If you've been to Red Door in the past several years, you might have seen Angelina--that is, if you went into the small staff room in the back. Angelina lived there because she was terrified of the other cats at the shelter. She was dumped at Red Door, the victim of abuse, and then--while living in the main cat room--another cat attacked her. She sustained severe eye injuries which, over time, healed. Since then, she has lived in the staff room, which isn't much bigger than a large closet. But she felt safe there and there was room for one or two people to visit her. --- Now we're happy to report that Angelina has moved into a foster home, where she has her own room with a view into the backyard. And two loving foster parents who are giving her all the attention she deserves.
Dena, who is a Red Door rabbit up for adoption, enjoyed her time at last Saturday's Spa Day. Dena joined 20 visiting rabbits--many Red Door alums!--and one cat who came for some spring spiff-ups and glamour shots.
Misty Blue has finally arrived at Red Door! We've been trying to arrange transportation for this sweet blue heeler mix from the southern part of the state -- where she faced euthanasia -- for two weeks. Now she's here and while she's still blue, she's not sad at all.
On Saturday, we got a call from a young woman. She wanted to bring two young ducks to Red Door. She said she had bought them when they were only a few days old "because they were only $2.00." Now, as they approached 4 weeks of age, she didn't know what to do with them any more. --- Red Door was happy to welcome Cooper, a baby Pekin duck, and Khaki, a baby Campbell Khaki duck. Poor guys -- they'd been living on chicken feed, not duck food, all this time! --- We're happy to report Cooper and Khaki are safe at their new home, where they join a number of family pets, including a mature male duck who has turned himself into Mr. Mom for them.
Bailey just arrived at Red Door. He's being very brave, but, still, it's a shock for him to have been given up by his family. Want to help him out? --- Through Red Door's new Buddy System, you can show your compassion for rescued animals by becoming an online buddy. A donation of $25 helps provide a needy animal with food, shelter, and veterinary care prior to being placed in a new home. Consider giving a Buddy system gift -- it's a great way to celebrate someone's birthday or anniversary. We can customize every Buddy posting with a special message from you. --- Go to www.reddoorshelter.org and look for "Buddy System" on the home page.
We hated to see it -- but Paris Hilton bought a pet rabbit just before Easter! Then she dragged the poor baby bunny along with her while she went shopping at the Beverly Center. We hate to think what will happen when this poor rabbit goes "out of fashion" for Paris.
A shelter favorite, Marla, winner of the 2007 Fuzziest Face at Red Door, has found a new home! After coming to Red Door as a skittish feral cat, Marla made a remarkable turnaround and decided one day that she would try becoming a fuzzy love cat. While many potential adopters loved her personality, many more were turned off by Marla's long, fluffy, coat. Finally Marla found her companion and went to her new home recently. The first of many spring adoptions at Red Door!
Red Door board member Toni Greetis and animal steward Erica Mays (along with Frisco and Rafael) were both featured in the Chicago Tribune story "Easter Rabbits Don't Make Good Pets," on April 5, 2007. Thanks to Trib reporter Alexa Aguila.
Last Sunday, Red Door returned to South Suburban Humane to help care for the remaining 41 rabbits. It was fun to see some of the bunny gang we've gotten to know over the past month. We broke down now empty cages, disinfected them, and cleaned up the still occupied ones.
The seizure of the rabbits was declared invalid because SSHS humane investigators did not give proper notification to Paul Craft prior to confiscating the rabbits. As a result, Craft was allowed to take back all rabbits except those who had been sick at the time of the seizure. On March 30, he reclaimed approximately 120 rabbits. While he is only allowed to personally keep 50 rabbits--under decree of the Department of Agriculture--he can give the other rabbits to friends or other breeders. He has until the end of March to either take back the remaining 41 rabbits or to relinquish custody of them.
Red Door resident cat Fritz has found a new home! Fritz was a Red Door resident for almost two years before his match walked through the door one day in March. His adopter reports that everyday with Fritz is a "lovefest!"