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Coni the Hollywood's Modern Crazy Cat Lady

On January 30, 2011, Coni Constantine, a dear friend of mine, and also known as Hollywood’s Modern Crazy Cat Lady (why modern? because she’s in shape and has abs) will be running in the 2011 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon as a member of Team ASPCA, a national fundraising and marathon training program benefiting the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ). She is excited to be participating in the inaugural Team ASPCA race and honored to be raising awareness and much needed funding to support the ASPCA’s programs.

Your donation will help the ASPCA continue to provide local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pets and pet parents, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. The ASPCA is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight to end animal cruelty, homelessness and neglect.

My rescued babies - Rocky, Princess & Sparta!

Just few weeks ago, my roommate found a lost or perhaps abandoned young white beagle wandering alone in the parking lot of the Pan Pacific Park near Hollywood. The little dog was darting in and out of traffic, bleeding slightly and obviously terrified. My roommate notified the park manager and together they were able to catch the dog and put him in a meeting room to keep him safe until the city Animal Control could come pick him up, treat him and hold him until he could be claimed.   My roommate was afraid that if no one claimed him over the holidays (it was December 24th) he might be euthanized so he asked that Animal Control contact him if the dog did not have an ID tracking chip, or if no one claimed him.  He was assured that the message would be relayed and that he would be contacted once the dog was checked out and if no one claimed him.

After two weeks went by and he heard nothing, my roommate assumed that the little guy had been claimed.  He decided to call just to make sure and after some searching around found that the dog had just been killed a fews days earlier because he had not been claimed and they needed the space (“Killed” is such a strong word, I know, but let’s face it, it best describes the action…. they do not put the dog to ‘sleep’!).   My roommate was devastated.  He felt terrible.   How this happened is still unknown.  The city shelter claims there was no note in the dog’s file to call anyone before killing the dog.   Clearly, someone was either completely incompetent and lost the message that should have accompanied the dog (that someone had offered to take him) or, even worse, someone at the shelter just didn’t give a crap and couldn’t be bothered with the extra work… namely a phone call to save the life of a sweet, terrified dog.

The point of the story is that, Parker (that’s what we were going to call him since he was found in the parking lot of a park) could still be alive and in the care of my home if the  shelter hadn’t been so short on space that they had to kill the little guy after the minimum holding time required . Every week, hundreds of cats and dogs are killed due to lack of space and funds at pet shelter facilities. We could change that and help these facilities to provide better care to the lost, abandoned and stray animals until they find a home.

Please support Coni with her marathon and save these poor animals by donating to:

Any small amount will help. Thank You!