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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. They are amazing organizations and worthy of Kossack attention and care.
Now that I'm home, bathed, settled and fed
All nicely tucked into my warm new bed
I'd like to open my baggage
Lest I forget
There is so much to carry-
So much to regret.    Hmmmm…..

Yes, there it is, right on the top.
Let's unpack Loneliness, Heartache and Loss
And there by my bed, hide Fear and Shame
As I look on these things I tried hard to leave
I still have to unpack my baggage called Pain

I love them, the others, the ones who left me
But I was not good enough - For they did not want me.
Will you add to my baggage?
Or will you help me unpack?
Or will you just look at my things -
And take me right back?

Do you have the time to help me unpack?
To put away my baggage
And never repack?
I pray that you do - I'm so tired you see
But I do come with baggage -
Will you still want me?

Author Unknown

Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue

The website is here
You can donate here
Adoption information is here

Promoting Compassion for All Animals

Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue is a non-profit, animal rescue organization and sanctuary dedicated to widening the circle of compassion to include all animals. We are staffed entirely by volunteers and our ability to continue our animal rescue efforts depends entirely upon the support of our members.

Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue was created in order to provide rescue and refuge for neglected, abused, and homeless animals. We currently provide adoption services and permanent sanctuary for dogs and farmed animals.

Field Trips
Visiting Our No Kill Pet Shelters

Visiting our no kill pet shelter is a rewarding and educational experience that encourages volunteer work with animals. Students enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how animals are taken care of as well as a chance to meet and pet some of the animals that live here at the rescue for a real hands on learning experience.

The field trip will start with an introduction to the different type of animals at the rescue, how they got to the rescue, and their care and treatment. We will also share individual rescued animal stories. The trip will end with a question and answer session as well as a discussion on the need for care of homeless animals and what to do if you spot animal abuse.  This is a great way to reinforce pet care responsibility and be a proactive member of our community and it’s dependents. The field trip will last approximately 1 hour depending on the groups involvement. The tour is free, but please feel free to bring an item on our donation list such as an old towel or blanket.

Children are discouraged from bringing cleaning supplies and larger items.

What to bring

Children should wear tennis shoes or sneakers and clothes that they can get dirty.
Sun block should be applied prior to the outing.
Bottle of water
Sack lunch

Community Service for Kids

Many organizations such as the Boys Scouts or Girl Scouts require children to complete community service hours, perform humanitarian work or participate in educational forums for merit badges. Hooves & Paws Animal no kill pet shelter meets a number of requirements both partially and fully  for your merit badges. You may need to check with your Scout Leader for exact fulfillment in areas such as;

Boy Scouts
Animal Science
Mammal Study

Girl Scouts
Animal Care

Eagle Scouts
Contact us for Eagle Scout projects such as getting dog kennels and animal pens donated thru solicitation as well as constructing them for the shelter.

Our Mission

We Are a Non Profit Animal Organization Providing Shelter for Neglected, Abused and Abandoned Animals

Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue is a non profit animal rescue organization which provides a safe haven for unwanted, abused and homeless animals.  Once healthy and rehabilitated at Hooves & Paws, rescued animals are available for pet adoption.  Animals who are not adopted as rescue pets are guaranteed lifelong care at our sanctuary.

Whenever possible we also assist animals who, because of extenuating circumstances, are unable to remain in their homes with their owners. In this climate of economic uncertainty, many people are faced with the harsh reality of not being able to support their pet, or animal. We can help give your pet a chance for the future with placement in a non profit animal organization that is in a loving and caring environment.

We carefully screen potential adoptive homes for our rescued animals. All Hooves and Paws rescue animals are evaluated for temperament and personality. This helps us to place them in homes that are well suited to their needs and to the needs of their future owners. Hooves and Paws routinely conducts home checks to ensure the welfare of the adopted rescue pet and requires an adoption application and contract.

We strive to promote a more compassionate world for all animals.  We promote spaying and neutering as a way of counteracting the pet overpopulation crisis.  Not sterilizing animals and allowing them to breed contributes to the needless euthanasia of millions of unwanted pets each year in the United States.
We also work to promote a better understanding of issues facing farm animals at our animal organization that is non for profit. By encouraging the general public to visit Hooves & Paws animal rescue sanctuary and meet our rescued farm animals, we work to create a better awareness of this abuse as well as the understanding of farm animals as sentient beings.
Ways You Can Help

Help Stop Animal Cruelty By Reporting It

While meeting the immediate needs of rescue and sanctuary for abused and neglected animals is our daily mission, fostering compassion and proper treatment for all animals is our ultimate goal.  We know that with your help, the world will become a better place for our animal friends. Remember, they may be helpless, but you’re not.  So if you see instances of animal cruelty please report it.

Be vigilant for signs of possible animal abuse.

The following warnings signs offered by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) may indicate animals who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

    Extreme thinness or emaciation
    Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
    Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes or missing hair
    Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
    Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
    Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness
    An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
    Dogs repeatedly left alone without adequate food and water
    Dogs often left tied or chained outside for long periods of time
    Pets who have been hit by cars—or are showing any of the signs listed here—and
    have not been taken to a veterinarian
    Pets kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions
    Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners
    Collar so tight that it has caused a neck wound
    Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that
    isn’t being treated
    Inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
    Pets kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that
    could harm them
    Animals housed in kennels or cages that are too small to allow them to stand, turn
    around and make normal movements. Animals housed in crowded conditions with too
    many other animals

Report suspected animal cruelty, abuse or neglect.

Animal cruelty is more than just wrong, it’s a crime. It not only affects the animals involved, but can endanger the health and safety of the community at large.

Beyond cases of obvious abuse, we find that job loss, foreclosure, and other economic hardship can put much loved pets in a precarious position. Owners may need help in caring for their pets, and they may not even realize that their animals are suffering needlessly. By reporting suspected abuse to the police or humane society in your area, you help ensure that animals receive the care they need at last chance animal rescues like ours. Reports can be made anonymously, if necessary.

How to file a Report

In most cases, the local animal control agency has jurisdiction over animal cruelty cases.  In some areas, chapters of SPCA or Humane Societies have the ability to handle animal cruelty reports as well.  

You may need to contact your local police department to file a report. Local law enforcement agencies are the primary agencies charged with investigating suspected animal cruelty in many states, but they may share these duties with local animal control agencies or humane societies.  

In the Los Angeles area, reports can be filed with the following agencies:

SPCALA (for Southern California)

1-800-540-SPCA (7722)

Los Angeles City Animal Services
Animal Cruelty Task Force (213) 486-0450

Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control

When you contact your local police department or animal welfare officials, make sure you have all the pertinent details available to help them in their investigation.

Provide a written statement outlining your observations, including dates and times when possible.

Include your contact information and make sure the officer knows you are interested in the outcome of the investigation. Unless you are requesting anonymity, make it clear that you are available to provide answers to questions or testify, if needed. Although agencies are obligated to investigate anonymous reports, they are more likely to follow up on complaints when witnesses are available and willing to make a statement.

If you are aware of other individuals who have witnessed or have knowledge about the abuse, include names and contact information for these people.

If you have the opportunity to photograph the animals or location without trespassing, forwarding photos to law enforcement can be helpful.

When you call law enforcement, keep a written record of the date of contact, who you talk to, the subject of the discussion and the officer’s response.

Before you submit a report or photo, make sure to keep a copy for your files.

Ask for the name of the officer assigned to the case, and when you should expect a response. If you don’t receive a response after this date has passed, and you don’t believe any action has been taken, make a polite call to the officer assigned to the case regarding the progress of the investigation. Remember that most animal welfare and law enforcement agencies are doing their best to investigate reports promptly, with limited resources. Give the agency an opportunity to follow-up, but if you discover that no action has been taken on your complaint after a reasonable amount of time, you may wish to contact a supervising officer or government official to request action.

Support anti-cruelty laws.

Voice your opinions to help lawmakers make decisions that protect animals from cruelty.  Join the ASPCA advocacy brigade to receive alerts regarding pending legislation and how you can help:

Join the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) online community for additional alerts regarding animal protection issues in your state:

Teach others about compassionate treatment of animals.

Compassion begins at home. If you have children, teach them at an early age to respect and care for animals.

Read stories about animals to give them an understanding that these creatures
have feelings too.

If you have the time and resources to devote, a family pet can be an excellent way
to teach children and their friends how to treat animals.

Don’t have the space or time for a pet? Visit one. Visit pets of friends or neighbors
or make a trip to a local dog park or shelter. Foster compassion for animals while
helping your child learn to read by participating in a “Paws for Reading” or “Paws to
Read” program offered by libraries in many areas of the country.

When your child is old enough, consider volunteering as a family with a local animal
shelter or animal rescue organization. Or ask a neighbor if they need help caring for
pets. Research shows that caring for animals promotes feelings of empathy and
develops nurturing instincts.  

Help spread the word about our mission:

“Like” us on Facebook and suggest that your Facebook friends do the same,
Follow us on Twitter and retweet our messages

Treat your animals kindly.

Animals respond to kindness with loyalty and trust. Sometimes even those of us with the best intentions become overwhelmed and too busy to notice our animals’ needs, but setting a good example is the best way to teach others about humane treatment.  Responsible animal ownership requires that we give animals what they need to be happy and healthy:

Provide a constant source of clean, fresh water in every location where pets may
be restricted. If no one is home during the day, ask a neighbor or friend to check on
your pets to make sure they have water (and a little company as well!)

Feed pets a healthy diet on a regular schedule, but not too much.  Over-feeding
can actually be abusive.  Like people, pets who are overweight are more susceptible to a host of health problems. In the wild, animals hunt for their food and expend energy
constantly. In captivity, many animals will eat themselves sick if allowed to do so.  
And they may attempt to eat anything that is left within the range of their noses. Make sure to keep people food and garbage out of your pets’ reach.  

Make sure animals have the opportunity for plenty of exercise daily.

Make sure pets receive their vaccinations and regular vet visits if they have any health challenges. Check with your veterinarian for important tips on at home care such as cleaning your pets’ ears and other important grooming tips to keep them healthy and happy.

Dogs and other animals need to learn acceptable behaviors. They want to please us.  But yelling or screaming at animals who don’t understand the rules only creates fear. Use praise, firm tones and consistent actions to breed cooperation. Enroll in an obedience class to learn how to best train your dog.

Don’t hold back on love and affection. If you’ve ever brought abandoned or abused animals home and treated them like a member of the family, you’ve probably seen a rewarding transformation in behavior and disposition.  As you treat them with kindness and consistency, they learn to trust and respond with unending love and loyalty.

Support compassionate treatment of farm animals.

Whether vegan or omnivore, there are many ways you can help promote humane practices in livestock and dairy farming. Many large-scale industrial farming practices are not only inhumane, but may be hazardous to our health, so make sure you report any animal cruelty or mishandling you suspect.  

Help animals by educating yourself and your friends about the conditions of farm animals.  Documentaries such as Food, Inc. provide an enlightening view of industrialized farming, including the inhumane and unsanitary conditions plaguing these animals as well as our own health.

If you consume animal products, you can help by supporting farmers and ranchers who raise animals using humane methods. Look for cage-free eggs, pastured or free-range chicken and turkey, grass-fed and pasture-raised beef and pork. If your local market doesn’t offer these options, ask them to start.

Look for the Animal Welfare Approved label created to identify and promote  family farms that raise their animals with the highest welfare standards.                                                                                                                              
Support organizations that promote humane treatment of farm animals:

Humane Society of the United States advocates for humane eating and an end to factory farming.

A division of the Animal Welfare Institute, Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) was formed in response to growing consumer interest in how farm animals are raised and desire to know how their food is produced.

As part of their mission to promote food production that is “Good, Clean and Fair,” Slow Food, USA, argues for sustainable, cruelty-free agricultural practices.

Animal Sponsorship
Be a Guardian Angel

We always hope our rescued animals are adopted by loving families, but some of our animals have a harder time finding a permanent home and need lifelong care at our sanctuary, which is where our adopt a pet online feature helps.  We understand that not everyone can adopt all the animals we have available here Hooves and Paws,  that’s why sponsoring that special animal whose story touched your life is a great and fulfilling alternative to adoption. We need sponsors who will be guardian angels for the special needs animals at our sanctuary.  Working directly with spca adoptions, we hope to find guardian angels to help us provide our most needy animals with the food, medical care, special attention and extra healing time they require.

About Guardian Angel Sponsorship

Guardian Angels who sponsor a pet online will receive a color photograph and story about their sponsored animal. We will also send you regular email updates on your animal. Higher level sponsors will also have their name added to a plaque which will be placed near where the animal resides.  You can sponsor as many animals as you like.  You can also sponsor an animal as a special gift or a memorial in honor of a loved one. If you sponsor an animal as a gift, benefits apply to the gift recipient, but the sponsor will receive the receipt for his or her tax deductible charitable donation.

See the levels of sponsorships and animals here

I am sharing this link because it is Tricia's grandbaby. If you are able, and you have some extra cash and are looking for someplace to put it, please consider this.
In March of 2014, Mikayla was the victim of shaken baby syndrome, suffered at the hand of her birthfather. She was only three months old at the time. As a result, she suffered traumatic brain injury, dozens of seizures, and a stroke. My precious baby almost died.

In the next few months, our lives drasitically changed and I had to move in with family in an attempt to financially make it. However, with childcare costs and bills, we cannot afford a home of our own.

I recently found a newly renovated property in our town that would be perfect for us and provide the stability we need. It is the perfect size, in a safe neighborhood, and close to family, my job, and Mikayla's daycare. This home would not only give us a fresh start, but would provide Mikayla with more room for her ongoing therapy.

I am asking for help to raise the money for us to buy this house so we can start over and heal. We'd greatly appreciate your help giving Mikayla a home!

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