May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
We are in need of YOU! Yes, I mean you! We need volunteers who are willing to just give a little time here and there to help around the shelter. It takes a lot to run this place. We could always use the extra loving and caring hands! Consider helping those little pets who still do not have a home and need love and affection. Please give the animal shelter a call if you have just a few extra hours a week you are willing to help out: ) We have all kinds of jobs for anyone who would like to help! (507) 644-DUKE
February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Jaden France, a fourth grader at Reede Gray Elementary School, missed Kiki, his cat.
Jaden was three years old and recovering from open-heart surgery when his mom, Michelle, first brought home the orange cat.
“I found Kiki abandoned right outside my car one day at work,” said Michelle. “I heard this mewing, and saw this teensy-teensy cat trotting out of a bush.” Michelle couldn’t resist. She took the cat home, where he instantly became Jaden’s best friend.
“Kiki was my first cat, and he made me feel better,” Jaden said.
Flash forward six years, to last September.
Michelle and Jaden were at Michelle’s parents’ house in North Redwood.
They let Kiki out for a few minutes — and this time Kiki didn’t come back.
Nearly three months passed.
“Jaden shed a lot of tears during those two and a half months,” Michelle said. “There are a lot of stray cats in the area, and we thought he had gotten lost with them.”
One day in late November Michelle decided to check the Duke Memorial Redwood Area Animal Shelter’s FaceBook page, just to stay in touch with her animal nature. There was one cat pictured there….
“I thought, ‘Omigosh! He’s lost a lot of weight, but that looks like our cat!’” she said.
One frantic phone message later, Michelle got a call back from an animal shelter volunteer. Michelle asked was that cat still there? Did that cat have a white tip on his tail? Did he have those markings on his head? The cat was, he did, and the he did. Michelle and Jaden rushed to the shelter that evening.“Jaden cried and cried, he was so happy,” said Michelle. “The volunteers said Kiki had been found in a dumpster behind Pizza Ranch.” Kiki’s nearly three months practicing being feral came at a cost.
“He’s lost his voice,” said Michelle. “He used to talk all the time, but now a sound barely comes out.
“The people at the animal shelter were extremely happy to reunite our family. It’s a good thing some people care so much,” Michelle said.
By Joshua Dixon
September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today. ~ Cathy Gallagher
July 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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