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Article By: Robin Hall - Out2martincounty.com

Mother Nature has finally decided to let us experience what summer is supposed to be like. Hot, humid, 90 plus degree temperatures are here and will be into next week.

Never leave a pet unattended in a parked car when the temperature is more than 70 degrees. When it’s 72 degrees outside, a car’s temperature can rocket to 116 degrees, even with the windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 120 degrees in minutes. Leaving a pet in a hot, unattended car is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.

Act immediately if you see a distressed animal in an unattended car. Call the local police and the Humane Society of The Treasure Coast 772.223.8822. A pet showing signs of distress such as heavy panting, unresponsive behavior, seizure or collapse needs IMMEDIATE attention.

Make certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can't accidentally tip them over. Dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.

Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sunlight moves throughout the day. Don't allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun.

If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet--your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home

Do not bicycle or rollerblade with a pet. Heat stroke and possible death can occur very quickly, particularly in hot weather.

When the weather is dangerously hot, keep pets inside.

If your pet shows signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, vomiting, lethargic behavior), immediately apply cold water to your pet's extremities. See your veterinarian promptly!

During warm weather, fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is protected. It is important to have your pet tested by a veterinarian for heartworm disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and use heartworm prevention medication.

We at Out2News hope your fur babies have a safe and cool summer!

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HSTC Pets of the Week

19 Aug Petey Samantha HSTC

In Photo: Petey & Samantha

Petey is 12 years old and came to the shelter in March when his family had to move and was unable to bring him with them. He has lived around young children (under 7 years) and can be protective of them. He does not like small dogs or cats. He is housetrained and knows several basic commands such as “sit” and “stay”. Petey is a cuddle-bug and enjoys moderate amounts of playtime; his favorite time is nap time. Petey’s adoption has been sponsored in memory of Donna Furno. Petey and all of his adoptable friends can be viewed online at hstc1.org.

Meet another of our V.I.P. (very important princess) feline residents at HSTC!
Samantha has been at HSTC since January (8 m o n t h s), and has been really stressed about it. She's a shy lady, but is very sweet. She demands breakfast and quiet, gentle petting from her staff every morning. Once her belly is full, she's pretty laid back and low maintenance. Also, LOOK AT HER! She's adorable!
Samantha - petite and only 9 years of age - is looking for a nice quiet place to share with an equally nice and chill companion. We expect that she'll enjoy following her new owner around the kitchen, sleeping on the back of the couch, and snuggling peacefully wherever her person is.
Because the adoption floor has been tooooo stressful for this peaceful lady (shelters are scary places for cats to live!), she's currently got her own suite set up in the back. If you're interested in meeting her, please come to the shelter and ask for her by name!
Her adoption fee has been sponsored by a generous donor!

Deidre Huffman - Adoption Manager
72.600.3204 / dhuffman@hstc1.org

Humane Society of the Treasure Coast Earns 5th Consecutinve 4-star Rating from Charity Navigator

19 Aug HStc PHOTO

In photo: Frank Valente, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, has led the nonprofit organization to its fifth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Photo: Courtesy of Doreen Poreba – The PR Czar Inc.

Palm City – For the fifth consecutive year, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) has received the highest ranking possible — a coveted 4-star rating — from Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator has placed the HSTC in the top 10 percent of all charities reviewed, as only one out of every 10 receives 4 stars five years in a row.
According to Charity Navigator, astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency, and concrete results. With more than 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator aims to accentuate the work of efficient and transparent organizations.
Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, stated, “The intent of our work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector … Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work.”
Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s unique method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector.
“We are very proud of our team for achieving this ranking,” said Frank Valente, president & CEO of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “By receiving the highest ranking possible from the leading charity evaluator in America, our donors can rest assured knowing their donations are being used wisely to help the shelter animals.”
Charity Navigator uses an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system with the goal of guiding intelligent giving. For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs and dynamic humane education services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is turned away for any reason. For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.
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This Might Be the Best Way to Entertain a Bored Dog on a Rainy Day

Article by: Justin Palmer

If your dog is like mine, they are not at all fans of inclement weather!
The moment the rain starts, my dog’s personality changes and she becomes restless. If the rain lasts long enough, she begins to act depressed, moping around, begging me for something to do (or better yet, something to eat!)

About 6 months ago, I discovered a tactic that forever changed our activities when the weather sours.
Why “Nose Work” Can Be Your Dog’s Best Friend During Stormy Weather

For a dog, their sense of smell is absolutely crucial to their mental and physical health.
The term “nose work” was created to define the professional canine scent detection training activity translated to pet dogs. It’s an easy-to-learn, fun activity to engage in with your pet and has even become a competitive sport.
Nose work can help build your dog’s focus, confidence, and enhance general obedience training. Overactive dogs can use nose work to focus their energy into a productive activity (great for bad weather!).
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
Our Favorite Way to Get Your Dog Started with Nose Work
While you can hide treats anywhere, my dog LOVES the Sniff Diggy™ Nose Work Mat, which was specifically designed to make sniffing out treats just challenging enough.

Simply hide treats inside the durable cloth fabric, and watch your dog use their nose and brain sniffing them out.
You can hide kibble or small treats in between the strips.




Article by: Robin Hall – Out2News/Out2martincounty.com

There is a very special place where beloved pets go after they die. This is only a temporary location. But there are trees and grass and lakes, and everything they love. Here they can play and eat and sleep, even better than they did, before they died. Now, there are no aches or worries or dangers of any kind to trouble or threaten them. The only joy missing is their beloved human companion, you.

All health is restored completely, and all injuries are healed. Dogs and cats play with each other like youngsters, and they do not have time to feel lonely for you. They miss you, and with the special wisdom that animals have, they trust that this condition will get better. And they confidently wait as they frolic.

A wonderful day will come for each of them, when in the middle of playing they will suddenly feel something is different. And all their senses will be at the height of excitement and exuberance. They will sniff the air and look off in the distance where they recognize that dearly loved special presence. Then they will call out in elation, and with eyes shining and tail going wild, tear off at a full gallop, almost flying over the green grass.

The bond that we form with animals can be very deep and fulfilling, and the loss of a beloved animal can have an impact on us that is as great, or even greater, than the loss of a family member or friend. This bond is what makes our interactions with animals rich and rewarding, but also what makes the grief process so complicated. The grief can seem to come in waves, may be brought on more intensely by a sight or sound that sparks your memory, and may seem overwhelming at times.

After your pet has died or been lost, it is natural and normal to feel grief and sorrow. The amount of time a person grieves for the loss of their pet may be very different for different people. Although grief is an internal and private response, there are certain stages of grief that most people experience, and not everyone experiences them all or in the same order.Anger and guilt often follow denial.

Your anger may be directed toward people you normally love and respect, including your family, friends or your veterinarian. People coping with death will often say things that they do not really mean, unintentionally hurting those whom they do not mean to hurt.

Depression is a common experience after the death of a special pet. The tears flow, there are knots in your stomach, and you feel drained of all your energy. Day-to-day tasks can seem impossible to perform and you may feel is isolated and alone. Many depressed people will avoid the company of friends and family.

You will come to terms with your feelings. You begin to accept your pet’s death. Resolution has occurred when you can remember your pet and your time with them without feeling the intense grief and emotional pain you previously felt. Acceptance and resolution are normal and do not mean that you no longer feel a sense of loss, just that you have come to terms with the fact that your pet has died. Everyone experiences the stages of grief, grieving is always a very personal process. Allow yourself time to grieve and heal, and be thankful that your life was made that much better by sharing it with your beloved pet.

Memorializing a pet can be a healthy part of the grieving process. A framed photo or a photo album can help remind a pet parent of their pet. Some people keep the ashes of their pets and bury them in a spot favored by their pet. Creating a journal that includes stories about the things your dog did will help you focus on the good times you spent together.   Photographs record those special moments and lock them forever in time. Have a professional portrait painted as a memorial to your dog companion. If you enjoy gardening, plant a tree, perennial, bush or shrub in memory of your dog. Donate to an animal organization in your dog’s name.  Some pet lovers place a brick or stone with their pet’s name painted on it in their gardens or they buy specially designed and inscribed grave markers if their pet is buried on their property.

Realizing that a seemingly trifle, yet possibly most-significant part of pet ownership is doing the right thing for our pets at the end of their lives. Sometimes the hardest things to do are the best things we can do. Loving animals teaches us something about ourselves and so does letting them go…

Out2 Bark Byte is dedicated to Robin Hall’s – Owner of Out2News best friend “Teddy”. RIP 8/4/2015