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April 17, 2020
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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Anna Dos Santos

Friday, April 17, 2020

Bodie, male Lab mix

We have been busy contacting people who expressed an interest in Riley, our 6-year-old Shih Tzu. Due to an overwhelming level of interest, we are no longer taking any applications for this cutie and hope to have selected a new adoptive home for him by the time you read this column. We are using a modified adoption process that will maintain social distancing while moving our wonderful dogs into new, loving home settings.

Now it is Bodie's and Pansy's turn to find new, wonderful homes. As outlined last week, a phone interview will be done to collect all of the information usually gathered via our adoption application. Once all the applicants have been contacted and interviews completed, an internal review will be done to select the top 2 or 3 best matches for our dogs and home visits will be scheduled. FFD volunteers, who will have masks and gloves, will bring the dogs to meet everyone in each prospective family. A final decision will be made and our dogs will go to their new homes as soon as possible.

Bodie is a 1.5-year-old, 57 lb. male dog who is full of energy, super sweet and very friendly. Possibly a lab mix with some husky thrown in, Bodie has a beautiful beige and white coat and striking yellow eyes. He loves to run so a fenced in yard would be a big plus. While in foster care, he has learned to sit and stay before eating, is working on a sit and stay before going out the door and is learning to sit and stay when meeting new people. These steps are helping Bodie learn more self-control and curb some of his exuberance. Bodie wants to be near his humans at all times and does have some separation anxiety. He loves long walks and is always interested in meeting other dogs and people in a friendly manner. At the moment we would not recommend having Bodie live with small children since he is likely to accidentally knock them over while playing! Bodie is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his shots.

Pansy, female pug/beagle mix

Pansy is a cute, older, female Puggle, around 11 years old, who weighs 23 pounds and is microchipped, spayed and up to date on all shots. In spite of less than perfect eyesight, she gets around very well and enjoys long walks. Since she was a stray, we don't know her backstory or her exact age. Pansy has been diagnosed as having Cushing's disease, an excess of cortisol in her system. Fortunately, there are medications to treat this condition and Pansy has already shown a slight improvement. This week Pansy was able to spend time with two small children and was very happy and well behaved in their company. We expect Pansy to have many more happy years to enjoy life.

Please call us and leave a message if you are interested in getting to know Bodie or Pansy.

We would like to say a sincere thank you to the Cape Cod Foundation, which awarded Friends of Falmouth Dogs two grants recently. One grant is from the Robert D. and Shirlee G. Burd Animal Welfare Fund and the second is from the Ivor Cornman and Margaret E. Cornman Fund. Both grants help cover the costs of our programs for dog families who are finding it difficult to pay for medical care or food for their dogs.

The first program, Medical Assistance for Veterinary Services, is one that has been in existence for a while but not broadly advertised. If your dog needs to see a veterinarian for important care that can't wait, including vaccines, shots, heartworm and tick medications, but you cannot afford to pay for the visit and medications, we will help with the cost. Local veterinarians that we partner with are Deer Run Veterinary Services, South Cape Veterinary Clinic, and Falmouth Animal Hospital. We can work with other veterinarians that are willing to bill Friends of Falmouth Dogs or accept our credit card payment over the phone for the services they provide to your dog.

The second program we are offering is Food for Your Dog. If paying for your dog's food has become almost impossible, FFD will provide a voucher for up to $60 worth of dry or canned dog food. Currently, these vouchers will be redeemable at Uptown Dog on route 28A in West Falmouth or at Falmouth Pet Center on route 28 near Stop & Shop.

To participate in either or both programs, please call our office at 508-548-7742, Monday through Friday, and leave a message specifying what you need. Please be sure to slowly and clearly state your name and phone number. FFD volunteers will be checking messages around noon and 4 PM each weekday and will return calls to collect needed information and process your request.

When we reopen, you can visit Friends of Falmouth Dogs Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to noon, and Wednesday to Friday and Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.

 

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Anna Dos Santos

Friday, April 10, 2020

Pansy, female pug/beagle mix

We have closed the shelter and will not reopen to the public until the town reopens its municipal buildings, but we are moving forward with adoptions, following a modified format that will maintain social distancing while moving our wonderful dogs into new, loving home settings.

The first dog to go through our modified adoption process is Riley, our adorable, 6-year-old male Shih Tzu. We have started calling all the people who expressed interest in Riley. If you called about Riley and haven't heard from us yet, be patient. We will call you!

A phone interview will be done to collect all of the information usually gathered via our adoption application. Once all the applicants have been contacted and interviews completed, an internal review will be done to select the top two or three best matches for Riley, and home visits will be scheduled. FFD volunteers, who will have masks and gloves, will bring Riley to meet everyone in the prospective family. A final decision will be made and Riley will go to his new home as soon as possible.

We hope our two other fun and happy dogs in foster care will also be finding their forever homes soon.

Bodie, male Lab mix

Bodie is a 1½-year-old, 57-pound male dog who is full of energy and very friendly. Described as a Lab mix by his former owner, he may have some Husky in him, too. He has a beautiful beige-and-white coat and striking yellow eyes, and almost never barks. While in foster care he has learned to sit and stay before eating—although he still wiggles in anticipation of food—and is learning to sit and stay before going outside. Bodie wants to be near his humans at all times and does have some separation anxiety. He loves long walks and is always interested in meeting other dogs and people. Rabbits and squirrels had better stay out of his way, however! We will continue working with Bodie to calm his exuberance a bit and teach him more manners and self-control. Bodie is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his shots.

Pansy is an older, female puggle who weighs 23 pounds and is microchipped, spayed and up to date on all shots. While she has less-than-perfect eyesight, she gets around very well and enjoys long walks. Since she was a stray, we don't know her backstory or her exact age. The vet estimates that she is around 11 years old and after extensive testing has found that she has Cushing's disease. which causes an excess amount of cortisol to be released in her system. Fortunately, there are medications to treat this condition and Pansy will have started taking them by the time you read this column. We expect Pansy to have many more happy years to enjoy her life with her new family.

Please call us and leave a message if you are interested in getting to know Bodie or Pansy.

Last week we announced two programs for dog families who are finding it difficult to pay for medical care or food for their dogs.

The first program, Medical Assistance for Veterinary Services, is one that has been in existence for a while but not broadly advertised. If your dog needs to see a veterinarian for important care that can't wait, including vaccines, shots, heartworm and tick medications, but you cannot afford to pay for the visit and medications, we will help with the cost. Local veterinarians that we partner with are Deer Run Veterinary Services, South Cape Veterinary Clinic and Falmouth Animal Hospital. We can work with other veterinarians that are willing to bill Friends of Falmouth Dogs or accept our credit card payment over the phone for the services they provide to your dog.

The second program we are offering is Food for Your Dog. If paying for your dog's food has become almost impossible, FFD will provide a voucher for up to $60 worth of dry or canned dog food. Currently these vouchers will be redeemable at Uptown Dog on Route 28A in West Falmouth or at Falmouth Pet Center on Route 28 near Stop & Shop.

To participate in either or both programs, please call our office at 508-548-7742, Monday through Friday, and leave a message specifying what you need. Please be sure to slowly and clearly state your name and phone number. FFD volunteers will be checking messages around noon and 4 PM each weekday and will return calls to collect needed information and process your request.

When we reopen you can visit Friends of Falmouth Dogs Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon and Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Anna Dos Santos

Friday, April 3, 2020

Riley, male shih tzu

Everyone at Friends of Falmouth Dogs hopes that you, your family and your pets are staying safe and healthy at home. Fortunately, all of our dogs were either adopted or were placed in foster homes, which allowed us to fully close the shelter. Although we will not be reopening to the public in the near future, Friends of Falmouth Dogs would like to continue helping dogs and their families, especially during this unprecedented emergency that has affected so many people's livelihoods. To those dog families in need of financial assistance, we are offering two programs.

The first program, Medical Assistance for Veterinary Services, is one that has been in existence for a while but not broadly advertised. If your dog needs to see a veterinarian for important care that can't wait, including vaccines, shots, heartworm and tick medications, but you cannot afford to pay for the visit and medications, we will help with the cost. Local veterinarians that we partner with are Deer Run Veterinary Services, South Cape Veterinary Clinic and Falmouth Animal Hospital. We can work with other veterinarians that are willing to bill Friends of Falmouth Dogs or accept our credit card payment over the phone for the services they provide to your dog.

The second program we are offering is Food for Your Dog. If paying for your dog's food has become almost impossible, FFD will provide a voucher for up to $60 worth of dry or canned dog food. Currently these vouchers will be redeemable at Uptown Dog on route 28A in West Falmouth or at Falmouth Pet Center on Route 28, near Stop & Shop. We are also in talks with Petco, but haven't work out the details yet. FFD will also be buying and donating dog food to the Falmouth Service Center.

To participate in either or both programs, please call our office at 508-548-7742, Monday through Friday, and leave a message specifying what you need. Please be sure to slowly and clearly state your name and phone number. FFD volunteers will be checking messages around noon and 4 PM each weekday and will return calls to collect needed information and process your request.

We are so grateful to the many generous donors to Friends of Falmouth Dogs over the years that made these programs possible.

Now, updates on our dogs. As expected, Nala and Louie were adopted by wonderful families and are living the good life. We are so happy for them!

We have three dogs in foster care. Riley is an adorable 6-year-old, male shih tzu that we featured two weeks ago. He's pretty easygoing and likes walking and playing, but he is not terribly fond of cats. We have several people interested in meeting Riley and as soon as we figure out a safe process, we will begin calling to set up appointments.

Bodie is a young, energetic, 57-pound male dog described as a Lab mix by his former owner. Some of us at the shelter see some husky in him, too. He has a beautiful beige-and-white coat and striking yellow eyes. While he is in foster care we will be working with Bodie to calm his exuberance a bit and teach him more manners. More details and a picture will be coming soon.

Our latest arrival is an older, female puggle we named Pansy. She was a stray, so we are still learning more about this cute dog while she is in a foster home. She weighs 23 pounds, is estimated to be 11 years old, and has less-than-perfect eyesight but still gets around pretty well and enjoys long walks. As soon as we work through some possible medical issues with Pansy, she will be featured in a future column.

When we reopen, you can visit Friends of Falmouth Dogs Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to noon, and Wednesday to Friday, and Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.

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Falmouth Enterprise Archived Column

By Anna Dos Santos

Friday, March 20, 2020

Riley, male shih tzu

Just like thousands of organizations in Massachusetts and around the country, Friends of Falmouth Dogs needed to reassess how to best fulfill its mission of helping dogs while also protecting the health of its many volunteers and visitors. Although we very seldom have more than 10 people gathering at the shelter at one time, we have decided to close the shelter to visitors starting Saturday, March 21, through Tuesday, April 7.

You can be assured that our volunteers will continue to provide wonderful and compassionate care for the dogs in our shelter.

While we are closed, we will not be able to accept any donations of dog supplies, food, towels, blankets, etc., that so many of you generously provide, until after we resume our open-to-the-public hours.

We also ask that if you have a dog that you need to surrender, that you wait until we reopen, hopefully on Wednesday, April 8. If waiting is truly impossible, please call the shelter at 508-548-7742 and leave a message. Someone will call back within 24 hours to schedule an appointment for the surrender.

If conditions and government recommendations warrant extending the closure, we will do so. Keep an eye out for more information on our plans in our column on Friday, April 3. We will not be publishing our column on Friday, March 27.

In the meantime, we are very optimistic that we will have wonderful homes for two of our dogs, Nala and Louie, very soon. We will miss these two sweet and loving friends. But, we do have an adorable 6-year-old male Shih Tzu named Riley that became available for adoption recently. He is currently in a foster home and can be seen by appointment, preferably after April 7. Please call the shelter and leave a message expressing your interest in meeting Riley and we will get back to you.

By the time our next column is published we will have information about a young and energetic dog currently in the process of being surrendered to us. We like him already and look forward to really getting to know him during the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

An older, female Puggle was found wandering in the area of Blacksmith Shop Road last weekend. If you know of someone who lost this dog, please ask them to contact the Animal Control Office at 508-457-2550 extension 3.

When we reopen, you can visit Friends of Falmouth Dogs Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to noon and Sunday from 4 to 6 PM.

 

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