This is a popular time of year for animals purchases and adoptions. While I don’t want to discourage animal adoptions, I feel anyone considering giving an animal as a gift this holiday should evaluate the situation before proceeding further. Sadly, many animals given as gifts end up in shelters at the start of the new year. Here are some things to consider:
- Does the recipient want an animal? While a new puppy sounds like a nice surprise, it isn’t fair to either the animal or the person to expect someone who did not ask for a new dog to be prepared to take care of it.
- Is the recipient prepared for the responsibility? Kids are notorious for asking for a new cat or dog for Christmas, but are they prepared to take on the responsibility of a pet? If not, are you THE PARENT ready to take on the responsibility of a new animal?
- Does the recipient have enough time, money, and energy to care for this pet? Regardless of whether a person wants and feels they are ready for an animal, do you truly think the person’s lifestyle will allow for this animal?
- Is this the right animal for the recipient? Selecting a new animal should not be done on impulse. Often, it takes quite a bit of time to find the right animal for a certain person, household, or family. Plus, many people would probably prefer to select their own pet based on certain criteria.
Remember, many animals such as dogs or cats are going to be around for 13 or more years! They are not like toys that kids can just tire of and throw in the back of their closets. Even smaller animals such as gheckos, lizards, and birds can be around for a long time. Also, many animals require special habitats and accessories that you will have to buy, such as heat lamps, special food, etc. Even most fish cannot be put in a simply glass bowl! So please think long and hard about giving an animal as a gift this Christmas. If you have considered these things and have decided to give an animal this Christmas, please consider adopting. There are millions of animals in shelters that would love a home for Christmas (not just dogs & cats, but lizards, birds, rabbits, and more!)
In October, High Caliber K-9 dog training/boarding/daycare business was raided after a woman called police to report that she could not get her dog back from the facility. Humane agents found 7 dead dogs and 12 starving, neglected dogs. Both those living and dead were practically bare bones and living in poor conditions. “Bones, carcasses, decay, it was horrible, it was enough to make you gag and throw up and cry”, said Nikole Owen CEO of Animal Charity.15 counts of animal cruelty and neglect were filed against the owner of the facility, but he is only being brought up on 4 in court. The owners of the dogs need your help to get justice for their dogs! Please, spread the word about this horrible act of animal cruelty. Please contact the following people and demand that Steve Croley pay for what he’s done!
Joseph “Jay” R. Macejko
4th floor city hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown Ohio 44503
Judge Robert A. Douglas, Jr. Youngstown Municipal Court 26 South Phelps Street Youngstown, Ohio 44503 PHONE: 330.742.8857 FAX: 330.742.8725 Email for the Judge’s (Judge Robert A. Douglas, Jr.) assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains 21 West Boardman Street, 6th Floor Youngstown, OH 44503 Phone: 330.740.2330 Fax: 330.740.2008 Ohio State Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers Attorney General of Ohio State Office Tower 30 E. Broad St.,17th floor Columbus, OH 43215 PHONE: 877-244-6446 WEBSITE CONTACT FORM: http://www.ag4ohio.gov/Public/details.aspx?s=222
Contact info for Mayor Jay Williams
1st Floor, City Hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown , OH 44503
EMAIL: Mayor@CityofYoungstownOH.com Contact info for Governor Ted Strickland
Governor’s Office Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6108
Constituent Helpline: 614.644.4357
General Info: 614.466.3555
Go HERE to view and sign the petition.
Go HERE to visit the Nitro Foundation, a page set up by the owners of one of the deceased dogs. It includes detailed information about the case, court info, updates, case photos, and more.
The trial date is set for December 18, 2008 @ 1:30 pm at the following address:
Youngstown Municipal Court
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
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Emma, the sweet, beautiful dog featured below, is in need of a new home and some new best friends! Her current family loves her very much, but they can no longer afford to care for her due to the current economic situation. If you’re looking for a new companion and have room in your heart and home, please consider adopting Emma. She is healthy and great with dogs, cats, and kids. Emma is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
On Nov 3rd., 2008, Karley got out of HER yard.(speculation is that the susp. MAY have let her out of her yard) Karley went directly to a neighbors yard. This neighbor started to walk Karley back to her residence when the susp., GLYNN JOHNSON, an ASSISTANT CHIEF with the LA COUNTY FIRE DEPT. intercepted the neighbor & said that he would take Karley back home. The original neighbor, who later said that he didn’t have a good feeling about doing this, agreed to let Johnson take her home. It was in a matter of SECONDS, that Johnson started beating Karley with his CLOSED FISTS. When the original neighbor saw this, he ran down his driveway to Johnsons yard to stop the beating. Before he could get there, Johnson was witnessed PRYING Karley’s mouth open. By doing this, he BROKE her jaw. He then grabbed a LARGE ROCK & started beating Karley over the head with it. The other neighbor was able to distract Johnson long enough for Karley to escape. Karley then ran & hid under a bush. Karley had the WILL to live but her injuries were BEYOND repairable. She had a crushed skull, broken jaw, swelling of the brain & more. Karley had to make her journey to the Rainbow Bridge.
The suspect later went to the hospital, CLAIMING that he was ATTACKED by Karley. He had bite wounds to his thumb. He later called his supervisor to tell him what had taken place…that he had to kill his neighbors dog because he had been attacked.
To this date, Johnson has REFUSED to cooperate with Riverside, Ca. Sheriff’s Dept. To this date, Johnson is STILL with the LA County Fire Dept. As of this date, Johnson is on PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE.
We are asking for signatures in order to get this suspect charged with the BRUTAL killing of his neighbors dog, Karley.
We are also asking that you write to the Riverside District Attorney. Here’s that information: CHUCK HUGHES, Riverside County DA…4075 Main St….Riverside, Ca. 92501
Please visit Karley’s website created by her owners: http://justice4karley.com/index.html
Please do what you can to help. And PLEASE, PASS THIS PETITION ON TO YOUR FRIENDS. We need all the signatures we can get: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/justice-4-Karle
On behalf of KARLEY, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Karley may be gone, but she WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. Karley, you are loved to the moon & back.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family. For many of us, pets are part of our family and we want them to share in the festivties; however, Thanksgiving can pose some extra risks to our furry and feathered companions. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that both you and your animal friends have a fun, happy Thanksgiving.
- Thanksgiving meals often occur earlier in the day. If it is close enough to your pet’s normal feeding time, feed him/her their normal meal before guests arrive. If guests will be arriving too early, feed your pet at his/her normal feeding time. Animals do better with a routine and this will also help cut back on their begging or stealing.
- If you are going to share some of your holiday meal with your dog or cat, give them a small portion of plain turkey. Ensure there are NO BONES. Bones can cause choking and/or splinter and injure your pet, and/or get lodged in her or her stomach/intestines. Rich, fatty foods such as turkey skin, ham, mashed potatoes, butter, and gravy can upset your pet’s stomach. Bread can cause discomfort and bloat. Onions and garlic are poisonous to dogs.
- Do not feed your animal chocolate; it can be fatal. Sugar and sweets are also unhealthy, as they can cause kidney failure in dogs and are difficult for animals to digest. Ensure that all sweets are out of your animal’s reach.
- Make sure all aluminum foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, toothpicks, skewers, and string. Animals like to play with these materials, especially when covered with food, but they pose fatal risks. Also, cover or enclose your trashcan well. Cats and dogs can be notorious food hounds and you wouldn’t want them finding a turkey bone in the trash and choking on it.
- Inform your guests. Ask them to not feed the animals table scraps. Also, notify them about whether or not your animal is allowed outside. Make sure they know to close to door behind themselves.
- It is a good idea to not allow your cats outside on Thanksgiving, even if you allow them out at other times. One reason is because many people have guests over, meaning there are a lot of cars coming and going. This puts your cat in extra danger of being hit. Also, during winter cats like to crawl up inside cars or tire wells, which can often be fatal. (It is best to keep cats indoors all winter for this reason.)
- If applicable, ensure your pet has current ID tags incase they slip out the door.
- Give your pet a chance to relax away from guests. Put them in another room where they can de-stress and take a nap. A walk with you canine buddy is also a good idea. Animals can become overly excited or even stressed out with all the guests and commotion.
- Do not forget about your pet’s needs. It is easy to get caught up in the festivities and guests, but make sure to check on your pet, give him/her attention, and ensure they have fresh clean water.
- If you’re traveling, don’t wait until the last minute to make arrangements for your pet. If you are leaving your pet at home, make sure you have a pet sitter or a reservation at a boarding facility/your vet lined up. If travelling with your pet, do not wait until the last minute to pack all of your pet’s necessities. Write a list and double check it.
- Do not take dogs to Thanksgiving Day parades. The crowds can be overwhelming for dogs and cause them to panic or stress out. This increases their chances of accidentally getting lost in the crowd.
I’m sure many of us are feeling the money pinch from the struggling economy these days. We try to cut corners where we can, but who wants to “cut corners” when it comes to their pet’s healthcare? Well, I have some tips from Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, and Dr. Stephen Zawistowski, ASPCA Executive Vice President and Science Advisor that will help eliviate the worry of high-cost vet care and save you money on vet bills further down the road, without cutting corners or putting your animal’s health in jeopardy.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups
Remember the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it applies to pets, too. Don’t skip your pet’s yearly exam. It’s much more expensive—and risky—to treat illnesses than to protect against them.
Personalize Your Pet’s Vaccines
Hard times are not an excuse to skip your pet’s annual shots, but it does make sense to talk to your vet about personalizing your pet’s vaccine protocol. Some vaccines are optional, while others are essential in preventing serious diseases.
Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Spaying or neutering your pet can save a lot of money by preventing serious health problems including uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer. Many local shelters provide resources for low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Visit our online database to find a low-cost program in your area. If you live in New York City, check out our mobile clinic.
Brush Your Pet’s Teeth
Dental disease—such as tartar, gingivitis, loose or infected teeth—can lead to heart and kidney problems and expensive procedures. Start a daily dental routine to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy.
Protect Your Pet from Parasites
Flea and tick infestations can cause a host of costly medical problems from minor skin irritations to life-threatening anemia. Stick with a topical flea and tick solution to keep the critters at bay.
Toss the Cigarettes
Secondhand smoke is no joke for pets—it can cause asthma, bronchitis, lymphoma and oral, nasal and lung cancers. Quit now and you’ll save money on vet bills. At the very least, avoid smoking around your pet.
See a Specialist
Pet parents can reduce costs by getting a pet’s condition diagnosed and treated by an expert as quickly as possible. Veterinary specialists are available for everything from skin disease to cancer, and will often work within your budget.
Consider Pet Health Insurance
If the cost of an emergency vet visit or serious illness would be a financial strain, consider investing in pet health insurance, while your pet is healthy. Be sure to read the fine print, though—not all plans are created equal.
Buy High-Quality Pet Food
A good quality pet food—formulated under the guidelines of the American Association of Feed Control Officials—is often more cost effective than a homemade diet. Avoid overfeeding your pet, which can lead to obesity and other health problems.
Whether he’s looking for pet food, medicine or grooming supplies, the smart shopper clips coupons and buys in bulk. It’s also a good idea to shop veterinary practices by comparing fees for preventative care.