BIG ISLAND NEEDS HELP WITH THE ANIMALS… PLEASE HELP…


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EMERGENCY DONATIONS NEEDED FOR HAWAII

The Community and the Shelters are overwhelmed and need your help today.

 

Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue

The Hawaiʻi Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network (HLFARN) was created to serve as an informational hub for those needing assistance with pets and animals on farms during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. But it has become so much more than that. HLFARN has blossomed from a group of strangers into an Ohana; a family of people whose love for animals has taken them into the path of an erupting volcano to rescue pets and farm animals that have been left behind.

We are a grassroots movement to help the residents displaced from Leilani Estates and lower Puna to evacuate their beloved companions and friends. As a group of volunteers, we have rescued over 200 animals thus far. We continue to help residents, their furry friends, and stray animals every day; rain or shine.

The continuing eruption has destroyed homes and threatened lives, including the lives of dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, birds, fish, chickens, goats, sheep, cows, and horses. A plethora of animals have been abandoned or relocated to foster care while their owners figure out where they are going to live. Foster families have taken on the burden of caring for these animals without a second thought as to who will feed and care for them.

We are asking for donations to help our field volunteers acquire safety gear, respirators, and to help alleviate the cost of transportation. Your donation will help to rescue, provide food, carriers, crates, and medical attention to many pets and farm animals. We would also like to help those who are relocating with crates for airline travel. Your donation will support the long and tedious process of caring for rescued animals, as well as some support to evacuated families who are dealing with one of the most difficult times of their lives. Without your help, and the help of our volunteers, these animals would have likely perished. Your donation will save lives and help keep families together.

Mahalo for taking the time to read and share our mission in saving as many animals as we can.

Please check out the GOFUNDME page. https://www.gofundme.com/hlfarn

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Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue

The Hawaiʻi Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network (HLFARN) was created to serve as an informational hub for those needing assistance with pets and animals on farms during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. But it has become so much more than that. HLFARN has blossomed from a group of strangers into an Ohana; a family of people whose love for animals has taken them into the path of an erupting volcano to rescue pets and farm animals that have been left behind.

https://www.gofundme.com/hlfarn


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What Are Your Thoughts On Cropping Puppy Ears?


Cropping Puppy Ears

What Is Ear Cropping?

Cropping puppy ears–otoplasty–refers to the practice of surgically altering the shape of the dog’s external ear. The procedure may be done to correct congenital defects or damage from injury or disease. Historically, ears were cropped on protection and “varmint” dogs to prevent ears from being mauled during fights with prey or each other. Also, erect “prick” ears are said to be healthier because they allow air flow that’s blocked in hanging or “drop” ear conformation of dog breeds like Beagles.

Truthfully, the procedure rarely is required for the puppy’s health. Usually it’s done purely for cosmetic reasons to change a folded or hanging ear conformation to an erect look favored by dog show fanciers.

In the United States, ear cropping is historically performed on more than fifty breeds. These include Boston Terriers, Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, and Schnauzers to conform to the specific look of each breed standard.

Ear Cropping Surgery

The surgery is performed on eight to ten week old puppies (Bostons more typically at four to six months of age). These early age surgeries create stress that can predispose at risk puppies to health problems like parvo or even distemper. Ear cropping requires general anesthesia and the expertise of a veterinary surgeon familiar with individual breed standards.

Various breeds standards dictate the preferred shape of the ear. A “show trim” often looks longer and more extreme on a Great Dane destined for the show ring than for a pet. And breeds like the Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier calls for shorter ear cropping.

Splinting and other specialized ear-bandaging techniques help form the puppy’s ears for a week or more following the surgery, and will need to be monitored and changed as the ears heal.

Discomfort from the bandaging and wound can make healing a challenge since pups paw at bandages and shake heads to relieve the discomfort. Medication to relieve post-operative pain is recommended.

Is Ear Cropping Humane?

In recent years, the ethics of cosmetic ear cropping has been called into question both in the United States and abroad.

The American Kennel Club breed club standards for these breeds generally include descriptions of both the ideal cropped, as well as a natural ear conformation. Some dog show fanciers believe cropped dogs do more favorably in competition and continue to crop in order to succeed in the show ring. Show dogs in some other countries may be disqualified if the ears are cropped.

In November 2008 and then revised July 1999, the American Veterinary Medical Association passed the following policy: “The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.” Shortly thereafter, some veterinary stopped tail docking and ear cropping altogether.

The practice of surgically altering the conformation of a dog’s ears is expensive, painful, requires tedious owner follow up, and is not always successful. Changing the way ears look may also interfere with the dog’s body language. If conformation dog shows are not in your plans, there’s no reason to put your puppy through ear cropping. Please consult with your veterinarian—and consider your own motives—before putting your puppy through this elective procedure.

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