Princess-Adopted

Princess is a sweet girl that will steal your heart!

Update: Princess has found her new forever home!

Princess is a spirited and sweet 7 year old female long haired gray cat who had a very traumatic Craigslist experience before she found Pasado’s Safe Haven.  Read the full story here.

Princess is a beautiful young lady with a loving spirit.  She enjoys sleeping the day away above the cabinets in Kitty City.  Princess’s name comes from her regal bearing and noble attitude.  Princess is up to date on all her shots; she is micro-chipped and waiting for her perfect fairly tale ending.  Prince Charming optional.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off

Lola

Lola is a beautiful 19-year-old Paso Fino mare who was rescued in early 2012 from a feedlot in Washington State where she was bound for slaughter.

Lola 1

Lola is a beautiful, chestnut Paso Fino. She has a fun, spunky personality and would thrive in a forever home. She has a cute white star on her forehead and a gorgeous red mane.

Lola was rescued in early 2012 from a feedlot in Washington State where she was bound for slaughter. She ended up in a feedlot despite being the daughter of a famous Paso Fino stallion named Capuchino. She also has an impressive-sounding registered name – Flying M Orquesta! Her interesting past shines through her friendly, spirited personality that is sure to delight anyone who meets her.

Lola is friendly and personable. She’s approximately 18 years old and stands about 14.2 hands high. Lola is particular about her hind legs and currently takes FlexMax for hoof health. She would do best as a pasture pal and would certainly be a beautiful sight on any pasture. Before she came to us she had been ridden western and bareback in the mountains as a trail horse by previous owners. That adventurous spirit is still within her. Can you give this fascinating beauty the home she deserves?

Does Lola sound like she’s the right horse for you? If you would like to adopt Lola, please complete an adoption inquiry.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off

Dooley’s Dog House: Heart, Help, and Hope

Chuck and Marti with their pups, Hazel and Dooley

When Chuck and Marti conceptualized Dooley’s Dog House seven years ago, they never dreamed what this fledgling business would do for the animals. In addition to providing a fantastic retail experience and vital assistance with local and national rescue efforts, Dooley’s has become a venue for like-minded individuals to attend events, network, and make a difference for the animals.

Chuck reflected upon how Dooley’s Dog House was created. “Marti and I opened Dooley’s Dog House 7 years ago because we both love animals. Marti told me to follow my heart and do something that I loved to do.”

Early on, Chuck and Marti have been very much involved in animal rescue and adoption. “Pasado’s got me more involved in animal rescue,” Chuck explained. “I was involved in Katrina as part of Pasado’s rescue effort. Then we were also involved with Purrfect Pals… Marti is more of a cat person, but we’re a mixed family with cats and dogs. In Marti’s former life, she worked in children’s adoption, so she became a natural with pet adoption.”

Dooley’s Dog House has hosted numerous events and fundraisers for the animals. They recently opened up their store for four fun-filled days of Holiday pet photographs, with all proceeds benefiting Pasado’s. The photo session had two themes: Father Christmas and Hawaiian Santa. More than 100 dogs, cats, ferrets, and even a parakeet attended this event. “We try to hold events in the store to get animals adopted,” Chuck stated. “It’s a passion with both of us – when your partner is passionate about it, too, it makes it so much easier to do.”

Chuck played Santa for Holiday Pet photos!

For Chuck, finding a home for animals is truly an amazing experience. “Nothing could be finer!” he enthused. “I feel so often that people come to an event or come in to the store …And a dog or cat chooses them. They can see the hole in the person’s heart. Two of our customers, Scott and Debbie, had just lost their lab of 9 years. Four months later, at a pet fair event that we were having, a dog was there and we knew that she was right for them. We called them and they came down. She’s been theirs for 2 years now,” Chuck stated. “They just came in for photos with Santa. They’ve been doing it every year… starting with their previous dog and continuing the tradition with their new dog, Kharma.”

Many people have formed lasting friendships, both human and nonhuman, through Dooley’s events. “We adopted Hazel through Homeward Pet through one of our events. We always bring animals for adoption at these events. It’s a great networking opportunity to get everyone together,” he stated.

Little Guy helped supervise Holiday Pet Photos! Because of the exposure he received at Dooley’s, he has found his forever home.

Chuck and Marti recently hosted a kitten adoption event and also provided a temporary home for Little Guy, a cat who was rescued from a hoarding case that will be featured on Animal Planet on December 30th. Little Guy is made a big impact, melting the hearts of everyone who met him. We’re so grateful that Little Guy had the chance to meet so many people, one couple, in particular, who has just adopted him!

Chuck and Marti have also graciously housed other rescued cats at Dooley’s Dog House. Dooley’s has a solid, wonderful customer base and they have taken on several of Pasado’s rescued cats who are able to live in their store and receive amazing exposure from their customers. Having the cats available to the public often makes the difference with an adoption decision and it also affords Pasado’s the opportunity to have room to save another life. Tow and Lauer, two cats who were rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Granite Falls, still had not found a home months after the case broke. Chuck and Marti allowed them to come and live at their store until these courageous cats found their forever families. Tow and Lauer came from a situation where they were living in several feet of trash, feces, and dead animals to being in a store where the owners have a loyal customer base that has become more like a family.

Lauer is still looking for a family to call her own!

In addition to saving lives, Dooley’s Dog House is committed to providing high-quality, nutritional pet foods backed by years of experience and research.  Chuck and Marti were inspired about pet nutrition after living with a very special dog named Beans. “I had a dog named Beans who had special needs,” Chuck explained. “He was a Cairn Terrier and I could tell that something was wrong when he was just a puppy. The first vet I took him to told me that I should put him down because he thought Beans would have a brief and painful life. But Beans lived to be almost 18 years old. He taught me to read food labels and that the right supplements really make the difference. Beans taught me everything I know about pet nutrition.”

The New Year promises to provide additional events for the animals. “Our next event is a Yappy Hour. It’s on Friday night, February 3rd,” Chuck stated. “It’s for a specific dog named Scarlett who was owned by an elderly lady who was succumbing to dementia. The dog had an infected teat that erupted. It turned out to be cancerous. Scarlett has been treated at WSU, where she had 10 days of chemotherapy, which she just finished. She ran up $6,000 in medical bills, so we’re having a fundraiser for her,” Chuck explained. “Scarlett is a 4-year-old husky mix. When she arrived at WSU, they realized that she looked like the dog of an Afghanistan veteran. His dog passed away 2 years ago…so we contacted him, and the veteran is going to adopt Scarlett. Her story is going to have a happy ending.”

Pasado’s would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Chuck, Marti, and Dooley’s Dog House. Chuck and Marti have bridged many friendships of animals and people through their events and community outreach. It is a true gift for our animals who have suffered so greatly to have assistance from people who are connected to a wonderful community of animal lovers.

Dooley’s Dog House is located at 1421 Market Street in Kirkland, WA. To learn more about Dooley’s Dog House, visit their website.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off

Important Tips When the Mercury Dips

Hot summer days and warm autumn afternoons have waned to frosty mornings and chilly nights. With the approach of winter weather, remember that your animals will need to be adequately prepared for the cold months ahead. Even with coats of feathers, fur, or hair, they are still vulnerable in colder weather, and following some simple safety precautions can keep your companion animals warm, safe, and sound.

All companion animals need to be protected in freezing temperatures.

Here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, our animals anticipate the change of season with bulkier winter coats and an increased preference for covered areas. With the approach of winter weather, taking cold-weather precautions for your pets is vital for their health and safety.

For those who share their homes with feline companions, it’s important to keep them indoors. We recommend that you keep your cats inside but if your cat is indoor-outdoor, make sure that there’s suitable covered shelter available with warm bedding and access to water. Similar precautions should be taken if you share your property with feral cats. Here at Pasado’s, our feral cats enjoy shelter in the barn and warmth from plenty of hay and wool shorn from our sheep.

The shorn wool from sheep like Lady Baa Baa help our barn cats stay warm in the cold winter months.

Remaining warm during cold weather requires increased caloric expenditure. Having plenty of food and water facilitates your pets’ ability to maintain a healthy weight and have immune systems that can thwart off illnesses.

It’s important to be especially cautious once the snow starts falling. Dogs lose their bearing because familiar surroundings are suddenly obscured in a mantle of white. Familiar sounds, like your voice, are muffled, and familiar smells are blanketed. Without these sensory cues, navigation is difficult, and many lost companion animals end up at area shelters during the winter months.

The cold weather can be especially difficult for older dogs, like beautiful Bella. At Pasado’s Dog Towne, our residents have heated cabins and comfortable dog beds to stay warm through the winter months. 

Have coats available for short-haired dogs who don’t have an undercoat or are otherwise ill-equipped for the cold weather. It is a common misconception that dogs fare well outdoors in all seasons, but many dogs have short, sleek coats that do not provide adequate protection from inclement weather. Here at Pasado’s Dog Towne in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, we always take added precautions. Our happy hounds have heated cabins and comfy dog beds to warm up after a brisk outdoor run.

If you have pets in terrariums or aquariums, make sure that they aren’t located near windows with a draft. Exposure to the cold air can cause these animals’ core body temperatures to decrease to lethally low levels and they can die within a relatively short amount of time.

Here at Pasado’s, our hoofed friends have 24-hour access to covered areas, which is especially important in winter snow and rain. We also use heaters to prevent the water troughs from freezing. Outdoor animals often need blankets, but let your animals establish a winter hair “base coat,” using blankets for particularly cold days. Be especially careful with older equines who may have arthritis or are otherwise vulnerable to the elements. Arthritis supplements for older horses and dogs often help them get through those cold winter months, providing respite from the pain and offering them more mobility.

A warm winter blanket helps a horse maintain a healthy weight during the cold winter months.

Plenty of food, water, and warmth are integral to a companion animal safely “weathering it out.” A few safety precautions can ensure that your animals have a safe, happy, and healthy winter.

Here at Pasado’s, many of our animals are lifetime residents. Providing full-time care for them during every season can become expensive, but thanks to the support of donors like you, our animals receive first-rate care.

Please consider making a donation – your support helps save lives during every season! Thank you – from all of the animals here at Pasado’s. May your heart and home stay warm this winter season.

January 6, 2012 Comments Off

Anastasia- ADOPTED

Anastasia is shy but very sweet, beautiful girl.

Update – Anastasia has been adopted!

Anastasia is a sweet girl who never stops purring. She has a gorgeous personality that matches her obvious good looks! Anastasia is up to date on  all vaccines and has been spayed and microchipped. She does great with other cats, kids and dogs just fine. So check this girl out!!

Anastasia was one of the many rescued cats from a hoarding situation.  Pasado’s rescue efforts at her home were filmed and aired on Animal Planet’s series – Confessions: Animal Hoarding on December 30th.  Read more here.

December 30, 2011 Comments Off

Pippin-Adopted

Pippin is stunningly beautiful and affectionate!

Update: Pippin got adopted! Yay Pippin!

Affectionate little Pippin is a 7-month-old Siamese mix. She is one of several kittens who came from a feral mother in Sultan, WA and Possum is one of her siblings. Like her sister, Pippin has brilliant blue eyes. Pippin is sweet, playful, feminine, loving, and cuddly. While Pippin is the smallest kitten in her litter, she has a big heart and an enormous capacity to love. Pippin has lived with other cats and dogs before and she has no medical requirements. This gorgeous gal is looking forward to finding her own special someone!

December 28, 2011 Comments Off

Possum – Adopted!

Possum is very sweet and playful!

Playful Possum is a Siamese mix who was born in June of 2011. He is one of several kittens who came from a feral mother in Sultan, WA. Pippin is one of his siblings. Possum has gorgeous blue eyes and a personality to match. This boy is confident, determined, rambunctious, and independent. Like his mother, he was very much feral when he arrived, but he is learning to trust and believe in people. Possum has lived with both cats and dogs and he has no medical requirements. This sassy little sweetheart can’t wait to find his forever family!

December 28, 2011 Comments Off

Joy to the World

When most of our rescues arrive at Pasado’s sanctuary, they are disheartened, silent, and withdrawn. Abuse and neglect take their toll on these sentient beings. But then comes the day when they realize that they are safe, loved, and secure, and their beautiful calls ring out, bringing joy to the world…

Here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, we have witnessed the emotional scars of neglect, abandonment, and abuse. When sentient beings are injured, starved, or abandoned without a second thought, there is a lasting impact on their hearts and souls. When most of our rescues come through the gates of Pasado’s sanctuary, they do not yet realize that they are free and safe. They sit in the car or trailer, their eyes avoiding our helpful gazes, silent, withdrawn, and despairing. Hope is the last thing that dies.

Years ago, when we rescued 1,000 chickens from deplorable conditions at an egg farm, we were struck by the chickens’ eerie silence. We couldn’t imagine the atrocities that these normally social and gregarious animals must have experienced. Their silence spoke volumes.

Rusty was one of the over 100 cats rescued from a hoarding situation.

Over the years, we have been met by this eerie silence time and again. The despair is tangible. When we rescue animals from hoarding cases, they have often been neglected for so long that a human voice or touch are completely foreign to them. They wince and cower when humans approach, squeezing their eyes shut. But they don’t cry out: They have learned that nothing will come of it.

This silence is shown by other animals, as well. Abandonment is especially difficult for middle-aged and senior cats, who become deeply depressed in shelters. These cats were once beloved family members. They cry at first, but when their cries go unanswered by a human companion who will never return, they, too, succumb to silence. One of the saddest things that you will ever see in some shelters are rows upon rows of cats who are withdrawn, avoiding your gaze, and with their backs turned to the cage door.

At some area shelters, the dogs who we rescue look out from behind their cage bars. Their tails do not wag. There are no glints of hope left in their once-bright eyes. They wonder: Will you pass me by, too? Can they dare wish that this is their turn? Often, by the time they pass through the safety of our gates, they have lost their voices, as well.

Bessie is a rescued beautiful black and white Holstein cow who loves to play in the water.

Our rescued cows, horses, and donkeys, get into the trailer willingly, but with no light behind their eyes. Their heads hang low. Many of them, like Bessie the cow, are terrified and don’t realize that they have been saved. They are resigned to their fate and have little “fight” left in them. But that first moo, whinny, mew, bark, or cluck – is beautiful music to our ears.

We always rejoice in that first “song” – when one of our rescues finally realizes that he or she will never again have to worry about being abandoned, starved, or beaten. Those calls resonate from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, through the forested slopes of Dog Towne, and across our grassy pastures. To find one’s voice is no small feat. It is the audible sign of becoming whole, and it is an important part of the healing process. That’s why we work so hard for the animals, devoting the time, love, and attention that each of them so deserves.

That initial silence is a stark reminder of what can happen to an animal’s heart when he or she is mistreated. Here at Pasado’s, rehabilitating our rescues means helping to undo the pain of abandonment and abuse, instilling a sense of hope with in them once again.

Babs, Pasado’s resident donkey

Pasado’s truly is a voice for the animals. We are dedicated to their rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming, but we need your help. If you would like to help save a life and help an animal find their voice again, please click here to make a donation. Your support really does save lives, one heartbeat and one voice at a time.

From all of the animals here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, Happy Holidays and Joy to the World.

December 23, 2011 Comments Off

U.S. Horse Slaughter Plants Set to Re-Open

 

Jazz, saved from slaughter, is curious and very friendly. He loves attention and especially loves his visits with his rescuer, Stacie.

From Mustangs roaming wild and free on the American plains to dependable farm horses to pampered ponies, horses have long been a symbol of America. But on November 18, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a bill enabling horse slaughter to become legal once again in the United States. Congress had recently removed restrictions on processing horse meat. In response, horse slaughter plants have wasted no time in taking up the reins for domestic horse slaughtering and are in the early stages of planning.

The General Accountability Office reports that during 2006, the last full year that the United States allowed domestic horse slaughtering, a staggering 104,899 horses were killed for their meat. There is a common misconception that these are old, crippled horses, but visiting a “kill lot” quickly dispels this misconception. Kill lots have horses who are young and old, trained and untrained, many of which are completely healthy and who were once beloved companions. Ex-show horses and race horses, childrens’ ponies, yearlings, and even pregnant mares await the final bid that will send them to their doom, sold by the pound and sentenced to a gruesome demise.

This horrendous photo is a mild version of what happens to horses and ponies all the time. This very well could have been Jazz’s fate.

On November 27, the General Accountability Office cited a rise in abandonment and neglect of horses accompanied by a skyrocketing raise in horses who were exported for slaughter. Entities are considering opening horse slaughter plants in multiple states, including Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Georgia, and Missouri. Slaughter plant proponent Sue Wallis estimates that between 120,000 to 200,000 horses will be killed for human consumption annually.

While Wallis said that “everyone in the horse world is excited…to turn the whole equine market around,” horse slaughter opponents cite multiple concerns. These include, but are not limited to, the slaughter of wild Mustangs, an increase in horse theft, and meat toxicity from ingesting equine medications. “They’re signing the death sentence for thousands of our American horses,” stated Oklahoma City horse advocate Stephanie Graham. “The wild mustangs in Oklahoma and every horse in Oklahoma is at risk. Horses are going to die and it’s going to be brutal.” In areas near horse slaughter plants, horses had frequently been stolen from pastures and horse shows, never to be returned. In a tough economy, all horses are at risk when their values are measured by the pound.

The pro-slaughter group, “United Horsemen,” hopes to open the first plants within several months. Lauren Silverman Simon, a federal lobbyist for the Humane Society of the United States, notes that these plants will need state approval and could face courtroom delays. But at the current rate, delays won’t stop what looks to be inevitable: The mass slaughter of an American companion animal on American soil.

“People need to understand that any option other than slaughter is a more humane option. It is more humane to euthanize than to send them off to brutal, terrifying deaths,” Pasado’s Director of Operations, Stacie Martin, said. And their treatment throughout the slaughter process truly is terrifying.

(The following information is graphic and is not intended for more sensitive readers).

Those such as Wallis, who advocate domestic horse slaughter for population control, downplay the horrors of this industry. The process is far from humane. Often, horses are bashed repeatedly in the head until they are stunned and fall to the ground. Stunning the horses affords slaughterers the opportunity to catch a horse by the hind leg and hoist him or her into the air. The dazed, frightened horse dangles down by a line as a slaughterer slits their throat and causes them to bleed to death. Their deaths are slow and terrifying. Devoted friends must surely ask where their human friends are as their bodies grow cold and they struggle to breathe. This is the “solution” that Congress and slaughter advocates condone.

Being a part of this process is horrifying for many who are employed in the slaughter industry, as well. In her 1997 book, Slaughterhouse, author Gail A. Eisnitz spoke with slaughterhouse workers. One worker stated, “You move so fast [that] you don’t have time to wait ‘til a horse bleeds out. You skin him as he bleeds. Sometimes a horse’s nose is down in the blood, blowing bubbles, and he suffocates.” Surely, cruelty such as this can never be justified.

Lola was also rescued from slaughter. Here, she is seen with her Caretaker Malli who is teaching her how to love and trust again.

And consuming horse meat isn’t just unethical – it’s also potentially dangerous. In a recent study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, senior author Ann M. Marini, Ph.D., M.D., noted that one of the drugs regularly given to horses, Phenylbutazone (bute), is toxic and carcinogenic to humans. There is no safe level of bute ingestion for humans. With slaughter-bound horses arriving from unknown origins, it is impossible to know whether they have ever ingested this substance…or whether it would potentially be consumed by humans. “Dangerous and deadly side effects begin to appear within three years, including bone marrow suppression that was fatal in many cases,” Marini stated. “[There was also] a hypersensitivity liver syndrome that could culminate in liver failure and death.” Horse meat is no less dangerous for cats and dogs to consume, but horse meat continues to be used to feed companion animals.

Horses with intermittent lameness issues, like 15-year-old Beau who has a loving home, often find themselves at the slaughter house.

Horses have not been on American dinner plates since the mid 1940s, but they have been hauled to Canadian and Mexican slaughter plants for years. According to the General Accountability Office, in 2010, almost 138,000 horses were exported for slaughter. From 2006 onward, Congress prohibited horse slaughter in the U. S. by denying funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of horses transported for slaughter at slaughter houses. Without funding for inspections, the last three slaughter houses, located in Illinois and Texas, closed in 2007.

Representative Jim Doran, D-VA, got an amendment to pass in the House Appropriations Committee in May, 2011 that continued the ban on funding inspections. Unfortunately, several lawmakers, including Representative Tom Cole, Rep. Jack Kingston, and Senator Herbert Kohl, stripped out the amendment before the bill was finalized and recently signed into law. Representative Cole, R-OK, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, voted against continuing the ban because horse owners in his district were “pretty unanimous that they want the means to deal with an excess population” and that opponents of domestic horse slaughter “let their hearts overrule their heads.” Rep. Jack Kingston, R-GA also worked to strip out the amendment. “We wanted to allow horse slaughter again in America because of an unanticipated problem with horse neglect and abandonment,” he said.

But blaming slaughter availability on abandonment issues is inaccurate. Many point to the economic downturn as the likely cause of equine abandonment. Simone Netherlands, founder of Respect4Horses, questioned the justification for reopening American slaughter plants. “In this time when the focus of Congress is supposedly on reducing spending and creating jobs, it is a ludicrous measure to spend tax dollars in order to reinstate an inherently cruel predatory business, from which Americans stand to gain nothing. Horse slaughter plants operating until 2007 have never created a total of more than 178 jobs,” Netherlands said.

Pro-slaughter supporters have implied that the reemergence of U.S. slaughterhouses will decrease both abandonment rates and transportation rates of horses from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico for slaughter purposes. There is no guarantee, explicit or implicit, that transportation to foreign slaughterhouses will decrease once domestic slaughterhouses reopen. There is the very real risk that there will be no change in the number of horses exported for their meat and that these horses will be killed in addition to those who are killed on American soil. Assuming that the existence of domestic slaughterhouses will decrease rates of neglect is also a false premise; having more slaughter options does not change the current state of the economy, nor does it provide safety and security for horses; it only provides an easy way out for those who have neglected and abused their animals.

 

 

 

Jazz does not have to be fearful anymore. He is safe at the beautiful Pasado’s sanctuary.

HR 2966 – the American Horse Slaughter Protection Act of 2011 – 112th Congress is a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, selling, purchasing, or donation of horses and other equines for human consumption and for other purposes. The bill is currently in the first step of the legislative process.

To begin to address issues pertaining to horse overpopulation, owners and breeders need to stop over-breeding their horses. Horse breeders continue to make a profit on breeding and selling their horses, but when those who buy the horses fall on hard times, the horses are subjected to a cruel fate time and again. While euthanasia is a more humane option than sending horses off to slaughter, at $800 for euthanasia and body removal, it can be too cost-prohibitive for many owners.

The thought of beating, stunning, and vivisecting alive cats and dogs is morally reprehensible for pet owners in America, so why should the standard of care be any different for horses? The reemergence of domestic horse slaughter plants raises many troubling questions. What are your thoughts on domestic horse slaughter? What could be proposed to Congress as a viable solution? Surely, sanctioned cruelty cannot be the answer. If you disagree with the legalization of domestic horse slaughter, please write to your state and national legislators.

Pasado’s Safe Haven is committed to providing rescue, rehabilitation, and educational outreach on issues pertinent to animal rescue and welfare. Thanks to the support of readers like you, Pasado’s can continue to be at the forefront of animal advocacy issues, being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Please consider making a donation today to help us continue our important work.

Thank you – from all of the animals here at Pasado’s sanctuary and for those who still hope to find their safe haven.

December 22, 2011 2

10 Cats Rescued From Monroe Hoarding Case

Here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, we know that collaborating with local law enforcement is integral to successful animal rescues. When the Monroe Police Department received an anonymous tip and reached out to us about a potential area hoarding case, we were happy to provide assistance.

One of the first cats rescued and in desperate need of medical care

When we arrived at the Monroe residence, we were unable to enter the home without the aid of respirators. The floor had a layer of feces and urine-soaked newspapers, with feces ground into the floor. The stench was terrible. Within the home, there were ribbons and awards, indicating that the cats may have been show cats at one point in time.

We rescued a total of 10 cats from the residence, all of which were suffering from upper respiratory issues. The cats have been transported to Pasado’s sanctuary for a thorough examination.

During our investigation, neighbors asked us if we had found any dead animals. We are not sure if the neighbors smelled the stench from the cats or had other indicators that something was wrong, but it is always critically important to come forward if you think that any living being may be suffering. Reporting suspected animal abuse, neglect, or cruelty has often made the difference between life and death for those who cannot speak for themselves.

The owner of the cats was reported to be a 78-year-old woman who has been sent to a local hospital for evaluation. Pasado’s is so glad that we were able to provide assistance for this woman who surely was in over her head with 10 cats. Within the city limits of Monroe, the legal limit is 6 pets within a home.

Pasado’s was proud to partner with the Monroe Police Department. We are grateful that the Monroe PD cares about incidents of animal abuse and hoarding and we are happy to collaborate with them to seek justice for the animals.

Pasado’s was founded on rescuing animals – this is what we do, and we do it very well. We take direction from law enforcement, with the police pressing charges and Pasado’s rescuing the animals. The Monroe PD also recently worked with Pasado’s with the case of an abused kitten named Jingles.

Thanks to the commitment and dedication of other local police departments, Pasado’s has successfully pursued several recent hoarding and abuse cases. We collaborated with the Granite Falls Police Department in a neglect case and also participated with area PD in a south-end hoarding case, our largest cat rescue to date. That hoarding case will be airing on Confessions: Animal Hoarding on Animal Planet on December 30th.

Depending upon the outcome of this investigation, the cats who were taken from the Monroe residence may be available for adoption. If the prosecutor chooses to follow through with a criminal case, the cats will be held through the case and then be available for adoption. Pasado’s will find out whether the owner of the cats will be prosecuted after the results of her evaluation are received. Pasado’s will continue to provide updates on this case and on the availability of these cats.

It is Pasado’s Safe Haven’s mission to be at the forefront of animal rescue efforts. Thanks to your donations, we are able to step in when law enforcement requests our assistance. Please consider making a donation today – your support can help us continue to save those who need our help the most.

Thank you – from all of the animals at Pasado’s sanctuary and from those who are still awaiting their safe haven.

December 21, 2011 Comments Off