Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Must Read for Everyone

A man in Grand Rapids, Michigan took out a $7000 full page ad in the paper to present the following essay to the people of his community:

By Jim Willis, 2001

When I was a puppy I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" - but then you'd relent and roll me over for a bellyrub.

My housetraining took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed, listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect. We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs," you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" - still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy. Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love."

As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch - because your touch was now so infrequent - and I would have defended them with my life if need be.

I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams. Together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway. There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog or cat, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life. You gave me a goodbye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too.

After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"

They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you - that you had changed your mind - that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me. When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited.

I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table, rubbed my ears and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.

She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself - a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place. With my last bit of energy, I tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not meant for her. It was you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of. I will think of you and wait for you forever.

May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

The End

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Little Tale of Friendship and Hard Times

We received this in an e-mail, passed along from a friend. The little orange cat in the pictures towards the end is Frisky, who we rescued from the euthanization list at the Staten Island shelter. Enjoy!

The story begins with the rescuers coming in after the tornado in Greensburg, KS. They found this little poor guy they named Ralphie. Someone had already taken him under their wing but they weren't equipped to adopt.

Ralphie, scared and starved, joined his rescue team ...

They didn't think anyone could live through this ... but they were wrong.

This little lady also survived the wreckage.

Here she is after the rescuers placed her in the car. Scared, but safe.

Then, Ralphie and her are united, and no longer alone!

Instant friends, they comforted each other while in the car.

Two more Beagles were found ... the more, the merrier!

A new traveler to add to the mix! Don't forget, they are all new to one another ... How will this all turn out?

It's all going to work out just fine, thank you very much!

The things we can learn from our animal companions. If only we could learn such valuable lessons of compassion, peace, instant friendship, and harmony by way of respect for one another. These animals tell us that it's good to be alive and with others.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kittens, kittens, kittens!

To celebrate summer, we're having an ...

Saturday, June 26th

@ Pet Health Store 12 to 4 PM
(corner of 81st and Amsterdam)

We need a total of 4 volunteers per shift

(2 for the outside table/2 inside)

These are the shifts needed:

11:30 to 1:00

1:00 to 3:00

3:00 to 4:30





@ Clark Street Pets 12 to 4 PM

Right off the 2,3 Clark Street Stop

To spay or not to spay? That is an EASY question.

After browsing the web for some time this afternoon, we came across some interesting spay/neuter campaigns that have been around. Some are clever, witty, and to the point, while others are morbid, nothing-but-the-truth, and chilling (the images are, that is).

This picture, courtesy of Catsnap, shows in numbers just what NOT spaying or neutering your cat can do. A basic image search on any search engine will show you more graphic images of what happens to all the kittens and puppies that are abandoned due to lack of space.

With kitten season upon us in full force, and less adoptions due to summer vacations taking a priority, the shelters are overrun with babies, pregnant moms, and others that have to be put down due to lack of space and no one to take care of the bottle-babies that need to be fed and taken care of overnight. It truly is sad, and euthanasia is no light matter. For those of you that read this, please do give serious through to spaying and neutering your pets.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process, please feel free to contact us -- we're here to answer any questions you may have.

Spay/Neuter SAVES LIVES.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fundraiser for the ACC

...Has begun! Hope you are all out there tonight supporting the AC&C of NYC in their mission to help homeless animals! Some of us at A Tail At A Time will be there vicariously, however the rest of us hope to make it before it's over at 11PM!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Manhattan's Got the Blues...

...the Russian Blues!

Just received an e-mail from the Manhattan AC&C about three gorgeous Russian Blue kitties that are looking for a permanent home! Let us know if you're interested in fostering or adopting them, as they won't be at the shelter for very long!

Tommy (1 year old)

Billy (2 year old)

Athena (1 year old)

Will you be their forever home? 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Animal Alert! 


To all of our followers: a GRAY TUXEDO was found this morning around 10th Avenue & 51st Street. He is INJURED and is being RUSHED to the vet as we type. The local pet food store, Happy Feet, were the ones that found him. 


Does he belong to you? 


Please cross-post as needed!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sassy needs your help!

! U R G E N T ! 

A Tail At A Time is looking for help with a gorgeous 6-month old purebred 
pitbull named Sassy who will be put to sleep on SATURDAY. She is an owner-
surrender who will be given up on Saturday, June 19th to NYC Animal Care 
& Control. She has been brought there once before but was brought back 
home due to a doctor's diagnosis of health (they thought she was sick but 
she has a clean bill of health). Now, the landlords have stepped in saying 
it is illegal to keep large dogs in the building. 

Chithra of Sentient Creatures reached out to us for help with Sassy, and 
we went to visit her. She is truly a beautiful puppy who is eager to go on 
long walks in the park and be your best friend. All she wants to do is run! 
Chithra does what she can, and bought Sassy a leash and collar, and comes 
every day to replenish her water bowl. She is asking for our help and now 
we are asking for yours.

If you can help Sassy, please let us know. Please also feel free to post this 
anywhere that you can. She needs a foster or permanent home by Saturday 
the 19th, or she will be put to sleep. E-mail us at
if you can lend a hand.

Meow Monday

Meet our new featured adoptable, Karine, at the A Tail At A Time homepage -- she'll be sure to steal your heart!


Come one, come all! 

On Friday, June 18th, join us at the Fundraiser for the ACC of NYC from 6PM - 11PM for $5 drink specials and FREE admission! 

Located at BLVD at 199 Bowery Street, the event will be co-hosted by Andy Troy and Maria Milito of Q104. AMAZING prizes for winners, so don't miss out on gathering for a cause, and maybe even an all-inclusive trip or a $300 Saks gift card! 

For directions to BLVD:

See you there!!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

In case you wanted company for a few weeks

Ben is a seven year old mellow orange tabby who's foster is going out of town for a bit.  He just needs a place to crash until June 24th.  Can you look after him?  He's declawed so you don't even have to think about your furniture.

If you or any of your friends have been thinking about fostering but weren't sure if it was right for you, this is a great way to test it out!  Email  Thank you!

3 Kittens!

Hello Volunteers!

We need a foster home for the weekend for 3 kittens.
Starting Friday morning (or sooner) and pick up can be Sunday night or early Monday morning.

They are currently at 43rd and 8th.
They will need to come to the event on Saturday at Pet Health on the corner of 81st and Amsterdam.
They are cute, healthy, and easy!

Please let us know asap - email
We can bring them to you!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


It may not be on Time Out's list of fun activities to do in NYC, BUT we can't think of a better way to spend a couple of hours on a summer Saturday then VOLUNTEERING at A Tail At A Time adoption event.

And if you're a like-minded soul, then here are the details for our upcoming event:

Adoption event this Sat June 5th
at Pet Health Store 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
corner of 81st and Amsterdam
the forecast is 81 and partly cloudy so we will need a total of 4 volunteers per shift
(2 for the outside table/2 inside)
These are the shifts needed:
11:30 to 1:00
1:00 to 3:00
3:00 to 4:30


12 p.m. TO 4 p.m.

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Stats

Hi everyone!

An especially big thank you to the volunteers and fosters who came out for last Saturday's event, especially appreciated considering it was Memorial Day weekend and our 3rd event of May!

We had two adoption events, one in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan.  We adopted out two kittens and found six new fosters! Awesome!  

Thanks to our new foster families, we were able to pull an additional two kittens off the euthanasia list on Sunday.  Fantastic.

So again thank you for all your support and the hard work you do.  A Tail At A Time couldn't do any of this great work without our loyal and committed volunteers/fosters.

Stay tuned for details on our next event - Sat, June 5th - only 4 days away.

Lucy Bradley