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Jul
02

After spending my last (and only) 35 years in the DFW Metroplex it has become second nature to me to answer “Dallas!” when someone asks me where I’m from. Ft. Worth was the “other town” to the West, one so close but I never really identified myself as a native of. Even now as a resident of the Mid-Cities area still it was Dallas.

Sure, Dallas has had some rough times like any large city I suppose. The Dallas Police Department fake drug scandal was right up there on the blows-to-your-hometown-pride-chart, but still I was a Dallas girl. The landmine of scandal, lies and intrigue that is the Dallas Independent School District Board is that of B-rated soap opera material. Don’t even get me started on the Cottonbowl/Dallas Cowboys/Laura Miller deals, there just isn’t enough time in the day to properly express my feelings on that. Secretly deep down I was somewhat relieved that the Rangers weren’t actually the DALLAS Rangers, too. One less thing to be embarrassed about, I figured.

I have to say that these last few weeks have changed the tide for me, I’m speaking of the current cluster of BS that has become the issue of Jenny the Elephant of the Dallas Zoo. In true Dallas fashion we have all the players:

1. Jenny the Elephant, playing the role of “Innocent Bystander and Community Servant for 22 years”, some might even list her a “Victim”

2. The Dallas City Council in their well practiced roles of “It’s Not Our Problem” and “Look the Other Way”

3. The Dallas Zoo as the “All Knowing Wizard of Dallas”…in case you’re confused of what this role is comprised of it just means that what they say is golden, they don’t owe the community any real explanations nor do they need to discuss with the citizens why they do anything. (Oh, and could you donate some money to the Zoo, please? )

Jenny makes me sad and not only in an emotional , hug the cute elephant kind of way. She makes me sad for what she represents and what has become of us, those that are meant to protect the ones who can’t protect themselves. She has spent 22 years serving our Community, 22 years is more than the majority of us have probably committed to a single job and what’s her retirement package? A Mexican amusement park with no protection from those which she has served and devoted her life.

The form email Gregg Hudson of the Dallas Zoo is sending out is a joke. The people of the Metroplex don’t even deserve more than that? JENNY doesn’t deserve more? I hope for Hudson’s sake he has a plan to take care of his Golden Years because in this world you can only hope what goes around comes around. I have a feeling none of the Dallas Zoo Players would be making the same choices if it was their bedpan we were speaking of.

My big question is WHY? Why not listen to the concerns of the Citizens and the people who have supported your Organization all these years? Telling your callers that the decision is made and that is that isn’t the way to build long lasting and productive relationships with those that mean the most to your business. I guess it’s easy to hide under an elephant, my only hope is those that are sending Jenny to Mexico are standing at the business end.

I’m not proud of Dallas anymore. I’m just not. I can’t be and have a speck of respect left for myself and for what I believe in. I’m headed West in search of some Ft. Worth pride.

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Jul
02

Here’s a great resource for more information on adopting and fostering senior dogs, check it out!
http://www.srdogs.com

Jul
02

I know we have a lot of Northern Breed folks – can anyone in CA help this guy?? -M
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Lancaster, CA – Alaskan Malamute mix – Looks severely abused, his ears are almost gone!

I am a male, white and brown Alaskan Malamute mix
The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old
I have been at the shelter since Jun 29, 2008

For more information about this animal, call:

Los Angeles County Animal Control – Lancaster at: 661- 940-4191
Ask for information about animal ID number A3844279

Jul
02

http://www.phillypaws.org

PAWS is full of kittens that need urgent foster care in order to survive! Volunteer foster parents are crucial to the survival of our young kittens, as foster care provides a safe place for the animals to recover and find good adoptive homes, and frees up much needed space at the shelter for other needy animals. PAWS receives many kittens too young to be adopted out yet that need foster care until they are old enough for spay/neuter surgery. We especially need foster homes for momma cats with young nursing kittens, and for orphaned newborns that need to be bottle fed. We also need foster homes for young kittens without mothers who are eating on their own.

If you have a spare room in your house please consider helping us to get these adorable babies and their mommas out!

Here are some litters currently in need of foster care:

URGENT: A) Grey/white momma cat with 9 newborn kittens various colors. Momma is nursing too many very young kittens to stay here with the loud noise and stress which can impact nursing.

URGENT: B) Calico momma cat with 4 newborn kittens various colors. Momma has cut on head, and the litter is very dirty and needs out ASAP.

URGENT: C) Litter of 4 kittens (1 orange, 1 tortie, 2 black) 4 weeks old- These kittens are VERY scared and will need socialization- they also are eating only wet food and could supplementary formula added to their food or 1-2 bottles a day.

URGENT: D) Litter of 3 kittens (2 dilute calico, 1 tortie) 4 weeks old- they are eating only wet food and could supplementary formula added to their food or 1-2 bottles a day.

URGENT: E) Litter of 2 kittens (1 black/white, 1 tabby) 4 weeks old- they are eating only wet food and could supplementary formula added to their food or 1-2 bottles a day.

F) Tabby momma cat with 7 kittens (tabby and black) 3 weeks old

G) Buff/white momma cat with 6 kittens (various colors) 2 weeks old

H) Black momma cat with 6 kittens (grey, tabby, black) 3-4 weeks old

I) Tabby momma cat with 5 kittens (various colors) 4 weeks old

J) Calico momma cat with 5 kittens (orange, white, black/white) 2 weeks old

K) Grey/white momma cat with 4 kittens (calico, black/white) less than 1 week old

L) Tortie momma cat with 4 kittens (grey, tortie) 1 week old

M) Tabby momma cat with 4 kittens (2 orange, 2 tabby) 1 week old

N) Black/white momma cat with 4 kittens (black, black/white) 2 weeks old

O) Tabby momma cat with 4 kittens (grey, calico) 2 weeks old

P) Calico momma cat with 3 kittens (2 orange tabby, 1 calico) 4 weeks old

Q) Calico momma cat with 3 kittens (calico, orange/white, tabby) 4 weeks old

R) Grey/white momma cat with 3 kittens (2 black/white, 1 tabby) 3 weeks old

S) Orange momma cat with 3 kittens (orange tabby, tabby) 4 weeks old

T) Litter of 4 kittens (blue, grey/white, black/white) 5 weeks old

U) Litter of 4 kittens (dilute calico, orange/white) 5-6 weeks old

V) Litter of 2 kittens (black, tabby) 6 weeks old

W) Litter of 2 kittens (grey/white, blue) 6 weeks old

X) Single tabby kitten 5 weeks old

AND MORE KEEP COMING IN!
*There will be many, many more kittens to chose from!!*

IF YOU CAN FOSTER ANY OF THESE LITTERS:
Come to the shelter any day (7 days a week) between 11am and 6pm!

Please come to: 111 WEST HUNTING PARK AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19140

Unless you have a confirmed pick up time for today for a specific litter, all litters go into foster care on a first come, first serve basis.

What does Foster Care entail?
What is the time commitment?
Kittens must be fostered until they are able to be spayed/neutered, which is generally at 8-9 weeks old (when they are at least 2 pounds). So if you have newborns, the foster commitment is generally 8 weeks, if you get kittens a couple weeks old, the commitment would be shorter. Once they are old enough for surgery you set up an appointment to bring them in. You can find adopters for them yourself (marketing kittens is easy, and we can help!) or you can leave them at the shelter after their surgery appointment to have them adopted out here.

What do foster parents need to provide?
Foster parents must provide shelter, food, litter and love until the cat/kittens can be adopted out.

What does PAWS provide?
PAWS will provide all vet care and medicine needed at our clinic which is open everyday 10am-4pm. Our foster care office and volunteer network will provide support and information on bottlefeeding, raising kittens, marketing animals for adoption, etc.

More information on fostering cats and kittens from PAWS, check out our Foster Care Handbook and Foster Cat Guide available as downloads at: http://www. phillypaws. org/downloads. cfm

PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS! WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!

Thank you!

contact Natalie if you can help

111 W Hunting Park Ave Philadelphia
natalie@phillypaw.org 267-385-3800 x 114

Jul
02

UPDATE:  Rescue stepped in and pulled JoJo so I’m happy to report she’s safe!

 

I received this bulletin tonight and wanted to pass it on in case someone could help this baby. -M

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THIS IS A SPECIAL PLEA FOR A SPECIAL GIRL…. SHE WAS SCHEDULED TO BE EUTH’D YESTERDAY. THIS SENSITIVE SOUL DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE — A PLACE WHERE SHE’LL KNOW SAFETY AND LOVE. PLEASE DON’T LET HER LOT IN LIFE ONLY BE THAT OF A BAIT PUPPY.
SHE’S YOUNG AND JUST BEGGING FOR LIFE!!!

To save JoJo please email the Rescue Coordinator, Lynette:
raindoggies@live.com

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JoJo – STILL NEEDS RESCUE!
JoJo is a female black and white bull terrier mix. She is rather shy and afraid. She has bite wounds all over her back and neck – she is a terrified little girl, but wants to be loved – picked up in a rough part of town known for dogfighting – could she be a bait dog? Poor baby – JoJo is 4 months old and weighs around 17 pounds. She appears to be gentle and sweet.

DARLINGTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
www. darlingtonhumane. com
843-398-4402

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
1740 Animal Control Lane
Darlington, SC 29532

Jul
02
Heard County Animal Control
Franklin, Georgia
Animals Have Until
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
*** Shelter Closed Friday the 4th of July***
Please act NOW and call Kaylene and Angela

The animals have until Thursday (because of the 4th of July Holiday on Friday) afternoon to be saved – PLEASE note that saved means they need to LEAVE the facility! Heard County is very limited on space and they cannot hold over animals, that is why they are urgent and will have to be euthanized, because of lack of space. 

Animals will be Euthanized between 4 and 5pm Eastern time (not 3pm as previously stated) They close for the day at 5pm…I urge you not to wait till the last minute to Western Union funds or call though!
Heard County Animal Control Center
11818 Ga Hwy 100
Franklin, GA 30217
Phone: 706-675-3570

Jul
01

I and two other folks have rec’d the same canned response so I thought I would share it here in case not all of you have been sent the propaganda.  In case you missed the evening news in Dallas tonight the Zoo refused to speak on camera to explain their position to us.  Imagine that.

Jenny has a sponsor to cover her transport to TN, but apparently that doesn’t seem to matter either.  My question is WHY are they so adamant and refusing to even debate sending her to the Sanctuary here in the US??  It’s starting to smell a lot like money around here if you ask me.

As for their hope of welcoming elephants back to the Dallas Zoo in the future, well, as someone who grew up in Dallas I’m familiar with the joke of the Dallas Zoo habitats.  I hope it never happens. 

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Thank you for your interest and concern regarding Jenny, the Dallas Zoo’s elephant. The Dallas Zoo is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our animals. After careful consideration of various zoological parks, sanctuaries, and our current elephant habitat at the Dallas Zoo, Jenny the elephant will be going to Africam Safari Park in Puebla, Mexico later this year so that she can socialize with other elephants in a fantastic facility. 

It’s important to understand that Africam Safari Park, like the Dallas Zoo, San Diego Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Columbus Zoo, and approximately 215 other zoos and aquariums in the United States, Canada and Mexico, is an ACCREDITED facility through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) www.aza.org.  Africam Safari Park has passed their inspection process and has an excellent elephant facility, including three elephants on their 617-acre forested preserve.  Jenny will be cared for by a team of six full-time veterinarians, a full-time nutrionist, a full-time enrichment professional as well as a staff of  6 dedicated solely to what will now be a total of 4 elephants (from a total staff of over 300 employees). Africam Safari Park is a wonderful organization and we encourage you to visit their web site at www.africamsafari.com.mx/ to learn more about their institution. 

What does ACCREDITED mean?  It means each and every one of these organizations has voluntarily gone through an AZA inspection process from a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals.  The AZA standards not only encompass USDA standards under the Animal Welfare Act, they go beyond them.  That’s why less than 10% of licensed USDA facilities are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. By sending Jenny to another AZA accredited facility, we are assured that they practice these stringent guidelines and that our zoo will always have access to this facility to witness that these standards in practice. The sanctuaries that have been mentioned by the animal extremists as a possible place for Jenny do not have these comprehensive standards for operations and care as a part of their formal association.  The only standards they are bound by are the minimum USDA standards.  Additionally, our zoo would not have any formal rights to insure that these facilities would be following the daily care that they profess to have. We realize sanctuaries do have a lot of space for their elephants and acknowledge how important that is but we also feel that the “total quality of care” for Jenny should be the deciding factor for where she resides. 

I hope this gives you a better understanding of Jenny’s new home and the care that she will be receiving.  The Dallas Zoo is committed to elephants and we look forward to having them back here in a new, wonderful habitat in the near future. 
 

Sincerely, 

Gregg Hudson

Dallas Zoo Director

Jun
30

Just rec’d this bulletin and wanted to pass it on…

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Especially note the talking points. City council meets July 1! Jenny has a benefactor who will cover her transportation to Tennessee .
You may call whether you are a Dallasite or not

Margaret (who is cc’ed) is asking that everyone call the Mayor’s office and politely support Jenny’s move to the TN sanctuary and explain that this is a better option for an elephant than the Mexican amusement park.

She said the authority to decide rests with the Mayor and city council and not with the zoo

Telephone Mayor Leppert and politely urge him to send Jenny to a sanctuary in the USA . Whether or not you live in Dallas , making a polite phone call is the most important thing you can do. If you called once, please find a reason to call again. Ask everyone you know to also call.

Here is Mayor Leppert’s contact information:

Mayor Tom Leppert
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN
Dallas , TX 75201-6390
Main Phone: (214) 670-4054
Fax: (214) 670-0646
tom.leppert@ dallascityhall.com

Watch Larry Powell’s website for news.
http://www. readlarrypowell. com/

Jun
30

UPDATE 7/1 – I’m sorry to report that Ben and Jerry crossed The Bridge today.  Run free, healthy and happy little ones. 😦

Please consider donating to help Ben and Jerry, two Golden pups who were abandoned at a shelter in LA.  The Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue has taken them in, but they are very, very sick.  Please read more about them, see photos and learn how you can help:

http://www.firstgiving.com/deborahnicolle

Jun
30

Jim Mahoney/DMNDallas Tx : BREAKING NEWS ON ELEPHANT JENNY–READ & ACT NOW, PLEASE

WE MUST STOP THE DALLAS ZOO FROM SENDING JENNY TO A SAFARI ANIMAL DISPLAY AMUSEMENT PARK IN MEXICO.
HERE’S WHY:

1. JENNY WILL BE ALONE AND ISOLATED IN MEXICO.

At the Mexican Safari Animal Display Park, Jenny will be completely isolated. Jenny is an African elephant and she will not be able to associate with the two female Asian elephants, who live there. Here’s why — Asians and Africans do not blend herds and do not associate well. Their behaviors and language are different. Additionally, African elephants in North America have been infected with a herpes virus that is fatal to Asians, so Jenny will NEVER be allowed to associate with the Asians. The Zoo is claiming Jenny the two females at the Safari Park will be company for Jenny and we now know this to be untrue.

2. JENNY WILL HAVE NO LEGAL PROTECTION IN MEXICO.

There will be NO U.S. USDA, Animal Welfare or Anti-Cruelty Laws covering Jenny in Mexico.

3. JENNY WILL HAVE A SMALL AREA IN WHICH TO LIVE IN MEXICO.

The sanctuaries who will accept Jenny have thousands of acres versus 4.9 acres at the Safari Display Park. The 4.9 acres is subdivided further, so Jenny may actually have far less than 4.9 acres. She may end up with a smaller area in which to live than she has now. We know the bull is presently segregated from the two female Asians. And, Jenny will be separate from them all.

By contrast, the Elephant Sanctuary (http://www.
elephants. com/) is a state of the art, 2,700 acre elephant refuge. It is the largest natural habitat refuge in the world.
PAWS Sanctuary http://pawsweb. org/ in California has hundreds of acres and is also a state of the art, internationally recognized facility. Both U.S. sanctuaries are excellent and Jenny should be able to retire to one of these and be in the company of other African elephants.

4. AZA ACCREDITATION IS MEANINGLESS.

The Zoo is touting the reason for transferring Jenny to the Safari Display Park it that it is Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited. The AZA is just a trade association. Their standards are minimal and voluntary. AZA standards allow zoos to lock a six ton elephant up for life in a very small space and that meets AZA standards. AZA facilities have been cited for breech of animal welfare law in the past, so AZA accreditation is no guarantee of quality of care.

PLEASE TAKE THESE ACTIONS FOR JENNY NOW!

1. CONTACT THE DALLAS MAYOR AND THE DALLAS CITY COUNCIL BEFORE THEY RECESS ON JULY 1. We must convince the Mayor and the City Council to stop this transfer to Mexico and send Jenny to an elephant sanctuary instead. Please keep calling them until they do the right thing by Jenny.

TELEPHONE MAYOR LEPPERT. Whether of not you live in Dallas, making a polite phone call is the most important thing you can do.
Here is Mayor Leppert’s contact information:

Mayor Tom Leppert
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street, Room 5EN
Dallas, TX 75201-6390
Main Phone: (214) 670-4054
Fax: (214) 670-0646
tom.leppert@ dallascityhall.
com

TELEPHONE YOUR CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, if you live in Dallas.
Council contact info is available at:

http://www. dallascityhall. com/government/government. html

EMAIL DALLAS MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, whether or not you live in Dallas.
You may email ALL at one time by copying and pasting the web address immediately below into your search field (if you click on it, you will email the mayor alone):

http://www. dallascityhall. com/government/government. html

2.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR TODAY!

We must keep Jenny’s plight before the public by gaining access to the media. Letters to the editor is our best option, as we do not have a PR firm like the Zoo does. Please write a LTE to the Dallas Morning News advocating that Jenny go to a sanctuary rather than to an amusement park in Mexico, where she will have no protection of U.S. animal welfare and animal cruelty laws.

Letters should be between 50 and 200 words. Letters are selected for publication based on their clarity and brevity. They require the writer’s name, city and telephone number.

Reference the DMN story “Dallas Zoo’s lone elephant to move to Mexican wildlife park” to get the best chance of getting your LTE published.

(http://www.
dallasnews. com/sharedconten t/dws/news/ city/dallas/ stories/062408dn metelephant. 3564425d.
html)

Send your letter objecting to Jenny’s transfer to Mexico to:

Letters From Readers
The Dallas Morning News
Box 655237
Dallas , Texas 75265

Or submit your letter online at feedback@dallasnews.com ..

HERE IS JENNY’S STORY:

On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News ran a story entitled “Dallas Zoo’s lone elephant to be moved to wildlife refuge in Mexico” about the zoo’s controversial decision to dump Jenny, a 31-year-old African elephant, at a safari amusement park in Mexico . Since the death of Jenny’s elephant companion, Keke (39), in May, Concerned Citizens for Jenny has urged the zoo to send Jenny to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

The Mexican park offers an unnatural, confining exhibit of only 4.9 acres — a small fraction of the 2,700-acre Elephant Sanctuary, where Jenny would share a spacious, 300-acre natural habitat with three other African elephants.

It is shocking that the Dallas Zoo is moving Jenny to a distant facility in a foreign country where she will not be protected by U.S. animal welfare and anti-cruelty laws, especially when there is a nearby U.S. facility with hundreds of acres that is prepared to take her.

After being torn from her mother’s side in Africa at the age of two, she was forced into seven years of brutal training. Jenny has been at the Dallas Zoo for 22 years, where she has had a traumatic and troubled stay. Between 1996 and 2001, the Dallas Zoo medicated her with the tranquilizer Acepromazine because of aggression and self-mutilating behaviors. Federal regulators characterized Jenny’s long-term treatment with this psychotropic drug as “highly unconventional. ” In human health care, this is called “chemical restraint.

Jenny is an abused, emotionally fragile animal. She rocks back and forth, a sign of her extremely stressed mental state or “zoochosis,” caused by her living conditions in the Dallas Zoo, an AZA accredited facility. Jenny ekes out her existence in a small, barren prison at the Dallas Zoo, where she has nothing to occupy her time or her mind. The Zoo did not act in Jenny’s best interests in the past and they are not acting in her best interests now.

She is beyond child bearing age and emotionally unstable in a Zoo setting (including the park in Mexico). Jenny is not suitable to the Zoo’s future expansion plans. They are sending her in another country where no one will be able to track her and where she will be beyond our help.

In Mexico, Jenny will have no US animal law protection and she will be constantly viewed by tourists in cars. She deserves to retire to a world-class sanctuary where she may roam in peace with other elephants.

While African elephants in the wild are known to reproduce into their 50s and live into their 60s, in zoos they commonly die decades short of their natural time. In short, the Dallas Zoo’s decision is a matter of life and death for Jenny.

THE ZOO MAY SHIP JENNY TO MEXICO BEFORE THEY THINK WE ORGANIZE ACTION TO STOP THEM.
PLEASE ACT FOR JENNY TODAY!

IMPORTANT! If you live in Dallas and will consent to your name being listed as a member of Concerned Citizens for Jenny, please email me your name, address, phone and in which Dallas district you live. The more Dallas Citizens, who are listed as members, the more influence we have for her.

Here is a district map: http://dallascityha ll. com/governmen t/council/ adopted_map.
html

If you want to work with me to save Jenny, please contact me ASAP by telephone.

CROSS POST WIDELY, PLEASE!

Thank you.

Margaret Morin
Chair, Concerned Citizens for Jenny
Contact: dogs_good@yahoo.
com or 972 578 0370