Excellent Work, Juicers!


An email update from MARC:

John, Thank you and all Balloon Juice followers, for the calendar sales resulting in MARC (Marion Animal Resource Connection) in Jasper, TN receiving $1,935.96! It is being put to very good use. I don’t know what we would do without your support. You have helped and continue to help so very many innocent cats and dogs here in Marion County, TN.

In the last 4 weeks we have taken in 22 stray puppies and 3 pregnant dogs who subsequently gave birth to 19 puppies. In just one week we spayed and returned to their low income families 12 female dogs who would not have been spayed without MARC’s help. This prevented more homeless puppies. We have helped rescue and rehome 5 pregnant cats and two litters of kittens. MARC receives on average ten calls every day of the week asking for help.

The pictures I have included show a sample of the cats and dogs we have helped recently. The two cute puppies on the couch were from a litter of six who had apparently been thrown over a cliff on one of our mountains. Hikers heard them crying, climbed down and saved them all. MARC was contacted and the puppies were fostered until they were old enough to be adopted. MARC provided their vet care and got them spayed and neutered. These two were adopted by one of the TV anchormen from the station who covered the story.

We continue to cultivate networks with other rescues and shelters. So far this year we have sent 60 dogs/puppies to Boston with Great Dog Rescue New England. They find wonderful homes for our southern dogs. We also have been working with two of the shelters in Chattanooga. They have started helping us with hoarding cases and taking cats and dogs as they are able. These relationships have been a wonderful outlet for MARC when we have no place to put an animal to prevent them being killed or getting them some help medically.

Again, Thank you and your followers for all the wonderful support you give MARC. You make it all possible!!!


You guys rock!

35 replies
  1. 1
    WereBear says:

    I love that they get the dogs to where they can get adopted.

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    Tommy says:

    Somebody got a link so I can send them a few bucks.

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    Violet says:

    Yay! Love hearing good news like this. MARC sounds like a really great group and how wonderful that they’re partnering with other organizations. It’s like an underground railroad for animals.

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    Violet says:

    @Tommy: MARC: http://marc4change.org/. There’s a Donate button on the page.

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    ruemara says:

    That fuzzy cat is calling my name.

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    Tommy says:

    @Violet: Perfect. I had already Googled them but thought there might be a link here so they could track the money came from this site.

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    MikeJ says:

    I like the back to back posts about Hitler being a dog lover followed by the animal shelter telling you, “good job.”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Not bad for a snarling pack of vitriolic jackals…

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    geg6 says:

    Yay, MARC!

    Those anchorman puppehs are hilariously cute. Love the head tilts.

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    WaterGirl says:

    The two cute puppies on the couch were from a litter of six who had apparently been thrown over a cliff on one of our mountains.

    Holy fuck. My eyes got big and I had to read that twice to be sure I had read that correctly.

    Hikers heard them crying, climbed down and saved them all.

    Thank god for all the good people in the world.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @ruemara: Trying not to get ahead of myself, but I am hoping if the new job works out well that your two kitties might be able to come back into your life?

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    Tommy says:

    @WaterGirl: Same here. I can’t imagine in my head how somebody would do that. I mean what goes through your head to think “hey lets go throw some puppies off a ledge.”

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    Violet says:

    @Tommy: It’s a Paypal donation link. Maybe you can note on it that it’s from Balloon-Juice?

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    Ash Can says:

    Great news. Thanks for the update.

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    Tommy says:

    OT but my gosh it is about animals. That Nevada rancher (I won’t type his name) is now saying the government harmed his cattle. Cue more right wing outrage in 3, 2, 1 …..

    “It’s going to take a lot to revive the calves that were nearly dead when they were returned to the Bundy Ranch because they had been separated from their mothers during the roundup, and a few most likely won’t make it,” said Fiore, a Republican from Las Vegas. “It’s time for Nevada to stand up to the federal government and demand the return of the BLM lands to the people of Nevada.”

    Oh and Japan is going to start whaling again. At least this post is some good news for animals.

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    jeffreyw says:

    Yay! And a nice calendar, to boot! Here’s another puppeh for you.

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    Kristine says:

    @jeffreyw: OMG those PAWS!

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Kristine: She’s a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix. Gonna be a big girl!

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    Violet says:

    OT–NYPD disbands its Spying On Muslims unit.

    The NYPD’s Demographics Unit, which allowed plainclothes detectives to spy on pretty much any Muslim doing anything in New York at anytime, has been disbanded, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Since its establishment in 2003, the once-secret program infamously failed to generate any leads or investigations, though former Mayor Bloomberg and former police commissioner Ray Kelly repeatedly defended it as essential to protecting the city from terrorism after the public learned of its existence.

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    Tommy says:

    @jeffreyw: Yes she will. My brothers puppy was that size and he is now the size of a small horse. Labradoodle. Wonderful, wonderful dog but he does have a little too much energy for my taste. Also gets very excited. He was taken to a trainer, but alas the trainer failed to train. It is really strange cause it will jump up on anybody, well anybody but my 5 year old niece. He truly seems to understand he is larger then her and could hurt her.

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    raven says:


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    Loneoak says:

    Since when are we Cole’s followers? Petulant assfaced hangers-on is perhaps more accurate.

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    WereBear says:

    While we are talking cuteness, here is Tristan and his new cat tree.

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    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    I thought this might be a good place to share this: Just look at their faces.

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    ruemara says:

    @WaterGirl: I sure hope so. I really miss them. However, the standoffish office cat has discovered I have a lap. So he and the office dog now follow me. It’s an office record, 1 day and the animals seem attracted.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @ruemara: Double yay: yay for hope for getting your kitties, yay for office pets with good taste.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ruemara: You have office dogs?

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    ruemara says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I have started working for a behavioralist. Many of you with dogs probably have heard of her. So I have her doggie (follower), my supervisor’s doggie (likes to bury her face in my lap and give me poodle hugs) and chickens and cats to contend with, along with CMS, SEO, Social Media MarCom and filming schedules. Like writing a script re: pharmacopeia, long distance hunting for film permits in the UK and worrying about doggie peen appearing in the shot.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ruemara: I have never worked in an environment like that. Probably for the best. I’d just play with the dogs until they fired me for lack of production.

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    ruemara says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: You can get a lot of work done with a cozy cat in your lap. Of course, “kissy kissy pookie face” does get annoying the 4th time in a row. But—> KITTIES! Soon the volunteers will be socializing the kittens and I’ll have weeee kittens.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    You can get a lot of work done with a cozy cat in your lap.

    Cat allergies. Dog and horse ones as well. The latter ones respond to meds. Cats just fuck me up. I will also note that they know it – those sadists. They always come rub up against me, sit on my lap, etc. They know what they are doing; they know that I will be nice. Then they laugh like bastards when my eyes water and I start sneezing.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I have started working for a behavioralist. Many of you with dogs probably have heard of her.

    If her name starts with a “V” and she’s British, I will be very excited for you.

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    April Bowden says:

    @ruemara: Bella is her name. She is a great girl. Go to our petfinder page for more info on her! http://Www.petfinder.com. The. Search 37347 zipcode. You will find MARC. Or email me to talk about her. :-). Marc4change@hotmail.com

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    April Bowden says:

    Bella the Maine Coone is up for adoption. Our website is acting crazy, but you can learn more about her on http://www.petfinder.com
    MARC is in zipcode 37347
    Our email is marc4change@hotmail.com

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