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Pet Friendly Newsletter - February 2008

Pet Quotes

"If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them." (Phil Pastoret)

"Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll on a dead fish." (James Gorman)

PHOTOS FROM PROUD PET PARENTS

"I adopted Kato on April 26/1995 from the Kelowna SPCA. He was about one year old then and is about 13 1/2 now. He is absolutely my best friend and this is a silly picture of him doing one of his favourite things - boating. While out on Okanagan Lake he can also be spotted taking a tube ride behind the boat or swimming out after anything that moves!"
- Bernie T. from Peachland, B.C.


"My Sleeping Beauty"
- Victor S. from Scarborough, Ontario

"This is our little girl, Abby. She is 8 months old. We didn't think she would like the snow because she is so little but she loves it! When I take her for a walk, it's hard to get her back in the house. She's so adorable and cuddly."
Martha and Albert G. of Elmval, Ontario

IMPROVING THE LIVES OF HOMELESS PETS

Thousands of homeless and abandoned pets reside in shelters and rescue organizations. Caring for these animals is a rewarding but undoubted challenging task. Here are just a few ways that you can help to improve the lives of these animals:

  • The most obvious way to help is to make a financial donation. Although Christmas is a natural time for many people to donate, shelters and rescues need donations throughout the year.

  • Volunteer your time. Shelters and rescues are always in need of volunteers to help with daily operations. This can include things like:
       * Fundraising
       * Education
       * Adoption / lost & found
       * Animal care
       * Office work
       * Dog walking
       * Enrichment programs for other pets like cats.

  • Donate items that the shelter needs. This can include items for the animals (dishes, toys, blankets, etc) or items used in the running of the shelter (office supplies or equipment). Note that many shelters will not accept opened bags or containers of food or treats. Others may request certain types of food to help them offer their pets a consistent diet.

  • Ask the shelter if they accept donations of reward points such as Canadian Tire dollars or HBC points that they can use to replenish their supplies.

  • Collect old towels and blankets from your friends and neighbours, launder them, and then donate them to your local humane society. Towels and blankets give the animals in the shelter something soft and comfy to snuggle up with.

  • Become a foster parent. Many animals enter the shelter or rescue organization that need a little extra care. Sometimes it's a mother dog and their litter of babies that need more time to grow before they can be put up for adoption. Other times it's an injured animal that needs time to heal. Or perhaps you may find yourself fostering an animal that's timid or that has been neglected, and needs a loving and patient hand to give him confidence before he finds a permanent home.

  • Adopt! If your family and lifestyle are able and willing to welcome another animal companion, then head out to visit with the pets who need homes. Your new family member may be there waiting for you!

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