Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Costume Contest report

Everyone had a great time at the downtown Halloween festival! We had some very well dressed pups compete in the costume competition.

And one of our favorite volunteers stopped by to say hi and get some candy

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Why foster?

Newborn Prince Charming in my hand- he was born at the shelter

Question :Why foster kittens?
Answer: You get to watch them grow up, and they get to grow up.

Prince Charming at 8 weeks old on my bed

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Costume Contest

Lampchop looking good in her pink coat

We are having a costume contest to kick off our 'Home for the Holidays' campaign! Join us in downtown Stillwater for the 19th annual Downtown Halloween Festival! There will be prizes for the winners, and treats for both 4-legged and 2-legged little ones. Judging for the pet costume contest will be at 7:30. We will be by Elite Repeat.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rescued Cocker Spaniels start to experience life

Cocopuff enjoys sleeping on a warm, clean bed every night

Two of our puppymill rescue Cocker Spaniels went to the groomer this week. They feel lots better now! They are starting to enjoy life and they can't believe how good life is here at the Humane Society (just wait until they get to their forever homes, they will think they've died and gone to heaven!)

Duffie enjoys the company of our photographer's friend

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Free Cat Friday: Tiny Paws Edition!

Our Free Cat Friday was such a huge success (20 adult cats went home!) that our friends at Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue had decided to have their own Free Cat Weekend! The rules are the same- adult cats who are fully vetted are free to approved homes. She has lots of great, healthy adult cats. She will be at Petco this Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.

The contact for Tiny Paws is below in case you have any questions

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Survivors need TLC, donations, forever homes

Cocopuff had her first trip to a groomer this week! New pics soon

Many of our dogs have sad stories about how they came to be at the shelter. A few of them are true survivors. We are caring for some Cocker Spaniels that were rescued when a puppymill was shut down. The horrors they have endured are beyond what most of us can imagine-yet here they are, willing to give people another try, wanting just to be a loved pet. We absolutely owe it to them to make sure they are safe and loved for the rest of their lives. Of course, we need your help.
1. We need to pay the bills! Donations to assist in their care are needed.
2. They need more TLC than the few staff members can provide-come in, even if you just have 15 or 20 minutes to spare
3. We need forever homes who will try to understand what these dogs have been through and have patience with them.

Beautiful Sonnet has a name instead of just a number for the first time in her life.

Twinkle deserves to be somebody's star.

Melvin appears to be a 12 week old Cocker Spaniel puppy. He is actually almost 6 months old- his growth was stunted by his rough start.

Wallflower is only 10 months old. She is missing large patches of hair from mange, malnutrition and matts.

Murphy has spent his whole life making a profit for his owner. He deserves better.

Duffie is blind in one eye from severe cataracts.

Come on in and help us make some happy endings for these guys!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Free Cat Friday: Round 2!

We adopted out 6 cats last Friday for Free Cat Friday.. and rescued 9 more the same day. So despite some wonderful adoptions, we are still full. And kitten season, which usually lasts spring-summer, is still upon us. We desperately need more room for kittens who are now old enough to leave foster care and be put up for adoption and for cats that need to be rescued from Stillwater Animal Welfare.

So come on down! This Friday from 2pm to 6pm, all adult cats who are 'ready to go' are free to good homes.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Annie's Happy Tale

Annie ("Hope") was a special dog who came into the Humane Society in very bad shape and needing a lot of medical care. She had been hit by cars multiple times and had been used as target practice. Due to lack of funds, the reality is that we can't save most of the dogs who come in in this condition. There was something about Annie that made our director decide we had to find a way to save her.

Thanks to generous donations and two of our caretakers willing to take her home for her recovery and rehabilitation, Annie got her chance at life! Her foster family decided that they would become her forever home, and now Annie has the best life a dog could ask for! We know Annie will be safe, well taken care of and loved for the rest of her life.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Report on Free Cat Friday, and a good dog who needs some help

Orange Julius (below), Sandy (above), Mizu, Tuxedo Tommy, and Cheers all went home today thanks to Free Cat Friday!

On another note, we have a really nice dog we need some help with. Kirk is a young male chocolate lab. He loves kids, cats and other dogs. He likes to go for car rides and play fetch. And he's heartworm positive. In order to get the treatment he needs to be made healthy and put up for adoption, we need to raise $200. The sooner the better.. this boy can't wait to feel better and meet his new family!

You can donate at the shelter or online at our site or through facebook

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Free Cat Friday

Tuxedo Tommy is a family pet seeking a family. He is declawed

I think all of our cats are worth a million dollars. But the sad fact is that we have too many wonderful, healthy social adult cats.. and not enough adopters looking for them. We have new cats and kittens in need of rescue every week- their lives depend on us having space for them. There are some very hard choices we have to make.

Annie is a good girl who knows her name

Everytime we adopt out a cat, it frees up a cage to rescue more. So every week, we play the cat shuffle to make room for more down on their luck felines. This week, we shuffled and shuffled and realized no matter how hard we tried there was simply no more room. Bottom line is we need adoptions. So in an attempt to get our cats out of the cages and into your home, this Friday only all adult (older than one year) cats who are ready to go that day are free to good homes. That is right, the adoption fees for these fine felines will be waived! So tell your friends and family and coworkers.. get down here and add a kitty to your family on Friday

Peaches and Cream are sisters who would love a home together

Monday, October 5, 2009

Skip's disability

Skip when he came into Animal Welfare this summer as a stray

Ask anyone who their favorite dog at the shelter is right now and there is a good chance their answer will be Skip. He has a rock solid temperament- you can trust him to play with puppies or be hugged by a whole group of kids. He walks well on a leash and rides well in the car. He loves nothing more than to be loved on. We take him to adoption events and fundraisers. If someone needs a dog for an event, Skip is our guy.

Skip enjoying the play yard
But if everyone loves Skip so much, why have we had him longer than almost every other dog at the Humane Society?

Skip has a disability that causes him to be overlooked. And no, it has nothing to do with his missing leg. Skip's disability is that he is a big black dog. 3 legs or 4, big black dogs are the last dogs to be adopted.

Skip greeting a model at a fashion show

Skip after his fashion show debut

Skip looking for someone to pet him

If you or someone you know is looking for a dog, please remember that the dog with the flashiest colors or most perfect body may not be the one who is the right match for you. Spend just a few extra minutes with one of our less noticed dogs and get to know their personality.

Skip getting some love on OSU's campus

Skip with a volunteer at our bake sale

Skip on campus

Skip at an adoption event, wishing his forever family would come along

So Skip, don't let it get you down! We know you're perfect, and you deserve a perfect forever home. We are committing to finding that for you, and we will keep you safe and happy until we do.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


Stillwater Animal Welfare is an open admissions shelter for the city of Stillwater. They will accept any pet, owner surrender or stray, from the Stillwater city limits during their business hours. Yet some people still find it acceptable to leave their pets abandoned after hours..(Tresspassing on our property to abandon animals is illegal.)

This is how I found Pumpkin, early one morning when I came in to take care of the animals. He was tied to the picnic table and had wrapped himself up so he couldn't move more than a few inches. In a situation like this, he was vulnerable to the elements, roaming dogs and wild animals who may not be so nice. Pumpkin was lucky- many animals who are abandoned on our property late at night aren't still alive when we find them.

His last owners left him with a heartbreaking note. It appears that they had tried to care for the Cocker Spanial to the best of their limited knowledge and ability. He was anemic and covered in fleas and flea dirt, he was severely matted and his nails painfully overgrown. His ears were infected and he had an open sore on his neck. When his stay at Animal Welfare was over, he was transferred to us.

Pumpkin had to be completely shaved, but he didn't seem to mind. After a visit to the groomer and treatment from our veterinarian, he felt much much better.

With all of the parasites gone and infections treated, he was a much happier boy. He starred in the O'Colly to promote our fundraiser (which he also participated in!). He charmed employees and volunteers.

And then one lucky day his forever family came walking through the shelter door.
Have a great life Pumpkin, you deserve it!