A Non-Profit 501 (C) (3) Association
It's hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. 2014 has been very busy for AANT. We have been faced with many challenges on a daily basis but thanks to our loyal group of volunteers, fosters, donors and adopters we have been able to save many animals who might otherwise not have been given a second chance.
As well as taking over 120 animals into our foster program, we have helped place hundreds of animals at the Keller regional shelter by photographing them, writing bios and promotiong them relentlessly. We would like to thank everyone who shares our passion and makes it possible for us to do what we do. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the various vets who help us on a regular basis and also Petco Unleashed and the New Hope Lutheran Church for allowing us to host adoption events at their location, providing valuable exposure for our foster animals and helping them find loving, forever homes. Thank you also to everyone who follows us on facebook, sharing the animals we post with anyone who might be interested in adding a furry friend to their family.
Your support is greatly appreciated and we hope that you will continue to assist us in the coming year.
As a reminder of the difference you have made, we have put together a short compilation of just a few of the many animals who have touched our lives over the past few months.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and all the best for 2015.
Calvin, Samantha, Peter Pan and Pumpkin
In January we were contacted about a big, friendly cat who had been spotted roaming the streets in a local neighborhood. It appeared he had been dumped by his owners and had nowhere to stay. We arranged for Calvin to be vetted and then fostered by one of our volunteers. He turned out to be a cuddly, sweet cat who just wanted someone to love. Within a few weeks he found the perfect forever home and his days of roaming the streets were over.
Another special animal who touched our lives in January was Samantha, a senior mixed breed dog whose enthusiasm for life was infectious. After spending several weeks at the shelter we knew it was important to find a solution for her so we placed her in our foster program. Shortly afterwards she developed a condition that required the removal of one of her eyes. AANT arranged and paid for her surgery. Despite everything, Samantha always remained positive and happy. Soon after her operation she was adopted and given a second chance in life.
After spending several months at the Keller shelter Peter Pan was considered 'the office cat', greatly loved by staff and volunteers alike. We had fun posting photos of him making himself comfortable in the office and kitchen in an attempt to find him a great home and were delighted when he was finally adopted by a wonderful family.
Pumpkin, a tiny Papillon mix, was in serious need of medical care when we first met her. Her teeth were in such bad condition that we wondered if anything could be done to save them and she had a huge tumor near her bladder. AANT arranged to have her teeth cleaned and the tumor removed. Pumpkin pulled through surgery with no problems and was soon adopted by the perfect family.
Snowflake and Noelle
In February 2 very special cats found their forever homes. Snowflake and Noelle had developed a severe form of uppper respiratory disease and could not be cared for at the Keller shelter. An AANT member agreed to foster them and nurse them back to health, giving them fluids and medicine to help them overcome their illness. Both cats thrived in their temporary home and were soon adopted by great families.
Anna and Tulip
In March staff moved from a small, inadequate building located behind the police station to a much larger, state of the art facility on Rufe Snow Drive. The new shelter has more dog kennels and a large yard for the dogs to run freely and use up some of their energy. It is far more accessible and inviting than the former location which is sure to positively impact adoptions. A couple of animals who stood out this month were Anna and Tulip.
Anna, a young Chihuahua mix, was terrified when she first arrived at the shelter, cowering whenever anyone approached her. She was taken into foster care by an AANT member and soon blossomed into an affectionate, confident young dog. With her new found confidence Anna quickly won over everyone who met her and it wasn't long until she found the home of her dreams.
Tulip, a beautiful orange tabby, was picked up by animal control officers with 13 kittens. 6 of them were around 4 weeks old while the others appeared to be newborns. As they could not stay at the shelter due to the risk of disease, an AANT member fostered all 14 until a rescue group with available foster families was found.
When Mozie arrived at a local shelter she appeared to have some kind of intestinal issues that needed to be checked out by a vet. Her fur was matted and it appeared she had been neglected for some time.
As the shelter does not have a budget for treating sick animals her future looked bleak. We agreed to take her into our foster program and made sure she received all the care that she needed. She turned out to be one of the friendliest dogs we have ever met and was soon adopted by a family who adore her.
Chrystal was brought in to the Keller shelter when her owner passed away. Weighing close to 21 lbs she
was too large to be kept in a regular cat cage so staff had placed her in a dog run. Surrounded by barking dogs, she was naturally nervous and it was clear this was not a good long term situation. An AANT member agreed to foster her and Chrystal was finally able to relax and show her sweet personality. Within a few weeks she met her new forever family and we couldn't have been happier.
Gaston and Lila
In June we were contacted about a young Chihuahua mix who had been found in someone's back yard. As attempts to find his owners were in vain, we agreed to take him into our foster program. We had him fully vetted and after only a couple of weeks, Gaston found his forever family.
Another sweet dog who touched our hearts in June was Lila, a young pregnant Corgi mix who was found abandoned in a rural area. AANT arranged to have her vetted and a wonderful family offered to foster her. She had 5 healthy puppies who have all now found homes. Lila has also been adopted.
Ashley, Happy, Peanut Butter and Friends
When we were contacted about a young declawed cat who had been abandoned outdoors, we knew we had to help. We arranged to have her vetted and an AANT member agreed to foster her. Within a couple of weeks, Ashley found a perfect home and is now living a life of luxury with a family who love her dearly.
At the height of kitten season we received a call from someone who urgently needed to place 5 kittens and 2 young cats. As most shelters were full due to kitten season we knew that their only chance was to be taken into a rescue group. As all the groups we contacted were full, we arranged to have the cats and kittens vetted and placed in foster homes. Within a short time the kittens all found wonderful homes. One of the young cats may also soon be moving in with her forever family. We are happy that we were in the right place at the right time and were able to give these sweet cats a chance.
There was something about Happy's sad face that touched us when we saw him listed on a local shelter's euthanasia list. An AANT member arranged to pull him and foster him and Happy is now thriving. He loves his new canine and feline buddies and has become very attached to his foster mom. He will make a great addition to some lucky family.
A friend contacted us about a young kitten who had been found hidden inside a wall in a barn. He was scared, hungry, covered with fleas and he also had ringworm. Realizing that his outlook was grim she offered to trap him and foster him until a good home could be found. AANT arranged to have Samurai fully vetted and he is now a healthy, affectionate cat who loves cats and dogs and enjoys snuggling with the adults in his foster home. We are happy to report that he was adopted last week!
The Seven Amigos
In late September we were contacted about an elderly woman who had been forced to move into a nursing
home, leaving behind 7 young dogs. Due to her health issues she had been unable to give the dogs the love and care they needed and they were in desperate need of some TLC. Despite their rough start in life every one of the dogs was sweet and friendly and just wanted to be loved. AANT arranged for them to be placed in foster homes and 6 have now been adopted. The remaining dog, Max, pictured on the left, is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. We are hoping that his turn will come soon.
When we were visiting the shelter one afternoon we spotted a little dog curled up in a ball. He was emaciated, weighed only 13 lbs, had no hair and looked miserable. Staff suspected he might have mange. Clearly he could not stay at the shelter and we knew we had to save him. We arranged for Baxter to be boarded for 2 weeks at a local veterninary clinic where it was ascertained that his skin condition was not due to mange but allergies. He was treated for this and also for a yeast infection. We arranged for him to be cared for in a foster home where he received the love and attention that he deserved. He now weighs around 26 lbs. When Baxter developed a hematoma on his ear AANT arranged for him to undergo surgery for this. Now, several months later, Baxter is finally ready for his forever home. We are excited that he has made such great progress and can't wait until he finds the family of his dreams.
Daisy and Mittens
In November we were contacted about a cat who appeared to have been abandoned by her owners several weeks earlier. A concerned citizen had spotted her hiding in the storm drains and had been feeding her but was unable to take her in due to allergies in the family. When the weather became bad, she reached out to us for help. We arranged to have Daisy vetted and she is now being cared for in a foster home until the perfect family can be found for her.
When a tiny kitten was found in a friend's backyard she contacted us for help. One of our wonderful volunteers agreed to bottle-feed the orphaned kitten. Mittens was later adopted by another AANT foster family who just couldn't resist him!
In mid-December one of our rescue friends found a stray dog in her backyard. He was emaciated and in bad shape, with callouses on his legs, possibly the result of him sleeping on concrete for years. Clyde was also heart worm positive and had some other minor health issues which required attention yet despite everything, he is like a big, happy puppy! He just wants to play, have fun and be loved and he has a permanent smile on his face. We are hoping that he will soon find a home with a wonderful family. Please help us give this handsome boy a second chance.
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