December 2009

All of us at APAWS would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays!

There is still time to order your personalized pet stocking! Don't forget the furriest member of your family this holiday season. Make this season special with a personalized stocking filled with goodies. Orders can be placed until December 13, 2009. http://www.apawspets.org/christmas_stocking.html

While shopping for your friends and family this holiday season please help APAWS! APAWS is an amazon.com affiliate. If you will be doing any of your holiday shopping on amazon.com please use the link in this email, or on our website. APAWS is also on igive.com which donates a percentage of your purchases made at many online stores. Your holiday shopping can provide vet care to rescue animals!

Pictures with Santa Paws!

Don't forget to let your furry friends tell Santa what is on their wish list. Our volunteers will be at PetSmart each weekend:

December 5th & 6th - PetSmart on Millerville

December 12th & 13th - PetSmart off of Siegen

December 19th & 20th - PetSmart on Airline

Grant Contests

APAWS is competing for a $20,000 grant. Please visit www.theanimalrescuesite.com every day through December 20, 2009 and vote for APAWS. If you would like a daily reminder email please subscribe to our apawsclicks email list here http://apawspets.org/list/?p=subscribe.

Care2.com and adoptapet.com are sponsoring a contest. This contest only allows one entry per person - this isn't a click a day contest! . Please visit the America's Favorite Animal Shelter site to vote for APAWS.

Don't forget your tax deduction!

APAWS is a 501(c)3 charity. All donations made to APAWS are tax deductible. Don't forget to make your donation by December 31, 2009 to have your deduction count for this year.

Special Needs Animals Updates

APAWS takes in many "special needs" animals that require much more time, vet care and TLC than most other rescues. Foster homes are needed for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, special needs and not. APAWS provides all food, medical care, anything needed, you just provide a safe and caring temporary home. Funds are desperately needed so that we can continue to help those who are in desperate need through no fault of their own. Remember, your donation is 100% tax deductible. Please go to apawspets.org and volunteer, make a monetary donation or check out our wish list...you could be saving a precious life!

Eros had his surgery at LSU on November 11, 2009. We were fortunate to receive donations for Eros' care. His cardiologist at LSU was able to secure a grant that greatly reduced the amount APAWS had to pay. There was a chance he wouldn't pull through, but we are happy to report he pulled through with flying colors. His pressure went down from a very high 254 to 80! Ideally this needs to be at 50, but the vet expects it to drop a little more in a few months. Eros is definitely a miracle puppy. Everyone who has met him has fallen in love. Not only is he unbearably cute, he is very sweet.

At the end of our adoption day November 21, 2009 one of our volunteers received a frantic call from a friend in animal rescue needing help for a dehydrated, malnourished puppy. She had been contacted by a young family who rescued the puppy from their neighbor. We found out the puppy had not been to the vet because the family didn't have the money for an emergency vet visit. They agreed to surrender the puppy to APAWS so proper treatment could be started immediately and the puppy put up for adoption. One of our volunteers met the family at the Baton Rouge Pet Emergency clinic and the puppy was immediately rushed into the back for tests.

Copper was a six month old chocolate lab. He weighed 30 pounds (roughly half of what he should weigh based on body size), had a fever of 105, had difficulty breathing and bloody diarrhea. The first test run was for Parvo - it came back a strong positive. IV fluids and antibiotics were started immediately. Our volunteers were finally able to visit with this sweet boy before leaving him in the care of the emergency clinic over night. Although he was very sick, he loved having his nose scratched and seemed to crave attention. At 11:22 pm, approximately five hours after arriving at the emergency clinic Copper passed peacefully. The parvo was in the end stage and his malnourished body just couldn't fight it. There is no justice in what happened to Copper, the only small consoliation is that he experienced love and human caring in the last hours of his life. The only reason he caught this disease was because of the negligence of his owner. We have reported this incident to the appropriate animal control and continue to get updates.