*** DEAR READERS: I’M OFF ON VACATION AFTER TODAY. BE BACK HERE WRITING & SHOWING YOU NEAT PHOTOS ON TUESDAY, JUNE 26. TAKE CARE! SEE YOU! /Gary
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)
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.
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 (http://www.petpoisonhelpline.com) 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.” Read the rest of this entry »
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 http://www.maddiesadoptathon.org
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.:
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 http://www.discoverdanvilleca.com/
*** 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
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 CAUTIONED AGAINST GIVING POTASSIUM IODIDE TO ANIMALS
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have an emergency preparedness plan for your pets? (Karl Nielsen)
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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.
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.
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »