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9/5/08 - Hurricane Gustav Update
8/29/08 - Gustav heading to NOLA...
8/6/08 - Ain't too proud to beg
8/6/08 - Homesick for the home...
8/6/08 - Mining for a heart of gold
8/6/08 - There is no place like home!
6/24/08 - Art With Paw-pose
6/23/08 - A love letter for Oso
6/20/08 - Iowa: from the water's edge
6/7/08 - Precious Cargo
5/31/08 - I once was lost...
5/31/08 - ...was blind but now I see
5/28/08 - Full of Grace
5/23/08 - THEO FOUND!!
5/21/08 - Why it is all worth it...
5/21/08 - Today Mckenzie went...
5/20/08 - IL: Goliath is 2nd Abused Dog
5/20/08 - IL: Search for Theo
5/16/08 - KAT 5 transports sweet Dane
Hurricane Gustav Animal Rescue Update
September 5, 2008 : 5:06 PM
KAT 5 Animal Rescue is on the ground in Louisiana helping
animals in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. While Gustav is not the scale of Katrina,
there are animals in dire need.
We are finding animals who need medical care and who have no food and water including dogs who have been left chained to fences.
Today a KAT 5 transport picked up dogs from hurricane damaged shelters. The animals will be placed in homes and no-kill rescues.
To continue our rescue efforts donations are needed for medical costs for the animals, transports and supplies. If you would like to support the rescue efforts of KAT 5 please go to:
One hundred percent of the money donated will go to the animals. KAT 5 is a 501c3 non-profit.
Thank you for all of the offers of help. This is an ongoing effort with changing needs. We very much appreciate your willingness to to make our rescue efforts possible.
Photo by Sarah Rose, FCC
Gustav heading to NOLA on Katrina 3 Year
August 29, 2008 : 9:56 PM
Help is needed in NOLA now and after the storm.
As predictions stand now Hurricane Gustav is due to hit the area of New Orleans late Monday. The track changes frequently so plans will change accordingly.
Volunteers are needed for immediate dispatch to New Orleans in Jefferson Parish to aid with pet evacuations and man checkpoints. Please plan to be self sufficient. Some cots are available but others will need to stay in their cars overnight. Help is needed all day Saturday and you will likely be moving out on Sunday as the storm approaches.
Help will be needed again after the storm. Updates will be sent out. Please email if you are available to help in NOLA after Tuesaday of next week. (This day could change).
If you can get to NOLA by tomorrow morning please contact KAT 5:
Places are also needed to evacuate to for about 200 dogs and cats from Jefferson Parish. This number changes by the hour. Please send out to all rescues. Muttshack is providing transport. Please contact KAT 5 if you are a rescue able to take in animals evacuated.
Donations are welcome for gas, supplies, etc. One hundred percent of donations will go to help the animals and rescues assisting them. We are a 501c3 non-profit. For donation information please go to:
Thank you to all for what you have done for the animals in the past after Katrina and now. Please crosspost.
Ain't too proud to beg: Milo (FeLV kitty needs a
August 6, 2008 : 9:49 PM
Milo has FeLV (feline leukemia). Milo is only about six
months old. He is very affectionate, playful and purrs and purrs when you love on
Milo (male cat, 6 mo, neutered, all shots up to date, FeLV +)
Milo is in remission and can live a happy, long life as long as he is kept indoors and is not around other cats unless they are also FeLV positive. KAT 5 is hopeful that there is a special person out there who is willing and able to adopt Milo. Milo's foster is moving soon and his placement is paramount. For more information about Milo please contact Kat 5 Animal Rescue Phone: 972-898-3300 Email: email@example.com
You would never regret taking in this sweet, lovable boy! Please cross-post far and wide. Thank you.
Homesick for the home I've never had:
August 6, 2008 : 9:48 PM
Leo was pulled from a kill shelter by a rescue group twice!
He then was sent on a transport to a new home where he got out the very day that he
arrived. Leo was lost for almost 3 weeks on the streets scared and hungry.
Leo is now safe and he wants a real forever home to call his own where he will be loved and cared for. Leo is very sweet and affectionate and he loves to play like a puppy. For more information about Leo please contact Kat 5 Animal Rescue Phone: 972-898-3300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leo (male Rottweiler, 4 yrs old, neutered, up to date on shots)
Leo can not wait to know that he is really home.
August 6, 2008 : 9:46 PM
Lilly needs to be treated for heartworm.
Lilly was rescued from a life homeless on the streets. Lilly is sweet and shy. She loves people but cannot be around cats. Lilly will begin heartworm treatment next week. If you would like to donate towards her HW treatment please go to kat5.org. For more information about Lilly please contact Kat 5 Animal Rescue Phone: 972-898-3300 Email: email@example.com
Lilly (female, aprox 1-2 years, up to date on shots, spayed, HW +)
There is no place like home!: McKenzie finds a
August 6, 2008 : 9:44 PM
McKenzie does not need to squeeze her eyes shut and click her
fuzzy paws together while reciting, "There is no place like home..." because she is
already home at long last!
McKenzie went from a life living in fear on the railroad tracks to a loving home with a new Rottweiler sister named Lucy and her new 'Mom' Mary Ann and 'Dad' Willie. *McKenzie is pictured above in the forefront with her sister Lucy.
"McKenzie fits right in with our family and has adapted well to all of us. At first she was really timid and shy but she has made a great adjustment and knows she is wanted", Mary Ann said.
McKenzie now has the life that she always dreamed of; loved by a family of her own. KAT 5 has three other animals waiting to have a happy ending like McKenzie. "Somewhere over the rainbow" there are wonderful homes for them out there...maybe yours or someone that you know?
Please take a moment to read about Milo, Leo and Lilly in the stories below. Thank you.
Art With Paw-pose: Great Dane Mozart Paints with a
June 24, 2008 : 1:12 AM
Artist Statement: I am the Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue
Spokesdog against puppy mills, pet stores, and homeless dogs. I have dedicated my
life to this cause and in doing so I create art by painting with my paws. Painting
helps me to overcome my pain of my early days in a puppy mill and also helps with
bringing awareness to these issues.
I was one of the June 2007 featured Artists for the Mac Worthington Art Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to see more of My Paintings on the Mac Worthington Art Gallery Website:
All proceeds go to helping the homeless dogs and awareness.
Artist History: Mozart was purchased at the Ohio Amish Dog Auction but was discarded soon after at a county dog pound. As a "product" of a Mennonite dog breeder, Mozart was terrified and didn't know what to expect of humans and life outside a cage--he had been raised as livestock rather than as a pet. Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue, in Bethel, Ohio, came to Mozart's rescue by offering him a safe and healthy environment with lots of love.
Details: These paintings are on stretched canvas and painted with acrylic paint. None are framed. To purchase a painting email firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipping is not included in the price. Please include your zip-code for shipping cost. You may use paypal to purchase a Mozart Painting.
Please go to Harlequin Haven's website to view Mozart's paintings, read more about Mozart and his art and to see when and where his paintings will be showing:
Upcoming Mozart art shows:
Saturday, August 23; 10 AM - 6 PM
Xenia Rail & Arts Fest- Mozart Event
All Proceeds go for care of the dogs in rescue.
Sorry no adoptable dogs will be at this event.
Saturday, September 6; 10 AM - 5 PM
Clintonville Arts & Music Festival - Mozart Event
3923 N. High Street
All Proceeds go for care of the dogs in rescue.
Sorry no adoptable dogs will be at this event.
Sunday, September 21; Noon - 5 PM (Rain date 9/28)
Montgomery Kiwanis Art Show - Mozart Event
Montgomery Rd between Cooper and Main
All Proceeds go for care of the dogs in rescue.
Sorry no adoptable dogs will be at this event.
Welcome to KAT 5 Animal Rescue
A love letter for Oso, now named Bear, from his new
June 23, 2008 : 9:56 PM
"I love Oso/Bear sooooooooooooooo much. In the last days he
has really come out of his shell, he is playing with his sisters Kya and Misty and
his brother Laredo.
photo: Kya on the left and Bear/Oso on the right
He really seems to enjoy the companionship and security that comes from being part of a pack, his natural K-9 instincts are allowing him to quickly fit in as a part of the pack and as a member of the family. Even though he had never been socialized with other dogs in his life before now, where he had been banished to a solitary existence in the back yard neglected and ignored by his former owners. He has bonded with me so strong and I with him.
He sleeps on my bed every night, he rarely leaves my side and never lets me out of his sight when I'm home. He would rather that I pet him and play with him than have any dog treat in the world. Bear loves attention and affection he acts like he is just so starved for it. He loves to ride in my Jeep and wants to go with me every time I leave and greets me at my return when he can't go like I have been gone for days even if it was only a half hour.
His favorite toy though there are many in the doggy toy basket is a stuffed Teddy Bear he picked out on his second day with me. He carries it around like its his baby, he removed the red sweater, the eyes and one of the ears but seems very happy with it the way it is now. Bear has learned so many new things like how to knock on the back sliding glass door when he wants in (Misty, Kya and Laredo taught him that), that when the bell rings on the microwave it means food is coming out, that the refrigerator is one of the other places food comes from, and most of all that his new Dad loves him very much.
I walk Bear every night after sunset because its way too hot in the daytime now, I can tell he had never been walked before but he becomes a little better on the leash each night. Bear is such a joy to my life and watching him learn to interact with my other dogs and adjust to living in the house has been like watching a beautiful flower bloom.
Bear just needed to be loved and he gives nothing but love in return. He will sit for hours next to me on the sofa with his big head in my lap and his Teddy Bear clutched between his big white paws. Bear is living proof that "Love Leads The Way!!!". I want to thank You, Don, Jim, Larry and all of the folks at Kat 5 for bringing Bear into my life. This is Bear's Forever Home now and he will be loved like the cherished family member he is for the rest of his life.
Bear is not a replacement for my sweet boy Rusty who left me after 15 years at my side but Bear has helped ease the pain of my grief over Rusty's loss. Bear now holds his own special place in my heart and I know Rusty is looking down on us from the Rainbow Bridge wagging his tail with joy that I have opened my home and my heart to yet another like I did for him 15 years ago when I took Rusty home off of death row in the Albuquerque, NM City Pound.
Love You All,
Don, Bear, Misty, Kya & Laredo".
Thank you from KAT 5 to Jim and Don for transporting Bear. Thank you to those of you who donated towards Bear's transport and made this happy story possible. A huge thank you to Don H. for adopting and loving Bear. He will never look on from the other side of the fence wistfully again... He is on the right side now and forever.
Iowa: from the water's edge
June 20, 2008 : 10:08 PM
KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
Communicating during disasters to mobilize volunteers, supplies, and other resources for animal victims. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters
6/20/08: IOWA FLOOD - Notes From The Water’s Edge
KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK has been asked by the Iowa Dept.
of Agriculture/Veterinary Response Coordinator to support rescue operations
for Iowa animal flood victims and send volunteers where needed. If you’ve
seen the expanse of Midwest floods in news coverage -- you know we have our
work cut out for us! We thank subscribers for their patience during this
time...as we’ve been unable to focus on other campaigns.
1. NOTES: Oakville Area (Louisa County) Flood
OAKVILLE AREA (LOUISA COUNTY) FLOOD:
6/19/08: A boat crew assessed the scope of trapped animals. About 25 animals
were rescued from flooded areas and five were reunited with their families.
Some residents on boats also retrieved stranded animals. Oakville animals
were brought to Mediapolis Veterinary Clinic and Des Moines County Animal
Shelter, in Burlington, Iowa area. Neither shelter is in overflow yet. Boat
rescuers expect to leave Oakville 6/20, to set-up at Lee County Fairgrounds
staging area for assessment of animal situation in southeast Iowa.
One lucky dog, about 6 years old, was found in the rafters of a flooded home
-- where she’d crawled to escape floodwaters. At first the evacuated house
appeared empty. Then the walls began to tremble a bit, as this relieved girl
wagged her tail enthusiastically. “Chewy” was reunited with her family later
that day, after a rescuer at the scene covered vet bills for a bleeding
front paw. Considering her ordeal, Chewy’s in good shape...and happy to be
back with her people.
Kinship Circle sent a PSA to Iowa TV/radio and newspapers, on behalf of Iowa
Dept. of Agriculture, alerting residents to the rescue operations in
Oakville and where to check for their companions. The announcement also
included an Iowa hotline for residents to request rescue of animals trapped
in flooded homes. We hope the publicity will lead rescuers to more animals.
6/20/08: Already this morning, six cats and a puppy are out of harm’s way.
Calls continue to come in about animals stranded in flooded neighborhoods.
2. NOTES: Southeast Iowa Floods
SOUTHEAST IOWA / FORT MONTROSE, ARGYLE, KEOKUK, BURLINGTON... FLOODS:
6/20/08: Burlington, in southeast Iowa, was among the last Iowa areas to
fill with water...making waters too dangerous for search and rescue until
now. Boat teams left Oakville late this afternoon to operate from a “surge
shelter” for assessment and rescue.
Though we do not yet know the full scope of need here, we know at least
40-50 animals had been rescued and that Southeast Iowa Animal Protection
League is networking foster homes and shelters to house them. We’ve directed
some volunteers to the staging area at Lee County Fairgrounds.
COVERAGE OF DEVESTATION IN SOUTHEAST IOWA:
3. NOTES: The Tragedy Of The Pigs
LOUISA COUNTY PIGS:
6/18/08: A hog factory with thousands of pigs flooded. The owner was able to
evacuate most pigs, but 500 were released into waters. Some drowned...Others
who swam for their lives and managed to hoist their bodies atop levees where
SHOT by officials...because their hooves damaged sandbags. Most remain
trapped in a water-surrounded area. Kinship Circle has contacted Farm
Sanctuary, a rescue/advocacy group that helped farmed animals after Katrina.
6/19/08: Loose pigs have been spotted in churchyards, homes, and on
rooftops. One report said 70 pigs had convened in a single area. An
estimated 100 pigs -- from several flooded farms -- may still be wandering.
Most of the pigs were contained in one water engulfed area. In today’s
conference call with Iowa Ag Dept. we learned none of these particular pigs
are left. Local barge crews herded most out of the water. Survivors will
return to livestock operations... We do not have precise numbers.
On a positive note, one boat rescuer searching for stranded companion
animals today encountered a pig struggling in fast currents, clinging to a
floating object. As the pig swam around the corner of a building, the
rescuer was able to guide him toward an adjacent house with a relatively dry
porch. Though impossible for the rescuer to board this giant pig on his
small boat, he left the pig on dry ground with plenty of food.
Deputies shoot pigs to save levee, land
Pigs Shot to Protect Flood Levee
Pigs perish on submerged farmland
Animals drown or are shot while struggling to find dry land.
When KC Animal Disaster Aid Network is enlisted to help during disasters, we
are on phone, fax, Internet 24/7. The cost to keep our tiny staff on-call is
immense. Any donations are greatly appreciated at this time. Kinship Circle
is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
Precious Cargo: Oso Needs Your Help to Get To A Loving
June 7, 2008 : 11:27 AM
Oso, a husky, lived outside his whole life. He peeked under
his neighbor's fence and watched the well cared for dogs play.
Jim of KAT 5 was the neighbor. Jim called the authorities when he noted that Oso was not only lacking attention but was now not getting adequate food and water. Oso's owners told Jim that they were moving and not taking Oso with them.
KAT 5 intervened and found a wonderful home for Oso. Oso's new Dad lost a husky 3 months ago to cancer. He took one look at Oso's photo and he knew that was the dog for him.
The transport for Oso is an 18 hour round trip. Please help Oso go to a home where he will be loved and cared for like he deserves.
To donate towards Osos's transport please go to:
Thank you from KAT 5 and Oso.
Welcome to KAT 5 Animal Rescue
I once was lost but now am found...(Theo and Kitty
May 31, 2008 : 2:23 PM
After almost three weeks of being lost, Theodore (pictured
above) was found safely with a new kitty friend in tow now named Milo. (See story
on link below).
It is our greatest hope that Theo and Milo can live in a forever home together. We have received some sad news from the Vet about Milo that makes this a harder outcome for Theo and Milo. Milo has just been diagnosed with FELV (feline leukemia).
Milo is only about six months old. He is very affectionate and playful. Milo is in remission and can live a happy, long life as long as he is kept indoors and is not around other cats.
Milo would have gotten progressively sicker and he would have died homeless and scared. Thanks to Theo, Milo is being neutered, cleaned up and treated. Theo and Milo watched out for one another on the streets and it would be very sad to have to separate the two after what they have endured together.
Please contact KAT 5 if you think that you are that special home who can keep Theo and Milo together. We can answer any questions that you have about Milo's health. Thank you.
KAT 5: 972-898-3300
KAT 5, Theo & Milo
...was blind but now I see (Update on
May 31, 2008 : 1:27 PM
Goliath (now named Roscoe pictured above with his new brother
Jesse) was adopted into a wonderful family who lives in the country. He has gone
from sleeping like a fearful street dog, always on alert for danger, to sprawling
out on his back on a bed relaxed and content.
Goliath was found during KAT 5s search for Theo. We were called about a rottweiler that some children had found and were then seen abusing with sticks. We knew that this dog could not be Theo by the description (he is too young and large) but we of course went to rescue him.
“My goal is to erase the sadness from his eyes”, said Gerri Pharher Roscoe’s new "Mom".
It is incredible to think how Theo’s search led us to Goliath and these other dogs needing rescue. Goliath lived in fear just a few weeks ago. Now he has a loving home.
Ellie and Mckenzie (two other sweet rotts found during the search for Theo) are still in need of rescues or forever homes.
Please contact KAT 5 if you are able to help them.
KAT 5: 972-898-3300
For more information on KAT 5 or to donate towards our rescue efforts please go to:
*Thank you to Bob and Crystal (KAT 5) for housing Goliath until he was adopted.
*Thank you to True Hearts of Rottweiler Rescue of Chicago for sending Gerri KAT 5s way.
Full of Grace: The long way home...
May 28, 2008 : 12:22 AM
I (Susan, KAT 5) was driving home today when I saw a poor pit
bull girl running alongside the road in the rain.
I parked my car in a driveway after seeing her run behind a house. A man came out and asked what I was up to. I told him about the poor dog and asked to run through his yard. He said, "Is she your dog?". I told him no but she looked like she needed help. He let me go through his yard but she went running through the alley.
I lost her and then returned to my car to get to the next street. I called my Mom for backup and asked her to bring some food. We saw her at the end of a road three streets down and got out. She continued to run so I sat on the grass and called to her.
She crawled to me on her belly shaking and put her head on my knee. Mom gave her some food and she hesitantly walked between the two of us.
Tomorrow Grace, her new name, will go to the Vet to be vetted. Grace has cuts on her. She looks pregnant but the Vet will check her out.
I had been on my way home thinking about our new rotts and finding them forever homes and I found this darling girl. Tonight she is warm and safe. These poor dogs (pit bulls) have it so hard. Pits are the most abused dogs in the world. Looking into this sad girl's eyes I thought of how man has stigmatized this poor breed when all they want is love and kindness.
THEO FOUND!! Theo and Kitty kept one another
May 23, 2008 : 10:46 AM
KAT 5 received a call yesterday from a man named Robert
Lockhart who had seen Theo's missing posters. He said that a dog that looked like
Theo had been coming into his yard for the last week with a black and white kitty.
"Whenever I saw the black and white cat, I knew that the dog (Theo) was there in my yard," Lockhart said.
"They were eating trash so I started to put out food for them. My friend saw the poster and told me that it looked like Theo. So I called the number on the poster".
Yesterday Don of kAT 5 set up a trap in the yard and this morning he went to check it and there was Theo! Theo was not in the trap. He was next to the trap and inside the trap was a black and white kitty. (Like Milo and Otis!).
Don walked over to Theo and just scooped him up into his arms. It was as though Theo knew that Don was a good guy and that he would be safe now.
Theo was found 1.26 miles from where he got loose on May 6. Thank you to everyone for your efforts and prayers. The Chicago Police Department ,especially Sgt. Al Kazlowski, have been amazing!!
"Theo is personal for us now, the whole department is looking for Theo", Sgt. Kazlowski said last week.
Bob and Crystal of KAT 5 have been running out in the middle of the night for two weeks now when we got a lead. Jim Berns' lost dog posters really got people's attention. The community at large has been wonderful to us. Everyone around the country sending encouragement has kept us going.
Goliath, Ellie and Mckenzie are getting the care that they need because of the search for Theo. Please contact us if you are interested in adopting them. email@example.com
We at KAT 5 say never give up & Thank you!
*Better pics and more details to follow
*Kitty is going to the Vet to be vetted on Tuesday and will be reunited with Theo.
*Robert Lockhart is now a KAT 5 volunteer. We are so happy to have him!
Why it is all worth it...
May 21, 2008 : 2:09 AM
McKenzie asleep at the hotel.
Goodnight & Thank you,
Today Mckenzie went from a lonely life on the railway tracks to a bed at a
May 21, 2008 : 1:43 AM
Today McKenzie went from a lonely life on the railway tracks to a bed at our volunteer's hotel. This poor girl was seen by KAT 5 volunteer Bob when he was trapping for Theo last week. Bob tried to catch her throughout that night. Some children said that they knew of this dog and other kids were throwing rocks and sticks at her.
Earlier tonight Don and Bob trapped this poor girl now named McKenzie. Locals say that they are relieved that we have taken her because they have been worried about her safety for the past year that she has been in the area. A source on the scene said that dog fighters have been trying to trap her. There was a makeshift trap along the fence-line.
McKenzie will need some TLC. Tonight she is sleeping on a bed at KAT 5 volunteer Don's hotel and asking for pets. McKenzie is taking treats from people's hands. McKenzie is the the 4th abused rot that we have rescued during our search for Theo. (One, Roxie, is at rescue now so we have 3 to place once they are vetted).
Theo is still at large. Traps are being set and we are very hopeful. As of 12:32 AM an animal was seen almost going into the trap but ran away. Don thinks that it may have been Theo...
Thank you everyone for your concern and help in the search for Theo. We are doing everything that we can think of to find Theo.
Please contact KAT 5 for more information. 972-898-3300.
To learn more about KAT 5 and to donate towards Theo's search and our new wards care please go to:
IL: Goliath is the 2nd Abused Dog Found During Theo
May 20, 2008 : 4:55 PM
In the search for Theo we were called about a rottweiler that some children had found and were then seen abusing with sticks. We knew that this dog could not be Theo by the description (he is too young and large) but we of course went to rescue him.
We took Goliath to the Vet and he has now had his shots and tests. He will be neutered this week. Goliath, despite what he has endured, is a sweet young rott. The Vet estimates his age to be at most two years old. He needs a home without cats but he is great with dogs and people. Goliath acts like a joyful pup.
IL: Search for Theo Yields 3 Abused
May 20, 2008 : 4:44 PM
Ellie. We receive a potential Theo sighting and Ellie was
KAT 5 Search for Theo in Chicago Yields 3 Sweet Rotts Needing Loving Homes
May 21, 2008
We have received countless calls with sightings of rottweilers thought to be Theodore. We now have three who are not Theodore but were in dire need of rescue. Because of our search Ellie, Goliath and McKenzie will now get the care that they need. We are looking for loving homes to foster or adopt or rescues for our new sweet rottweilers. KAT 5 is a disaster response animal rescue and we do not have a shelter
Ellie is pictured above. We were called with a potential Theo sighting and instead we found Ellie. She is at a Vet office getting a medical evaluation. She is about 6 or 7 years old. She is very affectionate and loves to go for walks. Ellie has a big indentation on the left side of her head. Tests are being done on this to determine her course of care. Ellie needs a good dental, eye surgery and to be spayed. The Vet said that she will be OK. Now she just needs a loving home.
KAT 5 transports sweet Dane for our friends at Harlequin
Haven Great Dane Rescue in Ohio
May 16, 2008 : 11:18 PM
Yesterday, KAT 5 volunteer Don picked up a Great Dane named
Hayley from a kill shelter. Don transported her safely to our friends at Harlequin
Haven Great Dane Rescue in Bethel, Ohio.
Hayley has a club foot and will need medical evaluation. She may need to have her leg amputated. But Hayley is a sweet girl, and her Dane personality will see her through it. In any event, the ten hour round trip was certainly worth Hayley's life.
Funds are needed to pay for Hayley's care and recovery. Please visit Harlequin Haven's web page for more information. Thank you.