DO YOU HAVE YOUR HURRICANE PET KIT READY? A good hurricane plan includes providing for your pet's needs in case of a storm. All pet owners should now begin putting together a Pet Survival Kit that will be ready for use if a hurricane should hit our area. The kit must be made of waterproof plastic material and include the following essentials:
- Copies of your pet's medical records, including veterinary clinic phone number
- Rabies certificate and County license information
- Tattoo or microchip numbers
- Photo of you and your pet (to help prove the pet is yours)
- Pet crate or carrier
- Extra collar and leash
- Food and water bowls
- Food and water (enough to last for a week - don't forget a can opener!)
- Cleaning supplies (newspaper, disinfectant, plastic bags, paper towels)
- Cat litter
ADOPTION EVENT! Saturday, May 21, Pet Supermarket, 10291 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will feature some of our lovable homeless doggies for adoption. Our cats located at that Pet Supermarket store will also be available to go home with you.
THE NEXT RABIES CLINIC will be held on Friday, June 10, at our Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39th St., noon to 5 p.m. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County pet license is $15 (cash only). You must be a Broward County resident to attend. Please bring a valid Florida drivers license or current utility bill for identification. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers. For a complete list of other Rabies Clinic locations and dates, please visit our website at www.broward.org/animal.
OUR 2-FOR-1 cat adoption program has begun. From now through September 30, feline fanciers are able to adopt two cats at the single adoption fee of $74.95. The adoption fee for both cats includes a health exam, vaccinations, feline leukemia/AIDS test and spaying or neutering. In addition, each cat will also receive a Broward County pet license. The special rate also applies to our adoptable cats located at all Pet Supermarket stores in Broward County and the Mississippi "flood cats" that we have rescued (see story below).
MISSISSIPPI FLOOD CATS NEED A HOME! Your help is needed in providing a new, loving home for Jack and Gigi, and eight other cats that have been displaced because of recent flooding along the Mississippi River. In partnership with the ASPCA, Broward County Animal Care has helped to rescue the homeless felines. Cat lovers who are interested can visit our Fort Lauderdale Adoption Center, 1870 S.W. 39 th St. We are open for adoptions this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is a world of sorrow and pain in this poor dog's eyes. You can tell what he's been through from all the scars. His name is Sam, he's about 3 and neutered. He was used as bait for fighting pitbulls, then rescued from certain death at Animal Services. He need someone to love him forever.Here's part of the email I got explaining his situation.
"Sam is a delightful little boy, who has the cutest walk, snores like a baby, has a big bright smile and the sweetest heart in the world! He is so happy to be in a home, wagging his tail already. Very sweet and gentle boy.
"Sam cries in his sleep (God only knows the nightmares he has) and his foster mom sleeps with him on the floor. He is in no condition to be placed in a kennel. He is terrified of everything and rightfully so. Sam has known nothing but PURE EVIL at the hands of humans and without a doubt needed this quiet and peaceful environment to help him overcome the emotional hurdles he faced.
"Sam could not and will not walk when he is taken outside, again any noise terrifies him. So his foster mom has to carry a 60 pound dog up and down two flights of stairs three to four times a day. Sam is afraid of his own reflection in a mirror. If he sees another dog he cowers because the only life he has known (all three years of life) has been being attacked by fighting dogs. He would not eat so he was hand feed for days, he is now finally eating on his own.
"Let us give Sam another chance. He has never known love, attention, or care from anyone. He survived a horrendous ordeal, and can only survive this, with your help. He needs veterinary care first and foremost, then we need to find him a loving permanent home. Although he sustained serious wounds while being used as a warm up tool for dog fighting, he will recover fully and receive the love that he deserves.
"HE STILL NEEDS A FOREVER HOME! He has come this far! He deserves another chance, and will thank his new mother or father for the rest of his life.''
If you are interested, please get in touch with Mirna Trujillo. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any potential adopter will be carefully screened for the ability to take care of Sam's emotional and physical needs.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) K-9 Gauge used his keen sense of smell to alert officers that an illegal catch was onboard a vessel. Gauge, a 3-year-old black Labrador certified in wildlife detection, sniffed out 15 undersized lobster tails and other illegal catch hidden inside a boat’s console during a recent joint law enforcement detail at the Blackpoint Marina in Miami-Dade County.
On May 7, FWC officers were inspecting boats returning to the marina. During one inspection, Gauge indicated that there was something suspicious in the boat’s center console. Officers opened the console door and found a canvas bag with lobster tails sticking out. Officers inventoried the contents of the bag and found 15 undersized spiny lobster tails, three undersized red grouper, three punctured blue crabs and 11 undersized hogfish.
Orlando Guerra (DOB 09/22/50) of Miami is facing eight misdemeanor charges.
“The FWC is fortunate to have three K-9 teams in South Florida,” said Lt. Jay Marvin, who organized the detail. “The specially trained K-9s work closely with officers, allowing us to track down fish and wildlife law violators.”
My friend's husband was coming home from the fire department early one Sunday morning and saw Turnpike hiding in the tall grass along the turnpike. If not for his face standing out like a beacon he might not have seen him. When he stopped to go get him, he slipped off into the marsh and thickets so her husband called her to come help find him. They searched for nearly 3 hours with no sign of him but then they got an idea to shake dry dog food in a metal dish to see if that would trigger a response. It worked. Just a few yards off, he lifted his head up and they saw him for the first time. He tried to come to them but you could see that he was mixed with fear and desperation but he was too weak and injured to make his way to them so they literally had to crawl to him through the thick tangle of vegetation.
They got him home and since it was Sunday morning they knew there was no point in calling a vet. None would be available and it would have only added greatly to the expense of his repair. They set up a bed for him in the spare bedroom and got some IV fluids started. Rich and Terri made a makeshift splint for his dangling leg and fed him tiny mouthfuls of food every 15-20 minutes around the clock for the remainder of the weekend.
At the vets, it was determined that he was less than half of his proper weight at 32 pounds, he had a thin cotton rope embedded around his neck, a severe fracture that appeared to be several weeks old, numerous pressure sores and severely infested with internal parasites. It was not discovered until days later that his other hind leg was broken but less severely. The vets recommended that the one leg be amputated, that it had been broken for too long and would not heal properly. Terri and her husband discussed the expense of saving his leg at $4000 to keep it with titanium plates and screws or $500 to remove it. They opted to try and save his leg and hoped it would work. By the time they got him back from the vets, the bill was enormous but they have no regrets and say they'd do it again. In no time at all he was on the mend and looking like the picture of health. His body was healing but his spirit was crushed. This poor dog was so beaten and abused that the repairs to his mind took much longer. They have him now, where he walks on a leash, takes food. He will sit and mind pretty well but still has some fear issues, particularly with strangers. He is not bitter but he will run if frightened. He is not great with cats or small animals. He has killed 2 chickens but in both cases, the chicken got into his pen. He reads minds and knows your mood long before you get to him. He’s a high energy dog and needs an outlet for some of that energy. Flyball might be a good consideration.
SATURDAY MAY 21, 2011 • 10AM - 4PM
11000 Red Road
Please join us on May 21, 2011 for the first ever Pet Friendly event at beautiful Pinecrest Gardens. The South Florida Trail Riders will be the only Trail Riding organization participating at this event and we would love to see you there!
We will have a bake sale and selling SFTR mechandise.
- Dog Treats
- Pet Portraits
- Adoptable Dogs
BENEFUL® Brand Asks America’s Dog Owners: HOW BIG CAN YOU DREAM?
Second Dream Dog Park Contest to Award another $500,000 Dog Park Makeover;
Design Expert and TV Personality Jason Cameron to Help Bring the Beneful Dream Dog Park to Life
ST. LOUIS, MO, May 13, 2011 – Millions of dog owners agree that life is best enjoyed with the company of their four-legged friends, and a trip to the local dog park is one of the greatest ways to spend quality time together. To recognize and celebrate these special moments, Beneful® brand dog food is announcing its Dream Dog Park Contest that invites dog owners to share ideas for the ultimate dog park for their daily adventures with their best buddy.
Now in its second year, the contest challenges dog owners to get creative and Dream Big as they answer the question: If you had $500,000 to spend to create the ultimate dream dog park, what would you do? Functional or just plain fun, one lucky Grand Prize winner’s idea will help serve as inspiration for a half-million dollar makeover of a dog park that the entire community can enjoy. Dog owners can enter the contest from now through June 21 at BenefulDreamDogPark.com.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a contest that lets dog owners dream about ways to spend even more quality time with their four-legged friends,” said Jason Cameron, TV personality, dog owner and head designer for the Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest. “I was amazed by the creative ideas dog owners dreamed up for last year’s contest and can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. Don’t hold back, because $500,000 can build one amazing dog park in your area.”
How the Contest Works
To enter the Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest, dog owners are asked to complete an online entry form and submit a 250-word (or less) essay that answers the question: If you had $500,000 to create a dream dog park for you and your best buddy, what would you do? Entrants must also include a photo of them with their dog showing how life is better when they are together.
In addition to having his or her idea(s) help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 makeover of a dog park, the Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and a year’s supply of Beneful® brand dog food. In addition, nineteen runners-up will each receive a year’s supply of Beneful® brand dog food. The Beneful Dream Team, which includes Cameron and pet expert and bestselling author Arden Moore, will serve as judges to help select the winner. Cameron will also manage the transformation of the park, with Moore providing expertise from the dog’s point of view.
Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest Timeline
- May 12 - June 21, 2011 – Contest entry period (Round 1: essay of 250 words or less and photo)
- June/July 2011 – Independent judging panel selects up to 20 finalists based on: creativity of the idea(s) (60%); feasibility of bringing the idea(s) to life (20%); and whether the idea(s) effectively demonstrate how life is better with your dog (20%)
- July 2011 – August 1, 2011 – Finalists submit an up to two minute video showcasing their dream dog park ideas (Round 2)
- August 8 - September 8, 2011 – Public votes on the finalists’ videos; Beneful Dream Team judges them using the same criteria as Round 1 to help select the Grand Prize winner (judging is 90% of final score; assigned public voting rank is 10%)
- September 2011 – Grand Prize Winner announced
- Spring 2012 – Newly-renovated dog park unveiled
To excite and inspire dog owners even further, Beneful brand dog food will unveil America’s first Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, GA, on June 15, 2011. The $500,000 renovation was inspired by last year’s Grand Prize winner, Johns Creek resident Pat McNeely and his lovable Siberian Husky named Koda.
“Once dog owners across the country get a look at the inaugural Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Ga., complete with a giant bone-shaped ramp with tunnels and water splash pads, they will be even more motivated to enter this year’s contest. One lucky winner’s idea will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in his/her area,” said Ken Wilhelm, Beneful Brand Director.
The US Postal Service has released its Top 25 Worst Dog Bite Cities ranking. It's a total of 1,257 bites nationwide last year PLUS the rest of the cities that didn't make the Top 10 list, for a whopping 5,669 bites.
BAD DOG! Or, more likely, BAD DOG OWNERS!
Postal Service Announces Top Dog Attack Cities
Medical, Animal Behavior, Insurance Communities, Promote Dog Bite Prevention Week
HOUSTON — The Postal Service released statistics today highlighting the cities where the most dog attacks occur nationwide. Houston tops the list with 62 letter carriers attacked in 2010. Nationwide last year, 5,669 postal employees were attacked in more than 1,400 cities, yet that pales in comparison to the 4.7 million Americans bitten annually — the majority of whom are children.
These statistics are part of the reason the Postal Service recognizes National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21. The annual event provides dog attack prevention tips and information on responsible pet ownership.
Beyond the needless pain and suffering, medical expenses from dog attacks cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog attacks accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims paid out in 2010, costing nearly $413 million.
CITY STATE 2010
1 HOUSTON TX 62
2 SAN DIEGO CA 45
2 COLUMBUS OH 45
3 LOS ANGELES CA 44
4 LOUISVILLE KY 40
5 SAN ANTONIO TX 39
5 ST LOUIS MO 39
6 CLEVELAND OH 38
6 PHOENIX AZ 38
7 MINNEAPOLIS MN 35
7 PORTLAND OR 35
8 DENVER CO 31
8 PHILADELPHIA PA 31
9 SACRAMENTO CA 30
10 SEATTLE WA 28
11 BALTIMORE MD 27
12 MILWAUKEE WI 26
13 CHICAGO IL 25
14 CINCINNATI OH 24
15 SAN JOSE CA 23
15 FORT WORTH TX 23
15 BUFFALO NY 23
16 MEMPHIS TN 22
16 JACKSONVILLE FL 22
17 MIAMI FL 20
17 DETROIT MI 20
18 TOLEDO OH 19
19 OAKLAND CA 18
19 PITTSBURGH PA 18
20 LONG BEACH CA 17
20 CHARLOTTE NC 17
20 JAMAICA NY 17
20 ORLANDO FL 17
21 KANSAS CITY MO 16
21 INDIANAPOLIS IN 16
21 TACOMA WA 16
21 WASHINGTON DC 16
22 LAS VEGAS NV 15
22 STOCKTON CA 15
22 ALBUQUERQUE NM 15
22 FLUSHING NY 15
23 OKLAHOMA CITY OK 14
23 STATEN ISLAND NY 14
23 SPRINGFIELD MO 14
24 HUNTINGTON BEACH CA 13
25 BROOKLYN NY 12
25 SALT LAKE CITY UT 12
25 FRESNO CA 12
25 WICHITA KA 12
25 SILVER SPRING MD 12
25 ROCHESTER NY 12
25 ST PAUL MN 12
25 ST PETERSBURG FL 12
25 BIRMINGHAM AL 12
25 SANTA ANA CA 12
“We often hear two comments relating to the Postal Service, ‘the check’s in the mail,’ and ‘don’t worry, my dog won’t bite’. Given the right circumstances, any dog can bite. Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem,” said Matthew Lopez, Houston Postmaster. “Working with animal behavior experts, we’ve developed tips to avoid dog attacks, and for dog owners, tips for practicing responsible pet ownership.”
To spread the word that dog attacks are preventable, the Postal Service is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) www.aap.org, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) www.avma.org, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) www.plasticsurgery.org. Other organizations include the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) www.maxface.org, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) www.microsurg.org, Prevent The Bite www.preventthebite.org and the Insurance Information Institute www.iii.org.
The AVMA offers the following tips:
How to Avoid Being Bitten
- · Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.
- · If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
- · Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
- · People choosing to pet dogs should obtain permission from the owner first and always let a dog see and sniff them before petting the animal.
- · If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
- · Obedience training can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dogs.
- · When a carrier comes to your home, keep your dog inside, away from the door in another room.
- · Dogs can be protective of their territory and may interpret the actions of letter carriers as a threat. Please take precautions when accepting mail in the presence of your pet.
- · Spay or neuter your dog. Neutered dogs are less likely to roam and bite.
- · Dogs that receive little attention or handling, or are left tied up for long periods of time, frequently turn into biters.
How to Be a Responsible Dog Owner
Loose Dogs Halt Delivery, Possibly Cause Trauma
The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. Letter carriers fearing for their safety due to a loose or unrestrained pet may curtail delivery and ask homeowners to pick up their mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet is restrained. In cases where a carrier sees a dog roaming and can’t discern where it resides, delivery could be curtailed to the entire neighborhood.
“Warm and wonderful relationships are shared between more than 72 million pet dogs and their owners in the United States,” said Dr. Lori Teller, who serves on the AVMA’s Animal Welfare Committee and is past president of the Texas VMA. “To protect those relationships, everyone must take responsibility for preventing dog bite injuries.
“Half of all children will be bitten by a dog by the time they’re high school seniors,” said Dr. John Fraser, of the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It’s so important for parents to supervise young children around dogs at all times, and it's just as important for children to be taught from an early age how to keep from being bitten.”
“According to the ASPS, 32,961 reconstructive procedures to repair dog bites were performed in 2010, up 8 percent from 2009,” explained Plastic surgeon Lior Heller, of the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, who also represents the ASRM and ASMS. “Unfortunately, the majority of reconstructive surgeries to treat dog bites were performed on children who are frequently bitten on the face, which can result in severe lacerations, infection or scarring.”
“Dog bite prevention education cannot begin early enough,” said Kelly Voigt, 19, the victim of a savage dog attack when she was seven years old. She endured the pain of 100 stitches to her face as part of her recovery The experience was the catalyst behind the creation of Prevent The Bite, a non-profit organization that promotes dog bite prevention to young children. To date, Voigt has spoken before more than 10,000 elementary school students.'
TAKE YOUR FOUR-LEGGED BEST FRIEND OUT TO THE BALL GAME
The 2011 Bark at the Park with the Florida Marlins on Friday evening June 3 will benefit The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet
MIAMI, FL—May 10, 2011—Tired of taking your dog to the same old same old spots? How about a change of venue that also benefits a worthy cause?. Bring your dog to watch the Florida Marlins battle the Milwaukee Brewers On Friday June 3 at 7:10 at Sun Life Stadium and help raise money for The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A Pet. Here’s how it works. Tickets are only $12 for adults, $6 for kids and $6 for dogs. Dog owners must carry proof of the rabies vaccination with them to the game. Please download and sign the Waiver document, you can find by going to www.humanesocietymiami.org and clicking on 2011 Bark at the Park, and bring with you to the game. Proceeds from all dog tickets will benefit the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
Day-of-game sales for Bark at the Park will take place at Gate B beginning at 5pm and concluding in the second inning of the game. Fans and their dogs should enter Dolphin Stadium through Gate B, with disabled fans and their dogs using the Gate G entrance starting at 4:30pm. Seating will be general admission in the upper deck sections 401 - 404. Doggie pools, water dishes and a dog-walking area will be available throughout the game. Group tickets are also available by calling 305-626-SAVE. For further information and to purchase individual tickets please contact Cynthia Coutard at 305-749-1842 or Cynthia@humanesociety.org