Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Adopt-a-(senior)-pet | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times

Adopt-a-(senior)-pet L.A. Unleashed Los Angeles Times

Please forward & X-post! Please help these sweet girls find a forever home (together!).

We know, we know: puppies are adorable. Of course, they're also likely to soil your carpet, chew a hole in your favorite sweater, and wake you up at 4 in the morning, crying to be taken for a walk. If you're like us, you see some advantages to adopting an older dog.

We got the scoop on two great (spayed) senior dogs in the West L.A. shelter from shelter volunteer Mirja Bishop. We'll let Mirja take it from here:

Holly is 11 years old; Jessica is listed as 10, but she behaves like a much younger dog. They're reportedly mother and daughter -- you have to look closely to tell one from the other, but Holly does have a few gray hairs on her muzzle and she's a little slower and more deliberate than Jessica. They have always been housed together and they are deeply devoted to one another.

Recently another volunteer and I bathed the girls in preparation for a mobile dog adoption event (lifting them into the wash basin was quite a challenge). Both were apprehensive, but their sweet dispositions (and a few treats) allowed the baths to go off without a hitch!

When bathtime was over, we took Holly and Jessica to a play area so they could romp and chase each other around on the grass. (Holly still acts like a mom and tried to groom her daughter, despite the look of protest on Jessica's face. The look clearly said, "Mom, don't embarrass me!") They played with such wild abandon that all I could do was smile and shout, 'Go, girls, go!' What a joy it was to see them running freely, two beautiful dogs enjoying some well-deserved playtime.

It's hard to understand why they have not been adopted to date; it probably points out a sad reality, that people do not want older dogs. How sad, because these dogs have so much love and loyalty to give to some lucky person! We hope that someone out there will fall in love with the two of them -- they have spent their lives together and to separate them now would be truly sad.

Holly and Jessica are just a few of the many older dogs that are housed in our local shelters. Senior pets have so much love and loyalty to offer and ask for nothing more than a forever home where they can curl up and feel safe and loved again.

This mother-daughter team is available now at the West L.A. shelter, located at 11361 West Pico Blvd. (near the intersection of Pico and Sawtelle). You can inquire further about them (or any of the other dogs in the shelter) by calling 888-4LAPET1 with the ID numbers listed here. -- Lindsay Barnett



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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Video | Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Video Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

Watch our stunning video featuring some of the beautiful images in the exhibit:
Thank you for helping to create momentum that will protect vulnerable plants and animals.
Click here for a video showing kit with suggestions for how to lead a DVD showing discussion, including hand outs and the Call to Care.The video showing kit includes "Tips for How to Host an Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World DVD Showing" and ideas for the discussion. These materials also include names and phone numbers of people to contact for assistance.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”— Proverbs 31:8


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Monday, October 6, 2008

IUCN - IUCN Red List reveals world’s mammals in crisis

IUCN - IUCN Red List reveals world’s mammals in crisis: "IUCN Red List"


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Gorilla.cd » Blog Archive » Video: Evacuation of Rangers’ Families

Gorilla.cd » Blog Archive » Video: Evacuation of Rangers’ Families

Saving the Mountain Gorillas of Virunga National Park

"You may remember that last month we had to evacuate the wives and children of rangers from the Rwindi Station because of the escalation of fighting. I followed Emmanuel on that difficult day and shot this video"...

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