Report Animal Cruelty

While 911 is a helpline for humans, did you know that you can also use it as a helpline for animal abuse? You can, an you should. Here are some things that you should know:


Indicators of Animal Cruelty:

  1. Open wounds that have no signs of treatment
    1. If you see this you should always tell the owner first, it could be a misunderstanding and the owner couldn’t notice it
    2. But if they are big wounds that are impossible to miss, try finding other indicators
  2. Harmful objects on or in the animal’s fur
  3. Obvious difference in the health of the animal (illness that hasn’t been treated)
    1. Discharge from the nose or eyes
    2. Rashes
    3. Bumpy skin
    4. Missing hair
  4. Neglect of grooming
    1. Matted hair
    2. Overgrown nails
  5. Extreme aggression or timid attitude

 

When reporting:

  1. Report any worsening indicators
  2. Ask what will be done to help the animal

 

Sources:

https://www.paws.org/get-involved/animal-cruelty/

 

 

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Disease Prevention (Dog Parks)

You can often tell if a shelter is good if it provides all animals with proper vaccinations, but did you know that diseases can come in everyday places that your pet ventures?


Have you ever brought your dog to a dog park? If you have, you probably have seen how some dogs are the opposite of friendly. If your dog has gotten into a dog fight, here are some things you should know:

  1. Always bring your dogs medical records.
  2. Ask for the other dogs’ shot records to make sure that the dog is fully vaccinated.
  3. Check your dog for wounds.
    1. If there are wounds, bring your dog to the veterinarian.

If you follow these steps, you can make sure that your dog is safe. The last thing that you want is for your dog to be infected by a disease.

 

Sources:

Podcast:

AVMA Animal Tracks (Dog Park Safety)

Picture Sources:

http://ocmomblog.com/guide-to-the-laguna-beach-dog-park/

The Mountaintop School for Dogs

If you are looking for a great read on animal shelters and helping abused animals, I suggest The Mountaintop School for Dogs and other second chances by Ellen Cooney. While it is fictional, it is more realistic than one would suspect. I truly enjoyed this novel. It was very descriptive, and it constantly gave you a sense of what was happening.

My Summary:

A 24 year old girl named Evie leaves her hometown to become a dog trainer helping abused dogs. Meeting the dogs and working with them for the first time helps her learn more about herself and how animal abuse can have a bigger negative impact on animals than she would imagine.

Notes for Parents:

There is a small amount of profanity.

Novel:

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney

Picture Source:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mountaintop-school-for-dogs-and-other-second-chances-ellen-cooney/1116226375?ean=9780544483934

Make Sure Your Dogs are Happy

Earlier we posted one of these for cats, but we soon realized that dog owners might need one too. Especially if you are looking to adopt a dog. If you have dogs (or are thinking of getting one), here’s one for you!


Dogs are generally happy animals, but even so, they can get stressed easily. Training, no doubt is a really hard, confusing, and important task for you and your dogs, but even so a more important task is to make sure that you are treating your dogs correctly. Here are some tips:

  1. When they are puppies, it is important to train them to be able to be away from you. But take it at moderation. Once your dogs are potty-trained, have them come upstairs and stay with you and your family while you eat supper(or dinner)/lunch/breakfast.
    1. If you don’t want them running around, tie their leash to a leg of the table AS LOW AS POSSIBLE! This is important! By tying the leash to high the dog can choke.
  2. DO NOT LET THEM EAT CHOCOLATE!! I know that people say this all the time, but SERIOUSLY!! If you give you dog chocolate your dog may die due to ingestion and/or poisoning
  3. A good way to potty train and/or walk a dog is to have it do it’s “business” in a certain place. Wherever your dog goes when you first take ownership of it, you should go to that place every time you take your dog on a walk, it will feel more comfortable going to the bathroom this way
  4. You want to stay away from dog foods that contain:
    1. meat by-products
    2. meat meal
    3. wheat
    4. corn
    5. artificial preservatives
    6. sugars
    7. additives
  5. Avoid any of the following foods:
    1. Chocolate
    2. onions
    3. too much garlic
    4. greasy foods
    5. cooked bones

 

 

Sources:

The Puppy Whisperer (A Compassionate, Nonviolent Guide to Early Training and Care by Paul Owens and Terence Cranendonk

Pictures:

http://s.s-bol.com/imgbase0/imagebase3/large/FC/9/1/3/4/1001004005624319.jpg

 

Make Sure Your Cats are Happy

To prevent your cats from being stressed, make sure that they get a necessary amount of their time outside and/or being active. Many shelters forget this need for cats and leave them in cages. Cats need to be active and happy so that they feel content and are able to function properly.

If it’s cold outside, or your cat is an indoor cat, here are some tips that you can try:

  1. As weird as it may sound, walking your cat on a leash can help them get the necessary exercise that they need. Make sure to start leash-training them when they are younger
  2. Buy a kitty condo (also known as cat trees). These cool contraptions help cats get out energy and also relax
  3. Play with your cat. If you need to get some cat toys and play with your cats. You bond with them and they get exercise
  4. CLEAN THE LITTER BOX

If you need more ideas please click on the link here: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_happy_indoors.html

Used sources: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_happy_indoors.html

Picture Sources:

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