It’s October and the focus is on safety and wellness. We know the health and wellbeing of our pets is a year-round concern, but this National Pet Wellness Month is a great opportunity to re-commit to keep them happy and healthy, especially since our furry companions give so much to us.
It is never too late to start providing a healthy lifestyle for your pets, whether they are long-time buddies or newly adopted. Preventive care is the easiest way to help pets live longer and healthier lives. With regular wellness appointments, your vet can spot potential health problems and manage them early. This includes dental issues and problems with kidneys and joints. Consider your vet your ally in keeping your pets healthy.
You can also nurture a healthy lifestyle for your pets by providing a good diet, fresh water, clean bedding, and plenty of exercise. A healthy diet with wholesome ingredients and balanced nutrition designed for their age group helps ward off obesity for your pets. A poor diet and lack of physical movement can cause pets to gain weight; and overweight pets are more susceptible to health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
As you learn the habits and personality of your pets, you will gain a sense of what is normal behavior for them. This will allow you to immediately recognize when something’s not right. A drastic change in behavior can be a warning sign of many different health problems.
Pet adoption comes with responsibility. The health and wellness of your furbaby now rests in your hands. Your vet is a great resource, and so are we! We care about the welfare of all the animals who pass through the Rescue and we remain available to answer questions and provide resources for your questions regarding your pet.
Keeping our pets happy, healthy and safe is the least we can do for all they give us. Commit to taking care of your furry friends in October and every month of the year. Let them know how much you love them!
We know that allcats are beautiful, regardless of their breed or color. But black cats are the most overlooked to be adopted and have the most unfounded baggage to overcome. The superstitions and related pre-conceived notions are ridiculous, and Black Cat Awareness Month is focused on dispelling these views and broadcasting the wonderful attributes of black cats.
Black cats, with their sleek, velvet coats are just as loving and sweet as more colorful cats. They are adorable, lovable kitties wanting love and attention from humans. Some cultures consider black cats as a symbol of good fortune and in ancient times they were viewed as divine. We believe black cats are super cool and anyone who has one will tell you there are many great reasons to adopt a black cat. The color black is classic and cool – and always in fashion. So, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
The best reason to adopt a black cat? You’ll save a life. Welcoming a black cat into your home, and your heart, gives a deserving animal a second chance at a wonderful life. We have a wide selection of black cats ready for you!
Self-reflection is an important step in growth. If we don’t take time to assess our lives, how can we plan to improve it? Evaluate Your Life Day, celebrated yearly on October 19, is a great time to take a moment and reflect on our lives with the aim of becoming better versions of ourselves. Looking for a way to make a positive impact on your life? Consider volunteering.
Volunteering provides a sense of purpose as well as a sense of community. You can meet new people and bring some fun into your life. We are always looking for caring people who want to be part of a great cause. You can make a difference!
So, on Evaluate your Life Day, maintain a positive outlook and evaluate your life with kindness, not judgment. Acknowledge how far you've come and commit to keep moving forward. Small changes can have a big impact. Join us today!
Thank you to everyone who came to our 2nd Annual Bowling Fundraiser. We had a great crowd and so much fun! A special THANK YOU to the wonderful people who donated baskets too. We appreciate you!
The most overlooked pet care health issue is dental care. Without regular dental care, your pet is in danger of developing periodontal disease, which can lead to pain, tooth loss and internal organ damage if left untreated. Fortunately, proper dental care can add years to your pet’s life. Routine dental exams help vets find and treat dental issues before they become irreversible. Brushing your cat’s teeth is a great routine to work on their hygiene daily.Check with your veterinarian before beginning this practice to make sure your kitty doesn’t have any problems causing mouth pain.
Cats like routine, so set a daily brush schedule and follow up with a healthy treat or playtime to make the practice more acceptable. Studies report that 50-90% of cats over the age of four suffer from some form of dental disease. But, the most common forms of these diseases are largely preventable or treatable with appropriate dental care and monitoring. For more information on feline dental disease, check out this article from Cornell University College of Veterinary.
There's still time to pick up a 25% Discount Friends Helping Friends Shopping pass for a $5 donation. Contact us!
JoAnn, our volunteer, is running a raffle basket fundraiser through 10/19 to support the Rescue! Details here!
Barking Lot Party
Come join us on 10/28 for Pet Supplies Plus 4th Annual Barking Lot Party for some fun and a great time to meet some cats and dogs!
Being a pet parent comes with responsibility. You never expect an emergency, but you can prepare for one. National Animal Safety and Protection Month is a good time to set or review a plan for what happens to your household pets in case of a natural disaster or emergency. It is important that your pets are microchipped and that the contact information is up to date.
If your pets are lost and found, the microchip will help them get back home quickly. All Hart 2 Heart animals are microchipped for just this reason. Here’s an Emergency Planning Guide you can use.
Pet-proofing your home is one of the first steps in keeping your pets safe and healthy. There are common household items that can harm your pets if swallowed. Review the list of plants you have in your home to be sure they are pet friendly. Check out this guide to spot potential pet poisons in your home.
This month also reminds us that there is much animal abuse in the world, and we should know how to recognize when abuse is taking place and how to report it. Often animals come to the Rescue to escape abuse. We do our best to show these animals that humans can and do care for them and we work to find new homes for them where they can decompress and learn to be pets again. Here is a fact sheet that focuses on recognizing animal abuse and what to do.
Make a Difference Day is October 28th
We talk a lot about how donating, volunteering, fostering, and adopting with the Rescue can make a difference. National Make a Difference Day inspires people to commit their time, resources, and skills to a cause that matters to them. Even the smallest actions can have a considerable effect. Whether through volunteering, organizing a charitable project, or engaging in acts of kindness, step up, act, and make a positive difference.
You can also raise awareness and encourage friends and family to participate or donate. Not only will you make a difference through the funds raised, but you’ll also inspire others to get involved. We believe the Rescue is a good cause and we know you make a difference! Thank you.
My husband and I adopted Miso (we call him Sheik) last November and he has made a very special place in our hearts! A loveable, kind, and playful energy! He has been a pleasure to have in our home since the day we got him. He loves to cuddle and play with toys and get into the bathtub! He runs around like crazy all day and night but loves to stop for some pets and attention. Thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to have such a wonderful pal in our home! I look forward to seeing him every night!
Happily Ever After
Carole & Gabby
Sheba aka Gabby came into my home so calm and happy! She made herself comfortable, exploring every nook and cranny and quickly found a chair to nap on! She loves the window bench to look outside and listen to birds (and lawn mowers!). So affectionate and friendly to everyone who comes in. I have friends who are lifelong cat owners who can’t get over how social she is. I am beyond happy! Thank you for the wonderful care you obviously gave her at the rescue.
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