Rescue Ink’s Position on Adult Bullying

adversity_03Is the online rumor mill all that different from playground cruelty? We hear stories about bullying more than ever these days, but is society getting better at helping kids, teens—and even adults—cope? Every day the staff at Rescue Ink finds itself, and the organization, at the forefront of sensational posts and headlines. Every day we have to use what we know (and teach) about bullying to minimize its effects. Some days are more challenging than others, especially since operating a non-profit with limited resources already comes with its own set of challenges. We rely solely on the donation of the public, and our outward appearance makes all the difference between whether the public chooses our organization as a recipient of their kindness and generosity, or not.

The core members of Rescue Ink have spent countless hours, and years, educating children and adults alike on the dangerous affects of bullying. We could fill this forum with lots of stories behind how adult bullies behave the way they do because of what happens at home and in their personal lives. They mostly share the same traits—impulsiveness, insecurities from having been ostracized, and mercilessness. The latter being the most harmful to others. Bullies can detect a hot button from miles away and depress it with remarkable accuracy. Instead of challenging this keen ability into something positive, they choose the low road, the road more traveled, and gain a false sense of camaraderie from their bully cohorts.

Adult bullies are no different than the schoolyard type, choosing to misuse what might be considered their unerring talents for locating delicate issues. Sometimes the recipient is a spouse, an elderly parent, their child’s schoolteacher or coach. Often it is a person, a system, or an entity or an organization that—in their mind—has “done them wrong.” Once bullies have determined their targets, they will swat at what they perceive to be the most vulnerable spots daily, both verbally and physically. Sometimes to any singular ear, and when possible, on any online forum available for their ranting.

At Rescue Ink, we’re not very tolerant of this behavior. We know who the bullies and the bully groups are—by name, by face, and by their predictable habits. They seem to hide in the shadows and expose themselves at times when they feel it will gain the most impact or cause the most sensation (at least, in their minds). They pool their resources, travel in online packs, and have no shame in exposing their ill will to anyone who will listen or read. As an organization we consistently choose to look past their mostly impotent actions, but at times we react with a counter post or defense mechanism. This takes us away from our daily responsibility—caring for abused and neglected animals—and so we limit our rebuttals with the full understanding that the general public, and our friends, fans and supporters, are educated enough to know why. If you have been the recipient of online abuse from a single person or group regarding your support of Rescue Ink, please alert us via email at contact@rescueink.org.

Rescue Ink will always adhere fearlessly to our mission “The Advocacy and Protection of All Animals.” Thank you for your continued support.

The Rescue Ink Team

Rescue Ink Announces New “One Dollar Saves a Dog” Program

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Every dog does not live a ‘Dog’s Life’ right here in our own country.  

While many people spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars buying puppies, there are thousands of amazing dogs of all ages who are minutes away from being put down, who are abandoned by owners who aren’t equipped to handle the responsibilities of owning a dog (or other pet), and who are abused so badly that they have to be taken away from their owners to avoid permanent harm or death.

And while there are many people who are committed to adopting and rescuing dogs at risk, there are more dogs that need good forever homes than there are people stepping in to adopt one.

At Rescue Ink we make it our business to ‘educate’ animal abusers in whatever legal way necessary.  Often we take in to our shelter dogs who have been severely abused, and are in need of medical attention, re-socializing, feeding and loving care.  And we need your help to do so.

We are proud to announce our new One Dollar Saves a Dog program.

We need your support.  The program is similar to programs offered by many zoos and aquariums across the country, where for a donation pledge you can ‘adopt’ a giraffe, or a rhinoceros, for example.  You don’t take the giraffe home, you don’t have to feed it or walk it or care for it.  But your donation supports the cost of food, housing and medical care – which is a lot more than most people think.

Our One Dollar Saves a Dog program works the same way.  You pledge and donate only $1 a week – that’s less than you spend on a coffee at Starbucks every day.  Your dollar goes a very long way.

You can help pay for urgent medical care, feeding, housing and care.

Every penny of your One Dollar a week goes towards the care of a special dog who needs to eat, sleep and be cared for safely, until we can find a forever home for him or her.  When you pledge a commitment of One Dollar a week, your donation helps us accomplish our mission to end animal abuse and save as many beautiful lives as we can.

Please think about what you could possibly do with One Dollar A Week that could be a better use of such a small amount.  For the dogs here at Rescue Ink, your One Dollar A Week is like a million.  We’ve spent a ton of money rebuilding our shelter which was destroyed completely in Hurricane Sandy, and we are expanding our facility for dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals who have been abused or are in need of medical care, housing and most of all human love until we can find the right adoptive home for them to live their lives surrounded by love and people who really care.

To become a donor or for more information please visit our donation page now at www.rescueink.org/donate.html

Rescue Ink is a 501c(3) non-profit animal welfare organization, ID# 26-2694976, which exists for the advocacy and protection of all animals.

Rescue Ink and ThoranSoft Introduce Facebook App – RISA

Combining technology and strength to fight and stop animal cruelty
The RISA App helps the public report crimes of animal abuse and neglect

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The facts are clear—animal abuse is a bridge crime. Most serial killers, pedophiles and rapists started off by abusing animals, at one time or another in their lives. They practice on animals, and when they feel confident or can’t feed that sickness inside anymore, they move on to something they deem to be helpless, which is usually a small child, woman or elderly person.  These are the people that Rescue Ink seeks out on a daily basis.

The new RISA application, developed and donated by ThoranSoft, Inc., collects worldwide, pertinent information on abuse cases specifically for Rescue Ink. The information is then acted upon as fast as humanly possible, with the most heinous cases taking first priority.  The information is also translated into statistical data for public viewing. When a municipality, lawmakers, universities or other rescuers need information on abuse and neglect in a specific area, they can have this data at their fingertips. This will help to pass laws as well as help people know where to focus their attention and prove certain patterns of abuse and neglect over time. The more people report abuse and neglect, the more statistical data this application will have.

The new RISA App also serves other functions. It is a portal to information on existing abuse laws throughout the United States and Quebec, CA. as well as linking rescued shelter animals to potential adoptive families. Visit the RISA App page for links to information on these topics, as well as general information about the app.

ThoranSoft, experts in Web and Business Intelligence application development, uses cutting-edge technology in all of the apps they build. They have developed and donated RISA to Rescue Ink for a simple reason – they are animal lovers and are against the abuse and cruelty brought upon innocent beings. For more information on ThoranSoft, visit them online at www.thoransoft.com.

Helping Neighborhood Homeless Cats

Helping Neighborhood Homeless Cats

This was contributed by Alley Cat – one of RescueInk’s team:

If you are interested in helping out cats that are homeless (cats that once were a pet or friendly feral cats (born on the street and often unfriendly and scared of people), there are several options.  There are often resources available to assist in helping homeless cats, including local shelters, rescue groups, and more, and you can find local resources with a simple Internet search.

One common and very effective way to help is called TNR, which means Trap, Neuter, Release.  If you are interested in TNR, you will need a specialized trap which you may be able to borrow from local rescue groups (or they may be available to come to you and do the trapping).  These special traps do not harm the cat, and provide safety for you – you never know if a street cat may become aggressive and scratch you!

Neutering or spaying can be done at a local shelter, your local SPCA, or a rescue group in your area.  Call and ask about the costs – most will do this for a nominal cost or for free, but it’s an essential component of preventing an increase in the problem of homeless cats.  You just need to check around in your community.   By ‘fixing’ the cats, they will never have generations of kittens and cats born in the outdoors and this makes a huge difference in the ever expanding feral cat population.  This is makes a much healthier and better living situation for these homeless cats.

Release means what it says: after the neutering surgery the cats need a couple of days to recover from the procedure.  Often a garage, empty room, bathroom or shed works and it’s also easy to just let them stay in the trap or a big size carrier.  Put some newspaper down and change as needed.  Also feed them in the trap or carrier.  If they are unfriendly or aggressive you want to protect yourself, and the less you give them to interact with, the safer.   You can also use a really sturdy pair of gloves to wear.  The long gauntlet-type welder gloves work great once you get used to them.  When you release the cats the best place is where they are already familiar with: exactly where they were trapped.  But first, you may find that your local rescue or shelter may be willing to hold them and put them up for adoption.

If you go online, the leading advocacy group in the world is Alley Cat Allies,  and they also offer brochures, provide many questions and answers, including testing for common illnesses in outdoor populations, working with your friends, co-workers and neighbors in TNR.  There are also YouTube videos on humane trapping and releasing.

Another step people like to do for homeless cats is to provide food, water and shelter for them.  Often many people “fall for” these cats who are struggling to make it on the street and bond with the kitties they are feeding.  And the cats are sure to appreciate the assistance.

By feeding these cats it also keeps them from being destructive with trash, garbage cans, etc   I have several cats I feed at my workplace and over the years I see how healthy and happy they can become even while living outdoors.  Since many of these cats were formerly pets, after a trip to the vet they can may very well be suitable to be fostered or adopted.

There are several ways to build cat shelters including from big Rubbermaid type containers, plywood and more.  You can find the information and videos on the Internet for any type of shelter you are interested in building.  If you feel that it is too difficult to build your own, shelters are also available to purchase and they are not expensive.

I often build shelters and enclosed feeding stations out of plywood.  These can be more difficult as you need a wood cutting table saw, screw gun, finish nail gun, jigsaw, etc.  A nice warm shelter can very easily mean the difference between life and death for these homeless cats, or frostbite in cold weather, or just a safe place to spend the night.

I have made and placed shelters throughout the SE Philadelphia and South Jersey areas.

Here are some photos of shelters for homeless cats I’ve built and used, and if you want more info on any of these, or help in making some yourself, email us at info@rescueink.org.

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Thanks for helping out.  And PLEASE take a minute to make a donation to RescueInk.org.  The work we do is so important, and as a charitable animal welfare organization, we are completely dependent on contributions from people like you.  Visit us at www.rescueink.org to learn more, find  out how you can help, and of course, please share this link on your Facebook page.

 

ANIMAL ABUSE IS A PEOPLE PROBLEM

Animal cruelty is without question one of the sickest and most despicable crimes in the world, and also the most preventable. 

People engage in animal abuse in every city around the world, for many different reasons – NONE of them acceptable. Animal abusers come in all walks of life, from all professions, and all classes.  Many times animal abuse is not as easily evident as it is with pet owners who viciously beat their pets. The most common pets in an American household are cats and dogs, and the statistics are nothing short of alarming.

An abused animal can turn on a human in an instant, so children and innocent bystanders can be attacked by an animal if it feels threatened. When abused, animals are not the only ones in danger.

Animal Cruelty Statistics

  • Each year 10,000 dogs die in illegal dog fighting
  • 13% of animal abuse involves domestic violence; Women in abusive relationships often don’t leave their abuser because they worry what will happen to their pet if they leave; men who abuse their partners tend to be more violent, aggressive people who seem to have no problem ‘taking it out on the dog’
  • 70% of animal abusers also have records of other crimes – often violent crimes
  • 3 to 4 million cats and dogs (healthy and adoptable) are euthanized every year in shelters
  • Animals that are not euthanized are often sent to no-kill shelters where the animals are caged for weeks, months or years and the animals risk psychological damage, physical damage, illness and dying of loneliness; they often don’t get the medical attention they need as shelters are often underfunded and understaffed
  • In the United States alone 1.13 million animals are used in testing and research every year – while there are other equally or more effective methods for developing new cosmetics and drug products
  • More than 15 million warm blooded animals are used in research worldwide, and often kept in extremely uncomfortable cages, with little or no medical care

Look for These Signs of Animal Abuse and Cruelty in Cats and Dogs:

  • Malnutrition, with pets being so skinny you can often see their rib cages
  • Hair loss and other diseases of the skin or eyes
  • Unexplained injuries, health problems or permanent disabilities, such as limping
  • Being left in extreme heat for more than 15 minutes, or being left in extreme cold without proper shelter or a retreat they can warm up in
  • Animal hoarding, where people have been found to have dozens or even hundreds of cats and dogs in their house – most of them underfed and malnourished
  • Engaging in dog or cock fighting or attending the “games”
  • Shock collars, electric fences and prong collar training

Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty

  • Know who to contact in your area if you suspect animal abuse. You can call your local police department for the information or call or email RescueInk.org – a charitable organization dedicated to preventing animal abuse – and who are willing to get personally involved to stop this abuse; you can reach RescueInk.org at 1-855-772-8465 (toll-free), or by email at: rescue@rescueink.org.  All information is always kept strictly confidential, and the sooner you report a suspected case of animal abuse, the sooner we can do something to step in and potentially save an animal’s life.
  • Teach your kids and other children how to treat animals and to respect them as living creatures like ourselves.
  • Speak up!  If you see animal abuse in action, say something.  If you are afraid of getting involved directly, or think the situation is potentially dangerous, call 911 and call us.  Anywhere.  Anytime.
  • Support your local no-kill shelter or society and get to know the work they are involved in.  Volunteer if you have time – they are always in need of more people to help out.  Make a donation – of whatever you can afford – even $5 or $10 goes a long way in feeding and caring for abused or rescued animals.
  • Take care of the animals you have. If you don’t want kittens or puppies, spay or neuter your animals or don’t let them around other animals while they are outside.
  • Don’t animals on a whim, like kittens or puppies or bunnies for your children –
    the fascination wears off quickly, and in many cases results in animals being
    released in the wild – THESE DOMESTICATED ANIMALS ARE NOT EQUIPPED OR SKILLED IN DEFENDING THEMSELVES IN THE WILD OR FINDING FOOD.  They will likely die!
  • Learn more about the work of RescueInk.org – a unique organization of some very tough and very serious men and women who have made a commitment to stopping animal abuse and responding to reports quickly and effectively.  Our site is www.RescueInk.org, and we always appreciate support, emails, mentions on Facebook, donations of money or much-needed supplies, but most importantly we’d like to hear from you about the work we are doing.

Cruelty to animals can be prevented in so many ways, but nothing can be done if it’s not seen or reported. Educate people you see abusing their animals and always, always report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement or animal control, and you can always report animal abuse to us at RescueInk.org.

And PLEASE… consider making a donation to support RescueInk.org – we are a 501(c)3 non-profit charity, and totally reliant on the support of people like you.  Every dollar helps rescue, care for, pay for medical expenses, shelter, feed and find adoptive homes for animals in need.  Thank you!