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The Oregon Humane Society, part of The Pet Realty Network’s Lucky Day Campaign, is promoting pet adoptions by shifting the focus onto those who don’t have pets – and highlighting all the positive experiences they’re missing out on.  And it is working.  In the few weeks since the advertising campaign was rolled out, the shelter’s adoption rates have increased.

For more information about their new campaign to end petlessness, please visit www.oregonhumane.org.   

And special thanks to DogChannel.com  for a great story about our friends at the Oregon Humane Society!

From Yahoo News, the Nassau County (NY) SPCA and Rabbit Rescue Group are trying to figure out who is responsible for an increase of rabbit dumping in the area.  A man was seen dumping 20 rabbits in a box at a train station and then driving away earlier this month.  Rabbits dumped in the wild often can’t fend for themselves and end up starving to death or being killed by raccoons or diseases.  Fortunately, the animals have been rescued and are now up for adoption.    

CNN.com Living reports 60 percent of pets in the United States are overweight, but almost half of the owners of overweight pets rated their pets as having the “ideal” body condition.

Pet obesity can be a sensitive issue, says Susan Davis, a pet nutritionist based in Lake Forest, California, who has helped many pets trim down. Because some owners treat their pets like their children, people can take it personally when you tell them they have an overweight animal.

If you show your pets love by giving them a lot of food and snacks, read more about how overweight pets can suffer from numerous medical conditions and early death

Your cats may hiss and try to hide, but the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) wants you to neuter your feline friend and help put an end to pet overpopulation in the Louisville area. KHS is hosting a “Neuter-a-Thon” at the S.N.I.P. Clinic on September 29, where the first 100 male felines will be altered at a special rate of $10.

Kentucky Humane Society’s NEUTER-A-THON

First 100 Male Cats Altered for Only $10!*

Saturday, September 29

S.N.I.P. Clinic, 2445 Crittenden Drive

(502) 636-FIX1 [3491]

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From CNN.com news, today, the The Surry County Virginia grand jury has indicted suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on state charges of running a dogfighting ring at Vick’s Virginia home.  The charges brought against Vick – one count of unlawfully torturing and killing dogs and one of promoting dogfights – are both felony charges that could result in a five-year prison term.  Vick is already facing a possible prison term of 12 to 18 months for his August guilty plea to a federal conspiracy charge of bankrolling a dogfighting operation from his Newport News, Virginia, home.

Thanks to the Hartford Courant for keeping us updated about this breaking story

The Bravo pet food company is recalling  some of its poultry products for dogs and cats
because of possible contaminated with salmonella and listeria monocytogenes.   The products in question are Bravo Original Formula Chicken Blend, Bravo Basic Formula Finely Ground Chicken, and Bravo Original Formula Turkey Blend.

The state Department of Agriculture, the FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Bravo to make sure all contaminated products are returned and destroyed, officials said.   Pet owners should return the unopened, frozen tubes of food to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

For more information please visit http://www.bravorawdiet.com/recallinfo.html

If you are looking for a place to help socialize and exercise your pet during the long days while you are at work, check out The Dog Resort, just opened in Fort Myers, Florida.   The Dog Resort is a full-service facility for dogs of all sizes and shapes, where grooming services, day care socializing and training, as well as long-term stays are all available for local dog owners. 

Thanks to the News Press for the full story!

A few weeks ago,  we told you about how pets can become depressed during this time of year when kids are returning back to school, or going away to college.    Today, MSNBC’s Kim Campbell Thornton also tells us about Dog’s Back to School Blues, and offers some tips and advice about how to help your pet’s deal with your children returning to school. 

USA WEEKEND gives some advice if thinking of flying with your pets:

  • Consult with your vet to assess your pet’s ability to travel, based on his age and health.
  • All of your pet’s vaccinations should be up to date, and you should plan to travel with current health and rabies certificates issued within 10 days of your trip. These documents may be required for air travel and can be useful in the event that your pet needs medical attention on the road.

Follow this link for the full article, and to read more tips!

Irene Pepperberg bought Alex, an African Grey parrott, from an animal shop in 1973.  Since then, the parrot learned enough English to identify 50 objects, seven colors and five shapes, and has helped researchers at Brandeis University  in Waltham, Mass.  for over 30 years to help better understand the avian brain.  Pepperberg discovered Alex dead in his cage last Friday.  The cause of death is unknown.  A touching way to say goodbye, Pepperberg recalls their last words the night before she found him in his cage:

 She recalls the bird said: “You be good. I love you.” She responded, “I love you, too.” The bird said, “You’ll be in tomorrow,” and she responded, “Yes, I’ll be in tomorrow.”

Thanks to Boston.com for this story. 

 

From a Press Release from the AVMA:

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has recently been made aware of several complaints from pet owners and veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats manufactured in China have been making pets sick. Symptoms of illness have included vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. To our knowledge, no deaths have been reported.

In addition, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) has also issued a statement reporting that it has become aware of the dogs presenting similar symptoms associated with consumption of some jerky treats.

From authors Dr. Marty Becker, veterinarian, media personality, author and educator, and Gina Spadafori, who has been blessed with the opportunity to combine two of her dearest loves — animals and words — into a career writing about animals, will premier three new books in 2007. They are:

  • MeowWow: Curiously Compelling Facts, True Tales and Trivia Even Your Cat Won’t Know,
  • BowWow: Curiously Compelling Facts, True Tales and Trivia Even Your Dog Won’t Know, and
  • Why Do Horses Sleep Standing Up? 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Equine Enigmas, Medical Mysteries, and Befuddling Behaviors.

All 3 are available for pre-ordering online.  For more information, please visit PetConnection.com’s Bookstore.

Plattsburgh, New York is a very pet frienldy place to be.

Their new dog park was created by city council who agreed that the city needed a controlled place for people to bring their dogs. The need for a dog park was sparked after a series of dog attacks earlier in the summer. The park boasts a fire-hydrant decoration, short tunnel, poop receptacle and picnic table and is now open at Melissa L. Penfield Park.

Thanks to the Press Repuplian for this story.

A “life coach for dogs” is what Oprah Winfrey calls her.  And other celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Ben Affleck, Courteney Cox, Nicollette Sheridan, Owen Wilson also trust in her expertise to help with their canine questions.

Who is she?  Celebrity dog trainer Tamar Geller (www.tamargeller.com) and she will read from and sign copies of her new book, “The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior”  7:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria, 3225 W. 69th St., Edina, Minnesota.   

Thanks to Twincities.com for this information.

You may know the Meerkat from Disney’s Lion King and Animal Planet’s hit show Meerkat Manor, and now Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo shares their adventures about their own cute and adorable Meerkat family. 

Thanks to the Salt Lake Tribune for this story. 

With its water fountains, low lighting and quiet music, the 31 deluxe guest rooms at Pets Inn Suites is a place where dogs and cats are pampered guests.  Each room has a television, a basket of toys.  $40 per day gives your pet, the executive suite with cherry sleigh beds, leaded glass doors, televisions and wall murals.  For $21 a day your pet will receive round-the-clock access to an outdoor dog run secure from the elements.

“We treat people’s animals the way we would want ours to be treated,” said Angie Peevy. “These pets are part of families.”

Read the full Atlanta Journal Constitution article for more information.   

An added feature with a big impact, The Pet Realty Network’s new interactive mapping feature plots the Pet Resource partners on a virtual map and is one more feature that makes The Pet Realty Network the one-stop-shop when it comes to moving with your pet, making some home improvements, or just shopping for something extra special. 

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According to a recent AOL news article and with a little help from Bankrate.com, they are reporting the two most common online pet scams are the Nigerian puppy scam and the Designer-mutt scam.  Consumers have lost hundreds to thousands of dollars on these scams when purchasing a puppy online, not to mention the emotional turmoil. 

Please read more about these, and other online pet scams so you can be informed, if you are considering purchasing a puppy online! 

Anyone who has ever dealt with a dying pet understands.  Which is why The Argus Institute  created a special Pet Hospice program, helping people deal with saying goodbye in a special way.  

The institute, associated with Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is named after Greek hero Odysseus’ loyal dog, and was founded in 1984 on the notion that humans, just as they mourn relatives, mourn their pets.

In a Denver Post article, Gail Bishop, the Argus Institute’s clinical coordinator explains:    

“Losing an animal that loves and adores us and can’t wait to see us when we come through the door – we all had that love and acceptance when we were born, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get that back. An animal brings extraordinary value to our lives.”

READ THE FULL DENVER POST ARTICLE NOW. 

When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, be sure to pay attention to your pets.  After all, they get used to their human companions spending so much time with them, it can be a shock when they have to return to spending more time alone.   In serious cases, pets can suffer from separation anxiety, display behavioral problems, cause destruction to your home or themselves.    The St. Louis Dispatch explains more and offers some solutions.