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annecain
November 4th, 2007, 04:09 PM
In 2001, my family grew by two almost overnight. We rescued a stray puppy practically straight out of the dogcatcherís arms, snatching her the same afternoon a neighbor put a call to the city for animal pickup. A few weeks later, a Calico kitten ended up coming home with us along with our new weed whacker from Sears (donít ask *g*). Our lastest addition arrived a couple of years after that, when another kitten moved herself into our carport and into our hearts.

Sometimes they drive me crazy (especially when the cats decide my scanner is their bed) but I canít imagine my life without these little guys, and I donít want to. They love unconditionally, never judge, and brighten my day (even when the pooch is stealing naps on my bed cuz she thinks I donít know about it -- BUT I DO, because my pillow itches all night afterwards).

But what wouldíve happened if we hadnít taken in these sweeties? Tragically, most strays never have the chance to find a good home. :í( But there are folks helping to care for cats and dogs in these situations, and November 4th Ė 10th is the time of year to recognize the organizations that lend manís best friend a helping paw. :)

In celebration of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, Iíd like to help raise funds for Operation Kindness (http://www.operationkindness.org/) Ė a wonderful organization in North Texas devoted to housing and caring for animals until they find a loving home. This is a No-Kill shelter, and they help connect more than 2,500 dogs and cats with caring owners every year while maintaining humane conditions in their facility. I learned about Operation Kindness through my veterinarian, who has volunteered at the shelter in the past.

Iím selling three signed poster prints of some of my popular covers for m/m shifter books at $20, shipping included. Five dollars from each sale will be donated to Operation Kindness, and at the end of the month, Iíll match the total. The poster prints are 11Ēx17Ē, and will be shipped in a mailing tube along with a certificate of authenticity (ooh!) and some other goodies I have around: bookmarks, a mini-button, okashi. The covers are JL Langely's With Caution (http://samhainpublishing.com/coming/with-caution), Jet Mykles' Leashed 2 (http://www.loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=328), and my own Pawprints (http://www.loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=595).

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Please post here with any questions about the print sale, or feel free to drop me a line: annecain.art@gmail.com If youíd like to find a No-Kill shelter in your area, check here (http://featherlane.com/@Maia/Site/no-kill.htm) for locations. There are so many different things you can do to help the organizations in your area, which include donating supplies or volunteering time to help care for the animals.

Thanks so much!

Dani
November 5th, 2007, 01:03 AM
Thanks for the info Anne. I fully support no kill shelters and what they do. I have two cats, a dog and a bunny that were all adopted.

In fact I had three cats, but I just had to give up one of my kitties that I adopted almost three years ago because he was very sick and I couldn't afford to pay for the ER vet bill. It killed me to let him go, but they take care of the animals and then put them in their program to be adopted out to a loving home that knows they are going to be medically needy pets. They said that sometimes the techs get attatched to the animals and end up adopting them. It was better than having him put to sleep and he'll hopefully have a long life. I have to say that I cried my eyes out and it wasn't a decision that I took lightly or made quickly either.

To anyone else that read this, please if you can't support the cause that Anne has mentioned about, support your local no kill shelter (some even take donations of food and things besides money). You just may save a few lives that way.

annecain
November 7th, 2007, 01:01 AM
In fact I had three cats, but I just had to give up one of my kitties that I adopted almost three years ago...It killed me to let him go, but they take care of the animals and then put them in their program to be adopted out to a loving home that knows they are going to be medically needy pets.

I can't even imagine how difficult it was to make that decision, luv. :( Even as a better alternative, it's still hard to let a pet go. But when he finds his way into a wonderful home, you'll have helped bring that joy to the family also. *hugshugshugs*

Dani
November 7th, 2007, 01:41 AM
Thanks Anne. We miss him a lot. :)

I hope no one else ever has to go through this.