The Jacksonville Humane Society, a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, is a member of No Kill Jacksonville. The shelter provides adoption and veterinary services to homeless pets in the area in an attempt to reduce suffering and create a community where no adoptable pet is killed simply because there isn’t a space for it.
In 2018 alone, over 500 volunteers sacrificed over 27,000 hours to help meet those goals. A labor of love, the shelter helps keep families together and reunites pets with their families. 397 pets were returned to their owners in 2018, thanks to the hard work of the shelter workers.
Special Adoption Events
Shelters like the Jacksonville Humane Society have special events where the adoption fees are reduced or waived, and where families can come out to see if they are interested in adopting an available pet for their own family. One such event was called Generosity Breeds Joy, a day chosen to celebrate the shelter’s one year anniversary in its new and innovative building.
For the November 9 event, adoption fees were free, and some local restaurants offered to donate a percentage of proceeds to the shelter, as long as the diners asked on the special day. The special event also offered face painting, arts and crafts, and a special presentation for yoga with cats. There was even a special day camp for on November 12 for kids in grades kindergarten to 8th.
On that special day, a family showed up at the PetSmart that was hosting the event in hopes of adopting a kitten. While they were waiting in line, they happened to notice a dog that was being readied for a walk. The brown-and-white dog looked very familiar to the family, who had lost a similar-looking dog in August.
The dad shouted loud enough to be heard throughout the store, “That’s my Dopey!” The dog was so excited he ran over to see his dad, only to find that his whole family was there excited to see him again.
At that time, Dopey had been with the Jacksonville Humane Society for over a month. A kind stranger brought him in on October 1, believing he was a stray who needed to find a home. The shelter took good care of him and then brought him to the Generosity Breeds Joy event to try to find a forever home.
More and More Reunions
Just a few days later, the shelter reunited another family. A kitten was brought in during a big spay and neuter event, and she turned out to have a microchip. She was quickly reunited with her family.
One lucky lady in Florida was reunited with her dog who escaped a fence in 2007. She kept searching, looking in shelters and searching the streets when she was out. After 12 years, her Duchess was found living under a man’s home in Pennsylvania, and she got to go home.
How You Can Help
You never know who you might be helping when you give to a shelter. You may find a new family member or help a pet that belongs to a friend. While many people are already overextended, there are a lot of ways you can help your local shelter.
If you have food your pet doesn’t like, you can donate it instead of throwing it away. Let others in your community know so the shelter can receive assistance, and even if you can’t volunteer, suggest it to teenage friends as a great way to get some work experience. It takes the whole community to make miracles like this happen.
Family Adopts an Enormous Puppy Who Is Compared to a Hippo
There is a saying that dogs are a man’s best friend. There are countless individuals and families out there who are looking to share their love with a dog. One of the biggest questions people face when they are thinking about adopting a dog is the type of breed they would like. There are so many great options to choose from that it can be hard to make a decision. One couple in the United Kingdom decided to go with the biggest puppy they could possibly find.
This couple had been looking for a new dog for a long time. They already have four dogs at home but were ready for another. They were waiting and not sure if they would ever get the call that there was a dog waiting for them. Eventually, they got the call. There was a 5-month old puppy at the shelter who was looking for a new home. The animal had been surrounded by its previous owner who was no longer able to take care of the puppy. He was surrendered to the local shelter. The couple was so excited. They rushed down to meet the puppy.
They were utterly shocked by what they saw. They couldn’t believe the dog they saw was still a puppy. Their eyes locked with a Great Dane. It was love at first sight. It turns out this puppy also happens to be the largest puppy in the entire country! The couple couldn’t believe their luck!
The puppy was already towering at 6 feet tall. he also weighed in at 95 pounds. For comparison, this is more than most baby hippos! The owners were shocked to learn all of this information about a puppy that was going to be theirs. The shelter even told the couple that as the dog grows up, he might even get bigger. His size has the potential to double, which is quite absurd to most; however, this is exactly what happens with Great Dane puppies. The couple was so excited and started to love on him immediately.
The couple is already happy at home with their new family member. They say that the puppy has a big heart to match his enormous size. His heart is every bit as big as he is. He is playful and gentle at the same time. He is a joy to have around the house. The couple also knows that they don’t know what’s going to happen as he continues to grow up. The dog is only going to get bigger, so the couple has taken it upon themselves to try to safeguard some of the fragile items around the house.
Furthermore, the family also four other dogs they need to take care of in addition to the Great Done. The family also has a beautiful Dogue de Bordeaux, two separate Chinese crested dogs, and a gorgeous French bulldog. The family has said that the dogs still get along well. The dogs were a bit nervous at the size of the new puppy at first; however, they get along great now. The family is so excited to have a full house and there is plenty of love to go around.
The family also posts videos of what life is like with their new gentle giant as well. The walks can be quite entertaining as the family works to manage all of the dogs at once. This is a perfect example of the joy a dog can bring to the lives of people. What a beautiful family of dogs.
If You Feel Lost, Look for Signs
There is a saying that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. On the other hand, even the strongest people may feel overwhelmed from time to time. This is only natural. From time to time, there’s only so much that we feel we can handle on our own. Some of the toughest events to handle in life include getting fired from a dream job, going through a divorce or relationship ending experience, and even being evicted from the house, home, or apartment. Some people might even develop serious health problems, leafing to other issues that they feel like they cannot handle. The list seems to go on forever and ever. These are events that will make anyone feel small. This can’t leave people feeling helpless, wondering what they can do next. In the situation, how was someone supposed to respond?
In these situations, it is good to look to the universe for help. From time to time, the universe will give us size. Some people are patient and will wait for the universe to tell them what to do next. On the other hand, there is another answer, what comes in the form of asking the universe for a sign. That’s right, it is possible to ask the universe for help. The guidance is always there. Help is always available. All anyone has to do is stop, ask, and listen. No one is ever alone. Even though people may feel hopeless, there’s always more hope for us down the road. The universe has been designed to assist us, teach us, and show us the way. The universe actually wants us to thrive. These challenges are placed before us in order to strengthen us. By overcoming these challenges, people are going to feel both happy and fulfilled.
For those who are ready to ask the universe for a little bit of assistance, it is helpful to slow down. Sit still. Take the time to take a look around. Observe. The universe is going to listen to our request and respond to us appropriately. There doesn’t need to be a special chant. No one has to go to yoga class or sit and meditate for hours on end. There doesn’t need to be a special ceremony. Asking for help can be either as easy or as complicated as anyone desires. There are a few ways where someone can connect to a higher power and asked for help. Nobody should ever feel ashamed of asking for help.
First, consider keeping a journal. And the journal, write a letter to the universe or higher power and explain your situation. Talk to the journal about what’s going on. Why are you struggling? What questions do you have? Talk out the situation like you were to any other person and ask the journal for help. Next, consider repeating affirmations that you feel helpful. It is a good idea to simply step back and say, “I am going to let the universe lead me.” This affirmation is simple and straightforward. Repeat this affirmation on a regular basis. You should surrender your worries to it. Be open to guidance in the most unexpected places. Finally, if you have a specific question, do not hesitate to get to the point. The universe is going to listen. If you open up your heart and your mind, you will see the answer. It is only after surrendering ourselves to the universe that we are able to see the path ahead. The answer is there. You simply need to ask the universe for a sign.
Why Did Barbara Streisand Clone Her Dog Twice?
There are lots of people who own dogs. After all, they say that dog is a man’s best friend; however, one of the only drawbacks to owning dogs is that they have a relatively short lifespan. It can be hard for someone to let go of a pet they love. Most people see pets as members of their own family. For some people, like Barbara Streisand, they don’t have to let go of their pets. The actress and singer is a legend and one of the titans of the entertainment industry. She even had her dog Sammie cloned after she died. In fact, she ended up cloning her twice.
Sammie passed away back in 2017. Now, Barbara Streisand is raising two dogs named Miss Scarlet and Miss Violet. Both of them are clones of the original Sammie. Recently, Barbara Streisand spoke about why she decided to do that.
She explained that she was incredibly devoted to her beloved 14-year-old dog Sammie. Barbara Streisand explained that she looked at Sammie as though she was a daughter. She spoke about the personality that Sammie had and how well they both got along. Sammie was a bit of an oddball and Barbara Streisand fell in love with her. She decided that she needed to get another Sammie.
Barbara Streisand even went on to talk about how the cloning process worked. The doctor had to go off somewhere and get a special kit. Then, the doctor had to use the kit to take a few cells from Sammie. Then, these cells were used to isolate Sammie’s genetic material. Finally, using this materials, Sammie was able to be cloned.
In addition to the two clones of Sammie, Barbara Streisand also has a third dog that she rescued from the shelter. Of course, like any good dog owner, the pets are incredibly spoiled. In exchange, Barbara Streisand said, the dogs return unconditional love. That is one of the sweetest parts of owning dogs. Barbara Streisand has told people in the past that even though the two dogs are exact clones of Sammie, they don’t have the same personality. Therefore, they aren’t total clones in the exact sense; however, they do have the same genetic material.
This story should serve as an inspiration to everyone who has ever fallen in love with a family pet. When someone takes a dog into their home, they often think the dog is going to live forever. This is because nobody wants to think about the death of a family member even a dog. Therefore, some people decide not to think about it at all.
At the same time, this story about Barbara Streisand and Sammie does offer up a few lessons. First, it is key to remember that dogs do not live forever and it can be hard to let go. What Barbara Streisand did is sweet; however, she was not able to make an exact clone of Sammie even with the literal kit. Her dogs still have different personalities from Sammie; however, she loves them all just the same, even the dog from the shelter Furthermore, it is okay to remember a beloved family pet yet move on just the same. Dogs provide us with unconditional love; however, death is a part of life. This is true for dogs and people. Barbara Streisand’s story offers a powerful message to everyone about life, death, and love. She used her beloved pet Sammie as a medium through which to share this story. We all owe Barbara Streisand our thanks for opening up to us in this manner.
For Those Military Families Who Cannot Make it Home, There is a Ray of Hope
The holidays are supposed to be a time on families and friends can come together, hang out, catch up, and make new memories that are going to last forever. Sadly, not everyone is able to do this around the holidays. Regardless of whether or not someone celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it can be challenging for families who have members who are stationed overseas. Even though there are songs about families coming together for the holidays, many members of the military are not able to join in this tradition.
On the other hand, when the members of the military are stationed overseas, they can still celebrate with each other. Often, they come together, share presents, and put on a festival where they make gingerbread houses and share many of the traditions that make the holidays a great time of year. Even though many members of the military do you get to go home during the holidays, this is not possible for everyone. Fortunately, one of the biggest companies in the world has stepped up to help members of the military during this time of year.
Google, the company known for its iconic search engine, stepped up and delivered google nest hubs to military families so that they can stay in touch with the people who matter most in their lives during the holidays. One of the executives who works for Google stated that the members of the military worked tirelessly to make our country a safer place. Therefore, the company decided to step up and help them out. For those who may not know, google nest hubs are a great way for families and friends to stay in touch. These devices are seizing on some of the latest developments in the world of technology, including cloud computing, to increase the ability of people to stay connected over vast distances. Therefore, this technology is perfect for members of the military who would like to keep in touch with members of the family.
A partnership with established between Google and the USO, which is a nonprofit organization that has been put together to help members of the military. This partnership is great for ensuring family members can be connected with loved ones who are still stationed overseas. The organization offers Wi-Fi in 230 locations throughout the world. These Wi-Fi connections allow military members to stay together to the family using some fantastic inventions, including her one last. For military families, this development transforms each house into a helpful home that helps loved ones stay connected with just a touch of a button.
This is only the latest example of a company stepping up to help the members of our military who put their life on the line every day to help us stay safe. Fortunately, Google is not the only company that is stepping up to help members of the military. Everyone is able to step up and help members in the military feel like they are a little bit more at home during the holiday season. It is important for everyone to pause for a second and take a minute to thank members of the military for their service. Even the small gesture can mean a lot, particularly during the holidays.
It was nice to see Google stepping up to provide nest hubs to military families are in the holiday season. Every year, another company steps up to help those in need. It will be exciting to see what happens next year. Every member of our military deserves our thanks and appreciation.
Pigeons With Small Hats are Showing up in Nevada
It’s not uncommon to see a lot of weird things walking down some streets in Nevada. However, you may have thought your eyes were playing a trick on you when you saw a pigeon that was wearing a small sombrero or cowboy hat. While you may think it was just one of those dessert mirages, it’s not.
There have been sightings of a pigeon wearing a sombrero in Reno and then a number of pigeons in Las Vegas wearing cowboy hats. The city manager of Reno thought it was just adorable and funny. However, she was in for a rude awakening when she shared the pigeons on social media and then was attacked by animal rights activists. One of the Las Vegas pigeons that had a tiny hat glued to its head died. Activists are working to get the word out that regardless of how cute a pigeon with a hat on his head looks, it’s not a laughing matter.
The pigeons in Las Vegas were being spotted in mid-December. While the pigeons weren’t all wearing the same hat, the proximity of the sightings had many people believing it was the same group of people or one person that was responsible. The Internet was exploding with these pictures and there were even people getting tattoos of the cowboy pigeon. These people had a serious commitment to something funny but may be feeling a bit of regret when they learn the practice of gluing hats on pigeons is cruel.
When the pigeons were first spotted, the staff at Lofty Hopes, an animal rescue, wanted to track down the pigeons in order to try and remove the hats. Since the pigeons were all spotted wearing the hats for several days, the staff determined the hats were glued to their heads. The staff then worked on trapping the pigeons but it wasn’t an easy task. The staff named the pigeons in order for them to be easy to track. They went by Cluck Norris, CoolamityJane, and Billie the Pidge. Eventually, Cluck Norris and Billie the Pidge were caught and the volunteers and staff members could take a look at the damage that was done. At first, Billie allowed them to work on removing the hat. As the volunteers got to work, it was clear how much glue there was and how much damage was caused to the bird. Cluck allowed them to do the same thing and for him, the damage was even worse. The staff at Lofty Hopes later shared on Instagram that Billie the Pidge had died from an undetected illness. The staff shared that the hat could have interfered with the pigeon being able to dislodge small insects that gathered under it. Pigeons are active groomers and they don’t just groom themselves but also others in the flocks. Since pigeons have an extremely fragile respiratory system, the fumes from the glue could have contributed to slowly poisoning the bird. There are a number of things that could have gone wrong thanks to this prank.
Lofty Hopes is now working on tracking down the sombrero bird in Reno. The city manager is also doing her part to spread the word about the birds. She said while it is fun, it’s still inhumane and the birds are suffering. She said she doesn’t want the same thing to happen here with Billie dying. In the meantime, Lofty Hopes is still working on finding Coolamity Jane. They have kept a close eye on her but haven’t been able to trap her. The goal is to get the hat off as quickly as possible.
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