Article courtesy of American River Messenger, August 2014.
Article courtesy of American River Messenger, August 2014.
It’s that time of year again! The 4th of July holiday is one of the most important times of year to take precautions with your pet.
The following are a few helpful tips to not only keep your pet safe, but also happy and comfortable this holiday weekend:
BE AWARE OF THEIR SURROUNDINGS. From celebrating at your house to going to a friend’s place or a local park, you always want to be sure that your pet(s) are comfortable.
You know your pet(s) best. Don’t put them in situations they may typically find overwhelming.
Always be mindful of the front and patio doors. Oftentimes, our pets will join the increase in traffic in and out of the door on summer holiday weekends — and they may just take themselves for a walk long before we even know about it.
MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A COLLAR WITH ID TAG ON AT ALL TIMES. A microchip may eventually get your pet(s) home, but a collar with ID tag and phone number increases their chance of getting home before going to a local animal shelter.
A collar and ID tag is the best line of defense in case the weekend activity sends your pet on an unexpected adventure.
MANAGE THEIR DIET. During the excitement of the holiday, it’s easy to share what is on the grill with your pet(s), but remember that just like people, moderation is key.
The best rule of thumb is to not feed your pet people food; however, if you feel compelled only provide them a taste by giving a very small portion. Also, follow these helpful tips on what NOT to feed your pet, even in small portions:
MIND THE HEAT. A great rule of thumb is that if you’re taking precautions with yourself and your family regarding the weather, you’ll want to do the same with your pet(s). The following tips are always helpful:
+ excessive panting + salivation
+ vomiting + anxious or staring expression
+ fast pulse rate and high body temperature
Follow these helpful tips and your in for a great weekend with your pet. Have a great July 4th!
UPDATE: Caramel has been adopted and is already in her new home!
Nearly 50 animals have been with us at the Sacramento SPCA for more than a month — and that is just too long to wait for a home. Here is a story of one of those animals, who is not only an exceptional girl, but also one of the Sacramento SPCA Fix 50 animals looking for a home.
Caramel, an almost two-year-old American Fuzzy Lop has spent half of her life in foster care. She was surrendered last year along with 13 other rabbits from what appeared to be a breeding situation. Suddenly, in the summer of 2013, we had a lot of homes to find.
Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Sarah Varanini called on several foster families to take in some of the rabbits, while the rest went on the adoption floor. Caramel, a very special case went to foster volunteer Barbara, who is also a member of the House Rabbit Society, a local non-profit rescue that we often partner with to place rabbits into new homes.
Upon arrival, it was evident that Caramel would need some immediate medical attention. Caramel suffers from a manageable tear duct condition, but was in desperate need of treatment. After having her ducts flushed by our veterinary staff, she was sent home with Barbara where she could be looked after. There she learned to socialize with people and attend several adoption events with the House Rabbit Society in an attempt to find a home.
After 10 months with Barbara, Caramel is now available for adoption and patiently waiting for a family. She is in need of an exceptional owner who is inspired by her story and can also help her manage her weepy eyes. It’s important to Caramel’s health and comfort to have her tear ducts flushed at least twice a year by a medical professional.
Stuck in traffic for 30 minutes due to construction on Highway 50?
We have animals that have been here for more than 30 DAYS!
Nearly 50 animals have been with us at the Sacramento SPCA for more than a month — and that is just too long to wait for a home.
Help us fix the lives of 50 homeless animals. Adopt one of the Sacramento SPCA Fix 50 and receive 50% off of the adoption fee.
Create a happy ending for these amazing pets-to-be by giving them a home through Sunday, May 18 at 6 p. m.
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An Aussie takes flight
Planes, trains and automobiles for one very deserving pup
The Sacramento SPCA sends hundreds of dogs and cats to rescue groups each year, but not every story is as exciting as Joe’s.
When a one-year-old Australian cattle dog mix was surrendered to our shelter due to excessive barking, it soon became evident that he was not only deaf, but also extremely nervous and in need of just the right home. Knowing that he couldn’t go to just any household, Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator, Lizz Westphal began contacting rescue groups to try to find this lively boy a place where he could find comfort and stability.
Not long after conversations began with the Angel Dogs Foundation, located in Southern California, our energetic Aussie Joe, had a brand new life in the making. In just days he would not only switch zip codes, but he would also get a once in a dog’s life chance to see the world from a whole new perspective.
It’s not every day that a dog is flown from Sacramento to Delano, Calif., let alone in a private plane! Leaving Sacramento Executive Airport, Joe was as playful as ever and gave escorts a good laugh with his silly antics.
Joe was transported by Pilots N Paws, a non-profit organization of volunteers and plane owners with the goal of helping to transport rescue animals.
While in flight, Joe managed to squirm and wiggle his way out of his nylon enclosure (as a crate wouldn’t fit in the plane) and Sue Clark, a representative from the Angel Dogs Foundation, had to do everything in her power to keep Joe from crawling into the pilot’s lap.
“It was a priceless Kodak moment and I would have taken a photo, but I was too busy holding on for dear life to make sure he wasn’t going to kick off the auto pilot,” says Clark.
Eventually, after a safe landing, Joe was introduced to the rest of the Angel Dogs Foundation crew and settled in nicely. Joe will soon be introduced to an experienced family that has been in contact with the foundation and has been on the lookout for a dog just like him.
Joe is one of the many rescue success stories that will come out of the great relationship the Sacramento SPCA has with rescue groups. Not all will be as adventurous, but they all deserve a mention, as it truly takes a village to find dogs like Joe that well-deserved second chance!
Life is always better with a friend by your side. When it comes to two dogs who just arrived at the Sacramento SPCA, truer words have never been written.
Sadie and Kirby have been together since Kirby was just a puppy. Both adopted, they have spent all of their years with a great owner, bonding over some of life’s greatest details — going to the dog park, learning how to shake, and watching YouTube videos.*
Sadly, this past February they lost the greatest part of their life when their owner suddenly passed away. Since then, they’ve been staying with a family friend. Unable to place the dogs into a new home, the friend reached out to the Sacramento SPCA and we made a promise to find the dogs a home together.
Bonded given the journey they’ve traveled together, Sadie won’t walk through a door without Kirby by her side. And when Kirby seems to struggle with the loss of their owner, he turns to Sadie.
“Upon meeting them you just know that these two dogs need to continue their journey together,” explains Jeannette Biskup, the Sacramento SPCA’s chief of operations. “We’re going to do everything we can to make that happen. Fortunately, we always receive such great support from the Sacramento community that we have no doubt that these two will soon be home again.”
* That’s right. Sadie is a fan of both TV and YouTube. Her favorites? Cartoons or anything with other animals and kids.
This is the story of Munchie, a Chihuahua mix who started out as a stray and found herself a happy ending.
Originally found in someone’s backyard, it was clear that Munchie would need a fair amount of medical treatment. Upon surrender at the Sacramento SPCA, the little dog with her tongue hanging out of her mouth, quickly won the hearts of our shelter staff. Through a medical assessment, it was determined that not only did she need to have nine teeth extracted, but she also had a cancerous mammary mass along with a heart murmur.
All of a sudden this silly faced little dog was faced with a long road ahead of her.
Then walked in Sharilyn — a former Sacramento SPCA staff member, a current volunteer, and a regular supporter, but more importantly, someone who was willing to adopt little Munchie, no matter what lied. When asked what made her want to adopt Bridget, Sharilyn told us that, “the ‘imperfect’ ones are the ‘perfect’ ones to me.”
Munchie, now Bridget, has since recovered from surgery and spends her days lying in the sun and being doted on by the family. Sharilyn says she is one happy pup and to “watch out for that tongue, because she loves to give kisses and they are big ones!”
Sharilyn and Bridget share their home with another Sacramento SPCA alumni, Bubbles, who was adopted in 2007.
Sherpa is a 10-year-old kitty who is eagerly awaiting her new home. We say “eagerly” because she has recently started to decline in the shelter.
With us since Christmas Eve, Sherpa is being affected by the stress that comes with living in a shelter. Despite having a suite with a very tall cat tree, rolling scratching post, bed and all the savory food she can eat, she’s still ready for a home where she can be a member of a family.
In recent weeks, Sherpa’s appetite has begun to wane and she also came down with (but recovered from!) a mild upper respiratory infection (kitty cold). All of us at the Sacramento SPCA want her to be in a new home very soon so she can be her old self again, which is incredibly affectionate and pretty spry for a 10-year-old kitty.
Sherpa’s adoption fee is only $85, but because she is an adult, she’s free to any persons over 65 years of age. This Friday anyone can adopt her for only $5!
Watch her appearance on Fox 40′s Morning Show:
In recent months, the American Red Cross released a pet first aid app for pet owners. In the event of a pet emergency, it can guide you through almost any emergency until you can get the assistance you need from a veterinary professional.
Today, the Sacramento SPCA’s Carol Mefferd joined Jordan Scott from the American Red Cross California Capital Chapter on Good Day Sacramento to review the app and give a few quick tips on how to administer CPR to your pet.
The app is available for only $0.99 for both iPhone and Android. Learn more at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/pet-first-aid-app.
Remember that any first aid administered to your pet should be followed by immediate veterinary care. Always keep handy the phone number of your veterinarian and the nearest emergency animal hospital.
Nellie’s going home! The time has finally come for our little Nellie to leave the nest. Although this time is bittersweet for those of us at the Sacramento SPCA, we are very excited to begin receiving your applications and learn how your home will be a great one for her.
Applications to adopt Nellie will be accepted from Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. PT. The following forms and information are required to apply:
1. Sacramento SPCA dog matchmaker questionnaire
2. A brief letter explaining how your home and lifestyle will be well-suited for Nellie
Email or fax your full application to Sacramento SPCA Foster Care Coordinator Sarah Varanini by the deadline. Fax number: (916) 394-5390.
You may also drop off your application at the Sacramento SPCA at 6201 Florin-Perkins Rd., 95828. Please deliver it to the front receiving building (follow the signs).
Although we’d like nothing more than to fulfill requests to meet Nellie prior to the processing of each application, please know that we are unable to given the high number of animals we care for each day.
Applications chosen for consideration will be contacted the week of February 24. If we determine that the first applicant is not a good fit for Nellie or if the applicant decides not to adopt her, we will move on to the next preferred applicant.
An announcement will be made celebrating the next step in Nellie’s life — her adoption — a success we couldn’t have achieved without your incredible support.
From all of us at the Sacramento SPCA, thank you for allowing our little Nellie to capture your hearts.