The MAS Newsletter

Maryland Animal Sanctuary & Rescue
3rd Annual Music for Mutts
3rd Annual Music for Mutts
Join MAS at the 8x10 Club in Federal Hill on Saturday June 15th!
Click here for more information.

MD State Capitol
MAS attends Humane Lobby Day in Annapolis

Proven Unique Professional System
P.U.P.S. Dog Obedience Training
(Proven Unique Professional System)


Photos Needed!!

MAS is hoping to publish a 2014 calendar (and maybe some greeting cards) to raise funds. We are looking for photos of adopted pets,  Please submit your pictures, in digital format, to (Captions welcome.)
We are asking for a $5 donation to accompany photos in order to help cover costs.  Everyone who submits a photo will receive  a free calendar {If you will want more than one, submit $5 per calendar)
Your name & your pet's name will not be used.  We will advise all adopters if their pet will be featured.

   Featured Dog, Mr Sanchez
This is Mr. Sanchez, a 10-year-old Chihuahua. In the prime of his life, he was hit by a car and left to die. A kind person brought him to the ER, but no one came to claim him. In the time that he's been in his foster home, he has really blossomed into the wonderful dog that we saw in those poor eyes when he was rescued! He's a cuddler, but, thanks to the accident, you'll have to lift the little 10 pound lover up on the couch to sit with you or up the stairs to bed each night. He's completely house trained. He had dental surgery and cleaning, he is neutered, completely vaccinated, micro chipped, and on Cushings medication. The medication is mild and not at all expensive, approx $20.00 per month. While he may need a bit of extra TLC, he's ready to give it right back to you in his own special way! Is he destined to join your family?

   Featured Cat, Mew
We rescued Mew from the streets of Baltimore when she was just a 5 week old baby.. She is a now happy, spunky, and vibrant 10 month old kitty. She loves zooming around the house, playing with dogs and cats alike. Early on in life, she wandered the streets of Baltimore with her mother until she was scooped up and introduced to the good life in her foster home. Whether it's time to play or time to eat, Mew is ready for action!

Mary Snyder, Founder and Director of MAS Rescue
There is no way to properly describe Mary Snyder's devotion, work ethic, commitment and selflessness.  Mary founded MAS Rescue in 2005 but her love of animals and resolve to better their plight started when she was a little girl
MAS Rescue is proud to have saved the lives of over 1800 animals in the past several years. Mary's personal number of animals saved is much higher.  
Mary never turns her back on an animal in need. 
To devote oneself to live, breathe and love rescue, one must be willing to know some animals cannot be saved, be willing to take some puppies and kittens that will undoubtedly get so sick that you will either stay up all night and their lives will be saved or you will stay up all night just so when they take their last breath, they knew love.  You must also be willing to foster any animal and welcome them like they are part of your family and then let them go to their permanent family.  You must be willing to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and collapse into bed during the only minuscule quiet moments that exist in a rescue Director's night.  
I could say so much more and still not do her justice or explain to you just how much I love, admire and owe her.  I should mention that she is also a single Mom to 2 amazing children, a loving daughter to her mother and father, a full time employee, oh and did I mention, we are an entirely volunteer organization?
Lovingly submitted by Jennifer Haber, Adoption Coordinator for MAS Rescue.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club
Proud Partner with MAS
On the first Tuesday of every month the club hosts “Yappy Hour.” MAS brings adoptable animals to the club from 5-7:30 PM. Snacks are free and drink proceeds go to MAS. MMAC supports MAS by:
  • donation jars at the cash register
  • selling T-shirts and raffle tickets
  • donation Christmas tree each year
  • “Music for Mutts” tickets
  • donation box for members and guests to contribute at any time
  • passing on literature to members and guests about rescue efforts and available animals
MMAC is a 40,000 square foot full fitness gym, housing 14 international singles and 2 American doubles squash courts. We offer a full group fitness schedule for adults, classes for senior citizens and numerous programs for our toddler and junior members. There are lots of amenities- a pro shop, juice bar, massage, acupuncture, personal training, locker rooms with whirlpool and sauna, lots of free parking and more!
MMAC also likes to give back to the community. In 2007, the MMAC Foundation was created. Its mission is to provide introductory squash programs, physical fitness, cardio activities and nutrition counseling to Baltimore City school students. MMAC is the founding partner of Baltimore Squash Wise, a unique youth development program combining academic tutoring and support with coaching in the sport of squash.

Please check out our website for more information!

Don’t Kill the Dog with Kindness!

Some rescue dogs have a horrific past, having had to endure mental and physical abuse, neglect, and/or isolation at the hands of humans.. Therefore, once rescued, it is only natural for the new family or caretaker to want to offset the previous cruelty with tons of love and nurturing and tolerance in hope of rehabilitating the dog, to show the dog the good side of mankind. The problem with that is that too often, the people are humanizing the dog’s past and the dog’s rehab plan. Far too often people tolerate and even perpetuate problem behaviors and unbalanced temperaments by doing this and sometimes it can literally be the cause of why a dog ends up euthanized. For example – a dog is rescued that is emaciated, nearly starved to death at the hand of a human. As the dog regains his strength and starts to feels comfortable in his new environment, suddenly he is stealing food from your kids and then growling at you or the kids when you try to get it – or he becomes a resource guarder of his food and as you bend down to pet him (which you should never do anyway when a dog is eating, but that’s another whole article). When the dog growls or snaps at the person, they usually pull their hand away and jump back away from the dog. The next thing they do is excuse the dog’s behavior because he was starved in his previous life. From the dog’s perspective, however, the only thought he walks away with is “I won!” He therefore learns that social dominance in the form of aggression is a successful way to get what he wants.
This is just one of the behaviors that are serious in nature and can quickly escalate into a big problem. Other behaviors may be fear biting when someone enters the home and the new family excuses it because of previous abuse or neglect. They may even attempt to “reassure” the dog by petting and telling the dog in a soothing voice that “it’s okay”, which the dog will perceive as praise while in that fearful, defensive state of mind. In essence, in both situations, the “kind” new human is not only perpetuating the problems, but, opening the door for new problems too It is much kinder for the dog to understand in a fair and honest way, exactly what behaviors will be tolerated and desired, and exactly what behaviors will NOT be tolerated or accepted. Not only will the dog avoid being returned to the rescue or worse, have to be euthanized, but, the dog will become more confident and calm in his environment because he understands the structure.. He will be very relieved and content to find that he can view the new humans as capable leaders that he trust and count on to make decisions, therefore, setting him up for a smooth transition so he will be successful within his new home!

The Importance of flea, tick and heartworm preventatives
Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. The bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae can give your dog heartworm disease.  If you have mosquitoes and you have animals, your dog is at great risk of contracting a deadly disease.  For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can prevent heartworm disease.  By being proactive, you are saving your dog, yourself and your wallet the painful, worrisome, dangerous and costly treatment to save your dog's life once he/she is heartworm positive. A year’s supply of heartworm preventative will cost about $35 to $80, depending on a dog’s weight.  The American Heartworm Society recommends year-round heartworm prevention.
When a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, it takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.  Initially, there are no symptoms, but as more and more worms crowd the heart and lungs, most dogs will develop a 
cough. As it progresses, the dog won’t become increasingly inactive; they’ll become winded easier, and they will experience pain and discomfort. With severe heartworm disease,  the lung sounds are abnormal, dogs can pass out from the loss of blood to the brain, and they can retain fluids. Eventually, most dogs will die if the worms are not treated. 
The other reason year-long heartworm prevention is vital, is that many of the preventatives today also include an intestinal parasite control for 
roundwormswhipworms, or tapeworms.  You want your dog to be protected against those at all times because an infected dog will experience diarrhea and vomiting.
Flea and ticks preventatives are also crucial to your animal’s health.  Fleas and ticks are more than mere nuisances. They cause distress in dogs and cats and, more important, they cause disease. On-again, off-again preventive programs are not the optimal way to safeguard the health of pets and their families.  By the time you notice fleas on an animal, the fleas have injected salivary proteins, transmitted infectious agents and are laying eggs. Ticks can transmit disease agents to a dog or cat before it is found and removed and ultimately, it can also infect humans.
Clearly, reactive treatments are insufficient to prevent disease in pets and their owners. Avoiding initial infestation altogether by placing pets on life-long prevention programs is the best option for animals and their families. 

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Summer 2013 issue

MAS Vet Bill Balance: