Monday, October 19, 2009

Nennee's a brat?

Recently Nennee went from her foster home with Joyce M to being fostered by Smithy. It's only been two days so far, but funny commentary is already going on as Smithy realizes what she's really in for. I just had to share these comments which were exchanged via email through out today...

Smithy: {Joyce M}, you are dead meat! This friggin' Nennee!!!! ... She climbed up my leg in the kitchen at least a dozen times tonight while I was making lunches and cutting up steak to feed to HER {it was rumored she's a very picky eater}!! She ate like she had never eaten in her life. When she was done eating, back up my leg while I was doing dishes. I finally left her hanging on my hip and she stayed there. Later, I caught her drinking my iced tea. Oh, Nennee likes sweet tea. She purrs soooo loud at night and we feel bad she's all by herself, so we let her sleep with us. I need silence to fall asleep, need ear plugs. She's a Pistol!

Oh and, Joyce, I don't know what you are talking about Nennee being a finicky eater, she'll eat anything ... oooooo I forgot: you don't cook! She likes people food! Popcorn, chips, steak, spaghettios, chicken noodle soup, chicken nuggets, pizza ... whatever you might try to put in your mouth, she'll eat!!!!

He, he, he, God she's lucky she's cute. I need a baby sling so I can just carry her around with me.

Joyce: Oh I forgot to tell you to cage her when you are eating. She loves your cooking. She called today and told me never to come get her. Tweet This

Petsaver's 2nd Annual Woof Walk

Announcing the new upcoming event that Joa’s Arc will be at:

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
Petsavers' 2nd Annual Woof Walk
Alcyon Lake Park
Pitman, NJ
9am Registration for the walk
Contests including: Best Dog Halloween Costume, Best Dog-Owner Look A Like, etc
Lots of fun activities!!
More info at

As some of you may know, Joa’s Arc was suppose to have our first public event at Save The Animals Foundation's Paws in the Park event last weekend. However, due to the dangerous weather conditions, the event had to be canceled.

We look forward to seeing all of you Sunday morning and hope you can make it out. ::fingers crossed:: the weather is beautiful :) Tweet This

Friday, October 16, 2009

STAF's Dog Walk

Save The Animals Dogwalk scheduled for Oct. 17 HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE WEATHER. Please check back soon to see when our next event will be. Thank you.

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Get Together

Volunteers of all ages...

and species (humans, kitties and dogs)...

came together for Joa’s Arc to work on different ideas for things to sell to raise money for our cause.

For starters, one unusual addition to our meetings and get-together's that I'm sure most don't include would be Nora. Nora the Cane Corso, was very good at supervising to make sure no one got out of line, like she is doing here while Joyce M is cutting material up. Nora is absolutely beautiful and a "special" former shelter dog herself. She was assisted by a local rescue and adopted out to her forever home with a friend to Joa’s Arc, So, it was nice to have her company at the get together ... minus the slobber and sloth-speed movements.

We made lots of fun toys for kitties, dogs and even birds! A foster kitten at Joa’s Arc's volunteer Smithy's house, Oswald (available for adoption through Furrever Friends Rescue & Volunteers, Inc in Woodbury, NJ), felt the need to test out some of the things we were working on mid-production. What a cute little helper! I believe we can now officially say that our cat scrunchy toys are kitten tested and foster mom approved! If you happen to buy any at the upcoming STAF Paws in the Park event (see sidebar for upcoming event info), let us know if your kitties love them too, please. This was our first attempt and being artsy and trying to make these toys ourselves.

We accomplished a lot that night together - attempting to put together all the cat toys, dog pull toys, assembling pieced for the bird toys ... and "torturing" kittens by dressing them up (the cane corso too found herself draped in fleece at one point). As payback and in the line of all goofiness, we needed to take advantage of Oswald's good-natured personality. This was not the only shot we got of this funny man and volunteer/founder Joyce taking advantage of him. What a cute kitten he is! He's available for adoption and hopefully will go home with his slightly shakey friend Spanky - consider adopting them! :)

We could not be more excited for STAF's event this weekend that we'll be at. Rain or shine - the event is on. So, please hope for no rain and lots of fun times. There's a pavilion in case it does rain and we'll have a little tent set up for our table too. Come out to join us if you're near by, please. Registration is roughly 8 - 9 AM for the dog walk, there will be goodies there for dogs & people and a blessing of the animals later on as well.

OUR 1st PUBLIC EVENT: STAF's Paws in the Park
When: Saturday, 10/17/2009 9am
Where: Fasola Park in Deptford, NJ

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Introducing Nennee

Meet Nennee! She's adorable, extra special and the first kitty to be assisted by Joa’s Arc. Nennee came into Gloucester County Animal Shelter at the beginning of this Fall with what was thought to be a horrible, horrible upper respiratory infection. Her eyes were almost always squinting or shut and weeping constantly. Nennee was sent to a special foster home in the hopes that being outside of the shelter and the aid of this experienced foster mom would be the trick to clear up Nennee's troubles.

On more medication and in her own foster home, Nennee's eyes still were not clearing up. However, as luck would have it, Nennee was in a foster home that had seen a kitten suffering like Nennee before. That kitten was thought to have had a severe upper respiratory infection also until a veterinarian informed her foster mom that the kitten actually had deformed eyelids. Though Joa’s Arc is still waiting a bit for a confirmed diagnosis on this, Nennee's foster mom is convinced from her experience that this seems to be the case with Nennee too...

If this is the case, Nennee will be spending the next few months growing, maturing and being a regular, playful kitten in foster care since any necessary surgeries cannot be done until she's bigger. Doctors' appointments will tell us where to go from there and how much help Nennee will need from Joa’s Arc. Should Nennee follow the same medical procedures needed as the last kitten her foster mom knows of, Nennee will require several surgeries to correct her eyelid deformities.

Please don't mind the darker coloring of this photo of Little Miss Nennee here. We were just trying to get a better photo of her eyes, but a lot of flashing from the camera just doesn't go over well with Nennee since her eyes are already such a bother to her. Though the photo is darker, you can see Nennee's unusual looking eyes. She tries real hard to look around like a normal kitten, but Nennee's eyes prevent that because of their deformity. Weepy eyes or not, she's still so darn adorable in every one of her photos.

They don't come much sillier than Nennee either. She wrestles hard (even with bigger kittens), like a shadow, she follows around the people she loves and Nennee is also a big talker - screamer too if she's not getting what she wants. She begs for food and attention. She has beautiful coloring and is still quite young. So far, she's gotten along fine with all the cats and dogs she's come into contact with. Aside from her "special" eyes, Nennee is like any other kitten and would make a wonderful addition to any family. For now, she's with Joa’s Arc.

When she is ready, Nennee will be available for adoption from Gloucester County Animal Shelter. She's not on their website yet, but lots of other furbabies are should you be looking for adopt.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

~ Announcing Joa's Arc ~

Joa's Arc
They're not handicapped, just extra special

A good samaritan approached a known animal-loving woman and explained to her that she knew of a wild kitten, somehow surviving outside without the use of her hind legs. What caused this, we will never know, but this is how Joa the paraplegic kitten came into one animal rescuer’s life and heart.

Though she had no use of her legs and little control of her bladder, Joa was a ball of fire – zipping around, playing hard and generally causing lovable havoc wherever she went. She is the perfect example of the fact that these special animals have no idea they are “handicap” and they are no less deserving of a loving home of their own. Sadly, not long after being adopted into a wonderful home, Joa passed away.

Joa's Arc wishes to help provide the opportunity, to pets like Joa, to know the love she had and provided.

Some facts:

  • - Shelters have a very large number of animals coming into their facilities every day.
  • - A lot of those animals also happen to have “special needs” ranging from broken bones to birth defects.
  • - With so many healthy animals to worry about and very few resources, shelters cannot consider spending money on these special needs animals

Working as an auxiliary group of Save The Animals Foundation, Inc. (*UPDATE: As of June 2012, Joa's Arc is our very own fully functioning incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization!*), Joa's Arc wishes to aid shelters in the Southern New Jersey area with the financial care of special needs animals they would not normally be able to help or adopt out such as animals with severe medical conditions that need extensive specialty care from traumatic fractures, congenital issues, etc. Joa’s Arc realizes this is an area where we will be able to help others and help these extraordinary animals in the process to not only live a more comfortable life, but a more loved life as well as a potentially adopted pet.

Another great thing about Joa’s Arc? All our donations go to special needs animals. When donating to a local shelter with a cruelty case or neglected animal, extra donations can end up being used as general funds for the whole facility. Though these facilities need as many donations as possible, some people have a soft spot for special needs animals and strictly want their donations used for those types of animals needing extra care and love. Joa’s Arc only helps special needs animals, so our donations go to their care only. If we exceeded the donations needed for one special needs animal, any more donations will be used on the next special pet.

Through bake sales, tabling events, local craft fairs and kind donations, Joa’s Arc plans to fundraise to help shelters with the special animals they intake but cannot provide for with their limited resources. Joa’s Arc knows that these animals are no less deserving of love and a good home than any other animal.

Joa’s Arc works together with shelter to help these special pets get their own chance to be adopted.

Need Our Help?? Joa’s Arc is willing to help out whenever and wherever possible knowing that working together we can make a huge difference in the little lives of these special animals. Do you know of a shelter with an extra special animal that needs assistance? Are you a local rescuer with the space, but not the funds to help a special animal in need? Let us know and we will let you know if our assistance is possible.

Keep in mind, our objective is strictly to financially assist shelters with their special needs animals when possible. Joa’s Arc is not a shelter with a facility to take in any homeless animals! Shelters wishing for assistance must work with Joa’s Arc and be willing to supply foster care, food, transportation to medical facilities when possible and all adoption procedures once the animal is ready for a home of their own.

Do you have an idea for a great fundraiser? Are you willing to donate some time to help us spread the word on the work we do? Generously wishing to donate? Contact us!

Joa’s Arc
PO Box 243
Audubon, NJ 08106
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