Sunday, 21 April 2013

Special Feature: Southern WV Animal League!

Today We are doing a Special feature a interview with Southern WV animal league.
www.swval.org. This organisation came to my attention back in January when I posted this Appeal Calling out for Bunny in need in West Virginia .He is now called Bob an update on him is included with this Post below.
When was Southern WV Animal League Founded?
Southern WV Animal League was Founded in September 2010
Who was the Founder?
Michelle Muncy,Kelly Bennett and Amber Peyton were all co-founders of Southern WV Animal League.
What made your founder start the rescue?
The Southern WV Animal League was formed when a group of friends,who have a huge love of needy animals,came together as one.
Where are you based?
Princeton ,WV
How many Helpers/Staff and Volunteers do you have working for the organisation?
The Southern WV Animal League is comprised of 4 member Board of directors, 2 Behaviourists, a Webmaster, 3 Veterinary Advisers, a Financial adviser, 25 Fosters/Volunteers.
Could you tell me about  the organisation and how its run?
SWVAL is not a bricks and mortar facility.We rely solely on a net work of foster homes,fundraisers and the help of our community to continue to reach out to needy animals.SWVAL has the goal of keeping healthy and out of shelters from the start.our rescue system is based solely on approved foster homes since we do not have a bricks and mortar facility at this juncture.Due to the high possibility of illness when adopting from the shelter,the large amount of animals at the shelter and our own limited resources,we are rarely able to focus on one particular animal shelter.Our intakes are community strays and animals from homes in dire situations-i.e death of a owner,terminal illness,sudden move,loss of home/job,divorce etc.
Do you have any Plans for the Organisation for the future?
SWVAL will become 501c3 this year.Future plans include sponsoring ORV program for the community,launching a campaign to fund raise for a low cost spay/neuter clinic and putting numerous community pet programs in to place for strays and needy animals.We are also working on getting our sanctuary fund established so we can begin doing intakes of large animals such as horses,donkeys,llamas,alpacas and goats.
Could you tell me of your success stories?
This year SWVAL began intake of more than just dogs and cats.We accept small animals,birds,reptiles,fish,rabbits,pot bellied pigs in addition to dogs and cats.
We also launched our Temporary Foster Program which is a sponsored program where we keep the pets temporarily so a family in the midst of extenuating circumstances can better their situation and reclaim their pets thus keeping them with the family.We have begun extensive networking with larger rescues in bigger cities for animals that are not adoptable in this area,hounds and bully breeds for example receive little interest because there is an excess of these breeds in our area.This is our first year bringing on behaviour trainers so we are able to train dogs especially those deemed problem dogs and thus make them more adoptable.

Here is Bob the Bunny!



Bob:Came to our attention via FB.He had been found by the side of the Highway in Kanawha County approximately 2 hours away.Someone had found him and taken him to a local vet who discovered he had an incisor fracture.leg trauma,eye trauma and was under weight.A mutual friend of my self and the vet made the connection for Bob to come to the SWVAL.The vet was very kind to donate a neutering,eye drops,antibiotics and a wellness check for Bob and SWVAL did and intake.He was placed with a foster on a diet of soft food and oats for weight gain.After a bit of time we noticed that Bob had a runny nose and became concerned.Tests for Pasteurella proved negative and we begun to suspect Bob's teeth were the culprit.Despite being place on antibiotics he continued to be plagued by the runny nose,so we made an appointment for him to see a specialist 5 hours away to have his teeth extracted.Upon seeing the specialist his teeth were floated rather than extracted and lower jaw trauma was found as well.He was placed on more antibiotics as he had quite a bit of infection.He seems much more comfortable with this and is eating better and picking up more weight.He will return to the specialist in 3 months for a re-evaluation and if his teeth do not need to be extracted regular floatings will be done.Bob is a very Special Rabbit-he is whistle and click trained and interacts well with cats and other rabbits and adores his foster family.

Here is Mug the Pug!






Mug:Another success story is Mug the Pug.Mug was found dirty and bloated as a stray.She showed up at the door of a lady who took her in and was put in touch with SWVAL.She was initially thought to be pregnant.Upon examination,it was determined that she was a Sr. pug approximately 12 to 15 years old with very bad teeth and the bloating was due to very poor diet.We nursed Mug back to proper health,spayed her and got her teeth in good shape via surgical extractions and her foster home became her forever home.She is now thriving and loved.

Here is Panther the Cat!


Panther:Is one of our oldest success stories.Panther was brought in to our care less than 3 weeks after we were an organisation.An FIV positive Sr.cat, he was brought in by the owner who found him in that condition who wanted to relinquish him immediately.His leg was down to the bone and covered in maggots and caught in a trap.His jaw was also broken.We wired his jaw,amputated his leg and nursed him back to health.Although he is FIV positive,he remains happy and in relatively good health given his age (8 years) and his condition.He is well loved by his foster and has a luxurious long black silky coat.

SWVAL Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/swval

We shall continue to do these Features on rescues and shelters and other organisations of this type any body who want's us to do a feature please email me at rachel dot dejong28 at googlemail dot com

48 comments:

  1. HOORAY for Bob the Bunny and the kickass people who donated their time, talents, medicines, LOVE, and did NOT GIVE UP ON HIM "just because" he is "just a bunny".
    You are true angels and restore my faith in the human race!!!
    Hooray for Mug and Panther, too! Thank everyone for not giving up on them and putting them down as lost causes due to their terrible health and ages.
    EQUAL DIGNITY FOR ALL ANIMALS, FROM HAMSTERS TO TURTLES TO ELEPHANTS TO RABBITS and EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!!!!

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    1. Yippee We agree too!xx Speedy and Rachel

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    2. I Agee, too. I am made so happy by the stories of people who will get out and do that which needs to be done. To be brave enough to bring one's love and compassion to bear on the sadness around you is the most that a human can ask for on this earth. People working together in this way is my definition of Holy.

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    3. Bob looks like my beautiful Myra Daffodil. I want to snorgle him and spoil him rotten. I hope his foster family will keep him, since he loves them so much.

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  2. That is such a terrific group and we remember that bunny in need. I am so happy there are such wonderful organizations like them!

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  3. What a wonderful group! Thank you, Speedy, for telling us about them.

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  4. Wow, they are magnificent, we need more organizations like this. xx00xx
    Love the photo's

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. We agree with you!xx Speedy and mum

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  5. It's always good to find out about the people and organisations who are out there caring for abandoned animals

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    1. Yes we feel that way too!xx Speedy and mum

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  6. Very nice interview Rachel and Speedy! Great to hear how Bob is doing. Sounds like he was quite a mess. I don't know how often rabbit's get their teeth extracted. Seems more like they require regular occlusal adjustments when they have problems like his. He looks great!

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    1. He does look great!xx Speedy and Rachel

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  7. Great post Speedy and Mommy!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  8. What EXCELLENT information! I shared it on twitter. Everyone should read your post. purrs

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    1. Thanks ever so much Nerissa,xx Speedy

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  9. How inspiring - people who care, and then go do something about it! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks to you too RG,xx Speedy and mum

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  10. What a great post and work on their part. Such sweet pals!

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  11. We LOVE reading about all of the good that so many groups do! WELL DONE!

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  12. That's so cool, great to know groups like this are out there!

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  13. Definitely "ditto" what brandi said. And all the others. Good group and great work. Very glad that Bob, Mug, Panther, and all the others in their care have this organization to care for them.

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    1. We so agree with you,xx Speedy and mum

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  14. OMGEEEE Mug the Pug. Mug the Pug. Mug the Pug. Can't take that smooshy face!! I'm so happy he has somebody watching over him.

    xoxo,

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    www.caninesandcouture.com

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    1. we agree with you on everything,knew you would love Mug the Pug,xx Speedy and Rachel

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  15. Whata great organization! Bob Mug and Panther are so so adorable! BTW we nominated you for a really cool award! http://kirbysdawgblog.com/2013/04/24/not-so-wordless-wednesday-poe-and-the-intruder/

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    1. Awww thanks I popped over and loved the video,xx Speedy

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  16. Oh Speedy! Me has posted about winning the Versatile Blogger Award today, well, actually me let my Hairy Slobbery Sister post about it!
    Thanks yous!
    http://catfromhell.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/thankful-thursday-11/
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. I saw Nellie,that was so nice of you,xx Speedy

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  17. It always makes us smile when we seen any animal get a second chance!

    Slobbers

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  18. Oh Speedy what a lovely article.. I do have a suggestion for you.. would you be interested in talking to Pet Guards Angels in Ohio? I do a lot of things for them and I know of a volunteer who would love to get the word out about the cats and dogs there.. they are mainly a cat rescue and some of the cats are permanent residents. I will email you with more information. I wanted to drop by and say hello and that I've given you an award.. it's the WP Family award.. but shhh.. I think it should be the blogging pet award.. :) Thank you again for agreeing to do the interview. I appreciate it. Please click on the link http://peacelovenwhiskers.com/about/awards/ to pick up the award. :)

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    1. thanks we would love to do the feature and thanks for the award!xxSpeedy

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  19. We like shelters but we wish we didn't need them. Neuter and spay!

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    1. we so agree with you!xx Speedy and mum

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  20. A big weekend hug for the cutest rabbit in the UK.

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    1. Thanks Avalon you have a great week end too!

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  21. Great interview Speedy. I especially love Mug the Pug.

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