BillieGee and friends

16 Nov

BillieGee’s kittens were named after the Phillies by their rescuer, so ARN named her after Bill Giles. The kittens were adopted, but BG is snuggled up with her buds Plush and Red, waiting for her own forever home…


Adopted!! Adorable October Babies

27 Oct

UPDATE:  All kittens are living the good life in their new forever homes.  Three kittens, (the 2 calicos and the orange tabby) were adopted by a lovely couple from Chestnut Hill, and the white/cream colored Siamese mix was adopted by a lovely woman from Roxborough.  What a great first Christmas these little babies will have, not to mention the wonderful lives that lay ahead for these lucky kitties.

These dear little kittens were found soon after they were born, on the morning of October first, with their exhausted mother, on a porch in West Mount Airy. They are two weeks old in these photos, but a week an a half later have become very mobile, and are quite sociable and curious about people. They will be old enough to leave their mom and go to loving, forever homes in December.

Helping Hands Fundraiser week at the Trolley Cars!

5 Oct Trolley Car Helping Hands Coupon

You are invited to a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser for Animal Rescue Network at Trolley Car Diner & Trolley Car Cafe! From Monday, Oct 10th to Sunday, Oct 16th Trolley Car Diner & Trolley Car Café will donate 15% of your purchase to Animal Rescue Network. The more you eat and drink, the more you help us meet our fundraising goals!  Spread the word – with great food and over 200 varieties of beer, you’re bound to have a great time!

Coupon valid 7am to 9pm Monday – Friday and 3pm to 9pm Saturday & Sunday.

Diner – 7619 Germantown Ave., Phila, PA 19119; Café – 3269 S. Ferry Rd., Phila, Pa 19129

If your organization is interested in scheduling a Helping Hands Week Fundraiser, contact Michele Orellana at 215-247-5555 x205 or

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.

Trapping reality

31 Jul

Instead of the young tom I intended to trap, I got a calico I’d never seen before. Swell, five days of recovery instead of two!


Trapping Misadventures

30 Jul

Tonight I am trying to trap a skinny little tomcat who’s been coming around for a while. I was at ACCT this evening, watching a DVD about a new method of socializing ferals. It was much longer than I expected, and I didn’t get home until 8:30, well after the time this little guy normally shows up.

I quickly tore up a sheet to make a trap cover, and whipped up the evening’s cat food. The whole time, I could hear meowing, which sounded like it was outside, and I thought to myself, “Oh, no! He’s meowing now? Rats, that means he’s not feral, so NOW what am I going to do with him?”

I served the indoor cats their supper and went out to set the trap, with no sign of the little tabby & white boy. When I came back in, I realized I’d left my cell phone upstairs, and went to get it. While in the bedroom, I could hear the meowing again – not coming from outside, but from the closet!! Poor Sally had been stuck in there since at least early afternoon, possibly mid-morning!


Sally atop the cat tree

cannot resist an open closet, and is lightning- fast, so I did not see her sneak in. So now she’s sitting in the window, waiting for the little visitor kitty to show up, and I’m sticking my head out the window every few minutes to see if the trap is still open…

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.