Monday, July 13, 2015

Gilbert Animal Hospital & Mr. Willie

Thank You!

The Gilbert Animal Hospital on East Tennessee Street in Florence has a new owner. When contacted, a spokesperson for the veterinary practice said that Dr. Sheila Gilbert had been commuting between Florence and Houston, Texas, where her husband had been transferred, for two years. She is now moving permanently to Houston, and her practice has been purchased by a new veterinarian.

Dr. Gilbert was known for her caring and generosity during her stay in Florence. She personally neutered at least one cat colony at her own expense, for which this writer is eternally grateful.

Unfortunately, the new owner will not be retaining long-time employee Mr. Willie, who quite possibly still bears scars from one red tabby named Tucker. While we obviously feel this is a bad business move, we believe Mr. Willie has much to offer other medical practices. If you have any information concerning employment for Mr. Willie, you may leave a message in care of the Gilbert Clinic at 256-767-0500.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ten Will Die Friday!

These dogs have been with us the longest. Poor Alana has been with us almost 1 year!!! Others have been in the shelter for months!! Summer is the busiest time of year for us and dogs come in by the dozens almost every day. We are trying to give these a few more days but we are just out of space!! All of these must be out by Friday. If you can help call 256-760-6676 or email

From today's TimesDaily: There are 10 dogs at the shelter that will be put down Friday if they are not adopted because of lack of space.

If you've been thinking about adopting or even fostering, now is the time. The shelter is easy to find:

Animal Control Department
702 East College Street Street
Florence, AL 35630
Telephone (256) 760-6431 
Fax (256) 740-4668

You've seen their faces; will you allow them to die?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pippa: A Rescue Dog Miracle

When a small dog appeared in the North Florence community of Seven Points, those who saw her were shocked. The white and tan terrier was sporting a tumor the size of a bowling ball on her right side. It was fairly easy to take possession of the hungry dog who wore no collar, but once at the Florence, Alabama, animal shelter there was some doubt that the plucky little girl could be saved.

A visit to a local veterinarian offered no hope; the tumor was connected to various nerves and blood vessels and was considered inoperable. Debbie Rappuhn, director of Heart of Alabama Save Rescue Adopt, refused to give up and took the dog now named “Pretty Girl” to a second veterinarian who agreed to perform the sensitive surgery.

Debbie Rappuhn
Pretty Girl underwent the operation on November 22, 2013, coming through the ordeal weak but otherwise basically healthy. HASRA didn’t want Pretty Girl to be forced to recover in the impersonal shelter and sought a foster home for their patient. Pretty Girl went to live with Kim Ferguson.

Kim Ferguson
Once ensconced in the Ferguson home, Pretty Girl came to be called “Pippa.” What started out as a foster arrangement soon turned into a permanent family, and a year later Pippa is one happy dog. Kim states that Pippa, being an older dog, has some problems with her vision, moves slowly, and has only nine teeth. No matter her physical problems, everyone who meets Pippa describes her as 100% happy.

What started out as a death sentence for a small discarded dog became a fairy tale come true for Pippa. After all, she’s now the namesake of Prince William’s sister-in-law—it doesn't get much better than that.

If you would like to donate to HASRA, here's the link:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Food for the Florence-Lauderdale Shelter

Lilly Needs a Home and They All Need Food!

Recently the cupboard was bare at the local shelter in Florence. They would appreciate any donations, particularly dog food. If you can't bring food by the shelter, you may send a donation:

If you can, please donate food or if you want to make a donation by check or Paypal, just make a note that you want it to be used for food!
702 E College St
Florence Al
The shelter also appreciates donations of instant white rice, peanut butter, and disinfectant wipes.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What TNR Is...And Isn't

A TNR Colony Member Displaying Its Clipped Left Ear

Mr. Tommy Morson was quoted in today's TimesDaily concerning TNR programs. Just what is TNR? The initials stand for Trap-Neuter-Return, the "R" sometimes standing for release. Is there a difference? Very little. The neutered cats are almost always returned to the location of their capture. They are only relocated in a new area if their previous territory is no longer habitable for some reason.

Do such programs work? You Betcha! They decrease breeding, disease, fatalities, and the influx of new feral cats. Are there drawbacks? The only opposition to TNR programs come from the "birder" crowd. Do these cats ever kill birds? Unfortunately, the answer is yes, but...

A mother cat is twice as likely to kill prey as a spayed female. So what does the opposition want? Apparently they want all feral cats rounded up and euthanized. I assume you, the readers of this blog, don't want that or you wouldn't be reading to start with.

So what about what Mr. Morson said? Unfortunately, he mentioned the possibility of such cats starving. No cats are released to be totally on their own. Each colony has at least one person who regularly supplies food and water. I am the "mother" to one such colony, feeding seven to nine cats every day. All these cats have come from one grand dam, Callie, who has yet to be trapped, but keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer.

What can you do to help? Please contact PAWS concerning a donation to their TNR program. Also, watch for a new program that will help with transportation costs to locate cats to the Northeast where there is a waiting list.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Free Dogs & Puppies

free to good home, 3 years old, female

to good home
3 females, 2 males, mother is a Blue/Red Heeler Mix, 10 wks old

free to good home, 7 weeks old May 1

free to good home
5 males, 2 females

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

January Is "Train Your Dog Month"

Don't give up on your dog, train him. If you have an old dog, you can teach him new tricks. If you've gotten one for Christmas or are considering one to start the new year, this is an important tool:

National Train Your Dog Month occurs every January to promote the importance of training and socialization.
Sponsored by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (, the goal of National Train Your Dog Month is to promote the importance of training and socialization to create harmonious relationships between dogs and their people. By promoting positive, science-based training which focuses on improving the bond between dogs and humans, the APDT hopes more dogs and families will lead happier lives and we can help stop the flood of dogs turned in to shelters for training and behavior issues that could be easily worked on with the assistance of a qualified professional trainer.

Our 2012 event will feature a contest for APDT members on their 2012 Trainer Resolutions. We are grateful to our prize sponsor, Newtrix, Inc.