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Bow Wow Bingo

By | May 24th, 2020|Categories: General|

Bay Village 'Bow Wow Bingo' kennel fundraiser postponed by Nancy Brown View Image Gallery Long-term care provided to two abandoned dogs drained kennel's budget In August of 2019, the Bay Village Police Department responded to an unsecured and abandoned home to encounter two very dehydrated and starving dogs. One of the dogs resembled a greyhound but it was in fact a young, male Bullmastiff. It stood in a secured cage, filled with urine and fecal matter. The other dog, a male Husky, was roaming inside the house, also filled with dog waste and debris. Neither one had access to food or water. A utility worker had arrived to disconnect utilities and when he saw the dogs, notified the police. A hero for the dogs! Officers immediately removed the neglected dogs from the environment and placed them in the Bay Village kennel. The animal control officer transported the dogs to Avon Lake Animal Clinic. It was determined they were both young, un-neutered males and malnourished. Vaccine history was unknown. Several trips to the clinic and overnight vet care would occur throughout the multiple month process. The dogs were slowly hydrated, under the supervision of veterinarians from Avon Lake Animal Clinic. Special diets, including homemade bland diets, were prepared and delivered by the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel. They also paid a mobile pet groomer to bathe both dogs since they were not current on vaccines. Medication, toys, [...]

COVID-19 changes the way animal shelters operate

By | May 4th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, General|

“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 [...]

Jackie’s Journey

By | April 23rd, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

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Pets & Covid19 from the CDC Website

By | March 21st, 2020|Categories: General|

Key Points Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people and others cause illness in certain types of animals. Coronaviruses that infect animals can become able to infect people, but this is rare. We do not know the exact source of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19. We do not have evidence to suggest that imported animals or animal products imported pose a risk for spreading the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some coronaviruses cause cold-like illnesses in people, while others cause illness in certain types of animals, such as cattle, camels, and bats. Some coronaviruses, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals and do not infect humans. Risk to people The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) play distinct but complementary roles in regulating the importation of live animals and animal products into the United States. CDC regulates animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health; USDA regulates animals and animal products that [...]

Tips For Missing Pets

By | March 21st, 2020|Categories: General|

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2020/03/17/tips-for-when-your-pet-is-missing Tips for when your pet is missing by Nancy Brown Crazy things can happen to make a domesticated pet seize the moment to leave the security of a fenced yard, electronic containment or home. Here are some safety tips to help ensure that does not happen, but what to do if it occurs. If you use traditional fencing, secure your gate with a lock, signage and check your fencing on a regular basis for low/high spots and weak boards. If your dog is a fence jumper or scaler consider safe tethering away from the fence as to not cause harm to the dog, or set up an electronic containment within your fenced area. Check on a regular basis for breaks in the electronic fence lines and replace the collar batteries as directed. Use their brand battery not some inexpensive one as they tend to be ineffective or have a short cycle. Have house rules for guests, children and service contractors when in your home. Crates, gates and confinement might be a must for the safety of all, including felines. Or a day at the pet spa could be planned. When a pet goes missing the following steps are helpful [...]

St.Francis Attitude

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: General|

http://www.westlakebayvillageobserver.com/read/2019/08/20/a-st-francis-attitude-all-year-long A St. Francis attitude all year long by Nancy Brown Typically in October, Christian churches honor the famous, beloved St. Francis of Assisi by having pet blessings. But did you know that St. Francis is not just the patron saint of animals, he is also the patron saint of stowaways, the environment and ecology? He was a friend to the poor, calmed and blessed an attacking wolf and his quotes are well documented and used each day. Researching St. Francis' biography, I learned that he was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. St. Francis is considered one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Heightened awareness of present our environment and ecology made me wonder what would St. Francis say or do in current times. It is documented that he believed "that nature was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his brothers and sisters." He preached to and about animals. St. Francis wrote in his Canticle of the Creatures about the moon, the sun, wind and water. Because [...]

Canine Cancer and lawn chemicals

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: General|

Canine Cancers Linked to Lawn Care Chemicals Kate Harveston March 13, 2018 Most dogs love being free to run in the yard, especially if they’ve spent all day inside. It’s good exercise for them, but unfortunately, it could also be hurting them too. Could your yard — or your neighbors’ — be killing your dog? Many homeowners use fertilizers to give their yard a bright green hue. The same fertilizers that keep grass healthy and thriving may also be hurting animals, including our pets. The effect may not be immediately obvious, but the chemicals create lasting health problems once ingested or absorbed by animals. Read on to learn more about how canine cancers have been linked to lawn care chemicals. People may assume that fertilizers get washed away in heavy rain or completely absorbed by the grass, but much of it ends up on the paws of free-roaming pups and other wildlife. If given the opportunity to learn about the dangers of lawn care chemicals, more people may avoid using them. Lymphoma and Lawn Chemicals Pet owners know their dog better than anyone else, which is why it’s so important for all dog lovers to keep an eye on their [...]

Robin Swoboda

By | March 2nd, 2020|Categories: General|

By Robin Swoboda, For the Beacon Journal Posted Feb 27, 2020 at 7:13 PMUpdated Feb 29, 2020 at 11:19 AM The arrangements were all set. I would be at their house in Mogadore for what I thought was a meet-and-greet on a Saturday afternoon. I was filled with excitement and trepidation as my granddaughter, Layla, and I made the 30-minute drive, seat dancing to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams while belting out the chorus. It’s our favorite song. “Because I’m happy. Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof. Because I’m happy. Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. Because I’m happy. Clap along if you know what happiness is to you. Because I’m happy Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.” In truth, I hadn’t felt very happy at all lately. If you have followed my column and crazy life for any length of time, you know that I have had three beloved dogs that I’ve had to put down in as many years. First it was Lulu, my 5-pound heart with fur. She used to sit on other people’s laps just so she could stare at me. I joked that she was “memorizing my face,” which she [...]

Pitbull joins office as a K-9 officer

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Pitbull rescued from dog fighting ring joins sheriff’s office as K-9 U.S. & WORLD by: Jeremy Tanner, NEXSTAR Posted: Jan 25, 2020 / 05:34 PM EST/ Updated: Jan 25, 2020 / 05:34 PM EST (Craven County Sheriff’s Office) CRAVEN COUNTY, N.C. (WJW) — An adorable pitbull named Nibbles is getting a second chance at life thanks to the Craven County Sheriff’s Office. According to the sheriff’s office, he’s joining the K-9 division where he’ll help with their “fight against drugs being trafficked and sold in Craven County.” Throw Away Dogs Project had originally rescued Nibbles from a dog fighting ring in Canada. The group was excited to share the good news about his career in law enforcement. On Thursday, he got to meet his new partner and based on the photos, it looks like they’re going to get along great!

Cat lovers,

By | January 26th, 2020|Categories: General|

Posted in Ohio January 11, 2020 by April Dray America’s Official Cat Museum, The Feline Historical Museum, Is Right Here In Ohio If you didn’t know that Ohio was home to America’s official cat museum, you probably didn’t know that Ohio is also home to the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) Headquarters. The Feline Historical Museum in Alliance is housed on the first floor of the CFA headquarters, which showcases all things cat themed. If you know a cat lover or two—or maybe you’ve got a few feline friends of your own—this is one road trip stop in the Buckeye State you simply have to make. Home of the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, the Cat Fanciers’ Association is one of Ohio's quirkier landmarks. CFA - The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc/Facebook This non-profit actually dates back to 1906, but the museum was added in 2012. On the first floor of the CFA headquarters, you'll find The Feline Historical Museum. What was once an old bank is now home to America's largest collection of cat memorabilia. CFA - The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc/Facebook Admission to The Feline Historical Museum is free. Here, you'll observe everything from cat artwork to the silver [...]