Gallery: Tibby on the mend
You may remember the story of Sugar, the cat who floated to the ground pretty much without a scratch after falling out an apartment window in a Downtown Boston high rise.
Sugar was lucky. But her fellow Bostonian, Tibby, did not land on her feet recently when she slipped off a Roxbury balcony.
According to Rob Halpin, of MSPCA-Angell, Tibby’s owners heard her cries after the fall broke the 8-week-old kitten’s hind legs. The kitten wound up at MSPCA-Angell where doctors performed surgery.
Tibby is alive, but in need of a new home, after her owners decided to surrender her. Her operation, which was expected to cost about $7,000, is being financed through Spike’s Fund, the MSPCA-Angell’s charity for homeless pets.
Halpin said the fund is just about broke. People who would like to help Tibby can donate to Spike’s Fund, which pays emergency bills for homeless pets.
Tibby’s veterinarian, Dr. Sue Casale, was “confident she can repair Tibby’s shattered legs,” Halpin said. Then the beautiful little white cat with big blue eyes will have to spend several weeks recuperating.
GREY2K greyhound advocacy
This year, I seem to be lighting a lot of candles for the pets, so I am signing up for one more at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 to draw attention to the plight of greyhounds in Macau.
Gabby made me look up Macau. (She figured I didn’t pay any attention in Geography.) OK, Macau, a mainland China peninsula, sits across from Hong Kong. (And I didn’t know that.)
According to the advocacy group, GREY2K, Macau’s Canidrome dog track should be shut down due to cruel practices. Every month, the track imports 30 to 40 dogs from Australia. Every month, the same number of greyhounds – 30 to 40 dogs – die, GREY2K says, adding the statistics are based on the track’s records. You can light the candle at home and connect with other pet lovers on Twitter via the hashtag, #closethecanidrome or attend a local event.
I found one in Arlington, Mass., and Christine Dorchak (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the contact for more information.
Picture your pooch in the Big Apple for NYC’s Dog Film Fest
Turning to more Boston news, unfortunately, the Peke-a-Poo diva missed out on the Sept. 21 “pink carpet” event at the AMC Loew’s Boston Common, for the U.S. premiere of “The Dog Wedding.”
Story is about a German businesswoman, who meets U.S. wrestler in a dog park. But if you’re like Gabby – and figure the best dog and cat movies are ones starring her, Charlie and Asia – stay tuned for details about New York City’s first dog film festival next month. Although it’s too late to submit entries for the October screening, submissions for the 2016 film festival are being accepted now – and up until Aug. 1 (with a $50 late entry fee.)
Have a tip or story idea? E-mail Margo Ann Sullivan at TheGabbyDog@gmail.com and
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Margo Ann Sullivan is a pet columnist who has written for ZooToo, and numerous publications in New York and in New England. She’s had pets all her life, starting with a rescue collie named Lollypop. The Gabby Dog column chases the news that helps pets and people. It also chronicles the adventures of Gabby, the peke-a-poo, and Asia, the tabby cat, and their many pals, hitting the high spots between Providence, RI, and Manchester, NH.
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