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Games to keep your pets happy

Your dog or cat can get bored. Here are some games you both can play to keep your pet happy.

Hide & Seek

Hide treats in your house and watch your dog or cat find them. Be sure to let them know how proud you are of their accomplishment.

Kongs®

Fill a Kong® or other brand of rubberized toy with treats then cover the opening with peanut butter. Place in the freezer until you need to step out.

Tricks

Teach your dog or cat tricks. It is common for a dog to learn to sit, shake and lay down. Cats can learn these tricks too. Give it a try!

Movies

Play a cat or dog-friendly DVD on your TV. Cats and dogs are interested in TV too. They just need the right movie to watch.

Bubbles

Get a bottle of pet-friendly bubbles and watch your dog or cat try to catch them

Run & Chase

Tie a few cat or dog toys onto a string and walk through your house with it. Watch your dog or cat follow the toys.

PongoChoose not to declaw your cats

Cats' claws are a vital part of their arsenal for both offense and defense. They use them to settle disputes among themselves as well as with other animals and people who are hurting, threatening or annoying them. In addition, a cat who is attempting to climb to safety uses her claws to grip a surface and hold on.

A variety of humane methods exist to manage the problem of destructive clawing and to prevent injury from cat scratches. These include having your cats nails trimmed or filed down regularly in order to blunt the tips and providing scratching pads, posts and other appealing structures for the cat to use — and employing behavior modification techniques to induce the cat to use them.

Unfortunately, many cat guardians opt instead to have their cat surgically declawed, perhaps not appreciating the fact that removing a cat's claws would be comparable to removing their own fingernails, along with the bones to which they are attached. Declawing, or onchyectomy, is the amputation of the last digital bone, including the nail bed and claw, on each front toe. If the surgery is performed correctly and the entire nail bed is removed, the claw cannot regrow, and the procedure is considered a permanent solution. The surgery involves the risk of anesthetization, excessive bleeding and postoperative complications, including infection, and is accompanied by severe pain that may last from several days to much longer unless appropriate analgesia is provided. Post-operative care and the length of time the cat must remain in the veterinary hospital depend on how the surgical procedure is performed and the skill of the surgical team.

 

Introducing Your New Adopted Dog to Your Resident Dog

There are many families that come to adopt who already have another dog at home. Here are some tips on how to introduce your dog to a new dog safely:
Make sure you choose a neutral location. Each dog should be handled by a separate person on leash. We recommend you take the dogs on a nice long walk together so they are able to become familiar with each other and drain off some energy. Once they are tolerating each other’s presence without fear or aggression then you can take them inside. We suggest leaving the leashes drag on the dogs so if you do have to intervene for any reason it is much safer to grab the dragging leash than the collar.

Use positive reinforcement. Help both dogs experience good things from the first meeting in each other’s presence. Keep the meetings short and positive.  During each break give the dog a command such as “sit” and follow with a yummy treat. If the dogs are left to meet on their own terms such as throwing them both into the yard to work things out, aggressive responses may occur. It is extremely important to monitor.

Be aware of body postures. One great body posture you want to see is a “play-bow” this is when the dogs will crouch with their front legs on the ground and their hind ends in the air. This is an invitation for play. Be sure to watch carefully for postures that indicate an aggressive response such as showing teeth, deep growls, or an extended stare. If you see such postures you want to interrupt immediately by calming getting each dog’s attention and getting them interested in doing something else such as obeying a command.

There are times when you may need to seek professional help. The longer a problem goes on the harder it can be to resolve. Luckily most dogs enjoy the company of another canine friend. Dogs can learn so much from other dogs that we cannot begin to teach them. If you are looking to add another dog to your home we would love for you to come by and meet some of our adoptable dogs. We have trained staff that can help you find the perfect match!

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WISH LIST

Our center is always on the lookout for supplies that will help keep our dogs and cats healthy, safe and happy. From food to toys, we welcome a number of items that will give our fur friends a comfortable lifestyle. Some items can be purchased directly from our wishlist on Amazon.com. Just follow the links.

Special Needs
• Baby scale to weigh food up to 30 lbs.
10x10 Shelter PopUp - for our dogs at outreach events
• Multi-cat enclosed playpen/cage

Special Cat Enrichment Items
• Interactive toy fish bowls with waterbugs
• Cap bottle tops
• Plastic easter eggs
• Shredded paper
• Interactive cat toys

Special Dog Enrichment Items
• Wind chimes
• Classical music CDs
• Beef broth juice
• Rice
• Small paper bags
• Interactive dog puzzles
• Different spices
• Interactive dog toys

Housekeeping Needs
• Batteries
• Disinfectant spray such as Lysol
• Hand sanitizer
• Dish detergent
• 39 gal or larger trash bags
• Tall kitchen trash bags
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper

Office Needs
• Postage stamps
• Address labels- white 1" x 2 5/8"
• White & color copy paper

Cat & Dog Needs
• Box lids from copy paper cases (for disposable litter boxes)
• Heavy weight paper bowls for medication
• Resealable plastic bags - quart or gallon size
• 4” x 4” gauze pads
Kuranda vinyl cat perches
Kuranda dog beds
Screw on cage food & water bowls
• Rope toys for dogs
Disposable cat scratchers
• Litter box deodorizer
• Non-scoopable clay litter (unscented)
• Covered cat play houses (no carpeting)
Kitty condos
• Cat muzzles
• Catnip
• Catnip Spray
Kitty Kongs
• Martingale-style collars (medium & large sizes)
• Kennel slipleads
Stainless steel pet pails
• Made in the USA rawhide chews
• Gift cards to PETCO, PetSmart, Pet Supplies Plus, Green DogGoods, & Tractor Supply

Our Cat & Dog Food
We feed our dogs and cats the following food while in our care.
• 4health Cat & Kitten Food - available at Tractor Supply
• Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Food Chick & Rice
• Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Lamb & Rice
• Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Dog Shredded Blend Chicken & Rice Formula
• Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Dog Shredded Blend Lamb & Rice Formula
• Canned Meow Mix wet cat food
• Canned dog foot - any brand

For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned
• Brown paper sacks (grocery store size)

Recyclables
• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges
• New and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases.

Books
Box up your new and used books, CDs and DVDs in their original cases and bring them to the shelter. We are paid by a local buyer for your books! Help raise money for us while you reclaim valuable storage space.

* We do not take comforters. (Some of our dogs like to chew the stuffing out of them.)

Donations may be dropped off during our regular business hours.

EVERYDOG

Article written by volunteer Debra Lockhart

I’ve been volunteering with a local rescue for about a year now and have loved every minute of it. In the past year, I’ve transported dogs, helped rescue dogs off of a chain, helped a dog give birth, adopted and said goodbye as some of my favorites have found their forever home. I’ve gotten to know some dogs more than others and have cheered nearly every adoption and only shed a tear or two for a few who have especially touched me in some way.

Still, there was something missing. This rescue is foster based, and at this time that is the one thing I’m not able to do, so most of my interactions come from adoption events or transport services. If I could bring my dog to work with me things might be different, because sometimes you just need to hug a dog or play with a kitty, so I began volunteering at our local SPCA. I figured that they were located close enough to my office that I could spend a lunch hour or two each week relaxing in the company of a furry little friend under the guise of helping them while in all actuality, reaping the benefits that come with cuddling a pet. Orientation was in two parts so after part one, I was able to ‘socialize with cats’ and I spent a good portion of a lunch hour on the floor of a kitty room getting and giving some soft purr-y love.

Part two allowed us to interact with the dogs and there was a special boy whom I met at both orientations and I was eager to go back and really interact with him on my first “dog day.” Its funny how a dog (or any animal, really) can grab your heartstrings and how it varies from person to person as to who that special furry pal may be. A fellow volunteer nudged me and pointed at a dog, “That’s my dog. I’m going to adopt that one.” “Hmmm, cute dog, nothing special,” I thought. He or she was the kind of dog I might not have given a second glance at if I weren’t here to generally socialize with the dogs.

In the kennel next to “her dog” was the special someone who had me at first glance. Truth be told, “special boy” is not usually someone who would grab my attention… except he did. He was just a medium sized dog, medium hair, medium build but with a deep chest and funny white paws that were too big for his body. (As a further testament to how perception skews what we actually see, he is listed as a large dog with long hair.) There was nothing exceptional… but his eyes. Ah, those soulful cinnamon eyes peering at me over the chew toy he hopefully offered me, they had me at hello.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat, Oct 25, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 25, 5 pm
CatWalk
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
www.acspcaCatWalk.org

Sat, Nov 1, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46835
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 1, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10035 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 8, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 8, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, Sat, Sun Nov 14 - 16
Time TBD
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Nov 22, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 6, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10260 Maysville Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46835
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 6, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
10035 Lima Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46818
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 13, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Ft Wayne, IN 46805
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 13, 11 am - 2 pm
Pet Supplies Plus
4714 Coldwater Rd
Ft Wayne, IN 46825
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 27, 11 am - 2 pm
PetSmart Community Outreach
1760 Apple Glen Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
See who is available for adoption!