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7 Steps to a Happier Pet

This holiday season, the Humane Society of the United States would like to share its 7 steps to a happier pet:

  1. Make sure your pet wears an identification tag
  2. Make sure you enroll your new puppy in behavioural training classes to prevent problems
  3. Animal behavioural problems can be health-related.  Make sure your pet has a complete medical exam by a veterinarian at least once a year
  4. Prepare for disasters and make sure you have a plan for your pet in the event of a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood or earthquake
  5. Plan for your pet’s future in case something happens to you
  6. Learn how to prevent dog bites and how to prevent your dog from biting; visit the Humane Society’s website.
  7. Have a heart, be smart, and make sure your pet is spayed or neutered.
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Please neuter your pets…

This billboard combines a serious message with a tongue-in-cheek one.

Hang in there, folks.  The weekend isn’t far away!

Fences for Fido

The animal welfare sector is comprised of many volunteer organisations.  One special one working in the Oregon and Washington area is Fences for Fido.

This volunteer effort has been working since 2009 to build fences for dogs so they can be released from their chains.  Chained dogs rarely have the quality of life of other pets and are vulnerable to aggression from other dogs who are able to roam into their territory and take advantage of the dog’s restrictions.  Studies show that dogs who are chained can respond in one of two ways:  they become aggressive or they become withdrawn and unresponsive.

More importantly, dogs who are chained are unlikely to have the same bonds and stable relationship with their owners/family.  Many are isolated and live a lonely existence and suffer from neglect.

Without prejudice, Fences for Fido assists these dog owners by building fenced sections on weekends.  Materials and time are all donated and there is also support for neutering/spaying and veterinary care when needed.   The group works to educate families about dog care during the extreme seasons of summer and winter.

This group also follows up with families that have received its assistance twice each year to ensure that the dogs remain unchained and in good condition.

Almost 300 dogs have been helped by Fences for Fido so far.

That’s a special group!

Here’s a video of their first-ever fence building project – for Chopper – in 2009:

Tiny Beyonce – a poster dog for Mother’s Day

Beyonce was born on 8 March 2012  to Casey, a pregnant dog that was scheduled to be euthanised.  She claimed the title of the World’s Smallest Puppy because she could fit into a teaspoon!  She wasn’t expected to survive but proved everyone wrong.

Beyonce was saved because of the efforts of The Grace Foundation of Northern California, an animal rescue and rehabilitation facility.  Her story was picked up widely in media outlets including CBS, The Washington Post, the Associated Press and Reuters.  Now The Grace Foundation is using Beyonce’s celebrity status in a new fundraising campaign for Mother’s Day.

Named the  I’m a Survivor Fund (after the Beyonce song), funds will be used to save healthy mums and their puppies.   Many of these dogs are euthanised in shelters across California and the wider United States (3.4 million in total each year) because of a lack of facilities and adoptive families.

The messages from the Tiny Beyonce campaign are simple:

1.  Spay and neuter your pets to prevent overpopulation of our furry friends

2.  Adopt from rescues and shelters to save animals in need

3.  Help a rescue or shelter save lives. Volunteer or donate services, resources, or money

All moms (and mums) deserve recognition on Mother’s Day.  Why not make a donation to the I’m a Survivor Fund as part of your Mother’s Day gift?