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Rescues and adoptions and transports, oh my! It's only February and 2020 is in full swing with a packed calendar of activities and more animals in our program compared to this same time last year. If you don't already, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive the most up-to-date status on our kitties and pups. 

We appreciate your feedback and hope you enjoy this edition of The Rescue Report! As always, you'll find
information on Animal Justice League activities, highlights of our adoptable pets and upcoming fundraisersadoption events or community outreach opportunities.

Our 5th Anniversary Celebration held January 25 was our largest fundraiser to-date and we have you to thank! Without the support and generosity of our donors, sponsors, followers, volunteers and friends, we could not rescue cats and dogs from the streets and shelters of Houston. Monies raised will help us fulfill our mission in so many ways this year. Thank you!

AJL: 5 Years in Review

We are so proud of all we accomplished over these last five years and we’d like to share a few highlights with you! 

  • In 2019, we exceeded 1,000 intakes!
  • TNR’d (trap-neuter-return) more than 1,200 felines!
  • Adopted more than 700 kitties and pups into loving homes!

These numbers just skim the surface ... But they do give you a little insight into the work we do day in and day out. One thing is for sure ... We could not do what we do without the support of our volunteers, fosters, friends, donors, neighbors, fellow rescuers and our community! We are so appreciative of all your support, encouragement and donations.

Stay tuned ... We’re just getting started! Here’s to another five years!

The Find Your Match at Lost Forest Tennis Club was our second tennis tournament fundraiser held on February 15 and everyone had a great time! The support of our sponsors (Believe In Dog Training, Camp Bow Wow Houston Greater Heights and Karbach Brewing Co) allows us to use these fundraising dollars to help more animals with vetting, supplies and monthly preventatives. 
Find Your Match group photo

Monthly Feature

New Year, New Pet: Ensuring a Successful Integration for Every Member of the Family


Introducing a rescue animal to your home is exciting, but it also can be stressful if you don’t know what to expect. So, we’ve put together a two-part article with helpful tips. Last month, we discussed how to help your adopted cat or dog feel comfortable with their new human family and physical surroundings. This month, we’re focusing on how to introduce your new pet to your existing pets.

 
Introducing Your New Pet to Existing Pets
Your new cat or dog has already met their human family, and maybe they’ve even had a chance to explore their new surroundings. Now, it’s time to introduce the newest family member to your other pets.

How you introduce your new pet to your existing animals is important, and a lot will depend on the new animal’s age and history. Kittens and puppies tend to be more accepting of new pets, while older animals may need more time to adjust, says Dr. Sarah Griffin, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Introducing a New Cat to Other Pets
If you’re introducing a cat to another cat, Griffin recommends keeping the new cat in a room that can be closed off with a door -- for at least a month -- so the new pet can get familiar with their home.

Start by feeding your resident pets on one side of the door and the new cat on the other, gradually moving the food dishes closer to the door with each feeding. The new cat and your other pet will come to associate each other’s scents with something pleasant: eating.

“The cats will be able to smell each other but kitten-dogwon’t be able to have any face-to-face interaction,” Griffin says. “After this adjustment period, the cats can be allowed to meet through a baby gate or kennel. This will limit any physical or threatening contact and safely allow their first face-to-face interaction.”



When you allow your new cat to meet your resident cat or dog face to face, limit the initial meeting to about 10 minutes. If one of your resident pets is a dog, keep the dog on a leash and allow the cat to roam around and approach the dog if he or she chooses. If the session goes smoothly, you can gradually increase the time the animals are together.

Introducing a New Dog to Other Pets 
When introducing a new dog to another dog in your home, it’s important to allow the dogs to set the pace for the introduction. But there are steps you can take to make the initial meetup go as smoothly as possible. Here’s the process that the Humane Society recommends:
  1. Take the dogs to a neutral territory, such as a park or front yard. Both dogs should be kept on leashes until neither animal shows signs of aggression.
  2. Allow the dogs to see each other in close proximity while both are on leash.
  3. Allow one dog to walk behind the other, and then switch.
  4. If the dogs remain comfortable, walk them side by side. If either dog seems stressed, calmly stop the introduction and try to distract the dog with something else until he or she seems relaxed.
dog meets dogThe most important consideration is to allow your dogs to set the pace for the introduction. Don’t force them to interact, and always supervise them until you are confident that they are comfortable with each other.

Aside from the initial introduction, there are other precautions you can take to minimize conflict. Feed your dogs in separate areas (or crates) to reduce the likelihood of aggression. Be sure to remove any toys or treats they are likely to fight over. Remember reward positive interactions with treats. When conflict arises between your dogs, distract them, but don’t punish them.

When to Seek Help 
Even if you follow the professionals’ advice to the letter, don’t be alarmed if there is some hissing, growling, or merely disinterest when you first introduce your new pets and your existing furries. However, if they fight repeatedly, consider restarting the introduction process or contacting your veterinarian or a pet behaviorist for advice.

Patience is key to the process: Sometimes, animals – like humans -- need time to adapt to change.

 
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Adoptable Highlights

Giselle’s story is a complicated one … However, we think once you hear it you’ll agree she’s worth all the TLC and patience a new family can offer. She was surrendered to us by owners who, instead of re-homing her, kept her stashed away in a room by herself for the entirety of her six years because they were allergic. The result is an adult cat who didn’t know how to interact with humans or other animals.
 
Fast forward about seven months and we are so proud of Giselle’s progress – thanks in no small part to her dedicated foster. Giselle’s favorite thing is to sit next to her foster mom on the couch in the evenings and cuddle, receiving occasional pets. She also REALLY loves mealtime! She came to us with severe dental disease and only has five teeth – so wet food is a must. No complaints from Giselle about that! As far as other pets are concerned, Giselle is a bit wary; however, is fine if left alone. Easily over-stimulated, she does react with her claws. However, since being in her foster home Giselle has learned to not play with claws and this behavior lessens every day.
 
At this point, Giselle needs an experienced cat owner who is willing to continue her rehabilitation and treat her with the kindness, patience and space she needs to heal and trust. She is beautiful and loving, but on her own terms right now. Are you the very special home Giselle needs?

Introducing ... Riley! 

Riley is a happy-go-lucky lab mix puppy who is about 10 months old and approximately 40 lbs. He hasn’t met a dog he doesn’t love, so playmates are welcome! 

He’s a smart boy who is very active and loves to explore! So if you’re looking for a buddy to keep you company on those outdoor adventures, Riley may be just the pup for you!

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Calendar of Events

Featured Event

What's the easiest way to reunite lost pets with their owners? Chips and tags, of course! Animal Justice League will provide microchips, collars and engraved tags FREE of charge to owned cats and dogs on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at Stevens Elementary School (1910 Lamonte Ln, Houston, TX 77018). Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be leashed.

February 2020

February 22: Pups on the Patio at PJ's Sports Bar (adoption event)
February 24: Make a Difference Monday at Chuy's (River Oaks)


March 2020
March 1: PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
March 3: Fundraising Team: Recruitment Meeting
March 12: AJL Monthly Social
March 28: Puptopia at Discovery Green
March 28: AJL Garage Sale Fundraiser


April 2020
April 4: Playin' for Pups at Wakefield Crowbar (adoption event)
April 5: TNR Day
April 9: AJL Monthly Social
April 25: Kendra Gives Back (fundraiser at Kendra Scott)
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