by Thalia Arenas, Humane Educator
Archive for the ‘Community Outreach’ Category
Amanda Bell had a very special 18th birthday party last Saturday evening at On The Edge Coffee House in Old Town Clovis. She turned her birthday party into a Bingo Fundraiser to support the cats and kittens of the CCSPCA!
Amanda raised over 150 pounds of cat food and we are very grateful for this young lady’s contributions. Thank you, Amanda!
A big thank you to On The Edge and owner Jaynae Franklin who also made a donation to the CCSPCA!
We are very pleased that the court saw the evidence for what it was and convicted Mr. Dana Kahler on the animal cruelty charges. However, we are very disappointed that the punishment does not fit the crime. The court chose to disregard the prosecution’s recommendation for the maximum punishment allowable for this heinous act. Not only did Mr. Kahler deliberately abuse and neglect his 19 horses, he cost this community thousands of dollars to bring these poor animals back to good health.
The condition of the horses upon arrival to the CCSPCA Animal Center:
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Did you know more pets are lost during the July 4th holiday than any other time of the year? Don’t let this happen to your pet!
Extreme Heat: Preparedness and Response Actions for Pets
- Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade.
- Provide animals with plenty of water. Hosing off an animal periodically will also help to cool it. *If an animal is over heated don’t shock their system by trying to cool them down too quickly, do it gradually. If severe overheating occurs seek veterinarian / medical attention!
- Do not exercise animals when it is especially hot outside (e.g., playing Frisbee, jogging, or riding). If you have to work with animals, provide regular rest periods. This allows the body’s natural cooling system to work. Animals often are willing to please their owners to the point of endangering themselves.
- Because dogs don’t sweat, dogs must be allowed to pant to dissipate heat. Do not encourage them to carry objects in their mouths if they are hot.
- Do not dress animals with vests, blankets, and other materials that would prevent them from keeping cool.
- Do not take animals in the car where they may have to leave alone, even for a second.
- Provide caged animals with extra ventilation.
- Provide plenty of fresh cool water for all animals to drink. Offer it in a shady place as some species may not venture into the sun if it is very hot
- Remember certain breeds suffer much more quickly from the heat, such as English Bulldogs, Pugs and many others.
For more information and resources for both humans and animals click here; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
If an emergency arises, please contact our Animal Hospital at 559-237-1125.
Jasmine and her foal were seized by CCSPCA Officers, along with another injured horse, due to their depleted physical condition. The owner claimed to only have just obtained the horses a few days prior to when we responded to the property. The owner did have adequate food on the property at the time of the seizure. The owner chose not to request a hearing in accordance with California Penal Code 597.1, and therefore forfeited ownership of the horses. After a few days, the decision was made to separate the foal from Jasmine to allow her to recover more quickly. Later it was discovered that Jasmine was again pregnant, around three months.
- Jasmine, an Arabian mare, arrived August 27, 2012
- When she came in, Jasmine was very underweight with a baby at her side.
- We estimated the filly to be about 6 months old.
- We then discovered that Jasmine was about 3 months pregnant.
- Jasmine is halter broke and can be handled.
- Jasmine’s new filly was born shortly after 7:00 AM on April 15.
- The new filly is doing well and appears to be an Appaloosa.
- The filly born on April 15 has been given the name “Spring.”
- This brings the count back up to 31 horses at the CCSPCA.
The Central California SPCA would like to remind you that too often fluffy bunnies, fuzzy chicks and ducklings are given as Easter pets without thought of the long-term care and responsibility involved with them. These small animals require special care including but not limited to:
- Balanced specific diet
- Controlled temperatures
- Special housing
- Careful handling
- Veterinarian care
Other things to keep in mind when adopting a bunny, chick, duckling or other small animal:
- They are frail and can easily be injured or killed – 95% of bunnies and chicks given away during Easter time die before making it to their first birthday.
- They grow up. When they are no longer adorable babies you will face the decision of what to do with them.
- They can carry disease – Salmonella – a real danger to your child.
Easter safety tips for your current pets:
- Pets may get into Easter baskets and eat the goodies inside – please keep them out of reach. If your pets eat candy and/or imitation grass they will become ill from the intoxication. Contact your veterinarian immediately.
- Lilly flowers are also highly toxic – please make sure that your garden doesn’t have other toxic plants or pesticides at the reach of your pet.
A cuddly stuffed toy animal is the better option for your child this Easter. You may purchase an adoption gift certificate if your family has done the research and you are ready to adopt. If you receive an unwelcome Easter pet, never release it into the wild to survive on its own, it will not survive. Instead you can bring unwanted animals to the CCSPCA where they are cared for by employees and volunteers. For further information on adopting, gift certificates or how to care for your pets contact the Education Department.
Steve is resting comfortably at Veterinary Specialty Services. He is scheduled to undergo one more procedure later this afternoon (a bone graft to a very small piece of the jaw). Dr. Marco Cervi says his prognosis remains great and he should recover nicely.
Steve is maintaining that wonderful attitude we all adore him for and we can’t wait to get him back to the shelter for lots of hugs and kisses. Steve still needs your help. If possible, please make a donation to his surgery fund by clicking the PayPal link below.
You may also call 559-233-7722 ext 107 or mail to STEVE AUSTIN c/o CCSPCA 103 S. Hughes Ave Fresno, CA 93706. ANYTHING HELPS!!! THANK YOU!!!
Follow these tips to make sure you and you pet have a happy and safe New Year!
Celebration fireworks or other loud noises can frighten pets
If you are leaving for the evening, make sure your pets are secured in your home. Provide them with a quiet area that is familiar to them, and make sure they have everything they need, such as food, fresh water, safe chew toys for dogs, and a litter box for cats. It’s also helpful to leave on a TV or radio to provide ambient noise. Even if you plan on a quiet New Year’s at home, remember that neighbors may be celebrating and could disturb your pet. Be sure to take all the same precautions.
Microchip, ID, and update your information
Even if you’re keeping your pets safely confined, each pet should have a microchip and/or an ID tag with your current contact information. Be sure to use a breakaway/safety collar for cats. Dogs and cats can get spooked and try to escape, or a guest may unknowingly open the door to the room in which your pets are confined. ID’s may not prevent your pets from getting lost, but they will ensure a speedy reunion if they do get out.
If you are having a celebration at your home, give your pet a quiet place to get away if your festivities become too overwhelming. Keep your pet safely confined indoors. If you plan to have guests over, settle your pets into a quiet room with access to food, water, a familiar toy, a soft place to snuggle, a litter box for your cat, and a crate for your dog. If possible, choose a room without windows as frightened pets have been known to try to jump through windows; alternatively, make sure any windows are securely shut and the curtains closed. Don’t allow guests into this room, even to drop off jackets or purses. Remind your guests that table scraps are a no-no—no matter how cute your pet looks!
Make sure alcohol is out of your pets’ reach
Alcoholic beverages are poisonous and potentially deadly to our pets. If ingested, alcohol could cause our pets to become intoxicated and weak, depressed or comatose. Death from respiratory failure is also possible in severe cases.
Beware of decorations
Streamers, balloons and noisemakers can be very tempting for our pets, but they present a choking hazard if ingested. They also could result in a painful blockage and costly trip to the vet.
Give them a treat
Take a nice long walk during the day to avoid all of the evening activities, which could include parties, loud noises and potentially unsafe drivers on the road. If you decide to take an evening walk, try using a blinker or lighted collar to make sure you and your pet are visible and safe.
Keep the number of an emergency vet contact available
Just in case there is an emergency you are prepared.
We’d like to thank Norma for bringing our attention to a situation earlier this summer regarding three pit bulls and the question of their care. We investigated this situation and in September determined that their was no illegal activity going on. As a result, the investigation was closed. Recently, we were informed that these concerns were still ongoing. Norma did an excellent job getting our attention and getting the community to support us in our efforts to go back and investigate this potential situation. We prioritized the concern and we sent out another investigative officer to review the situation and report on their findings. We’d like to thank Norma for her continued support and her community efforts to find animals in need.
Update Dec 29, 2012
Although the dogs are in good condition, our animal control investigator found the owner to be in violation of providing adequate provisions for the watering/sheltering/tethering of 2 pit bull dogs and has issued a “notice of violation and order to comply” for immediate corrective action.
Follow-up will be conducted within a week’s time.