Saturday, December 13, 2014

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS






Last year we had 57 animals leave the Tehama County Animal Care Center (Adopted, Rescued and Returned to their owner). This year we are hoping to EMPTY THE SHELTER for the Holidays!!!

From December 18th through the 20th , ALL spay/neuter and rabies vaccination fees for dogs and cats will be paid for by P.E.T.S. AND
the Center will reduce the adoption fees for ALL dogs and cats!
EVERY dog will be $25 or less and EVERY cat will be free and EVERY kitten will be $10 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adopters will also receive some goodies to bring home for their new companions. While at the Center, enjoy some hot cocoa and cookies (also provided by P.E.T.S.) while choosing your new furry family member!

This Adoption Extravaganza will begin at 10:00am on Thursday, December 18th and continue until close on Saturday, December 20th.

PLEASE help us reach our goal and get all of these great animals a HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!! (If you cannot ADOPT, then please repost and share... someone else may be interested... the more people who know, the better chance these wonderful animals have of finding their forever home!).. Thank you.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

HELPING SHELTER ANIMALS DURING THE HOLIDAYS



The merriest time of the year for a lot of us can be heartbreaking for many.  Charities throughout the country know this and work even harder than usual to bring a bit of joy to those in need.  While pets with homes receive an abundance of gifts and treats during the holiday season, their shelter equivalents do not often receive those luxuries.  Why can’t we also bring a bit of good cheer to these often forgotten homeless animals?

The ultimate hope is that each shelter pet has a Home for the Holidays.  However, if that does not happen, you can still help our furry friends believe the world is a little kinder during this most magical of times.  While most of us would love to provide something, it can be difficult.  There do not seem enough hours in the day, or enough money, to achieve everything we want during this season, let alone assist a shelter animal.  Doing one or more things, however, can potentially make a huge difference in a small desolate life.

The easiest and cheapest way is to spread the word about them.  You can distribute fliers for an upcoming major adoption event like “Home for the Holidays” or information about the now-adoption-ready animals in retail stores, veterinarian offices and various other businesses.  Doing this has the potential to bring them one step closer to getting their forever family.  If you can share a selfie, then you can share an adoptable pet profile on social media.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, to name a few, are excellent ways to help advertise the animals needing homes.

If you have a car and enjoy driving, help the Animal Care Center get animals to rescue facilities.  By being willing to transport, you have the ability to increase their chance for adoption.  It also frees up space at the shelter so another pet in need can have a safe place to be during this season.  By helping one in this way, you are actually helping two animals.

The Tehama County Animal Care Center’s staff can use a great deal of help exercising and socializing the animals.  In as little as thirty minutes, once a week, taking a dog for a walk or playing with a cat will have the huge benefit of getting them ready for their new home.  Working with the dogs to understand basics like sit, down, and leash walking contributes to making them more desirable to potential adopters and/or rescues.  The extra benefit is that the animals adore the attention and exercise.

If you are throwing a holiday party, perhaps you could ask your guests to bring something to donate, like those special treats or something comfortable animals can lay on.  You could, in addition, place a jar with a picture of one of the shelter pets on your desk at work and ask for sponsorship donations.  Sponsoring a spay or neuter will help lower the animal’s adoption fee and, again, increase its chances for adoption into a warm, caring home.  If you have the time and energy, take the action one step further and organize a donation drive, bake sale, raffle, or other fundraising event.  Anything raised can be designated for specific uses, like purchasing scratching pads for the cats, which are special extras the county budget does not cover.

Fostering may not be considered as an “easy” way to help, but it is considered as one of the most vital things you can do.  Temporarily opening your home to a disadvantaged animal and providing the care and love it needs truly represents the best of holiday spirit.  It can also provide you with one of the most rewarding experiences you may ever know. 


This holiday season, why not make a homeless animal’s days a little brighter?  Why not give them the special holidays they deserve?  Every animal should be able to receive the joy of the season, whether they have a home or not.  So, while we celebrate the holidays, let’s not forget our furry friends.    

Friday, December 5, 2014

COLD WEATHER PET TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS


Just as cold, wet weather can be difficult for us, it can also pose serious health issues to pets.  Some pets are more apt at staying outside, but it does not mean that they are immune to problems resultant from frigid temperatures.  Puppies, kittens, and the animal elderly, like their human counterparts, are definitely more susceptible to illness and injury in chilly environments.  Therefore, the best way to protect them during the winter months is simply to bring them inside. 

Any time the temperature drops, pets need protection.  If you cannot keep your pet inside, consider providing an insulated enclosure that will keep them safe.  Placing the shelter in a protected area, like a garage or on a covered porch, will assist in keeping the animal warmer.  In addition, be sure to raise it several inches off the ground to keep the cold from leeching up through the bottom.  Providing a flap over the entrance will also assist in keeping out cold gusts.  Line the bottom of the housing with old sleeping bags, heavy blankets, or a thick padding of straw.  No matter what you use, be sure to check bedding frequently since blankets, etc. can get wet and freeze, thus defeating their purpose of providing additional warmth.

Also be sure to match calories to temperature and activity.  If your dog spends a lot of time outside, he/she may need to have its food supply increased, especially protein portions.  Conversely, if your dog is indoors most of the time with decreased activity, then fewer calories are required.  When in doubt, always be sure to ask your vet about the pet’s diet.  Fresh water is crucial at any time, therefore should always be readily available.  Check the water often, ensuring that it does not freeze.  Since pets cannot get enough water from licking ice or snow, a frozen water bowl can lead to dehydration quickly.

Keeping your pet well groomed during the winter months will aid in keeping him/her warmer.  Matted hair does not insulate properly and puts the animal at risk.  In addition, never shave a dog in winter.  The longer coat will provide necessary extra warmth.  Short-haired animals will benefit from a warm covering when going outside.  Be sure to provide one that is not just cute.  Look for adequate padding and a good fit.  However, do not put clothes on your pet and send him/her outside unsupervised.  Some dogs wear clothes happily, others will try to get out of them and risk getting them caught in a way that can cause harm.

Keep an eye on your pet’s foot-pads.  If the dog seems to be walking strangely, chances are the feet are probably too cold or ice may be forming between the pads.  If you put protective booties on the dog be sure they fit snuggly.  If they are too constricted you risk compromising circulation, thus increasing chances of frostbite.  In addition, always be sure to clean off legs, feet, and stomach when your pet comes in out of sleet or snow.  If the pet cleans itself and ingests salt or antifreeze, it can become fatally ill.  Because antifreeze in any amount is lethal to dogs and cats, be sure to immediately clean up spills and buy it made with propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.

Most people know pets left alone in a car during the heat of summer can die.  The same holds true during the cold of winter.  Cars can get as cold as any refrigerator’s freezer, and pets can easily perish.  Remember also, cats often take refuge under car hoods to be near warm engines in cold weather.  Therefore, before starting your car, bang loudly on the hood or honk the horn, to give any cat a chance to escape and avoid serious injury.

If your pet suffers from cold exposure and exhibits such symptoms as violent shivering, listlessness, muscle stiffness, difficulty breathing, and lack of appetite, wrap him/her in a blanket and go to your veterinarian as soon as possible.  Do not immerse them in warm water, and please avoid heating pads, which can cause burns.

Our pets can experience mild distress to serious complications when the cold weather arrives  A few safeguards can minimize risk.





Monday, November 24, 2014

ACTS OF COMPASSION IN A SOMETIMES DISMAL WORLD


Lately, the news frequently seems dismal at best.  We hear constantly of man’s inhumanity to man and the seven deadly sins appear to be the norm in the world around us.  We often feel that it is virtually impossible for one person to make right any of the injustices done. 

Mason Cooley stated, “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” Individuals, groups, and businesses came together to accomplish numerous acts of compassion last week.  These random acts of kindness made the world, for many furry companions, become a better place.  The people involved were not only from our immediate community, but spanned the United States.  We may never know the full names of all those involved.  Even if we do not know the individuals, we do know that they rallied together, not for gratitude, but out of concern and unbelievable compassion.

What were the unselfish acts that managed to bring some bright moments into lives that have known their share of bleakness? 

To begin with, our community came together to hold LIFT Tehama, an event which connected people in need with various services.  P.E.T.S. had the great honor of being one of the organizations involved.  People have pets and those pets are often the only forms of companionship on which they can depend.  Unfortunately, some cannot adequately provide everything required for the pets they adore.  As a small organization, we needed help to be able to assist them.  The help came in ways and amounts that stunned us.  Donations of pet food and supplies rolled in.  Volunteers from throughout the area dedicated a great deal of personal time to do all that was required, without question or hesitation.  As a result, over 150 animals were cared for because of everyone’s selfless generosity.  In addition, many other animals will benefit this coming month from food and supplies not used during the event.

The second instance of the unselfish acts of the week was regarding an un-named injured stray mutt brought into the Tehama County Animal Care Center.  He had a fractured pelvis which, to fix, would require expensive surgery, far beyond what the county budget could afford.  In addition, his intensive rehabilitation would require a dedicated foster home for a period of at least six months.  His options were extremely bleak.  “Would anyone step in to help a nameless dog?” was the question of the hour.  Quicker than a lightning strike, word of his plight spread through counties and states.  In less than 36 hours, a foster came forth.  Additionally, through the cooperative fund-raising efforts of organizations in Tehama and Shasta Counties, over twenty-five hundred dollars was raised to pay for his specialized surgery.  The funds donated were by individuals, some of which live as distant as the state of Maine.  Compassion for a no-name stray reached a new level in Tehama County and I believe history was made.

Lastly, but no less impressive, were other random acts of kindness by assorted individuals.  The Tehama County Animal Care Center again found itself the recipient of a number of dogs obtained from a hoarding situation.  A local groomer heard about them and, without a moment’s hesitation, stepped in to give them the grooming they so urgently needed.  Another citizen found puppies abandoned and much too young to live without care.  Acting quickly she gathered the tiny babies and brought them to the Center, thus ensuring their survival.  


In a world filled with troubles, we know that there will always be extreme acts of cruelty and abuse.   However, this past week we saw that one act of compassion, joined with multiple others, can improve lives.  And, for a moment, the world became a much brighter place.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

SENIOR ANIMALS MAKE GREAT COMPANIONS


Aging is inevitable.  I am a senior and, as much as I would like it to be different, I realize that I cannot do all the physical activities that I did in my younger years with the same fervor.  However, being older does have its advantages.  I find I am a bit mellower and that I have, over the years, gained experience that, for the most part keeps me out of a great deal of trouble.  Senior pets are no different.  They may be a little slower in some areas but they still have a lot to offer, among which is experience and the sweetness of maturity.

Often disputed is the definition of what is ‘old’.  Whether human, canine, or feline everyone has differing opinions based on chronological age, mental acuity, and physical ability.  The common thought is that cats and dogs become senior around seven years old.  Typically, larger dogs tend to have shorter life spans than their smaller compatriots do.  Nevertheless, like the rest of us, given a nutritious diet, enough exercise, regular check-ups and regular grooming there is no reason why an elderly pet cannot enjoy a good life for many years.

Unfortunately, senior pets often end up in shelters for a variety of reasons, most of which are not their fault.  Many times they end up there because their guardians have either died or entered a geriatric facility and other family members, if present, are unwilling to take on the responsibility.  In other instances, their own human family may not have the time, money, or inclination to properly care for the animal after the puppy/kitten stage has passed.

If you are looking for a furry companion to go on extended long hikes or to run alongside you as you jog or bike, then a senior dog may not be for you.  While seniors cannot sustain strenuous exercise for long periods it does not mean, however, that they should be only couch potatoes.  Pets need to stay active and, with regular exercise and/or play sessions, they will be less likely to decline quickly.

With older pets, what you see is what you get.  Not only have they have reached their full-grown size, but their personality has already developed.  Thus, it is easier to see if the animal will be a perfect fit for you and your family.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, is not only a ridiculous adage for us of the older generation, it is also quite ludicrous when applied to pets.  Youths, in whatever venue, typically have shorter attention spans and less impulse control than their more mature counterparts.  Older animals, as a rule, will focus more readily and with better comprehension on the job at hand.  Another positive factor is that senior dogs and/or cats are most likely already housetrained. 

Puppies and kittens are notorious for getting into trouble.  Chewing, scratching, and other unwanted behaviors have decimated untold amounts of furniture and articles of clothing in many households.  Seniors, conversely, often know what appropriate conduct is and do not need the constant monitoring and reinforcement that younger pups and kitties do.

Other food for thought for the more mature is that obtaining either a puppy or kitten can mean many years of responsibility that an older person may not have.  However, to those seniors I would suggest considering a pet who is also in his or her golden years.  Having the companionship of a faithful friend and providing a loving home to an elderly pet can be a win-win for everyone.

Despite some special considerations that an older pet might require, if you were willing to adopt one through your local shelter or rescue, you just might find out what many of us already know … ‘Seniors Rock’!  




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

STRIKES FOR STRAYS


Help us empty the Tehama County Animal Care Center for the Holidays by participating in  STRIKES FOR STRAYS on December 5th from 6pm - 9pm at Lariat Bowl and Bowling Greens Miniature Golf in Red Bluff, CA.

TICKETS are $12 and AVAILABLE NOW at:
Lariat Bowl, 365 S Main St, Red Bluff, CA, 
Aquarium & Pets, 345 S. Main St., Red Bluff; 
In-Dog-Nito,333 S. Main St, suite P, Red Bluff;
Bill McMahon CPA, 518 Walnut St., Red Bluff. 

Make sure you get both your entry ticket and your blue door prize ticket!

Be sure to join us for an evening of fun, laughs, photos & prizes.  Get your tickets before we sell out! 

HELP US HELP COLD NOSES FIND WARM HOMES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON !








Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation


Numerous organizations dedicate themselves to helping those in need.  The individuals who comprise these groups are beacons of light in a dim world.  For the homeless, neglected, and abused animals of Tehama County, these entities are the shelters and rescues that aid them.

This past week was National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.  Even though it is over, it is never too late to become acquainted with them and their life-saving endeavors.  The organizations listed here are a small portion of the many that work tirelessly in Northern California.  Unfortunately, not all groups throughout the Northern region are included.  Many of those that are not have also aided the animals of Tehama, and their outstanding work is greatly appreciated.

The Tehama County Animal Care Center, Red Bluff, is a small shelter that does big things.  It is the primary location within the county for stray animal admission and provides a safe haven for approximately 1,600 dogs, 600 cats, and assorted livestock during a year.

P.E.T.S. (Providing Essentials for Tehama Shelter), Red Bluff,  is a non-profit dedicated to improving the welfare of  abandoned and homeless animals in Tehama County, and assists the Care Center in completing their mission of providing all animals within its purview good nutrition, compassionate treatment, and prompt veterinary attention.

Second Chance Pet Rescue works exclusively at the Corning Animal Shelter as its caretakers and advocates for the animals housed within, without compensation from the City of Corning.  The City of Corning and Second Chance Pet Rescue work together to provide a safe haven for the dogs found within Corning city limits only.

Deserving Pets Rescue, Red Bluff, is a rescue that provides immediate medical attention and treatment for injured and sick pets in Tehama County that would not thrive in a shelter situation. 

Dynamic Duo Dog Rescue &Transport, Inc., Red Bluff, transports animals from Tehama County to Bay Area rescue organizations, thus increasing the animals’ chances for adoption.

Tehama Wild Care Wildlife, Cottonwood, rescues and rehabilitates injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife in Tehama County.

Northern California Doberman Rescue, Red Bluff, is dedicated to saving abandoned and neglected Doberman Pinschers.

Northern California Border Collie Rescue and Adoptions, Inc., Corning, helps abandoned and mistreated border collies, the majority of which come through animal shelters.

Annie’s Pet Rescue, Cottonwood, focuses on pets that traditional rescues generally will not accept.  They specialize in long term fostering.  

With very little in the way of resources, these organizations help an untold number of animals in our County.  Therefore, I ask that you take a moment to acknowledge these groups and the worthwhile work they do.  If you have adopted a pet from them, let them know how he or she is doing and post a picture to their Facebook page or send it to them.  All will enjoy hearing about how well and happy their former charges are.  

Consider helping them in their endeavors.  If you cannot adopt an animal, then perhaps you can volunteer, foster, or provide transport assistance.  If you cannot donate time, then maybe you could just donate.  All these groups constantly need supplies and many have wish lists of items needed posted on their websites.  Finances are a daily struggle, so every penny contributed, or saved by donated supplies, helps immeasurably.


Finally, also ask friends and family to assist you in applauding the unsung heroes who help make a difference in the lives of the homeless animals in Tehama County.