Annabelle

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This beautiful 9-year-young Lab is looking for a loving adult family. The environment at the shelter makes her a little nervous, so when you visit please give her a little time to get to know you. This sweet girl says she would enjoy obedience classes, as an older dog sure can learn new tricks!  Annabelle will thrive in a calm home with no children.  Of course she’s a Lab, so she does like to chase things, so her new family should not include cats. Meet Annabelle at Clackamas County Dog Services, 13141 SE Hwy 212 in Clackamas. Learn more at clackamas.us/dogs or 503-655-8628.

LJ

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Hey! You may have noticed my funny way of sitting!? No worries! I have no issues, it’s just comfortable to me! I get pretty excited when you give me attention and can be a big goofball. I have had a rough past and am looking for a loving home that can provide a stable environment with secure containment. The shelter recommends I be the only pet in my new home, and live with kids 6 and older. I have been diagnosed with separation anxiety and not comfortable at home alone. To help with this, I will have a 30-day supply of separation anxiety medication and a large crate when I go to my new home (I can’t wait!!). The shelter also has a Canine Specialist on staff who will follow up on me to see how I am adjusting, and to provide any additional resources my new family may need. I am currently taking a needed break from the shelter in a foster home, so if you’d like to meet (let’s do!), please contact the foster coordinator at 503-988-6670 or foster@multco.us. See more pics of LJ in his foster home at http://multnomahdogs.blogspot.com/

Gibbs and Abby

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We were born last July to a feral mom who lived in a deplorable hoarding environment. There was never enough food and the people were nice but couldn’t provide all the cats individual attention. We were rescued as older kittens but stayed in a cattery until Cat's Cradle Rescue took us, as nobody else would give us a try. We’ve come such a long way in our foster home! We are clean and always use the litter box. We need a patient mom or dad who will be patient as we learn to trust you. An alternative could be a barn or shop where we can chase and play together but continue our journey learning human companionship. Cat's Cradle Rescue 503-320-6079.

Tinkerbell

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This wonderful senior kitty was born deaf so is an indoor-only cat. She loves being brushed and purrs loudly during the “session.” Tinkerbell’s person, who loved her dearly, became ill and couldn’t keep her. This beautiful girl is playful, gets along with other cats, has wonderful house manners, and is in excellent health. When she gives you her “sweet eyes” she is irresistible. To meet Tinkerbell, contact Cat's Cradle Rescue at 503-320-6079. 

Eugene

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Hi there! I’m a six-year-old handsome brown Tabby boy with a kinked tail. When you talk to me, I will roll around and beg to play with you.  I’m very social and curious, and love to be where the action is! I’m looking for an adult-only home with cat-savvy friends because while I adore petting, I’m still learning my manners. What can I say, I'm a bit of a boss cat that way. In a high school yearbook, my picture would be under “class clown.” I love being silly and showing you how high I can leap for my string toys. And if you don’t mind, I might even ride your shoulder while you walk around or do the dishes! Please come meet me — we could have so much fun together!  Please call me and let’s make a date!  I’m at Animal Aid, 503-292-6628 | animalaidpdx.org.

Gabrielle

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This independent 6 year old longs to be your only kitty so she can have all the love to herself. She’s a lovely gal with a great heart who enjoys pets and rubs! She's independent, so she can also be self-entertained when she needs a break or a nap in the sunshine, warming her soft bunny fur. Gabrielle may need a little time to adjust to her new home, but once she settles, she's all you could hope and more! This easy-going gal will fill your heart and home with love and joy. Meet her and fall in love at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Drive | 503-925- 8903 | catadoptionteam.org.

Tulip

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This active, attention-seeking 4 year old has a one-of-a-kind personality! Arriving at CAT via Utah, she has spent time in the shelter recovering from a URI and finding her true colors. She’s curious and opinionated, and may occasionally try to test your limits to get her own way. She’s affectionate when she wants to be, vocal about attention, and loves playing with wand toys and catnip! Tulip will probably need some space and time to come out of her shell in her new home, but with her sassy personality and confidence, she’ll be a wonderful addition to the family. Meet her today at Cat Adoption Team’s Sherwood shelter, 14175 SW Galbreath Drive | 503-925- 8903 |catadoptionteam.org.

Hermione

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This pretty little white and marmalade senior needs a second chance.  Her foster mom says her super-sweet disposition makes her a wonderful companion.  She loves to snuggle in bed at night!  Hermione has no health issues.  Like many older gals her vision isn't what it once was but she does just fine.  She has great house manners, which is perfect as she should be an indoor-only kitty.  She will do best in an adult home, and she only really needs YOU to be truly happy.  

Hermione is currently on minor food additives to help her eyes remain strong.  She is an easy keeper and she enjoys canned food and quality kibble.  She can be adopted through our Seniors 4 Seniors adoption program.  We love our sweet senior gal and know she has many years of companionship still to share with you.   Will you be the one she gives her heart to? For additional info contact Cat's Cradle Rescue 503-320-6079.

Neil

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Hiya, I'm Neil! I'm a 12 lb Shiba Inu/Terrier mix with lots of energy, a big voice, and a quirky personality. My foster mom has a fenced yard and no other pets, and I'm looking for a similar forever home. I love walks and being outside, keeping watch over the street and letting my foster mom know about passersby. I also love sitting close or in my person’s lap, though treatment from people in my past mean I have to be super comfortable to enjoy petting — a reaching hand can put me on edge. My foster mom says I'm a great singer who’s also talented at harrumphing, and a great companion who thrives with routine. If you’re an active person who also enjoys time at home we could be a great match!  I’ve been at the shelter a long time now, and I can’t wait to meet you! To learn more or make a date (ask for Neil!), please call Animal Aid at 503-292-6628 or visit animalaidpdx.org.

Letter to the editor

Dear veterinary professionals and pet parents, 

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 I am a longtime dedicated and knowledgeable dog owner with relations with many veterinarians practicing traditional, specialty, and holistic vet care. I am very appreciative of the great care resources we have locally for our animal family members.

Even with the most trusted animal care professionals, I have learned that communication can make a real difference in the outcome of a painful situation.

 I had a Lhasa Apso, Rusty, who had numerous health challenges. I loved him dearly. I was detailed, informed, and committed to his care and quality of life, and had a great team of vets. I took early retirement two years ago to devote my time to enjoy him.

I knew we were not long together as he was just over 16 and in failing health. One bad weekend in May I called the ER a few times with no resolve. Monday morning I rushed Rusty to our specialist, whose team I embraced as family. I directly stated that I did not want Rusty to suffer and that I was relying on the doctor’s guidance. 

Rusty had a high respiratory rate and diagnostics found fluid in his lungs; the doctor administered an injection and said we would know in a few hours. My wish was to say goodbye at home, but I decided to leave Rusty there for his best comfort in an oxygen pen with observation. 

Checking back as directed, I was told it was his time. I arrived, then waited through a two-hour staff meeting and an additional half-hour before seeing Rusty. Finally brought to me in a private euthanasia room, he was in a horribly stressed state and his chest rattled. He was not this way when I left him — I would never have let him get to this point. I asked if he needed to be let go immediately, if he was suffering, and was told it was best for both of us to spend additional time together. I was distressed, alone, and confused over Rusty’s agitation and rattling chest.

I played mental tug of war between Rusty’s potential suffering vs acting too quickly. As he gradually relaxed I felt he was okay to stay for a bit. At 5:30 pm, we said farewell, Rusty in my lap. He received one injection, stopping his heart. I quickly said goodbye as his head came to rest with mine. 

A copy of Rusty’s last day medical report arrived later, adding new questions and concerns as to why he had been so stressed.  Some were answered later, when I learned that Rusty, blind and with congestive heart failure, had had a BM in his pen. That he’d been taken off oxygen and bathed explained the additional wait and Rusty’s horribly stressed state when presented to me. As a caring reader you can imagine my emotions. I was tormented by guilt, which eventually affected my health, as I had chosen to leave him with trust.

I felt my request that Rusty not suffer was not honored out of concern for my ease. So I would not see him soiled, Rusty was removed him from oxygen and bathed, a known stressor for him.

I wish they had informed me and given me a choice. In their effort to “make it easier on me” Rusty suffered. His last day could and should have been one of gentle ease. Had his needs been placed first, his passage could have been peaceful — for him and for me.

My hope in sharing our story is to spark thought and discussion, and ultimately, to advocate improved communication between our outstanding Veterinary professionals and the guardians of our beloved animal companions. It is my hope that we can raise the bar, striving always to first do what is best for the animal.

—Rick Miller, Portland Oregon