Posts Tagged ‘pets’

Trace Adkins to hear 5 pet owners perform live on November 8

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The five finalists in the Tail Waggin’ Jingle Contest have been announced (see their videos at www.waggintrainbrand.com)! On November 8 these five, lucky dog owners will perform live for Country Music star Trace Adkins at a private event at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville. Adkins will hear each jingle, score it, and name a winner by the end of the event. Immediately following the event, the Grand Prize winner will go directly to a recording studio where Adkins will produce his/her jingle.

These dog owners, who clearly share the affection we all have for our pets, are already getting lots of attention. Check out the USA Today story that ran last week.

Safety First! SEAACA Provides Tips to Help Protect Pets from Wild Animals

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority; www.seaaca.org) has released a list of tips to help pet owners keep their pets safe from wild animals. As communities grow and expand into previously undeveloped areas, wild animals (coyotes, raccoons, snakes etc.) are losing much of their natural habitat. As a result, they are becoming more acclimated to urban and suburban surroundings and can navigate access into residential areas and back yards. This encroachment of wild animals can be a problem for domesticated pets including cats and dogs. Wild animals can easily hurt, maim or even kill household pets that do not have the survival skills or temperament to defend themselves from wild animals.

To help pet owners, SEAACA has provided some guidance to keep domestic pets safe from wild animals. Some of SEAACA’s tips include:

Do not leave food outside. Wild animals can be expert foragers. If you leave food outside (leftovers, pet food or anything else), it can be a magnet for wild creatures, which then can create an unsafe encounter with your pet.

Do not let your pet roam outdoors. If you live next to hills or more natural terrain, you might have many wild animals nearby. When domestic pets roam in these areas, they can be targets for attack.

Get your pet vaccinated. Wild animals can be a mode of rabies transmittal. Ensure your pet is vaccinated just in case he or she is attacked and infected.

Notify the authorities. If you notice a wild animal or animal tracks near your home, immediately contact your local animal control or wildlife service agency. They have the resources and skills to handle these situations and make your environment safer for your pet.

Protect your home. Make sure wild animals cannot get into your home through open doors or windows. Many wild animals roam in the nighttime, when you and your pets are sleeping and may not hear them enter your home. Lock and secure your doors and windows before you go to bed.

Clear your surroundings. Excessive debris, vegetation, fallen trees and hillside brush and shrubs can be enticing hiding places for snakes and other wild animals. Clear the areas around your home to avoid unwelcomed surprises for you and your pets.

Keep your pet on a leash. When hiking or walking trails with pets, make sure to keep them on leashes that are at most six feet in length. Longer leashes or no leashes at all, can allow your pet to explore hidden areas and possibly uncover snakes or other wild animals.

As our population continues to grow and we encroach upon wildlife, we need to be extra vigilant about pet safety,” noted SEAACA Executive Director, Dan Morrison. “With a few smart precautions, we can protect our much-loved pets from dangerous encounters with wild animals,” he added.

For more information about pet safety or SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org, or call the appointment line at 562-803-3301 ext. 251.

New York during Hurricane Irene: Some smart evacuation decisions may save lives

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

In New Orleans during Katrina, a large group of people who refused to evacuate did so because they refused to leave their pets behind. Many of these people later died, along with many of the pets. New Orleans did not allow pets in the shelters, on the evacuation buses or anywhere else. Fortunately, it seems that New York has learned this lesson from Katrina well. According to news reports, leashed dogs and cats in carriers were allowed on the Subways and MTA commuter trains to allow them to be evacuated too for the 24 hours before the system was shut down on Saturday. In addition, there are reports that seniors and others may bring their dogs to at least some of the shelters. While we have not confirmed that these points are true, if they are this represents a major improvement over Katrina. Now you need not choose between evacuating and leaving your pets. An excellent call if confirmed.