Tuesday, December 11, 2018


THE TWELVE PETS OF CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,

The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.

For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,

These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.



Stormy, Gypsy, Kate, and Freddie Purrcury

Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.

Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!

Fully grown cats need forever homes too,

Could one of these cats make its new home with you?


Snowball and Rudy

The next group of pets (and this one astounds):

Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.

A cuddly pooch you can squeeze on and hug -

Couldn’t your family welcome an affable lug?



Stella

Group Three is made up of the much-maligned pitties.

(I know one named Rufus with a soft spot for kitties!)

“Pit Bull” type breeds can make loving pets too,

Why not meet one yourself – see if they’re right for you?



Sampson

The next group of pets – give a shout-out (or yelp!)

Have some medical needs that require some help.

Just a pinch extra care (and sometimes a head cone),

Please, give them a pill and throw them a bone!


Plata

Oldies but goodies – pray, how old are you?

People are ageist towards older pets, too.

Though a pet may be older, there’s still love to give,

Take a senior pet home with your old self to live!



The pets in Group Six are a bit – ahem – plump.

Who among us does not have some junk in the trunk?

If you haven’t gone big, you may as well try it –

Adopt a plump pet – you can both start a diet!



Starsky + Hutch

Two adorable pets are better than one.

Our next group of pets is double the fun!

Bonded pairs that want only to be kept together,

Can you give them a home that will last them forever?



Kevin

Kitties with sass, dogs with raw puppy power,

Are first to be picked before a wallflower.

Pets in the shelter who act bashful and quiet,

Once settled at home can be quite a riot!



Bingo and Uno

The pets that make up Group Nine may surprise ya.

They’re dogs, not accessories – aye Chihuahua!

Such cute little pups to be left all alone,

Can’t you take one or two or three of them home?



The next group of pets is happiest single.

Not suited to other pets’ party and mingle.

Much better for you, you will bond that much quicker,

Take an ‘only pet’ home; be like thieves, only thicker.



Group Eleven is made up of pets that are black.

Hard for me to believe - I have a whole pack!

Black pets are so handsome and shiny and sleek,

Why not adopt one for each day of the week?



Branch and Josephine Rabbit

The Twelfth Group of pets, through no fault of their own,

Have had longer than average waits for a home.

They sit and they sit and they wait, wait, wait, wait.

Go ahead, go and meet – fall in love! It is fate!

***

So this Holiday Season, won’t you please share the love,

With one or more groups of pets mentioned above?

Let’s all spread the word of these under-served pets,

And make 2019 the most hopeful year yet!




Throughout December,

all pets that fall under the 12 Pets of Christmas categories will have reduced adoption fees.


Spread the word and share on social media using:

@rockcityrescue | #12PetsXmas

Happy Holidays from all of us at

Rock City Rescue!




Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 The Twelve Pets Of Christmas

THE TWELVE PETS OF CHRISTMAS

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the shelter,

The Twelve Pets of Christmas were in need of a helper.

For although these Twelve Pets have so much to offer,

These groups are ignored when it comes to adopters.



Princess:  Female, Tabby, Approx 1.5-2 years old

Group One is adult cats, aged nine months and up.

Why adopt only kittens? They’re cute, but grow up!

Fully grown cats need forever homes too,

Could one of these cats make its new home with you?



Guinness: Male, Lab mix, approx 1.5 years old

The next group of pets (and this one astounds):

Big, lovable dogs weighing forty-plus pounds.

A cuddly pooch you can squeeze on and hug -

Couldn’t your family welcome an affable lug?



Maize:  Female, American Pit Bull Terrier mix, 2 years old

Group Three is made up of the much-maligned pitties.

(I know one named Rufus with a soft spot for kitties!)

“Pit Bull” type breeds can make loving pets too,

Why not meet one yourself – see if they’re right for you?



From left: Missandei (Female, 1 yr), Sampson (Male, 2 yrs), and Maize (Female, 2 yrs old). 

The next group of pets – give a shout-out (or yelp!)

Have some medical needs that require some help.

Just a pinch extra care (and sometimes a head cone),

Please, give them a pill and throw them a bone!



Archer: Male, Lab mix, approx 4-5 years old

Oldies but goodies – pray, how old are you?

People are ageist towards older pets, too.

Though a pet may be older, there’s still love to give,

Take a senior pet home with your old self to live!




Archer: Male, Lab mix, approx 4-5 years old

The pets in Group Six are a bit – ahem – plump.

Who among us does not have some junk in the trunk?

If you haven’t gone big, you may as well try it –

Adopt a plump pet – you can both start a diet!


From left to right: Aries and Riley (Male, Poodles, 8 yrs), Josephine + Peter Rabbit (mother and son), Arwen + Rosie (females, 3.5 yrs old)

Two adorable pets are better than one.

Our next group of pets is double the fun!

Bonded pairs that want only to be kept together,

Can you give them a home that will last them forever?



Stormy: Female, Tabby, 1-2 years old, still semi-feral and would probably do great as a barn cat

Kitties with sass, dogs with raw puppy power,

Are first to be picked before a wallflower.

Pets in the shelter who act bashful and quiet,

Once settled at home can be quite a riot!



Hilaro:  Female, Not quite a Chihuahua mix (lol), but close enough, approx 2 years old

The pets that make up Group Nine may surprise ya.

They’re dogs, not accessories – aye Chihuahua!

Such cute little pups to be left all alone,

Can’t you take one or two or three of them home?



Sampson:  Male, Lab/Chesapeake mix, approx 2 years old

The next group of pets is happiest single.

Not suited to other pets’ party and mingle.

Much better for you, you will bond that much quicker,

Take an ‘only pet’ home; be like thieves, only thicker.



Fiona: Femle, Domestic Shorthair, approx 1.5 years old

Group Eleven is made up of pets that are black.

Hard for me to believe - I have a whole pack!

Black pets are so handsome and shiny and sleek,

Why not adopt one for each day of the week?



Missandei:  Feale, Lab mix, approx 1 year old

The Twelfth Group of pets, through no fault of their own,

Have had longer than average waits for a home.

They sit and they sit and they wait, wait, wait, wait.

Go ahead, go and meet – fall in love! It is fate!

***

So this Holiday Season, won’t you please share the love,

With one or more groups of pets mentioned above?

Let’s all spread the word of these under-served pets,

And make 2018 the most hopeful year yet!




Throughout December,

all pets that fall under the 12 Pets of Christmas categories will have reduced adoption fees.


Spread the word and share on social media using:

@rockcityrescue | #12PetsXmas

Happy Holidays from all of us at

Rock City Rescue!




Sunday, November 26, 2017

#GivingTuesday

After three days of consumption and shopping, it’s time to kick off the giving season! If you didn’t know about GivingTuesday, it is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, dedicated towards bringing the giving community together.

Please support Rock City Rescue this holiday season by sharing our adoption messages. We have many playful, cuddly dogs and cats looking for their forever homes. As a non-profit rescue group, we rely heavily on our supporters, donors, and volunteers to spread the word about our organization so we can reach as many potential adopters as possible.

To help, simply:
Donate to our Facebook Fundraiser (link posted soon here).
Like, comment, and share our adoption posts on Facebook.
Retweet and favorite our Tweets on Twitter.
Read and share our blog posts.


#GivingTuesday follows two of the biggest shopping days of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We are hoping to parlay these traditional spending days into a day of donations for the animals. Rock City Rescue plans to promote our #GivingTuesday event throughout our community as a way to raise awareness for homeless dogs and cats during a time when many people are already focused on giving. We want the residents of Central Arkansas, as well as our supporters in the Northeastern United States, to factor in the animals when they think of giving. By giving to RCR, donors help give animals the gift of life, hope and happiness.

ALL of the funds we raise will go directly towards helping shelter animals - including cats and dogs being cared for in our many foster homes. In addition to this, our rescue also helps pay for owned animals in our community to receive food, shelter, and veterinary care that cannot be provided by their owners. We also encourage volunteer participation, educate the public about adoption, vaccinations, spay/neuter, and other animal welfare issues. Being no strangers to hard work, we often make great effort to raise funds for the benefit of specific animals in need.

Rock City Rescue was created to support the animals of Arkansas. Being an independent, non-profit organization, RCR does not receive funds from the government - we are rely solely on your donations to continue saving hundreds of animals' lives every year. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

2015 Trip



2 days of flying
8 days of traveling
8 states
$45+ in tolls 
2,011 miles driven
59 Rock City Rescue dogs
One amazing, unforgettable trip!

I am beyond thankful for every single one of you that I met along my journey. You made this trip one that I will truly never forget and one I cannot wait to do again! When I first began working with my local kill-shelter here in Arkansas, my mission was simple:  rescue those dogs from their inevitable fate. I never thought about all the families that would be forever changed by one sweet, Arkansas dog. 

That's something I heard, over and over, throughout my trip. How I changed individuals' and families' lives, healed broken hearts, brought joy where it had been lost. I needed that, as much as these families needed love and joy. Rescue is an emotional roller coaster, like none other. It's exhausting and never ending. It takes and takes and rarely gives back all that it's taken. This trip was extremely cathartic for me and despite the lack of rest and relaxation, it was a journey of reconnection. 

From seeing dogs I rescued 4 years ago to seeing dogs I rescued 2 months ago, dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer and I wasn't sure I'd ever get to see again, dogs who I fought for in court, dogs I watched fight for their lives through parvo, dogs that were split up at the kill shelter only to be reunited and adopted together a thousand miles away from where their journey began.  Seeing them again, knowing they're happy and safe, knowing I found families who love them, makes it all worth it to me. 

So, thank you to every single one of you that took time out of your busy lives to meet with me and thank you to everyone who opened up their homes to me. You made this trip incredibly special for me and the 59 pups I got to see again.  And, who knows, hopefully in a few years, I'll get to do this all over again!

"In every dog - and possibly every donkey, kangaroo, or dolphin, there is a chance, often far more than one, for grace, forgiveness and recovery" (Braitman, "Animal Madness"). 


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrate National Dog Day!

Celebrate National Dog Day!



1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or  rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

 2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it's safe for your dog and others.

 3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

 4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.

 5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

 6. Order an adorable dog shaped flower arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com and enjoy a 10% discount by using code GOODLIVING when placing your order!

 7. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

 8. Spend the day taking photos of your dog and then enter our photo contest!

 9. Buy an official National Dog Day Tee here and sport it proudly!

 10. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

 11. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.

 12. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy....or two...or five.

 13. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.

 15. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

 16. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.

 17. Teach your dog a new trick.

 18. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.

 19. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

 20. Take your dog to the beach.

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July


Can you guess the four most common things the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center gets called about every July 4? 

They're fireworks, food, lawn products, and pool chemicals.

Fireworks

They’re pretty to look at and fun to set off. But some pets will eat anything – including fireworks. Pets may also get too close to fireworks being set off or get scared by the loud noise and run away. If you are going to have your pet with you keep her on a leash and watch her carefully. And she should always have a collar with tags and a microchip in case she runs off.

Fireworks are divided into two categories, personal use and professional. Personal fireworks can be purchased by the general public while professional fireworks are restricted. Fireworks generally contain fuel, oxidizers, color producing compounds (often heavy metals), binders and reducing agents.
Chemicals that can be found in fireworks include:
  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Calcium
  • Cesium
  • Chlorate
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Lithium
  • Magnesium
  • Nitrates
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Rubidium
  • Strontium
  • Sulfur
  • Titanium
  • Zinc
While fireworks have the potential to cause serious toxicity, most exposures to personal fireworks do not result in life-threatening signs. 

Common concerns with exposure to fireworks include gastrointestinal upset, corrosive injury, dermal burns and possible foreign body obstruction. Heavy metal toxicity is more likely with larger exposures or exposures to professional fireworks.


Pool Chemicals

 Pool chemicals can include chlorine tablets, muriatic acid and brominating tablets. When pets get into products directly or breathe fumes from them there can be problems.Mix chemicals safely and keep pets indoors until products have diluted appropriately in the pool or spa. And always keep a close watch on your pet around a swimming pool!

Exposure to pool products – once they have been diluted appropriately in the pool or spa – is generally not a serious concern. However, it is very different when pets get into the products directly.

Most often there is concern for gastrointestinal signs as well as potential for corrosive injury. Respiratory signs may be a problem if the exposure is in a confined area or the owner has been mixing chemicals inappropriately in a small, enclosed space.


Lawn Products


We all want our yards to look nice, but pet exposure to lawn products is a common problem. 

Keep pets safe with these 4 tips: 
1) Keep pets out of areas where any products are being applied 
2) Make sure you follow all instructions for the product 
3) Keep pets inside until products are dry or no longer prominent – if you’re not sure how long that takes,wait 24 hours 
4) Make sure your pet has access to water so he doesn’t go seeking it in the wrong places


Generally lawn products fall into three categories: herbicides, fertilizers and insecticides.

Casual exposures to yard products generally result in mild and self-limiting gastrointestinal upset. But what you want to watch out for is exposure to agricultural products (especially older ones), larger exposures to insecticides (particularly granular products) or exposures to older or foreign products.

You are more likely to run into a nasty organophosphate or carbamate toxicity with older (particularly agricultural) or foreign products.

Food

Grapes/raisins, onions and garlic, xylitol, macadamia nuts, chocolate, moldy food, avocados, cherry pits, alcohol: Summer festivities include a plethora of foods pets should not get into.

While there is not much new to share in this category, xylitol keeps popping up in unexpected places – the newest one is peanut butter. Make sure to have owners check those labels!



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Change A Pets Life Day

Change A Pet's Life Day

Five simple ways to help change a pets life TODAY!

1. Make a donation to Rock City Rescue online here or mail here
(Rock City Rescue, 2513 McCain Blvd, Ste 2, #176, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116-7606)

2.  Volunteer with Rock City Rescue here

3. Purchase something off our Wishlist

4. Become a Foster family (email rockcityrescue@gmail.com)!

5. Spread the word by sharing our FB page, Twitter, Instagram, and review us here!