They rescue and re-home Springers that were relinquished from their owners or impounded by animal control or other shelters. Their network of foster families cares for the dogs, and rehabilitates when needed. They really get to know each dog’s personality, and are able to help pair adopters with Springers that will be a good fit for their homes.
Abby is around 3 years old, and she’s gorgeous! She’s shy with new people and new situations, but warms up with some patience and treats. She’d like to be only dog in your life and spend as much time as she can with you!
I couldn’t believe Duke is 10 years old, this guy has tons of energy! He was dropped off at a shelter “to make room for a puppy” :( He loves car rides and tennis balls, and is ready for a home of his own.
Willie was lost and sat in a shelter for a month, waiting for his family to claim him; when no one came, the shelter contacted ESRA. He’s a special needs boy, and has undergone multiple surgeries to remove broken teeth, and repair his ACL in both back legs. This guy has been through a lot, but he’ll soon be ready for his forever home!
Click here to see the different ways you can help ESRA, and be sure to follow their Facebook page for updates and current events!
This Memorial Day weekend, you can visit the zoo for the grand opening celebration of the newly-renovated Discovery Bay, and the public premiere of these critically endangered animals.
There are only 1,100 Hawaiian Monk Seals left in existence, and their numbers are declining by 4% every year. Having them here in Minnesota is very special: it’s the only place outside of Hawaii where we can view Monk Seals in human care. Monk Seals can live to be 25-30 years old, and the individuals at our zoo are around 19 years old.
The MN Zoo is offering a sanctuary for these non-releasable animals, and are committed to providing them with the highest possible quality of life. The girls are non-releasable, because they have vision impairments that would prevent them from being able to care for themselves in the wild. Ola (the first image below) is the only one with good vision, but there’s no guarantee she won’t develop issues later on. She’s quite vocal, and in addition to her (very) loud bellows, she often makes low, rhythmic thumping noises that radiate out into the water. Very cool to watch.
Going “behind the scenes” with these beautiful creatures was an amazing experience. A very big Thank You to the MN Zoo for this unique opportunity!
We watched while the seals had feeding time, and practiced some behaviors.
Also new to the zoo, are these Moon Jellies. Very difficult to photograph :)
After finishing up at Discovery Bay, we got to visit some of the other animals who live at the zoo:
If you’d like to get involved with the zoo and their conservation efforts, check out their website for information about the different options they have available.
Three friends started this rescue last year, filling an underrepresented niche in the rescue world. There was previously no organization dedicated strictly to “pocket pets,” a general category of small (non-dog / non-cat), furry creatures that many people have and love. When I learned about the group, I knew I had to include them in our Giving Back program.
Some fun facts about MN Pocket Pet Rescue:
Their gorgeous website was created by Ash, one of the founding members.
You can help them out by purchasing supplies from their Amazon wish list, and those items will be shipped directly to the rescue.
Their foster families are lovingly referred to as “pocket protectors.” They can always use more pocket protectors, so they can continue to take in and re-home even more small pets. If you’d like to volunteer but can’t foster, they have some other fun ways you can contribute.
Here’s some of the adorable adoptables we photographed last week: