Shelter Sketches: Meet Max

Ladies and Gentlemen, I mentioned last week that Chelsea had been busy getting together a few other artists to work on Shelter Sketches, and today’s Shelter Sketch is brought to you by our first Guest #SS Artist: Mikaela Ritter!

Meet Max

Max, a terrier mix, is a happy little guy that would make a great family dog. He’s a nice medium size, maybe about 25-30 pounds. Max’s adoption fee is $90. He is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Contact Info
Green Lake Area Animal Shelter
Green Lake, WI
(920) 294-3042

Meet Max

You can find out more about Max at his Petfinder Page.

Mikaela Ritter is a pet portrait artist, amateur photographer and taxidermist, and all around animal lover who spends most of her time with the critters she shares her life with. She lives in New Hampshire with a Basset/Lab mix named Cairo, a stray-turned-house cat named Neo, and four rescue rats named Peggy, Cricket, Caddis and Weevil. You can find more of her art at deviantart.

ShelterSketches: Meet Idgie

My goodness, y’all. Chelsea has been working like a mad woman to make Shelter Sketches a fantastic community effort. She now has pulled together several artists that are going to be taking part in Shelter Sketches. Are you an artist interested in harnessing your talent for good? Contact us!

Huge thank you to Chelsea for putting this all together. You are a rock star!

Meet Idgie

Idgie is an 8 yr old female Italian Greyhound. She loves everyone she meets but would prefer a home with older children & smaller dogs. She snuggles up with her foster brother (IG) but wishes her foster sister (German Shep) would please leave her alone. She’s 9 lbs. playful, bouncy & prancey-loves to go for walks. She is potty trained, crate trained, sits and comes when she’s called-Wow!

She is a little bit sensitive-doesn’t like her nails cut, isn’t really enthusiastic about being picked up – preferring instead to come to you. She’s looking for someone with a gentle touch, a comfy couch and plenty of time for cuddles. She’s not barky, licky or bitey. She’s missing some teeth, after recent dental work, but is happy to have her teeth brushed so that she can keep the rest.

Idgie comes well equipped with a travel crate, beds, clothes and toys and is ready to find her forever home. She’s a little sweetheart and has quickly wiggled her way into the hearts of her foster family, who’ll really miss her when she goes.

Idgie is being fostered in Seattle, WA. Washington residents who want to begin the process to adopt an IGCA Rescue dog, please write iggynut@comcast.net to learn about the IGCA adoption process and receive an application. We are always willing to consider placing a dog out of state, but applicants are asked to apply to and work with us through their local IGCA Rep.

Contact Info:
Italian Greyhound Rescue Foundation
Northwest, WA
iggynut@comcast.net

Meet Idgie

To find out more about Idgie, check out her Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Ellie

I hear tell from Chelsea that Shelter Sketches is really catching on and that there are a few more artists out there that would like to take part! I’m not sure how to split it up, but we will gladly take any in any artist that wants to volunteer to do a shelter sketch. Just contact us via the form if you’re interested!

On to this weekend’s Shelter Sketch!

Meet Ellie

Ellie is a medium-sized adult female and is named after the shelter volunteer who put out the plea for help for someone to save this pretty girl. She was very very pregnant and the shelter she was at didn’t want to deal with her or with puppies, so they planned to kill her. The shelter volunteer thought Ellie and her babies were worth saving, and we agreed. Ellie is in a wonderful foster home where she delivered her 13 puppies (!) on Mother’s Day. 10 have survived so far and after a rough start (because of the poor nutrition and care she received prior to coming into our rescue), she is doing great! She is sweet and submissive, eager to roll over for a belly rub. This doesn’t appear to be her first litter of puppies, but this will be her last – we will get her spayed after she has weaned her babies so she can just be part of a family from now on. Ellie isn’t ready to be adopted just yet. She has to take care of her babies for the next 6-8 weeks. But we hope to have a family waiting for her when she’s ready so she can start her new life right away. If you have any questions or would like to request an adoption application, please email recycleddoggies@gmail.com. For more information, including our adoption policies and fees, please see our website, recycleddoggies.org.

Ellie is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

Contact Information:
Recycled Doggies
Cincinnati, OH
recycleddoggies@gmail.com

Meet Ellie!

You can find out more about Ellie and see pictures over at her petfinder page!

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.

Austin Shelter Groups – We’ve got an Invite for you!

Last week, Ash and I got a chance to talk on the phone with Tracy Blinder, who works with Lippe Taylor, the PR firm in charge of Rachael Ray’s Nutrish dog food (many thanks to Caroline of Romeo the Cat for introducing us). She told us all about the new project that Nutrish has started called My Shelter Site. It’s a place for shelters or rescues to go to create their own website – complete with hosting, design, and content management system (WordPress – my personal favorite!).

She also informed us that she is coming to our own Austin, Texas to talk with all the shelters in the area about what this project can do for them and why it is so very important to have a good, user-friendly and functional website. This mission is near and dear to my heart and I am so happy to help spread the word about it. This outreach program is open to all non-profit shelters who are interested in or need a service such as this. Click on the flyer for more details:

Click on this flyer to see it fullsize!

The Details!

When: Tuesday, June 15th @ 6-8pm
Where: The Cork Room @ J Blacks [website]
Address: J Blacks Feel Good Lounge
710 West 6th Street (Near Avenue C)
Austin, Texas 78701

If you would like to RSVP, please contact 212-598-4400, or email Tracy Blinder (tblinder@lippetaylor.com) or Allison Good (agood@lippetaylor.com) and let them know that your shelter or rescue would like to take part in this awesome event. We hope to see you there!

Pet Parent Files: Giving a Rat Meds

Hey folks! It’s been awhile since we’ve written first hand in the blog, but it’s not because we haven’t been busy. This is the first of what will be many of our new series the Pet Parent Files, which we will be doing every Tuesday in conjunction with Best Friends Animal Society’s #PetTipTuesday (with their enthusiastic blessings).

How to Give a Rat Meds

Ever had to give a rat medication and had no idea where to even begin? Well here’s a quick tip on what we do when our rat Chunky comes down with a respiratory infection. We went in and got him some Baytril, which will make things a little easier on him. This video gives you our step-by-step on how we crush the pills, mix it in with baby food, and feed it to our sometimes persnickety rat.

If you have any questions or tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments. We are always open to hear what you have to say!