Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Snowflake 11-24-2009

Snowflake 11-24-2009
Originally uploaded by fuzzychildren
Snowflake is available for adoption or rescue

Giardia Bateria

In San Antonio, we are always happy to see the rain. But wet conditions can be a concern when we live with furry companions. Giardia is one type of bacteria that can be exacerbated by wet conditions. If your baby seems to be loosing weight for no reason or has fowl-smelling diarrhea, talk to your veterinarian. Humans and non-humans can get giardia from drinking contanimated water.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Precautions when living with shy dogs

I keep an opened corralling pen in front of my front door. It not only slows the dogs down if they decide to bolt, but it also reminds me that I must take my time when leaving the house. My dogs stay in the house when I'm at work. Even well-adjusted dogs can get freaked out by a thunderstorm or a car backfiring and either jump the fence or dig under. I always walk my dogs on either a slip leash or martingale collar. Once again, even a non-skittish dog can get spooked and slip a regular collar. In my opinion, regular collars are for holding ID (and left on at all times) and martingales are for walking.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Checking on Potential Adopters

If you adopt out animals, here is some info you can use to check on potential adopter.s Of course nothing beats a face-to-face interview and home visit:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

T shirts, Post Cards, etc..

So I go to  Office Depot and get this  T shirt transfer stuff  for less than 2 dollars per transfer


Then I go to the Dollar store and buy Hanes 100% cotton white undershirts - a 3 pack costs around 5 dollars or so.


I make up some graphics using Word or Publisher.  See attached.  Using my inkjet printer, I print the graphics in mirror image right onto the transfer stuff as if it were paper. Then I iron on the transfer stuff onto the T shirt.  You have to press hard and have the iron really hot and it works.  I've washed my T shirts twice and they are still holding up.


Something you might want to use to advertise the seniors - including Arnie.  Volunteers can walk around wearing the special shirts.  I guess you can compare the cost of making the shirts yourself vs paying someone to make them - and figure in the time it take to print and iron, etc..


If that's not cheap enough for you - I bought some freezer paper at the grocery store.  I cut a sheet into the size of  regular paper.  Took an old pair of baggy shorts, cut out a square the size of paper and ironed the freezer paper onto the cloth.  This made the cloth sturdy enough to go through the inkjet printer.   Printed directly onto the cloth then pulled off the freezer paper. Then sewed the cloth onto a crotched bandana.   Could also print directly onto the bandana.  Probably can't do this with a laser printer.


I also purchased post card stock and made handouts for Rodney.  See attached.  The attached documents could come through kind of weird because I made them using Word 2007 and saved them down to Word 2003.


When I go to events, I can hand out stuff on Arnie if you have something to give me. Can't do it  this Saturday because I'm working with another group instead of on my own.


Also you can get gift items with animal pics on them.  But those normally take about 3 weeks to get made walgreens does it, kodak


At Home Depot they have magnetic business cards that you can print on.


La Trenda


210-649-0391 Home

Go to animal sheltering for a plethora of information. Want some tips on
volunteer management? Type that into the search box at the top right of the
page. Need ideas for fundraising? Type that into the search box.

Get Active Dogs a Puzzle

Something to figure out. It helps stimulate them... Gives them something to do. Google "dog puzzles to find something your dog might enjoy. Or get kong at aby pet supply stoe
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Monday, November 9, 2009


Before giving up you pets due to allergies, please read:
Dr Kirby of Alamo Heights Pet Clinics likes Pando Music for comforting pets

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Missing Pets launched in 2001 - nonprofit
Website mentioned on PetsmartCharities webinar

We use dogs to find humans, drugs, etc.. but don't use them to search for pets. So she started doing that.
Training folks in a 6 day class to be certified in search but just in seattle area.
No estimates on how many cats are lost.
No agencies to help look for lost cats
Most animal agencies won't rent traps
Flyers, phone calls to shelters aren't enough.
Must know temperment. Tactics searching for cats is different than searching for dogs.
Displaced cats will hide and not resond. Will need to crawl under houses and desks, Will need to trap. Don't give up hope if cats doesn't go into trap right way. One cat took 22 days before he went into a trap
Motion activated wildlife camera
Moltry brand - infrared doesn't flash, doesn't make a sound - less likely to get stolen - Use to confirm presence of a cat.
Grieving people give up to quickly. Assume cat is killd by coyota.
Most displaced cats (normal indoor cats that get out) usually don't travel far
Outdoor cats - search the cats normal area plus 3 to 4 houses. Check hiding places
Cats that are hurt will hide and not meow
Cats don't "go off to die" they hide when they are sick and hurt and the die for lack of care
Once example - people gave up on finding their lost cat and got a kitten. Then found their lost cat in the the chimney.
8X11 flyes aren't big enough - people are driving by on cell phone, texting, etc.. - icon that says social network (organe in color). click on that and click on Youtube and the two videos one is titled buddy and the other is titled rusty. Two diff pet cats that were humanely trapped by a neighbor because the assumption was they were feral because they here hissing and spitting in the trap.
Hissing cat could just mean terrified trap - not always feral.

Looks for clues - clumps of hair

Listen for wildlife. Chirps could be alerting about cats

Searching for lost cats instead of giving up are a part of reducing the stray pat population.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Dangerous" Breeds

ASPCA - "There is no documented case of a single, neutered, companion Pit Bull (meaning an animal maintained within the household to function solely as a pet) causing a human fatality"

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Please Help Roo

Saving Strays

Before picking up a stray dog or cat, please ask yourself: I'm I willing to keep this animal for at least few days until I can find the owners. Most shelters in San Antonio are always full. So in most cases, you won't be able to drop him/her off at the nearest shelter right after picking up.
Please see this website for addditional info on saving strays. The document is a work in progress: