I received this comment:
Comment from: jiffyjml
Glad to see you're doing your part to give a new home to a doggie left
behind by Katrina's wake! What a lucky doggie Ace is! I have a Boston
myself and know how wonderful they are.
I'm a little concerned
though -- how do you know his owner isn't looking for him? There are at
least 30 reports of "missing" Boston Terriers related to Katrina.
Mostly on petfinder.com, but that's not the only place. Owners are
hoping to be reunited and I'm heartbroken thinking about people dearly
missing their pets. Just curious as to how you acquired him. Do you
mind blogging it? Or you could even e-mail me at jmleong at usa dot
net. Thanks in
Sure, no problem.
How I find out about Ace and his history....when I arrived at CARA in
Jackson, I spoke with 2 of the women who work there, at length. I told
them how I came to hear of the animal rescue efforts, and how at first
I had just wanted to foster, but then....well, the gist of it is this,
they only had less than 10 rescued pets.
The rest were pets they'd been taking care of anyway. The two women
were very angry at the other women who misrepresented CARA and claimed
that all animals were rescued from N'O in Katrina's wake. They also
are extremely upset with a person whom I shall not name who took it
upon herself to arrange for mass adoptions and again misrepresented
The thing is, with CARA, you adopt an animal and s/he becomes part of
your family. You sign a contract that says that if you cannot or do
not want to provide a GOOD home for this adoptee, then you must return
said pet to CARA. And let me tell ya, the adoption application, honey,
I've seen children adopted with less paper work. So Ace had an
entirely different history, he was not a rescuee from the N'O/Katrina
Ace's REAL history is this...he was owned by an elderly couple. When
the man died, the lady moved into a retirement home which didn't allow
pets. So she gave him to a younger couple, who divorced. The woman
moved to an apartment and found that since she worked all day, Ace
could not hold his water and other waste for that long of a time
period. He would do his duty by the door. But from holding it for so
long, he (like a person) developed spastic colon. So she gave him to
CARA. A couple came and adopted him, but only had him for a few days
before they brought him back because the spastic colon was too much for
them to handle.
SO that was why the lady who is the general manager of the shelter
spoke with me for so long, because she wanted to make sure that I was
aware of what all I was getting into. Now, I have a small dog, Ziggee,
who ate table food at his old place of residence. This did dastardly
things to his system. So after about a month of eating dry kibble, his
stomach was fine and no more accidents.
I expect with Ace that all of us will adjust to each other and find our
own niches. Why, just this morning, Ziggee was attacking a chew toy
and growling much in the same manner as Ace does. Ziggee never used to
show much interest in toys, chew bones, etc. But now, he's see Ace
gobble his, so I think Ziggee is reconsidering that angle.
Thank you to jiffjml for the comment and question. It reminded me that
I told the ladies at CARA that I would post a corrected version so that
I can do SOME damage control, not much I'm sure, but some. CARA also
is a NO KILL shelter. So, rumors of them shooting dogs are just that,