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I'm Too Tiny For My Collar

We just adopted two kittens, YAY! They are from a shelter, so they just got neutered and spayed today, but they are actually too small for the smallest e-collars (which we have). Thus, problems. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 3, 2012 - 26 answers

 

Just please not Avon Barksdale.

NameMyDogForTheMillionthTimeFilter: On Saturday I'll be bringing this guy home from the shelter. He's incredibly shy and distrusting of humans. What shall I call him? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jul 16, 2012 - 81 answers

Help name an animal adoption van

Help come up with a clever name for a mobile animal adoption van [more inside]
posted by Graygorey on Apr 7, 2012 - 33 answers

Need a name for an abandoned survivor cat

I am adopting a cat who needs a good name. I found him at the shelter where I volunteer; he'd been left outside and abandoned, and suffered from frostbite. He's losing part of his ear, all of his pawpads (which will grow back), and several teeth, and half his whiskers have broken off. He was so anemic and dehydrated when he got there, the higher-ups decided he should be euthanized, but the shelter manager intervened, treated him with meds, and he survived. [more inside]
posted by flyingsquirrel on Feb 15, 2011 - 50 answers

Need help finding a home for a VERY high-energy dog in Virginia.

It is clear that my friend has the exact wrong dog for her. How can she find a good home for him in Northern Virginia (or anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic). Special circumstances described inside. [more inside]
posted by arco on Feb 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Get the mouse out of my house!

Are there any ways to reliably pick a good mouser without knowing much about a cat's history? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm on Aug 13, 2010 - 34 answers

Which to adopt from: No-kill or "kill" shelters?

No-kill vs. kill shelter: is one more "right" to adopt from? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Aug 2, 2010 - 25 answers

Pussy cat, pussy cat... where to find you?

Is it better when adopting a new cat to get one from an animal shelter or from a local rescue group? [more inside]
posted by roosterboy on Jun 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Entropy in the Animal Welfare Universe

Only a few months after joining a local animal welfare group, I had a front-row seat in the bitter ending of the organization and it's becoming clear that sometime soon there will be two new organizations in its place as all the players pick sides and band together. Watching this play out made me curious about the number of animal welfare/shelter/education groups in my community and, with daily reading and searching, I seem to discover new little groups every couple of days. I'm sure this kind of thing is common all over the world and I bet it is not limited to the animal welfare folks. Nevertheless, I am unable to explain the large number of organizations, all with the same goals, competing for all kinds of resources. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 21 answers

If they are unwanted, who keeps breeding them?

Why do animal shelters have so many pitbulls? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Jan 14, 2010 - 31 answers

I would like to pet your cats

I'm interested in volunteering at a cat rescue organization in New York City. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by miskatonic on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Purebred vs. Pound Purries?

Is there a compelling argument in favor of getting a purebred cat instead of adopting a shelter kitty? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Sep 9, 2008 - 33 answers

Stop! Puppy time?

Please, please help me consider my options with some lovely stray puppies I found. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jul 5, 2008 - 27 answers

Emotional stages of animal volunteering.

I'm looking for a blog post about four stages of animal shelter volunteers. [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Oct 19, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I find a home for a troubled pet?

How can I find a home for a troubled pet? [more inside]

I am at my wit's end and don't know what to do. The problem started when my girlfriend moved in over two years ago, bringing two adult cats along. My two adults did not get along with hers, and we've tried just about everything to get them used to each other. Eventually, we had to just separate them, but it broke my heart to have cats barricaded in my basement, so we decided to just open the basement door to let the cats come and go. It's been like that for about a year without many problems, and I thought I was making some progress when one of my cats started coming upstairs willingly and tolerating the others (being able to sit in the living room with the other cats while we watch TV).

The past month or so has been different, though. My cat started peeing (and worse) on our bed. I draw the line there, because I cannot afford to buy all new bedclothes and mattress pads every couple of weeks.

I would like to find this cat a new home, because I think the basic problem stems from having too many cats in a small space. I know if I take her to the animal shelter, they will have trouble adopting her out, given her past and her age (nine). I doubt an ad would work because she's very skittish (and I cannot in good conscience give a cat away without telling someone about her problems).

Does anyone have any suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2004 - 13 answers

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