Mazda donates $15,000 to Humane Society of Colorado

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Article originally published on CarNewsCafe

Mazda is aiding victims of the disastrous Colorado flooding by making monetary donations to help creatures great and small.  The automaker just donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross and $15,000 to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.  (You might also remember that Mazda donated $50,000 back in May of this year to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado.)

What’s cool about the $15,000 donation to the Humane Society is that a lot of times automakers will donate to great organizations like the Red Cross, but will overlook animal rescue groups or organizations which usually desperately need money when natural disaster strike, like the Colorado floods.  For those that listen to the CarNewsCafe Podcast and regularly read our auto news site, you know we big dog people and spend our time helping animals in need.  We think it’s great Mazda is thinking of 4-legged friends during the Colorado floods too.

“The flooding across the states of Colorado, Texas and New Mexico has been absolutely devastating for not only the people living there but their 4-legged loved ones as well,” commented, Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, of Mazda North America.

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley is a community supported, open-door facility which provides shelter, medical care and behavioral rehabilitation to more than 9,000 animals each year.  It was founded in 1902, and the shelter has become one of the most recognized nonprofit organizations in the Rocky Mountain area and a national leader in animal welfare issues.  The mission of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people.  Please visit the Humane Society’s website to learn more and make a donation – boulderhumane.org.

It’s also great Mazda donated $25,000 to the Red Cross to help with disaster supplies, food, shelter, and emotional support to victims of the Colorado flooding.  The Red Cross also supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Farm Collie Rescue Effort in North Carolina

farm colliesI recently heard about 14 Farm Collies or English Shepherd mixes that need help and rescue in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.

I am not sure of the entire story but from what National English Shepherd Rescue (NESR) has said the owner of this farm in North Carolina purchased an English Shepherd years ago.  He mainly wanted cow dogs for the farm.  The dogs are most likely a mix of Teverun or Belgian Shepherd since the owner might might have had these breeds of dogs on the property at one paint. His main concern was producing cow dogs.  He seems to have lost control of the breeding as the dogs appear to have been running loose for some time.  It sounds like the owner did not have relatives or was estranged from his family.  A daughter might be coming to help sort out what to do with the dogs on the property.

Someone from the county’s Humane Society down there has evaluated the dogs behavior and determined that they exhibit herding behavior and are probably part Farm Collie or English Shepherd.  This person is familiar with herding dogs and specifically English Shepherds to my understanding.

She felt the dogs, although under socialized, will come around with attention.  She did not seem any sign of aggression but they are a bit scared.  It sounds like they have not had much contact with humans from just running around the property.

The Old-Time Scotch Collie Association is now the main group aiding in the rescue efforts down there.  They believe the dogs reflect the behavior and are might be Scotch Collies.

Please click here to visit the page and donate through PayPal to help these dogs.  We donated a small sum to make sure these dogs are vet bills, transportation, and other needs are taken care of.  You can email – Tonya AT farmcollie.org – if you are in the area and can help these dogs.

The dogs that are still there should be split up as they are relying on each other, like a pack would. The dogs that have been removed from the property are already are responding well to individual attention and care. Of the original 21 dogs that are on the property that are 14 left that are still on the property that need help.  The dogs appear to be in good shape and are healthy.  Most likely they will all adapt very well to a loving home environment.  Donations and fostering will be needed though.

If the dogs are seized by county animal control the outlook is not good for them. There are 2 possibly more pregnant dogs out of the 14 dogs still there.  There is an immediate need to get them into safe and secure surroundings.

The Humane Society had a routine was feeding the dogs in certain pens in the hopes of capturing the ones that are there.  I am not sure of the Scotch Collie Rescue group has taken over but these dogs will need foster homes so they can learn to be trust humans.  The pregnant dogs will need to be in a home where someone can whelp and help raise a litter of puppies.  Who wouldn’t want to have a bunch of puppies around?  🙂

I will keep people updated with the progress of the rescue efforts of these Farm Collie, Scotch Collie, or English Shepherd dogs.  Hopefully all of them will find a great home with great families soon.

DogFest 2012 benefiting the Baltimore Humane Society – October 6th, 2012

The Baltimore Humane Society will be holding the dog extravaganza known as DogFest 2012 this Saturday, October 6th 2012.  It will be a fun filled day of activities for both humans and pets and will help raise much needed funds for the Baltimore Humane Society.

Contests will be held for Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Dancer, or Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike.  There will be a few celebrity judges from local TV and radio stations like WBAL-TV’s Jennifer Franciotti, MIXX 106.5’s Maria Dennis, WYPR’s Sheila Kast, or MAGIC’s 95.9 Lolo and even other celebrities are expected to come by.

Kids will enjoy the crafts section, Moonbounce, face painting by Fantasy Faces, and Shakespeare animal scenes acted by The Shakespeare Factory.

Let friends, family, and neighbors know about DogFest. You don’t even need a dog to come by!

There is Free Parking on-site and remember to avoid traffic by checking the alternate driving routes on the DogFest website.  To save time and standing in what will definitely be a long line, you can buy tickets online too.

What: DogFest 2012!

When: Saturday, October 6th 2012 / 10am – 5pm

Where: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Cost: $10

For more info visit: http://www.dogfest.org/