Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pet Watch from the director- 3/27/11


Coal

The Humane Society has been getting many phone calls from families wanting to adopt a kitten. It is always surprising to us when we tell them that we have kittens that are six months old and they reply, “that is too old.” Coal is an adorable six month old tuxedo kitten that is shy at the shelter, but would really warm up to a new Forever Home. Micah is a Lynx Point Siamese/tabby mix that has soft fur and loves to give hugs. He too is 6 months old. Celia is another young, beautiful brown tabby mix that has gorgeous gold eyes. She would love to meet her new family.

Everyone knows that smaller younger kittens are adorable and fun. But, families need to realize that adopting a young kitten will require more attention and supervision than an older or adult cat. As a kitten learns about the world by playing, they often climb curtains, scratch couches and play in flower arrangements. An adult cat will settle in quickly and do less damage to your home and belongings. Many people think a kitten will be great for their small children, but kittens can play rough. They have sharp claws and are not discretionary about using them. Young children, in turn, might handle a kitten roughly and hurt the kitten. An adult cat usually knows when to walk away.

Adopting an adult cat is very rewarding. When you think about adopting a six month old kitten you need to realize that cats often live to be nearly 20 years old. We have many young cats available for adoption and we hope you will stop in to meet them. You can take a look at our animals by logging on to our website www.hspets.org

We also can adopt out the great animals from Animal Welfare when they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. So, please consider adopting and stop by the shelter. Our hours are: Monday - closed, Tuesday through Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 11:00-5:00, and Sunday 1:00-5:00. We are located at 1710 South Main Street in Stillwater.

The Humane Society’s monthly board meetings are open to the public. They take place on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Joseppi’s. Please come and find out even more ways to help and get involved. The next meeting will be Monday, April 18.

Our current “needs list” includes cat litter, paper towels, hand sanitizer, 13 gallon garbage bags and 36 gallon garbage bags.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

An update on Penny and two of her puppies

In the winter of 2009 a dog named Penny was surrendered to the shelter with her 7 newborn puppies. Penny's life had been rough- she had lived on a chain and not received proper care or attention. Here are the posts from when Penny and her puppies first came to us and were placed in foster care.
http://hspets.blogspot.com/2009/12/no-room-at-innpuppies-thankful-for.html
http://hspets.blogspot.com/2010/01/pennys-puppies-they-grow-up-fast.html
We let Penny raise her babies, had everyone spayed or neutered and adopted them into good homes!
We have received great updates on two of the puppies and Penny!
Yen has been renamed Jubliee. This is what her new family shared with us!
"Jubilee loves being in the home and walking the neighborhood. She has her toys throughout the house, her doggie home filled with pillows, and her food and treats stash in the kitchen. She has her particular places where she hangs out the most, my bed when napping, on the tile in the entry way for sunlight and the back of the couch for lounging.

Yen, now Jubilee, in her home!

Dinar's new name is Bigby and this is the update from his parents! "We couldn't be happier with Dinar-Bigby! I included pictures of him doing his favorite things- playing frisbee, playing in the snow, snuggling near us and lounging by the fireplace!"




Penny's mom saw her on the internet and knew she was the one for her! She made the drive to Stillwater and fell in love. Penny's new owner tells us that Penny loves the grandkids and the cat! Her nickname is Velcro because she won't let her mom out of her sight. What a lucky dog- she has come so far from life on a chain!


Thanks to everyone who made these happy endings possible!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pet Watch from the director- 3/20/11


Allazay is being treated for heartworms

The Humane Society has started seeing an increase of “heartworm positive” dogs over the past month. Because the treatment of heartworms is expensive, we are unable to treat all cases. Fortunately, thanks to the generosity of some wonderful people in the community and for great Foster Homes, we are able to treat most of them. We want to remind all of you that heartworm disease is very serious and can be fatal once contracted. The good news is it can be avoided by the regular use of a preventative medicine which comes in an inexpensive, chewable pill or a topical product. These are available with a veterinarian’s prescription.

Heartworms are transmitted from animal to animal by mosquitoes. They enter an animal’s bloodstream as tiny, invisible larvae and can reach lengths of more than twelve inches. A heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal. The worms travel through the bloodstream harming arteries and vital organs until they reach the heart. The treatment for heartworms is a series of drug injections into the dog’s muscles. The treatment requires several weeks of exercise restriction which is where the Foster Homes help out with the recovery period.

Tatum is about to begin her treatment for heartworms

Symptoms include labored breathing, coughing, vomiting, weight loss, or fatigue after moderate exercise. If you notice your dog having any of these symptoms please contact your veterinarian.

The Humane Society’s monthly board meetings are open to the public. They take place on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Joseppi’s. Please come and find out even more ways to help and get involved. The next meeting will be Monday, March 21.

You can take a look at our animals by logging on to our website www.hspets.org

We also can adopt out the great animals from Animal Welfare when they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. So, please consider adopting and stop by the shelter. Our hours are: Monday - closed, Tuesday through Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 11:00-5:00, and Sunday 1:00-5:00. We are located at 1710 South Main Street in Stillwater. Our current “needs list” includes cat litter, paper towels, hand sanitizer, 13 gallon garbage bags and 36 gallon garbage bags.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pet Watch from the director- 3/13/11

The Humane Society has many different kinds of cats and dogs up for adoption. We keep them happy and healthy until we can find them their Forever Homes. Once in awhile we get a special cat or dog that needs extra care. Thanks to our wonderful foster homes, they recover and become ready for adoption.

Philantha is a young long haired gray Tabby mix who we thought was healthy but when she went to be spayed they realized she had a severe hernia that needed to be repaired. It was a hard surgery on her but thanks to a great veterinarian and a wonderful foster home she is doing very well and is ready for her new home. She is still very shy and will need a quiet home that is willing to be patient with her as she heals. She has a very loud purr and beautiful green eyes. Please contact us if you think you would like to meet a wonderful kitten.


Mad-Eye Moody is a one eyed Boston Terrier that was found running the streets of Stillwater. We think he is about 3 years old. He is brindle/black and white. He doesn’t know that he is different from the other dogs. He loves people and plays well with other dogs. He sits on command and would love to be in his Forever Home.

The Humane Society’s monthly board meetings are open to the public. They take place on the third Monday of each month at 7:00PM at Joseppi’s. Please come and find out even more ways to help and get involved. The next meeting will be Monday, March 21.

You can take a look at our animals by logging on to our website www.hspets.org

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pet Watch from the director- 3/6/11


Puppies are cute but a huge, lifelong commitment

The Humane Society has many adult cats and dogs looking for their Forever Homes and yet every day we have people coming in only wanting to adopt puppies or kittens. Lots of people get caught up in the cuteness of a puppy. They forget how much time and money is involved with a puppy. This is why millions of dogs are turned in to shelters every year and why millions more are left by the roadside or worse. It’s important for people to understand the responsibilities involved when adopting a puppy.
Here is a checklist for the new pet owner:
  • Will someone be home to provide meals on a regular basis?
  • Will someone be home during the day to look after the puppy and train it properly?
  • Are you willing to exercise it at least twice a day?
  • Are you willing to pay for all the vaccinations, veterinary exams and any emergency treatments the puppy may need?
  • Are you willing to keep the puppy on a leash when not on your property?
  • Are you ready to give a puppy daily companionship instead of only when it’s convenient?
  • Are you ready for the puppy to chew on anything it finds laying around?

These are just a few things to consider when adopting a puppy. Adult dogs also require many of these same things so whether adopting a puppy or a dog, it’s important that you ask yourself some very important questions. Kittens also require regular meals and daily companionship. They may not need to be walked daily and most won’t need to be house broken but the commitment of pet ownership is still very important. Adopting a new member of the family is a big decision that is also very rewarding.

The Humane Society’s monthly board meetings are open to the public. They take place on the third Monday of each month at Joseppi’s (223 E. Hall of Fame). Please join us and find out even more ways to help and get involved. The next meeting will be Monday, March 21 @ 7 p.m. We invite you to take a look at our animals by logging on to our website www.hspets.org

We can adopt out the great animals from Animal Welfare when they are closed on Saturday and Sunday. So, please consider adopting and stop by the shelter. Our hours are: Monday - closed, Tuesday through Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 11:00-5:00, and Sunday 1:00-5:00. We are located at 1710 South Main Street in Stillwater. Our current “needs list” includes cat litter, paper towels, High Efficiency laundry detergent, 13 gallon garbage bags and 36 gallon garbage bags.