February 24, 2007
NASCAR Racers Promote SPAY DAY U*S*A
Greg Biffle, #16
Greg Biffle teams up with fellow racecar drivers Ryan Newman and Ken Schrader to support National Spay Day U*S*A On February 27th, and to promote the life-saving benefits of spay-neuter. Greg states that about 90% of the racecar drivers have pts.
Greg founded the Greg Biffle Foundation in 2005 with Nicole Lunder to create awareness and serve as an advocate to improve the well being of animals by engaging the power and passion of the motor sports industry. The foundation donates to local Humane Societies, no-kill shelters, spay and neuter clinics and the Animal Adoption League.
Greg Biffle drives the #16 Ford for Roush
Racing. He has two boxers, Foster and Gracie who frequently attend
race events, and two other dogs named Daisy and Savannah. Foster
has made many television appearances and has been featured on
the box-front of Milk Bones in 2004
Testicular Implants for Pets
Gregg Miller, Neuticles
The neutering procedure used today on family pets was developed in the early 1800's.
Neuticles are providing a solid solution to the pet overpopulation crisis by encouraging thousands of caring pet owners to neuter that simply would not before.
The texture and firmness of NeuticleNaturals were crafted based on the firmness of actual animal testicles. Neuticles replicate the testicle in actual size, shape and weight and feel.
Loving pet owners are less 'neuter-hesitant'
and their pet is unaware that he has, in fact, been altered. With
Neuticles- its like nothing ever changed.
Pam Runquist, Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights
On Sunday, February 25, volunteers at 16 veterinary clinics in the Sacramento, Yolo and Placer Counties, will spay and neuter 800 dogs and cats in an effort to prevent thousands of healthy animals from being killed in area shelters because there aren't enough homes for them. These surgeries will prevent approximately 11,000 puppy and kitten births over the next year, and 355,000 births over the next three years.
Spay Day is organized by the Sacramento
Area Animal Coalition (SAAC), a local nonprofit organization committed
to eliminating pet overpopulation in the Sacramento area through
aggressive spay/neuter efforts.
SPAY DAY USA
Patrick McDonnell "Mutts Comic Strip"
Patrick McDonnell discusses his support of Spay Day U*S*A in his upcoming Mutts comic strip that will be in newspapers all around the world on Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th, which is SPAY DAY.
Patrick created Mutts in 1994, a daily
newspaper comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicate.
He has since received numerous awards for his strip. Mutts appears
in 700 newspapers in over 20 countries, and the Mutts cartoons
have been collected and published in many books throughout the
Talk With Your Animals
Joy speaks with Buddy who has started whimpering and his guardian wants to know why.
Behind the Posters
Ron Burns, HSUS Artist-In-Residence
Ron Burns is The HSUS's artist-in-residence. In addition to creating the Spay Day USA 2007 poster artwork, he has created other images to benefit the mission and programs of The HSUS.
On a larger level, Ron, through his art and his regular professional activities, helps spread messages of animal protection, respect for animals, and the work of The HSUS. Ron and The HSUS share similar views on the important work done by animal shelters, the needs of pets, the relationship between pets/people, etc. Basically, he's committed to helping animals, and does so through the message in his work, and through his support for national and local groups, including us.
Ron begins each portrait with the eyes. "Their eyes hold nothing back, whether it's love or fear, heartbreak or admiration. Every portrait begins with the eyes - they have to - because from there all the life and personality radiates outward," he says.
Ron, Buff, Rufus and Loganberry currently
live part-time in Scottsdale, Arizona and there he is presently
creating images for his next book and working on a number of exciting
Pets Need Preparation for Baby
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
A new baby changes the family dynamic. This change does not go unnoticed by your pets, but with a little preparation and patience, babies and pets can be wonderful combinations. Too often when babies come into a family, pets are pushed out. So what can be done to keep the babies safe and the pets from being neglected during this special family transition? Maintaining a predictable routine is critical to helping your pet adjust to these changes in life.
First, schedule pets for a physical exam and consultation. A visit to your veterinarian can give you peace of mind that your pets are in optimal health, up-to-date on their immunizations, de-wormed and are on all of the flea and tick prevention programs that is safe and effective for even the youngest member of your family.
Here are some tips:
If at any time your pets shows signs of
fear or anxiety, or even aggression when interacting with children,
go immediately to your veterinarian or contact an animal behaviorist
ScoopFree Shelter Program
Alan Cook, Lucky Litter, LLC
The ScoopFree Shelter Program provides financial assistance and free products to animal rescue shelters, fostering homes and adoption agencies to help promote animal welfare and enhance the care they provide cats.
The ScoopFree Shelter Program donates all products and materials free of charge to not-for-profit animal organizations. No investment is required to enjoy the benefits of the ScoopFree Shelter Program which is designed to require minimal effort by shelter staff and volunteers.
The ScoopFree Shelter Program generously provides free products, resources and ongoing donations to these organizations so staff and volunteers can spend more time with the cats and adopting families.
ScoopFree is deeply committed to enhancing the lives of cats and supporting the special bond between animals and the people who love them.
To join, please visit http://www.ScoopFreeShelters.com
February is Pet Dental Health Month
Jan Rasmusen, Scared Poopless
Most people don't know that a lot of problems and diseases with animals start with their teeth. And just like with humans, if these problems are not addressed, they can lead to more serious problems down the road.
While it is a good idea to brush your pet's teeth as often as possible, there will come a time when a veterinarian will need to clean his teeth.
There are three perspectives when deciding on dental care for you pet: a veterinary dental specialist; an everyday veterinarian; and anesthesia-free technician. However, there are concerns with all three: the specialists are hard to find, mostly do major dental (not just cleaning) and are very expensive. Everyday vets often have no dental training and almost always a tech does the work and a tech administers the anesthesia. Few people realize this. Some anesthesia free "hygienists" are well trained but many have just had a weekend course or are self-trained.
It is very important when deciding on dental care for your pet that you check the references of anyone who will be working on your pet's teeth.
Cat Adopts Rottweiler
Charlie the Rottweiler was found on the roadside where her mother gave birth to two puppies. One was stillborn, the other was Charlie, whom his mother rejected.
After bottle-feeding Charlie every two hours, volunteers at the Meriden Humane Society came up with a better idea. Satin, a cat who had recently given birth to four kittens, seemed like a suitable surrogate mother. Satin and her kittens immediately took to Charlie and treat him like one of their own.
Unfortunately, as Charlie grows into an approximate 100 pound dog, things will change.
Volunteers are asking dog owners to volunteer their puppies as Charlie's playmates, so that Charlie can learn to be a well-socialized dog.
So far Charlie has not meowed about the situation.
400 Events Scheduled for SPAY DAY U*S*A
Vicki Stevens, HSUS
About every eight seconds, a cat or dog is euthanized in a U.S. animal shelter, according to The Humane Society of the United States. While some may be euthanized due to illness or injury, most are victims of human failure to provide them with the care they deserve. Despite the best efforts of shelters everywhere, there are still too many pets and not enough loving, responsible homes. The cost of pet overpopulation is staggering with more than $1 billion per year spent to provide community animal control services and care for homeless animals.
Those sobering statistics are the impetus
behind Spay Day USA, an annual event when hundreds of community
organizations coast to coast participate in activities that make
it easier for people to get their pets spayed or neutered. February
27 is designated as the official Spay Day USA 2007 with more than
400 events scheduled throughout the month. More than 35,000 animals
are expected to be spayed or neutered in February alone.
525,600 Measure Your Minutes
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Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
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