Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29th is National Cat Day

Via PR Web - The 9th Annual National Cat Day, founded in 2005 by pet lifestyle expert, animal behaviorist and author, Colleen Paige, will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 29th by cat lovers, shelters and rescues.

This year again, National Cat Day will take the internet by storm. With celebrations all over the globe last year and trending worldwide in the number one spot on Twitter, National Cat Day has become “International” Cat Day, focusing on cats and their whimsical purrsonalities, unconditional love and the need for adoption far and wide.

It is estimated that since 2005, this special day has saved over a million lives through its celebratory events by businesses and animal rescues and the support of wonderful sponsors, such as this year’s Presenting Sponsor, BLUE Naturally Fresh Cat Litter by Blue Buffalo.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ASPCA offers top five tips to avoid frights on Halloween

Via PR Web - Halloween can be a fun-filled holiday for children and adults, but scary costumes, decorations and toxic treats can be frightening and dangerous for household pets. To help pet owners avoid the real-life nightmare of a vet visit during the witching hour, the ASPCA has released a list of the top five threats to pets on Halloween.

“Sadly, Halloween can be filled with more tricks than treats for our pets,” says Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

“Including your pet in the family’s festivities on fright night might sound fun, but pet owners should know that many holiday traditions are not safe for the four-legged members of our household. It’s important to be vigilant of the dangers that could spook or injure your pets, and follow some simple steps to keep them out of harm’s way.” 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maddie's Fund surpasses expectations with record number of adoptions in two day event

Via PR Newswire: Maddie's Fund has announced the final number of adoptions made at their 2014 Maddie's Pet Adoption Days event. An unparalleled 16,665 dogs and cats found homes during the nation's largest free pet adoption event, sponsored by Maddie's Fund. This represents a 98% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions for this two-day event.

Maddie's Fund originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, however, the total donation awarded to groups for qualifying adoptions this year was actually $13.3 million.

In its fifth year, Maddie's Pet Adoption Days spanned 591 cities in nine states across the U.S. More than 200 shelters and rescue groups worked enthusiastically over the two days to give homeless pets a second chance. Communities throughout the country were buzzing with adoption events, and many locations had people lined up hours before their doors opened.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola and pets: What are the risks?

Via PR Newswire: Can pets get sick from Ebola? Can they pass the virus to us? What should happen to the pets of infected people?

These questions came to the forefront this week when concerns were raised about what to do with the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse in Texas. While the dog has shown no signs of being infected, it is currently in quarantine as officials monitor its health. Earlier in the month, officials in Spain opted to euthanize a dog that may have been exposed to Ebola from an infected owner.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), said his organization is working with a number of veterinary and public health agencies and experts to develop protocols that veterinarians and other health officials can use to help guide their decisions on the handling and care of pets that may have been exposed to Ebola.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Again!

It's just over three months since my last post. I also took a complete break from social media.

I have to admit that I have enjoyed the time off, but now I find that I've started to miss my blog and my blogging friends.

So I will begin oh, so slowly to start blogging again. I can't guarantee a regular schedule. Right now, I just want to see how it feels.