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Adoption Event this Saturday

18 Feb

If you have questions about our adoption event, contact Terry —

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We’ve had several adoptions in 2013

31 Dec

Trudy was our most recent adoption.  She went to her forever home and now belongs to a lovely young couple living in Manayunk.

Lovable Trudy on the day she was removed from a feral colony and placed in foster care.
Lovable Trudy on the day she was removed from a feral colony and placed in foster care.

Valentine’s Adoption Event – Sunday, February 12…….2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

9 Feb

Location:  6819 Green Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119 – at the Moving Arts Studio of Mount Airy (directly across the street from Weaver’s Way Co-op.)

We’re joining forces with other rescues this Sunday, February 12th,  from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a cat, dog, and pet rat adoption event! 

The rescues attending are: 

Cares4Pets….they will be bringing adorable dogs that are looking for forever homes…

Rat Chick Rat Rescue…they will be bringing the most adorable pet rats that are also looking for forever homes…

And of course, Animal Rescue Network, who will be bringing the sweetest kitties on the planet…

We’re going to have so much fun and we’re hoping you’ll join us.  So please come out and bring the whole family.  Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with one of our precious adoptable pets.


Kitten walks into my life. Needs foster care…

13 Jan

1/12/12:  I was out back feeding my garage cat crew Tuesday and in walks this little black kitten, starving and frightened. The vet said she’s about 10 weeks old. She spent the night at the vet’s last night and today she was tested for FIV and FeLV(negative), de-wormed and vaccinated for FVRCP. Poor little thing. I wonder if she’s someone’s discarded Christmas present????

Would love to get her into foster care until she’s old enough and weighs enough to be spayed, if anyone out there is interested.

Call Terry at 215-878-0444 or email

Cat’s life saved by kind, compassionate rescuers from East Falls

17 Dec

Last weekend, we received a call from a woman in East Falls who said that her daughter had been feeding a feral cat in their backyard for a while.  She said they feared the cat might be pregnant since her belly looked distended.  She said they tried to catch the cat several times but the cat would run when approached.  We offered the woman the use of one of our traps, which she accepted, and gave her detailed instructions on how to set it up properly for maximum effectiveness.  In the meantime we made an appointment at the Cube for the cat for the following day.

At first the cat didn’t want to go into the trap but we told her to take out the bait she was using and put in sardines.  And voila!  The cat immediately went into the trap.  Success!!

By 11:30 a.m. the following day, the cat was out of surgery and when the woman and her daughter arrived to pick her up, they were shocked when the Cube staff told them the cat was not pregnant BUT she had been suffering from pyometra, which is an infected uterus.  They told her the cat’s uterus contained 4 pounds of pus.  They also told her the cat would have died if they hadn’t gotten her when they did.

The woman and her daughter saved this cat’s life, so a HUGE congratulations goes out to them.  They have taken the cat into their home for the 2 weeks required for recovery and have set her up in a nice dog crate so she can recuperate comfortably.

Let’s think about this for a minute…….with all the hectic schedules people have in their lives today, these two women put their lives on hold to rescue this cat.  They went online to find someone who could give them guidance and help.  They jumped in their car to come to pick up the trap we offered.  They ran home and immediately set up the trap – AND trapped the cat.  They brought the trapped cat into their home for the night and the next morning got up early to take the cat to the clinic.  Then they made themselves available all day to go get the cat post-surgery when the clinic called.  And finally, without question, they agreed to care for the cat for two weeks while she goes through her recovery period and administer antibiotics as well.  These people are the salt of the earth.  It’s people like Marie, and her daughter, Tracy, who jump right in and get the job done, who make our hearts sing.  Thank you, Marie and Tracy, for a job well done!


Saturday, Sept 10, 2011 – Adoption Event

17 Aug

Saturday, September 10, 2011 ……….. ADOPTION EVENT:

Come see our adoptable kitties at Weaver’s Way Co-op, 555 Carpenter Lane, 19119. 

One special girl who will be there is Colette – she was found drooling and starving at a poorly managed colony in Germantown. She had to have all but her canine teeth extracted due to badly infected gums. She’s in foster care now and doing great. Come see her and fall in love.

Do you have any issues or questions you’d like us to discuss here?

29 Jul

7/29/11:  We’re looking for ideas from our subscribers about the things they’d like us to write about. 

Do you have any burning issues or questions related to pets that we can perhaps address here?

Or, would you like to contribute your own thoughts on a topic?

Please post your ideas in the comments section at the bottom of this post. 

Thanks, everyone.  We look forward to hearing from you……..

Louie and Lele adopted into wonderful home

18 Jul

7/17/11:  Louie and Lele went to their wonderful new forever home today. 

After several months in foster care, and numerous trips to the Vet to cure a case of coccidia (intestinal parasite), they were finally healthy and ready to move in with Alice, Charles and Pat Henderson of Essington, PA. 

When I arrived with the kittens today and saw all the preparations Alice made to welcome Louie and Lele ( who may be renamed George and Gracie), I was jealous and felt like I wanted to move in too!  Alice was oh so ready for her new kittens.  She got them a 6 foot-tall cat tree with all the compartments, scratching posts and platforms that would make any cat ecstatic.  New beds, toys, and treats awaited their arrival. 

They spent most of their time checking out the new digs until we had to break up their fun and trim their nails – not too much fussing from either one.  After more than a month of being sick and not feeling well, these cats are now healthy and happy and ever so lucky to have found a home with such a wonderful family.  Good luck to Louie and Lele and their new owners, Alice, Charles, and Pat.  Your kitties hit the jackpot!


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Seven and a half-year old girl donates money to Animal Rescue Network

14 Jul

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Hannah Jarvis, a delightful seven and a half-year old girl from Mt. Airy, presented Animal Rescue Network (ARN) with a donation check for $55.72 on Sunday, July 10, 2011, at one of ARN’s regular adoption events at Weaver’s Way Co-op in Mt. Airy.

Marilyn Kass-Jarvis, Hannah’s mom, is a certified American Sign Language interpreter and has been donating her interpreting skills at our recent adoption events.  This time, she and her husband brought their daughter, Hannah, who surprised ARN with a donation of money she has been saving.

When asked what prompted Hannah to do this, Mrs. Kass-Jarvis said the following:

“When Hannah learned that charity (“tzedakah”, in Hebrew) was an important Jewish value, she started collecting money to give away.   She saved coins and even dollar bills from birthday money, money she earned by doing chores for her grandmother, and coins she found on the street (a penny here, a nickel there.)  Sometimes, her aunts or uncles would give her some change for no reason and she’d put it in her tzedakah box.  She feels good to save up for a worthy cause.   We discussed with her how and where she could donate and she identified homeless animals and sick children as causes that have meaning to her.  She loves cats and when I became familiar with ARN (through my co-op work hours), I  suggested it as a place to donate the money.   In her own words, she says that she chose ARN “because some cats don’t have homes or have been hurt” and she thought that’s a good reason to collect tzedakah and give to try to help them.  (I do want to “brag” as a proud mom that when we counted up her tzedakah money and the money she was saving for herself, there was more in the tzedakah box.)”

We, at Animal Rescue Network, would like to wholeheartedly thank Hannah for her generous donation to our rescue.  We feel it’s important to note that among all of the kind and generous donations we have received, this is the first donation that ARN has received from a child. 

Thank You, Hannah!  You are definitely an asset to your community.

Martini – Adopted on 9/30/11

9 Jul

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7/8/11:  One of our group members found a female chihuahua or chihuahua mix (11 pounds) wandering the streets in the pouring rain at Wissahickon Ave. & Schoolhouse Lane in Germantown.  Contact Terry May at or call 215-878-0444.

7/29/11:  Well, it is now 3 weeks since we found her and no one has come forward to claim this precious little girl.  We posted on cragislist, notified all the shelters in the area, searched lost dog websites and got nothing. 

Linda, our group member who found this little doggie, named her Martine (but I call her Martini.)   Martini is approximately 3 years old, was already spayed, is now up to date on all her shots.  We took her to the Vet and got her updated on vaccinations as soon as she came under our care.

Martini is a delightful little girl.  She’s not a yappy dog… a matter of fact, she’s quiet in the house.  When she’s outside walking on the leash and she sees a person or another doggie approaching she’ll bark.  But she’ll stop if told to do so.

She gets along with the family dog and with all the cats in foster care.  However, she does like to play and will scamper after a cat who might be passing by her.

If you’d like to inquire about adopting Martini, please contact Terry as noted above.

The pictures are of Martini on her first day in rescue at the Vet’s office and of her lounging in bed.

9/30/11:  Martini was adopted today into a wonderful home by a lovely woman named Nancy who lives in Roxborough, PA.  In mid- September, we took Martini to meet Nancy and her 2 other pets, Margarita – a 13-year old Chihuahua, and Mikey, a 13-year old cat.  The home visit went really well.  Margarita and Mikey welcomed Martini with very little fanfare and acted as if she belonged in the family.  Martini spent the visit sniffing around and generally getting familiar with her soon to be new home.  We felt really good about this potential new home for Martini and decided it was a good match.  We felt Martini would fit in nicely and get all the love and attention she deserves.  Naturally it was difficult to part with such a sweet little dog.  Martini captured our hearts immediately when we rescued her.  But knowing she would be going to such a great home made the transition less painful and more joyous.  If only all animals could be so lucky when trying to find their forever homes.

10/3/11:  We received a call from Martini’s new mom, Nancy, saying that Martini seemed to be spotting blood as if she were in heat.  At Martini’s initial vet appointment back on July 9, we found what appeared to be a spay scar but now we’re not sure what’s going on with her.  Her new mom took Martini in for her wellness exam with her new vet and the vet said that if she had been spayed, perhaps a bit of an ovary was left inside which would cause her to go into heat.  Or perhaps she wasn’t spayed and that wasn’t a spay scar after all.  And finally there’s an outside chance she may have a UTI.  Martini’s mom is supposed to watch to see if the spotting changes color to a yellowish tint which would indicate she’s in heat.  If this is the case, ARN will take Martini to have her spayed – as we had indicated she was at the time she was offered for adoption.  This is ARN’s responsibility and we will stand behind what we said and make things right.  In the meantime, the new vet put her on antibiotics in case she’s got a UTI.  Martini has a follow-up with the vet on Monday, October 10.  Martini may need an ultrasound to figure out exactly what’s going on inside if she is, in fact, in heat.  ARN will absorb this cost if that becomes necessary.  In the end, we will get this resolved.  Stay tuned and check back for our updates to this conundrum.