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Pets Are Not Surprise Presents


  •   Giving a pet to a person of any age may be an unwelcome surprise
  •   The person receiving the gift may not want an animal
  •   You may purchase the wrong type of animal
  •   The novelty of a new pet may wear off and you will be caring for the pet
  •   These "presents" can’t easily be exchanged. After the holiday season, every animal shelter gets their fill 
      of these well-intended but unwanted gifts


  •   Wrap a box filled with a stuffed animal and pet supplies--leashes, toys, dishes--along with a gift certificate for 
      the adoption of a pet from a nearby shelter
  •   This way you give the fun of something to open, as well as the gift of choosing a new special friend

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Witches, Bats, and Scaredy Cats

Halloween is one of the best holidays for kids, but it can be hard on pets if you don’t take some precautions.

Keeping your Pet Safe Indoors

  •   Keep her indoors away from noisy groups of small ghouls and goblins.
  •   Keep pets away from the door where he can accidentally escape when opening the door for trick or treaters.

Black Cats

If you have a black cat, you have a special problem. The mythology about black cats being related to witches can lead strange people to do strange things to them. Even kids who mean no harm may yell when they see a black cat, scaring the cat much more than the cat is scaring them.

Pets and Candy

  •   Candy can make a pet sick or may be lethal.
  •   Be particularly careful about letting dogs chow down on chocolate. Chocolate contains a stimulant called 
      theobromine, which can make dogs very ill, and could even cause death if consumed in enough quantity.
  •   If you want to treat the pets, stock up on dog biscuits or catnip toys.

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Thanksgiving Threats

Your fabulous feast lay before you and those beseeching, soulful eyes of your pets look at you with adoration and hunger. Can you refuse? Yes! Sometimes generosity can lead to injury.

Being Cruel to Be Kind

  •   Foods: Too much fatty, rich, or even just new types of foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis. 
      Both can be very painful or become quite serious, so go easy on the tidbits.

  •   Bones: Can tear up or obstruct your pets’ insides.

  •   Strings and ties: Often used to tie up the turkey during roasting can tie up your pets’ insides too.

  •   Onions: Often abundantly found in stuffing, destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.

  •   Chocolate: Especially baking chocolate, can actually kill your dog, so keep it all well out of reach.

To show your pet how thankful you are to have them as part of your family, give them a feast of their own—pet food, a catnip treat, a special chewy, or a few tablespoons of peanut butter stuffed in a favorite ‘tube’ toy (at least a half hour of entertainment).

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Don’t Forget Your Four-legged Valentines

It’s Valentines Day, and we don’t want you to end up in the doghouse.

Instead of chocolates, which can be lethal to your furry friend, pick up your Valentine’s favorite treat--maybe a chewy bone, some catnip, or a squeaky toy.

Just a little something extra special to give to your best Valentine ever—your pets!

They’re sure to repay your thoughtfulness with all the purring, yipping, wagging, and admiration that true unconditional love can bring.

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Be Kind To Animals Week

They say every dog has his day. Well, during each May, dogs, cats, rabbits, and even fish have an entire week dedicated to them!

Be Kind to Animals Week celebrates all of our furred, feathered, and finned friends.

Being Kind to Our Companions

  •   Make playtime part of your daily routine this week (a great habit to get into).

  •   Take your dog for a walk.

  •   Get your pet spayed or neutered.

  •   Update their ID tags and have them microchipped.

  •   Bring your cats inside—permanently—since indoor cats live longer, healthier, safer lives.

  •   And support your local shelter with gifts and time.

Being Kind to Our Wild Neighbors

  •   Put a bird feeder in your yard and feed the birds all year long.

  •   Recycle.

  •   Plant flowers that feed butterflies.

  •   Put up a bat house (they eat hundreds of insects each night).

Whatever you do, just use this one week to look around your house, yard, and community and enjoy the beauty and friendship that animals bring to your world and their role in keeping you and this planet alive. 

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Help Prevent Easter Cruelty

Thinking about giving your children a bunny or chick as a "special" Easter present? Here are some things to think about.

Children and Young Animals

  •   These extremely vulnerable little animals are poorly suited as pets.

  •   Although unintentional, the vast majority of the baby bunnies, chicks and ducks who are given as Easter gifts 
      die within a few weeks.

  •   They require special feeding, care and constant temperatures.

  •   Small children often break their fragile bones, and cause other fatal injuries.

  •   Those animals who do survive the first few weeks are often released to animal care and control agencies, 
      where many must be euthanized because no permanent homes can be found.

  •   You may contract salmonella (which causes severe inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract) from these 
      chicks and ducks. Children are especially vulnerable to this disease.

This Easter, you can help prevent cruelty by giving your little ones stuffed animals. And, after the holiday, if your family is ready for a new pet, consider an adorable, adoptable dog or cat from your local animal shelter. 

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And the Rocket’s Red Glare...

pant, pant, pant, whimper; whimper; pant, whimper ...

Dogs and Fireworks
July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters. Dogs are found miles from their homes, confused, disoriented, and exhausted. People call hoping to locate a missing dog that, terrified, crashed through a window, jumped a high fence, or broke its leash or chain.

An Ounce of Prevention

  •   If fireworks upset your dog, make sure someone stays with him.

  •   Keep her inside, safe from loud noises.

  •   If you wish to tranquilize him, consult with your veterinarian.

  •   Or call an animal behaviorist to work with your pet, but call well in advance of Independence Day.

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