Humane Society Plans New “Homecoming” Event
Stuart - The shelter animals at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast will benefit soon from a brand new event that the nonprofit organization is planning. The “HSTC Homecoming” will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart. Joyce Hewitt with Maronda Homes and Brightway Insurance-Vincent Zanfini Family Agency are the presenting sponsors.
The event is aimed at the younger generation and will cost $50 per person. Event organizers are encouraging those planning to attend to pre-register online at www.hstc1.org/Homecoming.
“That’s right, this is a formal ball in the fall, which many will identify with as a millennial dance party,” said HSTC Director of Community Outreach Courtney Zanetti. “This will be a night to remember, so arrive in style and prepare to break it down on the dance floor.”
Guests can capture their smiling faces at a photo booth, courtesy of attorney Mary K. Gilmour. A disc jockey will be spinning tunes from the mid 90s to the 2000s along with light bites and raffles. Some of the dogs that participate in the humane society’s pet therapy program, Misty’s Pals, will be on site to greet guests. And no homecoming event would be complete without the crowing of a king and a queen! However, there is a caveat.
Those who want to be in the running for king or queen must fundraise on behalf of the humane society by creating a personalized, online HSTC Homecoming fundraising page at https://p2p.onecause.com/hstchomecoming to share with their family and friends. All guests are encouraged to create a page, where they can state why they are committed to the HSTC’s cause. All funds raised from this event will directly benefit the shelter’s programs and animals to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible until they find their “fur home.
The top male and female fundraisers will be crowned as such and will receive all of the “purrks” of their newfound royalty, which will include:
- Two tickets to the Pup Crawl (Aug. 2020)
- Two tickets to HSTC Homecoming (Nov. 2020)
- Their choice in naming rights for one animal in adoption
- One quarter-page ad in the Clawsmopawlitan, the keepsake program at the Paws & Claws 2020 Gala, to feature their pet or business
- One ticket to the Paws & Claws Gala on Feb. 22, 2020 (with a minimum of $500 raised)
For more information, contact Courtney Zanetti via email at email@example.com or by calling (772) 600-3211.
About the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast – The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) is a no-kill animal welfare organization located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, FL. Since 1955, it has been the leading advocate for animal protection and well-being in the Martin County area. A 501© 3 private, nonprofit organization, the HSTC is independent and locally operated and relies on donations to support its programs and services. Follow the HSTC on Facebook at http -//www.facebook.com/humanesocietyTC and Twitter at http -//www.twitter.com/hstc1. For more information, visit http -//www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.
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In Photo: HSTC Homecoming Queen & King – Schatzi and Luke, two dogs who participate in the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s pet therapy programs, show what it’s like to be crowned queen and king. The HSTC’s Homecoming event will benefit its programs and shelter animals and some of the therapy dogs will be on site to greet guests.
In Photo: Skipper is one of the pet therapy dogs who participates in Misty’s Pals, one of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s humane education programs.
In Photo: Karen Eccleston and her pet therapy dog, Oakley
In Photo: Tracy Baldwin shows some love to her pet therapy dog, Lance
In Photo: Honey is one of the pet therapy dogs who participates in Misty’s Pals, one of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast’s humane education programs.
OUT2NEWS OCTOBER BARK BYTE 8 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Article By: Robin Hall - Out2martincounty.com
Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let's face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 8 easy tips.
Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.
All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. Xylitol ingestion can also cause liver failure in dogs, even if they don’t develop symptoms associated with low blood sugar. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Don't leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.
Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.
Keep pets confined and away from the door.
Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.
Keep glow sticks away from pets.
While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. “The liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, so it won’t actually make pets sick,” “but it does taste awful.” Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit. If your pet does chew on a glow stick, “offer some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the material out of the mouth.”
Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed. “Some types of mold produce mycotoxins that can cause neurologic problems in dogs and cats.” So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…
Try on pet costumes before the big night.
Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. “Any time you want to introduce your pet to something new, it’s best to go slowly.” Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). “Make it a positive experience by offering lots of praise and treats.” If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems from contact with a costume, consider letting him go in his “birthday suit.” A festive bandana may be a good compromise.
If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.
Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it.
HSTC Pets of the Week
Little Pete is a large, goofy guy with tons of personality. At a little over a year old, he is extremely high energy and loves, loves, loves to play. He can be quite the rough player and doesn’t have many manners, so we do not recommend that he live with very young children at this time. Little Pete is picky about his dog friends and enjoys chasing cats. Underneath his crazy high-energy antics, Little Pete is a sweetie pie. During his stay at HSTC he has been calm and tidy in his kennel. If this one-of-a-kind boy sounds like the perfect one for you, stop on by the HSTC main shelter to meet him!
Little Pete is a HSTC Dolly’s Dream Dog! This means his adoption fee has been sponsored AND he comes with a bunch of extra goodies to help him adjust to his new home. Some of these bonus goodies include a crate and a FREE 6 week training class! To learn more about Dolly's Dream, please visit https://www.hstc1.org/dollys-dream.
Guacamole is a 10 year old shy kitty who has glaucoma. He came to HSTC back in April when his mom passed away and her family was unable to care for him and his two siblings. Guacamole’s siblings have both been adopted and he is patiently waiting on his own fur-ever home. Guacamole is looking for a home that will be patient with him as he adjusts to his new surroundings. His new family will also need to take him to the vet regularly in order to monitor his glaucoma. Guacamole’s eyes may be cloudy, but that doesn’t slow him down too much! His adoption fee has been sponsored by Florida Native Grill Cleaning.
Deidre Huffman - Adoption Manager
P: (772) 600-3204
F: (772) 220-3610
Humane Society of the Treasure Coast takes in Animals From the Bahamas
The HSTC took in 12 cats and 12 dogs and nine other responsible shelters took in the remainder. The HSTC will be taking in more in the days and weeks that follow. Also, over the weekend, the HSTC helped coordinate the rescue of 40 cats and eight dogs from Marsh Harbour. This was part of Operation 300, one of the local groups providing Bahamas relief that the shelter supports.
“We’re part of a wider network of animal welfare organizations working to clear that shelter of its adoptable pets so that all of the displaced pets – like those 48 from Marsh Harbour in the Abaco Islands – can stay there to hopefully be reunited with their families on the island,” said HSTC President & CEO Frank Valente.
The University of Florida Shelter Medicine Program is advising receiving shelters and rescue groups to take special precautions to prevent the transmission of deadly viruses to other dogs in their care.
The HSTC is heeding this advice and ensuring that all resident dogs in its shelter or foster homes are properly vaccinated against distemper and parvovirus. Every dog from the Bahamas will receive at least two DAPP vaccines and the dogs will be quarantined and isolated from resident dogs for two weeks. They will be put up for adoption once they have been medically cleared.
“We cannot emphasize enough that if you are interested in fostering or adopting a Bahamas animal, please ask the organization you are getting the animal from what protocols they followed regarding isolation, quarantining and evaluating the health of the animal you plan to take into your home,” said Valente.
The HSTC will continue to be a part of a collaborative effort with leading shelters locally and in Florida, along with major national and international animal welfare organizations.
“All of the animals that we brought to our shelter have health issues, including all of the cats, which have ringworm, so in addition to the special two week quarantine we were already planning for these Bahamas pets, we will also need to treat the animals,” said Valente.
For those wishing to help, monetary donations are best to help provide veterinary care for these animals as they all have needs ranging from nutritional to medical treatments. The HSTC is accepting donations at www.hstc1.org/donate-emergency.
Support also may be provided by donating blankets, towels and flat sheets (pre-washed, if used); treats, enrichment toys and canned wet food for both dogs and cats; and non-clumping, fragrance-free cat litter. In addition, volunteer dog walkers are needed.
For more information, contact the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast at (772) 223-8822. To stay updated about relief efforts, as well as learn about how to support both locally and directly in the Bahamas, go online to www.hstc1.org/bahamas-relief.
Do Dogs Dream?
Whether or not dogs dream isn’t known with scientific certainty, but it sure is difficult to imagine that they don’t. We’ve all watched our dogs demonstrate behaviors in their sleep that resemble what they do in a fully awake state. Paddling legs, whining, growling, wagging tails, chewing jowls, and twitching noses inspire us to wonder what our dogs are dreaming about.
What we know about dogs and dreams
While our knowledge on this topic is very limited, the following known information helps us believe that dogs do indeed experience dreams. When we observe our dogs as they sleep, it’s just about impossible to imagine that they are not dreaming. Just like the rats studied by Wilson and Louie, it is tempting to believe that our four-legged best buddies are reenacting their recent experiences; playing at the dog park, sniffing in the woods, chewing on a treasured bone, and chasing squirrels.The National Institutes of Health says that Sigmund Freud theorized that dreaming was a “safety valve” for our unconscious desires. Perhaps he is correct, and, when our dogs sleep, they dream about catching the neighbor’s pesky cat, continuous belly rubs in conjunction with unlimited dog treats, and stealing the Thanksgiving turkey from the dining room table.
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Pre-heat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
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Spoon out dime sized dollops onto your parchment paper and place in the oven for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, turn the pan and bake for another 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool. These should last for approximately 5-7 days.
Arya Has Found Her New Home!
This determined cat has been placed with Jim & Lynda! Remember Arya jumped on a passer-by's blue jeans (ankle-length) and Ryan was compelled to take the tyke home. He fell in love, despite not being a cat-lover!
Now, that Ryan's dad is taking care of his beloved dog and Jim & Lynda are taking care of his beloved Arya, Ryan is all set for Coast Guard Boot Camp!
Arya has been renamed Boots!
Pet of the Month Meet Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown was the first resident of The Pet Cottage 5 years ago. The owner went into
hospice and his two brothers came down from Michigan to help sort things out. The owner
loved his three dachshunds like his children, but he was no longer able to care for them and his
brothers couldn’t take them back up north with them, so The Pet Cottage was alerted. Charlie
was in the worst shape of the three, so we placed the other two in foster homes while he
became the first resident of TPC. Charlie was given a couple months left to live, so he was a
fospice situation. Four years later he is the pack leader of 6 dog residents! The only trace of his
health issues are his weak hind legs, he can’t use them too well, so he uses wee wee pads. But
he still gets plenty of rides in his stroller outside to get fresh air. Charlie Brown is a great
example of what love, time and patience can do for a living being. For more information call them
"Mysterious Reunion” — Dog Makes its Way from Georgia to Florida
Article by: Doreen Marcial Poreba
How does a lost dog make its way from northern Georgia to the Treasure Coast of Florida? We may never know the answer to that question but that’s exactly what happened to Daisy, a purebred German Shepherd that belongs to the family of Gary and Meredith Sisk of Ringgold, Georgia.
Their dog disappeared from their home on the 4th of July and the following Wednesday, a man quickly dropped the dog off at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and left before the dog could be processed.
Thanks to Daisy’s microchip, the humane society was able to scan her and track down her owners. Upon receiving the humane society’s phone call, the couple initially was in disbelief.
“At first I thought it was a scam, I was like, is this a joke? Send me a picture. I couldn’t believe it. I started crying,” said Meredith Sisk, who is a deputy with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office. Her husband is the sheriff.
When she received the picture, she knew it was real. The family promptly planned a road trip and more than 12 hours and 724 miles later, they were reunited.
Their advice to all pet owners — make sure to get your pet microchipped and keep your contact information current.
“If it had not been for the chip in Daisy, we would not be having this conversation,” said Gary Sisk. “There’s no way you would have linked her to us … We weren’t thinking here. We were talking to our own humane services and making people around there aware.”
The Sisks had rescued Daisy from their local humane society and they quickly learned that she was an escape artist, which reinforced the need for Daisy to be microchipped. The Sisks reported that Daisy and family made it safely back to their home.
Once again, the magic of microchipping led to a joyful reunion, as was the case when the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast reunited a cat that had been missing for 14 years and another cat that had been gone for 10 years.
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers a $20 microchip for all animals that are spayed or neutered and $40 for unaltered pets. For information, please visit here 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.
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OUT2NEWS 2019 PETS OF THE WEEK!
ALL PETS GO TO HEAVEN
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…
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