Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Less than 3 months ago, Penelope sustained severe hind end trauma (hit by car?) and ended up in a local shelter where they wanted to put her to sleep... thanks to one dedicated tech though, Penelope is not only safe now ... but here she is running through the waves on the beach in NJ!
It seems like all Penelope needed was TLC - Time, Love and a Chance!
Monday, December 15, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Wahoo!!! Our tshirt fundraiser is completed with $580 raised and 74 shirts sold (24 more than our goal!). The shirts will now be printed & shipped to arrive in the next 2 weeks or so.
Thank you to everyone who shared the link, purchased a shirt and/or donated! The animals of Joa's Arc thank you :) ~ Jen W
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
These sisters were born with eye defects, Eve having no eyes at all since she was a little kitten...
Their mom wrote in her update: Blind kitties act and play much like any other. No one ever notices Eve is blind-she goes up and down steps, finds the litter box and food, jumps and finds things to play with, etc. Having a special needs cat has opened up our children's eyes to a beautiful understanding of life with animals and people. Building patience and trust is the key to a happy life with your pet.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Her mom writes: Alexa was rescued from a hoarding situation and subsequently had to undergo surgery to remove her eye. When she first came to live with us she was scared and shy. She spent a few weeks hiding behind our washing machine... Gradually she began to come out to explore, but had no trust in people. With a lot of love (and food) she has become the cat that she is today.
Fast forward 3 years, Alexa is outgoing, happy and has no fear of anything. She loves attention and will gladly snuggle up with anyone who will let her. Her biggest fear now is that someone will forget to feed her…although that is probably not possible as she has become quite the talker. Having only one eye does not slow her down either. Alexa is the best spricket (spider-cricket)/rogue mouse killer in the land. She is always leaving us presents around the house.
She has really blossomed into a sweet and loving princess (although if you ask her she thinks she’s the queen).
Friday, October 17, 2014
and they are both very loved!
Thank you, Joa's Arc!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
National Feral Cat Day® Facts
- Alley Cat Allies launched National Feral Cat Day® on our 10th anniversary in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.
- National Feral Cat Day® is observed on October 16 every year.
- The theme for this year’s National Feral Cat Day® is “TNR: From the Alley…to Main Street.”
- More and more people celebrate National Feral Cat Day® each year. Since 2011, more than 1,000 National Feral Cat Day events have taken place—spreading the word and helping feral cats all over the country—and even outside of the U.S. with international events! We can’t wait for you to reach even more people with National Feral Cat Day® this year!
Feral Cat Facts
- Feral cats have lived alongside humans for more than 10,000 years. They are the same species as pet cats. Feral cats, also called community or outdoor cats, live in groups called colonies and can thrive in every landscape. They are just as healthy as pet cats, but they are not socialized to humans and are therefore unadoptable.
- Trap-Neuter-Return—a humane approach to managing and caring for feral cats—is the only effective method of stabilizing feral cat colonies. In the last decade, the number of local governments with official policies endorsing TNR for feral cats has increased tenfold, with hundreds of cities and towns successfully carrying out TNR.
- However, in the majority of cities, feral cats are still caught and brought to animal pounds and shelters where they are killed. The shelter system is the number one cause of death for cats in the United States. About 70% of cats who enter shelters are killed there, including virtually 100% of feral cats. That’s why it’s so important for people like you to use National Feral Cat Day®, and every day, to help build more compassionate communities for cats.
To all the kitties living the feral life, we wish you food, shelter, a caretaker & most importantly - sterilization
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Winston is doing a bit better with his walking, especially on the hardwood floors since I trimmed the long fur growing out from between his toes. It was cute, but had to be done and now he's not "ice skating" across the kitchen floor.
He gets along great with his brothers, especially with our older Siamese, Bob, who loves to snuggle with him at night. I think his favorite things to do are to sit in front of the screen doors and watch the birds outside, lounging in his tube and playing with his feather toy. He is finally learning to meow, mostly in the morning when he hears me get up to get their wet food ready, which he devours!
Although they may seem small, his greatest milestones are grooming "'down below", playing with cat toys, meowing and starting to stand a little in his litter box. We are so proud of him!
|*Winston is only outside under close supervision|
We are very thankful for Joa's Arc for bringing Winnie into our lives, we can't thank you enough!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
From Jozee's family: Here are a few pictures of our Jozee (formerly Josie) girl!
She is doing wonderful here! She is full of endless amounts of crazy energy! She loves to play with all of her toys, us, her uncle Radar (my in-laws dog), and pretty much anyone else that will let her. She loves to go for walks, and we even took her on a hike recently and she was so good! We can't wait to get her out on more of those, and we are even hoping to get her out camping in the near future. And of course she just loves love, and won't let you stop giving it to her if she has the chance (she will literally shove her head under your hand for petting if she can find it!).
We are always toying with getting her another brother or sister to play with all day long, though sometimes she is such a spoiled princess we aren't sure if she really wants one!
We can't believe that we are coming up on two years since we brought her home. She brightens our day every time we walk in the door.
We are so thankful that she found her way to your family and Joa's Arc so that we could give her a fur-ever home.
Monday, October 13, 2014
10/3/2014 - Hi Joa's Arc family!
It's your pal Roary here stopping by to say hello! Tomorrow will make FOUR WEEKS since I've been living at my new furever home! None of us can believe that in only a couple of days (October 6th), we'll be celebrating the one month anniversary since we've all been together!
As you can see, I am very comfortable in my new home and have no trouble finding my way around, counter tops included! In fact, counter cruising is now one of my favorite activities. My mom and gramma tell me it's a good thing I'm so cute and such a purry love bug, because I can also be quite a handful too! Besides counter cruising, I also love to get on top of the swinging trash can lid and teeter totter back and forth! Since I am denied access to the bathroom and my favorite toy (toilet paper); I just love going around and pulling tissues out of all the tissue boxes throughout the house! My brother Ethan and I have the most excellent adventures; and I am definitely the ring leader of whatever mischief we get into!
Mom still keeps us in a separate bedroom at night because we can't be trusted (hehehe); but we get her back as soon as gramma lets us out in the morning by running across the hallway and waking mom up by biting her toes! Again, being cute really helps us get away with anything we want!
I'd like to send a special shout out to Mumma Joyce, my pal Nitra, and all the other nice people at Joa's Arc who gave me the chance at having such a wonderful life!
Friday, October 10, 2014
It's hard to believe how far our little Flea has come, but here he is now...
Flea was rescued by Joa's Arc about 3 years ago and found to have neurological damage from flea medication poisoning. He was a tiny spunky little kitten who used to perch up on my shoulder, but he's grown into a totally awesome cat with attitude! He has no lasting neurological damage as far as I can tell. He's smart as a whip - comes when I call his name, sits, lays and gives a paw. He's my sweet baby boy and I can't imagine my life without him.
The last few years have been incredibly rough but Flea is always there for me to hang out or cuddle which usually includes dragging a box up onto my bed to sleep in. He's totally fearless. He loves yelling at the birds every morning and chasing desert lizards when we're out for walks. He even yowled back at a black bear in the Rocky Mountains when it came to close to our car. He's crazy about Temptation treats and loves visiting my Grammy Gabbers because she will feed him every can of tuna in the house. We'll be traveling for a while more, but we're hoping to adopt a sister kitty for Flea once we come home to stay. We'll be definitely be adopting from Joa's again!
Keep on living the good life, Flea! And we'll find you a special "sister" when the time's right ;)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
We have gone from an auxiliary group to being our very own incorporated non-profit 501c3 organization, which has helped save many special lives!
Thank you for supporting us and thank you for being a part of all of this with us! Stay tuned this month for some very special updates...
Friday, September 26, 2014
Although she arrived with hind leg paralysis, she has shown improvement with steroids. X-Rays showed that there was nothing out of place, nothing broken and so there is hope Penelope may regain the use of her legs. She retracts from deep pain, which indicates Penelope does have some feeling in her legs and initially she was unable to move her tail, but just a few days ago she did! Joa's Arc wants to give Penelope a chance at regaining some or all use of her hind legs.
Joa's Arc is hopeful for Penelope and we need your help for the next step - hydrotherapy, PT and acupuncture. She has a long road ahead, but this happy girl is so worth it! I am super excited to make the announcement that Joa's Arc has stepped up to save a paraplegic pit from a local shelter! Hit by a car in Camden and never claimed... Everyone, please welcome PENELOPE
She's already made great steps (no pun intended) in the right direction: pulling away from pain (proving she feels) and no use of her back end at all to wagging her tail the other day!! Joa's Arc is hoping that with more time & treatment that Penelope may regain some of the use of her back legs!
You can read more here and please consider helping us help her - http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/penelope-and-friends/237985
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Our adoption fees are $50 for cats/kittens and $125 for dogs regardless of their medical cost to us here at Joa's Arc. We could never recoup what we put into their care financially, but our goal is to find them the perfect home. They are special ... and so are their adopters!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
They were pulled from Cumberland County Animal Shelter earlier today. Lola has mild cerebral hypoplasia, which makes her appear clumsy. Lorenzo has no special need and is one lucky boy - he shared a cage with Lola and we just couldn't leave him behind.
These kittens are about 5 weeks old. She is playful, eats on her own and uses the litter box. He is a little shy, but that won't last long. They are about 5 weeks old and will be available for adoption in the near future - after they've done some growing.
The first time we saw Lola (then "Abby")...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Nitra's surgery is scheduled at NorthStar on October 9th and we are hoping to get her spayed at the same time. Please consider donating to Joa's Arc to help with our medical bills. Without you, we can't help them...
Monday, August 18, 2014
Please feel free to share with any crafty friends you have too.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
A great, BIG thank you to everyone who has shopped, dropped off and donated - thank you for being so generous!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I think of you and Joa's Arc often and wanted to send you an update on our Maizey who we adopted from you in December of 2011. In short, she is fantastic!
The first few months we had her, she really struggled in the litterbox. A fierce case of giardia that gave her loose stool for months and constantly falling in it, lead to frequent bathing — which as I'm sure you can imagine, she hated! (So did we!) She also wasn't really that keen on being held or loved on. We kind of forced our love on her and she would put up with it, kind of huffing her way through it like an embarrassed teenager. (Which was kind of adorable.)
It is also because of you and because of welcoming Maizey into our family that we began fostering. We've fostered and placed 7 CH and/or visually or mobility impaired cats since November of 2012, and done short term fostering or transit of many others.
So THANK YOU for giving our Maizey such a good start in life, and thank you for the wonderful work that Joa's Arc continues to do!
Thank you to Maizey's family for taking her in, loving her and being inspired to help special animals like her. It is emails like this that make our hearts swell and reminds us that every effort we do for special needs animals is so worth it!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Wednesday, April 30th:
(another) trail date for Justice for Max - if you're available, feel free to take a seat to show support at 1:30 p.m. at Winslow Township Municipal Court, 125 South Route 73 Braddock, NJ 08037-9422
Sunday, May 4th, 1 - 5p:
"Paws for a Cause" at Residence Inn in Deptford - Joa's Arc will be there to raise awareness for local special needs animals
Saturday, May 31st:
Rock 4 Paws - a fun, outside, music event we'll be a part of this year!
Elwood's Scholarship Fun-Raiser - Elwood was such a big supporter of our work and rescue animals since he was one himself. Joa's Arc feels privileged to hold this fundraiser in his honor for his memorial scholarship fund.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Pip (pictured in his mom's lap) celebrated his birthday at the end of March with his doggy cousin, some pet-safe birthday cake and presents too!
Pip was a puppy, just 6 weeks old, when he was brought to a vet to be put to sleep because of his genetically-defected eyes. Thankfully, Pip found his way to Joa's Arc though... and then Pip really hit the jack pot when he was adopted by a wonderful forever family.
Happy birthday, bud, and here's to many more!
Monday, April 7, 2014
Trial is set for Wednesday, April 30, at 1:30 pm in Winslow, NJ Municipal Court for Max the cat picked up by an animal control officer in Voorhees, NJ.
Max's owner tried to claim Max the next day and the animal control officer (ACO) could not tell Max's owner or the authorities where Max was. Max was 15 years old and had never gotten out before - the one time he did cost him his life.
Please come and support this important case as the ACO needs to be accountable.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
On the report Dr. Miller wrote "I originally diagnosed Cordi's problem when she was two months old and we are so pleased that she had palliative surgery and is doing well; it was great to see her again and hope for a long, good quality life."
As you know, even the most dedicated shelters don't always have the time, funds or space for all the animals that come through their doors, especially the special needs one... and Chelsea has a deformed leg. Although the shelter she was at was wonderful enough to get x-rays done on her, the shelter was full and no one was looking to adopt her.
Thankfully, someone stepped up and offered to foster this beautiful girl for Joa's Arc.
Chelsea's leg appears to be an old injury to her front leg that healed on its own and has left her wrist looking a little different than most dogs'. Although, Chelsea's leg looks different, she doesn't act any differently - Chelsea loves to play with other dogs, run around after toys and will give you lots of kisses. After going into foster, her foster family got her to a specialist first thing on Monday. Joa's Arc was fully prepared to start fundraising like loons for what we suspected would be a very expensive surgery (breaking and re-setting were our concerns from the x-rays), however the specialist who saw her today recommended to not perform any surgery on Chelsea and to let Chelsea be! Her body has healed and she felt no pain even when she had her wrist moved all over and tested. Chelsea may be prone to some arthritis when she is older, but that is about it!
This pretty girl is approximately 1 year old, spayed, up to date on shots and microchipped! If you are looking for an addition to your family, you definitely need to meet Chelsea!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Thank you, Darlene & Ed, for taking on a new challenge by offering to foster Zan and literally saving his life, giving him love and helping him find a forever home.
Zan's foster mom, Darlene, posted tonight: "Zan went to his forever home today. Yes, I miss him dearly but with fostering comes acceptance and understanding. He is one of the lucky ones that made it off the streets, into a shelter, foster and now his own home. Fostering offers an animal a chance at life. No, a shelter is no guarantee. I typically will hear someone doubt themselves before trying to foster. Most of the time it is for emotional reasons "I could never let them go". I say why not give yourself a chance? You might learn something(s) about yourself. Thank you Zan."
Monday, February 3, 2014
From Ms. Azita who has been taking Daph to training: "Today Daphne and I worked on walking next to your handler - she was great and there were dogs all over with no reaction from Daphne, well, except for wanting to go meet them and play :)"
Training is not all Daphne did over the weekend with Azita either. Oh no! Daph also did some mingling after training, ran errands with Azita and stopped by Azita's house to say hello to Azita's husband before heading back to her foster home. The photo above is from their driving around together - obviously, Daph's an easy rider.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014