Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Latest Update from Best Friends

"Happy New Year" to you and your family from Joy and Martha and their families.

The latest update from Michael Mountain of Best Friends. Michael will be our guest tonight on Talk With Your Animals radio show.

In the week after Thanksgiving, nearly 40,000 of you signed Best Friends' petition, showing your support for a plan to mount a final rescue, care, and nationwide adoption drive for family pets who are still roaming the streets in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

When you signed the petition you helped make a difference, and today Best Friends is delighted to announce the national humane groups are all on board with this plan, as are local shelters. The whole effort is about to get underway.

First, we're setting up two new rescue centers: one in New Orleans and the other in Gulfport, Mississippi. Rescue teams will be bringing animals there for an official 5-day holding period in case it turns out the pets they rescue still have a local family. After that, we'll be driving or flying them to carefully chosen shelters around the country to be placed in good, new, loving homes.

Best Friends is functioning as the "lead agency" in this whole effort. The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and United Animal Nations (UAN) will be helping to fund the work at the two rescue centers. And UAN will also be offering volunteer support. The American Humane Association has offered their emergency rescue truck to do spaying and neutering if needed.And the Helen Woodward Animal Center will be playing a major part in the adoption effort, bringing many of the rescued pets into their nationwide "Home for the Holidays" adoption drive that's in full swing at this time of year.

Since the hurricane blew in at the end of August, thousands of people have worked together in the biggest animal rescue effort ever. And now comes the last stage of that effort.

Incidentally, there was a concern on the part of other national humane groups that Best Friends' petition implied some criticism of them. That was not the intention, and Best Friends has no such criticism. Other humane groups are working hard in planning for the future of the region. For example, the ASPCA is putting together a major spay/neuter drive across a wide area there. But Best Friends own assessment of the region, the week before Thanksgiving, showed that there was still a need for serious rescue work, and they are delighted that they can all have a unified plan of action, backed by the major humane groups and supported by you, our members and friends.

A copy of the rescue plan, along with regular updates as it gets underway, will be posted on the Best Friends website, www.bestfriends.org.

Thank you, as always, for making it all possible.

Michael Mountain

P.S. Best Friends estimates that we will spend well over $1 million in transport and adoption costs alone to get these animals to safety and then to loving homes. Anything that you can donate at this time would be a tremendous help. Please contribute what you can at https://www.bestfriends.org/donate/hrf.cfm

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Happy Holidays

Joy and Martha wish you all the very merriest of Christmases and happiest of Holidays as well as a glorious 2006. Keep love in your Heart and remember you can never love your animal kids too much. You can only love them, hopefully, enough! They are great teachers and our best friends! Love to you all.

Joy's guest on December 27th is Michael Mountain who is the president and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society. Michael will be talking with Joy about the many ways Best Friends helps animals especially the ones affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Best Friends is working with you -- and with humane groups all across the country -- to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets. The sanctuary, at the heart of Southern Utah's Golden Circle of national parks, is home, on any given day, to about 1,500 dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, and other animals.

The mission of Best Friends is driven by the simple philosophy that kindness to animals helps build a better world for all of us. And the work of Best Friends is supported entirely through the donations of their members and supporters. Through the generous hearts and hands of people like you, they can ensure that animals who come into the care of Best Friends will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid, or in pain.

For more information about Best Friends, please check out the website, www.bestfriends.org.
Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate for a session with Joy? Sessions are in 30 minute increments. The cost for each 30 minute increment is $75. To purchase a gift certificate, you can call Joy at 425-867-1779 or through the website, www.talkwithyouranimals.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Gift Idea

Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lover on your Christmas list? How about a gift certificate for a session with Joy? Sessions are in 30 minute increments. The cost for each 30 minute increment is $75. To purchase a gift certificate, you can call Joy at 425-867-1779 or through the website, www.talkwithyouranimals.com.

Friday, December 09, 2005

New Mention

Please welcome New Woman Books to our list of mentions. Please check out their websites for more information about their great products and services.

List of Mentions

THE ONLY FEMINIST BOOKSTORE IN WASHINGTON - New Woman Books - 253-854-4311 - website: www.newwomanbooks.com

ANIMAL DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS - HO Creations - Denise Hoober - 253-839-7703 - website: www.hocreations.com

PET SITTING - Happy Pets Pet Sitting - Jay Yanick - 425-644-1121 - website: www.happypetspetsitting.com

REIKI AND HEALING TOUCH - Dearra - 425-836-9291: website: www.bristolsbuddies.com

CELEBRATIONS - Tailwaggin - 1-877-381-6924: website: www.tailwagging.com

PET STORES - PetsEnergy - 425-771-0676: website: www.petsenergy.com

Do you have a product or a business and want to let the radio audience know about it? E-mail Martha@talkwithyouranimals.com for more details on how Talk With Your Animals' radio show can promote your product or business.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

PETS Act, H. R. 3858

Don't you think it's terrible that people were forced to leavetheir pets behind during Hurricane Katrina? Please ask your U.S. Representative to support the PETS Act, H.R. 3858, which would require state and local authorities to plan for evacuating people with pets the next time a disasterlike Hurricane Katrina strikes. It's quick and easy to do. Use this link:https://community.hsus.org/campaign/pets_act_house?rk=r7z55td1WmI5W

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