HELP ME - CENTRAL

HELPING THOSE WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN KENTUCKY & ELSEWHERE

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Animals are not humans with reduced capacities.
hey have their own capacities, their own spectrum of aptitudes and behaviors.

~Jean Kazez - Animalkind

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PHOTO OF THE DAY * ANNOUNCEMENTS

VIDEO OF THE DAY/WEEK  * KENTUCKY NEWS * NATIONWIDE NEWS

                                 INTERNATIONAL NEWS * ODDS & ENDS


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1. PHOTO OF THE DAY

                                                              ~LIVE A SPIRITUAL LIFESTYLE...~

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

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3. VIDEO OF THE DAY/WEEK

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Sunday:     The TRUTH about the Trixie Foundation ~ Elliott County ~ Webbville, Kentucky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTgxCG4jyZk&fbclid=IwAR2ZtlunJ1lC0_7PSdqrb1SsohF2oi5c3P4fY8lFAOSH05fepTsxj9b5Jfo

Monday:    KY: Johnson County Animal Shelter raising money to get through the winter
https://www.wymt.com/video?vid=564731012

        
Tuesday:  A Pet's Farewell Letter: A Video For Anyone Who Has Lost A Beloved Pet
https://iheartdogs.com/a-pets-farewell-letter-a-video-for-anyone-who-has-lost-a-beloved-pet/
  

Wednesday:   KY: Laurel County Dog Abuse
https://www.wymt.com/video?vid=526071821

                  
Thursday:  Cats Protection's heartbreaking Christmas ad brings viewers to tears
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7727223/Cats-Protections-heartbreaking-Christmas-ad-brings-viewers-tears-showing-lost-kitten.html?ITO=applenews

 
Friday:     Horse racing reaches critical moment
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/horse-racing-reaches-critical-moment-following-rash-of-deaths/

Saturday:   Air Force Needs Help in Finding New Homes for Retired Military Dogs
https://www.wpxi.com/video?videoId=995282071&videoVersion=1.0

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Ben Stein's Advice on Getting Through the Recession - Get a Dog    
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmHmksXPnug

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4. KENTUCKY NEWS

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Country music star Tyler Childers visited a KY animal shelter. More dogs got adopted.
https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article239073248.html
Dumas Rescue, Kentucky Humane Society rescue horse from Floyd County
https://www.lex18.com/dumas-rescue-kentucky-humane-society-rescue-horse-from-floyd-county
Laurel County, KY: Trial starts for 18-year-old involved in animal cruelty case
https://www.wtvq.com/2020/01/08/third-person-charged-beating-death-dog-laurel-county/

Breathitt County, KY: Police searching for suspect in animal cruelty case; some animals find 'forever home'
https://www.wymt.com/content/news/Police-search-to-serve-a-warrant-in-Breathitt-County-animal-cruelty-case-some-already-find-forever-home--566758541.html

Lexington, KY: Kentucky Humane Society sees spike in cat adoptions
https://www.lex18.com/media/v/content/b3e39c55b86030a170c44beb3e48c23e
Louisville, KY: Police asking for reports after dogs die from rat poisoning
https://www.wave3.com/2020/01/06/police-asking-reports-after-dogs-die-rat-poisoning/

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5. NATIONAL NEWS
2019 U.S. Animal Protection Laws State Rankings - The Best And Worst States For Animal Protection Laws  (First time Kentucky is not #50!  Small improvement, but a LONG way to go…
https://aldf.org/project/us-state-rankings/
Miegs County, OH: Dog shot with arrow in Meigs County, Ohio
https://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Dog-shot-with-arrow-in-Meigs-County--567027441.html
Mocksville, NC: Piedmont wildlife rehabbers seeing increase of animals in need
https://myfox8.com/2020/01/15/piedmont-wildlife-rehabbers-seeing-increase-of-animals-in-need/
Minneapolis, MN: ‘He’s The Happiest Boy’: Dog Found With Severed Spine In Need Of Forever Home
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/01/15/hes-the-happiest-boy-dog-found-with-severed-spine-in-need-of-forever-home/
Canton, NC: It's not easy being green: Haywood County dog gives birth to colorful puppy
https://www.wral.com/it-s-not-easy-being-green-haywood-county-dog-gives-birth-to-colorful-puppy/18890109/
Chicago, IL: Dog that touched CTA third rail survives to bark the tale
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/15/21066580/simba-dog-survives-shocked-touched-cta-third-rail
CA: Pilot program at Stockton animal shelter uses AI to increase adoption rates
https://fox40.com/2020/01/14/pilot-program-at-stockton-animal-shelter-uses-ai-to-increase-adoption-rates/
CO: Within one week, Denver man's dog was lost, stolen, sold and returned
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/lost-dog-stolen-sold-returned-to-owner-in-a-week
VA: Williamsburg Police Officer gives shelter dogs second chance at life
https://wtkr.com/2020/01/12/williamsburg-police-officer-gives-shelter-dogs-second-chance-at-life/
10-year-old dog finds forever home after 5 years at New Hampshire animal shelter
https://www.wmtw.com/article/10-year-old-dog-find-forever-home-after-5-years-at-manchester-animal-shelter/30486028
CA: Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, ‘Shoot ‘em
https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2020-01-11/california-sea-lions-bay-area-fishermen-la-jolla
CA: A Sacramento man was ready to say goodbye to his beloved dog. Then he got a text
https://fox40.com/2020/01/09/a-sacramento-man-was-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-his-beloved-dog-then-he-got-a-text/
Des Moines, IA: Woman Beats Her Dog in Front of Animal Control Officer
https://whotv.com/2020/01/09/animal-rescue-league-woman-beats-her-dog-in-front-of-animal-control-officer/
Bluebell, WV: Mercer men arrested for animal cruelty after bludgeoning puppy in view of elementary school
https://www.bdtonline.com/news/mercer-men-arrested-for-animal-cruelty-after-bludgeoning-puppy-in/article_5d748614-334c-11ea-bd20-67229bfd7f78.html
Factory Farm Industry Quietly Lobbies California Officials to Criminalize Animal Rescue Activism
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/09/factory-farms-california-animal-rights-criminalization/

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Australia wildfires: ‘You can’t walk 10 metres without coming across another carcass,’ says animal charity
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfires-latest-news-animal-deaths-humane-society-international-kangaroo-island-a9282681.html
On a kangaroo killing field, from horror to hope for Australian animals devastated by wildfires
https://wtvr.com/2020/01/09/on-a-kangaroo-killing-field-from-horror-to-hope-for-australian-animals-devastated-by-wildfires/
Kangaroo Culling Could Continue Despite One Billion Animals Estimated to Have Perished in Australia Wildfires
https://www.newsweek.com/kangaroo-culling-australia-wildfire-one-billion-animals-killed-1481265
Chinese paddlefish, one of the world's largest fish, declared extinct
Native to China’s Yangtze River, these fish grew 23 feet in length, but haven’t been spotted since 2003.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/01/chinese-paddlefish-one-of-largest-fish-extinct/
Millions of animals are dying from the Australian fires, and the environment will suffer for years to come
https://www.kctv5.com/news/us_world_news/millions-of-animals-are-dying-from-the-australian-fires-and/article_5ab917d2-8622-5a3c-a47a-b5c3d849cc12.html
Nottinghamshire, England: Dog rescued after being tied to heavy rock and thrown in river
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dog-rescue-river-drown-trent-farndon-nottinghamshire-police-a9272561.html
Lancashire, UK: Dog abandoned in church along with ‘I’m sorry’ note - ‘Life has taken a really bad turn for me and I couldn’t imagine him being outside with me cold and hungry,' said the note
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dog-abandoned-church-sorry-note-lancashire-a9267931.html
Australia wildfires: Half a billion animals and plants killed as glaciers turn black - ‘There is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the [animals’] bodies,’ said ecologist
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfires-animals-plants-glaciers-sydney-koalas-nsw-a9267316.html
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Help keep stray and outdoor kitties warm this winter.

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For those of us that are not handy or don't know anyone that is handy with power tools this is a fast,easy and cheap way to help the homeless kitties make it through the winter.....Fast & Functional This innovative idea, costing around $30 ,but prices may vary..

In previous years, we learned that finding one plastic bin to fit inside another was the most challenging part of this project. One container should fit inside the other with room still left for polystyrene.

The inner box is an 18 gallon Rubbermaid "Roughneck Tote" - Lowe's part number: 44894 - Cost $5
The outer box is a 35 gallon Rubbermaid "Latching Tote" that is harder to find - Lowe's part number: 212261 - Cost $15
1" polystyrene - Cost $10
Total Cost in 2007-2008: $30
Having difficulty cutting the plastic? "We blew hot air from a hairdryer on the area where we planned to cut. This softened the plastic and it sliced like butter."

Consider surrounding your cats' shelter with bails of straw. Did you know that straw is a fabulously efficient insulator? Homes insulated with 18" wide bails of straw could save 75% on heating & cooling costs. Just think what that could do for your cats!

Place shelters where they will be protected from wind and snow drifts -- particularly those without protective flaps over the door(s) -- otherwise snow could blow in and bury/trap the cats. If there are fixed objects, such as buildings in your feral cat shelter area, pay attention to the way the winds tend to circulate, and place the shelters where there is the least amount of blowing & drifting snow. This could be a lifesaver, particularly for those who endure extreme winter weather, in which roads may be impassable for 1-2 days.

Depending on predators and other animals/hazards in your area, some cats may not use shelters unless there are two exits -- one for them to sneak out should another unwanted animal enter. Consider an emergency exit with a flap that opens from the inside only.

SOURCE: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.302614663082847.86610.100000029462343&type=3&saved#!/photo.php?fbid=289961824357601&set=a.201303086556809.47010.200798083273976&type=1&theater

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A Rescuer's Prayer

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Now I lay me down to rest
I pray my soul can stand this test
Of watching critters lose their homes
While owners gripe and cry and moan

I long for strength of spirit and
I pray they'll find a home again
Where they will know a loving heart
I can't do much, but it's a start..

And spare me from the owner's pleas
About the baby's allergies
Or how they're moving out of state
Or spitefulness 'tween cat and mate'

Please keep me sane while dealing with
The woman who bought as a gift
A wriggling tiny ball of fluff
That now is playing way too rough

Remind me I should bite my lip
When confronted with "he grew too quick."
"I didn't know he'd get so large."
"He seems to think that he's in charge."

Protect my heart when I hear them say
"I think we'll breed our dog one day."
Sometimes I think it'll break in two;
Each day brings trials harsh and new

And if I die before I wake
I pray one hopeless soul you'll take
My tears are gone, my faith is bare
Lord, please hear my rescue prayer.

By Colleen M. Adams

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National List of Class B Dealers Selling Pets to Labs

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Good information to have:

The link below takes you to a list of Class B Dealers, published by APHIS (animal and plant health inspection services) which is part of the USDA.  Many people who organize transports and recruit adopters/fosters online do not know that there are Class B Dealers who sell pets and pet parts to laboratories.  Rescue organizations may be sending free pets to these people, and unknowingly the pets will be used in experiments or killed for their body parts.  These dealers make a great deal of money selling pets, and pet parts.
 
If you know of any other Class B Dealers that should be added to this list, please forward their information to all rescues.  We need to drive these Class B Dealers out of business. Thank you.
 


For those of you not sure exactly what they do, watch this HBO documentary.  You will be sickened and sad beyond belief.  I had no idea about Class B dealers and dog thieves, and pets sold at flea markets, or what happened, until I watched a few years ago. 

http://www.hbo.com/docs/programs/dealingdogs/synopsis.html

Be alert to names on list, as they can deceive as rescuers!!!!

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A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS

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1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.

Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.

~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

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