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l m n CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 75 Delaware Humane Association offers pickup services By Mary Ann Benyo The Delaware Humane Associ- ation (DHA) has announced it will now come to Rehoboth Beach to assess animals' suitability for adoption from owners who need to surrender their pets. The DHA van will be at stationed at Con- cord Pets in the Food Lion shop- ping center on Route 1, Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there are approximately, 20 ap- pointments available. Private pet owners who are un- able to care for their dogs or cats can call the association at 1- 888- DHA-SPAY to schedule an ap- pointment to meet in the van. Res- cue groups are encouraged to go to the DHA shelter in Wilmington. For an assessment, dogs must be on collar and leash; cats in a se- cure, hard plastic container. DHA is not accepting dogs or cats more than five years old, any aggressive animals or any feral cats. Puppies must be at least eight weeks; kit- tens must be eight weeks or 2 pounds. Staff will see each animal for approximately 15 minutes, get a medical history, and perform a brief behavioral evaluation. If the animal is accepted, the owner will be able to hand it over then along with any health records. A contribution is request- ed for basic health screening and Mary Ann Benyo photos Nicholas, an eight-year.old German Shepherd mix, was transfered from the Sussex County SPCA with an ad- vanced case of heartworm and an outstanding tempera- ment. He is one of the longer-term guests at the no- kill Delaware Humane Asso- ciation shelter in Wilming- ton. vaccinations. 'his event is for anyone who cannot take proper care of an ani- mal, for any reason," Executive Director Kevin Usilton said. "If you have animals you need to find a place for, call us." "Sometimes there are times when people have no choice - ma- jor things happen," said Mary Ann D'Amato, Community Rela- tions Manager for DHA. Women Continued from page 73 moved. Without messing her hair, Darlin climbed into the final layer - a low-cut satin gown overlaid with black lace, studded with black rhinestones, trimmed with beads and sequins, with appliquds on the bodice and a gathered ruffle at the hem. A long trair trailed se- dately behind her. She weighed eight more pounds. Darlin completed her ensemble by donning an elaborate necklace, a hair ornament, and long black leather gloves, and she carried a stylish ostrich-feath- er fan. Before going outdoors, she would add a black shawl or, for cold weather, her opera cloak, weighing another 7 or 8 pounds. The transformation during the hour-long presenta- tion was stunning, as Darlin metamorphosed from the girl next door into a lady. Elegant, refined, charming, undeniably attractive, and just a bit myste- rious, she was ready for an evening at the ball in a well cut gown designed to show off her curves, "however illegitimate they may be," Darlin said. She relayed a story, describing the first evening of a typical Victorian honeymoon. "The bride takes off her hair pieces and puts them over there." She ges- tures to an imaginary bureau. "Then she takes all the padding from her bosom and puts it there." She points. "She removes the enhancements to her hips and piles them there." She points somewhere else. "At the end, the astonished bridegroom is grateful to find out that at least her teeth are her own." Darlin also shared advice from beauty care manu- als of the day. "There were hundreds of them," she said, "as well as periodicals." The simplest, and cer- tainly healthiest advice for skin care was to partake of a 15 minute facial daily, followed by an hour's rest. Darlin laughed, saying, "Wouldn't we all be beautiful if we had time to do that?" Obvious use of makeup was considered to be in very bad taste, but for those who occasionally need a "small touch of art" as delicately described in an ad, it was acceptable to wear a bit of rouge on one's cheeks. Mascara was made from the smoke residue First hand experience Linda Peltz of Wilmington was at a loss when her father died, leaving behind his 13-year old cat "Porti" that he rescued as a kitten at the Port of Wilmington. "He was a beautiful cat, with the longest ever did see," Peltz said. Her parents adored him, and treated him like a king. Porti was there through her mother's illness and death, then less than a year later when her fa- ther died unexpectedly, Peltz said, "I was just desperate. I didn't know where to turn, or what to do. My sister had two cats; my son had a territorial dog; I had a cat. We just couldn't keep him, but he was such a wonderful cat, healthy and happy. I asked everyone I knew who might be able to take him. I'm an old friend of Diane Montgomery and I knew her sister and another friend who all worked at Delaware Humane Association. I knew he was too old to be easily adopted, but Diane suggested that we bring him in." Because of Porti's age, the staff took him into the administrative offices, a small two-bedroom ranch house which serves as a qui- et, homelike environment where a few hard-to-place animals roam about with the staff. "In a few days, he settled in," Peltz said, "and he seemed pretty happy left after burning a mixture of frankincense, resin, pitch and gum mastic. "How toxic was that process?" Darlin wondered. The powder was then mixed with fresh elderberry juice and applied with a camel-hair brush. Women in the most serious pursuit of the "refined blue-white pallor that simply reeked of class," as de- scribed by The Secret Life of Victorian Houses, ate arsenic, in very small quantities every day as they built up a "tolerance" for it. Sears & Roebuck sold Dr. Rose's Arsenic Complexion Wafers, which claimed to be harmless if used according to direc- tions. However, no such claims helped the unfortunate men who were intimate with these very pale women whose bodies exuded arsenic fumes with every breath. One article recommended women who ate ar- senic should live in their own apartments, and a short story by Louisa May Alcott describes a man who had not built up any tolerance had been killed by the "kiss ofdeath." At the conclusion of her demonstration, Darlin welcomed questions from the audience, but only af- ter stepping out of her shoes. Because very small hands and feet were considered feminine, a sign of good breeding, women wore gloves and shoes sever- al sizes too small. As a theater major in Indiana University who spe- cialized in costume design, Darlin uses her talents to share her love of history, especially women's history. Darlin has prepared a series of three presentations fo- cusing on different aspects of women's life at the turn of the 20th century. For 12 years, she has trav- eled from her 1890s Victorian home in Swarthmore, Pa. to share her excitement with schools, museums, libraries.and women's groups. "Once I do something in a neighborhood, I often get asked back for repeat performances--for a different presentation or for a different group. I've been to more teas than anyone I've ever known," she said, with a well-practiced smile and soft, genteel laugh Darlin's performance in Lewes was sponsored in part by the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Na- tional Endowment for the Arts, and Friends of the Lewes Library. when I came to check on him." When Rebecca Kohl from Newark saw Porti's picture and story in the paper, she said to her husband, John Drucker, "No one else is gonna take this cat. Every- body wants kittens." They went in to DHA to adopt Porti. While they were there, they met Figaro, a 9-year cat old who "did- n't play well with others," Druck- er said. While the staff was look- ing for Porti, who is known to hide in cabinets, Figaro walked right into their cat carrier. The staff sorted them out, and Drucker and Kohl went home with Porti as planned, but Kohl said on the way home, "You know we need one more." They came back the next day to ask for Figaro too. Drucker reports that the two eats get along nicely, and that "when they think no one is watch- ing, they even play together." Upon hearing news of Porti's new home, Peltz said, "I was just elated. I wanted to run right out and thank them. I know my par- ents are looking down and are happy to see Porti. "It was sad, but I felt secure, good about the experience," Peltz said. "It's a shame when people have to give up their animals, but thank God we've got Delaware Humane to help people out." The process In the last few years, DHA has built a good track record for find- ing new homes quickly. During the last year, they oversaw 680 dog adoptions and 828 cat adop- tions, and hosted an average of 233 visitors each week. Usilton said, "On average, we find a new Continued on page 76 While the association is always looking for good homes for their animals, they are also willing to take pets who must be surrendered by their owners. The association's van will pay a visit to Concord Pets in Rehoboth Beach Saturday, April 2, to assess pets that must be surrendered. Appointments are now being taken. GROW YOUR BUSINESS! Place your business card-size ad in 99 Maryland, n Delaware and DC newspapers and get your message I to over 3 million readers for $1,250. 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