Poor Rufus--when he turned up at another shelter, he was a mess. There were bites from bigger dogs all over his hip and leg. The other shelter loved him, but they didn't have room, so Rufus's fate was uncertain. On Sunday, Rufus arrived at his Red Door foster home and, as you can see, he looks very happy.
Thanks to Mary Ann Hetreed for helping with Rufus's transportation.
You might have read about Anka last February on the blog;she was rescued from living in a barn. Certainly, if you've visited Red Door in the past five months, you've noticed Anka. She was the big rabbit--all 12+ pounds--who was living in a pen in the office area. Even if we'd wanted to put her in a cage [which we didn't], she would never have fit.
We knew it would take a special person to fall in love with a big girl like Anka, someone who could appreciate the size and personality of a Flemish Giant--plus someone who had enough space for Anka to live a free-roaming life. We're happy to say that our wishes for Anka have been fulfilled. She was adopted last Saturday.
Above are photos of Anka in her new home. Finally, she says, a place big enough for my ears!
At least, for the animals who come to Spa Di Da Day. Fujoe and Patina had fun getting their summer glamour portrait taken. It was a great turnout--thanks to everyone who showed up, particularly all the Red Door alums.
Little Coco came to Red Door dirty, covered in fleas, and with no appetite. Look at him now! Coco has been cleaned up, and pigs out like...well, like a pig! Coco is looking for a home where he can practice his kitty gymnastic skills.
What? Miss Spa-Di-Da Day?? Winston wouldn't hear of it! Your rabbits, guinea pigs and cats won't want to be left out of the summer spiff-up on July 21st, either. You don't need a reservation--just come between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Treats for humans and glamour photography for pets. 2410 W. Lunt, Chicago.
NOTE: If the temperature is over 90 degrees, please check with Red Door to be sure Spa Day is still being held. Since rabbits don't deal well with high temps, we need to keep an eye on the forecast.
Don't miss the cool, quirky jewelry by Mark Poulin at the trunk show on July 28th at Hazel, 1902 W. Montrose, Chicago. It's a rare opportunity to pick out some new sterling and enamel work by the Oakland, CA-based designer. 10% of all sales goes to help Red Door animals. 11 am - 7 pm, with hors d'oeuvres, sweets & libations being served. More information at: www.hazelchicago.com
Thanks to www.poopbags.com for their donation of bio-degradable poop bags to the Gimme Shelter! walk. Poopbags.com is a Chicago-based business, so please remember their thoughtfulness to all the dogs who came to the Red Door walk.
As you can see, when Red Door asked people to give a shelter animal a summer vacation, I really lucked out! Linda & Catherine Spitz are the best -- they give me rides in a stroller, and let me check out the produce daily (OK, I don't really eat all those apples!). I have some toys, a cardboard castle, and a lot of love and attention. I'm king of the world! Raphael P.S.: Other animals at Red Door would like a summer vacation, too. Interested? Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you give a shelter animal a break.