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Kasich signs bill allowing breaking into hot vehicles to save kids, pets

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Cleveland News, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

COLUMBUS (WDTN/WCMH) – Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law Tuesday that protects a person who breaks into a hot car to save a minor or a pet. Senate Bill 215 allows people to force their way into a locked vehicle if police are not able to get there in time. The law does come with some limitations, however. The person must call 911, they must check to see if the door is unlocked and if they feel it is an emergency they can break into the vehicle. Senate Bill 215 doesn’t take effect until August 29, but it’s already getting praise from animal advocates. “As the temperature warms up, we start getting a lot of calls about dogs in cars,” said Elysse Rathbone, Humane Agent for the Capital Area Humane Society. Hundreds of dogs die each year after being left in a hot, sweltering car. And increasingly, small children are dying after a parent forgets the child in the backseat. But before breaking out a window, a Good Samaritan must prove the pet or child is in danger. “You absolutely do have to call the police department in order to be able to move forward,” said Rathbone. “You [...]

July Fourth Fireworks: Awesome for Humans, Terrifying for Pets

By | June 30th, 2016|Categories: Cleveland News, General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Loud noises can terrify pets, so don't include them when celebrations will include fireworks. The HSUS. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets, and possibly hazardous. On the Fourth of July, so many pets are frightened and try to escape the sights and sounds that animal shelters around the nation report a dramatic increase in lost pets during the holiday. Help your pets keep their cool: Follow our four steps for making them safe during loud—and hot—warm weather festivities. 1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks Our pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it's best to leave your pets safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to hide jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside. And if you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep her leashed and under your direct control at all times. 2. If your pet is scared [...]

The Importance of Canine Socialization!

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Safety Tips|

When dogs are properly socialized they are more confident and less stressed through their entire life. Dogs are context thinkers and learners.  Which means, they learn as a matter of the result and/or situation.  The best time to start exposing dogs to socialization is during the critical stage known as imprinting.  This is typically at the age of  eight to twelve weeks old.  However, it is important to always keep socializing your dog and doing this activity in different locations and situations.  Never stop socializing and exposing  your dog to new situations! When exposing your dog to new situations keep it short, upbeat and give lots of high value treats.  Always keep your dog under control and safe. Exposure to adults and children is a must.  However, timing and making it positive are important too. Photos courtesy of David Speaker, Probizwriters (2016) Here are just a few safe suggestions for locations to socialize: Obedience classes, parks, events, parties, pet store and shopping centers. Take your dog inside the bank on a leash well controlled, give some easy commands and leave. Obedience classes referred by your veterinarian offer the best opportunity to insure success. Have fun!  Remember positive repetition and consistency!  Be [...]

Tips for dogs and deer in springtime

By | June 4th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , , , |

In springtime mother deer can be protective and territorial. If you approach with off leash dogs, your dogs may get a surprise charge or kick, and you may end up with a big vet bill. To avoid mishaps, stay clear of deer when they may be protecting their young and leave unattended fawns alone.   Deer attacks dog in graphic scene caught on video Deer attacks dog in graphic ... while defending their two dogs from an irate deer. The dogs were ... and you're the one at risk of serious injury or ... If your dog is not trained well on the recall command ( come, leave it) or you do not have proper/secure containment, canines are well known for chasing deer for miles and becoming lost. Train your dog consistently on the recall command.  Make sure to practice this training technique in different environments and with distractions.  Use a long soft cloth leash when doing your initial training so should your canine companion bolt you have a better chance of stepping on or having the leash get caught up on debris.    Remember to always use one word commands,  great treats and lots of positive praise for  immediate results.  Never [...]

Cold weather dangerous for stray animals

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, General, Lost Pets, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , |

Three darling Bay Village cats came very close to being victims of the bitter early cold snap that hit our area last week. Because of the rapid response, compassion and warm-hearted residents, each were rescued by different individuals or families in Bay and all ended up in forever homes. Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents to report animal issues to the Bay Village Police at 871-1234. Please remember to keep all pets safe, have identification and provide shelter and food. If you are aware of an animal that does not have the proper shelter, please contact the police or call Ruth Glasmire, president of Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, at 835-8139 for options on how to make or purchase outside housing for animals. Per public records requests the City of Bay Village has just over $8,000 in donations under animal control. This is item line 284. These funds are separate from what the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel have been collecting and expending on animals in Bay Village. The city of Bay Village has the potential to still accept a gift of a brand new kennel. The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel [...]

Summertime pet safety tips

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Advocacy, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: |

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents that with warmer weather, please remember to take the following precautions to keep pets safe. Do not take pets in the car and leave them with cracked windows even to run a quick errand – leave them at home. Do not leave pets outside without fresh water, food during the day, shade and shelter. When walking, use soft cloth or leather leashes that correlate to the size of your dog, and pick up and move them to the lawn so bikes and others can pass safely. Pick up that dog waste. If you utilize electronic containment DO NOT leave your pets unsupervised. Recent increases in coyote activity and power failures could be deadly. Please visit for ordinances and tips

Do Animals Possess Instinctive Ability to Sense Impending Storms?

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , |

Male Pronghorn Antelope in Saskatchewan field Animals may possess an innate ability to react to weather quicker than humans, but don't count on their behaviors determining how much snow is expected for winter or how severe a hurricane season could become. That is because while there are indications that animals do have advanced capabilities to recognize changes in weather, how far in advance they can predict such changes is still to be determined. "I certainly think that [animals] have abilities to sense that," said John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England, which operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. "I've certainly seen behavioral changes in the many years I've been observing animals, but how far in advance, I don't actually know." Linehan's experience working with animals covers more than 30 years and he has seen many peculiar occurrences in animal behavior as it relates to weather. Animals have more developed senses than humans, such as sense of smell and hearing, and that leads to their ability to detect impending weather changes sooner, Linehan said. "Certainly, many have a better sense of smell than we do; they can smell rain coming when [...]

Join Bay volunteers in caring for distressed animals

By | May 10th, 2015|Categories: Advocacy, Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Lost Pets, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , , , |

The sweet, skinny, young adult black cat pictured here was recently found abandoned on Huntmere Drive in Bay Village. This is one of multiple cats and kittens that the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel are currently assisting. FOBVK reminds residents to advise the Bay Village Police Department of all animal-related issues. The city's current kennel only houses dogs, which are transported to the Cuyahoga County Dog Kennel if not claimed. Cats and kittens must fend for themselves on the streets of Bay Village. If you are concerned with the safety of Bay Village's pets, please join us to ensure that the city of Bay Village undertakes the construction of a new kennel. Until further notice, FOBVK will continue to assist distressed animals through the use of generously donated monies for the purposes including: spaying and neutering, other veterinary care, food, medications, etc. FOBVK continues to have the support of a benevolent benefactor willing to fund the construction of a new kennel facility within the city. However, this facility would be owned by the city with conditions requiring city participation and cooperation. FOBVK would be happy to volunteer to help with the operation and maintenance of this kennel. Visit our [...]

Accommodating barking bikers

By | February 10th, 2014|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|Tags: , |

With the warmer weather upon us, perhaps you are thinking about taking your canine companions on a bike ride. Here are some healthy safety tips, links and suggestions for doggie apparatuses for your outing. Riding on the sidewalk is the safest place to be for you and your pooch and the highly recommended turf per safety forces. Options to consider based on the size, age and type of dog(s) include a bicycle dog leash, bike trailer, or a bike basket. Dog trainer and behavior consultant Susan Sarubin penned an excellent article in Whole Dog Journal about bike riding with your dog.  The in-depth article features information on getting started, equipment for the cyclist and dog, initial training, starting to ride, where to ride and cycling for non-athletes. "Sometimes, the safety precautions that we take to protect both humans and our companion animals may seem so cumbersome that they take all the fun out of some of our activities," Sarubin writes. "But when it comes to the health and welfare of your dog when accompanying you on bike rides, taking the appropriate safety measures can potentially save your dog's life, as well as your own. Training, using proper equipment and adhering to sensible exercise practices [...]