My Rescue

IMG_0727On a Sunday I decided to go for a run and had a beautiful day to do it.  It was early May, 70 degrees with a cool breeze that made it perfect to be out, even though I was doing something I really dislike but know has to get done.  Two parks are directly across the street from me and for some reason I chose the furthest one on that day.  As I made my way around the park and was going for the second lap, I jumped as something in a pile of leaves appeared to reach for me.  Upon taking a closer look, what I thought to be a rat turned out to be a ferret.  He was scrawny, dirty and thin.  He looked scared as he slowly made his way over to me and even though I was nervous about handling an animal at that point in my life that I never touched, I picked him up and cradled him in my shirt.  I spent the next hour going through the park and walking up several streets trying to find his owner.  Got him a box and fed him some Honeycombs, because after all I had no idea what these animals ate, and watched him nearly choke because he was eating so fast probably out of starvation.  No one claimed this little ferret, so I went and bought him a three tier cage equipped with everything ferret’s like, bought him the appropriate food and spent nearly the next four years with an animal who absolutely appreciated that he was rescued.  He became apart of our family and was deeply missed when he passed.  It’s nice to go to a pet store and search for the perfect puppy, kitten or other small newborn animal, but remember, there are so many animals who are up for adoption that know you rescued them if given the chance.  You will form a bond with your rescued friend unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  So, if you’re thinking of getting a new animal, please think of adopting because you’re not only getting a new companion, you’re also saving a life.

-Joe Fiorilli


Mold Exposure In Dogs – Part 1

It is hard to believe that dogs can be exposed to mold just the same as humans, and one of the culprits of exposure is through ingestion. Mycotoxicosis is a term used to denote poisoning by food products contaminated by fungi (i.e., moldy bread, cheese, English walnuts, or even a backyard compost). As well as being toxic to humans, fungi release various toxins, also called mycotoxins, that are toxic to cats and dogs.

Symptoms and Types

The severity and type of symptom will ultimately depend on the amount and type of mycotoxin ingested. Some of the more common symptoms associated with mycotoxicosis include:

  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Panting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Vomiting
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Weakness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased body temperature
  • Dehydration
  • Lack of appetite (anorexia)


Ingestion of mushrooms, moldy food, or garbage and other decomposing organic matter.


You will need to give the veterinarian a thorough history of your dog’s health, including the onset and nature of the symptoms, and any possible exposure to mushrooms, moldy food, or decomposing organic matter. He or she will then perform a complete physical examination, as well a biochemistry profile, urinalysis, and complete blood count (CBC). These tests will help rule out other causes for tremors and seizures.
More advanced tests (thin-layer chromatography, bile analysis) are available to analyze the contents of the stomach and vomit, which should definitely confirm or refute the diagnosis.


Rescuing Xena

Rescuing Xena

Pictured here is Xena. She was rescued by Red Paw after her house was intentionally set on fire. Her parents were murdered in the house prior to it being set ablaze, and Xena was rescued in an abandoned building two days later. The owner of MSI, Joe Fiorilli, is fostering her after several months of being in a kennel. She shortly became well adjusted to living in a home and is up for adoption. Even if you can not adopt or foster a dog, donating to such organizations like Red Paw Emergency Relief allows such people like Jen Leary to save lives.

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Nearly a month ago, upon inspecting a property which caught fire, I came upon an abandoned cat. Not knowing what to do, I found out about an organization called Red Paw Emergency Relief. I met Jen Leary who rescued and named the cat Bailey, and ever since, I get asked about her status. I’m so happy to tell everyone that Bailey has been adopted. She’s found a new home and a new start with great people who are giving this gentle cat a second chance. Remember, there’s always a choice when it comes to your pets and fostering animals in need can lead to them finding forever homes, like Bailey.

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