From Tommy’s Facebook post:
On Saturday and Sunday, December 14th and 15th, Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends will be hosting its annual Christmas bake sale at Big Lots in Auburn.
If you would like to bake we surely would appreciate it. If you don’t have time to bake then come over and purchase some of the best baked goods in New England.
All of these proceeds will help the many animals in our care who desperately need medical care and surgeries. It has been an extremely tough year for these animals. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to send a donation you could send it to Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends;P.O.Box 274,Greene,Maine 04236.
If you need more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-650-8374.
I’ve been doing this for over 35 years and my partner and I have never seen so many animals in need of our help. Any small act of kindness could help save their lives.
Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends is the Designated Non Profit for the 2014 Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo to be held Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue in Lewiston, Maine.
For more information about Tommy’s, check out their page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tommys-Feral-Feline-Friends/144388569019006 or visit their website at http://www.tommysferalfelinefriends.com/.
They do the work of angels, and on a shoestring budget, in the freezing cold, in the rain, and in the sweltering heat. Unlike most shelters and rescues that work mostly from indoors, Tommy’s volunteer staff work outdoors in the elements, because that’s where the feral cats live.
Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.
From Maine Lab Rescue’s Facebook page. (We love Maine Lab Rescue; we’ve fostered for them many times, and our own Millie is a “Foster Failure”… I couldn’t bear to let her go once she came to stay with us!)
We’ll try to post updates from other rescues here, too.
*** SOUTHERN/CENTRAL MAINE FOSTERS NEEDED ***
Many of our regular followers will remember the litter of pups we took that were listed as “Free on Craig’s List” in early November.
Honey Lynn, one of our regular fosters in Macon, was ready for her next foster when we found these pups. Immediately she went over and took one pup; it looked like that might be all we could get of the eight.
Coincidentally, while chatting with another foster, Teresa, about the pups she was sending up that same week, she asked what we had for her next. We sent her the link, which said free pups listed on CL.
Her immediate response was “I’ll take them. I hate to think what could happen to them.”
Our goals were to make sure they were kept out of the shelter system, and out of the clutches of anyone considering them for bait dogs. Hunter (not shown here), Honey Lynn’s foster, arrived last weekend and is already adoption pending.
This weekend his siblings arrive, they are in need of foster homes.
Please email email@example.com if you can help.
*** ADOPTION EVENT ***
PLEASE SHARE: Join them on Saturday, December 14th at Pet Quarters, 486 Payne Rd, Scarborough, ME for an adoption event.
They’ll be on site from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Meet the Maine Lab Rescue volunteers, learn more about fostering and meet their available pets!
My husband and I have fostered through Maine Lab Rescue, and are what’s known as “foster failures”… we adopted one of the foster pups! (She’s absolutely the best dog I’ve ever lived with!)
We can’t say enough good things about Maine Lab Rescue!
Maine Lab Rescue is not for labs only… and they rescue cats, too!
Help them get to 5,000 likes on Facebook… when they do, every Facebook fan get get $15 off any adoption in the shelter!
As of 5:00 am, Tuesday, December 10, 2103 they’re at 4,771 likes… not all that many left to go!
From their website:
The purpose of Franklin County Animal Shelter is to provide temporary care and shelter to stray, homeless and abandoned companion animals.
Medical treatment including vaccinations and sterilization is provide to all animals prior to adoption.
FCAS serves the community as an adoption facility where loving families and pets needing homes come together.
The Shelter strives to educate the public in the proper care of pets including increasing public awareness of the companion animal overpopulation issue.
Reprint from HSUS. Click on the link below for more info.
Give a hand to the groups that do so much for animals, people, and your community
Shelters and rescues are amazing! They help untold numbers of animals and people, usually with limited resources and very little publicity. Do you want to give back to the these unsung heroes and organizations who contribute so much to your community? Try one—or all—of the following ten ways to help shelters and rescue groups. Don’t be surprised if you end up feeling good and having fun.
1. Share your love
Tell the world how you feel about your local shelter or rescue by using The Humane Society of the United States’ Facebook share graphics.
Just click on your favorite to add the image to your Facebook page. (If you think they’re both too cute to choose a favorite, swap them out every day.)
2. Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups
Start the process by locating all of the ones in your area. You may be surprised how many groups nearby are helping animals.
3. Learn before you leap
Before you adopt, go to the Shelter Pet Project to learn what to expect when adopting a pet. You’ll be much less likely to become frustrated and return your new pet if you understand the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet beforehand.
4. Say “thanks!”
Take a minute to express your gratitude to the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you’ve adopted a pet from one of them, show how well your pet is doing by sharing an updated picture via a letter, email, or posting it on the organization’s Facebook page or website.
5. Get crafty
Combine fabric, yarn, recyclables, and imagination to bring much-needed fun into the lives of local shelter and rescue pets. There’s no end to the toys you can make. Try braiding strips of fleece into fun for dogs, or cutting and folding a surprising household object into a cat distractor.
Are you a born match-maker? Create attention-grabbing “Adopt-Me” vests to spotlight available pets at adoption events held by shelters and rescues. We’ve found DIY options for those of us who avoid sewing as well as sewing-machine wizards.
6. Become a fan
“Like” the Shelter Pet Project on Facebook. Then, if possible, “like” the individual groups in your community, too.
7. Make wishes come true
Shelters and rescue groups always need towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or call them to find out what’s in short supply.
Even if you can’t adopt a pet just now, you can help make life better for homeless animals by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization. Do you have experience as a carpenter or electrician? Are you a marketing or dog-walking whiz? All of these skills are valuable!
9. Help at your own home
Make the jobs of shelters and rescues easier: Outfit your cats and dogs with collars and proper ID (a microchip and ID tags) at all times. As soon as you bring them into your family, have all of your pets spayed or neutered. Keep your cats indoors, where you can keep them safe (though it’s great to take them on walks if they are comfortable on a harness and leash), and keep dogs on leashes when off your property.
10. Help your shelter make positive changes
If you see or hear anything at your local shelter that concerns you, follow The HSUS’s guidelines for addressing that concern in the most effective way.
I don’t know anything about these meetings… do any of you? This is just a copy and paste from the maine.gov website.
Public Meeting Calendar
Animal Welfare Advisory Council
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Date: September 26, 2013
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Deering Building 90 Blossom Lane Room 233 Augusta
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For further information, contact:
Name: Liam Hughes
If you love animals the way we love animals, we hope you’ll get involved with The Maine Pet Expos.
Next year (2014), we will produce three pet shows, the Greater Portland Pet Expo on June 5-6 at Seasons Conference Center (off Exit 48); the Greater Bangor Pet Expo on September 12-13 at the Cross Insurance Conference Center in Bangor, and the Greater Androscoggin Pet Expo on September 26-27 at the Lewiston Armory on Central Avenue.
For exhibit booth, sponsorship, show program advertising, workshops, Designated Non-Profit, and volunteer information, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com. As we get a bit closer, you’ll be able to find exhibitors, sponsors, advertisers and attendee information on eventbrite.com
We’re also slowly working on developing a non-profit to raise funds for animal rescues – AARF – Animal Activist and Resource Fund. You can read more about AARF at https://www.facebook.com/AARF.AnimalActivistResourceFund.
We foster dogs through two rescue organizations (Maine Lab Rescue and The Pixel Fund), and collect donations for several rescues, including Tommy’s Feral Feline Friends. For more information on any of our efforts, please contact Linda at LSnyder (at) regroupbiz (dot) com.
And if you’d like to read random thoughts about our dogs, please follow us at http://themainedogblog.wordpress.com.
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