Category Archives: Cats

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How to Help? Volunteer to Pet Rescue Groups

pet rescueWhether you are a pet owner or pet lover,  I am sure it touches your heart  when you see a neglected dog, a stray cat or read about all the pets in the shelters.

If you wonder how you can help, beside of adopting them all (if only I could) here are some ideas.

1. First and most, teach and encourage people around you that they should always adopt from a shelter where they can also find pure breeds and puppies.  There are rescue groups that rescuing specific breeds. All that needs to be done is search on the internet. Some even ship the pet to you from another state.

2. Most No Kill rescue groups don’t have a brick and mortar place, they have volunteers who foster dogs and cats until they find a forever home, and they desperately need more foster homes. You get paid for the food and vet visits, so no cost for you. You only give love and attention.

3. Volunteers also needed for brick and mortar shelters to walk the dogs, feed, clean kennels,  play with the cats,  train dogs and socialize them.

4. Volunteers with computer skills – updating the website, accounting, photographing- the new pets, etc. for everyday office tasks.

5. You can’t commit, donate. Follow the advertising for food drive or do it when ever you have time. Also toys, pet beds, bed sheets, or money.

6. Take part on adoption days. Usually done once a week in Petco store, vet etc.

7. Just walk in or call a shelter near you (find it on the internet) and ask how you can help.  No volunteer ever turns down.

You may do it on a regular basis or from time to time. Remember the dogs and cats who needs you.

Find more information about Animal Shelters & Rescues

 

Pet First Aid App

pet first aid appEvery dog or cat owner encounter at least once an emergency or fear that something is wrong with the pet. Of-course, if it’s possible, you’ll head to the vet.  But sometime we are not sure what to do. We go online and start searching for answers.

Now, the Red Cross has a new pet first aid app for you.

You can customize the app for all your pets (cats and dogs),

You’ll be guided step by step in emergencies,

You’ll get advices on administering medication, Help with saying goodbye, disaster time and behavioral help.

Learn first aid with videos, step by step, and much more.

I do not have any recommendations, as I have not used this app yet.

You can check it on the Red Cross site and download to your phone from the app store and Google play for $0.99

More information can be found here @ http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app

Caring For Pets in Frigid Temperature

pets frigid temperatureNow that the cold weather is here for the next few months, pet owners should consider a few changes in order to keep their dog and cat warm and healthy.

If you feel the cold,  your pets feel it too. Some are more tolerant to the weather like big breeds, healthy dogs with thick fur. Small breed and puppies are more sensitive to cold and freeze. Dogs with arthritis and joint issues may suffer when the temperatures low. A sweater or a coat is useful. Just make sure it fits him and he can move freely.

When the temp around zero, consider a shorter walk if your dog doesn’t look like he is enjoying the outdoor walk.

Always, after the walk, check the dog paws for frostbite and wipe them from the moisture (wipe all his body if he is wet). When you bath him, check his skin. Bad frostbite cause redness or even lesions. If the dog’s paws are sensitive to the cold, consider booties.

Bring in your pets. If it is not possible organize a warm shelter with a small opening that will keep the dog or cat from the cold winds and the snow.  If possible, do it for a feral cat too. The recommendation is to lined the shelter with straw that won’t freeze as blanket or hay will.  Make sure the water does not freeze and put a mat where it’s dry, for the pet to sleep.

When leaving the house , keep the heat on.

Before starting your car, see if you don’t have a furry guest under the car who tries to warm.

Antifreeze and ice melters are toxic for pets. You can use pet friendly ice melter, that is safe for pets and children. If the dog start limping check if salt  stuck on his pad.

Animals that are exposed to these extreme elements for too long will die.