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Mud Bay Offers Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe and Entertained This Summer
By Sheryl Wiser - Seattle Times

With warmer weather around the bend, I turned to Jon Aiken, manager for Mud Bay's new Ballard store, for the scoop on summer fun and safety for Fido.

SW: Let's start with the car. What should every pet-friendly auto have?

JA: A lot of people travel with their dogs, especially during the summer; keeping them safe and secure while driving is definitely a good idea. We stock several restraint options, including harnesses that work with a car's existing seatbelts and booster seats for smaller dogs. We also have different sizes and styles of crates.

You always want to have fresh water on hand; we carry cool travel-friendly canvas bowls from OllyDog that collapse and fit into your pocket, purse or backpack. They're also great for hikes and trips to the dog park.

I'm sure everyone knows this, but it's so important to avoid leaving pets in parked cars during the summer, even when running a quick errand. On a warm day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of the car to reach over 102 degrees, even with the windows left open. That's a big part of safety in relation to pets, cars and summer.

SW: What's your advice when it comes to more adventurous outings, like hiking?

JA: Consider the length of time you'll be out and what kinds of things your dog might need throughout the day and/or night. It's always a good idea to take at least one extra day's worth of food along just in case of emergencies.

If you've planned a long hike or overnight trip, consider travel-ready food like pre-portioned kibble or cans. Semi-moist and dried jerky-type foods work great, and Natural Balance has sausage-like rolls that come in a variety of proteins that are good for snacking but are also nutritionally complete meals.

Again, fresh water is at the top of the list. The Gulpy portable water bottle has an attached tray that flips down to create an instant "bowl."

If your pack is filled with gear, Ruff Wear makes doggie backpacks -- just make sure it doesn't become too heavy for your dog. Foot protection is another consideration. Booties can help protect paws from any potential danger; trails can have sharp rocks and twigs, and asphalt heats up quickly in the sun.

SW: I think my dog loves swimming more than he loves me. What's a good float toy?

JA: Float toys are so much fun. Mud Bay carries many lightweight options that are built to last, like Kilo's Gnarly Hitch Tugs, made from mountain-climbing rope.

If your plans involve boating or water play, a dog life jacket is a great idea. Ruff Wear's Float Coats are designed to keep dogs afloat and upright in a natural swimming position. Even in hot summer months, water can remain at frigid temperatures.

SW: What first-aid products are good to have on hand?

JA: Remedies like Buddy Boo Boo from Cloud Star help heal small cuts or abrasions; Paw Rub from Cain & Able has shea butter and other natural ingredients to soothe dry, itchy skin. Also, alcohol-free sanitizing wipes designed specifically for use on dogs and cats. They can be good for cleaning messy coats and removing cling-ons from playing in the unknown.

We have a new line of natural flea powder and shampoo made by Moosedreams Lavender Farms in Port Angeles.

With summer come fireworks, and they can create real anxiety for your pet. You might consider natural treatments that have calming effects like Animals' Apawthecary's Tranquility Blend. Another way to reduce stress is by using pheromone products; we carry sprays and diffusers by Comfort Zone.

SW: What's one of your favorite products in-store right now?

JA: Cool Beds from K&H Pet Products are really nice. Adding cold water to these insulated beds helps keep dogs cool and comfortable and they can be used indoors and out.

Editor's note: Many local pet supply shops sell great products for summer fun and safety. Check out our guide to pet supply stores for one in your neighborhood.

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Martha Stewart Knows a Thing About Pets
By Jura Koncius The Washington Post

Martha Stewart has launched a Web site dedicated to the world of pets is packed with tips on topics such as nutrition, grooming and pet gear. There is also a blog, "The Daily Wag," written about the lives of Stewart's French bulldogs.

Practical expertise on caring for your "furred, feathered and finned friends" will be added regularly. There are DIY projects, such as a cat house made of cardboard and, of course, recipes for dog biscuits. There are videos on how to keep your pets from gaining weight and about how to choose healthy foods.

Have you done a thorough check of your home for pet safety hazards recently? Now is a good time to make a list and go through all the rooms in the house to make sure there is nothing tempting your pet that could harm it.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals runs the Animal Poison Control Center, a 24-hour facility staffed by 30 vets to help pet owners whose pets have encountered a poison. The Animal Poison Control Center can be reached on the Web by visiting or by calling 888-426-4435. Of course, always consult your own vet in a medical emergency.

Here's the list of information provided by the Animal Poison Control Center:

— Make sure over-the-counter and prescription drugs are not accessible to your pets. Thousands of pets each year ingest painkillers, anti-depressants and vitamins.

— Beware of grapes, raisins, avocado, chocolate and citrus fruits. They can cause serious health problems, especially if eaten in significant amounts.

— Plants that may be harmful to cats, dogs and other pets include rhododendron, sago palm, lilies, kalanchoe and schefflera.

— Chemical bait products used to keep away rodents may be toxic to your pet. So, be aware of the risks and if you must use them, put them only in areas where there is no way your pet could get at them.

Potty Training a Puppy - Tips for Doing It the Right Way!

Potty training a puppy is not too hard, and it usually takes only a few weeks. However, for the best results, crate training puppies should be done the right way

For example, one of the important tips for potty training a puppy is taking your puppy outside as soon as you have opened the crate, and carrying the puppy rather than letting it walk. Otherwise the puppy may go to the toilet right on your floor, as soon as it walks out of the crate.

Potty training a puppy requires you to constantly monitor your pup. Here are some tips, which will make the process of crate training puppies fast and successful:

1. While crate training puppies, look for obvious signs of the puppy willing to go potty, such as: walking in a circle and sniffing, whining, sudden loss of interest in playing, etc. When you notice these signs, immediately carry your puppy outside.

2. As soon as your puppy starts to relieve itself, praise him/her. However, when potty training a puppy, only praise your puppy with words during the actual relieving of itself, and do not pet him/her so that you do not distract your puppy from the process.

3. Always wait for a moment to make sure that the puppy is done. After urinating once, puppies often need to go again within a few minutes.

Another tip for crate training puppies: every time you take your puppy to go potty outside, say “Do you want to go out?” If you do so regularly, you will very soon notice that after you ask this, you will get an answer in the form of the dog barking and running toward the door.

Crate training puppies is sometimes considered hard. However, following the above tips will make your potty training a puppy a fast and hassle-free task.

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This Crew is the Cat's Meow
By TERESA McMINN - For the Daily Record/Sunday News

Several of a Windsor Township woman's 13 felines are show cats

The bathing process begins with a body treatment using Goop -- a brand of degreaser designed for auto mechanics to wash their hands without water.

The next step includes a thorough sudsing with dish detergent, followed by a good shampoo and a blowout with a hair dryer.

Although the cats aren't happy to get 30-minute baths, they learn to tolerate it, said Sandy Breeden of Windsor Township.

On Friday, Breeden was getting two of her 13 cats ready for a Cat Fanciers' Association cat show in Lebanon.

Breeden became interested in showing cats after attending local cat shows, she said. In 2001, a friend persuaded her to show one of her own cats.

"Before the show, you've got to do their grooming . . . nails . . .ears," she said.

Goop is a great product to begin the bath, she said.

"It's gloppy, greasy stuff, but it does take the grease out of their fur," Breeden said as she prepared to bathe Dusty, a 7-pound exotic shorthair blue mackerel tabby and white cat, and Wynter, a 4-month-old sealpoint and white ragdoll kitten with blue eyes.

Among her other cats are Tyler, Lucky, Bandit -- the second best ragdoll in premiership in the country for the 2002-03 show season in CFA-- and Molly, a bluepoint and white ragdoll who in 2008-09 was No. 1 in CFA's ragdoll in premiership in the country.

"My husband . . . is so proud of Molly," she said of Elmer "Whitey" Breeden.

Nicky is the Breeden's sole Maine Coon. Their other cats are Charlie, Max, Belle, Rosie, Bailey and Oliver, who at 11 years old is the senior cat in the house. He's also the biggest at about 22 pounds.

"I've had cats since 1990 . . . when I got divorced," said Breeden, a secretary in a local law office. "I never thought I'd have pedigreed cats, and that's what most of (these) are. . . . I have two more exotics coming this summer."

Producing a winning show cat isn't easy, she said. Judges are tough and look for flaws such as a kinked tail.

"Definitely the temperament" is an important quality for a show cat, she said.

And she would know.

The Breedens' basement has more than 100 prize ribbons hanging on a variety of cat climbers, beds, houses, toys and litter boxes.

"This is my kitty day care center," Sandy Breeden said.

The basement also features a memorial area for their cats who died.

One of the challenges of living with 13 cats is keeping up with the cat hair, Sandy Breeden said.

"I vacuum every day . . . and comb them, too," she said. "It's a constant battle."

The Breedens also go through about 20 pounds of cat food every other week and use three types of litter in nine boxes she scoops twice per day, she said.

"Pretty much, things revolve around them," she said of the cats. "But . . . they make me smile. . . . There's always somebody in my lap."

At the Cat Fanciers' Association show held Saturday in Lebanon, Sandy and Elmer "Whitey" Breeden's cat Dusty made two finals: a 9th place and a 10th place.

Their cat Wynter made a debut appearance at the show and earned a 9th best kitten.

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Animal House
By Katie Freeman - Citizen staff

New 24-hour service, large facility ensures animal health around the clock

Today, the Bradshaw Veterinary Clinic, located at 9609 Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove, sits on five acres of land and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the convenience of the community.

Hospital directors and veterinarians Michael Johnson and Thomas Zehnder purchased Bradshaw Vet Clinic in 1984. In that time they’ve seen Elk Grove change, along with its residents’ pets.

“When I started it was virtually all dogs and cats,” Johnson said.

They still get their share of food animals too though, Zehnder said. About 15 to 20 percent of the animals he treats are food animals like cows.

Each day the clinic’s vets see an average of 150 animals.

They’ve seen an increase in pets such as reptiles, pocket pets and rabbits, Johnson said. Exotic pets have become more popular too, although the most popular animal is still man’s best friend.

To accommodate the needs of the various animal and pet population in Elk Grove, Bradshaw Vet Clinic staffs 23 small animal veterinarians and three large animal veterinarians.

Johnson is a small animal vet and Zehnder is a large animal vet. The two head up the five-acre property on Bradshaw Road that they’ve worked at since before they purchased it.

Over the years they’ve added on to their facility three times to accommodate the needs of their increasing clientele. The last addition to the facility was completed in 2001.

Their office is now located in a room that used to be a horse stable. The new stables are outside in a large, well-kept facility. Various horse treatment stalls are inside a separate structure along with a study area for large animal doctors.

The number of exotic pets has grown so much they opened an exotic care unit inside the main building. Also inside are many patient rooms, a larger waiting room, and a suite with a bed and a full bathroom for the overnight vet.

In May they became a 24-hour clinic. They’ve always been at hand for house calls and late night emergencies, but now the clinic is open all night as well.

Zehnder said a house call for him might be to perform a Caesarean section on a cow or operate on an animal in the field. For those occasions, a fully stocked vet truck carries all the medicines and tools he might need for such circumstances.

Health concerns for animals change over time and the advances in pet health change too.

From toy dog owners to animal breeders to food animals, the clinic seems to have a room for every category of animal.

“The clinic really does everything,” Johnson said.

Johnson is currently treating a swallow in the exotic animal unit. He wants to adopt the bird when it gets healthy.

They said pet owners these days are more involved with their pets’ health than ever before.

“Our pets are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives,” Johnson said. “The human and animal bond these days is a whole different dynamic.”

Pet owners these days are told to be proactive with their animals’ health.

“Rather than wait for your animal to develop problems, be proactive,” Zehnder said.

They want to correct pet health problems before they become serious or life threatening.

“Have your animal checked every year whether they need vaccinations or not,” Johnson said.

Pet owners are told to bring in their pets for regular checkups, and even teeth cleanings.

Brushing a dog’s teeth may be a funny sight, even for the veterinarians. But they try to laugh as much as possible.

“Laughter is the best way to break tension and sometimes things can get pretty intense,” Johnson said.

Zehnder said he could write a book about all the funny scenarios they’ve witnessed at the clinic.

In emergency situations and in sad situations they use laughter and recall humorous stories to make it through.

Johnson said one time a client called about a pet pigeon that was perched on her kitchen door when her husband closed it.

“The lady was distraught, apparently she was very close to her pigeon,” he said.

The woman reported that the bird had cuts on the tops of both feet and asked what to do.

“I explained that if the bleeding was profuse that could be an emergency situation,” he said.

Johnson said his other concerns for the bird included infection, broken toes or ligaments, and tendon damage. He recommended an examination for the bird.

About six hours later the woman arrived at the clinic and apologized for the delay.

“She said Bob was really stubborn and it took her that long to convince him of the necessity of going to the vet,” Johnson said. “She turned to the pigeon and said ‘Bob this is your new vet.’”

“This is a real close knit group, we try to find humor in everything we can,” Johnson said.

Bradshaw Veterinary Clinic is located at 9609 Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove.

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Your Pet May Beg for More
By KENNETH KNIGHT - Tampa Tribune

NEW TAMPA - There is a lodge on Morris Bridge Road where Johnny Cash, Sushi and Tucker receive royal treatment

Tucker already has reservations to go back.

"When I picked him up last time, he was all played out," Linnea Olsson said of Tucker. "He was really happy."

That is the kind of testimonial veterinarian Ken Judson and his wife, Carla, hope to build on while their new business, The Lodge at New Tampa, establishes a client base.

Open for less than a month, The Lodge is a luxury boarding kennel that caters to dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and small exotic animals owned by pet lovers willing to pay a little extra to ensure the family pet enjoys top-notch accommodations at its temporary home away from home.

The interior of The Lodge appears more appropriate for a Kentucky Derby winner, but there is no room at the inn for thoroughbred horses. The Lodge was built with man's best friend in mind.

Johnny Cash, a 5-year-old golden retriever, and Tucker, a 98-pound Labradoodle, were among the first dogs to board at the animal lodge. Sushi was the first cat there.

"The pets seem to really enjoy coming here," Ken Judson said. "I haven't seen one yet that had to be pulled through the door."

The facility offers high-end pet services, from pet spas to day care to individual suites and condominiums. Most services cost less than $70 a day, the Judsons said.

More than 200 people have stopped by for a tour. More than 50 pets were registered to be boarded there during the extended Memorial Day holiday weekend, Carla Judson said. An official grand opening will be in October.

Inspired by the Western decor found, in of all places, a New England steakhouse, The Lodge took four years from concept to completion.

The Judsons sold their veterinary and boarding kennel businesses in Connecticut more than a year ago to focus on the New Tampa project.

The couple worked with SunTrust Bank to finance a 16,000-square-foot complex on three acres at 15403 Morris Bridge Road, a rural, two-lane stretch south of Cross Creek Boulevard.

The project transformed a site with a ranch-style house and live oaks into a neatly landscaped parcel sprinkled with elms and an attractive, dark-gray building that resembles an upscale stable.

Richard Bacon of Clearwater designed the building that features an exterior constructed of low-maintenance, impact-resistant planks and cobblestone veneer siding. The contractor, Don Stine Construction Inc. of Plant City, took a year to complete the job. Most of the four years were spent securing proper building permits.

The couple were persistent in their quest for a zoning change to remove some live oaks from the site, Carla Judson said. They worried acorns falling from the trees could be harmful to the dogs if they ate them.

The Lodge also houses a private dog park, four fenced exercise areas and other outdoor venues aimed to attract discriminating pet owners and their pets to various social events.

The main building features a lobby with a beamed, vaulted ceiling, a massive fireplace and opulent, Western-themed antique furnishings.

"We are not worried about the dogs jumping on it," Ken Judson said of the furniture bought at antique stores across the country. "It just adds more scratches."

Carla Judson didn't spare any expense on the decor. "We wanted to create a home environment," she said.

An enormous chandelier with entwined antlers cast light on a king-sized sofa and chairs made of leather, rawhide and other durable fabrics. A pair of saddles purchased at a Denver antique shop are displayed near the front door.

A giant moose head, mounted on the wall opposite the front desk, is the focal piece in the room. They named it "Bugaboo" for the restaurant in Manchester, Conn., where the family was dining when they decided to invest in a local animal lodge.

The business also features an outdoor swim and splash pool, a play area with artificial turf, a fire pit and covered patio. Each building is equipped with smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and a high-tech security system.

The doggie boarding area includes 69 air-conditioned "lodge rooms" with thick, padded bedding, elevated bowls and private lanais; 44 junior and luxury suites are outfitted with the same amenities as well as wall-mounted cameras to allow pet owners 24-hour Internet access to peek in on their pets.

Johnny Cash's owner, Jorge Domecq of Cory Lake Isles, said the online monitoring service eased the stress of leaving his dog at The Lodge the first time.

"I checked online at midnight and they were there giving the dogs water," Domecq said. "They shocked me."

The Lodge, which staffs 15 employees, is open from 6:30 a.m. to late in the evening five days a week, Carla Judson said. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

The couple and their daughters, Kathryn, an 18-year-old senior at King High International Baccalaureate; and Natalee, 15 and a freshman at Freedom High, live in Tampa Palms.

They keep the cats, birds and exotics such as hamsters, rabbits and fish, safely tucked away in the main building. The cats have free range of a lanai, where they can play in a multileveled enclosure, when they are not roaming around their private four-story condominium.

Jonas Urba of Brandon said he and his partner had been searching for some place special for their 1-year-old cat, Sushi, when they discovered The Lodge Web site, They were hooked after touring the property.

"Sushi was exploring the four-level condominium immediately," Urba said. "We will bring her back for sure."

Olsson, who travels a lot for work, said she fell in love with The Lodge the moment she saw it. She is thrilled to have a boarding facility for Tucker so close to home. She had been boarding him at a kennel in Land O' Lakes.

The Judsons, who have spent nearly 35 years tending to animals, have two dogs of their own. Hidalgo and Sakari are borzois, a breed of thin, large dogs also known as a Russian wolfhound.

"They have inspired us to do great thing for dogs," Carla Judson said.

Gary Bogue: Baby Birds: Do They Need Our Help When They Leave the Nest?
By Gary Bogue - Contra Costa Times

Japanese maple

my neighbor pauses to admire

the fresh leaves

— haiku by Jerry Ball, Walnut Creek

Dear Gary:

This morning at 5, my resident Western scrub-jay shrieked 15 times from the backyard.

Of course, I walked outside to see what was alarming him. The last time it was a large raccoon lolling on a high branch in the redwood tree. And this time?

I stood on the gray patio stones, carefully watching and listening. Nothing except a whisper. And again. I looked down. One of the stones moved. A baby scrub-jay hopped by my feet.

"Catch it and put it back in its nest," ran the old saying in my head. The baby had strong legs to make up for its one-inch fringe of a tail, and tiny wings. Hop, hop. It moved faster than I, and stood like a statue in the iris leaves.

Where was its nest? Never have I seen my jay pair's nest in all the years they have been raising young in my backyard.

I left the darling fluff, returned with my camera, and took a picture from a distance.

Could it be safe on the ground? I wondered if I had a better idea than Nature for its well-being.

At noon I returned to search for evidence of the latest chapter in the story, played toss-a-nut with Daddy Jay, and sat in my chair to listen to the baby emit occasional squawks from inside the oleander bush.

Last year that's where the jays' two babies stayed for several days while their feathers were growing.

With luck, and wise jay parents, maybe a wonderful new Western scrub-jay will mature in my backyard.

I wonder how long I should keep my old, old cat from limping outside to sunbathe?

Tania Selden,

Dear Tania:

Nobody has a better idea than Mother Nature. Please remember that. Her ideas have been working for a LOT of years.

If a baby scrub-jay comes hopping merrily past your feet, it's supposed to be doing that. They fledge (leave the nest) at 18 days after hatching.

That means they hop out and start learning how to fly. It means they launch themselves from a branch and crash beak first in the grass. It means they try to take off and ground-loop in the middle of the patio stones and end up hopping past your feet.

Have any kids? Remember the first couple of days when they were learning how to walk? Crash, bam, boom. It's the same with birds.

By the end of the first week the baby jay should be zooming around the yard in pretty good form, so it would be good if you could keep your old, old cat from limping outside to sunbathe for that week.

I'm sure he can handle it and it's for a good cause — a wonderful new Western scrub-jay that matures right there in your own backyard.

Even old, old limping cats can be inspired to great heights at the sight of a defenseless baby bird in the reach of a tired but always eager paw.

I don't think you want that to happen.

The above pretty much applies to all species of baby birds that are now (or soon will be!) leaving the nest and learning how to fly in our yards.

If you're concerned that one of these baby birds is having a problem, call our friends at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek at 925-935-1978 for advice "... or if you're closer to another wildlife rescue center in your area, call them instead.

The life you save may be that of a baby bird.

We can definitely use them!

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Penny Pinching Your Pet Expenses
by Money Talks News

Most everyone is still looking for ways to cut that budget. For pet owners, one way may be cutting back on your four legged family member’s costs by prioritizing their necessities.

“You know we cut costs just as much as you do with your kids, you do with your pets. Not a ton, but every little bit helps.”
-Barry Appet, Pet Owner

Now a days, people are looking for creative ways to cut back on expenses. But the question is, are any of those cuts going to the dogs?

According to Business Week, Americans spend an estimated $41 billion on their pets every year. But in tough economic times, what are people doing to save?

Most pet owners spend money on things like food, toys, and vet visits. But the thing to remember is to prioritize your pet’s needs. Food is obviously a necessity. Toys aren’t!

Here are more tips for cutting down those pet costs…

Make sure to keep your pets up to date on their vet visits and check ups. A $30 dollar vet bill now is a lot better than a 300 hundred dollar bill down the road.

Also, shop around for your pet supplies. With all the major pet retail stores and the internet, you’re bound to find better deals if you take the time to look for them.

“We did some comparison shopping, especially with dog food in particular and we found that we could buy dog food here a little cheaper than we could buy it anywhere else.”
-Barry Appet, Pet Owner
And don’t be afraid to buy generic foods. You might be surprised.

“There’s some generic foods that are made by the more premium pet food companies and they just sell it under a different label. So the best thing is to take a look at the ingredients and if you need to consult with your Veterinarian they’ll help you pick out the right diet.”

-Dr. Robert D. Schachner, Veterinarian

Bottom Line? Of course our furry friends are part of our family. We want them to have the best of everything. But just like with any other part of your budget, you can find ways to cut back without sacrificing quality.

Where Do All the Animals Come From?
Simon Woodrup -

EDITOR'S NOTE: Today we debut a new column by the Animal Protection Society of Durham. Ask the APS will run the fourth Wednesday of each month.
QUESTION: I hear about 20 animals a day get brought in to the Durham shelter. Where do they all come from?

ANSWER: That's often one of the first questions people ask when they see so many animals in the dog runs and cat cages. Before I answer that, I would like to say that the Animal Protection Society of Durham is very grateful to have this opportunity to communicate with the community through The Durham News and welcome any questions you may have for us.

Yes, on average we receive about 20 animals every single day. Over 7,000 animals came to us in 2008. We wish it weren't so and are working to reduce that figure.

Animals come to us from all kinds of situations, but most are considered either "strays" or "owner surrenders." In 2008, 4,103 stray animals were brought to the shelter. A stray is any animal with no apparent owner who is found by caring citizens or picked up by Animal Control. Each is checked to see if he or she has tags and scanned for a microchip in hopes we may locate the owner.

We also received about 400 animals that were abandoned in homes or were taken because of concerns about animal cruelty. Animal Control also houses animals at the shelter that are part of ongoing court cases or that need to be quarantined. The vast majority of the remaining animals we receive are owner surrenders. Last year we took in 2,386 animals that fall in this category.

While the APS believes that owning a pet is a commitment for the life of the animal, there are a variety of circumstances in which people choose to surrender their pets. Regardless of the reasons, the Durham County Animal Shelter takes in all animals because we would rather an animal be in our care, receiving food, medicine, shelter and affection than forced to fend for itself living homeless and unwanted.

Our efforts to reduce the number of animals brought to the shelter include addressing many of the reasons why the animals are brought in. We continually reach out to the pet owners at the shelter, in the media and with outreach at dozens of community events and festivals. We support the important work of a local organization, AnimalKind, to reach out to low-income pet owners with low-cost spay/neuter certificates and we counsel owners who bring in litters of puppies and kittens to get their animals fixed. We provide resources to pet owners such as free pet food through the Salvation Army, and we offer dog training and cat care advice so someone who may just need a little help can keep his or her pets and not need to surrender them.

It remains important for us to be aware of where the animals come from so we can continue to address the causes of pet overpopulation and work to find solutions so fewer animals need to be brought to the shelter.

Simon Woodrup is director of community outreach for the APS of Durham. Send your questions for Ask the APS to him at

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