Animal News (other than cats)

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We have a very special Giving Tuesday project that we would like to ask for help with and this project involves a sweet puppy named Snowball.

Yes, we know, you are not used to seeing dogs featured on our pages, only cats. Usually homeless cats.

But no worries, Snowball has a home where he is loved and adored. Finding a home for Snowball is not the issue.

The issue is this: Snowball had terrible teeth. He was in pain. Since he was living in a household with children, his owner was afraid that, being in pain, he might bite someone. So Snowball’s owner reached out to us for help.

We sent Snowball to Dr. Tom at East Hilliard Vet Services, a man who knows teeth. He said that Snowball had some of the worst teeth he had ever seen and had to pull them all! Every single tooth. Snowball also got a bath and some extra TLC while he was with East Hilliard’s staff.

Snowball now feels much, much better, but we need a little help paying for the bill which was over $2000, even with the kind donations Dr. Tom gave us.

If you can find it in your heart to help us with this GivingTuesday project, we would so appreciate it. The family plans to try to pay us back, but we know they don’t have a lot of extra money. They loved Snowball so much they did not want him to suffer and we are glad we could help.

If you would like to make a donation for Snowball on GivingTuesday, please visit our web site and click on the PayPal button in the upper left corner: http://www.bandocats.org

You can also make a donation by mailing a check to: Black and Orange Cat Foundation, PO Box 126, Plain City, Ohio 43064

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The photo of Snowball in the hat is his “before teeth were pulled” photo. The photo of Snowball with his sweet, human friend is after having his teeth pulled. He looks so much happier. Dr. Tom also provided us with a photo of Snowball’s nasty teeth and mouth (above).

Additionally, you can also help us out on Giving Tuesday by voting for our “MyGivingStory” by going HERE.

You can vote each day for the story and we could win up to $10,000 or several other smaller grants. For every friend who also tells their story after following our link, we’ll also get an extra entry in to the sweepstakes prizes to win money for the kitties. Help Black and Orange win grants in the “MyGivingStory” competition!

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On Saturday, March 12 from 9:30 am to noon, join Ohio Animal Companion at Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court in Hilliard for “Pet First Aid and CPR.”

You will learn about many different health issues and ways to help your pet in emergencies. Some of the items to be covered include:

  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Burns
  • Choking
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Heat Stroke
  • And much, much more!!

The workshop is being facilitated by Rita DiPaolo, licensed veterinary technician. There will be hands on CPR instruction for both dogs and cats with a mannequin provided.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Seating is limited and you must pre-register for the workshop. There is a registration fee of $25.

You can LIKE Ohio Animal Companion on Facebook HERE.

To find out more about this event, go to the Ohio Animal Companion events page on Facebook HERE.

You can also register for the workshop on Eventbrite HERE.

LIKE Capital Area Humane Society on Facebook HERE.

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Once again, PetPromise will be hosting their “5K Walk and Run for Homeless Pets.” The Rescue Run will take place over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23, with the race beginning at 10:00 am. Walkers, runners, and friendly dogs are welcome to come out and support PetPromise’s efforts to change the future for homeless pets.

The event takes place at McFerson Commons Park (in the Arena District) located on Nationwide Blvd. at 218 West Street in Columbus.

The registration fee is $30. May 20 is the last day to register online.

To get all the details about the Rescue Run and register online, go HERE.

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On Tuesday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 13 (from 10 am to 10 am), The Columbus Foundation will present a 24 hour opportunity for Central Ohio non-profits that are part of their PowerPhilanthropy to receive donations from the public. Those groups receiving donations will also be able to get money from The Columbus Foundation’s bonus pool of funds–up to 1.3 million dollars!

From 10 am on May 12 to 10 am on May 13, credit card donations of $20 will have the fees covered by The Columbus Foundation. That means 100 percent of donations will go to the charity you choose!

To participate, just visit Columbusfoundation.org.

Click on the BIG GIVE  banner.

Select the non-profit of your choice from among 600 plus organizations that are part of PowerPhilanthropy.  To see all of the groups, go HERE.

There are 26 organizations that are listed under “Animal Welfare and Conservation.” To see all of these groups for animals, go HERE. Click on “Program Area” and select “Animal Welfare and Conservation.”

I highly recommend that you donate to our friends at PetPromise. We do a lot of collaborative work with PetPromise and we love them and all the great things they do. Your money will go to help with Trap Neuter Return projects through their City Kitty Program or to help find homes for abandoned and neglected cats and dogs.

Secondly, I would ask you to donate to Sunrise Animal Sanctuary. This super organization in rural Marysville provides lifelong sanctuary to abused and neglected farm animals.

I am also recommending that people donate to Columbus Dog Connection. Columbus Dog Connection has a new Mobile Spay/Neuter Truck and to ease the burden of fundraising for other rescues, they also write for and share grant money to help save more cats and dogs. We have used “The Andy,” the mobile clinic, over the past two years for spay and neuter days in Buckeye Lake and rural Champaign County and the staff and clinic are super!

Additionally, a group I am suggesting is the Ohio Wildlife Center. Any donations that are made to the Ohio Wildlife Center will be used to help wild animals that have been injured and to support their work in the hospital and in their educational programs. They are a great place and I have taken rescued baby birds, bunnies, and other wildlife in need to them on many occasions.

Another group I love is Pet FBI Pets found by Internet. Pet FBI helps to reunite lost pets with their owners by allowing people to post photos and information on pets that have been lost and pets that have been found.

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I also have a soft spot in my heart for the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue. After fostering a bunny that was dumped at my parent’s house out in the country, I have a special love for Little Bunny Foo Foos and all those special people who save these soft, gentle babies.

We use SOS of Ohio, Shelter Outreach Services for many of our feral kitties. They have a wonderful program where they will allow you to bring a trapped cat in without an appointment from Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 2 pm. They’ll fix the kitty and send it back home with you by 5 pm the same day. Plus, they are one of the few vet hospitals in Columbus that will not declaw. Love that! Our vet, Dr. Kim West and her partner, Dr. Evelyn Tannhof at Health and Harmony Animal Hospital are the only other office besides SOS that I know of that refuses to declaw.

Additionally, you can pick these other great organizations:

1. Friends of the Shelter which provides funding for the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

2. Cat Welfare Association is a shelter dedicated to finding homes for cats and kittens.

3. Cozy Cat Cottage is another wonderful shelter that cares for cats and kittens until they can find permanent, forever homes.

4. Colony Cats also helps numerous kitties in the area. They are also premiere trappers, doing Trap-Neuter-Return projects all over the county.

5. Almost Home Dog Rescue provides homes for homeless Collies and other dogs looking for their families.

6. Capital Area Humane Society fights animal cruelty throughout Columbus and advocates for animals in the county.

If you want to help with Environmental Conservation, put that in when you search HERE. There are 30 organizations working on Environmental Conservation, including these that I like:

1. Green Energy Ohio

2. Green Columbus

3. Sierra Club Foundation

And the final groups I am putting a good word in for are not animal related, but are still favorites: WCBE, 90.5, and WOSU our local public radio stations, and Friends of the Drexel, supporting the independent movie theater in downtown Bexley.

I am an NPR junkie and my views of the world come directly from WCBE and WOSU. I don’t watch the news on television (too depressing), so the only real world news I get is from my public radio. I also love seeing the lesser known and usually award-winning films at the Drexel Theater in Bexley.

Pick one of these non-profits or one of the other 600 plus that are involved in The Big Give on May 12 and 13 and help many great causes. Believe me, most charities can use the extra help right now!

 

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On Saturday, May 9, join Central Ohio rescue groups and tons of vendors for the first Fetch A Friend Adopt-A-Thon at the Lausche Building located at the Ohio State Fairgrounds Expo Center in Columbus.

The event will run from 10 am to 7 pm and takes place the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, encouraging mothers to bring a new furry baby home. And if you are not currently a mother, become one by adopting on this Saturday!

Volunteers are needed to help with the event. If you would like to find out about volunteering, please go HERE.

Additionally, vendors and sponsors are also needed.

To sign up as a sponsor, go HERE.

To set up the day of the event as a vendor, go HERE.

If you know of a rescue group or shelter that would like to attend, please pass this information on to them and ask them to sign up HERE.

And finally, you can help make this event AMAZING by donating HERE.

To find out more about this mega-adoption day, which we hope will occur annually, visit the Fetch A Friend web site HERE.

To Like Fetch A Friend on Facebook, go HERE. You’ll be updated on all the exciting news if you are a Fetch A Friend Facebook Friend (wow, say that three times fast!).

We’ll have more news about this first of its kind event in Columbus as May 9 gets closer. So check back often.

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Send Valentines to chained dogs. February 7-14 is Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week.

I’d like to encourage you to participate in a really neat event that Dogs Deserve Better does each Valentine’s Day. For the Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Valentine Campaign, Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) sends out Valentines to chained and penned dogs. Mailed along with the Valentine is a brochure about bringing dogs into the home and freeing them from their chained existence. This is the 13th year that Dogs Deserve Better has been sending out Valentines to neglected canines.

Dogs Deserve Better, whose mission focuses on freeing dogs from chained and penned lives, wants to send out 10,000 Valentines this year. They are focusing on quality rather than quantity this year (in the past, they have sent out over 20,000 Valentines!). In order to send that many Valentines, DDB needs you!

First of all, they need you to make Valentines for the dogs. If you are a teacher, a student, a group leader (4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) or someone homeschooling their children, this is a great service project to teach kindness to animals. The Valentines should be no larger than 4″ by 8.5″ so they can fit into an envelope to be mailed. Again, DDB is stressing Quality over Quantity–they want really neat Valentines that will make people think. You can visit their web site to see some of the cool Valentines people made in previous years and also to download high resolution chained dog images to use on your own Valentines. All Valentines must be mailed to Dogs Deserve Better, 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430 by February 5–yes, we are running out of time.

DDB also needs to know who to send these Valentines to. If you know of a chained or penned dog in your area (we have all seen them–the poor dogs that look miserable in summer heat and bring tears to our eyes when they are covered in drifts of snow), please find the addresses for those dogs and either email them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org, call the info in at 757-357-9292, or go online and fill out the information via a form on the web site: HERE. YOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!

You can also sponsor the cost of sending the Valentines by making a donation to Dogs Deserve Better online or by mailing a check to the address listed above. You can also purchase really neat Valentine merchandise when you visit the site to learn how to participate in the 2015 Valentine Campaign.

To find out more about the 2015 Valentine Campaign, go HERE.

To read the official press release, go HERE.

Like DDB on Facebook HERE.

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Since 1992, the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) has been celebrating International Homeless Animals’ Day with candlelight vigils around the world. The thought behind these vigils is to “bring people all over the world together to shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.”

This year, International Homeless Animals’ Day will fall on Saturday, August 16.

Cat Welfare will be celebrating International Homeless Animals’ Day with a candlelight vigil on Saturday from 6:30-7:30 pm. The vigil will take place at their shelter, 741 Wetmore Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Besides the vigil to focus on the plight of homeless animals, there will also be guest speakers. Kerry Manion, chief humane agent at Capital Area Humane Society will speak, as will Paula and Jay Mathew, feral cat experts.

To find out more about the event, go HERE.

To find out more about ISAR’s International Homeless Animals’ Day, go HERE.

For more information on ISAR, go HERE.

 

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Join the awesome SOS (Shelter Outreach Services) of Ohio this coming Saturday, July 26 for their Open House from 11:30 am to 3 pm to celebrate the Grand Opening of their new location on the Hilltop at 3121 West Broad Street in Columbus.

When you stop in, you can take a tour of the facility and learn more about the veterinary services that SOS offers to the community. SOS is a non-profit organization that provides low cost, high volume spay and neuter services for cats and dogs, as well as feral cats in traps (you can take cats in traps in without an appointment between 7:30 am to 2 pm, Monday through Friday!).

There will also be kids’ crafts and light refreshments during the Open House. Make sure to find out more about the services they offer for free roaming and feral cats. You’ll be glad you did!

Like SOS of Ohio on Facebook HERE and keep updated on all their events and activities.

 

 

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With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I want to remind people that their pets don’t enjoy fireworks and loud festivities as much as we humans do (actually, I don’t really like that sort of thing much, either).

When Joe and I have been up to Pastime Park in Plain City for the fireworks and the parade, I’ve noticed a lot of people who bring their dogs along–some of them not even on leashes. All it takes is that first firework exploding in the air to spook even a very laid back dog. And when that happens, often the animal’s first instinct is to bolt.

I can’t imagine how much scarier things must be for dogs at the giant fireworks extravaganza “Red, White, and Boom!” in downtown Columbus! Our Plain City festivities are minuscule by comparison!

Even dogs in their own homes can become frightened and leap fences, break through windows in a panic, or hurt themselves trying to escape the noises of public fireworks displays or even just back yard fire crackers.

So rather than bringing your dogs to fireworks events this year, please leave them at home out of the heat in a safe, quiet spot (crate, bedroom, etc.) where they will not get scared and end up as one more missing pet.

Besides confining your dog to a “happy” place to reduce their fears, there is a product that helps relieve stress in dogs (and cats with anxiety) that are afraid of thunderstorms and other loud noises (which would be perfect for fireworks). The Thundershirt for dogs (and cats!) wraps the dog tightly and applies a gentle pressure to the body.  The constant pressure of the shirt causes the brain to release chemicals that have a calming effect. The Thundershirt can be used for anxiety from loud noises, owner separation, travel, or other stressful events. It can currently be purchased at PetPeople (all locations), Moochies (all locations), and Mutts & Co. at 7549 Sawmill Road. Buy one now in preparation for the Fourth holiday.

Humane societies always have an increase in the number of lost pets coming into the shelter and being reported missing directly after Fourth of July celebrations. In fact, sadly, it is one of the busiest times for missing pets.

If you do decide to take your dog with you to the park, please make sure they are either microchipped or have a collar that fits well with identification tags attached. If your dog does get away, it will be much easier to relocate them if they have some way to be identified. If you cannot find them and the shelter doesn’t know who the dog belongs to, you may never see your beloved canine again.

Because the 4th of July holiday is the worst day for losing pets, especially dogs, and because microchips help to get pets safely home, a new program, Safe Pets Ohio, sponsored by SAVE Ohio Pets and several other local rescue groups, will offer FREE microchipping of pets this coming Saturday, June 28.

The microchip clinic will be held at the Hilltop Bean Dinner in Westgate Park, 455 South Westgate Avenue, in Columbus from 10 am to 5 pm.

Along with a FREE Microchip and registration for your pet, you will also get a FREE bag of Lay’s Chips and a FREE Dirty Franks coupon with the microchip!

Safe Pets Ohio is also being sponsored by Peace for Paws Ohio, PetPromise, PAWS (Powell Animal Welfare Society), Faithful Forgotten Best Friends, Columbus Dog Connection, BarkPark, and Pets without Parents.

Cats are also affected by the noises. Happily, most people don’t bring their cats to see the fireworks, but, even at home, the noises can cause them fear. My sister lives on Main Street here in Plain City and the fireworks are so loud and so close that the vibrations shake her house and panic her cats. She closes up her windows, pulls the blinds, and plays soft music and runs a fan to help relieve the anxiety caused by the rattling fireworks.

For more information on making Independence Day a happy affair for you and your furry babies, check out the links below. And please take your pet to be microchipped this Saturday for FREE!

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Read the ASPCA’s tips HERE.

Read a great article from the Vet Depot HERE.

Read tips from the American Kennel Club HERE.

And from the Humane Society of the United States HERE.

For helpful tips on how to find a lost or stolen pet in Franklin County, please click on the poster below to enlarge it. If you have lost a pet in Union or Madison Counties, please call their shelters to check on your pet.

Union County Humane Society: 937-642-6716

Humane Society of Madison County: 614-879-8368

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I realized just a few days ago that I had not posted anything here since the holidays. With some really cold weather in Ohio, I’ve spent most of January worrying about all of the animals that are outside struggling to survive. Additionally, after finding out about the dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan (and seeing truly gruesome images on Facebook), I’ve felt a bit depressed by all of the sadness that seems to exist in our world.

I always, always try to focus on the positive, so I thought I would use this posting to tell you how you can help chained dogs and dolphins just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The first wonderful project you can take part in will send Valentines to chained dogs.

Have a HeartIf you have never heard of this, I’d like to encourage you to participate in a really neat event that Dogs Deserve Better does each Valentine’s Day. For the Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Valentine Campaign, Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) sends out Valentines to chained and penned dogs. Mailed along with the Valentine is a brochure about bringing dogs into the home and freeing them from their chained existence, as well as a coupon for a dog treat. This is the 12th year that Dogs Deserve Better has been sending out Valentines to neglected canines.

Last year, Dogs Deserve Better, whose mission focuses on freeing dogs from chained and penned lives, sent almost 20,000 Valentines. The goal for 2014 is 21,000 Valentines. In order to do that, DDB needs you!

First of all, they need you to make Valentines for the dogs. If you are a teacher, a student, a group leader (4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) or someone homeschooling their children, this is a great service project to teach kindness to animals. The Valentines should be no larger than 4″ by 8.5″ so they can fit into an envelope to be mailed. DDB is stressing Quality over Quantity–they want really neat Valentines that will make people think. You can visit their web site to see some of the cool Valentines people made in previous years and also to download high resolution chained dog images to use on your own Valentines. All Valentines must be mailed to Dogs Deserve Better, 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430 by February 5–yes, we are running out of time.

Secondly, DDB needs coupons for free or reduced cost treats or dog food. They are aiming at having a coupon to go with every Valentine, so 21,000 coupons. You can mail coupons to the same address: 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield, VA 23430.

And finally, DDB needs to know who to send these Valentines to. If you know of a chained or penned dog in your area (we have all seen them–the poor dogs that look miserable in summer heat and bring tears to our eyes when they are covered in drifts of snow), please find the addresses for those dogs and either email them to info@dogsdeservebetter.org, call the info in at 757-357-9292, or go online and fill out the information via a form on the web site: HEREYOU WILL REMAIN ANONYMOUS!

You can also sponsor the cost of sending 21,000 Valentines by making a donation to Dogs Deserve Better online or by mailing a check to the address listed above. You can also purchase really neat Valentine merchandise when you visit the site to learn how to participate in the 2014 Valentine Campaign.

To find out more about the 2014 Valentine Campaign, go HERE.

To read the official press release, go HERE.

Like DDB on Facebook HERE.

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The second thing you can do this Valentine’s Day will help the dolphins in Taiji’s Cove. If you have never seen the award winning movie, The Cove, (and, to be honest, I could not watch it), let me explain what happens each year in Taiji, Japan.

From September 1 to March of the following year, fishermen herd dolphins in to a cove where they cannot escape. They then brutally slaughter the dolphins for their meat and capture others for sale to marine mammal parks.

One thing to remember is that dolphins, after humans, are the smartest animals on the planet. They form strong bonds with their families and have been known to commit suicide when they are stressed or unhappy. A mother dolphin did just that when her baby, a rare albino dolphin, was captured during this last hunt in the cove. She went under the water and did not resurface for air after her baby was taken from her. These intelligent beings are subjected to the very, very brutal slaughter of their families as the cove waters run red with blood.

You can read a really good article about the dolphin hunt in a Huffington Post blog by Karen Dawn HERE.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians are declaring Valentine’s Day to be “World Love for Dolphins” Day. They are asking people to protest the inhumane dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan by demonstrating at Japanese Embassies and Consulates.

If you cannot join a demonstration, you can send a Valentine for a dolphin to the Japanese Embassy. Print out a dolphin Valentine HERE and mail it to:

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae

C/O The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D. C.

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W. 

Washington, DC 20008

To find out where and how you can participate in a demonstration on February 14 or to send a Valentine for Dolphin to the Japanese Embassy, go HERE.

You can keep up on all the notifications from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their Cove Guardians as they monitor the dolphin hunt in the Cove by liking them on Facebook HERE and HERE.

I would also encourage everyone to make a short and respectful phone call to the Japanese Embassy in Washington. When the phone is answered, tell them you wish to leave your comments on the dolphin hunt. You will then be directed to the fisheries department where you will leave a message. Tell them you do not agree with the hunts and ask them to please discontinue this needless slaughter. While signing petitions is great, tying up the phone lines and making a nuisance for the Embassy will send a very loud message for the dolphins.

To call the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D. C.: 202 238 6700

Have a heart for all animals that suffer at the hands of humans. Do something this Valentine’s Day to make a difference!

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