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Car wash leads to rescued dogs finding new homes

By | December 1st, 2020|Categories: Cleveland News, General|

by Nancy Brown Dogs rescued from poor living conditions in China were flown to the United States to begin their new lives. Photo by Sandy Strebler View Image Gallery An article published in the Observer in August shared the story of dedicated educators, their students and parents that helped less-fortunate four-legged creatures have a happy ever after. Bethesda Childcare Center in Bay Village held a car wash on July 24, raising $750 for Lucky Paws and Golden Treasures animal rescues. Golden Treasures golden retriever rescue was able to secure and accept dogs from a meat market in China. Their journey was stressful. Some of the dogs were relinquished by family, others were rescued from packed dog-meat farms and off the streets. A dedicated rescue group in China legally coordinated their complete vetting, boarding and transporting to arrive safely in the U.S. Several more dogs will be arriving in the next few months. Upon arrival, the dogs received additional vetting for health check clearance and were then passed off to foster families to decompress and begin new lives. Some are fostering right here in the Westshore area and will begin the process of seeking their forever homes. I applaud the community for supporting the Bethesda children [...]

Dog Given Away For Free on Facebook Turns Up at Shelter with Bite Marks On Her Face

By | January 31st, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, Pet Safety Tips|

A dog given away for free on Facebook turned up two weeks later at a shelter with facial injuries much to the alarm of a rescue group. Happy Tails Animal Rescue shared Trixie’s heartbreaking story to caution dog owners to never advertise their dogs for free online. “THIS IS WHY YOU NEVER GIVE YOUR DOG AWAY ‘FREE TO GOOD HOME’ “Trixie is a young, loving 6 month old pup who has already seen the absolute horrors this world has to offer. Her old owner couldn’t care for her so gave her away on a Facebook page to what he thought was a ‘good home’. The disgusting humans who posed as a ‘good home’ promptly blocked Trixies old owner so he couldnt check in on her… and 2 weeks passed by before Trixie showed up at the local pound with horrific facial injuries. “In the below photo you can see how swollen this poor baby’s face was… she had been used as a ‘bait dog’ to train dog fighting dogs. We cannot even fathom the horror and pain this girl endured in those 2 weeks after she was given to a “good home”. “As soon as we heard about Trixies story, [...]

Volunteers of Lorain County Dog Kennel

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Bring your animals inside please!!!! is this what you want for your pets? What An Animal Experiences As It Freezes To Death Cold Weather is here.. If you have not taken the time to make sure that any animal you have outside has adequate shelter from the freezing cold, you need to do it now. Common Sense says any shelter you provide should have a floor a min of 6 inches off the ground. The floor needs to be insulated and the walls and top of the shelter thick enough to provide adequate in protecting the animal from the freezing temperature and wind. The animal should have some type of bedding such as straw (NOT hay) or a heating lamp inside.Here is a very good guideline as to whether your animal has adequate protection. In order for you to see and feel the urgency of getting an animal to adequate shelter from the cold, we shall explain to you what the animal goes through as it freezes to death., unless it is gotten inside and given medical attention in time. Freezing to death is something that you never want to experience. According to the medical profession the following is what [...]

Aggressive coyote problems increase in late winter

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

WARNING!!!!! Aggressive coyote problems increase over the next 4-6 weeks as it is mating season for coyotes throughout much of the Midwest. Do not let your dogs out alone and don’t allow your outdoor cats to roam. Although coyotes are prevalent in outlying and rural areas, they’re also thriving in suburban and urban areas, and smaller towns as well. Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets) and even to infants. That risk increases during mating season. Aggressive coyotes:  mating season Spay or neuter your pet. Coyotes are attracted to and can mate with unspayed or unneutered domestic dogs. Unspayed female dogs in season can attract male coyotes.  Un-neutered male dogs can be lured away by the scent of a female coyote in her ovulation cycle. Additionally, male dogs can be lured by the female coyote’s scent and killed by male coyotes. You should also be mindful that clever coyotes learn the daily schedules of people and their [...]

92 Military K9s Are Coming Home After Serving In Afghanistan

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Advocacy, General|

Dogs are truly a man’s best friend for many reasons. One of those reasons is because some of our best friends are also involved in our nation’s military serving our country. And many of themm are finally coming home from serving in Afghanistan! 92 of them to be exact. Our military K9s work alongside human service members and are highly trained in bomb, weapon, drug, and dangerous gas detection. AMK9 is one of the leading providers with K9 Detection Services, meaning that not only do they provide K9s for military-based services but they also care for the dogs when they return! The U.S. Government recently reached out to AMK9 to bring home 92 military dogs who have completed their deployments over in Afghanistan. AMK9 provided the utmost professional care, crates, food, water, bathroom breaks, airport transports, and veterinarians to ensure the dogs’ well-being coming home. Guy Owens, VP of Operations at AMK9, explains what will happen with the dogs after they return home. “A lot of them are coming back to be adopted, to go to homes where they’ll spend the rest of their days enjoying life, and that’s a good thing,” he says. In addition to coming back home to [...]

If A Service Dog Approaches You Without Their Owner, They Need Your Help

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

Most people are aware of some rules regarding service dogs: don’t approach or pet a service dog who is on the job, and be aware that service dogs are allowed to be in places that other dogs aren’t — like grocery stores. However, as a recent viral Twitter post revealed this week, most people don’t know what to do when dog with a service vest or harness approaches you — and there’s no one on the other end of its leash. The “Service Dog PSA” opens with the story of a woman who tripped and fell while with her service dog. The dog, who was trained to get an adult if she has a seizure, tried to get the attention of a nearby woman, who “was swatting him and telling him to go away.” Little did the woman know that she was ignoring a sign that there may be a nearby emergency. “If a service dog without a person approaches you, it means the person is down and in need of help,” the post continues. “Don’t get scared, don’t get annoyed, follow the dog!” “If it had been an emergency situation, I could have vomited and choked, I could have hit my head, [...]

5 Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have Handy

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

If you’ve got a dog (or, is it that the dog has you?) this is one list you’ll want to print out and keep near the phone. In an emergency, when the internet is down, or if you simply need assistance with your dog from a real, live person, these 5 phone numbers should be in the Rolodex of every dog owner: National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In an emergency every second counts. The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline sponsored in part by 36 different companies. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog. Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA is a national referral service that helps connect pet parents with free or low cost spay and neuter services in their area. With partnerships at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets. Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners [...]

Beagles R Us Rescue

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: Lost Pets, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

How a therapy dog is changing students’ lives at Lakewood High School

By | January 24th, 2020|Categories: General, Pet Advice|

Able, the school's furry friend, is making a difference every single day Author: Dorsena Drakeford Published: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 Updated: 5:40 AM EST January 15, 2020 LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The stresses of life impact just about everyone, especially today’s teenagers. Lakewood High School has a special way of helping students handle the emotional roller coaster life can bring. It comes in the form of a classmate, named Able, who very well may be the most popular – and furriest – "kid" to roam Lakewood’s halls. Able is a therapy dog. “At first I was a little scared because I’m not really a dog person,” said student Alicia Dinya. “When I found out, he wasn’t that bad, I started liking him.” Able’s favorite spot to visit? No surprise: The lunch room. “He just roams the entire cafeteria sometimes looking for snacks, but usually pets,” said teacher Julie May, who brings Able to school. He’s a friend to all, and ready to lend an ear whenever needed. “He’s so sweet,” said 11th grader Shantajah Davis. “When you’re upset or when someone’s sad or something, he knows.” Adopted by May in 2012, Able is not her first therapy dog. A pup named Madison [...]

Who to call if you see a pet left in the cold

By | January 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cleveland News, Pet Advice, Pet Safety Tips|

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 [...]