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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


since i was a small child , i have loved animals. all kinds and any variety. now at 57,i believe my dreams are coming to light. if i could save them all i certainly would. each one we save is the feeling of a great accomplishment. anyone who has ever placed a foster into the "forever home" knows what the meaning of love really is.i have much to say but i am running out of time. next time i will tell the story of riddick.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Citizen Speaks Out About Abusive Employee

Steve S. of Imperial, MO found a dog loose in his subdivision over the weekend. He decided he would keep the dog if the owner didn't come forward, and for all he knew, the dog had been dumped by someone. She was a white female pit bull and, unfortunately, many are dumped by their owners for one reason or another.

He was in his yard with the dog yesterday when an animal control officer ran up to him and grabbed the dog as he yelled something at Steve, put the dog in an animal crate in the back of his truck and sped away. Needless to say, Steve was absolutely astounded at the behavior of the man.

Steve has since obtained the name of the officer and will file a complaint with the Dept. of Agriculture and with the shelter manager. Steve also contacted the president of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association here in St. Louis, who forwarded the information to Act Now! Rescue. We contacted Steve and after receiving the story from him, contacted other rescues in the area for help. An Arnold councilman contacted the Jefferson County Commissioner's office for assistance as well.

Steve is not going to stop there. We commend Steve for being proactive in pursuing justice for himself and for the dog he rescued. Not only was he concerned about this dog, he went to the shelter this morning, checkbook in hand, ready to adopt the dog if the owner could not be found.

Thanks, Steve, for voicing your concerns, contacting officials and rescue groups, and making your story known. The more people who speak up against this type of behavior, the better for the animals!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Act Now! Gets Active Against Animal Abuse

On Thursday, January 24, Act Now! Rescue was called to investigate a case of animal abuse in Potosi, MO. The anonymous caller reported they had made four calls to the sheriff's department about a dog the witness saw chained up near a doghouse, and appeared dead. The caller reported a concern that there was another dog locked in the trailer on the property.

The witness took pictures of the young dog chained up and dead. Apparently the dog had been dead for at least four days.

The caller told us they had called numerous times to report the animal abuse and the sheriff's department did come out one time, but left and never came back. That's when the caller contacted Act Now! Rescue. We brought reporters from CW 11 with us.

Another dog was found in the trailer, malnourished looking but alive. Both dogs were put into the custody of a local veterinarian, who will do an autopsy on the dead dog, and examine the other dog, who will be treated at Act Now! Rescue's expense, if necessary.

We oppose the return of this dog to its owner, especially after one dog was lying dead for at least four days on the property, numerous calls were made to officials, and nothing was done until the rescue arrived with news cameras in tow. This is clearly animal abuse!

Thursday, January 24, 2008


It's not as hard as it seems -- Nathan Winograd is an expert on building no kill communities, and his "No Kill Equation" is the ONLY system that works. Mr. Winograd also has views about Pet Limit Laws and how they punish people for wanting to take in animals rather than see them killed in a shelter and how it actually WORSENS the problem by creating the environment of too many animals in a shelter vs. finding them a home.

Some say that there aren't enough homes for shelter dogs. If that were true, people wouldn't be purchasing animals.

Read this excerpt and decide for yourself if pet limit laws help or hinder rescue work. We believe it is the #1 hindrance to rescue work. The facts don't lie. Animal control laws must change in order to save taxpayer money and, most of all, save lives. It's time for city councils to stop BLAMING the public for the animal overpopulation and instead ask for the public's help with a solution. Novel idea, huh?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Act Now! On Channel 11 News January 20

Michelle and Nina took to the streets with CW 11 News today in search of dogs and cats out in the cold with no shelter. They fed and watered cats and found a dog who was outside and cold, but fortunately, also found his owner.

Michelle and Nina and the Act Now! team would like to remind everyone -- please keep your pets inside as much as possible during this cold. Tying a dog outside, or leaving a dog in a small area where he cannot move around to get warm, is deadly to him in this cold weather.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Happy Tails!

Ames and Amanda from Ballwin, Missouri, had lost their dog Peanut when they left her with friends and she got out of the yard. They saw Cassie and immediately fell in love, and continued looking for their lost Peanut. Amanda emailed us one day to let us know that just before Christmas, Peanut was found and was back home, safe and sound. Ames and Amanda tell us Peanut and Cassie get along with one another beautifully, and they are all one big happy family now. Thanks to Ames and Amanda for giving Cassie a home! Congratulations on the safe return of Peanut!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thank You For Fostering Me!

You Saved My Life!

I'm one of the lucky ones....I'm on my way to a FOSTER HOME!



Fostering is SO much harder than adopting. You give your time, your love, and the comfort of your daily routine away, all to see this adorable dog leave? Why? If fostering were easy, more people would do it. "I get so attached!" We hear it all the time. We understand how you feel. Fostering is more than getting attached to the one whose life you are saving. It's being able to see the "big picture," which has been explained by our founder, Michelle Losh, like this: "Every dog who is cared for by a foster home is where it is supposed to be at that moment. We are just caring for these dogs until they finally get home."

When I fostered for the first time, I told myself, "I can't do it, it's too hard." But the more I thought about the "Big Picture," the more I realized that if I didn't foster, the one I didn't take in might die in a shelter without ever knowing what it was like to really be home. Were my feelings about becoming attached more important to me at the time? Absolutely. But after I saw the Big Picture, I began to see that every dog I could foster was with me for the time it was supposed to be with me, and they weren't supposed to stay with me. They were supposed to be in their forever home. The problem is, the shelters don't have the space, time, or resources to care for a dog until he finds his forever home. This is what a foster home provides, and what is the most important part to remember -- you are saving a life. While you are saving a life, you get to enjoy the love and gratefulness of a dog who would otherwise be living outside in the weather, or being beaten and abused, or being dumped like so much garbage by an abusive owner, or in a shelter waiting to be adopted, and then eventually being put to sleep.
YOU, the FOSTER HOME, are part of the life saving process, you are these dogs' last hope for life. Getting them out of the shelter is the easy part. You have the task of helping this dog learn manners, learn it's okay to make a mistake, learn that food isn't to share with 10 others, and learn how to trust again. It's such a good feeling! I used to cry every time a dog would leave my home, but I feel so much better when I see the Big Picture.
Our kids learn to be kind to animals, how to care for them, and how to be sensitive to the fact that they cannot live without our help.

Another Happy Tail!

Carlie Finds Her Forever Home! Just when you think a dog will never find its family, one always comes along who has a little more room in their home and a lot more love to share.

Carlie (left) was one of our "long term" fostered dogs, and we were beginning to think she and her forever family would never meet. She is now living with her "little" brother, Miller, and loving every minute of it.

The Beckers, of O'Fallon, Missouri, called us in mid-December and asked to see Carlie, and when we brought her to them, it was love at first sight. We all knew she was finally home.

Carlie was a shelter dog in Piedmont, Missouri, living in 110 degree heat last summer, when Jan spotted her and squeezed everybody together a little closer in her SUV and brought her to her foster home. "She's in that heat, she's so beautiful, and I just couldn't leave her behind," she said. This is what rescues LIVE for! Thank you for taking Carlie home!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Jefferson County Humane Society Lost and Found Pets

I found this link today. I think there are a lot more lost and found dogs and cats in Jefferson County than this, which leads me to believe not many people in our county are aware of this site.

If you have lost a loved one, please consider posting a picture and description here. Likewise, if you have found a pet, you can post a picture here. Who knows, you may be able to reunite a lost pet with its home.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

How Many Pets vs. How Many Children an Adult Can Care For in Missouri

I read this tonight -- it makes no sense whatsoever. In Missouri, a licensed childcare center ratio of adults to children 3 to 4 years of age is one adult to TEN. If one adult can care for TEN 3 to 4 year old children at once, why wouldn't the same adult be able to care for 4 or 5 dogs? Or 6 or 7? See the report of May 2007 written by the Missouri Division of Health and Human Services at at page 3 and see for yourself.

I could try to get "licensed" to have more dogs (most of which are temporary tenants anyway), but that makes no sense either. Responsible pet owners won't take on more than they can take good care of, and irresponsible pet owners who have only one will not be held accountable to care for that animal as long as they are under the limit of dogs. There is no regulatory ordinance demanding a certain amount of caring an individual can feel.

At the same time that household limits discourage responsible individuals from providing a good home for more needy animals, they do not prevent an irresponsible one from acquiring unlimited animals. Since caring can’t be mandated, a pet limit law will only end up punishing those who care. Which, in the case of Act Now! Rescue, and many others, it does.

Pet Limit Laws: Closing the Door to Loving Homes

Man's Best Friend Needs Help Now

Pennsylvania is taking small steps to remedy its "Puppy Mill Capital" status. When is Missouri going to get on the bandwagon?

Rescues Have an Uphill Battle to Climb

Since I've been affiliated with dog rescue, I've had my share of criticism. I want to hoard animals, I want to make my home unsafe, and I should move to a farm. All from people who don't see the problem of overcrowded shelters as we do. Missouri is one of the "puppy mill" states, because the laws as they are written are not in favor of the welfare of the animals sold by the puppy mills to stores across the country who continue to sell dogs for a profit, which, in itself, should be illegal as puppy mills are their main source of income in the puppy purchase world. The state of Pennsylvania is working to change this thought process in small steps, but at least a step. In this article dated December 29, 2007 entitled, "Man's Best Friend Needs Help Now," Pennsylvania's government is asking for change. Missouri should demand change as well.

Marion Angels in Marion, Arkansas

Now these are people who really, really love animals. A group of hardworking, dedicated people committed to one cause. Saving a few lives. They report having few funding options from their city government (I was told the shelter had no air circulation in it and someone donated an air conditioning unit, but the mayor and council would not pay for the electricity to run it) yet still they keep their eyes on the goal -- finding good homes for their dogs, getting the sick ones to a rescue as soon as they can, all in the interest of saving lives.

Visit to see how hard these people are working to make a difference in their community.

The problem of homeless animals should never have made it to the critical stage it is in today. We are a civilized society, yet we perform the uncivilized ritual of discarding the sick, injured, and homeless as though they don't matter. It's not just animals we do this to. Humans in the same situation are suffering every day. What are you doing about it?


Pet Limit Laws Limit Rescue Organizations and other Responsible Pet Owners, Not Irresponsible Pet Owners
An irresponsible pet owner will be irresponsible with one -- or 20 -- pets! Until a city can write an ordinance that forces people to CARE about their animals, a few irresponsible pet owners will continue to indirectly help in the killing of healthy, adoptable animals at kill shelters everywhere.
A rescue organization member is trained in how to handle more than 3 dogs, is responsible enough to say, "I can't handle any more dogs right now," pays to spay/neuter, vaccinate, and put pets on heartworm and flea prevention, and gives much needed additional time for the pet to find its forever home.

We have asked the City of Arnold to allow rescue organizations the opportunity to save more lives by going over the pet limit every now and then to save a life. Our many requests are falling on deaf ears.

If you believe the City of Arnold could -- and should -- tolerate rescue groups enough to make an exception to the dog limit every now and then to save a life, please contact Mary Holden at and Matt Unrein at, and contact your city council representatives and tell them there is such a thing as COOPERATION between government and citizens! We're doing it for the New JCAC Shelter Fund!