Bima’s Story

image 1 of BimaA young black cat was found by quietly meowing outside a country garage. On closer inspection, Bill and Martha noted that the limping cat had a severe injury to his left front leg. There were also many BBs found under the kitten’s black coat. Animal Resource Center volunteers were contacted and the cat was taken to see Dr. Smith at Leighow Veterinary. The leg injury was from an animal trap. An amputation had to be done to save his life. Funds remaining from the generous response to Trina’s appeal were available to cover this surgery.

image 2 of BimaBima (an Indonesian word for Brave) is a very friendly, sleek black cat who enjoys treats and belly rubs. He is currently recuperating in his foster home. He was very quiet during the first week following surgery but now has discovered that he can run up and down steps and play chase with 3 other cats in the home. He has also become acquainted with 2 large dogs. Bima, an inquisitive young cat, can teach us all a lesson in courage.

Trina’s Story

It was a cold early morning after an extremely cold night. A small brown box was found on the doorstep. Kristie looked inside and found a tiny kitten with her young mother. The mother cat seemed to be doing well but the kitten, who she named Trina, had red, inflamed eyes. The veterinarian diagnosed Trina with a severe eye infection. It had already caused blindness. Both eyes had to be removed to control the kitten’s pain and infection. With community donations by animal loving people and the contribution of services of the Animal Care Center’s Dr. Berg and Campbell, Trina was able to have her surgery. Sweet Trina did well after the surgery.

She is currently recuperating well with her mother in Kristie’s home. She is learning to find her way around a familiar environment and enjoys being held and cuddled. More information on caring for cats with handicaps can be found at

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Mera has a home!

Hi everyone! Cyndi and Mary took Mera to her new home today! She did awesome! She went right to the front door like she knew it was her home. Mary says, "The people (from Palmerton, PA - going towards Allentown) are fantastic. I would give them any dog! I'm sure she'll do great!"
Wish her luck! The adoptive family wrote an email saying, "You cannot imagine how excited Nathaniel is! Mera has been wonderful all day, she found a spot on the carpet about ten minutes after you and Cyndi left and snuggled down with her legs sprawled out! She is very playful, yet very gentle with us when she grabs our hand to keep rubbing her. We took her for a walk and she went to the bathroom outside! We also left her in her crate for about an hour while we took Nathaniel for baseball sign-ups. When we returned her tail was wagging and we didn't hear a single growl! When we let her out of her crate, we got lots of kisses! One thing that was unusual that happened was when Tom was starting a fire in the wood burner. He uses a newspaper to start the fire, so he went into the closet where we keep a box full of old newspapers. When he walked over to the woodstove holding the newspaper and Mera saw him, she started to growl at the newspaper. She must have had a bad past experience connected to newspapers. She listens very well and she has really been very calm! I believe we found a gem! Thank you! I'll keep you updated on Mera as she adjusts here in her new home! Jamie"

Items needed

We need donations of any brand of powdered he (High Efficiency) laundry detergent. Look for the blue swirly with the letters (he) as in this picture. We cannot use regular detergent. It must be (he) rated.

We also need your old towels for wiping down the dogs after they play outside. Most of the dogs like to curl up in the towels, too.

Stolen dog returned dead

This is such a sad story... it is sad that there are such terrible people in the world.

This story is from the Tuesday, January 6, 2009 Edition of the Press Enterprise
By KRISTIN BAVER, Press Enterprise Writer
NORTH CENTRE TWP. — A family here is still trying to figure out why someone stole their beloved dog on Christmas Eve and returned him dead days later.
The thief took the 22-month-old chocolate Labrador, named Duke, and his food dish from outside Shari and Michael Jurbala's home that night, the family says. The dog's carcass reappeared mysteriously four days later, in a mud puddle at the end of a nearby driveway.
Duke's back was broken as if he'd been hit by a car. His dish was also returned to his kennel the same day, filled with a strange type of food mixed with chili.
Mr. Jurbala, 45, figures Duke may have been stolen to be given as a Christmas present, but got away from his captor and was killed while trying to run home. Maybe the thief collected Duke's body and decided to return him.
"I just want to know what happened," he said. "(Duke) was my buddy."

'Too friendly'
So much about the events surrounding Duke's death raises questions for the Jurbalas.
The family believes the thief must have befriended their canine because they didn't hear any noise as he was whisked away. "He was too friendly. That's what got him in trouble," Mr. Jurbala said.
Mrs. Jurbala, 44, says she's scared, knowing that a stranger was trespassing near her home even while her family was gathered inside. The house was also burglarized about 15 years ago, the couple says.
The last time the family saw Duke alive, he was out romping. Mr. Jurbala went inside to fetch a ham bone for the pet; when he returned, the dog and his dish were gone. At the time, the whole family was getting ready to visit with relatives for the holiday, Mrs. Jurbala said. Swiping the pet with everyone home "was very gutsy," she says.

'Everybody loved him'
The Jurbalas took Duke in during the summer of 2007, when a relative decided he couldn't keep the rambunctious puppy. "We didn't want him," Mr. Jurbala recalled. "But the family fell in love with him." "Everybody loved him," Mrs. Jurbala added. "He loved everybody." With too much energy to stay indoors, Duke was soon residing in a private kennel near the family's home.
He enjoyed playing hide and seek with the Jurbala's daughter, and sometimes wandered free around the yard. In the winters, they kept him warm with extra straw and three fleece blankets. And they took turns microwaving Duke's food. "I just felt he had to have a warm belly," Mrs. Jurbala said. If Mrs. Jurbala and the children, Michael, 18, and Jessica, 14, get their way, the family will have another dog some day.
But Mr. Jurbala isn't so sure. "I'll never have another one like him."

Stranger spotted
Three days after Duke disappeared, the worried family placed a lost dog ad in the newspaper. A few people called after spotting similar animals, but Mrs. Jurbala said the descriptions didn't quite fit or didn't include Duke's distinctive orange collar. They also called dog law enforcer John Graham. Then Dec. 28, Mrs. Jurbala recalls spotting a man walking through the family's carport about 20 minutes before the dog's body turned up. She didn't give it a second thought until the dish and the dog reappeared.

Duke was trained to never cross the road, and the family never had a problem keeping the pooch on their property, they say. And there were no tracks to indicate how Duke had found his way to the nearby driveway, unless he was placed there.
The Jurbalas filed a police report after burying their dog with his dish and the toys that were meant to be Christmas presents. They're also offering an unspecified reward for any information about what happened, according to the newspaper advertisement.
Mrs. Jurbala describes the stranger as being about 5-foot-10, white, and wearing a tan, Carhartt-like jacket.
Anyone with information can call Briar Creek Township Police at 784-6303 or 759-0354.
Kristin Baver can be reached at 387-1234 ext. 1310 or

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