Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 15 is National Check the Chip Day, a reminder to update your pet's information

The American Veterinary Medical Association  and the American Animal Hospital Association are recognizing National Check the Chip Day on August 15 by encouraging pet owners to check their pets' microchip information to make sure it is up to date and accurate. The day also offers an opportunity for veterinarians to encourage their clients to microchip their pets if they aren't already.

"Microchipping your pet is vital," said Dr. Mike Topper, president of the AVMA. "But that's only the first step. If your pet's registration information isn't up to date, the microchip is all but useless. It takes less than two minutes to check and update your contact information, and this small act can make all the difference in the chance of a lost pet being reunited with its family."

Microchips are embedded under the skin using a hypodermic needle, similar to those used for vaccinations. No surgery or anesthesia is required – a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. After pets have been microchipped, contact information for the pet's owner is registered to the microchip's serial number in a database that veterinary or animal rescue staff can use to locate an animal's owner should the pet become lost.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Farewell to a hero

U.S. military hero dog Cena, a 9-year-old Black Labrador who served as a bomb detection dog in Afghanistan and saved the lives of his handler and uncounted other American warriors, ended his service to mankind after a battle he could not win with bone cancer. Cena died peacefully in the arms of his battle buddy, former United States Marine Corps Corporal Jeff DeYoung, in their hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.

The two first met during Improvised Detection Dog training in Virginia in July 2009. They were deployed to Afghanistan later that year and during their service together, the two were part of Operation Moshtarak in February 2010 that was the largest joint operation up to that point.

Corporal DeYoung and Cena typically led the way as U.S. troops trudged through the rugged and treacherous landscape of Afghanistan. Cena was trained to detect more than 300 different types of explosives and if he smelled something suspicious on patrol he alerted DeYoung, who would then call in an explosives technician to safely remove or detonate the bomb.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Seven courageous canines named finalists for 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

America has spoken and following more than half a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country and a celebrity panel of dog lovers and experts, seven courageous canines have been named finalists in the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation.

These heroic canines each took top honors in their individual categories from a field of 188 initial nominees and now a combination of America's voters and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which dog will take home top honors as the 2017 American Hero Dog.

The public is invited to submit one vote per day through August 30 at www.herodogawards.org. The seven finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala on September 16 at the Beverly Hilton, which will be broadcast as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

American Humane delivers more than two tons of pet food to Fulton County Humane Society

American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food have delivered 4,551 pounds of nutritious food and love to the animals served by the Fulton County Humane Society in Wauseon, Ohio.

The donation is part of an ambitious new national campaign called "Fill-a-Bowl…Feed-a-Soul" to help care for shelter pets waiting for their forever homes.

Together, American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul have distributed more than half a million meals of premium, all-natural Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to U.S. shelters, which house and care for millions of animals each year, and the organizations are striving to reach a goal of one million meals.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 4th fireworks are no fun for animals!

Independence Day may be fun for us, but for pets it can be frightening and even dangerous.

July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters as companion animals that fled in fright the night before are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted.

Anxious families often find themselves searching the streets and shelters looking for a treasured family member whose fear drove him to jump a high fence or break her leash or chain.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

More than 80 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire

The Humane Society of the United States assisted the Wolfeboro Police Department in the rescue of 84 Great Danes from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire.

The Wolfeboro Police Department served search and seizure and arrest warrants on the property on Friday, June 16 and found that the dogs were being housed in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Eighty-four dogs have been rescued from this property as part of this effort.

The Wolfeboro Police Department has previously dealt with the owner of the residence/business regarding barking dog complaints. The department initiated an investigation on May 8 surrounding animal neglect allegations.