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Carolyne Mas: News

SIGNAL FOR HELP: ANY SUGGESTIONS? - February 28, 2006

We got the property, but were waiting for one of our current houses to sell so we could have money to build kennels for the dogs, nearly 20K worth. This was not good enough for the court today. They wanted to take all of my animals on Monday. I was barely able to get a word in edgewise in my defense.

I was humiliated by the court once again, even though I have made what I think are great strides. They ended up giving me 30 days to move the animals, or Animal Control will take them all.

If anyone out there knows of any way to help me, please do. We are more than desperate, and anxious to put this behind us once and for all.

This is Michi. He is from Argentina. He thinks that he finally found a home. Please help us relocate these beautiful and innocent animals safely.

ANIMAL HAUS SAVED! - January 12, 2006

Thanks to some great Realtors, some creative financing, and a very helpful seller, we have found a new location in Brooksville, FL, about 45 minutes NE of where we are now. This is in Hernando County, where apparently everyone who loves animals goes to live in peace.

My legal situation is still in the toilet, and I do not know if I will ever receive any kind of justice, but at least we will all be able to sleep at night once again.

Thank you to all who care. Some of you have even offered monetary help, and I am pleased to announce that I am now in the position to accept all offers, however big or small, anything will be of great help. We need to build new kennels because we will have to move the dogs into ones that are already built. We also will need to do some minor construction on a cattery that is already in place, as well as create a fenced in area for the ponies. We spent a lot of money a year ago building these very things here, but we will need for them to be in place at the new house before we can move anyone in, including people. We will have to leave what we built behind, or sell it after the fact. It will be far easier to sell both properties without the animals present. Some people have trouble having vision, especially if they are not animal lovers.

Any donations can be sent via PayPal to ouranimalhaus@aol.com, or mailed to us directly. Please call 727-863-7826 if you wish to contribute, and we can tell you the particulars.

This is Jax, who sadly passed away last summer. He is sorely missed.

PLEASE HELP SAVE ANIMAL HAUS - November 16, 2005

Last year a Realtor in Florida sold us this lovely 5 acre property which had in the past been a boarding and training facility for Whippets. After moving in and believing that we were realizing our dream to help those who cannot help themselves, we sadly found out that the property was not zoned for a kennel. We have a very sick neighbor who has gone around soliciting support against us, and he was eventually able to find people to join him in his cause against us--people who are one-quater of a mile away. They are the only persons in the area who do not have animals.

On my birthday this year, I had to go to court in response to the zoning violation, and was given until January 1st to comply. My lawyer told me today that he has been talking to the zoning commission, and any request for rezoning will most certainly be turned down. I am suing the Realtor and all other participating parties who lied to us, but if I cannot comply with the strict zoning standards by January 1st, I could go to jail.

I need help from any Animal Welfare groups, powerful persons, or anyone else whom you can think of. We in tears here, because we love all of our animals, and would die before any harm came to any of them. The sorrow is unbearable, and we are beginning to believe that nice guys really do finish last.

Please call me at (727) 863-7826 if you can help in any way. The picture here is of a Shih Tzu named Meatloaf. We have no idea how old he is, but he is very old. He was found wandering the streets in Nashville close to a busy 4-lane road. He has had to have all but one of his teeth pulled, and had to have his jaw wired twice because of bone loss. This is just one example of what we do, and why we acquired this lovely property with so much space to do so.

We have seen many miracles happen in the lives of our dogs and cats, and we'd hate to see any of it undone by the petty behavior of a few bad souls.

THE FACES AND HISTORY OF "ANIMAL HAUS" - September 18, 2005

This is Carlos (left) and Buster (right).


These days I am devoting myself primarily to the care of my family, and my growing extended family. I have slowly begun to build a non-profit animal rescue called "ANIMAL HAUS." I have always been concerned about the plight and the welfare of our fellow creatures who share this lovely planet, and this has become much more of a serious endevour over the years for both myself, and for my husband, Teddy.

When we lived in Nashville, TN, we came across so many stray animals--especially dogs and cats--who had been abandoned by their owners, or were simply left to fend for themselves on the streets even though they had owners. This was, to us, completely unacceptable. We also discovered that there were so few "no kill" shelters, the state of TN is very underfunded, and that they were turning away dozens of animals on a daily basis. Many shelters were forced to close because there was simply no money to be had. We could not live with this.

Eventually we built multiple kennels in our small backyardard for the dogs, and we used our basement, as well as several other rooms upstairs, for the smaller dogs and cats. We both did the best we could with what we had, both of us working full time jobs for 7.50 an hour, and we eventually established good relationships with our neighbors, and with the local authorities.

When my Dad died in 2002, I moved to Florida to look after my Mom, as well as my Aunt who has Alzheimer's. Crammed into a station wagon with our son Gabriel, then 9 months old, 3 cats, 4 birds, and one sugar glider, I made the drive through torrential rains on Christmas Eve. My husband stayed behind to take care of everyone else. After nearly 2 years of enduring this forced separation, I was finally able to get the much needed help from my Mom and my Aunt (not an easy task, lots of tearful begging!), to purchase a property appropriate for housing so many animals, as well as a good place to manage the care of my Aunt (this is how I make my income, as Guardian), who was now confined to her bed. Finally, with the prospect of better days ahead, my husband was able to move down to Florida, along with all of the animals (via an animal transport company), and we were all reunited at the end of 2004.

In December of 2004 we acquired a group liscence for our dogs, and when I was asked the name of our kennel by Animal Control, I said the first thing that popped up into my head--"ANIMAL HAUS," as my husband's family was visiting from Germany and we were already in a kind of "German" mode.

We are now able to provide a loving sanctuary for over 150 animals--not just for the the cats and dogs, but for rabbits, ferrets, fish, sugar gliders, 2 Shetland ponies, and a variety of birds who have either been adopted from individuals, or rescued from pet stores. Because I work at home, my husband is able to stay home as well, and this works out perfectly for our human family, and for our extended animal family, who are so very close to being human.

My Son Gets His First Drum Kit! - September 16, 2005

Gabriel Joseph Jules Agustinho Mas was born on March 17, 2002. He has completely changed my life, and I wonder whether or not he will one day become a working musician.

He will certainly not encounter many of the difficulties that I have experienced, because he will be a man in a man's domain.

Gabrielle is very animated, and has taken an avid interest in several different musical instruments. He is already quite the song and dance man, and ever the actor.

"BRAND NEW WORLD" CD is here! - September 12, 2005

'BRAND NEW WORLD," the last recorded collaboration between myself and producer Steve Burgh (recorded 11/98 through 3/99), has been released, after much ado, on my own label, Savage Juliet Records.

Steve also produced my first two albums in 1979 and 1980. When he died of a sudden and massive heart attack in February of this year, I was devastated. At his funeral many people told me, including his mother whom I had never met before, that the work we did together meant a lot to him. It had been so many years since our first projects, and he never really told me to my face, so I was deeply touched by this. It then seemed such a crime for this CD to go unheard, for people not to be reminded of how good he was--how good we were together. I decided then to release "Brand New World," just the way he first sent it to me after it was mixed, as a tribute to my musical mentor and dear, dear friend.

Inside the CD is my dedication to Steve under an image of us onstage at The Bottom Line in New York City when we were recording the album. The CD cover picture is of my son, Gabriel. I wish Steve had had the chance to meet him.

"BRAND NEW WORLD" is finally now available online. Just click on "BUY" above for more info, as well as an interesting tidbit about one of the songs on the CD.

Incidentally, all you Media Moguls and Industry Types out there--I am available for press and radio interviews, and I am not totally turned off to the idea of worldwide distribution for this CD--especially in Europe, Japan, and Canada.
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