February is Be a Responsible Pet Owner Month! There are a number of ways by which we can be “pawsome” pet parents. It takes lots of love and commitment. Bringing a pet into your home is a lifelong relationship and there are a few basic steps to showing how much you care.
Winter's bitter cold, bone-chilling temperatures are upon us, it’s important to keep our furry friends warm, comfy and healthy!
Here are a few guidelines on keeping your pets safe during harsh winter months (www.aspca.org):
Everyone at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter wants the holidays to be a happy and memorable time for you, your family, and your pet. Therefore, once again, we offer these simple, but important guidelines to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. We want to help you become aware of some potential holiday hazards so that you can prevent any problems. When in doubt, common sense is always a good strategy! Let’s keep your pets healthy and safe this holiday season.
Rich, fatty foods like gravy or grease can cause an upset stomach for our pets and even a more serious disorder called pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas. This illness requires veterinary care and perhaps even hospitalization. Despite how tasty it might smell to them, it’s best to prevent our four-legged family members from eating these kinds of fatty foods.
Alcohol is another product that can cause serious harm to our pets. Dogs especially are attracted to it by its sweet smell, especially if in eggnog. Be sure to keep alcoholic beverages out of your pet’s reach
October celebrates Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. With two consecutive fall months promoting adoption from local animal shelters, it’s easy to see that Autumn is the season for spreading the word about all the great animals in local shelters just waiting for their own forever homes.
At Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, we all love our feline friends, and we strive to make every month “Happy Cat Month” for our shelter kitties. September is especially designated as the month to celebrate cats and ensure that they are happy, healthy, and valued.
Cats are often viewed as self-reliant loners who don’t need much beyond an appropriate diet and a place to sleep. However, nothing could be further from the truth! Cats need companionship, environmental enrichment, daily play, and most of all, they need us to love them just as much as they love us.