On April 8, I was trying to keep my eyes open when a blanket of fatigue cast over me. Before I closed my eyes, I looked at Girlfriend greyhound as she struck the most perfectly sweet pose. My immediate thought was to walk across the […]
Sixteen-year-old Barney the Cat has made quite a name for himself in a certain Tucson canine community. Up until recently, he held an important volunteer position at Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption (SA Greys). Yes, you read that right, a cat among the hounds. A Tucson […]
I love horses, particularly Clydesdales and Gulliver, the mascot from Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary in Amado, AZ, is my favorite. He’s turning 17 and having a virtual birthday party on June 23th and YOU are invited.
A Tucson Tail interviewed him. Take it away Gulliver…
A Tucson Tail: Gulliver, what is a typical day like at the Sanctuary?
Gulliver: Well, we have a pretty good life here. The main herd which is located off the main barn consists of approximately two full acres. I live with ten other horses and we all get along well. The staff comes in at 6:30 AM to start their chores…
ATT: What’s your opinion of Karen Pomroy, founder of Equine Voices?
G: Karen saved me, Spanky, Bella and Deuce from slaughter and I will always be indebted to her. She advocates for all horses and ensures we receive the care, food, veterinary checks, hoof trims, dental checks and everything we need for a good life. I know she works very hard and has sacrificed her life for us. I will do anything to protect and honor her for the kind, generous and loving person she is.
ATT: How many horses and burros are currently at Equine Voices?
G: 62 – 4 burros and 58 horses and 15 PMU mares in Canada
ATT: What does PMU mean?
G: Equine Voices began with the mission of rescuing mares and their foals from the inhumane process of producing estrogen replacement therapy a.k.a. Premarin©… PREgnant MARes urine. The horses they collect the urine from live each day in cramped stalls too small to even lie down; horses are denied free access to water, standing up to six months in a “pee-line” with rubber collection cups hooked tightly around their urethras. That is no life for a horse!
ATT: Do you have a favorite buddy to pal around with?
G: I always hang out with Spanky and Deuce, my two buddies that I came here with. Bella hangs out with the girls.
ATT: What is going to happen on June 23? How can your fans get involved or support you?
G: You can start by going to the website and then will be directed a Facebook live page where my humans are going to show the day and life of the ranch and introduce everyone to the sanctuary and some of my equine friends.
–At 8:30 AM we are having a power hour and our goal is to raise $1,000. At 10:30 AM we have another power hour with the goal of $2,000. At noon, we are going to celebrate my birthday with a cake for me and my human caretakers.
–For anyone who donates $100 or more, they will be eligible to win a raffle prize – a fun-filled basket with goodies from our onsite store – Gulliver mug, Gulliver cap, two bottles of wine with Gulliver wine glasses, a Gulliver sweatshirt, and much more – the basket it valued at $250.
–For anyone who donates $$250 or more, they will be eligible for the basket raffle as well as an original water color painted by Jen Howard a very talented and awesome local artist (and new volunteer) and horse lover. The painting is called “Never Look Back.”
ATT: Wow! That sounds like a fun event and Jen’s painting of you is stunning. Gulliver, what do you think of those Budweiser Super Bowl commercials featuring Clydesdales?
G: I think they are fun and show how beautiful Clydesdales are, and how much all horses do for mankind touching their hearts and souls in magical ways.
Follow Equine Voices on Facebook for news about the celebration and other horse rescue news.
The Greyt Mag interviewed me: GM: Daisy, tell the audience a little about yourself. DG: It’s obvious that I am a greyhound…I raced. I had 17 offspring. I’m missing a toe. I came to adoption via foster through Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. I am 11 […]
Girlfriend greyhound celebrated her 15th birthday today March 8, 2020. She is my first greyhound (out of four) that flew through her 13th birthday, sailed past her 14th birthday and turned 15. Around 14 3/4 she suffered a bad kidney infection where she urinated in […]
Is your neighborhood plagued by feral cats? First you see a stray cat and then another and then another. Did you know that here in Tucson, feral cats are called community cats and there are resources available to curb their numbers and provide them with safety?
It’s called T.N.R. or trap, neuter, return. Find out more at this free workshop at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, on Saturday, February 15th from 3:15 to 4:45 pm. Doors open at 3 pm. This event is hosted by No Kill Pima County. You’ll learn about the resources available to you and have the opportunity to ask tough questions to a panel of experts.
You can also listen to KVOI 1030 AM (or live stream) cat advocate expert Jessica Shuman on the Bill Buckmaster Show on Thursday Feb 13, near the opening of the show at noon. Tune in for a quick preview of the TNR workshop.
CAT VIDEO FEST
The Loft Cinema is once again hosting the hugely popular Cat Video Fest on Saturday February 22 and Wednesday February 26, a portion of the ticket sales with be donated to Hermitage Cat Shelter (on the 22nd) and Hope Animal Shelter (on the 26th).
Whether you’re a cat lover or not, these videos are hysterical and heartwarming. This event always sells out so consider buying your tickets early.
BLING FOR HOPE
Beading Divas chose Hope Animal Shelter for their bracelet fundraising partner during February. Yes! You can buy bracelets on February 26 at the Loft Cinema. You can also buy one-of-a-kind beaded bracelets made with donated beads and a paw charm online via Etsy and at these local venues:
–Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 520-624-9954, meter parking until 5 PM M-F, free parking weekends
–-Clues Unlimited Mystery Book Store, 3146 E. Fort. Lowell Road, 520-326-8533, free parking (call for hours)
For February ONLY
—Benarda Veterinary Hospital, 3002 N Country Club Rd, 520-325-2997
—HOPE Animal Shelter
Happy Meower – February 23 from 3 to 6 pm at Dove Mountain Brewing Company (12130 N Dove Mountain Blvd, Marana, AZ 85658). SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia) animal rescue will have some adoptable animals available during the event. There will also be a raffle to raise funds towards the lease and renovation of a space for the Rescue Me Tucson pet adoption center.
Woofstock Adopt-a-Thon – March 8 at Reid Park Bandshell – hosted by Tucson Dog Magazine
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” ~Sydney Jeanne Seward Six Things I Learned from Living with an Old Dog –Be thankful your dog is healthy enough to live to an old age. –Be proactive. More frequent visits to […]
Last week I had the pleasure of returning to Zen Donkey Sanctuary – what a special place – a labor of love (and 501c3 non-profit organization) tended by Sandy and her husband and a few volunteers including Liz who arranged for our visit and her […]
Hats off to the many of Tucson’s local animal rescue organizations – you do so much with so little. You are conversant in stretching your hard-earned fundraising dollars to cover routine veterinary expenses and other expenses.
But what happens when a dog or cat needs above and beyond care in order to be adoptable? What’s a rescue to do other than be fraught with a sense of urgency? Many will turn to Facebook or GoFundMe to raise extra dollars which could be your Plan A.
Another option to add to your fundraising arsenal is to contact No Kill Pima County whose SavetheSaveable.com’s initiative may cover a service needed in order to improve the dog or cat’s chances for adoption.
Grant amounts are at the discretion of NKPC/STS and will be a portion of the total cost.
Who can apply?
Eligible 501c3 animal rescue organizations in Pima County for animals in the rescue’s custody who have been surrendered by Pima County residents or pulled from Pima County shelters.
What services are eligible for funding?
Funds will be available for approved medical expenses or approved behavioral training* which will improve chances for adoption. Your rescue will receive a response within 7 days.
What services are not eligible for funding?
- Preventative care such as vaccines, spay and neuter
- Routine care such as microchips and cosmetic grooming
- Emergency services
How often can rescues be funded?
One animal, per rescue organization, per month, will be considered for grants — while funds are available. First come first served.
When is the funding available?
If your grant is approved, funding will be available immediately and payable to the service provider.
How to apply?
Click here to complete a grant application.
These grants are made available as long as there is specifically allotted funding. You can support these efforts by donating now to NKPC’s matching challenge. A generous/anonymous donor is matching up to $5,000 until year-end which include all of NKPC’s services. Please click here to make your donation go further.
*Approved Training – NKPC supports protocols necessary to modify problematic behavior, which do not include use of punishment, pain, fear, physical force, coercion or compulsion in lieu of other effective interventions and strategies. The growing amount of evidence-based research indicates reward-based, positive reinforcement training methods and those utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis are not only the most humane but most effective methods to modify an animal’s behavior short and long term.