“Foster-cation” has become a new buzzword in the pet-rescue world (meaning foster vacation with lots of socialization) since COVID-19 became a household name. Animal shelters have had to change the way they do business out of necessity -- from adoptions and medical treatment, to getting creative with fundraising." When Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order went into place in late March, humane societies issued public pleas to help empty the shelters. Most facilities had to cease activities because of the stay-at-home order and social distancing, working with skeleton crews to develop safe and smart ways to move dogs. And move dogs they did. According to Mindy Naticchioni, administrator of Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (CCAS), nearly 60 dogs were placed into foster-cation. “Dogs are getting family time, exercise and great socialization, and possibly a forever home, Naticchioni said. CCAS ran out of crates due to the overwhelming public response, but not people wanting to foster. In early April, CCAS was operating with minimal staff members overseeing duties such as daily routines, medical cases and owner returns. Friendship APL in Elyria was also operating with limited staff, allowing only two potential adopters in the building at a time. Some of the protective league’s [...]
CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — A Winter Weather Advisory and Wind Advisory doesn't just impact people, but also pets. With temperatures in the low 20s this weekend, many owners will be making sure their pets are safe and warm inside. Unfortunately some pets are left outside in the elements. Animals, despite their fur coats, are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia just like people. If you find an abandoned or stray animal, or witness a pet left outside in extreme weather for extended amounts of time, find your county in the list below to see who to contact about the situation. Ashtabula Ashtabula Animal Protection League: 440-224-1222 Ashtabula Dog Warden cruelty line: 440-576-6538 Ashland Ashland County Dog Warden: 419-289-1455 Ashland County Humane Society: 419-281-4722 Cuyahoga Cleveland Animal Protection League: 216-377-1630 Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter: 216-525-7877 Erie Erie County Dog Warden: 419-627-7607 Geauga Geauga Humane Society abuse line: 440-338-4819 extension 41 Huron Huron County Humane Society: 419-663 7158 Huron County Dog Warden: 419-668-9773 Lake Lake Humane Society cruelty Line: 440-951-6122 extension 105 Lorain Lorain County Dog Kennel: 440-326-5995 Medina Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals abuse line: 330-723-7722 Portage Portage County Animal Protection League cruelty line: 330-296-4022 extension 102 [...]
Nearly three-quarters of cats who enter our nation’s animal shelters each year are killed. Most are free-roaming, stray or feral cats. Here at Best Friends, we refer to them as community cats. Although some of these cats are adoptable, many more are not. And for unadoptable cats, a trip to the shelter is often fatal. TNR saves cats’ lives Trap-neuter-return (TNR) entails trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning community cats to their original outdoor locations. It is not only the most humane method of preventing cats from entering the shelter system, it’s the most effective. TNR also ensures the cats’ health and welfare. Once these cats are sterilized and vaccinated, they can live healthy, happy lives in their communities, where caring residents look out for them. Sterilization and vaccination provide a public health benefit to the community, too, a vast improvement over the failed trap-and-kill approach that’s been used for generations. What is Best Friends doing to help? Best Friends sterilizes, vaccinates and releases tens of thousands of community cats each year, preventing many thousands of births. Support TNR and help reduce the number of community cats, and ultimately the number of cats being killed in America’s shelters. Find a program [...]
Isabelle is a well-weathered skipper on a boat located along the shores of Lake Erie. The word "boat" sends her into a tail wagging and jumping frenzy and is clearly in her mind better than any treat at the moment. The increase of canines aboard boats nationwide and on longer journeys is on the rise. In fact some families find a stray or adopt while yachting. Canine safety and preparation are a must for the skipper and crew embarking on any yachting adventure on any type of boat. Catamarans, sailboats and power boats are a lifestyle that many canines enjoy with family and friends. Research shows 70% of Americans boat with their dogs. Most skippers agree that small dogs are easier to cruise with but accommodating medium to large dogs is certainly possible. Docking, dinghies and ladders present challenges, so have a plan. Just as emergency preparations should be in place for your pets at home, they are also critical when boating. Bring along extra provisions like water, food, sunscreen, first aid kit and personal flotation devices for not just the two-legged but four as well. Isabelle proudly wears her personal flotation device and also has foul weather gear in [...]
Every spring and summer there are many well-meaning animal lovers who leave their (primarily) dogs in vehicles while they shop or run errands without realizing that their beloved pet may end up suffering — or even dying — due to the effects of heatstroke. Most people don’t know that even on mild days, with temperatures in the low to mid-70’s, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly reach 100 degrees. In warmer, 85-degree weather, temperatures can reach 120 degrees within a half hour, even if a car window is left open a crack. Leaving animals unattended in a vehicle on a warm or hot day is not only unsafe, it’s also illegal. Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably cause suffering, disability, or death is a crime that carries with it up to six months in jail in L.A. (Penal Code 597.7). Click here to read the entire article on Petfinder.com and for links to download the Hot Oven, Hot Car poster.
Spring brings us pretty flowers, chirping birds, and litters of kittens that come from roaming unneutered cats. Other wildlife comes out of their winter nests to forage for food and mating too. Typically this activity is at a peak in early spring and fall when the weather is warmer. One of the most active critters that we see or smell the entire spring and summer season is the little black-and-white varmint known as a skunk. They are typically active at dawn and dusk. No matter their size, skunks can secrete from their specialized anal sacs for several feet a potent and foul smelling oil that sometimes can be harmful – even deadly – to dogs if the spray gets in their eyes, nose or throat. Skunks have tested positive for rabies in the United States and Canada. This is another well-documented reason why our pets need to be current on immunizations. Save yourself the stress and mess of using tomato juice, vinegar, pretty smelling soaps or shampoo. There are three safe and effective products to have on hand for a veterinarian-approved recipe you can make in your own kitchen to neutralize the skunk spray on your dog. Simply mix together 1/4 [...]
Bay Village Police Animal Control Officer Mark Adkins would like to remind residents that the inside of a car is a dangerous place, even in seemingly mild weather. When its 70 degrees out it could be 120 in a car with direct sunlight. Police are cracking down. In North Olmsted, a dog owner was arrested for animal cruelty just two weeks ago. If you have any questions, please contact ACO Adkins at 440-899-3414 or email@example.com
As we head into September, we’re hanging out with the Browns’ Danny Shelton and his very own “dawg pound!” We find out more about #55 and his 4-pack of Furry Sheltons. We’re also talking tailgating with your pooch, raising guide dog pups and how to help your dog survive the back-to-school blues. Pick up your September issue of CLE DOG magazine starting later this week at 200+ locations: PetPeople, PetValu, libraries, eateries, coffee shops, vet offices and dog-friendly locations. Find a location near you HERE.