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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pet Stuff Resale celebrates Earth Day with a little PSR history

Established in 1997, Pet Stuff Resale came into being because I saw a need
for people to save money when their puppy outgrew its crate and needed a new one. I also saw things thrown out when the pet died. I was actually surprised that no one had thought of this idea before and so far, it appears to still be the only business of its kind in the entire US.

My secondary goal was to keep crates and other pet items out of area landfills; I have made many trips to C and D Scrap Metal in the Heights.
Now I have a trailer and look in Craig's List when it fills up and someone
comes and takes it to recycling for me!

I had an ethical dilemma about burning plastic but have decided that is a lesser impact than taking up so much space in a landfill, as bulky as plastic is.
Fortunately judicious burning is allowed in Waller County; I only have to
landfill during burn ban times.

Many pet items can be reused as different habitats. Once a finch flight
cage became a great snake habitat and a long bird cage was perfect for raising a tiny kitten. This also makes my job incredibly fun.

Pet Stuff Resale also rents and takes trade ins, further extending the reduce, reuse, recycle circle.
Rebel,  above(terrible picture) loved this childs napping cot. Unfortunately for her it was sold immediately
after the picture was taken for an um, plus sized pug. Both the cots and childs sleeping bags are sold often
at Pet Stuff Resale for spoiled dogs who deserve them. Rebel herself was "recycled" or actually "dumped"
at a shelter when she was 12; I adopted her and she is one of the best dogs I have ever had.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tokyo cage(Cat condo) has multiple uses

This is a great multiple use cage for foster people, vet clinics and people with limited storage space.
Momma cats with kittens or after separating them is a great use. Feral cat acclimation is another popular use. The ferret cage is a little diffferent, but this can also be used for them, as well as small parrots.

This is a generic brand that is very similiar to the Midwest brand, which is a very good brand.
I specifically recommend not getting the Pro Select brand. Even after they made improvements,
I am sure due to consumer complaints, it is not the same quality and as long as these cages last,
get the better construction. This folds up nicely, can be stored under or behind a sofa when not in use. The folded up wire fits into the base

This one came into Pet Stuff Resale without the wheels; they are inexpensive and available at any hardware store. I prefer them with out the wheels as dust cannot accumulate under it. The shelves are rather difficult to install(in any Tokyo cage); one attachment has broken, can still be used as a lower shelf. I can also show you how to make an easier shelf.

I have never learned why it is called a Tokyo cage. It is confusing to call it a cat condo because
to some people that is a carpeted item.


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 Blue Heeler mix sisters need home together in Houston

These 18 month old sisters are great fun and play nonstop, keeping each other entertained all day. They
are very shy around a camera; in the pictures they almost look like wild animals I found in the woods!
I have fostered  them since they were 4 weeks old; I am  sometimes criticized for keeping fosters too long,
but am particularly glad I did here. Their behavior has changed somewhat as adults; they will gang up
on a submissive dog now, but get along with other assertive dogs.
Mom was a blue heeler, the owner said a chihuahua was also one of the daddies. They are both under 15 lbs
and are at full weight. They are spayed and crate trained.
Mandy is the darker one and is a little dominant over Pandy, the lighter one.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Houston heartworm positive dogs treated thanks to anonymous donor.

These incredibly lucky dogs don't know anything about the down economy. They don't know just how lucky they are, having their expensive treatment paid for. They don't know how many dogs don't get foster homes.
They only know they are now clean and  fed and part of someones family.

All 3 of these dogs are alive because of a dedicated anonymous donor who feels our rescue angst that
dogs have to die only due to their owners neglect. This person decided that something needed to be done
and created a project that is funding the  drug immiticide used for treatment. These are just some of the
dogs saved so far; 3 others were treated this week.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Houston dogs live due to Pepsi Refresh grant!

People all over the US have been voting every day (some for 2 months straight!) in the Pepsi Refresh Project in hopes of a 5,000.00 grant to treat heartworm positive dogs in Houston. This is a major medical problem and expensive to treat. The sad situation is that it is so much cheaper to prevent than treat. The burden falls
on shelters and rescue groups to, in essence, clean up after ignorant or noncompliant owners. In the current economy, many fewer dogs have been able to be saved, so the grant potential has literally been a lifesaver.
Thanks to Pepsi for providing the resources for me
to help.

This little boy and the buddy he came in with will benefit
from every ones hard work.
If you register to be a blog follower you will get regular updates and LOTS of pictures over several months. The Pepsi verification will take several weeks, so keep in touch to see the lucky dog faces. The first dog treated will be from sheltie rescue.
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