Pets face many of the scariest hazards out on the street: speeding cars, aggressive animals, and inconsiderate people are just a few of the terrors that keep us pet parents up at night. But some of the most terrifying dangers come from items lying around our own homes. Last year, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center fielded over 165,000 phone calls from panicked pet owners worried that their companions had been exposed to toxic substances. Here are the top five things you should lock up tight, and it doesn't hurt to keep the ASPCA's 24-hour hotline (888-426-4435) handy for your own emergencies.
One of the things that I love doing on the weekend is visiting my local SPCA. This is an activity that I definitely recommend to animal lovers who have a shelter near them. Check nationwide shelters like the ASPCA or the Humane Society. They sometimes have free weekend classes to educate people on how to raise puppies, so it's a good idea to participate if you're thinking of getting a dog sometime in the future. I just go to coo at them through the windows and sometimes play with the animals as well.
Furthermore, animals are known to reduce stress, so consider this a healthy activity that will help you take your mind off work and reduce stressors in your life. In fact, a certain ivy league law school even started using a therapy dog to test out the stress reduction theory on students. The dog will be placed in a private area of the Yale Law School library, and students will get the chance to interact with the dog only if they sign up for a time slot. Have your own doggy relaxation time by visiting the SPCA, and who knows, this can possibly lead to opportunities for volunteering at the shelter on the weekend.
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I received my free pet safety pack from the ASPCA yesterday. It took a while (oh about two months) but better late than never, right? I first learned about this pack in one of Pet Sugar's posts. It's from last year, but thank goodness I chanced upon it. Whenever I watch the news and see a home that caught on fire, or an area affected by an earthquake or like lately, the gas leak explosion in San Bruno, I also wonder if they had pets in those homes. What about them? =(
Being a stay-at-home mom, I'm almost always home. But there are still some days when I would be out doing some errands or spending some quality time with the family. So should something happen while we're not at home, though there are no guarantees, it's good to have this sticker/decal on my balcony sliding door or window as a precaution in case of an emergency (earthquake, fire, etc). It contains info like what kind of pets you have at home and contact number. I also plan to make one so I can stick it on my front door.
Just for picture purposes. Filled it out after.
Learn what else is in the pack and read more
I can't say enough about making informed decisions when it comes to adding a pet to your family. The choice to buy vs. adopt is yours, but if you do decide to go the breeder route then it's important to pick a legitimate, well-run facility.
It's now possible to research the breeder down the street, or clear across the country with the ASPCA Puppy Facts database. Simply enter the name, license number, or location and it pulls up current inspection records, which list violations from inadequate record keeping to unsanitary living conditions.
A bonus if you live in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois. There are laws in place to allow you to also search pet stores, too. So you'll know if you want to patronize a shop . . . or take your business elsewhere.
On Sunday, North, Samson, LilPeaPod and I joined the ASPCA, our local KOFY TV station, and a gaggle of other pooches for brunch as we sailed around the San Francisco Bay. Even though it was a nasty drizzly day in SF, we weren't about to let the weather hold us back from a doggie buffet, mingling, and (hello!), champagne for the two legged kind on board. The fifth annual Dog Day on the Bay took us on a scenic tour of our bay, around Alcatraz island, and even for an up-close look at San Francisco's AT&T Park, where the Giants played (and beat) the Colorado Rockies.
All the pooches had a blast shaking their tails on the dance floor, posing for pictures, and auditioning to be the next KOFY TV dog, but the best part of the day wasn't just fun activities, it was the fact that everyone who attended was helping to lend a hand to our local SPCA and animal shelters.
Check out some behind-the-scenes photos of our fun day on the bay in the gallery when you read more
I've yet to get an iPhone, despite all the cool things geek's told me so far but this game's high on my list if I do. After all, ShiveringKittens looked totally adoro even before the big fundraising announcement yesterday.
GiantCrayon Games has joined with the ASPCA to raise money for animals with a promotion during March and April – for every game purchased on iTunes ($3), the company will donate $1 to the ASPCA. From what I can tell it's like cat Tetris where you free adorable kittens from the icy bottom, but check out a video of the game in action when you read more
In addition to all the fabulous gear for you from the ASPCA site, I've picked out some other orange-licious items for your furry friends! It's the official color of the ASPCA – by wearing (or treating a pet to something) orange today, you're showing the world that you care about animals and support the ASPCA’s efforts to protect them. Check out my cute finds for doggies and kitties when you read more
I'm wearing my fave orange ballet flats to show my support for ASPCA day! But, that's not the only thing I did to get in the spirit and show my love for animals. First off, I took a minute and sent out some of these ecards to let everyone I know about today's important holiday . . . and the ASPCA's important efforts for our furry friends. Next, I took their pledge to fight animal cruelty and got up-to-date on the latest animal cruelty news and legislation. Lastly, I just can't get enough of shopping, so I checked out their special orange items to celebrate this day. If you wanna see my faves, just read more