Would you like your picture on the Internet? It's easy, just adopt one of these affectionate friends and your "adopted" picture will replace their "adoptable" picture.
06/11-This video (from one of our adopters) always makes me feel great, I hope it does the same for you! http://youtu.be/GVX4CmgKGYo
06/10-It's been quite a while since we took time to update this site except for the quotes and the new kitties. Time just seems to slip away unless it is managed jealously. We started this Spring with a whimper; there were hardly any kitties available at the shelters. We thought that maybe the spay/neuter idea was taking off and just maybe we could go "out of business". But May started with a vengeance and the kittens arrived like a tsunami, overwhelming shelters and rescues alike. We were getting no fewer than 15 requests per day asking for help to provide shelter for adult and baby kitties. Unfortunately our budget is limited as is our space. We answered the call as often as we could and now we are filled to capacity. Hopefully we will have pictures of our new arrivals up soon. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by and spent a few minutes playing with a baby kitten. I guarantee you will feel much better leaving than arriving. We just got notified that Purina just bought Petfinder from the Discovery Channel and will be taking over operations in July. This is in addition to their work with Adopt-A-Pet. Most folks don't realize how much these folks do for pets and animal welfare but believe me the animals would be in a far worse position if it were not for organizations like Purina. This Thursday will be our first trip to the spay/neuter clinic this season. We have eight kitties in pre-foster now who are waiting for their surgery and will soon be officially adopted into their new families. We also have over two dozen kittens waiting for their chance at life and this isn't counting the six adults who have been here over a year (some more than two). Why not stop by and leave some stress behind?
01/21-While a lot of folks are in town celebrating the Inaugeration we had some of the sweetest kitties go to their new homes over this week. Ella and Carolina (both special needs kitties) found homes with people who saw beyond their problems. Once their surgery is behind them, they can expect long healthy lives with families that can appreciate their wonderfull personalities. Bella and Felicia got to leave together to a great family in Gaithersburg. They both wanted to stay in Mom's lap but being kittens they were shortly off playing. We came by yesterday to do our usual routine and while I was checking my email I waited for my usual visit from Bella. I waited for the rubbing and then the jump into my lap along with the purring and licking which are her signature. I then remembered she and her sister were in their new home. That's when the mixed feelings of sadness and happiness over take us. We miss these kitties that so many have worked to save yet we take satisfaction in knowing they will enjoy a family that will appreciate and love them.
12/12-It's a busy Wednesday evening getting paperwork ready for the spay/neuter clinic tomorrow. We have 13 kitties going in for surgery; some have been pre adopted but most have not. We also have three girls going in for their rabies vaccination which brings me to the reason for this note. As I sit here typing these lines I have a beautiful kitten asleep on my lap. She comes by every evening when I am doing computer work and climbs up on my lap. If I don't pet her immediately she will lick my hand until I do. She is now sound asleep with moving paws and twiching whiskers playing with some dream toy. She is now old enough for her rabies vaccination and will be going with me to see the vet again. If you have a cold lap or would just like to have someone to share the holidays with you could do a lot worse than Bella.
12/06-The holidays are here and like folks everywhere there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. We have several kitties that require medication daily before they are ready for adoption which adds about an hour to our schedule and our fund raising activities also take a chunk out of every week. All this and trying to run a business at the same time. Guess which is more rewarding? One event we are experiencing now is the presence of three sisters who have been with us for about three months. They have developed wonderful personalities and are a joy to hold. Often in the evening when it's quiet and computer work is being done one will search us out and climb in our lap and purr loud enough to be heard across the room. If petting isn't forth coming then licking will commence until recognition is achieved. Yes even kitten tongues are rough! We are amazed that these three are still here. If only personalities could be photographed! It looks like kitten season is finally drawing to a close for 2012 and our trip to the shelters and spay/neuter clinic will stop until Spring but who knows what nature has in store.
06/19-A few people have asked about the year end review that usually appears shortly after the holidays. Well we had some challenges that took a big chunk of time from our schedule and we simply got out of the habit of updating this site. It's easy to do. Hopefully we will get around to interviewing some of our new arrivals as well as some of our seasoned clients and get their perspective on adoptions and life at the rescue. We met a couple of nice ladies yesterday who came a long way to find homes for a pair of abandoned kittens. We had a terrible experience with this kind of situation last year and vowed never to repeat it. We required a vet check and a FelV/FIV test before we would consider them. These folks had all that done as well as a first vet visit. The kittens also had their first vaccinations done. They had a little URI but that is something we have seen many times but these folks had the medication to help. The also brought food and litter as well as some toys for the babies. We were impressed. These folks spent about $200 and traveled about an hour to bring these babies to us (they were told by everyone they called that either there was no room or they would be euthanized upon entry). We will do a followup FelV test before letting them in the general population but it looks like these two kittens have a future because some people cared. It's actions like this that give us hope that the world, or our part of it, will be a better place.
12/12-Christmas came a little early to AGAR this year. First, one of our adopters had to go on a trip for several days and wanted to leave her adopted kitty with us for a week. We put that policy in place shortly after we started to help with adoptions and kept it so we agreed. We aways like to see our former clients and how they have grown so we enjoyed the visit. This was our old friend Stephanie (now Pixie), who was a real scaredy cat when she was here. When Stephanie was available for adoptiom she ran from everyone except her adoptive Mom. She rubbed up against her and even sat in her lap. Partner and I marveled at the transformation but wondered if the potential adopter was perceptive of the message being given. Fortunately she was and Stephanie found a new home. Sometimes a kitty will just choose a person to bond to. If you are fortunate enough to find this match thank your stars because you won't find a dearer friend. Our second gift was a visit from our old friend Joey (now Dillon). Yes this is the same Joey we spoke about several weeks ago. We were amazed at how big he has grown! When he was here he was a tiny matte black fireball but has now grown into a beauty with fur like polished obsidian with beautiful green eyes. Of course Joey hid as soon as he was released which isn't unusual. Most of our returning visitors don't seem to remember us or their early beginnings. This wasn't quite the case with Dillon. After a few minutes he jumped on a guardians lap to be petted. He remembered! After a few minutes of attention he visited Zak and said hello. We couldn't have asked for a better gift! We caught up on various topics with Dillon's Mom and all too soon it was time for Dillon to go home. We said our good bys and walked Dillon and his Mom to their car secure in the knowledge that this was a perfect adoption.
11/07-Usually a kitten doesn't display their unique personality until they are about three months old or older. Every once in a while a baby kitty will generate such a strong personality that it elevates them from the rest. These kitties are truly rememberable and we often wonder how they are doing. One such kitty we saw was Joey (a baby black kitty) who was part of a litter that was mostly black except for one grey sister. Joey had four other siblings that we could not save because of limited space. Truth be told, we were apprehensive about being able to find homes for that many black kitties. We have always regretted that decision because both Joey and his sister gave us hours of amusement and eventually found wonderful homes. Fast forward two years and we were faced with a similar situation. Before us was a cage with five black kitties and one grey sister. They didn't demonstrate the strong personality of Joey but they were unique in their own way. The question remained, could we find homes for these overlooked kitties. There was a short discussion before the whole family got their ticket out of the shelter. As they each age their personalities are taking on their own unique characteristics. Purring and friendliness are the unifying threads that tie these kitties together. From our perspective we observe how they are often ignored in favor of the multi hued kitties but every so often we meet people who value personality over looks and they often include the Bombay wannabes in their selection. Look at our available kitties and if you meet your forever friend wearing a black coat remember to thank Joey.
07/24-They're back! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwEtPABi39A
07/23- I would like to thank again all our contributors who have helped make this effort possible. When we started we felt we could handle about five or six kitties at a time and would try to find homes for about a dozen per year. This is what we had funds for and could afford. Friends learned of our mental impairment and offered contributions. Through a series of fortunate events we learned about sources of charitable contributions and got in line. We don't build houses or feed homeless people or cure sick kids so we didn't expect much. We found that there were people who cared about disposable kitties and wanted to help. With that donation added to ours and others we were able to expand our operation and save more kitties. With your help we were able to find homes for 11 kitties in our first year (with donation from friends) and 137 last year with donations fron various sources. This short history serves as backdrop to an adoption that happened last week. We must manage our census carefully or we will turn into a sanctuary rather than a rescue. We are not equipped to be a sanctuary but we realize that adult kitties need a second chance too. This must be balanced by the simple fact that most people want a kitten even though they have more medical and behavioral issues than young adult kitties. The adults that come into our program are almost always the moms in litters that we rescue. Usually the kittens go first and then the moms (hopefully). We have limited space for adult kitties so this sometimes limits us to rescuing litters without moms. We had reached this point in late Spring when we visited the shelter to look at some kitties. The story of the little black kitty is described elsewhere but we want to focus on the young adult that was in the cage above her. We backed him up hoping someone would adopt him but knowing his chances were almost zero. I was expecting a lot of criticism from partner about space and over population of adults but got none. Of course we were called to rescue this black and white tuxedo the following week. I liked his personality at the shelter and it grew when he came into rescue. Partner started to grow attached to this guy when someone called who had lost their kitties in a home fire. They said our big guy (that's what everybody says who saw him) was almost a twin of one of their kitties. Partner talked with him over the phone and felt compassionate which was evident when she related the story to me. The man stopped by a day or so later when I was the duty person. He immediately liked Apollo and wanted to add him to his family. I gave him an application and explained our process and he agreed. Apollo was on his way to his new home shortly. Now to tie this story up with a pretty red bow. The contributions you have made made this minor miracle possible. If we didn't have a little extra in the budget or a little extra space we couldn't have rescued Apollo. His wonderful personality would have been extinguished rather than soothing the loss of someone. Partner and I both missed him the next day when we looked for him in all his old haunts only to remember he now had a new home. This made me very happy and it reaffirmed why we do this. I wanted to thank all the folks who contribute money, food, litter, toys and other kitty items for providing the tools to spread this good will. I hope you share in this little victory to save a life and with your help it will be repeated!
If there are any updates you know of please let us know. Everyone here likes to know how our former "clients" are doing.
Even if you can't adopt now why not stop by and say hello to the boys and girls. They are friendly and some will try to be your best friend immediately.
Hopefully by late Spring we will be in a position to save more animals. We will need a few extra hands to help with the care of the animals. If you have some spare time and like working with animals why not give us a call? We could use help with cage maintenance (read between the lines; you know what we mean), kitty socialization, feeding, ad writing /posting and fund raising.
AS AN ADDITIONAL SERVICE TO OUR ADOPTERS WE WILL BOARD ANY ANIMAL ADOPTED FROM AGAR FOR $5 PER NIGHT.
He loves you no matter what.
She never holds a grudge, even if you get up late to feed her.
You can make her day just by coming home from work.
Kids who have a cat or dog in the home during their first years of life are less likely to develop hay fever, asthma and animal-related allergies than those who don't.
He knows when you're feeling sad or mad, and will sit by your side to cheer you up.
She's never stingy with her kisses.
He's never judgmental and loves you just the way you are.
Pet owners make 15-20 percent fewer annual visits to the doctor than non pet-owners (according to research presented at the 10th International Conference on Human Animal Interaction in October 2004).
She's cute, soft and cuddly--perfect for hugging.
People with pets tend to have a speedier, easier recovery after illness or surgery.
He looks at you in a way that can melt your heart...even if he's been naughty.
She makes you laugh and smile when sometimes no one else can.
People who have had a heart attack survive longer with a pet than without.
Among 48 stockbrokers with high blood pressure, those who owned a cat or a dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations than those without.
Your stress levels drop when you're around him or her.
Having a pet can raise your levels of self-esteem.
She's easy to please and (almost) always loves her birthday and holiday presents.
Pet owners have improved exercise habits.
She makes a good "heater" under the covers.
Children with pets who are slow learners, or whose parents had divorced, had higher levels of self-esteem and better emotional functioning than those with no pet.
He or she might not be there tomorrow.
01/02-The miracle is this-the more we share, the more we have.---Leonard Nimoy
01/09-"Meow" is like "Aloha"-it can mean anything.---Hank Ketchum
01/16-Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.---John Wooden
01/23-Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are.---Thomas Carlye
01/30-Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.---Albert Einstein
02/06-If you can't convince them confuse them.---Harry Truman
02/13-Life is an adventure in forgiveness.---Norman Cousins
02/20-A goal without a plan is just a wish.---Antoine De Saint-Exupery
02/27-It's never too late to be what you might have been.---George Eliot
03/05-The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.---G K Chesterton
03/12-Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.---The Buddha
03/19-The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.---Mark Twain
03/26-Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.---Lowell Thomas
04/02-Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.---George Jean Nathan
04/09-Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.---Michelangelo
04/09-Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.---Sir Arthur Helps
04/16-Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.---George Bernard Shaw
04/23-The only real failure in life is the failure to try.---Anonymous
04/30-Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life.---Mark Twain
05/07-If you're going through hell, keep going.---Winston Churchill
05/14-Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am what is true.---Robert Brault
05/21-You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.---James Miles
05/28-The problem with winning the rat race is you're still a rat.---Lily Tomlin
06/04-It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.---William James
06/11-A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.---Francois De La Rochefoucauld
06/18-No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.---James Allen
06/25-Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be first.---Pearl Bailey
07/02-We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.---Letty Cottin Poggrebin
07/09-You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.---P J O'Rourke
07/16-One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it.---Knute Rockne
07/23-The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.---Eric Hoffer
07/30-Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.---Confucius
08/06-God gave you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you".---William Ward
08/13-Begin to be today what you want to be tomorrow.---Saint Jerome
08/20-Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.---Lao-tzu
08/27-When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.---Buddha
09/03-Well done is better than well said.---Benjamin Franklin
09/10-May you live all the days of your life.---Jonathan Swift
09/17-He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.---Thomas Fuller
09/24-One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.---Levi Strauss
10/01-Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.---Theodore Roosevelt
10/08-If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?---Joe Namath
10/15-Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.---Ben Irwin
10/22-Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege.---John D Rockefeller, Jr
10/29-Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.---Eleanor Roosevelt
11/05-The self is not something that one finds. It is something one creates.---Thomas Szasz
11/12-Uncommon valor was a common virtue---Chester Nimitz
11/19-To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.---Mark Twain
11/26-Some people give time, some money, some their skills and connections, some literally give their life's blood...but everyone has something to give.---Barbara Bush
12/03-A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.---Winston Churchill
12/10-The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.---Norman Schwarzkopf
12/17-Goodness is the only investment that never fails.---Henry David Thoreau
12/24-It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.---Mark Twain
12/31-A pessimist is a man who looks both ways before crossing a one-way street.---Laurence J Peter
01/07-Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'---C S Lewis
01/14-The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.---William James
01/21-Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.---Confucius
01/28-Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.---Robert F Kennedy
02/04-Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.---Samuel Johnson
02/11-Imagination is more important than knowledge.---Albert Einstein
02/18-I am easily satisfied with the very best.---Winston Churchill
02/25-If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him.---Benjamin Franklin
03/04-The purpose of life is to matter-to count, to stand for something, to have it make some difference that we lived at all.---Leo Rosten
03/11-Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.---Plato
03/18-Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.---Mark Twain
03/25-The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.---Edmund Burke
04/01-Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.---H G Bohn
04/08-I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.---Thomas Jefferson
04/15-I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.---E E Hale
04/22-Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.---G B Stern
04/29-He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.---Epictetus
05/06-I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened.---Mark Twain
05/13-Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.---Marian Anderson
05/20-The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.---Eric Hoffer
05/27-All of the animals, excepting man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.---Samuel Butler
06/03-An apology is the superglue of life. It can repair just about anything.--Lynn Johnston
06/10-A year from now, you may wish you had started today.---Karen Lamb
06/17-Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.---Mark Twain
06/24-Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.-Jim Rohn
07/01-The difference in winning and losing is most often...not quitting.-Walt Disney
07/08-The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.---Edmund Burke
07/15-People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.---Lewis Cass
07/22-As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.---John F Kennedy
07/29-Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to br broken.---Warren Buffett
08/05-When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.---Franklin D Roosevelt
08/12-Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.---John F Kennedy
08/19-It's so important to know that you can choose to feel good. Most people don't think they have that choice.---Marcel Proust
08/26-Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it's thinking of yourself less.---Rick Warren
09/02-The Lord loveth a cheerful giver. He also accepteth from a grouch.---Catherine Hakk
09/09-Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.---Edmund Burke
09/16-Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.---Lowell
09/23-If you think you are too small to br effective, you have nrver been in bed with a mosquito.---Betty Reese
09/30-Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you-not because they are nice, but because you are.---Unknown
10/07-Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.---Mark Twain
10/14-The purpose of life is a life of purpose---Robert Byrne.
10/21-When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future.---Bernard Meltzer
10/28-Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.---Henry David Thoreau
11/04-The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.---Leo Tolstoy
11/11-Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.---Henry Ford
11/18-Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.---Confucius
11/25-Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.---Charles Dickens
If you have a favorite "thought" please send it to our email address along with the source and hopefully we can enter it.
ANSWER- When we rescue an animal from a shelter we are guaranteeing them they will have a home for life. Hopefully we will find them a suitable home with a family that will share their lives with them but until that happens they will stay with us at the rescue. It is our firm belief that there is the "purrfect" family or friend for each of our clients; we just have to find them.
We try to balance the mix of young and adult kitties here to reflect availability and demand. As slots for younger kitties become available hopefully they will be filled with other baby or young kitties and as the youngsters are adopted their positions will be replace with like aged kitties. Unfortunately there are too many kitties and too few homes to take all homeless kitties and our resources are limited. All our funding comes from private donations and we have to utilize those funds to provide homes to as many kitties as possible while still being unfair to all. (Solomon where are you when you are needed?)
Every once in a while someone reads these ramblings and gets this far. Just as often we get the question "Why is this question still here?". The short answer is: we keep getting the question. Just this week two families that stopped by asked how long we keep animals here. It was a polite way of asking when are they euthanized if they are not adopted. Let me tell you about a little ritual we go through when we leave a kill shelter. We always park so the rear hatch or door of the vehicle faces the shelter. When all the animals are loaded with their carrier doors facing the building we tell them they will never see the inside of a place like that again if we can prevent it. We tell them how pretty and lucky they are and then we leave. We don't try to irritate people but make no mistake we are here to do what is best for the animal. Sometimes feelings get hurt and in some instances trampled but we are dealing with a life. People get over hurt feelings but how can a life be brought back? Hope this explains why the question is still here.
If you are thinking of adding a four footed friend to your family why not come by and meet our youngsters. Our young adults would like to meet you and they will demonstrate their impeccable manners.
As a service to our past, and future adopters we are starting a resource library that goes into more depth than the literature given with the adoption paperwork. Some subjects to be addressed: diet, foods, behavioral problems, litter box problems and more. These will be available as take away copies. Please review them on your next visit!
ALPHA GROUP ANIMAL RESCUE, INC is an all volunteer, federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of companion animals that would otherwise be euthanized in animal shelters. We provide shelter, nourishment and appropriate veterinary care to all rescued animals and place adoptable companion animals into permanent, loving homes. We depend upon public donations for the support of the animals. All donations go to animal support. There are no administrative costs and shelter space is donated. Every cent is spent on animal care; primarily vet care, food and litter. All animals are rescued from local Maryland kill shelters. The local need is too great to ignore. We don't feel a need to spend scarce funds to "import" animals from distant locations when animals in local shelters die. For us, every animal "imported" means a death sentence for an animal in a local shelter. All animals are usually with us for a minimum of four weeks to recover from the shelter experience and their change in circumstances. This also gives us the time to provide necessary medical attention. All animals are markedly different when they leave from when they arrived. New arrivals are kept separate until they have been vet checked. Come by and spend some time with the animals. You can interact with them and really see their personality! We always operate at capacity (or more) so we do not accept owner give ups. No healthy animal is ever killed at this rescue.
Like most rescue/shelters we require an application approval before an adoption can be made. We want these animals to be in permanent homes. These pets are going to give you their undying devotion; they deserve the same. We are placed in the position of trying to make that match happen. Our adoption agreement stipulates that we will take back any animal if care will no longer be provided. When we pull an animal from a shelter we are also making a lifetime commitment to it; we will take back any animal that has been adopted through us anytime. We don't take this commitment lightly. Please look at your decision in the same light.
We are located in Aspen Hill (Silver Spring), our visiting hours are:
ALPHA GROUP ANIMAL RESCUE, INC
12103 HERITAGE PARK CIRCLE
SILVER SPRING, MD 20906
(Phones answered starting at 9:00 AM until closing)
We are closed most holidays but not all so please call to check.
Click here for a list of pets at this shelter