Sunday, May 14, 2017

Reunion Rescue's War on Fleas

Reunion Rescue has always fed our dogs and other animals a raw diet. Feeding cats and dogs a raw diet has proved to be a formidable flea-fighting foe. Our website's Health Page is chock full of information about raw feeding.

Last summer, Texas pet owners faced an awful flea problem and Reunion Rescue was hit hard. Each year, we treat our property here at Reunion Rescue No-Kill Refuge with beneficial nematodes.

What are beneficial nematodes for fleas? How do they work?

From nematode called Steinerma carpocapsae is a parasite of fleas. It is known to effectively kill adult fleas as well as their larvae and pupa in grass and soil. Pet owners with large backyards can spray treat their gardens with a beneficial nematode solution to keep their pets safe from flea menace in the summer months. Beneficial nematodes are environmentally safe, so they do not damage crops and gardens. Studies have shown that these ‘non-toxic pest control operators’ can eliminate more than 90% of flea larvae within 24 hours of the first application.

We didn't treat our property last summer and we learned a hard lesson. With heavy rains this winter and spring, we knew this coming season was going to be even worse, so we treated the property not only once, but twice with beneficial nematodes.

For years, the upper level of our residence a.k.a. refuge was carpeted. For my birthday this year, I bit
the bullet and ripped out the carpet and installed vinyl sheet flooring. This can be treated with an I.G. regulator which kills fleas, both adult and larvae, for 7 months. The I.G. regulator is mixed with a gallon of water and can be sprayed on carpet, flooring, baseboards, furniture, kennels and bedding.

Robert McDowell Herbals makes a great product which is safe for your pet. From the Robert McDowell site:

1. If your dog seems to be more plagued by fleas than others, then her blood must be particularly attractive.

2. If your dog is more reactive and itchy than others, then the additional toxins injected by the fleas must be stressing her system more than others.

3. Also, we know that itching and scratching is a bodily response trying to either stimulate the blood to clear toxins from under the skin or an attempt to break through the skin to release them to the outside.

4. Therefore, if we can reduce the toxin levels from your dogs blood and at the same time make the blood less palatable, we can probably make a difference.

5. In herbal medicine the powerful blood cleansers are also herbs which are strong and unpleasant in taste. So, if we provide a course of such herbs, we are able to reduce the toxic load in the blood and at the same time make the blood less attractive to parasites.

I ordered the Blood Cleansing Formula and have been adding the herbal mixture to meals for about a week. 

We use Cedarcide shampoo and spray to deter fleas. Cedarcide products are safe for pets and children. We do not use the yard treatment where we've applied nematodes.

You might think this is a bit overkill, but remember, this is war, war on fleas.

Please share your flea tips and healthy pet information on our Facebook page, Home Remedies to Heal Animals. We are always looking for healthy, holistic alternatives to enrich the lives of the wonderful animals we share our lives with.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

San Antonio, Texas Hospice Dogs

Please share and consider adopting one of these lovely dogs in San Antonio. These special dogs need saving. Their mom has entered hospice care and can no longer keep them.

 1. Vera is 65 lbs and 11 years old. She was dumped at Marbach and 410. She shows signs of a mild skin allergy that goes away with Benadryl and the "comfort is" tb for fleas helps her skin too

2. Brandy is 11 years old and still very active. She was dumped at a park in the same area. She looks pretty healthy but in the past two years she had a few seizures. The mother and daughter have been unable to take her to the vet.

3. Mega is 8 years old and 50lbs. She was found in a vacant field off  Old Hwy 90. She looked like she either was hit by a car or they used her as bait dog, because she was limping from her right hind leg and also her jaw was crooked. Since being picked up she's been a happy loved dog.

4. Bruno is 7 years old. He was just pup when hit by a car near Horal Street. He was taken to a vet where the mother and daughter were told he had a fractured right hind leg but because they couldn't afford surgery he has become a lap dog.

"A San Antonio, Texas woman with stage four cancer in hospice is desperately trying to find homes for her four dogs.

She found each of the dogs dumped and left on their own.

Her daughter is also ill and can't care for the canines.

They're hoping the four dogs can go to a sanctuary or be fostered in some way.

All dogs are spayed or neutered with up-to-date shots. Each were heartworm-negative when tested, but none have been on heartworm preventives since their owner got sick.

They're good with other dogs, people, and children, but not with cats as much since most of them were on their own for awhile.

The owner is okay with them being separated."

If you know of anyone who might be able to foster or help, contact Rachel Cannady with God's Dog Rescue. 

Her email address is

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Protest circus in Bastrop, Texas

 PROTEST Carson and Barnes Circus coming to Bastrop Tuesday April 19!!! "Carson and Barnes Circus in Bastrop County for one day only!! Join us at Mayfest Park (25 American Legion Dr.) on Tuesday, April 19th. Shows at 4:30pm & 7:30pm."


"A 2015 USDA inspection report for the Carson & Barnes Circus facility in Hugo, Oklahoma questions veterinary oversight and reveals compromised welfare of three elephants, a llama, and a pygmy hippo. One elephant and the hippo are now dead.

Nina was photographed during the inspection chained in the barn (above – photo obtained from January 5, 2015 USDA Inspection Report). The circus called Nina a “beloved family member,” but the troubling report reveals a different story. The USDA inspector described Nina as “thin” since 2013 and “emaciated” since losing 500 pounds in the past 7-8 months, 8.7% of her body weight. Nina died four months later in May.

A pygmy hippo named Katie also died while in Carson & Barnes care. The 2015 report questioning veterinary oversight and documentation at the facility noted Katie had also been “losing weight and not doing well while traveling for exhibition” in May 2014, but found no records to show treatment was given. Katie was “found dead” 6 months later.

The report also describes Bandit, a llama, having such “excessively overgrown hooves” that his toes curved to the side; a condition the inspector noted “can lead to chronic problems in the feet and legs.”

The report questions certain unprescribed, unapproved treatment given 2 elderly elephants – Opal and Rosie – by a person neither accredited nor trained by vets to perform it.

Prior ADI investigations include undercover video of Carson & Barnes elephants being hit with bullhooks and shocked with stun guns. It also reveals Isa the elephant giving children rides days after she aggressively attacked her trainer and another elephant. See ADI’s Out of Control video here."

"We'll Never Forget the Cries of Becky the Elephant as Tim Frisco screamed "sink that f* hook in 'em"!"

Sign and share the PETITION demanding an end to circus abuse and suffering.

Reunion Rescue and Pit Bulls and Other Animals advocate 24/7 to save lives. Visit us online and learn how to feed, treat and train animals holistically.

We offer a free copy of Pit Bull Nation to every rescuer! We believe every dog can be saved!

Saving Chopper ... a terrified boy at Carson Shelter

Saving Carson Shelter Dogs Facebook page is advocating to save this boy and his brother, Presley:

Honestly CHOPPER is having a very difficult time in the Shelter. His brother is handling things better but CHOPPER is completely shut down and if he isn't asleep, he is trembling with fear and he won't even look at you. The trembling speeds up if you call out his name, even in a loving whisper..This is too much for him and the brothers need your help today! Please SHARE, they are Urgent and they need help now. A FOSTER or Adopter would save them together. Thanks!

#A4284483 My name is PRESLEY and I'm an approximately 5 year old male Chihuahua. I am neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 4/12. I will be available on 4/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C242.

My former family who owned me for had to give me up because they couldn't afford the care I need.

#A4284484 My name is CHOPPER and I'm an approximately 5 year old male Dachshund. I am not yet neutered. I have been at the Carson Animal Care Center since 4/12. I will be available on 4/16. You can visit me at my temporary home at C242.

Carson Shelter, Gardena, California
216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California
310.523.9566, M-TH 12pm - 7pm, F-SU - 10am - 5pm


Reunion Rescue
and Pit Bulls and Other Animals advocate 24/7 to save lives. Visit us online and learn how to feed, treat and train animals holistically.

We offer a free copy of Pit Bull Nation to every rescuer! We believe every dog can be saved!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

RED ALERT! Small town begging to save dog's life

Lakeway, Texas is a small community located near Austin. Until recently, Austin took in all the local strays and impounds, but are now charging to impound animals from these little communities.

Lakeway can't afford to pay the fee and this dog will be euthanized.

A chip in is being collected to try and save her life.


She is sweet and gentle and was un-responsive to an intact male. According to our good friend and advocate for the animals, Officer Andrea Grieg, she looks like she's been 'bred a lot and beaten. She walks well on lead and doesn't pull. She knows sit and is kennel trained. She doesn't jump on people.'

Here is a very sweet dog who will die if we don't pull together as a community and try to save her.

If enough is collected, we're hoping to get her into boarding where she can begin learning for the first time in her terrible life how to be a dog.

Officer Grieg has named her Clinger, because she just wants to be with a person.

"Female Pit bull approximately 2-5 years was beaten and thrown in a retention pond on 620 here in

She knows how to sit, walks fantastic on a leash, does not jump on people. She loves to cuddle and just wants to stay next to you at all times.

I named her Clinger because  she does not move when you give her kisses. Don’t know how she is about children or cats.

Does like male dogs because she was bred a lot and got to meet a lab in the kennel. She has not gone potty at all in her kennel and has even held it for over twelve hours. She is a great dog  and needs a home where someone will understand the abuse she suffered.

I am working with her every day to help her trust people.

Please contact me if you can take this little girl.

Incredibly sad! Lakeway Police contacted me today on our Austin Pets Alive Pass Hotline. They have no holding place for dogs and can't afford the fees the shelter charges to take her there. 

She will be euthanized on Friday if no help and the officer does not want to do that. She has someone sponsoring her spay and vaccines for any reputable rescue or individual that can take her. Here is the info ...on her from Officer Greig:

My name is Amber

I came from the hard streets of Houston, Texas. Reunion Rescue helped save my life along with Stella who was tortured and abandoned with me.

Stella and I were sent to Spindletop Refuge in 2012 when everyone thought this place was truly a sanctuary. Leah Purcell, the proprietor, was even called upon to testify in courts across the United States. She and Spindletop had everyone fooled.

Stella was killed at Spindletop and Reunion Rescue came for me. I have been here at Reunion Rescue No Kill Refuge ever since.

I am a really good girl. I love to eat and go on walks. I'm a little chunky monkey. It took me a little while to detoxify and decompress after being rescued from Spindletop, but I'm fine now.

Unfortunately, most people look at me like a pit bull even though on a closer inspection with a trained eye, my bulldog and boxer characteristics blossom forth. Because of the haters and the media most people do not want to adopt a dog like me.

That's ok, though. I am very much loved and always have a place of refuge at Reunion. Sometimes at the end of the day, we sit on the back porch and watch the sun go down. It is calm and happy here. Reunion has promised that I will never go to another place that kills animals or mistreats them.

It costs Reunion about $250 a month to care for each dog, so I'm reaching out to you for help. Please consider a small donation to help buy me a raw meal and some chew toys each day. I don't ask for much, but I do love a cookie, too.

You can help out by visiting Reunion Rescue's website and clicking the donation button. Please visit me on Facebook and like my page:

Help Save Amber and Stella, abused in Houston

Your friend,


Facebook petlovers help handicapped pets

Please check out this wonderful Facebook page trying to help rescue pets with wheelchairs:

Pets waiting for their wheels:

Wolfie was born on February 2, 2013! He was born with deformed front legs that inhibit him from walking normally. When brought to the vet it was recommend that he be euthanized because they believed he wouldn't be able to live a "normal life".
Wolfie was born on February 2, 2013 with deformed front legs. His condition inhib...its him from walking normally, however it does not currently deter him from his puppy ways. This page is intended to share his story and mark his progress, as he will most likely need surgeries to improve his mobility.

It's a miracle Loni is even alive. He was 7 weeks old in a scary shelter and tested positive for panleukemia. He was about to be euthanized but by some miracle there was a delay in doing so. I happened to show up at the shelter and although going to see a cat a few cages down I saw him and couldn't resist. He was said to be a hissy kitten but I picked him right up and he melted in my arms. Knowing... he tested positive for panleuk I still made the decision to take a chance to save his life. After a week of treatment Loni tested negative. A week later from that happy day, suddenly Loni was stuggling to walk with his hind legs which soon left them paralyzed with very little feeling in them. Loni had weekly vet visits testing and retesting with no solid explanation. For three weeks he just pulled himself around. Week four after hope was almost lost.. he started to crawl. Falling a lot but he was moving the legs and crawling on his knees. It slowly progressed. Week five Loni was still crawling around. Week six he would try to use his feet but he couldn't place his paws down... he would attempt to walk on the backs of his paws. Week seven was the same although this determined little soul would force himself to stand at his bowl. He still couldn't walk or end take steps without falling. Not to mention for all these weeks he's unable to use the litterbox. Week eight was a happy one.. Loni started to take steps...

Loni has progressed a lot in 2 months. From not being able to use his back legs at all to being fairly mobile and able to stand and slowly take a few steps. Loni has seen four different vets with many visit and many tests and treatments. He is still being treated and although I don't want to get my heart set on it he is expected to fully recover. It may be months down the road but all that matters is that he recovers. measure: A 6.5 B 3.5 C 2+ D 4 E 3

See these little beauties and several more at Red Flyer, The Handicapped Pets Community Facebook page.