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Free Pets at Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon this weekend!


Now read on … more info below on how you can get a free pet this weekend …

2010 Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon (Maddie’s Fund photo)
Maddies, anyone for a latte

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is Saturday and Sunday

You can get a FREE PET & the animal shelter or rescue group where you adopt it will STILL make some money! Read on to find out how.

Thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs will be available to qualified adopters — from 62 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 80 different locations in Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

Here is lots more information:

For a complete list of locations near you (and a map) where you can adopt a free pet on Saturday and Sunday, visit

Need a pet? Go for it! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund, Pets | 1 Comment »

Valentine’s Day tips from Pet Poison Helpline

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Dear reader:
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought pet owners would like to check out the following information about some potential dangers to your pets. Please take a moment to read the following News Release I just received from the Pet Poison Hotline. The information may help to save your pet one of these days. /Gary

Valentine’s Day Tips from Pet Poison Helpline

Ideas for keeping pets safe from potential dangers

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with this holiday of love comes gifts, many of which include candies and flowers. The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline ( share some of the common culprits of pet poisonings related to these well-intentioned gifts.

“Unfortunately, some well-intentioned gifts of love can be toxic to your pets,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “Certain flowers, candy and sweeteners can be hazardous, so keeping those things out of their reach is one of the most loving things you can do for your pets this Valentine’s Day.”
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Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012
Under: Pets, Pets & Poisons, Poison | 1 Comment »

Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is this weekend: Looking for a FREE pet?

Officer Ted (BEBHS photo)
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Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon is this weekend!

There will be thousands of FREE adoptable cats and dogs available to qualified adopters — from 47 different animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue organizations at 72 different locations in Contra Costa and Alameda counties on Saturday and Sunday. For more details plus a list of participating organizations, adoption locations and times, plus info on some (not all!) of the available pets, visit

Below are just three of the pets you can adopt FREE this weekend from Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley; open Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.:

Officer Ted:
Abandoned by his mother and litter mates, this 5 week old kitten was living a lonely and uncertain existence inside a (non-running!) car engine in Berkeley. Officer Ted of the Berkeley Police Department was conducting routine police work, heard his mews, and discovered him living inside the engine, covered in grease. Luckily, aside for needing a meal and a very thorough scrubbing, the kitten was healthy. He was taken in by BEBHS, named after his kind rescuer, and sent to a foster home to finish growing up in a safe home environment.
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Posted on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Under: Cats, dogs, Maddie's Fund, Pets | No Comments »

Danville’s Doggie Night street fair, 5-8 p.m. tonight


Danville’s Doggie Night street (pet!) fair is tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lots of fun for you and your 4-legged doggie friends.

The action begins at Molly’s Pup-Purr-ee, 425 Hartz Ave., Danville … and continues on to pet-related businesses around Downtown Danville.

Dog owners are invited to bring their 4-legged friends to local businesses for free dog treats and “canine couture.” Meet pet sitters, photographers, trainers, veterinarians, and other pet-related experts. More details at

*** Be sure and stop by and chat at the Maddie’s Fund booth to find out more about the upcoming Marchmaker Adoptathon on the weekend of June 4 and 5. Looking for a new pet? That’s definitely the weekend for you to get it. It’ll blow your mind! /Gary

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Under: Maddie's Fund, Pets | No Comments »

UC Davis News: Don’t give potassium iodide to your pets

Family pets by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA
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I just received the News release below cautioning pet owners NOT to give potassium iodide tablets to their pets. Please read it carefully. It’s important. Thanks. /Gary

University of California, Davis
March 17, 2011


Pet owners anticipating the possible movement to the West Coast of radioactive material from Japan’s damaged nuclear power plants should not give their dogs, cats or other pets potassium iodide tablets, cautions a UC Davis veterinary cancer researcher.

“At this point there is no risk to pets in California stemming from radiation released from the tragedy that continues to unfold in Japan,” said Michael Kent, a faculty veterinarian who specializes in radiation cancer therapy.
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Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets, Radiation & Pets | 2 Comments »

Pets: Emergency preparedness in case of earthquake, fire, etc.

Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pets? (Karl Nielsen)
Kiki & Newman Xmas 4

I just received the NEWS RELEASE below — “9.0 Japanese Earthquake reminds Us Emergency Preparedness Is Critical” — from the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. The information it contains is VERY important. It could help save the life of your pet(s) (and you!) during an emergency. /Gary


Emergency Preparedness for Pets
Safety Planning in Case of Fire, Heavy Rain or Earthquake

The recent 9.0 earthquake in Japan reminds us that natural disasters can strike at any time and without advance warning. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we learned that people will risk their lives and endanger their own safety to stay with their pets during natural disasters. “One of the big lessons after Katrina was that we must prepare all members of our family for possible disasters, including planning for our family pets,” said General Manager Brenda Barnette.

Here are a few simple tips that could save your life and the life of your pet, too:
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
Under: Birds, Cats, dogs, Earthquakes, Pets, Pets & Quakes, Pets in Danger | 2 Comments »

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society: back to saving lives after fire

Vet technician Jane Townley examines one of the first arrivals at the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society since the May 20, 2010 fire. Photo courtesy of Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society.
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I Just received the news release below from the fire-damaged Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. Good news! It’s on the road to recovery! read on … /Gary


Two puppies, nine kittens and a momma cat make it official: the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society is back to saving lives!

Join other animal lovers at the “Purrcasso Arts & Crafts” benefit this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 6-7) to support the group’s rescue efforts (more below)

Just four months ago, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society was wondering how it would survive the devastation of the May 20, 2010, early-morning fire that left the 83-year-old institution homeless and financially strapped.  Today, the award-winning animal welfare organization has much to purr about as it takes its first major steps on the long road back to full recovery.
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Posted on Friday, November 5th, 2010
Under: Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Cats, dogs, Fires, Pets | 1 Comment »

Pet poisoning: Main sources of pet poisoning revealed

Pet kitten

Just got the information below on pet poisoning from Veterinary Pet Insurance Company. Pet owners should definitely read this and take all necessary precautions to keep your own pets from being poisoned. /Gary

Nation’s Largest Pet Insurer Reveals the Sources of Pet poisoning
Poisoning Incidents Cost Pet Owners Millions Each year

Pet owners often joke about pets being like vacuum cleaners literally eating anything put in front of them. Unfortunately, that lack of dietary discretion too often results in pets ingesting toxic substances, emergency visits to the veterinarian, and large medical bills. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) has analyzed its database of more than 485,000 insured pets to find the sources behind the hundreds of poisoning claims submitted to VPI every month.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Under: Pets, Poison, Poisonous plants | No Comments »

AVMA Video: Protecting pets from heat stroke during heat waves

Protecting your pets from heat stroke during summer heat waves

This video from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers advice on how to protect your pets from heat stroke during summer heat waves, like the one that’s hitting us right now.

Please take 2 minutes and 42 seconds to view this video. Seems like the life of your pet is worth 2:42. Thanks. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Hot Cars, Hot Weather, Pets, Pets in Danger | No Comments »

Pet Obsessed: The Cost of Cute

Click on the above graphic — twice — to make it bigger so you can see the whole thing. /Gary

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010
Under: Cats, dogs, Pets | No Comments »