Stray Blog
If you have adopted a rescue dog you will enjoy the Stray Blog!  Recent posts give interesting descriptions of dog rescue in Argentina.

                    Founder: Joseph Liseno

   Quick bio:

     - School Counselor in Western Mass

     - Fluent in Spanish

     - MS in Counseling

     - MA in International Affairs (Latin America Studies)

     - Return Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia 1997-2000)

     - Nidan - Uechi Ryu Karate

Recent Posts

Shake it Off

It was Walt Whitman who wrote: "Leave your theory like Joseph his coat in the hands of the harlot, and flee." Over the past several months my theories about how best to build this website have changed and evolved thanks to everyone who gave me feedback to improve cohesiveness. Sometimes you just have to get your coat dirty.

Ins & Outs of T.J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center

In the fall of 2016, I was working in a school in Indian Orchard when a little dog appeared at the front door, then at a side door, then the back door, and so on. It was very difficult for me to concentrate on my work because I was sure that friendly looking, lost dog was going to end up getting hit by a car. Anxious, I kept peering out different sides of the building and had trouble keeping myself from heading outside. A coworker called T.J. O’Connor and someone showed up quickly to scoop up the dog and take him to safety. With that situation in mind, I meet with Heather Kies, Volunteer and Support Coordinator of T.J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center in Springfield, MA. Heat

Letter from the Founder

On the evening of March 30, 2017 my wife and I attended the Kocktails for Kane’s event at Chez Josef in Agawam, MA. It was a fun night and Kane’s Krusade founder, Kim George hopes that this can become an annual affair. Kim described one of the families Kane’s serves as an elderly man whose wife passed away. He can no longer afford to feed or provide necessary vet care for his dog. Kim rhetorically asks: “How do you tell this gentleman that he needs to take his dog to an animal shelter and surrender it so that it gets the healthcare it needs?” Through the support of Kane’s Krusade this man is able to remain with his closest family member. To see more about Kane’s Krusade, please see my p

Truman

Before I get into the review, my opinion is that this movie is worth seeing! Truman is categorized as a comedy/drama, but crosses into other lanes (like tear-jerker). As a general rule, I steer clear of movies that provoke sobbing. It is probably better I had no idea what I was getting into when my wife and I ended up buying tickets for Truman while vacationing in Bordeaux, France last summer. All I knew was that this flick was in Spanish (which I speak, unlike French) and that it seemed to be about a dog. Yeah, so Truman turns out to be about an Argentine expat named Julian (Ricardo Darin) now living in Spain. Julian, we quickly find is facing serious predicament and his good friend Tom

Kane's Krusade

“Our mission is to keep families together, one dog at a time” – Kim George, Founder of Kane’s Krusade "Kane" Beginnings When Kim George’s dog Tess was diagnosed with cancer, Kim refinanced her house to pay for chemotherapy and counted her blessings for having the equity to leverage. The treatment Kim was able to afford allowed Tess to live five more years and the situation led Kim to think about dog owners who do not have much money or access to credit. What do those folks do when their dogs get sick or injured? What happens to people with pets when they lose their jobs? What do people do when they can’t find housing because of the breed of dog they own? Kim George founded Kane’s Krusad

Dog Rescue Outside Buenos Aires

As Maria Marta discusses “Flaco” we do not look to sugarcoat the desperate situations dogs face in countries to our south. ​ On the night of February 1, I arrived at my daughter’s house where we found this dog with a terrible wound on his back. This beautiful dog was bleeding profusely and he had little energy to even stand. He was in a lot of pain. My husband and I picked him up and brought him to our house. Because there is no veterinary attention at night where we live, I administered some first aid. His general health was good, but he had a serious hemorrhage. The wound was very deep and it contained maggots!! By morning we had been able to stop the bleeding and he drank water and t

Maria Marta

Stray But Looking LLC has recently connected with Maria Marta, a citizen of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Argentina as in many other countries, there exist few social safety nets for people like the ones in the U.S. Safety nets for dogs and other animals are practically non-existent. I can’t find the latest statistic but there are probably between 800,000 – 1 million stray dogs in Buenos Aires alone. What is being done to alleviate this situation? Well this is where private citizens take matters into their own hands. Maria Marta was taking in so many abandoned dogs and other animals (a horse even) off the streets that she ran out of room at her home. She and her family moved to a larger

The Evolution of Dog Rescue

When people think about the local animal shelter, I would guess they have an image of that ASPCA commercial with the pathetic looking dog pressing his nose and adorable eyes against the bars of his cage as he begs you to take him home. That commercial is so well done, I usually turn down the volume if I don’t change the channel. Sheryl Blancato, founder of The Second Chance Animal Shelter in North Brookfield, MA, and her husband Joe say that the mission of animal shelters in the US is moving beyond the issues represented by what we see in that commercial. For instance, in 2015 Second Chance Animal Shelter with operations in Central and Western Massachusetts helped 26,000 animals, but only

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