by Diane Burket
by Diane Burket
Occasionally, I board dogs through www.DogVacay.com. This is a great service where folks can board their dog(s) in a private home—not a kennel.
It’s extremely important that I’m careful to keep dogs healthy and happy while they visit me. DogVacay has created this list of 16 dangerous items to keep away from dogs. Even if your dog has ingested these items in the past and didn’t get sick, it’s best to keep them away from these items in the future. Please share with your dog-friendly friends.
by Diane Burket
I found this great post about Animal Cruelty and though I’d share it with you. It’s critical that you shed light on this horrific crime. Please—make calls, intervene, send letters….DO SOMETHING!
Be the voice for the abused.
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Learn the 11 signs of animal cruelty
& how you can help animals in need
1. POOR BODY CONDITION OR VISIBLE TRAUMA
Signs include severe fur matting, filthy coat, open soars or obvious wounds. May be flea/tick infested. Underweight with visible bones. May be limping or unable to walk normally, or have congested eyes or ears. In obvious physical distress, in need of veterinary care.
2. LACK OF FOOD OR WATER
The animal has no obvious sources of food/water. It may be aggressive due to starvation/thirst, and perhaps lethargic as well.
3. LACK OF ADEQUATE SHELTER
Animal is contained in an area fully exposed to inclement weather or constant sun, or is in an unattended vehicle during warm or hot weather. In less than 10 minutes a vehicle’s internal temperature can cause heat stroke, permanent nerve/organ damage or death in dogs.
4. LACK OF SANITATION
Feces/debris covers the animal’s living area.
Animal is left in a house or yard that appears empty. Be extra vigilant if a neighbor has moved or stopped visiting a residence where you know animals live. A dog howling or barking for several hours is sending a signal it needs immediate, life-saving care.
6. ANIMAL IS CAGED OR TIED
It has little room to move, and/or is unable to stand or turn.
7. CHAINS OR PADLOCKS AROUND OR EMBEDDED INTO THE ANIMAL’S NECK
This includes regular collars as well; a chained animal is an abused animal.
8. EVIDENCE OF BEING TRAINED FOR OR HAVING BEEN USED TO FIGHT
You may see training implements, such as treadmills or spring poles. More likely you’ll notice obvious signs of trauma, such as scars, open wounds, infections, even missing body parts, such as ears, eyes, partial tails.
9. ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR
Animal may be very aggressive or severely shy, e.g., cowering, hiding, fear-biting, even with or especially with its owner.
10. TOO MANY ANIMALS ON ONE PROPERTY
This can be a sign of animal hoarding; note the condition of the animals on the property.
11. OWNER IS OBSERVED COMMITTING VIOLENCE AGAINST THE ANIMAL
Person is witnessed striking, kicking or otherwise physically abusing the animal.
ACTION PLAN…WHAT TO DO
1. BE PREPARED: Program the number for your local animal control, or animals shelter’s cruelty reporting line into your phone.
2. SPEAK UP/CALL 911: If you witness or suspect overt violence against an animal, say something! Call your local animal control (step#1) or 911 immediately. Violence against animals is often a predictor of violence against people.
3. DOCUMENT: Describe as many details of the situation to responding police or animal control, including date, time, location, number/type of animals involved, names of other witnesses. Take pictures/video with your mobile phone and remain on scene til law enforcement arrives only if you can do so safely.
4. PREPARE TO TESTIFY: A human witness is crucial for a strong, prosecutable case, which will be stronger if you don’t remain anonymous.
by Diane Burket
You’ve lost your pet.
Now what do you do??!!
· Never give up! Pets have been caught and/or found months after being lost!
· Your pet is probably just as scared as you are. Immediately, secure other pets so they are safe, then open all doors into your home, so if the pet tries to find a way to get inside, he/she can.
· Walk around the perimeter of your home, carefully looking under bushes, inside sheds, garages, etc. Be thorough in your searching, try to think like your pet might.
· Most cats stay in their yard for at least the first 48 hours. Don’t go too far for those first couple of days if you’ve lost a cat. Search your immediate area, looking under cars, decks and plantings, inside garages, up in trees, etc.
· Set up Live Animal traps—as many as you can borrow or buy.
Some shelters will let you borrow a trap for as little as $1 per day. Put at least one in the area where the pet got out, as it’s likely to return to that spot again. Use “smelly” cat food in the trap, put something that smells like them in the trap (bedding) and cover the trap with a towel to make it seem quiet and safe. Cats like small spaces and if they are hungry, they may go inside. Check the trap very often and replace with fresh food. Put food and water outside in a spot close to where he or she got out.
· Consider investing in a “wildlife camera”…or borrow one from a friend.
They are infrared and take pictures based on motion.
· Is your pet a tree climber or an under bed hider? Try to anticipate where they might feel safest. Some dogs and cats will run until they can’t run anymore; others will find a hole or “safe” place to hide under a porch, in a pipe, in the woods, etc.
· Make telephone calls to these folks:
- Your Microchip company
- Your Veterinarian
- Nearby Vets who might receive an injured animal
- Local animal shelters
- Rescue groups in your area.
- For missing cats…If there are feral cat colonies in your area, let the caretakers know of your missing cat and give them a picture. They might see your cat when they feed the colony. Often, they may offer to help and may have extra traps or cameras you can borrow.
- Some Search and Rescue dogs are specifically trained to help find missing pets.
- FindToto.com is a great “Amber Alert” broadcast system for lost, stolen and found pets. I personally used this system to find a foster dog. It was very helpful.
- A friend used LostMyKitty.com
· Use Social media! Post a current picture of your pet and ask your friends/contacts to spread the word. Be sure to put the Street, Town, and State in your posts. Give people your email address to contact you. Consistantly post updates so the search continues to be on their mind. Offer a reward for info leading to your pet’s safe return, if you can afford it.
· Post flyers with your pet’s picture. Hand-deliver to your neighbors, mailman and friends. Hang flyers at pet stores, near bus-stops, your neighborhood…or anywhere else you think your pet might wander over time. Re-visit neighbors every few days, just in case they saw something and didn’t connect it to your pet. You can find some templates here. https://www.adoptapet.com/blog/free-and-easy-template-lost-or-found-pet-flye/
· Search outside after dark with a flashlight.
Pets eyes reflect, so you may see something at night. Go out at dawn as they may come out when the neighborhood is quieter.
· If you adopted through a Rescue, contact them immediately. They usually have volunteers in your area who are able and willing to help with tips or suggestions.
· Don’t give up! Repeat all these steps. We personally know of pets missing for more than 6 weeks and recovered by using “Have a Heart” traps. Your pet is counting on you, so continue to have faith that you will be successful!
A big THANK YOU to Kathi Meenehan of Siamese Rescue in Virginia for providing much of these helpful tips!
by Diane Burket
|Our Larry – A rescue.
Lost 9 pounds. Lookin’ good!
So…what can you do??!!
Just get their address and send it anonymously. You’ll find letters to the editor, letters for better legislation, letters to homes with outside dogs, etc….on this link.
If everyone would print just 1 letter, it would make such a big difference in so many lives!
by Diane Burket
|Oak Foot Stool|
Some pets are perfectly healthy, but have leg mobility problems. Try a pet wheelchair. Be sure to do your research and buy the perfect wheelchair for your type and size of dog. Read the reviews.
Check out these wonderful handicapped & senior pet rescue sites.
Please support them, if you can. Thanks!