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Helen and Sammy found a PERFECT Home!


Our little rascal. Helen who ran off day 1 of her transfer rescue to VirtualRescue.org. She WAS chipped and found 3days later by a kind neighbor who brought her to VCA and Mutt got THE CALL!!!! YaY! She was tired nervous and needed her medication. (She was just out of surgery for a tumor on her breast!) Anyway after a week of MuTT Pet Rescue Warrior TLC Re-Hab .... She transformed into a loving trusting companion to me and Sammy! with and attitude and a great appetite. So the tow are off together on their next adventure happy and Healthy....YaY!

Sammy was a "Trouble Maker" from CVAC Shelter. An insider called me and said there was a very special dog there with High Energy that needed some MuTT Pet Rescue Warrior Magic. The Magic worked and Sammy turned into Happy, Playful Cuddly Dog who enjoy "Rest Time" Too! YaY!

*SPECIAL THANKS TO CINDY SORENSON FOR ALL HER ASSISTANCE AND FAITH!!!!

 

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I need a foster care giver for just a few days!
Click Here: I want to assist If you can share a little TLC with this baby in distress...

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Blessings...."MuTTaylor" Pet Rescue Warrior

 

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This article was reviewed by professional dog trainer Shelby Semel, an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Dog Training.

Fall is quickly approaching. We can smell the pumpkin spice lattes already. With every new season, it’s time to evaluate safety concerns for your pooch, especially regarding the holidays. Howloween is meant to offer a fright, but not to unsuspecting Fido. If you’re celebrating the holiday by inviting trick-or-treaters to your door, follow these tips to train your dogs to be ready for the night.

1. Doorbells or knocks

Your dog is probably used to the doorbell ringing or guests coming over, but probably not to the degree it will happen on Halloween. Have someone ring your doorbell and practice sit and stay while you answer it. Increase the amount of times you do this a day leading up to Halloween.

2. Put up a gate

Consider setting up a gate to keep your dog from darting out the door. Don’t wait until Halloween to do this though. A sudden change in environment might make your dog nervous. Put up the gate about a week in advance to give your pup time to get used to it. Feeding your dog meals behind the gate and providing treats and fun toys will help your pup warm up to it.

3. Make a safe spot

Your dog likely has a favorite hangout in the home. Make it the ultimate pooch pad for Halloween night so your dog has somewhere to go to get away from the noise and excitement. Put a dog bed, some toys and maybe even a bone for nibbling. Play some classical music in this area to put your pooch at ease.

Just like with the gate, you’ll want to get your dog used to the space. You can give meals and treats here so your dog will have a pleasant association with being in this location. If your dog seems scared or nervous on the big day, make sure to let the pup unwind in this space.

4. Get used to kids

If your dog will be greeting guests at the door with you and isn’t used to kids, this could be a problem. Take walks outside around dog parks and playgrounds where you’re likely to run into all kinds of people. Make sure you work on greeting manners before the big day.

5. Costume safety

Don’t leave your pet in a costume if it seems to make them uncomfortable. If the pup doesn’t seem to mind dressing up, make sure the costume doesn’t restrict movement, hearing or the ability to breathe and bark.

Look out for small, dangling pieces that could easily be chewed on and choke your pup. Try on the costume a few times before the big night to get your pooch used to it.

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Jon Stewart Quits Comedy, Starts Animal Sanctuary

Jon & Tracey Stewart made a big announcement at the Farm Sanctuary Gala on Saturday!

Middletown, NJ – In an effort to be the change he wishes to see in the world, comedian John Stewart, after stepping down as host of “The Daily Show,” has started a sanctuary for abused factory farm animals called Bufflehead Farm.

Jon and wife Tracey announced on Saturday that they will become part of Farm Sanctuary’s network of animal safe havens at the annual Farm Sanctuary gala in New York City.

According to a report by the Mother Nature Network:

The project has long been a dream for Tracey Stewart, an animal advocate and former veterinary technician, who has tirelessly worked to promote a plant-based lifestyle, animal welfare issues, and support for organizations like Farm Sanctuary.
Her new book “Do Unto Animals” (currently the No. 1 bestseller in animal husbandry on Amazon) offers more than 300 pages of beautiful illustrations and promises to give readers “insights into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them.”
“If everyone did a bit more, if they fell in love a little bit more, so much could happen,” Tracey Stewart told The New York Times. “It doesn’t have to be going vegan. You can advocate for them. You can show tenderness. You can play music for them. I really hope people can connect with animals the way most of us did as children.”

Jon Stewart, accompanied by his wife and two children, were honored at the awards ceremony held by Farm Sanctuary, an organization founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals.

“I’m a little uncomfortable. I’ve spent the last 20 years immersed in the world of Washington politics and the media landscape, so I don’t know how to deal necessarily with people who have empathy,” Stewart told the all-vegan banquet at The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The consistency of the Stewarts should be applauded. Rather than simply paying lip service to a cause, they are putting in the groundwork to support their espoused beliefs.

Similarly to how Morgan Freeman turned his estate into a bee sanctuary, Stewart has shown that celebrities have the ability to not only motivate others by raising awareness about issues, but to lay the actual foundation of real world change.

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King has an inoperable tumor on his spine, which will soon spread to other areas of his body. Doctors estimate that this Pittie has only 3-5 months left to live. The tumor has already left his back legs paralyzed.

But he has a cool set of wheels and loving fosters, thanks to them, he’s going to have the best last few months that any dog could hope to have.

King’s fosters are not discouraged by their limited time together. They want him to feel happy and comfortable in his final months. They plan to spend the time building amazing experiences and memories together. They’ve created a bucket-list for King and are documenting it on his Facebook page.

Some of his must-do items include: eating ice cream, a beach trip, spending time in the park, eating fast food, a pack dog walk, eating a steak by himself, and throwing a party.

He’s already devoured ice cream.

And he kissed a cat – and he liked it.

He’s only just begun checking items off of his bucket-list, so be sure to get updates on his adventures on his Facebook page.

You can help King live out his remaining days in comfortable glory by donating to his You Caring fund.

Below, watch a local news profile of King and his humans to learn more about his journey.

H/t via Huffington Post

Featured image via Lisa Otto
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Who IS Mo?!

So here’s the story…..Mo came to us as rescue from Los Angels. My friend’s sister discovered 3 Little Dogs running the streets of LA. dirty and in trouble whether they knew it or not. It took her two weeks to “lure” them in to catch and help them. No Tags, No Chips…..No owner info what so ever.

Once she “got em” and cleaned them up she realized she had Poodle, Maltese and what seems to be a Chihuahua / Pitbull mix. That’s exactly what he looks like to me. I actually didn’t question his breed until today.

I got a call into VirtualRescue.org to ask if I could foster and get them adopted…I decided to give it / them a shot. We decided to call them the 3 stooges and named them Mo, Larry, Curly. Perfect names I thought. Mo is the Chi/Pit. My team and I found fosters for two (Larry & Curly) right away and I decided I keep Mo as a foster so I could observe him a bit more. I found him and his breed mix interesting. 

We got Larry and Curly adopted very quickly thanks to the season start of the Pet Ministry and bake sale by Ginny Weissman and The Center for Spiritual Living Palm Desert.

The first Sunday of each month dogs and cats are offered to the congregation for foster / adoption. This is always a very successful event. It was a great day for VR…Three adoptions that day. Jenna got adopted too! (Ask me about her later) This story is about Mo. 

SO….After spending time and paying attention to Mo, I think that his is unusually smart attentive, seemingly well trained, good with other dogs, house trained, travels well, VERY SMART and very sweet. I had the thought that he might make someone a great therapy, or perhaps service dog for someone with physical challenges. 

I thought it over and decided I am willing to learn and train him for a higher level of service. This seem like a good time for me to learn how to train dogs which is something I have been coming to realize is something I know I will be good at and will enjoy doing. Assisting both dogs and people at the same time. WIN-WIN ! YaY!....

First things first….Mo is not Neutered yet…He does have a lot of energy for other dogs especially female dogs. It’s time and it’s the right thing to do in any case. At VirtualRescue.org we take responsibility to get all stays or rescues Spay/ Neutered / Zeutered / First shots and Microchips.  

I see this ad being circulated on Facebook:

This ad states that Animal Samaritans will perform
FREE Spay or Neuter operations on Pit Bulls
AND Pit Bull Mixes.

We like FREE. We have many vet expenses
and few resources at this time.

I think this is great that we have a community resource that want to assist the people and animals of the desert. I call and make a reservation. All seems well until we arrive at our appointment and the “attitude” receptionist treats me like a scam artist / criminal and has to bring out “an expert” to verify that Mo is in fact a Pit Mix.

I’m bugged but I continue the ride…When I look at Mo’s face I see the face of a Texas Red Nose Pit Bull. I raised them for a time.

Much to my surprise…”The Expert” says she sees no Pit Bull in him and that we are not eligible for their program and grant.

Well blow me over with a feather. I never imagined I would be defending Mo’s Pit Bullness. I must admit I am questioning what he is now! For us to proceed and Mo to move onto becoming the great Therapy / Service dog that he will be….I am going to ask for YOUR assistance!
We must know what / who Mo is. I did some research and there is a kit sold by Amazon (Best Price I could find)

I put it on a “Wish List” and I am hoping one of you fine peeps out there will see it in your heart to assist us in our journey. Here is the link: http://amzn.com/w/RS5DWISW1K79 
If you buy this for us it will sent straight away to us...Isn't that groovy! 

VirtualRescue.org is a new On and Off Line Organization dedicated to the welfare of dogs, cats, and few other critters.

In our short time of officially doing this work we have many success cases. These success cases inspire us to keeping up the good work to keep innocent animals from distress and death when we know they could live perfectly happy healthy lives as companion and service animals. 

Please assist Mo and I on the next steps on our journey.

Let’s find out more about Mo and see who owes who an apology.

I have considered that I MIGHT be incorrect here and Animal Samaritans is correct.
Nah! Can’t BE! Mo IS my ChiPit I’m just sure of it….Let’s find out together!

I you would rather make another type or amount of a contribution,

Here is a link where you can do this:
http://zencommedia.com/donate-to-virtual-rescue.html

I already know what he is....SPECIAL! 

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please let us know!

Woofs and Wags!,

RJ MuTTaylor Pet Rescue Warrior

MuTT@VirtualRescue.org

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2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

This week one tiny little chihuahua is making big headlines after going from the deplorable conditions of a puppy mill to the red carpet as a winner at the fifth annual 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards.

Harley spent the first 10 years of his life in a puppy mill where he was robbed of everything that makes life good. His multiple health conditions and missing eye – lost as a result of his cage being power-washed with him it – are testaments to the years of neglect he suffered before being saved by the National Mill Dog Rescue and later finding his forever home with Rudi and Dan Taylor in Colorado.

Since being rescued four years ago, Harley has done so much more than just survive. He’s gone on to be an ambassador for mill dogs everywhere and is working to raise awareness about just how badly commercial breeding is hurting an animal we call man’s best friend.

As more awareness is raised about the ongoing horrors mill dogs face, more people and communities are taking action by working to shut down the pet store sales of mill dogs. Animal advocates hope the increased awareness will help stop people from unwittingly supporting bad breeders and adopt instead.

While animal advocates continue to work on that front, this week the Humane Society of the United States, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association filed a petition to get the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the ridiculously low standards of care breeders are supposed to adhere to in an effort to protect an estimated 100,000 dogs at USDA licensed facilities across the nation.

Among other things, some of the requested changes include increasing minimum cage sizes, getting rid of wire flooring and stacked cages, implementing requirements for exercise, restricting the frequency of breeding, and requiring breeders to work with rescues to place “unsellable” puppies, instead of killing or abandoning them.

“This petition requests much needed enhancements to existing regulations concerning the treatment of dogs used and bred for commercial sale, including the physical conditions of the breeding facility and the health and welfare of the individual dogs. These new regulations would greatly improve the living space, physical health, and psychological well-being of literally tens of thousands of dogs in the United States,” said Dr. Susan Krebsbach, veterinary advisor for HSVMA.

For more info on how to help puppy mill dogs, check out check out National Mill Dog Rescue and follow Harley’s efforts to help on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The full award ceremony featuring all of this years amazing winners will air on the Hallmark Channel on October 30 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central.

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The Pet Ministry Virtual Rescue Adoption Event!

Meet Caitlyn Jenna!

Please join us for The Pet Ministry on Sunday, September 20th on the patio at the Center for Spiritual Living (Portola and Shadow Mountain) for a  Bake Sale and Pet Adoptions from 10 am until 12:15 pm.  It is the first Pet Ministry Sunday of the season.  We will have some little dogs that were found as strays, a Poodle, Chipit, as well as a Havanese owner surrender.  We will also have kittens! Please contact me know if you can donate a home-baked item or volunteer at the bake sale table.

Hope to see you there.

Thanks!

Ginny Weissman and RJ MuTaylor
http://VirtualRescue.org

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In 2012, military man Ben Harworth moved his family from Georgia to South Korea for a new assignment. Zeus, the family’s 65-pound Rottweiler/German Shepherd/Chow mix, was taken in by a friend. A few months later, the family received a terrible phone call — Zeus had died.

The Harworth’s were heartbroken to return to the US without their beloved Zeus. They relocated to Washington state, and that’s when the story takes a stunning turn.

Last month, a woman in North Carolina, Laura, noticed a big dog wandering around her neighborhood. He looked exhausted and ill, but when Laura opened her car door, the sweet dog jumped right in. She took him to the vet, and when the doctors scanned his microchip they discovered the truth — yes, this was Zeus! Laura was given Zeus’ contact information and she called the Harworth’s. “When I said, ‘We found your dog Zeus’ – because he was listed as lost — they said their dog was dead,” Laura recounts. But the more the strangers spoke and video-chatted, the more Ben and his family realized Zeus was indeed alive. Though it wasn’t clear where had Zeus been for the last three years and why was he was ever assumed to be dead or lost, Ben knew that Zeus was coming home; that’s all that really mattered.

Soon after Laura planned to get Zeus on a plane back to his family, the dog was diagnosed with heartworm, making it unsafe for him to fly from North Carolina to Washington. But in another unexpected turn of events, a practice manager at a Banfield hospital heard Zeus’ incredible story and volunteered to drive him 3,000 miles home!

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Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) is making good once again on a campaign promise to be a friend to shelter animals. He is paying adoption fees for the first 100 pets adopted at each of three shelters located in San Bernardino County. Up to 300 pets could be saved by this effort.

The adoption events are taking place at the Redlands Animal Shelter, Devore Animal Shelter and the Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center. The events run from Aug. 28 thru 30 at Devore and Rancho Cucamonga. The Redlands facility will hold its event Aug. 28 and 29 only.

Upon taking his seat in the California State Assembly, one of the first bills Steinorth introduced was Assembly Bill 976, which will provide tax incentives for adopting certain shelter animals. This is the second time he has sponsored an adoption event in support of the bill.

"It is a constant struggle for our shelters to find so many animals a loving home,” said Steinorth in an email to Examiner.com. “I am proud to partner with our local shelters to help save as many animals as possible and to also bring more support to my legislation, AB 976, which will create a statewide financial incentive for the adoption of any age cat and animals that are 4 years and older from a non-profit shelter. These animals are most at risk of being euthanized."

The Devore Animal Shelter is located at 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30.

The Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center is located at 11780 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and 30.

The Redlands Animal Shelter is located at 504 Kansas Street, Redlands. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.
For more information, check out Assemblyman’s Steinorth’s Facebook page. You can also follow him on Twitter @MarcSteinorth. Search for #Steinorth100 for updates and photos as animals are adopted during the adoption events.

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Our New Foster Caitlyn Jenna (CJ)

This is a new one!...I am thrilled to be assisting in Caitlyn Jenna (CJ) in finding her furever home. CJ is a very special girl. She is 3yrs old but just became an "official" girl very recently. CJ is a true hermaphrodite dog. The short version of this is that she was born with both sets of plumbing. She was both Male and Female. In this day and age I find her situation both interesting, intriguing and quite of the moment. The best news is that Dr.Carter felt it would be in her best interest to live the rest of her life as a pretty girl. Her male parts were not fully formed and would give her trouble in several ways. So we just got rid of those pesky extra parts so she could go onto a "Normal" Glamorous life of a Hollywood Socialite. YaY!...After a few complications she has been released to my care MutTaylor Pet Rescue Warrior. She is cute and sweet as can be. She is friendly and house trained. She is in good spirits and looking forward to her next adventures. We are hoping to that her name sake Caitlyn Jenner would be interested in being her Adoptive MoM. Bruce was such a good Dad! If you have any connection to get this message to Caitlyn Jenner please let us know. If you are interested in being Mom or Dad to this newly created international superstar please write to info@virtualrescue.org and we can arrange a meet & greet. I will be filming and sharing more of CJ's Amazing Journey as I continue my research on her back story. Stay Tuned.

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