Holly Help's Adoption Page!
Holly Help strives to find happiness in the eyes of all animals. Spay and Neuter programs across the world are currently chipping away at the pet overpopulation. Educating the public about the importance of this sterilizing and providing assistance to those who need it is the key to success. However, there is also the struggle to find homes for the unwanted.
Many animal rights activists fill their homes and private farms with adopted pets. Eventually, though, we are out of room. The only thing left to do is find other homes for these animals. Holly Help has a special program to do just this.
APARTMENT FOR RENT (No Pets Allowed): Although Holly Help is established as an avenue to provide spay & neuter assistance, many people approach us for advice with a variety of other pet related situations. Having to move to a different residence and not being able to take along the family pet is a situation that plagues many families. Years of rental property abuse by irresponsible pet owners have resulted in the inability to find rental space that will allow pets. As each family moves out, landlords have had to spend more unforeseen dollars to replace soiled carpet and destroyed woodwork. We have discovered what sometimes proves to be an acceptable compromise with reluctant landlords. Offering your new landlord a reasonable pet deposit before moving in will show that you are indeed a responsible pet owner who is willing to "put your money where your mouth is". An agreement to forfeit the deposit if, upon moving out, any evidence of pet destruction is found, will tend to make landlords much more pet friendly. For those who do not have a lump sum to offer in advance, arrangements could be made with the new landlord to add a little extra to your monthly rent bill until the amount accumulated reaches an acceptable price that both parties have agreed to. Once that amount has been met or paid, the monthly rental price would be adjusted back down to the original monthly asking price.
PET ADOPTIONS MADE EASY, EASIER, EASIEST: Are you looking for a pet to adopt or do you have a pet that you need to find a home for? A nationwide organization called Petfinder has made this process a lot easier for folks all over the country. www.petfinder.com allows you to advertise your pet free if you are looking to place it in a new home. Petfinder is also a great source for locating a pet to adopt into your family. You can easily post or search by breed and zip code and have a list of adoptables right at your fingertips. For those of us who live in close proximity to the Tri-Cities Bristol area, don't forget to look at all zip codes (37620-24201-24210). See our Links & Listings page for more contact information.
LOST YOUR DOG? Imagine yourself walking peacefully through the park with your faithful companion. Suddenly, a rabbit darts from its hiding place. In an instant, both rabbit and dog are nowhere in sight. Time is of the essence in finding a lost pet and the first 24 hours are the most critical. Below is a list of steps you can take to help ensure that you and your best friend are reunited as soon as possible. But, along with this list of time-tested techniques for finding lost pets come a new hint that was passed along to us by Bob Winslow a long time owner of basset hounds from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Bob says to leave behind a piece of your clothing that you are wearing, which is laden with your scent. Place the clothing on the spot where you last saw your dog. Check back every day or several times a day and you will find your furry friend lying on your clothing, waiting faithfully for your return. Remember to try and leave the clothing where snow or rain will not wash away your scent. (Our note: This method may very well work for cats too).
Canvas the area with flyers where the animal was last seen or suspected of being lost with flyers. Photos are especially helpful on the flyers. Remember to post wide as a dog can travel up to 20 miles per day, as the crow flies.
Run an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper. Always remember to READ the found ads daily in case someone has found the dog and placed an ad in the paper also. Offering a reward in the ad and on your flyers will enhance your chances of recovery. NEVER reveal your dog's name in ads or over the phone.
Utilize bulletin boards in ALL of your town's veterinary offices and other public places.
Call and inform all local humane societies and rescue groups.
Visually check your local animal shelters often to see if your pet was picked up or turned in. Visit the shelter in person, never rely on phone calls.
Take a minute to place a simple tag with your phone number on your dog's collar. This will greatly increase your pet's chance of being returned to you if lost and will save you a lot of legwork.
And lastly, never give up hope. Keep trying. Seek and you shall find.
AN ANALOGY OF LUXURY ITEMS VS. SPAY-NEUTER
(carton) $60.00 Per month
Beer (6 pack) $25.00 Per month
Movie Tickets (couple) $52.00 Per month
Cable TV $100.00 Per month
Snack Foods $20.00 Per month
Soft Drinks $30.00 Per month
Restaurant (couple) $80.00 Per month
Video Rental $20.00 Per month
Neuter (dog) $60.00 FOR LIFE
Spay (cat) $50.00 FOR LIFE
MALE CAT: Have you ever asked if it is important to neuter a male cat? Dr.
Robynne Ferguson reports that "2 years is the average life expectancy of
an unaltered outdoor male cat". Male cats that have not been neutered
possess a life-long, uncontrollable desire to roam in search of a breeding
female cat. In their never-ending travels they will much sooner than later,
fall victim to one of the following deaths:
-Hit by a car while crisscrossing the many streets that must be navigated in
order to reach the location of a female cat in heat.
-Angry homeowners who will not put up with the repulsive smell that a male cat
leaves after marking its territory with spray. Cats instinctively use the loose
dirt in flowerbeds as their litter boxes and will inevitably walk on people's
parked vehicles, leaving their footprints from hood to trunk.
-Once a male cat has reached its destination, he is met by many other male cats
that have also traveled from other places to breed this same female cat.
Vicious catfights ensue between them to determine which male will breed the
female first. It is through the bite and scratch wounds from these fights that
Feline Leukemia, Feline Aids and abscesses are transmitted from one cat to
another. Now once healthy males become infected with one or more of these
life-threatening and incurable diseases.
If you love your male cat, the single and most important thing that you can do for him is to HAVE HIM NEUTERED!