Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
I saw this baby being surrendered last Thursday at the high-kill animal shelter I rescue from. This was the first time I had witnessed something like that! I asked the young girl and her boyfriend if they exhausted all their options and explained that there wasn't much hope for their "pet"......they said they did and now this kitten is on death row. Unfortunately because this was an "owner surrender" the shelter does NOT have to keep her alive for the mandatory 72 hours as they do with strays (gives owners a chance to find their lost pet). I feel like for every cat/kiiten I save there are 10 surrendered. It just never ever ends and I can't help but feel frustrated and defeated. I will go downstairs and give my fosters a kiss and remind them how lucky they were.I hope a rescue group comes forward to rescue this precious baby that has no idea her hours are numbered.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I am not a big shopper unlike many of my friends! I often like to save my money for upcoming trips around the world and experiences that otherwise would be spent on countless shoes, Saturday night drinks or the lottery. However last week I came across the cutest purse at Style Sense which just happened to be VEGAN!! Purses are one the accessory that I do enjoy collecting and so far I did not have a redish bag at home so I figured why the heck not?? It wasn't expensive AND I was also supporting a company that took pride in their merchandise not containing any animal products whatsoever!! For more information about the company Urban Expressions please click HERE
Thursday, October 7, 2010
On Thursday September 30th my co-worker/friend Shelley and I headed to our local high-kill animal shelter right after work. Shelley has fostered in the past for Toronto Cat Rescue however this would be her first time actually visiting the animal control. Shelley walked up and down the rows upon rows of unwanted, stray and abandoned cats and kittens who were literally pawing at us to take them out of their cages. As heart-wrenching as it was, Shelley chose a litter of 5 babies to take home with her. They were soooo cute and completely covered with wet kitten food smooched all over their little faces!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The dam was constructed two years ago on the Nawel River, a main branch of the Senegal River, and blocks the manatees’ migratory route. Manatees in Senegal have a migratory cycle that is dictated by the rainy and dry seasons. During the rainy season, manatees gain access to a valley with abundant food where they spend several months. Then, as the dry season approaches, they follow streams to return to the Senegal River.
“In August, we were contacted by Tomas Diagne, a West African manatee biologist, because the mother manatee and her calf had been spotted trapped behind the dam,” said Dr. Katie Tripp, Director of Science and Conservation for Save the Manatee Club. “The Club donation allowed Tomas to rent the equipment and gather the personnel he needed to carry out the rescue. On August 31st, I received an e-mail from Tomas stating that the rescues had been completed successfully and the mother and her calf were out of harm’s way.”
“We hope to meet with Tomas soon to help develop a long-range plan for protecting the migration corridors of manatees in West Africa,” said Tripp. “These two rescue events in Senegal highlight the critical importance of our Emergency Rescue Fund, and we want to say thank you to those people who have donated. It is crucial that we have funds available, so we can respond to calls for help from anywhere in the world. None of our work would be possible without our generous supporters.”
Approximately 100 divers collected 534 Indo-Pacific red lionfish during the first tournament dedicated to reducing the population of the invasive species in the Florida Keys waters.
The September 11 tournament in Key Largo, organized by REEF and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, is the first of three Keys-based lionfish roundups. The event attracted 27 teams which competed for cash and prizes to collect the most, largest and smallest lionfish.
The winning team captured 111 lionfish during the single day event. The largest lionfish caught measured in at just under 11 inches, and the smallest at less than two inches. Lionfish can grow to lengths of over 18 inches in western Atlantic waters where they are not native.
“The sanctuary is thrilled by the response from the dive community,” said Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton. “The volume of fish caught during this single day event demonstrates that dedicated diver removal efforts can be effective at helping keep this invasive at bay.”
Team “Raaw Talent,” from the Upper Keys and led by Captain Al Wilson, captured 111 lionfish and the grand prize of $1,000 for most lionfish. The “Lion Killers” of Islamorada and Marathon netted the largest lionfish, along with $500. And with the capture of the smallest lionfish, team “Full Circle from Key Dives” also caught themselves $500.
Both teams “Raaw Talent” and “Full Circle” had been through REEF’s educational workshops on lionfish safety and handling and have been very active in reporting sightings to REEF and capturing lionfish for research purposes. These lionfish derbies are great events to reward those already involved in REEF’s lionfish control programs and to recruit more people to become active in lionfish control.
“The community participation in this event surpassed even our most generous expectations”, said REEF Director of Operations, Lad Akins. “Everyone came together for a great event, including sponsors, volunteers, organizers, and of course, the lionfish hunters. Even those who brought in a single fish contributed to the protection of our native marine life and deserve our thanks.”
Divers and snorkelers interested in participating for the remaining 2010 Keys lionfish tournaments may register online at www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies.
The second lionfish derby will be held October 16 at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina in Marathon, FL. The third derby will be held November 13 at Hurricane Hole Marina, in Key West, FL. A $100 registration fee provides each team with a pair of puncture resistant gloves — important protection from lionfish spines — and two tickets to the tournament banquet.
For complete results and derby information go to www.REEF.org/lionfish