Today's Treasures
Rescue and Adoption


Our Adoptable Pets


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Why we do what we do


In today's society, innocent lives are being tossed aside much like an out-of-date pair of shoes. It is sad that Americans are "moving" to states that have no provisions for the family pet...or is it just too inconvenient to take them along?

It is disheartening when yesterday's cuddly puppy outgrows his or her cuteness and is labeled as "destructive" or "too big"...or is it a sign that the owner did not research the breed or take the dog to obedience school?

It is shameful that the adopters of yesterday's young cat got "too busy" with their lives to get her spayed, and oops, now "she has a litter of kittens that can't be cared for."

Many of these animals are sitting in shelters hoping for another chance at a home and family, not understanding why their lives have been turned upside down. This is where dedicated, animal-loving volunteers come on the scene to change the fate for some of these pets.

This is the point where Yesterday's Throwaway's becomes Today's Treasures.



Who We Are... Today's Treasures Rescue and Adoption (TTRA) is a small group of volunteers dedicated to helping discarded pets find permanent forever homes. Because there is an abundance of homeless animals in Alabama, we have chosen, as a starting point, the animals in Chilton County. We rescue pets from the often overcrowded Humane Society in Clanton. We attempt to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

Today's Treasures is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Any donations we may receive - whether by the adoption fee or private donations - ONLY goes to further our rescue efforts. All donation are tax deductible.

When TTRA accepts a new pet into its program, our first goal is evaluating health and temperament. All pets are given basic shots and de-worming, including rabies vaccine if over four months of age. Dogs over six months are heartworm tested and started on monthly preventative, if negative. All pets will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption with the ONLY exception being puppies or kittens too young for surgery. Then, a mandatory spay/neuter contract must be agreed upon and a certificate purchased. All known health issues will be disclosed to potential adopters.

Each "treasure" goes into foster care for temperament evaluation. Here we find out what their personalities are really like. We closely observe our foster pets. We test them for food aggression, compatability with cats, other dogs, children, etc. We get to know our foster pets in order to place them in the home best suited for their needs.

We are NOT a shelter.
We have no central location for viewing all adoptable pets.
We foster out of our private homes and show pets by appointment.





Our Featured Pets...



HATTIE




CANIS




Other Adoptable Pets

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOMES FOR THEM ALL - PLEASE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS

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Adopted Pets






Commitment is an indispensable quality for pet owners. Too often pets are obtained impulsively. When circumstances change or become difficult, the pet usually gets turned in to a shelter or given away. TTRA understands that sometimes unforeseen circumstances do take place in people's lives that necessitate finding better homes for their pets. However, most people assume because their pet is so wonderful, that he or she will be the first to get adopted from the local shelter. Owners console themselves with this idea and hope for the best. They walk out of the door, leaving a confused, scared animal in the hands of shelter workers.

Once in the shelter setting, this pet becomes one of many homeless animals. When put among so many others, it is easy for that scared family pet to get lost in the crowd. This is a sad, daily reality in shelters all across Alabama. This means many wonderful pets are euthanized without ever getting a second chance.

How To Adopt... The first step in adopting from TTRA is submitting the Pre-adoption Questionnaire. You must fill it out completely. A volunteer will review the information and check your vet reference. One of us will contact you--usually the foster parent of the pet you are interested in. However, if you do not receive a reply after three days, let us know. Most of us have full-time jobs and care for numerous pets in our spare time.

Our goal is to match the pet to the home that most closely suits the animal's needs. If you are not approved for a pet that you are interested in, it means we believe the animal would be happier in a different environment. We want everyone to be happy. Our rescued pets have been through so much in their little lives, they need this next home to be forever.

Before applying to adopt, please ask yourself these questions.


Why do you want a pet?
o It's quite surprising how many people fail to ask themselves this before they adopt a pet.
o Adopting a pet just because the kids have been begging for a puppy or kitten usually ends up being a big mistake.
o Don't think that you have to adopt because "we are a family, we are supposed to have a pet."
o Don't forget that in many cases a dog or cat may be with you 10, 15, or 20 years. Yes, even 20 years!

Do you have time for a pet?
o Dogs and cats cannot be ignored just because you're tired or busy.
o They require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year.
o Many animals end up at shelters because their owner's didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.
o And the misinformed idea that a cat is totally independent and can fend for itself is inaccurate.
o Cats need and require care, love, and companionship just like dogs. They just usually need it in a different way.

Can you afford a pet?
o The costs of pet ownership can be very high. Can you afford the veterinary care?
o Dog licenses, microchips, obedience classes, grooming, toys, food, kitty litter, and other items add up quickly.
o By adopting from a rescue organization your pet will be current on vaccinations and already spayed or neutered. However, adopters are responsible for health care needs for the rest of the pet's life.

Are you prepared to deal with any problems that an animal may cause?
o Fleas, shedding, scratched-up furniture, and housetraining accidents are common problems.
o Unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but realistic aspects of pet ownership.
o Puppies and kittens, especially, have a way of getting into things when you least expect it.
o A trip to an emergency vet clinic will set you back $50 or more, just for walking in the door.

Can you have a pet where you live?
o Many renters are not allowed to have pets. If they are, there are usually restrictions.
o Make sure you know what your rental manager requires before you bring a companion animal home.
o A pet deposit can range between $200 and $600 per pet.
o Trying to sneak a pet in is not a good idea and could lead to future trouble, leading up to and including eviction.

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?
o If you have kids under five years old you might consider waiting before you adopt a companion animal.
o If your kids are ready, teach them how to handle an animal properly and gently.
o If you're in college or the military you may need to wait until your life stabilizes before adopting a pet.
o If you travel frequently, it may not be the best time to adopt.
o The last thing you want to do is to have to give up your pet because of your lifestyle.

Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind?
o Not all small dogs are suited for apartment living. Some require quite a bit of exercise to be calm.
o Many small dogs also tend to bark at any noise, hence the "yappy little dog" complaint.
o On the other hand, some big dogs are very laid back and are content to be a resident couch potato.
o Before you adopt a pet - do your research. Find a pet that is right for your lifestyle by doing your research about the breed.

Who will care for your pet while you're away on vacation?
o Don't assume that your family will automatically take on this task. Many times it's just too much to ask.
o You may need to hire a pet-sitter. Some pets will probably be less stressed by having someone come to them.
o If you have reliable friends or neighbors, maybe you can swap taking care of each others pets while you are away.
o Ask your friends for recommendations on boarding facilities before selecting one.

Will you be a responsible pet owner?
o Having your pet spayed or neutered makes your pet healthier, calmer, and often more obedient.
o Please remember to obey community leash and licensing laws.
o Keep collar and identification tag on your pet at all times. Pets without ID tags are rarely reunited with their owners.
o Of course, being responsible also means giving your pet love, exercise, a healthy diet, shelter, and regular vet care.

Adopt an Animal for Life

Yes, it is a long list of questions to ask yourself. But if you take one quick trip through the local animal shelter, you will understand why answering them before you adopt is so important. This why most rescue organization perform careful, thorough screening of potential adopters. Many homeless shelter animals are puppies and kittens who were victims of irresponsible people who allowed their animals to breed. Some are dogs and cats that are no longer in that "cute" puppy or kitten stage. Most adult animals were turned in by people who didn't think through responsible animal guardianship before they got an animal.

Please, don't become a statistic. Think it through before you adopt an animal. Sharing your life with a companion animal can bring incredible joy, but only if you're willing to make the necessary commitments of love, time, money, and responsibility--for the entire life of the pet.



FENCING is required for all dogs over 20 pounds at maturity.

Our cats are adopted as INSIDE ONLY pets.

Adoption Process... After a volunteer reviews your application and contacts you, the approval process is underway. How long it takes for an application to be approved depends on numerous factors. Some of our "treasures" get multiple inquiries. In these instances, all of the potential adopters are screened, so that the rescued pet goes into the home best suited for his/her needs. This first entails checking the vet reference that you list in the application. If we need more information or a personal reference, will will contact you for that info.

A representative of TTRA may ask to visit your home, usually with the pet you are interested in. One reason for this is to make certain the new addition will be compatible with existing pets and family members. For out of state applicants, TTRA may ask a rescuer in your area to stop by for a visit prior to approval.

Adoption Fees... Adoption fees will likely vary from pet to pet. Our fees are reasonable and are determined by how much of our own dollars are spent getting each "treasure" ready for adoption.

Click here to fill out an application

If you do not receive a response in several days, contact us via email at gretasgifttome@aol.com We can also email/snail mail the pre-adoption questionnaire to you, if you prefer.



News...



MUST READ INFO!

BSL

Breed specific legislation (BSL) is any ordinance or law that bans or places restrictions on dog ownership based on a dog’s breed instead of a dog’s actions. BSL is spreading like wildfire and the affected breeds often include Akitas, Chow Chows, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Siberian Huskies in addition to pit bull terriers.

Martin Luther King, Jr. said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” BSL affects every dog owner and, make no mistake about it, it matters.

Breed specific legislation is spreading and affects many American towns, including several in Alabama. The Presa Canario breed is currently banned in Lanett, Alabama, and most recently, the pit bull has been banned in Warrior.

State Representative, Cam Ward issues this statement. "Breed specific legislation has been proven over and over again to be not only bad public policy but also a detriment to the livelihood of our dogs and their owners. We are winning this fight to roll back breed specific laws and enact sensible pet ownership guidelines that benefit the entire community without punishing a pet owner just because they own a particular breed of dog."

Cam Ward State Representative- District 49 www.camward.com

For more information regarding BSL, please visit

www.pbrc.net

www.understand-a-bull.com

www.outofthepits.org

www.badrap.org

For more information regarding BSL affecting the state of Alabama, please visit



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If you so choose, you may send donations to our PO Box listed below.
All donations are tax deductible.

Today's Treasures Rescue and Adoption
PO Box 546
Montevallo, AL 35115

Email Inquiries Only: gretasgifttome@aol.com




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Site last updated on January 31, 2015

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