Monthly Archives: October 2012

FIDO…. …a Latin name meaning “I am faithful.”

This afternoon I attended the closing ceremony of Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas.  Our keynote speaker, Julie Castle, humbly shared from her heart the entire purpose of this conference lies with all of us in Rescue.  That we must find a way to bridge our differences and remember that all of us, do what we do for our animals.  If we all look for the solution instead of the problem we will become a no kill Nation in this decade.  And I believe her.  I am far from perfect, and still my Zsa Zsa, looks at me with her big round brown eyes with so much trust and faith, she is forever faithful to me.  I have other dogs and they too have complete faith in me, a human, that does not possess this angelic loyalty with abandon.  Nonetheless they love me with all my faults and conditions.  Julie Castle ended her talk with “fido” giving the latin definition, I am faithful.  Yes, you are my unconditional canine friends, yes you are.  Thank you Best Friends for making it possible for us to attend this amazing conference.  ~Sounds of Silent Spirits

Board member Sam Patterson and Puppy Mill rescue Boo

Soss Attends NMHP

This weekend soss adoption coordinator, Melissa, is attending the No More Homeless Pets conference hosted by the Best Friends Animal Society.


ImageThe conference is a great opportunity to learn about the best practices in animal rescue.  The conference started off with a great workshop about cat adoptions (is there anything more difficult?).  The workshops are great.  One piece of advice was to make the adoption form multiple choice to keep people from trying to tell you what you want to hear.

In the evening Melissa stopped by the tweet-up and got to put faces to our hastag heroes. If you don’t follow us on twitter check us out  @sossrescue.


Adoption coordinator Melissa and Gregory Castle, executive dir. of Best Friends

As we look forward to the next 2 days of the conference we are excited about what we can learn and the support we can find here.  It is clear that all of the people here care deeply about animals, coming together like this helps make the support in the community visible.  Thank you Best friends for putting this conference together and providing a partial sponsorship for our rescue.

For all the Awesome Animal Rescuers!


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Janine Allen

Blessing of the Animals

Yesterday, Sounds of Silent Spirits attended The Blessing of the Animals in Barstow at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church in Barstow.  Valentine and our Selcata Tortoise, Mandella were both blessed by Pastor Lili Bush.  It was a lovely day.  Thank you Pastor Bush and your congregation for inviting us.

Happy NEW home for Gatzby

This beautiful Himalayan, was with us for over a year before he finally found his forever home. Vespers, now know as Gatzby was rescued by us through a Vet Tech who saved him from being euthanized by adult children of the owner who had to be placed in assisted living home. Angels worked as a team to save this awesome boy. Thank you Kathy for adopting him. ~ sounds of silent spirits rescue

October Chill

Happy October Everyone. Valentine and all her pals are enjoying the cooler nights. The days are still nice and warm filled with sunshine. We are gearing up for winter, lots of work to do before our reptiles who hibernate. As well as all of our other animals who don’t sleep through our chilly season. If anyone would like to volunteer please contact Melissa at