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by buckaroo
Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Rescuing the Rescuers
Topic: Favorite Names that are NOT over used!
Replies: 44
Views: 32304

Re: Favorite Names that are NOT over used!

It is pretty well proven that names such as, peanutbutter and jelly, that suggest a bonded pair only cause the animals to be adopted slower because people don't want to break them up.
by buckaroo
Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:03 am
Forum: Rescue Resources & Adoptable Dogs
Topic: Shelters: ALTER YOUR DOGS before adopting!
Replies: 17
Views: 7077

Re: Shelters: ALTER YOUR DOGS before adopting!

I can't believe any shelters or rescue hand out intact dogs and cats. It's totally insane. We sometimes have people trying to get us to take animals adopted from the only local rescue who does adopt out intact animals. Sometimes they're pregnant and often times they're spraying male cats the origina...
by buckaroo
Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Rescue Resources & Adoptable Dogs
Topic: My shelter is closing... (Long!)
Replies: 24
Views: 8348

Re: My shelter is closing... (Long!)

Today was pick-your-own-adoption-fee for cats day. It was a huge success! There were 11 cat adoptions today! Whooo hoooo!! There were also four dogs adoptions!! Without home checks and appropriate screening these adoptions are not always a success, unfortunately. Home checks for cats is not the sta...
by buckaroo
Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:18 am
Forum: Rescue Resources & Adoptable Dogs
Topic: My shelter is closing... (Long!)
Replies: 24
Views: 8348

Re: My shelter is closing... (Long!)

What are your biggest sources of income at the shelter? What percentage of your staff is paid? Have you spoken directly to your treasurer about funding shortfalls? What did he/she have to say? If not, go talk to your treasurer. Your volunteers/staff should be spending at least 60% of their time fund...
by buckaroo
Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:17 am
Forum: Rescuing the Rescuers
Topic: Data Management Software
Replies: 2
Views: 4504

Re: Data Management Software

We had local college students design us a custom data management program for a class project. They did a really good job and now we have a IT guy maintain it for us. It's web based and works really well. Maybe try something like that.
by buckaroo
Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:54 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Feeding Raw
Replies: 270
Views: 45800

Re: Feeding Raw

The best customer for all the foods mentioned above is the general public, not shelters. People buy that food because it's well marketed, inexpensive and readily available. Most dogs do well enough on it and people like feeding it.
by buckaroo
Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: REM Sleep
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: REM Sleep

Just to be technical, that's not REM sleep. It's delta or stage 2. In REM sleep your muscles are actually paralyzed unless you have a disorder called REM behavior disorder which isn't all that common and is characterized by much more dramatic movents then you are seeing. What you're describing is al...
by buckaroo
Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Natural Food vs. "Major" Brand vs. Raw
Replies: 93
Views: 12260

Re: Natural Food vs. "Major" Brand vs. Raw

If you decide against raw, regularly feeding raw bones recreationally can give you the same dental benefits as an exclusively raw diet. I have a lab mix who is 11 years old and has been getting large cow femurs 1-4 times a week for years. He's never needed a dental and the vet raves about his teeth.
by buckaroo
Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:35 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Vet forgot to stitch up neutered dog
Replies: 31
Views: 4402

Re: Vet forgot to stitch up neutered dog

Meh, this seems typical shelter medicine to me... No, it is NOT "typical shelter medicine". Accidents happen (yes, even at "real" vet clinics) but there is no excuse for this, and it is not to be expected just because the facility is a shelter. Some shelters do better, and its n...
by buckaroo
Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:56 am
Forum: Rescuing the Rescuers
Topic: Damage to Foster Homes
Replies: 15
Views: 13744

Re: Damage to Foster Homes

Over 5 years of fostering, fosters have done way more than $1000 damage to my home. The foster person assumes all responsibility for that.
by buckaroo
Thu May 19, 2011 4:27 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nutritional value/safey of cheaper cuts of meat ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1624

Re: Nutritional value/safey of cheaper cuts of meat ?

I would not feed brains, especially beef.
by buckaroo
Tue May 17, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Rescuing the Rescuers
Topic: Temperament Testing
Replies: 13
Views: 11341

Re: Temperament Testing

Without more information, that seems OK to me. It's hard to tell without knowing how they interpret the test scores afterwards. That list doesn't say anything about the specific pass/fail process. What constitutes a failure of each step and how does a failure of a step effect the decision making pro...
by buckaroo
Wed May 11, 2011 12:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Senior Lab diet help
Replies: 11
Views: 1720

Re: Senior Lab diet help

He needs to go back to the vet. He can't have a clean bill of health if he can't keep/gain weight and is vomiting. He's not healthy.
by buckaroo
Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:50 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Annoying vets, leaky puppy butt, and diet/raw feeding
Replies: 38
Views: 3262

Re: Annoying vets, leaky puppy butt, and diet/raw feeding

It can be very hard to catch some bugs on a fecal float. Giardia especially will frequently not show up on the test. Go back to the vet.
by buckaroo
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Kibble change (Fromm?)
Replies: 41
Views: 3709

Re: Kibble change (Fromm?)

The rescues will smile and thank you and then throw away an open bag. They can't be sure it's not contaminated unless it's unopened. Not necessarily. We take opened bags all the time. I think that policy is more common with municipal shelters. Private rescues are more likely to take them. Although,...

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