Winter... cold weather, hot chocolate, warm jammies, a good book, and a little kitty snuggled on my lap. That's my idea of winter. I love the fact that I have no guilt about not going outside to work in the garden. (don't get me wrong I love to garden... It's just nice to stay inside too) Cold isn't my thing. So winter is my time to enjoy the inside and the kitties are always looking for a warm lap to snuggle on. Send us your best winter photos of you and your furry family - inside or out- and I'll be sure to share them in the newsletter.
This winter SARG is getting ready for the Paws for Life Gala. We are already going strong with the wrapping of the baskets. And SARG is doing some new events as well. This year will be our first year to participate in Mardi Growl in downtown Knoxville at Market Square. Make sure to come down for this event on March 2nd and bring your pooch. You might even consider entering in the contests. I am including a link to the Mardi Growl website if you want to see what all the hype is about.
I hope to see all of you at one of our events this spring. And remember don't forget to send me some pictures of your adventures.
In March 2018, Shamrock (now Jasper) came into the SARG program. A stray, he had been dropped at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter after enduring a terrible fight with another animal. The Shelter staff felt he wouldn’t live—they took him immediately to a local vet for treatment or euthanasia. SARG heard about the boy, that he was a Maine Coon mix and seemed very lovable, and decided to take him in to the program if he survived.
That began a long saga of discovery and recovery. First we discovered that Shamrock (named because he was lucky to be alive) was FIV positive. SARG had never had an FIV positive cat before, so we learned everything we could about it. We discovered that recent clinical research indicates that FIV is rarely transmitted to other cats. The only transmission seems to occur when cats fight and transfer fluids. We found that many people have FIV cats in their homes with non-FIV cats and never have a problem.
Shamrock’s recovery phase was long. He had massive injuries and because of the FIV, he healed slowly. He also didn’t like being picked up. He didn’t like being “messed with,” which was crucial and frequent. The hardest part of his anatomy to treat was his back feet, which had been badly chewed. Those required sitting in therapeutic baths…and he did not like that!
Eventually Shamrock healed. And he became much more willing to be held. He had always enjoyed being petted and loved on. His fur grew back in that lush look of the Maine Coon—a huge ruff and lots of long fur all over his body. We found he didn’t need much grooming—he cared well for himself, and the Maine Coon fur seemed to care for itself for the most part. We found he loves to play! Particularly anything feathery was fair game
We finally felt comfortable listing him for adoption. In 24 hours, we had an application from the home where he now lives. His name is Jasper and he’s much loved. And he has learned to tolerate the family’s Golden Doodle—even going so far as to play with the dog’s tail.
Are the Christmas ornaments up high enough? Well not for little Millie. Nothing is out of her reach! Take a close look at the picture - lots of broken ornaments all over the floor and a cute pooch on the counter.
Sponsor monthly spay/neuter/shot clinics for low-income area residents from East TN, primarily Anderson County. SARG pays all costs. Clinics scheduled monthly through 2019.
Clinics provided by Claws and Paws 4 a Cause at Anderson County Co-Op parking lot.
Spay/neuter selected dogs and cats from Anderson County Animal Shelter each month at no cost to the county.
Donate pet food monthly for low income seniors through the Anderson County Senior Center.
Assist individuals with pet medical emergencies
Since 2012, SARG has used funds for the following:
$30,000 over six years to assist Anderson County residents with unexpected pet medical emergencies.
$20,800 in 2013 to purchase a cargo van for transporting Oak Ridge & Anderson County animals to shelters in the North
$5000 donation to Anderson County to assist with building an animal holding facility for County dogs and cats
$5000 donation to Anderson County for purchase of a transport van.
Want to make a difference?
Do you shop at Kroger? Link your card to SARG and we will get a donation every time you shop! SARG has increased membership by 8 more families bringing our total enrolled families to 61 SARG's quarterly check also went up to 381! That's over $50 more than last quarter. Thanks goes out to everyone signed up for Kroger Community Program! Remember this program doesn't take away from your fuel points it's only just an added bonus Kroger gives to SARG. For those of you that would like to sign up just click on the link below to be directed to Kroger. Sign into Kroger and then enroll in Kroger Community Rewards Program. The SARG number is WI599. Thank you!