Pet Friendly Newsletter - February 2008
"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
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:
* 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!