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January 7, 2010

Colebrook Humane Society
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 11:50 AM *

Short version: The local Humane Society’s shelter burned.

Three links to LJ for this one. 05Jan10, 06Jan10, 07Jan10.

If you want to read the story (with photo) at the Colebrook News and Sentinel, look fast. It’ll vanish when the new edition comes out next Wednesday.

Tip jar for donations here.

Pass it on.

[UPDATE] Video of the fire, from the Colebrook Chronicle.

[UPDATE 2] The property is for sale. 1.7 acres, $35K.

Comments on Colebrook Humane Society:
#1 ::: Torrilin ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2010, 01:31 PM:

Found checkbook. It's snowing, so my hair needs to dry before I can trudge to the Post Office.

#2 ::: johnofjack ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2010, 02:08 PM:

Terrible news. I sent some money by Paypal.

#3 ::: Tom Whitmore ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2010, 03:25 PM:

Paypal money sent from here, too. Any sign of what caused the fire? I notice no comments in the news stories. Are the two women known to be a couple?

#4 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2010, 05:02 PM:

Yes, the two women are a couple and (as I understand it) plan to marry.

The fire apparently started where the pipe from the wood stove entered the chimney, but the investigation is in early stages yet.

#5 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2010, 12:52 AM:

I can only send best wishes for the best outcome. We're so broke our nickels squeak when we spend them.

The four of my cats are all rescues from various issues. I loves them dearly and hope we'll not have such a serious problem ever.

I pray that the best outcome that is possible happens.

#6 ::: eric ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2010, 02:15 AM:

I just love that two cats were found under the seats of the ambulance while taking inventory. (third lj link)

#7 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2010, 08:00 AM:

Sent donation by PayPal. Really glad to hear about the two cats found under the ambulance seats and adopted. Having the house burn down with our cat inside is one of my worst nightmares

#8 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2010, 07:02 PM:

dcb, you know how Jim gave us information on escape bags? I have them for my cats. All the former cats were pretty good at doing what I said, but I haven't been able to train the two new ones yet.

#9 ::: Angiportus ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2010, 08:48 PM:

Where's the info on escape bags? [Oh, all right, I'll google it...]

#10 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2010, 10:49 PM:

Where's the info on escape bags?

Right here.

#11 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 10, 2010, 12:55 AM:

dcb, that happened to a friend of mine. She was out of town and got home to find her cats laying on the backyard, all dead of smoke inhalation. (She arrived not too long after the fire department did.)

That would break my heart. All my cats right now come when called, and I hope that if we have such a thing happen we can snatch them all up and take them to the cars.

Well, Yum might get hard to catch if she's scared, but there are only a few places she holes up in when she gets upset.

In an emergency, pillowcases work for restraining cats sufficiently to get them out of the house. Carriers would be nicer, but in a rush, pillowcases work.

#12 ::: dcb ::: (view all by) ::: January 10, 2010, 07:09 AM:

Marilee @ 8, Paula Helm Murray @ 11: I started training our cats to come when called after Jim put up that post (which I'll re-read). Unfortunately the remaining cat (her sister having died recently) just isn't that food-oriented, which makes training problematic. They've always had hard food down 24/7 and I don't want to change that. She does come when called for her "treat" (soft) food or cheesy treat, but not necessarily very fast. Her travel cage lives in my home office, easy to get at. At least she's not as good at hiding as her sister was (Sundae could vanish for hours at a time, inside the house).

I really must make the time to train Freya a bit more (alongside the time for fuss and the extra exercise/play time I've been giving her now she's no longer got her sister to play chase with).

#13 ::: Marilee ::: (view all by) ::: January 10, 2010, 07:46 PM:

Paula, #11 and dcb, #12, I have tote bags that I put zippers on. The cats can breathe through the canvas and they can't get out quickly.

#14 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2010, 07:50 PM:

In the category of "It's a small town," the young lady, Sam, mentioned above was the person who set up the signing for our book mentioned in this thread.

#15 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2010, 06:20 PM:

Marilee, thanks! That is a capital idea because I can keep them all separate. (Angelina hates everyone, Badb and 'the kids' get along but Siegfried weighs more than Badb and his sister Yum! together so you don't want him with anyone else.)

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