Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Protect your pets during winter storms and cold weather

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Make sure your four-legged family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from the Humane Society of the United States:

Keep pets indoors and warm 

The best prescription for winter's woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but who are kept inside the rest of the time.

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside

If your dog is outdoors much of the day, he must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow him to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Alley Cat Allies reminds communities to spay/neuter cats before kitten season

Alley Cat Allies reminds communities that winter is the ideal time to spay and neuter cats to get ahead of prime kitten season and end the breeding cycle before it starts.

“The time for prevention is now,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Cats may even be pregnant before the snow melts. For community cats, Trap-Neuter-Return is the most effective way to reduce the impact of kitten season by preventing litters.”

Every year animal shelters experience a rise in the number of kittens brought to the shelter throughout spring and summer. According to Alley Cat Allies’ analysis of ten years of data from their Northern Virginia spay and neuter clinic, pregnant cats brought to the clinic peaked in March—over half of all female cats were pregnant.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dozens of Dogs Rescued from Suspected Cruelty Situation in Alabama

Via  - Approximately 60 dogs were rescued from a Cottonwood, Alabama property after local authorities determined that the animals were in urgent need of care.

The Humane Society of the United States was called in to assist with an investigation into the suspected hog-dog breeding operation, but the dogs were found to be so emaciated that their immediate rescue was required.

The Cottonwood Police Department served a search warrant on the property and discovered mostly dogo argentino dogs, two French bull dogs and one German shepherd.

Authorities also uncovered illegal drugs and firearms on the property. Animal cruelty and felony drug-related charges are pending. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nominations open for 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

American Humane Association has announced the official start of the 2015 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards campaign, the annual year-long search for America's bravest heroes on both ends of the leash.

Beginning January 15th, dog owners across the country are invited to visit and nominate their four-legged hero in one of eight categories.

The top dog in each category will be flown to Los Angeles and celebrated at a red carpet, star-studded awards gala on September 19th, where one heroic hound will be unveiled as American Hero Dog of the year – the most prestigious honor a canine can receive.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Four ways to help pets in need without opening your checkbook

Via PRWeb - If there’s one thing that can be said “fur sure” about pet lovers, it’s that they’ll do anything to make life better for four-legged friends.

But giving to favorite causes doesn’t require a lot of effort – in fact, there are ways to support animal organizations just by doing everyday things like shopping, exercising and cleaning up.

To kick off 2015 on the right paw, Petplan pet insurance is highlighting simple ways people make a difference in the lives of pets in need. Top picks include: