Disaster Preparedness with Your Pet

We cannot predict when a major disaster will hit, but we can prepare for when one does.

Need tips on planning for possible disasters?

In this short video our Shelter Manager, Stephanie Fries, will walk you through what it takes to be prepared.

 

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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.

We notice that some cats start urinating outside the litter box after being declawed. Their paws become very sensitive to the litter. We strongly discourage this surgery.

 

Solving Aggression Between Family Cats


• If your cat's behavior changes suddenly, your first step should always be to contact your veterinarian for a thorough health examination. Cats often hide symptoms of illness until they're seriously ill, and any change in behavior may be an early indication of a medical problem.

• Spay or neuter any intact pets in your home. The behavior of one intact animal can affect all of your pets.

• Start the slow introduction process over from the beginning. You may want to talk to an animal-behavior specialist for help implementing these techniques.

•If your cats are fighting, don't allow the fights to continue. Because cats are so territorial, and because they don't establish firm dominance hierarchies, they won't be able to "work things out" as dogs sometimes do. The more often cats fight, the worse the problem is likely to become. To stop a fight in progress, make a loud noise, squirt the cats with water, or throw something soft at them. Don't try to pull them apart.

•Prevent future fights. This may mean keeping the cats totally seperated while working on the problem, or at least preventing contact between them during situtations likely to trigger a fight.

•Don't try to punish the cats involved. Punishment is likely to elicit further aggression and fearful responses, which will only make the problem worse. If you attempt to punish either combatant, you may even become a target for redirected aggression.

•When you introduce cats to each other, one of them may send "play" signals which can be misinterpreted by the other cat. If those signals are interpreted as aggression by one of the cats, then you should handle the situation as "aggression" and seek professional help right away.


Aversion to the Litter Box

• Keep the litter box extremely clean. Scoop at least once a day and change the litter completely every four to five days. If you can smell the box then you can be pretty sure its offensive to your cat as well.

• Add a new box in a different location and use a different type of litter in the new box. Since your cat has decided the old box is unpleasant, you'll want to make the new box as different as possible.

• Make sure that the litter box isn't near an appliance (such as a furnace) that makes noise or in an area that your cat doesn't frequent.

• If you have multiple cats, provide one litter box for each cat, plus one extra box in a different location.

• If your cat has a history of being outdoors, add some soil or sod to the litter box.

• To discourage your cat from using a certain area, cover the area with an upside-down carpet runner or aluminum foil, or place citrus-scented cotton balls over the area.

 

Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

For a minor separation anxiety problem, the following techniques may be helpful by themselves.

• Keep arrivals and departures low-key. For example, when you arrive home, ignore your dog for the first few minutes, then calmly pet him. This may be hard for you to do, but it's important!

• Leave your dog with an article of clothing that smells like you-- such as an old t-shirt that you've slept in recently.

• Establish a "safety cue"-- a word or action that you use every time you leave that tells your dog you'll be back. Dogs usually learn to associate certain cues with short absences by their owners. For example, when you take out the garbage, your dog knows you come right back and doesn't become anxious. Therefore, it's helpful to associate a safety cue with your short-duration absences.

Interim Solutions


• Consult your veterinarian about the possibility of drug therapy. A good anti-anxiety drug should not sedate your dog, but simply reduce his anxiety while you're gone. Such medication is a temporary measure and should be used in conjunction with behavior modification techniques.

• Take your dog to a dog day care facility or boarding kennel.

• Leave your dog with a friend, family member, or neighbor.

• Take your dog to work with you, even for half a day, if possible.

 

Solving Barking Problems

Social Isolation/ Attention Seeking Recommendations:

• Walk your dog at least twice daily-- it's good exercise both mentally and physically. Walks should be more than just "potty breaks."

• Teach your dog to fetch a ball or Frisbee and practice with him as often as possible.

• Teach your dog a few commands or tricks.

• Take a dog training class with your dog. This allows you both to work toward a common goal.

• Provide safe, interesting toys to entertain your dog in your absence. Kong-type toys filled with treats or busy-box toys provide long lasting fun for your dog.

• Keep your dog inside when you are unable to supervise him.

• Let your neighbors know you are working on the problem.

Territorial/ Protective Behavior Barking Recommendations:


• Teach your dog a "quiet" command. When your dog begins barking, say "quiet" and interrupt his barking by shaking a can filled with pennies or squirting water at his mouth with a spray bottle. When he stops barking say "good quiet" and pop a tasty treat into his mouth.

• Desensitize your dog to the stimulus that triggers the barking.

• If your dog barks while inside the house when you're home, call him to you, have him obey a command such as "sit" and reward him with a treat.

• Have your dog spayed or neutered to decrease territorial behavior.

 

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
• Multi-cat enclosed playpen/cage
Dog agility equipment set

Special Enrichment Items
• Adaptil and feliway in spray bottle
• Peanut butter
• Training dog treats

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 dog beds
Kuranda Vinyl cat perches
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

Our Cat & Dog Food
We feed our dogs and cats the following food while in our care.
• Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin (cats & dogs)
• Science Diet Puppy Healthy Growth
• Science Diet Kitten Food

For Our Community Pet Food Donation program
• Dog and cat food, dry or canned

Recyclables
• Aluminum cans, cell phones, laptops, iPods, empty ink & toner cartridges

* We do not take comforters or pillows. (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

Fri, Jul 10, 3 pm 5 pm
Woodbridge Apts. Community Outreach
5710 River Run Trail
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Jul 11, 11 am 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Jul 11, 2015, 11 am 2 pm
Lucky Harley Davidson
6315 Illinois Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Jul 17, 2015, 1 pm - 5 pm
Arbor Lakes Pet Day
1700 Bayview Drive
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Jul 18, 9 am -1 pm
Barr Street Market
302 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Wed Jul 22, 2015 4 pm - 7pm
Paws in the Park
New Haven Farmer's Market
Schnelker Park
956 Park Ave
New Haven, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sar. Jul 25, 2015, noon - 3 pm
Fort Wayne Pride
Headwaters Park
330 S. Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 1, 2015, 11 am - 2 pm
Petshion Boutique Community Outreach Jefferson Pointe
4150 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

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

Sat, Aug 15, 9 am - 1 pm
Barr Street Market
302 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Aug 29, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 5, 12 pm - 3 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, Sep 11, 10 am - 5 pm
Sat, Sep 12, 10 am - 5 pm
Sun, Sep 13, 11 am - 6 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 19, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Sep 26, Noon - 3 pm
Doggone Best Chili Challenge
Lucky Harley-Davidson
6315 Illinios Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana
$5 admission includes chili tasting.
Under 10 is free.

Sat, Oct 3, 2015, 11 am 2 pm
Petshion Boutique Community Outreach Jefferson Pointe
4150 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 10, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Oct 10
CatWalk
Grand Wayne Center, Ft Wayne, IN
Doors open at 5 pm
Performance at 6 pm
www.acspcacatwalk.org

Sat, Oct 17, 11 am - 2 pm
Kaleidoscope Floors Community Outreach
6230 Lima Rd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Fri, Nov 13, 10 am - 5 pm
Sat, Nov 14, 10 am - 5 pm
Sun, Nov 15, 11 am - 6 pm
PetSmart National Adoption Weekend
All 3 PetSmart locations in
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 12, 11 am - 2 pm
PETCO Community Outreach
315 E Coliseum Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!

Sat, Dec 19, 12 pm - 3 pm
Pet Supplies Plus Community Outreach
4714 Coldwater Rd, Ft Wayne, IN
See who is available for adoption!