Stray Kitten Home for the Holidays

Stray Kitten Home for the HolidaysLisa Scotppetuolo, pet technician at Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts in Tinton Falls, NJ, discussed the idea with her boyfriend of adopting a cat for months. She was just waiting for the “right” time. But one little miracle kitten had plans of her own for winning over Lisa and going home for the holidays.

The playful, cocoa brown and gray kitten was only a few months old when Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Committee Member Ellen Garfunkle found her limping and unable to get around as easily as the other cats in a neighborhood colony. Ellen knew life would be short for any kitty trying to survive in the wild this winter in good health, never mind this little one with special needs.

Ellen scooped up the kitten and brought her to Purr’n Pooch’s Dick Palazzo for guidance. Dick had found a helping hand in Dr. Rachel Gordon of South Branch Veterinary Services who started to help treat the kitten’s medical condition.

Following treatment, Dick fostered the cat and soon everyone at Purr’n Pooch had fallen in love with her. After spending only a few days caring for and playing with the kitten, Lisa knew she was a great fit for her home and this December she became a permanent member of Scotppetuolo family.

Lisa recently discovered that Twinkie loves tricks (and treats). Just in time for holiday entertaining, too!

She trained Twinkie with many of the same techniques used in Purr’n Pooch’s dog training classes. Nothing stops her now as she works with her mom on tricks like sit, twirl, lie down, high five and give kisses. See Twinkie do her tricks in this YouTube video. We can’t wait to see her continued progress and who knows maybe Twinkie will be YouTube’s next celebrity cat!

Twinkie has defied the odds and will spend the holiday home, warm and loved, with her new family snug as a bug in a Christmas stocking.

Unlike Twinkie, many feral and stray cats won’t survive the winter without medical care, food and shelter. Special individuals like Ellen Garfunkle and Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ grantees like All Fur Rescue and Cat Assistance Network care for cat colonies and run trap-neuter-return programs that are key to combatting cat over-population.

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals awards annual grants to non-profit, no-kill animal and marine mammal rescue and welfare organizations to be used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects. Learn more about our grant recipients. >

The Foundation raises funds for our grantees through special events organized for all ages, people and pets. Events include our canine run/walk, dog-friendly gala, summer party and collection drives. One of our highly-anticipated events is the Foundation Grantee Breakfast, where unsung heroes from the charities we fund join us for a morning of friendship and celebration as we present them with their grants.

Please consider making a donation to the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals and make a difference in the lives of feral and stray cats today by supporting the work of our grantees.

For resources on outdoor cats check out these links:

Humane Society: Learn about the outdoor cats—community (feral and stray) and owned cats—you see outside in your community

Alley Cat Allies: Colony Care Guide 

Volunteer for All Fur Love Rescue

Purr’n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Purr’n Pooch Foundation recently awarded grants to 11 non-profit animal welfare organizations. The organizations will use the grants for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

The 2013 grantees are MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue, New Life Boxer Rescue, German Shorthaired Point Rescue, Marine Mammal Stranding Center, All Fur Love Animal Rescue, Project Animal Worldwide, Wag On Inn Rescue, Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary, Operation Kindness, Greyhound Friends of New Jersey and the Monmouth County SPCA.

Without the help of grants and donations, these organizations would not be able to continue rescuing animals, caring for them and finding them forever homes with loving families. Here are just a few stories from the organizations we’ve been able to lend a paw.

MIDATLANTIC BULLDOG RESCUE

MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue (MABR) is an NJ non-profit organization with experienced volunteers on a mission to help bulldogs in need. MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition. Mick is just one of the many bulldogs from MABR who found a forever home. Here is his story.

Mick, a 5 year old male bulldog, was in a shelter in Philadelphia for over one year while legal charges against his owner were being processed. Mick was seized along with a female bulldog Bea and several other breeds of dogs. The Philadelphia SPCA was able to adopt out Bea to a family, as she only required a spay. When the SPCA called and asked if MABR would take Mick into its rescue, they informed them that he needed extensive medical care the shelter was unable to give him.

At his first vet visit they planned to neuter him, have his nasal passages widened and have his tail amputated. Cathy Kittell of MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue received a call from Dr. Schull at Richmond Valley Vet informing her that Mick had a mass on his spleen. The decision was made to perform a splenectomy and biopsy the mass. Dr. Schull was able to neuter him at the time of surgery.

The biopsy came back clean, and two weeks later Mick had surgery for tail amputation, nasal passages and upper and lower double entropion surgery. Mick also has deep calcification in both of his ears (he is mostly deaf) and has a double luxating patella. He also has limited vision from the years of his eyes being untreated. The foster family has managed to control his ear condition and he will see an orthopedic specialist in the future. With the help of grants and donations, MABR was able to afford medical care for Mick.

Mick was adopted on June 24, to the family that adopted Bea. MABR was able to reunite Bea and Mick, who had not been together since March of 2013. They did remember each other as Cathy was told they slept side by side their first night together.

On June 19, MABR filmed a segment on News12 NJ’s “The Pet Stop” with show host and Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals’ Trustee Dr. Brian Voynick. Mick was the star of the show and a hit with the host and viewers  Here he is, happy and healthy mugging it up for the camera.

NEW LIFE BOXER RESCUE

New Life Boxer Rescue is a non-profit organization which spans over the northeast region of the United States. Its foster homes are spread out across the country. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the lives of Boxers who are at risk of being neglected, abused or forced to find new homes for reasons not in their control. Dupree, a very special dog, is just one of the many boxers who found love and care at New Life Boxer Rescue. He hasn’t found his forever home yet, but is currently being loved and cared for by his foster mom Patricia of New Life Boxer Rescue. Here is his story.

Dupree came into New Life Boxer Rescue blind. He is a loving, sweet boy. As a special needs boxer, his chances were not good for finding his forever home. After numerous visits to the vets, they found out that Dupree could possibly be a candidate to have his sight restored. Dupree was operated on at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC) and the doctor was able to save his sight in one eye. His second eye was too far gone and was subsequently surgically removed. New Life Boxer Rescue had to raise over $4000 for his surgery.

Dupree pulled through with flying colors. Ellen Garfunkle of New Life Boxer Rescue said, “We hope he will eventually find his special family that will love him as much as we do.”

GERMAN SHORTHAIRED POINTER RESCUE

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue (GSP Rescue) is a network of dedicated volunteers who have the capacity to love their breed beyond the regard they hold for their own personal dogs. Rescue dogs come from shelters and pounds, from which they must be pulled, given health care, reconditioned or trained and placed. An unwanted dog may also come directly from a home where circumstances have changed. In these cases, the organization helps the family find an appropriate new home for the dog. Here are a just two stories of special pups rescued by GSP Rescue.

Mr. G (which stands for Ganado) was loved very much by his adopted parents Michelle and Dino. He was just shy of 15 when he passed in his mother Michelle’s arms this year. In his lifetime he traveled to many states far and wide including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. Mr. G’s mom Michelle intends to turn his adventures into a book. Dino and Michelle are active GSP Rescue of NJ volunteers because of Mr. G.

Henry was surrendered by his owner who no longer had time for him before he was rescued by GSP Rescue. He now lives happily with his adoptive parents Melanie and Daniel.

MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER

With the assistance of grants and donations, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is able to continue to help rescue, rehabilitate, release and preserve marine mammals and sea turtles.

To apply for a Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals grant visit www.purrnpoochfoundation.org

 

LEND A PAW AND PARTY FOR A PURPOSE AT
THE 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA

JULY 23 ~ 6:00 – 10:00 P.M.

To support the Foundation’s work, please join us on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. for our 5th Annual Summer Gala at Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, 512 Seawaneka Avenue in Oceanport,NJ. The evening will raise lifesaving funds to support the efforts of nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue organizations.The night features beautiful sunset views on the Shrewsbury River, live music, 50/50 cash drawings, silent auctions, a delicious menu by the Lusty Lobster, wine and beer by Vic Rallo and 90 + Cellars, decadent desserts, coffee station by Court Liquors and Rook Coffee  music, dancing and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets online now. >

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SUMMER GALA SPONSORS

Purr'n Pooch Foundation Lends a Paw to Animal Charities in Need

Special Meet & Greet with Trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals

Meet & Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar to Benefit Purr’n Pooch Foundation(left: Dr. Ian Dunbar; right: Dick Palazzo with Jax)

Mark your calendar for April 24, 2014, 7-9 p.m.  A very special evening event is planned to benefit the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals. We are happy to offer a Meet and Greet with Dr. Ian Dunbar, pioneer in dog behavior training. He will be presenting a full day seminar earlier in the day from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. entitled “Simple Solutions for Common Dog Behavior & Training Problems” at the Purr’n Pooch Tinton Falls location. He will be available during the evening reception to answer questions and offer advice.

“Foundation grants are awarded once a year,” said Betsy Palazzo, Foundation President. “The criteria for application are that you submit on behalf of a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and state the reason for funding. We research every organization who applies, and we try to accommodate everyone who is qualified. We awarded 12 grants in 2013.”

The maximum grant to any one organization per year is $5,000. The same organization can apply year after year.

“Annually, we have granted $30K, and for a small, all volunteer foundation, we are very proud. Every penny helps,” said Betsy.

The opportunity to talk with Dr. Ian Dunbar personally will be a special treat for event attendees.

“Dr. Dunbar’s philosophy of socialization as it applies to dogs and animals is something that we both have in common,” said Dick Palazzo.  “I respect him and believe he is one of the foremost lecturers in the country right now, and I am very proud to have him present at Purr’n Pooch. Dr. Dunbar and I are honored to talk with guests about their individual dog behavior problems during the reception for charity.”

Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts has created one of the finest dog socialization programs in the country. We not only help dogs that are doing things wrong, we are able to advance dogs that are doing things right – an area where most trainers fall short.

“Socialization builds communication with animals, and we do it with love, fun and challenging games,” said Dick Palazzo, President & CEO, Purr’n Pooch.

Purr’n Pooch has become trend-setters for taking dogs to higher levels through elevated mental and emotional stimulation. We have perfected dog daycare; not only can a dog come to play, but a dog can graduate into higher level play groups that are more challenging. The dog is mentally and emotionally stimulated in a way that keeps the dog truly engaged. The outcome is that the pet becomes a better dog.

“Our accomplishment with our dogs is through understanding by love and patience. Once you have that, you earn trust. Once you have trust, you have a secure pet who is willing to do whatever you want and ask him to do. That is definitely a philosophy that I share with Dr. Dunbar,” continued Palazzo.

You can register for the event now for a donation of $25. >

The Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals was established in 2010 by the Palazzo sisters as a way to celebrate a 40 year milestone for Purr’n Pooch Pet Resorts.

“Our parents had always taken in and rehabilitated rescued dogs,” said Betsy Palazzo. “They did this out of the goodness of their own hearts, never asking for any monetary assistance or anything in return. We decided what better way to honor what they have done, and to honor all the unsung heroes in the animal rescue world, than by creating a foundation that helps all types of animals in need.”

Dick Palazzo made a habit over the years of visiting shelters and taking on certain dogs destined for euthanization because they were unable to be rehabilitated by the shelter. Read about his success stories with dogs Grace and Mac on the Foundation website, both misdiagnosed with aggressive tendencies who later became perfect house pets. Mac was even featured in Dog Fancy magazine for his incredible heroism when he saved his family, including two children, from a fire a year ago. Read the story here. Jax, a pit bull from Hoboken, is also a success story, having been rescued and rehabilitated by Betsy Palazzo. Today, Jax visits local schoolchildren in efforts to end breed stereotypes and raise awareness of the importance of pet adoption.

What Dick Palazzo has learned through his rehabilitation work is that most animals deemed “aggressive” are not so much aggressive as they are insecure. Rebuilding trust is a key component in the animal’s rehabilitation process.

The foundation awards grants for any type of animal rescue including dogs, cats, exotics, horses and wildlife.

Their fundraising efforts have helped many organizations including Project Animal Worldwide who specializes in Sato dog rescue in Puerto Rico; the US War Dog Association, which received assistance with a care package drive targeting Military dogs in the Middle East; and Marine Mammal Stranding Center, whose facility was adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Join the Palazzos, Dr. Ian Dunbar and friends of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals on this special evening of celebration, education and fundraising. Your donation will help a charity in need and change the life of a suffering animal.