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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3/20/17-3/26/17 Adopted Foster Animals

Look at the cute adoption photos!

This last week had 40 cats and dogs find new families! Of those, 25 were in foster! That more than 50%! Well done fosters!

The following cats were cared for in one of your loving homes:

  1. Dewey
  2. Giovanni
  3. Huey
  4. Louie

The following dogs were cared for in one of your loving homes:

  1. Andromeda
  2. Apple Jack
  3. Blarney
  4. Candy
  5. Captain Crunch
  6. Cheerios
  7. Columba
  8. Drea
  9. Fruit Loop
  10. Honeycomb
  11. Krispies
  12. Lucky Charm
  13. MacKenzie
  14. Phoenix
  15. Rocco
  16. Snowball
  17. Tara
  18. Tate
  19. Trix
  20. Vela
  21. Wheaties
Thank you all for all your hard work in getting these guys cared for and ultimately adopted!

Friday, March 24, 2017

So What is Kitten Season Anyway?

Unlike dogs, who become pregnant at almost any time, cats tend to be a bit more seasonal. Kittens can be born throughout the year, however the kittens born in winter are few and far between. The kittens born during the cold season also tend to be less healthy due to their environmental conditions, along with the mother's health. Mating between cats depends on two things: weather and amount of daylight. Kitten Season typically starts in early spring and lasts through the fall.

When it is cold and wet outside, the cats tend to stay undercover where they have some warmth and are less likely to be fraternizing. Once the daylight and temperature increase, the female cat's reproductive cycle kicks into gear (this is assuming they are not already spayed). You may be familiar with a female cat going into heat because you'll hear "YAAAAOOOooooooAAAAOOOWWWLLLL" which is louder than any other cat sound I have ever heard. If you hear the female's call, try to trap her and get her spayed, so we can continue to reduce overpopulation.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Snuggly Mr. T

Do you remember Mr. T? He came in with his two sisters and stayed in foster with them for 2 weeks. He and his sisters made for an adorably snuggly and rambunctious crew.

Mr. T has a new crew now including two dogs and a cat! See what his new family says about him!
Your Mr. T has remained Mr. T in our home.  Since we just lost our elder dog, Tiny, we thought Mr. T was a perfect name.
Mr. T is quite the lap dog and loves to snuggle with his humans and two other rescue inhabitants, Khloe and Kona. However, he does like to chase Kiki the cat. Kiki is patient and trying to teach him some manners.
Mr. T is THE most adorable and snuggly puppy and we are so thrilled to have been rescued by him! ;)  He likes to be heard (woof-woof) and make his mark but we are successfully working on this with him.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Try This Tuesday!

Welcome to a NEW addition to our Foster Blog! "Try This Tuesday!" will be focused on ideas to better care for our foster animals from enrichment ideas to management techniques of certain behaviors to different ideas on how to medicate our animals!

This week's post is providing some ideas on how to confine (or quarantine) animals in your home. Take a peak at some set ups our fosters have done:

Mommas with babies tend to like having a little nook to stay in when their babies are small, so here are what some previous fosters have put together for them

 After puppies and kittens have become a bit heartier, but still a bit unsteady on their feet, moms like to have the option of getting their space. Here are some ideas on how to provide that

3/13/17-3/19/17 Adopted Foster Animals

This last week, we helped 35 animals find their new families! 12 of them were in foster!

The following dogs were cared for in foster homes before they were adopted:

  1. Alfie
  2. Aquarius
  3. Briggs
  4. Carina
  5. Centaurus
  6. Cherry
  7. Columba
  8. Gemini
  9. Wintry
  10. Wondergirl

The following cats were cared for in foster homes before they were adopted:

  1. Lucy
  2. Ricky
There are some adorable adoption photos!

Friday, March 17, 2017

FIV+ Cats

FIV can be a scary thing to think about when it comes to the well being of our cats here at ARF and in your homes. Because we currently have a few cats here at ARF that are FIV+, I thought it would be a great opportunity to better discuss what a positive FIV status means.

FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and is an infectious and viral disease specific to cats. Typical transmission of FIV from one cat to another is through biting. FIV+ cats that are housed separately from FIV- cats do not pose an infectious risk to the FIV- cats. The virus is not very durable and is inactivated by most commonly used disinfectants. It has potential to survive in the environment up to 48 hours if it is moist and at room temperature. There is no cure for FIV.

The typical "FIV profile" is an outdoor intact male cat with a history of deep bite wounds and/or cats in unstable, crowded households with FIV+ cats.

All ARF cats 6 months and older receive an FIV test. There are two results: negative or positive. No matter what the test result indicates, all cats are capable of living healthy and long lives.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Remember Banjo?

Banjo was with his siblings in a foster home for around a month while they grew and recovered from an upper respiratory infection. Now that he is in his new home, he's being an adorable little guy.

The new family said this about him. "We decided to keep the name Banjo. Our favorite thing about Banjo is that he has developed into the loving and  playful cat we saw at ARF. Probably the biggest challenge was acclimating him to our home environment which is still evolving. We had a trip planned for Xmas week and we hired a good friend to come and play and tend to Banjos needs in our absence. How quickly we had forgotten about the curiosity of a kitten that necessitates close supervision."