Regulars and Shorts

Anamalia: October 2011

By catalyst

Ideas, profiles, products and news for all things animal.

Animal Angel Foundation works with 13,580 adoption groups (shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations) across the country. It has the largest database of homeless pets on the Web and currently lists 362,865 adoptable pets. In its 15 years, Petfinder has helped with 17 million adoptions. As if that weren’t enough, Foundation aids in disaster relief and provides equipment and funds for animal organizations. They also provide masses of information on their website regarding adopting shelter animals.

Sweet Allie

This smiling girl is an 11 year old Bichon/Maltese mix. What a darling face! She needs a quiet home with loving companions. Allie is house trained, spayed and up to date with all her shots. She’s so excited to find a home and can’t wait to love on someone of her own. Pet ID: F2011129


How do you think he got this name?! This cutie pie is a three-year-old male Chihuahua. Mouse is a little shy, but once he gets comfortable with you he’s a love bug. He enjoys playing with other dogs and older kids; he gets very attached to his people. He is house- and doggy door- trained and is up to date with all his shots. Mouse is anticipating lots of love to be exchanged. Pet ID: F2011523

This month’s animals come to you from the Adopt Me Society, which rescues dogs from shelters and fosters them until a home is found. Their animals are listed on, and you may also find them on Facebook.


WATCH: Another unlikely friendship between two very different species: Dolphins and cat.

READ: Dawn Light by Diane Ackerman. Ackerman deftly weaves mythology, history, photography and poetry in this meditative novel on the natural world at dawn. While Ackerman touches on all aspects, from plants and water to planets and wind, she spends much of her time musing on the animal world in the early light. Her beautiful prose certainly inspires this true night owl to experience dawn, and all the beauty it wakens.

WEB: OK, I confess that I love this guy! This is Cesar Millan, the dog whisperer. His website covers everything from dog behavior, care and training to dog news and articles.


Second Chance for Homeless Pets will hold their fundraising gala dinner on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Asian Star Restaurant, 7588 South, Union Park Ave, Midvale. Four-course dinner, silent auction, wine/drinks, prizes, and gifts.

Cause For Paws second annual Art For Animals Howl-O-Ween Benefit, Saturday Oct. 15 at the Depot. A spooky evening of music, drinks, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, raffle, art by local artists, canine trick-or-treating, and costume contest.

Did you know?

In the wake of the many floods, hurricanes and tornadoes in the past few months, thousands of pets have been left homeless. Do you have a disaster preparedness plan in place? Because animals tend to be on the bottom of the emergency assistance list, it is important to be prepared for your animal’s sake. Here’s what you can do:

•            Always bring pets indoors at the first sign of a storm.

•            Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags (micro-chip would be great, too) with up-to-date identification.

•            Obtain a rescue alert sticker, which will let rescuers know that pets are inside your home. (Available at

•            Prepare a pet kit that includes: a week’s worth of water and canned (pop-top) or dry food (rotate every two months), disposable garbage bags, feeding dishes, travel carrier, flashlight, towel (for scooping up a fearful pet), recent photos of your pets. Especially for cats: Pillowcase or EvackSack, scoopable litter, disposable litter trays (e.g. aluminum roasting pans). Especially for dogs: leash, chew toys, litter bags.

News bites

The Senate is beginning to iron out the federal budget for 2012, including the budget for the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and its wild horse program. Send a message to your Senators.

This article was originally published on September 30, 2011.