Monday, June 30, 2014

Have Some Fun With Party Girl!

Party Girl is a 4 month old, very unusual looking girl! We're not sure if she has some Siamese/Calico in her or what, but she is certainly very interesting and beautiful!

This sweetie enjoys being petted and loves to play. She is house trained and current on her shots.

WAG's cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash or credit card)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an adoption application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Our Sweet Sophie

Sophie is a very affectionate and happy girl. She's always hogging all the attention. But I mean, come on! Who could say no to her cuteness?!

She does well with other cats and has been introduced to small dogs under 20lbs. She is a happy go lucky girl looking for her forever home!

Sophie is house trained and current on her shots.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!


If you would like to fill out an adoption application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Enabling Animal Abuse

This past week a hoarder situation was discovered in Detroit. A woman was found living with 35 living cats along with the remains of 40 dead cats. A friend of hers is quoted to say “She has a really good heart.”

The ASPCA recently adopted out a cat named King. He became "famous" after a video went viral on Facebook showing Andre Robinson luring the cat over, patting his head and then brutally kicking him 20 feet and laughing. This man's mother was quoted as saying “Andre loves animals, he must have been high."

Unfortunately and all too commonly, parents witness their child doing cruel and unthinkable things to animals. You know, magnifying glasses and insects, firecrackers and toads, or abuse of the family pet and the all too common excuse? “Boys will be boys.” (Sorry lads, it is statistically proven boys partake in this behavior at a higher rate than girls).

All these people are enabling cruelty. They are harming more than the individual whose behavior they are excusing; they are harming the community as a whole.

I get it, right now you are thinking…

Why should I care?

The reason every single person in our community should care, including the folks who are not pet owners, the folks that think people who volunteer for animal organizations should be volunteering to help people, the folks that think “It’s just an animal” is THE LINK.

So what is the link? It is a national coalition whose Steering Committee is composed of nationally renowned experts and practitioners who represent an array of disciplines dedicated to preventing violence against people, animals or both. Their mission is to work together to stop violence against people and animals. Their findings: Over the past 30 years, researchers and professionals in a variety of human services and animal welfare disciplines have established significant correlations between animal abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse and other forms of violence. Mistreating animals is no longer seen as an isolated incident that can be ignored: it is often an indicator or predictor crime and a “red flag” warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe. We call this species-spanning interconnectedness of different forms of violence The Link.*

The numbers are nothing less than stunning and statistically, over 93% of those convicted of a violent crime against a human have performed an act of cruelty against an animal. 100% of serial killers have abused animals. The list goes on and on.

No longer can we turn a blind eye and say it's not my problem or the police need to deal with this. Are we really supposed to expect our local police force to know and see everything we do? And a reaction of doing nothing when you know something is not quite right is no longer acceptable.

So what can you do? Embrace tougher laws against animal abuse. Call the police if you see or hear something. And the “taking you out of your comfort zone” and most helpful thing you should do?

1.  Spot the signs:
a.  An animal living in substandard conditions (chained, no food, water or shelter, untreated wounds)
b.  Direct violence or bullying
c.  An owned animal who is fearful of the owner
d.  An owner who enjoys extreme dominant behavior of his pets
          
2.  Take action:
a.  Call your local police or 911
b.  Call your local animal control or humane society

3.  Document
a.  Give your phone a purpose and video tape the act (even if you can’t see anything, video tape for the sound recording)
b.  Record the date, time, place and physical descriptions of the individuals (people and animals)

4.  Be prepared to be a voice in your community. Whether it is testifying or working with law enforcement, be strong enough to say no to violence.

So I completely understand that this is not an enjoyable read but the sad fact is animal cruelty and neglect is alive and well Downriver. Your local shelters see it all too often and we need your help to end it.

* http://nationallinkcoalition.org/








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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Come Meet Lucy This Saturday


Lucy is about 1 to 2 years old. Animal Control Officers spent three days trying to catch her off the streets in a live trap, and WAG rescued her from there.

She is a friendly lap dog and loves to be petted! She will even paw at you when you stop!

Lucy is playful with the foster dogs she resides with. She is crate trained, spayed and current on her shots. A home visit is a must.

Our adoption fee is $250.00 (cash only).

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an adoption application online, or to find out more about WAG and our adoptable pets, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Indulge Yourself With Mocha

Mocha is a very playful and cuddly little girl. She doesn't mind lounging on the couch or playing with you all day. 

She's super cute and seems to 'pose' for photos. She is curious of dogs and seems to do well with them along with other cats.

Mocha is house-trained and current on her shots.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Our Beautiful Blossom...

Blossom is just adorable. She is about 5 months old and weighs 30 pounds. We think she will be about 50 to 60 pounds when full grown. She is said to be a Border Collie and Australian Cattle dog mix. 

Poor Blossom was living in an apartment and just did not have the room to run around so the owner surrendered her to Wag. She is fostered with cats and 4 other big dogs and does great with them. Blossom is a very loving and active puppy.  

This sweetie is mostly housetrained, She has only had accidents when she is very excited. She is crate trained, knows "sit" and likes to play fetch.

Blossom is vaccinated, dewormed, treated with flea and heartworm prevention, and microchipped. 

Blossom MUST have a fenced yard and no small children under 8. She would not do good with small dogs because she is going to be a very active dog. No apartments or condos please. She also would not do well in a house where she would be locked in a crate for 8 hours a day. 

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Monday, June 16, 2014

How About A Little Cinniman...

Cinniman is super friendly, outgoing and loves everyone! He is just a great little fella with an awesome personality, who is in need of a great home!

He is house trained, neutered and current on his vaccinations.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Kitty Con - Kitten Adoption Event

Help! I've found a baby ____?

Does that baby animal really need help?

Each spring rehabilitators are inundated with young animals who are in desperate need of help after being abandoned or orphaned.

The sad fact is that many of those babies weren't orphaned or abandoned. By taking in a wild animal you could be depriving that baby his mother and a much better chance for survival.

So what do you do? Here are some guidelines to help identify if the babies are truly orphaned or just waiting for their mother to come back:

Baby Animals of all Species

Please remember what the signs of a truly needy animal are before removing him, and then be sure to follow some simple rules:
Look for signs that the baby animal is truely orphaned.
Obviously the only sure way to know an animal has been orphaned is to see the dead mother nearby. Without that confirmation, the most common signs an animal will display after truly losing their mom include:
You see the dead mother nearby
Crying for more than a few hours
Feces on the animal
Clear signs of dehydration: tented skin, sunken eyes, listlessness
Fresh wounds
Diarrhea
Maggots
The animal is lying on his side

Wear gloves, especially around raccoons, to protect yourself and the animal.
Keep him in a safe, quiet, dark, warm environment (and wrap him in a blanket or towel) until he can be transferred to a rehabilitator. His best chance for survival is to get to a knowledgeable person as soon as possible.

Never offer the baby food or water without first contacting a wildlife rehabilitator. Every rehabber has a sad story of an animal who could have been saved except that the finder had offered the animal food or cow's milk when the youngster wasn't warm enough, old enough, or healthy enough to digest it. Also, the only baby animals who can safely drink cow's milk are calves.

Cottontail Rabbits

Cottontail rabbits, which are born March through October, are often found in the center of yards. The mothers plan it that way because she knows most predators usually don't go into wide open spaces, and her periphreal vision when sitting a ways from the nest allows her a clear view of anything approaching her babies.

Mom rabbit only goes to her nest when she is feeding her babies, usually only twice a day, generally at dusk and dawn and then only for five minutes at a time. Because of this, most people think the mother has abandoned the nest when they find it and never see the mom around. But it's important to be absolutely sure that the babies are truly orphaned before bringing them to any rehabilitator as 90% of the babies will die when taken from their nest.
The best way to check and see if the nest has been visited by mom is to mark the top of it with thin twigs in the mark of a tic-tac-toe pattern and check after 24 HOURS (but not at dusk or dawn when she may be hesitant to nurse if she sees you there). If the twigs have been moved, mom has been there.

Cottontails are born furless with their eyes and ears closed. They are fully furred at one week of age. Their eyes open a few days later. In another week and a half they will wander away from the nest and be on their own. Because baby rabbits are only in the nest three weeks, it's not unusual to see a tiny one in your yard.

If something other than mom has gotten into the nest (your dog for example) try and rebuild it and check to see if any of the babies have any injuries. If you have found a nest in your yard, accompany your dog outside if you know he's discovered it. Outdoor cats should wear a bell to alert wildlife, but it would be better for the wild animals and the cat to remain indoors. If you have to mow the lawn, put a laundry basket on top of the nest with a couple of bricks to hold it down until you're done.

Remember, the best thing you can do to help the cottontails in your yard is to leave the nest alone. Mom will take better care of her babies than the best rehabber ever could.

Opossums

As North America's only marsupial, the opossum is unique and widely misunderstood.
They are important to the environment by keeping areas clean. If you're a gardener, you'll enjoy having a possum in your yard as slugs are a favorite food of theirs.

They are generally non aggressive, playing dead when confronted by predators.
Sadly, though, many of these slow moving adults (with extremely poor eyesight) are killed on roads and by pet dogs and cats. Because a female carries her babies in her pouch, they are often found by passers-by when the pouch relaxes and they can easily crawl out.

It's important to make sure that the mother is truly dead before taking her babies. Though rare, we have been brought babies taken from the pouch of a possum who was just playing possum! Sadly, when mom woke, she quickly ran away (startling those who were burying her) without her babies.

It is safe to assume mom is truly dead if she is stiff and cold or with flies and maggots on her body. Because some babies choose to stay in the pouch while others crawl out and sit on her body, they are often left behind. When you are saving baby possums, check the inside of her pouch by just pulling it open like you would a shirt pocket, and look around and under her body.

Squirrels

The most common varieties of squirrels native to Michigan are the larger orangebrown fox squirrel and the grey squirrel, which may also be seen with black fur. Both of these types of squirrels live in tree nests, and prefer nuts, seeds, and some vegetation.
They generally have 3-4 babies per litter. Smaller red (pine) squirrels are also common in many neighborhoods and have 6-8 babies per litter.
This variety of squirrel may attempt to nest in a car engine, dryer vent, or inside wall space. Call a rehabilitator for suggestions to encourage them to move out of the unwanted space. Please do not trap and remove adult squirrels unless you are absolutely positive there are no babies left behind!
Baby squirrels may be placed back with mother up to 72 hours after falling from a nest. If a leaf nest has blown down after a storm or other event, it may take 4-6 hours for the mother to locate a new nest site and build a new nest.
Babies who seem lethargic and cold may recover some energy after being warmed to a normal body temperature of 103 degrees by providing a sock with uncooked rice in it heated in the microwave until it is warm to the touch.
Do not place babies outside unattended for long periods of time due to predators such as cats, dogs or birds. While waiting for a mother squirrel to retrieve babies, place the babies in an open container with a towel to snuggle with, as close to the original nest site as possible. Watch from a house or car window so the mother feels safe to approach.
If an adult squirrel approaches a baby and does not attempt to take it to the nest, it's probably an unrelated squirrel.
If she does not return by dusk, bring the babies inside and call a rehabilitator.
The sure signs that a baby squirrel is in need of help are:
·     Baby alone 2 hours or more, found after dusk, and no sign of mother
·     No fur, eyes closed
·     Severely dehydrated - fur 'tents' and seems extremely baggy
·     Furred and eyes open, but screeching or approaching people without fear
·     Bleeding, tipping, walking in circles
·     Broken bones or uneven arm or leg movement
·     Very little movement

Raccoons

Baby raccoons are born between March and June and the average litter size is four infants. Often juvenile raccoons will be out exploring without their mother. Though mom is nocturnal, the little ones are not until they are about 11 months old.
If you find a kit, or several huddling together and hiding, or coming up to you out of curiosity, please don't think they need help, and certainly don't feed them as this may attract predators who may harm them. They are beginning to explore their world while mother sleeps nearby. It may also be the time for mother to move to a new den, so some may just be waiting for her to come back as she can only carry one at a time. If the babies are removed, their mother will frantically search for them for a week to ten days.
Other mother raccoons also adopt orphaned kits, so please, when possible, leave them be as no rehabber is as good as a mom.
Signs that raccoons truly need help are if they are:
·     Cold or screaming
·     Covered in feces or flies and maggots
Please check with a wildlife rehabilitator before removing them as raccoons are very susceptible to feline distemper, a type of parvo, and leptospirosis. Roundworm is also a concern so it's important to wear gloves when handling even baby raccoons.
So who do you call if you find a baby truly in need? The Michigan DNR has a listing of Licensed Rehabilitators here: http://www.michigandnr.com/dlr/
And please remember, it is illegal for a non-licensed rehabilitator to handle wildlife and your local shelter is not equipped with the tools necessary to rehab wildlife. We all want to help but when dealing with wildlife, it really is better to just let them be.

*information in this article was gathered from the Friends of Wildlife, Ann Arbor, MI.

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Meet Our Missy!

Missy

Weighing in at about 40 lbs., Missy is a very friendly 2 year old bone-mouth Shar Pei.

Missy knows basic commands, has good manners and is house and crate trained. She is great with people and kids and loves to run and play in the back yard.

Missy MUST have a fenced yard and a house with no small dogs.

This sweet girl is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested negative, treated with heartworm and flea preventative and micro-chipped.

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie.


If you would like to apply for this dog or any of our other animals, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

It's Wednesday!

Wednesday
Wednesday is a super cool girl! She loves attention from everyone she meets and is definitely not a scaredy cat.

Wednesday has been spayed now that all her kittens have been weaned from her and she is ready to find an awesome home where she can be spoiled rotten!

She is just about a year old now.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!


If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Golf Outing Fundraiser!


Come join Shelter to Home at our annual Golf Outing and Fundraiser.We're having fun and raising money for our favorite furry friends!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Jazz It Up With Jasmine!

Jasmine

Jasmine is a beautiful girl! We believe she is about 3 to 4 years old.

This sweetie would do best in a quiet home where she will be spoiled and loved. She is still very playful and does not mind other cats.

Jasmine is house-trained, spayed and current on her shots.


If you would like to fill out on application for this sweet girl, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Kitty-Con Adoption Event

Chester is a Frisky Kitty!

Chester is a very sweet and loving young man, He is some where between 2 - 3 years old. He plays like crazy. He is a wonderful companion. Chester loves to be pet and will even roll over for belly lovin's. If you are looking for a little bit crazy companion, be sure to meet Chester, you will be glad you did!

Adoption Donation is $100. Contact Foster Mom Kara at kevangelist@hotmail.com for an application today! We pride ourselves in contact with potential adopters within 24 hours so you won't be left waiting!!

All Shelter to Home animals are fully vetted per their age. We believe in pediatric spay and neutering. All animals will be spayed or neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV, given age appropriate boosters and rabies, dewormed, flea treated, and anything extra that is needed to give them a wonderful forever life in a permanent home.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

The Politics of Animal Rescue

I have been thinking about this topic for a while now and I have realized that we, the army of compassion, the pack leaders of kindness, the Subject Matter Experts (SME's) of animal rescue, cannot ignore politics. Yep, it's a pain in our rear because quite simply, we don't have the time for all the red tape. Unfortunately, after the events that have occurred this week, mainly, the closing of the River Rouge animal shelter, politics has slapped us in the face and has given us all a gigantic wake up call. 

POOF - closed...and by the way, all you volunteers, you know, the people who don't get paid - you figure out what to do with the animals. You stay up all night texting, making calls, driving here and there...figuring this mess out. OK powers that be, guess what? We did. We did as we always do, we get it done. We get it done without bothering you in the middle of the night. We get it done with the money from our own pockets. We get it done and we make your city look good. We are the Subject Matter Experts. We are volunteers. We are lawyers, executives, teachers, developers, white collars, blue collars, students, mothers, husbands, tax payers... 

…and you need us.

So city officials, here are some things we as the SME's know: 

  • Requiring all owned animals to be sterilized not only helps the pet population, it will dramatically lower the cost of community animal care to the city.
  • Introducing stricter requirements on breeders (better yet, saying no to backyard breeding) will save the city money as approximately 25% of shelter dogs are 'purebred'.
  • There is a direct correlation between animal neglect/abuse and violence against humans.
  • Dogfighting is happening in our communities and along with it comes drug use, gambling and violence against humans.
    • "When we, as a society, fail to hold perpetrators criminally liable for violating dogfighting and other animal cruelty statutes, we not only condone their behavior, but send a message that our legal system is weak and inconsistent." Animal Legal and Historic Center 2005
  • Animal shelters benefit our cities in general by helping to create a community that is concerned for all it’s citizens, both human and animal.
And so a new chapter begins for Downriver rescue. We will get political. We will teach our elected officials that our business model of lowering euthanasia rates is cost-effective, works hand in hand with public health and safety and fulfills a fiscal and social responsibility to taxpayers. It is our goal to elevate our communities’ standard of living instead of lowering to the least common denominator. We need and want a collaborative partnership with our local governments and that collaboration needs to go both ways. We are good at what we do and we are not going to stop, whether you give us a building or not. 


* the opinions in this article are mine, I use the term 'we' as I feel a kindred with all fellow rescuers. 

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Say Hello To Monkey!

Monkey
Monkey is a beautiful 1 year old boy!

He was surrendered due to his former human's allergies. He is doing great in his foster home. He loves the kids and the other pets in the house too!

This sweet boy is house-trained, neutered and current on vaccinations.

Monkey is an awesome cat and anyone would be lucky to have him!.

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!


If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Joan has Special Need of a Special Human (FELV+)

Joan is a live wire! She loves to go, go, go but when she is done playing, she likes to sleep, sleep, sleep. And finding the perfect comfy place to cuddle up is very important to her. She has the cutest little meow, has a bit of a growl to it like Joan Jett :)

Joan is Felv positive. Please feel free to email her foster mom with any questions as Felv can be a bit overwhelming. Felv+ cats life span averages 3 years although there are stories of cats living much much longer. It does reduce their immune system so they are more prone to colds, infections, etc.  Felv positive cats cannot be adopted to a home with Felv negative cats.

Contact this STH animal's foster mom at wyan.dogpark@hotmail.com for an application today! We pride ourselves in contact with potential adopters within 24 hours so you won't be left waiting!!

All Shelter to Home animals are fully vetted per their age. We believe in pediatric spay and neutering. All animals will be spayed or neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV, given age appropriate boosters and rabies, dewormed, flea treated, and anything extra that is needed to give this feline a wonderful forever life in a permanent home.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Oliver is pawing for you!

Oliver is a fantastic kitty! He's fun, energetic, cuddly, playful and enjoys playing with other cats. He has a strong purr motor!! He is not shy and demands you pet and play with him.

 Adoption Donation is $100. Contact this Shelter to Home's animal's foster mom at blueroomrescue@yahoo.com for an application today! We pride ourselves in contact with potential adopters within 24 hours so you won't be left waiting.

All Shelter to Home animals are fully vetted per their age. We believe in pediatric spay and neutering. All animals will be spayed or neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV, given age appropriate boosters and rabies, dewormed, flea treated, and anything extra that is needed to give this feline a wonderful forever life in a permanent home.

Check out Oliver's profile for more pictures and additional info.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Stella Would Love To Meet You!

Stella
Stella is a five year old Shih Tzu that came into our rescue in pretty bad shape.

After being rescued from a drug house, she was extremely malnourished, blind in one eye due to trauma, and had two luxating patellas (both kneecaps popped out of place). Stella needed to gain weight and get healthy enough to be spayed and vaccinated. After two months of proper nutrition and Dasquin for muscle strength she was able to do so.

Next came her luxating patella surgery and removal of her eye because it kept getting infected. On March 26th the surgery was done with fantastic results! She is now 12 pounds and doing great!

Stella is super friendly, loves small dogs and cats and loves to be pampered. She is extremely cuddly and loves to give kisses and lay next to you. She is house-trained, pee-pad trained and does well in her crate but prefers being able to roam.

This sweetheart is now ready to meet potential forever families. Come up and meet Stella at PetSmart in Livonia on Saturdays from 11-3. A home visit is required prior to adoption.


To fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Jade is still looking for her home!


Meet our wonderful Jade! She is a gentle 6 year old girl who was adopted from Shelter to Home as a baby in 2007. She had a wonderful home and was loved very much but unfortunately her Mom passed away and she is once again looking for a new home.

Jade is a sweet little girl who is good with the litter box, likes to be brushed and petted, and likes to use her scratching post. She also has the sweetest little purr when she gets petted.

Want to know more? Click here for more pictures and info!

The adoption donation for Jade is $100. All Shelter to Home animals are fully vetted per their age. We believe in pediatric spay and neutering. All animals will be spayed or neutered, tested for FIV/FeLV, given age appropriate boosters and rabies, dewormed, flea treated, and anything extra that is needed to give this feline a wonderful forever life in a permanent home. Contact Kristina at kmcrofut@aol.com for an application today!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Jesse!

Jesse
Isn't she precious!

Jesse is now 8 weeks old and is ready to find her forever home!

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!



If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit www.waganimalrescue.com

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