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TPC November 08 Newsletter

  1. 1. ctãá yÉÜ g{Éâz{à T h e P e t C o n n e c ti o n , In c . 5 9 1 8 B ro a d m o o r , M i s si o n K S 6 6 2 0 2 9 1 3 - 6 7 1 - P E T S w w w . t h e p e t c o n n e c t i o n . n e t a n d w w w . m y sp a ce . c o m / th e p e t co n n e c ti o n Volume 2, Issue 10 11/01/2008 TPC Remodel—Facelift Finale Unveiling November 15th Written & Edited by Brandi Bruns TPC has been undergoing a in the evening, and food all isting one that was broken. Inside this issue: lot of changes recently. You day long. Come see what Thank you to Brandi Bruns Immune Boosting Diet 2 may have noticed our out- Sprint and IIDA has given and Sharon Bratcher for door remodel completed by our shelter!!! A $5 entry straightening the facility and TPC Available Programs 2 Sprint employees. If you’ve fee donation is greatly getting it ready for the vol- Local Group Saves Cats 3 been inside, you’ve seen appreciated. unteers. Thank you to Dr. Featured Adoptable Pets other changes happening 4 Nancy Coats for making new TPC would like to extend a throughout our entire facility curtains for the main cat In Loving Memory—April 5 special thank you to some thanks to IIDA. room. Thank you to Jake Crate Training Your Dog 5 individuals that helped Dalton who donated his time, The Pet Connection will be make the Sprint outside Happy Tails—Carrie 6 equipment, and arranged unveiling our facelift finale remodel possible. Thank for all of the dirt fill to be Happy Tails—Baby 6 at an all day open house on you to Jason Huff, Nate hauled in for free. Thank Saturday November 15, Home 4 Holidays Flyer 7 Bratcher, & Adam Bruns for you to TPC’s animal handlers 2008. We will have activi- spending 8 hours the night Pet Utopia Flyer 8 for moving animals here, ties for the kids, pastries in before putting in a new PetPalz Monthly Donor 9 there, and everywhere to the morning, wine and beer window & covering an ex- TPC Recycling Program 10 make this event possible! Current TPC Wishlist 11 Home For the Holiday’s 2008 TPC 2008 Statistics: pets in our country. We come families and homeless • TPC has spayed/neutered 2347 pets in have over 110 pets at our pets. Please support this 2008 alone! facility looking for their important adventure. We • TPC has provided low-cost vetting to forever home! are currently helping 600 2171 pets in 2008. The Pet Connection is part- animals per month on a very • TPC has placed 596 pets in homes Each year as many as 4 nering with the Helen Wood- small budget. With your during January—October 2008. million orphaned dogs & ward Animal Center in Home support more can be done. cats are euthanized due to For the Holidays. The cam- Our goal is to increase TPC shelter overcrowding & lack paign goal is to find homes memberships for 2009 to Hours of Operation: of awareness. More than for 1 million pets between help support our spay/ Monday: Closed 1/4 of these pets are pure- Oct. 1, 2008—Jan. 5, 2009. neuter & adoption pro- Tuesday: 9a-8p breds. grams. An annual member- Wednesday: 9a-8p We encourage families to Thursday: 9a-5p ship is $25 per person. TPC is helping reduce over- Friday: 9a-8p adopt a pet this holiday population in KC by pro- Saturday: 9a-8p season from a local shelter Those interested in being a Sunday: 9a-8p viding low income spay/ or rescue group to help the hero to a pet can learn more neuter services to low in- Pets can be shown Monday’s by appoint- more than 8 million homeless at ment only. Call 913-671-PETS to schedule. Home For the Holiday’s:
  2. 2. Paws for Thought Page 2 TPC Immune Boosting Diet * 1 package frozen chopped We have been asked on sev- in a crock pot. Cook on broccoli eral occasions what we feed high for approximately * 1 cup brown rice or oats our dogs at The Pet Connec- 10 hours or until all of the * 1 TBL spoon Ionized salt tion whom need an immune items can be “mashed” to- * TBL Spoons garlic powder boost! So, we’ve decided to gether. share our immune Boosting “Gruel” recipe. Ingredients: * 1 lb hamburger meat * 2-3 small to medium Sweet Combine the following items Potatoes TPC Available Programs Behavioral Consultations: (vaccines available for sur- under 40 lbs gery pets) Microchipping: Drop Off: 8- 9am Pick Up: 5- Thursday’s: 7:15p & 8:30p 6pm Sunday’s: 7:15p TPC offers low-cost HomeA- Ap- *Free to adopters gain microchipping to the pointments required for sur- Our building houses more than just an adop- *$5 TPC members p/session tion facility! We also have low cost vet public for $25. Simply bring gery patients. Schedule ap- services, behavioral consultations, and volun- *$10 non-members p/session your pet in during open busi- pointments by calling 913- teer opportunities! ness hours! No appointment 671-PETS Volunteer Orientation: needed. Prices vary based on income. (Required for all volunteers & community service workers): Recy- Adoptions: Sunday’s: 6:00p cling: Includes Recycle spay/ for neuter, vac- homeless cines, tested pets! negative TPC accepts aluminum cans, (FeLV/FIV ink & toner cartridges and cats Heart- old cell phones. Bring your worm dogs), treated for fleas, Low Cost Vet Clinic: recyclables to The Pet Con- worms, & micro-chipped. Mon-Wed-Fri weekly nection, 5918 Broadmoor! *$25 membership for all + Drop off: 8-10a for surgery Can recycling is outside by *$25 admin fee cats Pick up 5-7p the garage door. Ink, toner, *$25 admin fee dogs Walk in vaccines: 8a -12p & cell phone recycling avail- 40+ lbs Tuesday’s: Surgery Only able inside our facility. *$85 admin fee dogs
  3. 3. Paws for Thought Page 3 The Pet Connection Helps Local Rescue Group Save Cats Everyday there are people are tied to the post and cats thanks to TPC the cats have Article by Aubry Hoffman and Jason Huff that inspire us to continue the with their kittens are found been fixed and roam free work that we are doing here abandoned in carriers. On hot at the shelter. at The Pet Connection. Tina day Tina and her crew found Friend of the Friendless gets Bratcher is one of those peo- a cat and five kittens duct- numerous calls from animal ple. Tina along with her no- taped inside a cardboard control officers to pick up kill, non-profit rescue group, box. “Some animals are sim- cats and kittens that have Friends of the Friendless, have ply dumped out the car been dumped at the pound. been working tirelessly for door,” she said. They also spend a lot of the past four years to rescue There are many stories, a time helping people that Tina with one of her rescued cats. cats that would have been feral cat had her kittens in a have been feeding and car- abandoned or killed. man’s garage and he threat- ing for feral cats and can no Tina works out of the shelter ened to shoot them if Friends longer afford to do so. Friends of the Friendless Animal Rescue Group in Lexington, Missouri that of the Friendless didn’t get Because of the high cost of PO Box 411 their president Gina Duggan them out. The cats have now vetting a cat Friend of the Lexington, MO 64067 and her husband Mike pur- been trapped, fixed and Phone: 816.200.9571 Friendless was very limited chased with the sale of their roam free at the shelter. Tina in the number of cats they home. The shelter consists of a tells a story about a support.” could help. They had farm with multiple out- “hoarder.” The family of an reached a point where their buildings. Before Tina and her elderly woman asked Tina to The Pet Connection would like to accountant told them they crew started their rescue ef- take some of her cats. When expand our vet services to ad- couldn’t help anymore cats. forts there wasn’t a facility they arrived at the woman’s ditional days. In October, we It wasn’t until Tina’s good for cats, the Lexington com- house cats were everywhere were able to host the $5 on friend Jacque Wiskur told munity didn’t tend to spay or and the stench was terrible. Tuesday as well. If you would her about The Pet Connec- neuter and there was a huge The woman only wanted them like to be a feral cat friend and tions $5 free range cat feral cat population. to take four or five but Tina sponsor a clinic, please call spay/neuter program that and the crew managed to 913-671-PETS or make a dona- “We’ve been told that before Tina was able to continue rescue most of the cats before tion online at our group existed, cats were her efforts. Since then Tina they left. thrown over the bridge into has shown up every week at the Missouri River,” says Another lady outside town The Pet Connection with Tina’s stories are endless. Thanks Bratcher. had been feeding feral cats seven to thirteen cats who to TPC and all their faithful sup- for two years at a vacant need vet care and spay/ porters Tina continues to save Tina is often asked where she rental property next door. neuter services. Jason Huff, cats. finds all her cats, especially Then a man moved in and Director of Operations, when she makes her weekly said he wanted the cats gone, oversees the veterinarian trips to TPC. Tina finds her claiming he had eaten cats services. “If it wasn’t for the cats all over and her stories before. Tina quickly began generosity of our donors, we will pull at your heart. A lot of setting traps to rescue the would not be able to do this. their animals are found by an cats. Since then all the cats Please renew your member- old rural mailbox where dogs have been rescued and ships and continue financial
  4. 4. Paws for Thought Page 4 Featured Pets Available for Adoption Nash dled very roughly as a kitten tions. She is a sweet girl who was & as a result she can be tem- enjoys being pet under her born peramental. Selena does not chin. She is front declawed 6- like to be picked up & is & is approximate 9 y/o. 10- sometimes iffy about being Baby is good with other cats. 08 & is a beautiful buff color pet. She will need an owner tabby. He came to TPC from that will respect her wishes. Bebe a local Humane Society. He She is an extremely playful was is a very sweet, playful, girl & especially loves the rescued In our cageless facility, visitors find dogs and cats comfortably living in well-adjusted kitten who fishing pole cat toys. Selena with her a homelike environment while loves to play with cat teasers is fine around dogs. She is ok siblings awaiting their forever home!! & get petted all over includ- with cats, but she can be from a ing his belly. Nash is good bossy. sandbox with other cats & would eas- when ily adjust into most situations. Ralph (a.k.a. Opie) is a she was 3 months old (her friendly DachX. He is not brother is Rufus). The puppies Dudley was picked up as a de- were very shy & came from stray in manding a horrible environment. Bebe Leaven- in any was adopted, but her owner worth & way. It was not able to keep Bebe rescued does in the fence & for Bebe's Two of our featured dogs last month, from take a safety she was brought back Buddy & Daisy have found their forever homes. animal control. He is a lov- little to TPC. Like most Labs, she able Hound who likes to be time for him to adjust to new is an energetic waterdog. with his people. He has a dogs. He gets along with all She is still shy & will take LOT of energy. He wants to of his foster moms dogs. He some time to adjust to a new get to know other dogs, but knows commands for come, home. She is good with other should not be around cats. crate up, go outside, & do dogs. Bebe is doing great on He is doing well on his house- your duty. He gets along her basic training. Bebe training & sleeps in a kennel with cats ok, but sometimes would love a home with an at night. Dudley needs train- likes to chase them… but active owner who will take ing on barking & walking on only to play. They just don’t her on walks or runs. Bebe lead. We are working with always find him amusing. requires a tall fenced in him on that here. He is 1-2 Ralph is 2 y/o. yard. She escaped from her y/o. His favorite past time is previous home & if bored, sniffing things. will do the same in her new Baby home. She has beautiful blue was eyes. Bebe likes older chil- Selena is a special girl who re- dren, but is scared of small will need a special home. cently children. If you can't adopt She re- Bebe, perhaps you could was turned become her dog walker most because her owner was mov- friend or you could make a likely ing. Baby eats a special donation for her care. han- diet for Urinary Tract Infec-
  5. 5. Paws for Thought Page 5 In Loving Memory of April April was adopted from The April passed away peace- ever loving and devoted Pet Connection on October fully at home with her family friend. You will be missed 31, 2004 by a wonderful by her side on October 23, little one. And you will al- couple who promised to give 2008. ways have a sacred place in her the happy life she de- our hearts. “ served. April was a devoted April’s family says, “She was Rest in peace sweet April you and beloved companion to the ultimate lap cat, super athlete and play pal, protec- will be missed! Steve & Kate for almost 4 years. tor of home and hearth, and Crate Training Your Dog—by TPC Behavioral Staff Crate training is the most up. You cannot punish your schedule is very helpful to the popular method of house- dog for eliminating inappro- housebreaking process so the breaking your dog. Selecting priately if you do not witness dog knows when it will eat, the crate is the first step. Your that action. Punishment will go outside, play, etc. When dog should be able to stand only hinder the training proc- you put your dog in the crate up in the crate turn around & ess, but praise for the correct say kennel or crate & reward lay down, but with no more behavior will sped the proc- them for going in with praise room than that. At the begin- ess up. Tethering your dog to & a treat. This will make the ning of crate training your yourself is a sure way to crate a place the dog seeks dog should be in the crate know that they won’t be out for refuge & is a safe place when you are not directly of your site during this proc- for them. Using a crate is watching him so there are no ess so they can’t have an very evolutionarily historical accidents in the house. Dogs accident without you there to for dogs because they do not like to go to the bath- correct it. Every time your evolved from wolves, which room where they sleep & with dog eliminates outside treats use dens for shelter, the crate no extra space your dog will & praise are very important, is the modern day den for begin to understand that if think of it like potty training your dog & should be com- they eliminate in the crate your child, the bigger of a fortable, safe, & a place they will not have a clean deal you make it the more they don’t mind being. place to lie down. If you catch important it will be to your your dog eliminating in the dog. If you want to make it Things to remember: • Praise & treats for elimi- house the only thing that can extra rewarding get a treat nating outside! be done is to get them out- they really like & is only • Praise & treats for going side as quickly as possible & given when they eliminate into the crate. reward them for going out- outside, not at any other side. If your dog eliminates in time, such as dried liver, or Watching your dog so they can’t have accidents will the crate or elsewhere there what ever kind of treat they speed up the training proc- is nothing to do but clean it really enjoy. Creating a ess.
  6. 6. Paws for Thought Page 6 Happy Tails—Meet Carrie! Carrie is doing wonderful. hide bones. She does have session at Empire Pets this She is a joy to have around. the tendency to snack on cat past Friday. She is too cute. She still loves to go on car food here and there. But it rides whenever possible. As works out okay since the cats Take Care, soon as she sees someone sneak a bit of her dog food putting on their shoes she here and there, too. Ron & Debbie R. comes running. She loves to make herself at home on your We have not had problems lap, while you are watching with her allergies. We did television. find out that she loves pea- nut butter paws. They are She loves to chase squirrels some quot;all naturalquot; treats that and birds in our backyard. we found. She and our three cats get along fine now. Though she I have attached a few pic- gives them a little growl if tures of Carrie right after they get too close to her raw- she returned from a beauty Happy Tails—Meet Baby! It's been several months now are in the bathroom so she that has two small butterflies, and Baby's personality has can drink from her own per- one red and one orange to emerged in many adorable sonal water fountain. She accessorize. It looks just per- and unique ways. The only loves to perch atop the TV fect on her! problem is that she and our whenever it is on-I don't other cat do not get along know if it is the warmth or Baby is a part of our family quite yet. We still keep them just having the eagle's-eye now. Although I would love it separated while we are advantage. She has a plastic if our two cats got along a away and keep a close eye bag fetish. She has defi- little better, we are working on them when we are home. nitely grown to a healthy through it and believe we weight and has come to ex- make small strides towards A couple things we have pect a regular feeding time. harmonious living everyday. found out about Baby is that She despises an empty food she LOVES LOVES LOVES bowl so much so that she I thank Pet Connection for water. We have caught her nudges it off her perch when the special care they gave many times up on the kitchen it is empty. our quot;Babyquot; and really ad- counter seeking any standing mire the work you do and water and, the potty I recently bought her the facility you run. (we keep the lid closed now) cutest new collar that is red so I give her an extra large and white gingham with a Thank you very much! bowl of water now. She also red bell and since it was too Jamie & Matt likes to have the faucet turned plain to fit her personality, I on low for her whenever you bought a charm to go with it Submit your Happy Tails story & photos via email to: Submissions will be posted on our Happy Tails page of our website and could be seen in our monthly newsletter!
  7. 7. The Pet Connection, Inc. 5918 Broadmoor, Mission KS 66202 913-671-PETS
  8. 8. PET PALz Monthly Donor Program The Pet Connection 5918 Broadmoor, Mission KS 66202 913-671-PETS (phone) 913-362-8460 (fax) Name_______________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________Email_____________________________________ Amount ___$10 ___$25 ___$50 ___$75 ___$100 ___Other__________ ctç uç V{xv~ Please initial the transaction of your choice: _____1st of each month _____15th of each month Please attach a VOIDED CHECK from the account to be drafted. I hereby authorize a bank draft to The Pet Connection on the account designated, for the amount agreed to above on the date indicated above. I understand that it is my responsibility to notify The Pet Connection in writing if I wish to withdraw from this program at any time. I further understand that if the check is dishonored or returned for any reason, that the amount of the check plus a processing fee of $25 (legal limit) will be electronically debited from the account by CCF. Signature__________________________________________ Date______________ ctç uç VÜxw|à VtÜw Please initial the transaction of your choice: _____1st of each month _____15th of each month Type of card_______________________ Expiration date_______________________ Card Number______________________________________________ I hereby authorize a draft on the credit card account designated, for the amount agreed to above on the date indicated above. I understand that it is my responsibility to notify The Pet Connection in writing if I wish to withdraw from this pro- gram at any time. Signature_________________________________________ Date_______________ The Pet Connection, Inc. is a licensed 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.
  9. 9. Recycling—Go Green and Save Homeless Pets The Pet Connection is pleased to announce that we have expanded our recy- cling program! Recycling is an extremely important reality of the world we live in. We must save our planet!!! Why not raise money to save homeless cats and dogs while we’re at it! Instead of throwing your cans away or taking them to the recycling center, please bring them by The Pet Connection! Cans can be dropped off anytime (open or closed hours) at our facility located at 5918 Broadmoor in Mission KS. Our recycling bin is located on the south-east side of the building next to the obedience center entrance. We are also proud to announce recycling abilities for printer & toner car- tridges and old cell phones! Recycling boxes are located in our main lobby “The Bratcher Café” and can be accessed any time during open hours. Sim- ply come in and place your product in the correct box. Want to do a fund raiser for The Pet Connection? Collect aluminum cans, ink cartridges, or cell phones from your schools, your neighborhoods, your clubs and bring them in! You’ll save the planet and you’ll save the lives of homeless pets all at the same time.
  10. 10. The Pet Connection, Inc. is a licensed 501 (c) 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.