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This is a series of diaries highlighting animal rescues around the country and noting and celebrating the work they do to help animals who have no voices but ours to speak for them. I have decided to make this a daily series because there are so many wonderful rescues out there who need human help and weekly just doesn't seem to be enough. I have long wanted to start a rescue but lack the resources or time available to do so right now so this is my attempt to do my part. I hope that these rescues will benefit from the kindness and benevolence of the community here at Daily Kos. I chose this rescue, Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills, because it was suggested by mayim in the first diary of the series. They are operating on a shoestring and need all the help we can give them. They are an amazing organization and worthy of Kossack attention and care.

Responsible Pet Care Of Oxford Hills

"Hungry. Cold. Afraid. The abandoned cat searches for shelter. She has no person to care for her. She has no warm bed to rest in. She is alone.

She reaches out to a friendly face in search of comfort. Instead she is trapped.

The dog breaks loose from his run. He explores the neighborhood, but goes too far. He is lost.

If this cat or dog lives in an Oxford County, Maine town that contracts with Responsible Pet Care they are lucky. They'll be brought to Responsible Pet Care and given a second chance for a happy life.

Responsible Pet Care is a no-kill, non-profit shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs located in Norway, Maine. We provide a safe and comfortable environment for cats that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners. We also provide a place for a lost dog to rest until his owner comes for him.

All of the cats and kittens in our care need permanent homes and are available for adoption. Most of the dogs will be reunited with their owners; but some will require new homes.

Please continue to browse our site. You will be surprised at what we do."

The website is here
You can help here
Their adoption application is here

Imagine the pawsibilities!

Pawsibilities Thrift Shoppe

Pawsibilities Thrift Shoppe is a cheerful shop, located in the scenic Oxford Hills, Maine community. The address is 124 Waterford Road in Norway.

At Pawsibilities you will find new and gently-used merchandise that is creatively displayed and reasonably priced. There are theme rooms for kitchenware, linens, craft supplies, toys, books and tools. The inventory is always different.

All proceeds from the sales at Pawsibilities support the animals at Responsible Pet Care.

Read all about it here

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Honor a loved one or pet today!
Honor and Remember Gifts

Are you pondering what to give a friend for her birthday? Would you like to give a special remembrance for a deceased friend or family member? Is there a special occasion to celebrate? Perhaps someone you know is not feeling well.

We have the perfect solution for your needs. Give an "Honor and Remember" donation to Responsible Pet Care in the name of a special friend, family member or beloved pet.

When you give an "Honor and Remember" gift you are giving a unique gift and you are helping RPC continue to care for abandoned animals.

You can do that here
Like and follow them on Facebook here

Originally posted to Pam LaPier on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by PWB Peeps.

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  •  Thanks for highlighting them! (8+ / 0-)

    RPC , like so many rescues, operates not only on a shoestring, but a frayed shoestring!

    I've donated, as well as fostering for them.

    They've managed to find the money for a newer building with much more room ~ the need is so great in this area that they had outgrown the previous building that was poorly designed for what they do.

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:43:50 AM PDT

  •  I Know That Place! (6+ / 0-)

    We've donated cat food and litter, my daughter Eva has gushed over the kittens more than once, and we've bought a fair amount from the store, including one of those wag-the-tail-and-swivel-the-eyes cat clocks. But my son Eliot go to it and since then neither the tail nor the eyes have moved. Those things are pretty complicated...until this spring, we lived just up the road in Greenwood. (We're only a bit farther away now--Fryeburg.)

    You guys do excellent work.

    •  Hi, neighbor! (3+ / 0-)
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      Pam LaPier, Amber6541, winglion

      Psst.... you might want to follow either the tag Maine or the group New England Kossacks, if you are interested in meeting others from around here. (Also, NHOx42 has a mailiung list for people interested in Maine/northern New England meet-ups, if you Kosmail him.) Just missedthis year's lakeside meet-up, but there are other chances during the year. Lots of great people and fun times (plus some decent food....).

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:54:48 AM PDT

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      •  I Miss A Lot. (2+ / 0-)
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        I work offshore, in the vicinity of 6 mos./year, and my schedule in summertime is especially heavy (and always irregular). So my standard answer to invitations to fun-sounding parties is, "If I'm home, I'm there." Because as anyone who works offshore can tell you...everything changes. Right now, I just learned today's flight to the boat has been delayed by another two days. And might yet get un-delayed!

        I'll check in on those groups. We won't be getting a cat from you guys any time soon--got one already, Jasper, who likes humans a whole lot better than his fellow species, and wouldn't appreciate a kitten at all--but once we close on our house we'll be in the market for a dog. (So I've been promising to the little girl for a few months now.)

      •  Um... (1+ / 0-)
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        mayim

        How do I search for groups? In the groups page, they're listed, but I don't see a search function. And the search function up at the top right-hand corner of the page is only for diaries.

  •  I tweeted story. (4+ / 0-)
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    Pam LaPier, Amber6541, mayim, emmasnacker

    “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” ― Mary Oliver

    by weezilgirl on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 10:35:54 AM PDT

  •  Had a discussion about euthanasia (6+ / 0-)

    Today I had a discussion about euthanasia today with a woman I see while we each walk our dogs.

    We are fostering a litter of puppies for the local Humane Society shelter.  I tell every responsible pet owner I can that the pups will be available soon and to let others know.  This woman said that she'd never get an animal from this shelter because they euthanize.

    Well....I explained that we've volunteered there for years, and I'd previously been on the board of directors.  This shelter never euthanizes for space considerations.  Some dogs and cats have been there for months awaiting adoption, so long in some cases that we worry about the animals' mental health and give those extra attention, and no fee is charged for these guys.  The shelter does euthanize pets that are close to death for less than a vet charges.  Dangerous dogs as defined by state law are euthanized; the shelter has a country contract for certain animal sheltering services.  And, in some cases like one pup we fostered, a doggie psychopath, fought seriously with his littermates at 8 weeks, bit both of us hard, and  all concerned including animal behaviorists decided that pup could not be adopted out.

    So...no-kill or hardly-ever-kill?

    By the way, my county hasn't had a litter of pups in the shelter for about two years until this one.  People here really are getting more responsible about spaying and neutering their pets.  We've fostered eight litters over the years.  One mother dog whelped here, one mother with pups came in, and the rest have been just pups without the mother.  It's a bit of work and a lot of fun.

    •  It sounds (1+ / 0-)
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      like this shelter is doing necessary and great work and only euthanizing when absolutely necessary. I had to put two baby kitties to sleep and it broke my heart but there does come a time to ask quality of life questions. I wish people could do the same for me when my life becomes all pain and no joy but, of course, our laws don't allow for that.

      "Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul is unawakened." Anatole France

      by Pam LaPier on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 12:06:00 PM PDT

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  •  Got another one for you, for a future diary. (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam LaPier, mayim

    Fancy Cats Rescue Team (FCRT) in Northern Virginia. My wife volunteers with them, and we've fostered a half dozen pooties over the last year. Four of those becamse "foster failures" (that's when the foster parent just up and adopts the little bugger). Like most rescues, FCRT are chronically short-staffed and under-funded.

  •  I support PALS in my town of Winthrop ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... but have heard many good things about Oxford Hills.

    Thanks for this info!

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