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If you are reading this net message, thank you!  If you can, maybe copy this into a new net message too.  Maybe someone in your network will be able to save Crystal!  Heartfelt thanks, Melanie

Give CRYSTAL A Treat This Halloween & Save Her Life! PLEASE!
 October 17, 2006 10:12 PM

Meet CRYSTAL 2yr Old Pittie NEEDS RESCUE By Oct. 30th

Hello, My name is Crystal.

I am an aproxamately 2year old Female American Pit Bull Terrier.

The man that owned me was a very bad person. He had me chained to the bumper of a car by only a few feet of chain.

I had no food, no shelter and no water. You can still see the chain they cut me off of in the pictures. There were 3 other dogs chained up with me too...but they are very scared still and may not get the chance to make it out like I will.

Despite the condition I was found in, I am very sweet and friendly! The people at the shelter love me very much and want me to find a good home or rescue to go to. They asked my Aunt Christine if she would help to get me out of here...I know she does not have any room and I can see how sad she is about that when she comes here with her daughter to play with me. I know that she will help as much as she can if some one will just give me a chance.

I am HW negative and UTD on shots and have been wormed.

 I Dont want to die here like this...wont you please help me find a loving place to live.

 I am allowed to leave here on OCTOBER 30th...the day BEFORE Haloween. After that my time is up.

Thank you for taking the time to care about me...

Luv, Crystal

If you are interested in adopting Crystal...Please contact Christine for the Adoption Aplication.

CRYSTAL is located in Vicksburg MS at the VWHS. They DO NOT Adopt out this breed. She can go to rescue only, but I am willing to consider applications for adoption to a qualified individual.

Contact Me (Rescues/Adoptors) at

If she makes it out she will be the 3rd APBT (2nd to Hope and Faith who left together last week) To ever make it out alive!


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Aug 17, 2006

August 08, 2006

Oil Spill Penguins Face Death, Bounce Back

Imagine the feeling of just going about your day, walking down the street, when all of a sudden the shock of carbon dioxide shoots pain through your lungs. Slowly you realize that with each breath you are depriving yourself of oxygen. Your body begins to shut down. You look around thinking this is must be some terrible mistake…but instead you see the people around you grasping with the same pain. For penguins trapped in an oil spill, this painful event is all too familiar.

Each year, oil is deliberately dumped into ocean waters endangering marine life and devastating coastal ecosystems. It’s difficult to conceptualize the damage that is caused by a single oil container until you actually see photos of the oiled beaches covered in a carpet of a thousand oiled penguins. The oil, dumped as a result of careless human activity, often comes from a source that is not identifiable.

The entire process of removing the oil and rehabilitating the wildlife can take anywhere from four weeks to four months. Over the past three months I have been watching from afar as the IFAW oiled wildlife response team
rescued 224 penguins from an oiled beach in the Cabo Virgenes Nature Reserve in Argentina. Without a doubt, IFAW’s team is the world leader in oiled wildlife rehabilitation.

As I share this information with you, I am proud of the expertise we have on the ground. This year our team endured the challenges of cold weather, water heaters malfunctioning, lack of fish for penguin diets, transportation of hundreds of penguins across 130 km and having to set up a rehabilitation site from almost nothing.

‘Waterproofing’ is the final stage in the rehabilitating process where the penguins prepare themselves for life under water. After the birds have been cleaned of all oil and are maintaining a healthy immune system, they are placed in outdoor pools allowing them to wash and preen themselves. Waterproofing is crucial for penguins whose feathers must be nearly impenetrable to wind and water.

Who would have thought that in the middle of July, it would reach -14C along the coast of Argentina? These temperatures restricted the amount of time the penguins could spend outside in the waterproofing pools.  Therefore, the release date was continually pushed back, extending the average time it takes to waterproof.  Following three intensive months in rehabilitation, the penguin release is now underway in San Clemente del Tuyu.

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