Imaginary Pet of the Week: Cherry

Calico cats stand as one of the most beautiful breeds on earth. With their gorgeous mixed patterns and soulful eyes, these cats are also known for their wonderful personalities. Cherry, a 3-year-old Calico/Persian Mix is one such cat. Taken from an abusive home alongside 2 other cats, young Cherry had not led an easy life. Starving, dehydrated, and extremely timid and anxious, she came to us not knowing what it was like to truly live. After several weeks of intense therapy, training, and much love and attention, Cherry is now ready for adoption! She loves attention and playing, and should go into a home with mature owners who are willing to spend plenty of time getting her used to her new home and family. Cherry also has issues with small children, as their movements and actions can be quick and unpredictable, as well as with dogs. She does, however, love to be around other cats, and would love to join a family with a few! As is common with most cats, she requires plenty of exercise and enjoys the outdoors, as well as splashing around in her kiddy pool. If you feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article and are interested in adopting Cherry, please fill out our Adoption Form. However, if you do not feel that you are ready to adopt, but would still like help Cherry, you can fill out our Foster Form.

-IPA

 

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Cherry, enjoying a day on the IPA Terrace on June 20th, 2017. She is so excited to find the home and family that best suits her.

Picture credit goes to The Spruce.

 

Adoptions!

Dear Readers, 

This next week is the busiest by far here at the shelter! That is why we will not be going over adoptions until June 27th!!  Our weekly article will come up this and next Sunday, so be sure to check those out! Thank you to all of our viewers, adopters, fosterers, rescuers, and fellow shelters for all of your help and support!

-Coda

Co-Founder of the IPA

Imaginary Pet of the Week: Ghost

Smart, confident, and loyal- that’s the white German Shepherd! First bred in Europe for their beautiful snowy coats, these dogs tend to be even more mellow and gentle than their black and brown counterparts. Ghost, a 5-month-old of this breed, was the first of her kind to ever be housed at the IPA and is an absolute joy to be around. Turned in by an owner who could no longer care for her, she came to the shelter healthy, well-groomed, and ready to join the family. Though she was a bit shy at first, Ghost soon opened up and showed us her adventurous, playful side. She absolutely loves other dogs, and can’t get enough of her walks and swims. Now, after a bit of training, Ghost is ready to join a wonderful, new family! As is common in her breed, she requires much exercise, and enjoys hikes, swimming at the beach, and playing with other dogs and people. Though she is quite social once she opens up, she does tend to be quite shy, and should go into a home with 4 people or less, and where she won’t be caught up in a very busy, bustling household. Ghost should also share her home with at least 2 other dogs who love to play as much as she does! If you are interested in adopting Ghost and feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article, please fill out our Adoption Form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you would still like to help out Ghost, but cannot take on another full-time dog, you can fill out our Foster Form.

-IPA

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Ghost, finishing up a training session on June 6th, 2017. We can’t wait to find the perfect home for her!

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

Meet the Adoptables: Available pets here at the shelter

Recently, we have received an overflow of adoption requests, and this has made us realize how many great animals we have at the shelter who are not shown on our website. While some of the animals here are official IPA animals, we would like to introduce you to those who are currently looking for new homes.

Dogs

Jasper -Adopted-

Jasper is an adorable, lovely, 3-month-old Great Dane puppy, who loves to play more than anything else. Rescued from a dog hoarding home along with his sister Molly, he has really come out of his shell since joining our little shelter family. He should go into a home where he can get plenty of exercise, grow to his full size comfortably, and spend time with other dogs.

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Jasper, ready for a walk on May 29th, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

Molly

Molly is Jasper’s younger sister, a lively, 3-month-old Great Dane puppy. Brought in from a dog hoarding situation, Molly seems to be the polar opposite of her brother and has become very very shy around other dogs. She should go into a home with no other dogs, no children under 7, and where she can get plenty of exercise and attention.

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Molly, bathing in the sun on May 23rd, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest.

Gina -Pending Adoption-

Gina is a loving Chihuahua/Pomeranian Mix with spunk! Found on the road after being hit by a car, it took the 2-year-old almost a full year to recover, but, now, she is ready to find a new home. She should join an experienced family, which has previously owned dogs, where she does not have to participate in any harrowing exercise, as she does have weak muscles in her back legs.

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Gina, sitting for a treat on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

Dusty -Adopted-

A sweet, 1-year-old Pitbull/English Mastiff mix, Dusty has been in search of a new home since he and his littermates were rescued from a well, where they had been dumped by a rejecting breeder. He is a loving, joyous dog, who wants nothing more than a family to call his own. Aside from his basic need for exercise and attention, he has no major requirements, and is ready to go home with you!

Dusty, spending a day in the play yard on May 14th, 2017.

Picture credit goes to M.A.B.B.R

Champ -Adopted-

Named for his second champion attitude, Champ was rescued from an abusive home, where he had been neglected since 5-months-old. Forced to grow up fast, he had learned to defend himself from other dogs by 11-months-old, when he was rescued by the I.P.A. After a bit of training, this black German shepherd mix is now ready for a new home. Champ is currently 1-year-old and loves to run, play, and cuddle. He should go into a home where he can do all of these things, but where he can be an only-dog, due to his discomfort around other dogs.

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Champ, spending a lazy day in the sun on May 31st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

Dolly -Pending Adoption-

We were very surprised when Dolly, a 4-year-old Pitbull/Dalmatian mix ended up at our door. Taking shelter from the rain, we welcomed her inside, and, ever since, she has been on the search for her forever home. She loves children, other dogs, and, most of all, to be loved. With a minimal need for exercise, Dolly cannot wait to go home.

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Dolly, ready to play fetch on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Twitter

Cats

Pandora -Adopted-

Rescued off of the streets alongside her mother and sister, Pandora is a heart-melting 10-week-old Persian/Siamese mix with a heart of pure gold. She enjoys cuddles, playing, and chasing birds outside. She should go into a home where she can play with other cats or kittens, get plenty of attention, and space to roam safely!

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Pandora, posing for a photo on May 30th, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pet Rescue by Judy

Leo

A true brave soul, Le, a 2-year-old American Curl, who lived through a hurricane while wandering the streets for weeks before he was picked up by the IPA. He is now ready for a family as adventurous as he is, who can supply him with plenty of play time and exercise. While on the street, Leo developed a muscle disorder, and needs a scheduled medical visit once a year, and to be injected with medication once a week. His new owner should be able to provide this medical attention, while the IPA will do everything we can to help, including free yearly visits and supplies of vaccinations.

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Leo, after a visit to the vet on May 29th, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Solutions For Your Cats

Apricot

A gorgeous Black Cat/Tabby mix, Apricot was found wandering the streets, pregnant and malnourished. Now, 2 months later, Apricot is healthy and ready for adoption. She gave birth to 5 beautiful kittens, who are also ready to find new homes. After giving birth almost 2 weeks ago, she has really enjoyed just lounging around, cuddling, and overall being loved. She should go into a home where she can get all of these things.

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Apricot, posing for a picture on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Apricot’s Litter

As we said earlier, Apricot gave birth to a beautiful litter of 5, who are now 2-weeks-old and ready for adoption. They have not yet developed much in terms of personalities, they share the same requirements and all kittens their age; love, attention, and the chance to learn. They should each go into a home with an experienced cat owner.

(Note: 4 kittens are available, Olive has been adopted)

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(Left to Right) Tigger, Olive -Adopted-, Smokey, Missy, and Alfie

Picture credit goes to Maine Coon Connection

Rabbits

Beth -Pending Adoption-

Found on the streets in a small cage, Beth, a Dutch Rabbit mix, feared for her life. When she was brought back to the shelter, however, she really opened up, and, after 2 months of recovery, the 3-year-old is ready for adoption. She is very social and loves to run and play with other rabbits. She should go into a home where she can play outside with other rabbits in a safe, fenced-in environment.

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Beth, curious about the camera, on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Love That Pet

Octavia

Octavia, an 11-month-old Cotton-Tail/Dutch Rabbit mix, was taken from a neglectful home situation, where she was kept along with several other animals. Upon arrival, she had no serious injuries but was malnourished and dehydrated. After 2 weeks of recovery, she is ready to find a new home. Much like Beth, she is extremely social and should go into a home where she can spend time with other rabbits outside in a safe, fenced-in enclosure.

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Octavia, spending a day outside on June 2nd, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Victoria State Government.

Joy and Holly

Two Dutch Rabbit sisters, Joy, and Holly were born to Cinnamon, a rabbit here at the shelter. The two are now 6-weeks-old, and ready to find a new home. The two should be adopted together, as they are very attached to one another. They should also go into the home of an experienced rabbit owner, due to their ages.

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Joy (left) and Holly (right), enjoying a day in the sun on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to KeryWho

Others

Tango -Unavailable-

Tango is a beautiful, 3-year-old Irish Draught, brought in by an owner who could no longer care for him. He is now ready to find a new forever home. Just like any other horse of his age, he has much energy and should go into a home where he can spend his days walking trails, playing in a field, and socializing with other horses. He should go into a home with an experienced horse owner.

(Note: Tango has some complications with his hoof, and must go into surgery. He will be available following his post-surgery checkup, if all goes well, on June 24th, 2017.)

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Tango, resting after a trail run on June 2nd, 2017.

Picture credit goes to BenMar Farm

Deirdre -Pending Adoption-

Lavender, a pygmy goat recently featured on, was brought in with her mother, Lennon, and two sisters, Deirdre (deer-dra) and Panda. Deedra is an adorable, loving little 5-month-old pygmy goat with a love for adventure. She should go into a home where she can spend time with other goats, get plenty of exercise, and as much attention as she needs. She is just waiting to go home with you!

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Deirdre, playing in the fields on May 31st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

Panda

Panda, the youngest of Lavender’s sisters, is a very special  5-month-old pygmy goat. Though she has a tendency to be very shy, she warms up quickly to people, but less to other goats. Much like her sisters, she loves to run and play and should go into a home where such activities are available for her, and where she can be an only goat (though she enjoys the company of dogs).

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Panda, posing for a photo on June 1st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Apro Po Tv Ro

Lennon

The mother of Lavender, Panda, and Deirdre, Lennon is a kind, gentle, beautiful 2-year-old pygmy goat. She is very calm, and enjoys lazy days in the sun, walks through the forest, and even watching movies on the couch. She should go into a welcoming home, where she can be an only goat. She also does very well with young children, and very much enjoys the company of people overall. All she needs is a second chance at a better life.

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Lennon, enjoying a day in the stable on May 31st, 2017.

Picture credit goes to Bella Online.

All of these amazing animals are looking for great homes! If you feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article, and would like to adopt any of the animals featured here, please fill out our adoption form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. However, if you are not ready for full-time adoption, and would instead like to foster, please fill out our foster form.

Note: None of these animals will be on our Pet Profiles page.

-I.P.A

Imaginary Pets of the Week: Harper and Eloise -Adopted-

Pit bulls make up a sadly large portion of the stray dog population. Known only for their ‘aggressive’ nature, and less for their sweet, gentle personalities, many of these dogs are overlooked at shelters across America. This was the case for two 1-year-old pit bull mix sisters, Eloise and Harper, who were scheduled to be euthanized after a month at their previous shelter. Thankfully, we saved them just in time, and they have been staying at the IPA ever since. After being brought in, it was discovered that Harper had a bad case of mange, and had to be put into quarantine for the following two weeks, as to not pass it on to any of the other dogs. Though she got hours of human attention and was given equal love and playtime as any of the other dogs, she and her sister could not stand to be apart. Every night into the early hours of the morning, they would howl to one another, Harper pleading to join her sister again, and Eloise, despite being surrounded by other dogs, refusing contact with any other but her best friend. After two long, hard weeks, the two have been reunited, and are healthy and ready for adoption. We have realized that the two have grown very close and barely spend time apart. They should go into a home where they can be cared for together, and be in an only dog household, as they have shown signs of fear towards other animals. They also get along very well with children and are welcome to go into a home with kids as young as 4. As common in their breed, the two require at least 2 hours of exercise per day, and enjoy running, swimming, hiking, and playing. If you are interested in adopting Harper and Eloise and feel you meet the requirements listed in this article, please fill out our adoption form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. However, if you do not feel that you are capable of adopting them but would still like to help them out, you can serve as their foster family, and fill out our foster form.

-IPA

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Harper (left) and Eloise (right), sharing a cute sister moment on May 23rd, 2017, after a long hike. They are so excited to spend the rest of their lives together in a loving home.

Picture credit goes to Love and a 6-foot Leash

Imaginary Pet of the Week: Kodiak -Adopted-

Dogs can be some of the most beautiful creatures on earth. Kodiak, a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd/German Shepherd mix is perhaps one of the most beautiful we have encountered. Kodiak was taken from an animal hoarding, backyard breeding, and neglectful situation, where he, along with over 200 other dogs and cats were treated horribly. Unfortunately, Kodiak came to us very timid, slightly aggressive, and extremely underweight and dehydrated. But, after a month of training, and plenty of loving care, Kodiak is ready for adoption. Due to his background, he should go into a home where he will be accompanied by at least one other dog, and he can lead a quiet, peaceful life, still full of adventure. He needs plenty of exercise, and enjoys hiking, running, swimming, and playing. Unfortunately, Kodiak does not do well with small/young children, because they tend to make very fast, unpredictable moments, which scare him. He should also go into a home with an experienced dog owner, who can care for him well. If you are interested in adopting Kodiak, and feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article, please fill out our adoption form. However, if you would like to foster him, and feel that you are prepared to do so, please fill out our foster form.

-IPA

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Kodiak, enjoying a summer day outside on May 15th, 2017. He can’t wait to join the perfect family.

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Imaginary Pet of the Week: Lavender -Adopted-

Goats have been around since the beginning of humanity, and have been herded for over 9,000 years for their meat, milk, and labor. Over those years, they have evolved and changed, resulting in many different kinds of goats. Lavender, a 5-month-old Pygmy Goat, is the result of those thousands of years of evolution. Abandoned by her owners in a condemned farm( along with her mother and two sisters) she was found surprisingly healthy, though she was afraid of all kinds of people more than anything else. We suspect that this fear could have stemmed from either previous abuse, though she showed no signs of physical violence or lack of exposure to people over her lifetime. But, after about a month of training and recovery, she has grown into a beautiful, caring, and lovely young goat, now ready for adoption! Being a farm animal, Lavender requires a large amount of exercise and should go into a home where she can spend at least 3 hours of her day outside in a safe enclosure. For the first few weeks this activity should be monitored, but once she reaches 8 months she can be left alone outside along with other animals. Lavender is also very social and should be accompanied by at least one other goat of her breed in her new home. Attention is vital for goats of her nature, and she should get as much of it as possible from her new family. If you are interested in adopting Lavender, and feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article, please fill out our adoption form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

-I.P.A

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Here is little Lavender, enjoying a day in the sun on April 24th, 2017. She is very excited to meet her new family.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest.

Imaginary Pets of the Week: Oscar -Adopted- , Misty -Adopted-, and Sebastian -Kept-

Russian Blues are some of the most beautiful cats in the world, with their blue-gray, regal appearance. They are also one of the most sought-after cat breeds in america, as their temperaments match their good looks. This is why we were so thrilled to welcome 3 kittens of the breed into the shelter several weeks ago. After being abandoned on the side of the road, Oscar, Misty, and Sebastian, all only about three weeks old, were brought to us by a distressed passer-by. After a few weeks of recovery and training, these three are now looking for homes!

Oscar is a quiet kitten, who loves to cuddle and play with his brother and sister, along with various other cats at the shelter. He has also shown signs of a high energy level, and should go into a home where he can get plenty of exercise and socialization, meaning that there should be at least one other cat in the house. His new home should also be free of children under 10, as quick and unplanned movements tend to scare him.

Misty, the female of the litter, is by far the most adventurous. Whether she is climbing a tree, jumping in puddles, or chasing her brothers, she is always up to something. Because of this, she has a constant need for exercise, and should go into a home where she can spend time outside in an enclosed, safe area, and where she can be an only cat.

Sebastian is perhaps the calmest of his litter. Instead of running around the play yard or chasing after birds, he tends to remain sleepy, and enjoys sitting on the windowsill and watching the happenings of outside. He should go into a quiet home that is not very busy, where he can relax and occasionally play with another cat of his same energy level. (Note: Several medical issues have arisen with Sebastian, so we are making him an official IPA animal for his health and safety. As of June 1st, 2017)

If you are interested in adopting any of these kittens, and feel that you meet the requirements listed in their portion of the article, please fill out our adoption form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

-IPA

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(from left to right) Misty, Oscar, and Sebastian ready for bed on April 17th, 2017. They are very excited to find their perfect home.

Picture credit goes to Pets Classifieds.

Hershey; Special Easter Article -Adopted-

Easter. It’s a time for candy, eggs, and overall colorful fun. But, there is a dark side to this joyous holiday. 4 out of 5 rabbits bought around Easter time are abandoned within a year. Hershey, a 1-year-old Holland Lop mix met this fate and was left in a public park where she lived for three full days. While walking our dogs, our staff discovered Hershey hiding under a bench, shivering, hungry, and petrified. After bringing her back to the shelter, we found that she was suffering from Pneumonia, which is common for rabbits who have been exposed to water or have remained wet for long periods of time. But, given a few days of recovery and training, Hershey has begun to show us her playful side and is now ready to find a forever home. Perhaps the thing that she loves most is socializing with other rabbits, and because of this, she should go into a home that she can share with other friendly, fluffy pals. Hershey also has a love for the outdoors and should have access to a fenced in, bunny-safe outdoor enclosure, though she sleeps inside. If you are interested in adopting Hershey and feel that you meet the requirements listed in this article, please fill out our adoption form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible

And, please let the trouble of Hershey and millions of other domestic rabbits teach a lesson. Never adopt for the sole purpose of a holiday or if you feel in any way that you or the person you are giving the animal to is not prepared to take on the responsibility of owning a pet, because it is the animal that suffers.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.

-IPA

 

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Hershey, enjoying a nap during recovery on April 12th, 2017. She is so excited to find the perfect family for her.

Picture credit goes to Pinterest

 

Big Updates!

Dear Readers,

This year has been so eventful! Not only have we found homes for over 500 pets in the past 4 months, but we have also had the chance to collaborate with many wonderful blogs, which you can find in our ‘other great blogs’ menu! But, there are going to be a few changes to the blog going forward.

Fostering:

We have heard from many readers that they are unable to take in a pet full time, but are willing to foster. This is why we have created the IPA foster program. Here, after filling out our foster form, we will set you up with the pet(s) we think would do well in your foster home.

Services:

We will now be offering pet services. These include grooming, vet visits, and much, much more! If you are interested in your pet taking part in any of these services, please email us.

Products:

We are currently working to find a way to display our pet products, which include food, toys, and other pet care supplies. We will notify you when this page is available, but, for now, please email us if there are any supplies your pet(s) are in need of.

Thank you all for your continued support, and for all of the adopters who have taken an animal under their wing. Here’s to changing the Imaginary Pet World, one paw at a time.

-Coda

Co-founder of the IPA