 27. Her due out date is Sunday! Visit Bailey in Kennel 50 - Animal ID #316608.
Social Media has never been more important to saving dog’s lives than this time of year! It is imperative that the rescue community network dogs to help get them exposure. When you see posters on Facebook (FB) for dogs, make sure to SHARE them on your wall – don’t just ‘Like’ because that doesn’t give that dog any additional exposure. You never know when a FB friend or relative – or friend of a FB friend or relative – might be looking for a new pet! The more you post dogs on your FB page, the more you bring awareness to the shelter's location, hours and plight! If you know of local breed specific rescues, be sure to tag them in the FB threads.
Hopeful Kristy is being overlooked because she is in the Medical General kennels due to a large soft tumor hanging between her front legs.. She is friendly and heartworm negative! She was due out already, but made the cut for the photo list allowing her a second chance! Her due out date is Tuesday, May 5! Visit Kristy in Kennel 79 - Animal ID #317207.
Watch for the social media threads and donate toward dog's HW treatments, vetting and food. A "Pledge" is a promise noted in the comments of any particular dog's thread ... if the dog is pulled by a rescue, they will request that you honor your pledge, which the rescue has take into account in the decision to pull a dog - especially dogs needing medical attention. Donate time and gas and space - offer to transport dogs from the shelter to the rescue or new foster.
Minus is only 2 years old and only has until Saturday to be adopted! He is friendly and Heartworm Negative!! There is NO reason for a dog like Minus to be overlooked - except that there are SO many dogs to choose from and multiple dogs in the kennels so he just doesn't stand out. Minus is in kennel 39 - ID 317346.
Do you have space and a little extra time to foster a dog? Rescues need help fostering large dogs, small dogs, HW Positive dogs, perfectly healthy dogs ... Rescues will typically pay for everything – all you do is supply the home, fresh water and exercise! Fostering is typically a 3-9 month commitment. Interested in fostering? Contact Me and My Shadow foster co-ordinator Hillary Buckley, email@example.com.
CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO SURRENDERING!
Do you know someone who is considering getting rid of a pet? Try this advice, first contact your local rescues and if they are full ask for a possible alternative rescue they might recommend. If you are trying to rehome the animal yourself, it is suggested that you “Make sure to always ask for a vet reference (make sure other animals are utd on shots, fixed, and on hw prevention). Ask for a reasonable adoption/rehoming fee. You can always donate it to a local rescue if you don't want to take the money, have new owners sign an agreement that if they change their mind within 30 days, dog will be taken back. Do not let them rehome dog or take to shelter. Last, do a home visit. Fenced in yard?” Plan ahead if you think rehoming a pet is going to be a necessary situation in your life – the more pressed you are for time, the bigger the chance your pet will end up in the wrong hands or at the shelter!
The bottom line is, the dogs at OCAS need your help ... help spread the word and take part at any level you are able! Educate, Donate, Transport, Foster, Adopt! If you or a friend have been considering fostering or adopting – don’t wait!
Welcome to meandmyshadowdogrescue.com! Through the tireless work of Lillie Falco and other volunteers our beautiful website is finally up and running.
We have made it quick and easy for you to find your next best friend!
Click on the Adoptable Dogs tab and you can see our dogs that are available for adoption, click the photo of the one you love and then click the Adopt Me button. This will allow you to fill out the adoption form and submit it online. What could be easier!
If you already know which beautiful baby is your future family member then just click on the Adoption Application, fill it out, and submit it.
Ready for some heartwarming stories and pics then go to our Happily Ever After! section. Believe me it is the best place to visit after a long day of work or rescuing. Even Champion loves this section best because his story is here too!
Always wanted to help but not sure how to get started with the rescue . . . here is the place to go!
You can click on the Donate button to send us much needed funds. Or you can donate your time and talents as a volunteer. The form is a snap to fill out.
Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have (other than adopting, of course). You can fill out a foster application right here online and get the process started. The more fosters we have the more dogs can be saved!
Don't be sorry! Do something!
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