Ahimsa Rescue Foundation NEEDS your HELP to reduce pet overpopulation and needless suffering that homeless animals endure.
The miracle is not that we do this work but that we are happy to do it.”
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is pleased to announce our 2016 Fundraising Drive to help homeless animals and reduce pet overpopulation.
In a small town in the middle of Sequoyah County, there is an extra-ordinary “all volunteer” animal rescue called Ahimsa Rescue Foundation that is run by a devoted team of volunteers. Families travel from across the country to adopt rescued pets from the Ahimsa Rescue Foundation.
Ahimsa Rescue’s mission is to place needy animals in responsible homes, provide humane education, encourage and facilitate spaying and neutering because there are not enough homes.
Our goal is to reduce pet overpopulation and help end the needless suffering and death that homeless animals endure.
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is seeking funds to complete an onsite “low cost spay/neuter clinic. The low cost spay/neuter clinic will help reduce pet overpopulation by providing low cost spay/neuter services to low-income households. For low and moderate income rural homes, spaying and neutering pets is generally out of reach (except for an affordable spay or neuter where available). This places animals at risk of unnecessary suffering and even abandonment. Our modest fees will help offset the cost of spay/neuter for homes unable to afford full priced surgeries.
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation needs to raise $100,000 to complete our opening of a spay/neuter clinic. We NEED your HELP! Ahimsa Rescue needs you to make a commitment to be a very special supporter. With a tax-deductible contribution, you will play a vital role to reduce pet overpopulation and help eliminate needless suffering and death that homeless animals endure.
We’ve seen the impact that Ahimsa Rescue Foundation has already had and are prepared to build on that to help many more animals. We are in an area with an overwhelming need for these services. We look forward to making a huge difference.
Sincerely, Peace and Compassion for all,
Don R. Morton Teresa L. Morton
Don R. Morton, Teresa Logue Morton
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation Ahimsa Rescue Foundation
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation 2016 Fundraising Drive
to help reduce pet overpopulation
All donations, large and small will be greatly appreciated.
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Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is a 501 ©(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization (tax id: 27-0099426), and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. There are no employees or paid staff at Ahimsa, and 100% of your tax deductible gift will be used directly for the spay/neuter clinic. So please send the most generous tax-deductible gift you possibly can to help make the spay/neuter clinic a reality. Requests to remain anonymous will be honored.
“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.
We have a higher mission to be of service to them wherever they require it.”
Francis of Assisi
Please pass this along to others who might be willing to help.
With Easter coming up please be aware that Lilies kill cats. Most cat parents don't know it, but lilies are lethally toxic to cats. A cat can suffer fatal kidney failure just from biting into a lily leaf or petal, licking lily pollen from its paws, or drinking water from a vase with cut lilies in it.
Easter lilies, Stargazer lilies and Asiatic lilies seem to be the most hazardous. (Calla lilies and Peace lilies are harmless to cats) by: HSUS
TRIBUTE TO A DOG
The Phrase “Man’s Best Friend” originated in a court of law. Back in October 28, 1869, A man’s dog, named Old Drum, was shot to death by a neighbor. Animals had no rights back in those days, but the man wanted justice and so he hired 3 lawyers to sue the man who shot his dog. One of these lawyers, named George Graham Vest, is given credit for originally coining the phrase “Man’s Best Friend” during his final summation to the jury. By the time he was finished with his speech, the jury only took 2 minutes to reach a verdict of guilty. This is a record of the final summation given by the lawyer…
“Gentleman of the jury, the best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey thru the heavens.
If fortune drives his master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death”
…Senator George Vest, 1870
Volunteer at Ahimsa Rescue Foundation
Want to be part of the Ahimsa Rescue Foundation Volunteer Team?! You will not regret the decision.
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is searching for an animal loving, hard working volunteer to join Ahimsa's volunteer team to help with daily pet care at the rescue center in Muldrow, OK (15 minutes West of Fort Smith, AR).
The volunteer duties include cleaning the pets kennels, serving their daily food (include treats and toys) and allowing the pets to go outdoors to enjoy exercise/play time in the fully fenced yard. The daily pet care can take from 2 to 4 hours depending upon how much petting and playing with the dogs you chose to do.
The volunteer experience is personally rewarding, and the pets greatly appreciate it!
Audrey Hepburn, who volunteered for UNIEF for 5 years, once said "One cannot save the world but one can make their small part better"...Ahimsa is my small part...
Albet Schweitzer said “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but the one thing I do know: The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
In the world of animal welfare, Ahimsa Rescue Foundation continues to leave its mark. Every year, our organization rescues and finds homes for hundreds of unwanted companion animals. All of our dogs and cats are spayed or neutered prior to placement and receive any and all necessary medical care before they are placed in carefully screened homes. Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is also proud to be able help so many animals. And once an animal passes through our adoption programs, we are responsible for them for life. In fact, we insist that if for any reason the adoptive family cannot keep their pet, he or she must be returned to us for re-homing.
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation specializes in the rescue and placement of abused, unwanted, and abandoned companion animals. We never discriminate on the basis of health, age or breed. Ahimsa Rescue Foundation accepts pets from private surrenders and re-home strays; however, the majority of our animals come to us from shelters that become too overcrowded. By involving and educating the community, Ahimsa Rescue Foundation works to raise the public's awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need.
Ahimsa Rescue Foundation is an all volunteer, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that was founded in 2004. There are no employees or paid staff at Ahimsa Rescue. Ahimsa Rescue operates by virtue of generous and compassionate volunteers who graciously and freely give their time, energy, and resources. They receive NO compensation other than the deep satisfaction in knowing that they are saving the lives of animals who are vigilant guards, relentless messengers, gentle baby-sitters, brave soldiers, hilarious clowns, and mostly, dear friends.
Ahimsa Rescue looks back with warm remembrances of the many of animals we have been able to help. And we look ahead with excitement to the many opportunities offered to our volunteers. The work is difficult but Ahimsa Rescue can't help but renew its commitment to our four-legged friends every time we look into the eyes of an animal in need.
Once upon a time a long time ago, there was a bad land where nice dogs who were free to chase squirrels and butterflies were captured, taken to a dungeon and locked up. The dungeon was a horrid, scary, and evil prison where little dogs were often locked up with big dogs that were not so nice. Sick or injured dogs received no medical care and were left to die. The food--when they were offered food--was so bad they could hardly eat it.
During the hot summer months, the blazing sun would shine into the dungeon and bake the poor dogs. During the cold winter months, the northern winds would blow in and freeze them. Many nice dogs perished while locked away in the dungeon.
The people of the land complained to the king; however, their complaints feel upon deaf ears,
for the king did not like puppy dogs. In this horrid dungeon, pets waited to die unless they were among the fortunate few whose guardians searched
forever until they found their beloved companion.
And, to succeed in freedom for their beloved pet,
the guardian had to give bags of gold to the King.
Things became so bad at the dungeon that the people of the land rebelled and called for rescue from a nearby land that was known to love dogs--to love all animals.
So, the neighbors--these lovers of all animals--
assembled and found a plan to save the poor animals: They went to the king with their proposal and after much discussion, persuaded him to let them help the dogs in the dungeon.
The animal-loving people quickly began to make
the dungeon a better place: They blocked out the hot sun and cold winds with rainbow shades. They brought in soft beds, delicious foods, and even squeaky toys. They came every day to the newly-decorated, bright dungeon to bring more delicious food, scrub the floors,
and lavish love on all the puppy dogs.
The animal-loving people never missed a single day.
They traveled to the dungeon in blistering hot temperatures of the summer and freezing ice storms of the winter. Their love and commitment to help these animals were real.
These animal-loving people of the neighboring land--The Ahimsa Team--continued to help these animals every single day until they could eventually remove all dogs from the dungeon and into their safe land at Ahimsa Rescue Foundation!
Thank you Ahimsa Rescue Team!!!
Declawing Cats: Manicure or Mutilation?
To often, people think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat’s nails~the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed. Sadly, this is far from the truth!
Declawing is not like a manicure. It’s a serious surgery that involves 10 individual amputations—not just of the cats’ nails but of the last digit of each toe as well. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.
To cats, clawing is a natural, healthy, and important behavior. Cats claw to exercise and enjoy themselves, to maintain the condition of their nails, to stretch their muscles, and to mark their territory—both visually and with scent.
Cats often experience extreme pain when they awaken from the surgery and often have difficulty walking. Declawing results in a gradual weakening of leg, shoulder, and back muscles. Because of impaired balance caused by the procedure, declawed cats have to relearn how to walk, much as a person would after losing his or her toes and many become crippled for life. After the surgery, the nails can grow back inside the paw, causing extreme pain unbeknownst to the cat’s guardian.
Without claws, even house-trained cats might start to urinate and defecate outside the litterbox in an attempt to mark their territory. Declawed cats might become morose, reclusive, withdrawn, irritable, aggressive, and unpredictable. Many people think that declawed cats are safer around babies, but, in fact, the lack of claws (a cat’s first line of defense) makes many cats feel so insecure that they tend to bite more often as a means of self-protection.
Nearly two dozen countries—including England, Australia, and Japan—have prohibited or severely restricted veterinarians from performing the painful, permanently crippling, and mutilating procedure.
Many compassionate veterinarians refuse to declaw cats, even in areas where the procedure is legal, because declawing is cruel and of no benefit to cats—and it violates veterinarians’ oath to “do no harm.”
With a little bit of patience and effort, it’s easy to keep cats from shredding couches and curtains—without resorting to cruel declawing surgery.
With a little effort and patience, you can protect your furnishings and preserve your cat’s claws at the same time. The following hints will help:
- Trim your cat’s nails regularly. When the cat is relaxed and unafraid, gently press on the toes until the claws extend. Use a pair of nail clippers and cut only the tip of the nail, taking care not to damage the vein or “quick.” The nail hook is what tears upholstery, so removing it virtually eliminates damage.
- Buy or build two or more scratching posts. They must be sturdy, tall enough to allow the cat to stretch (3 feet or taller), and properly placed. Bark-covered logs, posts covered with sisal, or posts covered with tightly woven burlap work well. Soft, fluffy, carpeted scratching posts don’t work—they are one of the greatest causes of declawing because cats don’t like the posts, and frustrated human companions resort to surgery. If you use carpet, secure it to the posts with the rough backing on the outside; soft carpeting will not satisfy a cat’s need to claw. Place one scratching post where your cat is already clawing and another near the area where he or she normally sleeps (cats like to stretch and scratch when they first wake up). An excellent scratching post is available from Felix Katnip Tree Company, 3623 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103; 206-547-0042.
- Consider cardboard or sisal “scratching boxes” that lie flat on the floor. These are inexpensive and small enough to scatter around the house, allowing your cat easy access to an “approved” scratching spot at all times. They do wear out fairly quickly, however, and will need to be replaced every few months—otherwise, cats may get frustrated and revert to using furniture.
- Teach your cat where to claw and where not to claw. Place your cat on the new scratching post and move his or her paws, or pretend to scratch it yourself. This will scent the posts and encourage exploratory clawing. Make the post a “fun” place to be. Play games with your cat on and around the post, and attach hanging strings, balls, and/or bouncy wire toys to it. Try sprinkling catnip on the post, too. (A once-a-week or so refresher application will keep your cat interested.) When kitty uses the post, reinforce this behavior with praise, but be careful not to startle or frighten him or her. When your cat claws furniture, discourage this behavior with a firm voice or other loud noise, but never with physical force. Directing lukewarm water from a squirt gun at the animal’s back is often successful. During the training period, you may need to cover upholstery with plastic or other protection (cats don’t like the slippery feel and will quickly learn to stay away).
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness...He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. he will encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince...when all other friends desert he remains. When riches take wings and reputation fall to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
Every day in the United States, tens of thousands of puppies and kittens are born. Each year ten to twelve million dogs and cats are euthanized simply because there are not enough homes.
GUESS WHO PAYS...
Have a heart, have your pet spayed or neutered.
The United States faces a pet overpopulation crisis as ten to twelve million animals are euthanized each year simply because there are not enough homes for them. Euthanasia is the single largest cause of death for dogs and cats in the U.S. We classify 10 million to 12 million of them as “surplus” and kill them. That’s a million a month. These numbers do not include the millions of dead dogs and cats whose bodies are scraped off the streets, the estimated 35 million to 60 million feral cats, the hundreds or thousands we abuse, neglect and abandon to suffer from starvation, exposure, and disease before dying. Only the most “fortunate” victims make it into good shelters to be counted and killed; most are socialized to humans, less than 2 years old, in good condition, and young. The number of dogs one unaltered female and her offspring can produce in 6 years is 67,000. The average number of litters an unaltered female dog can produce in one year is two. The number of puppies in an average litter is 6-10. A dog can come into puberty/heat as early as 5 months. The number of cats one unaltered female and her offspring can produce in 7 years is 420,000. The average number of litters an unaltered female cat can produce in one year is three. The number of kittens in an average litter is 7-10. A cat can come into puberty as early as 4 months. Female cats do not go out of heat until they are bred. While a female dog or cat can only have one litter at a time, male animals can impregnate many females each day. Dogs and cats have a greatly improved chance of long life, good health and contentment if they are spayed or neutered. The best preventive is to spay dogs and cats while they are young and healthy. Having your pets spayed or neutered prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens. No single segment of the public can be blamed for the dog and cat overpopulation. Sources include accidental mating, purposeful breeding by people who hope to sell the offspring, and breeding for “personal” reasons. If all Veterinarians would actively promote spaying and neutering, the crisis would improve dramatically. The American Kennel Club is the country’s largest registry for purebred dogs. It receives millions of dollars each year from registering litters for breeders. The problem is simple: we have too many dogs and cats and not enough homes. Too many unaltered dogs and cats running at large. We all must begin to take responsibility for pet overpopulation. Simply stated, to end the pet overpopulation, we must turn off the reproductive faucet. An owner must not permit an unaltered dog or cat to run loose. Animal guardians must spay and neuter their companion animals. It is no longer acceptable to indiscriminately breed a dog or cat. It is a crime against the 10-12 million homeless dogs and cats we kill every year. A spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It’s a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals. By spaying or neutering companion animals, we can end these unwanted births, reduce the needless suffering and deaths that homeless animals endure. There is a solution to this problem in which everyone can participate…By spaying or neutering companion animals, we can end these unwanted births, and reduce the needless suffering that homeless animals endure.